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"Some must fall from grace. But when Samurai fall, they also free themselves from their masters. Aramusha: brash enforcers for the most prestigious houses. Once noble fighters, now mercenaries. Their dual katana may have killed to satisfy their own ego, but those crimes belong to the past. They join this war not out of duty or command. They join because they are elite warriors in search of their own destiny, a destiny stained red with the blood of those in their way."


Aramusha are a playable hero in For Honor.

Overview

The Aramusha is a Samurai fallen from grace. They are not silent nor elegant but they move with the precision of a predatory cat and waste no movements. Their dual blades make short work of any who stand before them.

The Aramusha and Shinobi are members of the same secret order though their roles are vastly different. Where the Shinobi are the silent assassin, the Aramusha are the brash enforcers or sometimes the bodyguards for the more powerful Samurai houses. They once fought for an honorable cause... but circumstances, be it betrayal, greed, ego or others, have pushed them to abandon their oaths.

There is no air of mystery about them. They are simply elite warriors who wield dual katana with deadly grace. The Samurai have called on one of their most ruthless weapons and they are about to be unleashed on the battlefield.

Armor

No longer wearing body armor, the Aramusha wear Shitagi shirts with Hakama pants tied off at the end by greaves. They wear a worn down straw Kasa as a pair of Wakizashi hang on the left side of their waist.

Weapon

Dual Katana - The katana is the archetypal single-edge curved sword of the samurai of the Dawn Empire. Some are honored family heirlooms and others are taken off dead bodies. For the Aramusha, they wield a set of such swords, using them in the infamous dual-blade style that only few can master.

Trivia

  • Aramusha (荒武者) roughly means "Rough/Wild Warrior." As warriors who have fallen from grace and have no more masters, they reference the Ronin (浪人; lit. "unrestrained man"; trans. "wanderer"), samurai who were without a lord or master.
    • Although Ronin became masterless as a result of some terrible act (or the death/fall of the master), it was usually the lord or master who had caused the disgraceful act, not the Ronin.
      • However, it was not uncommon for the master to take the responsibility for the wrongdoing done by the samurai who serves them.
    • Like Aramusha, the Ronin often end up as criminals or mercenaries due to their dishonourable background preventing them from taking up a new trade.
    • The "荒" part of their name could refer to their fighting style that is a bit more brash, but still as graceful, as the other sword-wielding samurai.
    • Leaks revealed that the Aramusha was originally called the Ronin. Occasionally, members of the development team will also refer to the Aramusha by that title as a sign of the development name.
    • It is historically accurate that the Aramusha would belong to the Shinobi Clans, as ninja were at times samurai or ronin who took up espionage duty for a lord.
  • The Aramusha's dual wielding style is likely inspired from the Niten Ichi-ryū (二天一流; lit. "two-heavens-as-one school"), the only Nitō-ryū (二刀流; lit. "two sword school") swordsmanship prominent in Japan. The style was developed by Miyamoto Musashi, where the wielder would wield a set consisting of a long sword (the katana) and a short sword (the wakizashi). The use of two long swords was also practiced, though not as common.
    • Miyamoto Mushashi was also a Ronin at one point.
    • The Nitō-ryū style of fighting continues today both in Kenjutsu and Kendō, where the latter of which can be seen at tournaments at times, although bound by specific rules compared to the more typical Ittōryū (一刀流; lit. "one sword school").
    • The name of the Niten Ichi-ryū swordsmanship is referenced in one of Aramusha's Signatures.
  • The Aramusha features tattoos in some of his armour choices. This may be a reflection of the taboo culture of tattoos in Japan and the criminality related to said tattoos. For wanderers, the tattoos though could hold spiritual meaning.
  • Aramusha currently is the only Hero who loses his headwear when killed, revealing his face. All other Heroes have static heads.

