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"Theirs was a secret society. Even we Samurai were not sure if they even existed or if they were just a myth...until they came out of the shadows: shinobi. Their weapon, the kusarigama is like no other. It echoes through our past and proves they are indeed from our blood. Trained in secret, their presence on the battlefield can be felt before they are even seen. We now know they are always close, waiting for the right moment to strike. They have now entered this war and won't leave until their job is done."


Shinobi are a playable hero in For Honor.

OverviewEdit

The Shinobi are silent warriors who move with a dancer's grace and kill with the precision that can only come from a lifetime of disciplined training.[1]

ArmorEdit

The shinobi takes on the image of the ninja in pop culture, clad in dark shinobi shōzoku with ropes, bombs, and a kaginawa grappling hook in their belt, with a Sanjaku-tenugui covering the face. Leather armor cover parts of the body, but most determinately the arms, upper chest and shoulders.

WeaponEdit

Kusarigama - The traditional Japanese weapon consists of a kama (Japanese sickle) with a chain-and-weight attached. It is brutal in close quarters but can also be thrown and retracted for medium-distance attacks.
Kasurigama

TriviaEdit

  • Shinobi (忍び) literally means "patience," "endure" or "conceal", and this is the short version of Ninja (忍者) or Shinobi no Mono (忍びの者), one who waits patiently for the right opportunity to strike.
  • Shinobi in For Honor were inspired by their real-life and pop culture counterparts, also referred to as ninja (which is another word for Spy).
    • Unlike pop culture tendency to make the ninja into assassins dressed in a black shōzoku, real life ninja would usually dress themselves as ordinary people to avoid suspicion or any attire that best suited their mission. However, it is possible that the shinobi did wear shinobi shōzoku, but ones coloured to blend into the environment.
      • Black clothes like in-game stood out, even during the night. For night time, dark blue blended in better.
  • Historical shinobi's primary duties were espionage, sabotage, and guerilla warfare, while occasionally carrying out assassination attempts.
    • While ninja/shinobi are often portrayed as sworn enemies of the Samurai in pop culture due to differences in their honor codes, shinobi were often working for Daimyo lords and many shinobi were samurai or ronin.
  • The Kusarigama are weapons comprised of a sickle-like kama attached to a heavy weight via a long chain.
    • While the game portrays the kama being swung, it was traditionally the heavy weight that would be used to bash armored opponents from a distance.
      • Should the weight be grabbed or snared by the enemy, the chain would be used to ensnare the enemy so they can be killed at close range by the kama.
    • While the chain is often shown attached to the bottom of the kama's handle, it was often attached to the top end, near the blade, to assist it in ensnaring opponent's weapon.
  • Shinobi and Shaman are currently the only Heroes who will crouch when at a ledge, unlike other Heroes who simply lean over while standing to look.
    • For the Shinobi, this comes with a unique animation, where upon hopping off a ledge for a ledge kill, the Shinobi will do a flip in the air before landing on their unsuspecting opponent.1
  • If you perform the slide kick (tackle) near a ledge (one without a bottomless environmental hazard, such as spikes/water or cliffs on the edge of maps), you will slide off the edge and fall.
  • Super Sprint is based off the running style that ninja are commonly seen using in pop culture, with possibly the greatest influence from the Naruto run.

QuotesEdit

  • Japanese: お覚悟 (O Kakugo) - English: "Prepare Yourself!"
    • Female Shinobi, Ranged Guard Break, After Second Heavy Hit
  • Japanese: 覚悟 (Kakugo) - English: "Get ready!"
    • Male Shinobi, Ranged Guard Break, After Second Heavy Hit
  • Japanese: 遅い (Osoi) - English: "Too Slow!"
    • Double Dodge Kick, Dash Kick
  • Japanese: しすっ (Shisu) ?English: "It was a trick!"
    • Double Dodge Kick, Light Attack
  • Japanese: ここまでか (Kokomadeka) - English: "It seems this is my undoing"
    • Death
  • Japanese: 無念 (Munen) - English: "Regretful"
    • Death
  • Japanese: 必殺 (Hissatsu) - English: "Critical Hit!"
    • Deflect

Fighting StyleEdit

The Shinobi excel at repositioning, are extremely mobile, and are able to move about the battlefield with ease and speed. However, their very low health and difficulty performing defensive counters leaves them highly vulnerable.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Mobile
  • Counter-attacker

