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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 in the base game: Sword Skill, Spear Skills, Axe Skills, Kusarigama SkillsNinja 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 DLC added Odachi Skills and Tonfa Skills. These are available in the PC "Complete Edition" by default.

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. 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. Some skills are independent of weapon, like Grapple, Flux and Ki Pulse skills.

Many skills cannot be unlocked until after you've completed certain missions. For instance many skills require you to complete the Way of The ---- Dojo missions.
The Way of The Novice missions become available from the dojo after completing the 'The Spirit Stone Slumbers mission' (Mission Level = 19)
The Way of The Adept missions become available from the dojo after completing the 'The Ocean Roars Again mission' (Mission Level = 38)
The Way of The Veteran missions become available from the dojo after completing the 'The Iga Escape mission' (Mission Level = 70)
Mystic Samurai Skill missions become available from the dojo after completing the 'Immortal Flame mission' (Mission Level = 96)
Mystic Ninja and Onmyo Magic missions become available from the dojo after completing the 'A Defiled Holy Mountain' (Mission Level = 120)
Mystic Samurai Skill missions require 500000 Proficiency for that weapon. The Mystic Ninja / Mystic Magic missions require 20 in Dexterity / 20 in Magic.

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

Swords are particularly good for their balance of speed, power and range. The Sword Skill tree incorporates improvements to Ki.

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. - 1 Active
opponent out of Ki
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Kick Mid or low stance skill. A following move from a combo attack. Causes huge Ki damage. - 2 Active

 
mid combo

Grapple
Indomitable Spirit: 1 When your health drops to 30% or lower, your Ki recovery speed increases by 20%. - 4 Passive N/A Kick
Indomitable Spirit: 2 When your health drops to 30% or lower, your Ki recovery speed increases by 20%. Adept 5 Passive N/A Indomitable Spirit: 1
Indomitable Spirit: 3 When your health drops to 30% or lower, your Ki recovery speed increases by 20%. Veteran 6 Passive N/A Indomitable Spirit: 2
Purify Yokai Realm Activates when you recover the maximum amount of Ki from a Ki Pulse. Purifies the defilement clinging to you and your vicinity. - 0 Active Ki Pulse -
Flux Changing to another stance on a successful Ki Pulse increases the amount of Ki recovered. - 1 Active Ki Pulse / Stance Purify Yokai Realm
Flux II Increases Ki recovery when you switch stances during Flux. Novice 2 Active Ki Pulse / Stance Flux
Flash Attack Performs a quick attack when switching weapons after a Ki Pulse.  Adept 3 Active Ki Pulse / Weapon 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.
- 3 Active  Hold R1+O -
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 Hold R1+O  Iai Quickdraw: III
Tiger Sprint Dash forward with sword in sheath before striking Veteran 4 Active  Hold R1+O Iai Quickdraw: III
Sword Ki Disperses Ki from your sword to stun surrounding enemies. - 3 Active  L1+Triangle -
Relentless I Ki +5 Novice 5 Passive N/A  Sword Ki
Relentless II Ki +3 Adept  6 Passive  N/A Relentless II
Relentless III Ki +3  Veteran 7 Passive  N/A Relentless III
Quadrisect While a Living Weapon is active, hold Triangle to quickly slash at surrounding enemies. - 3 Active
Hold
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Sword of Discernment Stuns the enemy by bashing them with the sheath, then follows up with a downward slash. Novice 3 Active L1+Square Quadrisect
Morning Light After getting knocked down, press Triangle to attack while getting up Veteran 3 Active   Sword of Discernment
Sword of Meditation Performs a powerful attack with a wide opening Veteran 4 Active L1+Triangle  Morning Light
Swallow's Wing Follows up a combo with slash while stepping back. - 2 Active
mid combo
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Swallow's Wing II Alters backwards movement when wearing light armor. Novice 3 Active Dodge  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. - 1 Active Ki Pulse -
Living Water: Heaven Enables Ki Pulse to trigger via dodging in High Stance - 5 Active Dodge  Ki Pulse: Heaven
Morning Moon High stance skill. Following a combo attack, jumps and slices the enemy. - 2 Active
mid combo
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Flowing Shadow Perform three rapid attacks while circling around the enemy. Veteran 3 Active L1+Triangle -
Ki Pulse: Man Mid stance skill. Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Raises the damage caused by your next attack. - 1 Active Ki Pulse -
Living Water: Man Mid stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging - 3 Active Dodge  Ki Pulse: Man
Water Shadow Mid stance only. parries an enemy's attack, then places you behind them. Novice 2 Active L1+Triangle Living Water: Man
Water Shadow: II When Water Shadow succeeds, allows you to slice attack with an extra button press. Adept 3 Active L1+Triangle Water Shadow
Leaf Glide Mid stance only. Parries an opponent's attack and then closes in on them. - 2 Active L1+Square N/A
Haze Mid stance skill. Parries an enemy attack, neutralizing it. - 1 Active  L1+Square Leaf Glide
Haze: II When Haze succeeds, allows you to thrust attack with an extra button press. Novice 3 Active L1+Square Haze
Tempest Mid or low stance skill. Breaks the opponent's guard, then uses your guard to knock them to the ground. - 1 Active Guard Break  N/A
Backwave Mid stance skill. Guards just before an incoming hit to knock the attacker off balance. Novice 3 Active L1 Tempest
Backwave II Follows up Backwave with Tempest Adept 4 Active L1 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. - 1 Active Ki Pulse -
Living Water: Earth Low stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging. - 1 Active Dodge Ki Pulse: Earth
Heaven Flash Low stance skill. Following a combo attack, kicks an enemy up, then slices down. - 2 Active X+Forward
Mid Combo
Tempest
Swift Step Maneuver behind opponent in Low Stance after combo Adept 3 Active X+Forward
Mid Combo
Heaven Flash
Sword of Salvation Reduces Ki consumption when dodging with a sword equipped as your main weapon  Mystic 7 Mystic Art N/A  Cleared Mission "Zen and Sword are One"
Sword of Execution Increases damage dealt when attacking an enemy from behind with a sword Mystic  7 Mystic Art N/A  Cleared Mission "Zen and Sword are One"

 

 




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