Hou Ken was originally a path seeker who had discarded all wordly desires, but after the event of nine years ago, he became an entity of vengeance. A path seeker who has veered off the path is a contradiction. It is only when Hou Ken fights selflessly that his original form is revealed. So long as he can achieve that state one again, he should be Invincible.

Ri Boku talking to Kaine about Hou Ken's power.

Hou Ken

Hou Ken portrait

Hou Ken anime portrait

Hou Ken Character Design anime S1

Chinese Pang Nuan
Kanji 龐煖
Biographical Information
Marital Status Single
Gender Male
Eyes Red
Hair Dark Brown
Skin Brown
Distinction Scar from the Left Side of the Forehead going down to the Right Cheek
State Zhao
Location Sai
Professional Information
Classification Bushin
Occupation Soldier
Affiliates Zhao Military
Ri Boku Army
Hou Ken Army
Coalition Army
Three Great Heavens
Military Rank Great General
Equipment Glaive
Japanese VA Masaya Takatsuka
Manga Debut Chapter 108
Anime Debut Episode 26
Game Debut Kingdom: Ikkitousen No Tsurugi!

Hou Ken is one of State of Zhao's Three Great Heavens and the most hated enemy of Ou Ki. He leads the Hou Ken Army. Hou Ken is also a Bushin, making him Kyou Kai's foretold enemy.


Hou Ken is a muscular man with a large build who has long black hair and a scar across his face, There are tattoos on his forearms.

Hou Ken wears a large, poncho-like cloak which goes up to his knees in length.


Hou Ken is very alert of anyone's martial 'potential' and is even willing to kill those as young as Shin and Kyou Kai in spite of them being children just because they might one day be a 'threat' to him, To him, there can only be one being that the heavens fear and that person is him. His daunting presence inspires fear in men, causing them to freeze up when they come face to face with him.

Hou Ken is also quite pragmatic and accepted beating Ou Ki when the general was shot in the back by Gi Ka in spite of Ou Ki destroying his glaive. He always speaks in old Chinese as seen saying "Thou" on many occasions.

The closest thing he has to a friend is Ri Boku who has been able to convince him to become involved with the affairs of the warring states.


Hou Ken is a Bushin but secretly considers himself a failed "Path Seeker" for being defeated by Ouki, In the past, Hou Ken spent most of his time in the mountains training with his glaive.

Hou Ken appeared during the conquest of Bayou to fight Kyou, one of the Six Great Generals, as her presence drew him out of his training.  Hou Ken easily cutting through her elite bodyguards before Kyou arrived on the scene. She was killed by him in combat and he was, in turn, severely wounded by an enraged Ou Ki who gave him a scar across his face before his body was riddled with arrows. Then, Hou Ken passed out and was believed to be dead. He came to after the Qin army had left and crawled off the battlefield to recuperate and do more training as his might was nowhere near that of the man who just defeated him. 

It took him 3 years to recover from his wounds and he took another 6 years to train before he was approached by Ri Boku to be involved in Zhao's plans against Qin.


Battle of Bayou ArcEdit

Hou Ken is first seen arriving at the Zhao royal capital of Kantan where he is given command over the state's army by King Tou Jou to devastate the Qin. He sets off from Bayou with his generals when he hears that Ou Ki is coming with an army to fight their forces. They arrive at Bayou at the same time that Ou Ki's forces do and he asks Chou Sou why the Qin general does not attack. After the first battle, he retreats to the headquarters to rest leaving the Zhao strategist in charge of the army. 

Appearing at night in the campgrounds of Kan Ou and Roku O Mi's armies, he began to massacre the nearby troops. As he makes his way around the camp, his path crosses with those of the Hi Shin Unit and he cut down several of them instantly. After declaring himself a calamity of the heavens, he continued to kill more Hi Shin Unit members until Shin arrives to stop him from killing Bi Hei. He blocked all of Shin's attacks and dodged that of Kyou Kai's before stating that they were the ones who summoned him and he would take their lives despite their age.

Hou Ken then attacked Shin, knocking him unconscious, when the two attempt to use a pincer maneuver against him and faced off against Kyou Kai who begins the Priestess Dance. After blocking her attacks, he noted that she was one of the "god summoners" and declares a competition to see which of them is the rightful chosen warrior of the heavens. Though Kyou Kai scored a minor blow, he slowly began to match her pace, commenting that it had been a long time since anyone had made him bleed. Seeing Kyou Kai reach her limits, he went on the offensive but she manages to dodge until the recoil from her technique caught up with her and slowed her down. She yelled at the rest of the unit to run, but he cut down several of them, stating that none shall leave until the battle is finished.

