Dragon Nikana

November 6, 2017
November 15, 2017

Dragon Nikana

An upgrade to the original Nikana, the Dragon Nikana is currently the only Dragon in the game. Until the Nikana Prime came out, it was a firm favourite of people that wanted a Nikana style weapon, but even today, it is still a very impressive weapon that can deal with even the toughest content we currently have available.

Build Requirements: Nikana

Credits: 15,000
Argon Crystal: 3
Oxium: 75
Alloy Plate: 200
Forma: 1

Build Requirements: Dragon Nikana

Credits: 5,000
Fully Built Nikana (See Requirements Above)
Argon Crystal: 1
Oxium: 75


Type: Nikana
Critical Chance: 15.0%
Critical Multiplier: 2.0x
Attack Speed: 1.00
Status: 15%
Slash: 72.25
Puncture: 8.5
Impact: 4.25
Slam attack: 170.0
Slide attack: 182.0
Wall attack: 182.0
Riven Disposition(Multiplier): 5/5 (1.35)


Build 1: Crit + Condition Overload

I went with a pretty standard crit and condition overload build here, primed pressure point, blood rush combined with drifting contact for increasing crit chance as combo counter goes up, then drifting to maintain that combo counter, plus give us a little extra status chance. Berserker for attack speed when we crit, organ shatter to increase our crit damage, condition overload to increase damage based on status procs and then 2 dual stat elementals. Now because the Dragon Nikana is mostly slash, I decided to go with viral for the status effect on here. The reason for this is that halving enemy health and then making them bleed, ignoring armour, on that lessened health, is super effective and I found to be the best way of running it. This is mainly because only a 40% stats chance isn’t really enough to make corrosive overtake the viral plus bleed combo, like on some of the higher status chance weapons.

Build 2: Slash Status with Crit + Condition Overload

A lot of the base mods are the same, but this time instead of 2 dual stat elementals, I went with weeping wounds to increase my status chance as my combo counter went up, and then buzz kill to further weight my procs into being almost entirely slash, although this isn’t really necessary, so you could go with relentless combination to increase your combo counter every time slash procs tick for damage, meaning weeping stacks very quickly, same with blood rush, or you could go with lasting sting to keep those bleed procs running for longer. I decided to ditch this build because I felt that 21% status chance really wasn’t enough to get this build up and running quick enough, and even when it was, in all honesty, the viral and slash build from the first one pretty reliably outperformed it, so while this is an option, I decided to go with that first one as the main build.

Riven Choices:

Best Positives-

  1. Damage
  2. Attack Speed
  3. Status Chance
  4. Range
  5. Slash

Best Negatives-

  1. Finisher Damage
  2. Damage to Infested
  3. Critical on slide

With a 5 out of 5 disposition, a Dragon Nikana riven can really push it to the next level, and you can get some pretty high numbers, so its worth looking out for one if you are a fan of the Dragon. It really can take the weapon quite a bit further than it already can go!


So, what do I think of the Dragon Nikana? Well honestly, its a pretty damn decent weapon still, and its aged pretty well over the years. While of course it is outperformed by the ever impressive Nikana Prime, the dragon for being the only one of its name really does put on a really good show and is going to be more than enough to be able to deal with even the toughest of sorties.

I’ve always been a fan of the Nikanas. If you see my boss battle series, and the redo of my rank up series, I have the Nikana prime on the hip. They are extremely effective weapons, that look amazing, but also have the performance to back it up. Looks combined with performance is a huge plus in my books. I really like the Dragon Nikana, so if you aren’t able to pick up the prime, but want an upgrade to the standard Nikana, look no further. Try this out, see what you think, I think you’ll get some enjoyment out of it.

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