Enemy Type Yokai
Weakness Purity
Resistances Fire, Water, Lightning, Corruption, Confusion, Poison, Paralysis
Immune ??
Special Drop Smithing Text: The Exceptional One's Armour
Smithing Text: Tosa Governor's Armour
Otakemaru Soul Core
Weathered Bone & Bleached Twig
Barbarian's Hatchets
Ebony Tonfa
Tenegashima Matchlock
Royal Horned Helm
Bonepile Spear
Great Chidori Cross Spear
Tiger of Higo's Greaves
Red Demon Greaves
Seething Dragon
Hand Cannon
Bloodspider Blade
Demon's Axe
Child of the Sun's Helmet
Ichigo Hitofuri & Oyako Toshiro
White Bone Spirit Tonfa
Rotten Rope Cutter

Otakemaru is a Boss and Enemy in Nioh 2. Otakemaru is an appallingly destructive Yokai enemy that attacks with all three of the player Yokai Shifts: Feral, Brute and Phantom.


Enemy Description

Otakemaru is considered one of Japan's three greatest yokai, alongside Tamamo-no-Mae and Shuten Doji. He appears in legends as a demon god who resided in the Suzuka Mountains along the border of Ise and Omi Provinces. He is said to have possessed great supernatural power, with the ability to fly, summon storms, or even cause fire to rain down from the sky. By order of the emperor, Otakemaru was eventually killed by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, and his remains sealed in Byodo-In. It was said that Otakemaru could never be killed as long as he had his three holy swords, and since the swords were capable of repairing themselves in the event of them being damaged, Otakemaru was essentially invincible.

Kashin Koji, the mysterious man whose red eyes each contain three pupils, was really a form of Otakemaru who was sealed, who was sealed in Byodo-In. The seal containing Otakemaru was weakened due to the ongoing war, allowing a small amount of his Anima to escape and coalesce into the form of Kashin Koji. Acting in the shadows, Kashin Koji's goal was to set his true self free. Otakmaru was once persecuted by humanity,  leading to his vehement hatred for the entire human race. There is no doubt that if ever a day would come when Otakemaru escaped his prison, he would not hesitate to kill every living soul in Japan.

The three swords Otakemaru wields are known collectively as the Sanmyoke. The Sanmyoken is made up of Daitoren, Shotoren, and Kenmyoren, and three swords are considered treasures of the heavens themselves. It is said that Otakemaru's ability to summon lightning or fire from the sky is due to the power that resides within these holy swords. If this theory proves true, it may perhaps be possible to predict which of his attacks he will use next depending on the sword he holds in his hand.


Otakemaru Locations & Drops

Smithing Text: Vajra Tonfa  
Smithing Text: Sakon's Spear 
Smithing Text: Justice Ministry Armor
Smithing Text: Big Dipper Blade & Heishishorin-ken (Shichisei & Heishishorin) 
Smithing Text: Shoudakiri Mitsutada & Shinogito Shiro (Candlestick Slicer & Ridged Sword) 
Smithing Text: Ame-no-Mahitotsu's Axe 
Smithing Text: Ishida Masamune 
Smithing Text: Futsunomitama 
Smithing Text: Onimaru Kunitsuna 
Smithing Text: Raijin's Claw 
Smithing Text: Watatsumi's Watch 
Smithing Text: Phoenix Wing 
Smithing Text: The Exeptional One's Armor 
Smithing Text: Sanada's Crimson Armor 
Smithing Text: Kusanagi Tsurugi 
Smithing Text: Tsuruga Masamune & Hocho Toshiro 
Smithing Text: Yamauba 
Smithing Text: Great Chidori Cross Spear  
Smithing Text: Great Holly Spear 
Smithing Text: Snowmelt Kusarigama 
Smithing Text: The Drying Pole 
Smithing Text: Hornthrust Bow 
Smithing Text: Tsunonotsuki Bow 
Smithing Text: Golden Sun Helmet 
Smithing Text: Tosa Governor's Armor 
Smithing Text: Gallant Armor 
Smithing Text: Sanada's Crimson Armor 
Smithing Text: The Exceptional One's Armor 
Smithing Text: Narukami


How to Beat Otakemaru

Otakemaru Boss Guide:


This fight is dividade in 3 Phases.

