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"The vast forests of our lands are said to be filled with the spirits of beasts. Sometimes those beasts join us on the battlefield: Berserkers. Wild, free, and utterly without fear, they fight with twin axes but their true weapon is their passion. There is an ancient riddle: what is stronger than steel? Blood is our answer; blood and fury."


Berserkers are a playable hero class in For Honor.

Overview

Chaotic and brutal dual-axe-wielding Vikings. That is the simplest way one can describe the Berserkers. Their savage love of combat strikes fear into the hearts of most, friend and foe alike. The Berserker fights relentlessly, capable of vanquishing foes before they can mount a decent defense. Unconcerned with their personal safety in putting up a proper defense, these vicious warriors focus instead on killing as many enemies as they can.[1]

Armor

Historically, Berserkers have been described as warriors who would charge into battle without armor, instead wearing the pelts of whatever animals they believe themselves to be possessed by. Like their historical counterparts, the Berserkers wear little armor, only light leather shoulder pads and animals pelts with a mask over their eyes.

Weapon

Viking Hand Axe - The Viking have turned a common tool into a vicious, highly effective weapon. The hand axe combines speed of handling with the balance required for accurate throwing over short ranges. Their lethality is legendary when placed in the hands of the blood-crazed Berserkers, especially when they come as a set.

Viking Hand Axe

Trivia

  • Historical texts and Icelandic literature describe the berserkers as Viking champions who would charge into battle in a trance-like, almost animalistic, fury.
    • At the time, it was believed that this uncontrolled fury was the result of them being possessed by the spirits of animals on the battlefield. In the present, some speculate that this trance was the result of them consuming a hallucinogenic mushroom while others believe it was self-induced hysteria brought about by concentration and sheer force of will.
    • Despite popular belief, a berserker's act of going berserk was not due to any form of psychosis, rage or insanity. Many texts describe berserkers capable of holding proper conversations before and during battles.
  • Icelandic literature describes several tribes that were classified as berserkers, each one with a totem animal they worshiped.
    • One tribe in particular was called "the berserkir" because of the bear skins that they wore to mark their status. This is because berserkir translates roughly into "bear-shirt".
  • Berserker's Signature, "Number One" is a homage to Stefán Karl Stefánsson, a voice actor and performer who had died from bile duct cancer on August 21, 2018. Stefán has been credited ambiguously to lines for the Viking faction in For Honor, some sources noting that he did the voiceover for the Viking faction in the initial 2016 trailer for the game.
    • The Berserker's pose and the Signature's title references "We are Number One," a musical number from the Icelandic Children's TV Show, "Lazy Town." Stefán stared in singing this song as the show's central villain, with the song becoming an internet phenomenon a few years after the song had aired on the show. This was the highlight of Stefán's popularity.
    • The credibility of this claim is further compounded by the subtitle of the signature: "In Memoriam - To our Number One villain."
    • Some sources state that Stefán had played the role of the Berserker, be it in Multiplayer or as an enemy during the Story Campaign. Having this Signature on the Berserker may be a confirmation to this rumour.

Quotes[2]

  • Icelandic: "Þú ert dauður!" – English: "You are dead!"
    • Head Crusher
  • Icelandic: "Náði þér!" – English: "Caught you!"
    • Deflect
  • Icelandic: "Drepa, drepa, drepa!" - English: "Kill, kill, kill!"
    • Recognition Emote
  • Icelandic: "Hér, muntu deyja!" - English: "Here, you shall die!"
    • Male Berserker, Dismemberment Execution
  • Icelandic: "Í dag, muntu deyja!" - English: "Today, you shall die!"
    • Female Berserker, Dismemberment Execution

Fighting Style

Berserkers are intimidating Viking engines of death. They combine close-combat harassing abilities and have infinite chain attacks that make their offense intimidating to face against. Their uninterruptible stance allows them to be relentless even in the face of multiple enemies.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Harasser fighting style
  • Short-range fast attacks

Special Capabilities

  • Zone attacks strike multiple times in a row and can be used mid-chain
  • Infinite Uninterruptible Chain that can end with Unblockable attacks to harass opponents
  • Deflect ability that leads into a guaranteed guardbreak

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Bounty Hunter

Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero

BountyHunter Icon-0.png
Stun Trap

Trap that stuns enemies.

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Rush

Trigger to gain movement speed for a short duration

Rush Icon.png
2 Executioner's Respite

Passive | The base healing of Executions are increased by 50%.

