At first glance, it might seem that Nioh operates according to the same laws as Dark Souls or Bloodborne . However, on closer inspection, you will notice that the game has a lot more features than the next Soulsborne clone with a samurai theme. If you try to play it in the same style, you will get a lot of headaches.
Nioh is a very rich and multi-layered game, both in terms of the surrounding world and in terms of intricate game design. Here you will find a whole lot of game mechanics that you will not find anywhere else, and the game itself will not even try to explain them to you. It is for this reason that we have put together a list of unique tips and tactics for you, as well as an overview of a few slightly more difficult techniques to help you survive in the late game.
1. You can immediately know if you have enough Amrita to level up
A well thought out interface design will help you throughout the game. However, we would like to draw your attention to a small detail. The Amrita meter in the lower right corner tells you in plain text whether you have enough of it to level up. When the icon turns yellow, instead of the usual white, it means that you can get at least one level for the Amrita that you currently have. The game will never tell you about this detail, although it is very useful, especially when you do not know whether to pass the level further or return to the sanctuary to save the accumulated. There are times when you are not sure if this amount will be enough for any significant improvement, and therefore decide not to risk it. All you need to do to avoid this situation is to look in the lower right corner and decide.
2. Trade unnecessary weapons and items in temples to get Elixirs
Every temple in Nioh allows you to exchange items for gifts. Anything you have can be an offering, including weapons, armor, and any other item that you don’t use. The process is quite simple: when you find yourself in the temple, select “Make an offering” and mark the item you wish to give. For this you will receive gifts, but their quality directly depends on the quality of your offering, its level, and so on. Often, especially in the early stages, for your donations you will receive elixirs, of which, as you know, there are not many.
Of course, you can only carry a certain amount of elixirs with you, and all excess will be returned to your warehouse. Every time you die and respawn in the temple, your inventory is automatically replenished with supplies from the vault.
In order not to waste a lot of time on the offering (after all, for each donated item, you need to give consent in two pop-up messages), you can select several items at once and offer them in bulk. But be careful: a gift is a gift, so if you gave something by mistake, it will be impossible to return it.
3. Find as many Codes as possible on the level
Kodams are little green men who can be found dancing in temples. In all the storyline and some side missions, a certain number of these little spirits are lost. You can find them and send them back to the shrine. Before you go on a mission, you have the opportunity to find out how many Kodami are at a given level. You can also check at any given time how much you have already collected. To do this, select the item ” Blessing of Kodama“. Every fifth spirit found increases the initial amount of elixirs by one unit. However, there is a specific limit to this. In addition, the counter for each region is unique and is reset after changing the location. With this, one can easily track the amount of lost spirits immediately after moving to a new area. Some items of equipment have a special bonus that highlights forest spirits on the minimap. Such equipment is especially useful when there are only a couple of Kodam left to find at the level.
4. Some passive skills from one tree of weapons also work in others.
There are certain passive skills that work without being tied to any weapon. For example, if your main focus is dual swords, then you can still use the Tachi Arts passive , which increases melee damage by 10% against enemies with full health. In fact, the full list of skills that work unbound is quite large, so look into the passive skills in each weapon tree to find the ones that work for you personally.
5. Unlock the Hidden Attack skill to deliver powerful blows from behind
Unlike Dark Souls or Bloodborne , the backstab skill hasn’t been studied here. This skill is very useful and works with absolutely any class, although it is in the Ninja branch. If you’ve played the above games, then you know that sneaking up on an enemy from behind and dealing a lot of damage or stunning them is a great opportunity.
First you need to unlock the skill in the Ninja tree. Although the damage to the enemy will not be as strong as in the Souls series, it will still be a good (albeit unfair) start to the battle. To perform this technique, you need to slowly approach the enemy from the back, then aim and wait until the icon turns red, after which you can perform an attack.
6. Always pay attention to the color of the targeting icon on the enemy
If you have difficulty performing various situational attacks, then most likely you are not getting into the period of time when you can perform this attack. You can easily recognize the moment for a successful attack by the color of the aiming icon. When it turns red, you can safely perform various techniques, for example, such as: a hidden attack, capture of the enemy, and so on. If you miss your chance and try to perform a special action while the icon is white, the character will not do anything and will just stand, and at this time you will say a couple of kind words about the game. Different enemies have different times for a successful attack, so be patient and wait for the right moment.
7. Spirit Stones also charge your living weapon
Spirit Stones are the local equivalent of souls from the Dark Souls games (for example, the soul of a brave warrior). They have a similar function, namely, they give Amrit in varying amounts and depending on the size of the stone. However, in Nioh they have another use: these stones allow you to charge your living weapon by a certain amount. This is especially useful when you’re on your way to the boss and don’t want the hassle of replenishing your charge.
8. When you go to the boss, summon your Guardian Spirit in the temple
When you die on the boss and are reborn, then summon your spirit here, and do not pick it up at the place of death. There are two advantages to this method.
Firstly, if you summon a spirit in the temple and start killing opponents on the way to the boss, then you will reach him just with a partially charged living weapon. In addition, it will fully charge during the fight, so you can use it.
