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The Highlander Aludran Reptiloid is a large species of Aludran Reptiloid that is encountered in many games in the Serious Sam franchise.

A much larger and rarer variant of the Highlander exists, known as the Highlander's Bride.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Highlander is a colossal four-handed reptilian creature with orange skin. They are more dangerous than Common Aludran Reptiloids, not only because of their large size, but also because they also have much more health, deal more damage, and will be enraged when they have been damaged below a specific amount of health, causing them to shoot 6 fireballs per "burst" instead of 3. They're also much faster than Common Aludran Reptiloids, and they can catch up with the player even if they spawn far away.

Occurrence[edit | edit source]

Highlanders usually spawn away from the player and start walking towards them while constantly shooting fireballs. A few of them also appear in secrets in both Serious Sam: The First Encounter and Serious Sam: The Second Encounter.

In The First Encounter, Highlanders are very rare, only appearing alone most of the time. They appear in Valley of the Kings (one, as a boss), in the Moon Mountains, Dunes (on higher difficulties), the generous yard in Karnak and The Great Pyramid (in co-op and on higher difficulties). In The Second Encounter, they are rather more common, and they can appear even in pairs on higher difficulties. Two Highlanders spawn in Sierra de Chiapas on high diffculties, and there are 3 (in singleplayer) or 6 (in co-op) Highlanders in just The Grand Cathedral. In Serious Sam: The Random Encounter, Highlanders usually appear on later levels.

Attacks and stats[edit | edit source]

A Highlander casting fireballs at the player in Serious Sam HD.

The Highlanders has 2 attacks: shooting a burst of self-guided fireballs at the player and punching them. They will shoot around to 3 fireballs normally, but when enraged (when their HP is low), they will shoot much faster, and around to double the amount of fireballs. Their fireballs have weak homing abilities, but will explode when impacting with a surface or wall, unlike their Common counterpart's energy balls. Their punch, dealing at least 80 points of damage, is incredibly deadly and can instantly kill the player on higher difficulties.

In The First Encounter, the Highlander's fireballs have the same characteristics as that of the Common Aludran Reptiloid's fireballs — they won't bolt straight at the player but will travel in a slow, spinning trajectory and can take sharper turns. This can actually make them difficult to destroy and/or dodge due to their sheer numbers, especially when the Highlander's health is low. They can, however, also be shot down by any weapon, just like those fired by the Commons.

Tactics[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam 1[edit | edit source]

  • Constantly strafe in one direction when facing a Highlander. The Highlander cannot hit the player as long as they are constantly moving. These tactics, however, might not be very effective in the classic version of The First Encounter — the player just needs to eliminate it as fast as possible.
  • If the player needs to change direction while dodging, switch direction as soon as a fireball hits the ground. The delay between the fireballs, even when it's firing them fast, is large enough that the player can switch directions without having a fireball hit the player while they're changing direction.
  • Bombarding the Highlander with the XPML21 Rocket Launcher works well. Just face the Highlander and hold down the fire key, and the sheer number of rockets fired will eventually overwhelm the Highlander, even if a few hit the Highlander's fireballs instead of the actual Highlander.
  • In The First Encounter, the XM214-A Minigun might be the best choice for taking down a Highlander when available if the player has enough bullets to spare, as the player can shoot down all the fireballs whilst they're being fired and keep it under constant fire.
  • In The First Encounter, however, they should be considered very high-priority targets due to the homing capabilities of their fireballs.
  • The SBC Cannon is ultimately the best weapon aside from the rocket lancher when fighting Highlanders. It usually takes around four to five cannonballs to kill one. Just to be sure to be constantly strafe when using the cannon against them.
  • When using Serious Damage, rapid-firing weapons like the minigun or XL2 Lasergun or strong weapons such as the rocket launcher, MK III Grenade Launcher or cannon are extremely effective against them. It only takes two fully charged cannonballs to down a Highlander with the power-up active.
  • Never let a Highlander get too close as its melee attack is very powerful and has a long reach.
  • Highlanders should be medium-priority targets among other dangerous enemies, such as Major Bio-mechanoids or Fiendian Reptiloid Demons. If they are very far away, their projectiles are easy to dodge. Nevertheless, they should be higher-priority targets the closer they get.
  • In The Second Encounter, they are very resistant to cannonballs.
  • The large splash radius of their fireballs means they can still do a medium amount of damage even if it isn't a direct impact. Always make sure to be strafing in the opposite direction of their fireballs, or else there's a high chance that the splash damage from their fireballs will hurt the player.
  • Because of how deadly its fireballs are, the Highlander should be one of the first enemies targeted in a firefight.
  • If fighting a Highlander one on one, the RAPTOR Sniper Rifle zoomed in can do a lot of damage per shot. It shouldn't be used if there are other enemies nearby because of the long amount of time between shots and the fact it can only hit one enemy at a time.
  • Their speed makes them very deadly in close quarters. If one is in a close-quarters area, then it should be the primary target because of its speed and high melee damage.

Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

  • Anything weaker than the minigun will barely dent the Highlander. A volley of seven rockets, two charged up shots from the cannon and sustained fired from the Sirian Power Gun usually works best against the Highlander. Other weapons will not work as well.

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter[edit | edit source]

  • Use Serious Speed whenever there is a chance in order to get close it and eliminate the Highlander quickly.

Related achievements[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam Classics: Revolution[edit | edit source]

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Kill the Highlander in Valley of the Kings.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Serious Sam: Next Encounter[edit | edit source]

Serious Sam: The Random Encounter[edit | edit source]

List of appearances[edit | edit source]

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