If you played the For Honor tutorials, you know how to defend and attack but there are some things that the game doesn’t tell you about even if you check the controls layout. Here are a few tips to consider in improving your win/loss ratio in For Honor.
Do Not Button Mash
It can be easy to fall into the idea of button mashing to get results in fighting games. However, you won’t be rewarded for that behaviour in For Honor. Button mashing will have you burn through your stamina and leave you open for counter attack.
Instead, you’ll want to bide your time and look for openings on your opponent. Keep the Left Trigger (Xbox controller) or R2 (PlayStation 4 controller) pressed to keep your guard up and your opponent targetted.
Keep an Eye on the Minimap
One thing to be sure of doing is to watch your minimap. Here you’ll be able to see your allies approaching to help or even more importantly, opponents approaching to help their friend. There is no dishonor from running away from a fight against multiple opponents.
Press A (Xbox controller) or X (PlayStation 4 controller) to roll out of the way. That means your opponent might swing at you but will likely miss allowing you to retreat.
You do learn this one in the tutorial but in the heat of battle, you might forget about it. Parrying attacks, especially from those more agile and faster than you, allows you to get in hits as they drop their blocking.
Be careful, though, if your parry misses, it’ll leave you wide open to their attack.
When your opponent attacks, you’ll see their direction marker flash red. Press Right Trigger (Xbox controller) or R2 (PlayStation 4 controller) as this happens and you’ll parry.
Ladders can be great or a nightmare. You can be pulled from a ladder by a pursuing enemy or knocked from it by someone coming down. To get down a ladder quickly (and to knock off anyone coming up) press and hold B (Xbox controller) or Circle (PlayStation 4 controller) while going down the ladder.
If you knock someone from the ladder from high enough, you’ll get awarded a kill.
Also, if the enemy is at the bottom of a ladder you can still get in hits by landing on them. So it is worth pressing B (Xbox controller) or Circle (PlayStation 4 controller) to get down.
You kind of learn this in the tutorials but they don’t explain it as a way to throw opponents.
One of the things you can do and either buy you some time or use the environment to your advantage is to throw your opponents, either out of the way or into fire, holes, off cliffs, spikes etc.
First, you’ll need to break their defence by attacking while they block. Here you are looking for a slight clue as to their status when their defence is broken, you’ll stumble backwards a little. At that point, hit X (Xbox controller) or Square (PlayStation 4 controller). This will initiate a throw and push the enemy back.
To gain an even better advantage in multiplayer, it is worth checking out the Advanced Practice option from the main menu. It is worth doing for the knowledge and because when you complete it, you’ll get 1,500 Steel.
Not really a gameplay tip but it will help you in the long run.
When in the Multiplayer Menu press LB (Xbox controller) or L1 (PlayStation 4 controller) and a sidebar will emerge from the left of the screen. Here you will see DAILY ORDERS, CONTRACT ORDERS and EVENT ORDER.
DAILY ORDERS and EVENT ORDER are set by Ubisoft so check out what is required and you might complete them on your way.
CONTRACT ORDERS feature frequently updating orders which you can equip three of. This is easy to miss if you don’t open this panel. You can equip three orders at a time. and they feature things like playing a certain mode or doing something within game modes. They feature both PvP and PvAI orders so hopefully something you can do in your preferred method of playing.
Completing orders gives you steel which you can use to upgrade your equipment or buy new loot from the Customize Hero screens.
To remove an order you don’t want anymore, simply select the order a second time from your list and it’ll be unselected.
For Honor is available now for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.