Secondly, if you don’t want to waste your time killing mobs on your way to
boss, you can use the Spirit Stones, which we wrote about just above, to speed up the process of accumulating charge. In any case, you do not need the keeper to protect Amrita in the boss room, so you can safely call her in the temple.
9. If you are caught in enemy combo attacks, then do not dodge, but block them
You most likely met the boss of Hino-enma, and you probably got three or four hits in a row a couple of times. The situation is the same with youkai, whose combinations with multiple blows are deadly. The problem with dodging combo strikes is that if you make a mistake once, there will be no other chance to dodge and the whole combo will hit you directly. However, you can always block the rest of the combination. You will either withstand the flurry of blows and lose some of the Ki, or stop their entire series.
10. You can always find out where and why other players died
The graves of dead players can give you a variety of information. If you approach them, you can see the cause of death of a specific player. In Nioh, this is not a ghost, but just a textual description of what caused them to die. Sometimes you can find areas with many graves, and this usually indicates that there is a trap or ambush ahead.
If you do not read the inscription on the grave, you will not know what lies ahead. In addition, ghosts emerging from these graves may leave behind some of the equipment these players were using. This is a good way to hone your skills, as the ghosts of fallen players mimic a living person in battle.
11. You can go through Nurikabe (illusionary wall with eyes) without destroying it
At some levels, you will find Nurikabe – illusionary walls with eyes that light up when you approach them. Surely you will want to destroy them first, but you can do without it.
Destroying them is quite difficult, but there is a way to avoid it. You can get rid of them simply by performing one of your gestures, but you also need to know which gesture you want to show.
In the menu, all available gestures are divided into three groups: yellow, blue and red. You can show any gesture, as long as it is from the desired group. For example, if the gesture of the blue group is needed for the wall to disappear, then any of this group will do. Although each wall is unique, there is no clear-cut way
determining the color you want is still one trick. If you run through the nearest graves near the wall, then sometimes you can find information about which group the previous player used.
For example, if a grave near a wall says that the player used a gesture from the blue group, then this means that the blue color is not suitable for this wall and she killed the unlucky samurai. After that, the task becomes a little easier. All that’s left to do is try either a gesture from the yellow group or from the red one. If you don’t guess right the first time, the eyes against the wall will just turn red. Repeat the gesture from the rest of the group and the wall will disappear. If you make a mistake a second time, the wall will attack you and the probability that you will survive is extremely small.
12. You don’t have to fight Mimics to loot them
In Nioh can sometimes be found mimics . These are opponents who take the form of a chest to lure the naive player, and after he tries to open the trap, attack him. The abundance of mimics in the game is not the same as in Dark Souls, but they still occur.
The easiest way to distinguish facial expressions from a real chest is to count the number of gold stripes on it. If there are only two of them, then this is a real chest and you can safely open it, but if you count three, then there is a trap in front of you. If you open the Mimic Chest, it will jump out in front of you and perform a gesture.
If you respond with the same gesture, they will give up the loot. However, if it is enough to select a group of gestures with Nurikabe, then full compliance is necessary. Provided you make a mistake, they become hostile. There is another way to deal with mimics, in which you do not need to open the chest. You can just whistle in front of him and when the mimic pops out on his own, copy his gesture to get loot.
13. The appearance of the equipment can be changed without changing the characteristics
Blacksmith Tome has many useful services that are best to get to know from the start. One of these is called ” Style Change “. Its essence lies in the fact that you can change the appearance of your weapon or armor. This only changes the appearance of the equipment, so the stats will remain the same. This is useful
when you are acting out a role or just love harmony in equipment, but do not want to sacrifice useful equipment. This service is quite cheap, and besides, the more items you find in the game, the more different skins will be available to you.
14. Don’t get used to Pooling early in the game as it is quite expensive
In addition to changing the appearance of equipment, a blacksmith can allow you to donate any equipment in exchange for strengthening another. Since a lot of loot drops in the game, you will probably be tempted to throw off everything unnecessary to the blacksmith and strengthen your current equipment, instead of just putting on new equipment.
Be careful, this service is quite expensive, and if you use it after every item you find, you will soon run out of money. Better to use Union rarely, but aptly. For example, exchange for equipment that you really like or have good bonuses. At a later stage of development, when, usually, there are no serious problems with money, you can perform this procedure more often.
15. Spend Prestige Points and Blacksmith Points
After each new chapter and performing certain actions several times, you will receive a special currency called prestige points. These points can be spent in four places and get improvements to various skills and characteristics. Go to the prestige section, and there you can sell this currency. For a blacksmith, the point system works a little differently. The more you turn to him, the more discounts and various benefits you can get. After you have spent some of the money, go to the dialogue with Tome and select ” I have a request for Tome ” to find out if you are entitled to a reward.
16. Use fragments and branches of Chimoro to evacuate
If you find yourself at the other end of the level, and you need to go back, or you are stuck on some part of the map and cannot get out, then you need to use the Chimoro Fragment. This is an unlimited item that allows you to return to the map of the region, but in doing so, you will lose all of Amrita. A little later, you will have branches of the Chimoro. This is a limited item that also allows you to go back and, among other things, save Amrita.