Nioh: How to Use a Spear Build

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Nioh – Spear Build

Spears are one of the five weapon types you can equip in Nioh, and knowing just how to use them can make you an incredibly deadly force in battle. Spears are the best weapons for range in Nioh, and that’s something that’ll definitely factor into your strategy if you’re choosing a Spear build. However, the three stances for Spears drastically change how you approach battles, and you need to know when to use each. Let’s take a look at all three.

Low – The Spear’s Low stance has the least range, and is mostly used for defensive measures. Attacks are dished out close to you with a flurry of strikes, instead of just a couple swipes or jabs. Because of this, the Low stance is best used when you need to pull back and regroup, regenerate Ki, or deal with large groups of ferocious enemies. Your attacks can easily stagger enemies and still give you a window to dash out of harm’s way, so use it to your advantage with enemies that have quick attacks. Additionally, it’s easy to catch clumped up enemies into your swipes. Of course, keep in mind each hit doesn’t do much damage.

Mid – The Mid stance is probably going to be your most used stance for the Spear as it provides great crowd control, and decent range. First and foremost, the Mid stance is great when forced into a hallway, as you can use your strong attack to continuously thrust at enemies ahead of you. This can also be used with slower enemies to execute a quick jab, then immediately dash out of the way. Your normal attack in Mid stance is the best crowd control you have with the weapon. It uses broad strikes that can easily strike and stagger enemies to each side of you, and only gets expanded on with certain skills. On top of all this, Mid stance dishes out some decent damage.

High – The High stance with the Spear is an incredibly powerful tool that can really dish out damage, but you’ll need to be careful with it. This stance can break enemies’ guards and take off decent chunks of health, but it’s also slow. The strong attack has range, as you’ll do a leaping lunge that has windup. Regular attacks function as an overhead swipe that hits enemies straight in front of you, although it lacks crowd control. You definitely won’t want to use High stance with enemies that have high speed, or wield weapons like the Dual Swords. However, on larger and slower enemies, High stance is the obvious choice to really take their health bar down. 

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