Soul Cores are special items in Nioh 2. Soul Cores hold remnants of a yokai's power. They are occasionally obtained when defeating yokai, and can be used by attuning them with your Guardian Spirit. Make haste to a shrine and cleanse that which you reap, lest you forfeit the precious spoils of battle.


How to Use Soul Cores

A soul Core freshly procured from a Yokai is tainted with traces of the Yokai Realm and must be purified to remain in this world. Its powers are inscrutable as long as it remains in this impure state. Should you fall in battle, your Guardian Spirit will attempt to retain any impure Soul Cores in your possession at your grave. Losing your life again without the protection of your Guardian Spirit will result in the Soul Cores being lost forever.


Purify and Attune Soul Cores

Praying at a shrine will purify any Soul Cores in your possession. Use the "Manage Soul Cores" menu to attune your Guardian Spirit with a purified Soul Core and grant it the power that lies within.

  • Each Soul Core has an Attunement cost, and you can equip several of them depending on your total Attunement Limit.
  • Soul Cores unlock Yokai Skills for your Guardian Spirit, and using them will cost Anima.
  • Soul Core Rank is a stat that indicates how powerful the Soul core is. The higher the rank, the stronger are its special effects.


Soul Fusion

You can use the Soul Fusion option under the "Manage Soul Cores" at any Shrine. Here you can upgrade you Soul Cores to higher levels using Mortal Soul Cores or two of the same Soul Core. This will allow you to raise the Soul Core Rank of the Soul Core, to a maximum of 9, or 20 if if soul core is divine. This improves some of the bonuses of the Soul Core, but not the Attack and Defense. This will also allow you to transfer inheritable bonuses between soul cores.

Resting Rites

You can use the Resting Rites option to scrap a Soul Cores in exchange for Soul Fragments. Obtaining a certain amount of Soul Fragments will increase your Shifting Level, granting you a Skill Point in Shifting.

Soul Match

You can use soul cores at the Blacksmith, in Soul Matching with Yokai Weapons to increase weapon level or transfer inheritable bonuses ( soul_match_icon_nioh_2_wiki_guide_50px/ transfer).


How to Get Soul Cores

Soul Cores are obtained from Yokai Enemies in the game. They have Special Effects from a random pool of properties, and unlock special Yokai Skills.

Special Effects of Yokai Soul Cores:

See Yokai Special Effect Tables



Tengu's Disciple DLC changes

Since Nioh 2 version 1.11 (Tengu's Disciple DLC), Soul Cores can drop as divine rarity. Divine soul cores can be leveled up to rank 20, further increasing the power of their special effects.



