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Streamer Completes Nioh Speedrun In 1 hour 36 Minutes

21 Feb

Speedruns have been a part of gaming since as long as anyone can remember and to that very effect, a Nioh speedrun is no surprise either as someone has just managed to set the world record for that game. Twitch streamer Distortion2 managed to complete a Nioh speedrun in just 96 minutes, becoming the first […]

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Nioh Trophies Guide – Kusarigama Master, Onmyo Magic Master, Ninjitsu Master

20 Feb

Nioh is a PlayStation 4 exclusive game and like all others, the title comes with a handful of trophies for you to earn. The following guide will help you understand how to get some of the trophies of Nioh.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Beginner’s Guide, Ki Management Guide, and Skill Points Guide.

Nioh Trophies Guide

Kusarigama Master
REQUIREMENT: Acquired mystic art for the kusarigama

Becoming a Kusarigama Master is not easy, in order to get this trophy you first need to reach the Sekigahara Region and complete the Immortal Flame Main mission. Once you are done, this will unlock new missions in the dojo that will help you obtain weapon based mystic arts.

Each weapon type requires 500K proficiency to unlock the mystic art for it. Get 500K points to unlock the dojo mission and complete it before buying the mystic art with skill points.

The best way to farm proficiency points is by completing the main storyline and coming back via the newgame+ mode. Keep in mind that maximum proficiency number is 100 million for each weapon. However, the game will keep counting in the background when you go past that number.

In the newgame+ mode, the drop rate is higher for divine items which makes this process a lot easier compared to your first playthrough. Since the enemies now also have a higher level, they give a massive boost to proficiency points. The higher the mission level, the more points you can get. Consider newgame+ missions are proficiency points multipliers.

Here’s a tip, keep facing the Onryoki boss but allow him to kill you before his HP runs out. Death won’t result in loss of points.

Ninjutsu Master
REQUIREMENT: Acquired mystic art for Ninjutsu

Before you can get the trophy, you need to complete A True Ninja dojo mission. In order to unlock this mission, you need 20 dojo points in dexterity and complete the mission A Defiled Holy Mountain.

You also need to complete Novice, Adept, and Veteran levels of the dojo quest The Way of the Ninja. You need 5+ dexterity points each of the questline – 5 each for Novice, 10 for Adept, and 15 for Veteran, 20 for A True Ninja.

Once all requirements are met, A True Ninja will unlock in the dojo. Complete this mission and the mystic art will unlock. Buy the mystic art and you will unlock the trophy.

Onmyo Magic Master
REQUIREMENT: Acquired mystic art for Onmyo Magic

In order to get this trophy you need to complete a dojo mission called A Great Harmony. Invest 20 attribute points in magic and complete main mission A Defiled Holly Mountain.

You also need to complete Novice, Adept, and Veteran levels of the dojo quest The Way of the Ninja. You need 5+ magic points each of the questline – 5 each for Novice, 10 Adept, and 10 for Veteran, 20 for A Greater Harmony.

Once the A Greater Harmony is completed the relevant mystic art will unlock. Buy it to get the trophy.

If you have any questions regarding Nioh Trophies guide, take to the comments below.

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Nioh Helped “Reach Out To A Brand New Audience”, Says Koei Tecmo’s President

18 Feb

Koei Tecmo published the critically acclaimed action RPG, Nioh. While the company is yet to reveal about the game’s financial status, but Koei Tecmo has revealed that the game has helped them expand their audience. For more help on Nioh, read out our Beginner’s Guide, Ki Management Guide, and Skill Points Guide. Speaking with MCV, […]

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Starting a new character in Nioh could overwrite your old save

16 Feb

There’s a major bug in Nioh that could result in the loss of your main character if you decide to create a new one.

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When starting Nioh for the first time, you are not prompted to create a character. Instead, you start it the same way you would any single-player game: play using the standard protagonist.

The game doesn’t tell you one way or another that this is the only save you could have, which led some into creating new save files to start over after learning the ropes, or simply as a way of experimenting with a fresh build.

For some players, however, this did not go too well, as the game sometimes decides to delete your original save. More than one Reddit user have faced the same problem, and they all appear to have lost access either to their entire first save, or a decent chunk of the most recent progress made there.

The issue is that the game isn’t upfront about this, so you never know until you’ve actually run into the issue. Other players are juggling multiple saves without issue, so clearly it’s possible. But, because there are no dedicated slots in the traditional sense, you’re kind of making a gamble if you decide to start a new save.

One NeoGAF user also found this out the hard way, even using a single PSN account.

For now, if you have to start a new character for any reason, make sure to back up your original save file to a USB before doing so. Until the issue is fixed, or Team Ninja explains what’s causing this, it’s not worth losing hours of progress.

Team Ninja Has Released Nioh Update 1.03, Bug Fixes And Improvements

15 Feb

Team Ninja has released NiOh Update 1.03, with bug fixes and improvements related to the UI and secondary missions. You can find the full notes for NiOh Update 1.03 below: Balance Changes Increased rewards for the random encounter Added forging item for trade at hidden tea house Adjusted Amrita regeneration from extraction talisman while using living weapon Adjusted paralysis […]

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Nioh – use this strategy for an always-charged Living Weapon

15 Feb

The Nioh community has come up with another way of making boss fights trivial.

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Nioh offers you a wide range of skills in each of the weapon trees, not to mention the many ninja and Onmyo options at your disposal.

Because of this, the number of possible combinations, and the effect each of them has on the game’s various enemies, can be harder to predict. We’ve already seen what using the Sloth Talisman does to bosses and other fast enemies, and another new tactic has now emerged.

The strategy, as demonstrated in the video by YouTuber PowerPyx, relies on Soulstones to charge up the Living Weapon instantly. Living Weapon amps up your damage considerably, and prevents you from losing health when taking damage.

Consuming Soulstones, and other Spirit Stones will charge up your Living Weapon, and obviously grant you some Amrita. But the trick here is to have a number of them ready so you can use Living Weapons back to back, for maximum potency.

Beware of very late-game sub-mission boss spoiler.

With that said, this particular tactic is more risky than using the Sloth Talisman, since the damage output also takes into account how many points you put into Spirit. In addition, having a decent supply of Soulstones is not easy, since they’re random drops and you’ve most probably used up many of them trying to level up.

In any case, it’s something to consider if you’re running into unbeatable bosses.

Nioh has been patched to 1.03, fixing up a few broken sub-missions

15 Feb

There’s a new patch available for Team Ninja’s diabolical samurai-em-up.

The 1.03 update is fairly minor, but the changes it introduces may clear things up for anyone who has encountered issues so far. The Magatama of Fire and A Fiercer Flame have both been fixed, and a few minor adjustments have been made.

If you’re having problems beyond that, it could be that you’re playing it wrong. It might be worth checking out our extensive guide, or our archived Twitch streams of the game.

Nioh is out now on PS4.

If you’re playing Nioh like Dark Souls, you’re doing it wrong

14 Feb

Let’s count all the ways Nioh is better than Dark Souls.

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“The combat system is surprisingly intricate; Nioh is an exceptionally deep RPG, and seasoned Souls players are in for a surprise if they go in with any preconceptions. It’s an entirely new beast altogether.”

At first glance it’s easy to mistake Team Ninja’s Nioh for a Dark Souls clone, with its oppressive atmosphere and a difficulty level that’s so unforgiving it’d refuse to give you a reprieve even if you were on your deathbed. Of course there are some similarities, but if you pussyfoot your way through the game like an anguished nameless undead, you’ll be missing out.

Nioh began life as a JRPG, and after a short stint as an action-oriented Warriors-style title,Team Ninja was brought on board to have a crack at salvaging the project. The studio has previously worked on Ninja Gaiden and Hyrule Warriors, so action games are its bread and butter, and with it, they made a delectable sandwich of compromise with a satisfying RPG filling.

