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"We are far from home, we samurai. Each new land teaches us new things. Each new ally makes us stronger. The shugoki: once our guardians, they have become as family. And what more fierce protectors could we ask for? The kanabo is an unreasonable weapon; clumsy, dangerous... unless you possess the strength of a demon and an unbreakable will."


Shugoki is a playable hero class in For Honor.

OverviewEdit

The Shugoki appear slow and cumbersome. Don’t let that fool you -- they possess the strength of a giant and an indomitable will. It takes incredible fortitude to be the guardians of your people. You must defend them at all costs and put their needs above your own. This has never been an issue for the Shugoki. Their weapon of choice seems unwieldy. But in their hands, it is as deadly and precise as any blade.

ArmorEdit

The Shugoki wears massive wooden plates protecting his torso and arms. An obi sash around his waist and a nawa belt hold the garments together. Unlike their comrades, he only wears a hakama with cloth and leather straps attached, with no noticeable shirt or torso garment under their wooden plates.

The Shugoki does not wear a kabuto but instead wears a somen mask that gives him the face of an oni, a Japanese demon with the superhuman strength to wield the kanabo with ease. The somen is typically accompanied by a cloth neckguard and a topknot in various styles.

WeaponEdit

Kanabo - This traditional club takes a powerful, but also skilled warrior to wield it correctly, even more than the nodachi. It can deliver a crippling blow with every hit, but its weight tends to leave the user open for counter-attacks if it misses.

Kanabo

Kanabo

TriviaEdit

  • Shugoki (Kanji: 守護鬼) literally translates to 'guardian demon' in Japanese.
  • Unlike other Samurai Heroes whose mask is either the military half mask, the mempo (Kensei and Orochi), or a non-military full mask (Nobushi and Hitokiri), the mask the Shugoki wears is the military full face mask, the somen.
    • Two of the Shugoki's newest helm cosmetic from the Marching Fire update, Kiku no Sekku and Ryutora, do use a mask similar to a mempo.
  • The Shugoki is the largest hero in the game, even taller than the Lawbringer, the Hero with the largest natural health pool at 150.
  • The Shugoki's design is based off of the Oni (鬼), having the stature of one, wearing a mask with the face as fierce as an Oni and carrying a kanabo, which is a weapon greatly associated with the Oni (to the point that there is an idiom for their relation).
    • Coincidentally, the name "Oni" was the original name of the Orochi prior to the release of the game.
    • The design of the kanabo is also likely inspired by Japanese folklore of the Oni. Whereas the kanabo in actual warfare is much more slim, akin to a bat, those seen used by an Oni in fiction have a much thicker, thus heavier, end to reflect the immense strength required to wield exaggerated weapon.
  • It is also very apparent that aside from the Oni, the Shugoki received influences from Sumo and their wrestlers.
    • This is apparent in a couple of factors, such as their large and thick body (compared to the more muscular body physique the Oni are usually depicted with), along with mannerism that resembles a stereotypical sumo wrestler, especially the idea of them slapping their belly. Even some cosmetics reflect elements of sumo:
      • Some of the chest armor pieces such as the Okuda set includes a tsuna (綱, lit. "rope), a special belt that is the recognizable symbol of the Yokozuna, the highest rank achievable by a sumo wrestler.
      • The Sumo emote mimics the ritualistic stomping before a match.
      • The Kimarite and Kinjite executions, noted below.
  • Shugoki is the only Hero whose walking animation is the same as his free roam animation, likely due to his walking speed being only a bit slower than that of his free roam.

Executions Edit

  • "One Inch Punch" is a reference to the famous martial arts move, made famous by Bruce Lee. It is intended to be a practice exercise, but has become popularized more as a special combat move in pop media.
  • "Shugoki Smash!" is likely a reference to the Hulk, who is known for his popular shout, "Hulk! Smash!" along with scenes where the Hulk swings his adversary above before slamming them into the ground.
  • "The Mountain" is a reference to Game of Thrones, specifically the character Gregor Clegane whose nickname is "The Mountain who Ride" or simply "The Mountain." In one scene in the series, Gregor kills his foe by crushing his victim's head in a similar way Shugoki does in this execution.
  • "Dyspepsia" is the medical term for indigestion, referring to when discomfort or pain is felt in the upper abdomen, typically after having eaten something.
  • "Kimarite" refers to the Sumo term for "finishing blow" (決まり手). This reference to Sumo is clear in the use of the harite (張り手; "slap strike") together with the ritualistic stomping.
  • "Kinjite" translates to "forbidden move" or "forbidden hand" (禁じ手), referring to moves that are illegal or a foul in Sumo and Shogi, or are restricted (hence forbidden) by one's own spiritual policies in martial arts.
    • In Sumo's list of forbidden moves, both the act of jabbing the solar plexus and grabbing the opponent's throat are listed. In the execution, Shugoki performs both of these actions.
    • Uniquely, it is noted that the harite noted above is a move restricted from use by junior wrestlers, but are allowed by senior ones.

QuotesEdit

  • Japanese: 潔く死ね (Isagiyoku shine) - English: "Prudently die!" or "Accept your death!"
    • Successful Demon's Embrace
  • Japanese: 我が手中にあり (Waga shuchuu ni ari) - English: "It's within my hands."
    • Charging Heavy Attack
  • Japanese: これまでじゃ (Koremade ja) - English: "This is it!" or "This is as far as you'll go!"
    • Kinjite (Execution)

Fighting StyleEdit

The Shugoki are the disruptor Tank. Their high health, together with their ability to be unflinching through their uninterruptible attacks, make the Shugoki a Hero who can make trades most wouldn't be able to commit to. He's excellent at dealing crippling blows to enemies with his massive kanabo, but his movement both in hand and on foot are slow.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Disabler fighting style
  • Hard hitter

Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Most attacks and moves are uninterruptible
  • Charging heavy attacks
  • Light attacks are not interrupted when blocked
  • Special pinning move: Demon's Embrace

FeatsEdit

Number 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Speed Revive

Passive | Rapidly revive fallen teammates

Unlocked at level 1
1 - Speed Revive
Iron Lungs

Passive | You can still Sprint when Out of Stamina

Unlocked at level 5
1 - Iron Lungs
Throw Farther

Passive | Throw enemies farther

Unlocked at level 13
1- Throw farther
2 Rock Steady

Passive | You cannot be stumbled or unbalanced by Parries and Throws

Unlocked at level 1
2- Rock steady
Smoke Bomb

Throw a smoke bomb on the ground that breaks the lock

Unlocked at level 7
2 - Smoke bomb
Juggernaut

You're slowed and gain high Damage reduction, Slippery and Uninteruptible

Unlocked at level 15
2 - Juggernaut
3 Punch Through

Passive | Deal Damage on Blocked Attacks

Unlocked at level 1
3 - Punch Through
Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate Damage (85 dmg)

Unlocked at level 9
3 - Long Bow
Hard to Kill

Passive | Losing Health increases your Damage reduction

Unlocked at level 17
3 - Hard to Kill
4 Staggering Blow

Heavy Attacks and Throws cause enemies to fall

Unlocked at level 1
4 - Staggering Blow
Arrow Storm

Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas

Unlocked at level 11
4 - Arrow Storm
Regenerate

Passive | Regenerate your Health when out of combat

Unlocked at level 19
4 - Regenerate

MovesetEdit

Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - Earn more Renown by assisting or saving Heroes, and defending objectives 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.
  • Uninterruptible Stance Attacks - All of Shugoki's moves, except for Headbutt, have Uninterruptible Stance during their Startup. Charge of the Oni also has Uninterruptible Stance during the Startup and Recovery of the move.
  • Enhanced Lights - Light Attacks are not interrupted if blocked. Does not apply when blocked by a Superior Block.
  • Charging Heavy Attack - Shugoki can initiate a Charging Heavy Attack with any of his Heavy Attacks by holding the Heavy Attack button. A Charging Heavy Attack has slightly increased damage and is Unblockable.
    • Charging Phases - The Charging Heavy Attack has two phases, and has to enter its second phase (shown with the Unblockable sign) for the Heavy Attack to receive the Charging Heavy properties. If the attack is only in its first phase when released, Shugoki will initiate a normal Heavy Attack.
    • Charging Heavy Attack: Chain End - Charging Heavy Attacks cannot be chained into another move.
    • Charging Heavy Attack Cancel - Charging Heavy Attacks can be canceled with B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC), or by pressing Guardbreak to initiate a Demon's Embrace. Both can be performed even after the Charging Heavy Attack has become Unblockable.
  • Headbutt Follow-ups - After performing a Headbutt, Shugoki can chain in a Heavy Finisher or a Guardbreak.
  • Zone Attack Follow-up - After a Zone Attack, Shugoki can perform a Heavy Finisher or a Headbutt (using Guardbreak).
  • Demon's Embrace - A successful Demon's Embrace pins the target and deals 25 damage. It will also heal Shugoki for 25 health and fully replenish his Stamina.
    • Unarmored Hug - While pinning his target on his shoulder, Shugoki does not have the Uninterruptible property, therefore he can be hit out of Demon's Embrace by attacks from both his ally and enemies.
  • Charge of the Oni - Charge of the Oni causes Shugoki to rush forward with 66% increased speed, while losing control of his ability to turn, stop or attack for the duration of the Charge.
    • Charge of the Oni Cancel - Charge of the Oni can be canceled early by pressing B (XB1), ◯ (PS4) or E (PC) midway.
    • Charge of the Oni Stamina Drain - Charge of the Oni consumes Stamina overtime, so takes less Stamina if canceled early.
    • Charge of the Oni Collision - Charge of the Oni will Knock Aside anyone in Shugoki's path, be it ally or enemy.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon Bash and Smash LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon Bonecrusher RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2

Crashing Thunder (Not in Guard Stance) ↑ + RMB LS↓(press to sprint) + RT L3↓(press to sprint) + R2
Unblockable iconKnocked Down icon Charge of the Oni ↑ + Space LS↓(press to sprint) + A L3↓(press to sprint) + X
Unblockable iconKnocked Down iconUninterruptible Stance icon Demon's Embrace (Cancel any Heavy) Cancel RMB with MMB Cancel RT with X Cancel R2 with ⬜
Unblockable iconKnocked Down iconUninterruptible Stance icon Demon's Embrace from Throws Press MMB during a throw Press X during a throw Press ⬜ during a throw
Push Back iconKnocked Down icon Demon Ball MMB ♦, RMB X ♦, RT ⬜ ♦, R2
Stun iconUnblockable icon Headbutt MMB (After any Starter, Crashing Thunder and Zone Attack) X (After any Starter, Crashing Thunder and Zone Attack) ⬜ (After any Starter, Crashing Thunder and Zone Attack)

ExecutionsEdit

Break In Half

Break In Half

Burst Your Bubble

Burst Your Bubble

One Inch Punch

One Inch Punch

Hip Attack

Hip Attack

Sit On It

Sit On It

Doormat

Doormat

The Mountain

The Mountain

Shugoki Smash!

Shugoki Smash!

Pinch Hitter

Pinch Hitter

Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia

Kimarite

Kimarite

Kinjite

Kinjite

Smashing Success

Smashing Success

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

Victory! (Shugoki)

Victory! (Shugoki)

Hard Times

Hard Times

Tantrum (Shugoki)

Tantrum (Shugoki)

Quick Nap

Quick Nap

Pumped!

Pumped!

Heck Yes!

Heck Yes!

Shugoki Coin Toss

Shugoki Coin Toss

Kill Card (Shugoki)

Kill Card (Shugoki)

Recognition (Shugoki)

Recognition (Shugoki)

Solet (Shugoki)

Solet (Shugoki)

Fighting StanceEdit

Pray For You

Pray For You

Sumo

Sumo

Belly Slap

Belly Slap

From The Gut

From The Gut

My House!

My House!

Try Harder

Try Harder

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

CustomizationEdit

  • The Aramaki Gear
  • The Fujisawa Gear
  • The Matsutani Gear
  • The Masamoto Gear
  • The Minazuki Gear
  • The Okuda Gear
  • The Raijin Gear
  • The Saotome Gear
  • The Zaimoku Gear
  • The Ryuzaki Gear
  • The Ariake Gear
  • The Shiranui Gear
  • The Kirishima Gear
  • The Hinogami Gear
  • The Jigokumaru Kanabo (Star Kanabo)
  • The Umenokoji Kanabo

VideosEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Heroes
Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer - Centurion - Gladiator - Black Prior
Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri
Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman
Wu Lin Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin