- "The Yakuza are simple. They like to drink and they like to kill things. Imagine Gary Busey with a fashion sense."
- —In-game description.
Yakuza is a criminal organization featured in Shadow Warrior 2.
The Yakuza are members of the various organized crime families making up Japan. They deal in illegal industries, such as drugs, prostitution, and arms trafficking.
Yakuza Assassin - The most basic Yakuza member, armed with a single submachine gun. They have very low health, but deal deceptively high damage. Melee weapons are very effective at dealing with them, as they can quickly hack off limbs.
Yakuza Desperado - A more powerful version of the Assassin. They dual wield and have slightly more health, but are otherwise unremarkable. Melee weapons continue to remain effective.
There is a champion version of Yakuza Desperado called Gun Fury. Player may meet this enemy during side mission Demon Trafficking.
Yakuza Fencer - A sword-wielding Yakuza member who can jump very high to chase down Lo Wang. They can sometimes block your melee attacks but are otherwise very weak. Ranged weapons are more effective at dealing with them. They have a ranged attack in the form of a beam projectile that travels from their sword, but it is very weak and easily dodged.
Yakuza Warrior - A more powerful version of the Fencer that dual wields swords. They are more formidable at melee range but remain weak to gunfire.
There is a champion version of this type of Yakuza warrior called Apprentice of Musashi. Player will meet this enemy during story mission Ancestral Ties.
In the first Shadow Warrior, the Yakuza were under the command of Mizayaki, a sword collector, and Orochi Zilla. By the time of Shadow Warrior 2, the Yakuza were mainly involved in the manufacturing and distribution of a drug known as Shade and were under the control of Mamushi Heika.
- Female Yakuza members and Kyokagami Twins share the same voice actresses.
- The female Yakuzas who use katanas all have masks that bear a striking resemblance to Deathstroke from DC Comics, down to the two-tone ballistic mask.
- One of the named mini-bosses is called Gun Fury, which could be reference to movie Kung Fury.