Emotes & Executions

  • The emote "Rōnin Mawashi" (浪人回し) translates to "the wanderer's whirl."
  • The emote "Dowsing Rod" makes a reference to the divination method of dowsing. Dowsing used a rod or rods to find water or metals without the use of scientific equipment.
    • Aramusha points his katana forward, having their tips touch to make them appear like a Y-rod (possibly dowsing towards their opponent).
  • The emote "Omedetai" (おめでたい) translates to "celebratory."
  • The emote "The Maniac" may be a reference to the movie "Flashdance" and a dance move performed in it that is akin to the one Aramusha performs.
  • The Execution "Mulberry Field" is a reference to the Japanese Phrase "Kuwabara Kuwabara" (桑原桑原; lit. "mulberry field, mulberry field") which is used to ward off lightning. This may originate from a Chinese legend that mulberry trees do not get struck by lightning. Japanese Mythology also points to how the land of Kuwabara has remained unharmed by lightning as the land is home to Michizune, a god of Lightning.
    • The phrase is also analogous to the English phrase "Knock on wood" for warding away bad luck.
  • The Execution "Rebel Just for Kicks" is a reference to the song "Feel It Still" by Portugal The Man, where one of its signature line of lyrics is "I'm a rebel just for kicks now."
  • The Execution "Sayuri" (小百合) references the orange lily, which in Japanese flower language (花言葉; hanakotoba; lit. "flower language") means "hatred" or "revenge."
  • The Signature "Stilt Walker" is likely a reference to Jean-Claude Van Damme, a Belgian actor and retired martial artist known for performing splits-based stunts. This is most apparent in how the Aramusha starts on top of his swords with arms crossed, only to lower his body down into a split, which Van Damme often does for his stunts such as here.
  • "Ryuusei no Uchi" (流水の打) translates to "Flowing Water Strike."
    • The name of this execution is in reference to a technique from Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings where, when faced with an opponent who is at equal strength as oneself, become graceful but powerful as a flowing river.

Quotes

  • Japanese: 喰らえ (Kurae) - English: "Eat this!" or "Take this!"
    • Zone Attack
  • Japanese: ぬるい (Nurui) - English: "Too weak!"
    • Push Back Kick
  • Japanese: 甘い (Amai) - English: "Naive!"
    • Ring the Bell
  • Japanese: 詰まらん (Tsumaran) - English: "Tasteless!"
    • Fury Unleashed or Twin Vipers

Fighting Style

The Aramusha use their blades for both offense and defense. They can move very carefully or dodge very quickly on the battlefield. They capitalize on the mistakes of their opponents to unleash a never-ending flow of fast attacks in every direction.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Counter Attacker
  • Infinite Chain Harasser

Special Capabilities

  • Infinite chains as long as they switch which side they attack from
  • Blade Blockade ability that provides an assortment of powerful counter-attack moves
  • Dangerous soft-feints that allows Aramusha to catch opponents off guard

Perks

Available Perks for the Aramusha can be viewed on the Perks page.

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina

Unlocked at level 1
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Body Count

Passive | Killing a soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 5
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Deadly

Passive | Attacks deal more Damage

Unlocked at level 13

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2 Smoke Bomb

Throw down a bomb that stuns enemies for a moderate duration of time.

Unlocked at level 1
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Juggernaut

You're slowed and gain high Damage reduction

Unlocked at level 7

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Short Tempered

Passive | Upon being hit by an enemy Hero, deal increased damage for a short time.

Unlocked at level 15
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3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1

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Sharpen Bladed

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

Unlocked at level 9

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Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate Damage (85 dmg)

Unlocked at level 17
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4 Arrow Storm

Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas

Unlocked at level 1
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Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11
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Fear Itself

Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses

Unlocked at level 19

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Moveset

General

  • Renown: Hybrid - Renown is balanced across activities.
  • Revenge Mode - Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
  • Defense: Static - Your Guard Stance remains active in the direction you designate, even when performing a Dodge.

