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Voiced by: Jessica Regan
Aquatic guardian spirit that resembles the Merrow of Celtic legend, with feathered wings and a fish's tail. Saoirse can warn of impending danger and sense Amrita. She was praised by the village from whence William was born. However, war devastated the land, claiming the lives of William's family and William himself as a child. At death's doorstep, Saoirse saved the young William, effectively granting him immortality so long as he believes in her. Since then, has been with William, and is both friend and family to him now - or perhaps something more.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Saoirse does not speak English or Japanese, but Gaelige (Irish).
  • Childhood Friends: She's been William's Guardian Spirit since he was a child, though the in-game encyclopedia suggests their bond may go beyond friendship.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: By her own admission, Saoirse (as well as other Guardian Spirits) arose to life from people's belief and prayers. It's implied she resurrects William when he's killed as a child due to his devotion to her; furthermore, she will continue to exist so long as he accepts her existence.
  • Damsel in Distress: Saoirse is William's original Guardian Spirit, and his mission is to rescue her.
  • Expy: Her character design is almost identical to Silene, except her feathers are red rather than white.
  • Gameplay and Story Integration: Her ability to sense Amrita is heavily integrated into her abilities, from increasing Amrita earned to retaining a large majority of it should players die a second time without retrieving her.
  • It Is Pronounced Tropay: Saoirse's name is explicitly pronounced as "seer-shuh", provided by the in-game encyclopedia.
  • MacGuffin Girl: Saoirse can sense the presence of Amrita, which is why Kelley captures her.
  • Meaningful Name: Saiorse means "freedom" in Gaelic - her kidnapping by Kelley and being taken to Japan is what sets off William to retrieve her.
  • Our Mermaids Are Different: Befitting her Irish themes, she's a "merrow", the Irish folklore equivalent of a mermaid or sea fairy.
  • Super Mode: You wouldn't know a glance, but her true power is in her synergy with William. Her special attack grants you the Pleiades Talisman effect, which increases the rate you fill your Living Weapon gauge. Upon activating Living Weapon, summoning her for her attack will also grant the Extraction Talisman effect, which causes Amrita to appear every time you hit the enemy. Pull this off just when Living Weapon is about to end, and suddenly you can potentially activate Living Weapon over and over and over again.

Voiced by: Mugihito

Japanese myths speak of cats that mysteriously transform upon reaching a ripe old age, gaining the ability to walk on their hind legs, and have their tails split in two. These cats are called "Nekomata" and not only posses magical powers, but also the capacity to understand human speech and communicate their thoughts. For this reason, Nekomata have long had dealing with human civilization, and have protected several generations of Hattori Hanzo. With the Nekomata's tendency to watch silently from the shadows, there is no Guardian Spirit more fitting for a ninja.

  • Combat Pragmatist: Nekomata's passive bonuses are all about playing dirty; from granting Enemy Sense, to boosting the damage of thrown weapons and gradual damage effects, to increasing damage done to enemy Ki in melee.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Nekomata is a type of Yōkai; this nekomata is simply called "Nekomata".
  • Exposition Fairy: Acts as William's guide and gives brief explanations of the locales throughout his journey.
  • Eyepatch of Power: In his default appearance, Nekomata has an eyepatch over his right eye; when transformed into the White Tiger, the right eye turns out to be an Amrita crystal.
  • The Four Gods: His true form is the White Tiger "Byakko".
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Nekomata absorbs the aratama released by Kelley at Mount Hiei to protect the citizens of Kyoto, forcing William to put it down when it transforms into the White Tiger. Subverted when it reappears by Hanzo's side (albeit without his knowledge) in the ending and comes back to William's side once he returns to Japan.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Historically, nekomata as Yōkai have been blamed for various fire-related disasters. However, Nekomata firmly aids William, happily giving him support with communicating with the locals. Its true form, the Byakko, is considered to only appear to someone of great virtue.
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: As a nekomata, it is a cat yōkai with two tails.
  • One-Winged Angel: Transforms into the White Tiger to contain the aratama released by Kelley. Interestingly, in the Japanese version, the White Tiger is presented as its true form, similar to the phoenix form of the Guardian Spirit Suzaku, rather than being the result of corruption by aratama.
  • Promoted to Playable: Nekomata becomes a fully usable Guardian Spirit in the Dragon of the North Downloadable Content.
  • Translator Microbes: Nekomata possesses William, allowing him to understand and communicate with the people of Japan.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Despite being turned into the White Tiger and forcing William to slay him, he shows up just fine in the ending cutscene. Justified when Guardian Spirits and nigitama rely on the belief and prayers of people, which give birth to them, thus allowing Nekomata to return no worse for wear.

A fire-based elemental Guardian Spirit in the form of a wolf, it is said that a Kato is born if a she-wolf is hit by a shooting star on the first month of her pregnancy. They are believed to cause forest fires ignited by lightning strikes, and as such are seen as an ill omen of house fires and other disasters. However, they're also praised as servants of the God of Fire.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Has this dynamic with the other three starter Guardian Spirits, with Kato being the "fighter" of the trio. Kato passively increases melee damage as well as Ki-related attributes, perfect for close-range combatants.
  • Savage Wolves: The Kato are believed to bring misfortune, so it'd be hard to see anything noble about this wolf.
  • Starter Mon: One of three starter Guardian Spirits players can choose.

A Guardian Spirit water-elemental in the form of a shark pack, the northern seas serve as the Isonade's hunting grounds. They capture their victims with their powerful tails and pull them under the waves; even a slight breeze foretells one's doom to the Isonade. Local sailors believe the Isonade are to blame for the rough seas that can easily claim their lives, thus they make offerings in prayer for calm sailing.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The "mage" of the Starter Mon Guardian Spirits trio - although it doesn't increase Onmyōdō abilities, Isonade provides some healing while players are engaged in close-quarters combat, as well as the ability to sense enemies on the mini-map.
  • Meaningful Name: Their name means "the sea's caress", though considering their infamy, it doesn't seem like the good kind.
  • Threatening Shark: The Isonade takes the form of not one, but three sharks (a large main with two smaller ones), the entities of ill omen for sailors.

A wind-based elemental taking the appearance of a hawk, this Guardian Spirit is named for a mysterious phenomenon where the wind suddenly picks up and horses unexpectedly die for seemingly no reason. Witnesses describe the occurrence as a whirlwind of glowing needles surrounding their hapless victims. It's said that slashing the air in front of a horse will nullify the phenomenon. Some, however, venerate the Daiba-Washi as a entity of protection.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: Daiba-Washi functions as the "thief" of the Starter Mon, passively decreasing "Ki Usage from Evasion" and can increase damage of Light Attacks, as well as adding a bonus to the drop rate for loot and Luck.
  • Meaningful Name: Daiba-Washi appropriately means "horse-killer hawk".
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Though blamed for the sudden death of horses, some believe the Daiba-Washi's signs can shield them from danger.

A spirit of a bull allied with Kuroda Nagamasa, the Fuse-Ushi protects its believers from misfortune. Bovine mammals have always served alongside humans, with their strength being essential for agriculture and other aspects that support their lives. Respect for these animals have even led to some folk swearing off consumption of beef, as sign of their gratitude. Patting one's belly is a sign of respect, allowing the Fuse-Ushi to absorb negative Ki.
  • Antidote Effect: This heifer has the bonus of granting some resistance to poison, as well as reducing its damage should you be poisoned anyway.
  • Everything's Better with Cows: The Fuse-Ushi is a greatly respected spirit, enough for some civilizations to ban eating beef.
  • Life Drain: Sort of. Fuse-Ushi restores a small amount of health for every drop of Amrita, most frequently after defeating enemies. However, if you were combine this with the Extraction Talisman (causes Amrita to appear on every hit) or similar buffs, it can effectively work like this.
  • Stone Wall: Fuse-Ushi grants a large bonus to Hit Points and defensive abilities, as wells as efficiency in blocking attacks. However, it provides no offensive bonuses unless players activate it as a Living Weapon.
  • Truth in Television: Those cow statues often seen at shrines and temples known as "Ushi-san" (Mr. Cow) are effectively Fuse-Ushi, complete with the belly-rubbing ritual.

The dragon, Mizuchi, favor those who harbor great ambition, thus one comes to possess Kuroda Kanbei. It's said the Mizuchi normally take refuge in deep rivers, but upon death, they ascend to the heavens and become powerful celestial dragons. Such beliefs were widespread during the Warring States Period, and many ambitious warriors greatly respected the Mizuchi.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Averted; ambition comes in all forms, and the Mizuchi cares only for those who have that drive.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Death merely means divinity to the Mizuchi; if anything, it's more like a promotion to godhood.
  • Kill Streak: Mizuchi's main passive effect grants a damage boost for every enemy killed without praying at a shrine or dying, while rewarding bonus gold and Amrita earned. Fortune favors the brave, indeed.
  • Sea Monster: Before they pass away and become divine, the Mizuchi are said to live in the deepest rivers.

    Paired Raiken 
Lightning spirits in the form of Shiba dogs, a pair of them serve as the Guardian Spirits of the Tachibana clan. Many of the "komainu" statues that inhabit shrines throughout Japan are made in their likeness. Those who defiled holy ground suffer their wrath in the form of lightning strikes. According to legend, when Tachibana Dosetsu succeeded in cutting lightning, its spirit transformed into a Raiken; thus, it has served the Tachibana clan ever since. It's said that each Raiken has a mate, and together their true power is unleashed.
  • Badass Adorable: Of all the Guardian Spirits in the game, the Raiken are modelled to resemble cute puppy dogs, but are no less as weak as any of the other Spirits in Nioh.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: The Raiken was originally part of a spirit of lightning that was defeated by Dosetsu. From then on, the Raiken have become the guardians of the Tachibana clan.
  • Power of Love: The power of the Raiken comes in full when its together with its mate. Fittingly, they're the Guardian Spirits of Muneshige (teal-colored) and Ginchiyo (pink-colored), husband and wife.
  • Speed Blitz: Their special attack have them pounce and overwhelm your opponent with lightning fast strikes in tandem.
  • Weapon of X-Slaying: The Raiken only grants a damage bonus against Yokai. Still, they have a few other nifty bonuses and a devastating special attack to keep them from Crippling Overspecialization.

