How to identify and deal with Nioh’s mimic chests

And peacefully get past the living walls

I’ve been sleep deprived this past week and I don’t see that changing. The cause? Nioh. I can’t get enough Nioh. It’s Team Ninja’s Souls– and Diablo-inspired samurai action game, and it is fantastic.

Chris got us rolling with some quick tips of his own, and I have a couple more to add. As you might expect with a loot-driven game with dungeons and chests and demons galore, sometimes, there are traps. In Nioh, not every chest you find is just a chest, but there is One Weird Trick to tell them apart.

A normal chest in Nioh

This is a normal chest. Take note of the two horizontal bands on each of the corners — that’s the tell. Pop that sucker open, grab the shiny new gear, and go about your oni-slaying day.

A normal and fake chest in Nioh

Look at the chest on the right. It’s different. (Right-click and select “View Image” for full resolution.)

There are three bands on that decidedly off-brand chest and, crucially, there’s a rascal inside.

You can open the now-questionable-looking chest as you normally would — you won’t be punished with a one-hit kill or anything quite so severe — or better yet, you can get close and safely whistle at it using the emote menu (press the Options button, then select the yellow-colored “Whistle” tile). Doing so will bring out a Mujina, who will be disguised as a human. Don’t engage! Instead, just watch.

A Mujina in Nioh

It’ll emote at you and if you match it with the same gesture, the Mujina will leave with a parting gift.

You have to use the right emote to appease the Mujina

If you screw up or otherwise provoke the creature, you’ll have to duke it out, and it’s essentially like fighting the revenant foes you can summon from red graves that populate levels. It can prove tricky, so if you happen to die, you can come back and try the emote trick again.

Loot from a Mujina in Nioh

Emotes work in other places, too.

For instance, if you see a wall with eyes, don’t panic. (Well, maybe panic a little because you’ve been hugging every single wall in this level in search of hidden Kodama pals and you have headphones on and it’s 2:00am, again, and the growl can have that sort of effect when you’re feeling jumpy.)

A Nurikabe in Nioh

Stay cool. It’s just the Nurikabe! And it won’t strike first.

Once again highlighting the importance of reading descriptions in Nioh, you can emote your way past this yokai. Often times, it’ll be blocking a path to treasure, a shortcut, or rejuvenating hot springs.

Use the right emote for the  Nurikabe

Get close and try an emote, noting the color (blue, yellow, or red). It may approve and simply vanish.

A hostile Nurikabe in Nioh

Or it may become visibly angry. Whoops! In that case, try a second gesture from a different color category. If things go awry, back up, wait for it to swing its arm(s), then rush in and go to town.

The vulnerable backside of a Nurikabe

Interestingly, in some levels, you can work your way around to Nurikabe’s backside.

Stealth killing a Nurikabe in Nioh

Removing the talisman will get him out of the way without any gesture-related shenanigans.

Good luck out there! And remember to whistle if you see any Kodama in a co-op session.

Jordan Devore
Jordan is a founding member of Destructoid and poster of seemingly random pictures. They are anything but random.