Soul Cores List of Nioh 2

Enemy Effects
Dweller Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Paralysis Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Grapple) 1.2
Yokai Skill: Dark Digger
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 5
Yoki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Amrita Absorption) D-
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Attack (Yokai Shift)  +22
Yokai Skill: Fiendish Frenzy
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Ippon-Datara Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Yokai Ability Damage (Scorched Enemies) C+
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Equipment Drop Rate +3.5%
Yokai Skill: One-legged Fury
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 7
Yatsu-no-Kami Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs Poisoned Enemy +20.8%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge +4.4%
Yokai Skill: Impaling Doom
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 9
Enenra Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima +9
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Fire Damage +8.2%
Yokai Skill: Fire Twister
Anima Cost 60, Att Cost 9
Nure-Onna Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Poison Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Backstab +1.0%
Yokai Skill: Petrifying Gaze
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Gaki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Dark Realm) +15%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Yokai Ability Hit) D-
Yokai Skill: Chomp
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 4
Waira Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs Unscathed Enemy +1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Other Realm Resistance +1.2
Yokai Skill: Wormhole
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 8
Kamaitachi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Quick Attack Damage +1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Dash Ki Consumption -1%
Yokai Skill: Rising Winds
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 10
Kappa Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Water Attack) C-
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Luck (Yokai Shift) +51
Yokai Skill: Indestructible Shell
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
karakasa-umbrella-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallKarakasa Umbrella
Karakasa Umbrella Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Water Resistance +4.5
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Enemy Paralyzed Accumulation +8.4%
Yokai Skill: Rain of Terror
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 6
magatsu-warrior-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallMagatsu Warrior
Magatsu Warrior Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Active Skill Damage +1.6%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge Bonus (Cumulative Damage) C
Yokai Skill: Magatsu Muscle
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 10
Enki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Damage Taken) C
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Defense (Yokai Shift) +32
Yokai Skill: Monkey Dance
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 5
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallMitsume Yazura
Mitsume Yazura Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Enemy Sensor
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Critical) +10.4%
Yokai Skill: Corrupted Breath
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Scampuss Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Buffed) +9.0%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Ki Recovery (Unscathed) +1.0%
Yokai Skill: Scampush
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 2
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallSkeleton Warrior
Skeleton Warrior Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Critical) +10.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Soul Core Drop Rate +2.0%
Yokai Skill: Skeleton Bowman
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 6
Nurikabe Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Received -0.5%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima (Timely Guard) 9
Yokai Skill: Wall or Nothing
Anima Cost 2, Att Cost 8
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallInfernal Oni-bi
Infernal Oni-bi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Damage +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Elemental Attack) C+
Yokai Skill: Fiery Reinforcement
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
maelstrom-oni-bi-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guideMaelstrom Oni-bi
Maelstrom Oni-bi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Damage +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Elemental Attack) C+
Yokai Skill: Fiery Reinforcement
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Kodama Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elixir Efficacy +5.0%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Kodama Blessing Power-Up +10%
Yokai Skill: Go Nuts
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 3
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallKarasu Tengu
Karasu Tengu Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima +0.7
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Onmyo Magic Hit) D
Yokai Skill: Tengu Tactics
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 9
Yamanba Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Movement Speed (Yokai Shift) +8.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Grapple Damage +3.1%
Yokai Skill: Sharp Old Hag
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 5
Mortal Soul Core
Perform Soul Fusion with this to strengthen another Soul Core.
Mezuki Soul Core
Effectfixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Pleiades (Enemy Killed) 28.2%
Effectfixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Attack (Yokai Shift) +24
Yokai Skill: Razing Edge
Anima Cost 8, Att Cost 9
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallToxic Slime
Toxic Slime Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Poison Resistance +4.1
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Poison Accumulation (Enemy) +8.2%
Yokai Skill: Vile Venom
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 5
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallAberrant Soldier
Aberrant Soldier Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Efficient Yokai Abilities (All) +7.3%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Timely Guard) 1.0
Yokai Skill: Fire Arm
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 4
mitsume-yazura-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallOne-Eyed Oni
One-Eyed Oni Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Strong Attack Damage +1.6%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Break +3
Yokai Skill: Spinning Top
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Rokurobi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Scorched Enemy) C+
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Yokai Ability Damage (Poisoned Enemy) +16%
Yokai Skill: Whiplash
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 6
Tatarimokke Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Yokai Ability Damage (Corrupted Enemy) +17%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage (Dark Realm) +2.2%
Yokai Skill: Spectral Swarm
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 9
Wheelmonk Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Scorched Enemy) C+ 
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Dash Ki Consumption -1.0%
Yokai Skill: Wheel of Flames
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 4
Koroka Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Fire Damage +5.4%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Seatlh D
Yokai Skill: Where There's Smoke
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 7
Namahage Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs. Zero-Ki Enemy +5.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Defense (Yokai Shift) +32
Yokai Skill: Whipper Snapper
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 7
Ubume Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Strong Attack Ki Damage +1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Amrita Earned (Yokai Shift) +7.1%
Yokai Skill: Ubume's Cry
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Tesso Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Active Skill Ki Damage +1.0%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Backstab Damage +1%
Yokai Skill: Offensive Odor
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 5
Gozuki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Charged Attack Boost +2.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Attack (Yokai Shift) +23
Yokai Skill: Brutal Charge
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 8
Mujina Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Copy Enhancement 53.3%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Unscathed) +3.7%
Yokai Skill: --
Anima Cost --, Att Cost 4
biwa-boku-boku-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guide-smallBiwa Boku-boku
Biwa Boku-boku Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage vs. Revenaants +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Soul Core Drop Rate +1.0%
Yokai Skill: --
Anima Cost --, Att Cost 4
Onryoki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Damage Taken) C
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Taken (Mid-Attack) -6.5%
Yokai Skill: Ball of Hatred
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 8
lesser-umi-bozu-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guideLesser Umi-bozu
Lesser Umi-bozu Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Water Damage +5.2%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Enemy Saturated) C+
Yokai Skill: Spitball
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 5
Gyuki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs. Saturated Enemy +10.8%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Enemy Poisoned) C+
Yokai Skill: Lockjaw
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 9
flying-bolt-soul-core-nioh2-wiki-guideFlying Bolt
Flying Bolt Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Ranged Weapon Hit) C
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Reduced Movement (Ranged Weapon) 26.6%
Yokai Skill: Tangle Cotton
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 6
Kasha Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Yokai Ability Hit) A
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Faster Movement (Amrita Absorption)
Yokai Skill: Hellfire Wheel
Anima Cost 8, Att Cost 10
ryomen-sukuna-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guideRyomen Sukuna
Ryomen Sukuna Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Enemy Confused) B
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Onmyo Magic Hit) B+
Yokai Skill: Fire and Ice
Anima Cost 8, Att Cost 10
Onyudo Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Elemental Attack) C
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Damage Taken -2.1%
Yokai Skill: Slaphappy
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 6
ryomen-sukuna-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guideThunderstorm Oni-bi
Thunderstorm Oni-bi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Damage +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Elemental Attack) C
Yokai Skill: Fiery Reinforcement
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Otakemaru Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima +1.0
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Confused Enemy) A-
Yokai Skill: Sanmyo Storm
Anima Cost 10, Att Cost 11
dweller-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guide-48pxDaidara Bocchi
Daidara Bocchi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life +120
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Tougness +4
Yokai Skill: Mountain Sweeper
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 10
Rokurokubi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Amrita Absorption) C+
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Yokai Ability Damage (Poisoned Enemy) +16%
Yokai Skill: Whiplash
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 5
dweller-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guide-48pxShuten Doji
Shuten Doji Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Increased Defence (Amrita Absorption) 
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Break
Yokai Skill: Fiery Draft
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 11
dweller-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guide-48pxLady Osakabe
Lady Osakabe Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Taken -0.5%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Charge (Dark Realm) +8.4%
Yokai Skill: Tentacle Storm
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 10
dweller-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guide-48pxMaelstorm Oni-bi
Maelstorm Oni-bi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Taken +4.1%
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Elemental Attack) C
Yokai Skill: Fiery Reinforcement
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 3
Uminyudo Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Saturated Enemy)
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain
Yokai Skill: Bloodbath
Anima Cost 9, Att Cost 10
dweller-soul-core-nioh-2-wiki-guide-48pxSeto Taisho
Seto Taisho Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Toughness
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Equipment Drop Rate
Yokai Skill: Stalwart Shield
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 5
Bakegani Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Damage Taken
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Block
Yokai Skill: Cutting Stream
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 4
Kiryoki Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Active Skill Damage
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Extended Elemental Weapon
Yokai Skill: Hunter's Harvest
Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 6
Nue Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Lightning Damage
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Shock Accumulation (Enemy)
Yokai Skill: Thundering Cry
Anima Cost 8, Att Cost 9
Nuppeppo Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Recovery (Poisoned Enemy)
Yokai Skill: Fleshy Fury
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 6
Infernal Fox Spirit
Infernal Fox Spirit Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Elemental Weapon Damage
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Drain (Fire Attack)
Yokai Skill: Foxfire
Anima Cost 3, Att Cost 4
Oboroguruma Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Charge Attack Boost
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Amrita Earned
Yokai Skill: Murky Fog
Anima Cost 4, Att Cost 6
Yasha Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Active Skill Ki Consumption
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Anima Bonus (Water Attack)
Yokai Skill: Cascade
Anima Cost 6, Att Cost 7
Giant Toad
Giant Toad Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Bomb Damage
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Untouched Ninjutsu
Yokai Skill: Amphibian Ritual
Anima Cost 7, Att Cost 8
Lightning Gods of Yomi
Lightning Gods of Yomi Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Onmyo Magic Power
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Melee Damage 
Yokai Skill: Quick as Lightning
Anima Cost 9, Att Cost 9
Hellish Hag
Hellish Hag Soul Core
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Life Recovery (Amrita Absorption)
Effect: fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guide Dash Speed
Yokai Skill: Rent and Tear
Anima Cost 9, Att Cost 9



