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"Villages far from the safety of our castle still need protection. But how can our armies protect the people when we samurai are so few? Nobushi: elegant, aggressive fighters with the lightest of armors and the most exotic of weapons: the naginata. They seem hardly battle ready, but looks, in this case, are profoundly deceiving. They keep our wilds safe and we don't even know who they are."


Nobushi are a playable hero class in For Honor.

Description

The defenders of the villages too far from the Imperial City for the army to reach. They are elegant fighters with a curious weapon. They have the lightest armor that allows them to move like the wind but cannot take a lot of damage. But don’t let their appearance fool you, they are one of the most effective fighters the Samurai have. [1]

Armor

The nobushi appears to be mostly wearing leather and cloth with a gray knee-length jinbaori (Samurai coat) on top. They possess two small sode, Japanese shoulder protectors, on their shoulders.

They wear a mouthless noh mask and an amigasa hat.

Weapon

Naginata - The naginata is a long weapon consisting of a wooden shaft topped with a curved blade, with a round handguard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft. It is an extremely versatile weapon in the hands of a trained warrior and can be used to stab, bash, or hook enemies.

Naginata

Trivia

  • The Nobushi's description matches that of the Onna-bugeisha (女武芸者; lit. "female martial warriors"), female warriors, typically of nobility, who were part of the bushi (samurai) class, partaking in battles along samurai men in times of need. They were trained in the use of weapons so that they can protect their household, family and honour during times of war.
    • While the onna-bugeisha used the same weapons as their male counterpart, the naginata was the most popular weapon-of-choice for them. Being used by many famous onna-bugeisha, the naginata has been the iconic image of female warriors in Japanese pop culture.
    • "Nobushi" (野武士) roughly translates into English as "Outsider Warrior" or "Civilian Warrior." The word "野" was also used in reference to areas outside the main castle and city.
  • While the naginata were used by all samurai, they were most often associated with women, as the extended length effectively made up for their general lack of strength and size when fighting katana-armed male opponents.
  • In comparison to the military half-masks and full-masks worn by some of the other Samurai Heroes, the mask worn by the Nobushi mostly consist of non-military full-masks that originate from a number of Japanese cultural elements, such as masks from Japanese theatre (such as Noh and Kyōgen) and festival masks that are based on animals.
    • It is also very likely that the masks worn by the Nobushi, particularly the default mask of the Izumi set, are inspired by masks worn in Japanese pop culture media such as anime. As an example, the default masks bears a resemblance to masks worn by certain characters in the ninja adventure series Naruto.

Emotes & Executions

  • The emote "Thriller" may be a reference to Michael Jackson's song of the same name. The pose Nobushi makes is seen countless times in the song's music video.
  • "Snapmare" refers to the wrestling move of the same name, which Nobushi performs as the first part of the execution. Nobushi puts her back to her victim, bringing her arm up behind her victim's head, only to then flip them over her shoulder onto their back.
  • "Haato no Joou" (ハートの女王) translates to "Queen of Hearts."
  • "Oikase" (おいかせ) translates to "Tailwind."
    • "Oikase" is an older way of pronouncing "oikaze" (追い風; lit. "chasing wind"), representing the time when the Japanese language had not incorporated sonant marks, known as "dakuten" (濁点) in Japanese, in their written language.
    • "Oikase" may also be a misspelling of "oikaese" (追い返せ) which can mean "repel" or "drive away," which can be a possible reference to how Nobushi "repels" her foe in the execution.
  • "Ohisama no Kataki" (お日様の仇) translates to "Adversary of the Sun."
  • "Kuroyuri no Mai" (黒百合の舞) translates to "Black Lily Dance."
  • "Momiji no Uchi" (紅葉の打) translates to "Autumn Leaves Strike."
    • The name of this execution is in reference to a technique from Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings, where your intent is to strike the opponent's weapon, not the opponent. This should result in either locking blades or even breaking through their guard/disarming the opponent.

Quotes[2]

  • Japanese: 其方に死を (Sonata ni shi wo) - English: "I give you death!"
    • Poke the Nest finisher
  • Japanese: 推して参る (Oshite mairu) - English: "Here we go!"
    • Cobra Strike
  • Japanese: これは戦と思っておりません (Kore wa ikusa to omotteorimasen) - English: "I don't believe this to be a battle."
    • Momiji no Uchi execution

Fighting Style

The Nobushi is a Zone Character as they can strike from a safe distance with their Naginata. They rely on being elusive with their Hidden Stance, poking at their enemies with bleeding attacks that help them deal more damage.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Good Zone Control
  • Long Attack Range

Special Capabilities

  • Able to keep at a distance from opponents with poking strikes
  • An assortment of bleeding attacks, while dealing more damage to bleeding targets
  • Hidden Stance allows them to avoid attacks mid-chain
  • Multitude of recovery cancels through Kick, Dodge Attacks and Viper's Retreat

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still sprint when out of stamina.

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Speed Revive

Passive | Rapidly revive fallen teammates

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Body Count

Passive | Killing soldier grants you health and stamina.

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2 Arrow Strike

Call an arrow strike dealing moderate Damage over an area.

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Smoke Bomb

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

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Executioner's Respite

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

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3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

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Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate damage. (85 dmg)

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Sharpen Blade

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

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4 Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

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Arrow Storm

Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.

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Fire Trap

A trap that explodes and creates a fire area of effect

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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

  • Bleeding Light Attack Finisher - The third Light Attack in Poke the Nest is guaranteed and will Bleed the target if the second Light Attack hits. This guaranteed hit does not have to come from the same side as the second.
  • Undodgeable Heavy Finishers - All Heavy Finishers, including Heavy Attacks from Hidden Stance, are Undodgeable.
  • Way of the Shark - Nobushi's Bleeds can stack. Her attacks deal extra damage (~20% bonus) when hitting Bleeding enemies.
    • Bleeding Attacks - Slithering Thrust, Cobra Strike, Viper's Retreat, the second strike of her Zone Attack and the guaranteed Light Attack Finisher for Poke the Nest all inflict Bleed.
  • Hidden Stance - The Startup has a Dodge property. The Startup of Heavy Openers and Recoveries of all Moves can be cancelled into Hidden Stance.
    • Hidden Stance Properties - Hidden Stance does not restrict Nobushi's offensive capabilities, allowing her to perform Attacks, Kicks, Dodges and Dodge Attacks from the Stance. However, Nobushi cannot perform defensive moves such as Blocking or Parrying while in Hidden Stance, neither is she able to move normally as she remains stationary.
    • Hidden Stance Chains - Hidden Stance replaces the first attack of basic attack combos, causing attacks performed from the Stance to be the second in the chain. Heavy Attacks from Hidden Stance are Heavy Finishers; Light Attacks from Hidden Stance are considered as the second Light Chain in Poke the Nest.
  • Attack Recovery Cancel - Chain Attacks can be followed up by Hidden Stance, Viper's Retreat or Kick.
    • Kick Follow-up - Kick can be followed up by Hidden Stance, or Cobra Strike by pressing LMB (PC), RB (XB1) or R1 (PS4). Guardbreak throws count as Kicks.
  • Sidewinder Form - Hits at the opposite of the direction of the Dodge.
    • Sidewinder Follow-up - Sidewinder Form acts a Heavy Opener, and can be followed up by a Heavy Finisher, Hidden Stance, Viper's Retreat, Kick, Dodge or another Dodge Attack.
    • Zone Enhanced Sidewinder - Sidewinder has Zone Properties, allowing for the ability to not bounce even when superior blocked.
  • Cobra Strike Opener - Cobra Strike counts as a chain opener, and can lead into a chain Light or Heavy Finisher.
    • Cobra Strike Follow-up - Cobra Strike can be followed up by Hidden Stance, a Dodge or another Dodge Attack.
  • Death Rattle's Approach - You can cancel the recovery of a Forward Dodge with a Heavy Chain Opener from any side.
  • Viper's Retreat - Cancel the recovery of Viper's Retreat with either Hidden Stance, a Dodge or a Dodge Attack.
  • Zone Attack - Cancel Zone Attacks after the first strike with B (XB1), E key (PC) or the circle (PS4).
    • Zone Attack Soft Feints - Zone Attack can also be soft-feinted after the first strike with Kick, Dodge or Heavy Finishers with their respective buttons.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.pngBleed icon.png Poke the Nest LMB, LMB, LMB RB, RB, RB R1, R1, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Hiss and Bite LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Death Rattle Form RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Bleed icon.png Slithering Thrust (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + LMB LS(press to sprint) + RB L3(press to sprint) + R1
Coiling Slash (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS(press to sprint) + RT L3(press to sprint) + R2
Hidden Stance C RS↓ (hold down in direction) R3↓ (hold down in direction)
Bleed icon.png Cobra Strike A or W or D + Space, LMB LS← or LS↑ or LS→ + A, RB L3← or L3↑ or L3→ + X, R1
Bleed icon.png Cobra Strike Mix Up MMB ♦, MMB, LMB X ♦, X, RB ⬜ ♦, ⬜, R1
Bleed icon.png Viper's Retreat S + LMB LS↓ + RB L3↓ + R1
Push Back icon.pngUnblockable icon.png Kick LMB or RMB or C (hidden stance), MMB RB or RT or RS↓ (hidden stance), X R1 or R2, or R3↓ (hidden stance), ⬜
Sidewinder Form A or D + Space, RMB LS← or LS→ + A, RT L3← or L3→ + X, 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

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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