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Status Effects in Nioh are elemental effects and status ailments that may be used by William, NPCs and Enemies. All types of elemental damage cause a status effect to build up, while poisoning or paralysing weapons cause Poisoning or Paralysis to build up. This build up can be viewed in the form of a meter. Once the meter is full the status effect is activated. By inflicting further build up - before the meter drops to zero - you will prolong the duration of the status effect. Specific enemies are weak or resistant to specific status effects, Nue for instance is resistant to both Lightning damage and Lightning Paralysis.

Certain Items like talismans can apply a buff to your Weapons which allows you to inflict these status effects. Applying an status effect to your weapon overrides the weapon's innate status build up or elemental damage if it has one. At any time, It's also only possible to have one active weapon buff. Higher amounts of elemental damage inflict more status build up, making use of rapid hits also increases the speed at which the status effect builds up.

 

Elemental Effects Information

Status effects can be classified in two categories: elemental effects and status ailments. The main difference between them is that elemental effects deal direct elemental damage on hit as well as filling the corresponding status meter, wile status ailments don't. Each elemental effect is identified by a different colour. Elemental effects are the following: Fire (red), Water (blue), Lightning (yellow), Earth (purple) and Wind (green).

Certain Enemies are weak/resistant to certain elements. As a result, they will take more/less damage from those elements, and the status effect will be triggered faster/slower.

Fire

  • Causes damage over time
  • Duration can be shortened by dodging

Lightning

Earth

  • Target will take double Ki damage

Water

  • Increases Physical Damage taken (20%)

Wind

  • Significantly lowers Physical Attack

Saturated

  • When you stack 2 elemental status effects on a foe, they are inflicted with Saturation. Saturated Yokai stagger with every attack taken. When the status is applied to humans they become severely slowed and recover Ki much more slowly. All enemies take more damage while the status is in effect.
  • Saturated is indicated by a Yin Yang symbol

 

 

Status Ailments Information

Non-elemental status ailments work similarly to elemental ones. However, status ailments do not cause direct damage on hit.

Poison

  • Damage over time. Lasts longer and deals more damage than fire. Note that poison only causes damage as a status effect and cannot be dealt directly.

Paralysis

Prevents action until effect wears off, an item is used or the afflicted is hit

Sickness

  • Causes player to become ill after ingesting any usable medicine, elixirs, ninjutsu items, etc. Player becomes unable to move for 3 seconds or until hit by enemy

 






    • 04 Jul 2017 18:38  

      This part of the wiki is bullshit: enemies are in fact to weak or resistant to certain elements. Check the in game "amrita memories" dedicated to the yokais : if you press r2 (i think) it shows you some stats of each enemies. It clearly states which elements the yokai is vulnerable or resistant too.

      It is also important to note that the resistances do not necessarily follow the order stated in the wiki. For example, a enemy that is weak to fire doesn't necessarily have to be resistant to water or earth. Some enemies are weak and/or resistant to more than one element.

      I have personally checked some of those. for example, the lesser umi bozous (the water thingies) can be one shotted by the onmyo magic fire projectile. Any other element does miuch less damage, except water, which does 0 or a negligible amount.

      • Anonymous

        04 Apr 2017 19:42  

        If you join the clan that allows you do deal extra damage to enemies with status ailments, does that include enemies set on fire?

        • Anonymous

          03 Apr 2017 04:06  

          Can the defense reduction caused by water element be stacked with the effect of the onmyo magic "weakness"?

          • Anonymous

            12 Mar 2017 17:19  

            Do Poison and Paralysis count as elemental? Meaning that applying those two at the same time give the enemy the Confusion effect?

            • Anonymous

              22 Feb 2017 21:41  

              "Wind: Lowers the target's break-resistance and parry"
              Is this true?
              I noticed that when fighting Tengus and Mitsunari whenever I get the wind debuff I do way lower damage.

              • Anonymous

                19 Feb 2017 05:01  

                I don't know how to format it correctly. Can someone add:

                Sickness
                -Lowers the effects of Medicine and drastically lowers guard
                -Can be inflicted with Dung Ball usable item

                This is the stinky stuff that you walk in/enemies walk in in that one level in the ninja area of the world map.

                • Anonymous

                  18 Feb 2017 20:25  

                  Does the "VS. Yokai Realm" property boost your damage against Yokai in the real world? Or does it only work when you're in the Yokai Realm?

                  • Anonymous

                    14 Feb 2017 15:54  

                    i think water do not stack elemental build up, but your damage increase everytime you hit the enemy
                    not sure if the increment works with poison/fire though

                    • Anonymous

                      12 Feb 2017 12:04  

                      Anyone know if there are elemental strengths and weaknesses? I haven't figured it out but I'm pretty sure water is weak against fire which first threw me off.

                      • Anonymous

                        11 Feb 2017 12:00  

                        can paralysis stack with any of the elemental damages? I have water on my sword and it hasn't seemed to work since i switched to the Itokuri guardian which gives paralysis. can someone confirm?

                        • Anonymous

                          10 Feb 2017 15:37  

                          One thing that I'm trying to understand is a colored ying yang effect. I used fire and water and they hade this pickish arua around them and there was fire water and a red blue ying yang on there for effect symble. Unsure what it means but cool all the same.

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