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From the Alpha, builds will be centered around a weapon type, not a specific weapon or skill. So far, there are no significant damage abilities with Ninjitsu, leaving all character setups to be based on using weapon types well, or using a specific weapon (e.g. Raiken, Evil Crusher). Scaling is represented as much with weapons as with guardians, so perhaps builds should be classified by Guardian Spirit, and Primary weapon.
Build: Axe Tank (requires high level)

Gear: yasakani magatama, either kaido or gozuteno axe, 4 piece tatenashi, warrior of the west 3 piece (bow, weapon, 1 armor piece)
Based on what I've played maxing the Iai Quickdraw and using low stance immediately after works really well. I keep my weight low and put points into Heart and Magic for elemental damage, using Low stance after Quickdraw causes you to slash through the enemy and then repeatedly stagger from behind.
Axe TT

Grapple: Grapples an enemy who is out of Ki, then follows up with the equipped weapon. Novice 1 Active
The Adamantine: Only available when the weapon is sheathed. Increases defense power by sacrificing speed. Adept 1 Active Hold R1+O
Battle Focus: Increases Ki used when dodging in exchange for decreasing Ki used when attacking. Can only used when your sword is sheathed Adept 3 Active Hold R1+Circle
Fortitude: I Life + 100 Veteran 4 Passive Battle Focus

Mid Stance: gives best guard

Ki Pulse: Man Mid stance skill. Activates when you recover full Ki from a Ki Pulse. Raises the damage caused by your next attack. Novice 1 Active
Roar: Mid stance only. A frontal charge in full guard. Adept 2 Active Hold X while guarding Ki Pulse: Man
Cornered Boar: I When your health drops to 30% or lower, received damage is reduced by 20% Adept 6 Passive
Spirit Wind: Mid stance only. Slams the enemy while parrying their attack. Veteran 3 Active Square while Guarding
Living Water: Man Mid stance only. Enables you to use Ki Pulses even when dodging

Second Weapon most be long range weapon: Spear or Kusarigama.

Onmyo Magic TT

Talisman Kekkai I Lets you ready 2 kekkai talismans. Creates a compact barrier that purges Yokai Realm pollution and enhances Ki recovery speed. 5 Novice 2 Jutsu
Oasis Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Oasis Talismans. Using them causes allies in range to gradually recover health (life). 6 Adept 3 Jutsu
Devigorate Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 3 Devigorate Talismans. Using them reduces enemy attack power. 5 Novice 1 Jutsu
Talisman: Sloth I Lets you ready 2 sloth talismans. Greaty reduces the movement speed of your enemy. 5 Adept 1 Jutsu
Resistance Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 5 Resistance Talismans. Using them raises your resistance to poison and paralysis. 3 Novice 1 Jutsu
Steel Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 3 Steel Talismans. Using them raises your defense. 3 Adept 1 Jutsu
Protection Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Protection Talismans. Using them neutralizes a set amount of received damage. 5 Adept 3 Jutsu
Rejuvenation Talisman: I Allows you to prepare 2 Rejuvenation Talismans. Using them gradually recovers your health (life). 5 Veteran 3 Jutsu
Pure Mind: I VS. Yokai Realm +100 Novice 2 Passive
Evil Ward: I Reduces damage from yokai by 6%. Adept 2 Passive
Incantation Mastery: I Increases Onmyo magic capacity by 1. Adept 2 Passive

Amplification: Extends the duration of effects from skills and items. 7 Mystic Art Cleared Mission "???"
Awakening: Enables you to instantly cast any Onmyo Magic you use on yourself. Also increases the casting speed of Onmyo Magic you use on others. 7 Mystic Art Cleared Mission "???"

Ninja TT
Dashing: I Reduces Ki consumed by a dash by 6%. Novice 2 Passive
Dodging: I Reduces Ki used in an evasive roll by 6%. Adept 2 Passive
Cloudrunner: I Increases running speed by 5%. Veteran 2 Passive
Medicine Man: I Increases elixir that can be carried by 1. Adept 2 Passive

Heavy armour (set will come later)


Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection 30% ? req
Dash Speed Reduction 30% ? req
No Guard Break ?? 15 req
Change to Defense (Magic) B+ 17 req
Received Elemental Attack Damage 7.5% 20 req
Onmyo Magic Power +75 22 req
Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 5%
Water 42
Useable Time 17.6s
Might 3000
Action B+
Recovery B
Tenacity C-
Amrita Gauge Rate D-


Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% 0 req
Life +100 0 req
Guard Ki Usage -12% ? req
vs. Poison +20 ? req
Close Combat Attack (Critical) +15% ? req
Life Recovery From Amrita Absorption +30 ? req
Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 15%
Earth 30
Usable Time 20.4s
Might 1870
Action B+
Recovery B
Tenacity C-
Amrita Gauge Rate D


Guardian Spirit Protection

Spirit Protection +20% N/A
Sense Enemies on Radar - N/A
Life +80 6 req
Close Combat Health Recovery 40 9 req
Human Close Combat Damage +9% 10 req
Strong Attack Ki Usage -10% 11 req
Living Weapon

ATK Enhance 5%
Water 30
Usable Time
21.6 secs
Might 1400
Action A
Recovery C+
Tenacity C
Amrita Gauge Rate D
I play Spear and Katana. What ist the best Way to keep my Points?
Aw come on people, we need more builds in here! Please do share them with us!
Dont let this turn into yet another DS3 fiasco, no one wants to lose time trying to find some build over small scale reddits.
Indeed, although Nioh has been out barely couple of days I'd like to see some, if not anything but basic builds more on this site. Some directions which to aim for. There are some sites but they feel so generic, I'd rather look up this wiki for builds just like for other SoulsBorne games.



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I'll try and add some general tips for what weapon scales with what, and share my early game ones, try and ask your friends to share too!
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I have a build i would like to submit, how do i do it? I was working it for 2 hours.



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So i made a account! I have a few builds im working on that might either help some people or just be fun to use but are their any guidelines? or templates for posting here?

I finished:
-my Honda tank skill drain build(as seen below from earlier https://www.twitch.tv/videos/122129538)
-Im working on a living weapon tank build using the Justice ministry set.
-I have my Onmyouji Tank build finished with steps for new players since it can be made early in the game.

I do have pictures of the sets and builds if images or stats need to be updated for the wiki i can help with that. I really wanna get all this done before Toukiden 2 comes out because that will take up a ton of my time.

If help/info on this would be very appreciated.

What about a omnyo only build?
Fart build. Llaaaaaaaaaane goes GREEN MOOSE