Nioh 2 - Best Build and Skills for Swords

The best build and skills for Sword (Katana) in Nioh 2. You can find infromation on the best Sword build and skills as well as how to use the Sword.

Best Sword Build


Focus on Heart

Because Heart scales with sword the most, focus on leveling up Heart. Since the sword is compatible with Medium Armors, leveling up Body and Strength is also important.

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

Body Heart Courage Stamina Strength Skill Dexterity Magic
Lv.30 10 21 10 5 10 5 5 5
Lv.60 15 36 10 10 15 5 5 5
Lv.100 20 66 10 10 20 5 5 5
Lv.150 25 99 10 10 32 5 5 5

About Build

Since Sword scales with Heart, leveling up Heart is your first priority. Light Armor users should level up Skill, and Medium Armor should level up Strength to increase both damage output and Ki capacity. Level up Stamina to keep your Agility above B rank.

Recommended Sword Skills

Recommended Active SKills

Stance Name Effects
Sword Ki Dispenses Ki from your sword to stagger surrounding enemies.
Mid/Low Kick Follows up a combo with a kick that causes a large amount of Ki damage.m
Iai Quickdraw Gathers power while keeping your sword in its scabbard for a quick-draw and rapid strike. It can only be used when your sword is sheathed.
Iai Quickdraw II Allows you to accumulate much more power.
Iai Quickdraw III Immediately puts you in Iai stance when Ki Pulse succeeds.
Mid Backwave Guard just before an incoming hit to deflect the attack and knock the attacker off balance.
Mid Backwave II When Backwave succeeds, follow up with Tempest

Recommended Passive Skills

Name Effects
Shadow Strike Damage dealt to enemies from behind increases when you have a sword equipped as your main weapon.
Relentless Maximum Ki increases by +30 when you have a sword equipped as your main weapon.
First Rule of Thrusting Damage of thrust attacks increases by 3% when you have a sword equipped as your main weapon.

Sword Overview and Strategy

A very well Balanced Weapon

The Sword is balanced in damage output, range, and attack speed when compared to all the other weapon types in game. It’s an ideal weapon for learning the basics of Nioh 2, therefore is a weapon recommended weapon for beginners.

Recommended Stance is Mid

The recommended stance for Sword is mid, since it’s attack speed and range is balanced compared to other stances. Use base skills such as Kick and Sword Ki to deplete enemy’s Ki and down them, then follow up with Iai Quickdraw for damage. There are lots of counter skills for the Sword, and the Sword becomes an effective defense weapon once you learn when to activate these skills.

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