Yatsu-no-Kami

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Enemy Type Yokai
Weakness Lightning
Resistances Water
Corruption
Poison
Immune Paralyzed
Special Drop Yatsu-no-Kami Soul Core
Impaling Doom Yokai Skill

Yatsu-no-Kami is a Boss and Enemy in Nioh 2. Yatsu-no-Kami is a powerful snake-like Yokai that attacks with poison and aggressive charges.

 

Enemy Description

  • Pronounced "YAHT-soo-no-kah-mee." Yatsu-no-kami is a serpent god with a horn made of countless blades protruding from its forehead. These blades can be shot like arrows at the yokai'snn foes. Under the influence of the Dark Realm, its snakelike arms gain sentience and spring forth from its body to join the fight. Take heed when its white body turns black, for this is a sign that it is about to call forth the Dark Realm
  • While it is now called a god, Yatsu-no-kami was originally a guardian deity to humans who were in pursuit of certain goals. It is said that many Yatsu-no-kami once thrived in the wetlands, until a man named Matachi of the Yahazu clan attempted to cultivate their land. The yokai stood in his way, and were driven from those lands as a result. Matachi planted a stake in the ground and declared it a border between the realm of the humans and the yokai. He then built a shrine so as to appease the yokai and avoid their wrath.
  • The Yatsu-n-kami is worshipped at Shirahebi Shrine is a great white serpent, and its cast-off skin is kept as a sacred object in a cave at the heart of the shrine. While it was once a gentle deity that protected the mountains and swamps, Saito Yoshitatus's use of Spirit Stones transformed it into a raging being known as an aratama. It spews corruption from its body, creating poisonous swamps wherever its vile fluids land. Those who aim to defeat it must be prepared with measures to counter its noxious poison.

 

Yatsu-no-Kami Locations & Drops

 

 

 

How to Beat Yatsu-no-Kami

 Yatsu-no-Kami Boss Guide:

 

It's good to have a long reaching weapon for this fight, preferably one that has an overhead vertical attack of some kind so that you can strike the head and arms easily.

When the fight starts the snake will charge you immediately, step to the side and try to sever one arm with a vertical attack or two, and then the other arm if you can. It's hard to get both arms, but you can usually get one at least. Then be prepared to Block any attacks he may do and dodge if he tries to grab you. 

Next you want to try to bait his orange attacks so you can get some free hits, making sure to Block if he tail swipes and dodge if he grabs. There are few openings where you can attack safely and still have Ki to Block, so stay patient and look for the openings.

When you go to the Dark Realm you'll want to dodge him as much as you can, and avoid the small snakes if you didn't sever both arms. You don't need to focus on them and they rarely do anything noteworthy, so try to stick to the Boss and avoid getting killed.

While it's generally a good idea to play defensively in this phase, and you should, you can still get some opportunities to attack now and then if you pay attention. Punish his mistakes, and get in shots when he does his orange attacks in this phase if you can.

When you return to normal mode, it's business as usual, but he will summon new arms shortly afterwards. Again try to sever these when you get openings, but don't be too aggressive. Rinse and repeat, Blocking all attacks but the grab, and punishing the openings made by the orange attacks.

 

Attacks & Counters

Attack Counter
Phase 1
When the fight starts the snake will charge you immediately. Sep to the side and try to sever one arm with a vertical attack or two, and then the other arm if you can.
Be prepared to Block any attacks he may do and dodge if he tries to grab you.
If you get too close to the boss, it will perform a 360 tail sweep on the ground.
Try to stay away when that happens
One of its main attacks is where it digs its arms in the ground and springs them out from the ground to grab you. This attack leaves the boss slightly vulnerable to your attacks if you successfully dodge the arms and quickly go in for a few strikes.
Yatsu-no-Kami will slams its whole body on the ground. If you dodge this attack, you have a couple of seconds to attack
 Phase 2 
The snake arms will separate and fight as two separate enemies that will spit poison at you take out the smaller snakes and then focus on the main boss. These snake enemies do reappear after some time, but it gives you some time to focus on the main boss.
   

