Nioh – Guardian Spirits guide

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Like the Beatles once sang, I get by with a little help from my friends. And in Nioh, you’ll need plenty of pals to help you survive all the Yokai who want to wear your flesh as a fancy suit of haute culture samurai summer fashion. Fortunately, local samurai William is able to lean on some spiritual power throughout Nioh, unlocking new Guardian Spirits throughout the game that can help him build up power and unleash it on any demon who thinks that they can get the better of him.

Building up a Living Weapon gauge is but one of the many perks available to William, as they buff the wandering warrior with numerous other skills and enhancements. But which one is the best? Take a gander below at the numbers game that’ll be available to you in Nioh. Images courtesy of the Nioh Wiki:

Daiba-washi

daiba-washi

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Evasion Ki Usage – 15%
  • Equipment Drop Rate (Req. 6 Spirit) – +20%
  • Quick Attack Damage (Req. 8 Spirit) – +8%
  • Luck (Req. 9 Spirit) – +40
  • Life Recovery (After Living Weapon) (Req. 11 Spirit) – +400

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 5%
  • Wind – 30
  • Usable Time – 17.2
  • Might – 680
  • Action – C+
  • Recovery – C+
  • Tenacity – D
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A+

Kato

kato

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Close Combat Attack – +5%
  • Ki – +10
  • Ki Recovery Speed – +20%
  • Close Combat Attack Ki Reduction (Crit. Health) – 20%
  • Skill Damage – +15%

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 20%
  • Fire – 30
  • Usable Time – 15.8
  • Might – 1280
  • Action – C
  • Recovery – A-
  • Tenacity – A-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – C+

Isonade

isonade

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Sense Enemies
  • Life – +100
  • Close Combat Life Recovery (Req 8. Spirit) – 100
  • Human Close Combat Damage (Req. 10 Spirit) – +9%
  • Strong Attack Ki Reduction (Req. 11 Spirit) – 10%

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 10%
  • Water – 30
  • Usable Time – 22
  • Might – 1400
  • Action – B
  • Recovery – C
  • Tenacity – C
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Fuse-ushi

fuse-ushi

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Life – +200
  • Recurrent Damage from Poison – 25%
  • Guard Ki Reduction – 20%
  • Vs. Poison Resistance – +20
  • Life Recovery from Amrita Absorption (Req. 11 Spirit) – 30

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 15%
  • Earth – 30
  • Usable Time – 19
  • Might – 1870
  • Action – B+
  • Recovery – B+
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Mizuchi

mizuchi

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Enemies Defeated Damage Bonus – A
  • Gold Earned – +15%
  • Amrita Sense
  • Vs. Water Resistance (Req. 11 Spirit) – +20
  • Amrita Earned (Req. 13 Spirit) – +12.5%

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 7%
  • Water – 30
  • Usable Time – 18
  • Might – 700
  • Action – B-
  • Recovery – B
  • Tenacity – B
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – C+

Itokuri

itokuri

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Luck – +50
  • Human Item Drop Rate – +30%
  • Familiarity Bonus – +16%
  • Yokai Item Drop Rate – +30%
  • Paralysis – +30

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 7%
  • Earth – 30
  • Usable Time – 19.8
  • Might – 600
  • Action – B
  • Recovery – C
  • Tenacity – D
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A+

Usura-hicho

Usura

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Life Recovery From Purification – 150
  • Evasion Ki Usage – 20%
  • Vs. Yokai Realm – +300
  • Water Damage – +15%
  • Strong Attack Ki Damage – +15%

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 3%
  • Fire – 42
  • Usable Time – 16.8
  • Might – 600
  • Action – B
  • Recovery – A
  • Tenacity – C+
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A+

Gyokuto

gyokuto_small

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Elixir Effect on Recovery – +20%
  • Dash Speed – +10%
  • Low Attack Damage – +8%
  • Luck (Using Living Weapon) – +100
  • Ninjitsu Power – +75

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 5%
  • Lightning – 30
  • Usable Time – 18
  • Might – 400
  • Action – B
  • Recovery – B
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A-

Narikama Tanuki

narikama_tanuki

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Retrieve Lost Amrita – 50%
  • Vs. Earth Resistance – +20
  • Unlimited Elixir – +25%
  • Strong Attack Damage – +10%
  • Auto Life Recovery (Critical)

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 12%
  • Earth – 30
  • Usable Time – 20.4
  • Might – 2050
  • Action – C+
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – A-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Suzaku

suzaku

  • Guardian Spirit Protection Effects
  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Activate Living Weapon (No Life)
  • Vs. Fire Resistance – +20
  • Amrita Earned (Using Living Weapon) – +25%
  • Fire Damage – 15%
  • Auto-Charge Living Weapon Gauge (Crit Health) (Req 21 Spirit)

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 15%
  • Fire – 50
  • Usable Time – 14.6
  • Might – 1440
  • Action – C
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – A+
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Kara-jishi

kara-jishi_small

  • Guardian Spirit Protection Effects
  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Increase Attack (Skill)
  • Guard Ki Reduction – 20%
  • Lightning Damage – +12%
  • Ki – +20
  • Skill Life Drain (Req 21 Spirit) – +15

