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"Mala ultro adsunt. Misfortune comes uninvited. It hungers for blood, craving eternal darkness. The time to repent is over! I will take up arms again. Step out of the shadows and teach them true darkness!"


The Black Prior is a playable hero class in For Honor.

Overview

The Black Priors are heavy heroes who wield the large kite shield and an arming sword. These dark agents fight alongside the Knights but are free from the code of chivalry. Whatever victory’s cost, the Black Priors will pay the price. Once Apollyon’s faithful warriors, today they return from exile to fight with their leader, Vortiger, reinventing their legacy and bringing fresh chaos to the battlefield.

Armor

Comprised of leather, black steel, and cast iron. Chainmail lies beneath everything with leather above it. Plate armor covers their arms and legs. Together with all the belts they wear, the Black Prior also wear a Chainmail hood that has a steel crown on top. Under that hood, dark make up marks under their eyes.

Weapon

Arming Sword & Kite Shield - The weapon of choice of the Black Prior is the arming sword. But their iconic kite shield is where the true foundation of their technique of battle lies.

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Trivia

  • Leaks led to the belief that the class was called the Vortiger. Further confusion was had when the Black Prior's reveal cinematic came out on January 16, 2019, titled "New Hero: Vortiger." On January 17, and January 31st, it was clarified by the developers that the class is called "The Black Prior", and that Vortiger and Erzebet are the leaders of the Black Prior order, and are not playable characters.
    • During one Warrior's Den session, when asked by Luc Duchaine "can you shed some light on 'Black Prior versus Vortiger?", Roman responded with, "So, the hero, that you're gonna play, is called the Black Prior. That's the heavy hero. That's the unit... And then, we have Vortiger, who is the head of the Black Priors." 
    • Even with these clarifications, confusion continues to stir as official websites still use "Vortiger" over "Black Prior" when referencing this hero, one being Ubisoft's own page for the Black Prior, which is titled "The Vortiger Guide - For Honor Vortiger Hero." Meanwhile, items such as weekly quests, namely, "Vortiger's Task", state that you, the player, play as a Black Prior, who must carry out Vortiger's orders. 
  • The name Vortiger comes from Vortigern (also known as Vortiger, Vortigan and Vortigen), a legendary warlord of Britain during the 5th century who was believed to have unintentionally aided the Angles, Saxons and the Jutes in their conquest of the British Isles when he invited them to destroy the Picts. However, the certainty of his existence is debated to this day by scholars and historians..
  • Black Prior also bears an interesting visual resemblance to King Vortigern from the film King Arthur: Legend of the sword. Both wear armor that consists mainly of cloth with plate on the arms, along with a hood-like helmet with a crown on top.
    • Erzebet is the Hungarian form of Elizabeth, and likely references Countess Elizabeth Bathory who was an infamous Hungarian noblewoman and alleged serial killer, accounting for the deaths of many women (accusations ranging from 50 up to above 500). She is often compared to Vlad the Impaler.
  • Priors are individuals who are the head of a house or a collection of houses under a religious order.
    • A likely inspiration of the Black Priors may be the Crusaders. Another point of inspiration may have been the Norman knights who most commonly used teardrop shields and swords, while being notable for being pious and well trained.
  • The Black Prior is the first Hero to not have their ornament on the head of the Hero. It is instead placed on the Black Prior's shoulder plates. All Year 4 Heroes would proceed to have this same arrangement for their ornament.
  • The Black Prior features a unique Zone Attack, one that does not deal any form of health damage. Instead, it functions like a Bash move, knocking back targets and draining their stamina.
    • Gladiator is the first Hero to feature a Zone Attack that includes a Bash in it, although it also has Gladiator swing a second time for a health damaging attack.
  • Although Ubisoft's For Honor's official website refers to Black Priors sword as a "Longsword," it is unmistakably an arming sword. It can even be argued to be a bastard sword, as a bastard sword is longer than an arming sword but shorter than a longsword. However, the Black Prior's sword is too short to be an actual Longsword.

Translations

  • The Latin saying from the reveal cinematic, "Mala ultro adsunt", means the same as the line said following the saying in the cinematic: "Misfortune comes uninvited."
    • This saying was the motto of German Emperor Sigmund of Luxembourg who ruled during the early 1400s.
    • This motto is also the name of one of Black Prior's purchasable Executions.
  • The spoken quote for the move Hawk's Charge, "Sindon cadit!" possibly refers to how even the best cloth decays overtime. In the sense of combat, even the best warriors can falter or lose their touch.
  • One of the free roam emotes, "Stulti, Stolidi, Fatui..." is a set of words which means "fools" or "stupid (people)" while using synonymous but different Latin words.
  • The battle emote "Veni" translates to "Come (at me)."
  • The signature "Conditorium" is a word synonymous to "repository" or "tomb."
  • The signature "Felix Culpa" translates to "happy fault" or "blessed fall."
  • The execution "Malo Undique Clades" translates to "disaster awaits the wicked everywhere," and is a quote from "Devises Heroiques," a book of emblems published by Claude Paradin.

Quotes

  • Latin: "Tenebris!"- English: "For Darkness!"
    • Tenebris Rising
  • Latin: "Ad profundis!" - English: "Into the abyss!"
    • Bulwark Counter or Up to the Hilt Execution
  • Latin: "Tace cor tuum!" - English: "Silence your heart!"
    • Bulwark Slash
  • Latin: "Sindon cadit!" - English: "Fine linen decays!"
    • Hawk's Charge

References

Fighting Style

The Black Priors are protectors of the battlefield. Masters of the sword and shield, their powerful defense is their offense. They can enter their special Bulwark Stance after blocking incoming attacks or after any strike, with their Bulwark Counter negating any attack as they flip their foe over their shield.

  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
  • Defense Specialist
  • Strong Support Abilities

Special Capabilities

  • Bulwark Stance that can be used to cancel attack/block recoveries and access Bulwark Slash and Bulwark Counter
  • Bulwark Slash is a wide Unblockable sweeping attack, while Bulwark Counter negates all incoming attacks for a counter-attack
  • Crushing Counter Light Openers and Undodgeable Heavy Finishers gives tools for the Black Prior to fight with

Perks

Available Perks for the Black Prior can be viewed on the Perks page.

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Sinister Shield

Grant a shield to your ally by inflicting some damage to yourself.

Unlocked at level 1
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Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina

Unlocked at level 5
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Speed Revive

Passive | Rapidly revive fallen teammates

Unlocked at level 13
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2 Healing Ward

Passive | Slowly regain health while in Bulwark Stance

Unlocked at level 1
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Doom Banner

Nearby enemies have less powerful attack and defense.

Unlocked at level 7
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Inspire

Nearby allies deal more Damage, and soldiers fight faster.

Unlocked at level 15
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3 Oath Breaker

Remove all shields from target and temporarily prevent them from gaining any more shield

Unlocked at level 1
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Punch Through

Passive | Deal Damage on Blocked Attacks

Unlocked at level 9
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Tough as NailsPassive | Raises max Health when unlocked. Unlocked at level 17
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4 Umbral Shelter

For a short time, generate shields for you and a nearby ally. Shields don't stack.

Unlocked at level 1
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Regenerate

Passive | Regenerate your Health when out of combat

Unlocked at level 11
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Morale Booster

Improve the attacks of nearby allies for a short duration.

Unlocked at level 19
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Moveset

General

  • Renown: Heavy - Earn more Renown by assisting or saving Heroes, and holding objectives 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.
  • Defense: Static - Your Guard Stance remains active in the direction you designate. Unlike most other Static Guard Heroes, Black Prior also has Normal Block Dodges.

