Skills in Nioh 2 are used to perform stronger attacks, infusions or other types of magic. The skill system has been completely revamped from Nioh and tailored to better represent RPG games and facilitate builds. There are 7 types of skills available in the base game: Samurai Skills, Sword Skill, Spear Skills, Hatchet Skills, Odachi Skills, Ninja Skills and Onmyo Magic Skills and they are subdivided into Active, Passive or Jutsu. Their vast variety and application in many combat situations make them an indispensable part of character progression. You can view and edit the current assignments from the Skill Customization screen. 

The weapon skills available in Nioh are affected by the stance you take (Low, Mid or High). They are learned using Samurai Skill Points, which are earned either by increasing Proficiency with a weapon, leveling stats like Strength or Body or by using the locks of hair Items. Once learned, skills become part of the flow of combat as they are assigned to a specific button press and/or sequence, known as Command. Some skills are independent of weapon, like Grapple, Flux and Ki Pulse skills.

 

Nioh 2 Skills

 

 

 

 

All Skills Table

 

Name Skill Type Effect Samurai Skills Points Needed Requirements
Ki Pulse: Heaven Active Activates when you recover full Ki from Ki Pulse. Applies a special effect that raises the damage caused by your next attack. (High Stance only) 1  Base
Running Water: Heaven Active Dodging at the perfect timing will now automatically trigger a Ki Pulse. (High stance only) 1 Ki Pulse: Heaven
Bowmaster I Passive Increases bow damage by 5% 1 Base
Bowmaster II Passive Increases bow damage by 3% 1 Bowmaster I
Ki Pulse: Man Active Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Applies a special effect that negates the Ki damage you receive from the next attack that hits your guard. (Mid stance only) 1 Base
Running Water: Man Active Dodging at the perfect timing all now automatically trigger a Ki Pulse (Mid stance only) 1 Ki Pulse: Man
Fortitude I Passive Life +50 1 Ki Pulse: Man
Fortitude II Passive Life +30 1 Running Water: Man , Fortitude I
Fortitude III Passive Life +20 1 Fortitude II
Hands of Death I Passive Increases bare-handed attack damage by 20% 1 Base
Composure Active Pressing  __ buttons when guarding against armed human enemy to take their weapons and perform a counterattack. Can only be used when bare-handed. 1 Hands of Death I
Hands of Death II Passive Increases bare-handed attack damage by 20% 1 Hands of Death I
Hands of Death III Passive Increases bare-handed attack damage by 20% 1 Hands of Death II
Ki Pulse: Earth Active Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Applies a special effect that negates the Ki consumption resulting from your next dodge action. (Low stance only) 1 Base
Running Water: Earth Active Dodging at the perfect timing will now automatically trigger a Ki Pulse. (Low stance only) 1 Ki Pulse: Earth
Grapple Active Grapples a human enemy who is out of Ki or a downed yokai, then follows up with a powerful attack. 1 Base
Stance Active Press ___ Buttons to switch between high, mid  and low stances. 1 Base
Ki Pulse Active When surrounded by blue light after an attack, press ___ button to recover your Ki. - Stance
Purify Yokai Realm Active Activates when you recover the maximum amount of Ki from a Ki Pulse, while inside a Yokai Realm pool. Purifies and removes any Youkai Realm pools around you. 0 Ki Pulse
Flux Active Changing to another stance or a successful Ki Pulse increases the amount of Ki recovered 1 Ki Pulse
Flux II Active Increases Ki recovery when you with dances during Flux. 1 Flux
Flash Attack Active Performs a quick attack when switching weapons after a successful Ki Pulse 1 Flux II






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