attack_power_icon_nioh_2_wiki_guideAttack Power x0.85 attunement_limit_1_icon_nioh_2_wiki_guideAttunement Limit 24
defense_power_icon_nioh_2_wiki_guideDefense Power x1.20 phantom_icon_nioh_2_wiki_guideYokai Shift Phantom

Guardian Spirit Protection

Special Effect Bonus Stat req.
Anima Bonus (Ranged Hit) A- -
Life +200 -
Tenacity (Damage Over Time) - -
Strong Attack Ki Damage +15.0%

Skill + Strength = 14

secondary_icon_guardian_spirit_nioh_2_wiki_guide_24pxLife Drain (Yokai Ability Hit) A Stamina + Magic = 12

Kagewani is one of the three starter Guardian Spirits
, along with Ame-no-Mitori and Makami.
Guardian Spirits can be selected on the Shrine menu and each provides a different boost to the player.
Activate Yokai Shift by pressing + (BY on Xbox/Steam controller)when the Amrita Gauge is full.


Kagewani Description

"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."

"While wani means crocodile in modern Japanese, it was also previously used to refer to sharks. There is also a theory that the Kagewani was in fact a crocodile, sea serpent, or orca that later transformed into a shark as a manifestation of the image its many worshippers held of it."


How to unlock Kagewani

  • Available as one of the 3 starting guardians
    • If you do not choose it then, you can receive this guardian spirit from either completing The Shrine of Oaths or The Point of No Return, depending on the spirit you did choose. You will have all three starting spirits by completing both of these side missions.


How to use Kagewani

  • See Yokai Shift for control scheme
  • The Guardian Spirit Skill is two smaller sharks appearing and start circling where Kagewani comes from the ground, after which damage starts being dealt. It hits for small damage before Kagewani dives underground, dealing  moderate amounts of physical and water damage. Enemy humans hit by the final hit will be stunned in a similar mater to getting hit by Spear Flourish if hit with the final attack. Both Kagewani jumping and diving will stagger yokai enemies. It  can lock down enemies for an extended period of time on it's own, but the startup is slow.
  • This is the defensive Guardian Spirit of the three starters, having one of the lowest attack multipliers but also one of the highest defense multipliers, as well as several defensive passive effects. The main problem with the Guardian Spirit is the passives not scaling well later in the game. The life drain effect in particular is very powerful life steal especially early game, but the effect can be found elsewhere, such as from a Kasha Soul Core, which eventually gets a stronger version of the effect, and it's one of the rank-based effects that do not scale well with stacking multiple forms of it. The tenacity effect has a similar issue where it can be found on any armor piece and accessory, so while it is useful it falls off later on where it can be easily accessed elsewhere.





Builds using Kagewani




Nioh 2 Guardian Spirits
Amabie  ♦  Ame-no-Mitori  ♦  Atlas Bear  ♦  Baku  ♦  Blue Dragon  ♦  Genbu  ♦  Gyokuto  ♦  Hakutaku  ♦  Hiyokucho  ♦  Ho  ♦  Ho-oh  ♦  Hoh-oh  ♦  Hyobishin  ♦  Inosasao  ♦  Isanagami  ♦  Itokuri  ♦  Janomecho  ♦  Kurama Tengu  ♦  Kuzunoha the Fox  ♦  Makami  ♦  Masaru  ♦  Mizuchi  ♦  Nekomata  ♦  Nine Tails  ♦  Oh  ♦  Okuri-Inu  ♦  Rokugezo  ♦  Saoirse  ♦  Saorise  ♦  Shin-Roku  ♦  Shirohami  ♦  Sohaya  ♦  Suzaku  ♦  Tengen Kujaku  ♦  Usura-Hicho  ♦  Yaonami-Hime  ♦  Yatagarasu  ♦  Yumehami


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    • Anonymous

      Playing the game with a friend and he noticed that my gauge build up is slow as ***** while he'll get his filled faster. I'm assuming Kagewani is slow at building up its gauge. I don't remember if the Kagewani in the first game was this slow as well.

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