"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 the upcoming 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 and became one of his students alongside his rival Genjuro, 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 kill Haohmaru during certain training sessions. When Amakusa appeared back into the world, Haohmaru set out to kill Amakusa as he was a strong opponent. He killed Amakusa with help from Nakoruru, HanzoGalfordCharlotte, and Ukyo.

The same year, he ran into Shizumaru whose village was destroyed by the demon Zankuro. He took care of Shizumaru and helped him find Zankuro. 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 but was saved by Amakusa. With help from Nakoruru, he was able to defeat Mizuki and seal off Makai.

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




Season Pass 2 Trailer

  • "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."


  • 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 fighters 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: Neo Geo 64 games and the PlayStation sequel Warriors Rage.



SOULCALIBUR VI - Season Pass 2 Reveal Trailer PS4, X1, PC

SOULCALIBUR VI - Season Pass 2 Reveal Trailer PS4, X1, PC


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