Nioh 2 Soul Cores Guide: Effects, Skills, Anima And Att Costs

Nioh 2 Soul Cores

Soul Cores are items in Nioh 2 that hold special powers. You can get Yokai powers from them and you get them by beating Yokai. They can be attuned with your guardian spirit and then used. You will need to purity them at a shrine otherwise you will lose them if you die. In this Nioh 2 Soul Cores guide, we are going to cover everything you need to know about Soul Cores.

Nioh 2 Soul Cores

In Nioh 2 when you beat a Yokai, you get a Soul Core. A fresh core is going to be tainted with traces of the Yokai realm. You need to purify it if you want to keep it in this world. You cannot use its powers unless it is purified. If you die, then all the Soul Cores that are not purified will be lost.

You can purify Soul Cores in Nioh 2 by praying at shrines. The following are all the different effects of Soul Cores in Nioh 2:

  • Anima (Damage Received)
  • Equipment Drop Rate
  • Anima Charge (Critical)
  • Anima (Amrita Absorption)
  • Attack (Yokai Shift)
  • Fire Damage
  • Item Drop Rate vs. Human
  • Anima Guage Charge
  • Melee Damage vs. Unscathed Enemy
  • Other Realm Resistance
  • Anima Charge (Dark Realm)
  • Paralysis Resistance
  • Anima (Grapple)
  • Equipment Drop Rate vs. Humans

The following is what you need to know about Soul Cores, their effects, bonuses and other stats that you need to know about in Nioh 2:

Soul Cores Effects Yokai Skill Anima Cost Att Cost
Dweller Soul Core
  • Paralysis Resistance +4.5
  • Anima Bonus (Grapple) 1.2
Dark Digger 3 5
Yoki Soul Core
  • Anima Bonus (Amrita Absorption) D-
  • Attack (Yokai Shift)  +22
Fiendish Frenzy 4 7
Ippon-Datara Soul Core
  • Anima Bonus (Scorched Enemies) C+
  • Equipment Drop Rate +3.5%
One-legged Fury 6 7
Yatsu-no-Kami Soul Core
  • Melee Damage vs Poisoned Enemy +20.8%
  • Anima Charge +4.4%
Impaling Doom 5 9
Enenra Soul Core
  • Anima +9
  • Fire Damage +8.2%
Fire Twister 60 9
Nure-Onna Soul Core
  • Poison Resistance +4.5
  • Backstab +1.0%
Petrifying Gaze 4 4
Gaki Soul Core
  • Anima Charge (Dark Realm) +15%
  • Life Drain (Yokai Ability Hit) D-
Chomp 3 4
Waira Soul Core
  • Melee Damage vs Unscathed Enemy +1%
  • Other Realm Resistance +1.2
Wormhole 5 8
Kamaitachi Soul Core
  • Quick Attack Damage +1%
  • Dash Ki Consumption -1%
Rising Winds 7 10
Kappa Soul Core
  • Life Drain (Water Attack) C-
  • Luck (Yokai Shift) +51
Indestructible Shell 4 4
Karakasa Umbrella Soul Core
  • Water Resistance +4.5
  • Enemy Paralyzed Accumulation +8.4%
Rain of Terror 3 6
Magatsu Warrior Soul Core
  • Active Skill Damage +1.6%
  • Anima Charge Bonus (Cumulative Damage) C
Magatsu Muscle 6 10
Enki Soul Core
  • Anima Bonus (Damage Taken) C
  • Defense (Yokai Shift) +32
Monkey Dance 4 5
Mitsume Yazura Soul Core
  • Enemy Sensor
  • Anima Charge (Critical) +10.4%
Corrupted Breath 4 7
Scampuss Soul Core
  • Anima Charge (Buffed) +9.0%
  • Ki Recovery (Unscathed) +1.0%
Scampush 2
Skeleton Warrior Soul Core
  • Anima Charge (Critical) +10.2%
  • Soul Core Drop Rate +2.0%
Skeleton Bowman 6
Nurikabe Soul Core
  • Damage Received -0.5%
  • Anima (Timely Guard) 9
Wall or Nothing 2 8
Infernal Oni-bi Soul Core
  • Elemental Damage +4.1%
  • Anima (Elemental Attack) C+
Fiery Reinforcement 4
Kodama Soul Core
  • Elixir Efficacy +5.0%
  • Kodama Blessing Power-Up +10%
Go Nuts 3
Karasu Tengu Soul Core
  • Anima +0.7
  • Anima Bonus (Onmyo Magic Hit) D
Tengu Tactics 4 9
Yamanba Soul Core
  • Movement Speed (Yokai Shift) +8.2%
  • Grapple Damage +3.1%
Sharp Old Hag 4 5
Mortal Soul Core Perform Soul Fusion with this to strengthen another Soul Core.
Mezuki Soul Core
  • Pleiades (Enemy Killed) 28.2%
  • Attack (Yokai Shift) +24
Razing Edge 8 9
Sudama Soul Core N/A N/A N/A N/A
Toxic Slime Soul Core
  • Poison Resistance +4.1
  • Poison Accumulation (Enemy) +8.2%
Vile Venom 4 5
Aberrant Soldier Soul Core
  • Efficient Yokai Abilities (All) +7.3%
  • Anima Bonus (Timely Guard) 1.0
Fire Arm 3 4
One-Eyed Oni Soul Core
  • Strong Attack Damage +1.6%
  • Break +3
Spinning Top 4 7
Rokurobi Soul Core
  • Anima Bonus (Scorched Enemy) C+
  • Yokai Ability Damage (Poisoned Enemy) +16%
Whiplash 4 6
Snowclops Soul Core
Tatarimokke Soul Core Yokai Ability Damage (Corrupted Enemy) +17%

Melee Damage (Dark Realm) +2.2%

Spectral Swarm 5 9
Wheelmonk Soul Core
One-eyed Imp Soul Core
Koroka Soul Core
  • Fire Damage +5.4%
  • Stealth D
Where There’s Smoke 4 7
Namahage Soul Core
  • Melee Damage vs. Zero-Ki Enemy +5.2%
  • Defense (Yokai Shift) +32
  • Yokai Skill: Whipper Snapper
  • Anima Cost 5, Att Cost 7
Whipper Snapper 5 7

That is all for our Nioh 2 Soul Cores guide. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guide on Yokai Skills.

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