"Every army needs warriors whose specialty is victory. Kensei-sword saints: the guardians of our people. Every great ruler since the fall has trained as a sword saint... every one. And they are formidable. The nodachi was long thought too long too large for use in real war. They proved them wrong. Their armor is the strongest of our people... as is their will."

Kensei are a playable hero class in For Honor.


The living incarnations of Bushidō, the samurai way of the warrior, or as close as one can get. Masters of multiple martial arts, they are trained from infancy to fight and die for their emperor or their fellow samurai without asking why. Kensei wear heavy armor and fight with the nodachi, a longer version of the katana that cleaves enemies in a few elegant and powerful strikes. Kensei spend their lives fighting and training as they strive to attain a level of perfection few other warriors can ever hope to achieve.[1]


The Kensei wears a lacquered wooden cuirass with the face of a dragon molded on the front and a gray sleeveless coat on top of this. A katana and wakizashi can be seen sheathed at his waist under his obi sash.

The Kensei can always be easily identified thanks to their massive sode that hang off their shoulders. Their kabuto has a crescent crest at its front. Their face mask is known as Menpõ. It is constructed from iron and/or leather, and covers the face from the nose to the chin. The Kensei's Menpõ, in particular, is red with a lacquered finish and features a mustache, a soul patch and fierce teeth, meant to serve as both protection and an effective method of intimidation against foes.


Nodachi - The nodachi is longer than the classic katana. It was initially designed to be used by a foot soldier to kill the horse of cavalry. Kensei samurai of the Dawn Empire have the strength and necessary skills to use them as effectively as katana.

Nodachi image 1



  • Kensei (Kanji: 剣聖) literally translates to sword saint or sword master.
  • The Kensei's armor hails from the earlier Samurai periods, wearing a kozane curiass and massive sode.
  • Though the Kensei's armor is made of wood, historical Samurai never wore wood armor. All accounts of Japanese wood armor predated the Samurai.
  • Realistically, the Kensei's Menpo mask would prevent them from moving their mouth and thus render them incapable of speech; however, this is not the case in this game.
  • As battlefield weapons, nodachi could not be carried on their waists like normal swords as they were too long to be drawn or sheathed and often had to simply be carried by hand.
    • This can be seen with the Kensei when sprinting they hold their nodachi to the side as opposed to other classes like the Orochi or Warden, who sprint with their swords sheathed.
    • In real life, nodachi is more often used as ceremonial items than as practical weapons, due to difficulty in crafting one and few have the necessary strength and skill to wield one.
  • While the game lists Kensei as an easy character, the website lists him as a medium. This is possibly due to the Kensei being listed as medium during testing, changed for the final game, and the website has yet to be updated.


  • Japanese: 尋常に勝負 (Jinjyo ni shoubu) - English: "Let's have an honourable showdown!"
    • Male Kensei, Top heavy unblockable finisher
  • Japanese: これで終いだ (Korede shimaida) - English: "This will be the end!"
    • Male Kensei, Side heavy finisher
    • Female Kensei, Top heavy unblockable finisher
  • Japanese: 死ね (Shi-ne) - English: "Die!"
    • Female Kensei, Side heavy finisher
  • Japanese: まだまだ (Mada mada) - English: "Not good enough!"
    • Parrying

Fighting StyleEdit

Kensei are balanced samurai armed with nodachi. They are slower than other units but have longer melee range. They provide interesting defensive abilities and deliver devastating attacks.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Adaptable Fighting Style
  • Good Melee Range

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • High Heavy Attacks are Unblockable
  • Many Maneuvers and Attacks Initiate Chain Attacks


Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Fast Recovery

Passive | Stamina regenerates faster.

Unlocked at level 1
1 - Fast recovery
Body Count

Passive | Killing soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 5
1 - Body Count
Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still sprint when out of stamina.

Unlocked at level 13
1 - Iron Lungs-0
2 Inspire

Allies deal more Damage, soldiers fight faster.

Unlocked at level 1
2 - Inspire-0
Smoke Bomb

Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock.

Unlocked at level 7
2 - Smoke Bomb
Chilling Stare

Nearby enemies have lower attack and defense.

Unlocked at level 15

2 - Chilling Stare
3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1
3 - Second Wind-0
Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate damage. (85 dmg)

Unlocked at level 9
3 - Long Bow-0

Gain immunity from throw attempts for a short duration.

Unlocked at level 17
3 - Steadfast
4 Arrow Storm

Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.

Unlocked at level 1
4 - Arrow Storm-0
Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11
4 - Stalwart Banner

Your attacks can not be blocked for a short duration.

Unlocked at level 19
4 - Unblockable


Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - Earn more Renown in outnumbered fights, by controlling objectives, and by killing enemy soldiers to unlock your feats in a match.
  • Revenge Mode - Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
  • Chain Starters - Helm Splitter, Swift Strike and a Guardbreak can initiate chains.
  • Throw Into a Chain Finisher - Any Throw can be followed up by any Chain Finisher.
  • Top Heavy Finisher Unblockable - Finish any Chain with a Top Heavy for an Unblockable Attack.
  • Top Heavy Finisher Cancel - Top Heavy Finisher Startup can be cancelled by: A Side Light Attack or A Side Heavy Attack for an Uninterruptible Side Heavy Finisher.
  • Zone Attack - Cancel Zone Attack after the first Attack with B (XB1).


(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Dawn of the Steel Sun LMB, LMB, LMB RB, RB, RB R1, R1, R1
Chain Attack iconUnblockable icon Spirit of the Inevitability LMB, LMB ♦, RMB RB, RB ♦, RT R1, R1♦, R2
Chain Attack iconUnblockable icon Form of the Dragon LMB, RMB, RMB RB, RT, RT R1, R2, R2
Chain Attack iconUnblockable icon Doom of the Kensei RMB, RMB, RMB RT, RT, RT R2, R2, R2
Rushing Sweep (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↑ + RT LS↑+ R2
Helm Splitter W + Space, LMB LS↑ + A, RB LS↑ + X, R1
Swift Strike A or D + Space, LMB LS← or LS→ + A, RB LS← or LS→ + X, R1
Grasping Pounce W + Space, MMB LS↑ + A, X LS↑ + X, ⬜


Kex3 Kex4 NoLookKill
Insert New Spine
No Look Kill
Kex1 Kex2 Kikashi
Ground Stabber
Lose Something Gravity's Fall
Lose Something?
Gravity's Fall

Emotes Edit

Passive Stance Edit

Kemote6 Kemote11 Kemote10
Blessed Glory
Witness Me!
I Quit
Kemote9 Kemote8 Kemote7
'The Shame'

Fighting Stance Edit

Kemote12 Kemote5 Kemote4
In The Wind
Wipe Blade
Arm and Armed
Kemote3 Kemote2 Kemote1
You Die
You, Come Over Here






External linksEdit



Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer - Centurion - Gladiator
Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha
Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman