"My quest will not end until I have perfected the way of the sword."
— Haohmaru

Haohmaru (覇王丸, Haōmaru; also can be written as "Haoumaru") is the titular protagonist of SNK's Samurai Shodown series and one of the series's most known characters, the other being Nakoruru.

Haohmaru is set to appear in Soulcalibur VI as a DLC guest fighter for Season Pass 2.


Haohmaru is a lone samurai who travels to perfect his skills. Back when he was much younger, he challenged Jubei and got defeated badly. Since then, he left his village to challenge strong opponents to refine his skills. During his travels, he met Nicotine Caffeine and became one of his students alongside his rival Genjuro Kibagami, whom Haohmaru considered him as a friend, but Genjuro does not consider him one and the latter got expelled by their master when he almost killed Haohmaru during certain training sessions.

When Amakusa appeared back into the world, Haohmaru set out to kill him as he was a strong opponent. He would succeed in killing Amakusa with help from Nakoruru, Hanzo HattoriGalford D. WellerCharlotte, and Ukyo Tachibana. The same year, he ran into Shizumaru Hisame whose village was destroyed by the demon Zankuro Minazuki. He took care of Shizumaru and helped him find Zankuro.

Two years before his encounters with the two said supernatural villains, these aren’t the first times where Haohmaru encountered supernatural incidents, the first is helping Yoshitora Tokugawa to fulfill the fallen Gaoh’s last wish to lead Japan for better future, then gets involved with an incident caused by Shizuka Gōzen.

A year later, he was attacked by a demon possessed man during his sleep. Haohmaru easily kills the attacker and tells Nicotine about the attack. Nicotine warns Haohmaru that he must not get involved with the demons. But Haohmaru ignores the warning and sets out to kill the source of the attack. During his travel, he was attacked by Mizuki Rashojin but was saved by Amakusa. With help from Nakoruru, he was able to defeat Mizuki and seal off Makai, preventing Ambrosia from destroying the world.

Physical Appearance


Confident in his abilities, Haohmaru enjoys the thrill of fighting against strong opponents. Seeking enlightenment with each encounter, he constantly journeys in order to improve himself. As he gets older, he feels less inclined to fight and will try to avoid it if possible.

Outside of battle, Haohmaru is a crude but easy-going man, caring only for sake and food. He has a romantic interest in a simple girl named Oshizu ("O" added as a honorific prefix).


Fighting Style

Critical Edge

  • Tenha Fujin Zan: Slashes the opponent in an upward motion five times before finishing with a more powerful leaping upward slash.




Season Pass 2 Trailer (by Samurai Shodown (2019) Announcer)

  • "My quest will not end until I have perfected the way of the sword."
  • "I shall claim the title of greatest warrior in the land."
  • "En garde."
  • "Fight."

Reveal Trailer

  • "I know you. Hmph! Heard you were tough."
  • "Kogetsuzan!"
  • "Senpu Retsuzan!"
  • "Now I'm fired up!"
  • "Don't think so!" — spoken during Guard Impact
  • "Think fast!" — spoken before Critical Edge
  • "Tenha...Fujin Zan!" — spoken during Critical Edge
  • "You fought well! Glad I'd came all the way out here."


  • Haohmaru is the third guest character to be appearing in the Soulcalibur VI. And 13th overall licensed-guest character.
  • Haohmaru is the very first character hailing from SNK to be featured in Soulcalibur VI.
    • He is also the fourth SNK character to be featured under the Bandai Namco Entertainment banner. Mai Shiranui and Iroha appeared in Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos, while Geese Howard appeared in Tekken 7.
  • Much like his Bandai Namco counterpart, Mitsurugi, Haohmaru has always been a sole staple veteran fighter within his home series since debuting in the series' first game, and being a ronin as well.
  • This Haohmaru is mostly from the era prior to the storylines depicted in classic 3D arena fighting games: the Hyper Neo Geo 64 games and the PlayStation sequel, Warriors Rage.
  • He is both first known 2D fighting game guest character to appear, and second fighting game guest character since the now late-Heihachi Mishima.
  • With his appearance in Soulcalibur VI, it marks as the first time Haohmaru is voiced in English (though this is technically the second because of Samurai Shodown: The Motion Picture).



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