Bond of the Blade is a Sub Mission in Nioh 2. This mission is recommended for level 229, has a difficulty level of 1, and features both human and yokai enemies. Bond of the Blade tasks players with challenging Minamoto no Yoshitsune to a duel. This mission is part of The Tengu's Disciple DLC. Please see Missions for other walkthroughs on other missions.



General Info


Video Walkthrough

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Mission Rewards

First Time Completion
Subsequent Completion
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  • 68800 Gold
  • 546776 Amrita


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Equipment & Materials
Soul Cores
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Skill book


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Bond of the Blade

Mission Start Text

"Thank you for granting me this wish. Now, clear your mind and take up your weapon. Show me that you have what it takes to bring this to an end."

Mission End Text

"...So, I am defeated. But curiously enough, I feel no regrets. Is there any greater means than combat to know another? No, it is surely in battle, with life and death hanging in the balance, where the truest bonds are forged. I shall never forget the sheer grace of your technique. It was more than worth the wait."

Kodama Locations

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Sudama Locations

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Scampuss Locations

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Spa Locations

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Locks Locations

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Bond of the Blade Walkthrough

Challenge Minamoto no Yoshitsune

To obtain this sub-mission, travel to the Interim and speak to Benkei and Yoshitsune. This mission is a duel against Minamoto no Yoshitsune and you will need to defeat him in order to complete it. There are no collectibles that can be found in this sub-mission. When you arrive, Yoshitsune will be at the arena. To begin, approach him or start off by shooting him on the head to stun him for a short moment and follow up with a critical strike.

You'll be fighting against him for the second time, just like your first battle in the main mission: Eternal Rivals, so his moves are basically the same just like in the previous mission. Once the battle starts, be ready to block, he'll start off by shooting out a couple of projectiles at you. If you see a myriad of swords that appear behind him and fly up in the air, be ready to dodge to your sides to avoid the rain of swords that land in a straight line towards your position. This boss is one of the most agile bosses you'll encounter, so you need to keep moving, be ready to dodge a lot, and make sure you counter his burst attacks so that you interrupt him and attack him a couple of times before he recovers.

Yoshitsune is even more deadly when he conjures the dark realm, allowing him to shoot a cluster of swords at you which quickly depletes your stamina bar. Be patient when he's attacking and if he tries to execute a combo strike, you can dodge to your side to avoid it and then rush towards his back to attack him - successfully defeating him completes this sub-mission, simply speak to him to exit the arena.



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Trivia & Notes:

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Nioh 2 Sub Mission
A Familiar Glow  ♦  A Favor for the Blacksmith  ♦  A Formal Match  ♦  A Hot-blooded Howl  ♦  A Message From the Deceased  ♦  A Prayer in the Moonlight  ♦  A Shadow's Duty  ♦  A Spirit's Return  ♦  A Storm in the Underworld  ♦  A Voice in the Twilight  ♦  Abduction  ♦  Against All Comers  ♦  An Encounter Among the Blossoms  ♦  An End to Seclusion  ♦  An Error in Calculation  ♦  Battle at the Temple  ♦  Boundless Chaos  ♦  Calling on the Fire God  ♦  Dark Omens  ♦  Dawn of Hope  ♦  Hidetatsu's Dying Wish  ♦  Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand  ♦  Imagawa Diehard  ♦  Immovable  ♦  In Search of the Elixir  ♦  Insatiable Bloodlust  ♦  Japanese Heart Yokai Smarts  ♦  Learning a Lesson  ♦  Lingering Snow and Crimson Tracks  ♦  Master of the Three Evils  ♦  Mataza of the Spear  ♦  Okuni's Search  ♦  Prisoners of the Stones  ♦  Restless Spirits  ♦  Restoring Harmony  ♦  Rivals Return  ♦  Scattered Fragments  ♦  Scroll of the Demon  ♦  Shadows Creep in Kurama  ♦  Song of the Yokai  ♦  Soul of the Warrior Monk  ♦  Stray Cats  ♦  The Aberrant Mage  ♦  The Alluring Ancient  ♦  The Bravest of the Brave  ♦  The Brothers’ Blades  ♦  The Buddha's Palm  ♦  The Burning Sky  ♦  The Demon King's Blade  ♦  The Demon Slayers  ♦  The Dragon Clan  ♦  The Dream's End  ♦  The Fallen Star  ♦  The Fire God's Magatama  ♦  The Forest Veiled in Darkness  ♦  The Golden Nation  ♦  The Greedy Hunter  ♦  The Lost Sword  ♦  The Loyal Retainer  ♦  The Missing Gun  ♦  The Nine Symbols  ♦  The Point of No Return  ♦  The Refined Man of the Underworld  ♦  The Revelry Ends  ♦  The Roaming Artisan  ♦  The Scented Letter  ♦  The Search  ♦  The Shiftling's Wise Judgement  ♦  The Shrine of Oaths  ♦  The Sunomata Yokai Hunt  ♦  The Sweet Scent of Plums  ♦  The Tale of the Taira  ♦  The Third Word  ♦  The Tiger Approaches  ♦  The Viper and the Butterfly  ♦  The Warrior  ♦  Undying Light  ♦  Way of the Ninja: Veteran  ♦  Words of Respite  ♦  Yaksha Returns



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