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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. It slashes through the defenses of the opponent's shield and armor like butter.

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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.
  • 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 current 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.

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: "Enn er verk að vinna! Áfram með ykkur!" - English: "There's still work to be done! Onward!"
    • Done My Smash Execution
  • Icelandic: "Já ég er svo hættulegur. HRM! Er svo sterkur."– English: "Oh yeah, I'm so dangerous. HRM! (I'm) so strong."
    • Lumberjack Chop Emote
  • Icelandic: "Jæja!"– English: "Well then."
    • Last Stand Emote or Oorah! Emote
  • Icelandic: "Andskotans djöfull!" - English: "Bloody hell."
    • Insult To Injury Emote or Sole T 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 extinct 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
  • Icelandic: "Nú deyrðu." - English: "Now you die."
    • Hunker Down Emote

Feats Edit

  • 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: 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 Heavies, Enhanced Lights and Bashes.
  • 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 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 a Parry, a Guardbreak, or after any Attack other than Defensive Form's Chain Finishers 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. You can maintain Offensive form 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, 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.
    • 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 a heavy attack starter.
    • Celtic Curse Cancel - Fast Flow - Celtic Curse can be soft feinted during its startup by Fast Flowing into Offensive Form. Cannot Fast Flow during Celtic Curse Cancels.

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
Uninterruptible Stance icon 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 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 or G Y or hold Y Δ or hold 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

Hilt It Up

Hilt It Up

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)

Reluctant Applause (Highlander)

Reluctant Applause (Highlander)

Wipeout!

Wipeout!

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)

ExecutionsEdit

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

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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

Fighting StanceEdit

Snowball Fight!

Snowball Fight!

ExecutionsEdit

Dainslief

Dainslief

Ulfhednar Killer

Ulfhednar Killer

Sjaund

Sjaund

EmotesEdit

Passive StanceEdit

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)

MediaEdit

ImagesEdit

ArmorEdit

VideosEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

Heroes
Knights Warden - Conqueror - Peacekeeper - Lawbringer

Centurion - Gladiator - Black Prior - Warmonger

Samurai Kensei - Shugoki - Orochi - Nobushi - Shinobi - Aramusha - Hitokiri
Vikings Raider - Warlord - Berserker - Valkyrie - Highlander - Shaman - Jormungandr
Wu Lin Tiandi - Jiang Jun - Nuxia - Shaolin - Zhanhu
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