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
- 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".
- Edit this page by ADDING A ROW to the table below with a link to the page you created and an overview.
|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||Kusarigama||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.|
|Spirit master||Anon||Katana/ Dual Katana||
Griever As the build name says, just Katanas.
A powerfull all inclusive build with focus on Skill and Heart.
|Onmyo Magic/Melee Hybrid||MercwithMouth82||Onmyo Magic/Spear/Axe/Sword||
Basic Omnyo Magic/Melee build till you find Omnyo Magic scaling weapons
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.
|BloodSoul26||Spear / All stances||
The ultimate Tank build that can also be completed in the first region of the game.
|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.
|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||
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.|
|Gogandantess||Naewulf||High Stance / Ishida Masamune||Powerful 2 elements onmyo / confusion / sword build.|
|TANK (DLC)||HUEBR||Two hands wepons||
Use the Sacred Treasure of the Dragon God set complete and up the energy.
|Rakuyo's Sword Build||Rakuyo||Sword Guide||Speed oriented sword build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Dual Swords Build||Rakuyo||Dual Swords Guide||Basic Dual Swords build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Spear Build||Rakuyo||Spear Guide||Fluidity oriented spear build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Axe Build||Rakuyo||Axe Guide||Powerful axe build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Kusarigama Build||Rakuyo||Kusarigama Guide||High end kusarigama build, comes with tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Odachi Build||Rakuyo||Odachi Guide||Powerful odachi build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Tonfa Build||Rakuyo||Tonfa Guide||Powerful Ki dominator Tonfa build, comes with basic tips and equipment advice.|
|Rakuyo's Ninjutsu Guide||Rakuyo||Ninjutsu Guide||Guide on how to get the best out of the Ninjutsu Skill Tree.|
|Onmyo Magic Guide||Rakuyo||Onmyo Magic Guide||Guide on how to get the best out of the Onmyo Magic Skill Tree.|