Nioh 2 - Best Build and Skill for Kusarigama

The best build and skills for Kusarigama in Nioh 2 on PS5 and PS4. You can find infromation on the best Kusarigama build and skills as well as how to use the Kusarigama.

Nioh and Nioh 2 (including all DLCs) are also bundled in the Nioh Collection on PS5.

Best Kusarigama Build

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Focus on Dexterity

Focus on leveling up dexterity as it scales the most with Kusarigama. Leveling up Skill is effective as well since it also increases damage, and because Kusarigama is compatible with Light Armor.

Weapons that requires somewhat similar stats but scale differently are the Sword, Dual Swords, and Spear.

Balanced Stats for Early Game

The status increase between level 5 to level 10 is large compared to other levels for all stats. Therefore, it’s better to balance out your stats rather than focusing on just one stat in the early game.

Best Build for Kusarigama

Body Heart Courage Stamina Strength Skill Dexterity Magic
Lv.30 10 10 10 5 5 10 16 5
Lv.60 15 10 10 5 5 15 36 5
Lv.100 20 10 10 5 5 20 66 5
Lv.150 25 10 10 5 5 32 99 5

About Build

Level up Dexterity to increase Kusarigama’s damage output. Body and Skill are stats required for equipping Light Armor.

Recommended Kusarigama Skills

Recommended Active SKills

Stance Name Effects
Reaper Slashes the enemy with the kusarigama’s sickle.
Winter Dawn Increases the amount of Ki damage you inflict, but also the the amount of Ki used when attacking. Can only be used when your is Kusarigama is sheathed.
Blade Spin Spins forward with the kusarigama and slices the enemy.
Mid/Low Tangle Strike II After performing Tangle Strike, press triangle to perform a slicing attack.
Mid/Low Tangle Strike Follows up a Quick Attack with a strike that uses the kusarigama’s metal weight to slam the opponent.
Mid/Low Whirlwind Swing the kusarigama’s metal weight in a wide circle.

Recommended Passive Skills

Name Effects
Shadow Strike Damage dealt to enemies from behind increases when you have a Kusarigama equipped as your main weapon.
Relentless Maximum Ki increases when you have Kusarigama equipped as your main weapon.
Armor Piercer I Increases damage of Final Blow

Overview and Strategy

Make use of the Metal Weight

The Kusarigama’s metal weight is a tricky weapon which can be used to deal damage, pull enemies towards you, or pull yourself towards the enemy.

Switch between High and Low Stance

Switch between high and low stance as they have specific roles. High stance is for luring enemies or attacking from distance, and use low stance when going against fast enemies. Leveling up Dexterity allows you to use Ninjtusu, so be sure to make use of it when using the Kusarigama.

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