Nioh 2 - Best Build and Skill for Switchglaive

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

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Best Switchglaive Build

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Focus on Magic

Focus on leveling up Magic as it scales the most with Switchglaive. Constitution and Skill are also good skills to level up since they also increase its damage output, and allows you to equip Light Armor.

A weapon that requires somewhat similar stats but scale differently is the Dual Hachets.

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 Switchglaive

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

About Build

Focus on Magic as it scales the most with Switchglaive. Constitution and Skill are stats required to wear light armor. Stamina is unnecessary since there’s no need to wear armor heavier than light armor.

Recommended Switchglaive Skills

Recommended Active Skills

Stance Name Effects
High Divine Retribution Swing the switchglaive downwards in scythe form while moving forward. If your swing connects with the enemy, you will cut them down while propelling yourself into the air.
High Merciful Retribution Perform a mighty thrust with the switchglaive in scythe form before puling it back towards you, slashing at the enemy.
Mid Mind’s Edge Follow up a Quick Attack by thrusting the butt end of your switchglaive towards and toward the enemy.
Mid Just Reprisal Parry the enemy’s attack, circling around them carefully before going in for a diagonal slash.

Recommended Passive Skills

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

Overview and Strategy

High Stance for Reach and Damage

High stance for Switchglaive has very long reach and high damage per hit similar to heavy weapons, making it the ideal stance in a 1v1 situation. The skill Divine Retribution can be used to flank enemies, allowing you to take them out without any risk.

Mid Stance for Range and Speed

The mid stance has wide range and fast attack speed, making it the ideal stance when going against multiple enemies at once. When going against enemies with simple attack motions, use Just Reprisal to counter the attack and deal massive damage.

Make use of Onmyo Magic

Because the Switchglaive scales with Magic, it’s compatible with Onmyo Magic. Onmyo Magic is very powerful as it can be used to heal HP and Ki, or debuffs such as decreasing enemy movement speed.

Recommended Onmyo Magic Skills

Name Effects
Lightning Talisman These are magical items that summon lightning to envelop your weapon.
Barrier Talisman When used, it increases your Ki recovery speed and allows you to dispel Youkai Realm pools simply by touching them.
Sloth Talisman When used, these magical items greatly reduce the speed of your enemy.
Rejuvenation Talisman When used, these magical items gradually restore your health.

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  1. This is weak
    Ok, maybe not for those that aren’t bloodthirsty in games like myself but, allow me to take you through the path of the immortal

    Courage-9 (for an extremely important item to ascend further to immortality)
    Strength and stamina to fit the needs of warrior of the east set (you only need the 5 pieces bonus but the extra def and melee damage is nice)
    Constitution/stamina/magic-99 (however you wish to progress to this but I recommend 30 magic first then the other 2 to 99 after achieving the above stats)

    Once you have obtained Yasakani Magatama your true power will begin

    Todo clan (A bonus damage for weight and A life bonus for stamina which you need anyway for B agility)
    Hyobishin spirit (Amrita attack bonus B+) brute Yokai damage up 18% and strong attacks 30% change to dispel ailments (equip otakemaru, Daidara Bocchi and aberrant soldier that has a -1 attunement) and saoirse as second for def bonus from Amrita at C+

    Any switchglaive that you are able to get attack bonus (magic) on (I like the water imbued switchglaives cause once the effect hits you deal extra damage and can sustain it)
    Ichigo hitofuri & oyako toshiro
    Warrior of the west bow (life)
    Any second range
    Minus cuirass all warrior of the east (Extra def and attack and extra damage through constitution for all weapons)
    Yoshiie’s birthright cuirass (life)
    Helm-ki bonus (Amrita gauge) and easy target (you’re a tank)
    Cuirass-attack and def from switchglaive, def from Amrita Gauge, life recovery from Amrita gain
    Gauntlets-tenacity, attack
    Waist guard- faster winded, hi recovery speed from Amrita gauge
    Greaves-get whatever
    Yasakani-life from Amrita gain, def bonus magic
    Second accessory-life gain from Amrita gain, def bonus magic, damage taken (crit)

    Skills-6 poison shuriken (might aswell), 7 fire shot (I use this to quickly deal with the water Yokai and another form of range), 3 extraction, (unkillable mode stage 1), 5 rejuvenation (stage 2), 3 steel (stage 3), 1 Pleiades (gain Amrita bonuses quicker), 3 life leech

    This set, has rendered me unkillable, and after a mortal soul on otakemaru every boss is just mince meat, even in expeditions when I run it solo, but I love rushing in and killing everything without dying

      • te falto mencionar armaduras, así las estadísticas tienen sentido, si se prefiere armadura pesada, la del guerrero del este es una buena opción,para armadura media la guerrero omnyo y para armadura ligera la del espíritu de seimei, aunque al ser más laterecomendaria en estoy la del sacerdote sintoísta, el de omnyo(aunque no es un conjunto)

  2. Hey its a pretty nice guide but sadly not cover what armor/set i should use with it….Im using heavy armor atm with lightning set and spirit which works pretty nice but i was looking something with light armor if u could cover build with light armor i would appreciate it!

    • For Light armor I would recommend Spirit of Seimei, You can farm the set and smith text in “Nine Symbols” Dojo Mission. Another Great armor is the Omnyo Warrior, its not light but not heavy either and does a massive damage with switch glaive, you can get that at “Restoring Harmony” mission.