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  • Action Bomb: If triggered, "Amrita Yoki" will explode without the Hit Points reaching zero.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Traditional Yokai in Japanese folklore are mischievous at best, but the monsters of Nioh are malevolent and vile (some of them are Made of Evil).
  • Attack Its Weakpoint: "Yoki" can have their horns shattered (via High Stance) to open them up to a finisher, while "One-Eyed Oni" can be struck in the eye to stun them momentarily. Although a finisher cannot be used on the latter, attacking their eyes for a stagger can be done multiple times before they die.
  • Arrows on Fire: Human and skeleton archers are always armed with these types of arrows.
  • Chest Monster: Played with - "Majina" might hide inside large chests, but aren't malicious by nature unless they are physically provoked or players don't mimic their gesture correctly.
  • The Corruption: Many Yokai in Nioh were previously humans consumed and corrupted by kegare, miasmatic spiritual corruption caused by negative emotions. Oni can create patches of this miasma called "Yokai Realms" that slow players' ki regeneration and amplify their own.
  • Expy: Certain Nioh enemies fulfill similar roles to enemies from Dark Souls - "Dwellers" are "Hollows", Majina are "Mimics", "Revenants" are "Red Phantoms" and "Kappa" are "Crystal Lizards".
  • Gem Tissue: Amrita Yoki have chunks of Amrita growing from their bodies.
  • Giant Spider: "Tsuchigumo", spider-monsters capable of spitting purple webbing, are fought as the most common enemies in the haunted ruins of Shigisen Castle.
  • The Heartless: Specific types of Yokai in Nioh are created from negative emotions that physically manifest after a person's death - the Ogress and Yuki-Onna serve as examples.
  • Living Structure Monster
    • "Nurikabe" are Yokai manifesting as hidden walls: players can deduce them by looking for a pair of eyes mounted onto walls. By picking the proper gesture, nurikabe can open a passageway peacefully; if not, they will turn hostile. Alternatively, players might discover a talisman pasted onto a wall - interacting with it and players will remove the talisman, triggering the Nurikabe's appearance, but not fight it as the Yokai disappears.
    • "Sentries" are Living Statues armed with a BFS.
  • Metal Slime: Kappa are highly evasive enemies that will flee on sight, potentially leading players into more deadly foes. Defeating them and tons of Amrita, armor, gold, items and weapons will drop.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Magatsu Warrios have four arms, wielding a katana in each one.
  • Oni: Nioh features the traditional types, such as classic, horned ogres (Yoki), mono-eyed variants (One-Eyed Oni) and kodama. Heck, the title of the game is, in a syllabic sense, the inverse (using Japanese symbols) for oni ("oh" and "Ni").
  • Overly Long Tongue: "Onmyudo", in addition to using melee strikes and shoulder ramming, can stretch their tongues out to lash at players.
  • Recurring Boss: Many Yokai bosses show up again in side-missions as the mission-ending boss, but also as mini-bosses. Justified Trope, however, as the enemy descriptions explicitly describe them as a species rather than individuals.
  • Stripperiffic: "Flying Bolts", who are covered with white strips of linen around their bodies. However, since their movement is quick, the model viewer in the encyclopedia is where this can be seen.
  • The Undead
    • The majority of Mooks in Nioh tend to be skeletons or the zombie-like Dwellers.
    • Vengeful Revenants of other players who have died can be summoned and fought to obtain rare armor and weapons.
  • Was Once a Man: Quite a number of Yokai were humans consumed by negative emotions. However, it's possible to transform a perfectly normal person into an abomination by violently fusing them with Amrita crystals - Derrick the Executioner is one example; Mitsunari is another.


