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"The Wardens: members of an ancient order...fallen into dust. Sworn to defend the weak, masters of the longsword. Their origins lost to history; still they fight for what is right. Driven by duty, devoted to their people... but only a few may join their order."


For the single player campaign character, see: The Warden

Wardens are a playable hero class in For Honor.

OverviewEdit

"The Wardens are powerful, noble warriors dedicated to the defense of their land and their people. Striking a balance between defense and offense, wardens wear partial plate armor with chainmail and leather. Wardens wield massive two-handed longswords for slashing enemies and blocking attacks. Trained to be proud, loyal, and brilliant diplomats, the Wardens are expected to embody the highest values of Knighthood. Many set out to achieve this, few do." [1]

ArmorEdit

The Warden's default armor is a set of interwoven metal plates over chainmail, topped by a visored barbuta helmet made to protect against a stray arrow or blade strike.  The partial plate is segmented along the torso, arm, and leg joints to provide great dexterity while still granting plenty of protection in battle.

WeaponEdit

Longsword - The two-handed longsword is a double-edged weapon. Its hilt is comprised of a long, jutting cross guard, a heavy pommel for counterbalance, and a grip wrapped in leather. In spite of its size and weight, it remains a versatile weapon offering a balance of offense and defense. 

TriviaEdit

  • The Warden execution "Hilt Strike" is a historically accurate technique known as Mordhau, or 'murder-stroke'.
    • The performing attacker holds the sword from the top (using a special gripping style to avoid cutting their own hands) and swings the hilt as an improvised bludgeon.
    • Similar to wielding a mace, this blunt strike allowed medieval fighters to hammer through the thick armor that was developed to glance off/block the bladed weapons of its era. Heavy armor could be impervious to cutting attacks, but it could not defend against impact trauma by the hilt.
  • The Warden's execution "End Them Rightly" is a technique described in the Gladiatoria KK5013, a 15th century German fencing manual, in which it details how a combatant should unscrew the pommel of their sword and throw it at their opponent.
    • One translation from the manual: "If you want to end him rightly hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously."
    • Before the release of the game, the concept had become a meme after Medieval weapons youtuber Skallagrim made a video talking about the technique, followed by other youtubers following suit.
    • However, the nature of throwing the pommel as an execution is mistaken, as the full translation includes a sentence after that the action of throwing the pommel is performed as a distraction before thrusting the sword into one's opponent. Also, the correct translation of the phrase "end him rightly" is actually "end him quickly."
      • Translation by Keith Ferrel: "If you want to end him quickly, hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously. Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best."
  • The Warden's helmet designs hail from those from the 13th to 15th centuries. Such helmets include the visored barbuta, the great helm, and the visored sugarloaf.
  • The Warden's "Blade Homage" emote is a reference to the Marvel character Blade, specifically to the live action version's portrayal by Wesley Snipes. The emote imitates Blade's pose on the official poster for Blade 2, holding the sword vertically downwards with the handguard near the face.
  • The Warden's side guard stances are inspired from the Pflug stance, a staple of basic medieval swordsmanship dating back to master Liechtenauer of the 1380s.[2]
    • Similarly, their top guard stance derives from the Schlüssel stance, from which the wielder can efficiently deploy classic strikes like the Krohn or Einhorn strike.
  • In historical comparison, the Warden's armor design resembles early 14th century armor.

QuotesEdit

  • Latin: "Miserum!" – English: "Pitiful!"
    • Male Warden, performing Shoulder Bash
  • Latin: "Te secabo!" – English: "I will cut you to pieces!" ("I will sever you!")
    • Female Warden, performing Shoulder Bash
  • Latin: "Perī!" – English: "Die!"/"Perish!"
    • Female Warden, on successful Crushing Counterstrike deflect
  • Latin: "Incumbuī!" – English: "I bring my sword down upon you!"
    • Male Warden, on successful Crushing Counterstrike deflect
      • There is no direct translation of "incumbuī" to English. This is because the phrase is the first person singular form of incumbō, which holds variable meanings. In the context of combat, it can mean "to bring down upon" or "to apply pressure through attack."

