Shibata Katsuie

Enemy Type Yokai
Weakness Poison, Water
Resistances Fire
Immune ??
Special Drop

Deadly Spiral (Hatchet Skill)
Smithing Text: Oni Shibata's Armor Oni Shibata's Helmet
Oni Shibata's Greaves
Urn Splitter Hatchets
Chinese Crown Helmet

Shibata Katsuie is a Boss and Enemy in Nioh 2. Shibata Katsuie is a Yokai enemy that attacks with tusks like a boar and he uses fire element..


Enemy Description

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Shibata Katsuie Locations & Drops



How to Beat Shibata Katsuie

Shibata Katsuie Boss Guide:

Shibata Katsuie can be found in a small square battlefield. Most of the fight he will be rushing at you from wall to wall.

Try to stay in the middle of the room and avoid his charge attacks. He will usually recover after finishing one of his moves so use the opportunity to strike back.

Using Firestop Talismans and Fire Resistance equipment can be a good idea to increase your durability.

 While in the Dark Realm all his attacks will be imbued with fire. He will also gain a new charge using his weapons to move around the battlefield and leaving a trail of fire behind. You can use ki-damaging weapons (f.e.: fists or tonfas) and exploit his low ki by spamming ki-damaging active skills (Battering Ram for the fists, for example) to get him out of the Dark Realm. Usually 2-3 Battering Rams are enough to reduce his ki to 0, where you can switch to a faster, DPS-oriented weapon and wail on him as much as you'd like to. If you manage to land enough hits with any active skill or a Yokai skill (f.e. the Namahage soul core ability), you can stagger him and he will be open for a counter when he returns to the normal world. This method basically nullifies his Dark Realm phases, as if you manage to reduce his max ki even by 20% (on NG, that is), it will be more than enough to use the Battering Ram on him 2x, or later, even just once, to get his ki down to 0.

When Shibata Katsuie uses one of his charge attacks (either the normal charge, or the grab) dodge TOWARDS him, so you roll through the boss and end up behind him. It will stop his charge, so he won't run back and forth in the room, and you get the chance to atack him from behind. It makes the fight much easier than dodging him left and right until he decides to stop.

Attacking his horns during one of his non-grab charge moves deals a large amount of permanent Ki damage. Doing it twice stops his charge attacks.

Blocking either charge attack does not take much Ki. If you have a move that attacks quickly out of block, like Sword of Discernment, this is a safe way to attack his horns.


Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
Fire Boar: He will summon a Fire Boar that runs forward leaving a trail of fire Dodge either left or right and attack him until he recovers.
Burst Combo: He will perform a powerful combo with his axes while moving forward You can burst counter this attack.
Whirlwind Attack: He will move forward while spinning his axes around him. Run away from him in the opposite direction and wait for the attack to finish.
Rush Forward: He will rush to your location trying to stomp you. If he gets close enough, he will attack from below with his weapons Try to stay in the center of the room and dodge toward him (through him).
Weapon Rush: He will rush to your location using his axes and leaving a trail of fire behind Try to stay in the center of the room and dodge toward him (through him).




Notes & Trivia

 • This boss is extremely weak to poison, water and purity.

• Only try to block his charges if you are using heavy armor sets, if you are using light armor sets then dodge will be the way to go.

• Do not be greedy and impatience, the boss has extremely large health pool. But he is weak to poison, so your safest strategy will be just poison him to death or exhaust his ki while running around the arena.

• Using a fast attack weapon is ideal since the player’s main objective is to apply poison, saturated or purity effects and his exhausted time after his charges is short . If you are using a heavy weapon then now is the time to use a different weapon or at least consider using low stance.

• Only try to attack, buff or heal when he has used all of his charge attacks (three times). After that you will have at most three seconds to do everything you want with him. But do not be greedy, a lot of players have fallen because of that mistake.

• Tonfa is extremely effective against this boss. Especially if you can have purity (impure, buff) on it then you don’t even need to active skill, just quick attacks are enough to destroy all of his Ki. Another solid option will be hatchets with impure purity, at this point of the game, you will likely encounter them a lot of times, its fast attacks and ability to keep you at a safe distance with throwing hatchets strong attacks will be  extremely valuable in the hands of any players.

