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Kain Highwind
Kain (Dissidia 012)
Portrait(s)
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Kana カイン・ハイウインド
Rōmaji Kain Haiuindo
Japanese Name Cain Highwind
Original Game Final Fantasy IV
Story Difficulty
EX Mode Holy Strength
EX Burst Dragoon's Pride
Japanese Voice Actor Koichi Yamadera
English Voice Actor Liam O'Brien
Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy Character
A knight clad in draconic armor, with lance in hand. Though not one to display emotion, he is compassionate and possesses a strong sense of justice.
—Description

Kain Highwind is a warrior of Cosmos and one of the new characters introduced in Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy. He is the third representative of Final Fantasy IV. He was a Dragoon that served alongside his best friend Cecil in Baron, but Golbez took control of him and used Kain to attack his friend and obtain the crystals. In time, Kain resisted Golbez's control and redeemed himself. He specializes in high-speed aerial combat, fighting with his lance and Jump, along with a variety of other Dragoon abilities and Wind spells.

In the game's story mode, his opposing villain is Exdeath.

AttireEdit

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Kain's outfits are based on Yoshitaka Amano's design for Final Fantasy IV and Akira Oguro's designs for Final Fantasy IV: The After Years. He wears dark purple armor with a dragon motif, featuring a helmet that covers his eyes, accented with a variety of elaborate patterns and designs in blue and white. Tetsuya Nomura originally drew Kain facing at an angle like the artwork of the other characters, but redrew him to face to the side to match Amano's artwork, which he felt was an iconic image. The original artwork revealed Kain's eyes, but when the staff told him that Kain would take off his helmet during EX Mode, Nomura redrew his face with his eyes concealed. In his EX Mode, Kain's armor becomes a lighter color as in his Final Fantasy IV sprite, also removing his helmet to reveal his face and long, blond hair.

Kain's first alternate outfit, "Noir Dragoon", is based on Dark Kain as he appears in Final Fantasy IV Advance and The After Years. He has scaled red and blue armor with more draconic features, and wields a forked spear. His EX Mode is his Holy Dragoon form, giving him a winged headpiece and armor.

Kain's second alternate outfit "Light Seeker" is his artwork as "the Hooded Man" from The After Years. Kain wears blue garments with a brown, tattered cape and a wide belt. His Holy Dragoon form is identical to the EX Mode for his second outfit, but colored purple.

Kain's manikin, Delusory Dragoon, is colored dark blue with silvery accents, reflecting that of Cecil's and Golbez's manikins.

StoryEdit

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During Prologus, Kain joins a conversation between Lightning and Jecht about the Warrior of Light. Lightning does not see eye to eye with the Warrior, and Kain puts forward the idea that her arrogance may not live up to her strength, before suggesting that she works with the Warrior to witness his prowess. After the Warrior separates from Lightning, she and Jecht ask Kain if he thinks they are capable; he tells them that he would not be here if they disappointed him.

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Kain talking to the Warrior of Light.

After receiving his dormant crystal, Kain receives a visit from Golbez who divulges on the war's cycle of death and rebirth; in order for the revival to work their memories of the last war and their original home worlds must be erased. Golbez mentions Kain fell in the previous cycle, but still retains memories of their own world, and that he will recover more with every battle he wins. Cecil enters and attacks Golbez, who teleports away. Before rejoining the others, Kain asks Cecil if he remembers anything about their world, to which Cecil responds he can only vaguely remember Kain.

Kain informs the Warrior of Light of what he learned and the two reach the agreement they should defeat the other warriors of Cosmos before the manikins do, who are the only ones that can permanently kill the warriors summoned by Cosmos and Chaos. Kain proceeds to defeat and kidnap Bartz, which alerts the attention of the Chaos faction when he tries to take Lightning out as well. However, he ended up sparing her due to the Chaos faction being alerted, not willing to risk giving away his allies' location by fighting and defeating her.

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Kain confronts Exdeath and the Delusory Dragoon manikins.

After knocking Firion out, Exdeath asks Kain to disclose the whereabouts of the warriors of Cosmos, and turns a group of Delusory Dragoons on him when he refuses, with Kain emerging triumphant. After taking out Zidane, he intervenes in Tifa's fight with Ultimecia and protects her.

