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The Highlander

The Highlander (harvested from: Duncan McGill) was an Animi Avatar used by the entertainment branch of Abstergo Industries, as part of their plan to influence the general public, via the console stage of the Animus technology. He became available once a system update had been installed, and his specialty weapon was a traditional basket-hilted sword, which reflected his Scottish origin.

Unique moves

The Highlander had several unique moves:

(Low Profile, Front)

Walking up to his target, the Highlander pulls out his sword and strikes them in the forehead with its hilt. He then takes advantage of their defenselessness by piercing his victim's stomach with his weapon and withdrawing it quickly, before watching them crumple to the floor, dead.

(Low Profile, Back)

Approaching his target from behind with his sword drawn, the Highlander swiftly slashes it diagonally across their spine. As they react, he spins the blade skillfully in his hand and cleanly stabs it up through their back, impaling his victim's heart from behind and causing them to collapse to the floor, where they die of blood loss as he sheathes away his weapon.

(High Profile, Front)

Charging towards his target, the Highlander pulls out his sword before roughly clotheslining them with his left arm, which sends them sprawling to the floor. Following this, he drives his sword down into his victim's stomach with his right hand, leaving behind a deep wound that they would die of blood loss shortly after.

(High Profile, Back)

Rushing over to his target from behind, the Highlander spins his sword around in the air, before forcefully chopping them in the waist with his weapon, getting it lodged in their flesh. In order to free his weapon, the Highlander slashes his victim through their body with a mighty swing, spinning them in the process. Afterwards, while his target lays dead on the ground, he stores his sword back at his belt.

(Bench Kill)

The Highlander grabs his seated target's foot and drags them off the bench, until their head rests against it. Before his victim can do anything to defend themselves, he forcefully kicks them in the face, violently sending their head backwards and breaking his target's neck on the bench behind them.

(Aerial Kill)

Leaping onto his target from above, the Highlander unsheathes his sword in mid-air. When he lands, he forces them down to the floor and impales them in their heart with his weapon, before he stands and leaves his victim laying dead.


  • "I hope you are ready!"
  • "Feel the frost!"
  • "Time to face your fate."
  • "Fight me like a warrior!"
  • "Warriors fear me."
  • "There is no escape."
  • "You cannot run."
  • "For my tribe!"


The Highlander could be customized in several ways:


  • Basic: Mint.
  • Extra 1: Beige.
  • Extra 2: Royal blue.


  • White Costume
  • Dark Costume
  • Alternative Costume 1
  • Alternative Costume 2
  • Black Watch Costume
  • Warrior Costume

In-depth customization:

  • Heads:
    • Head 1: Mercenary Hairstyle
    • Head 2: Traditional Hairstyle
    • Head 3: Clansman Hairstyle
  • Clothes:
    • Clothes 1: Mercenary Garment
    • Clothes 2: Traditional Garment
    • Clothes 3: Clansman Garment
  • Accessories:
    • Accessory 1: Mercenary Kilt
    • Accessory 2: Traditional Kilt
    • Accessory 3: Clansman Kilt
  • Legs:
    • Legs 1: Mercenary Shoes
    • Legs 2: Traditional Shoes
    • Legs 3: Clansman Shoes
  • Belts:
    • Belt 1: Mercenary Sporran
    • Belt 2: Traditional Sporran
    • Belt 3: Clansman Sporran
  • Scars:
    • Scar 1:
    • Scar 2:
    • Scar 3:
  • War paint:
    • Primary war paints:
      • Primary War Paint 1: A block of war paint covering left side of the forehead, stopping at the nose bridge, with a smaller block of paint covering the right side of the head, stopping at the middle of the eyebrow.
      • Primary War Paint 2: Two diagonal stripes of war paint across the left eye area, traveling inwards towards the bottom of the nose.
      • Primary War Paint 3: A large block of war paint diagonally covering the left half of the face, stopping just around the cheek.
    • Secondary war paints:
      • Secondary War Paint 1: Three small stripes of war paint, trailing from the left temple to the eyebrow.
      • Secondary War Paint 2: Four diagonal lines of war paint, composing a symmetrical design, which span from the nose bridge and the eyelid, traveling outwards along the face.
      • Secondary War Paint 3: Two thin lines of war paint that travel from the center of the eye, starting out on the forehead and stopping just above the upper lip.


  • Swords:
    • Basket Hilt
    • Quality Basket Hilt
    • Superior Basket Hilt
  • Muskets:
    • Walnut Musket
    • Superior Walnut Musket
  • Maces:
    • Light Mace
    • Superior Light Mace

Secondary weapons:

  • Hidden Blade
  • Knife
  • Short Hook


  • The Highlander utilizes the same High Profile animations as the Knight.
  • The Highlander and the Strong Man share the audio used for taunts and contextual sounds, which is why the Highlander lacks a Scottish accent.