    Derrick The Executioner
Voiced by: James Clyde
Derrick is the Tower of London's executioner. He himself had committed a crime deserving the death penalty, but was pardoned on the condition that he take on his current position. He has ended the lives of over 3000 people in the years since then, including political prisoners and dissidents, in grisly public spectacles that often featured his gigantic axe. A brutal man to begin with, he grew more and more violent over the course of his duties, and although he obeys the order of Kelley and his associates faithfully, he no longer speaks. In fact, he shows no sign of emotion or intelligence at all.
  • An Ax To Grind: Wields the unique Axe, Axe of Judgement. Players can obtain it from defeating Derrick again after William returns to the Tower of London in the epilogue.
  • Degraded Boss: Returning to the Tower of London in the epilogue and players can find a revived Derrick again in his transformed state, albeit now as an Elite Mook rather than a boss.
  • Fate Worse than Death: He survived his fight with William in the prologue, but was forced to live on as a yokai, twisted and physically rotting in the dungeon of the Tower of London. If William kills Derrick in the epilogue, his biology all but says it was a Mercy Kill.
  • Leitmotif: Has a unique one shared with Kelley and Hundred Eyes.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Once Kelley infuses him with an Amrita crystal, his eyes turn red and he transforms into a Yokai.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Starts off just black and evil, but becomes this once Kelley infuses him with an Amrita crystal.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Especially post-transformation via Amrita crystal.
  • Truth in Television: There really was an English executioner during Queen Elizabeth's era called Thomas Derrick, famed for having executed more than 3,000 people throughout his career. Furthermore, the word "derrick" is associated with what the hangman's noose was supported on; in the modern era, it's a reference to its use on mechanical cranes.
  • Warm-Up Boss: Fought at the end of the tutorial, he is quite damaging with that Axe of his but he moves so slow that players can dances around him and attack back with no trouble. Even after transforming into a Yokai, he is still as slow as before and taking down all of his Ki will prompt the players to use Living Weapon which shows William finishing off Derrick in a cutscene.

It hurts... Help...Anyone...
Pronounced "on RYO key". A huge red oni born from a pack of angry ghosts. Half of its face is contorted in anger, the other twisted with grudge. The face of countless vengeful ghosts appear across its body, letting out shrieks that send terror down the spines of all within earshot.

I need more. Bring more men to me.
Pronounced "HEE no EN mah". A yokai taking the form of a young woman. Deceives humans and drinks their blood. The name Hino-Enma literally means 'flying bad luck' and she is believed to cause all manner of troubles and misfortune. She is believed to have been born from the angry soul of an innocent woman senselessly struck down in the heat of battle.
  • Blow You Away: One of her ranged attacks is her taking in a breath before firing a wave of wind toward William. It is a fast moving projectile and will instantly inflicts William with "Paralysis" and exposed to any of her follow up attacks.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wearing "tengu-geta" on her feet, the Hino-Enma is able to use it as part of a series of kicks as melee attacks.
  • Counter Attack: Depletes all of her Ki and she will fall to the ground, vulnerable to attacks. Once she get back up and if the players are still in range, she will retaliates with her Grapple Move that also works as a Life Drain to punish any overly aggressive players.
  • Death from Above: Will occasionally take to the sky to attack William with ranged attacks or a quick charge at him.
  • Horny Devil: Essentially a cross between a succubus and vampire, Hino-Enma lure men away before abducting them and drinking their blood at her leisure. Lampshaded after defeating the one in the mountain caves.
    The blood of young men keeps me beautiful. I need more. More! Until all the world's men are my slaves.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Her face is slightly off, her skin is ash-cloud white, is unusually tall for a woman, and upon using its Grapple Move, her Nested Mouth erupts a bunch of tentacles not unlike a "Majini".
  • Leitmotif: One that is shared with Nue, Joro-Gumo and Giant Toad.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Hino-Enma has the size and agility of other humanoid bossess, but with the power and stability of a Yokai boss. Furthermore, she can inflict the "Paralysis" Standard Status Effectnote  which leaves William vulnerable to follow up attacks.
  • Parasol of Pain: Will occasionally take out an umbrella as a weapon. In addition, if you get a chance to look closely, you'll see that her wings aren't leathery bat wings, but oil paper and spokes of Eastern-style umbrellas.
  • Vampiric Draining: Befitting her image as a succubus, her Grapple Move doubles as a Life Drain.
  • Stalker with a Crush: One mission involves rescuing Saika Magoichi at a bathhouse, the one captured man this particular Hino-Enma won't kill.
    Men are too foul to live... I must kill them... All except for him...
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: While the Onryoki is a Mighty Glacier that can be taken down with proper dodging and Ki Pulse usage to dispel the Yokai Realms it creates, the Hino-Enma is a Lightning Bruiser that constantly chases the players and her attacks inflict "Paralysis" which leaves William stuck in place if inflicted, exposing him as a sitting duck to the Hino-Enma.
  • Winged Humanoid: Hino-Enma have a pair of wings made of umbrella paper for flight.

