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Backwave is one of the Sword Skills in Nioh2. Backwave is an active Mid stance skill that deflects an incoming attack and knocks the attacker off balance dealing significant ki damage.


Backwave Description

Guard just before an incoming hit to deflect the attack and knock the attacker off balance. (Mid stance only).
Command: L1 the moment before an enemy's attack connects

Any movement input while blocking will cause this attack to fail. Make sure you do not have a stick or arrow key input and are standing completely still when attempting this. In addition, it is possible to block late enough such that this skill doesn't activate, but also still block the attack in time.

This will briefly stun an enemy and deal a large amount of Ki damage when it succeeds. Backwave II will follow this up with Tempest to knock them down for a large amount of guaranteed damage. However, if you have an opportunity to safely drain their Ki manually instead of using Backwave II you should take it, as that maximizes damage potential.

Overall, its relative safety, not sharing inputs with other active skills and better reward if you can't drain Ki makes this the preferred option over Water Shadow and Haze for a parry option. However, Backwave II is much worse against bosses, as they will get up immediately from being downed by Tempest, limiting your damage potential greatly if you don't drain their Ki manually.

As an added bonus, just for having this skill active, if you guard with the timing necessary to activate the skill and the parry doesn't activate (IE against Yokai, which this parry does nothing against) you skill lose less Ki from guarding. This is unique to this skill and doesn't apply to other parries with the same input, like Tile Shaker. The percentage reduced depends on the attack you blocked.

Builds that use Backwave

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Sword Skills
Armor Piercer (Sword) I  ♦  Armor Piercer (Sword) II  ♦  Armor Piercer (Sword) III  ♦  Armor Piercer I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Armor Piercer II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Armor Piercer III (Sword Skills)  ♦  Backwave II  ♦  Defense Arts (Sword) I  ♦  Defense Arts (Sword) II  ♦  Defense Arts (Sword) III  ♦  Defense Arts I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Defense Arts II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Defense Arts III (Sword Skills)  ♦  First Rule of Thrusting (Sword)  ♦  First Rule of Thrusting (Sword Skills)  ♦  Flowing Shadow  ♦  Haze  ♦  Haze II  ♦  Heaven Flash  ♦  Iai Quickdraw  ♦  Iai Quickdraw II  ♦  Iai Quickdraw III  ♦  Kick  ♦  Leaf Glide  ♦  Morning Light  ♦  Morning Moon  ♦  Night Rain  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife (Sword) I  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife (Sword) II  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife (Sword) III  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Passage to the Afterlife III (Sword Skills)  ♦  Relentless (Sword) I  ♦  Relentless (Sword) II  ♦  Relentless (Sword) III  ♦  Relentless I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Relentless II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Relentless III (Sword Skills)  ♦  Second Rule of Thrusting (Sword)  ♦  Second Rule of Thrusting (Sword Skills)  ♦  Shadow Strike (Sword) I  ♦  Shadow Strike (Sword) II  ♦  Shadow Strike (Sword) III  ♦  Shadow Strike I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Shadow Strike II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Shadow Strike III (Sword Skills)  ♦  Shadow Sword  ♦  Swallow's Wing  ♦  Swallow's Wing II  ♦  Swallow (Sword Skills)  ♦  Swallow II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Swift Step  ♦  Sword Ki  ♦  Sword of Celerity  ♦  Sword of Discernment  ♦  Sword of Meditation  ♦  Tachi Arts (Sword) I  ♦  Tachi Arts (Sword) II  ♦  Tachi Arts (Sword) III  ♦  Tachi Arts I (Sword Skills)  ♦  Tachi Arts II (Sword Skills)  ♦  Tachi Arts III (Sword Skills)  ♦  Tempest  ♦  Third Rule Of Thrusting (Sword)  ♦  Third Rule of Thrusting (Sword Skills)  ♦  Tiger Sprint  ♦  Water Shadow  ♦  Water Shadow II

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