Tachibana Muneshige is a Boss in Nioh.
Tachibana Muneshige was considered the greatest samurai of western Japan by many during his lifetime, only matched by Honda Tadakatsu in the East.
- Tachibana Muneshige is found in The Spirit Stone Slumbers Main Mission within the Kyushu Region.
- He is also encountered as a boss in An Invitation from the Warrior of the West Sub Mission.
- He is also encountered alongside Honda Tadakatsu as dual bosses in The Two Kings: Nioh.
- Not optional.
- Amrita: ??
- Co-Op Amrita: ??
- Vassal's Armor (M): Kabuto
- Warrior of the West Bow
- Nami-oyogi Kanemitsu
- Warrior of the West: Kote
- Senjuin Uchigatana
- Warrior of the West: Do
- Health: ??
- Ki: ??
- Can be parried. Can it be Stunlocked. Can be critically hit when out of Ki.
- Twilight: Y/N, different attacks?
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Strategy 1 (Melee)
Shoot the honourable guy with a bullet to the head at start, when he felt down, quickly run to his back and stab him and land a couple of hits when he's standing up (or throw at him a bunch of debuffs). Free 3000+ damage, save you ten hits every fight against him and work against every 1 vs 1 boss like him.
Main Mission: Dodge away from him when he attacks you, causing him to miss, then counter his attack with mid and high stance attacks. When he is out of ki, you can knock him out and press Triangle to attack him while down. Continue this process of evade, attack, knock down until he is defeated, and try to avoid allowing him to go on the offensive while you block. Spears and swords are useful weapons in this instance.
Sub Mission: Dodge him constantly until his ki is low and when it reaches below 30% use heavy attacks from mid stance. Keep doing this until he is brought down. The key to this fight is getting him to deplete his ki, as that is the best chance to do a lot of damage. A spear is a good consideration here because of its increased range.
If you want to speed this rather long fight up, you can use Yokai water pots to nearly complete deplete his ki in less than 3 seconds.
Strategy 2 (Magic)
Dodge his attacks and get behind then using omno magic talismans summon your guardian spirit to attack or find moment talismans, using either of these will summon your guardian to attack. Recommended guardian is the dragon and a spirit level of 13.
Once your guardian attacks, he will get knocked to the ground, then you can run over once the target reticle lights up red you can hit him for a critical. Three to five of these should be all you need if you use Raikirri blade.
Tachibana Muneshige has three attack phases, each with distinct cues.
In the first phase, Muneshige Tachibana will attempt to remain close, hitting hard and fast with the intent to stagger into a lethal combo. The key to this fight in any of the three phases is to remain just out of reach while being close enough to punish him for missing, mainly by keeping his Ki from recharging. At any point in the fight he may activate his special blade ability, which is cued by him crowing about beholding the power of lightning. This is basically him using a lightning talisman on his sword, but be careful as this does give him extra oomph to his already hard-hitting attacks.
The second phase is cued around half health by Tachibana Muneshige claiming that he's not done yet. Muneshige's attack pattern, on top of the first moveset, begins to include more jumping attacks that are also charged with lightning, whether or not he's activated his special lightning ability.
The third phase comes when he's at about a quarter of his health, when he exclaims while out of breath that he didn't expect you to fight this hard. A few important changes occur when the third phase comes into effect, such as the Spirit he summons attacking twice before disappearing, rather than once. He also begins to use his arrow attack more--typically this last phase begins with him using the arrow burst twice in a row.
|Charge Slash||Muneshige holsters his sword with a flourish while the blade flashes. He then charges you and slashes with an attack. This animation, like many of Muneshige's attacks, cannot be interrupted once it's begun, and it tracks your movement so rolling backwards or to the side will not work. The best counter to this attack is to stay just outside of his strike range before hitting him with a few attacks in order to whittle down his Ki.|
|Dash Slash||Muneshige crouches and then slashes forward abruptly. The best way to avoid being hit by this attack is to watch him carefully and then dodge to the side or backwards (or a combination of both), as it can come and go pretty quickly. This attack cannot be interrupted.|
|Invocation||Tachibana Muneshige will draw a circle with his sword in the air that causes his sword to glow, which gives him a significant attack buff to his next attack only. He will typically pair this with either the Charge Slash, the Blade Dance, or just a regular sword slash. This ability is interruptable, but there's a short window to do so, as he typically will follow this up with another attack that is not interruptable.|
|Blade Dance||Muneshige will bounce back, then crouch, leaving a slight afterimage. Then he will embark on a slash-dance not dissimilar to one of the katana abilities which will trap you in its full duration if it hits you with its first attack. However, much like his Charge Slash, if you can stay just outside of his attack range, even if it is by several well-timed backsteps, then it leaves him open for a moment to counterattack and keep him from building momentum. This attack can't be interrupted even during the charge-up period.|
|Spirit Summon||Tachibana Muneshige will call in his Raiken spirit by raising his sword into the air. The spirit holds in place for a few seconds before charging straight at you with great speed. It can repeat this attack once more before disappearing. If hit by this attack you stagger, as well as gain a full lightning status effect. This is normally followed up by a Charge Slash, so try to avoid being hit by this attack. The best way to avoid being hit is to time your dodge carefully for when the dog is already in motion, or to stay out of range entirely.|
|Arrow Burst||Muneshige dodges straight backward and then fires three arrows in a 45 degree cone using his bow. It's difficult to see this one coming, since Muneshige will typically dodge several times before his next attack after a combo. Remembering to circle is probably the best way to avoid being hit, as so long as you don't dodge straight into his arrows they generally won't hit you if you're moving left or right.|
|Regular attacks||Muneshige uses regular attacks on top of his listed skillset.|
|Lightning Jump Slash||Muneshige jumps up and brings his electrified blade down in a double-overhead slam, one after the other. Best way to counter it is to dodge to the side and back when he attacks.|
|Tempest||If Muneshige breaks your guard, he can use the Tempest sword skill to force you to the ground while dealing heavy damage.|
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