ExecuteRespite Icon.png
Bear Trap

Medium damage trap that stops victims in their tracks.

BearTrap.png
Doom Banner

Nearby enemies have lower defense and attacks while within range.

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3 Throwing Axe

Throw an axe that deals medium damage.

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Sharpen Blade

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

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Fury

Raise speed, attack and defense stats for a short duration.

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4 Berserker

Significantly raise your speed, attack and defense.

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Fire Flask

Throw a projectile creating a fire area of effect.

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Fear Itself

Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses

FearItself-0.png

Moveset

General

  • Renown: Assassin - Earn more Renown in 1vX fights, by killing enemy Heroes, and getting killing streaks to unlock your feats in a match.
  • Revenge Mode - Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptable. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
  • Defense: Reflex - Your Guard Stance only remains active for a limited time, lasting for one second.
  • Deflect - Dodge in the direction of an incoming Attack just before impact to Deflect it. Deflects grant a Hero access to unique tools.

Hero Specific

  • Brute Force - After a Deflect, Berserker can perform Brute Force, a Guardbreak that is guaranteed, ignoring most Guardbreak invulnerabilities.
  • Bear Mauler Finisher - Bear Mauler Finishers are Unblockable.
    • Dance into Mauler - The Dance of the Paired Blades Infinite chain can flow directly into the Bear Mauler chain.
  • Top Heavy Finisher - A Top Heavy Attack cannot be chained further, even as an Opener. If it's not a Chain Opener, it will be Unblockable but has decreased damage.
  • Unstoppable Feint - Basic Chain Openers initiated immediately after a Feint are Uninterruptible. Lights after a Feint are also slightly faster and cost less Stamina.
    • Unstoppable Dodge Attacks - Head Slicer and Spin Chop are Enhanced, thus are not interrupted if blocked. Does not apply when blocked by a Superior Block.
    • Unstoppable Onslaught - Attacks after a Chain Opener all have Uninterruptible Stance.
  • Alternating Infinite - During Dance of the Paired Blades, Attacks need to alternate between Light and Heavy to continue.
    • Light Chain Starters - Head Slicer, Spin Chop and Skilled Slash can act as Chain Starters, but have to be followed by a Heavy Attack.
    • Heavy Chain Starters - Zone Attacks and Slashing Rush can act as Chain Starters, but have to be followed by a Light Attack.
  • Close Combat - If you miss any Basic Attack or a Head Crusher, the missed attack's recovery can be cancelled by a Zone Attack, Slashing Rush or a Dodge.
  • Head Crusher Sprint - If a target is outside normal leap range when attempting Head Crusher, Berserker will sprint before initiating the leap. While sprinting, it is possible to feint the move to stop performing Head Crusher; once the leap itself starts, the move cannot be feinted.
  • Cancel Heavy Openers - You can cancel the startup of a Heavy Opener with a dodge.
  • Undodgeable Spin Chop - Spin Chop is undodgeable.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Dance of the Paired Blades Infinite icon.png LMB, RMB or RMB, LMB Infinite icon.png RB, RT or RT, RB Infinite R1, R2 or R2, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Bear Mauler RMB, RMB, RMB RT, RT, RT R2, R2, R2
Boar Rush (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↓ + RT LS↓ + R2
Spin Chop A or D + Space, LMB LS← or LS→ + A, RB LS← or LS→ + X, R1
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Head Slicer W + Space + LMB LS↑ + A, RB LS↑ + X, R1
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Head Crusher W + Space, RMB LS↑ + A, RT LS↑ + X, R2
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Slashing Rush S + LMB + RMB LS↓ + RB + RT LS↓ + R1 + R2
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Skilled Slash Parry icon.png, LMB Parry icon.png, RB Parry icon.png, R1
Brute Force Unknown.png, MMB Unknown.png, X Unknown.png, ⬜

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

Dainslief

Dainslief

Sjaund

Sjaund

Death_By_Spears

Death By Spears

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Viking)

Down The Hatch! (Viking)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Viking)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Viking)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Vikings)

Banner Of Arms (Vikings)

Media

Images

Model

Weapons

Stills

Videos

External links

References


Heroes
Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer -Centurion
Gladiator - Black Prior - Warmonger - Gryphon
Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi
Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri - Kyoshin
Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie
Highlander - Shaman - Jormungandr
Wu Lin Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin - Zhanhu
The Outlanders Pirate - ??? - ???
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