Weapons in Nioh 2 are the main instrument of dealing damage, and are divided into several categories, plus ranged. All weapons have Skills that increase with using that weapon type, and each individual weapon features a "Familiarity" meter that improves the base stats of a weapon based on how long you have been using it. You can expedite familiarity increase by applying a Whetstone to your weapon, or you may find Special Effects on weapons and armor that makes the process faster.

Forging non-set Divine items will set the grace set bonus onto weapons and armor. There are 10 Divine graces in Nioh 2.

Weapons have an Item Level Cap

How do you pick a weapon in Nioh 2?

All weapons are viable and there is no clear-cut "Best Weapon" or "Best Weapon Type". You should select your weapon based on your own playstyle, and considering whether you prefer to block, dodge, cast spells from afar, and how likely you are to remember to Ki Pulse or Flux to recover your Ki (Stamina).

If you're struggling, we suggest you check out our Builds page


Blessed and Yokai Weapons

Nioh 2 introduces purity-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideBlessed Weapons and corruption-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideYokai Weapons to the mix. These weapons have special built-in "Purification" and "Corruption" effects.
Purity allows you to recover a portion of the Ki lost from guarding with this weapon by performing a Ki Pulse and deals additional Ki damage based on your enemy's Purity resistance.
Corruption deals additional Ki damage, and build up the Corruption Status Effect. Enemies who are "Corrupted" receive increased Ki and Yokai damage, of which, a portion is absorbed by you.


 Weapon Base Scaling Table

Below is a list of every weapon type and what stats they scale with natively. You can change the normal values of weapons with plus levels by remodeling in the blacksmith
In Dream of the Wise, you gain access to the Transform Bonus special effect on melee weapons, which allow you to change the default highest scaling stat of a weapon to the listed one.

  Sword Dual Swords Spear Splitstaff Axe & Hammer Kusarigama Odachi Tonfa Hatchets Switchglaive Fists Bow Rifle Handcannon
Constitution     B+   C+(Hammer)     C+   C        
Heart B+ C+         D+/C(Deep Curve)       D+ B+    
Courage       C+ C+(Axe)/D+(Hammer)     B+ C+       C+ D+
Stamina         B+(Both)   C+/C(Deep Curve)             B+
Strength C/D+(Tachi) D+ C D+ D+(Axe) D+ B+       B+      
Skill C/C+(Tachi) B+ C     C+     B+ C   C+ B+ C+
Dexterity           B+   D+     C+ D+ D+  
Magic       B+         D+ B+        

Weapons in Nioh 2


Swords are Weapons in Nioh 2 and information about their stats is shown below. This weapon works in conjunction with the Sword Skills skill tree, and usually has good scaling with the Heart stat. However, Strength and Skill also play a part in the damage they do.

Quick Summary
  • The most versatile weapon in the game, with an emphasis in burst damage over sustained DPS. Has relatively muted strengths and weaknesses.
  • Has very high utility as an offhand weapon.
  •  Largest amount of active skills, making it the most customizable weapon.
  • Really good dash attacks - Low stance preserves your forward momentum, and High stance is high damage for how quick it is.
  • Arguably the best offhand weapon, with its great Flash Attack and its strong Sheathed Attacks
  • High Burst damage from several attacks.
  • Quick recovery from most attacks, allowing you to freely combine attacks together easily.
  • The majority of the set bonuses in the game that have a weapon as a set piece use the Sword.
  • Missing several very useful tools early game, which harms this weapon more than most others. Has the most Boss Skills available on top of that for more restrictions. Mainly a constraint early game.
  • Lack of automated DPS attack means you have to get creative for your offensive damage.
  • Lacks a high burst Ki Damage option.
  • Least easy access to melee damage in it's skill tree.

There are two types of swords, as shown by the weapon icon on the weapon card. The only difference is the more deeply curved sword icon has a slightly higher scaling with Skill at the cost of slightly lower scaling with Strength, compared to the straighter one which has more equal scaling with both of them.

Swords are the most versatile melee weapons in the game, having access to the most active skills of every weapon and nearly every tool you can have in a melee weapon, from area of effect attacks (Sword Ki and Severing Spin), long range attacks/ offense starters (Tiger Sprint and True and Through), high Ki damage attacks (Sword Ki, Kick and Shadow Sword), and evasive attacks with invincibility/ armor (Swallow Sword II, Swift Step and Flowing Shadow). It mainly specializes in high damage attacks from a single hit or short burst( Sheathed Attacks, Sword of Meditation and Omnislice), very strong off-hand options with its fast, high damage Flash Attack and it's three very useful Sheath Attacks of Iai Quickdraw, Night Rain and Tiger Sprint
 and finally arguably the best parry against Human enemies in Backwave. It also incidentally is one of the better weapons to use for a ranged weapon or throwing weapon build, as it has Thrust damage and  Melee Damage vs. Unscathed enemy in it's skill trees, which will boost the damage of those attacks.
However, in typical all rounder fashion, outside of it's burst damage options it doesn't have the best versions of those tools (ie. Severing Spin is generally worse than Whirlwind), and is missing a sustained damage per second attack like Water Sword or a high burst Ki damage like Reaper. It also has the issue early game of being by far the most limited by needing to unlock the weapon skills that tie the weapon together, and it has the most hidden Boss Skills out of any weapon, several of which have very high utility. It also has the least amount of easily accessible melee damage in it's skill tree, with the majority of it being Backstab Damage from Shadow Strike or the Mystic Art Sword of Meditation, which is  hard to make use of. Overall, it is a very high utility weapon and gives the player the most options and opportunity to express themselves in gameplay.


