|Indicates your resistance to Ki damage, and to being staggered by attacks.|
|Toughness (Special Effect)|
|Increases your Toughness stat, reducing the amount of Ki damage that you receive and making it harder for opponents to stagger you.|
Toughness is a Secondary Stat in Nioh 2, as well as the name of a special effect that increases it. This page contains information regarding Toughness.
Determines how much Ki damage you take from getting hit or blocking, as well as makes it harder for enemies to stagger you while you are attacking. The Ki loss reduction scales with the toughness score while also gaining bonuses with reaching higher ranks, while the stagger protection is based entirely on the Ranking.
The vast majority of the toughness score is based on what armor you are wearing. The toughness stat of Armor pieces mostly determined by Armor Weight class (Heavy armor always has more toughness than medium armor, despite the lightest heavy armor sets being lighter than many of the medium set bonus armor) and roughly correlates with equipment weight (with some exceptions - the full Legendary Shogun Armor set has the same Toughness as Yoshiie's Birthright Armor despite the latter being too heavy to wear and be at B agility). This can also be increased by Tempering the special effect of the same name to it, which can be found on all armor piece.
While having high toughness is objectively better than not, it typically comes at the cost of higher equipment weight, meaning losses to Agility and/or higher Stamina investment to compensate, so you need to balance the trade offs when considering what Armor to wear. It is possible to have A/AA toughness and agility at the same time with certain niche setups, however.
- The following equipment has Fixed Toughness
My testing was with tonfa and three wars perk(-9% ki dmg all the time) maybe the numbers are different without this perk
The difference between A Rank and AA Rank is roughly:
12% while blocking
20% while not blocking
AA: block 481Ki
No block 162Ki
A: block 546 Ki
No block 202 Ki
(here the numbers if I failed in math lol)
Didn't realize just how important this stat is until I changed from a heavy armor to a light armor build for the first time.