Soul Cores are special items in Nioh 2. Soul Cores hold remnants of a yokai's power. They are occasionally obtained when defeating yokai, and can be used by attuning them with your Guardian Spirit. Make haste to a shrine and cleanse that which you reap, lest you forfeit the precious spoils of battle.


How to Use Soul Cores

A soul Core freshly procured from a Yokai is tainted with traces of the Yokai Realm and must be purified to remain in this world. Its powers are inscrutable as long as it remains in this impure state. Should you fall in battle, your Guardian Spirit will attempt to retain any impure Soul Cores in your possession at your grave. Losing your life again without the protection of your Guardian Spirit will result in the Soul Cores being lost forever.


Purify and Attune Soul Cores

Praying at a shrine will purify any Soul Cores in your possession. Use the "Manage Soul Cores" menu to attune your Guardian Spirit with a purified Soul Core and grant it the power that lies within.

  • Each Soul Core has an Attunement cost, and you can equip several of them depending on your total Attunement Limit.
  • Soul Cores unlock Yokai Skills for your Guardian Spirit, and using them will cost Anima.
  • Soul Core Rank is a stat that indicates how powerful the Soul core is. The higher the rank, the stronger are its special effects.


Soul Fusion

You can use the Soul Fusion option under the "Manage Soul Cores" at any Shrine. Here you can upgrade you Soul Cores to higher levels using Mortal Soul Cores or two of the same Soul Core. This will allow you to raise the Soul Core Rank of the Soul Core, to a maximum of 9. This improves some of the bonuses of the Soul Core, but not the Attack and Defense.

Resting Rites

You can use the Resting Rites option to scrap a Soul Cores in exchange for Soul Fragments. Obtaining a certain amount of Soul Fragments will increase your Shifting Level, granting you a Skill Point in Shifting.


How to Get Soul Cores

Soul Cores are obtained from Yokai Enemies in the game. They have Special Effects from a random pool of properties, and unlock special Yokai Skills.

Special Effects of Yokai Soul Cores

  • Anima (Damage Received)
  • Equipment Drop Rate
  • Anima Charge (Critical)
  • Anima (Amrita Absorption)
  • Attack (Yokai Shift)
  • Fire Damage
  • Item Drop Rate vs. Human
  • Anima Guage Charge
  • Melee Damage vs. Unscathed Enemy
  • Other Realm Resistance
  • Anima Charge (Dark Realm)
  • Paralysis Resistance
  • Anima (Grapple)
  • Equipment Drop Rate vs. Humans


Soul Cores List of Nioh 2

Enemy Effects
Dweller Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Paralysis Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Grapple) 1.2
Yokai Skill: Dark Digger
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 5
Yoki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Amrita Absorption) D-
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Attack (Yokai Shift)  +22
Yokai Skill: Fiendish Frenzy
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Ippon-Datara Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Scorched Enemies) C+
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Equipment Drop Rate +3.5%
Yokai Skill: One-legged Fury
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 7
Yatsu-no-Kami Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs Poisoned Enemy +20.8%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge +4.4%
Yokai Skill: Impaling Doom
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 9
Enenra Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima +9
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Fire Damage +8.2%
Yokai Skill: Fire Twister
Anima Cost 60, Att Cost 9
Nure-Onna Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Poison Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Backstab +1.0%
Yokai Skill: Petrifying Gaze
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Gaki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Dark Realm) +15%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Yokai Ability Hit) D-
Yokai Skill: Chomp
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 4
Waira Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs Unscathed Enemy +1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Other Realm Resistance +1.2
Yokai Skill: Wormhole
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 8
Kamaitachi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Quick Attack Damage +1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Dash Ki Consumption -1%
Yokai Skill: Rising Winds
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 10
Kappa Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Water Attack) C-
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Luck (Yokai Shift) +51
Yokai Skill: Indestructible Shell
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
karakasa-umbrella-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallKarakasa Umbrella
Karakasa Umbrella Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Water Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Enemy Paralyzed Accumulation +8.4%
Yokai Skill: Rain of Terror
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 6
magatsu-warrior-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallMagatsu Warrior
Magatsu Warrior Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Active Skill Damage +1.6%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge Bonus (Cumulative Damage) C
Yokai Skill: Magatsu Muscle
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 10
Enki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Damage Taken) C
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Defense (Yokai Shift) +32
Yokai Skill: Monkey Dance
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 5
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallMitsume Yazura
Mitsume Yazura Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Enemy Sensor
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Critical) +10.4%
Yokai Skill: Corrupted Breath
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Scampuss Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Buffed) +9.0%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Ki Recovery (Unscathed) +1.0%
Yokai Skill: Scampush
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 2
Skeleton Warrior
Skeleton Warrior Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Critical) +10.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Soul Core Drop Rate +2.0%
Yokai Skill: Skeleton Bowman
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 6
Nurikabe Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Received -0.5%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima (Timely Guard) 9
Yokai Skill: Wall or Nothing
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 8
Infernal Oni-bi
Infernal Oni-bi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Damage +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima (Elemental Attack) C+
Yokai Skill: Fiery Reinforcement
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 4
Kodama Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elixir Efficacy +5.0%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Kodama Blessing Power-Up +10%
Yokai Skill: Go Nuts
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 3
Karasu Tengu
Karasu Tengu Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima +0.7
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Onmyo Magic Hit) D
Yokai Skill: Tengu Tactics
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 4
Yamanba Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Movement Speed (Yokai Shift) +8.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Grapple Damage +3.1%
Yokai Skill: Sharp Old Hag
Anima Cost ??, Att Cost 4
Mortal Soul Core
Perform Soul Fusion with this to strengthen another Soul Core.



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