General Info
HP Amrita Location
?? ?? The Demon King Revealed
Drops Kogarasu-maru and Nuke-maru
Sakai Rifle
Tate-ugachi Bow
Ginshu Hand Cannon
Rasatsu Kusarigama
Ningen Mukotsu
Kusanagi Tsurugi
Haja the Evil-Crusher
Weak Resistant Immune
Varies Varies ??

Yamata-No-Orochi is a Boss in Nioh


Yamata-No-Orochi is the legendary japanese mystical creature, it's said to have eight heads and eight tails, the name Orochi is a reference to the ancient reading in Kanji which translates to ‘big snake'. In Nioh, it's a huge boss which attacks William.




  • Amrita: ??
  • Co-Op Amrita: ??
  • Other: Gold, Weapons, etc
  • The first time I've beaten this boss, it dropped a bunch of divine weapons.


Combat Information

  • Health: ??
  • Ki: ??
  • Can it be parried? Can it be Stunlocked? Can it be critically hit when out of Ki?
  • Twilight: Y/N, different attacks?
  • Weaknesses/resistances: Each of its eight heads have varying weaknesses and resistances. All heads are resistant to poison and paralysis. In addition:
    • The two initial heads (white horns) are only resistant to poison and paralysis with no weaknesses.
    • The five heads with red/blue/green/yellow/purple horns are resistant to the element matching their respective color, and weak to every other element not matching the horn color.
    • The final head with red/black horns is resistant to confusion with no weaknesses.



Video Strategy


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Strategy 1 (Melee)

There are 4 phases in the fight

  1. Fight 1 head
  2. Fight 2 heads
  3. Building top breaks, fight ¿5? heads
  4. Fight 1 head

General tips

  • Focus on one head at a time
  • Heads only come close ( melee distance ) , after attacking. So prepare to dodge, then rush in and attack it with a high dps move.
  • They suffer higly amplified elemental damage. Elemental talismans, shots, and living weapons work wonders. Melee attacks that apply high elemental damage are the best here, like mad spinner.
  • Elemental projectiles are not blockable, sprinting around is a good countermeasure.
  • When the third phase starts, a head will break the house top, and get stunned. Rush towards it as soon as possible and kill it
  • The hardest part here is avoiding the ranged elemental attacks. Firearms and elemental damage reduction are super useful here. Tatenashi set, and a reforged armor with firearms reduction, + accessories with firearms reduction, are great
  • In the third phase, kill the heads clockwise or counter clockwise. this way, there will be an emtpy space to your side to escape, with no head attacking you from there, so you are no surrounded by enemy attacks
  • In the third phase, get behind crystals for cover
  • In the third phase, lure heads to head-slam the crystals, doing so will stun  them, but it will break the crystal


Strategy 2 (Magic)

With magic at level 65, I could destroy pretty easily the heads with 3 magic projectiles (be carefull about their resistances and weakness as written in Combat Information). 
Genbu  increases Onmyo magic power, so maybe it's a good suggestion. The important thing is to bring a lot of magic projectiles (I had 6 projectiles for each element and I didn't use all of them). If your damage isn't high enough, you can use Sacred Brush to refill. Bring something to increase your casting speed like as Onmyo Mage's Suikan: Eboshi, Onmyo Mage's Hunting Gear: Eboshi, Onmyo Mage's Joe: Eboshi or Awakening.
Sanctity Talisman can be used to avoid being affected by elemental status effects (I didn't test it, but I guess it functions).

Edit: At 99 Magic and with Genbu, I dealt around 75% HP of damage to a single head with a magic projectile and I dealt around 45% HP damage to the final head.

Yamata-No-Orochi 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.


Yamata-No-Orochi has two attack phases. In the first phase, ??. In the second Phase, ??

First Phase
Grab bite Dodge sideways
Neck swipe Dodge backwards or block
Breath attack Firearms and elemental resitance trivialize this
Second Phase
Attack Name Description and Counter
Attack Name Description and Counter


Yokai Lore / History

Kelley, after being defeated by William, uses the amrita he stored to revive Yamata-No-Orochi using his spirit, the Uroboro. It seems this transformation probably killed the original Uroboro, since there is no way to get it, or maybe he reincarneted. 

Notes & Trivia

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    • Anonymous

      I actually straight up do not understand this boss. I can't dodge through any of the attacks because the perspective is so whack. Fighting this thing with melee is so unbelievably awkward. You can run backwards to dodge the head swipes, but no matter what I do I can't dodge through the breath attack. I can brute force this fight by burning all my elixirs, but it feels so awful. This is a really messy boss fight.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, this is a f**king joke of a boss. They were actually trolling with this one. What an absolute travesty, an utter and complete disappointment of a final boss. Gross.

        • Anonymous

          This boss is *****ing terrible. It is really easy, but does not feel like a Nioh boss. It just feels like DS boss. I mean, really, really bad one. For same reason, giant skeleton and Umi something is***** as well.

          • Anonymous

            This fight takes some getting used to. Don't be afraid to fall off, you can't. And while his belly looks far away, it's much nearer than you think, sword blows can reach him, no need to spam guns or bows, you can also stay near it and bait it's head slams, try to get a head to hit a rock to knock it out. You do like triple damage if you hit his head. Later you will be bombarded by a wild spam of spells. Use the rocks to protect you so only a few heads can hurt you. Most projectiles will harmlessly hit them. Some projectiles explode shortly after impact. That is fatal and may one shot you. Get moving as soon as possible if you are hit. The rest of his blows aren't so tough. The strength of throwables is greatly increased if the head is hit. Same for bullets, but only shoot if he is near death, don't waste them.

            • Anonymous

              They are really weak to magic. so if your struggling up close keep a distance use the crystals as cover and use element spheres .

              • Anonymous

                This boss is more impressive than hard or challenging. Big, mean, but weak. Their ranged attacks are pretty weak, each head has low HP and are easy to hit, the close combat attacks are easy to dodge and leave the heads very exposed, and you can end the final phase with just a few shots of a matchlock or hand cannon.

                • Anonymous

                  Once again, Late-Game magic absolutely wrecks this boss. Each head takes 3~ Shot Talismans (as long as they hit its actual head and not the body) to kill, so if you bring 9 of each and take good aim you can beat this boss without even needing Sacred Brushes. I did this at 50 magic with the Genbu Spirit.

                  • Anonymous

                    Glitch on last two of the dragons, they just wiggle and takes no damages. Game just sucks on Status reductions on weapon and armor level.

                    • Anonymous

                      Be careful when doing this mission in co-op w/ torii gate currently I am stuck with a friend who we have killed 3 heads and they didn't destroy the middle arena and we are stuck between two crystals

                      • Anonymous

                        Tricking Orochi into destroying the large amrita stones around the arena releases orbs of light that eventuall will gather and stun one head.

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