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"Sometimes a viking is born who carries the spark of gods: Raiders, we call them. It is a name that can summon armies. Ruthless, fearless, made for battle. The Dane Axe was the mightiest weapon of our ancestors; they wield it without mercy. The moment of a viking's death is chosen by fate. So what use have they of armor? Or of fear?"

For the single player campaign character, see: The Raider

Raiders are a playable hero class in For Honor.

Overview

Fighting with heavy two-handed axes, Raiders are always found at the forefront of the Viking horde, hacking through enemies crazy enough to stand in their way. They are clad in leather and iron rings, with their bodies covered by tattoos – souvenirs from past battles, which they bear proudly. These relentless warriors embody the Viking ideals: boundless bravery, spotless integrity, and unbridled passion. They know the moment of their death has already been chosen upon birth, so no Viking fears to follow their destiny. Of course, they all intend to bring as many foes with them as they can.[1]

Armor

The Raider's armor is composed of a blend of toughened leather, thick animal furs, and few pieces of metal plates, and have more of their body exposed than any other class in the game. So much so that it could be said that the Raider wears no armor at all, effectively sacrificing defense in exchange for mobility to assist in their preferred tactic of charging recklessly headfirst into a fight.

Weapon

Long Axe - Long axes have massive heads mounted on long, polished wooden handles. It is one of the most recognizable and fearsome weapons of the Vikings. It doubles as a deadly weapon of war and a tool to smash through whatever stands in the way between raiders and the loot they seek.

Dane Axe

Trivia

  • The Raider's weapon is called the Dane Axe, and is even referred to as such in the Raider trailer, despite being longer and featuring a thicker head than a traditional one. Strangely, it is called the 'Long Axe' on the For Honor website.
  • While all promotional materials feature the Raider (and other Viking Heroes) wearing a horned helmet, there is no historical proof that Vikings have actually worn such helmets in battle.
    • Until Season 12, Raider (together with Valkyrie) were not able to go without Ornaments, which in a way reinforced this idea that Vikings had horned helmets. Oddly enough, Warlord did not possess this restriction, although he is another Viking Hero who wears a helmet and can have horns for Ornaments.
  • Some early historians suspected Viking berserkers (berserkir) of charging into battle bare-chested (interpreting "ber-" as bare, making "berserkir" to mean "bare-shirt" or "no shirt"). Such interpretations have largely been abandoned by modern historians, although pop media continues to interpret a number of Vikings or Viking-influenced characters as unarmoured if not outright shirtless.
    • The Raider likely is influenced by this trend.
  • The Raider is the only Vanguard Hero in the game so far who does not wield a sword.
  • Raider together with Valkyrie are featured in Ubisoft's free-to-play RPG game Might Quest, announced on February 14th, 2020. A dedicated blog post was made for this addition, which can be read here.
    • Raider also was featured in the fault-based racing game Trials Rising during its 4th Season, Expedition to the North Pole. Raider appears in the form of a costume players can equip in the game. See the trailer here.

Emotes & Executions

  • A number of Raider's Executions are references to wrestling moves: the Gutbuster, the Chokeslam, and the Viking Press Backbreaker.
  • The Execution, "Aegir's Tide" is in reference to Ægir, the divine personification of the sea in Norse Mythology.
  • The Execution, "It's a Norse Trap" may be a reference to the popular quote "It's a Trap" from the science fiction action movie series Star Wars.
  • The emote "White Water" references to the term for when waters in rapids turn white due to high turbulence, and the act of boating on such waters.
  • The signature, "Raid on Me" is a reference to a meme video posted by Youtube user jeb192 on January 31, 2017, which likely uses footage from the game's open beta since the video was posted two weeks before For Honor's official release. The video displays Raider performing the Shove Off emote, edited to be in-beat with the song, "Call on Me" by Eric Prydz.

Quotes[2]

  • Icelandic: "Ég ríf ykkur í bita!" - English: "I'll tear you (plural) to pieces!"
    • Male Raider, Raider's Storm or Raider's Fury
  • Icelandic: "Ég ríf þig í bita!" - English: "I'll tear you (singular) to pieces!"
    • Female Raider, Raider's Storm or Raider's Fury
  • Icelandic: "Þú ert dauður!" - English: "You are dead!"
    • Storming Tap
  • Icelandic: "Ég mun njóta þesa." - English: "I'm going to enjoy this."
    • Male Raider, It's a Norse Trap Execution (Beginning)
  • Icelandic: "Núna deyrðu." - English: "Now you die."
    • Female Raider, It's a Norse Trap Execution (Beginning)
  • Icelandic: "þu færðist of mikið í fang!" - English: "You bit off more than you could chew!"
    • It's a Norse Trap Execution (End)
  • Icelandic: "Tidbúin að deyja?" - English: "Ready to die?"
    • Male Raider, From the Beard Execution
  • Icelandic: "Ég sker af þér hausinn og míg í hann!" - English: "I'll rip your head off and piss in it!"
    • Female Raider, From the Beard Execution

Fighting Style

Raiders are the Viking’s archetypal warriors. They wade through battles with a large Dane axe, dishing out several disabling attacks and dealing high damage.

  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Disabling Fighting Style
  • High Damage Attacks

Special Capabilities

  • Unblockable zone attack usable in all chain attacks with mix-up potential, including Zone into Zone
  • Chain mix-ups through Storming Tap and Guardbreak soft-feints
  • Special throw maneuvers that moves opponents in desired directions

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Rush

Trigger to gain movement speed for a short duration.

Unlocked at level 1

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Tireless

Passive | Lose stamina at a lower rate.

Unlocked at level 5

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Body Count

Passive | Killing soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 13

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2 Marked for Death

Reveal target position and lower its attack and defense.

Unlocked at level 1

2 - Marked for Death.png

Inspire

Allies deal more Damage, soldiers fight faster.

Unlocked at level 7

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Bear Trap

Medium damage trap that stops victims in their tracks.

Unlocked at level 15

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3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1

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Fury

Raise sprint speed slightly and attack and defense greatly.

Unlocekd at level 9

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Battlecry

Increase ally Damage and makes enemy soldiers flee.

Unlocked at level 17

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4 Fire Flask

Throw a projectile creating a fire area of effect.

Unlocked at level 1

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Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11

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Slippery

Activate to auto block grab attempts for a duration.

Unlocked at level 19

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Moveset

General

  • Renown: Vanguard - Earn more Renown when controlling objectives, either by capturing or defending them, 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, even when performing a Dodge.

Hero Specific

  • Uninterruptible Chain Heavies - The second and finishing Heavy Attacks of a chain are Uninterruptible.
  • Stampede Charge - Hold MMB (PC), X (XB1), ■ (PS4) after picking up a target to continue sprinting. Upon releasing MMB (PC), X (XB1), ■ (PS4), the target will be thrown and knocked down.
    • Wall Stun - Stampede Charge a target into a wall to pin them, Stun them and deal a bit of damage.
    • Bystander Collateral - Enemies that Raider charges into while Stampede Charging will be knocked down. For every enemy knocked aside, the target of Stampede Charge will lose some Stamina.
  • Controlled Throw - Hold MMB (PC), X (XB1), ■ (PS4) upon attempting a Side or Back Throw to keep a hold of the enemy while swinging them around. Release to throw them in the desired direction. Raider can only swing the Target in one rotational direction, and for up to a little less than a full turn around (roughly 330 degrees).
    • Guardbreak into Stampede Charge - Forward Throw performs as a guaranteed Stampede Charge on the target, having the same functions as the move.
  • Chain Starters - Raider's Storm, Storming Tap and Feinted Tap all function as a Chain Opener.
  • Raider's Storm - Zone Attack is Unblockable and comes from the left guard.
    • Raider's Fury - Raider can perform a Zone Attack after a Chain Opener or the Second Chain Attack. Attempting a Zone Attack in this manner changes the Zone Attack into Raider's Fury. Raider's Fury switches the attack to come from the right guard, deal more damage and cost less Stamina.
    • Raider Zone Cancels - Cancel Raider's Storm and Raider's Fury during their Startup with B (XB1), E (PC) or O (PS4), or soft-feint into Feinted Tap with the Light Input.
    • Executable Zone - Unlike other Zone Attacks, Raider is able to initiate an Execution if Raider's Storm or Raider's Fury deals the finishing blow.
  • Feint to Guard Break - Press MMB (PC), X (XB1), ■ (PS4) during the start up of a Heavy Attack, Raider's Storm or Raider's Fury to feint into a Guard Break.
  • Storming Tap - Storming Tap deals damage and always comes from the Top Guard. It is Enhanced, thus will not bounce if blocked unless it is Superior Blocked.
    • Feint into Tap - Cancel any Heavy Attack, Raider's Storm or Raider's Fury with a Light Attack during their start up to feint into a Feinted Tap. Feint Tap deals reduced damage compared to the normal Storming Tap.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Chop and Poke LMB, LMB, LMB RB, RB, RB R1, R1, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Chop and Cleave LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Chop and Slice LMB, RMB, LMB RB, RT, RB R1, R2, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Harsh Swinging LMB, RMB, RMB RB, RT, RT R1, R2, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Wild Carving RMB, RMB, LMB RT, RT, RB R2, R2, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Wild Swinging RMB, RMB, RMB RT, RT, RT R2, R2, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Savage Slashes RMB, LMB, LMB RT, RB, RB R2, R1, R1
Chain Attack icon.png Winding Slashes RMB, LMB, RMB RT, RB, RT R2,R1,R2
Unblockable icon.png Raider's Storm LMB + RMB RB + RT R1+R2
Chain Attack icon.pngUnblockable icon.png Raider's Fury (During Chains) LMB + RMB RB + RT R1+R2
Unblockable icon.pngKnocked Down icon.pngStun icon.png Stampede Charge (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + Hold MMB LS ↑ + Hold X L3↑+HOLD ⬜
Reaping Charge (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS ↓ + RT L3↓+R2
Storming Tap A or W or D + Space, LMB LS ← or LS↑ or LS→ + A, RB LS ← or LS↑ or LS→ + X, R1
Feinted Tap LMB during Heavy or Zone Startup RB during Heavy or Zone Startup R1 during Heavy or Zone Startup
Rushing Guardbreak W + Space, MMB LS↑ + A, X LS↑ + X, ⬜

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

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

Fighting Stance

Snowball_Fight!

Snowball Fight!

Executions

Dainslief

Dainslief

Sjaund

Sjaund

Death_By_Spears

Death By Spears

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Viking)

Down The Hatch! (Viking)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Viking)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Viking)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Vikings)

Banner Of Arms (Vikings)

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
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