Nioh Multiplayer Guide - How to Summon Companions & Play Co-op

Nioh is an action RPG where you play as a western samurai in feudal Japan. Your task is to cleanse the land of yokai, and it’s not an easy one. Luckily, you can do it with help from a friend or internet stranger. Summoning a companion will help you push through difficult parts of the game and defeat bosses more easily. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to play co-op in Nioh, how to summon companions and engage in multiplayer.

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Before we begin, you need to know a couple of things. Firstly, you can only have one other player present. You can’t summon multiple friends. Secondly, you’ll need a Playstation Plus subscription to engage in any kind of multiplayer.

How to summon players for coop in Nioh

If you suddenly realize you need help with a mission halfway through, the solution is simple:

  • Go to the shrine.
  • Select the Summon visitor option.
  • Select how many ochoko cups you want to offer as reward.
  • Wait for the game to pair you with a helpful stranger.

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If you’re looking to clear levels together with a friend, there’s a different process to follow:

  1. While you’re on the main map, click the base icon.
  2. Select Torii Gate from the menu.
  3. Choose Yokai Realm with A Companion.
At least one of the players has to beat the mission first, before you can coop it. If you’ve played coop in the beta, you’ll probably dislike this change.

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How to be summoned in Nioh

If you want to help out a fellow yokai hunter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Click on the temple icon while on the map.
  2. Choose Torii Gate from the menu.
  3. Select Random Encounters.
You’ll get the chance to specify conditions (whether you’re offering help on a particular mission, for example), and even protect yourself with a password, in case you’re there to help a specific person.

How to play PvP in Nioh

Sadly, there’s no way to play PvP in Nioh at this point. The developers have announced they’re going to add this feature at some point after launch. It’s going to be free, but we don’t know when it will be released. We’ll keep you posted, and update the article with any new info we discover.

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  1. U

    For some reason i can only play coop missions i have passed already. I though if you did the companion option, not the random encounter, you would be able to play new missions with a friend together

    1. It turns out one of you has to beat a mission first, before you can coop it. So only one gets to go in blind.

      1. K

        I can see the reasoning behind this, but at the same time, I feel like the devs could’ve made it like the beta where 2 companions could do any mission together, just up the difficulty and density of enemies. Guess it wasn’t on their list of top things needed for the game on release.

        1. B

          Agreed, but, honestly, co-op makes every single game like htis, dark souls and the like, 90% Easier, no matter how difficult it is. Bosses aren’t even as challenging, unless they can one-shot you from the damage bonus. Beyond that, co-op destroys any challenge these games may have, which is why they’d prefer you do a blind playthrough solo. Tis sad, but… ech.

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