The prologue sets up the story nicely, giving the protagonist William a kick up the butt that will propel him to the shores of Feudal Japan, but it will throw players who have had hands-on time with the alpha and betas for a loop.

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William bumbles around the cold, stony interior of the Tower of London, with the flash of a Ki Pulse and flourish of a stance change nowhere to be seen; he fends off Beefeaters and the occasional silent, insurmountable knight. It looks and feels very much like a Souls game.

But not for long. The parallels between the titles are borne from certain aesthetics and concepts, like the Shrines, ‘souls’, and player gravesites. But looking past the surface, they couldn’t be more different.

Shortly after facing the first boss, you’ll be whisked away to the comfortingly familiar bosom of Japan and find that the combat system has had an overhaul, with stances, Ki, Ninjustu and Onmyo Magic now all threads in the rich tapestry of ass whooping.

William’s stamina bar no longer refills at a crawl. Having metamorphosed into Ki, it surges with the beat of each successful Ki Pulse, encouraging you to dance in and out of the enemies’ range, giving you carte blanche to go to town on them. Think of it as the equivalent of the Gears of War Active Reload for your stamina bar.

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For me, it’s this mechanic that draws a line in the sand between the dogged, lengthy stand-offs in Dark Souls and the fast-paced action of Nioh. If you’ve watched videos of the more skillful players in action, it has more in common with the quickfire combos and frantic momentum of Ninja Gaiden. And that’s very welcome.

The Dark Souls series is notoriously difficult, and the gameplay can sometimes feel a little cumbersome and restrictive, even more so once you choose a class and build. It can be a royal pain in the butt to veer off-piste and experiment with a new weapon or abilities.

Nioh neatly circumvents that problem by presenting you with a somewhat preset class; William is a samurai. That’s his jam, and now it’s yours.

What Nioh lacks in class types, it makes up for in nuanced layers that build on the basics. The variety stems from the weapon types and abilities. Each one has its own skill tree and you can pretty much wield anything you come across at the start of the game without having to sink a bunch of points into a specific stat first. What’s more, you can equip two ranged and two melee
weapons at a time, so you can experiment with wildly different playstyles from the outset until you find your groove.

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“The way of your samurai is going to be drastically different to someone else’s, but unlike Dark Souls, you don’t have to lock yourself into a specific path as early on.”

The way of your samurai is going to be drastically different to someone else’s, but unlike Dark Souls, you don’t have to lock yourself into a specific path as early on, so make the most of it and do a little dabbling.

Stance is another component that you may think you can get by without utilising, but oftentimes you’ll need to switch it up based on the enemy you’re tackling. If something’s gnashing at your ankles, a high stance just isn’t going to cut it – quite literally. Each one offers pros and cons based on your prefered method of attack and there are stance specific actions for every weapon to unlock.

The combat system is surprisingly intricate; Nioh is an exceptionally deep RPG, and seasoned Souls players are in for a surprise if they go in with any preconceptions. It’s an entirely new beast altogether.

One facet of the gameplay that sparks the majority of comparisons is that between souls and Amrita. The currency of souls forms the basis of almost everything in the Dark Souls series, but Nioh switches it up a few gears and then some. Levelling up base stats uses Amrita, the Nioh equivalent of souls. Simple enough. But there are Samurai, Ninjutsu, and Onmyo Magic skill trees with their own points to spend on their respective weapons and abilities.

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On top of that there’s a whole other bunch of points to unload on buffs tucked away in the Titles list menu, called Prestige, that you’ll accumulate by a creative approach to beatdowns. With such a multitude of ways to earn and spend an array of skill points, it feels wonderfully freeing after the stuffy confines of Dark Souls. Nioh subverts any expectations Souls’ veterans might have, from classes, to levelling, and farming.

While Dark Souls would have you scurry between bonfires until the big ticket enemies disappear, Nioh’s maps offer Sub missions and Twilight missions, affording you the opportunity to play through what is effectively a horde mode in some instances, or take on incredibly tough challenges where you can reap some epic rewards.

You won’t need worry about hoarding items or ammo either. Your inventory is going to be overflowing before you know it, and when it comes to rare loot, rewards for each mission are listed on the map before you head in, so you always have an idea of what you’ll be getting and what has a chance to drop. It’s like Destiny in that regard; you can even re-roll stats on weapons.

Once you progress far enough through the story and unlock the Hidden Teahouse, you can join a clan and spend yet another currency – Glory – earned by killing Revenants, to buy rare crafting materials, gestures, and unidentified equipment that work similar to Destiny’s engrams. You can blow your Glory on a piece of armour that could turn out to be a godsend. Or it could be a piece of tripe.

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Meanwhile, the clans bear some similarities to covenants in Dark Souls, but without the pesky invasions. Pick a side, red or white, and choose a house. You’ll be granted passive benefits and get the satisfaction of seeing your side win the metagame every now and then. Taking on Revenants and earning Glory will bolster your side and there’s a chance that they’ll drop some choice loot.

When you finally get bogged down with the sheer amount of equipment stuffed into your pockets, you can sell unwanted weapons and armour for gold, offer them at Shrines for Amrita, or break them down for parts at the blacksmith.

Nioh’s multiple currency system allows for a lot more options when it comes to forging, buying, and selling equipment than Dark Souls, and you’ll be earning a steady income thanks to the piles of loot waiting be snuffled up, and Revenants to kill.

Although the plethora of currencies can be confusing at first, it makes much more sense than having one all-encompassing currency to be split over everything that will have you agonising over every decision and worse, lamenting over every death.

Just like in the Souls series, you’ll be dying a lot, and popping your clogs in Nioh will spawn a Dark Souls-esque gravesite where you’ll drop all of your Amrita. But it’s not as cut-and-dry as setting out to pick it up and continuing on your way.

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“If Bloodborne was an evolution of Dark Souls, then Nioh is its final form. A deeply intricate RPG stat system is offset with combat that feels immensely satisfying and wonderfully fun – almost frivolously so – by comparison.”

Depending on the lay of the land, you might want to forgo the trip altogether, instead praying at the Shrine to summon your Guardian Spirit back from its vigil at the point where you fell so that you can regain your super-powered Living Weapon attack, and lose the waiting Amrita forever. There’s a strategic element at play that adds another dimension to what would otherwise be an arbitrary trek to grab lost ‘souls’.

There’s no denying that Nioh is one tough nut to crack, but as you progress, you’re gently guided away from the Dark Souls mentality and cajoled into a Neo-Dark Souls mindset, if you will.

“We have no problems with the comparisons to Dark Souls because we have a lot of Souls fans on our development teams. So it’s kind of a badge of honor,” said game director Fumihiko Yasuda at E3 2016.

“We don’t want to be seen as an imitation of them. They’ve been an influence but other games we’ve taken influence from are, obviously, the Ninja Gaiden series. Also Onimusha and hack-and-slash games like Diablo.”

If Bloodborne was an evolution of Dark Souls, then Nioh is its final form. A deeply intricate RPG stat system is offset with combat that feels immensely satisfying and wonderfully fun – almost frivolously so – by comparison.

The world is harsh and unforgiving, but the skills you unlock will seamlessly transform battles into fast, fluid, encounters, with downed enemies spewing out more loot than you can carry. You may notice the Souls similarities but before long you’ll be embracing the differences and wondering how you ever got along without them.

Nioh The Demon King Revealed Guide – Onryoki, Hino-Enma, Joro-Gumo, Nue, Oda Nobunga, Edward Kelley, Yamata-no-Orochi

14 Feb

Nioh The Demon King Revealed walkthrough will guide you through the mission and will help you with the bunch of boss battles that you will face in this mission.

The Demon King Revealed revealed mission is the ultimate trial of your skills that you learned while playing Nioh. So everything you have learned till now will come in handy and this is going to be a hard trial so be prepared.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Beginner’s Guide, Ki Management Guide, and Skill Points Guide.

