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"Theirs was a secret society. Even we Samurai were not sure if they even existed or if they were just a myth...until they came out of the shadow: shinobi. Their weapon, the kusarigama is like no other. It echoes through our past and proves they are indeed from our blood. Trained in secret, their presence on the battlefield is felt before they are even seen. We now know they are always close, waiting for the right moment to strike. They have now entered this war and won't leave until their job is done."


Shinobi are a playable hero in For Honor.

Overview

The Shinobi are silent warriors who move with a dancer's grace and kill with the precision that can only come from a lifetime of disciplined training.

They were told as only being a myth, but this was intended by the secret society which kept their training and existence a secret. Whiletheir brethren Aramusha are brash enforcers, the Shinobi are tasked with undercover work. Not much else is known about the Shinobi than their agility, their magic-like ninja arts and their skill that lets them dispatch enemies quickly with the kusarigama they hold in hand.

Armor

The shinobi takes on the image of the ninja in pop culture, clad in dark shinobi shōzoku with ropes, bombs, and a kaginawa grappling hook hanging from their belt, with a Sanjaku-tenugui covering their face. Leather armor cover parts of the body, but most determinately the arms, upper chest and shoulders.

Weapon

Kusarigama - The traditional Japanese weapon consists of a kama (Japanese sickle) with a chain-and-weight attached. It is brutal in close quarters but can also be thrown and retracted for medium-distance attacks.
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Trivia

  • Shinobi (忍び) literally means "patience," "endure" or "conceal", and this is the short version of Ninja (忍者) or Shinobi no Mono (忍びの者), one who waits patiently for the right opportunity to strike.
  • Shinobi in For Honor were inspired by their real-life and pop culture counterparts, also referred to as ninja (which is another word for Spy).
    • Unlike pop culture tendency to make the ninja into assassins dressed in a black shōzoku, real life ninja would usually dress themselves as ordinary people to avoid suspicion or any attire that best suited their mission. However, it is possible that the shinobi did wear shinobi shōzoku, but ones coloured to blend into the environment.
      • Black clothes like those in-game would stand out, even during the night. Instead, dark blue was used at night as the colour blended in better.
    • Historical shinobi's primary duties were espionage, sabotage, and guerilla warfare, while occasionally carrying out assassination attempts. Pop culture, especially those of the West, may portray the ninja as combat intended, and while they did certain have martial arts training, the Shinobi would do what they can to avoid conflict.
      • While ninja/shinobi are often portrayed as sworn enemies of the Samurai in pop culture due to differences in their honor codes, shinobi were often working for Daimyo lords, with many shinobi having been samurai or ronin.
  • The Kusarigama (鎖鎌; lit. "chain-sickle") are weapons comprised of a sickle (the kama), a heavy metal piece known the "counterweight" (分銅; fundou), and a long chain that connects the two. While a variant with a second kama replacing the metal piece existed, it was not as popular.
    • While the game portrays the kama being swung, in the art of the Kusarigama (鎖鎌術; kusarigama-jutsu), it was traditionally the metal piece that would be used to bash armored opponents from a distance. The kama would remain in the wielder's hand.
      • Should the metal piece be caught by the enemy, the chain would be used to ensnare the enemy so they can be killed at close range by the kama.
    • While the chain is often shown attached to the bottom of the kama's handle in pop culture, historically it was attached to the top end of the handle, near the blade, to assist it in ensnaring opponent's weapon that locked blades with the kama.
    • The art of the kama (鎌術; kama-jutsu) was traditionally practiced while dual-wielding a set of kama. As a result, the Shinobi may be incorporating a mix of both arts (kama-jutsu and kusarigama-jutsu).
  • Shinobi and Shaman are currently the only Heroes who will crouch when at a ledge, unlike other Heroes who simply lean over while standing to look.
    • For the Shinobi, this comes with a unique animation, where upon hopping off a ledge for a ledge kill, the Shinobi will do a flip in the air before landing on their unsuspecting opponent.
  • Super Sprint is based off the running style that ninja are commonly seen using in pop culture, with possibly the greatest influence from the Naruto run where both arms are swung behind the runner. This type of running style has been confirmed to be "authentic" according to an interview by Asian Boss with a real life ninja, although pop culture has embellished its posture greatly.
  • Shinobi possessed the lowest Health possible, at 110 Health. This was changed as of Year 5 Season 4 to be 120.

Executions

  • "Nagado" (長胴) translates to "long barrel."
  • "Oshimai" (お終い) translates to "the end."
  • The "Zankoku" (残酷) in "Zankoku Slicer" translates to "regrettable" or "despairing."
  • The "Inazuma" (稲妻) in "Inazuma Dash" is one of the names for "lightning" in Japanese, with one other term being "raikou" (雷光; lit. "thunder light").
  • "Sekka no Atari" (石火のあたり) translates to "Strike of Flint Fire."
    • The name of this execution is in reference to a terminology from Miyamoto Musashi's Book of Five Rings, in regards to the need to strike small but swiftly (like flint fire) when found in either an unfavourable position or a stalemate.

