That beastly combat-orientated hulk of a game For Honor is almost upon us. Across the battlefield, the blood-beaten roar of the Vikings, the formidable clash of the Knights' metal plates and the resolute, but ferocious silence of the Samurai can be heard amongst the carnage. Most fans, I think, have decided which faction they will be joining the ranks of, but not everyone has yet decided which weapon they'll be wielding.
All You Need To Know: Weapons, Armor & Features Of The Nine 'For Honor' Classes
These choices will depend on the #ForHonor classes that were announced last year, if more are added we'll be sure to update. But each of the twelve that were announced look fierce and threatening, all with different weapons, fighting styles and characteristics. Everyone is guaranteed to be satisfied by the strength on display. Which will you choose? Let's get started!
Vikings - The Raiders
- Summary: The For Honor Raider is possibly the most fearsome of the whole bunch, which is why I started with him. Not only is he a massive beast of a man covered in tattoos and fur, but he is also utterly fearless. The Vikings believed that their death was fated and after it they would go to Valhalla, a great hall filled with kings, ale and battle. If they have no control over their death, then why worry about it?
- Weapons: A massive two-handed Dane axe almost as tall as the Raider himself.
- Armor: Little in the way of armor apart from a helmet and some thick skin.
- Fighting Style: These For Honor Raiders are huge, deadly and exceptionally strong. They dish out heavy disabling attacks with the Dane axe and can also stun enemies with throw attacks.
Vikings - The Warlord
- Summary: According to Viking tradition, leaders on the battlefield had to earn their right to stand at the front by spending years fighting in this position. If you kept fighting there and returning home, you clearly earned it. These units are not just fierce fighters, but are also great leaders too.
- Weapons: The Warlords in For Honor carry both a shield as well as a Gladius, an ancient weapon that is perfect for close range attacks.
- Armor: These warriors don't care so much for armor, but the Warlords will go into battle wearing a helmet and some tough leather to keep the flies off.
- Fighting Style: One of the coolest things I found out was that the Warlords are able to unlock a headbutt attack. But their bread and butter combat style is a mix of slow, short range blows and deadly counters.
Vikings - The Beserkers
- Summary: The For Honor Beserkers are just as brutal as the Viking warriors they're based on. They are more beast than man, and are therefore terrifying on the battlefield. They are fast and protected only by their passion for the Gods and for killing in their name.
- Weapons: Hand axes started off as essential tools for chopping and splitting wood, but they soon became the deadly weapon that we now associate with the Vikings. The Beserker in For Honor carries two of them.
- Armor: You'll get a face mask and a hell of a lot of fur. Apart from that, your defense is all in your attack.
- Fighting Style: The engines of death, ready to dispense a brutal flurry of hacks, slashes and charges at any enemy unlucky enough to be in range.
Knights - The Wardens
- Summary: The For Honor Warden class is looking most likely to be a perfect middle ground between attack and defense. These are big guys who are dedicated to their land and people, and who aim to realize their ambitions of their service to knighthood.
- Weapons: The Wardens use a massive two-handed longsword which can be used for relatively fast attack and defense.
- Armor: Plate armor on top of chainmail and some serious leather.
- Fighting Style: The fighting style of the Wardens in For Honor is very much focused on balance. They have an unlockable shoulder attack, but most of what you'll see from a Warden are heavy, but fast blows using the longsword.
Knights - The Conquerors
- Summary: These are ex-criminals who were forced into the military, but rose to prominence and were later trained as heavy infantry soldiers. Despite their somewhat flawed beginnings, they are now some of the most fearsome warriors in this faction. It looks like the guy in the picture above is taking on a bonfire, just to show off how badass he is.
- Weapons: The Conquerors in For Honor use the Footman's Flail, which is essentially a huge steel-spiked ball at the end of an iron chain. If given the time and space to execute a full swing, there aren't many that will be able to withstand it.
- Armor: These warriors are very defensive, so they are given the heaviest and thickest armor.
- Fighting Style: For the Conquerors in For Honor, battles will be slow. It will all be about how many hits you can defend against before you can unleash the flail.
Knights - The Peacekeepers
- Summary: The For Honor Peacekeepers are part of the Iron Legion, but also stand apart from them as they care little for glory and knighthood. Instead, they will enter the battlefield and do only what is required of them to bring the peace (which is usually killing all in their way). These warriors are set to be some of the most exciting in the game, giving players the opportunity to unleash a storm of rapid attacks and agile maneuvers.
- Weapons: Dual-wielded swords and a dagger. It doesn't sound like it will pack a huge punch against some of the heavier units, but, combined with the agility of the Peacekeepers, these units will be cutting your throat before you've unsheathed your sword.
- Armor: Leather, chainmail and some seriously frightening metallic face masks.
- Fighting Style: The For Honor Peacekeepers are all about speed and precision. This means they'll be spending most of the time dodging cumbersome attacks and waiting for the perfect time to sink their blade in your gut.
Samurai - The Kensei
- Summary: Every great ruler has trained as a Kensei, the defenders of the land. Taken at infancy, these warriors are brought up as masters of multiple martial arts and in the way of the Samurai. They are the ideal warrior, striving for constant perfection and willing to die for their faction at the drop of a hat.
- Weapons: The Kensei in For Honor use a long and clean blade called the Nodachi. It's longer and heavier than the classic katana, and requires much more strength to wield.
- Armor: The armor that these warriors use is the absolute finest and strongest that the faction has to offer, which also includes a mask.
- Fighting Style: Not as fast as some of the units in the faction, but the Kensei make up for it with much longer melee range and more powerful high heavy attacks.
Samurai - The Shugoki
- Summary: The Shugoki in For Honor are basically tanks on the battlefield. These warriors are huge in size with strength that can rarely, if ever, be matched. Yes, they are slow in their attack, but if you get in the way of one of them then it's game over in one.
- Weapons: Their choice of weapon is the kanabo. Essentially, a weapon built out of a tree trunk. It's a stack of wood with metal spikes driven into its centre for ultimate damage.
- Armor: Strong and thick overlapping pieces of metal covering shoulders, chest and waist.
- Fighting Style: These guys can take hits for fun, and are best against a large number of enemies thanks to the kanabo. However, the For Honor Shugoki are very slow, which means you'll have to be careful if you're up against an especially quick opponent.
Samurai - The Orochi
- Summary: These are some of the finest warriors the world has ever seen. They are extremely fast and agile, and can easily match up against 100 of their opposite number. On top of that, the Orochi are also able to unleash havoc with deadly knives and poison blades. Think of them as something like an assassin that isn't afraid to show his face.
- Weapons: The katana is made of laminated steel and is often seen as the most deadly weapon of the Samurai.
- Armor: As you can see, the Orochi in For Honor wear armor that is both flexible and strong.
- Fighting Style: They will be a difficult class to master, but once you have their fighting style locked down it will be easy to dish out fast attacks with the perfect timing and skill.
The Three Yet To Be Fully Unveiled
We know for sure that there will be 12 individual classes, nine of which I have detailed above. However, Ubisoft are keeping their cards close to their chests with the last three: The Lawbringer for the Knights, The Nobushi for the Samurai and The Valkyries for the Vikings.
What we know for sure about the For Honor Lawbringers is that they will carry a huge poleaxe, which will look and feel like a normal axe but will have the capabilities to punch a hole when used as a spear-like weapon too. They will have the thickest armor in the game, and will probably feel more like the Shugoki than any other class. They'll be slow, but very strong.
The Nobushi will have a very long weapon with a swift blade at one end. Their fighting style probably won't feel like much else on the battlefield, instead I can imagine it looking more like a fencing class. The length of their weapon, called the Naginata, might mean players will be able to use it to disable their opponents long before the fight was to begin. One's thing for sure, the Nobushi will have probably the longest range of all the For Honor classes.
The final For Honor class is that of the Valkyrie. Historically, Valkyries are the warriors that have made deals with Gods. They have taken on the burden of earning a place for fallen Vikings in Valhalla, and they do this through war and killing. They are scouts, trackers and masters of the spear. It looks like the fighting style of the Valkyries in For Honor will be much faster than those of their counterparts.
All of the classes in For Honor look vicious, and I wouldn't want to mess with any of them. Each class seems to lean toward a particular player type or characteristic, so it's going to be really interesting to see how they all mix on the battlefield.
Have you got a favorite class yet? Let us know which one you like the look of in the comments section below!