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. When you are in a mission and have accumulated enough Anima hold R2 and press Triangle, Square, or X (Y, X, or A for Xbox controllers) to activate your Yokai Ability.
Each Soul Core possesses a unique power, each requiring differing amounts of Anima to activate. Initially you may attune up to two Soul Cores to your Guardian Spirit and as you progress you will unlock a third attunement slot for your Guardian Spirit and a secondary Guardian Spirit which may be attuned with another three Soul Cores.
Yokai Ability Damage is based on the Attack of the melee weapon you are currently using and any relevant Special Effect modifiers.
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
Can someone put the Tsuchigumo soul core here?
What does the little bars on the right and left side of each Yokai Soul Skill mean? There is one purple bar on the right side that never seem to reach above 50% and there are up to 3 bars on the left side. I have no idea what they mean and i cant find any explanation. Thanks!
is there a list of abilities that can be extended as you hold the button? Like Enera's Fire Twister? Sometimes I feel like the Magatsu Warrior move throws more slashes/lightning waves, but I'm not sure how holding or timing the button presses can actually affect the skills.
Third soul core slot is after the Shibata Katsuie boss (second time, yokai form), I believe.
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
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.
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.
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.