General Info
HP Amrita First Encounter
?? ?? The Spirit Stone Slumbers
Weak Resistant Immune
Water Lightning

Nue is a Boss in Nioh. This is the fourth Boss that players will encounter. The player will have to face this yokai in order to proceed with the game.


Possesses a monkey's face, a tiger's torso, and snake for a tail, Nue is a fearsome creature of lightning. In addition to mauling prey with its claws, its roar can summon bolts of lightning, almost as if Nue itself were an embodiment of thunderstorms.


Pronounced New-ay. A yokai chimaera.  Its fanged mouth terrorizes its prey with an eerie cry. Nue is wreathed in dark smoke, making it diffcult to discern its overall appearance. Its ability to summon thunder has earned it the alternate name of Raiju, the thunder-beast.

Possesses a monky's face, a tiger's torso, and snake for a tail. Its mane is quilled and sharp enough to cut any who approach, In addition to fierce claw and fang attacks, it can hurl itself bodily with enough force to smash a stone wall. There are many legends of Nue appearing in Japan, unleashing lightning and causing all sorts of disasters.

One legend holds that a fearsome cry heralded the appearance of a Nue over the royal palace in Kyoto every night, draining the young emperor of vitality. No medicine could cure him, but after the samurai Minamoto Yorimasa was felled the Nue with an arrow, the emperor recovered at once. Yorimasa was bestowed with a beautiful sword called Shishi-Oh, King of lions, as a reward.



Possible Drops


Combat Information

  • Health: ??
  • Ki: ??
  • Stay near its middle body, blocking, wait for him to do area attacks
  • Dodge deadly Lightning summons, he does 4 in a row at times. Use lightning resistance amulets or effects.
  • Weak to water, use water talismans and salt for purification
  • Lungs light up when using lightning attacks.  Attacking them while lit drains all stamina and stuns Nue for a brief period.
  • Runs out of stamina and becomes available for critical hits
  • Twilight: Y/N, different attacks?



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Strategy 1 (Melee)

An effective method against Nue is to use a spear and/or low stance. Wait for it to initiate its lightning or poison attacks and then quickly dodge to the left of its head. Then attack with some quick combos. While breathing lightning Nue can not defend itself and is open for more attacks. Eventually as you damage Nue, its ki will drain leaving it briefly vulnerable for you to dish out some pain. You may consider conserving your Guardian Spirit for this exact moment to finish the job.



Get behind his front right leg - this is a massive weak spot for him as his claw attacks cannot hit you, and he frequently uses the claw attack and lightning breath when you are in this placement. You will have to run away from his lightning summons and block his tail swipe, but then you can immediately run back behind his front right leg. You should be between his two right legs and you will be able to almost constantly spam attacks.

Strategy 2 (Magic)

Main Mission: A detailed Strategy goes here. It should feature details on the build, level and recommended weapons and items as well as counters for specific attacks.

Sub Mission: The strategy for this mob is the same as in the main mission.

Strategy 3 (Kusurigama)

Use high stance only. There are two trees in the boss room, one either side of Nue, and you need to keep one between you and him at all times. When Nue does his lightning breath attack, run to his left side around the tree and hit him with the ball toss of the kusurigama then retreat. Repeat this process only when he does lighting breath or he leaps at you and falls on his side. It can also be done when he rolls but it is more risky. Only leave the tree to dodge his lightning strikes by rolling or running fast in one direction then move again to the trees. Do not try hit Nue more than once with a ball toss of the kusurigama, he will do a swipe attack that does a lot of damage or he will do a tail spin. 

Nue Twilight Strategy

A detailed Strategy goes here. It should feature details on the build, level and recommended weapons and items as well as counters for specific attacks.


Nue has two attack phases. In the first phase, ??. In the second Phase, ??

Lightning Strikes After shaking it's body, Nue rears back and then a series of four successive lighting strikes hit the ground. The strikes follow the player, so keep moving to avoid them. Each strike leave behind a yokai realm that hurts you ki recovery speed when you stand in it. Players may also simply stand near the arena's entrance, as the overhead structure will stop the lightning from hitting William.
Sweeping Lightning Beam Nue's mouth and eyes glow yellow before it spits out a beam of electricty and sweeps it across the battlefield. Circling around and attacking it's glowing stomach will immediately stagger the beast
Spin Nue spins it's body around in a 360-degree circle, damaging anyone nearby. Typically triggered when William is immediately behind or to the side of the creature
Tail Whip A quick succession of two tail whips. Fast start-up but short range
Poison Cloud A stream of poison is spewed from Nue's tail, damaging anyone in front of it
Claw Swipe Two claw swipes. Each swipe can be dodged with proper timing.
Roll Rears up on its hind legs, then somersaults forwards, leaving a trail of lightning strikes behind it.
Pounce Nue jumps forward at the player. Moderate range. After attacking, Nue will fall over, exposing it's stomach
Recovery After being at zero ki for a while, Nue roars to replenish its ki and summons two lightning strikes; one at its location and one right in front of it. The one that strikes in front of it can deal massive damage and kill players even at full health.


Yokai Lore & History

鵺: Nue - "Night Bird" (Unknown bird, strange bird). These Yokai of Japanese Folklore have the head of a monkey, the body of a Japanese Racoon (tanuki), the tail of a snake, and the limbs of a tiger. They, however, produce a sound such as a bird.

To understand more about the period of history please see our Lore page.

Legend says that around 1153, Emperor Konoe fell ill in Kyoto, thrashing in nightmares. As lightning struck the Imperial Residence, the Emperor summoned the samurai Minamoto no Yorimasa, who then used his archery skills to struck down a flying beast from the sky said to be a Nue. The emperor returned to health immediately, but the citizens of Kyoto feared the beast's curse and sent its corpse down the river. The burial boat arrived at Hyogo Prefecture, and the villagers there gave a proper funeral and burial to the beast. People travelling to Nuezuka in Matsuhama Park in Hyogo may visit the alledged burial mound to this very day.


Notes & Trivia

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




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    • Anonymous

      16 Jan 2019 20:49  

      I have tested amrita and gold drop by fighting without any equipment that will increase amrita or gold earned from the boss. amrita earned : 3900 Gold earned : 253 This is just a guessing, may be the amrita and gold earned increase or decrease depends on how many times you encounter the boss

      • Anonymous

        06 Oct 2018 14:17  

        Single hit and run is good vs him. When he tires, he will stagger on hit and that's when you hit him with living weapon.( you can also call it when he is nearly tired, then you drain his ki with a spam) When he rolls, he will Also call thunder, so only approach him after it's clear . Try to be at his side, near his back. But not directly behind him or his tail will tag you. Don't stay near him too long or he will use a spin move. Try to dash away when he calls thunder because he may call several and the bolts will chase you. His claws will miss you if you stick to his side, and be near his rear legs. You can punish him a lot if he misses and you are in a good spot.

        • Anonymous

          27 Sep 2018 06:51  

          This was the easiest boss for me because living weapon. It staggered in almost every combo with my spear plus earth bull. I kept getting it, ( it won't dodge or block plus it's the one getting staggered)so my meter kept regenerating. Ended the fight with my meter still full. I started living weapon when it had like 70 percent life.

          • Anonymous

            19 Jul 2018 15:45  

            You can actually run to the bell when he lighning strikes you. He will get staggered and KI depleted since he got circet wired

            • Anonymous

              08 Apr 2018 09:29  

              No idea what's wrong with this boss particularly or with the game, but if he runs out of stamina he becomes even more deadlier just one-shotting with some random lightning in melee. Only killed him after realized this. If his stamina is 0 just fucking run away from him until he recovers it.

              • Anonymous

                01 Feb 2018 20:17  

                its weird but this is the boss giving me the most trouble so far. The fight is very long, I don't deal a lot of damage, and after a while i alway get hit byt a lightining and die instantly...
                Im kind of scared of what awaits next ... if I ever get passed this retarded electric monkey

                • Anonymous

                  19 Nov 2017 03:01  

                  it is really easy boss, just stay in front of the boss and allow him to electicity from his mouth, dodge the attack and hit him. it will make his ki drained. Do it 3 times and he is gone

                  • Anonymous

                    08 Nov 2017 20:26  

                    you can actually cheese this boss with the small hut on the right side of the room after letting it break the 4 walls, stand on the opposite side of the hut since he cant enter it. He will rinse and repeat only 3 moves which are easy to dodge with low stance. Poison breathe, laser beam and lightning strike which is an easy opening since you can just enter the hut and smack him good.

                    • Anonymous

                      20 Mar 2017 02:54  

                      If you still have problems against this boss, i can share that when your in front of him he will charge a lighting beam attack, dodge to the left allways and you get some easy hits in!

                      • Anonymous

                        14 Feb 2017 20:49  

                        Whenever Nue uses a lightning attack, his belly will glow. If you attack his belly when it's glowing, he will be instantly staggered. I think the lightning beam from his face attack is probably the easiest to do this as it's slow and very predictable, but whatever works.

                        • Anonymous

                          13 Feb 2017 14:18  

                          there is a small hut in the area....lure him around and when his 4 lightnings come just step inside,they wont hit ya and attack his yellow breats with spear or kusa...and his stamina falls rapidly :D

                          • Anonymous

                            13 Feb 2017 05:47  

                            Nue is ONLY hard because of the environment. Yes, the Nue in The Demon of Mount Hiel is much easier because you're not constantly being blocked by rails.

                            • 25 Jan 2017 13:05  

                              From what I can remember about nue he is best engaged after he does his lunging attack that he falls on his side. Strafe around to his face and hit him 2-3 times and he will be fully out of stamina. At this point you can rag doll the boss around for a good 2-3 combo's before he gets struck by lightning again and recharges his stamina fully. Fighting him before this point is very deadly.

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