Enemies in Nioh are varied and challenging, ranging from human rogues, samurai, and bandits to supernatural entities known as Yokai. Not all Yokai in the game are immediately hostile, and some are even friendly. This page lists all the enemies encountered in the game during exploration.
- See the Bosses page for the more powerful foes in the game.
- To check the compendium of both friendly and hostile Yokai that are encountered, check our Yokai page.
Enemies of Nioh 2
Soldiers/bandits equipped with a sword, spear, dual hatchets, or axe. Marksmen equipped with swords and either a bow, rifle, or hand cannon.
Sohaya Yokai hunter equipped with either a switchglaive, splitstaff, dual hatchets, or fists. Last 2 weapons appear in the DLCs taking place in the Heian Period. Also able to use Onmyo Magic and other buffing abilities.
Samurais that may be equipped with a sword, dual swords, spear, axe, or odachi. Appear larger than soldiers. In some main missions, some samurais will be named and appear as special enemies with unique armor and weapons.
Shinobi that are equipped with dual swords, kusarigama, or tonfas. Able to use shuriken and other basic ninja tools. Marksmen also equipped with bows, rifles, or hand cannons.
Dwellers are humans turned into yokai by the foul miasma in the depths of a mine.
A yokai composed of smoke and darkness, born from the grudges of humans who met their untimely ends in the Dark Realm.
Gaki is a yokai that was once human, cast down to Gakido upon dying due to the sins it committed during its lifetime.
Ippon-Datara is a one-legged, one-eyed yokai. It is most commonly encountered in the vicinity of mines and it is believed to have gained its unsightly form after years of harsh labor as a blacksmith.
A yokai in the shape of an umbrella. It has a single large eye at its center and a single leg in place of a handle.
Kappa are diminutive Yokai with green skin, a dish-like depression on their heads, and a turtle-like shell on their back.
Magatsu Warriors are armored warriors and corpses that have transformed into yokai by the power of the spirit stones.
This man-eating yokai takes the shape of a snake with a woman's head.
The yokai known as Nurikabe (noo-REE-KAH-bay) take the form of a giant living wall.
Oni-bi resemble floating balls of fire. They are formed when the elemental power of fire, water, wind, lightning or earth coalesces around the will of a dead soul.
Toxic slime has a malleable body that is very resistant to attacks, so the key to repelling one is to aim for its glowing core.
Waira have giant bodies with a single sharp claw on each of their forelegs.
Yokai taking the form of armored skeletons.
A human turned fiend by the power of Amrita. Also known as a form of oni, a muscular, horned humanoid dwelling in the mountains.
An Enki is a monkey that has been transformed by Amrita into a yokai after a lifetime of cruelty and abuse by humans.
Ko-umi-bozu, literally "small-umi-bozu" are the resentful souls of samurai who died fighting at sea.
A yokai taking the form of a monk playing a biwa lute.
Mujina are badgers transformed into crafty and cunning yokai.
Yamanba, also known as Onibaba, are yokai with the form of an old woman.
Mitsume Yazura is a three-eyed, eight-faced yokai, born when the souls of various beasts combined.
Soldiers that have come to harness the power of yokai by using Spirit Stones.
Karasu Tengu, giant Tengu with wings like a crow's, has been known to humans since ancient times.
Koroka were once old stone lanterns, and are considered a type of "tsukumogami" (an item that has acquired a spirit.)
A Mezuki is a demon with the head of a horse.
A gigantic Oni with a single eye in the center of its face.
Gozuki is a demon with the head of a bull.
Yatsu-no-kami is a serpent god with a horn made of countless blades protruding from its foreheard.
A Kamaitachi is said to ride the wind, slashing at its victim with biting gales.
One-eyed imps are yokai who look like a little boy with a single large eye in the center if their face.
These yokai feature elongated necks, although they are indistinguishable from regular humans when their neck is reteracted.
The Snowclops are one-eyed yokai that leave behind bizarre tracks in the snow- a trail of single footprints that ends abruptly.
A Tatarimokke is formed when a large number of resentful spirits coalesce to form a giant owl.
A yokai like a wheel with a gigantic face attached to it.
As yokai that appears in legends from the Oga peninsula in northern Dewa Province, the namahage are viewed as savage servants of the gods.
A female yokai with a long bolt of cotton cloth wrapped around her.
Spiders are carnivorous arthropods. Under the influence of Spirit Stones, they metamorphose into gigantic yokai that prey on humans.
A Tesso was originally a monk who died while bearing a grudge, transforming into a giant rat yokai.
Daidara Bocchi is a giant that features in folktales all over Japan.
Gyuki is an enormous yokai with the legs of a spider and head of a bull.
A Kasha (literally "fire chariot") is a yokai that snatches corpses and spirits them away to hell.
Lady Osakabe is a yokai that has possessed an entire castle, lending the building her life force.
Magatsu warriors are armored warriors and corpses that have transformed into yokai via the power of the spirit stones.
A huge red oni born from a pack of angry ghosts.
O-nyudo (oh-NYOO-doh) are yokai that take the form of a gigantic monk and are said to be former novices who were unable to fully leave the lay world behind and broke vows of their temple.
Otakemaru is considered one of Japan's three greatest yokai, alongside Tamamo-no-Mae and Shuten Doji.
The red kappa is a special kind of kappa found in the land of Tono in northern Mutsu Province.
Ryomen Sukuna's unusual form is composed of two demons, red and blue, who are joined at their backs.
Shuten Doji is considered one of Japan's three greatest yokai, alongside Tamamo-no-mae and Otakemaru
An Ubume was once a grieveing mother unable to bear the death of newborn child.
While Kiryoki bear a resemblance to the yokai Enki, they wield a unique weapon that is able to change its form
Uminyudo is a grotesquely gigantic yokai from the depths of the ocean.
Bakegani is giant crab yokai that have made many an appearance in folktales told all over Japan.
The Nuppeppo is a yokai that resembles a lump of flesh.
Pronounced NEW-ay. A yokai chimera.
Yasha were once a noblewoman, transformed into demons by Spirit Stones and their own hatred.
The Oboroguruma is a yokai in the form of an ox carriage.
The Tsuchigumo is a giant, spider-like yokai with many limbs.
The fox spirit is a fox-based yokai that is highly intelligent and possesses strong magical powers.
The White Tiger is one of the four legendary beasts-gods of the cardinal directions, said to be protector of the West.
The Giant Toad is, as its name implies, a yokai in the form of an enormous toad.
The Lightning Gods of Yomi are not a singular entity.
Hellish hags are demons with a frightful countenance, and can be found living in Yomi, the Japanese underworld.
The Underworld Soldiers, are demons who form the army of Yomi, the Japanese underworld.
Konaki-Ji ji is a yokai from the Shikoku region who takes the form of an old man.
Tate Eboshi, the yokai that haunts Suzuka Pass, was once a bandit. She was born to an unmarried mother, who eventually died in an epidemic.
Itsumade is a birdlike yokai of unknown origin. Though not much is known about this creature, it is often seen in places where many corpses that have not received proper burial are found.
Kinki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata. In the Taiheiki, Fujiwara no Chikata is described as a very powerful noble of the Heian period, who controlled the region surrounding the border of Iga and Ise.
The harinobo is a yokai formed by worn-out needles and broken blades.
Ongyoki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
Fuki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
Suiki is said to be one of four demons employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
The Nightmare Bringer is thoroughly governed by its feelings of loathing, amplified a hundredfold by all the resentment absorbed into its body.