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The Top 10 Best Weapons In Nioh 2

From Dual Blades to Axes, Nioh 2 will practically spoil you for choice when it comes to weaponry. Out of the 14 different weapon types and tools, each one excels at a different aspect of combat, like using ranged attacks or applying status effects. But have you ever wondered which weapon is the best overall?

The Top Best Weapons In Nioh 2Between the various types of skills, Yokai and iconic characters; there is an overwhelming amount of content to familiarize yourself with in Nioh 2. But you can take solace in knowing that there is one thing that stands above them all: The weapons.

From Dual Blades to Axes, you’ll be practically spoiled for choice. Out of the 14 different weapon types and tools, each one excels at a different aspect of combat, like ranged attacks or applying status effects. On top of this, all of the weapons have three different stances, each with its own individual set of attacks and bonuses, allowing you to change your approach to any encounter at will.

Naturally, with such a large array of weaponry to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one would be the best for you. Luckily, I’m here to give you a rundown on the weapons that I think are the best for new players and veterans.

Fists- The King Of Combos

Able to seamlessly weave together various kicks and punches, it only takes a few rapid strikes to turn any enemy into a fine red mist. I’ve currently yet to find anything as satisfying as taking out your foes with the Fists. Jumping out of attacks and countering with grapples is a unique sensation that you simply can’t achieve using any other weapon in Nioh 2.

The first thing you’ll notice about the Fists is that they rely heavily on chaining all of their attacks together, with each successful combo granting an overall damage boost. With this lethal combination, you’ll be able to completely burn through your enemy’s health with ease. But with great power comes great responsibility. In exchange for such a powerful weapon, you’ll have to learn to properly balance your stamina and Ki Pulses. As well as learning when to time your flurry of attacks.

As the king of combos, the Fists are fun, engaging weapon for warriors who love racking up massive amounts of damage

As the king of combos, the Fists are fun, engaging weapon for warriors who love racking up massive amounts of damage

Spear- Great At Keeping Enemies At Arms’s Length

Being able to confidently take on any opponent with little to no problems, the Spear is any warrior’s saving grace. Its natural ability to strike and stunlock foes from a distance makes it one of the safest melee weapons in the Nioh 2. On top of having a rather high damage output, this polearm allows you to defeat your foes before they can even have a chance to get close to you.

So it’s no wonder why it’s such a popular weapon. It’s especially good at defeating humans or humanoid yokai since it has a wide range of parry attacks that work best against them. The only downside to the Spear is that it doesn’t deal too well against enemies that don’t get staggered easily. This forces you to constantly dodge around while attacking, but this style of combat doesn’t show off the true offensive capabilities of the Spear.

Able to strike from afar, the Spear is a safe and reliable weapon for all warriors.

Able to strike from afar, the Spear is a safe and reliable weapon for all warriors.

Tonfas- Fast & Furious 

Being a close cousin to the Fists, the Tonfas work in a somewhat similar way to them. These weapons revolve around an unrelenting and aggressive playstyle that revolves around you constantly being in your opponent’s face. Even if your foe attempts to defend themselves against your onslaught of attacks, the Tonfas will make quick work of them.

One of the more defining features of this weapon is how intrinsically tied it is with the Ki Pulse technique, with skills like Demon Dance allowing you to reposition yourself after performing a Ki Pulse, whilst also evading attacks. The only downside to this weapon is ironically what makes it so good: Ki Pulses. If you fail to successfully perform one after each attack, then you’ll always find your combos stopping short before they can really get going.

With incredible destructive force, the Tonfa is a quick-paced, high damage weapon.

With incredible destructive force, the Tonfa is a quick-paced, high-damage weapon.

Omnyo Talismans- Spells With An Edge

More of a type of tool rather than a weapon, Talismans are an extremely useful thing to have on hand. These innocent-looking pieces of paper can cast elemental damage, summon Guardian Spirits, regenerate HP and much more. If you know which ones to take with you, these Talismans will allow you to have a sweet spot for both offensive and defensive capabilities.

I also recommend learning the weaknesses of the enemies you’re facing since there is almost always a specific Onmyo Talisman that can exploit it. The only downside to these miracle tools is that they rely heavily upon a high Magic stat when dealing damage or healing. There is a limited number you can take with you on each mission, forcing you to pick only the ones you need, preventing you from trying out new ones in fear of being at a disadvantage.

Capable of a providing myriad of useful effects, you can't go wrong with taking a few Talismans along on your journey.

Capable of a providing myriad of useful effects, you can’t go wrong with taking a few Talismans along on your journey.

Splitstaff- Tough To Learn & Even Tougher To Master

One of the most unique weapons in the entirety of Nioh 2, the Splitstaff has both the range of the Spear and the combo potential of the Tonfas. While it can be quite tricky to initially understand, those who learn to master the Splitstaff are to be feared. Capable of attacking enemies from afar from almost any angle.

With this, the wielder to take on groups of enemies at once without having to fear being ambushed. On top of having unique transformative properties, the Splitstaff also has the most evasive skills in the entire game, allowing you to duck and weave out of harm’s way with relative ease. The only negative thing about the Splitstaff, outside of its innate difficulty curve is how little physical damage it does. 

Considered a unwieldly weapon to some, the Splitstaff is a unique, challenging tool with massive potential.

Considered an unwieldy weapon to some, the Splitstaff is a unique, challenging tool with massive potential.

