In Nioh, there is a weapon called the Kusarigama. It's one of the five starting weapons you can choose from, and happens to be the one I chose.

The issue I've run into now, is I'm not sure which stat the Kusarigama scales with. All of the stats have descriptions, such as "Affects damage with swords/axes/spears," but the Kusarigama are not mentioned alongside any stat. So, just which stat do I need to increase to maximize my effectiveness with the Kusarigama?

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Surprisingly, I've found that three stats increase the damage of my Kusarigama. These are Dexterity, Skill, and Body. In the images below, you can see that each of these tree skills increases my Kusarigama (melee weapon 1) by one point each.




Though I am low level at the moment and all stats increase my Kusarigama's power by one point, these stats are, in fact, scaled differently, as you can see from the item's page. I have circled the portion that lists stats that scale with the weapon.

item page

You can check any weapon's page to see how stats affect them. All weapons scale with 3 stats.

  • Axes scale with Body, Stamina, and Strength.
  • Kusarigama scale with Body, Skill, and Dexterity
  • Single and Dual Swords scale with Heart, Strength, and Skill.
  • Spears scale with Body, Strength, and Skill.
  • Same to Dark Souls and Bloodborne, weapons in Nioh have scaling depending on certain stats, on of which is strongest. I suppose, this stat has corresponding weapon listed in description. And for most Kusurigamas which we can see, Dexterity is top scaling.
    – lentinant
    Feb 10, 2017 at 10:34
  • Ah, okay. I was looking in the wrong place, it seems. Oops. :(
    – Niro
    Feb 13, 2017 at 4:50
  • @Fluttershy it's okay, I only just found it. I didn't notice before, either.
    – Vemonus
    Feb 13, 2017 at 4:52

Sadly, I can't check it in the game at the moment, but according to this Wiki page, Kusarigama damage is affected by Dexterity stat. I will update info once I can get confirmation in-game.

  • I also chose the Kusurigama as my starting weapon and I think there was a second stat that affected the Kusurigama damage. I may be wrong, though, because I'm using the special edition DLC weapon rather than the Spy Kusurigama that most people start with.
    – Vemonus
    Feb 9, 2017 at 12:47
  • Oh huh. It's so odd to me that they don't mention that in-game like all the other weapons. Thank you!
    – Niro
    Feb 9, 2017 at 13:57

It depends, it mainly stacks with dexterity however this only becomes noticeable after putting a fair few points into it, originally skill and dex both increase the weapon damage by 1 for about 10 or so levels.


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