Hand Cannons are Weapons in Nioh 2 and information about their stats is shown below. Ranged Weapons do NOT have a skill tree, and usually has good scaling with the Stamina stat. It also scales with Courage and Skill as well.  It uses Hand Cannon Ammunition and Explosive Rounds, which have a large area of effect and deal bonus fire damage.

  • Best single hit damage and best ki damage out of the ranged weapons.
  • Shots stagger most enemies.
  • Shots have AOE.
  • Gains damage over range, making it the best for long range shots.
  • Doesn't require build dedication.
  • Very few set bonuses affect this.
  • Immobile while firing.
  • Slowest fire rate and ready time.
  • Loudest ranged weapon - hard to pick off enemies stealthily if they are remotely close to you.
  • Smallest ammo pool.

Hand cannons leave you immobile during use, are the slowest ranged weapon to ready and reload and are also the loudest, more easily attracting enemies attention when firing over a larger radius, making them cumbersome for sneak attacks. In exchange, the hand cannon projectiles have the highest base damage per shot out of the ranged weapons, deal splash damage, and gain damage over distance (outer aiming reticle is yellow), whereas other ranged weapons lose damage. Because of this Hand cannons do high damage even with low build investment.


Below is a list of Hand Cannons in Nioh 2, each Hand Cannon has an effect that will ALWAYS be present, no matter what other random bonuses there may be, and these are listed in the "effect" column. Damage values are not listed since these change by rarity and level, making it difficult to compare them easily.

Every Weapon in the game has Familiarity. The better quality of the weapon, the more Familiarity can be obtained with the weapon, and over time the damage and bonuses of the weapon will improve as the Familiarity increases up to a maximum. This way, using the same weapon over time can yield higher damage than another, even if it's lower level.

Explosive Cannoneer: Hand Cannon Build


If you've been looking for a 100% ranged build then you'll want to check out the Explosive Cannoneer Build here!





Name Break Block skill-nioh-2-wiki dexterity-nioh-2-wiki courage-nioh-2-wiki stamina-nioh-2-wiki skill-nioh-2-wiki Effect
Hand Cannon
120 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideBulleye Bonus
Bedrock Blaster
120 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideBullet & Arrow Ki Damage
Thronecrusher Cannon
115 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideBullet & Arrow Damage (Unscathed)
Yoryu Cannon
142 0  - D+  B+  C+  fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideAuto-Target Weak Point
Dragon's Roar
142 0 - D+  B+  C+  fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideHand Cannon Damage (Close Range)
Crimson Hand Cannon
125 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guideReduced Attack (Ranged Weapon Hit)
Lightning Cannon
140 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guideHand Cannon Damage
Tatsuke Cannon
144 0 - - D+ B+ C+ fixed-property-nioh-2-wiki-guideHand Cannon Speed Up

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