Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand is a Sub Mission in Nioh 2. This mission is recommended for level 52, has a difficulty level of 3, and features a human enemy. Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand tasks players with defeating Honda Tadakatsu who has challenged you to a duel. This mission is unlocked after completing the Sub Mission: The Tiger Approaches. 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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Equipment & Materials
Soul Cores
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Key Items
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Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand

Mission Start Text

Some time has passed since you saved me at the battle of Anegama. The strength I saw in you has stayed with me, and it is this that brings me here today to make this humble request... Would you see fit to take me on in a duel?

There's no need to hold back. I want you to come at me with everything you've got!

Mission End Text

I cannot stop trembling.

Facing an opponent as strong as you make me feel so alive!

I hope we can lock blades again, when we are both stronger still.

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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Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand Walkthrough

A Duel Against Tadakatsu


For this mission, you'll want to make further preparations first before starting. Prepare your magic, ninjutsu, and choose your best weapon and armor since you'll immediately find yourself at the boss arena where you'll fight against Honda Tadakatsu. There are no shrines or any collectibles here such as Kodama, Sudama, Scampuss or locks, as well as the Dark Realm. The goal is to fight Tadakatsu and win the battle to complete this mission.


When you arrive, take advantage of him and shoot him on the head with your rifle. Doing so will cause him to fall on the ground allowing you to follow-up with a grapple attack while he's on the ground. Tadakatsu is a master at wielding the spear and he can call forth his guardian spirit, Shin-Roku to call forth bolts of lightning onto your position. He telegraphs this move quite slow, and when he does call out his guardian spirit, you'll have enough time to dash away before the lighting hits the ground. The blast leaves an electric AoE on the ground as well that lasts for a short while.


When you also fight him, be sure to take your time and jump in when you see an opening, usually, after he charges in with his spear or tosses rocks at you. Always keep your guard up as well since at mid or long-range, he can poke you with his weapon with a single strike or a two-hit combo. Also, when he uses a strong attack and a red aura appears, dash away as far as you can or roll at the time of the impact to avoid getting hit by the shockwave he releases. Since you're also fighting a human, the Kusarigama weapon works best here since you can use the chain of the weapon to pull him in which knocks him off-balance allowing you to follow up with a few strikes. To learn more about this boss, you can click here or you can check the video guide that is linked below.


Once you've defeated him, speak to Tadakatsu and a short cinematic will trigger that shows a bit of his past. After the cutscene, you'll be possessed and obtain his Guardian Spirit: Shin-Roku - this completes the mission.






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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  ♦  Bond of the Blade  ♦  Boundless Chaos  ♦  Calling on the Fire God  ♦  Dark Omens  ♦  Dawn of Hope  ♦  Hidetatsu's Dying Wish  ♦  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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