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    • Anonymous

      02 Sep 2020 21:27  

      Is there a list of the rollable special effects on the soul cores? I've been looking and they're all a copy/paste from what Polygon posted in their article. Again I'm looking for the rollable and inheritable.

      • Anonymous

        23 Apr 2020 15:22  

        SHUTTEN DOJI soul core kamaitachi soul core daidara soul core lady osakabe soul core otakemaru soul core this soul core not in list

        • Anonymous

          23 Apr 2020 11:38  

          Do you need to match the type of soul core to the proper feral/brute/phantom guardian spirit? I don’t see any difference but they are color coded.

          • Anonymous

            01 Apr 2020 02:57  

            How do the transferable abilities work with souls cores? It seems to be based on level whether they will transfer when used as a material but I'm looking for the rules around this. Anyone know?

            • 24 Mar 2020 00:59  

              Do we know if the levels of soul cores affect their damage output? The cores are the only pieces of loot I tend to care about, but lack of clarity means I tend to...just leave them alone for now.

              • Anonymous

                18 Mar 2020 02:51  

                I hate the fact that u can't increase max lvl of the soul core but only the rank wich is really annoying if u find a roll that u like particurally

                • Anonymous

                  17 Mar 2020 13:21  

                  I added the information for Kasha Soul Core at max Soul Core Rank if that isn't how this table wants the Soul Core projected please edit

                  • Anonymous

                    16 Mar 2020 05:20  

                    I keep losing soul Cores because Masaru will auto grave recovery and not bring Cores with him :( worst guardian spirit

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