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Shaolin is a playable hero class in For Honor.

Overview

The Shaolin are fierce warrior monks known for their fluid fighting style and their prowess with the staff.

The Order of Shaolin was formed long before the Cataclysm, when the first monks established a monastery and shared their martial skills with their followers.

After the Cataclysm, civil war enveloped the Empire, and the monks honed their warrior skills to preserve a spirituality that was quickly disappearing from the world. If that meant a clenched fist, then these warrior monks would be ready.

Today, they spend their days praying, training, and fighting. They hold their prayers close to them at all times and deliver their message with a spiritual force that’s unmatched.

Armor

The only armor the Shaolin wears are a pair of bracers and greaves. Other than that, he wears the robes and artifacts of his monastery, with tattoos of prayers covering his body.

Weapon

Staff - A simple but long ranged weapon capable of pummeling enemies in an array of swings and thrusts.

Known Shaolin

  • Wei Chang

Trivia

  • The Shaolin's staff is not static, and has proper physics that allow it to bend flexibly during certain emotes and attacks. This physics can be seen particularly when Shaolin rides on top of the staff.
  • Shaolin was referred to being an Assassin class on the June 14th, 2018 episode of Warrior's Den. However, this was a misspoken statement, debunked in other official news and webpages that came later, stating that he is meant to be a Hybrid.
    • Thus, it is likely Roman, the caster on Warrior's Den who mistakenly called Shaolin an Assassin, meant to say that Shaolin is a hybrid between the Assassin and the Vanguard classes.
    • This mistake may have also come from the fact that among all the Hybrids, Shaolin is currently the only one with a Reflex Guard which is iconic to Assassin Heroes otherwise.
  • The Shaolin is based off his namesake, the Shaolin monk.
  • Some of the Shaolin's designs and gear are a reference to Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, from his shouts when fighting to the inclusion of monkey masks as one line of visuals.
  • The "Qi" (pronounced ch'i) in Qi Stance is a vital force that is believed, by those of traditional Chinese culture and a few other East Asian cultures, to exist. This vital force or energy is said to flow through/links all matter and living things.
  • The Shaolin possesses moves and stances that are part of Shaolin Kung Fu.
    • In Qi Stance:
      • Top Light or side Heavy is the Gōng Bù (弓步; "Bow Stance") stance. However, his stance is too high with the body weight leaning too far over the bent knee (causing the knee to go past the foot), which are incorrect for the stance. Sometimes the back leg's knee is also bent, which is also incorrect for the stance as that knee should be straight.
      • Side Light is the Bàn Mǎ Bù (半馬步; "Half Horse Stance") stance, a modification of the Mǎ Bù (馬步; "Horse Stance") that shifts the body's weight partially towards one leg than being equally distributed.
      • Top Heavy is the Fú Hǔ Bù (伏虎步; "Taming Tiger Stance") stance, also known as the Pū Bù (仆步 "Flat Stance") stance. However, the upper body is bent over, where the proper use of the stance sees the back perpendicular to the ground and the body lower so that the entirety of the front leg is very close to the ground.
    • Some moves in the Shaolin's moveset come from the staff form known as "Yīn shǒu gùn" (阴手棍; lit. "Yin hand staff"), a staff form typically taught to beginners as their introductory to the staff. Some of such moves include the Opener/Chain Top Heavies (including Shadowstep), Elegant Lotus (Side Lights from Qi Stance) and Lotus Leap (Top Heavy from Qi Stance).
  • In his quote for Sun Kick and Flying Kick, the Shaolin recites the short form of the Nianfo (念佛), a term commonly seen in Pureland Buddhism. It refers to the repetition of the name of Amitābha (also known as "Amida Buddha"), with its purpose being to practice mindfulness, especially during meditation, and allow the chanter to obtain birth in Amitābha's pure land. In other religious practices of Buddhism, it has other uses, such as being a greeting between monks.
    • The standard form of the Nianfo in Chinese is "Ná mó ēmítuófó" (南無阿弥陀佛), while the shortened version is "Ēmítuófó" (阿弥陀佛). While there are no direct translations of these lines, one common translation of the standard form is "(Amida) Buddha blesses you."
    • The standard form of the Nianfo used to be the line for Sun Kick and Flying Monkey before it was shortened. The use of the shortened form occurred prior to January 2020, without any explanation as to why.
  • Elegant Lotus initiated to the left from Qi Stance (Light) will trigger any of Shaolin's quotes, including the two exclusive to this specific command.
    • An Elegant Lotus from Qi Stance (Heavy) or to the right does not use any quotes.
    • Meanwhile, Astonishing and Bounding Blossom both also initiate random quotes when successful in their Superior Block.
    • It is unknown if these are bugs.
  • Due to having four, although randomized and non-customizable, Emotes when holding Qi Stance, Shaolin holds the most executable Fighting Emotes possible during gameplay at six. This surpasses Highlander, who featured a single Fighting Emote when in Offensive Stance, thus having three Fighting Emotes.
  • Shaolin's face is tattooed with prayers in Chinese characters, as mentioned in his Armor description. A number of them has references.
    • In Shaolin's default set, "世间虚妄乐" (Shìjiān xūwàng lè; lit: "All is empty in this world"), and what seems to be "百无禁忌" (bǎiwújìnjì; lit: "nothing is taboo"), is tattooed on his face. The combination of the two phrases is likely a reference to the The Creed ("Nothing is true; everything is permitted") from Ubisoft's open world stealth action game franchise, Assassin's Creed.

