Japanese Heart Yokai Smarts is a Sub Mission in Nioh 2. This mission is recommended for level 110, has a difficulty level of 5, and features both human and yokai enemies. Japanese Heart Yokai Smarts tasks players with winning a duel against Hachisuka Koroku. This mission is unlocked after completing the Main Mission: Cherry Blossom Viewing in Daigo, as well as meeting conditions. 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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  • 28600 Gold
  • 57576 Amrita


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Equipment & Materials
Soul Cores
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Key Items
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Japanese Heart Yokai Smarts

Mission Start Text

I would love to trade blows with you, and for real this time, since things went a bit awry last time. Let's see who the stronger shiftling is once and for all!

Mission End Text

Gah... you win, you win. I've never come across someone as strong as you

Well, that's settled then. I'm not sure when, but I'm sure I'll see you around again... Some day.

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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Japanese Heart Yokai Smarts Walkthrough

A Duel Between Shiftlings


Hachisuka Koroku wishes to cross blades with you to see who's the strongest between the two shiftlings. Before you start this mission, it is recommended that you make further preparations since you'll arrive in the area where you'll fight against Koroku. Now, to unlock this mission, there are a couple of conditions that you must meet:

  • In the sub mission: The Shiftling's Wise Judgement, you must choose Koroku as your companion and fight against Shibata Katsuie with him.
  • Unlock the Interim location which is obtained through progressing the story. It will be available after the main mission: The High-spirited Demon. You can travel to the interim by clicking the grey icon on the bottom left of the world map.
  • Speak to Koroku in the interim and exhaust all of his dialogues. If ever he's not in the interim, make sure you speak to everyone, exhaust their lines, and complete the sub missions that are related to them. Once you complete the rest, re-visit the interim and speak to him again.


Now, for this battle, you're pretty much still fighting against a human character. If you want to gain a slight advantage, when you arrive in the area, ready your bow or rifle and shoot him on the head to damage him a bit. This guy wields a Kusarigama and uses water-based attacks. You'll want to be careful when he tries to reel you in that can knock you off-balance, maintain a safe distance and try to use your ninjutsu tools and magic to poke him from afar. His burst attacks can be countered easily especially when he lies on his back and tries to spin around towards you like a top. If ever he does this, you'll want to exploit it with your burst counter so that you can follow up with a combo. Also, since you're fighting a human enemy, using weapons that can knock an opponent off-balance such as reeling in an opponent with a Kusarigama will be helpful for this battle. Just be cautious when he conjures the dark realm when his health is low and when his stamina is completely empty. To learn more about this boss, click here - defeating this boss successfully completes this 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  ♦  Horns on Head Dragonfly in Hand  ♦  Imagawa Diehard  ♦  Immovable  ♦  In Search of the Elixir  ♦  Insatiable Bloodlust  ♦  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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