Below is a list of Swords in Nioh 2, and each Sword 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. Break and Block are listed, since these do not change with rarity or level.

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.

Please see Sword Skills for more information.

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Name Break Block heart-nioh-2-wiki strength-nioh-2-wiki skill-nioh-2-wiki Effect
Wooden Sword
50 28 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideProficiency Bonus
Mino Uchigatana
53 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideLow Attack Ki Consumption
Bizen Tachi
58 27 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideHigh Attack Damage
Bizen Uchigatana
53 32 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMid Guard Ki Consumption
Yamato Tachi
58 28 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideStrong Attack Ki Damage
Yamato Uchigatana
54 32 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMid Attack Ki Consumption
64 28 B+ C C corruption-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Corruption
fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideIncreased Attack (Enemy Killed)
Senjuin Tachi
59 35 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideHigh Active Skill Damage
Senjuin Uchigatana
54 33 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideLow Active Skill Ki Damage
Bizen Osafune
59 29 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideStrong Attack Ki Consumption
Bizen Ichimonji
55 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMid Attack Damage
Taima Kuiyuki
60 29 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideHigh Attack Ki Consumption
55 33 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThrust Damage
Transient Blade
60 30 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Vicissitudes of Life
Hosho Sadayoshi
56 34 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideGuard Ki Consumption
Osafune Kanemitsu
61 30 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideStrong Attack Damage
61 31 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Crime of Patricide
Kobizen Tomonari
56 35 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideActive Skill Ki Consumption
Mantra Sword
56 34 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMelee Ki Damage
Hikoemon Ichimonji
57 35 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideLegendary Mikawa Warrior
Jikkyu Mitsutada
56 37 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideNational Unity
Starcutter Sword
62 32 B+ D- C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideSamurai from Dark Lands
60 33 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideQuick Attack Ki Consumption
57 35 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Bold and the Boorish
Sohaya Tsurugi
56 38 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideTranquil Foundation
Blossomed Blade
63 32 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideActive Skill Ki Damage
Azai Ichimonji
58 36 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideSaruyasha's Valor
Dancing Blade
63 33 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMelee Attack Ki Consumption
Haccho Nenbutsu
58 37 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideSaika's Yatagarasu
Tengu Slayer
64 33 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMelee Damage
64 34 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Lightning
Atagi Sadamune
59 37 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Crossed Sickles
Wave Swimmer
59 38 A D+ D+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideWarrior of the West's Honor
Akechi Chikakage
60 38 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Honor in Harmony
Bizen Kageyasu
58 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideThe Triumph of Tranquility
Water God Slayer
65 40 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideActive Skill Damage
Heshikiri Hasebe
60 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideTactician's Ingenuity
Demon's Maw
62 42 B+ C C corruption-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Corruption
fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMelee Damage
Swift Hawk
61 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideMaster of illusion
Mikazuki Munechika
66 36 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Lightning
Juzumaru Tsunetsugu
64 38 B+ D+ C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Purity
Odenta Mitsuyo
60 41 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Water
Dojikiri Yasutsuna
66 39 B+ D+ C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guide Melee Damage vs. Yokai
Onimaru Kunitsuna
66 36 B+ D+ C+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Fire
Ishida Masamune
67 38 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideOne for All, All for One
Dodanuki Masakuni
66 39 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideHunter of Tigers
Kusanagi Tsurugi
61 43 B+ C+ D+ fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Purity
Demon Horde Katana
60 32 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideAttack Bonus (Amrita Gauge)
fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideAmina Bonus (Grapple)
69 38 B+ D+ C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guide Kurama Swordmaster
Demon Cutter
 86 40 B+ D+ C+  fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideFirst of the Four Guardians
 68 40 B+ C C fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideShadows of a Dream
fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideImbue Lightning
Dragon Sword
 64 42 B+ C C  fixed-icon-nioh2-wiki-guideDragon Ninja


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    • Anonymous

      My main weapon has 3000+ attack but when I attack enemies I do only 450 damage, and when I'm playing Torii Gate hosts usually do 700-900 with the same weapon. Please help (DotW)

      • Anonymous

        As a newbie the best mechanical attribute combination for me has been split staff and tonfa with medium armor.

        No attribute points are wasted letting you add con and str to make minimum req for armor and focussing on dex, magic and courage for every other point. Plus you'll pull in skill points for magic and ninjutsu.

        • Anonymous

          Great Kanemitsu doesn’t belong in this catagory. Its an odachi, not a sword. (Yes odachi are swords but you know what I mean)

          • Anonymous

            Dodanuki Masakuni is a good sword, the smithing text along with Tiger of Higo armour and spear texts drop from Kato Kiyomasa just before the bosses in Cherry Blossom Viewing In Daigo. Probbably my favourite set at the moment.

            • Anonymous

              -SPOILERS- There's a sword I'd like shown off in a cutscene where you see Tokichiro and he learns you're still alive so he awakens the two ancient Yokai. The Ancient Yokai on the left in the water is clearly holding a unique very cool sword... what is it...

              • Anonymous

                I wish they made a sword that looked like the yamanba knives. Trying to make a Ichigo Kurosaki build and the dual swords just don't look right.

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