"We are far from home, we samurai. Each new land teaches us new things. Each new ally makes us stronger. The shugoki: once our guardians, they have become as family. And what more fierce protectors could we ask for? The kanabo is an unreasonable weapon; clumsy, dangerous... unless you possess the strength of a demon and an unbreakable will."

Shugoki is a playable hero class in For Honor.


Shugoki appear slow and cumbersome. Don’t let that fool you -- they possess the strength of a demon and an unbreakable will. It takes incredible fortitude to be the guardians of your people. You must defend them at all costs and put their needs above your own. This has never been an issue for the Shugoki. Their weapon of choice seems unwieldy. But in their hands, it is as deadly and precise as any blade. [1]


Shugoki wear massive wooden plates protecting their torso and arms. An obi sash around his waist holds the garments together. They wear no kabuto but their mask, known as a somen, gives them the face of an oni, a Japanese demon with the superhuman strength to wield a kanabo with ease. Their somen is a deathly white face mask with wide smile filled with sharp teeth and a pair of tusks.


Kanabo - This traditional club takes a skilled warrior to wield it correctly. It can deliver a crippling blow when it hits but leaves the user open for counter-attack if it misses.




  • Unlike the Kensei and Orochi, the mask the Shugoki wears is not a mempo, which covers the face from nose to chin, but a somen, which covers the entire face.
  • Shugoki (Kanji: 守護鬼) literally translates to 'guardian demon' in Japanese.
  • The Shugoki is the only heavy hero in the game so far to not carry a shield as his strongest defense is his immense health.
  • The Shugoki's entire design revolves around the Oni, wearing a mask with the face of an Oni and carrying a kanabo, which is a weapon associated with the Oni.
    • Coincidentally, Oni was the original name of the Orochi.


  • Japanese: 潔く死ね (Isagiyoku shine) - English: "Accept it and die!"
    • Demon's embrace
  • Japanese: 我が手中にあり (Waga shuchuu ni ari) - English: "It's in my hands."
    • Charging heavy attack
  • Japanese: ぬるいわ (Nuruiwa) - English: "Weak."
    • Hit while in uninterruptible stance
  • Japanese: 甘い (Amai) - English: "Naive!"
    • Hit while in uninterruptible stance

Fighting StyleEdit

The Shugokis are the disruptor Tank. They absorb a lot of hits thanks to their high health and passive uninterruptible stance which allows a bit more freedom while attacking. He's excellent at dealing with crowds with his massive kanabo, but he's very slow, both in movement and attack.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Disabler fighting style
  • Hard hitter

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Passive uninterruptible stance
  • Charging heavy attacks
  • Light attacks not interruptible


Number 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Speed Revive

Passive | Rapidly revive fallen teammates

Unlocked at level 1
1 - Speed Revive
Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina

Unlocked at level 5
1 - Iron Lungs
Throw Farther

Passive | Throw enemies farther

Unlocked at level 13
1- Throw farther
2 Rock Steady

Passive | You cannot be stumbled or unbalanced by Parries and Throws

Unlocked at level 1
2- Rock steady
Smoke Bomb

Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock

Unlocked at level 7
2 - Smoke bomb

You're slowed and gain high Damage reduction

Unlocked at level 15
2 - Juggernaut
3 Punch Through

Passive | Deal Damage on Blocked Attacks

Unlocked at level 1
3 - Punch Through
Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate Damage (85 dmg)

Unlocked at level 9
3 - Long Bow
Hard to Kill

Passive | Losing Health increases your Damage reduction

Unlocked at level 17
3 - Hard to Kill
4 Staggering Blow

Heavy Attacks cause enemies to fall

Unlocked at level 1
4 - Staggering Blow
Arrow Storm

Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas

Unlocked at level 11
4 - Arrow Storm

Passive | Regenerate your Health when out of combat

Unlocked at level 19
4 - Regenerate


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.
  • Passive Uninterruptible Stance - Has a permanent Uninterruptible Stance. The Stance is consumed if Shugoki gets hit or Guardbreaked. When the Stance is consumed, Shugoki takes more Damage.
  • Uninterruptible Stance recovery - Passive Uninterruptible Stance effect regenerates after a few seconds. It takes longer when out of Stamina, on hits or blocking.


(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Unblockable icon Charging Heavy attack Hold RMB Hold RT Hold R2
Chain Attack icon Bash and Smash LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon Bonecrusher RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2

Crashing Thunder (Not in Guard Stance) ↑ + RMB LS↓(press to sprint) + RT L3↓(press to sprint) + R2
Unblockable iconKnocked Down icon Charge of the Oni ↑ + Space LS↓(press to sprint) + A L3↓(press to sprint) + X
Unblockable iconKnocked Down icon Demon's Embrace S + MMB LS↓ + X LS↓ + ⬜
Push Back icon Demon Ball MMB ♦, RMB X ♦, RT ⬜ ♦, R2
Stun icon Headbutt RMB ♦ or LMB ♦ + MMB RB ♦ or RT ♦ + X R1 ♦ or R2 ♦ + ⬜


Shex3 Shex4 OneInchPunch
Break In Half
Burst Your Bubble
One Inch Punch
Shex1 Shex2 DoorMat
Hip Attack
Sit On It
The Mountain Shugoki Smash
The Mountain
Shugoki Smash!


Passive StanceEdit

Shemote10 Shemote9 Shemote8
Hard Times
Shemote7 Shemote6 Shemote5
Quick Nap
Heck Yes!

Fighting StanceEdit

Shemote4 Shemote3 Sh2
Pray For You
Shemote2 Shemote1 Sh1
From The Gut
My House!
Try Harder




  • The Aramaki Gear
  • The Fujisawa Gear
  • The Matsutani Gear
  • The Masamoto Gear
  • The Minazuki Gear
  • The Okuda Gear
  • The Raijin Gear
  • The Saotome Gear
  • The Zaimoku Gear
  • The Ryuzaki Gear
  • The Ariake Gear
  • The Shiranui Gear
  • The Kirishima Gear
  • The Hinogami Gear
  • The Jigokumaru Kanabo (Star Kanabo)
  • The Umenokoji Kanabo


External linksEdit



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