While there were plenty to choose from in the main game, the Nioh 2 DLC weapons add even more options. The Tengu’s Disciple, the title’s first expansion, adds the splitstaff. But what is this thing and what DLC weapons were added? We’ll be taking a look at this weapon as well as others when those other expansions come out. They’ll be separated by what expansion.
Nioh 2 DLC Weapons | Splitstaff | The Tengu’s Disciple
The splitstaff is the big new weapon in The Tengu’s Disciple. You’ll likely get your first splitstaff in the first mission, A Song to Calm the Storm (here’s how to get to the mission). This splitstaff can be used as just a staff that can bludgeon your opponents at a reasonable distance.
However, the “split” part of its name gives it a unique identity. By holding the button down, small whips can shoot out of the end of your staff, which is called Fluid Form in the game. This is dependent on what buttons you hold down and what attack you are doing. It’ll also take some extra time to perform these attacks so don’t add these flourishes while being surrounded or you’ll likely die. But it does add extra damage and range to your staff so there are plenty of upsides, too.
The splitstaff has a whole weapon skill tree like every other weapon. It is on the far right of the upgrade screen and contains many unique skills. Many of these abilities are augmented with the Fluid Form. Just pressing L1 and Triangle to do the Dragon Dance move, but holding down Triangle will make the attack longer and more damaging as whips shoot out from the ends. There are other attacks, like being able to leap above your enemy and hit them from the air, but they mainly facilitate a playstyle that favors adaptability. You can either hit close-range opponents relatively quickly or hold down the button to hit foes that are farther away all in one weapon.