Twin Star Exorcist
Nioh Build
Lvl Body Heart Stamina Strength
94 15 15 5 5
Skill Dexterity Magic Spirit -
30 5 16 45 -

Twin Star ExorcistBuild for Nioh.

  • Build Name: Twin Star Exorcist
  • Build Level: 19+
  • Build Focus: PvE
  • Build Main Stat: Spirit & Skill


Build Equipment

  • Melee Weapon: Raikiri (to Start), Tsuruga Masamune & Hocho Toshiro (main), Ying Yang Tonfa (optional)
  • Ranged Weapon: Any
  • Head: Justice Ministry (Main), Yamabushi/Gyousha's Apparel to Start
  • Chest: Justice Ministry (Main), Yamabushi/Gyousha's Apparel to Start
  • Hands: Justice Ministry (Main), Yamabushi/Gyousha's Apparel to Start
  • Legs: Justice Ministry (Main), Yamabushi/Gyousha's Apparel to Start
  • Accessories: anything with the special effect: Change to Defense (SPIRIT)
  • Items: Extraction Talisman, Guardian Spirit Talisman


Build Strategy

Lets start with the stats:

15+ Body: Why? Life/HP 15 points gives you enough to take some hits but can always be adjusted to fit you're needs.

15+ Heart: Why? Ki, you need Ki to move and dodge, this build only uses light armor but defense is not a problem

30+ Skill: Why? The main weapon is a dual sword and this dual sword belongs to the Righteous Strategist Set. This dual sword recoves HP when dealing damage with skill attacks.

16+ Magic: Why? This is a mage build the higher your magic, the more effective your talismans are. With more magic you can also use the Onmyo Mage hunters armor to increase your def, that armor and some charms have Change Defense (Magic).

45+ Spirit: Why? This stat is why your stay alive and how you do damage. In the anime/manga Twin Star Exorist (Sōsei no Onmyōji) The Onmyo Mages use taliman as weapons to gain more power. The strong mages like the main character and the 12 Guardians can use their talisman like Living Weapon. In this build your main stat being Spirit also keeps you alive. with your armor and charms having Change Defense (Spirit).

What Guardian Spirit To Use?

To Start I personally advise Daiba-washi, this guardian spirit can be aquired from the start of the game after escaping the prision and has an Amirta Gauge rate of A+ (Meaning it makes it easier to fill the Living Weapon gauge). as you continue to progress you can also consider these spirits until you reach Suzaku: 

  • Kato for more damage.
  • Mizuchi for more Amrita gain to level up faster.
  • Paired Raiken for more Skill damage (see below for more details)
  • Hi-nezumi is amazing and will help you the most. especially if you want to focus on more magic than spirit early on. With +50 Onmyo Magic, Stealth for Enemies and 15% UNLIMITED Onmyo magic. You'll have some real fun with him!
  • Shinka gives you Strong attack life drain with +100 health and increased attack & defense after living weapon.
  • Suzaku your main. 
  • Kara-jishi for more health return and damage when using skill attacks. 

The Main Focus of this build:

Sustain & Skill Damage:

To Start: The Raikiri main stat is CHANGE TO ATTACK (SPIRIT) C, B- grade (depending on rarity) with a focus on spirit this weapon's attack gets double. The with the Yamabushi Apparel & Gyousha's Apparel they all have CHANGE TO DEFENSE (SPIRIT) D grade, and most can drop with UNLIMITED Onmyo between 0.8% to 4.8% (That I have seen so far). With all this including charms that have CHANGE TO DEFENSE (SPIRIT) B- starting at at level 12, your have high defense. Every point into spirit will increaase your attack & defense with these armors and Sword. This is a build all on its own. and can be a main build if you chose to stay with it.

Goal and Main: At the Battle of Sekigahara in the Sekigahara Region. Your first boss fight of Sekigahara is Otani Yoshitsugu, His armor set that he drops is the Justice Ministry Set (I will make the page for his set if there isn't one at the moment). His set the Righteous Strategist Set,

  1. 2 Pieces: damage reduction 1.4% Skill Damage +30 (Moon Shadow) a dual sword skill.
  2. 4 Pieces: +9.4% close combat damage, Living Weapon duration +3.0
  3. Amirta Gauge addition +20.5%
  4. The weapon that goes with his set the dual swords Tsuruga Masamune & Hocho Toshiro have Skill Life Drain, when you do damage with a skill attack the base damage is returned to you as health.

At this point you can switch to this build or stay with your previous one. I personally only use the 5 Pieces set bonus of the Righteous Strategist Set and I keep 1 Gyousha's Apparel for the extra spirit defense.

