Character Builds for Nioh are character and equipment recommendations that focus your character on solo and cooperative play against regular AI enemies and yokai. Builds listed in this page are created and categorized by players, therefore you should not assume they are all optimized.

For help on creating your own build, see the character building tutorial page. You will need to a good understanding of all of the game's Stats and how they are impacted by your Weapons and Armor. Brushing up on your Skills and the Combat Stances you want to focus on are further build considerations.

How to create and add your build

  1. Create a wiki page with your build name and add the info/links. To create a page, click the New Page + link at the bottom of the page and select "Build" template. Alternatively, you can type the name of your build on the URL portion of the page and press enter to be prompted to create it. We recommend using descriptive names such as "Katana Heart Build by XX".
  2. Edit this page by ADDING A ROW to the table below with a link to the page you created and an overview.




Katana/ Dual KatanaGrieverAs the build name says, just Katanas A powerfull all inclusive build with focus on Skill and Hearth.‚Äč

Spirit master

Name Creator Weapon Preference/Stance Preference   Description
Onmyo Swordsman Fex Swords / Mid Stance / Onmyo Magic   Early Game Spirit and Heart based build for easier early game. Buffs, Debuffs and Elemental Damage!
Adamantine Axe Anon Axes / Mid Stance   An axe focused build that also works in Onmyo Magic and Ninjutsu
Ninja Warrior Anon Kusariguma   An all around build that focuses on Ninja type gameplay
Katana Master Anon Swords   A basic setup for maximizing the katanas.
Tank Anon Axes / Hand Cannons   Power through anything and fire hard.
Axe of the East Anon Axes / Mid Stance   A basic setup for maximizing the axe.
Onmyo Magic/Melee Hybrid MercwithMouth82 Onmyo Magic/Spear/Axe/Sword  

Basic Omnyo Magic/Melee build till you find Omnyo Magic scaling weapons

Powerful Swordsman Anon Swords  

Slice your way through most anything on any difficulty like butter.

Sword/Axe Hybrid Demaulicus Sword/Axe/Onmyo Magic Build  

Guide to using Sword and Axe in Nioh. Hybrid build that is effective. Onmyo Magic is for Sloth only.

Raging Bull (Pure Tank)

BloodSoul26 Spear / All stances  

The ultimate Tank build that can also be completed in the first region of the game.

Twin Star Exorcist (like the anime)

PeterScarlet Dual/Single Swords/ All Stances, Onmyo Magic  

Onmyo Mage that destroys everyone with guardian spirit and just having fun. Can be started in First region of the game.

Dexterity Stealth Ninja

Demi  Kusarigama/Bows/Ninjutsu    

Bull of the West

Angaquesse Spear/Sword All stances   Versatile early/midgame sword and spear build that combines 4piece bonuses from both Warrior of the West and The Raging Bull sets.


Ravagexe Who needs them?   Fisto-Sama is a drunkard from Western lands, who now enjoys punching Japanese ghosts in his free time. Help him wonder around Japan like a clueless idiot, reducing Japan's booze supply, helping ninjas and punching poor British alchemists hard in the face.
 Living Weapon Build 1.0


hellwhisper_ Sword/Dualsword   Build focused on change to attack/defense(spirit)

Magic ninja phoenix

Dfirevan Kusarigama/sword or
what feels best.
  A build that deals magic damage and stager enemys way to hard. Not for the weak, as it migh be a hard road to take.
comes in handy when facing bosses that are big.
weakness, small nible creatures...
Ninja of Iga Siegfried Chulainn Oninamida Muramasa   A ninja build that utilizes the bonus from the Iga set but allows you to have more freedom with your secondary weapon and do massive damage.

    • 15 Feb 2017 00:53  

      So i made a account! I have a few builds im working on that might either help some people or just be fun to use but are their any guidelines? or templates for posting here?

      I finished:
      -my Honda tank skill drain build(as seen below from earlier
      -Im working on a living weapon tank build using the Justice ministry set.
      -I have my Onmyouji Tank build finished with steps for new players since it can be made early in the game.

      I do have pictures of the sets and builds if images or stats need to be updated for the wiki i can help with that. I really wanna get all this done before Toukiden 2 comes out because that will take up a ton of my time.

      If help/info on this would be very appreciated.


      • 09 Feb 2017 04:16  

        Aw come on people, we need more builds in here! Please do share them with us!
        Dont let this turn into yet another DS3 fiasco, no one wants to lose time trying to find some build over small scale reddits.

        • 04 Feb 2017 15:32  

          Axe TT

          Grapple: Grapples an enemy who is out of Ki, then follows up with the equipped weapon. Novice 1 Active
          The Adamantine: Only available when the weapon is sheathed. Increases defense power by sacrificing speed. Adept 1 Active Hold R1+O
          Battle Focus: Increases Ki used when dodging in exchange for decreasing Ki used when attacking. Can only used when your sword is sheathed Adept 3 Active Hold R1+Circle
          Fortitude: I Life + 100 Veteran 4 Passive Battle Focus

          Mid Stance: gives best guard

          Ki Pulse: Man Mid stance skill. Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Raises the damage caused by your next attack. Novice 1 Active
          Roar: Mid stance only. A frontal charge in full guard. Adept 2 Active Hold X while guarding Ki Pulse: Man
          Cornered Boar: I When your health drops to 30% or lower, received damage is reduced by 20% Adept 6 Passive
          Spirit Wind: Mid stance only. Slams the enemy while parrying their attack. Veteran 3 Active Square while Guarding
          Living Water: Man Mid stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging

          Second Weapon most be long range weapon: Spear or Kusarigama.

          Onmyo Magic TT

          Talisman Kekkai I Lets you ready 2 kekkai talismans. Creates a compact barrier that purges Yokai Realm pollution and enhances Ki recovery speed. 5 Novice 2 Jutsu
          Oasis Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Oasis Talismans. Using them causes allies in range to gradually recover health (life). 6 Adept 3 Jutsu
          Devigorate Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 3 Devigorate Talismans. Using them reduces enemy attack power. 5 Novice 1 Jutsu
          Talisman: Sloth I Lets you ready 2 sloth talismans. Greaty reduces the movement speed of your enemy. 5 Adept 1 Jutsu
          Resistance Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 5 Resistance Talismans. Using them raises your resistance to poison and paralysis. 3 Novice 1 Jutsu
          Steel Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 3 Steel Talismans. Using them raises your defense. 3 Adept 1 Jutsu
          Protection Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Protection Talismans. Using them neutralizes a set amount of received damage. 5 Adept 3 Jutsu
          Rejuvenation Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Rejuvenation Talismans. Using them gradually recovers your health (life). 5 Veteran 3 Jutsu
          Pure Mind: I VS. Yokai Realm +100 Novice 2 Passive
          Evil Ward: I Reduces damage from yokai by 6%. Adept 2 Passive
          Incantation Mastery: I Increases Onmyo magic capacity by 1. Adept 2 Passive

          Amplification: Extends the duration of effects from skills and items. 7 Mystic Art Cleared Mission "???"
          Awakening: Enables you to instantly cast any Onmyo Magic you use on yourself. Also increases the casting speed of Onmyo Magic you use on others. 7 Mystic Art Cleared Mission "???"

          Ninja TT
          Dashing: I Reduces Ki consumed by a dash by 6%. Novice 2 Passive
          Dodging: I Reduces Ki used in an evasive roll by 6%. Adept 2 Passive
          Cloudrunner: I Increases running speed by 5%. Veteran 2 Passive
          Medicine Man: I Increases elixir that can be carried by 1. Adept 2 Passive

          Heavy armour (set will come later)


          Guardian Spirit Protection

          Spirit Protection 30% ? req
          Dash Speed Reduction 30% ? req
          No Guard Break ?? 15 req
          Change to Defense (Magic) B+ 17 req
          Received Elemental Attack Damage 7.5% 20 req
          Onmyo Magic Power +75 22 req
          Living Weapon

          ATK Enhance 5%
          Water 42
          Useable Time 17.6s
          Might 3000
          Action B+
          Recovery B
          Tenacity C-
          Amrita Gauge Rate D-


          Guardian Spirit Protection

          Spirit Protection +20% 0 req
          Life +100 0 req
          Guard Ki Usage -12% ? req
          vs. Poison +20 ? req
          Close Combat Attack (Critical) +15% ? req
          Life Recovery From Amrita Absorption +30 ? req
          Living Weapon

          ATK Enhance 15%
          Earth 30
          Usable Time 20.4s
          Might 1870
          Action B+
          Recovery B
          Tenacity C-
          Amrita Gauge Rate D


          Guardian Spirit Protection

          Spirit Protection +20% N/A
          Sense Enemies on Radar - N/A
          Life +80 6 req
          Close Combat Health Recovery 40 9 req
          Human Close Combat Damage +9% 10 req
          Strong Attack Ki Usage -10% 11 req
          Living Weapon

          ATK Enhance 5%
          Water 30
          Usable Time
          21.6 secs
          Might 1400
          Action A
          Recovery C+
          Tenacity C
          Amrita Gauge Rate D

          • Iai Draw build concept26 Aug 2016 09:44  

            Based on what I've played maxing the Iai Quickdraw and using low stance immediately after works really well. I keep my weight low and put points into Heart and Magic for elemental damage, using Low stance after Quickdraw causes you to slash through the enemy and then repeatedly stagger from behind.

            • Build types21 Aug 2016 23:24  

              From the Alpha, builds will be centered around a weapon type, not a specific weapon or skill. So far, there are no significant damage abilities with Ninjitsu, leaving all character setups to be based on using weapon types well, or using a specific weapon (e.g. Raiken, Evil Crusher). Scaling is represented as much with weapons as with guardians, so perhaps builds should be classified by Guardian Spirit, and Primary weapon.

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