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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.

OverviewEdit

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.

ArmorEdit

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.

WeaponEdit

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.

TriviaEdit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.

QuotesEdit

  • 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 StyleEdit

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
  • Fast attacker

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Infinite chains
  • Very good special block move
  • Very good dodges

FeatsEdit

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina

Unlocked at level 1
1 - Iron Lungs
Body Count

Passive | Killing a soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 5
BodyCount
Deadly

Passive | Attacks deal more Damage

Unlocked at level 13

Deadly-0
2 Smoke Bomb

Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock

Unlocked at level 1
2 - Smoke bomb
Juggernaut

You're slowed and gain high Damage reduction

Unlocked at level 7

2 - Juggernaut
Rock Steady

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

Unlocked at level 15
2- Rock steady
3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1

3 - Second Wind
Sharpen Bladed

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

Unlocked at level 9

SharpenBlade Icon
Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate Damage (85 dmg)

Unlocked at level 17
3 - Long Bow
4 Arrow Storm

Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas

Unlocked at level 1
4 - Arrow Storm
Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11
4 - Stalwart Banner
Fear Itself

Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses

Unlocked at level 19

FearItself-0

MovesetEdit

Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 in Top Stance, and attack from the side if from a Side Stance.
  • Vulnerable Front Dodge - Unlike other Heroes, Aramusha does not possess any guard during his Forward Dodge.
  • Swift Reprisal - Twin Vipers and Rushing Wind are considered as Heavy chain starters.
  • Deadly Feint - You can cancel your Heavy finisher and Twin Vipers with a Light Attack in a different direction.
  • Special Moves Cancel - Twin Vipers and Rushing Wind can be canceled with B (XB1), E (PC) and O (PS4).
    • Zone Attack Cancel - Zone Attacks can also be canceled before the second strike.
  • Befuddle - A missed sprint attack can be followed up with another sprint attack from the other side.
  • Top Heavy Opener Cancel - The Top Heavy Opener's recovery can be cancelled with a dodge if the attack misses.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Tempest Infinite icon ↑ + LMB or RMB, ← or → + LMB or RMB Infinite icon RS↑ + LT or RT, RS← or RS→ + LT or RT Infinite icon RS↑ + R1 or R2, RS← or RS→ + R1 or R2
Chain Attack icon Tempest (Alternate) Infinite icon ← or → + LMB or RMB, ↑ + LMB or RMB Infinite icon RS← or RS→ + LT or RT, RS↑ + LT or RT Infinite icon RS← or RS→ + R1 or R2, RS↑ + R1 or R2
Uninterruptible Stance icon Rushing Wind W + Space, ↑ + RMB LS↑ + A, RS↑ + RT LS↑ + X, RS↑ + R2
Rushing Wind (Alternate) W + Space, ← or → + RMB LS↑ + A, RS← or RS→ + RT LS↑ + X, RS← or RS→ + R2
Full Block Stance icon Blade Blockade C RS ↓ RS ↓
Unblockable icon Ring the Bell C, Block icon, LMB RS↓, Block icon, LT RS↓, Block icon, R1
Uninterruptible Stance icon Fury Unleashed C, Block icon, ↑, RMB RS↓, Block icon, RS↑, RT RS↓, Block icon, RS↑, R2
Unblockable iconUninterruptible Stance icon Twin Vipers C, Block icon, ← or →, RMB RS↓, Block icon, RS← or RS→, RT RS↓, Block icon, RS← or RS→, R2
Push Back iconUninterruptible Stance iconUnblockable icon Push Back Kick C, Block icon, MMB RS↓, Block icon, X RS↓, Block icon, ⬜
Sprint Attack (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB RS↑ + RT RS↑ + R2

Executions Edit

Dis-Jointed

Dis-Jointed

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Dragon Palm Strike

Dragon Palm Strike

Mulberry Field

Mulberry Field

Flawless Execution!

Flawless Execution!

Slashing Wind

Slashing Wind

Twin Dragons

Twin Dragons

Bare Hand Beat Down

Bare Hand Beat Down

Sayuri

Sayuri

Think Fast

Think Fast

Head Cutter

Head Cutter

Rebel Just For Kicks

Rebel Just For Kicks

In The Forearm

In The Forearm

EmotesEdit

Passive Stance Edit

Throw It Down!

Throw It Down!

Rōnin Mawasashi

Rōnin Mawasashi

Omedetai

Omedetai

Spinal Tap

Spinal Tap

Thrusters On!

Thrusters On!

The Maniac

The Maniac

Aramusha Coin Toss

Aramusha Coin Toss

Kill Card (Aramusha)

Kill Card (Aramusha)

Recognition (Aramusha)

Recognition (Aramusha)

Solet (Aramusha)

Solet (Aramusha)

Reluctant Applause (Aramusha)

Reluctant Applause (Aramusha)

Speed Demon

Speed Demon

Fighting StanceEdit

Stay Sharp

Stay Sharp

Dowsing Rod

Dowsing Rod

M'Lady

M'Lady

Chin Up

Chin Up

X Marks The Spot

X Marks The Spot

Slice 'N' Dice

Slice 'N' Dice

Subarashi (Aramusha)

Subarashi (Aramusha)

ExecutionsEdit

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

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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

Fighting StanceEdit

Snowball Fight!

Snowball Fight!

ExecutionsEdit

Futsunomitama

Futsunomitama

Shiryo Avenger

Shiryo Avenger

Ware Shinaba

Ware Shinaba

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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)

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

Armor

Stills

VideosEdit

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