Armor/weapon Reforge and Important Stats:

Depending on what build you go for when reforge at the blacksmith you will need:


  • Unlimited Onmyo (Uncommon)
  • Attack (Uncommon)
  • Amrita Earned
  • Life (Uncommon)
  • Defense
  • Toughness
  • KI

Weapons: (Anything Skill Damage related)

  • Skill KI Reduction
  • Skill Damage
  • Agility Damage Bonus Uncommon (this will increase your damage for being lighter, since you dont wear medium or heavy armor this also is a great help.)


  • Proficiency Bonus
  • Familiarity Bonus
  • Onmyo Magic Power
  • Lightning Damage (for Raikiri)
  • Elemental attack damage (for Raikiri)
  • Amirta Earned
  • Living Weapon Attack Enhancement
  • Living Weapon Duration

Final Notes and Tips:

The builds are both very flexable so you dont have to have everything perfect God roled just have fun!

Other weapons that can be used are:

  • Dual Swords: Shishi-o & Hone-kui - these swords do Earth Damage and also have Skill life drain. Great for Shinka who gives bonus earth damage and is a earth based Guardian Spirit
  • Dual Swords: Kogarasu-maru and Nuke-maru - also have CHANGE TO ATTACK (SPIRIT) B+ and have Spirit Protection (Yatagarasu) +5.0 (I dont have Yatagarasu yet so if you do tell me how the build works with guardian spirit)

This is my Twin Star Exorcist build!!! muhahhahahaa!!!! Overal have fun! Im not here to tell exactly how to play the game or be the most op in the world, just passing on some of my research that i think others will also have fun with. NOTE: if any link doesn't have a page to it I will update the wiki on that page just give us a bit of time. Thanks and Happy Hunting!

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    • Anonymous

      As a player who has tried this build + has seen the anime I can confirm this: 1. Works pretty well, even more so with kogarasu-maru & Nuke-maru. 2. It does resemble the armors of the twin star exorcists a bit (beside the gloves with long spikes/nails). My personal recommendation for anyone looking to use this build is: You can equip 2 dual swords, being the set ones and the Koga/nuke. I recommend this setup until you find the magatama that reduces the items needed for set bonuses by 1 (which then you want to stay with kogarasu/nuke since they are way superior than the set swords. A must have skill to make your life easier all around with this build is the dual swords kick attack, useful against yokai and the follow up strike is even stronger (and does deplete a lot of ki/yokai energy) I think the 6 set piece is not entirely neccesary, but the 5 set bonus is a really nice addition. If you add in the magatama I just mentioned above, you can try to get one of the light armors that scales with magic/spirit on defense. This is useful for the rest of the normal game, but later you will want to dodge more than rely on getting saved by extra defense (since this won't work most of the times). Another really strong weapon you can use is the Kusanagi Tsurugi; this katana has an A scaling with spirit (even strnger than kogarasu/nuke) and depending on ur approach to the build (katana or dual) this could be a must have if you feel more comfortable on the katana's area. A nice secondary guardian to pair with the phoenix is the fire wolf (kato), this is unlocked after you finish the normal mode thou so don't mind this part if you haven't done that. Last but not least, don't forget that if you got onmyo points to spare you can always try getting the 2nd tier attack talismans of each element (the strng ones who are not "element"-shot); these can be really helpful to afflict an enemy with confusion (example: Thunderbolt + guardian talisman from suzaku). Getting more "talismans" of one you bought is worth it later in the game when you've got more points to spend, because this might allow you to use ready more talismans/jutsus since the 2nd and 3rd talismans you learn from the same tier cost less capacity points. P.S. Sorry for the messy english, hope this helps someone.

      • Anonymous

        Someone who actually has the sense to include the stats needed not just "uhhh main stat" and "??" or "any durr hurr"
        Holy shit. Give this man a prize.

        • Anonymous

          "The weapon that goes with his set the dual swords Tsuruga Masamune & Hocho Toshiro have Skill Life Drain, when you do damage with a skill attack the base damage is returned to you as health."

          Am I missing something? The swords don't have skill life drain at all. Did they get patched?

          • Anonymous

            This is a great build. Now Im not so familiar with the specific anime title but dont worry, this build will take you through the game easily and not a show-off.
            Basically the chosen gear and weapons are do not benefit from generic stats, they benefit from SPIRIT aka your animal spirit. The higher your spirit it scales better with your survival and attack power. Instead of going STA and DEX-SKILL-STR you can simply go SPIRIT with this and can still own anything around.

            And dont forget that if your having trouble, you can always just strap a bunch of SLOTH talismans for bosses. It turns everything into a total kid-mode yet still, you can beat the game that way for storyline.

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