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"Like the rocks that break the waves, Highlanders have weathered many storms. Ancient alliances kept their lands safe but their owes have come due. They join our war out of obligation but they are not to be underestimated. Their claymore is the heaviest sword ever wielded. It can cut down even the most armored warrior. The elements battering their lands have made them strong. War has made them deadly."


Highlander are a playable hero in For Honor.

Overview

The Highlander is not a typical hard-headed Viking. Ancient alliances and obligations have pulled them into this war, otherwise they would have remained guarding their homelands. They can stay in a defensive posture and stand toe to toe with the fiercest of warriors, weathering the flurry of blows with their claymore... until they see a momentary weakness and then they pounce, displaying their true strength and speed revealed with sweeping strikes and heavy blows. They are never going to be the first to jump into battle, as they will plan each move and always be ready to counter. The mountains have made them hard and resilient; war has made them deadly.

Armor

Highlanders have most of their armor covered by their clothes but some scale armor can be seen. They have a fur cape and a metal head band. Their pauldrons and greaves are made of leather and they wear their signature kilt.

Weapon

Claymore - The heaviest and longest sword on the battlefield. It slashes through the defenses of the opponent's shield and armor like butter.

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Trivia

  • Though a part of the Viking faction, the Highlander appears to hail from Scotland and only assists the Vikings due to ancient alliances between the two people.
    • The Highlander may also draw some inspiration from the Gallowglass, Norse-Gaelic mercenaries famously known for their use of the Claymore.
  • The term "Claymore" originates from the Scottish claidheamh-mór, which translates either to "great sword" or "broadsword"
    • The term was first documented in reference to the basket-hilted swords of the 18th century favored by Highland warriors.  Its name was in reference to the size relative to the contemporary small sword.
    • Though older, the two-handed sword (claidheamh dà làimh) of medieval Scotland began to be called a Claymore in the 19th century retroactively.  However, some debate exists within the historical and martial arts communities over the legitimacy of this terminology.
    • While the official description says the Claymore is capable of cutting through armor, actual Claymores are unable to cut through steel armor, although it is able to cut through leather or cloth.
    • It is worth noting that the Highlander's Claymore is larger than its historical counterparts. The weapon more closely resembles an exaggerated form of the 16th century Greatsword, a weapon more associated with the German Landsknecht. Combat-ready examples rarely exceeded 8 pounds and traditionally functioned as a lightweight Area Denial Weapon in the hands of professional bodyguards.
  • Highlander's fighting style is likely inspired by an exaggerated form of German Longsword, similar to the Warden.
    • Defensive form:
      • Highlander's Light Openers are based on the Half-Sword, a technique where a swordsman holds his sword by the blade, allowing the weapon to be used in a manner akin to a spear. This offered superior point control, especially necessary when faced against heavily armored opponents.
      • His Side Guards are based on a variant of Vom Tag (From the Roof). However, this guard is traditionally used to set up an overhead cut, or block the same from an opponent. Highlander instead adopts Mittelhut (Middle Guard) before performing a Mittelhau (Middle Hew) as his Heavy Opener.
      • His Top Guard is based on Zornhut (Wrath Guard), a stance mainly used to set up Zornhau (Wrath Hew). Highlander however, adopts a more pronounced Vom Tag guard just prior to performing a Zornhau as his Heavy Opener.
    • Offensive Form:
      • Highlander's Side guards are likely based on Nebenhut (Near Guard), a stance able to set up a rising diagonal cut (Unterhau), rather than the horizontal strike used by the Highlander
      • Highlander's Top guard is not featured in any preserved treatise. However, it does resemble one of the stances of Siegfried Schtauffen, a fictional Landsknecht user from the Fighting game series Soul Calibur.
  • Before Marching Fire, the Highlander alongside the Shaman were the only Heroes in For Honor to not have some kind of headgear or mask that obscures their face.
  • Although Highlander is gender-locked to be Male in the game, an order quote from the Rite of Champions event make note of the existence of female Highlanders.
    • "With her dying breath, Andraste the Highlander honored Lachlan with this sword."
  • Description errors:
    • Originally, the official website mistakenly said "the Highlander is not a 'head'-headed Viking." This error was fixed afterwards.
    • The names of the Highlander's executions and the Gladiator's were switched at release but was corrected later on.
  • The phrase, "Dunmaghlas," said by the Highlander when he enters his Offensive Stance, is a Scottish war cry that can be traced back to the Highland Scottish clans.
    • "Touch not this cat" is a common motto motif for Highland clans, one of such being the MacGillivray who is mistaken for having the motto of "Touch not the cat but a glove," which actually belongs to multiple clans, such as the Macpherson and Mackintosh.
      • One of the writing staff for the game is a descendant of the MacGillivray.[1]
    • Dunmaghlas (also written as "Dunmaglass") is the Anglicised name of an estate and multiple chief-castles in Scotland.
    • The phrase can be understood in two ways: as a motto or as a battle-cry dedicated to the Clan Seat. The two are not one and the same.
      • As a motto, the phrase can be translated as "touch not the cat when its claws are out," or to put it in the context of the Highlander, "Do not try to challenge a Highlander that is ready to fight."
      • As a battle-cry, it refers to Dunmaglass as the Clan Seat, the home of the Clan. In Scottish Gaelic, it is written as "Dùn Mac Glais" and literally means in this context "for the fortress of the sons of Glas."
  • The Highlander's voice actor is Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.
  • The name for the signature "Aonaibh Ri Chéile" is the motto of Clan Cameron and translates to "let us unite."
  • The emote "Par-5" refers to a golf term for a hole that is expected to take an expert golfer 5 strokes to complete. For most golf courses, a par-5 is the longest hole; par-6 holes exist but are rare.