ReferencesEdit

  1. https://forhonor.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/game-info/heroes/warden.aspx
  2. https://redd.it/5um0u9

Fighting StyleEdit

The Wardens are a jack-of-all-trade hero who roam the battlefield with their impressive longswords. They balance defense and offense and are easy to play. They make great choices for new players as they feature a large range of basic abilities.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Adaptable Fighting Style
  • Straight-Forward Strategy

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Unblockable Shoulder-Bash Attack
  • Strong Interruption Abilities and Throws

FeatsEdit

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Body Count

Passive | Killing a soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 1
BodyCount
Conqueror

Passive | Capture and upgrade control zones faster.

Unlocked at level 5
Conqueror-1
Come At Me

Gain more Renown from kills, but take more Damage from Attacks.

Unlocked at level 13
ComeAtMe-3
2 Inspire

Nearby allies deal more Damage, and soldiers fight faster.

Unlocked at level 1

2 - Inspire
Fiat Lux ("let there be light")

Throw a flash grenade that blinds enemies for a few seconds.

Unlocked at level 7
FiatLux-0
Thick Blood

Passive | Gain immunity from regular bleed damage.

Unlocked at level 15
ThickBlood-2
3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1

3 - Second Wind
Pugno Mortis ("fist of death")

Throw an explosive projectile dealing damage over an area.

Unlocked at level 9
PugnoMortis-2
Takedown

Throws make enemies fall to the ground.

Unlocked at level 17
Takedown-1
4 Catapult

Call a catapult strike over an area.

Unlocked at level 1
4 - Catapult
Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11
4 - Stalwart Banner
Morale Booster

Improve the attacks of nearby allies for a short duration.

Unlocked at level 19
MoraleBooster-1

MovesetEdit

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.
  • Light Attack Combo - Second Side Light Attack is guaranteed if first one hits.
  • Crushing Counterstrike - Top Light Attack has Superior Block property during the Startup. Use it to counterattack. Attack becomes Unblockable after a counter.
  • Shoulder Bash Cancel - Press MMB (PC), X (XB1) or X (PS4) to Cancel Shoulder Bash with a Guardbreak. Press E (PC), B (XB1) or O (PS4) to Cancel Shoulder Bash and return to idle.
  • Unblockable Top Heavy Finisher- Top heavy finisher is unblockable.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Vanguard's Advance LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon Guardian's Assault LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon Warden's Wrath RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Rushing Slash (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↓ + RT LS↓ + R2
Superior Block icon Crushing Counterstrike Mouse/up + LMB RS↑ + RB RS↑ + R1
Valiant Breakthrough W + Space, RMB LS + A, RT LS + X, R2
Push Back iconUnblockable icon Shoulder Bash W,S,A,D + Space, MMB (hold) LS + A, X (hold) LS + X, ⬜ (hold)
Push Back iconUnblockable icon Shoulder Bash Mix Up LMB, MMB (must hit), LMB RB, X (must hit), RB R1, X (must hit), R1

ExecutionsEdit

Guts Then Chops

Guts Then Chops

Hilt Strike

Hilt Strike

Taking Out The Trash

Taking Out The Trash

Spinning Decapitation

Spinning Decapitation

Backhand Strike

Backhand Strike

Shoulder Tackle

Shoulder Tackle

Blackstone Bash

Blackstone Bash

End Them Rightly

End Them Rightly

A Moment Of Silence

A Moment Of Silence

Knockout

Knockout

Grave Passing

Grave Passing

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

Power Surge

Power Surge

I Rock!

I Rock!

Seriously?

Seriously?

I Lost

I Lost

Victory! (Warden)

Victory! (Warden)

Stupid, Stupid!

Stupid, Stupid!

Warden Coin Toss

Warden Coin Toss

Kill Card (Warden)

Kill Card (Warden)

Recognition (Warden)

Recognition (Warden)

Fighting StanceEdit

What's Your Problem?

What's Your Problem?

Sword Point

Sword Point

Twirl

Twirl

Polite Salute

Polite Salute

Blade Homage

Blade Homage

Shouldered Blade

Shouldered Blade

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

Model

Stills

VideosEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Heroes
Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer - Centurion - Gladiator
Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha
Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman
Wu Lin Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin