Weapons in Nioh and information about their stats is shown below. You may equip 2 melee weapons and 2 ranged weapons with ammunition. Weapons are color coded by their rarity: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Exotic. The rarer the item, the more beneficial status effects it will possess. In New Game Plus, in the Way of the Strong difficulty, you can earn a green colored rarity called Divine Weapons and once reaching Way of the Wise - Ethereal Weapons will begin to appear. 

Equipping a weapon effectively requires a minimum value in specific Stats. You can level up stats to meet a minimum requirement by spending Amrita at Shrines. Equipping a weapon you do not meet the minimum requirements for results in a halved attack multiplier as well as an inability to make use of the passive Status Effects.

Weapon Information


Indicates how much you have used an item. The higher your familiarity, the better a chance at finding the Smith Amrita when you disassemble it. Familiarity increases weapon damage and increases its value when offered to the Shrine.


Raising your proficiency with a weapon class earns you  Samurai Skill Points. Raising Proficiency requires that you inflict damage using that weapon class.


Affects how much damage you deal with your weapon.

Status Effects

A weapon may be empowered by status effects and elemental damage.

Attack Multiplier

Affects your attack power.

Change to Attack

A "Change to attack (stat/condition)" indicates that the weapon scales with that stat or condition. It is the degree to which the named stat/condition affects attack.


Affects how much Ki it lost when blocking your attacks. The higher the number, the easier you may break through an enemy's guard.


Affects how much Ki (stamina) is lost when blocking an enemy.
Much like the Souls stat Stability, but does not affect deflection.




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

Katanas Special Effect ATK Multiplier (150) Heart Strength Skill Break Parry
 Wooden Sword ⊗ Proficiency Bonus +[60-80]% 541 B+ C C 50 30
Bizen-den Uchigatana - 566 B+ C C 54 32
Bizen-den Tachi - 568 B+ D C 51 32
Bizen Ichimonji - 576 B+  C C 56 33
nioh_tachi Nioh's Tachi

⊗ Yokai Close Combat Damage +20%

⊗ Extend Purification Opening

576 B+ C C 56 37
Bizen Osafune - 579 B+ D+ C+ 53 37
Osafune Kanemitsu - 599 B+ D C 53 34
 Ishida Masamune ⊗ Set:   Daiichi Daiman Daikichi 626 B+  D+  D+ 62 38

⊗ Lightning +[4-12]

⊗ Change to Attack (Spirit) +[C-A]

595 B+  D+  C+ 54  35
nami-oyogi kanemitsu Nami-oyogi Kanemitsu

⊗ Set: Warrior of the West's Honor

⊗ Water +[4-12]

624 B+ C C 57 34
Yamato-den Uchigatana - 571 B+ C C 55 33
Yamato-den Tachi - 573 B+ D+ C+ 53 36
Senjuin Uchigatana - 582 B+ C C 57 34
Senjuin Tachi - 585 B+ D+ C+ 54 37
Bastard Sword - 585 B+ C C 53 31
 Hosho Sadayoshi - 588 B+ C C 57 35
Taima Kuniyuki - 592 B+ D+ C+ 54 38
 Hikoemon Ichimonji

⊗ Set:  Legendary Mikawa Warrior

⊗ Fire +[4-12]

593 B+ C C 58 35
 Kiku-Ichimonji - 595 B+ C C 58 35
Heshikiri Hasebe ⊗ Set: Tactician's Ingenuity 601 B+ C C 58 35
Atagi Sadamune

⊗ Set: The Crossed Sickles

⊗ Water +[4-12]

603 B+ C C 59 36

⊗ Set:  Yagyu's Shinkage Style

⊗ Skill Ki Reduction +[15-20]%

606 B+ C C 60 36
Oninamida Muramasa ⊗ Set:  Head of the Iga Ninja 609 B+ C C 58 38
Furiwakegami Hiromitsu ⊗ Close Combat Attack Ki Reduction +[17.8-22.8]% 611 B+ C C 60 37
 O-Denta Mitsuyo ⊗ Water +[6-16] 621 B+ D+ C+ 58 40
 Mikazuki Munechika ⊗ Lightning +[6-16] 624 B+ D+ C+ 57 40
 Hoshi-kiri Tachi ⊗ Set:  Samurai from Dark Lands 624 B+ D+ C+ 58 40
Juzumaru Tsunetsugu ⊗ Earth +[4-12] 624 B+  D+  C+ 55 43
 Sohaya Tsurugi

⊗ Set:  Tranquil Foundations

⊗ Earth +[4-12]

626 B+ D+ C+ 57 48
 Onimaru Kunitsuna ⊗ Fire +[4-12] 628 B+ D+ C+ 58 41
 Sozasa Monji ⊗ Set:  National Unity 631 B+ C C 63 38
 Doji-kiri Yasutsuna ⊗ Wind +[6-16] 631 B+ D+ C+ 59 45
Taisharyu Wooden Sword

⊗ Set:  Strategist of Legend

⊗ Proficiency Bonus

591 B+ C C 58 35
 Kobizen Tomonari - 603  B+ D+ C+ 57 38
 Haccho Nenbutsu ⊗ Set:  Saika's Yatagarasu  611 B+ C C 60 36
 Kusanagi Tsurugi

⊗ Change to Attack (Spirit) A

⊗ Status Ailments Relieved (Purification)

636 B+ D+ C+ 60 43
 Suijingiri Kanemitsu

⊗ Close Combat Attack (Purification)

⊗ Fire Damage (Weapon)

632 B+ C C 65 36
nikkari_aoe Nikkari Aoe

⊕ Yokai Close Combat Damage  +[14???]%

⊕ Yokai Item Drop Rate  +[10???]%

  B+ C C 60 38
magaragiri_kanemoto Magaragiri Kanemoto  ⊗ Human Close Combat Damage   B+ 57  46
kaikunigo Kaikunigo ⊗ Fire Damage (Weapon) 637 B+ D+ C+ 59 41
dragon_sword Dragon Sword

⊗ Set:  Dragon Ninja

⊗ Yokai Close Combat Damage +[20]%

  B+  C C 64 38
dodanuki_masakuni Dodanuki Masakuni ⊕ Nullify Weakening (Weapons)  +[75]% 637 B+ C C 57 43


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    • Anonymous

      I'm looking for explanations of the color based skill descriptions. For example my Raikiri Level 25 has: "Change to Attack (Spirit) B" in purple color, Lightning +9 in Blue, Break +18 in White and two more in White. The numbers are all in Blue, because my Proficiency is at max right at the moment (at least that color code i have understand ^^). I have items which have even a yellow colored text. Maybe this shows the rarity of the stat? So white, blue, purple, yellow in ascending order?

      • Anonymous

        Where can I find a list of all the new weapons from bloodsheds end? I saw two Odachi's I haven't found yet. The only new one I have is the Bone looking one.

        • Anonymous

          Hi, i am wondering about the weapons from the dlc, if i buy the season pass, do i get access to the Tonkas and Odachi in the beginning of the game? Can i select my prefered weapon as the Tonkas so that i can start with them at the beginning of the game. Thanks in advance.

          • Anonymous

            What is the better option to do with a weapon? Disassemble, offer to get amrita, sell, or keep it in stock?

            • Anonymous

              'Sup guys i've a question for ya. Can every Katana has the same bonus effects? I mean I tried to get 'change on attack (heart) A-' but i could not.
              So, in the meantime i'm using Namiyogi Kanemitsu because it has this effect.

              • Anonymous

                Wait, I don't get it.

                There is no minimal requirements in strength or dexterity to use a weapon, right? So what is the point to level up this stats? Why not just use my points to level up Body Heart and Magic?

                • Anonymous

                  So, Kusanagi Tsurugi is the best sword in the game, barring elemental weaknesses, or is this list incomplete?

                  • Anonymous

                    Hey great article I'm wondering what it means when your ranged weapon icons have a reddish background as opposed to normal gear colored icon. I'm think it might mine some inability to use the weapon fully ? But they are no requirements for ranged weapons. So I'm still scratching my head on this one ? Any idea ? I notice sometimes it's red and sometimes it isn't. Doesn't seem related to min/max familiarity either

                    • Anonymous

                      Hey all so I'm playing NIoh and Love it but I'm having a bit of confusion when it comes to understanding weapons. If I have reached the MAX familiarity level for that weapon, can I level the weapon up like in DS or BB or do I disassemble it and start on a new weapon? Also, in the beginning you pick two preferable weapons, if it better to stick to those weapons or does it matter?

                      Thanks for the help!

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