Quotes

Combat


  • Gaelic: "Dunmaghlas!" - English: "Touch not the cat but a glove."
    • Entering Offensive Stance
  • Icelandic: "Kryfja hann!" - English: "Dissect him!"
    • Hitting with Balor's Might (Offensive Stance Heavy)
  • Icelandic: "Til orrustu!" - English: "To battle!"
    • Celtic Curse
  • Icelandic: "Fjallabrjótur!" - English: "Mountain breaker!"
    • Formorian Kick
  • Icelandic: "Dauðinn blasir við þér!" - English: "You face death!"
    • Caber Toss
  • Icelandic: "Bestu þakkir!" - English: "Sincerest thanks!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Við höldum áfram!" - English: "We keep going!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Þreyttir fá enga hvild!" - English: "The tired shall have no rest!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Aftur til starfa!" - English: "Back to work!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Við höfum verk að vinna!" - English: "We have work to do!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Áfram með ykkur!" - English: "Onwards with you!"
    • When Revived
  • Icelandic: "Enginn tími til að hvílast!" - English: "No time to rest!"
    • When Revived

Emotes


  • Icelandic: "Nú ertu dauður!" - English: "Now you're dead."
    • Intent To Behead Execution
  • Icelandic: "Dauðinn blasir við þér!" - English: "You face death"
    • Fatal Toss Execution
  • Icelandic: "Kjúklingur á teini!" - English: "Chicken on a skewer!"
    • Deep Cut Execution
  • Icelandic: "Áfram með ykkur!" - English: "Onwards with you!"
    • Heave-Ho Execution
  • Icelandic: "Enn er verk að vinna! Áfram með ykkur!" - English: "There's still work to be done! Onwards with you!"
    • Done My Smash Execution
  • Icelandic: "Já ég er svo hættulegur. HRM! Er svo sterkur. Heh heh heh."– English: "Oh yeah, I'm so dangerous. HRM! (I'm) so strong. Heh heh heh."
    • Lumberjack Chop Emote
  • Icelandic: "Jæja!"– English: "Well then."
    • Last Stand Emote or Oohrah! Emote
  • Icelandic: "Andskotans djöfull!" - English: "Bloody hell."
    • Insult To Injury Emote, Sole T Emote, Nap Time Emote
  • Icelandic: "Fyrirgefðu mér!" - English: "Forgive me."
    • Moment of Reflection Emote
  • Icelandic: "Hei, þú!" - English: "Hey, you!"
    • It's Go Time! Emote
  • Icelandic: "Nú deyrðu!" - English: "Now you die."
    • Hunker Down Emote
  • Icelandic: "Allt of þungt." - English: "Way too heavy."
    • I Have The Power! Emote
  • Icelandic: "Ég vissi ekki að geirfuglinn gæti flogið!" - English: "I didn't know the Great Auk could fly."
    • Par 5 Emote
      • A Great Auk, "geirfugl", is a large flightless bird once common to Icelandic nature but extinct since 1844.
  • Icelandic: "Helvítis sverð!" - English: "Damn sword."
    • Nap Time Emote
  • Icelandic: "Nú deyrðu." - English: "Now you die."
    • Hunker Down Emote

Feats

  • Icelandic: "Dýrabogi." – English: "Animal trap." or "Animal bow."
    • Bear Trap
  • Icelandic: "Ber er hver að baki nema sér bróður eigi." – English: "Bare is your back unless a brother you have."
    • Inspire
  • Icelandic: "Fljúðu." – English: "Fly."
    • Long bow
  • Icelandic: "Einbeita sér." – English: "Focus."
    • Second Wind
  • Icelandic: "Nú er ég reiður." – English: "Now I am angry."
    • Fury
  • Icelandic: "Skjotið!" – English: "Fire!"
    • Spear Storm
  • Icelandic: "Fáum okkur hressingu!" – English: "Let's have some refreshment!"
    • Champion's Aura

References

Fighting Style

The Highlander is a stoic warrior with exceptional strength and an almost infinite patience. He stands like a rock weathering a furious storm but can strike like a crashing wave when an opening presents itself.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Two-Form Warrior
  • Hard Hitter

Special Capabilities

  • Defensive Form’s counter-attacking options allow Highlander to dictate the pace of the fight
  • Offensive Form’s special chain attacks can be infinitely chained
  • Offensive Form’s bash attacks knock opponents around and guarantee damage

Perks

Available Perks for the Highlander can be viewed on the Perks page.

Feats

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Rush

Trigger to gain movement speed for a short duration.

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Body Count

Passive | Killing soldier grants you health and stamina.

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Fast Recovery
Passive | Stamina regenerates faster.

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2 Bear Trap

Medium damage trap that stops victims in their tracks.

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Inspire

Allies deal more Damage, soldiers fight faster.

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Winner's Advantage

Passive | Gain a temporary buff after a successful attack.

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3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

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Long Bow

Fire a long bow for moderate damage. (85 dmg)

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Fury

Raise speed, attack and defense stats for a short duration.

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4 Spear Storm

Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas

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Fire Flask

Throw a projectile creating a fire area of effect.

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Champion's Aura

Gain an aura which heals you and nearby allies

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Moveset

General

  • Renown: Hybrid - Renown is balanced across activities.
  • Revenge Mode - Boosts Damage and Health. All Attacks are Uninterruptible. Parry and Throws knock enemies down. Attacks are Auto-Parried on activation.
  • Defense: Static - Your Guard Stance remains active in the direction you designate, even when performing a Dodge.

Hero Specific

  • Offensive Form and Defensive Form - Highlander's Guard Mode has two forms: Defensive Form and Offensive Form. Defensive Form retains Highlander's ability to Block, Parry and Guardbreak while giving his attack Defensive properties. Offensive Form removes Highlander's ability to defend himself in trade of changing his kit to a more Offensive-oriented one.
  • Defensive Form - The Form the Highlander takes normally, focusing primarily on a stance for defense and trading.
    • Uninterruptible Defensive Form - Heavy Openers and Finishers, Celtic Curse, Celtic Curse Cancels and Light Chain Attacks have Uninterruptible properties.
    • Defensive Form Light Openers - Light Opener Attacks have the Superior Block property during the Startup, causing the attack to become a Crushing Counter (unblockable and increased damage) if successful at blocking an attack. Time well to counter attack.
  • Entering Offensive Form - Hold the Heavy Input, which is RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4), to enter Offensive Form from neutral.
    • Fast Flow - Hold the Heavy Input after any Attack other than Defensive Form's Heavy Finishers to immediately enter Offensive Form. Fast Flowing greatly shortens the start-up of entering Offensive Form.
    • Guardbreak into Offensive Form - Hold the Heavy Input after a successful Guardbreak to enter Offensive Form. Entering Offensive Form in this manner will not allow the Highlander to throw their target but will also not cause the target to counter guardbreak.
  • Offensive Form - While in Offensive Form, you cannot Block, Parry or Counter Guardbreak, but you can launch Special Attacks. Offensive Form is maintained by continuing to hold the Heavy Input.
    • Offensive Form Enhanced Light Attack - Offensive Form Lights are not interrupted when Blocked.
    • Offensive Form Unblockable Heavy - When in Offensive Form, release the Heavy Input for an Unblockable Heavy Attack. After this attack, you will return to Defensive Form if the Heavy Input is not held.
    • Offensive Form Cancels - Offensive Form Heavy Attack can be soft feinted during its start-up into Offensive Form Light Attack, Formorian Kick or Caber Toss. Formorian Kick can be soft feinted during its start-up with Caber Toss.
    • Offensive Form Dodges - While in Offensive Form, Highlander's Dodges are altered, with forward and side Dodges becoming faster. Highlander is also unable to roll (double-dodge backwards) while in Offensive Form.
    • Caber Toss - Upon taking hold of an enemy and pinning them, Highlander will toss the opponent behind him. He will throw them slightly towards the right or left if his Guard Stance were facing those directions when performing Caber Toss.
    • Offensive Form Taunt - During Offensive Form, Highlander has a unique emote that he can use.
  • Exiting Offensive Form - Press E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4) to instantly return to Defensive Form, even during the start-up animation of entering Offensive Form. Suffering a hit will also cause you to return to Defensive Form. After an Attack in Offensive Form, you return to Defensive Form if you do not keep holding the Heavy Input.
  • Zone Attack - Cancel Zone Attack after the first or second Attack with E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4). Cannot fast flow to Offensive Form.
  • Sprint Attack - Cancel Sprint Attack after the first Attack with E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4). Cannot fast flow to Offensive Form.
  • Celtic Curse Cancels - Soft feint Celtic Curse into a side stepping strike by inputting RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4) in the direction you would like the attack to come from. Highlander will side step to the opposite side of the attack. Celtic Curse Cancels have dodge property, allowing Highlander to avoid attacks during the maneuver.
    • Celtic Curse Chain Starters - Celtic Curse and Celtic Curse Cancels can be used to initiate chains as Heavy Openers.
    • Celtic Curse Cancel - Fast Flow - Celtic Curse can be soft feinted during its start-up by Fast Flowing into Offensive Form. Cannot Fast Flow during Celtic Curse Cancels.

Moves

(From Guard Mode)

Type Name PC XB1 PS4
Chain Attack icon.png Tír na nÓg (In Defensive Form) LMB, LMB, RMB RB, RB, RT R1, R1, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Banshee's Wail (In Defensive Form) RMB, RMB RT, RT R2, R2
Chain Attack icon.png Lowland Slashes (In Defensive Form) LMB, RMB RB, RT R1, R2
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Celtic Curse (In Defensive Form) W, Space, RMB LS↑, A, RT LS↑, X, R2
Uninterruptible Stance icon.png Celtic Curse Cancels (In Defensive Form) W, Space, RMB, ← or → + RMB LS↑, A, RT, RS← or RS→ + RT LS↑, X, R2, RS← or RS→ + R2
Enter Offensive Form Hold RMB Hold RT Hold R2
Unblockable icon.png Balor's Might (In Offensive Form) Release RMB Release RT Release R2
Unblockable icon.pngKnocked Down icon.png Caber Toss (In Offensive Form) S, MMB LS↓, X LS↓, ⬜
Unblockable icon.pngPush Back icon.png Formorian Kick (In Offensive Form) MMB X
Enhanced Light (In Offensive Form) LMB RB R1
Offensive Form Emote (In Offensive Form) F or G Y or hold Y Δ or hold Δ
Sprint Attack (Not in Guard Mode) ↑ + RMB LS↑ + RT LS↑+ R2

Executions

Requiescat_In_Pace

Requiescat In Pace

Rampage_Of_Ragnarok

Rampage Of Ragnarok

Cheaty_Flute

Cheaty Flute

Blow_Your_Own_Horn

Blow Your Own Horn

Harpy_Hey_Joe

Harpy Hey Joe

Lute_Not

Lute Not

Sylvan_Vaporization

Sylvan Vaporization

Horkos_Pharmakos

Horkos Pharmakos

Sylvan_Metamorphasis

Sylvan Metamorphasis

Revenant_Slayer

Revenant Slayer

Ulfhednar_Killer

Ulfhednar Killer

Shiryo_Avenger

Shiryo Avenger

Jiangshi_Banisher

Jiangshi Banisher

Minified_And_Put_Aside

Minified And Put Aside

Minified_And_Magnified

Minified And Magnified

Minified_And_Stomped

Minified And Stomped

Minified_And_Kicked_Away

Minified And Kicked Away

Wolf_Among_Sheep

Wolf Among Sheep

Ilma's_Scythe

Ilma's Scythe

Cane_You_Feel_It

Cane You Feel It

Brought_You_A_Gift

Brought You A Gift

Chimera_Salvation

Chimera Salvation

Blades_of_the_Vanguards

Blades of the Vanguards

Resounding_Defeat

Resounding Defeat

Deadly_Hare

Deadly Hare

Sylvan_Detachment

Sylvan Detachment

To_The_Great_Beyond

To The Great Beyond

Feast_Upon_The_Weak

Feast Upon The Weak

The_Masquerade_Is_Over

The Masquerade Is Over

Unquenchable_Wolf

Unquenchable Wolf


Farewell,_Chimera_Music_Box

Farewell, Chimera Music Box

Farewell,_Chimera_Zither

Farewell, Chimera Zither

Farewell,_Horkos_Bagpipe

Farewell, Horkos Bagpipe


Farewell,_Horkos_Violin

Farewell, Horkos Violin

Wrathful_Concision

Wrathful Concision

Willful_Concision

Willful Concision

Sorrowful_Concision

Sorrowful Concision

Artful_Concision

Artful Concision

Emotes

Passive Stance

The_Bard's_Instrument

The Bard's Instrument

Sword_In_The_Stone

Sword In The Stone

Ready_To_Rumble

Ready To Rumble

Volcanic_Destruction_Blast

Volcanic Destruction Blast

Jack_O_Lantern

Jack O Lantern

Leap_Of_Faith

Leap Of Faith

Penguin_Walk

Penguin Walk

Vortiger's_Ascent

Vortiger's Ascent

Shadows_of_the_Hitokiri

Shadows of the Hitokiri

Zhanhu's_Fire

Zhanhu's Fire

Dubious_Assessment

Dubious Assessment

One_Of_Your_Shrugs

One Of Your Shrugs

Howl_At_The_Moon

Howl At The Moon

Confused_Warrior

Confused Warrior

Skeptically_Swaying

Skeptically Swaying

Horkos_Grimoire

Horkos Grimoire

Sylvan_Book

Sylvan Book

Sylvan_Meditation

Sylvan Meditation

In_ChaRAHcter

In ChaRAHcter

Muscular_Archer

Muscular Archer

Muscular_Biceps

Muscular Biceps

Message_Board

Message Board

Sylvan_Panacea

Sylvan Panacea

Selfish_Drinker

Selfish Drinker

Chimera_Bagpipe

Chimera Bagpipe

Chimera_Music_Box

Chimera Music Box

Chimera_Violin

Chimera Violin

Chimera_Zither

Chimera Zither

Horkos_Bagpipe

Horkos Bagpipe

Horkos_Music_Box

Horkos Music Box

Horkos_Violin

Horkos Violin

Horkos_Zither

Horkos Zither

Odaiko

Odaiko

Raising_Glasses

Raising Glasses

Suspended_Gong

Suspended Gong

The_Bodhran

The Bodhran

The_Field_Drum

The Field Drum

Suspicious_Tumbleweed

Suspicious Tumbleweed

Elegant_Dance

Elegant Dance

Fighting Stance

Snowball_Fight!

Snowball Fight!

Executions

Dainslief

Dainslief

Sjaund

Sjaund

Death_By_Spears

Death By Spears

Emotes

Passive Stance

Down_The_Hatch!_(Viking)

Down The Hatch! (Viking)

Rub_Salt_In_The_Wound_(Viking)

Rub Salt In The Wound (Viking)

Banner_Of_Arms_(Vikings)

Banner Of Arms (Vikings)

Media

Images

Armor

Videos

External links

References

Heroes
Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer -Centurion

Gladiator - Black Prior - Warmonger - Gryphon

Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi

Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri - Kyoshin

Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie

Highlander - Shaman - Jormungandr

Wu Lin Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin - Zhanhu
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