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"We samurai are outnumbered. Each of our warriors must be the match of ten of our enemies. Each Orochi is a match for a hundred. Swift, strong, truest masters of the katana, they move like shadows with lore taken from the ninja clans. Their armor; a perfect balance of flexibility and strength. Orochi: they are the finest warriors the world has ever known."


For the single player campaign character, see: The Orochi

Orochi are a playable hero in For Honor.

Overview

The Imperial assassins of the Samurai. They roam the battlefield like ghosts, terrorizing and slaughtering those unfortunate enough to cross their path. Lightly armored and trained in the arts of stealth and deception, the Orochi dispatches enemies with a katana. Usually loyal beyond reproach, the Orochi holds the darker samurai secrets of dealing death in myriad ways, from throwing deadly knives to using a poisoned blade.

Armor

A perfect balance between flexibility and strength, the default armor is composed of laqured wood that cover most of the body with worn leather and cloth underneath. They wear a traditional kabuto, though it lacks any sort of tehen kanamono or decorative crest. Their dull gray mempo is simplistic and covers their mouth and nose, with dashes of tan paint that gives the image of sharp teeth.

Weapon

Katana - The katana is the archetypal single-edge curved sword of the samurai of the Dawn Empire. They are made of laminated steel of the highest quality and are often honored as family heirlooms that warriors pass down to their firstborn.
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Trivia

  • During early versions of the game, prior to its release, the Orochi was known as the Oni. Along with their name, details of their armor have been changed, most noticeably the lack of the panel of plate armor that hung over the back of the Oni's left shoulder.
    • This plate was reintroduced with a new gear look added in the Marching Fire update, meant to be a tribute to the pre-release appearance.
  • The default armor the Orochi wears is identical to Tosei dou gusoku: Samurai plate armor.
    • Though the Orochi's armor is made of wood, historical Samurai never wore wood armor. All accounts of Japanese wood armor predated the Samurai, as by the time of the Samurai, they were using lamellar and plate armor.
  • The word Orochi (Kanji: 大蛇) means serpent in Japanese, which refers to a mythical eight-headed serpent named Yamata no Orochi.
  • As fast, agile warriors with the ability to use weapons like the kunai and smoke bomb, the Orochi effectively assumes the role traditionally associated with the ninja in games and pop culture.
    • This is referenced in the Orochi intro trailer, which states how their existence was influenced by the mythical ninja clans.
    • With the introduction of the Shinobi, the Orochi assumes the more aggressive face of the ninja fantasy, whereas the Shinobi is the more stealthy counterpart.
  • Orochi is currently the only assassin Hero who uses a single weapon; all other assassin Heroes either dual wield weapons (two axes for Berserker, two kusarigama for Shinobi, two hook swords for Nuxia) or have a primary weapon with a secondary in the off-hand (sword and dagger for Peacekeeper, trident and buckler for Gladiator, hatchet and dagger for Shaman).
  • When putting up a guard, Orochi utilizes the "jōdan-no-kamae" (上段の構え; lit. "upper posture stance") for their top guard while using the "hassō-no-kamae" (八相の構え; lit. "eight aspect stance") for their side guards.

Executions

  • "Tsubame Gaeshi" is reference to the infamous technique of master swordsman Kojirō Sasaki.
    • Tsubame Gaeshi roughly means 'Swallow Reversal' or 'Turning Swallow Strike', referencing its fame for being able to cut a swallow mid-flight.
    • Modern depictions of the technique involve a downward strike, quickly followed by an upwards one. Orochi performs a technique akin to this during his Top Light combo.
    • In pop culture depictions of the technique, the user swiftly strikes twice before a decisive third strike to create a triangular cage that is indefensible and inescapable. Although including one more strike, the Orochi performs the execution akin to this description of the technique.
    • It is odd that this particular execution was given to the Orochi and not the Kensei, as Kojirō Sasaki was a wielder of the nodachi and the technique was founded with the use of the nodachi.
  • "Toro! Toro!" refers to the bullfighting contest, where the term is commonly depicted in pop culture as the term bullfighters use to taunt the bull they face. As seen in the execution, Orochi plays "bull" with their execution victim.
    • "Toro" in Spanish means "bull."
  • "Senbazuru" references "the Thousand Folded Cranes" (千羽鶴; senbadzuru; lit. "a thousand cranes"), a myth where folding a thousand origami cranes will grant a wish from the gods.
  • "Rokka no Shi" in the Japanese localization is "六花の死" which translates as "Death of the Six-Petal Flowers." In Japanese poetry, "Six-Petal Flower" (六花; rokka) can refer to snow (because a snow crystal is six-sided). As a result, the name can actually be read as "Death by Snow," which coincides with how the Execution was released during the winter.
  • The execution "Tobasu" literally translates to "to let fly" (飛ばす; tobasu).
  • "Senkei" may be a reference to "殲景" (lit. "slaughter scape" or "annihilation scape"). The name comes from a technique used by a character, Byakuya Kuchiki, in the action anime Bleach.
    • Alternatively, there is another term in Japanese that is pronounced as 'senkei': 線形 (lit. "linear"). This may be an allusion to the one-cut nature of the execution.
    • In the Japanese localization, the term is transcribed as "殲滅" (lit. "Obliteration" or "ruination").
  • "Ken no Sen" (懸の先) translates to "Tip of tension."
    • The name of this execution is in reference to a technique from Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings, being the first of the Three Sen Techniques, where you hold a stance before you strike the opponent swiftly.

Quotes

  • Japanese: 逃がしませぬ (Nigashimasenu) - English: "I will not let you escape!"
    • Female Orochi, Riptide Strike
  • Japanese: 尋常に勝負 (Jinjou ni shoubu) - English: "Let's have an honourable showdown!"
    • Male Orochi, Riptide Strike
  • Japanese: 死ね (Shine) - English: "Die!"
    • Wind Gust or Hurricane Blast
  • Japanese: さぁ、参る (Saa, mairu) - English: "Now, here I come!"
    • Male Orochi, Rokka no Shi Execution
  • Japanese: 時間を無駄にし過ぎた (Jikan o muda ni shisugita) - English: "I've wasted too much time (on you)!"
    • Shiryo Avenger Execution

Fighting Style

Orochi are very agile katana-wielding samurai who has an arsenal of dodge attacks at their disposal. They offer a good mix of harassment and counter-attack abilities but require skill and timing to have an effective defense.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Assassin Fighting Style
  • Counter-Attacker

Special Capabilities

  • An assortment of Dodge Attacks that makes them evasive
  • Can dodge out of the recoveries of attacks to remain relentless
  • Deflect that can leads into a swift stab that breaks even through Hyper Armor

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Bounty Hunter

Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero

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Kiai

Stun nearby opponents with a scream

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Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still sprint when out of stamina.

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2 Smoke Bomb

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

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Kunai

Quickly throw a weighted dagger that does damage.

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Executioner's Respite

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

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3 Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate damage.

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Sharpen Blade

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

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Slip Through

Passive | Dodging raises Attack for a short duration

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4 Nail Bomb

A trap dealing Bleed Damage in an area of effect

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Fear Itself

Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses

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Arrow Storm

Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.

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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

  • Gale Deflect - After a Deflect, Orochi can perform Wind Gust with the Light Attack input.
    • Pinning Gust - Wind Gust has a special pinning property that allows it to break through Hyper Armor.
  • Calm before the Storm - Storm Rush can be held after dodging backwards or forwards. During this time and while running, Orochi can choose which direction to attack from.
    • Chasing Storm - While running, Orochi will continue to chase their target until they reach striking distance or a total of 0.6 seconds has passed since they've started.
    • Storm Rush Cancel - Storm Rush can be canceled while being held or during the running animation with B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC).
    • Passing Storm - If Orochi successfully hits the target with Storm Rush, they will be place themselves on the opposite side of the target relative to where the Orochi struck from.
  • Light Attack Combo - A successful Opener guarantees a second hit if performed from the same side, although with reduced damage. This includes Dodge Attacks and Wind Gust. Dust Devil does not lead into a Light Attack Combo, but a Chained Light after a successful Dust Devil is confirmed.
  • Chain Starters - Zone Attack, Crashing Wave, Storm Rush, Riptide Strike, Lightning Strike, Zephyr Slash, Wind Gust and Dust Devil all function as Chain Starters for their respective input.
  • Attack Recovery - The Recovery after any Attack can be canceled with a Dodge or Dodge Attack. Dust Devil kick can only have its recovery cancelled if it hits.
  • Undodgeable Dodge Attacks - Zephyr Slash and all attacks from Storm Rush are all undodgeable.
    • Enhanced Dodge Attacks - Lightning Strike, Zephyr Slash and Riptide Strike are Enhanced, thus do not bounce off a block unless Superior Blocked.
    • Evasive Dodge Attack - Riptide Strike has I-frame during its start-up.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Galeforce Swipes LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Cyclone Slashes LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Maelstrom Slashes RMB, LMB, RMB RT, RB, RT R2, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Lightning Strikes Twice RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Crashing Wave (Not in Guard Stance) ↑ + RMB LS↓(press to sprint) + RT L3↓(press to sprint) + R2
Riptide Strike S + SPACE + LMB LS↓ + A + RB LS↓ + X + R1
Storm Rush W or S + Space, Hold RMB, ← or ↑ or →, Release RMB LS↑ or LS↓ + A, Hold RT, RS← or RS↑ or RS→, Release RT LS↑ or LS↓ + X, Hold R2, RS← or RS↑ or RS→, Release R2
Lightning Strike W + Space, LMB LS↑ + A, RB LS↑ + X, R1
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Dust Devil W + Space, MMB LS↑ + A, X LS↑ + X, ⬜
Zephyr Slash A or D + Space, LMB LS← or LS→ + A, RB LS← or LS→ + X, R1
Unblockable icon.png Wind Gust Deflect, LMB Deflect, RB Deflect, R1

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

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Ran's_Bestowment

Ran's Bestowment

What_Goes_Around

What Goes Around

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

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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