Also known as the "Fire Rat", the Hi-nezumi favors those who face difficult problems head-on. In "The Tale of Princess Kaguya", one of the impossible tasks she gave was to acquire a coat made from the fur of a Hi-nezumi. A suitor tried to take the easy route of simply buying one, thus failed the task. If he had tried taking on the task without cutting corners, perhaps a real Hi-nezumi would have come to his aid.
  • Black Mage: Hi-nezumi's passive effects are themed around using Onmyōdō, granting it a power boost, as well as a chance to not consume spells.
  • Determinator: The Hi-nezumi is said to be drawn to those who refuse to give up or take the easy route. It's no wonder why it favors William and becomes one of his Guardian Spirits.
  • Having a Blast: Summoning the Hi-nezumi directly rather than as a Living Weapon and its special attack has it drop three landmines.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Always seen in the possession of a smoking pipe.
  • Stealth Expert: Given it takes on the appearance of a rat, the Hi-nezumi can provide a large passive boost to stealth, allowing players to easily perform a Back Stab on enemies.

A Guardian Spirit in the form of a bat swarm, it's seen with Kobayakawa Hideaki. This creature is heavily associated with the bonds people make: on the outside, it seems out-going and friendly, but reveals its true colors to those who are consumed by these bonds. An Aya-komori gives its protection to a master, whether they choose to cope with these bonds or break them entirely.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The Aya-komori may look cute, but it's heavily associated with tricksters and two-faced conspirators.
  • In the Back: Aya-komori's traits allow it to boost attacks from behind, on top of its Agility-to-Damage bonus.
  • Fragile Speedster: With the incentive to wear light armor to boost Agility, making the most of Aya-komori will also mean you'll sacrifice endurance for speed.
  • Ninja: Aya-komori encourages you to use Ninjutsu and wear light armor to boost the Agility stat, as it grants a chance to not consume ninjutsu tools and even bonus damage in proportion to your Agility.
  • Undying Loyalty: Irony ensues when in stark contrast to its theme of deception and treachery, the Aya-komori is completely loyal to its master, regardless of what decision they make.

Unlike most Guardian Spirits, the Itokuri isn't content with simply protecting mortals. This arachnid-based Spirit enjoys toying with the fates of others, taking them down long, winding paths before they finally meet their fates. Quintessentially, Matsunaga Hisahide was remembered for his villainy, but was also recognized as one of the most cultivated gentlemen of his time. Regardless, the Itokuri's influence expands far and wide, with no clear extent of its power.
  • All Webbed Up: Itokuri's special attack creates a wide field of web that staggers opponents walking through it.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Whereas many other Guardian Spirits (particularly the Starter Mon) either request favors or act as forces of nature, the Itokuri is claimed to have an active hand in human fate, but doesn't adhere to any sense of morality.
  • Luck Manipulation Mechanic: Itokuri passively grants a hefty boost to luck with no strings attached, while also granting a nifty bonus to drop rates for equipment and items.
  • The Paralyzer: Imbues your weapon with a weak paralyzing effect similar to the Hemlock Broth poison, so long as your weapon doesn't already have an element.

A Guardian Spirit in the form of a tiger Wreathed in Flames, one such Enko has possessed Ii Naomasa. It grants its blessing to those of exceptional fighting spirit and conviction. Enko takes great pleasure in the battlefield, tearing its foes apart with its fangs and claws. As such, many warriors venerated Enko, wishing to follow its example of charging headlong into enemy territory to wage glorious battle.
  • The Berserker: Enko provides boosts to Strong Attacks, particuarly notable as these strikes favor high-damage, high risk situations.
  • Blood Knight: Enko is among the few Spirits explicitly stated to make an active presence in battle. It also favors those who also seek the pleasure of a glorious fight.

Taking the form of a flock of butterflies, the Usura-hicho is considered as beautiful as it is cold. Followers of the Usura-hicho swear that prayers to it will protect one from ice and snow-related disasters. However, others believe this frost butterfly is the manifestation of souls who lost their lives to grief and the cold. Inexplicably, an Usura-hicho is the Guardian Spirit of the "Yuki-Onna".
  • An Ice Person: Usura-hicho is associated with winter - those who venerate it are said to be protected from such disasters. Equipping it as a Guardian Spirit grants a passive "Water Damage" bonus.
  • Snow Means Death: Others believe the Usura-hicho is the manifestation of those who died from grief or cold. This turns meaningful when one becomes the Guardian Spirit of the Yuki-Onna boss, as this yōkai is traditionally themed around those who perished in the snow.
  • White Mage: Usura-hicho has a number of abilities suited against fighting demons, such as the ability to restore Hit Points upon purifying "Yokai Realms" and granting a large resistance to its effects on ki regeneration.