Nioh The Demon King Revealed Walkthrough

This Nioh walkthrough will take you through the mission so you can make it to the boss battles and will help with Onryoki, Hino-Enma, Joro-Gumo, Nue, Oda Nobunga, Edward Kelley, and Yamata-no-Orochi Boss battles, so you can make your way through the mission and fight the rest of the bosses in The Demon King Revealed mission.

The Demon King Revealed

As The Demon King Revealed mission begins, make your way up and rest at the shrine and prepare for the ultimate test of your combat skills in Nioh. However, you will have some allies with you that will help you go through this mission. Go left from the shrine and cross the narrow rock bridge. Kill the enemy standing by the crystal and begin making your way up the stairs.

You will come to a house that you can walk through and then head outside along a narrow ledge, but beware the enemy who lies in wait. From here you can head left across another stone bridge.

Proceed ahead past the steps to your left and cross the stone bridge. At the other end, you will come to a spot where an Amrita fiend will be waiting for you. Defeat it and head left up the ramp and into the house. Head left down the hallway and take a right to exit.

Keep going ahead and you will find a ladder that will take you up. Head up and follow this path as it winds back around to the left to come to a stone platform. Drop down from these series of platforms and you will come to a house with a Yoki at the right. Defeat it and head up the stairs to its right to come to a courtyard with a shadow realm ahead. A Raven Tengu will emerge from the shadow realm and beyond a One-Eyed Oni, Onyudo and a Yoki.

Here you companions will come in handy and take these enemies out one at a time. It is important that you focus your less so that you would not get swarmed. After killing them open the double doors and this is as far as your allies can go with you.

GO through the long stone bridge and carefully take it all the way up and to the stone steps and open the double doors to enter the house. There will be a shrine just ahead to your right, rest here and prepare yourself.

From the shrine head right to reveal a shadow realm yokai and defeat it. Open the double doors and cross the stone bridge ahead and open the next set of double doors where you will face the first boss of The Demon King Revealed mission.

Onryoki Boss Tips

Onryoki is a fairly straightforward boss and given that you have faced it before you will have no trouble defeating it. As long as your equipment load is green and you’re in the low stance, you should easily be able to dodge most of his Onryoki’s attacks without ever running out of Ki.

For this boss battle, you either need to dodge and get behind him or strafe around him until you’re safe at the back. Once you’re successfully behind him, land a couple of quick hits and block the follow-up chain attack.

Stick to this simple strategy and you will be able to defeat the Onryoki.

Once it is defeated go right and open the next set of double doors. Cross the stone bridge to the other side and enter the house and head left down the main hall. Defeat the Yoki and open up the double doors beyond it. Cross the next stone bridge and open the doors to face the Hino-Enma.

Hino-Enma Boss Tips

The first thing that you need for this boss battle is a melee weapon with good range. The main strategy behind beating Hino-emma is to maintain a safe distance, avoid getting hit by her combo, land 2-3 hits, rinse and repeat.

One important thing to bear in mind is that her ranged attack can leave you paralyzed; allowing her to dish out a massive amount of damage in about no time. Just make sure that you avoid the long-ranged attack and find openings.

As long as you’re successfully dodging her long-ranged attacks and combo, she wouldn’t be able to do much against you.

After defeating the Hino-Enma enter the next double doors, cross the stone bridge and into the house.Go left down the hallway and take out the shadow realm yokai. Open the next pair of doors and cross the next stone bridge and open the doors to face the Joro-Gumo.

Joro-Gumo Boss Tips

Immediately after the battle against Joro-Gumo starts, get behind her. You can either roll directly behind her or strafe along the sides while locked onto her. >Joro-Gumo’s weak spot is its rear so you need to get behind her.

After landing a few hits, she’ll try to protect her exposed weak point. During this position, get to the front side and land a couple of strikes before backing away. This is all that you need to do in order to deal a massive amount of damage.

Once you get her to low HP, she’ll get more aggressive and will start to deal a whole lot of damage. The basic strategy essentially remains the same, but if you’re having trouble dodging her attacks; call in your Guardian Spirit and be done with her before she has a chance to react. Keep following these steps and you will be able to defeat her.

Once the Joro-Gumo has been defeated make your way through the double doors and follow the path to face your next foe the Nue.

Nue Boss Tips

Nue is a challenging boss that resembles a giant electric dog. Like many bosses in the game, the key to defeat Nue is to dodge and strike in the small attack window. Nue has various attacks and many make use of the lightning.

He can also spit lightning from his mouth, summon a ball of lightning that will follow you around in the area or roll at you. When Nue rolls, dodge out of his way and then go in for a couple of strikes. Usually, you will be able to strike him three times and then back-off.

Do not attack Nue until he rolls at you as he will be vulnerable for a few seconds once it rolls. This is when you will be able to attack him with minimum risk of death. When Nue has taken enough damage, it will start to spray poison at you. While the poison attack is easy to dodge but you need to be close to Nue. Once he is done spraying poison at you, you will get a chance to land a few strikes at him. Just repeat these steps until you have defeated Nue.

After defeating the Nue proceed ahead through the doors and follow the path to face your next foe in The Demon King Revealed mission which is “Oda Nobunga”.

Oda Nobunga Boss Tips

Oda Nobunga uses a sword and all types of elemental magic to enhance his weapon. A spear in a mid-stance is recommended. Dodge its attacks and given the opportunity attack him. This will drain his KI very quickly and you can follow up to a powerful finisher. When Oda Nobunga’s KI is low keep hitting him to break his guard.

Once his health drop to 25%, Oda Nobunga Boss battle will end in a cutscene. Then head ahead and you will find a shrine to your right. Rest here and prepare for the next boss battle. Take the hallway around and go up the stairs to come to another set of double doors. Open the door and you will face off against our nemesis, Edward Kelley.

Edward Kelley Boss Tips

Edward Kelly is a fairly easy boss to beat and his KI can be depleted quite easily. To face Edward a spear in the medium stance is recommended. Keep attacking him and once he takes out the shield dodge away. He always follows up with a grapple after blocking your attacks. When he misses you can attack again.

Edward Kelly can also summon the snake spirit and it comes flying towards you. Run away until the spirit disappears. He will also use sword attacks sometimes but they aren’t so deadly. Keep repeating these steps and you will defeat him.

This time after his defeat he will escape the fray and a cutscene will play. You will now face off against the largest enemy to this point, Yamata-no-Orochi.

Yamata-no-Orochi Boss Tips

Yamata-no-Orochi is the last main boss in Nioh and after defeating him the ending cutscene will play. Yamata-no-Orochi is a giant hydra and each of its head has a different elemental effect but they all do the same moves. This fight will take place on a rooftop.

In order to defeat Yamata-no-Orochi, you will have to destroy each head. You will have to find a weak spot where the hydra can’t hit you properly and roughly 15-20 meters/yards is a good distance. When the head moves, he is about to attack so run away and if the attack fails then and only then you will be able to attack him.

Once the attack fails run towards him and attack him in a high stance for maximum damage. Most of the Yamata-no-Orochi attacks can’t be blocked so dodging and running is recommended. Destroy the hydra heads in clockwise order, as this way you won’t be trapped between two heads. Repeat these steps until you have defeated the Yamata-no-Orochi.

That is all for the Nioh The Demon King Revealed Walkthrough with tips for Joro-Gumo, Onryoki, Hino-Enma, Nue, Oda Nobunga, Edward Kelley, and Yamata-no-Orochi boss fights.

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Nioh Walkthrough – The Queen’s Eyes, Alchemist’s Laboratory Key, Hundred Eyes Boss Tips

14 Feb

Nioh The Queen’s Eyes walkthrough will guide you through the mission and will help you on how to defeat the Hundred Eyes boss at the end of the mission.

