Type Clans

Naoe is a Clan in Nioh.


Clan Analysis

The Naoe clan served the Uesugi clan and later took control of Yonezawa in Dewa province (present-day Yamagata prefecture). Their best-known leader was Naoe Kanetsugu.

Kanetsugu was one of Uesugi Kagekatsu's most trusted retainers, with responsibilities extending from internal affairs to foreign relations. When Tokugawa Ieyasu demanded that Kagekatsu visit him in the capital, Kanetsugu wrote what later came to be known as the "Naoe Letter" insisting on the Uesugi clan's virtue and denying the rumours of rebellion. Some believe that this provocative act led Tokugawa to raise and mobilise an army.

The family crest depicts three turtle shells with diamonds of flowers on them. The turtle was considered a symbol of longevity, while the "flowers" were in fact leaves of the hollyhock, known for its vigorous life energy, arranged to look like petals.


Crest Protection

  • Close Combat Attack (Purification): +23%
  • Reduced Damage (Enemies Defeated): D-


Special Reward

  • Condition: Donate Equipment with Amrita Earned Bonus
  • Reward: Whetstone

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    • Anonymous

      Seems like this is one of the least used clans in the entire game, according to my game's ranking. I don't know if that's regional or not though. Regardless, I've taken it as my clan and can't say I'm regretting it. I use it with Yokai Pots which I can buy at the Hidden Tea House with glory, and Kekkai Talismans which will immediately proc it or a ki pulse. Sacred salt for some reason does not proc it however. I'd say it lasts maybe 8 to 10 seconds, but I haven't tested it to know for sure. Having to use Yokai Pots isn't too bad since I'm a Heart-Skill build and prefer use Bows and Rifles instead of Cannons to deplete ki. So having Yokai Pots, which basically do the same amount of Ki Damage on hitting an enemy is pretty convenient. Not only will it possibly completely drain their ki but it procs the 23% combat damage, which you can roll into an Iai strike if you're using that. The animation for throwing is pretty short in this game too. I haven't messed with canons much but it's got to be faster since you don't have to aim. I could be wrong about that though. Evenso I haven't had any issues getting my Yokai Pots to hit, unlike in Bloodborne where you have to have pretty good aim to hit anything with thrown Urns or molotovs or whatever.

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