1) 50% ~ 100% Health: He can transform into all three of the player Yokai Shifts: Feral, Brute and Phantom.

Brute: While he is the brute form he will be slow. Try to get near him, so he attacks you. Dodge backwards, wait for his combo to finish and then go in to deal some damage

Feral: While in the feral form he is very agile and it's very difficult to keep track of his attacks. Try to stay at a medium distance and force him to use his burst attack. When he does, perform a counter burst to stop him and deal damage.

Phantom: When he shifts into Phantom, run near him and attack him as much as you can.

2) 25% ~ 50% Health: He will transform into a true Yokai and use a one-handed sword. He can use three type of swords: Fire, Water and Lightning. His attacks depend on the type of sword he is using, so keep an eye on his sword to be ready for his attacks.

3) 0% ~ 25% Health. When he drops to 25% health he will summon 4 floating hands and his swords will hover around him. He will gain new attacks and will be able to swap swords faster.



Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1 (50% ~ 75% Health)
Feral Burst: While in Feral form, he can perform a forward burst attack. Use your burst counter to stop his attack and strike back
Phantom Disc: While in the Phantom form, he can summon a disc that follows the player dealing damage Run in circles to avoid the disc and attack as much as you can while staying close
Phase 2 (25% ~ 70% Health)
Fire Sword
Fire Sword Attack: He will charge from a distance jumping to the player and creating an explosion. Wait until he is in the air and doge left or right. Use the opportunity to strike back
Fire Explosion: He will strike the ground with his sword creating fire explosions around him. Use your guard to prevent the damage
Dual Sword Burst: He will summon a second sword and perform a quick burst attack forward You can use your burst counter to cancel his attack.
Frost Sword
Ice Explosion: He will strike the ground with his sword and create ice pools at the player location that will explode after a short period of time. You can see the area of the explosion before it happens. Run away from the pool to prevent the damage.
Ice Sword Attack: He will perform a combo forward creating ice explosions around him. Run away from him.
Ice Ranged Attack: He will conjure ice projectiles on top of his head and throw them at the player. The projectiles are slow so if you run in circles they won't be able to reach you.
Lightning Sword
Lightning AoE: He will strike the ground with his sword summoning lightning strikes in a big AoE around him. Run away from the AoE.
Lightning Strike: He will quickly move forward attacking with a lightning strike Dodge left or right.
Phase 3 ( 0% ~ 25% Health)
Can still use all attacks from phase 2
Elemental Disc: He will combine all his swords and throw them like a disc to the player. This attack deal Fire, Water and Lightning damage at the same time. This attack deals a lot of damage and is very quick. The best option is to use your guard.
Sword Rain: Elemental swords will start falling from the sky at the players location dealing elemental damage.  




Notes & Trivia

  • His yokai text translates to : WAIT...THOSE EYES...COULD YOU BE?  HOW I LONG TO MEET SUZUKA AGAIN




Nioh 2 Bosses
Ashiya Doman  ♦  Azai Nagamasa  ♦  Benkei  ♦  Daidara Bocchi  ♦  Enenra  ♦  Gyuki  ♦  Hachisuka Koroku (Boss)  ♦  Hattori Hanzo (Boss)  ♦  Honda Tadakatsu (Boss)  ♦  Imagawa Yoshimoto  ♦  Kamaitachi  ♦  Kasha  ♦  Kashin Koji  ♦  Kukai (Boss)  ♦  Lady Osakabe  ♦  Lightning God of Yomi  ♦  Maeda Keiji  ♦  Maeda Toshiie (Boss)  ♦  Magara Naotaka  ♦  Matsunaga Hishaide (Boss)  ♦  Mezuki  ♦  Minamoto no Yorimitsu  ♦  Minamoto no Yoshitsune  ♦  Nue  ♦  Obsidian Samurai  ♦  Oda Nobunaga (Boss)  ♦  Okabe Masatsuna (Boss)  ♦  Okabe Motonobu (Boss)  ♦  Onryoki  ♦  Ren Hayabusa  ♦  Ryomen Sukuna  ♦  Saika Magoichi  ♦  Saito Toshimitsu (Boss)  ♦  Saito Yoshitatsu (Boss)  ♦  Shibata Katsuie  ♦  Shibata Katsuie (Human)  ♦  Shuten Doji  ♦  Taira no Kagekiyo  ♦  Tate Eboshi  ♦  Tokichiro (Boss)  ♦  Tsuchigumo  ♦  Tsukahara Bokuden  ♦  Uminyudo  ♦  White Tiger  ♦  William  ♦  Yatsu-no-Kami