The Queen’s Eyes mission in Nioh will become available after you defeat the Yamata-no-Orochi Boss in The Demon King Revealed mission. Completing this mission is also important as the New Game+ for Nioh can only be unlocked if you complete it.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Character Builds Guide, Skills Unlocks Guide, and Best Stats Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – The Queen’s Eyes

The Queen’s Eyes

This Nioh walkthrough will guide you through the entire mission so that you can make it to Hundred Eyes boss easily and defeat him without risking much.

As the mission starts you are back in London, some time after the events of Japan. The Queen’s Eye mission starts with a cutscene and it will start in the Tower Of London. Head to the shrine on the right and rest there then go straight to find a guard on the steps to the right. Take him out and up the stairs, you’ll find another one with a rifle.

Move ahead to the next area where you will find another patrolling guard. Defeat it and go left down the hall and open the door to the right and enter. Go up the stairs and enter the next hallway and defeat the guard on the right and open the door and loot the small chest.

Exit the room and go right and you will come to a staircase. Take out the guard and head up the stairs and take out the armored guard ahead. Approach the door to speak to the prisoner within and speak with him twice and he will give you a small Soulstone.

Go left and open the double doors and go straight through the room and down the stairs. Ahead to the right is a Shrine, so rest there and prepare. Go towards the open door and take out the guard. Go back in and take a left and open the double doors. Step out and take the ramp down and hang a sharp right to find a small chest with Tower of London Guard: Hat. Turn around and head through the doorway ahead and to the left.

Defeat the guards that you find here and head up the steps to take out the guard in repose in the right corner. Continue to the next area and take out the enemies. Now go up the stairs on the right and keep to the right and enter the building. Head right and go straight through the doorway to come to the spiral stairs. Take the stairs all the way up and take the right into the doorway.

You’ll find a guard standing by the edge to your right and a door on your left, take out the guard and come back open the door and clear the room then exit and take a left. On your left there will be an enemy, take it out and go through the doorway and take the spiral stairs down.

Alchemist’s Laboratory Key

Exit at the bottom and go straight to find a Shrine, rest here and prepare yourself for the trials ahead. Go back to the spiral stairs and go down to the bottom. Take out the enemies go straight into the doorway to the right and take the spiral stairs down. Enter the room and open the double doors to your left. You will come to a room with some tanks that are holding beasts.

In the next room, you will face off against a group of enemies that look like Edward Kelly. While these enemies are not as deadly as Edward Kelly himself but they are challenging. Defeat them and receive the Alchemist’s Laboratory Key.

Open the double doors ahead using the Alchemist’s Laboratory Key and take the steps to the left. Go to the door and trigger a cutscene and you will face the Hundred Eyes.

Hundred Eyes Boss Tips

Hundred Eyes has multiple tentacles and uses a staff as its weapon. A fire weapon with fire element works best against this boss and try to attack him from the behind while battling it. It would be best to take out the summoned eyes that deal projectile laser damage.

Also, be careful of the crystal projectiles since they are very powerful. Unleash your living weapon when he summons the eye lasers for the second time. Keep hitting him and he will go down.

That is all for the Nioh The Queen’s Eyes walkthrough with tips on how to defeat the Hundred Eyes boss battle.

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Deafeat Bosses In Nioh Easily With This In-Game Exploit

14 Feb

Nioh has just been released with great critical success and there is already talk of it being a game of the year contender for this year. Nioh takes its inspiration from Dark Souls games and obviously, you have to be careful playing it as it is not an easy game. However, there is an exploit […]

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We journey further into the world of Nioh, now that ball-and-chain guy is down

13 Feb

We’re still hooked on Nioh. Let’s explore more of the game’s world together.

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Since Nioh‘s first boss, Onryoki, has been taken of, we’re now free to explore the second mission of the game.

Nioh really starts to open up once you get past Onryoki, and Shabana is playing the next mission live for the enjoyment of you all. Let’s see how many times she’ll get “freed from this mortal coil.”

If you’re new to Nioh, or have been playing for a while, it’s not a bad idea to give our big guide a look. It’s got beginner’s tips, boss tactics, and some hidden mechanics you may not know about. Whatever it is you’re after, you’ll no doubt find it there.

Nioh guide: strategy and tips for combat, bosses, elements, co-op and more

13 Feb

Become a master yokai-slaying samurai.

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Nioh has been a long time coming, and its development was no simple matter. At first it was a traditional Japanese RPG, then a Musou-like hack-and-slash style game. Its final release takes a very different form indeed – a thrilling and difficult action RPG that seems to take a number of cues from Dark Souls while also featuring pretty damn cool action-based combat that Nioh’s developer Team Ninja are known for in their Ninja Gaiden series.

It’s good stuff. The reviews agree. Much as with Dark Souls, however, elements of the game can sometimes be a little obtuse or frustrating, so if you’re preparing to go in or if you’re already knee-deep in William’s adventure but struggling, we’ve got some top guide pages and top tips and tricks for you based on our many hours with the game pre-launch.

From understanding the level up stats to fiddling with weapon stances, weapon familiarity and stamina management, we go over some of Nioh’s systems, preparing you to make the most of them to avoid too many deaths… though be warned, you will still die. A lot. So, let’s get to it…

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Nioh Strategy Guide & Tips: Major things you need to know

Nioh is a bit of a weird game at times – sometimes it’ll obviously hold your hand and direct you while other times it seems to take a sadistic pleasure in letting you flounder a bit. Allow us to fill in the gaps some – our guide pages will help you not to get so lost in Nioh’s myriad systems.

Tips for Combat: Stance, Stamina, Ki Pulse, Ninjitsu and more

Nioh’s combat is hard. It aims to recreate the precise, perfect movements of a samurai in a sense – and as a result some might even argue it’s a little bit harder than Souls, with more core combat mechanics to worry about at any given moment. To help ensure you don’t get lost, read this – our top beginners’ tips for samurai combat in the game.

16 things you didn’t know you could do in Nioh

First off, let us guide you through some aspects of Nioh that the game itself isn’t all that good at exposing you to. Some of its mechanics and systems are surprisingly hidden – so here’s sixteen points we think you should know.

What the elemental effects do, and how to use them

Like most RPGs, Nioh features the classic elements such as Fire, Water, Lightning and Earth. Each element has its own unique effects, though not all of those effects are as as obvious or as clear-cut as you might think. Here, we explain what each does, and offer up some strategies for their use.

How to get Ochoko Cups to summon visitors for co-op play

Ochoko cups are the all-important item that allows you to summon other players into your Nioh world to help you out in co-op. The catch? They’re pretty rare. We explain how to farm a bunch of them with ease.

How to respec your character and reset your skill points

If you make a mistake and take William down a path you come to regret, all isn’t lost – you can fairly easily reset him for a relatively reasonable price – we explain how to do just that in this guide page.

The Sloth Talisman in Nioh is so broken, it makes boss fights a joke

This little strategy is very likely to be patched because it’s so damn broken, but if a boss in Nioh is giving you a lot of trouble you might want to consider deploying the Sloth Talisman – a powerful little item that really makes mincemeat of bosses. Some might call it cheating, though…

How to beat every boss – strategies, weaknesses and tips

One of the things Nioh kindly borrows from the Souls series is its super-hard boss encounters, each with their own unique weaknesses that, when tackled right, can make an impossible encounter far more reasonable. On this page, we break every boss down in detail.

Nioh Walkthrough – The Samurai From Sawayama, Obsidian Samurai Boss Tips

13 Feb

Nioh The Samurai From Sawayama walkthrough will help you with the entire mission and will guide you how to win the Obsidian Samurai Boss fight.

The Samurai From Sawayama mission in Nioh is a very simple mission, however, the boss at the end of the mission, The Obsidian Samurai, could be a challenging foe if you are not careful.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Character Builds Guide, Skills Unlocks Guide, and Best Stats Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – The Samurai From Sawayama

This Nioh walkthrough will guide you through the mission so you can reach the Obsidian Samurai and will help you to defeat him so you can progress ahead with the story.