Seeing Man Goku arrive on the scene, he was attacked by Kan Ou's forces and started killing all nearby Qin. By now, Shin had recovered and he and his unit devised a plan, which allowed him to land a blow against Hou Ken. He moved in for the kill but was hit in the stomach by the end of Hou Ken's glaive. Kyou Kai tried to stop him from killing Shin and was knocked down as well, After telling them that they were mere offerings to his "god", he attempted to strike down Shin, only to be blocked several times by Bi Hei, Bi Tou and Taku Kei. After this, the Hi Shin Unit took that opportunity to retreat with their leader, and Hou Ken returned to the HQ. 

Hou Ken appeared at the Zhao camp and was greeted by General Chou Sou. When Mou Bu's army storms the Zhao HQ, he came face to face with the Qin vice general before retreating, luring the enemy forces into a trap along the way. He leaves some of his men to engage Mou Bu's troops before seeing General Ou Ki appear with his army to assist the Qin vice general. Seeing the Qin general tearing through Zhao troops, he threw a spear at him and misses, killing 3 Qin soldiers in the process, before both armies give way for the two to duel.

They started to fight, and though at first it seemed like Ou Ki's strength had waned in the nine years since Kyou's death, his wrath was brought out and they continued fighting. To his amazement and bewilderment, was being beaten back by Ou Ki, whose strength begins to overwhelm his own. Ou Ki was about to deal the final blow when he stopped in light of Ri Boku's army arriving on the scene. 

As they continued their fight, inflicting serious wounds on one another, both Hou Ken and Ou Ki were at a stalemate until the Qin general broke the blade on Hou Ken's weapon. Ou Ki was about to deliver the finishing blow when an arrow from Gi Ka pierced his back, halting him in his attack which allowed Hou Ken to pierce through his chest with his broken glaive, inflicting a fatal wound. After the battle, he stated that he still didn't feel like the victor and retreats to the mountains for more training.

Sanyou Aftermath ArcEdit

A few years later, Hou Ken was approached by Kei Sha who convinced him to accept the command of their army and invade the state of Yan. He personally killed Yan's Great General Geki Shin and ended the war in a day. He told Ri Boku that it was boring, but Ri Boku reassured him that it was just the beginning of a greater battle.

Coalition Invasion ArcEdit

Hou Ken wasn't present during the attack on the Kankoku pass, but was secretly sent as part of Ri Boku's army, which used a mountain passage that lead to middle of the southern pass to Kanyou, bypassing Qin's defenses.

Houken suddenly appeared when Duke Hyou broke through Ri Boku's Ryuudou. He engaged in a dual with Duke Hyou, and killed him. However, in the process, Duke Hyou had found out who Hou Ken was. Hou Ken was a buffoon who would never feel the strength that flowed through men from the battlefield, and would never understand why he was defeated by Ou Ki. The battle continued, which ended in Duke Hyou's death and Hou Ken's broken arm.

Hou Ken made another appearance at the last days of the Battle of Sai and dueled Shin. Noting that Shin had encountered him three times and lived, he stated that he cannot allow him to survive and engages him in battle. During the duel, both Hou Ken's and Shin's horse fell. Despite serious injuries, Shin managed to wound Hou Ken, scarring him on the face exactly where Ouki scared him as well. After that, Hou Ken retreated with Ri Boku and the rest of the Zhao army, saying that he would remember Shin's name.

Western Zhao Invasion ArcEdit

Hou Ken is seen training in the mountains located slightly off from the Shukai Plains. He sensed Shin's Great General blow that killed Gaku Ei and screamed in anger because of the memories of Ou Ki.


You could say he's pure to a frightful extent. A crystallization of martial skill.

Shou Bun Kun telling the court about the mysterious Hou Ken.

Strength 100
Leadership Absolutely none
Intelligence I am not stupid
Experience A
Bushin degree: 100!
Strength 100
Leadership unknown
Intelligence I am not stupid
Experience B
Bushin degree: 100!
Strength 100
Leadership unknown
Intelligence I am not stupid
Bushin degree: 100!

Glaive Master: Hou Ken has tremendous mastery in wielding  his glaive as he can instantly cut through multiple armoured soldiers with one swing. He can slayed the most powerful enemies easily even Kyou of the Six Great Generals and after further rigorous training for six years, he managed to kill Ou Ki in a one on one duel. He can block multiple javelins thrown at him but redirect them to damage those nearby.

