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Shaolin is a playable hero class in For Honor.

OverviewEdit

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.

ArmorEdit

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.

WeaponEdit

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

Known Shaolin Edit

  • Wei Chang

TriviaEdit

  • The Shaolin's staff is not static, and has proper physics that allow it to bend flexibly during certain emotes and attacks.
  • Shaolin was referred to being an Assassin class on the June 14th, 2018 episode of Warior'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 cutlures, 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.
  • Shaolin's Season 10 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.
  • Shaolin's 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.

QuotesEdit

  • 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 StyleEdit

The Shaolin is a fast-paced combatant with a huge array of tools at his disposal. With his Staff, he is highly mobile 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
  • Mobile fighter with a lot of options
  • Qi Stance

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Qi Stance: Gains access to specials that give various properties, such as Unblockable attacks, Undodgeable attacks and Superior Block attacks
  • Confuses his opponents with his mix-ups
  • Long range

FeatsEdit

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
QiTrap
Stealth

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

Unlocked at level 5
Stealth
Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina.

Unlocked at level 13
IronLungs
2 Blink

Shift behind a Locked enemy and perform a Sun Kick.

Unlocked at level 1
Blink
Winner's Advantage

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

Unlocked at level 7
Winner'sAdvantage
Thick Skin

Passive | Gain moderate Damage Reduction every 3 seconds.

Unlocked at level 15
ThickSkin
3 Invigorate

Passive | Heal nearby allies when landing hits from Qi Stance

Unlocked at level 1
Invigorate
Heal on Block

Passive | Blocking regenerates your Health.

Unlocked at level 9
HealOnBlock
Nukekubi

Gain Stamina on successful hits.

Unlocked at level 17
Nukekubi
4 Blessed Projection

Shift to an Ally.

Unlocked at level 1
BlessedProjection
Slippery

Activate to block all grab attempts for a while.

Unlocked at level 11
Slippery
Scout

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

Unlocked at level 19
Horn

MovesetEdit

Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - Earn more Renown in 1v1 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 one second.
  • 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 to launch attacks from Qi Stance. Releasing the held button will launch that attack too (exa. If holding Light, releasing the button will launch a Light Attack).
  • Exiting Qi Stance - Press B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC) during Qi Stance to exit it. Getting hit will force Shaolin out of Qi stance. All Attacks from Qi stance are a Chain Finisher and will exit Qi stance.
  • 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.
  • Undodgeable Lotus - Elegant Lotus is Undodgeable.
  • Guaranteed Sun Kick Strike Combo - Sun Kick Strike is guaranteed after a successful Sun Kick.
  • Shadowstep - Shadowstep (not Side Shadowstep) counts as a Chain Opener, thus entering Relentless as a Heavy. Holding the Heavy input will Fast Flow into Qi Stance.
    • 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 - Dodge in the direction of an incoming Attack just before impact to Deflect it. Follow up Deflect with a Deflect Attack.
    • Deflect Attack Chain Opener - Deflect Attack counts as a Chain Opener, thus entering Relentless as a Heavy. Holding the Heavy input will Fast Flow into Qi Stance.
  • Relentless Chain Finishers - Using the same attack twice 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.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Relentless Infinite icon LMB, RMB or RMB, LMB Infinite icon RB, RT or RT, RB Infinite R1, R2 or R2, R1
Chain Attack iconTiming Death Point Strike A + LMB, A + LMB, A + LMB LS← + RB, LS← + RB, LS← + RB LS← + R1, LS← + R1, LS← + R1
Chain Attack iconTiming Death Point Strike Alternative D + LMB, D + LMB, D + LMB LS→ + RB, LS→ + RB, LS→ + RB LS→ + R1, LS→ + R1, LS→ + R1
Unblockable iconPush Back icon 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 iconStun icon Bounding Blossom (From Qi Stance) W + Release or Press LMB LS↑ + Release or Press RB LS↑ + Release or Press R1
Superior Block icon 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 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 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 iconKnocked Down icon Sun Kick Sweep After a Sun Kick, MMB After a Sun Kick, X After a Sun Kick, ⬜
Unblockable icon 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 iconUninterruptible Stance icon Shadow Deflect Unknown, RMB Unknown, RT Unknown, R2

ExecutionsEdit

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

Mischevious Kill

Helicopter Strike

Helicopter Strike

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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 StanceEdit

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)

Zuode Hao (Shaolin)

ExecutionsEdit

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

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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

Fighting StanceEdit

Snowball Fight!

Snowball Fight!

ExecutionsEdit

Goujian

Goujian

Jiangshi Banisher

Jiangshi Banisher

Tiandeng

Tiandeng

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

Banner Of Arms (Wu Lin)

Banner Of Arms (Wu Lin)

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

Armor

Stills

VideosEdit


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