 

   

Notes & Trivia

  • Carrying Antidote is a good idea for this fight since you can become Poisoned easily. You can farm some from enemies outside this Boss fight.
  • Be sure to use a weapon that has an attack that can reach his head. Many weapons have High Stance attacks that can do this with ease.

 

 

 

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    • Anonymous

      18 Aug 2020 19:21  

      This guy tore me a new one in places where there aren't places. High stance spear on his head then circlestrafe for the win.

      • Anonymous

        30 Jul 2020 04:00  

        After about 50 attempts I managed to kill it. I had just a tiny bit of health left, but managed to sma***** by being aggressive in the final seconds, though my Ki was depleted. I still have no idea how to avoid its snake choking attack, the one where you're close to it and its body chokes you and then its head stings you. I don't understand what Team Ninja were thinking with this boss. It's sort of an interesting boss fight, but takes way too many attempts to figure out and the boss obviously has too much health. After this boss fight the Onmyo novice training unlocks in the dojo, and if you've played your Onmyo points right, you can prepare 4 Sloth talismans for the next mission. Hang in there.

        • Anonymous

          30 Jul 2020 04:00  

          After about 50 attempts I managed to kill it. I had just a tiny bit of health left, but managed to sma***** by being aggressive in the final seconds, though my Ki was depleted. I still have no idea how to avoid its snake choking attack, the one where you're close to it and its body chokes you and then its head stings you. I mean, you have to go close to deliver damage or you won't win. I don't understand what Team Ninja were thinking with this boss. It's sort of an interesting boss fight, but takes way too many attempts to figure out and the boss obviously has a bit too much health. After this boss fight the Onmyo novice training unlocks in the dojo, and if you've played your Onmyo points right, you can prepare 4 Sloth talismans for the next mission. Hang in there.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jul 2020 17:19  

            After about 50 attempts (always solo) I managed to kill it. I still have no idea how to avoid its snake strangling attack, the one where you're close to it and its tail strangles you followed by a head sting and a push away (I play Nioh 2 in Movie mode, but expect this to be in Action mode too. I think it's described as: 'Yatsu-no-Kami will slams its whole body on the ground' above).

            I don't understand what Team Ninja were thinking with this boss. It's sort of an interesting boss fight, but it takes way too many attempts to figure out, and the boss obviously has too much health.

            After this boss fight the Onmyo novice training unlocks in the dojo, and if you've played your Onmyo points right, you can prepare 4-5 Sloth talismans for the next mission. You'll need it, because they throw in the clearly most difficult enemy from Nioh 1, Raven Tengu, there.

            • Anonymous

              25 May 2020 04:13  

              50 kills later... huh, it became easier. Who would’ve thought? But seriously though, the fight becomes easier if you focus high stance attacks on his sides, try to hit those snake arms if you get the chance. Makes is much easier. They will dissapear if you kill them (obviously) and imagine Dark Realm Yatsu-no-Kami without those little snakes distracting you. Not only will he not be able to grapple you anymore, his moveset just decreases with 50%.

              • Anonymous

                03 May 2020 00:12  

                I don't know why but I really don't find this fight all that difficult. I died to him about three times because of simply stupid playing and the got the hang of him pretty easy.

                • Anonymous

                  20 Mar 2020 19:49  

                  supposedly drops the Shrine Maiden armor smithing text .... not for me tho, damn thing hasnt dropped it in over 100 attempts

                  • Anonymous

                    20 Mar 2020 05:26  

                    This boss will let you win after roughly 6hrs. You will notice that the cap on blue grave summons gets increase by ~10lvls, and the boss no longer gets more difficult as fight progresses (no longer ramping up of attack tracking).

                    • Anonymous

                      19 Mar 2020 16:19  

                      Try to force him 2 use the hand snakes (make em attack from ground) and then simply mezuki soul core to kill them (as a bonus u may hit him n the face w it) Dodge his attacks and stay away from him if possible then again try to make him attack from underground run n hit

                      • Anonymous

                        15 Mar 2020 04:53  

                        def the hino enma of this game surprisingly tough and fast for its size just run you heavyst hitting weapon and slowly poke her down was using an axe despite me being a switchglaive kusi user took her finally down what felt like an ethernity

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