The Samurai From Sawayama

When The Samurai From Sawayama begins there will be a shrine just ahead so rest there and prepare for the journey ahead. Take the steps down and follow the halls to take out the Yokai to the left and stay to the left while keep going straight to enter the next series of rooms to find an Amrita Fiend.

Kill it and open the double sliding doors then head left and then take a right. Now take the first left taking you down the steps. Make a left at the landing and then right into the next room.

Another Amrita Fiend will be waiting for you, so take it out and open the double doors. Go left and then take the first right where another Amrita Fiend will be roaming. Kill it and head right and head down the stairs to your left.

Head out to the tunnel and follow it until you encounter a Wheel Monk. Proceed ahead and stay on your left and you will come to a chamber with an archer and a shadow realm that will reveal a One-Eyed Oni. Defeat it and obtain Gaoler’s Keychain.

Take the stairs out that will take you out of this room and follow them up. Along the path, you will encounter Dwellers tossing explosives at you. Keep going up and take a right to open the double doors. Go through the door and go right where you will find an Amrita Fiend. Kill it and open the double doors and head down the hallway.

In the next room, there will be a shadow realm that reveals a Spider. Kill it and go down the hallway from here to come to a room where you will encounter another Amrita Fiend.Kill it and progress forward into the next room and head left down the hall to come to a large double door. Open the door to unlock a shortcut and make an about face into the room and head left to open the other set of double doors.

Keep going ahead into the next room where you will face off against a mob of Yokai. Deal with them and head through the hallway to the next room and open the double doors to the left for a shortcut. Head down the central stairs here and open the double doors. Beyond this door, you will face the Obsidian Samurai.

Obsidian Samurai Boss Tips

The Obsidian Samurai uses an axe in mid stance and a katana in mid stance. In its first phase try to dodge its attacks and hit its legs. However, in the second phase the Obsidian Samurai will get more aggressive so try to dodge at its back and deliver several quick blows on its legs.

You can block him while he is about to strike with its mouth so that you only suffer less damage. Repeat these steps and keep hitting its legs and you will defeat Obsidian Samurai and you will proceed with the story.

So, that is all for Nioh The Samurai From Sawayama walkthrough with tips for defeating the Obsidian Samurai.

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Nioh Walkthrough – A Defiled Holy Mountain, Ishida Mitsunari Boss Tips

13 Feb

Nioh A Defiled Holy Mountain Walkthrough will guide you through the mission and will help you to defeat the Ishida Mitsunari boss.

For More Help On Nioh, Read Our Best Weapons Types, Guardian Spirits Guide and Kodama Leader Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – A Defiled Holy Mountain

A Defiled Holy Mountain mission in Nioh is tricky one but also quite simple if you know where you have to go. So in this Nioh walkthrough, we will guide you through the entire mission so that you can make your way to the boss easily and will help you on how to defeat the Ishida Mitsunari boss at the end of the A Defiled Holy Mountain mission.

A Defiled Holy Mountain

As the mission starts head straight to find a shrine in the area. Enter the cave and defeat the enemy to your left. From here go left and take out the group of foes here. Continue down the tunnel and stay to your left to make your way outside. You will find more enemies here, take them out and go left around the boulder to come to an area with a shadow realm.

It will reveal a Yokai, so defeat it and go left to defeat the Dweller. From here go right and stay on your right to find an enemy that will ambush you. Defeat it and head up the ramp where you will encounter a Ninja, defeat it and continue on and enter a cave, on the right drop the ladder to unlock a shortcut for later.

Keep following the path ahead and it will lead you to the right and you will find a shrine. From the shrine, head left and up the path and you will find an enemy to your left. Defeat it and keep going until you reach a torch, from the torch take a right into the tunnel and drop or take the ladder down, and ahead you will find an Owl enemy ahead.

Take the path up which will take you to a clearing where some enemies will be waiting for you. Defeat them and head back inside the mountain. To the right, you will find another ladder you can kick to drop and open up a shortcut that will come in handy for later.

Keep going along this path and stay right at the junction and go up the dark path to find a Yoki. Kill it and cross over the narrow stone bridge and head left around the bend and stay along the ledge but beware of the bats flying out of the cave on the left. Keep going down this path and at the end take the left, defeat the enemy and take the path around to another stone bridge.

Drop down from here and head outside where you will face a Raven Tengu. Go up the mountain ledge to the left and at the top take a sharp right of the triangular boulder and then take the path up to the bamboo forest. Defeat the enemy ahead and take the path through the forest and take a left and around to the right. Take the leap ahead and leap to a lower ledge towards a house.

Open the door and enter the house then open the next door and head outside where you will find a Hot Spring. Exit the house and head right and take the path to a log bridge that connects to a small hut. Kill the enemy outside and exit the hut and continue down the path.

Enter the cave ahead to reveal a shadow realm Onyudo. Defeat it and make your way outside and go left around the boulder. Kill the enemy ahead and proceed to the left into an open doorway into the mountain where you will find a shrine.

Exit through the doorway and go left up the long steps. At the top head right into the house and defeat the warrior here.Open the double doors and step through and then open the next set of double doors and face Ishida Mitsunari.

Ishida Mitsunari Boss Tips

Ishida Mitsunari is tough boss in Nioh so you will need some strategy to take it out. Ishida Mitsunari uses elemental projectiles and sword attacks. As the wind elemental projectiles can’t be blocked you will have to dodge them. Once it attacks with the sword, dodge behind him and land a couple of strikes then back off and keep repeating it.

Medium stance with a spear is recommended for Ishida Mitsunari. Use the strong attacks against him as they will land easily on him and will quickly deplete his KI. When he is depleted of his key just keep hitting him for as long as you have KI, because in this period he won’t be able to fight you.

Sometimes he will drop on the floor where you can deal some extra damage through the finisher. If you have your living weapon powered up, save it for when Ishida Mitsunari has 25% of health remaining to finish him off. Repeat the steps and you will defeat him and will proceed ahead with the story.

So that is all for Nioh A Defiled Holy Mountain Walkthrough with tips about how to defeat the Ishida Mitsunari Boss.

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Nioh Walkthrough – The Source of Evil, Soul-Soothing Comb Location, Gasha-Dokuro Boss Tips

13 Feb

Nioh The Source Of Evil walkthrough will guide you through the mission on how to get to the Gasha-Dokuro boss safely and how to defeat him at the end of this Nioh mission.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Character Stats Guide, Skills Guide, and Character Builds Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – The Source of Evil

The Source of Evil mission in Nioh is a very straightforward one if you know what you are doing and to defeat the Gasha-Dokuro Boss is very easily but for that you are required to have a Soul-Soothing Comb. This Nioh walkthrough will guide you through the mission and help you find the Soul-Soothing Comb and will guide you about how to defeat the Gasha-Dokuro.

The Source of Evil

The Source of Evil mission begins with a cutscene the shows the unveiling of Gasha-Dokuro. As The Source of Evil mission begins, go to your immediate right to find a shrine. You will find Skeleton Warrior force in this area, so take it out and head to the left to find Tenkai by a structure. Talk to the Tenkai and he will give you a Soul-Soothing Comb.

Go up the ramp and drop down ahead. In this area, there will be several red circular shadow realm areas that will spawn deadly foes similar to Revenants as you get near them. So keep that in mind while you progress ahead.

Head straight to find a corpse just through the opening in the wall and then take a right and then towards the left and make your way towards the large structures while taking out enemies in your way. Head to the structure on the right and head right across the field to face the Gasha-Dokuro.

You will find a series of red crystals clusters ringing in the area. Interact with the first red crystal cluster to drive a spike through it to neutralize it. Head from this cluster across the battlefield towards a structure ahead.

However, there will be a lot of Yokai in the way so it would be better if you just run past them. Head right of the house and to your right there will be a small tower with a fallen log nearby. Get on the log and onto the path to find a shrine on your right. Now go back the way you came and head straight into the pit to face the Gasha-Dokuro boss.

