Hattori Hanzo

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Character Type NPC
Guardian Spirit Nekomata

Hattori Hanzo is an NPC in Nioh. NPCs are characters that can be interacted with or are shown in the game. NPCs are characters that add contrast to the game's lore where they provide information, some are categorized as quest givers, while others are categorized as Merchants whom you can trade with or request for certain services.

Hattori Hanzo Information

 

Hattori Hanzo is a ninja in the service of Tokugawa Ieyasu. His real name is Masanari. "Hanzo" is a name inherited by each successive head of the ninja clan in Iga province. Although his father was known as "Hanzo the Oni", the current Hanzo has more of his father's skill as a ninja than his prowess as a military commander.

He is a master of intelligence, concealement, and sabotage, and leads an army of several hundred ninja who lurk in the shadows waiting to carry out secret orders from their lord. As one of the few people in Japan with knowledge of foreign languages, Hanzo also guides the newly arrived William in his search for Kelley.

Hanzo sees ninja potential in William and teaches him the basics of ninjutsu. William's years as a pirate left him with highly developed survival skills, and his willingness to use any means to accomplish his ends is another ninja—like trait.

Hanzo keeps a cat inside his garments and uses it instead of a clock, checking the time by closely examining the dilation of the cat's pupils. In fact, this cat is possessed by a Nekomata, an exceptionally long—lived Guardian Spirit, but as Hanzo cannot see spirits he does not realize this.

The current Hattori Hanzo is the third to serve the Tokugawa clan. His father was accomplished not only as a ninja but also as a general, known as "Hanzo the Oni" for his ferocity. Oni or not, however, he recognized that while the Tokugawa clan had many fearless generals on its side, it was lacking in operatives who could support it from the shadows. As a result, he began training his son stringently in the ways of ninjutsu from a young age, so that he could grow up to meet this need.

Hanzo was ordered by leyasu to conceal the existence of Amrita. To accomplish this entirely, William had to be eliminated. After defeating Kelley and rescuing Saoirse, William let his guard down and turned his back to Hanzo as he left... but, rather than seising the opportunity to kill William, Hanzo watched him leave as a friend. For one such as Hanzo, who had never let sentiment interfere with his duties before, this was a token of gratitude and farewell to the samurai from a foreign land who had fought for Hanzo's country.

Hanzo continued to serve leyasu even after William left Japan, keeping watch for anything that might disturb the fragile peace. However, he went missing after setting out to investigate an unsettling rumour in the Tohoku region. William defeated Date Shigezane and saved Hanzo from certain doom, allowing him to use the sacred waters of Mount Ibuki to counteract Shigezane's transformation into a yokai. In turn, Shigezane convinced Masamune to abandon his plans for rebellion, although the Spanish spy behind the situation vanished without a trace, furthering Hanzo's concerns about the mysterious foreign ninja.

Hanzo set out for Osaka together with William in order to face the Toyotomi forces. Along the way, they encountered Sanada Yukimura's ninja, Sarutobi Sasuke, who engaged Hanzo in a fierce battle under orders from his master. Eventually, Hanzo gained the upper hand, but the sound from a hora—gai shell indicated a truce between the Tokugawa and the Toyotomi, allowing Sasuke to escape. Although relieved that the fighting had ended, Hanzo knew that the day would come when he would have to face Sasuke again.

In order to defeat the Toyotomi clan, Hanzo once again joined the fray at Osaka and fought alongside William and the Tokugawa troops. After the fall of Sanada Yukimura's forces and upon learning that the remaining Sanada troops were making their way toward leyasu's main camp, Hanzo parted ways with William in order to return to his master. Hanzo's concerns over leyasu's safety proved prescient, as Yukimura appeared and engaged Hanzo in a ferocious battle after he arrived at the main camp. Hanzo bested his opponent, who ultimately proved to be Sarutobi Sasuke disguised as Yukimura. After the fight, Hanzo and William ventured to Hirado Island in western Hizen province, and it is said that the two of them continued to keep a watchful eye over the now peaceful country and protect it from yokai and ninja from foreign lands, among other threats.

Hattori Hanzo Location

  • Hanzo appears in the cutscene after defeating Onryoki in "Isle of Demons"mission, in Kyushu Region.

Hattori Hanzo Notes

  • Can be Transformed into for 1300 glory.

 

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    • Anonymous

      28 Jun 2019 04:29  

      I know this is old, and no one will see this most likely, but I would actually say it's fairly safe to assume that this Hattori Hanzo is the original, not his son (correction by the way, they both had the name Masanari). The reason I would say this is because this Hanzo appears to be much older, whereas his son during this period was in his early 30s. It is worth noting that one of the main reasons I subscribe to this theory is that Edward Kelley, the alchemist, is also historically dead before the 1600s. Either way, it's impossible to know for sure due to the game essentially taking place in an alternate timeline.

      • 16 Feb 2017 13:08  

        "Historically, he was a famous ninja of the Sengoku era, credited with saving the life of Tokugawa Ieyasu and then helping him to become the ruler of united Japan."

        This is wrong. The one this is referring to is the original Hattori Hanzo who died in 1596. The Hattori Hanzo in the game is actually Hattori Masanari, the first son of Hanzo, who gained the name when he succeeded his father as the head of the Iga ninja.

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