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Guardian Spirits in Nioh provide the player with passive benefits, provide the player with unique Living Weapons and also protect the player's Amrita when they die.

Living Weapon is used by pressing + when the meter is full. Trigger the weapon changes the Health and Ki gauge to the Living Weapon gauge. As long as the gauge is active, you are impervious to damage and your close combat attcks inflict more damage. The gauge decreases over time and when enemy attacks land. Once the gauge is depleted its effects wear off. While a Living Weapon is active, pressing + O  will perform your Guardian Spirit's unique skill.

In New Game Plus, you may select the Enhance Guardian option to spend Amrita to upgrade the effectiveness of your Guardian Spirits. Each Spirit can be leveled up to 30 and doing so improves their Protection and Living Weapon stats nominally. DLC: Dragon of the North added NekomataBisha's Centipede and Blue Dragon spirits.

With patch 1.08, you can now equip a second Guardian Spirit, which will confer a passive benefit. You can alternate which is your primary spirit for living weapon as you wish. With a secondary guardian, you are not only inherit one of its halved attributes, but also get a combination attribute.

This combination attribute is determined by the dual spirits. The general rule is based on spirit element combination: (contributed by /u/aquCHAOS)

  • ELEMENTAL DAMAGE: 2 spirits with same element
  • WEAKEN MELEE WEAPONS: fire + water
  • KI RECOVERY SPEED: fire + wind
  • LUCK: fire + earth
  • QUICK ATTACK DAMAGE: fire + lightning
  • LIFE RECOVERY (AFTER USING LIVING WEAPON): water + wind
  • LIFE: water + earth
  • EXTEND ELEMENTAL EFFECT: water + lightning
  • GUARD KI REDUCTION: wind + earth
  • DASH SPEED: wind + lightning
  • ELEMENTAL DAMAGE REDUCTION (GUARD): earth + lightning


Besides the general rule, there are also a lot of exceptions. Some of the exceptions are pretty interesting attributes. In the video I tested all the possible spirits combinations, trying to find out all the exceptions. Here is the complete exception list (Video):

 

 couple with Saoirse:

  • SKILL DAMAGE: Saoirse + Kato
  • CLOSE COMBAT LIFE RECOVERY: Saoirse + Isonade
  • EVASION KI USAGE: Saoirse + Daiba-washi
  • LIFE RECOVERY FROM AMRITA ABSORB: Saoirse + Fuse-ushi
  • AMRITA EARNED: Saoirse + Mizuchi
  • SKILL KI DAMAGE: Saoirse + Paired Raiken
  • CLOSE COMBAT ATTACK (CRITICAL): Saoirse + Hi-nezumi
  • LIFE RECOVERY BY KILLING STRIKE: Saoirse + Aya-komori
  • GRAPPLE DAMAGE: Saoirse + Enko
  • STRONG ATTACK KI DAMAGE: Saoirse + Usura-hicho
  • NINJUTSU POWER: Saoirse + Gyokuto
  • RETRIEVE LOST AMRITA: Saoirse + Narikama Tanuki
  • STRONG ATTACK LIFE DRAIN: Saoirse + Shin-Roku
  • LONG RANGE ATTACK DAMAGE: Saoirse + Yatagarasu
  • AMRITA EARNED (USING LIVING WEAPON): Saoirse + Suzaku
  • SKILL LIFE DRAIN: Saoirse + Kara-jishi
  • EARN AMRITA (STRONG ATTACK): Saoirse + Izuna
  • ONMYO MAGIC POWER: Saoirse + Genbu
  • LIFE RECOVERY BY GRAPPLE: Saoirse + Atlas Bear
  • THROWN WEAPON DAMAGE: Saoirse + Nekomata
  • PIERCE GUARD (CLOSE COMBAT): Saoirse + Bisha's Centipede
  • DAMAGE REDUCTION (WHEN ATTACKING): Saoirse + Blue Dragon

 other couples:

  • HAND CANNON DAMAGE: Fuse-ushi + Mizuchi
  • KI DAMAGE (BOW): Hi-nezumi + Aya-komori
  • LUCK (USING LIVING WEAPON): Itokuri + Tengen Kujaku
  • EVERLASTING KI: Enko + Narikama Tanuki
  • DAMAGE NULLIFIED (USING LIVING WEAPON): Usura-hicho + Tengen Kujaku
  • ELIXIR BURST: Gyokuto + Narika ma Tanuki
  • NINJUTSU DAMAGE LIFE DRAIN: Gyokuto + Nekomata
  • DAMAGE REDUCTION (ELIXIR USED): Narikama Tanuki + Shin-Roku
  • NO KI CONSUMPTION (GUARDING): Narikama Tanuki + Suzaku
  • PREVENTS DEATH AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT IN A CRITICAL CONDITION: Narikama Tanuki + Tengen Kujaku
  • RECOVER NINJUTSU ITEMS (FINISHED USING LIVING WEAPON): Narikama Tanuki + Nekomata
  • NO KI CONSUMPTION (FINISHED USING LIVING WEAPON): Kara-jishi + Izuna
  • DAMAGE REDUCTION (GUARDING): Kara-jishi + Bisha's Centipede
  • ONMYO DAMAGE LIFE DRAIN: Genbu + Tengen Kujaku
  • SELF & ALLIES HEALED (ENEMY DEFEATED IN CLOSE COMBAT): Atlas Bear + Tengen Kujaku
  • DURABILITY OF LIVING WEAPONS: Bisha's Centipede + Blue Dragon

 

The following is a list of Guardian Spirits

 

Guardian Spirits

Fire Guardian Spirits

 

Water Guardian Spirits

 

 

Earth Guardian Spirits

 

 

Wind Guardian Spirits

 

 

Lightning Guardian Spirits

 




    • Anonymous

      05 Aug 2017 09:19  

      We got Nekomata, Blue Dragon and bisha's Centipede in the 1st DLC

      We got Enku and Nurarihyon in the second DLC

      I am not sure what is coming in the third DLC but it looks like we will be getting the Moth Girl there, and by my guess we will be getting two other's as well.

      • Anonymous

        04 May 2017 01:40  

        R1+R2 is the shortcut to swapping your main and alternate guardian spirits. You won't lose the full gauge for living weapon however you can't use it for ten seconds after swapping.

        • Anonymous

          03 May 2017 18:26  

          I managed to switch between my primary and secondary guardian spirit outside of the shrine, is this a command that's mapped to a specific button because not being able to change back to my primary spirit is messing with my build.

          • Anonymous

            05 Mar 2017 21:47  

            Pretty sure if they add more guardian spirits two will be byakko and seiryuu. I mean we already have genbu and suzaku.

            • Anonymous

              20 Feb 2017 10:17  

              I think that we will get one guardian spirit per dlc.

              1) Date Masamune - Dragon
              2) Sanada Yukimura - Yoshitsugu Otani's Moth girl ( Since Yoshitsugu is his father in law)
              3) Toyotomi Hideyori - Monkey (Oda Nobunaga mentions that monkey and tanuki follow his trail)

              • Anonymous

                12 Feb 2017 03:22  

                Is here an Admin where i can give new Informations ( when you complete the game you can level your Spirit Guardian from level 1 to 30 ) And i have already some Spirit Guardians on Level 30 and the new Stats

                • Anonymous

                  10 Feb 2017 05:47  

                  i have a question. ok to you need to add points to spirits to get buffs after i reach max buff why would i put more points into spirit?

                  • Anonymous

                    09 Feb 2017 10:44  

                    Is the information the game gives on the spirits wrong? Because if the game is right most Isonade stats shown here are wrong...

                    • Anonymous

                      05 Feb 2017 14:49  

                      The removed "Table key" was useful.


                      Might Rate at which the Living Weapon gauge decreases if you are hit while using the Living Weapon.
                      Action Rate at which the Living Weapon gauge is reduced when you consume Ki while using the Living Weapon. The higher it is, the more you can use it.
                      Atlas Bear
                      Recovery Rate at which the Living Weapon gauge recovers when you absorb Amrita while using a Living Weapon.
                      Tenacity The effectiveness of a Living Weapon that is active when your Life is under a certain level.
                      Amrita Gauge Rate The rate at which you gain Amrita. The higher it is, the quicker the gauge fills. When the Amrita gauge hits maximum, you can invoke a Living Weapon.

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