Gasha-Dokuro Boss Tips

Compared to other bosses in Nioh, Gasha-Dokuro is a pretty easy boss if you know what to do and when. Before heading into the pit interact with all 3 red crystals around the boss area. The Soul-Soothing Comb will turn the crystals orange and will reveal the glowing spots that will recharge your living weapon. This will help you a lot in defeating the Gasha-Dokuro.

Hand and feet are the weak spots for Gasha-Dokuro, and destroying each weak spot will make him rest his head on the mountain. Once he does, run up the hill quickly and attack his head. Repeat this 3-4 times and you will be able to easily defeat him. If you are having trouble dealing some serious damage then unleash your living weapon to deal some extra damage.

When you stand in the glowing spots your living-weapon recharges over time but for these glowing spots to appear you need to interact with the 3 crystal clusters mentioned above. Gasha-Dokuro is also weak to wind attacks so using the wind-based weapon will be the best idea.

And that’s it for the Nioh The Source Of Evil walkthrough with tips on how to defeat the Gasha-Dokuro Boss easily.

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Nioh Walkthrough – Sekigahara, Otani Yoshitsugu Boss Tips, Shima Sakon Boss Tips

13 Feb

Nioh Sekigahara walkthrough will guide you through the entire mission and will help you on how to defeat the Otani Yoshitsugu and Shima Sakon boss battles.

Sekigahara mission in Nioh is a fairly simple and a short one, however, you will have to face two bosses in this mission. While these bosses are themselves quite easy compared to other but don’t be too confident as one little slip and Otani Yoshitsugu and Shima Sakon will bring the pain with their attacks.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Bosses Guide, Character Builds Guide, and Amrita Farming Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – Sekigahara

Our Nioh walthrough will guide you through this mission and will you guide about how to defeat the Otani Yoshitsugu and Shima Sakon boss fights.

Sekigahara Mission

The Sekigahara mission In Nioh begins with a powerful story cutscene and when the mission starts, go straight ahead towards the first shrine. From the shrine go left and keep following the path and you will find a corpse along the way. Continue down the path and keep to your right, down the path you will find a soldier. Defeat the soldier and continue onward.

Take your first left along the path and you will find two more Warriors by the scaffolding. Defeat them and continue on and cross the plank bridge to get to the other side where you will find another warrior. Take it out and head left and then take a sharp right around the fencing.

You will come to a series of cloth walls and be careful of the enemies as they will ambush you. You will make a left through the opening and a cutscene will trigger and after that, you will face Otani Yoshitsugu.

Otani Yoshitsugu Boss Tips

Otani Yoshitsugu is a fairly easy boss to defeat and most of his attacks are either weak or too easy to dodge. The only time Otani Yoshitsugu gets dangerous or more aggressive is when his sword turns blue, as he can one-hit kill you with powerful projectiles in this state.

In this state, you will have to deplete Otani Yoshitsugu’s Ki by attacking him so that he would return to his normal state. While facing him in his aggressive state it would be best to keep a low stance so you can dodge him better.

For the rest of the fight, you can either use the low stance or the medium stance and spear works best against Otani Yoshitsugu so try and use it. Try to get behind him and land a few attacks before backing off, and when he is stunned use this opportunity to deal a great deal of damage.

It is to be noted that you can’t use grapples/finishers on Otani Yoshitsugu. Repeat these steps and you will have little trouble defeating him.

Once you have defeated him a cutscene will play, once it is done, exit the arena and follow the bannerman left and then head down the path to the far right. Loot the corpse that you will find along the way and further ahead you will find a ladder, kick it down to open up a shortcut. Now backtrack your steps and take the sharp right to go the next path down and cross the bridge to the left to enter the fray.

Either you can kill the enemies and explore the areas or just move ahead across the battlefield, however, watch out for flaming arrows and the enemies in the area as there will be a lot of them. Keep progressing straight and you will come across a stream.

Follow the stream to the left and then take the path to the left around the enemy lines. Keep heading straight and you will find a ramp heading into a circular arena. Drop into this arena and a cutscene will trigger and you will face the Shima Sakon.

Shima Sakon Boss Tips

Shima Sakon is the final test of Nioh’s Sekigahara mission. Shima Sakon uses a spear and he performs the leg sweep move quite often so be careful of it. Either dodge him or keep your distance from Shima Sakon and wait for his attack to miss.

Once he misses, attack him and then back off. Press Square, Square, Square, Triangle and keep doing it until you are out of KI. You can spam Shima Sakon with this combo, as if he is hit by one of your strikes then he can’t block himself and you can just keep hitting him.

Also, make sure you are using the “Pole Kick” skill otherwise he will be able to defend himself. After dealing a significant amount of damage, he will activate his living weapon. When he does, do not try to block him instead just dodge him and attack him to deplete his KI.

After you dodge when Shima Sakon attacks get behind him and land 1-2 strikes until he gets stunned and you can again spam him with Pole Kick skill again. Repeat these steps and you will be able to defeat him in no time.

That is it for Nioh Sekigahara Walkthrough with tips on how to dodge and defeat the Shima Sakon and Otani Yoshitsugu boss fights.

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Nioh guide: 16 things you didn’t know you could do

13 Feb
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At first glance, Nioh may appear to follow certain design mantras set forth by the Soulsborne series. Look closer, however, and you’ll find there’s quite a bit more to this game than a mere Souls clone with Samurai.

There’s a number of mechanics in Nioh that you won’t find in any other game. Unfortunately, the game either doesn’t explain them well enough, or at all.

Nioh is a very dense and layered game, from the way its missions and regions are split, to how it treats levelling up, skill points, and even down to how very active the combat is compared to other RPGs.

In here, we’re going to cover some of the lesser-known tips we’ve been discovering over the past few days, and a few more advanced techniques to help you survive the latter levels.

If you’re just starting Nioh and you’re after some advice for the early game, be sure to give our beginners tips list a look. If you think you’re beyond these, though, read on!

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You can find out at a glance if you have enough Amrita to level up

Nioh’s smart UI design comes in handy in many situations, but there’s one subtle hint the UI gives you that you should be aware of.

The Amrita counter on the bottom right side of the screen will actually tell you if you have enough to level up. When the icon turns yellow, instead of the typical white, that means you can gain at least one level with the Amrita you have on you.

The game doesn’t tell you this, but it’s very helpful if you can’t decide between exploring further into the level or returning to a shrine to bank your Amrita.

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Offer unneeded weapons and items at shrines for a chance to get Elixirs

Every shrine in Nioh allows you to offer up items in exchange for gifts. These can be anything you have, including weapons, armour, or any ol’ item you don’t have a use for.

The process is simple: once at a shrine, click Make Offering and highlight the item you want to offer. You’ll be getting back gifts for your trouble, but they vary depending on the quality of the item offered, level, etc. Often, especially early on, many of what you offer will get you Elixirs – which you can never have enough of.

You can only carry a certain amount of Elixirs, of course, so any surplus goes back to your storage. Anytime you die and spawn at a shrine, your inventory will automatically fill up from your storage stock.

To make the offering process go quicker (instead of having to click through two confirmation messages for every item), you can highlight multiple items by pressing Triangle on each one, and X when you’re done to sell all highlighted items in one go.

Be careful though, unlike selling stuff at the blacksmith, there’s no buy-back here.

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Find as many Kodama as possible, but learn how they work

Kodamas are the little green fellas that you see dancing at shrines. All main missions and some sub-missions have a number of them scattered around the level that you can find and send back to the shrine.

Before you head into a mission, you can find out how many are lost in the level that you need to bring back. You can also check how many you’ve got at any given point by selecting the Kodama Blessing menu at the shrine.

With each five Kodamas you find, your starting Elixir count is increased by one. There’s an upper limit, though. More importantly, the counter is region-specific, and will reset once you head into a new region.

