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"Like the rocks that break the waves, Highlanders have weathered many storms. Ancient alliances kept their lands 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.

OverviewEdit

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.

ArmorEdit

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 a gray kilt.

WeaponEdit

Claymore - The heaviest and longest sword on the battlefield. Cuts through armor.

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TriviaEdit

  • 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.
      • The Highlander's Claymore, however, is especially unbalanced compared to its real-world counterparts, resulting in an implausibly clumsy fighting style
  • Highlander's fighting style is likely inspired by an exaggerated form of German Longsword, similar to the Warden
    • Defensive form
      • Highlander's initial light attacks are based on 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, especial necessary against heavily armored enemies.
      • 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 his Opening Heavy (Mittelhau)
      • His Top Guard is based on Zornhut (Wrath Guard), a stance mainly used to set up Zornhau (Wrath Cut/Hew). Highlander however, adopts a more pronounced Roof Guard just prior to his heavy attack.
    • 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 Highlanders horizontal attack
      • 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 form the Soul Calibur series of Fighting games
  • 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.
  • 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 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. A Dun means a fort, while maglass is very likely an Anglicization of a Gaelic word (currently not known).
  • The Highlander's current voice actor is Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.

QuotesEdit

Combat Edit

  • 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

Emotes Edit

  • 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: "Forward!"
    • Heave-Ho Execution
  • Icelandic: "Jæja!"– English: "Well then."
    • Last Stand Emote or Oorah! Emote
  • Icelandic: "Andskotans djöfull!" - English: "Bloody hell."
    • Insult To Injury 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."
    • Moment of Reflection 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 exctinct since 1844.
  • Icelandic: "Hann er svo hættulegur, hann er svo sterkur!" - English: "He's so dangerous, he's so strong."
    • Lumberjack Chop Emote
  • Icelandic: "Andskotans sverð!" - English: "Damn sword."
    • Nap Time Emote

Feats Edit

  • Icelandic: Dýrabogi – English: "Animal bow."
    • Setting 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."
    • Firing long bow
  • Icelandic: Einbeita sér – English: "Focus."
    • Second Wind
  • Icelandic: Nú er ég reiður – English: "Now I am angry."
    • Fury
  • Icelandic: Fáum okkur hressingu! – English: "Let's have some refreshment!"
    • Champion's Aura

ReferencesEdit

  1. Developer Eric Pope's Reddit comment

Fighting StyleEdit

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 lightning when an opening presents itself.

  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Long Range
  • Hard Hitter


Special CapabilitiesEdit

  • Offensive Form’s unblockable heavy attacks can be infinitely chained
  • Offensive Form’s unblockable melee attacks knock opponents around
  • Defensive Form’s counter-attacking options allow Highlander to dictate the pace


FeatsEdit

Tier 1st 2nd 3rd
1 Rush

Trigger to gain movement speed for a short duration.

1 - Rush
Body Count
Passive | Killing soldier grants you health and stamina.
1 - Body count

Fast Recovery

Passive | Stamina regenerates faster.
1 - Fast recovery
2 Bear Trap

Medium damage trap that stops victims in their tracks.

BearTrap
Inspire
Allies deal more Damage, soldiers fight faster.
2 - Inspire-0
Winner's Advantage
Passive | Gain a temporary buff after a successful attack.
Winner'sAdvantage
3 Second Wind

Recover some of your health.

3 - Second Wind-0
Long Bow

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

3 - Long Bow-0
Fury

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

Fury
4 Spear Storm
Aerial Attack that deals medium Damage in multiple areas
SpearStorm
Fire Flask

Throw a projectile creating a fire area of effect.

4 - Fire Flask
Champion's Aura
Gain an aura which heals you and nearby allies
Champion'sAura

MovesetEdit

Hero SpecificEdit

  • Renown - 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.
  • Offensive Form and Defensive Form - Highlander's Guard Mode has two forms: Defensive Form has access to Block, Parry, and normal Guardbreak. Offensive Form has access to Unblockable attacks.
  • Defensive Form - The Form the Highlander takes normally, focusing primarily on a stance for defense and trading.
  • Defensive Form Super Armor - Heavy Chain Attacks, Celtic Curse, and Light Non-Opener Attacks have Super Armor.
  • Defensive Form Light Openers - Light Opener Attacks have Crushing Counterstrike properties (Superior Block, plus Unblockable and enhanced damage.upon countering). Time well to counter attack.
  • Entering Offensive Form - Hold (RMB, RT, R2) to enter Offensive Form. Continue to Hold (RMB, RT, R2) to remain in Offensive Form.
  • Fast Flow - Hold RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4) after a Parry, Guardbreak Throw, or after any Attack other than Defensive Form's Chain Finisher to immediately enter Offensive Form.
  • Fast Flow during Guardbreak - Fast Flowing when Guardbreaking a target will not cause the target to counter guardbreak.
  • Offensive Form - While in Offensive Form, you can launch Special Attacks while maintaining the form (hold RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2(PS4)).
    • Offensive Form Enhanced Light Attack - Offensive Form Lights are not interrupted when Blocked.
    • Offensive Form Unblockable Heavy - When in Offensive Form, release RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4) for an Unblockable Heavy Attack. After this attack you will return to Defensive Form if RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4) is not held.
    • Offensive Form Cancels - Offensive Form Heavy Attack can be Canceled during its start-up with Offensive Form Light Attack, Formorian Kick or Caber Toss. Formorian Kick can be Canceled 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, and back Dodge becoming slightly slower.
    • 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.
  • Exiting Offensive Form - Press E (PC), B (XB1), O (PS4) to return to Defensive 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 RMB (PC), RT (XB1), R2 (PS4).
  • 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 - Cancel from Celtic Curse into a left or right heavy attack. Highlander will side step to the opposite side of the attack.
    • Celtic Curse Chain Starters - Celtic Curse and Celtic Curse Cancels can be used to initiate chains as a heavy attack starter.
    • Celtic Curse Cancel - Fast Flow - Celtic Curse can be canceled during its startup by Fast Flowing into Offensive Form.

MovesEdit

(From Guard Mode)

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

Executions Edit

Deep Cut

Deep Cut

Intent To Behead

Intent To Behead

No Mercy!

No Mercy!

Bone Crusher

Bone Crusher

360 Takedown

360 Takedown

Heave-Ho!

Heave-Ho!

Spin The Bottle

Spin The Bottle

Pathetic!

Pathetic!

Fatal Toss

Fatal Toss

Cruel Demise

Cruel Demise

Northern Brutality

Northern Brutality

Hole Lander

Hole Lander

Done My Smash

Done My Smash

Emotes Edit

Passive Stance Edit

I Have The Power!

I Have The Power!

Insult To Injury

Insult To Injury

Air Guitar

Air Guitar

Nap Time

Nap Time

Par 5

Par 5

Lumberjack Chop

Lumberjack Chop

Highlander Coin Toss

Highlander Coin Toss

Kill Card (Highlander)

Kill Card (Highlander)

Recognition (Highlander)

Recognition (Highlander)

Solet (Highlander)

Solet (Highlander)

Fighting Stance Edit

Last Stand

Last Stand

Heavy Swing

Heavy Swing

Hunker Down

Hunker Down

Moment Of Reflection

Moment Of Reflection

It's Go Time!

It's Go Time!

Oohrah!

Oohrah!

Ageatavel (Highlander)

Ageatavel (Highlander)

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

ArmorEdit

VideosEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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