Yokai are a type of NPC and Enemies in Nioh 2. 妖怪 (Yokai) are powerful entities that are natural to the Yokai Realm ("Dark Realm" in-game). The convergence of the human and dark realms manifests as swirling grey smoke and approaching it will spawn a Yokai. Sometimes, the Dark Realm expands to an entire area of a Nioh 2 level, affecting your character's perception and abilities.
Yokai in Japanese Folklore
The word Yokai is used in Japanese to refer to spirits and demons: a combination of "bewitching and apparition", but are not necessarily seen as evil, as some are thought bring good luck.
Japanese folklore often represents these creatures as having animal features or shapeshifting abilities and attributes them the domain of the world between life and death. Please see the Lore page to understand more about overall Japanese history and the setting of the game.
The Dark Realm
The Dark Realm is the profoundly mysterious, sinister yet beautiful realm within which yokai dwell. In human form, you will see your Ki recovery decrease dramatically but gain Yokai Force faster while inside the Dark Realm. Yokai, however, draws power from this shadowy realm, becoming ever more fearsome within its borders.
To disperse the Dark Realm, one only needs to destroy the creature whose impure energy generates it.
Purify the Yokai Realm: Successfully regain the maximum amount from a Ki Pulse performed within the Yokai Realm. Purifying the Yokai Realm will remove it from that area.
Successfully regaining the full Ki from a Ki Pulse causes the Ki to resonate in the area. This resonance has the power to purify a manifestation of the Yokai Realm.
Yokai in Nioh 2
- Also, see Yokai Shift
A friendly Yokai that will give a blessing if helped find a nearby shrine.
A friendly Yokai that will enhance Yokai Force generation if petted.
A neutral Yokai that will give rewards if an item is dropped, but might also kill you.
Dwellers are humans turned into yokai by the foul miasma in the depths of a mine.
A yokai composed of smoke and darkness, born from the grudges of humans who met their untimely ends in the Dark Realm.
Gaki is a yokai that was once human, cast down to Gakido upon dying due to the sins it committed during its lifetime.
Ippon-Datara is a one-legged, one-eyed yokai. It is most commonly encountered in the vicinity of mines and it is believed to have gained its unsightly form after years of harsh labor as a blacksmith.
A yokai in the shape of an umbrella. It has a single large eye at its center and a single leg in place of a handle.
Kappa are diminutive Yokai with green skin, a dish-like depression on their heads, and a turtle-like shell on their back.
Magatsu Warriors are armored warriors and corpses that have transformed into yokai by the power of the spirit stones.
This man-eating yokai takes the shape of a snake with a woman's head.
The yokai known as Nurikabe (noo-REE-KAH-bay) take the form of a giant living wall.
Oni-bi resemble floating balls of fire. They are formed when the elemental power of fire, water, wind, lightning or earth coalesces around the will of a dead soul.
Toxic slime has a malleable body that is very resistant to attacks, so the key to repelling one is to aim for its glowing core.
Waira have giant bodies with a single sharp claw on each of their forelegs.
Yokai taking the form of armored skeletons.
Yatsu-no-kami is a serpent god with a horn made of countless blades protruding from its forehead.
A human turned fiend by the power of Amrita. Also known as a form of oni, a muscular, horned humanoid dwelling in the mountains.
An Enki is a monkey that has been transformed by Amrita into a yokai after a lifetime of cruelty and abuse by humans.
Ko-umi-bozu, literally "small-umi-bozu" are the resentful souls of samurai who died fighting at sea.
A yokai taking the form of a monk playing a biwa lute.
Mujina are badgers transformed into crafty and cunning yokai.
Yamanba, also known as Onibaba, are yokai with the form of an old woman.
Mitsume Yazura is a three-eyed, eight-faced yokai, born when the souls of various beasts combined.
Soldiers that have come to harness the power of yokai by using Spirit Stones.
A Kamaitachi is said to ride the wind, slashing at its victims with biting gales.
Karasu Tengu, giant Tengu with wings like a crow's, has been known to humans since ancient times.