Hero Specific

  • Blade Blockade - Press C (PC) or RS↓ (XB, PS4) to gain a Full Block Stance briefly. Successfully blocking allows Aramusha to counterattack with some special moves.
    • Recoveries into Blade Blockade - Blade Blockade can be accessed during the recovery of any attack (except Fury Unleashed), whether if it hits, misses or is blocked.
    • Hitstun into Blade Blockade - Aramusha is uniquely able to cancel hitstuns with Blade Blockade. This allows Aramusha the ability to Blade Blockade Chain Lights after even a landed Heavy attack.
    • Blade Blockade Counterattack - All counterattack moves from Blade Blockade are guaranteed, while also being Uninterruptible and Unblockable. Fury Unleashed is also Undodgeable while Twin Vipers has a wider hitbox.
    • Blade Blockade into Dodge - Instead of performing a counterattack, Aramusha can cancel the recovery of a successful Blade Blockade with a Dodge.
  • Chain Finishers - Chains can be finished with a strong final strike by performing a Heavy Attack with RT (XB1), RMB (PC), R2 (PS4) in the same direction the last strike was performed from. Attack from top if the previous attack was in Top Stance, and attack from the side if the previous strike was in a Side Stance.
  • Swift Reprisal - Fury Unleashed, Twin Vipers, Front & Side Rushing Wind and Ring the Bell are considered as Heavy Chain Openers.
  • Deadly Feint - You can cancel your Heavy Finisher with a Light Attack in a different direction. Deadly Feints count as Chain Lights.
  • Rushing Wind Cancel - Front Rushing Wind can be canceled with B (XB1), E (PC) and O (PS4).
    • Ring the Bell Soft-Feint - Heavy Openers and Front Rushing Wind can be canceled during their start-up with GB (PC), X (XB1) or 🔲 (PS4) to cancel into Ring the Bell. Ring the Bell is a pinning move that will deal health damage.
  • Zone Attack - The second strike of Zone Attack is Unblockable, and can be feinted.
  • Befuddle - A missed sprint attack can be followed up with another sprint attack from the other side.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Tempest Infinite icon.png LMB or RMB (not the same side consecutively) Infinite icon.png RB or RT (not the same side consecutively) Infinite icon.png R1 or R2 (not the same side consecutively)
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Front Rushing Wind W + Space, RMB LS↑ + A, RT LS↑ + X, R2
Side Rushing Wind A or D + Space, RMB LS← or LS→ + A, RT LS← or LS→ + X, R2
Full Block Stance icon.png Blade Blockade C RS ↓ RS ↓
Unblockable icon.pngUninterruptible Stance icon.png Fury Unleashed C, Block icon.png, LMB RS↓, Block icon.png, RB RS↓, Block icon.png, R1
Unblockable icon.pngUninterruptible Stance icon.png Twin Vipers C, Block icon.png, RMB RS↓, Block icon.png, RT RS↓, Block icon.png, R2
Push Back icon.pngUninterruptible Stance icon.pngUnblockable icon.pngStun icon.png Push Back Kick C, Block icon.png, MMB RS↓, Block icon.png, X RS↓, Block icon.png, ⬜
Sprint Attack (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB RS↑ + RT RS↑ + R2