Hero Specific

  • Superior Block Attacks- Tenebris Thrust and Light Attack Openers have Crushing Counterstrike properties (Superior Block, plus Unblockable and enhanced damage when successful).
  • Undodgeable Heavy Finishers - Heavy Finishers can't be dodged.
  • Chain Starter- Horizon Spin, Tenebris Thrust, and Bulwark Slash are chain starters. Tenebris Rising and Hawk's Charge are chain starters only if they hit an opponent.
  • Light Chain to Tenebris Rising - Press Guardbreak after a Light Opener to chain into Tenebris Rising.
    • Hawk's Charge - Press Guardbreak during the start up of a Heavy Opener to perform a shield bash in the form of Hawk's Charge.
  • Bulwark Stance - In this stance, you gain new Attacks and Regular Block in all directions. You can move while in this Stance, but you can't Guardbreak nor Counter-Guardbreak. Unlike other forms of Charged moves or Mobile Full Block stances, Black Prior's movement is not slowed. Instead their walk speed is slightly faster.
    • Fast Flow Recovery Cancel - Fast Flow into Bulwark Stance after using any normal chain attack by holding C or RS during their recovery.
    • Fast Flow after Block - Hold (C, RS) while successfully blocking an incoming attack to Fast Flow into Bulwark Stance.
  • Bulwark Slash Cancel - Bulwark Slash can be canceled during its startup by pressing B (XB1), E key (PC) or the circle (PS4).
  • Bulwark Counter - Bulwark Counter is a defensive move that requires timing. If successful, it negates the opponent's Attack or Unblockable move when successful, leading to Black Prior to throw the target over behind with their shield. If multiple enemies attack Black Prior during the initial throwing maneuver, they too will be thrown over. Black Prior is completely immune to damage while throwing enemies.
    • Bulwark Counter Sweep - After throwing all countered foes over their shield, Black Prior will automatically perform an Unblockable Sweep Attack around them with their sword to deal damage to all nearby Units, focusing on whoever they had countered.
    • Bulwark Counter Exceptions - Although Bulwark Counter works with even bash attacks and pins, it will not work on normal Guardbreaks.
  • Normal Block Dodges - Forward, Left, and Right Dodges have Normal Block properties in the direction of the Dodge.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Harsh Requiem LMB or RMB, LMB or RMB RB or RT, RB or RT R1 or R2, R1 or R2
Unblockable icon.png Horizon Spin LMB + RMB RB + RT R1 + R2
Superior Block icon.png Tenebris Thrust W + Space, RMB LS + A, RT LS + X, R2
Unblockable icon.png Tenebris Rising W + Space, MMB LS + A, X LS + X, ⬜
Unblockable icon.png Hawk's Charge (Only during Heavy Opener Start up) During RMB, MMB During RT, X During R2, ⬜
Sprint Attack (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↓ + RT LS↓ + R2
Full Block Stance icon.png Bulwark Stance C RS ↓ RS ↓
Unblockable icon.png Bulwark Slash (In Bulwark Stance) RMB RT R2
Push Back icon.png Bulwark Counter (In Bulwark Stance) LMB RB R1

Executions

Spinebreaker Mala_Ultro_Adsunt Vortiger's_Reckoning
Severe_Sentence Limb_Slicer Up_To_The_Hilt
Erzebet's_Prowesss Slowly_But_Surely Malo_Undique_Clades
Vortiger's_Regards

Emotes

Passive Stance

Formal_Salute Threatening Mutual_Respect
At_The_Ready Veni Fair_Fight
Solet_(Black_Prior) Reluctant_Applause_(Black_Prior)

Fighting Stance

I'll_Give_You_A_Show Desperate_Cry Minor_Adjustments
Reverence Stulti,_Stolidi,_Fatui... A_Shadow_Approaches
Macte_Virtute_(Black_Prior)

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

Clarent

Clarent

Benedicto_Militis

Benedicto Militis

Death_By_Catapult

Death By Catapult

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Knight)

Down The Hatch! (Knight)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Knight)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Knight)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Knight)

Banner Of Arms (Knight)

Media

Images

Model

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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