Ninjutsu- Sabotage Is Your Best Freind

Much like the Onmyo Talismans, Ninjutsu is a type of mystical art that relies on stealth and sabotage. As you probably guessed from the name, these items are closely related to ninjas, like smoke bombs, shuriken, poison and a myriad of others. These assortments of weapons allow you to bring a unique level of utility to the battlefield, constantly keeping your enemy on their toes.

The secret to using Ninjutsu effectively is to be always prepared for any situation and rely on the art of surprise, catching your enemies off-guard. Despite its incredible utility, Ninjutsu does have a couple of flaws. You can only carry a limited amount of Ninja Tools at any given time, plus they aren’t particularly effective against Yokai. This is because a larger number of them are fairly resistant to traps and items created primarily for humans.

Relying on sabotage and surprise, Ninjutsu is a powerful ally for any warrior.

Relying on sabotage and surprise, Ninjutsu is a powerful ally for any warrior.

Bow- Always Quick To The Draw

The Bow can be described in three simple words: Fast, simple and effective. Normally you would think that a simple Bow wouldn’t be able to trump a Rifle or a Handcannon. But then again, this is Nioh 2. As I mentioned earlier, the Bow require almost no time to ready a shot before firing. This allows you to bombard your target with arrows, even if they’re running directly at you.

A Bow without any arrows isn’t much of a weapon but luckily you have a few options in Nioh 2, from Paralysing Arrows to Poison ones. This weapon is so top-class that it’s not uncommon to build your entire character around a Bow-centric build but this is at the cost of more orthodox weapons. Unfortunately, this weapon is the first to suffer from power creep, meaning that its damage eventually falls off the further you progress through the game.

Eagle-eyed and quick to the draw, Bow-users are capable of dishing out some serious damage.

Eagle-eyed and quick to the draw, Bow-users are capable of dishing out some serious damage.

Rifles- Excels In Explosive Firepower

Out of the three ranged weapons available in Nioh 2, the Rifle is the odd middle child. This gun-powder-packed musket sits somewhere in between the other two in terms of gameplay. With the control of the Bow and the raw destructive force of the Handcannon, the Rifle is a handy weapon. Considering that it’s a ranged weapon, the Rifle can also snipe enemies by shooting them in the head.

Defeating them before they even have a chance to react. On top of all of this, there is also a secondary type of ammunition called Exploding Rounds. As the name suggests, explode upon contact dealing notable damage. Unfortunately, the Rifle’s overall damage is exactly the greatest plus its gunshots can alert nearby enemies, giving away your position. As the jack-of-all-trades, the Rifle is a good ranged weapon with decent control. 

It takes a sharp eye and a steady hand to wield the Rifle

It takes a sharp eye and a steady hand to wield the Rifle

Hatchets- Blades With Range

Sitting somewhere in between a ranged and a physical weapon, the Hatchets are a unique type of blade that plays unlike any other weapon in Nioh 2. Primarily, they allow the wielder to unleash attacks that can reach scarily far; making it so your foes can’t escape should they decide to turn tail and run. The Hatchets are arguably one of the safest weapons you pick up since they offer the wielder the option of engaging their enemies at a far distance or getting up close with ease.

If that wasn’t enough, this weapon is surprisingly adept at blocking and nullifying damage. Taking note of their unique and unorthodox playstyle, the Hatchets aren’t exactly every warrior’s first pick. Whilst they have some very slow and unwieldy techniques, the Hatchets have the longest sheathe animation in the entirety of Nioh 2, which isn’t exactly ideal when performing powerful sheathe-based attacks.

Surprisingly strong and with a unique moveset, the Hatchets are a odd weapon but powerful in the right hands.

Surprisingly strong and with a unique moveset, the Hatchets are a odd weapon but powerful in the right hands.

Sword- Swift, Satisfying Strikes 

The Sword is a trusty, iconic weapon that many players usually don’t stop using once they begin their journey. With its reliable and easy-to-use moveset alongside its high burst damage, this weapon is incredibly versatile and doesn’t have too many weaknesses to boot. As you’d imagine from a katana, there’s lots of satisfying-looking skills to learn. l Iai Quickdraw and Tiger Sprint come to mind.

Between its high potential and powerful gap-closers, it’s no wonder the Sword is a solid choice. Since it is rather straightforward to use when taking all the other weapons into account. Funnily enough, I find that to be its biggest weakness alongside its heavy focus on burst DPS. Whilst many of the other weapons have unique, confusing traits to them, the Sword is simple to understand and functions as exactly as you expect it to; which can admittedly get a bit boring after a while.

Simple and swift, the Sword is a popular choice for many warriors

Simple and swift, the Sword is a popular choice for many warriors

Conclusion

Overall, the weaponry in Nioh 2 is some of the most engaging and fun I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. These weapons are not only flashy and eye-catching but they have a fine mixture of easy-to-understand mechanics and a high skill ceiling. On top of this, players are free to experiment and create numerous different builds to bring out the true potential of their chosen blade. Personally, I think that the level of customization for these weapons is quite frankly astounding and that’s before mentioning the three different stances. 

More importantly, all of the weapons in Nioh 2 are more than viable. The only thing holding back a player from mastering any of the 14 weapons is the time they put into learning them. A refreshing sentiment in these times of prevalent pay-to-win games. 

(Credit goes to PooferLlama for the video) 

Nioh 2: Basic Lessons - 05 - Choosing Your Weapons
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