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"The Wardens: members of an ancient order...fallen into dust. Sworn to defend the weak, masters of the longsword. Their origins lost to history; still they fight for what is right. Driven by duty, devoted to their people... but only a few may join their order."


For the single player campaign character, see: The Warden

Wardens are a playable hero class in For Honor.

Overview

"The Wardens are powerful, noble warriors dedicated to the defense of their land and their people. Striking a balance between defense and offense, wardens wear partial plate armor with chainmail and leather. Wardens wield massive two-handed longswords for slashing enemies and blocking attacks. Trained to be proud, loyal, and brilliant diplomats, the Wardens are expected to embody the highest values of Knighthood. Many set out to achieve this, few do." [1]

Armor

The Warden's default armor is a set of interwoven metal plates over chainmail, topped by a visored barbuta helmet made to protect against a stray arrow or blade strike. The partial plate is segmented along the torso, arm, and leg joints to provide great dexterity while still granting plenty of protection in battle.

Weapon

Longsword - The two-handed longsword is a double-edged weapon. Its hilt is comprised of a long, jutting cross guard, a heavy pommel for counterbalance, and a grip wrapped in leather. In spite of its size and weight, it remains a versatile weapon offering a balance of offense and defense.

Trivia

  • The Warden's helmet designs hail from those from the 13th to 15th centuries. Such helmets include the visored barbuta, the great helm, and the visored sugarloaf.
  • The Warden's side guard stances are inspired from the Pflug stance, a staple of basic medieval swordsmanship dating back to master Liechtenauer of the 1380s.[2]
    • Similarly, their top guard stance derives from the Schlüssel stance, from which the wielder can efficiently deploy classic strikes like the Krohn or Einhorn strike.
  • In historical comparison, the armor design for the Warden resembles early 14th century armor.
  • On June 23rd, 2020 at New Game+ Expo (NGPX) 2020, Warden was announced by SNK Corporation as the 9th DLC character for their weapon-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019), added the day after on June 24th. See the trailer here. Check out the Warden's dedicated page on the SNK wiki here or this wiki's dedicated page for the game.
    • In the series of Samurai Shodown, Warden is the 4th guest character to be added to the game and the first guest character to originate from a non-Japanese game. Strictly in Samurai Shodown (2019), he is the first guest character to be added.
    • For Honor's Game Director, Nicolas Bombray, and Associate Art Director, Andrew Im, both were featured in a director's message video for this announcement. See the video here.
    • Masaki Terasoma reprises this role, as he voices male Warden in the Japanese localization of the game.
  • Executions and Emotes:
    • The Warden's "Blade Homage" emote is a reference to the Marvel character Blade, specifically to the live action version's portrayal by Wesley Snipes. The emote imitates Blade's pose on the official poster for Blade 2, holding the sword vertically downwards with the handguard near the face.
    • The Warden execution "Hilt Strike" is a historically accurate technique known as Mordhau, or 'murder-stroke'.
      • The performing attacker holds the sword from the top (using a special gripping style to avoid cutting their own hands) and swings the hilt as an improvised bludgeon.
      • Similar to wielding a mace, this blunt strike allowed medieval fighters to hammer through the thick armor that was developed to glance off/block the bladed weapons of its era. Heavy armor could be impervious to cutting attacks, but it could not defend against impact trauma by the hilt.
    • The Warden's execution "End Them Rightly" is a technique described in the Gladiatoria KK5013, a 15th century German fencing manual, in which it details how a combatant should unscrew the pommel of their sword and throw it at their opponent.
      • One translation from the manual: "If you want to end him rightly hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously."
      • Before the release of the game, the concept had become a meme after Medieval weapons youtuber Skallagrim made a video talking about the technique, followed by other youtubers following suit.
      • However, the nature of throwing the pommel as an execution is mistaken, as the full translation includes a sentence after that the action of throwing the pommel is performed as a distraction before thrusting the sword into one's opponent. Also, the correct translation of the phrase "end him rightly" is actually "end him quickly." Skallagrim has recognized this in later videos, such as this one.
      • Translation by Keith Ferrel: "If you want to end him quickly, hold your spear and sword together on your arm, unscrew the pommel of your sword and throw it at him vigorously. Close in with the throw and use your sword or spear, whatever suits you best."
    • The execution "Brutality of Camlann" is a reference to the Battle of Camlann, the reputed final battle of King Arthur.
    • The execution "Manus manum secat" translates to "One hand cuts off the other," and is a reference to the quote "Manus manum lavat" (One hand washes another) from the Roman Satire "Apocolocyntosis Claudii," also known as "the Pumpkinification of Claudius."

Quotes

  • Latin: "Miserum!" - English: "Pitiful!"
    • Male Warden, Shoulder Bash
  • Latin: "Te secabo!" - English: "I will cut you to pieces!" ("I will sever you!")
    • Female Warden, Shoulder Bash
  • Latin: "Perī!" - English: "Die!"/"Perish!"
    • Female Warden, Crushing Counterstrike
  • Latin: "Incumbuī!" - English: "I brought my sword down upon you!"
    • Male Warden, Crushing Counterstrike
      • Directly translating "incumbuī" in the context of which the Warden is speaking it in is difficult since they are saying the phrase in the perfect tense of "incumbō" which directly translates to "I attack", "I pressure/press on", or "I fall on your sword."

References

Fighting Style

The Wardens are a jack-of-all-trade hero who roam the battlefield with their impressive longswords. They balance defense and offense and are easy to play. They make great choices for new players as they feature a simple-to-learn mix-up and a good set of basic moves.

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Adaptable Fighting Style
  • Straight-Forward Strategy

Special Capabilities

  • Unblockable Shoulder-Bash Attack that functions as the Warden's core mix-up, chaining from any attack
  • Crushing Counter Top Light Opener that guarantees high damage if it successfully blocks an attack
  • Unblockable Heavy Finishers from all sides

Perks

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

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Body Count

Passive | Killing a soldier grants you health and stamina.

Unlocked at level 1

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Conqueror

Passive | Capture and upgrade control zones faster.

Unlocked at level 5

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Come At Me

Gain more Renown from kills, but take more Damage from Attacks.

Unlocked at level 13

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2 Inspire

Nearby allies deal more Damage, and soldiers fight faster.

Unlocked at level 1

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Fiat Lux ("let there be light")

Throw a flash grenade that blinds enemies for a few seconds.

Unlocked at level 7

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Thrilling Comeback

Passive | When activating Revenge, heal some health.

Unlocked at level 15

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3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

Unlocked at level 1

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Pugno Mortis ("fist of death")

Throw an explosive projectile dealing damage over an area.

Unlocked at level 9

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Takedown

Throws make enemies fall to the ground.

Unlocked at level 17

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4 Catapult

Call a catapult strike over an area.

Unlocked at level 1

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Stalwart Banner

Nearby allies continuously regain health.

Unlocked at level 11

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Morale Booster

Improve the attacks of nearby allies for a short 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

  • Light Attack Combo - If a Side Light Opener hits, the second Light Attack from the same direction is guaranteed but deals less damage.
  • Crushing Counterstrike - Top Light Opener has Superior Block property during the Startup. Use it to counterattack. Attack becomes Unblockable and has enhanced damage after a counter.
  • Chain Starters - Zone Attack, Rushing Slash and Valiant Breakthrough can be chained into a Heavy Finisher.
  • Charging Shoulder Bash - Shoulder Bash can be held to delay the move, on top of slightly increasing the speed at which Warden dashes.
    • Full Charge Shoulder Bash - If a Shoulder Bash is fully charged, it'll have uninterruptible properties.
    • Attack to Shoulder Bash - Press MMB (PC), X (XB1) or X (PS4) after any Attack to start charging a Shoulder Bash. Attacks that can lead into a Shoulder Bash are Light Attacks, Heavy Attacks, Valiant Breakthrough, Rushing Slash and Zone Attack. A Shoulder Bash cannot lead into another Shoulder Bash.
    • Shoulder Bash Cancel - Press E (PC), B (XB1) or O (PS4) to cancel Shoulder Bash. Can cancel as long as the Warden hasn't moved forward to Bash.
    • Shoulder Bash Chain - If Shoulder Bash successfully hits an opponent, Warden can immediately begin a Chain Starter.
  • Unblockable Heavy Finishers - All Heavy Finishers are unblockable.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Icon Legend

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Vanguard's Advance LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Guardian's Assault LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Warden's Wrath RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Rushing Slash (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↓ + RT LS↓ + R2
Superior Block icon.png Crushing Counterstrike Mouse/up + LMB RS↑ + RB RS↑ + R1
Valiant Breakthrough W + Space, RMB LS↑ + A, RT LS↑ + X, R2
Push Back icon.pngUnblockable icon.png Shoulder Bash W,A,D + Space, MMB (hold) LS←↑→ + A, X (hold) LS←↑→ + X, ⬜ (hold)

Executions

Guts_Then_Chops

Guts Then Chops

Hilt_Strike

Hilt Strike

Taking_Out_The_Trash

Taking Out The Trash

Spinning_Decapitation

Spinning Decapitation

Backhand_Strike

Backhand Strike

Shoulder_Tackle

Shoulder Tackle

Blackstone_Bash

Blackstone Bash

End_Them_Rightly

End Them Rightly

A_Moment_Of_Silence

A Moment Of Silence

Knockout

Knockout

Grave_Passing

Grave Passing

Brutality_of_Camlann

Brutality of Camlann

Fractured_Ribcage

Fractured Ribcage

Larry's_Banner

Larry's Banner

Alarius'_Wrath

Alarius' Wrath

Deep_Hacking

Deep Hacking

Manus_Manum_Secat

Manus Manum Secat

Emotes

Passive Stance

Power_Surge

Power Surge

I_Rock!

I Rock!

Seriously?

Seriously?

I_Lost

I Lost

Victory!_(Warden)

Victory! (Warden)

Stupid,_Stupid!

Stupid, Stupid!

Warden_Coin_Toss

Warden Coin Toss

Kill_Card_(Warden)

Kill Card (Warden)

Recognition_(Warden)

Recognition (Warden)

Solet_(Warden)

Solet (Warden)

Reluctant_Applause_(Warden)

Reluctant Applause (Warden)

Ball_Hog

Ball Hog

Fighting Stance

What's_Your_Problem?

What's Your Problem?

Sword_Point

Sword Point

Twirl

Twirl

Polite_Salute

Polite Salute

Blade_Homage

Blade Homage

Shouldered_Blade

Shouldered Blade

Macte_Virtute_(Warden)

Macte Virtute (Warden)

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

Clarent

Clarent

Benedicto_Militis

Benedicto Militis

Death_By_Catapult

Death By Catapult

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Knight)

Down The Hatch! (Knight)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Knight)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Knight)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Knight)

Banner Of Arms (Knight)

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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