Moon-hares are no rarity in Japan's folklore, legends and myths. Such creatures are said to be impossibly fast: when lightning flashes across the sky, it is in fact the Gyokuto racing to Earth and back to the moon. It's said the Gyokuto spend their time on the moon making medicine or mochi ("rice cake"). Regardless, stories tell of the Gyokuto having kind dispositions, always working to provide their blessings to humanity.
  • Badass Adorable: Like the Paired Raiken, Gyokuto takes the appearance of a yellow-colored bunny, but it's a lightning-elemental Guardian Spirit offering many passive bonuses.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Gyokuto's description outright makes it one of the nicest Guardian Spirits, but it's more than fine with fighting by William's side.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Gyokuto's passive abilities grants higher sprinting speed while also increasing Light Attacks and the power of ninjutsu tools. Furthermore, it increases the amount of Hit Points earned from consuming elixirs. Effectively, this makes Gyokuto fill most of what the Starter Mon Guardian Spirits have, but not have as much as they could.
  • Luck Manipulation Mechanic: Upon activating it as a Living Weapon, Gyokuto increases the Luck Stat, allowing more rare drops for loot when enemies are defeated.
  • Super Speed: If the legends of lightning strikes actually being the Gyokuto are true, this means they're literally capable of moving at the speed of light.

The "Vermillion Bird", the Suzaku was worshipped since ancient times as the guardian of the south and the symbol of fire. Sometimes conflated with the phoenix, it is said to appear only when the current ruler is just and highly moral. Most of the time, it possesses the body of a small bird, but its true form is that of a beautiful winged creature wreathed in flames, which only awakens when the current ruler is selflessly motivated to accomplish something truly great.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: One would never guess the irritable little sparrow on Mototada's shoulder is actually the Suzaku.
  • The Four Gods: Suzaku is one of them, the divine protector of the south, representing summer and fire.
  • Heroic Second Wind: It grants its user the ability to automatically activate Suzaku as a Living Weapon on the verge of death (provided the Amrita Gauge has been filled up), akin to the traditional phoenix of Western mythology that has Resurrective Immortality.

In Japanese mythology, the holy deer is said to be a messenger of the gods. The Shin-roku, in particular, is often drawn to heroes in order to lead them to victory. It is also said to be the physical embodiment of nature itself, healing small wounds and injuries instantaneously. As such, it is worshiped by low-ranking warriors and soldiers, since they're usually first to face the risk of injury or even death. Being such a heroic Spirit, it's no wonder why one is the partner of the legendary warrior Honda Tadakatsu.
  • The Chooser of The One: The Shin-roku is attracted to heroes so as to lend them their assistance.
  • Dishing Out Dirt: Shin-roku's special attack causes it to create a small quake in front of players. In the second game he becomes a lightning spirit.
  • Life Drain: Choosing Shin-roku as a Guardian Spirit passively provides a small amount of Life Drain to your Strong Attacks.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The Shin-roku takes the shape of a stag.
  • Nature Spirit: Said to be the embodiment of nature, the Shin-roku even has a few budding flowers on its antlers.
  • Shout-Out: That the Shin-roku resembles a stag, has the passive ability to sense the location of kodama on the mini-map, and is touted as the physical embodiment of nature, while regenerating even the deadliest of inflicted wounds are all references to the "Forest Spirit" of Princess Mononoke.

    Narikama Tanuki 
For the longest time, tanuki (along with foxes) have been believed to possess supernatural powers, thus it's very common to hear stories of tanuki who've taken the form of humans. The Narikama Tanuki in particular is one of the oldest surviving tanuki, living off the spirit energy gathered from the dreams of the hard-working common folk. It's believed that worship of it will prevent disasters and bring prosperity. Among its most devout are villagers and landowners, with one closely tied to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
  • Bouncing Battler: Summoning it directly as a Guardian Spirit and the Narikama's Tanuki's animations all involve it bouncing on the ground to attack.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Narikama Tanuki's passive effects are mainly focused on survival rather than defense, allowing players to retain half of their lost Amrita after death, having a chance of not consuming an elixir upon use and even restoring Hit Points at critical levels.
  • Sizeshifter: Narikama Tanuki's special attack has it bounce around briefly in normal size before dropping down as an oversized Guardian Spirit.

A mystical crow with three legs and three eyes that is said to see all across heaven and Earth, with nothing escaping its notice. In Japanese mythology, it was venerated as a holy guide who helped lead heroes down the right path, and as the god of hunters and archers. Saika Magoichi was the first leader of the Saika clan to enjoy its protection as a Guardian Spirit.
  • Blow You Away: Yatagarasu uses gusts of wind to inflict negative statuses on the enemy. Becomes Fire in 2.
  • Life Drain: Choosing Yatagarasu as a Guardian Spirit passively provides a small amount of Life Drain to your long-range attacks.
  • Long-Range Fighter: It is quite beneficiary to the players using a rifle-focused build, granting increased long-range damage and a chance to not consume ammo.