Pronounced "NEW-ay". A yokai chimera. Its fanged mouth terrorizes its prey with an eerie cry. Nue is wreathed in dark smoke, making it difficult to discern its overall appearance. Its ability to summon thunder have earned it the alternate name of Raiju, the thunder-beast.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Its belly glows brightly when performing certain attacks, most notably the roar to summons lightning bolts and its lightning breath. Attacking its belly when it glows will instantly stagger and drain all of its Ki and leave it vulnerable to attacks until it retaliates with a telegraphed roar that summons a single lightning bolt at the players location that also restores its Ki.
  • Breath Weapon: Can fire lightning from its mouth that resembles a laser.
  • Familiar: Slaying the first Nue boss reveals that it was summoned by a female Onmyoji inside the temple to act as a guardian.
  • Glass Cannon: The Nue have many quick and powerful attacks but can be staggered very easily when performing certain attacks, which allows players to tears down its health with minimum resistance. It is also weak to Water which inflicts the "Saturated" Standard Status Effect which lower the defense of those inflicted, making it even easier to defeat.
  • Hybrid Monster: The Nue looks akin to the mythological Greek chimera with the head of a monkey, the body of a tanuki, the limbs of a tiger, and a serpent for a tail; fitting, given the Nue are the traditional Japanese equivalent of a chimera.
  • Kill It with Water: Its primary weakness; Irony ensues when it generates electricity, which water conducts.
  • Leitmotif: One that is shared with Hino-Enma, Joro-Gumo and Giant Toad.
  • Shock and Awe: Its entire gimmick, Nue can spit lightning-beams from its mouth and call down bolts of lightning from the sky. It's even referred to as "Raiju" (Thunder beast, normally a different Youkai alltogether).
  • Shout-Out: Possibly to Genji, which also featured a Nue boss confronted in a temple's yard, appearing out of nowhere before being slain and has some attacks in common. Furthermore, the Nue in Genji reappears as the lightning-spitting Raiju and in both games you can get them to drop their claws as an item.
  • Sphere Eyes: Its eyes seem quite loose in their sockets, often rolling around erratically before focusing back at players.
  • Tail Slap: Its tail is a snake which can attack the players in a spinning attack or a poison breath attack.


    Giant Centipede
Pronounced "OH moo kah day". Literally "hundred-legs" in Japanese, this yokai takes the form of a giant centipede. Normal centipedes are commonly encountered in forests and mountains throughout Japan, and even at their small size pack enough poison in their bites to cause swelling or even paralysis. A giant yokai centipede, however, have fangs powerful enough to crush bone.

Pronounced "OOH-me BOW-zoo". A large and very strange looking yokai that inhabits ocean waters. Also known as "umi-nyudo" and "umi-hoshi". A famed yokai of many legends; it takes its name, which literally means "sea-monk", from its round, bald head. Its appearances inevitably herald violent storms.
  • Abnormal Ammo: Whereas its spawn Lesser Umi-Bozu spit out katana and water, this one shoots chunks of flotsam and the occasional Wave Motion Gun.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: It have a yellow core that it only exposes when performing certain attacks that can be attacked for more damage.
  • Blob Monster: Its default appearance, including the Lesser Umi-bozu; the former also doubles as a Sea Monster since it has an enormous body mostly composed of seawater and is The Dreaded for causing shipwrecks.
  • Combat Tentacles: It can extend tentacles and smash them down on players.
  • Flunky Boss: 3 Lesser Umi-Bozu will spawns in during the start and the second phase of the boss fight, unless the players have found and lighted the 3 sacred bonfires in the area which will kill them off instantly as they enter the boss area.
  • Giant Mook: Essentially, a gigantic version of the Lesser Umi-Bozu that the players have fought until now with unique attacks.
  • Kill It with Fire: It is weak to Fire, presumably due to the flame evaporating the water surrounding its core.
  • Leitmotif: Has one that is shared with Onryoki and Gasha-Dokuro.
  • Mighty Glacier: Very slow, but have massive amount of health and extremely high defense that you will only be doing Scratch Damage to it unless you use Fire and almost all of its attacks are One-Hit Kill.
  • Turn Red: Once its health is reduced to half, it will leave the water and jump on the stage and gains new attacks to take a more direct approach in killing William.
  • Wave Motion Gun: It can fire a One-Hit Kill torrent of water from its Amrita core; fortunately there's an easy tell to determine when the attack is coming.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Although embuing weapons with fire via talismans or from using the signal fires in the boss arena is a viable option, the "Hykotto Masks" likely cluttering up players' inventory can also make short work of the Umi-Bozu.

Ahh, how hateful! How vile! The fragments of my broken self... where have you scattered...?
Pronounced "JOH-ro GOO-mo". A horrific fusion of a woman's torso and with the lower body of a spider. Ensnares humans in her sticky threads, then devours them alive. In spite of her giant size, can freely climb walls ceilings. Her arachnid legs are covered in a thick shell, making them highly resistant to damage.

