Armour in Nioh 2 is protective equipment that can be found or crafted and equipped to unique slots. Nioh 2 armor is divided into 5 categories: Head Armour, Torso Armour, Arm Guards, Leg Guards and Foot Guards. Each piece of equipment has a level, weight, durability and multiplier assigned to it, apart from additional status effects that the equipment can apply. Armour is color coded by their rarity: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Exotic, Divine and Ethereal. The rarer the item, the more beneficial status effects it will possess.
- In order to make use of the special attributes of a piece of armor, you need to reach certain stats requirement (like 8 in Constitution - and 8 in Skill). Forging armor pieces will reduce those stat requirements by half.
- Equipping a piece of armour without having reached these stat requirements, also results in a reduction in the Defense value of the armour piece.
- Heavier armour adds higher values of Toughness, which determines your resistance to guard breaks, and the amount of Ki damage you take.
- See Set Bonuses for unique properties of special armor.
Armour Sets in Nioh 2
Light Armour is denoted by this symbol . Light Armour keeps your encumbrance low, allowing for faster Ki regeneration and overall mobility, at the expense of defense. Onmyo, Ninjutsu and Dexterity or Skill focused users will prefer light armour.
Medium Armor is denoted by this symbol . Medium Armor balances weight and defense, becoming the preferred type for those who think they might get hit more often. Spear and Sword users can benefit from this balance.
Heavy Armor is denoted by this symbol . Heavy Armor provides the best defense in the game, at the expense of mobility and ki regeneration. Two-handed weapon users will want the extra protection, and will spend points in Stamina and Strength to offset.