Executions

  • The execution "Flurry of Blows" is likely based off "Liánhuán Quán" (連環拳; lit. "rolling fist" or "chain punch"), a technique observed in some martial arts where the focus is to overwhelm the opponent with a flurry of punches.
    • The execution is likely specifically inspired by a scene in the first movie of the Ip Man film series, starring Donnie Yen (who himself has been a Wing Chun practitioner since starring in the first movie) as the titular character. In the referenced scene, Ip Man fights against ten black belts of Karate where near the end of the scene, Ip Man beats down to the ground the second-to-last black belt with a flurry of punches.
  • The execution "Maximum Shaolin" may be a reference to Seven-Sided Strike, a move that the monk class could use in the RPG Diablo 3. The following link is a short video demonstration of the move in the game: here.
    • It could also be a reference to the Sun Wukong's ability to summon clones of himself to attack his enemy.
  • The execution "Feng Bo" (風伯) is the name of the Taoist deity of wind.

Quotes

  • Chinese: 就让我超度你吧 (Jiù ràng wǒ chāodù nǐ ba) - English: "Let my prayers put your soul to rest."
    • Death Point Strike
  • Chinese: 金刚伏魔 (Jīngāng fú mó) - English: "Vajra conquers the Demon."
    • Lotus Leap
  • Chinese: 阿弥陀佛 (Ēmítuófó) - English: "Buddha (blesses)."
    • Sun Kick and Flying Monkey
  • Chinese: 金刚不坏 (Jīngāng bù huài) - English: "Vajra is invincible."
    • Qi Stance (Enter from Light Attacks) into Elegant Lotus (Left)
    • When Superior Blocking with Bound Blossom or Astonishing Blossom
  • Chinese: 南無阿弥陀佛 (Ná mó ēmítuófó) - English: "Buddha blesses you."
    • Qi Stance (Enter from Light Attacks) into Elegant Lotus (Left)
    • When Superior Blocking with Bound Blossom or Astonishing Blossom

Fighting Style

The Shaolin is a fast-paced combatant with a huge array of tools at his disposal. With his Staff, he is agile and can alter his combat flow by entering a special Qi Stance that gives him access to various special attacks. His attacks are quick, relentless, and unpredictable.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Agile fighter with a lot of options
  • Qi Stance

Special Capabilities

  • Qi Stance: Gains access to special moves that have various properties
  • Applies pressure upon his opponents with his infinite chain attacks and Qi Stance mix-ups
  • Wide sweeping and far-reaching attacks with the help of his staff

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Qi Trap

Set a trap that reveals the position of enemies who pass over the trap.

Unlocked at level 1

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Stealth

Passive | Hide yourself from the HUD, Radar & Aim Assist.

Unlocked at level 5

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Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina.

Unlocked at level 13

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2 Blink

Shift behind a Locked enemy and perform a Sun Kick.