Despite Tifa's joy at Kain's arrival, Ultimecia gloats about Kain's treachery and he flees with Zidane. By the time she finds him, Kain begins to suffer the toll of his fight as he tells Tifa to leave, but when she offers him her last Potion to Kain out of trust, he tells her the truth about the cycle. While Tifa remains positive, Kain asserts he cannot guarantee she will survive the path she has chosen.

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Kain, moments before he decides to stay behind to slow down Exdeath.

After they reunite with Laguna, Yuna, Lightning, and Vaan, Exdeath and Golbez appear to tell them the number of manikins in the surrounding area is low. Kain catches onto the fact that the manikins are heading towards Cosmos, and stays behind to fight Exdeath while the other five hurry to her aid. Kain defeats manikins of the warriors he kidnapped, and finally Exdeath, which was partially due to Golbez's interference.

Golbez expresses gratitude to Kain, as his actions have given him a chance to stop the cycle and save Cecil. He tells him he will not make it back alive if he leaves, but Kain resigns himself to his fate. Despite his injuries, Kain joins the other five in their stand against the manikins at the Empyreal Paradox, where they eventually succumb to them and lose their power. Kain sheds his light and fades away.

Confessions of the CreatorEdit

After the player defeats the Chasm in the Rotting Land gateway and is directed to the Southern Lufenia gateway, Kain can be found wandering near Gulg Volcano Ring, provided he is not currently in the player's party. When spoken to he vanishes with the words "prepare yourself". As the world of Confessions of the Creator is a hypothetical nightmare world where the cycles of war kept going and Feral Chaos killed all summoned warriors, this Kain is likely a spectre of the Kain of this alternate world. He can no longer be found after the player conquers the Southern Lufenia gateway.

Official QuestsEdit

Kain is the main focus of "Kain's Quest 012: A Dragoon's Betrayal". After failing to defeat Lightning, Kain abandons his plans to put her to sleep with Exdeath pursuing him. Encountering Ultimecia who questions his actions and his alliance with Golbez, Kain defeats her and sends her into retreat, then meets Squall. Kain defeats Squall and puts him to sleep, and has a brief encounter with Tidus, who asks if Jecht is on Kain's list of targets. Kain continues on after this to Ultimecia's Castle where he senses another warrior nearby, leading into Tifa finding him and the defeated Zidane at the area soon after.

In "Cecil's Quest 012: A Re-encounter With a Close Friend", Cecil recovers his memories of him and Kain serving in Baron's military together, and Kain is happy his friend remembers him. The two duel to commemorate the occasion, Kain telling Cecil that in time further memories will become clear.

BattleEdit

See also: Kain Highwind/Dissidia/Quotes

Kain is described as a Tactical Striker, fighting using attacks that let him dash and leap through the air with ease. Pressing Dissidia Triangle Button after using one of his melee Bravery attacks causes him to dash towards the opponent quickly, allowing him to continue his assault while they are still staggering from the first attack. Additionally, Kain jumps higher than any other character, a noticeable characteristic of him being a Dragoon.

However, this requires strict timing, which varies depending on which attack knocks them away and which attack the player uses next. Kain can also choose the orientation of where the final blow of his aerial attacks will send the opponent by tilting the analog stick up, down, or keeping it stationary, alternatively leading to Wall Rush or a Chase Sequence. His HP attacks are effective at both close and long ranges and are versatile across many altitudes. A downside to his battle style is that he lacks long range attacks, and his attacks are a bit slow making them easy for a prepared player to anticipate. His list of attacks is also comparatively small.

BossEdit

Kain is the final boss during Chapter 1 of Lightning's Treachery of the Gods storyline.

AttacksEdit

Bravery AttacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Spiral Blow Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall Rush Physical Initial Kain SpiralBlow
Charge forward and perform a spinning strike to knock the opponent back.
Cyclone
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 90 Ranged Low None Physical Initial Kain Cyclone
Spin lance and conjure a spiral of wind that launches the opponent into the air.
Lance Burst Ground 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Chase Physical Level 19 Kain LanceBurst
Charge forward to stab the opponent, then flip and kick them into the air.
Lance Barrage Aerial 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall RushNeutral follow-up
Chaselow or high follow-up
Physical Initial Kain LanceBarrage
Slash the opponent twice, then either lunge forward stabbing

several times, or slash to knock them away.

