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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.

The following is a list of Guardian Spirits and what their benefits are:

 

Guardian Spirits

 Note - Some Guardian Spirit abilities will be locked unless you have the required Spirit level to unlock them. These level are displayed by the " X req " column.

Kato

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% -
Close Combat ATK +5% -
Ki +10 6 req
Ki Recovery Speed +20% 7 req
Close Combat Ki Usage (Critical) -20% 9 req
Skill Damage +15% 10 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 20% 
Fire 30
Usable Time 15.8 s
Might 1280 
Action
Recovery A-
Tenacity A- 
Amrita Gauge Rate C+ 

Hi-nezumi

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Onmyo Magic Power +50 -
Stealth For Enemies A+ 7 req
vs. Fire +20 10 req
Combat Attack (Critical) +20% 12 req
Unlimited Onmyo  +15% 15 req

Living Weapon

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

Enko

Enko

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Strong Attack Ki Reduction 8% -
Break +15 8 req
Fire Damage +12% 11 req
Grapple Damage +25% 13 req
Strong Attack Damage +13% 16 req

Living Weapon

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

Suzaku

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Activate Living Weapon (No life) - -
Vs. Fire +20 13 req
Amrita Earned (Using Living Weapon) +25% 15 req
Fire Damage +15% 18 req
Auto-Charge Amrita Gauge (Critical) - 21 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 15%
Fire 50
Duration 14.6 s
Might 1440
Action C
Recovery A+
Tenacity A+
Amrita Gauge Rate D

 

Isonade

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% -
Sense Enemies on Radar - -
Life +100 6 req
Close Combat Health Recovery 100 8 req
Human Close Combat Damage +9% 10 req
Strong Attack Ki Usage -10% 11 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 10% 
Water 30
Usable Time
22.0 s 
Might 1400
Action B
Recovery C
Tenacity
Amrita Gauge Rate

Mizuchi

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Enemies Defeated Damage Bonus A -
Gold Earned 15% 6 req
Amrita Sense - 9 req
Vs Water +20 11 req
Amrita Earned +12.5% 13 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 7%
Water 30
Useable Time 18.0 s
Might 700
Action B-
Recovery B
Tenacity B
Amrita Gauge Rate C+

Usura-hicho

Usura-hicho

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Life Recovery From Purification 150 -
Evasion Ki Usage 20% 9 req
vs. Yokai Realm +300 12 req
Water Damage +15% 14 req
Strong Attack Ki Damage +15% 17 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 3%
Water 42
Usable Time 16.8 s
Might 600
Action B
Recovery A
Tenacity C+
Amrita Gauge Rate A+

Genbu

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 30% -
Dash Speed Reduction 30% -
No Guard Break (During Onmyo Magic) - 15 req
Change to Defense (Magic) B+ 17 req
Received Elemental Attack Damage 7.5% 20 req
Onmyo Magic Power +75 22 req

Living Weapon

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

 

Saoirse

saoirse

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Amrita Sense - -
Sense Enemies - ? req
Amrita Earned +12.5% 20 req
Special Effects (Critical) +20% 23 req
Retrieve Lost Amrita 75% 25 req

Living Weapon

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

Fuse-ushi

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% -
Life +200 -
Recurrent Damage from Poison -25% 6 req
Guard Ki Reduction -12% 7 req
vs. Poison +20 9 req
Life Recovery From Amrita Absorption +30 11 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 15% 
Earth 30
Usable Time 19.0 s
Might 1870 
Action B+
Recovery B+
Tenacity C-
Amrita Gauge Rate D

Itokuri

itokuri

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Luck +50 -
Human Item Drop Rate +30% 9 req
Familiarity Bonus +16% 11 req
Yokai Item Drop Rate +30% 13 req
Paralysis +30 16 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 7%
Earth 30
Useable Time 19.8 s
Might 600
Action B
Recovery C
Tenacity D
Amrita Gauge Rate A+