Unlocked at level 1

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Winner's Advantage

Passive | Gain a temporary attack buff after a successful attack.

Unlocked at level 7

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Thick Skin

Passive | Gain moderate Damage Reduction every 3 seconds.

Unlocked at level 15

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3 Invigorate

Passive | Heal nearby allies when landing hits from Qi Stance

Unlocked at level 1

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Heal on Block

Passive | Blocking regenerates your Health.

Unlocked at level 9

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Nukekubi

Gain Stamina on successful hits.

Unlocked at level 17

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4 Blessed Projection

Shift to an Ally.

Unlocked at level 1

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Slippery

Activate to block all grab attempts for a while.

Unlocked at level 11

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Scout

All enemies are Marked for Death and show up on the Radar.

Unlocked at level 19

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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: 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

  • To Qi Stance and From Qi Stance - Shaolin has a special stance called Qi Stance. "To Qi Stance" are for moves that enter Qi Stance. "From Qi Stance" are for Special Attacks available after entering Qi Stance.
    • To Qi Stance - Hold Light Attack after a Light Attack or Heavy Attack after a Heavy Attack to enter Qi Stance. Keep holding Light or Heavy to stay in Qi Stance. Cannot enter Qi Stance from a Finisher.
    • From Qi Stance - You can use Light or Heavy inputs to launch attacks from Qi Stance by either pressing the input or releasing the held button (exa. If holding Light, releasing the button will launch a Qi Stance Light Attack).
    • Exiting Qi Stance - Press B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC) during Qi Stance or the start-up of feintable Qi Stance moves to exit the Stance. Getting hit will force Shaolin out of Qi stance. All Attacks from Qi stance are a Chain Finisher, do not chain into normal attacks, and exit Qi Stance.
  • Qi Stance Properties - Qi Stance moves have special properties to them.
    • Superior Block Qi Stance Lights - Bounding Blossom and Astounding Blossom have Superior Block properties during their start-up, gaining Crushing Counter properties (receives Unblockable and increased damage) when successful in blocking an incoming attack. Time well to counterattack.
    • Stunning Blossom - Bounding Blossom also will stun the opponent briefly upon hit.
    • Undodgeable Lotus - Elegant Lotus is Undodgeable. Much like a normal Heavy attack, it can be canceled during its start-up.
    • Unblockable Lotus - Leaping Lotus is Unblockable. Much like a normal Heavy attack, it can be canceled during its start-up.
    • Sun Kick Follow-ups - Sun Kick can chain into one of three moves if it lands (is a Finisher if it misses): Sun Kick Strike with a Light input; Sun Kick Sweep with a Guardbreak input; Sun Kick Smash with a Heavy input. Strike is guaranteed after a successful Sun Kick. Sun Kick Smash can be canceled during its start-up.
  • Shadowstep - Shadowstep (not Side Shadowstep) functions much like a Top Heavy Opener, thus counting as a Chain Opener (thus entering Relentless as a Heavy) and can enter Qi Stance through it.
    • Shadowstep Cancel - Shadowstep can be canceled with B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC).
    • Side Shadowstep - Side Shadowstep strikes opposite from the direction of the dodge. As a Chain Finisher, it cannot be Chained after nor can it enter Qi Stance.
  • Deflect Attack - After a Deflect, Shaolin can perform a Deflect Attack with the Heavy Input.
    • Deflect Attack Chain Opener - Deflect Attack counts as a Chain Opener, thus entering Relentless as a Heavy. Holding the Heavy input during the recovery will Fast Flow into Qi Stance.
    • Executable Deflect - Unlike other Deflect moves, Shaolin is able to initiate an Execution if Deflect Attack deals the finishing blow.
  • Relentless Chain Finishers - Using the same attack twice (Light into a Light, Heavy into a Heavy) will end the Relentless Chain. As noted above, Chain Finishers cannot enter Qi Stance.
  • Stunning Throws - Throws will Stun targets.
  • Zone Attack - Cancel Zone Attack after the first or second hit with B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC).
    • Guaranteed Zone Hits - If the second hit of the Zone Attack lands, the third is guaranteed.
  • Death Point Strike - The follow-up strikes of Death Point Strike are guaranteed if the first one hits. Initiating the second or final strike of Death Point Strike prevents Shaolin from entering Relentless.
    • Timed Strikes - The follow-up strikes in Death Point Strike require proper timing to perform. If performed too slowly or too quickly, the inputs will initiate a normal Light Finisher.
    • Death Point Strike into Qi Stance - Death Point Strike can enter Qi Stance mid-combo if the Light Attack button is held during the second attack. This has a limited window of opportunity, thus requires precise timing to initiate. This is Shaolin's only means of chaining from Death Point Strike.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Relentless Infinite icon.png LMB, RMB or RMB, LMB Infinite icon.png RB, RT or RT, RB Infinite R1, R2 or R2, R1
Chain Attack icon.pngTiming.png Death Point Strike A + LMB, A + LMB, A + LMB LS← + RB, LS← + RB, LS← + RB LS← + R1, LS← + R1, LS← + R1
Chain Attack icon.pngTiming.png Death Point Strike Alternative D + LMB, D + LMB, D + LMB LS→ + RB, LS→ + RB, LS→ + RB LS→ + R1, LS→ + R1, LS→ + R1
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Flying Monkey (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + MMB LS (press to sprint) + X L3 (press to sprint) + ⬜
Enter Qi Stance with Light Attack Hold LMB Hold RB Hold R1
Enter Qi Stance with Heavy Attack Hold RMB Hold RT Hold R2
Superior Block icon.pngStun icon.png Bounding Blossom (From Qi Stance) W + Release or Press LMB LS↑ + Release or Press RB LS↑ + Release or Press R1
Superior Block icon.png Astonishing Blossom (From Qi Stance) A or D + Release or Press LMB LS← or LS→ + Release or Press RB LS← or LS→ + Release or Press R1
Unblockable icon.png Lotus Leap (From Qi Stance) W + Release or Press RMB LS↑ + Release or Press RT LS↑ + Release or Press R2
Elegant Lotus (From Qi Stance) A or D + Release or Press RMB LS← or LS→ + Release or Press RT LS← or LS→ + Release or Press R2
Unblockable icon.png Sun Kick (From Qi Stance) MMB X
Sun Kick Strike After a Sun Kick, LMB After a Sun Kick, RB After a Sun Kick, R1
Unblockable icon.pngKnocked Down icon.png Sun Kick Sweep After a Sun Kick, MMB After a Sun Kick, X After a Sun Kick, ⬜
Unblockable icon.png Sun Kick Smash After a Sun Kick, RMB After a Sun Kick, RT After a Sun Kick, R2
Qi Stance Taunt (During Qi Stance) F Y Δ
Shadowstep W + Space, RMB LS↑ + A, RT LS↑ + X, R2
Side Shadowstep A or D + Space, RMB LS← or LS→ + A, RT LS← or LS→ + X, R2
Unblockable icon.pngUninterruptible Stance icon.png Shadow Deflect Unknown.png, RMB Unknown.png, RT Unknown.png, R2

