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During the Junzou the Drunkard miniboss battle there's an NPC I was able to interact with called Nogami Gensai who apparently can assist you in battle. Unfortunately I'm not very good, and by the time I get Junzou to his final hp bar, Gensai's basically dead or close to dead, meaning I don't get a chance to see how it turns out if he survives.

Is there any benefit at all to having him help me with the fight or even for him surviving?

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Most likely this character is only meant to support you in combat. If he survives, he just tells us to move forward, being very tired after combat.

If you like to have him alive, you can dispose all of the small mobs around Junzou without talking to Nogami (this is fairly easy by de-aggroing), use stealth hit on Junzou to remove one health bar, and then run and talk to Nogami to initiate him into combat. Or do not talk to him at all. This will trigger alternative sequence - he will rush to combat already after fight is finished, and will comment, that area is apparently clear.

Update: After progressing story further, I can tell, that saving him doesn't matter a lot. Medium spoilers ahead:

Doing certain choices, you gain possibility to visit Hirata Estate a little bit after you were there for the first time, which gives you some additional insight on what happened there. And on the same place of fight with Junzou the Drunkard, you find corpse of Nogami Gensai even if you saved him before. Which means, he ultimately dies anyway. You can find handful of ash on his corpse, I'm not sure if it is different if you don't save him.

  • Will he appear later in the game? I'm thinking of a similar thing like Siegward of Catarina, where you run into him or even save him from some monsters, and then see him further down the story in another area, perhaps giving another reward. – senpai Mar 26 at 3:45
  • @senpai I've talked to a number of people who have beaten the game and they said he didn't show up at any later points. He might have a role in a future DLC, but it seems he's mostly there to help the player with a difficult fight. – Slade Apr 2 at 18:23
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For me he just died immediately after the battle. There was no reward or anything.

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    It might happen if he ends up poisoned during the end of fight. Usually he stays alive. – lentinant Apr 3 at 21:01

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