Nioh 2 - Best Build and Skills for Dual Swords

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

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

Best Dual Swords Build

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Focus on Skill

Because Skill scales with Dual Swords the most, focus on leveling up Skill. Dual Swords are compatible with Light Armors, therefore leveling up Constitution is also effective.

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

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 Sword

Constitution Heart Courage Stamina Strength Skill Dexterity Magic
Lv.30 10 10 10 5 5 21 5 5
Lv.60 15 15 10 5 5 41 5 5
Lv.100 20 20 10 5 5 71 5 5
Lv.150 25 37 10 5 5 99 5 5

About Build

Focus on Skill as it scales the most with Dual Swords. Leveling up Constitution to equip Light Armor, and Heart for extra Ki capacity is also important.

Recommended Sword Skills

Recommended Active Skills

Stance Name Effects
High Windstorm A spinning attack that slices all around you
High Windstorm II Increases the strength of the wind generated by Windstorm.
Mid/Low God of Wind Follows up a Quick Attack with a roundhouse kick.
Mid/Low God of Wind II Allows you to follow-up God of Wind with a quick slash attack by pressing Triangle button again.
Mid/Low God of Wind III Correctly timing an additional press of Triangle button after God of Wind, slows you to perform a quick double slash attack.
Sign of the Cross Quick-draw attack. Can only be used when your sword is sheathed.
Sign of the Cross II Greatly reduces time needed to gather energy for a Sign of the Cross attack.

Recommended Passive Skills

Name Effects
Shadow Strike Damage dealt to enemies from behind increases when you have a Dual Swords equipped as your main weapon.
Relentless Maximum Ki increases when you have Dual Swords equipped as your main weapon.
Armor Piercer Increases Final Blow damage when you have a Dual Swords equipped as your main weapon
Defense Arts Increases Ki recover speed while guarding when you have a dual swords equipped as your main weapon.

Overview and Strategy

Make use of its Maneuverability

The Dual Swords have a fast attack speed in exchange for damage per hit. Players will have to land as much hits as possible to deal damage, making it a difficult weapon to use for beginners.

Recommended Stance is Mid

Mid stance easy to use and is effective since it’s balanced in damage, range, and attack speed. Use God of Wind during a combo to deplete enemy’s Ki, and Sign of the Cross for extra damage.

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