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"Who am I, you ask? And who do I stand with? Covenants? Factions? Haha! You think too much! Look, I've got a good blade, a few tricks up my sleeve... and a nice crew."

"Call me an Outlander if you like. Stop asking, more fighting, mate!"

"Well, until we meet again. Get ready. 'Cause you're in for a wild ride."

The Pirates are a playable hero class in For Honor.


The Pirates are sea captains coming from Archipelago far from the land of Heathmoor. Each of them is a captain of their own ship, with hundreds of people relying on them for their survival. They are bold, bossy and passionate, but side with neither good nor bad. Fiercely loyal to one another, they ally themselves with anyone who can help them -- and they fight anyone who stands between them and their spoils with their cutlass and pistol. 

After a string of dramatic climate changes, a new territory opened itself to the Pirates. For a very long time, they have traveled the seas and now, they have finally set their sights on Heathmoor. Armed with their signature cutlass and pistol, the only language the Pirates speak is of combat and chaos. No ship, harbor or warrior is safe from their ferocity.

The Pirates’ main hub is an island near the Wu Lin continent that serves as neutral territory, but they themselves can come from all walks of life. Once alone, abandoned or forgotten, they have formed a union. The water is the only home they know, and they are fiercely loyal to one another. Theirs is a family, found and chosen. Covenants? Factions? Legions? They have no interest in any of that. All they care about is getting rich. They ally themselves with anyone who can help them – and they fight anyone who stands between them and their spoils.


As they sail over the sea, the Pirates don't dress themselves in heavy armor that would rust to the touch of the salty ocean air. Instead, they wear attire suitable for a cosair: a tunic shirt, long pants, a cloth belt, boots, with a sleeveless leather frock coat on top of all that. What metal they do wear are shiny trinkets and arm protection. On their head, they wrap their head with a bandanna with an eye patch over their left eye.


Pirate weapon.png
Cutlass and Flintlock Pistol - While their cutlass is no special sword, it does the job needed for the Pirates on the high seas. In their off-hand though is a never before seen weapon: the flintlock pistol. Although a ranged weapon, the Pirate utilize the pistol as a pair to their Cutlass in close combat. This combo yields a ferocious style of unrelenting assault.

Known Pirates

  • Bou Yin
  • TBA


  • The Pirate is the first Outlander Hero to be showcased, introducing the faction to the game.
    • While the Pirate's origin is Wu Lin and they speak Chinese, they are strictly affiliated with the Outlanders.
    • Much like the Gryphon, some of the Pirate's cosmetics are not locked to any one faction, likely to represent their lack of tie to any one faction. For example, they feature outfits from differing factions, including the Samurai's "Northern Dragon", the viking's "Battle Swine", the Knight's "Exquisite Corpse", and the Wu Lin's "Zealous Zhu Que."
  • Just like the Heroes of Year 4 and 5 before, the Pirate is a genderlocked Hero but features Alternate armor variation.
    • For the most part, Alternate armor variations are an "infantry grade" visual counterpart to their normal variant, featuring no cape and less flare. However, Alternate armor will take on a player's set colour scheme more than the normal variant, which includes dying the Pirate's hair with the Team Colour (similar to Kyoshin whose hair colour was dyed based on material colour).
  • While other Heroes have had access to ranged and/or gunpowder weapons, the Pirate is the first Hero to have it incorporated into their basic moveset.
    • The pistol that the Pirate use, as noted above in the weapon's section, is a flintlock pistol. However, the gun in-game is never shown to be reloaded each time it is shot; as noted below in regards to the Hero's article, reloading the pistol was not incorporated due to balance reasons.
  • While not featuring any unique stance when leaning over an edge, the Pirate does feature a special drop attack animation akin to Shinobi: instead of using their melee weapon (the Cutlass) to strike an enemy down, the Pirate will shoot down with their pistol.
  • The Pirate is the first Hero to have a Hero-unique emote that has looping animations, featured on their "Seashore Cheer" emote.
  • While some Heroes had Feats that could be used in-chain, the Pirate is the first Hero who has moves that are intentionally made with in-chain capabilities in mind, as they also function as chain openers.
  • A number of trivia can be derived from this article released for the Hero. The following are trivia pieces that are confirmed by this article.
    • The Pirate is inspired by the Chinese pirate leader, Zheng Yi Sao (鄭一嫂), also known as Ching Shih (鄭氏). Zheng Yi Sao is most famously known for being the most successful female pirate, if not the most successful pirate in history.
    • As the Pirates' signature ship has red sails and is Chinese in design, this may be a reference to Zheng Yi Sao's own fleet, the Red Flag Fleet.
    • To pay homage to Zheng Yi Sao, the Dev team decided that she would speak Cantonese Chinese, which is the main language of the Hong Kong area, which has been hypothesized to have been one of Zheng Yi Sao's place of origin. This also helps the Pirate to contrast with the other Wu Lin Heroes who speak Mandarin Chinese.
    • The meaning of the Pirate Queen's name, Bou Yin, is said to be "precious swallow." This was hinted at during the Frost Wind Celebrations during the third week's Event Order.
    • The names for the Pirate's weapons are meant to reflect Bou Yin's journey before arriving in Heathmoor, such as locations she has been to. Some examples are "Kilauea's Heart" which references a Hawaiian volcano and "Marble Sands" which has Persian influences to its design.
    • As mentioned above, while the Hero uses a pistol, reloading the weapon is not incorporated into the gameplay due to balancing reasons. "We don't have reloading or things like that, because in the flow of the fighting game that we have, it would be too disruptive and slow the character down."
  • When first launched, the Pirate's profile on Ubisoft's official site featured an altered profile image and name for the Hero. They were named "Pirate Lord" and the Outlander's emblem was mostly orange. The name may have been one of the Pirate's prototype names, before their name was shortened to just "Pirate."
  • Aside from its fame in fiction, combat with a cutlass and pistol has been historically documented before as a part of actual combat, particularly in this treatise by Lietuenant William Pringle Green, in 1812.
    • The intention of the treatise was teach seafaring men how to fight with arms available at sea, with specific instructions to use the cutlass and flintlock pistol simulataneously. This contrasted how sailors would typically use the pistol first from range before tossing it aside to draw their cutlass.
    • The treatise also covers other arms available on a ship, including muskets, pikes and boarding axes.
  • While not expressed anywhere, the Pirate's cutlass design bares some similarity to the Chinese Butterfly Sword, which was speculated to be the Pirate's signature weapon before their reveal. Both weapons are broad bladed single-handed swords.
    • Although lacking the more iconic basket -shaped guard that a cutlass typically has, the Pirate's weapon sets, such as Mazu's Grasp and Rising Sailor, feature a crossguard that curves upwards along the blade on the back side. This bend can be seen on some cutlass designs, but is a prominent part of a Butterfly Sword's design.
    • However, Butterfly Swords are typically seen in pairs, and are meant for concealment. Their blade length is much shorter than that of a cutlass (around 12 inches long, compared to a cutlass being roughly 30 inches long) and are usually kept in a single scabbard to give the appearance of being one single sword.


