Character Building tips for Nioh. Share tips and suggestions on how to create a good build for the game. This page will help you create your own Build.

There are 3 types of main build archetypes in Nioh, and they generally follow the light/medium/heavy parameters set forth by Armor. Players can select to be agile and responsive, concentrate on blocking and parrying, or play slowly with a heavy build. Magic can be used sporadically for buffs or can be the focus of the build for deadly combinations.

The table below displays the bonuses from stats to weapon categories - All weapons have secondary stat scaling, that changes depending on what you roll on your weapon. Table sources via annonymous google doc.

  Main passive Minor Passive Swords Dual Swords Spears Axes Kusarigama Bows Rifles Hand Cannons Light Armor Medium Armor Heavy Armor
Body HP -     B+ D+ D+   C+   yes yes  
Heart Ki - B+ C+       B+          
Stamina Equip load HP       C+       B+     yes
Strength Heavy armor bonuses Equip Load, Ki pulse C D+ C B+           yes yes
Skill Light armor bonuses Ki pulse, ninjutsu power C B+ C   C+ C+ B+ C+ yes    
Dexterity Ninjutsu power, skill points, slots           B+ D+ D+ D+      
Magic Magic power, skill points, slots                        
Spirit Guardian Bonuses                        

Choosing Stats:

Total weight of your equipment. Affects Agility.



How agile your movement is. Changes based on the weight of your equipment.



How much gold you currently carry.


Choosing your Gear

Build around your Ki management expertise and your reaction time. Light, agile for fast swings. Medium stance and gear for blocking, and Heavy armor High Stance for slow but deadly attacks


Explaining & Categorizing your build

Once your build is ready, you will want to categorize it for its purpose and explain how to use it effectively, such as outlining the best situations and scenarios where it is useful, as well as those where it may be weak or easily countered.

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