Some gear items have a bonus that highlights Kodamas on your minimap. It can be useful to equip said gear when you’re hunting for that one last sucker.

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Certain passive skills in the skill trees of other weapons also apply to your own

There are certain passive skills that you can benefit from, even if you don’t use the weapon they’re attached to.

For instance, if you main swords, you can still take advantage of the Tachi Arts skill in the dual swords skill tree. The list of skills that work universally is too big to mention here, but you should definitely have a look at passive skills for each of the weapons’ trees to see if there’s anything you can use.

The Ninja and Onmyo trees are a fair game, too, so pick of these as many as you can afford – regardless of your main weapon of choice.

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Unlock the Sneak Attack skill to be able to backstab enemies

Here’s an example of a very, very useful skill you can use with any class that happens to fall under the Ninja skill tree. If you played a Soulsborne game before, you’ll know that sneaking up on enemies and backstabbing them is a great way to do free damage.

In Nioh, you’ll need to first unlock the skill under the Ninja skill tree. Although it’s not as powerful as it is in Souls, it’s still a good way to get some decent damage done before the fight starts.

Same Souls rules apply here, too, so approach your target slowly from the back. Then, you’ll want to lock on and wait for the icon to turn red, only then can you press Triangle to do the move.

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Always make note of the colour of the lock-on icon

Many players have been struggling to land the Grapple move, ground stab and other context sensitive attacks in Nioh. The reason for this is that these moves can only be done during a specific window.

The way to identify this window is very simple: watch for the lock-on icon turning red. This indicates that you can perform these types of moves, such as the Sneak Attack, the Grapple move for enemies out of stamina, and so on.

If you ignore this and go for the attack while the icon is white, William will not be able to perform the move, and you’ll be left confused as to why it hasn’t been working every time.

Some enemies take longer than others for the icon to change into red, depending on their animations, so be patient.

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Spirit Stones also charge your Living Weapon

Spirit Stones are the equivalent of the Souls you find in the Souls games (soul of a brave warrior etc). They have a similar function here, namely, they give you Amrita in different amounts depending on the size of the stone.

But there’s one more use for them in Nioh. These stones also allow you charge up a certain amount of your Living Weapon. This is very helpful when you’re doing a boss run and don’t want to engage enemies on the way to recharge the Living Weapon.

What’s more, even smaller, 500 Amrita Spirit Stones, will charge it up decently, and you no doubt have plenty of those.

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On boss runs, call back your Guardian Spirit at the shrine

Another tip when banging your head against a boss is to call back your Guardian Spirit when you respawn. This can be helpful in two ways.

First, if you recall it at the shrine and proceed to fight a few enemies on the way to the boss, you’ll be going into the fight with a partially charged-up Living Weapon, which will make fully charging it during the fight easier, so you can eventually use it against the boss.

Secondly, if you don’t want to waste time on mobs on your way to the boss, you can use the Spirit Stones like we mentioned to speed up the charging process. Either way, you really don’t need whatever Amrita the Guardian was protecting inside the boss room, so always call it back at the shrine in these situations.

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Don’t dodge away if you get caught up in an enemy’s attack combo, block instead

I am sure you’ve already come across the Hino-enma boss fight, and I can guess you’ve been caught into her three and four-hit combos a few times, too. The same can be said for any of the big Yokai enemies, whose multiple-hit combos are inescapable.

The issue here is that if one of these hits land, you won’t be able to dodge and avoid the rest of the combo. You can dodge away before any hits land, sure, but if you get hit once, dodging the rest won’t work.

What you can do, however, is to block the rest of the combo. You’re either going to weather the storm and lose some Ki, or break their combo. I know it can be hard to not always mash on dodge as a defence mechanism (especially coming from Souls), but you really must remember to block when you get caught in a combo.

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You can find out why other players died where they died – use that

Dead players’ graves can help you in different ways. If you approach any of them, the reason for their deaths will pop up.

It’s not an animated phantom like in the Souls games, but rather a written description of what caused their demise. Sometimes you’ll come across certain suspicious spots filled with player graves, which usually indicates there’s a trap or ambush ahead.

Without reading their cause of death, you won’t find out what you need to be ready for.

Outside of that, the revenants that spawn from these graves can drop some of the gear these players were using, and fighting them is generally a good way to hone your skills, since they use human-like tactics in the fight.

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You can make the Nurikabe (walls with eyes) disappear without having to fight them

Certain levels have Nurikabe – illusory walls with eyes that will light up when you approach them. Though your first instinct may be to smash them, don’t.

They’re tough to fight, and there’s a chance you can reason with them instead. You can make them disappear by doing one of your gestures, but knowing which one to use is the trick.

You’ll notice that your gestures menu (accessible by pressing Options by default), divides the available gestures into three different groups: Yellow, Blue, and finally Red.

It doesn’t matter which gesture you use, so long as you’re using one that belongs to the right colour. Each of these walls are different, so there’s no way of knowing for sure the colour each one wants, but you can make your guesswork a bit easier.

If you examine the player graves around these walls, they will sometimes tell you which gesture group the player tried that got them killed. So if, say, a player used a gesture from the Blue group that resulted in the Nurikabe attacking him, you’ll know to avoid using Blue gestures with this particular wall.

Now, all that’s left to do is try one from the Yellow group, and another from the Red group. Any gesture will do, and since we’ve already ruled out the Blue stuff, either Yellow or Red has to work. You can get it wrong the first time, in which case the wall’s eyes will turn red.

Get it wrong a second time, and they will attack you. Get it right, and they’ll be gone.

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There are mimics in Nioh, and you don’t have to fight them for the loot

Mimics, or traps that take the appearance of chests to lure unsuspecting players, can be found in Nioh. They’re not as plentiful as in Souls, but they are there.

The easiest way to identify a mimic is to count the number of golden stripes on the chest itself (see above). Two stripes is safe, and three stripes is trouble. If you open a mimic without realising it is one, an enemy that resembles you will jump out and do a gesture.

If you’re able to match his gesture, they’ll become happy and leave you some loot. Note that you must use the exact gesture, not the colour group business. If you use the wrong gesture, they’ll become hostile.

There’s another thing you can do, too, if you correctly identify a chest as being a mimic before opening it. Simply use the whistle gesture to get the mimic to pop out of the chest, and follow the rest of what we described above.

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Refashioning is how you can maintain a dapper look without breaking your build

The blacksmith Tome offers a number of crucial services that you should familiarise yourself with as early as possible. One of these is called Refashion, which is basically Diablo and WoW’s transmogrification.

Simply put, Refashion allows you to change the appearance of any of your weapons and armour into that of another. For instance, you can rock the London Tower Guard outfit without having to use that armour set.

This only changes the look, so your actual piece’s stats will remain the same. This is great if you’re going for a specific style and don’t want to sacrifice your gear for it. The process is cheap, too, and the more items you find in the world, the more looks you can change into.

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Don’t rely too much on Soul Match early on, it gets very expensive

Soul Matching is another great thing the blacksmith can do. Soul Matching is basically Infusion from Destiny. I.e, feeding gear into other gear to make it better.

Because Nioh throws more loot at you than you can handle, it’s sometimes best to stick with what you have and Soul Match it with other higher-level stuff to gain its power, instead of equipping the new stuff right away.

Beware, though, this process is very expensive, and if you Soul Match every piece of gear you’ have equipped, you’ll be going bankrupt in no time. Instead, only Soul Match items you’re really attached to, or ones with great bonuses, such as set items.

Later on, when money isn’t as much of an issue, you can Soul Match more often.

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Spend your Prestige Points and Tome patronage points

Every time you earn a title, which you get by simply playing the game and performing certain actions multiple times, you get something called Prestige Points.

These points can be spent in four different categories, granting you permanent boosts to certain skills and attributes. Simply head to the Titles screen and go to Prestige. From there, you’ll be able to spend the points you have in the different categories and enjoy the boost.