Immense Speed: His massive frame belies his supreme speed and reflexes as he could match Kyou Kai's lightning fast agility. he outlasts Kyou Kai when she used the Priestess Dance to its furthest extent. He was able to follow her movements and block some of her moves when she was using the same technique that beheaded 5 assassins in the blink of an eye

Immense Endurance: In addition to this, his immensely robust constitution grants him the tenacity to survived massive wound that could kill ordinary men. Such as a volley of thousand arrows, falling off a cliff and being cut across his face by Ou Ki.

Immense Durability:His body is also extrmely durable and resilient to damage, that only the strongest fighters are capable of injuring him.

Expert Fighter: He is shown to be an intelligent fighter as he spun two dead bodies with his weapon as a shield to block oncoming crossbow bolts from Kan Ou's troops, shocking all present.

Immense Strength: Hou Ken's strength is completely monsterous even among Bushins, he can throw a spear with enough strength to kill 3 men as well as overpower entire armies single-handedly. It has been revealed in Chapter 217 that Hou Ken's martial strength is Over 100. This puts him as the strongest character in strength in the series. Even without a weapon, he is extremely formidable due to his pure brute strength; having killed a tiger with his bare hands and crushing a Yan soldier's helm-clad skull with just one hand.

Duels Edit


Skill block
Hou Ken deflects the volley of arrows with corpses
Houken Stabs Ouki
Hou Ken stabs Ou Ki
Houken kills a tiger
Houken training in the mountains
Hou Ken Slashes Down The Great Trees
Hou Ken slashes down the great trees
Hou Ken VS Geki Shin
Hou Ken slays Geki Shin
Duke hyou loses an arm
Hou Ken severs Duke Hyou's arm
Shin charges Hou Ken
Hou Ken confronted by Shin
Shin vs Houken
Hou Ken vs Shin
Shin Strikes Hou Ken's Face
Hou Ken's face struck by Shin
Hou Ken wounded by Shin
Hou Ken's wounds inflicted by Shin
Hou Ken Character Design anime S1
Hou Ken's character design anime S1
Hou Ken's War Horse anime portrait
Hou Ken's war horse
Episode 26 portrait
Hou Ken infiltrates Kyou's camp
Episode 30 portrait
Hou Ken confronts the Hi Shin Unit
Shin And Hou Ken's First Meeting anime S1
Hou Ken meets Shin
Shin Cuts Down Hou Ken anime S1
Hou Ken cut down by Shin
Hou Ken Strikes Shin With The Back Of His Glaive anime S1
Hou Ken strikes Shin with the back of his glaive
Hou Ken Vanishes Into The Forest anime S1
Hou Ken vanishes into the forest
Mou Bu Slays Hou Ken's Double anime S1
Hou Ken's double slain by Mou Bu
Episode 35 portrait
Hou Ken confronts Ou Ki
Hou Ken Strikes Geki Shin anime S2
Hou Ken strikes Geki Shin
Hou Ken Slays Geki Shin anime S2
Hou Ken slays Geki Shin


[Narrator]: "It was as if a natural calamity had descended upon them. In the face of that overpowering violence...There were those that could not even stand...Those that ran away...And those that could not move."

From Hou Ken: "The "violent god" that resides within me will not allow the existence of any other powerful warriors."

Hou Ken to the Kyou Army: "Soldiers, Armies, Zhao, Qin...You are all insignificant. The only thing of import is that right here, there are two beings which the Heavens fear, Apart from me...there is one more. Even if the heavens were to split and the earth were to sunder...That cannot be allowed!! I AM THE BUSHIN, HOU KEN. COME OUT AND FACE ME, O'ENEMY OF MINE."

Hou Ken to Kyou Kai: "The ability to read an opponent's moves...Obviously does not belong exclusively to you."

Hou Ken on Shin & Kyou Kai: "Though, I may have let my down my guard down, nevertheless, A most incredible pair of children you two are. For mere offerings to my "god"...You have done well."

From Kei Sha on Hou Ken: "I finally understand the rumors of you being known as the "manifestation of violence"."

Hou Ken to Shin: "Just this once, I will allow you to live. However, I shall remember your name, Shin."


  • Hou Ken is similar to Lu Bu, whose great skill as a military commander is replaced with pure martial skill.
  • He is still chasing Ou Ki's shadow as his targets while training have the general's face on them.
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