Executions

Requiescat_In_Pace

Requiescat In Pace

Rampage_Of_Ragnarok

Rampage Of Ragnarok

Cheaty_Flute

Cheaty Flute

Blow_Your_Own_Horn

Blow Your Own Horn

Harpy_Hey_Joe

Harpy Hey Joe

Lute_Not

Lute Not

Sylvan_Vaporization

Sylvan Vaporization

Horkos_Pharmakos

Horkos Pharmakos

Sylvan_Metamorphasis

Sylvan Metamorphasis

Revenant_Slayer

Revenant Slayer

Ulfhednar_Killer

Ulfhednar Killer

Shiryo_Avenger

Shiryo Avenger

Jiangshi_Banisher

Jiangshi Banisher

Minified_And_Put_Aside

Minified And Put Aside

Minified_And_Magnified

Minified And Magnified

Minified_And_Stomped

Minified And Stomped

Minified_And_Kicked_Away

Minified And Kicked Away

Wolf_Among_Sheep

Wolf Among Sheep

Ilma's_Scythe

Ilma's Scythe

Cane_You_Feel_It

Cane You Feel It

Brought_You_A_Gift

Brought You A Gift

Chimera_Salvation

Chimera Salvation

Blades_of_the_Vanguards

Blades of the Vanguards

Resounding_Defeat

Resounding Defeat

Deadly_Hare

Deadly Hare

Sylvan_Detachment

Sylvan Detachment

To_The_Great_Beyond

To The Great Beyond

Feast_Upon_The_Weak

Feast Upon The Weak

The_Masquerade_Is_Over

The Masquerade Is Over

Unquenchable_Wolf

Unquenchable Wolf


Farewell,_Chimera_Music_Box

Farewell, Chimera Music Box

Farewell,_Chimera_Zither

Farewell, Chimera Zither

Farewell,_Horkos_Bagpipe

Farewell, Horkos Bagpipe


Farewell,_Horkos_Violin

Farewell, Horkos Violin

Wrathful_Concision

Wrathful Concision

Willful_Concision

Willful Concision

Sorrowful_Concision

Sorrowful Concision

Artful_Concision

Artful Concision

Aegir's_Reach

Aegir's Reach

Anchors_Down

Anchors Down

Chill_Out

Chill Out

Death_Metal_Triangle

Death Metal Triangle

Fish_In_A_Barrel

Fish In A Barrel

Get_Whale_Soon

Get Whale Soon

Off_The_Hook

Off The Hook

The_Huntress'_Prey

The Huntress' Prey

Ran's_Bestowment

Ran's Bestowment

What_Goes_Around

What Goes Around

Just_Add_Oil

Just Add Oil

Emotes

Passive Stance

The_Bard's_Instrument

The Bard's Instrument

Sword_In_The_Stone

Sword In The Stone

Ready_To_Rumble

Ready To Rumble

Volcanic_Destruction_Blast

Volcanic Destruction Blast

Jack_O_Lantern

Jack O Lantern

Leap_Of_Faith

Leap Of Faith

Penguin_Walk

Penguin Walk

Vortiger's_Ascent

Vortiger's Ascent

Shadows_of_the_Hitokiri

Shadows of the Hitokiri

Zhanhu's_Fire

Zhanhu's Fire

Dubious_Assessment

Dubious Assessment

One_Of_Your_Shrugs

One Of Your Shrugs

Howl_At_The_Moon

Howl At The Moon

Confused_Warrior

Confused Warrior

Skeptically_Swaying

Skeptically Swaying

Horkos_Grimoire

Horkos Grimoire

Sylvan_Book

Sylvan Book

Sylvan_Meditation

Sylvan Meditation

In_ChaRAHcter

In ChaRAHcter

Muscular_Archer

Muscular Archer

Muscular_Biceps

Muscular Biceps

Message_Board

Message Board

Sylvan_Panacea

Sylvan Panacea

Selfish_Drinker

Selfish Drinker

Chimera_Bagpipe

Chimera Bagpipe

Chimera_Music_Box

Chimera Music Box

Chimera_Violin

Chimera Violin

Chimera_Zither

Chimera Zither

Horkos_Bagpipe

Horkos Bagpipe

Horkos_Music_Box

Horkos Music Box

Horkos_Violin

Horkos Violin

Horkos_Zither

Horkos Zither

Odaiko

Odaiko

Raising_Glasses

Raising Glasses

Suspended_Gong

Suspended Gong

The_Bodhran

The Bodhran

The_Field_Drum

The Field Drum

Suspicious_Tumbleweed

Suspicious Tumbleweed

Elegant_Dance

Elegant Dance

The_Bard's_Triangle

The Bard's Triangle

Gryphon's_Fireside

Gryphon's Fireside

Fighting Stance

Snowball_Fight!

Snowball Fight!

Executions

Futsunomitama

Futsunomitama

Ware_Shinaba

Ware Shinaba

Death_By_Arrows

Death By Arrows

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Samurai)

Down The Hatch! (Samurai)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Samurai)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Samurai)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Samurai)

Banner Of Arms (Samurai)

Media

Images

Armor

Stills

Videos

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