Giant Toad

General Info
HP Amrita Location
?? ?? The Iga Escape
Weak Resistant Immune
Lit/Earth Fir/Wind/Pois/Para N/A

Giant Toad is a Boss in Nioh. 

Pronounced "Giant Toad." The Giant Toad is, as its name implies, a yokai in the form of an enormous toad. This one is even larger than a human being, capable of standing on two legs and even wielding a spear. Legends say that toads, which are long lived, are particularly capable of attaining consciousness and turning yokai, but there are other theories as well.

This particular yokai's original form was Hattori Hanzo's father, the first Hanzo to bear the title. Feared as Oni-Hanzo for his ability to lead the Iga Clan, he forced those who would succeed him to undergo harsh training. It seems this devotion to the future of his clan bound itself to this world, and transformed into the form of a Giant Toad to continue training his successors.


The Giant Toad is, as its name implies, a yokai in the form of an enormous toad. Called Ogama in Japanese, they are even larger than a human being, capable of standing on two legs and even wielding a spear. They are usually depicted as smoking a pipe.



Possible Drops

  • Amrita: ??
  • Co-Op Amrita: ??
  • Other: Gold, Weapons, etc


Combat Information

  • Health: ??
  • Ki: ??
  • Can it be parried? Can it be Stunlocked? Can it be critically hit when out of Ki?
  • Twilight: Y/N, different attacks?



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Strategy 1 (Melee)

While the toad is slow moving, it deals high damage and can one hit you if you play carelessly. Use low stance and dodge behind him to land some attacks. This will usually prompt him  to jump into the air and attack with a ground smash. This can be blocked, but with high Ki cost. Preferably, when he jumps, dodge away. When he prepares his spear attack, dodge towards him to attack. Get to his back to trigger a repeat of the jump move. Once his health drops to 50% he throws a variety of explosives at you. Dodge towards him when he's about to attack to cause him to miss. Preserve your Guardian Spirit until his health is at about a third left. You can use ranged weapons as well to get some damage dealt. 

The boss only has a small amount of attacks, and they are all relatively easy to avoid as they are heavily telegraphed. The attacks are as follows:

  • Spear thrusts (3 hits - 2 side swipes then one lunge) - Run to his left and behind him as he starts this combo and wail on his back.
  • Single Spear thrust - Again, just run/dodge left behind him and go ham on his back.
  • Pipe Swing - He swings this back then charges at you with it. As soon as you see him pulling his arm back run to a side (Left is best) and wail on him again.
  • Bomb throw - If you keep you distance from Toady he will start using projectiles. One of these is bombs. They hurt. They will be thrown in a curved line, so run forward towards him to get more hits off on him.
  • Crystal projectiles - Toady will fire a line of projectiles at your head. Blocking is key here. There are 2 types of crystals he can throw, one of them is a kind of sticky bomb. Should you miss-block one, you may get stuck. There is a 3 second or so delay once you are stuck, but you can premptively block as it detonates to not take any damage.
  • Butt Slam - This is perhaps his most obvious move - Just stay away from him, ideally around to his back and deal some more damage.
  • Tongue grab - Should Toady look at you and stay still for a second, he is most likely going to tongue grab you. He fires his tongue at you and it deals a fair amount of damage. Just a dodge to either side easily avoids being caught.

 Strategy if you can't dodge his attacks

  • Sprint to the left and towards him, get behind him
  • 80% of the time, he will do the jump slam if you are behind, even with low parry stat, you can block it
  • After the slam, sprint and circle him to the left, get behind him, and perform a quick attack
  • If close to him, sprinting to his back leftwards avoids almost anything aside from his jump slam
  • This strategy is slow, as your hit window is small, and you have little ki to invest in attacking after blocking, but it is very easy
  • you absolutely have to dispell his yokai realms, else you run out of ki
  • Kekkai talisman is nice here, and so are guarding ki reduction passives
  • If you need to heal, running away will get you speared. Just get behind, block jump, get behind, and heal instead of attacking this time

Strategy 2 (Magic)

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Strategy 3 (Bow)

A really simple way to deal with the Giant Toad is to use Fire Arrows at a long distance; shooting it in the head will result in massive damage and easily take out the boss with a few swings as soon as his health is depleted low enough.


Giant Toad Twilight Strategy

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Giant Toad has two attack phases. In the first phase, he uses melee attacks. The second phase is triggered at 50%, where he will incorporate ranged explosive attacks into his offence. 

Lunging Stab A lunging spear stab. Likes to use this move at medium range
Swing A single, wide spear swing
Jump The creature jumps straight into the air before crashing to the ground
Jumping Stab The Giant Toad jumps into the air, then stabs his spear into the ground. Deceptively wide range
Pipe Swing The Giant Toad grabs his pipe, then swings it at the player
Tongue Lash The Giant Toad grabs his pipe, then shoots his tongue out towards the player. Moderate range
Fire Shuriken Fire shuriken are thrown onto the ground in a wide arc
Kayaku-dama Mutiple kayaku-dama are tossed out in a wide arc
Paralysis Bombs Giant Toad throws multiple paralysis bombs at the player
Defilement Breath A stream of defilement is exhaled onto the battlefield, creating yokai realms.
Defilement Ball A large ball of defilement is spewed at the player. Slow and easily avoided


Yokai Lore & History

大蝦蟇: Ogama - "Giant Toad" wielding a spear and breathing smoke, often colored as a rainbow.


Notes & Trivia

  • Voice Actors, if any
  • Similarities to other titles
  • Bugs and glitches associated to this boss





    • Anonymous

      20 Nov 2019 02:55  

      Best way is to stay close and keep going around to his back. His jump attack is can be intimidating, but it's not nearly as strong as some of his other ranged attacks. With strong enough armor you can even tank it and chug elixir while whittling down his hp.

      • Anonymous

        22 Oct 2019 04:42  

        Lmao he was so *****ing easy. Just use sloth talisman and weakness talisman and power pill. Take down a good amount of health and then use living weapon. Got him first try, and I’m not even a badass.

        • Anonymous

          15 Mar 2019 02:12  

          If you're not used to dodging and using INV frames, he can be incredibly intimidating. In the beginning I couldn't get the right feel for his timing and became frustrated and afraid of him, which is the worst position to be in, because it caused me to keep distance during his bomb throws ... took me a while to realize, that by keeping distance I was basically doing what he wanted me to do .... remain in bomb range. Once you get the timing down for his 3 main attacks (jump stab, sideways slice, forward stab) and stay close to him during his 2nd and 3rd ninjutsu bomb waves, there's not much he can do. I loved this boss. Made me smile every time he took a puff from his pipe. Even when he smacked me around with it.

          • Anonymous

            07 Oct 2018 08:40  

            You want to crowd this boss, and flank him through out the fight. Get the timing of his spear thrust. Don't dodge too early and roll to the side. He will be near you and you can counter him. I can sneak 3 midstance sword blows. The only time spear thrust is not an opening is his last phase. His three hit will evolve into a four hit combo, with a jump attack after the thrust. Frogs response to flanking his back is often a jump; where he will turn mid air and land with a shock wave. You can roll forward and get into his back again. Then land some hits. You must be more aggressive by phase two because he will spam ranged attacks. It won't be safe to be far from him. If he tags you with a timer bomb, you can dodge the main blast by iframes, just roll at the right time; though it will be a case of luck because you can't really tell when it will explode,( no warning animation, it just blows up after a time). If you want to heal, it's best to be patient and let an attack pass. His spear is very long and he will jump to you. He might interrupt a poorly timed heal and get you instead.

            • Anonymous

              10 Apr 2017 19:43  

              I killed him in 30 secs just by shooting his head with exploding or whatever arrows that do more damage. It took only 5 arrows

              • Anonymous

                02 Mar 2017 15:06  

                He has another attack. He eats you...does horrible damage.
                Did it just once when I was standing directly in front of him, activating my Living Weapon.

                • Anonymous

                  16 Feb 2017 23:39  

                  One of the unique drops from this boss is called the "Giant Toad Spear", and he can also drop "writhing tongue".

                  • Anonymous

                    12 Feb 2017 17:28  

                    This boss is pretty easy if you follow souls logic, and hug him rotating left. Fire, and Lightning if I remember right. Lightning makes bosses a joke if they can have it applied to them.

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