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Skills in Nioh are used to perform stronger attacks, infusions or other types of magic. There are 6 types of skills available: Sword Skill, Spear Skills, Axe Skills, Kusarigama Skills,Ninja Skills and Onmyo Magic Skills and they are subdivided into Active, Passive or Jutsu. Their vast variety and application in many combat situations make them an indispensable part of character progression. You can view and edit the current assignments from the Skill Customization screen.

The weapon skills available in Nioh are affected by the stance you take (Low, Mid or High). They are learned using Samurai, Ninja or Onmyo Skill Points, which are earned either by increasing Proficiency with a weapon, leveling stats like Strength or Body or by using the locks of hair Items. Once learned, skills become part of the flow of combat as they are assigned to a specific button press and/or sequence, known as Command.

Skills Information

 

ShrineJutsus are supportive items and abilities such as Shuriken, Powders and Talismans. They are divided into 2 categories: Ninjutsu which are the weapon based arts, and Onmyo Magic which are elemental and spiritual realm arts. Each Jutsu has a cost that goes towards your Ninjutsu capacity and Onmyo capacity. You may only equip jutsus that have a total cost equal or lesser than their respective capacity.

Jutsus are unlocked from the Learn Skills screen. Ninjutsu are learned from the Ninja Skills section and cost Ninja Skill Points to learn and Onmyo Magic are learned from the Onmyo Magic Skills section and cost Onmyo Magic Skill Points to learn.

 

 

Sword Skills

 

 

Skill Description Rank Required Samurai Skill Points Required Skill Type Command Prerequisite
Grapple Grapples an enemy who is out of Ki, then follows up with equipped weapon. Novice 1 Active Triangle for opponent out of Ki N/A
Kick Mid or low stance skill. A following move from a combo attack. Causes huge Ki damage. Adept 1 Active Triangle at end of combo Grapple
Indomitable Spirit: 1 When your health drops to 30% or lower, your Ki recovery speed increases by 20% Veteran 4 Passive   Kick
Indomitable Spirit: 2 Ki recovery speed increases by +10% when health is below 30% Veteran 5 Passive   Indomitable Spirit: 1
Indomitable Spirit: 3 Ki recovery speed increases by +10% when health is below 30% Veteran 6 Passive   Indomitable Spirit: 2
Flux Changing to another stance on a successful Ki Pulse increases the amount of Ki recovered. Adept 1 Active   N/A
Flux II Increases ki recovery when you switch stances during Flux. Veteran 2 Active   Flux
Flash Attack Performs a quick attack when switching weapons after a Ki Pulse   3 Active   Flux II
Iai Quickdraw Pronounced "ee-eye." Can be used only when a sword is sheathed.
Gathers power while keeping your sword in its scabbard for a quick-draw and rapid strike.
Novice 2 Active   N/A
Iai Quickdraw: II Allows you to accumulate much more power. Adept 3 Active Hold R1+O Iai Quickdraw
Iai Quickdraw: III Immediately puts you in Iai stance when Ki Pulse succeeds. Veteran 4 Active Hold R1+O Iai Quickdraw: II
Night Rain Unleash a barrage of quick slashes Veteran 4 Active   Iai Quickdraw: III
Tiger Sprint Dash forward with sword in sheath before striking Veteran 4 Active   Iai Quickdraw: III
Sword Ki Disperses Ki from your sword to stun surrounding enemies. Novice 2 Active  L1+Triangle N/A
Relentless I Ki +5 Adept 5 Passive   Sword Ki
Relentless II Ki +3   6 Passive   Relentless II
Relentless III Ki +3   7 Passive   Relentless III
Quadrisect While a Living Weapon is active, hold Triangle to quickly slash at surrounding enemies. Novice 3 Active Hold Triangle N/A
Sword of Discernment Stuns the enemy by bashing them with the sheath, then follows up with a downward slash. Adept 3 Active Square while Guarding Quadrisect
Morning Light After getting knocked down, press triangle to attack while getting up Adept 3 Active   Sword of Discernment
Sword of Meditation Performs a powerful attack with a wide opening Veteran 4 Active   Morning Light
Swallow's Wing Follows up a combo with slash while stepping back. Novice 2 Active Triangle at the end of combo N/A
Swallow's Wing II Alters backwards movement when wearing light armor. Adept 3 Active   Swallow's Wing II
Ki Pulse: Heaven High stance skill. Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Raises the damage caused by your next attack. Novice 1 Active   N/A
Living Water: Heaven Enables Ki Pulse to trigger via dodging in High Stance Veteran 5 Active   Ki Pulse: Heaven
Morning Moon High stance skill. Following a combo attack, jumps and slices the enemy. Adept 1 Active Triangle at end of combo N/A
Living Water: Heaven High stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging. Novice 5 Active   Ki Pulse: Heaven
Full Moon Kata: I When your Life is at max, your close combat damage increases by 6%. Veteran 3 Passive   Morning Moon
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   N/A
Water Shadow Mid stance skill. Parries an enemy attack, then places you behind them. Adept 2 Active Triangle while guarding Ki Pulse: Man
Living Water: Man Mid stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging Novice 3 Active   Ki Pulse: Man
Water Shadow: II When Water Shadow succeeds, allows you to slice attack with an extra button press. Veteran 2 Active Triangle while guarding Water Shadow
Leaf Glide Mid stance only. Parries an opponent's attack and then closes in on them. Novice 2 Active Square while Guarding N/A
Haze Mid stance skill. Parries an enemy attack, neutralizing it. Adept 1 Active   Leaf Glide
Haze: II When Haze succeeds, allows you to thrust attack with an extra button press. Veteran 2 Active Square while guarding Haze
Tempest Mid or low stance skill. Breaks the opponent's guard, then uses your guard to knock them to the ground. Novice 1 Active   N/A
Backwave Mid stance skill. Guards just before an incoming hit to knock the attacker off balance. Adept 3 Active   Tempest
Backwave II Follows up Backwave with Tempest Veteran 4 Active   Backwave
Head Wave: II When Head Wave succeeds, follows up with Tempest. Veteran 3 Active   Backwave
Ki Pulse: Earth Low stance skill. Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Raises the damage caused by your next attack. Novice 1 Active   N/A
Heaven Flash Low stance skill. Following a combo attack, kicks an enemy up, then slices down. Adept 1 Active LS Up+X at end of combo Tempest
Swift Step Maneuver behind opponent in Low Stance after combo Veteran 3 Active   Heaven Flash
Living Water: Earth Low stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging Novice 1 Active   Ki Pulse: Earth
Sword of Salvation Reduces Ki consumption when dodging with a sword equipped as your main weapon   7 Mystic Art   Cleared Mission "Zen and Sword are One"
Sword of Execution Increases damage dealt when attacking an enemy from behind with a sword   7 Mystic Art   Cleared Mission "Zen and Sword are One"

 




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