• All of his attacks hit like a truck but are extremely well telegraphed. Using sloth talismans and rejuvenation talismans are much more helpful than using Firestop talismans. The main reasons are the Firestop talismans maybe only ever be useful in the boss’s dark realm and even then you will likely still die because of his powerful charges or attacks in heavy armor or be staggered to death in light armor. Sloth talismans are useful in both phases of the boss fight as they can be used to slow all of the boss movements allow you some breathing spaces to attacks, reposition or heal the player health. The rejuvenation talismans will save you from being killed in his continuous charges and in dark phases can even save your life thanks to its healing overtimes will ease the fire damage of the boss. 


  • Kanji: Yomikata - Lore description.




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    • Anonymous

      25 Mar 2021 07:27  

      Idk if it'll help others but I personally struggled big time with dodging the grab with dash dodges, then switched to high stance with roll dodges and started avoiding it every time. Also started using Gozuki for when he charges and it breaks a tusk guaranteed every time. Made the fight a lot less of a hassle for me, maybe it might help others who have the same dramas.

      • Anonymous

        23 Mar 2021 22:38  

        for sword users, if you use the spell that adds a ranged energy wave to your high attack, his left tusk is very easy to knock off with the fast high attack. The right one is trickier but I've had luck with heavy high attack. First time I found a use for that particular spell.

        • Anonymous

          17 Mar 2021 10:03  

          For fists users: This guy gave me heaps of trouble until I switched up my strategy. Masterful slice on mid stance battering ram allowed me to essentially stunlock him into oblivion. About two loops of one heavy attack > battering ram to deplete his Ki and then switch up to whatever high damage options you have (Ryomen Sukuna soul core in my case) will eat through his massive health pool pretty fast. Combine that with something like poison and he shouldn't last too long.

          Hitting him with a storm kunai as he charges you can also break one of his tusks, but it's not 100% consistent. It's worth it though, because it makes it even easier to stunlock him. Just make sure you do this at the start of his charge or you won't recover in time and eat damage. Try to have a full Ki bar and sip some sacred water before he enters the dark realm. Don't get too greedy with your battering ram loops, and you should be good.

          • Anonymous

            09 Mar 2021 11:47  

            if you are using brute you can try to burst counter his charging attacks, it will do either phase you completely from the attack, the attack will hit you with the initial hit but he will keep going and ending it behind you, or the counter will hit and snap his tusk away.

            • Anonymous

              06 Mar 2021 01:37  

              This boss is not easy but if you can defeat the giant snake boss then you guys will surely rape this boss. Keep a cool head and the boss will be defeated in no time.
              I have edited and add some of my advices in the notes section of the boss. Hope these advices can help you defeat this boss and sorry for any grammatical errors you may encounter, English is not my main language. If you need any helps, just reply to this comment and I will do my best to help you.

              • Anonymous

                04 Mar 2021 09:05  

                I beat him yesterday without even touching him with my Odachi. Poison/Water Ninjutsu/Onmyo is all you need. I'm level 89, Dexterity 25, Magic 25. I used lvl 3 Poison Shuriken, Blister Beetle-Powder, Water Shot, Geyser Shot and Water Shikigami. Equip accessories with Ninjutsu/Onmyo power bonus (Divination Board, Writing Set). Use low stance and watch your Ki while dodging (I dodged his attacks mostly, blocked only a few, didn't have to use neither Burst Counter or Yokai Skills/Shift). Hit him only after he finishes his combo and gives you a window to attack him. Attack him just once, don't get greedy, his attacks are pretty unpredictable. I used light armor so I could dodge his attacks easily. Honestly, this boss gave me less trouble than the previous one lol. Good luck guys!

                • Anonymous

                  19 Feb 2021 08:07  

                  FYI I added some tips to his Dark Realm phases, you can trivialize them very easily and almost "skip" them altogether by depleting his ki. Read the boss guide if you struggle with that phase, you find the info there.

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Feb 2021 18:14  

                    Never commit to any combos and never attack him from the front. This is a long fight because the boss has a lot of HP and you need to wait for opportunities to attack. Quick weapons can get in 2-4 hits while heavier ones can do 1-2. When he brings the dark realm, just stand back so you have time to dodge his charges. Don't go up to his front unless it's to burst counter. If you bide your time and don't get greedy you can beat this guy.

