Forge is one of the Blacksmith options in Nioh 2. Forge allows you to create Weapons, Armor and Tools by using Gold, Smithing Texts and Smithing Materials. The rarity of the forged item is random, but the outcome chance is heavily affected by the Smithing Materials rarity.
Forging is one of the most important aspects of Nioh 2, allowing players to create a solid base for Weapons and Armor that can later be infused and upgraded by using the Soul Match and Temper options.
Smithing Texts serve as a recipes for creating Equipment. After obtaining a text, talk to the Blacksmith and you will permanently unlock the ability to craft the equipment detailed in the text. This unlock is only valid for that specific character. Smithing texts can be dropped by Bosses and Enemies or found inside Chests.
Smithing Materials are required to forge equipment. The same Smithing Material can drop in all rarities increasing or decreasing the rarity chance of the forged item. These materials can be obtained in various ways, such as rewards from completing Missions, dropped by Enemies, Bosses, randomly looted at various locations, or found inside chests
Forge in Nioh 2
Selecting the Equipment you want to craft.
Talk to the Blacksmith and select the Forge option. Now select the desired type of equipment you want to craft: Weapons, Armor or Tools.
On your left you will be able to see your currently known Smithing Texts and the amount of gold required to forge the piece of equipment. You can also cycle between different categories by pressing R1 and L1.
In the middle of the screen you will see the outcome of the equipment. Level shows the possible level that the weapon will have once created. You can also see the main Special Effects and the base bonuses.
Forge Divine Items
You need to complete all main missions in order to forge divine items. Divine items require Divine Fragments.
Forging non-set Divine items will set the grace set bonus onto weapons and armor. There are 10 Divine graces in Nioh 2.
On top of the screen you can see the "Rarity Level of forged item". There are 4 bars each displaying a differt rarity by color: White (Normal), Yellow (Uncommon), Light Blue (Rare) and Violet (Exotic). Each bar also displays a % that shows the chance of creating that rarity of equipment. The rarity chance is drastically affected by the rarity of the Smithing Materials used.
On the right part of the screen you can see the amount of required materials to create the equipment. Each equipment requires different types and amounts of Smithing Materials. You can use and mix any rarity of Smithing Materials as long as you have enough to craft the piece of equipment. This will only change the rarity chance.
On the bottom right part of the screen you can see the Forging Cost of the equipment and the amount of Gold that you are currently holding.
After you select the piece of Equipment you want to craft, press the X button to confirm and a new window will open allowing you to select what rarity of Smithing Materials you want to use.
You will notice that the menu on the right has changed. The number displayed on the left show the total amount required, and items between brackets displays the number of each rarity that is currently selected.
If you want to change the rarity of materials being used, move to the selected material and press X. The menu in the middle of the screen will show you the amount of materials being used and the amount you have left in storage. You can use the D-Pad to select each quality and adjust the number (You can use Square to set the number to 0).
Once you are done selecting the materials, use the D-Pad and select Forge to create the item. The menu in the middle will glow and you will be able to see the finished equipment result.
What's the point of having material rarity when the outcome depends smiting texts rarity factor?! Just feels a bit useless that using exotic material would produce common item and in some cases most of the time..