The Vanguard is one of four playable types of Heroes in For Honor. Wielding what could be called the symbol of their faction, they are well-balanced warriors with good attack and defense capabilities. While not as tanky as the Heavies or as fast as the Assassins, the Vanguard's jack-of-all-trades nature grants them the flexibility to put themselves on equal grounds against the more specialized Hero type. When together with allies, they can fulfill a multitude of roles including offensive, defensive, and disruption when the time calls for them to adapt.
The Vanguard heroes in For Honor are:
- The Warden, the embodiment of the noble knights, wield their impressive longsword which offers a balance between offense and defense. While their fighting style is simple and straightforward, they should still not be underestimated as they are as adaptable as the other Vanguards.
- The Raider embodies the spirit of the Vikings as they wade into battle with their great Dane axe. They are faceted with disruptive attacks as they dish out high amounts of damage. Above all, their throw is the most impressive among all Heroes as they carry forward their foe on their shoulder.
- The Kensei are the living incarnation of the Bushidō, the samurai way of the warrior. Armed with the long Nodachi, they have a longer melee range than the other Vanguards. Although a bit slow, if they adequately wait patiently in their intriguing defensive stance, they can chain together devastating sets of powerful strikes at opportune moments.