Executions

Anxi

Anxi

Cartwheel

Cartwheel

Flurry_of_Blows

Flurry of Blows

Shua_Peng

Shua Peng

Monkeying_Around

Monkeying Around

Brawling_Showdown

Brawling Showdown

Maximum_Shaolin

Maximum Shaolin

Mischevious_Kill Helicopter_Strike
Feng_Bo

Feng Bo

Emotes

Passive Stance

Respite

Respite

Failure

Failure

Back_And_Forth

Back And Forth

I'm_Fine!

I'm Fine!

Lookout

Lookout

Dandelion_In_The_Wind

Dandelion In The Wind

Solet_(Shaolin)

Solet (Shaolin)

Reluctant_Applause_(Shaolin)

Reluctant Applause (Shaolin)

Fighting Stance

Jiuyang_Daming

Jiuyang Daming

Manzou

Manzou

Watch_Yourself

Watch Yourself

You're_The_Monkey!

You're The Monkey!

Get_Over_Here

Get Over Here

Gegege

Gegege

Zuode_Hao_(Shaolin)

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

Goujian

Goujian

Tiandeng

Tiandeng

Emotes

Passive Stance

Banner_Of_Arms_(Wu_Lin)

Banner Of Arms (Wu Lin)

Media

Images

Armor

Stills

Videos


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