                    • 21 Jan 2021 01:11  

                      I finally beat him after at least a hundred tries! If you break his tusks first, it makes this fight much more manageable as he won’t perform his charging attacks while both tusks are broke. He can regrow the tusks sometimes while summoning the dark realm.

                      In order to break his tusks I interrupt his charges. Best way to do this safely that I found is with kusarigama (“Black Vines” works extremely well). I start off the fight by waiting for him to charge. Once he charges, switch to mid/low stance and use Black Vines to interrupt his charge. You have to figure out the right distance. Too far and you’ll miss. Too close and he’ll hit you before you throw the kusarigama weight. Once his tusks are broke take every opportunity (especially when he whiffs his unblockable) to use Reaper on him. If you have the Tobikura Kusarigama, this helps a lot because it has Life Drain (High Attack). I also used the Gyuki yokai ability to poison him.

                      • Anonymous

                        13 Jan 2021 20:37  

                        I found out that you can actually block his charge attack and then counterattack to break his tusks. Also, seems like if both of his tusks are broken, he doesn't do his Rush Forward or Weapon Rush attack.

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Jan 2021 15:28  

                          This is when I figured out you can summon actual players in instead of AI I did it on accident, and after around 5 minutes of grueling fighting both of us took down the boss.
                          Both of us looked dumbfounded with the look waggle

                          • Anonymous

                            07 Oct 2020 04:16  

                            Hey! I've heard people struggle alot with this boss, here are my tips for an easy victory.

                            1. Phantom Burst countee works like a charm for all of his attacks.
                            2. If you have a larger weapon, blocking his melee attacks will help a lot, considering his tendency to pin you against the wall.
                            3. Purification and Sloth work wonders in the darkrealm.
                            4. Use Gyuki soul core, it will do godly ki damage and poison him.
                            5. Mid-stance is your best friend here.
                            6. Try to hit his tusks, it helps a lot.
                            7. Spam Ubume soul core. Devastates his ki. You can either tank a hit and use it, or you can wait until he's done with a charge to obliterate his ki.

                            I hope this helps with anybody struggling!

                            • Anonymous

                              03 Oct 2020 09:41  

                              This is The worst boss útil now ! Im giving up , i have died over 100 times. This boss is much overpiwer, i Always k.o b3cause his charge attack with one hit kill damas. I need help.

                              • Anonymous

                                19 Sep 2020 08:58  

                                if anybody need help still dont gotta use poison use a purity weapon it drains the ki bar fast and more damage

                                • Anonymous

                                  30 Aug 2020 20:13  

                                  This is the boss where i think only about one many people still have multiplayer set to search only local/same country cause there aint anybody spawning in my game and i let it be with summoning on for 4:00 - 4:30 hours. I swear 1/10 of the playtime is me being afk.... And no i am not a robot!

                                  • Anonymous

                                    21 Aug 2020 14:54  

                                    U need try stay behind him. He doesn't have any attack that can hit you there.Iin every attack just roll forward or diagonally forward.and you always be in safe zone behind him.

                                    • Anonymous

                                      14 Aug 2020 17:02  

                                      Does anyone ever succeeded in rolling through him?? Why take the risk when 1 sidestep will make him miss completely.
                                      Talking about his charge attack btw. If you time your brute counter, you can break his tusks. Do it twice and he won't be able to charge anymore. Dark realm charge is gone too.
                                      After a really long time they can grow back tho, just repeat burst counter.
                                      He will use his shoulder ram/charge more, but that one doesn't chase you across the room.

                                      • Anonymous

                                        07 Aug 2020 12:38  

                                        My blood pressure went up because of this boss. Not cool, not even a fun fight, just straight up irritating. Use lots of protection talisman and poison.

                                        • Anonymous

                                          31 Jul 2020 04:00  

                                          Lots of complaints on this one. It took me 30-40 tries using a tanky build with lots of health and I enjoyed it. Like people have said, this **** will give you absolutely no breaks. He will destroy you if you get greedy with hits. Because of that and his large health pool, this fight will take some time and all of it will require you to bear his onslaught and stick with it. A seriously tough fight requiring patience under pressure. Felt that much greater to beat him.

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