What Anima in Nioh 2
Nigh 2 has new mechanisms that you will have to master if you really want to bring them to these demons. One of the new things added to the game is Soul Cores. This can be obtained by beating powerful Okay enemies, who will let them down.
Core nuclei allow you to make special movements and attacks and can be extremely powerful. They do not work in the same way as other movements and need a resource called Anima to do so. The Anima is won while you fight, each attack slowly building your animal bar, which is the third purple bar at the top left of the screen, under your green endurance bar.
Each soul core movement will cost a certain amount of anima, normally four of the smallest bars that make up the largest global bar. This means that you can get two soul core movements from a full animated bar, so you must use them when they bring you the most benefits.
You can find equipment, armor and weapons in the game that will have modifiers for how many animas you can gather, how fast you can get it, and good objects can even increase the size of your bar Anima. You can even add some attributes to objects at the blacksmith if you really want to look at a construction that relies on the movements of Soul Core. If you are in combat and desperately need more anima, you can use Lantern Plant Fruit to restore it.
You can assign core nuclei to the two slots available in the inventory screen, then use R2 and Square, or R2 and Triangle to use them. Anima is also used to perform Burst Countermovements, so you have to pay attention to the movement you really need in a fight.
If you need help for other aspects of Nigh 2, we have guides on how to purify a sanctuary, understand how effectively Burst Counter and how to beat Suzuki.