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Able to position themselves using the back flip, front roll, dodge, cancel, and super sprint moves
  • Attacks at distance (very long-range attacks)
  • Grabs at distance (very long-range guard break)

FeatsEdit

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Body Hunter

Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero

Unlocked at level 1
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Stealth

Passive | Hide yourself from the HUD, Radar & Aim Assist

Unlocked at level 5
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Kiai

Stun nearby opponents with a scream

Unlocked at level 13
Kiai Icon-0
2 Smoke Bomb

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

Unlocked at level 7
SmokeBomb Icon
Shooting Stars

Throw multiple shurikens in an area in front of you

Unlocked at level 7
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Revenge Attacks

Passive | Attacks fill the revenge meter

Unlocked at level 15
RevengeAttack Icon
3 Sharpen Bladed

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

Unlocked at level 1
SharpenBlade Icon
Nukekubi

Gain Stamina on successful attacks

Unlocked at level 9
Nukekubi Icon-0
Slip Through

Passive | Dodging raises Attack for a short duration

Unlocked at level 17
SlipThrough Icon
4 Arrow Storm

Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.

Unlocked at level 1
ArrowStorm
Nail Bomb

A trap dealing Bleed Damage in an area of effect

Unlocked at level 11
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Yama Uba

Gain Health on successful attacks

Unlocked at level 19
YamaUba Icon-0

MovesetEdit

Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - Earn more Renown by assisting or saving Heroes, and defending objectives 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.
  • Defense: Reflex - Your Guard Stance only remains active for a limited time.
  • Light Attack Combo:
    • Shadow Dancer: Second Light Attack is guaranteed if first one hits.
    • Ghoul's Rage: Light Attack is guaranteed if the combo's heavy attack hits.
  • Charge - Consumes Stamina. This Attack has 2 charging levels. The higher the level, the more range your attack has.
    • Charge Indicator - Charged Attack starts off with a circling red-orange effect, its first level of Charge. Once blue visual effects swirl, the Charged Attack is at its second Charge level.
    • Charge Limitations - If you are out of Stamina, you cannot charge. You can Dodge during the charge or Cancel by pressing E. When blocked, the charge is always interrupted.
    • Blocked Charged Attack - If an opponent successfully parries or counter-guardbreaks a Charged Attack or Charge Guardbreak respectively, you will be unbalanced as the opponent brings you closer to them.
  • Deflect - Deflect by dodging in the direction of an attack just before impact. Deflecting teleports you behind the opponent and inflicts Bleed.
    • Deflect Follow-up - Deflects can be immediately followed-up by a guaranteed Kick (Guardbreak) or Light Attack.
  • Super Sprint - Consumes Stamina. While super sprinting, release and press the sprint button/key again to go back to normal sprint.
  • Double Dodge - Cancel your Dodge by performing another Dodge. Cannot Cancel a back dodge by another back dodge.
  • Kick Mix up - Surprise your enemy by launching a Kick. Kicks occur with certain guardbreaks performed mid-chain, and are indicated with the Ninja Icon Kick icon in the moveset menu.
  • Tackle - Can exit the tackle by pressing E (or the respective button for console controls). This only affects unsuccessful attempts of the tackle.
    • Super Sprint Tackle - Tackle can also be performed from Super Sprint.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Shadow Dancer LMB, LMB RB, RB R1, R1
Chain Attack iconBleed icon Sickle Rain RMB, RMB, LMB, LMB, LMB RT, RT, RB, RB, RB R2, R2, R1, R1, R1
Chain Attack icon Ghoul's Rage RMB, LMB RT, RB R2, R1
Unblockable iconKnocked Down icon Tackle (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + MMB LS↑ + X LS↑+ ⬜
Super Sprint ↑,↑ LS↑, LS↑ LS↑, LS↑
Charge Hold RMB Hold RT Hold R2
Charged Heavy Hold/Release RMB Hold/Release RT Hold/Release R2
Chain Attack icon Spider Silk Whip Hold/Release RMB, RMB Hold/Release RT, RT Hold/Release R2, R2
Charged Grab Hold RMB, MMB Hold RT, X Hold R2, ⬜
Unblockable iconBleed icon Sickle Rain Mixup Hold RMB, MMB, RMB, LMB, LMB, LMB Hold RT, X, RT, RB, RB, RB Hold R2, ⬜, R2, R1, R1, R1
Front Roll Hold/Release RMB, Space Hold/Release RT, A Hold/Release R2, X
Unblockable iconPush Back icon Front Roll Kick Hold/Release RMB, Space, Ninja IconMMB Hold/Release RT, A, Ninja IconX Hold/Release R2, X, Ninja Icon
Crushing Front Roll Hold/Release RMB, Space, RMB Hold/Release RT, A, RT Hold/Release R2, X, R2
Back Flip LMB or RMB or Ninja Icon, Space RB or RT or Ninja Icon, A R2 or R1 or Ninja Icon, X
Crushing Back Flip LMB or RMB or Ninja Icon, Space, RMB RB or RT or Ninja Icon, A, RT R2 or R1 or Ninja Icon, X, R1
Back Flip Grab LMB or RMB or Ninja Icon, Space, MMB RB or RT or Ninja Icon, A, X R2 or R1 or Ninja Icon, X, ⬜
Double Dodge Space, Space A, A X, X
Unblockable iconPush Back icon Double Dodge Kick Space, Space, Ninja IconMMB A, A, Ninja IconX X, X, Ninja Icon
Charged Kick Mix Up Ninja Icon, RMB Ninja Icon, RT Ninja Icon, R2
Grab Kick Mix Up Ninja Icon, MMB Ninja Icon, X Ninja Icon, ⬜
Double Dodge Light Attack Space, Space, LMB A, A, RB X, X, R1
Double Dodge Heavy Attack Space, Space, RMB A, A, RT X, X, R2
Unblockable iconPush Back icon Teleport Kick Unknown, MMB Unknown, X Unknown, ⬜
Teleport Light Attack Unknown, LMB Unknown, RB Unknown, R1
Bleed icon Shadow Strike Parry icon, LMB Parry icon, RB Parry icon, R1