The holy spirit of the lion, whose roar shakes the skies like thunder, many worship the Kara-Jishi that tears through the heavens to vanquish evil. The Kara-Jishi's proud figure has inspired many paintings, and even Noh productions. It's said the Kara-Jishi will only follow those who are pure in heart and sharp in body and mind. However, these high conditions resulted in very few figures in recorded history who have been known to have enjoyed its protection.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: Its special attack doesn't particularly do that much damage, but deals several hits in a short time, which will often cause it to inflict a negative status effect or enemiesnote .
  • Energy Weapon: The Kara-Jishi's special attack has it fire a beam of lightning in a long narrow cone in front of players, after a pretty long windup.
  • Lightning Bruiser: No pun intended, the Kara-Jishi passively blesses players with additional offensive and defensive capabilities such as extra damage and health restoration on skills, while reducing ki cost from guarding.

In Japan, foxes are known far and wide as servants to the God of Harvest, and have long been believed to possess mystical powers. Foxes blessed with such power are very proud, and thus reluctant to use it for humans, but if they should accept one as their master, they will serve with absolute loyalty. Izuna is no exception; if anything, it has even stricter standards for who it will serve, and will only accept those who are proud, capable, and loyal to their own masters, just like itself.
  • Blow You Away: Izuna is a Wind Guardian Spirit, improving any wind damage to your attacks.
  • Doppelgänger Attack: The Izuna's special attack involves it pouncing at the enemy along with its clones.
  • Easy Exp: Izuna rewards you with a small amount of Amrita on strong attacks, though by the time you get it, it may not be anywhere near the amount from slaying minor enemies on higher difficulties. However, it is excellent for activating bonuses that trigger on acquiring Amrita.
  • Healing Factor: After the Living Weapon wears off, it grants limited life recovery.
  • Kitsune: Izuna is a benevolent fox spirit based off the servants of the kami Inari.

    Atlas Bear 
The wrath and ferocity of nature given form, originating from the far southwest, legend has it that if one paints a baby's face with the Atlas Bear's fur pattern on the first day it hears lightning, the Bear will protect the child for the rest of its life. Those who live under the Atlas Bear's protection will grow up strong and healthy, and will survive dangers that would most likely kill an ordinary human being. An oddball among Japan's ensemble spirit, the Atlas Bear allies itself with Yasuke, the "Obsidian Samurai".
  • The Berserker: Similar to the Enko, Atlas Bear's passive effects strongly encourages players to fight with reckless abandonment by ignoring the use of the "Ki Pulse" mechanic, increasing damage dealt when ki is low, while shortening the recovery cooldown of during ki restoration. Paired in tandem with the Axe Mystic Art, "Intensity", which increases the damage of attacks that reduce ki to zero, it's easy to see who gets the most out of the Bear.
  • Ground Punch: Atlas Bear's special attack is a quick, simple, small radius slam that deals great damage.
  • Overprotective Parent: The Atlas Bear is an entity of a child's protection.

The "Black Tortoise", a cross between a turtle and a serpent, Genbu has been worshipped since ancient times as the guardian of the north and the symbol of water. The dual nature of its intertwined snake and turtle bodies have also made it a symbol of yin and yang; indeed, its ties to Onmyōdō magic are deep. Highly skilled Onmyōdō mages venerate Genbu as their Guardian Spirit, and have mastered the many powers of water in order to extinguish fire, which they see as an agent of chaos.
  • Anti-Magic: Equipping Genbu as a Guardian Spirit gives its user a bonus to magic defense.
  • The Four Gods: Genbu guards the north, representing winter and water.
  • Making a Splash: Summoning Genbu for a special attack makes several geysers erupt from the ground.
  • Mighty Glacier: Genbu passively reduces the speed of your sprint, but grants a powerful boost to magic as well as a defense bonus based on your magic stat, and even prevents Guard Break while casting spells. For this, Genbu stands out as the only Guardian Spirit (in the base game) with a drawback.

    Tengen Kujaku 
The rainbow-colored Tengen Kujaku is said to wield the incredible power of clairvoyance, the blessing of future sight. They're also rather flighty and unpredictable. Those who've been blessed with the Tengen Kujaku's protection are said to lead interesting lives of drama and turmoil, none moreso than the infamous warlord Oda Nobunaga. It was said one month before his assassination at Honnōji Temple, a great comet streaked across the night sky, which some believe was in fact the Tengen Kujaku.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The Tengen Kujaku are stated to be mercurial. Incidentally, Real Life satirical depictions of Nobunaga have often characterized him as being whimsical, such as testing out a matchlock rifle by shooting it at Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling: This Guardian Spirit comes with the full package by marking Amrita, enemies, kodama and loot on the mini-map.
  • Stance System: Tengen Kujaku has the unique trait of granting stance-specific bonuses upon absorbing Amrita - "Damage Up" in High Stance, "Defense Up" in Mid Stance and "Dodge Ki Reduction" in Low Stance.
  • Spell Blade: Tengen Kujaku greatly encourages use of elemental infusion, as it increases the strength and duration of these effects.

    Bisha's Centipede 
Introduced in the Dragon of the North expansion. It is revered as an envoy of the god of war and wealth, Bishamonten. The myriad legs of the centipede represent different aspects to different groups. For warriors, they embody the discipline and determination to continue marching forward, never retreating, a trait desired in any soldier. For merchants, the legs are reminiscent of the footsteps of many customers, and the prosperous business that will certainly follow.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: The Centipede's passive abilities encourage you to fight head-on rather than through tricky evasion. For starters, it sacrifices the damage bonus of attacking from behind for a melee damage boost, while allowing you to deal damage through enemy guard as well as a reduction to Ki Usage for Strong Attacks.
  • Badass Mustache: A pair of antennae sprout from the Centipede's nostrils, giving it this effect.
  • Beast with a Human Face: Unlike every almost other Guardian Spirit, Bisha's Centipede possesses a humanoid head.
  • Dig Attack: Bisha's Centipede's special attack has it burrow into the ground then start bursting out at enemies near you.
  • Money Multiplier: The Centipede gives a hefty boost to money earned from slaying enemies, which helps lessen the money grind.
  • Poisonous Person: The Centipede passively grants Poison to your weapon a la the Gallnut Broth poison, as long as your weapon doesn't already have an element.

    Blue Dragon 
Introduced in the Dragon of the North expansion. Also known as "Seiryu" in Japanese, the Blue Dragon has been worshiped since ancient times as the sacred protector of the east, and represents the wind elemental. With close associations to springtime, the season of flourishing vegetation and new life, the Blue Dragon is said to watch over energetic and ambitious adolescents. In certain regions, people revere this divine creature as a symbol of the Japanese Emperor, but the Blue Dragon is said never to protect those who are shallow or insincere. As such, in order to gain acceptance from the Blue Dragon, one must accomplish deeds so great as to have their name live on in eternity once they have left the mortal world.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Similarly to Bisha's Centipede, Blue Dragon rewards you for staying on the offense. It grants increased Ki Regeneration, while granting a boost to melee performance as well as damage reduction so long as you're attacking.
  • Counterattack: Blue Dragon's special attack works this way. Upon being summoned, it floats beside you until it takes a hit or after some time has passed, punishing attackers with a powerful gale that will likely inflict it with a status effect.
  • The Four Gods: The Blue Dragon represents the east, representing the winds of spring.

Introduced in the Defiant Honor expansion, and based on the mythical "Qilin", Enku is a creature of Chinese origin, acting as the Eastern equivalent of a Unicorn. It is often depicted with a draconic head, with thick eyelashes and manes along with antlers, while its body is that of an ungulate. Despite their fearsome appearance, the Enku is said to only punish the wicked of heart, while showing absolute kindness to those undeserving of its wrath. It is said that they even float inches off the ground for fear of harming the very grass they walk on.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: The Enku is described as a benevolent creature, even floating off the ground so that it does not harm the grass! However, it is aligned with Sanada Yukimura, who was often attributed as the greatest warrior in all of Japan!
  • Burning Rubber: Enku leaves a trail of fire in its wake during its special attack.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Unlike the wyrm-like Blue Dragon and Mizuchi, the Enku's form is much closer to that of a deer or horse than a reptile of any kind.
  • Speed Blitz: Heavily Downplayed, unlike the Paired Raiken. Enku's special attack has it charge forward through opponents before running in the opposite direction.

Originally introduced in Dragon of the North before being made playable in Defiant Honor. The Nurarihyon was the Guardian Spirit of the late Kagetsuna Kojuro before possessing Date Masamune. In Japanese lore, the Nurarihyon takes the shape of an old man with a short stature, an oddly elongated head, and often elegant clothing. This rather benign image belies its true nature as an incredibly powerful Yōkai, and is even called "the Supreme Commander of All Monsters". Its presence is such that all yokai listen to the Nurarihyon's every word with respect and treat him has their leader. This effect even extends to humans, as when a Nurarihyon slips into a busy household to indulge himself on food and drink, the humans are very much unable to stop him as they treat him as though he is the master of the house.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Oh yeah, this fellow looks quite silly with his short stature and wobbly head, and its behavior makes it sound like it's basically just a moocher. However, he's actually the most powerful and elite of all yokai in the world, and his very presence compels everyone and everything to show him respect.
  • Compelling Voice: Whenever the Nurarihyon feasts on the food of humans, they'll be compelled to treat him like the master of the household.
  • Cthulhumanoid: Nurarihyon's form is that of a cross between an octopus and an elderly humanoid man, with his limbs being tentacles.
  • Death by a Thousand Cuts: His special attack can deal a tremendous amount of damage within a short time, despite being a gradual damage field.
  • Making a Splash: His special attack has him spit out three orbs of water that explode into damaging fields upon hitting an enemy or on the ground.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: It's said that the Nurarihyon's behavior is that of a wealthy gentleman, acting very politely while having a strong preference to luxurious foods.
  • Token Heroic Orc: Unlike every other Guardian Spirit being an animal associated with nature or divinity, Nurarihyon is a straight-up Yōkai, and the most powerful and influential one known to man. Unlike other yokai, Nurarihyon is firmly allied with humanity, and in Japanese myth, is still a polite being even when pulling the mischief yokai are known for.

Originally introduced during the main game before being made playable in Bloodshed's End. The Janomecho was the Guardian Spirit of Yoshitsugu Otani, but after his death it was passed down to his son-in-law Yukimura Sanada. A humanoid Guardian Spirit possessing butterfly wings and antennae, Janomecho is said to have a strong connection with death and the soul, and that all who speak its real name die— hence why people call it Janomecho, a type of butterfly known as "minois dryas" in English. Samurai would often pray to it before heading into battle, believing it would bestow great power upon those willing to risk their lives for glory.
  • Blow You Away: It grants the user control over winds.
  • Healing Factor: After the Living Weapon wears off, it grants limited life recovery.
  • Speak of the Devil: Whoever speaks the spirit's true name will certainly die, so it's referred to as Janomecho.

    Nine Tails 
As it's name suggests, Nine Tails is a fox guardian spirit with nine tails, each containing enormous power. Able to control fire as well as psychologically manipulate people, Nine Tails once took the form of a strikingly beautiful woman and manipulated a monarch into terrorizing his people. As such, the guardian spirit struck fear into people, who believed it brought chaos to the land. Conversely, there are those who worship Nine Tails, seeing it as a sign that peace will soon come to the world. Whichever side one believes, all agree that it you see one, the world will soon be turned on its head.
  • Item Farming: Helps with this by increasing the drop rate of Divine and Ethereal equipment.
  • Kitsune: It is a nine-tailed fox spirit, based off Tamamo-no-Mae of Japanese folklore.
  • No-Sell: Downplayed. It grants the user a chance to nullify elemental damage taken.
  • Physical God: NiOh 2 reveals that it is Tamamo-no-Mae, one of the Three Great Yokai alongside Otakemaru and Shuten Doji, who were considered so powerful and dangerous they were labelled "Demon Gods".
  • Playing with Fire: It gives a buff to fire-based attacks, lowers an enemies defense when their inflicted with the fire-status ailment, and summoning it will have it launch flames in front of it.

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These wolf guardian spirits, also known as Oguchi-no-Makami, are said to be the servants of the mountain gods.Mountain wolves were seen as the embodiment of the fear and awe men felt towards the mountains, the domain fo the gods, that they were unable to claim for themselves.

An eagle-like guardian spirit enveloped by lightning. They are also known as Ame-no-Hinatori or Takehinatori, and are seen as either a servant of the lightning gods or as a lightning god itself.

This guardian spirit, resembling a shark, is actually a type of tatari-gami (cursing god). Although they are usually hostile towards humans, they will offer their protections to those that worship them. It was said that Kagewani would eat the shadows that fell on the surface of the sea, and that those who had their shadows eaten would die shortly after. This was deemed to be a way of punishing man for venturing out of his realm. As such, sailors would make offerings to appease the sea gods before venturing out into the waters

Masaru is a Guardian Spirit that takes the form of a monkey. Throughout Japan, monkeys have long been thought to be messengers of the mountain gods or the mountain gods themselves. This is perhaps not entirely unusual, seeing as they look so similar to humans, and are yet so unlike us. At the Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine, a monkey known as Masaru is worshipped as the messenger of the mountain god, Sanno Gongen. Sanno Gongen is the sun god and god of Mount Hiei, a mountain to the northeast of Kyoto that, because of its location in an inauspicious direction, was believed to have the power to ward off evil. Tokichiro always felt a deep connection with Hiyoshi Taisha Shrine due to its similarity to his own childhood moniker, Hiyoshimaru. It is said that this led to his devout worship of Sanno Gongen

  • Anti-Frustration Features: Increases the Auto-Grave Recovery chances, which means the chances of automatically recovering all your Amrita and your Spirit from the grave if you died.
  • Playing with Fire: Has the fire element and a bright fur to show it.
  • Light Is Not Good: Considering that it will be Tokichiro's spirit and Tokichiro's fate on the long run...

hirohami is a Guardian Spirit in the form of a white viper. White snakes are worshipped in many regions of Japan as messengers or personifications of the gods, often being seen as symbols of growth, rebirth, long life, and prosperity. The messenger of Benzaiten, patron goddess of prosperity and the arts, is believed to be a white snake that will bring one vast riches. This belief has led to the Japanese practice of keeping the shed skin of a snake in one's wallet, or using a wallet that is made of snakeskin. Many snake deities are also considered gods of the water, a famous example being the white snake emissary of the Suwa Grand Shrine. The viper's powerful venom and extremely resilient nature have long made it an object of reverence, so a white viper in particular should be considered a most powerful spirit.

  • Life Drain: Gives a bonus to this skill when slaying an enemy.
  • Making a Splash: Has water/ice based powers.
  • Poisonous Person: Being a giant viper, Shirohami not only enables you to imbue your weapon with venom, but also makes enemies easier to poison.

Rokugezo, meaning "Six Tusked Elephant", takes the form of a gigantic white elephant. Elephants were once used in Tianzhu (modern-day India) as a symbol of military might, with the number of elephants possessed by an army corresponding to that army's perceived strength.

It is said that in heaven, elephants served as the Buddha's mode of transport. It is widely known that the boddhisatva Samantabhadra and Sakra, Lord of the Devas, were also elephant riders themselves.

Okuri-Inu is a dog spirit that is said to follow those who walk the mountain roads in the night, killing and eating those who are unlucky enough to lose their footing. While this makes it feared, it has also been known to protect mountain folk from wolves. Some choose to worship Okuri-Inu, believing that its predatory nature serves as a precautionary tale that serves to educate and therefore protect the people.

  • Evil Counterpart: The description makes him one to the Makami: while the former is a noble and divine wolf spirit, the latter is a vicious dog monster who prey on travelers.
  • Death Activated Super Power: Increases the chances of activating a Youkai Shift upon death if the player is in the Dark Realm and has the full gauge.
  • Playing with Fire: Like Magami, this canine uses fire, as seen with the paper lantern on his neck.

A Panther spirit that boosts Guard and Anima.

  • Dark Is Not Evil: A massive black panther with a red sash who's actually a good-alinged spirit.
  • Panthera Awesome: A black panther, rather than a tiger or a lion. Fits well with Nobunaga's open mindness towards the west and other countries.
  • Playing with Fire: A fire spirit, can leave a trail of flames behind.

Yaonami-Hime possesses the upper body of a woman and lower body of a fish. Once the daughter of a noble family in the Heian period, she consumed the flesh of a mermaid and was granted eternal life. However, her immortality came at a price as she was forced to watch the people she loved depart this world one by one. Unable to bear the sadness and loneliness that accompanied her gift, she finally drowned herself. It is said that deep beneath the water's surface, she was transformed into a mermaid. Mermaids have existed in Japanese folklore for many centuries. Besides being written about in the Nihon Shoki in the year 720, there is also the famous account of Prince Shotoku, who built a temple to honor the request of a soul who had been turned into a mermaid due to their deeds in a previous life. Mermaids are seen as both auspicious and inauspicious, with some considering them ominous portents of natural disasters and others believing in their ability to extend one's life or protect one from fire.

  • Life Drain: Her main bonus revolves around this.
  • Making a Splash: She has many water-related abilities.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She looks like a Japanese counterpart of Saoirse, and just like she can always prevent William from dying, Yaonami's immortality is linked to Mumyo's own indefinitively expanded life induced by the Tsuba of the Seven Branched Sword.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: References the legend of Yao Bikuni, the woman who ate the flesh of a mermaid and became immortal as a result.

A two-headed bird spirit who increases the Ki.

A dream-eating Tapir spirit that provides Anima bonus.
  • Call a Pegasus a "Hippogriff": Despite being quite clearly a Baku, the game uses the term "Yumehami", literally "Dream Eater".
  • The Corruption: Tokichiro obtaining it from Toshimitsu is the impetus behind him succumbing to his greed and ambition.

Hakutaku is a sacred beast that fathoms human speech and is said to have knowledge of all things. According to legend, this three-eyed beast with the beard of a goat is said to only appear before the virtuous. It is believed that Hakutaku possesses an immense amount of knowledge about the world of spirits and demons, including the knowledge of how to drive away those who cause illness. There is even a theory that the Yellow Emperor, one of ancient China's Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors who is said to be the ancestor of modern medicine, received his medical knowledge from Hakutaku itself. This has led people from all walks of life, from statesmen to commoners, to keep drawings of Hakutaku on their person or by their bedside to drive away misfortune or disease
  • Horned Humanoid: While traditionally depicted as a quadrupedal beast, this Hakutaku has a humanoid posture and form, resembling a man-goat more than anything else.
  • Talking Animal: Another talking spirit, like Saoirse and Nekomata.

Inosasao is an ancient boar that is said to have gained supernatural powers over its many years of living, its immense age apparent by counting the dwarf bamboo stalks that grow on its back.Since the Jomon period, the wild boar has been worshipped as a symbol of childbirth and bountiful harvests due to its ability to produce many offspring. Others worship it as a symbol of the power of nature, its ferocious strength and sharp tusks reminding them how savage nature can be. While the worship of boars has become less common over time, several legends of boars who have come to the aid of humans remain.
  • Full-Boar Action: A giant white boar covered in red markings and bamboo leaves.
  • Incendiary Exponent: User of the Fire Element, Inosasao's magic will have him shrouded in flames and charging his enemies.
  • Papa Wolf: He's accompanied by two smaller piglets, and boars are renowed as protective of their young.

A whale guardian spirt that increases the drop rate of Tea Utensil

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