Yokai Skills or Yokai abilities are special moves in Nioh 2. Yokai Skills are unlocked by obtaining, purifying and attuning Yokai Soul Cores. These special skills will enable your Guardian Spirits to do powerful new moves, and have special effects that will enhance your overall build.

 

How to get Yokai Skills

These skills are obtained from Yokai Soul Cores. You must defeat a Yokai enemy, and return to the shrine without dying to purify the core. You may then attune it in the shrine menu as equipment for you Spirit Guardian. You can unlock more soul core slots by progressing the main story.

 

How to use Yokai Skills

Activate Yokai Skill: Attune Soul Core to the Guardian Spirit and accumulate enough Anima, then press R2+triangle or Square.

Each Soul Core possesses a unique power, each requiring differing amounts of Anima to activate. A Guardian Spirit can be attuned to up to two Soul Cores initially, each one corresponding to a different slot and activation command.

 Yokai Ability Damage is based on the Attack of the melee weapon you are currently using.

How to gain Anima

Anima is gained as you perform melee attacks on an opponent. Some Guardian Spirits and Soul Cores may provide you with alternative methods to increase your Anima, or make it faster.

The Scampuss yokai will fill out your Anima bar as it rolls around when it is following you.

Using Lantern Plant Fruit and Red Spider Lily will give you 5 and 10 Anima, respectively.

 

Yokai Skills List for Nioh 2

Skill & Effect

Anima

Attunement

Obtained

Fire Twister 6 9 Enenra Soul Core
Dark Digger 3 5 Dweller Soul Core
Fiendish Frenzy 4 7 Yoki Soul Core
One-legged Fury 6 7 Ippon-Datara Soul Core
Wormhole 5 8 Waira Soul Core
Chomp 3 8 Gaki Soul Core
Indestructible Shell 4 4 Kappa Soul Core
Impaling Doom 5 9 Yatsu-no-Kami Soul Core
Magatsu Muscle 6 10 Magatsu Warrior Soul Core
Rain of Terror 3 6 Karakasa Umbrella Soul Core
Petrifying Gaze 4 4 Nure-Onna Soul Core
Scampush 4 2 Scampuss Soul Core
Skeleton Bowman 4 6 Skeleton Warrior Soul Core
Rising Winds 7 10 Kamaitachi Soul Core
Monkey Dance 4 10 Enki Soul Core
Corrupted Breath 4 7 Mitsume Yazura Soul Core
Wall or Nothing 2 8 Nurikabe Soul Core
Fiery Reinforcement 4 4 Oni-bi Soul Core
Go Nuts 3 3 Kodama Soul Core
Tengu Tactics 4 9 Karasu Tengu Soul Core
Sharp Old Hag 4 5 Yamanba Soul Core
Razing Edge 8 9 Mezuki Soul Core
Vile Venom 4 5 Toxic Slime Soul Core
Fire Arm 3 4 Aberrant Soldier Soul Core
Spinning Top 4 7 One-Eyed Oni Soul Core
Whiplash 4 6 Rokurokubi Soul Core
Spectral Swarm 5 9 Tatarimokke Soul Core
Whipper Snapper 5 7 Namahage Soul Core
Where There's Smoke 4 7 Koroka Soul Core
Ubume's Cry 4 4 Ubume Soul Core
Brutal Charge 6 8 Gozuki Soul Core
Offensive Odor 3 5 Tesso Soul Core
Ball of Hatred 6 8 Onryoki Soul Core
Spitball 3 5 Lesser Umi-bozu Soul Core
Lockjaw 7 9 Gyuki Soul Core
Tangle Cotton 4 6 Flying Bolt Soul Core
Fire and Ice 8 10 Ryomen Sukuna Soul Core
Hellfire Wheel 8 10 Kasha Soul Core
Fiery Reinforcement 4 4 Thunderstorm Oni-bi Soul Core
Slaphappy 5 6 Onyudo Soul Core
Mountain Sweeper 6 10 Daidara Bocchi Soul Core
Wheel of Flames 5 4 Wheelmonk Soul Core
Sanmyo Storm 10 11 Otakemaru Soul Core
Tentacle Storm 7 10 Lady Osakabe Soul Core
Fiery Draft 5 11 Shuten Doji Soul Core
Bloodbath 9 10 Uminyudo Soul Core
Stalwart Shield 7 5 Seto Taisho Soul Core
Cutting Stream 4 4 Bakegani Soul Core
Hunter's Harvest 5 6 Kiryoki Soul Core
Fleshy Fury 6 6 Nuppeppo Soul Core
Thundering Cry 8 9 Nue Soul Core

 




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    • Anonymous

      31 Mar 2020 15:57  

      Can somone post where/when you get access to a 3rd soul core slot? Been seeing others with it but I feel like I'm more then halfway through the game and still no sign of the feature and I can't find any info with google

      • Anonymous

        28 Mar 2020 09:14  

        The Sudama & One-Eyed Imp don't have their own soul cores. You get the Kodama core from Sudama when you give them a soul core, and the Imp drops Mortal Cores.

        • Anonymous

          24 Mar 2020 14:17  

          I can't find anywhere online that mentions if it's beneficial to match the yokai skill's color to your yokai form's type. Like using red yokai skill with brute, blue with feral, or purple with phantom.

          • Anonymous

            23 Mar 2020 17:24  

            Anyone got any recommendations for any of these? Personally I find the Nurikabe's Wall or Nothing skill to be ludicrously good. You seem to take noticeably less damage during the attack, can't be grabbed and deal massive amounts of Ki damage if all the attacks connect. It also easily breaks horns of Yoki and Namahage often opening them for a grapple.

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