Narikama Tanuki

narikama_tanuki

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Retrieve Lost Amrita 50% -
vs. Earth +20 11 req
Unlimited Elixir +15% 14 req
Strong Attack Damage +10% 16 req
Auto Life Recovery (Critical) - 19 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 12%
Earth 30
Usable Time 20.4 s
Might 2050
Action C+
Recovery A+
Tenacity A-
Amrita Gauge Rate D

 

Shin-Roku

Shinka

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Strong Attack Life Drain 10 -
Life +100 12 req
Kodama Sense - 14 req
Earth Damage +15% 16 req
Ki Recovery & Defense (Finished using a Living Weapon) - 19 req

Living Weapon

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

Daiba-washi

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% -
Evasion Ki Usage -15% -
Equipment Drop Rate +20% 6 req
Quick Attack Damage +8% 8 req
Luck +40 9 req
Life Recovery (Finished using a Living Weapon) +400 11 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 5% 
Wind 30
Duration 17.2 s 
Might 680 
Action C+
Recovery C+
Tenacity
Amrita Gauge Rate A+ 

Aya-komori

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Unlimited Ninjutsu +15% -
vs. Paralysis +20 7 req
Damage From Behind +12% 10 req
Life Recovery By Killing Strike 120 12 req
Agility Damage Bonus A 15 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 4%
Wind 30
Duration 23.4 s
Might 480
Action A
Recovery A+
Tenacity C-
Amrita Gauge Rate A-

Yatagarasu

yatagarsu

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Unlimited Ammo +10% -
vs. Wind 20 12 req
Long Range Attack Damage +10% 15 req
Sense Enemies - 17 req
Life Recovery From Hit (Ranged Weapon) 30 20 req

Living Weapon

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

Izuna

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Earn Amrita (Strong Attack) 25 -
Amrita Earned +8% 14  req
Close Combat Attack Ki Reduction 10% 17 req
Wind Damage +15% 19 req
Auto Life Recovery (Finished using a Living Weapon) - 22 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 5%
Wind 42
Duration 21.0 s
Might 1400
Action A-
Recovery C+
Tenacity C+
Amrita Gauge Rate D

Tengen Kujaku

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Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Bonus From Amrita Absorption ?? -
Yokai Damage Reduction 13% 17 req
Extend Elemental Effect +50% 19 req
Extend Attack Damage +10% 22 req
Enemy/ Treasure/ Amrita/ Kodama Sense - 25 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 10%
Wind 30
Duration 20.0 s
Might 1500
Action B
Recovery A+
Tenacity B-
Amrita Gauge Rate D

Paired Raiken

Paired Raiken

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Dash Endurance 15% -
Skill Ki Damage +12.5% 7 req
Vs. Lightning +25 8 req
Treasure Sense - 10 req
Yokai Close Combat Damage +15% 12 req

Living Weapon

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

Gyokuto

Gyokuto

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20.0% -
Elixir Effect On Life Recovery +20.0% -
Dash Speed +10.0% 10 req
Low Attack Damage +8.0% 12 req
Luck(Using Living Weapon) +100 15 req
Ninjutsu Power +75 18 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 5.0%
Lightning 30
Duration 18.0 s
Might 400
Action B
Recovery B
Tenacity C-
Amrita Gauge Rate A-

Kara-jishi

Kara-jishi

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Increase Attack (Skill) - -
Guard Ki Reduction 20% 13 req
Lightning Damage +12% 16 req
Ki 20 18 req
Skill Life Drain 15 21 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 22%
Lightning 42
Duration 18.8 s
Might 1550
Action C
Recovery D-
Tenacity B-
Amrita Gauge Rate D

Atlas Bear

Atlas Bear

Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 20% -
Increase Damage (Low Ki) - -
Life Recovery By Grapple 150 16 req
Vs. Lightning +20 18 req
Close Combat Damage +10% 21 req
Shorten Recovery Time  - 23 req

Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 23%
Lightning 42
Duration 18.4 s
Might 1380
Action D+
Recovery C
Tenacity B+
Amrita Gauge Rate C+

 

Table Key

 

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.
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 qicker the gauge fills. When the Amrita gauge hits maximum, you can invoke a Living Weapon.

 




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