“Buzz Off!”
    —High Five's official catchphrase


High Five is a dragon/dragonfly hybrid who is one of the Frito-Lay Skylanders for Skylanders: Trap Team. On September 22, 2014, he was announced the winner of the Frito-Lay contest. He was part of his own giveaway before his public release in Spring 2015.

Character Development

High Five came to gameplay designer Nah Loh as finished concept art. As a dragon(fly), Nat Loh felt compelled to keep to breath weapons, and the racer 5 number on High Five's head seemed to imply speed so Nat put two abilities he thought he would never put together for fear it would be too overpowered - fast projectiles and fast dashing - and made them High Five's moveset. For the primary projectiles, Nat revisited the unfulfilled Mycon Plasma Spore projectiles that Wrecking Ball was originally supposed to have. These would create a cloud of poison gas that grew bigger in size but dissipated in damage. High Five's moveset really became about high risk high reward, which was demonstrated in his Buzzerker Overdrive upgrade. It was controversial to have in a kids game but Nat sought to make deep gameplay experiences even in kids titles.

Nat knew people wouldn't enjoy the idea of spending HP to do more damage. To offset this, he made the cost temporary spawning apples that would restore High Five's health after his attack, but restoring your health was optional. Using berserker mechanics, High Five would actually get stronger and faster the lower his HP was and the max charged version of his Overdrive Fly Slam attack did the highest amount of damage seen in a Skylander game to date (the playable Doom Raider bosses and especially Kaos would make short work of those damage numbers however but that was justified by their short-lived nature). After finalization, High Five became a great Skylander for the more advanced min-maxer players out there.[1]

High Five was named by Phylicia Nakamoto from Elk Grove, California, as part of a naming contest held by Frito-Lay.[2]

Background

Personality

High Five is full of energy and is super fast. When danger calls, he is the first to fly into battle.[3]

Biography

High Five is one of the most skilled sky racers of all the dragonflies. But as the fifth son of the Royal High Flying Dragonflies, he was not allowed to enter any of the racing tournaments that took place each year because of his age. Instead, he was forced to watch from the sidelines as his four older brothers competed for the coveted Trophy of Sparx, which legend has said holds magical properties. One year, during the biggest racing event of the season, High Five learned that the Troll Racing Team had stolen the valuable trophy and were going to use the race to cover their escape. He quickly took action, jumping into the race and using his amazing flying skills to weave and dodge his way to the front of the pack, where he caught up to the trolls and brought them down. For his actions, High Five was given the Trophy of Sparx. Even more importantly, he was made a Skylander, where he now helps protect Skylands from any evildoers.

Gameplay

High Five can fire a stream of Poison Pellets from his mouth, even in rapid fire. These Poison Pellets can leave behind Poison Clouds that damages enemies when upgraded further. As his secondary attack, High Five can dash across the ground with his super speed and leave enemies spinning while damaging them. When further upgraded, High Five can perform a powerful Fly Slam attack that can be done in the air, and even suck enemies in while charging it. While charging up the attack damages him, he also releases apples during the charge, picking them up restores some of the HP lost.

Despite having no flight upgrade in the game, High Five is able to fly, but only for a short while.

Stats

These are the starting and maximum Statistics for this Skylander in the Skylanders games.

  • Health: 270 (max. 540)
  • Speed: 60 (max. 108)
  • Armor: 6 (max. 36)
  • Critical Hit: 70 (max. 120)
  • Elemental Power: 53 (max. 103)

Warning: These stats are not used in any of the Skylander games. They are only listed for completeness reasons.

  • Strength: 170
  • Defense: 20
  • Agility: 170
  • Luck: 20

Abilities

Basic Abilities
These abilities are available from the start of the game.
Soul Gem Ability
Requires Soul Gem from:
Secret Sewers of Supreme Stink
Poison Pellets Buzz Dash
Organic Slam Apples
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Primary Ability
Press Attack 1 to shoot Poison Pellets. Hold Attak 1 for rapid fire.
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Secondary Ability
Press Attack 2 for a speedy dash attack.
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Price: 4000
Fly Slam Apples heal more HP.

Basic Upgrades
Skylanders can buy new abilities from Persephone/Power Pods.

Poison Cloud Fly Slam Buzz Charge Buzzerker Overdrive
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Price: 500
Poison Pellets attack leaves behind a poisonous cloud, damaging nearby enemies.
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Price: 700
Press Attack 3 to slam down on enemies around you.
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Price: 900
Hold Attack 2 to charge up a stronger Buzz Dash.
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Price: 1200
For the cost of HP, hold Attack 3 to REALLY power up the Fly Slam.
Pollen Prince
View Speedy Slammer
Improve Poison Pellets attacks.
Cloud Control Buzz 'Em Up Power Clouds
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Price: 1700
Have up to five Poison Clouds active at a time, moving faster and doing more damage.
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Price: 2200
Buzz Dash through Poison Clouds to power them up and extend their life.
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Price: 3000
Extra big Poison Clouds do extra big damage.
Speedy Slammer
View Pollen Prince
Improve Buzz Dash and Fly Slam attacks.
Spin Cycle Buzz Buzz Buzz Slam Apples
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Price: 1700
While holding Attack 3, enemies will be sucked up into the Fly Slam zone.
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Price: 2200
Hold Attack 2 for consecutive Buzz Dashes.
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Price: 3000
Hold Attack 3 to charge up the Fly Slam attack even further and release apples that heal you.

Skylanders can use abilities depending on their level.

Starting Powers

  • TBA (Primary Attack): TBA
  • TBA (Secondary Attack): TBA
Upgrades
  • TBA (requires level: TBA): TBA
  • TBA (requires level: TBA): TBA
  • TBA (requires level: TBA): TBA

Quotes

Battle Cries

  • "Buzz Off!"
  • "Terminal velocity!"
  • "Dragon Fly!"
  • "Wings of sting!"
  • "Taking off!"
  • "Mayday!"
  • "Full steam ahead!"
  • "The sting of the wings!"
  • "High Five is number 1!"
  • "Liftoff!"
  • "Divebomb!"
  • "Yeah!"
  • "Incoming!"
  • "Beware the buzz!"
  • "Getting it done!"
  • "Back in action!"
  • "Buzzing in!"
  • "Payday!" - when opening a treasure chest
  • "Full steam ahead!" - when leveling up
  • "Full throttle!"
  • "My numbers are taking off!" - when checking out stats
  • "Spreading my wings!"
  • "I could always use another cap" - when wearing a hat
  • "A real buzz worthy name!" - when given a nickname

Character Trailers

Gallery

Trivia

  • When first revealed for the Frito Lay contest, High Five's image url revealed that his original name was Buzzerker.
  • His catchphrase is shared by one of Bumble Blast's battle cries.
  • Although the "Speedy Slammer" path's "Slam Apples" ability mentions that High Five releases apples that heal him while charging up "Fly Slam", he actually releases these apples even without this upgrade as soon as he purchases the "Buzzerker Overdrive" skill. "Slam Apples" only increases the number of apples released.
  • Despite having no flight upgrade, High Five can fly for a short time by double tapping the jump button.
  • High Five and Thrillipede (after choosing the "Mighty-Morphosis" path) are the only Life Skylanders that can fly.
  • Eye Five's name is a play on High Five's.
    • Coincidentally, they are both introduced in Trap Team.
    • Despite this, neither have five fingers; Eye Five only has four fingers (counting his thumb) and High Five only has three on his hands and feet.
  • His battle cry "Full steam ahead!" is similar to Sonic Boom's catchphrase "Full Scream Ahead!"
  • Like Fist Bump, he is named after a friendly hand gesture.
  • High Five is the second Skylander with an ability that can drain health, which is Fly Slam.
    • The first Skylander was Ghost Roaster, who uses Ectoplasm Mode.
    • Unlike Ghost Roaster, High Five cannot drain all of his health or get defeated while performing his ability.
  • High Five is the second Life Element dragon Skylander, after Camo.
  • High Five's voice actor is Tom Kenny, who is best known for voicing the title character in SpongeBob SquarePants, the Ice King in Adventure Time, the Mayor from The Powerpuff Girls, and Spyro the Dragon in Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage!Spyro: Year of the DragonSpyro: Enter the Dragonfly and Spyro: Reignited Trilogy.

References

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Lightning Rod - Sonic Boom - Warnado - Whirlwind
Skylanders: Giants
Jet-Vac - Swarm
Skylanders: Swap Force
Boom Jet - Free Ranger - Pop Thorn - Scratch
Skylanders: Trap Team
Blades - Fling Kong - Gusto - Thunderbolt
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Hurricane Jet-Vac - Stormblade
Skylanders: Imaginators
Air Strike - Bad Juju - Wild Storm
Minis / Eon's Elite
Breeze - Pet-Vac / Elite Whirlwind
Alt Decos
Egg Bomber Air Strike - Legendary Blades - Legendary Free Ranger - Legendary Hurricane Jet-Vac
Legendary Jet-Vac - Mystical Bad Juju - Polar Whirlwind - Power Punch Pet-Vac
Lost Islands Alter Egos
Buttered Pop Thorn - Gourmet Gusto

Skylanders: Trap Team
Blackout - Knight Mare
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Nightfall
Skylanders: Imaginators
Hood Sickle - Starcast
Alt Deco
Steel Plated Hood Sickle
Ring of Heroes Alter Egos
Shadow King Pen - Shadow Spitfire - Shadow Spyro

Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure
Bash - Dino-Rang - Prism Break - Terrafin
Skylanders: Giants
Crusher - Flashwing
Skylanders: Swap Force
Doom Stone - Rubble Rouser - Scorp - