Koei Tecmo’s Nioh kind of came out of nowhere and grabbed us hard with its blend of samurai action roleplaying and From Software-style brutality. Borrowing from From’s Dark Souls series, Nioh nonetheless has an identity of its own, and carves a bloody niche in the pantheon of all time great action games. A demon- and ninja-filled jaunt through 15th century Japan, Nioh has no shortage of terrific and challenging boss fights to keep protagonist William on his toes. They’re an extremely varied bunch, ranging from duels with senpais to stabbing giant skeletons in the ankles.
This list covers all the mandatory bosses, both mid-level and end-of-level, as well as the majority of optional bosses. There are a handful of additional bosses not listed here which are accessed depending on which weapons and character builds you’re focusing on, but these all take the form of duels, and your tactics will depend on the context in which you’re fighting them. Also worth noting, some of the bosses here are fought more than once, and their difficulty level and place on the list has been decided based on the difficulty of their first appearances; otherwise like a quarter of the list would be made up of various Onryokis.
Olivia White is one of the people that make up Owl Cave, the adventure game dev studio responsible for Richard & Alice and The Charnel House Trilogy. You can find her at @owlcavedev or on the web at http://www.owlcave.net.