EquipmentEdit

*Star weapon

**Rarity unknown

Armor Styles Weapon Styles

Common

  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Elderberry
  • Death's Shadow*
  • Ivy
  • Oak
  • Hyacinth
  • Stork
  • Durable
  • Buzzard
  • Belladonna
  • Mandrake
  • Nightshade
  • Habu
  • Life and Death*
  • Elegant
  • Marbled
  • Silver & Gold
  • Flamingo
  • Ebony
  • Azalea
  • Oleander
  • Torikabuto
  • Celestial*
  • Vendetta
  • Dusk & Dawn*
  • Exquisite
  • Ancient Trickster*
  • Daffodil
  • Rosary Pea
  • Snakeroot
  • Serpentine*
  • Immortal*
  • Tengu
  • Onyx & Ivory* **
  • Harmonious Crane**
  • Dragon*
  • Akkorokamui
  • Undead
  • Upstream**
  • Sunrise Sunset**
  • Daruma**
  • Amaterasu* **
  • Fanning the Flames* **
  • Nihongi

ExecutionsEdit

Hack And Slash

Hack And Slash

Scorpion Sting

Scorpion Sting

Shadow Of Death

Shadow Of Death

Flying Lotus

Flying Lotus

Get Back Here!

Get Back Here!

Under The Bridge

Under The Bridge

You're Gonna Flip

You're Gonna Flip

No Escape!

No Escape!

Nagado

Nagado

Emotes Edit

Passive Stance Edit

Fresh To Death

Fresh To Death

Epic Tantrum

Epic Tantrum

Dirty Bird

Dirty Bird

Mall Ninja

Mall Ninja

Break It Down

Break It Down

Seeing Red

Seeing Red

Shinobi Coin Toss

Shinobi Coin Toss

Kill Card (Shinobi)

Kill Card (Shinobi)

Recognition (Shinobi)

Recognition (Shinobi)

Fighting Stance Edit

Show Of Respect

Show Of Respect

Bow And Begin!

Bow And Begin!

Quiet Moment

Quiet Moment

Respectful Salute

Respectful Salute

Show Of Skill

Show Of Skill

First Position

First Position

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

Armor

Stills

VideosEdit

  1. https://forhonor.ubisoft.com/game/en-us/game-info/heroes/shinobi.aspx

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