Quotes

  • Japanese: お覚悟 (Okakugo) - English: "Prepare yourself!"
    • Female Shinobi, Ranged Guard Break or Successful Sickle Rain
  • Japanese: 覚悟 (Kakugo) - English: "Ready yourself!"
    • Male Shinobi, Ranged Guard Break or Successful Sickle Rain
  • Japanese: 遅い (Osoi) - English: "Too slow!"
    • Kick Maneuvers or Slide Tackle
  • Japanese: 戻ろう (Modorou) - English: "Let's return."
    • Male Shinobu, Shiryo Avenger Execution
  • Japanese: 大事ない (Daiji nai) - English: "Nothing important."
    • Female Shinobu, Shiryo Avenger Execution
  • Japanese: 参ろう (Mairou) - English: "Let's go."
    • Male Shinobu, Sekka no Atari Execution
  • Japanese: まだ戦える (Mada tatakaeru) - English: "I can still fight."
    • Female Shinobu, Sekka no Atari Execution
  • Japanese: 必殺 (Hissatsu) - English: "Critical hit!" or "Deadly strike!"
    • Deflect
  • Japanese: ここまでか (Kokomadeka) - English: "It seems this is my undoing."
    • Death
  • Japanese: 無念 (Munen) - English: "Regretful."
    • Death

Fighting Style

The Shinobi excel at repositioning, as they are able to move about the battlefield with ease and speed. They excel in skirmishing combat as they dodge or flip in-and-out of range of their opponents. They will use their kusarigama sickles to pin down unsuspecting foes with their Sickle Rain mix-up.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Mobile skirmisher
  • Counter-attacker

Special Capabilities

  • Has a vast selection of moves to allow themselves to reposition in battle, such as their back flips and double dodge
  • Sickle Rain Finishers that are either Undodgeable or Unblockable, pinning enemies down if it successfully lands
  • Deflects lead into a guaranteed Teleport counterattack

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Body Hunter

Passive | Gain Health & Stamina when you kill another hero

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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Kiai

Stun nearby opponents with a scream

Unlocked at level 13
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2 Smoke Bomb

Throw down a bomb that stuns enemies for a moderate duration of time.

Unlocked at level 7
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Shooting Stars

Throw multiple shurikens in an area in front of you

Unlocked at level 7
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Executioner's Respite

Passive | The base healing of Executions are increased by 50%.

Unlocked at level 15
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3 Sharpen Bladed

Attacks inflict low Damage over time.

Unlocked at level 1
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Nukekubi

Gain Stamina on successful attacks

Unlocked at level 9
Nukekubi Icon-0.png
Slip Through

Passive | Dodging raises damage for the next attack.

Unlocked at level 17
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4 Arrow Storm

Aerial attack that deals medium damage in multiple areas.

Unlocked at level 1
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Nail Bomb

A trap dealing Bleed Damage in an area of effect

Unlocked at level 11
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Yama Uba

Gain Health on successful attacks

Unlocked at level 19
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Moveset

General

  • Renown: Assassin - Earn more Renown in 1vX fights, by killing enemy Heroes, and getting killing streaks to unlock your feats in a match. (non-Dominion/Breach gamemodes only)
  • 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 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

  • Light Attack Combo - The second Light Attack in Shadow Dancer and Ghoul's Rage are guaranteed if the first attack successfully hits and is performed from the same direction.
    • Normal Chain Light - By attacking from a different direction or delaying the attack, the second Light Attack in the Chain will be slower but deal slightly more damage.
  • Sickle Rain Finisher - All Heavy Finishers are Sickle Rain attacks which will pin the enemy if they land, allowing for up to three Light Attacks to be performed, each that inflicts minor damage and extends the pin.
    • Timed Sickle Rain - The Light Attacks in Sickle Rain require proper timing to perform. If performed too slowly or too quickly, the inputs will not register. Compared to other timed moves, Sickle Rain's timing is lenient.
    • Special Finishers - Side Sickle Rain Finishers are Undodgeable. Top Sickle Rain Finishers are Unblockable.
  • Chain Openers - Ghoul's Pain, Front Roll, Back Flip, Ghoul's Torment, and Ghoul's Afflication all count as Chain Openers, thus can lead into a Chain Light or a Sickle Rain Finisher.
    • Limited Chain Openers - Teleport, Shadow Strike and the last strike of the Zone Attack count as the second Light in Chain, thus can only lead into a Sickle Rain Finisher. Teleport and Shadow Strike can also lead into their exclusive follow-up bash, Spectral Kick.
  • Double Dodge - Cancel your Dodge by performing another Dodge (Space for PC, A for XB1, X for PS4). While you can perform a Double Dodge out of a back Dodge, you cannot perform a back Dodge after a Dodge as part of Double Dodge.
    • Special Double Dodge - You can perform a Double Dodge out of a Front Roll or Back Flip.
    • Double Dodge Attacks - Perform a Light or Heavy Chain Opener smoothly out of Double Dodge. You can also perform Reapear's Dance and Ghoul's Affliction out of a Double Dodge.
  • Flip Kick - Perform a Flip Kick with the Guardbreak input (MMB for PC, X for XB1, ⬜ for PS4) after a Front Roll or Back Flip.
  • Bash Heavy Follow-ups - Upon performing a bash, pressing the Heavy input (RMB for PC, RT for XB1, R2 for PS4) will perform a guaranteed follow-up attack that are counted as bashes (thus not parriable). After a successful Flip Kick or Ghastly Chase, you can perform Ghoul's Torment. After a successful Reaper's Dance or Spectral Kick, you can perform Ghoul's Embrace.
  • Front Roll - Press the Dodge input (Space for PC, A for XB1, X for PS4) after Ghoul's Embrace to perform a Front Roll. Front Roll has I-frames.
  • Back Flip - Press the Dodge input (Space for PC, A for XB1, X for PS4) after any non-Ghoul's Embrace attack to perform a Back Flip, including after each strike of the Sickle Rain Lights. Back Flip has I-frames.
  • Zone Attack Cancels - Zone Attack can be Cancelled with B (XB1), E (PC) and O (PS4) or a Back Flip with the Dodge input (Space for PC, A for XB1, X for PS4) before the last strike.
  • Teleport Deflect - Deflects can be immediately followed-up by a guaranteed Teleport with the Guardbreak input (MMB for PC, X for XB1, ⬜ for PS4), which will interrupt the opponent, deal damage to them, along with teleporting Shinobi behind them.
    • Teleport Follow-up - As noted above, Teleport functions as the second Light in Chain, thus can only lead into a Sickle Rain Finisher or Spectral Kick.
  • Super Sprint - Enter Super Sprint by releasing and pressing the sprint button/key. Consumes Stamina to increase Sprint Speed by ~12.5%. Release and press the sprint button/key again to go back to normal sprint.
    • Super Sprint into Ghastly Chase - You can perform Ghastly Chase even during Super Sprint.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Shadow Weaver LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Shadow Dancer LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Ghoul's Pain RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Ghoul's Rage RMB, LMB, RMB RT, RB, RT R2, R1, R2
Timing.png Sickle Rain Lights

(upon landing a Heavy Finisher)

LMB, LMB, LMB RB, RB, RB R1, R1, R1
Double Dodge ←↑↓→ + Space, ←↑→ + Space ←↑↓→ + A, ←↑→ + A ←↑↓→ + X, ←↑→ + X
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Reaper's Dance ←↑→ + Space, MMB

←↑↓→ + Space, ←↑→ + Space, MMB

←↑→ + A, X

←↑↓→ + A, ←↑→ + A, X

←↑→ + X, ⬜

←↑↓→ + X, ←↑→ + X, ⬜

Ghoul's Afflication ↑ + Space, RMB

←↑↓→ + Space, ↑ + Space, RMB

↑ + A, RT

←↑↓→ + A, ↑ + A, RT

↑ + X, R2

←↑↓→ + X, ↑ + X, R2

Ghoul's Embrace

(After a Reaper's Dance/Spectral Kick)

RMB RT R2
Front Roll

(After Ghoul's Embrace)

Space A X
Flip Kick

(After a Front Roll/Back Flip)

MMB X
Ghoul's Torment

(After a Flip Kick/Ghastly Chase)

RMB RT R2
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Ghastly Chase

(Not in Guard Mode)

↑ + MMB LS↑ + X LS↑+ ⬜
Super Sprint ↑,↑ LS↑, LS↑ LS↑, LS↑
Unblockable icon.png Teleport Unknown.png, MMB Unknown.png, X Unknown.png, ⬜
Shadow Strike Parry icon.png, LMB Parry icon.png, RB Parry icon.png, R1
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Spectral Kick

(After Teleport/Shadow Strike)

MMB 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

Aegir's_Reach

Aegir's Reach

Anchors_Down

Anchors Down

Chill_Out

Chill Out

Death_Metal_Triangle

Death Metal Triangle

Fish_In_A_Barrel

Fish In A Barrel

Get_Whale_Soon

Get Whale Soon

Off_The_Hook

Off The Hook

The_Huntress'_Prey

The Huntress' Prey

Ran's_Bestowment

Ran's Bestowment

What_Goes_Around

What Goes Around

Just_Add_Oil

Just Add Oil

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

The_Bard's_Triangle

The Bard's Triangle

Gryphon's_Fireside

Gryphon's Fireside

Fighting Stance

Snowball_Fight!

Snowball Fight!

Executions

Futsunomitama

Futsunomitama

Ware_Shinaba

Ware Shinaba

Death_By_Arrows

Death By Arrows

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Samurai)

Down The Hatch! (Samurai)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Samurai)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Samurai)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Samurai)

Banner Of Arms (Samurai)

Media

Images

Armor

Stills

Videos

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