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.
A gigantic Oni with a single eye in the center of its face.
Gozuki is a demon with the head of a bull.
Yatsu-no-kami is a serpent god with a horn made of countless blades protruding from its foreheard.
A Kamaitachi is said to ride the wind, slashing at its victim with biting gales.
One-eyed imps are yokai who look like a little boy with a single large eye in the center if their face.
These yokai feature elongated necks, although they are indistinguishable from regular humans when their neck is reteracted.
The Snowclops are one-eyed yokai that leave behind bizarre tracks in the snow- a trail of single footprints that ends abruptly.
A Tatarimokke is formed when a large number of resentful spirits coalesce to form a giant owl.
A yokai like a wheel with a gigantic face attached to it.
A Mezuki is a demon with the head of a horse.
Koroka were once old stone lanterns, and are considered a type of "tsukumogami" (an item that has acquired a spirit.)
As yokai that appears in legends from the Oga peninsula in northern Dewa Province, the namahage are viewed as savage servants of the gods.
Spiders are carnivorous arthropods. Under the influence of Spirit Stones, they metamorphose into gigantic yokai that prey on humans.
A Tesso was originally a monk who died while bearing a grudge, transforming into a giant rat yokai.
Daidara Bocchi is a giant that features in folktales all over Japan.
Gyuki is an enormous yokai with the legs of a spider and head of a bull.
Daidara Bocchi is a giant that features in folktales all over Japan.
Yasha were once a noblewoman, transformed into demons by Spirit Stones and their own hatred.
A Kasha (literally "fire chariot") is a yokai that snatches corpses and spirits them away to hell.
Lady Osakabe is a yokai that has possessed an entire castle, lending the building her life force.
Magatsu warriors are armored warriors and corpses that have transformed into yokai via the power of the spirit stones.
A huge red oni born from a pack of angry ghosts.
O-nyudo (oh-NYOO-doh) are yokai that take the form of a gigantic monk and are said to be former novices who were unable to fully leave the lay world behind and broke vows of their temple.
Otakemaru is considered one of Japan's three greatest yokai, alongside Tamamo-no-Mae and Shuten Doji.
The red kappa is a special kind of kappa found in the land of Tono in northern Mutsu Province.
Ryomen Sukuna's unusual form is composed of two demons, red and blue, who are joined at their backs.
Shuten Doji is considered one of Japan's three greatest yokai, alongside Tamamo-no-mae and Otakemar
An Ubume was once a grieveing mother unable to bear the death of newborn child.
While Kiryoki bear a resemblance to the yokai Enki, they wield a unique weapon that is able to change its form
Uminyudo is a grotesquely gigantic yokai from the depths of the ocean.
Bakegani is giant crab yokai that have made many an appearance in folktales told all over Japan.
The Nuppeppo is a yokai that resembles a lump of flesh.
Pronounced NEW-ay. A yokai chimera.
The Oboroguruma is a yokai in the form of an ox carriage.
The Tsuchigumo is a giant, spider-like yokai with many limbs.
The fox spirit is a fox-based yokai that is highly intelligent and possesses strong magical powers.
The Lightning Gods of Yomi are not a singular entity.
Hellish hags are demons with a frightful countenance, and can be found living in Yomi, the Japanese underworld.
The Underworld Soldiers, are demons who form the army of Yomi, the Japanese underworld.
Konaki-Ji ji is a yokai from the Shikoku region who takes the form of an old man.
Tate Eboshi, the yokai that haunts Suzuka Pass, was once a bandit. She was born to an unmarried mother, who eventually died in an epidemic.
Itsumade is a birdlike yokai of unknown origin. Though not much is known about this creature, it is often seen in places where many corpses that have not received proper burial are found.
Kinki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata. In the Taiheiki, Fujiwara no Chikata is described as a very powerful noble of the Heian period, who controlled the region surrounding the border of Iga and Ise.
The harinobo is a yokai formed by worn-out needles and broken blades.
Ongyoki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
Fuki is one of the four demons said to have been employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
Suiki is said to be one of four demons employed by Fujiwara no Chikata.
The Nightmare Bringer is thoroughly governed by its feelings of loathing, amplified a hundredfold by all the resentment absorbed into its body.
The White Tiger is one of the four legendary beasts-gods of the cardinal directions, said to be protector of the West.
The Giant Toad is, as its name implies, a yokai in the form of an enormous toad.