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Nioh 2 – Guardian Spirit Swap Tips and Examples (The Complete Edition)

Written by Meep   /   Updated: July 28, 2021    


This guide is about swapping two guardian spirits. There is many wrong information about swapping between two guardian spirit. I'll tell you why you should swap often your guardian spirits.

Tips and Examples to Guardian Spirit Swap



Introduction



When you swap your guardian spirit, you see a radial gauge being processed around of the guardian spirit icon. This means only you can't Yokai shift (Y+B). All options from guardian spirit and soulcores immediately applied. I will show you a good example.

Swapping for Attack / Defense Multiplier



Every guardian spirit has each different Attack / Defense multipliers.

Usage - Swap to the secondary when you are attacking. Swap back to the primary when you are not attacking.

It's good with a type of weapon that you don't get hit while you're attacking (Sword). Not a good idea when a mid-attack damage reduction option is necessary because of while you're attacking you don't get any defensive bonus. (Ex. Odachi / Spilitstaff)

  • Primal Guardian spirit - Genbu Attack 0.8 / Defense 1.25
  • Secondary Guardian spirit - Atlas Bear Attack 1.15 / Defense 0.82

Example videos - Primary Defensive (Shinroku) / Secondary Offensive (Atlas Bear)



Tsukuyomi 7 / Oyamatsumi 6 / Heavy armor / Agility B / Toughness AA

Stat

  • Con - 150
  • Heart - 7
  • Courage - 5
  • Sta - 150
  • Str - 125
  • Skill - 125
  • Dex - 30
  • Magic - 200

Soul Cores

Primary - Shinroku

  1. Yasha - Defense 66 / Yokai Ability Damage
  2. Shuten-Doji - Defense 66 / Attunement -1
  3. Ippon-Datara - Defense 66 / Increased attack (Yokai ability Hit)

Secondary - Atlas Bear

  1. Itsumade - Attack 66 / Sentience 29.8
  2. Nuppepo - Attack 66 / Melee damage (Awakened weapon)
  3. Namahage - Attack 66 / Luck

Swapping for Soulcore Yokai Ablilities



Example 1 - The secondary soulcore's option will be applied on the primary soulcore's yokai ability.

Primary Guardian spirit (Any)

  • RT+Y - Ippon-Datara - Any kind of bad unnecessary options

Secondary Guardian spirit (Any)

  • RT+Y - Any kind of soul cores - Attack increase (Yokai ability hit) / Defense increase (Yokai ability hit)

Usage Example 1 (Yokai ability hit)

  1. Press RT + Y (Ippon-Datara).
  2. Immediately swap your guardian spirit before the Yokai ability hit.
  3. You will get Attack increase (Yokai ability hit) / Defense increase (Yokai ability hit) while you're using Ippon-Datara even your Ippon-Datara doesn't have these options.

Even you have really bad options in your Ippon-Datara, if you swap to the secondary soul core, the secondary soul core's option will be applied.

Example 2 - You can use the damage increased options for all 6 soul core's yokai ability.

Primary Guardian spirit (Any)

  1. RT+Y - Ippon-Datara - Any kind of options
  2. RT+X - Bakegani - Any kind of options
  3. RT+A - Shuten-Doge - Any kind of options

Secondary Guardian spirit (Any)

  1. RT+Y - Gozuki (Phantom) - Yokai Ability Damage (All) 21.5% / Yokai Ability Damage (This) 26.5% or Yokai Ablilty Damage (Phantom) 14.2%
  2. RY+X - Uminyudo (Phantom) - Yokai Ability Damage (All) 21.5% / Yokai Ability Damage (This) 26.5% or Yokai Ablilty Damage (Phantom) 14.2%
  3. RT+A - Kasha (Phantom) - Yokai Ability Damage (All) 21.5% / Yokai Ability Damage (This) 26.5% or Yokai Ablilty Damage (Phantom) 14.2%

Usage Example 2 (Yokai ability damage increase)

  • The secondary soulcore's option will be applied on the primary soulcore's yokai ability.
  • You can use up to 6 yokai abilities with the maximum damage increased

Case 1 - Using Primary guardian spirit's yokai abilities

  1. RT+Y,X,A - Any kind of what you want from the primary guardian spirit.
  2. Immediately swap your guardian spirit before the Yokai ability hit.
  3. Don't swap back until your yokai ability is done.
  4. Swap back to your primary guardian spirit.

Case 2 - Using Secondary guardian spirit's yokai abilities

  1. Swap your guardian spirit to the secondary guardian spirit.
  2. RT+Y,X,A - Any kind of what you want from the secondary guardian spirit.
  3. Don't swap back until your yokai ability is done.
  4. Swap back to your primary guardian spirit.

I'm not sure you can have all Yokai Ability Damage (All) 21.5% / Yokai Ability Damage (This) 26.5% / Yokai Ablilty Damage (Phantom) 14.2%. If you can have 3 of this 3. It will be 64.5% + 79.5% + 42.6%. I have seen only Yokai Ability Damage (All) 21.5% + Yokai Ablilty Damage (Phantom) 14.2%. Not all 3 of them in one soul cores. I think Yokai Ability Damage (All) and Yokai Ability Damage (This) shares a same pool.

Swapping for Item Using (Medicine etcs..)



Example. Primary (Any kind of) Secondary (Amabie)

You can have a protection buff (+1k HP) everytime when you use your medicien. Also it will dispel all kind of ailments.

Usage - When you need to use the medicine

  1. Swap to the Secondary "Amabie".
  2. Use medicine.
  3. Wait until you see the protection spell applied (If you swap back too fast it won't be applied. you must wait until you finish your medicine consuming motion).
  4. Swap back to the primary guardian spirits.

You can use this idea for Primary (Any) / Secondary (Yatagarasu) but a fire enchantment on your ranged weapon.

Swapping for the 12% Defense Buff



Note: You must have equipped "Water buffalo horn helmet" + Ultimate Constitution 150 and +150 constitution.

  • Primary Guardian spirit - Any guardian spirits but no Life+ options.
    Soul cores - Any soul-cores but no Life+ options.
  • Secondary Guardian spirit - Any guardian spirits.
    Soul cores - Life+ options (Nuppeppo or etcs..)

  1. Swap to the Secondary guardian spirit.
  2. You max health will be increased 200~.
  3. Your Ultimate Constitution will heal you immediately.
  4. Water buffalo horn helmet's 12% damage reduction will be applied immediately.
  5. Swap back to the Primary guardian spirit.
  6. You can do this whenever you want.
  7. Swapping for Guardian spirit skills / Elements / Yokai Bursts

This is very common idea therefore I won't mention that much.

You can swap for two different guardian spirit skills.

  • Genbu has a good immediate stun abillity, while the Blue dragon has a good counter stun ability.
    If you mix these two, you can double stun your target.
  • You can mix two different elements for the confusion debuff (Lightning / Water , Pufify / Fire etcs..).
  • You can use Two of the Brute / Phantom / Feral Burst counter by swapping your guardian spirits.

Written by Meep.


Game:   Nioh 2