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 22%
  • Lightning – 42
  • Usable Time – 18.8
  • Might – 1550
  • Action – C
  • Recovery – D-
  • Tenacity – B-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Izuna

izuna_small

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Earn Amrita (Strong Attack) – 25
  • Amrita Earned – +8%
  • Close Combat Attack Ki Reduction – 10%
  • Wind Damage – +15%
  • Auto Life Recovery (After Living Weapon) (Req. 22 Spirit)

Living Weapon Effects

  1. Attack Enhancement – 5%
  2. Wind – 42
  3. Usable Time – 21
  4. Might – 1400
  5. Action – A-
  6. Recovery – C+
  7. Tenacity – C+
  8. Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Atlas Bear

atlas_bear_small

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Increase Damage (Low Ki)
  • Life Recovery By Grapple – 150
  • Vs. Lightning – +20
  • Close Combat Damage (Req. 21 Spirit) – +10%
  • Shorten Recovery Time (Out of Ki) (Req. 23 Spirit)

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 23%
  • Lightning – 42
  • Usable Time – 18.4
  • Might – 1380
  • Action – D+
  • Recovery – C
  • Tenacity – B+
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – C+

Tengen Kujaku

tengen_kujaku

Guardian Spirit Protection Effects

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Bonus From Amrita Absorbed (Stance-Based)
  • Yokai Damage Reduction – 13%
  • Extend Elemental Effect – +50%
  • Elemental Attack Damage (Req. 22 Spirit) – +10%
  • Enemy / Treasure / Amrita / Kodama Sense (Req. 25 Spirit)

Living Weapon Effects

  • Attack Enhancement – 10%
  • Wind – 30
  • Usable Time – 20
  • Might – 1500
  • Action – B
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – B-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D

Hi-nezumi

he-nezumi

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Onmyo Magic Power – +50
  • Stealth For Enemies – A+
  • Vs. Fire – +20
  • Combat Attack (Critical) – +20%
  • Unlimited Onmyo  – +15% (Req. 15 Spirit)

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 3%
  • Fire – 30
  • Usable Time – 18.2s
  • Might – 400
  • Action – B-
  • Recovery – A
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A+

Enko

Enko

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Strong Attack Ki Reduction – 8%
  • Break – +15
  • Fire Damage – +12%
  • Grapple Damage – +25%
  • Strong Attack Damage – +13%

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 22%
  • Fire – 42
  • Usable Time – 19.1s
  • Might – 1400
  • Action – C-
  • Recovery – B-
  • Tenacity – B+
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – C-

Genbu

genbu_small

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 30%
  • Dash Speed Reduction – 30%
  • No Guard Break
  • Change to Defense (Magic) – B+
  • Received Elemental Attack Damage – 7.5%
  • Onmyo Magic Power – +75

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 5%
  • Water – 42
  • Useable Time – 17.6s
  • Might – 3000
  • Action – B+
  • Recovery – B
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – D-

Saoirse

saoirse

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Amrita Sense
  • Sense Enemies
  • Amrita Earned – +12.5% (Req. 20 Spirit)
  • Special Effects (Critical) – +20% (Req. 23 Spirit)
  • Retrieve Lost Amrita – 75%

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 5%
  • Water – 30
  • Duration – 10.0
  • Might – 500
  • Action – B-
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – B-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A-

Shinka

shinka

  • Guardian Spirit Protection
  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Strong Attack Life Drain
  • Life – +100
  • Kodama Sense
  • Earth Damage – +15% (Req. 19 Spirit)

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 14%
  • Earth – 42
  • Usable Time – 15.2s
  • Might – 1880
  • Action – B+
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – C

Aya-komori

aya-komori

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Unlimited Ninjutsu – +15%
  • vs. Paralysis – +20
  • Damage From Behind – +12%
  • Life Recovery By Killing Strike – 120
  • Agility Damage Bonus – A

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 4%
  • Element – Wind
  • Duration – 23.4
  • Might – 480
  • Action – A
  • Recovery – A+
  • Tenacity – C-
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A-

Yatagarasu

yatagarasu

  • Guardian Spirit Protection
  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Unlimited Ammo – +10%
  • vs. Wind – 20
  • Long Range Attack Damage – +10% (Req. 15 Spirit)
  • Sense Enemies – (Req. 11 Spirit)
  • Life Recovery From Hit (Ranged Weapon) – 30  (Req. 20 Spirit)

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 12%
  • Wind – 30
  • Usable Time – 20.8s
  • Might – 1110
  • Action – C-
  • Recovery – A-
  • Tenacity – C
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A+

Paired Raiken

paired_raiken

Guardian Spirit Protection

  • Spirit Protection – 20%
  • Dash Endurance – 15%
  • Skill Ki Damage – +12.5%
  • Vs. Lightning – +25
  • Treasure Sense
  • Yokai Close Combat Damage – +15%

Living Weapon

  • ATK Enhance – 15.0%
  • Lightning – 42
  • Usable Time – 21.8
  • Might – 1500
  • Action – C+
  • Recovery – B
  • Tenacity – A+
  • Amrita Gauge Rate – A-

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