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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 Constitution 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
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
|–||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
|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.
Nioh 2 Recommended Articles
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|Weapon Type Tier list|
|▼Best Build for each Weapon Type|