Online modes for Nioh are covered on this page. The game features several different options for interacting with other players, both directly and indirectly. In addition to the below in-game modes listed, there is a Clans feature that allows players to give allegiance to one of the warring clans and improve your online ranking to earn points for the clan. You will be able to obtain special rewards by participating on this.
Corpses of other players will appear in your world and you can challenge them (they become AI controlled specters of the players) for loot and experience. The corpse of another player will appear as a katana driven into the ground called a Bloody Grave, surrounded by a swirling red smoke/fire. You can inspect this to view the level of the player, the player's ID, how they died and when, the rarity of the items held and the Spirit Guardian it has. Activating the blade mound will trigger an NPC representation of the fallen player, called Revenants. William will then fight the corpse with an opportunity to earn loot from defeating it.
You can summon another player to help you at any Shrine. Select the "Summon Visitor" option and offer an Ochoko. You will not lose an Ochoko if no player is summoned, but you cannot summon another player without one. After doing this continue playing as summoning will happen automatically. It can take quite a long time currently to summon someone.
Matchmaking in Nioh is how the player is summoned to assist another. From the general overview screen select a Mission and hit the Matchmaking button to help another player in their world in that Mission. You can modify several different parameters for matching to find the ideal partner for your goals.
Online co-op is available via "Torii Gates" and Ochoko cups, making it so single player campaigners may summon in visitors from another world at a shrine. Similar to souls, the session ends if the host dies, but if the summoned ally is defeated another one may be brought in. Gestures and cosmetics are available to make this experience more unique. It should be noted that during these sessions players cannot trade equipment.
Another feature is designed specifically for co-op, with more challenging missions under the "Yokai Realm with a Companion" banner. In this mode, players can take on missions with more powerful enemies and Yokai as a duo, and share in a survival bar that depletes with each death and may be refilled slightly at shrines. Players in this mode can revive each other a limited number of times, making for entertaining moments.
1) In order to play co-op and summon a companion into your game you need to offer an Ochoko cup. These can be obtained from dead revenants. You can offer these cups at the shrine menu under the "summon" section. The game will then start looking for a companion and connect them to you as soon as it finds one.
2) To join Co-op with random people, after you beat a mission it is unlocked for proper co-op. To access co-op then:
- You can then highlight the mission on the map, hit X and then it allows you to hit Square to 'Become a Visitor.' In this mode when the host dies you are sent back to your world and you can't be revived either by the host
- You can use the 'Starting Point' menu. There is an option called 'Torii Gate.' You have two options here:
- Yokai Realm with a Companion: This modes lets you revive each other with a gauge going down if someone dies till you survive the dead player. Just hit Circle at their grave. When the gauge is emptied the mission fails for both players.
- Random encounter: This is similar to 1. You don't get to revive each other in this mode.
- Both options let you either randomly search for a game or specify a mission. You can only choose and enter certain missions with these menu options if you have already beaten them.
3) To Co-op with friends/people using a password:
- The game offers a password system to connect with friends or people using the same password.
- You have the same options as stated above but are restricted to only being able to search for and enter missions that you have already beaten. When both players are new to a mission they cannot co-op via password.
In order to play co-op both players need to:
- Set the same password
- Set the password to 'On'
- The player trying to help/trying to join the other players as a companion has to have the mission unlocked/beaten
- You then have the same options described above.
In addition to battling against other players' Revenants, Team Ninja is adding PvP on a smaller scale, like duels in a small arena or something of that nature. The mode will be available as post launch DLC.
Clan Battles are a unique Online event in which players pledge allegiance to one of the game's warring Clans. Players rank up and contribute to the ranking of their Clan. The better they perform, the better the benefits of membership become.