I haven't had a visitor for a long time. It's been boring. Come!
Voiced by: Rie Tanaka
Pronounced "YOU-key OH-na". Yokai women enveloped in a haze of icy cold air. Also treated as incarnations of snow. Yuki-onna is a well know presence in snowy regions; some legends holds that a woman who dies an unnatural death during a snowstorm will return as a yuki-onna. Her breath is so powerfully cold that it freezes on contact, and cases of one breath freezing an entire home to death are not unknown.

    White Tiger Spoilers
Kill me to destroy them all!
Pronounced "BYAH-koh". The White Tiger is one of the four legendary beast-gods of the cardinal directions, said to be the protector of the West. It takes the form of a magnificent tiger covered in gleaming white fur. Traditionally worshipped alongside the Blue Dragon of the East, the Vermillion Bird of the South, and the Black Turtle of the North. After the shield around Mount Hiei was broken, it released the aratama fiends, which subsumed a yokai cat known as a Nekomata and transformed it in to the White Tiger.

The Ogress is a yokai taking the form of a woman who die filled with grudge and hate. Her ferocious expression and unkempt locks speak to her tormented sadness. If you look closely, you can see that her kimono is quite high quality, the mark of a noblewoman in life.
  • The Berserker: Fighting with sheer, monunmental rage, the Ogress might unleash a flurry of claw strikes when her Hit Points reach less than 50%.
  • Breath Weapon: Her ranged attack is breathing fire in a sweeping arc.
  • Came Back Strong: The Ogress' identity is Ieyasu's deceased wife, Senahime, resurrected by Kelley; her lingering grief is for her son Matsudaira Nobuyasu, who was put to death at Ieyasu's orders in order to appease Nobunaga.
  • Femme Fatalons: Her fingernails are extremely long and is her main form of offense, using them to slice William into pieces.
  • Green Thumb: Her tears cause supernatural red-spider lilies to grow around the boss arena. Touching one of them directly when the Ogress spawns the lilies and numerous Yokai Realms will appear from the lilies were.
  • Leitmotif: Has a unique one that is only shared with another boss, Otani Yoshitsugu.
  • Tears of Blood: Her tears are red in color and as soon as a single drop touches the ground, red-spider lillies blooms on the spot instantly.
  • Tragic Monster: Given the spirit of Senahime is still incensed at her and her son's death by Ieyasu without nary a complaint, the Ogress is likely the most tragic of the resurrected souls to return. Even Okatsu, upon William defeating the Ogress, kneels and prays for her.

    Giant Toad
So you broke their barrier to get through Iga. Impressive. But getting past me is another matter!
The Giant Toad is, as its name implies, a yokai in the form of an enormous toad. This one is even larger than a human being, capable of standing on two legs and even wielding a spear. Legends say that toads, which are long lived, are particularly capable of attaining consciousness and turning yokai, but there are other theories as well.
  • Blade on a Stick: His primary weapon is a massive, long-reaching spear.
  • Blood Knight: The Giant Toad clearly enjoyed his spar with William. So much that he writes a letter to his son Hanzo to have William fight him again at "Yomotsu Hirasaka" which is basically the afterlife as a side-mission Duel Boss.
  • Death from Above: Being a toad, he can jump to great height in the sky to both relocate and in an attempt to impale William with his spear with a Sword Plant.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: He smokes a clay pipe, occasionally swinging it as a secondary weapon for melee attacks if players get close enough. The smoke the Giant Toad exhales from the pipe can also create a Yokai Realm.
  • Friendly Enemy: To William and Hanzo, even after the former defeats him and beyond when he requests William for a duel.
  • Graceful Loser: Took it rather well after being defeated by William, calling it a good way to pass the time.
  • Leitmotif: One that is shared with Hino-Enma, Nue and Joro-Gumo.
  • Old Master: Is Hanzo's father and master "Hanzo the Oni", the second Hattori Hanzo and son of the original, thus Meaningful Name is in effect when he's literally an Oni.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: Frequently pairs his long-ranged attacks by using bombs and explosive kunai.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Will use explosive bombs and kunai with explosive fuse once his health is depleted enough.
  • Swallowed Whole: One of his attacks has him attempt to do this to players; if successful, the Giant Toad will spit players back out after taking a chunk of their Hit Points.

