Stances in Nioh 2 refers to the form adopted by the player during Combat. Players can swap Nioh 2 Stances on the fly by pressing R1 and Triangle, Square or X buttons - or sheathe their weapon by pressing circle instead. Stances are important as Skills unlock special moves that apply only to a specific stance. Further, some enemies may be more vulnerable to certain stances.

 

Nioh 2 Combat Stances

The radial icon on the bottom right of the screen are your Combat Stance options. Selecting a stance will change the orientation of your equipped weapon and change the attacks you can make. There are 3 different stances:

 

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High Stance High Stance: attacks from this stance feature increased damage at the cost of heavy Ki consumption. High Stance emphasizes attack power and aggression. You're provided with heavy Attack and Break power, but you may be left wide open. You will not regain Ki if guarding while moving.
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Mid Stance Mid Stance: attacks from this stance are balanced between defensive and offensive properties and may feature support skills like parries. By default it strengthens your guard. Mid Stance favors a defensive approach, and often involves wide, horizontal attacks which are good for crowd control. You will regain Ki very slowly if guarding while moving.
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Low Stance Low Stance: attacks from this stance tend to be fast and low Ki consuming. It's the fastest stance and the most suitable for dealing with nimble enemies and inflicting Status Effects. The poorest aspect of Low Stance is the short range of its attacks. You will not regain Ki if guarding while moving.

 

Skills that Affect Stances in Nioh 2

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