"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
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.
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.
WeaponEditKatana - 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.
- 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.
- 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 wields weapons (two axes for Berserker, two hook swords for Nuxia) or has a primary weapon with a secondary in the off-hand (sword and dagger for Peacekeeper, trident and buckler for Gladiator).
- 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.
- "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.
- The actual move seen in the execution is a reference to the single-stroke battle trope.
- "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.
- This execution features the popular delayed casualty trope.
- 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").
- 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
Orochi are very agile katana-wielding samurai. 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
- Very fast light attacks
- Dodges into faster attacks
- Deflect abilities
Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero
Stun nearby opponents with a scream
Passive | You can still sprint when out of stamina.
Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock.
Throw a weighted dagger that does damage.
Passive | Attacks fill the revenge meter
Fire a long bow for moderate damage. (85 dmg)
Attacks inflict low Damage over time.
Passive | Dodging raises Attack for a short duration
A trap dealing Bleed Damage in an area of effect
Enemies around you have lower Stamina regeneration and defenses
Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.
- Renown - Earn more Renown in 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 Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
- Defense: Reflex - Your Guard Stance only remains active for a limited time, for up to one second.
- Deflect - Deflect by dodging in the direction of an incoming attack just before impact. Deflect can be followed-up by Wind Gust (Light Attack) or Hurricane Blast (Heavy Attack).
- Hurricane Blast Cancel - Cancel out of a Hurricane Blast with Wind Gust (Light Attack), Guardbreak or Dodge.
- Calm before the Storm - Storm Rush can be held after dodging backwards. 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.
- Top Light Attack Combo - A successful Top Light Opener guarantees a second hit, although with reduced damage. Lightning Strike and Riptide Strike cannot initiate the guaranteed strike.
- Chain Starters - Storm Rush, Riptide Strike, Lightning Strike, Zephyr Slash and Wind Gust all function as Chain Starters for their respective input.
- Finisher Recovery - The Recovery after Finishers can be canceled with a Dodge or Dodge Attack. This can be done as early as 100ms into the recovery, and can be buffered.
- Undodgeable Attacks - Lightning Strike, Zephyr Slash and the top strike of Storm Rush are all undodgeable.
- Crashing Wave - Crashing Wave has a short recovery, allowing Orochi to start chains smoothly after.
(From Guard Mode)
|Armor Styles||Weapon Styles|
|Knights||Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer|
|Samurai||Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri|
|Vikings||Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman - Jormungandr|
|Wu Lin||Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin - Zhanhu|