As for Tome the blacksmith, the more you do business with her, the more discounts and other perks she’ll offer you. Simply click Dialogue, and go to I Have a Request for Tome to spend what you have in any of the available categories.

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Use Himorogi Fragment and Himorogi Branches to return to the region map

Himorogi Fragment is an item you can use to return back to the world map, just in case you feel the need to do so for any reason. Using the fragment will make you lose all the Amrita you carry, but you can use it an unlimited number of times.

Later on, you’ll be getting Himorogi Branches which have the same use. Unlike the fragment, however, you only have a limited supply of these branches. Finally, Himorogi Branches do not make you lose your Amrita, which is very useful.

Nioh Walkthrough – Memories of Death Lilies, Seiryuji Temple Key Location, Ogress Boss Fight

11 Feb

This Nioh walkthrough will help you with The Memories of Death Lilies mission and how to get to The Ogress Boss Fight and how to defeat it.

Memories of Death Lilies mission in Nioh is a pretty simple one but in order to face the final test of this level you have to find the Seiryuji Temple Key. So in this Nioh walkthrough we will guide you how to find the Seiryuji Temple Key and how to defeat Ogress as she is quite an advesary.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Character Builds Guide, Best Stats Guide, and Amrita Farming Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – Memories of Death Lilies

Memories of Death Lilies

As the mission starts head down the path and you will find a shrine on your right. Keep going down the path and you will find a dweller over a corpse, defeat it and keep left down the path and around the boulder to the left you will find a fiend so take it out. Keep going down this path until you reach a Yokai by a boulder, push the boulder clear out some enemies along the way.

Now follow the ramp at which you rolled down the boulder stay to your left by the waterfall. Enter the path ahead and you will find a Wheel Monk, keep right to the path and follow it and up the ramp to take out the dwellers.

Approach on of the trees here and you will receive a prompt to push it over. Do so and you will create a bridge for yourself. Now go back to the ramp and head left and then head right at the junction and follow this path to a double door. Open the doors and enter the courtyard, here there will be an eyeball yokai on the right before, just kill it before it transforms.

Seiryuji Temple Key Location

Make your way down the step on the right and then take a left and follow the path to reach a shrine. Continue on the path and step into the courtyard on the left to reveal a shadow realm Raven Tengu.

Now enter the double doors and clear the house and exit it the house and courtyard to the right and make an immediate right up the stairs to find a Yoki. Continue up on this path to the house courtyard and take out the enemies up here as well as the shadow realm Yoki.

Proceed and you will find a tower, kill the enemy and loot the corpse to acquire the Seiryuji Temple Key, now drop down from this tower to the ground.

Keep moving ahead and drop down to the next level and then take a right and follow the path right to the steps that will take you up back to the courtyard. Now enter the double doors and unlock them using the Seiryuji Temple Key and you will find two Skeleton Warriors on the other side. Now open the next double doors at the top of the steps to trigger the Ogress Boss Fight.

Ogress Boss Fight

While fighting the Ogress in Nioh you have to follow one simple strategy, just stay directly under her chest which will cause most of her attacks to go right above you and miss. However, she’ll occasionally land an attack which targets the ground directly in front of her so do keep this in mind.

Ogress has a jumping attack with a ridiculous tracking that can be pretty tough to dodge. To be able to dodge this attack either dodge the last second or roll away twice and try to save your healing for this particular attack.

In the second phase of the Ogres Boss fight, try not to get hit by her multiple hit combo as she can dish out an incredible amount of damage in about no time. Moreover, try to call in your Guardian Spirit to deal some quick damage and shorten the battle. Repeat this strategy and you will be able to defrat her.

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Nioh Walkthrough – The Iga Escape, The Giant Toad Boss Tips

11 Feb

This Nioh walkthrough will help you with The Iga Escape mission and how to get to The Giant Toad Boss Fight and how to defeat it.

The Iga Escape mission in Nioh is a tricky one as there will be traps all around just waiting for you to drop your guard. In this Nioh walkthrough, we will guide you through the mission and how to avoid the traps and pass them safely so you can progress aead in Nioh and face off gainst the Giant Toad.

For more help on Nioh, read out our Character Builds Guide, Best Stats Guide, and Kodama Locations Guide.

Nioh Walkthrough – The Iga Escape

The Iga Escape

As the mission begins, go forward and just left of the house you will find a shrine. Go straight into the structure and break the wall then take out the Ninja. Clear the room and destroy the next wall section and head left down the hallway.

In this room, you will find two Ninjas and instead of taking them both on just use a ranges weapon to headshot one of them, then kill the other. You will find another ninja in the next room, defeat it and exit the room and go left up the stairs.

You will come to another room where there will be another ninja, kill it and to the right trigger the revolving wall that leads you to a room with a large chest and a ladder you can take up. Go up the ladder ad head right but be careful of the Ninja who will ambush you right away as you enter the room.

Head to your left through the opening to find a fiend across the way. Take it out but be careful tat you don’t go through the trap door. On the opposite side, you can take a doorway out and then go down and watch out for the Ninja that will attack you.

At the bottom, you will find a Yokai in the room, and there will another revolving door, so activate it and proceed to the next area and destroy the wall ahead to reveal a room with a large green crystal. Destroy the crystal and then destroy the wall panel just beyond it and step outside.

Head down the stairs and go left and you will find a door that will open up a shortcut. Open it and make your way back to the courtyard and take out the ninja that ambushes you.

Go back up the stairs of the house and stay to the left p to take the long walkway network across to the other side of the area and take out enemies along the way. At the end enter the opening into the structure and you will find a shrine in there.

Exit the shrine and proceed right up the stairs to defeat yet another ninja. Follow the path to the right and open the sliding door and go left to the corner. Drop down from here and avoiding the spike hazard enter the room on the left to find a shadow realm yokai.

Watch out the hole in the floor here and defeat the Yokai and carefully drop down the hole to the beam below. Make your way carefully to a long plank across the center of this section that slopes up.

Just go up and open a set of doors and destroy the screen. Make your way back to the beam and drop down to the plank below and then on the ground. Take out the archer who is above and reveal the shadow realm yokai. Kill it and open the double doors to the next room.

In the next room. you will find some spiders kill them and then proceed, however, be careful entering the next room as it has spike trap that will come down on you from above.

Don’t just go charging in instead stay on the planked parameter. Wait for it to drop and proceed to the next level to reach another section where you will face a spider. Head out the doorway to the left and then down the hall.

Straight ahead you will have to destroy a wall to face a yokai with a chest and you can smash the wall on the right and then the next ahead to come to a room with a revolving door. Activate the revolving door and take the path to the left where you will find another revolving door.

Trigger it and enter the next room and kill the enemy the pops up ahead. After killing it destroy the wall, there is a Nurikabe in this room that you can attempt to appease with Gestures or else it will attack you. After defeating it the Hot Spring will be revealed.

Exit the Hot Spring, head straight the way you came and head right and then right again. Down this hallway take the first left into the doorway. This room will have a lot of from statues and across the room open the double door to trigger the Giant Toad Boss Fight.

The Giant Toad Boss Tips

The Giant Toad Boss Fight in Nioh is a tricky one and also a frustrating one too. During the first phase of the Giant Toad boss fight, you must attack in-between his attacks. In this phase, the boss doesn’t attack often, but the occasional attacks hurt a lot so always make sure to dodge away.

After dodging and attack immediately close the gap between yourself and the Giant Toad and land a couple of quick attacks and back off again. This will help yu to easily complete the first phase without risking much.

The second phase of the Giant Toad Boss fight is a tough one. In the phase, the boss will attack often and will toss bombs at you which hurt pretty bad. Just be patient and keep your cool if you die in this phase.

All you have to do is find opportunities to land your attacks and if you stick with the strategy you will be able to defeat The Giant Toad.

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