  • The line that the Pirate sings during their Seashore Cheer emote is taken from "Chu Ci" (楚辭; lit. "Songs/Verses of Chu"), an anthology of Chinese poetry traditionally attributed to poets Qu Yuan and Song Yu from the Warring States period.
    • This line specifically is from the verse known as "the Fisherman," and is stated by the titular fisherman in a dialogue between Qu Yuan and the fisherman. Together with other lines said by the fisherman, the intent behind the fisherman's words is a question of why one should stick stubbornly to ideals and formalities when they can choose to accept the world for what it is and instead adapt.



  • Chinese: 你同我一齊跳舞啦! (nei tung ngo jat cai tiu mou laa) - English: "Dance together with me!"
    • Cavalier Dance (Forward Dodge Heavy)
  • Chinese: 係咁先! (hai gam sin) - English: "This is all for now!"
    • Guaranteed Pistol Blast
  • Chinese: 估唔到咧! (gu m dou le) - English: "Didn't expect this, did you!"
    • Pinning Pistol Blast (non-guaranteed Pistol Blast)
  • Chinese: 行開啲啦! (haang hoi di laa) - English: "Get away from me!"
    • Walk the Plank
  • Chinese: 今次你大鑊喇! (gam ci nei daai wok laa) - English: "Now, it's over for you!"
    • Parry
  • Chinese: 是但啦! (si daan laa) - English: "Whatever!"
    • Guardbreak Throw
  • Upon dodging/blocking three times without being hit:
    • Chinese: 起碼你都有嘗試喎 (hei maa nei dou jau soeng si wo) - English: "At least you tried."
    • Chinese: 我好失望 (ngo hou sat mong) - English: "I'm quite disappointed."
    • Chinese: 原來你咁差嘅 (jyun loi nei gam caa ge) - English: "Didn't know you were that bad."
    • Chinese: 你都幾得意嗰喎 (nei dou gei dak ji go wo) - English: "You're quite funny."
    • Chinese: 想點阿? (sham di ma) - English: "What are you trying to do?"
    • Chinese: 你好唔掂喎 (nei hou m dim wo) - English: "You aren't good at this."

Feats & Others

  • Chinese: 同你打針! (tung nei daa zam) - English: "Giving you a new hole!"
    • Armor Piercing Slug Feat
  • Chinese: 開炮! (hoi paau) - English: "Cannons, fire!"
    • Pocket Bomb Feat
  • Chinese: 攞錢嚟! (lo cin lei) - English: "Give me the money!"
    • Trick Shot Feat
  • Chinese: 死開啲! (sai hoi di) - English: "Piss off!"
    • Gunpowder Surprise Feat
  • Chinese: 世人皆濁,何不淈其泥而揚其波 (sai jan gaai, zuk ho bat gwat kei nai ji joeng kei bo) - English: "All the people of the world are muddied, so why not agitate the mud and cause waves to rise?"
    • Seashore Cheer Emote
  • When Revived:
    • Chinese: 唔該曬,老友 (goi saai, lou jau) - English: "Thanks, old friend."
    • Chinese: 我欠你一個人情 (ngo him nei jat go jan cing) - English: "I owe you a favor."
    • Chinese: 多谢你幫我 (do ze nei bong ngo) - English: "Thank you for helping me."
  • When Respawning:
    • Chinese: 我仲要搵到更多寶藏 (ngo zung jiu wan dou gang do bou zong) - English: "I need to find more treasure."
    • Chinese: 只係少少痕 (zi hai siu siu han) - English: "Just a little irritated."
    • Chinese: 未死得住 (mei sei dak zyu) - English: "Not dead just yet."

Fighting Style

The Pirates have developed a fighting style that is all their own by engaging with enemies from across the seas. Armed with their razor-sharp cutlass and one-of-a-kind pistol, they engage their opponents with a rush down style that can be relentless. They apply continuous pressure by mixing Pistol Blast and Heavy Attacks that Chain one after the other.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Mix-up Intensive
  • Aggressive rush down fighter

Special Capabilities

  • Pistol follow-ups that either provide confirmed damage or mix-ups, also acting as an opener
  • Dodge Cancels and Pistol follow-ups allow the Pirate to keep up the offense
  • Walk the Plank pinning move providing a strong mix-up mid-chain
  • Offensive feats that can be used mid-chain whenever pistol follow-up is available


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


  • Tier 1 - Armor Piercing Slug: Fire a bullet that deals damage and lowers defense. Deals 10 damage and applies a 20% defense debuff. 90sec CD.
    • Tireless
    • Bounty Hunter
  • Tier 2 - Pocket Bomb: Launch a bomb that deals damage, while you take a step back. Small radius and only deals 25 damage. 120sec CD.
    • Bloodlust
    • Thrilling Comeback
  • Tier 3 - Trick Shot: Fire a bullet that richochets between enemies, dealing damage and applying bleed. Bounces up to three times, for four total targets possible. Applies 10 direct damage and 30 bleed over ten seconds to all targets. Will stop bouncing if it's dodged, or it hits an ally (or yourself). 150sec CD.
    • Tough as Nails
    • Punch Through
  • Tier 4 - Gunpowder Surprise: Launch a bomb from a hand cannon, dealing damage in a large AoE, together with immense knockback and knockdown. 40 damage to all hit. 180sec CD.
    • Regenerate
    • Indomitable



  • 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

  • Special Property Finishers - Both Chain Finishers possess a special property.
    • Special Light Finishers - Light Finishers are Undodgeable.
    • Special Heavy Finishers - Heavy Finishers have Uninterruptible Stance, which starts up earlier into the attack than most instances of Uninterruptible.
  • Chain Starters - Sea Wolf's Glide, Sea Wolf's Ferocity, Cavalier Dance, Grand Cavalier and Pistol Blast count as a Chain Opener.
  • Pistol Blast - After any Heavy attack, including Dodge Heavy and Sprint Attack, press the Guardbreak input (MMB for PC, X for XB, ⬜ for PS) to perform a follow-up damaging bash. Depending on whether the attack lands or not, it will perform one of two moves.
    • Guaranteed Pistol Blast - If the Heavy Attack lands on the opponent, Pistol Blast will be guaranteed but for less damage.
    • Pinning Pistol Blast - If the Heavy Attack is blocked or misses (this includes attempting to target swap the Pistol Blast), Pistol Blast will change into a lunge that is not guaranteed but will pin the opponent if successful and deal medium damage.
    • Opening Pistol Blast - All instances of Pistol Blast count as a Chain Opener.
    • Feat Alternative - In gamemodes where Feats are available, whenever the Pirate can use Pistol Blast, she can also initiate Feats without delay. All feats also count as Chain Openers much like Pistol Blast.
  • Walk the Plank - Walk the Plank can only be performed as a Chain move. It is an Unblockable move that can come from any side, and performed after any attack aside from a previous Walk the Plank.
    • Walk the Plank Deceit - Walk the Plank can be feinted or soft-feinted into a guardbreak with the MMB (PC), X (XB1), or ⬜ (PS4) input.
    • Walk the Plank Knock Back - If Walk the Plank lands, it will pin the opponent. After the pin, the Pirate will knock the target back, which can cause wallsplat. Performing either of the Recovery Cancels noted below will prevent the knock back from happening.
    • Down the Plank Pistol - If Walk the Plank lands, you can cancel the recovery of Walk the Plank with the MMB (PC), X (XB1), or ⬜ (PS4) input for a guaranteed Pistol Blast.
    • Down the Plank Dodge - You can also cancel the recovery of Walk the Plank with a dodge. This can be performed even if the move misses.
  • Cavalier Dance - The Pirate's Forward Dodge Heavy is both Uninterruptible and Unblockable.
    • Cavalier Deceit - Cavalier Dance can be hard feinted or it can be soft-feinted into a guardbreak with the MMB (PC), X (XB1), or ⬜ (PS4) input.
  • Crossbones Deceit - The Pirate's soft-feint into Guardbreaks will be the same quick Guardbreak as when a guardbreak is performed after a Hard Feint. This results in a much faster Guardbreak than usual due to the lack of the Hard Feint recovery.
  • Cavalier Dodge - Can cancel the Recovery of any attack with a Dodge.


(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Privateer's Engagement LMB, LMB RB, RB R1, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Privateer's Trick LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Pirate's Curse RMB, LMB RT, RB R2, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Pirate's Scorn RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Sea Wolf's Glide (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↑ + RT LS↑+ R2
Sea Wolf's Ferocity LMB + RMB RB + RT R1 + R2
Unblockable icon.pngUninterruptible Stance icon.png Cavalier Dance W + Space, RMB LS↑ + A, RT LS↑ + X, R2
Grand Cavalier A or D + Space, RMB LS← or LS→ + A, RT LS← or LS→ + X, R2
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Pistol Blast (after any Heavy attack) MMB X
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Walk the Plank (only during Chains) S, RMB LS↓, RT LS↓, R2
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Pistol Blast Special (during Walk the Plank's pin) MMB X


*Star weapon

Armor Styles Weapon Styles
  • Prisoner
  • Invader
  • Kilauea's Heart
  • Scarlet Moon
  • Monarch's Reward*
  • Triton's Esteem
  • Treacherous Melody
  • Xiwang's Savior*
  • Captain's Trophy
  • Seamonster*
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA


Flying_Sword Pirate's_Sanction
Flames_of_Death Bullet_Dance


Passive Stance

Cutlass_Authority Sore_Loser Guns_Blazing
Extremely_Dramatic Seashore_Cheer My_Bad

Fighting Stance

Maritime_Salute Ain't_Got_All_Day Pistol_Flip
Elegant_Greeting You're_Dead Queen's_Entrance



Requiescat In Pace


Rampage Of Ragnarok


Cheaty Flute


Blow Your Own Horn


Harpy Hey Joe


Lute Not


Sylvan Vaporization


Horkos Pharmakos


Sylvan Metamorphasis


Revenant Slayer


Ulfhednar Killer


Shiryo Avenger


Jiangshi Banisher


Minified And Put Aside


Minified And Magnified


Minified And Stomped


Minified And Kicked Away


Wolf Among Sheep


Ilma's Scythe


Cane You Feel It


Brought You A Gift


Chimera Salvation


Blades of the Vanguards


Resounding Defeat


Deadly Hare


Sylvan Detachment


To The Great Beyond


Feast Upon The Weak


The Masquerade Is Over


Unquenchable Wolf


Farewell, Chimera Music Box


Farewell, Chimera Zither


Farewell, Horkos Bagpipe


Farewell, Horkos Violin


Wrathful Concision


Willful Concision


Sorrowful Concision


Artful Concision


Aegir's Reach


Anchors Down


Chill Out


Death Metal Triangle


Fish In A Barrel


Get Whale Soon


Off The Hook


The Huntress' Prey


Ran's Bestowment


What Goes Around


Just Add Oil


Passive Stance


The Bard's Instrument


Sword In The Stone


Ready To Rumble


Volcanic Destruction Blast


Jack O Lantern


Leap Of Faith


Penguin Walk


Vortiger's Ascent


Shadows of the Hitokiri


Zhanhu's Fire


Dubious Assessment


One Of Your Shrugs


Howl At The Moon


Confused Warrior


Skeptically Swaying


Horkos Grimoire


Sylvan Book


Sylvan Meditation


In ChaRAHcter


Muscular Archer


Muscular Biceps


Message Board


Sylvan Panacea


Selfish Drinker


Chimera Bagpipe


Chimera Music Box


Chimera Violin


Chimera Zither


Horkos Bagpipe


Horkos Music Box


Horkos Violin


Horkos Zither




Raising Glasses


Suspended Gong


The Bodhran


The Field Drum


Suspicious Tumbleweed


Elegant Dance


The Bard's Triangle


Gryphon's Fireside

Fighting Stance


Snowball Fight!





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