Pronounced "GAH-sha DOH-koo-row". A giant skeleton yokai summoned by Kelly. It represents the combined grudge and jury of the warriors who fell at Sekigahara, transformed into a terrifying skeleton. Its huge body emits horrible Ki. A single fearsome glance has the power to send humans scattering.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: The head is the weakpoint, but getting to it is problematic given how huge it is. Good things that its limbs can be reached easily.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: It's easily one of the largest Yokai in the game, possibly only being topped in size by Yamata-no-Orochi.
  • Cognizant Limbs: Its hands and feets are weakpoints that must be destroyed to stagger it and allow Tenkai and Hanzo mount a Combination Attack to knock it off balance to let William have a clear shot at its head.
  • Dem Bones: A giant, multi-armed skeleton formed from the anger and hatred of those who died on the field of the Battle of Sekigahara.
  • 11th-Hour Superpower: If William purify all 3 Amrita crystals surrounding the area before dropping in to fight it, purified Yokai Realms will be present in the boss area which will replenishes the Amrita Bar of Living Weapon. With proper timing and usage, William can easily tears through the massive health of Gasha-Dokuro in seconds.
  • Leitmotif: Has one that is shared with Onryoki and Umi-Bozu.
  • Puzzle Boss: The Gasha-Dokuro spends the stage it's in in the background while you purify various giant Amrita crystals, firing corrupted mortars at you if it spots you. Challenging it straight-forward is extremely discouraged, if even possible.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The clear sky turn a blood red when it is summoned, and stays that way until it is defeated.

I shall fuse my Uroboros with the Amrita to resurrect this country's most feared yokai: the serpent Yamata-no-Orochi!
Pronounced "YA-ma-ta no OH-row-chee". A giant serpent with eight heads and tails. According to myth, it first appeared in Izumo (modern-day Shimane prefecture). A powerful hero defeated it, but at some point thereafter it appeared in Lake Biwa. Its appearance is reminiscent of a dragon, and it is feared as a symbol of destruction.
  • All Your Powers Combined: Once seven of its eight heads are slain, the last one will alter its appearance by combining the powers of the other seven, while gaining the "Confusion" Standard Status Effect that slows your movement and regeneration speed of Ki, make you deal less damage and take more damage and also regenerating to full health.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: Whereas other boss arenas, such as the Umi-Bozu, might have players fall off for an instant death, the arena with the Orochi prevents players from falling off the roof of the castle.
  • Breath Weapon: Each of the Orochi's eight heads will use a variety of elemental breath attacks.
  • Elemental Powers: Three of its heads lack an element and rely on raw damage and creating Yokai Realms but the other five heads have all the other elements.
  • Final Boss: Of the main story, excluding the epilogue and Downloadable Content.
  • Finishing Move: Take out its last head, and William will executes a unique finishing move to finish off the head and with it, the game. Excluding the epilogue and Downloadable Content of course.
  • Increasingly Lethal Enemy: You starts off fighting one head with predictable attacks, then two heads together. Once another head is slain, the rest of the heads destroyed the only cover you got and leave you exposed to the remaining six heads with four Amrita Crystals as cover and a way to knock down any heads that smashes them to leave them exposed for a beating.
  • Leitmotif: Has a unique theme exclusive to its boss fight.
  • Orochi: Played with; it is, or at least is named after, the legendary eight-headed, eight-tailed dragon-god slain by the storm-god Susanoo.
  • Scaled Up: This version of Orochi is the One-Winged Angel form of Edward Kelly and his Guardian Spirit Ouroboros, who fuses with the latter after absorbing a monumental amount of Amrita.
  • Shout-Out: To Ōkami in particular, as the design of this Orochi has the eight serpent heads emerging around a giant stone castle, just like Okami's Orochi's body was tied to a giant stone shrine.
  • Swallowed Whole: Orochi will send one of its head to briefly swallow players whole before spitting them back out.
  • Wolfpack Boss: Players will eventually wind up having to fight multiple heads simultaneously.

    Hundred Eyes Spoilers
After absorbing a huge amount of Amrita, John Dee transformed into this large yokai. Hundred of eyes cover its body, even the tentacles-like tips of its hair. It is an embodiment of wicked ambition, utterly devoid of humanity.


  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Giant zombie bird, to be exact.
  • Blow You Away: The Onmoraki makes frequent use of the Wind element, whether for its close-range spin attack or tornadoes.
  • Body Horror: Human faces appear to be growing from various points on its body.
  • Breath Weapon: The Onmoraki will take potshots throughout the stage and fight at you by spitting some kind of corruption that creates Yokai Realms, as well as spit poison at you.
  • Enemy Summoner: It can summon various Yokai with its screeches.
  • Shout-Out: Onmoraki's design and attacks are based on Pyropterix from Toukiden.

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