So since I don't think there's a proper post about it, I decided to do some test all the guardian spirits at different levels of spirit. I've only done two rounds so far, but I've come up with some very interesting results already. I used the first enemy on Isle of Demons in NG+ as my test subject. I already had 55 Spirit when I started and I did another test at 6(I choose Saika). This can also serve as a guide for which guardian spirits to use if you like the talisman. Physical damage will be plain and elemental damaged will be bold.
|Guardian Spirit||Spirit 6||Spirit 55||Knockdown||Apply Status|
|Atlas Bear||1074/450; 224/618 Splash||2339/450; 708/618 Splash||Yes||Yes|
So in case anyone didn't notice, elemental damage doesn't scale with spirit. Some of the numbers may be off because of either equipment differences or me just misreading things as they flash by on screen. Also I had some more notes on some of the guardians:
Hi-Nezumi does deal more damage when the rat itself makes combat and can cause knockdown.
Gyokuto's sparks deal constant damage as long as enemies are close to them.
Shinka and Saoirse both apply a status on you on use.
Izuna and Tengen Kujaku are really bad for the guardian talisman, but let me know if I'm missing something.
Kara-jishi is rather hard to hit with.
Suzaku can have lots of hits before the final one and it varies on enemy size and positioning.
If anyone has more details to add, let me know.