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    • Anonymous

      18 Apr 2021 00:16  

      This guy was fun to fight. I beat him first try both in the base game and then his weird 4-leg form in the DLC.
      Both times i just used my patented "spin-2-win" mode where I keep my SG in mid-stance and just use cyclone 50 times. The DLC version got me a little spooked though, had to dodge around a tad more and heal up sometimes.
      I like his character type. Very much like Dracula from castlevania (in the sense that he gave humanity a chance, but they squandered it and he went for genocide)

      • Anonymous

        04 Sep 2020 20:43  

        Does he actually drop the Sarutobi Gunsticks text? Its not listed here but ive read he does. I dont want to farm him for a week if it isnt on his list.

        • Anonymous

          19 May 2020 19:16  

          That latest update to the game made it much easier to get to him. There’s a new mission thats also a boss rush. You have to fight Yatsu-no-Kami and Shuten Doji first, and then you get to fighting Otakemaru in his real form. Not even a bigger and badder version of our Yokai Shift. Just straight up him starting with one sword, and then three when a certain amount of his health-pool is drained (you know..... the usual). Makes it SO much easier to farm items from him in my opinion. But I can understand not wanting to fight a Yatsu-no-Kami at that high a level. So you do you.

          • Anonymous

            25 Apr 2020 19:00  

            Can somebody change the picture with the actual boss? Right now its just a frame from a cutscene showing a character’s yokai shift phantom form.

            • Anonymous

              18 Apr 2020 12:30  

              1Inosasao + 2Saoirse...Kato clan ...2 weakness talismans ...anima bonus on all soul cores for amrita absorption ,damage taken ,etc. Yesterday meet Otakemaru and killed in 2nd try ... Soul of Cinder fight in Nioh

              • Anonymous

                17 Apr 2020 08:13  

                Lots of people experience difficulties with different bosses in Nioh. No matter who says the hardest boss is, there is gonna be a debate and start a huge arguement. For someone who has not played Nioh 1, they will find Nioh 2 difficult. For those who played Nioh 1, the game is alot of easier. For me, hardest boss in Nioh 2 is Otakemaru, and I actually beat him on my first try. Its not about how many times you die, his skill sets are complex and has many different phases to deal with, so its not easy to remember all this in a fight. Burst countering different speeds, dealing his different combos and many more aspects.

                • Anonymous

                  05 Apr 2020 02:05  

                  Now this is a final boss; I love it when a final boss uses attacks from other bosses throughout the game, as well as having some epic signature attacks. The only move I don't like is his unblockable, insta-kill fireball that he can rotate to track you with. Also, I think it should be mentioned that this fight is made easier by Tokichiro helping you; his Guardian Spirit, Masaru, will appear a total of 3 times to attack the boss, showing up shortly after the start of each phase. Whenever Masaru disappears, it leaves behind an orb that looks like the Mission Complete orb, and if you touch it, you get 1/3 of your Yokai Shift charged. Being with the Toyotomi clan will also make this orb into a free health regen.

                  • Anonymous

                    04 Apr 2020 15:07  

                    I don't see how people consider him the hardest Boss in the game. I found him much easier than Enenra, Tokichiro (either version), Lady Osakabe, Shibata Katsuie or his human version. Even Daidara Bocchi was harder for me.

                    • Anonymous

                      26 Mar 2020 17:45  

                      I like how nobody mentions his lightning ball he throws that covers a larger area than you can avoid. Literally the only move that gets me, and the only move not listed. Amazing.

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