The weapon skills available in Nioh are affected by the stance you take (Low, Mid or High). They are learned using Samurai 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.
Earning Samurai Skill Points
Each weapon tracks its proficiency separately as seen in the status menu > additional statistics. when proficiency of that weapon reaches a break point you will gain 1 Samurai Skill point. The break points for every weapon are as follows.
- 2 000
- 6 000
- 15 000
- 30 000
- 60 000
- 100 000
- 220 000
- 300 000
Past 300 000, Proficiency will no longer reward Samurai Skill points. with 9 Breakpoints across 7 weapons gives access to 63 skill points from levelling proficiency.
Increasing the Core stats Body.
Heart, Skill or Strength will earn a Skill point. It is not Know how the game calculates this but it seems to be roughly every 2 levels.
Many side missions, particularly on Way of the Strong and higher will have a variant of Samurai Locks as a one time reward.
Way of the Samurai
Way of the Strong
|Demon Hunting||KINKI||1 x Young Samurai Locks|
|The Battle of Ohashi Bridge||KINKI||1 x Young Samurai Locks|
|Master of the Twin Blades||OMI||1 x Young Samurai Locks|
Way of the Demon
|The Bridge of Bone||CHUGOKU||
1x Young Samurai Locks
|Demon Hunting||KINKI||1x Young Samurai Locks|
|The Battle of Ohashi Bridge||KINKI||1x Young Samurai Locks|
|Memories of Death Lillies||TOKAI||1x Young Samurai Locks|
|Immortal Flame||SEKIGAHARA||1x Young Samurai Locks|
|Sekigahara||SEKIGAHARA||1x Young Samurai Locks|
Way of the Wise
Way of the Nioh
Agility ♦ Attack ♦ Body ♦ Break ♦ Defense ♦ Dexterity ♦ Equipment Weight ♦ Familiarity ♦ Gold ♦ Guardian Spirit Bond ♦ Heart ♦ Ki ♦ Ki Pulse ♦ Level ♦ Life ♦ Magic ♦ Ninjutsu Capacity ♦ Ninjutsu Power ♦ Onmyo Magic Capacity ♦ Onmyo Magic Power ♦ Onmyo Magic Skill Points ♦ Parry ♦ Proficiency ♦ Skill (Stat) ♦ Spirit ♦ Stamina ♦ Strength