Nioh 2 Samurai Skills Guide – Best Skills, How to Unlock

Nioh 2 Samurai Skills Guide

Nioh 2 has 32 Samurai Skills that you can unlock. Samurai Skills are all about gaining advantages with katanas and are looking to go with sword builds. You can get these skills by either spending Samurai Skill Points or by becoming proficient with different weapons.

Nioh 2 Samurai Skills

The following are all the Samurai Skills that you can unlock in the game:

Ki Pulse: Heaven – Active
Prerequisites: N/A
Only applicable in High Stance, it increases the damage of your next attack. You can only activate it after recovering full Ki from Ki Pulse.

Masterful Slice – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Running Water: Man
Increases Ki damage from different Active skills by +20%.

Round Carrier – Passive
Prerequisites: Cannonmaster I
You can carry +1 cannon rounds.

Final Blow – Active
Prerequisites: Stance
You can grapple onto a downed enemy and follow up with a devastating attack.

Quivermaker – Passive
Prerequisites: Bowmaster I
You can carry +3 arrows.

Shot Pouch – Passive
Prerequisites: Matchlock Master I
You can carry +2 rifle rounds.

Damage Boost: Courage – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Composure and complete The Sun Sets On Mount Tenno
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Courage.

Damage Boost: Magic – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Purify Yokai Realm: Earth
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Magic.

Damage Boost: Constitution – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Fortitude II and complete The Sun Sets On Mount Tenno
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Constitution.

Damage Boost: Skill – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Bowmaster I and Masterful Slice
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Skill.

Damage Boost: Heart – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Deliberate Slice
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Heart.

Damage Boost: Strength – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Reckless Slice and complete The Sun Sets On Mount Tenno
Some of your Active skills gain bonus damage based on your Strength.

Cannon Master I – Passive
Prerequisites: Matchlock Master I
You gain +5% cannon damage.

Running Water: Heaven – Active
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Heaven
Only applicable in High stance, you can perfectly timed dodge to trigger a Ki Pulse.

Bowmaster I – Passive
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Man and Ki Pulse: Heaven
You gain +5% bow damage.

Matchlock Master I – Passive
Prerequisites: Bowmaster I
You gain +5% matchlock damage.

Deliberate Slice – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Flux II and Flash Attack
Increases the maximum amount that you can recover by Ki Pulse.

Bowmaster II – Passive
Prerequisites: Bowmaster I
You gain a further +3% bow damage.

Ki Pulse: Man – Active
Prerequisites: N/A
Only applicable in Mid stance, it reduces the Ki damage that you guard.

Running Water: Man – Active
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Man
Only applicable in Mid stance, perfectly timed dodges trigger a Ki Pulse.

Fortitude I – Passive
Prerequisites: Hands of Death I
You gain +50% Life.

Fortitude II – Passive
Prerequisites: Fortitude I, Damage Boost: Stamina, and complete The Sun Sets on Mount Tenno
You gain a further +30 increase in Life.

Damage Boost: Stamina – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Running Water: Man
You gain an increase in Active skills damage depending on your Stamina.

Damage Boost: Dexterity – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Nimble Slice
You gain an increase in Active skills damage depending on your Dexterity.

Reckless Slice – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Running Water: Heaven
A few of your Active skills deal +10% damage but at the cost of not being able to perform a Ki Pulse.

Fortitude III – Passive
Prerequisites: Fortitude II and Composure
You gain a further +20 increase in Life.

Hands of Death I – Passive
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Man and Ki Pulse: Earth
You gain +20% increase in bare-handed damage.

Composure – Active
Prerequisites: Hands of Death I
It allows you to guard against human enemies to take their weapons and perform a deadly counter-attack.

Hands of Death II – Passive
Prerequisites: Hands of Death I
Further increases damage of bare-handed attacks by +20%.

Hands of Death III – Passive
Prerequisites: Hands of Death II
Further increases damage of bare-handed attacks by +20%.

Nimble Slice – Custom Active Skills
Prerequisites: Running Water: Earth
Some of your Active Skills deal -20% damage but also consume less Ki to execute.

Ki Pulse: Earth – Active
Prerequisites: N/A
To be updated.

Running Water: Earth – Active
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Earth
Only applicable in Low stance, perfectly timed dodges trigger a Ki Pulse.

Grapple – Active
Prerequisites: Stance
You can grapple onto downed yokai or an out-of-Ki human to unleash a devastating attack.

Stance – Active
Prerequisites: N/A
You can switch between different stances.

Ki Pulse – Active
Prerequisites: Stance
You can recover your Ki after your character flashes with blue light following an attack.

Purify Yokai Realm – Active
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse
You can remove all Yokai Realm pools from around you.

Purify Yokai Realm: Heaven – Passive
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Heaven
Only applicable in High stance, purification from a perfectly timed Ki Pulse increases your attack power and lets you recover the maximum amount of Ki.

Purify Yokai Realm: Man – Passive
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Man
Only applicable in Mid stance, purification from a perfectly timed Ki Pulse increases your attack power and lets you recover the maximum amount of Ki.

Purify Yokai Realm: Earth – Passive
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse: Earth
Only applicable in Low stance, purification from a perfectly timed Ki Pulse increases your attack power and lets you recover the maximum amount of Ki.

Flux – Active
Prerequisites: Ki Pulse
Switching stances or performing successful Ki Pulses recovers increased Ki.

Flux II – Active
Prerequisites: Flux
Further increases the amount of Ki recovered.

Flash Attack – Active
Prerequisites: Flux II
You perform a rapid attack during weapon switch after a Ki Pulse.

These are all the Samurai Skills that you can use in your Nioh 2 builds. For more help on the game, you can check out our complete coverage of Nioh 2.

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