Tachibana Muneshige

General Info
HP Amrita Location
?? ??

The Spirit Stone Slumbers

An Invitation from the Warrior of the West

The Two Kings: Nioh

Weak Resistant Immune
Water Lightning ??

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.



Possible Drops

  • 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


Combat Information

  • Health: ??
  • Ki: ??
  • Can be parried.  Can it be Stunlocked? Can be critically hit when out of Ki.
  • Twilight: Y/N, different attacks?



Video Strategy

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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 hear 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 gaurdian spirit to attack or find moment talismans, using either of these will summon your gaurdian to attack,  recommended gaurdian is the dragon and a spirit level of 13

Once your gaurdian 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. 

First Phase
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.
Second Phase
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.


Yokai Lore & History



Notes & Trivia

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




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    • Anonymous

      23 Jan 2018 02:34  

      You can use the same strategy in both Main and Sub Missions. Equip a Kusarigama and in High Stance use only the Strong Attack while kiting him around the pillar / stone. In the sub mission you also have to either wait or bait his attacks and then very quickly interrupt or counterattack them with the Kusarigama High Stance Strong Attack. This attack has excellent range so it will sometimes catch him even when he is almost out of range. Best attacks to use this strategy are his blade dance, jump and "Sword Clock" attack, you can interrupt the last attack at least. This strategy will eventually kill him, although you have to keep in mind it's extremely cheesy so you will eventually have to learn to play the game as there are many bosses where this kind of "Object Cheese" is not possible.

      • Anonymous

        30 Dec 2017 03:56  

        You have to hit our boss 100000000000000000 times but he can kill you in 1 shot look how elite and skillful our game is guess you have to git gud

        • Anonymous

          12 Dec 2017 18:06  

          Holy crap that guy is pure cancer in the sub mission! Had him 6 times at like 5% hp but then he always oneshotted me with one of his *****ing dashcombos ...and this *****ing electric puppy oh my god...the 7th time i had him really low he killed me again and i raged so hard that i broke me right hand from punshing my table...10/10 best game i`'ve ever played!

          • Anonymous

            28 Nov 2017 19:16  

            I beat this guy fair and square, spear poke and keep distance, this boss has a tendency to rush you if your stamina bar too low. Hard af btw. Spear in my best buddy since Souls into this game.

            • Anonymous

              12 Nov 2017 16:29  

              Frist fight was quite easy. The second fight on the secondary mission is harder, but if you go to the left side of the battleground, there is a big rock. Try to mantain the rock between you and the boss to avoid dash attacks, the arrows and the dog, and attack after he makes a combo or his ki is low.

              • Anonymous

                10 Nov 2017 18:56  

                this boss is such a cheese with all his one shot dash attacks. There are times he can simply hyperarmor through your attacks even when you attack him during his opening. Really broken imo.

                • Anonymous

                  30 Apr 2017 17:50  

                  There is a sub mission where you have to fight him and honda at the same time with no shrines for co-op. The rock to the left of the map helps to deal with him but it's a cheap way to beat him. His charge attack goes to wast if you circle around the rock.

                  • 09 Mar 2017 15:36  

                    Easy strategy for beating him in the sub-mission "An invitation from the warrior of the west". Killed him several times yesterday using this strategy, after getting owned by him every single time. His attacks and combos actually uses up a lot of Ki. Problem is that he regenerate it to damn fast. The lifeseal talisman is the remedy for this. Personally I also used the guardian spirit talisman and Daiba-washi as the guardian (3 uses of guardian talisman, and each use will knock him on his a** giving you a perfect opportunity to deal a final blow while he's down). Start the fight by shooting him the head with whatever ranged weapon you have. Do this out of range to not trigger combat. He will fall to the ground and you will get one easy final blow when he is down. Dodge back and cast lifeseal talisman on him and dodge his attacks. He will run out of Ki FAST. Hit him to stun him, but do not grapple. I use a high stance square attack to knock him to the ground, to follow up with a final blow and get in like 1-2 more attacks before dodging back. To make the fight even easier you can use the guardian talisman and Daiba-Washi to knock him to the ground and final blow him. Farmed the entire WoTW set with the stats I wanted using this strategy.

                    • Anonymous

                      15 Feb 2017 18:54  

                      I beat him the first time. Keep a pillar in between him and you and when his Ki gets low start attacking and he'll go down with ease.

                      • Anonymous

                        10 Feb 2017 13:03  

                        I made a video demonstrating strafing around the rock to tire him out. Quite easy once you get the method down.


                        • Anonymous

                          10 Feb 2017 12:18  

                          Update: I beat him. Oh my geez. I am so happy and beaten down. Thanks for the tips, but I just ran around him using Raikiri and strafing around the rock. Patience is key.

                          • Anonymous

                            10 Feb 2017 07:45  

                            Frustrated trying to fight him. Feels like he has infinite stamina sometimes.. but I can keep going. Just frustrated. Read the tips, thank you for showing a strategy. He is just frustrating.

                            • Anonymous

                              05 Feb 2017 17:00  

                              A previous commenter mentioned a similar strategy, but I thought I'd elaborate upon it. If you are having trouble fighting Tachibana normally, then the best bet for winning is probably the following. I found any kusarigama in high stance works best with this strategy. Run over to the rock on the left side of the arena and Tachibana will follow you. Kite him around the rock until he is on the opposite side of the rock from you (meaning the rock is in between you and him), follow this by baiting him to one side (this will usually be done by running briefly to one end of the rock), once you see him commit to the direction you baited then position yourself such that you will be at the corner of the rock opposite to the one in which he is coming from. As you see him round the corner use the heavy attack on the kusarigama. Run to a safe place around the rock and allow him to perform the attack he wants. Rinse and repeat until he is dead. The one downfall to this strategy is that it is very slow. You must be patient in order for this to work as the core of this strategy is to land a single hit then run away.

                              • Anonymous

                                22 Jan 2017 05:02  

                                My take on him was to try and bait his i-ai attacks and then roll out and attack with high stances. The use for high stances was due to middle stance not interupting his attacks,the ones that can be interrupted, plus the second and third hit of the chain are good to catch him when he tries to roll. If he didn't do a i-ai strike I would wait until his combo finished to start my combos.His most problematic part was when he summoned his guardian spirit because there is a chance that the dog can get a second swing and hit you while you aren't expecting it,the problem being that the dog gives a status ailment that messes up with your movements,sometimes not letting you dodge when you want.When his stamina got to zero I would do a light attack for him to fall then do a light attack followed by a heavt by a light one,I found that it gives more damage than impaling against human enemies. Finally I used water talismans coupled with guardian seals,the latter was because if it hits him when he isn't doing his uninterruptible attacks it would knock him down,allowing for a backstab,while the first was to combine with my guardian spirit at the time,the shark,so I could give him some status ailments which also boosted my damage.I was just around the recommended lv for the mission,so I would say he's a fair boss,but that may be due to me having onmyo skills at the time.

                                • Anonymous

                                  Easy05 Sep 2016 18:22  

                                  There is a very easy way to cheese him. Use the rock to avoid all his bull*****, bait him, and once open drain his stamina quickly and grapple him. This works beautifully with axe and heaven and earth. Yokai water pots can also help.

                                  • Most difficult souls boss I can remember05 Sep 2016 01:15  

                                    Until you start to use the high stance forward roll with beautiful iFrames. Then he's a punk, and you drop him like heroin in the 90s.

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