Enemy Type Yokai
Weakness OFF
Resistances Earth
Immune Poison
Special Drop ??

Nurikabe is an Enemy in Nioh.


Nurikabe Description

"The yokai known as Nurikabe (noo-ree-kah-beh) take the form of a giant living wall. They are said to most enjoy simply standing where no wall should be and enjoying the unease and confusion of travelers. If left alone, they will not move, but if harassed they extend long arms to strike back in rage. Slow-moving but with immense strength and stamina, Nurikabe are formidable foes."

"Nurikabe often block the way to valuable items or alternative routes to destinations, although whether they do so knowingly or not is unclear. Once a Nurikabe is angered, there is no alternative but to defeat it, but it is said that the right gestures can charm them into a more amiable attitude."


Combat Information

  • Combat can be avoided entirely by using the right type of gesture (positive, neutral, negative). It doesn't matter what specific gesture you use as long as it's the right type. You will have two chances to guess the Nurikabe's disposition. The correct gesture will cause the Nurikabe to immediately disappear, dropping it's loot without a fight. Two wrong gestures will cause it to attack. 
  • In the mission "The Ocean Roars Again" and "The Spirit Stone Slumbers" you can take the long way around them, and take the tag off the Nurikabe's back. This functions the same as killing or gesturing at it, making it dissappear and drop loot
  • Easily taken down with a few arrows or bullets, provided you can either dodge or hide from their ranged, high damage rock projectiles. Ranged attacks also provide a temporary stun effect, followed up by a retaliatory melee attack.
  • Area Attacks?
  • Ninjutsu tips
  • Ki tips


Notes & Trivia

  • ぬりかべ: Nurikabe - A yokai from Japanese folklore that appears at night as a wall to mislead traveleres. It will expand itself to cover any direction until the subject is completely lost.


Nurikabe Locations & Drops

Kinki Region

Location HP KI Drops
Side Mission: The Disappearing Ranjatai ?? ?? Open side path to treasure

Kyushu Region

Location HP KI Drops

Main Mission: Deep in the Shadows X2

Main Mission: The Spirit Stone Slumbers

?? ??

Open side path to treasure

Shortcut to hotsprings, can be bypassed

Chugoku Region

Location HP KI Drops

Side Mission: The Three Angry Gods

Main Mission: The Ocean Roars Again

?? ??

Opens the way to Kodama

Shortcut to Bonfire, can be bypassed



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    • Anonymous

      there is actually a mistake here, if you remove the tag on its back, he will disappear, but wont drop loot, thats the difference, in nioh2 they will drop loot however if killed this way.

      • Anonymous

        Remember kids, if you ever find yourself needing a feudal japanese weapon, just make threatening motions towards the nearest wall. History class is such a trip

        • Anonymous

          If you want to fight it, there is a trick to it. If you bait it's rock throw, Melee it. It's rock throw will never hit you if you are close. After than it will melee you properly, time to back up and bait another rock throw. Or just come in early and play melee. You better be sure that your distance triggered a rock throw. If you come in and it was Melee...

          • Anonymous

            Since you get 2 tries to "gesture" the nurikabe its always best to look the death result of a nerby poor soul that was killed by the nurikabe. The info states "Killed by Nurikabe for good, neutral, aggressive (blue, yellow red) behavior".

            Out of the three types do not use the one that caused the poor guy's death, leaving you with 2 to try out, exactly the same number of chances you get to gesture a Nurikabe. Be warned that attacking the wall will use 1 of your 2 tried

            • Anonymous

              Despite the innacuracy of the original statement, there *does* seem to be something worthwhile in the act of gesturing to a Nurikabe. Upon attempting several red gestures to a red-eyed Nurikabe, it seemed to grow angry and then attack. However, using the "I'm sorry" gesture on the next Nurikabe I met caused it to briefly transform, only to perform a similar gesture and then vanish, leaving a few pieces of loot. Of note is that red gestures seem to be centered around agression and taunting. Perhaps it is only polite/apologetic gestures that produce peaceful results?

              • Anonymous

                It seems that the colour of the eyes indicate the type of gesture NOT to use as it always gets angry for me, instead I can eliminate that type of gesture and if ur lucky view a tombstone to find out the other gestures not to use, seems to work so far

                • Anonymous

                  If you get behind it some how, you can remove the tag from its back and rice it to disappear. (I have not successfully gotten behind him mid combat)

                  • Anonymous

                    If you anger it, the eyes are the weak points. If you can poke it, all of its ki is lost and you can deal some damage. How you hit the eyes is up to you...

                    • Anonymous

                      If you look at the Graves of dead ppl by it, it will say "killed by nurakabe for friendly behavior" or "killed by nurakabe by hostile behavior" so I run up and do an emote that is the opposite of what killed others and it always dissolves

                      • Anonymous

                        I haven't 100% figured out what to do yet, but for me this has worked so far:

                        The door looks at me angry, I bow.

                        2 things can happen:

                        1) He opens the way.
                        2) He gets angrier (red glow)

                        I then use a yellow gesture, usually 'Oh No!'

                        So far this has worked. Very vague still, but I think if we all work together to read the exact expressions of the wall we can crack the code.

                        • I used Bow as an "opener", but the thing got angrier. I was able to do a second emote and for some reason decided to use Whistle... And that worked, the "door" dissolved into thin air and dropped some loot as a farewell gift.
                          Tried to use different gestures on 3 more doors, but every time they became hostile. So I'd assume you should start with a Bow.

                          • Anonymous

                            I bowed to one and it got mad at me and I did not attack it and then bow. It's either they are picky at which gesture they want or they hate you if you kill one.

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