Crashing Dive Aerial 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall RushLow follow-up
ChaseNeutral or high follow-up
Physical Initial Kain CrashingDive
Descend while spinning lance, then either drive it through the opponent and then kick them to the ground, or slash to knock them back.
Celestial Shooter Aerial 30 (15) 100 Melee Low Wall RushHigh follow-up
ChaseLow or neutral follow-up
Physical Level 13 Kain CelestialShooter
Charge upwards while slashing, then either spin lance and slam the opponent higher into the air, or slash again and knock them back.
Cyclone
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 90 Ranged Low None Physical Level 27 Kain Cyclone
Spin lance and conjure a spiral of wind that launches the opponent into the air.

HP AttacksEdit

Move Type CP (Mastered) AP Priority Effect Damage type Obtained Image
Jump Ground 40 (20) 130 Melee High Dodge
Wall Rush
Physical Initial Kain JumpCharge
Kain JumpUp
Kain JumpDown
Kain JumpImpact
Leap into the air and descend from above to impale the opponent and drive them into the ground. Can be charged to jump higher. Can control direction of descent with the analog stick.
Dragon's Fang
(ground)
Ground 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Level 23 Kain DragonsFang
Throw lance forward to impale the opponent and knock them away. Very fast execution but short ranged. Can throw on an angle.
Gungnir Aerial 30 (15) 130 Ranged High Wall Rush Physical Initial Kain Gungnir
Throw an energy-infused lance that sends the opponent through the arena. Quick execution but short-ranged.
Sky Rave Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Level 8 Kain SkyRave
Spin downwards while hitting the opponent multiple times and slam them to the ground. Does more damage the longer it makes contact.
Dragon's Fang
(midair)
Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush N/A Level 31 Kain DragonsFang
Throw lance forward to impale the opponent and knock them away. Very fast execution but short-ranged. Can throw on an angle.
Rising Drive Aerial 30 (15) 130 Melee High Wall Rush Physical Level 36 Kain RisingDrive
Spin upwards while hitting the opponent multiple times and slam them into the air. Does more damage the longer it makes contact.

EX ModeEdit

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Kain's EX Mode is Holy Strength. Kain removes his helmet as seen in Final Fantasy IV's ending, and his armor turns white and turquoise blue. While in EX Mode, he gains the special attack "Lancet", activated by pressing Dissidia R Button and Dissidia Square Button. The attack strikes from directly below the opponent and has a small charge time, but restores Kain's HP equal to the HP damage it inflicts and quickly restores Kain's Bravery to its base value. Kain is able to move while using Lancet, and like his melee attacks the player can press Dissidia Triangle Button after using it to dash towards the opponent, even if Lancet does not hit them.

Kain's EX Burst is Dragoon's Pride, where Kain launches himself into the air at high-speed. The player has to repeatedly press the button commands that appear on the screen, with the commands changing twice at random. If successfully filled, Kain reaches the peak of his jump and flips through the air with two moons shown behind him, then quickly descends and drives his lance through the opponent, leaving behind a ray of light that consumes them in an explosion while he poses that is similar to his artwork from Final Fantasy IV. Failing to fill the gauge will result in Kain not reaching the peak of his jump and less Bravery damage done.

EquipmentEdit

Kain can equip Swords, Daggers, Greatswords, Katanas, Spears, Shields, Gauntlets, Large Shields, Helms, Light Armor, and Heavy Armor.

Exclusive WeaponsEdit

Name Level Stats Effects Obtained
Black Dragon Spear 1 HP -195 ATK +22 DEF -2 N/A Treasure Chest in Treachery of the Gods - Chapter 6
Trade:Spear x1, Mithra Tooth x1, Knight's Desire x5
Holy Dragon Spear 30 HP -377 ATK +44 DEF -2 Assist Gauge Duration +10% Trade:Black Dragon Spear x1, Scarletite x1, Dragoon's Desire x5
Abel's Lance 90 HP -288 ATK +65 DEF -1 Assist Gauge Duration +20% Trade:Holy Dragon Spear x1, Electrum x1, Dragoon's Dream x5
Highwind 100 HP -328 ATK +70 DEF -1 Assist Gauge Duration +30%
Back to the Wall effect
Trade:Abel's Lance x1, Price of Treachery x1, Dragoon's Hopes x5


GalleryEdit

AllusionsEdit

  • The pose Kain adopts upon successfully executing his EX Burst is his iconic pose from Amano's original artwork, which has also been used in several illustrations.
  • At the start of a fight, Kain enacts the same pose from another of Amano's drawings.
  • Kain's Victory Pose is the same one he assumes in the DS version of Final Fantasy IV.
  • Kain's Spiral Blow and Sky Rave (also known as Sky Grinder) are based on his Band abilities from The After Years, performed together with Golbez and Cecil respectively.
  • Kain's attacks on the other Warriors of Cosmos is a reference to his storyline as a "traitor" in Final Fantasy IV, where he turned on his allies due to Golbez's mind control. However, Kain did not attack the Cosmos Warriors for antagonistic reasons.
  • Kain rejoins his comrades right before they prepare to seal the Manikins' portal, just as how he rejoined the party in Final Fantasy IV before heading to the Lunar Subterrane.
  • Kain's Aerial HP attack, Gungnir, is the weapon he was equipped with when he joined the party for the last time in Final Fantasy IV. It is also a reference to Odin's attack, where he throws his spear at opponents.
  • Although he cannot use magic in Final Fantasy IV, Kain is able to cast Cyclone in Dissidia. This may reference his ultimate weapon in Final Fantasy IV Advance, Abel's Lance, which randomly casts Tornado or the whirlwind augment he can be taught after defeating Barbariccia.
  • When facing Jecht, Kain asks "Confident in aerial combat?", which references his dialogue before entering battle with Barbariccia at the Tower of Zot.
  • Upon initiating his EX Burst, Kain says, "Let me ease your pain." This paraphrases his line after defeating Cecil at Fabul, "Let me ease your suffering."
  • When Kain faces himself in a fight, his dialogue alludes to the battles with his dark side in The After Years.
  • Abel's Lance was Kain's ultimate weapon in Final Fantasy IV Advance, while the "Highwind" is based on his surname. The Black Dragon Spear and Holy Dragon Spear may refer to Dark Kain and his Holy Dragoon transformation.
  • Upon reaching level 100, a secret voice clip is unlocked in the PP catalog of Kain saying, "I've returned to my senses!", his retort to Barbariccia after she accuses him of treachery. He randomly says when initiating his EX Burst.
  • In the epilogue of Treachery of the Gods, Lightning tells Kain, "I wanna see you fight harder than you ever have," to which he replies, "Then you've nothing to fear." This exchange mirrors the opening of the DS version of Final Fantasy IV, where Cecil tells Kain he will be counting on him, and Kain gives the same response as he gives Lightning.
  • When facing the Onion Knight as Kain, the former will remark "Can you catch birds with that jump?" This references Kain's Whyt mini game in Final Fantasy IV for the DS, where the player must tap the touch screen to knock birds out of his path while jumping. It may also be a nod to Garuda, a boss in Final Fantasy III that is a humanoid bird that is difficult to defeat without the Dragoon's Jump ability.
  • When facing Kain as Golbez, the former will declare "I will not hesitate." This may be a reference to a line from Golbez in Final Fantasy IV, during the siege of Fabul:"Kain. Why do you now hesitate?"

TriviaEdit

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Fake artwork of Kain Highwind.

  • Kain was originally considered to appear in the original Dissidia, but was left out. Tetsuya Nomura stated that if there was a sequel, Kain was sure to appear. In an Dissidia 012 interview, Nomura said his only request to director Mitsunori Takahashi was to include Kain. Before Dissidia 012 was announced, a fake Famitsu scan stated Kain would appear in the original Dissidia as DLC.
  • Kain was alluded to in the original Dissidia in one of Benjamin's quests for Mognet, if the player tells him to travel to Mount Ordeals to find a dragoon dressed in blue.
  • According to some Dissidia 012's developers, some play testers found Kain overpowered, while others acknowledged his fighting style difficult to adapt to. Consequently, the developers decided the true answer was somewhere in-between and considered him adequately balanced.
  • When Kain shatters the glass at the beginning of his EX Burst, it cracks in the shape of a dragon.
  • Kain's EX Burst deals the fewest hits of any, amounting to only three.
  • Abel's Lance was originally one of Firion's exclusive weapons in Dissidia. Firion's version was renamed to "Rebellion Army" in Dissidia 012.
  • When Kain uses Gungnir in battle, he yells "Lance of the Covenant!", a reference to Norse mythology. Gungnir was a spear given to Odin by Loki as a bribe for shaving off Sif's golden hair. This sealed a divine agreement between them, as a covenant is an agreement between gods, or a god and mortal.

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