The world of Nioh is pretty big and often confusing, and a lot of concepts and mechanics get thrown at you fast. It can be easy to miss some important details as you play, so we’ve provided a helpful list of Things to Do First in Nioh.
Note that the tips below are things you should consider as you take on the first mission in Japan and beyond, as more mechanics and tools become available to you.
After the tutorial mission, you’ll be asked to pick your preferred weapon. This means you also get a bonus point in a certain stat depending on the weapon you pick (as well as a secondary weapons).
You don’t need to stick with them, but note the associated stats you should look into when leveling up. All weapons will scale their abilities based on certain stats, so if you decide to change weapons, try and keep the main associated stats high to make the best of your weapons.
Most Weapon Skills are heavily dependant on two things – your weapon, and your weapon stance. However, there are certain Skills that are the same across all weapons. Unlock skills like Grapple and Ki Pulse: Heaven/Man/Earth and they’ll be unlocked across all weapons.
Depending on what stance you like to use the most, be sure to unlock the Ki Pulse and Living Water skills – as being able to Ki Pulse while dodging will become extremely useful.
In every Main Mission, you can come across the little green tree spirits known as Kodama. They are hiding all over the place, usually in out-of-the-way places or behind objects, but are worth your while to collect them all.
Collecting Kodamas do two things: They allow you to receive Kodama Blessings depending on the colored hats of the ones you find – and give you passive bonuses that are extremely helpful. Perhaps even more helpful – for every 5 Kodama you find, you’ll be granted an extra Elixir when praying at the Shrine. This also carries over across the region to other Main and Sub Missions in the region, making it very useful as you progress.
After completing the first mission in Japan, you’ll be able to train at the Dojo whenever you want. Even if you think you’ve got the basics down, it’s worth your while to check the Dojo out. There are certain Training Missions like Way of the Ninja: Novice will unlock many Ninja Skills that can’t be unlocked otherwise. Certain skills – like the ability to backstab – can be a tremendous help even if you don’t intend to purchase many Ninja Skills.
When a player dies, they leave a grave site behind that saves a shadow of what the player was equipped with and how strong they were. By accessing these grave sites, you can summon and fight Revenants to gain glory. Not only can you earn some of the items they were wearing – you’ll get Glory, a currency to use later to gain rewards at the Hidden Teahouse.
Of course, since revenants are as strong as players, caution must be used when encountering them. They can use any ability or skill the player had in life, and can sometimes prove to be more than a match for you.
Playing Nioh, you’re going to start getting loot. A LOT of loot. Be sure to get rid of excess items. You’re going to find a lot of weapons and armor, and there’s a lot you can with what you don’t need. You can sell them for cash, disassemble them for parts to make better items, or offer them up to the shrine
Sometimes, offering items up to the Shrine can be the best strategy: giving several items away will grant extra Amrita and often net you free items like Elixirs that can be great to stock up on before a boss.
Almost everything you do in Nioh counts towards either the Agyo or Ungyo Titles found in the menu. As you earn titles for things like killing enemies with a specific weapon or dealing Ki damage, you’ll gain reputation points that increases your levels for either Agyo or Ungyo. By checking your prestige summary, you can spend those prestige points for permanent buffs on random effects like luck, extra amrita, Ki, and item drop rates.
Be sure to always check the Title Summary to see which ones you’re close to unlocking, and which titles you could feasibly do. You get a brief notification upon unlocking a title, so be sure to check if you’ve gotten enough points to spend on a buff.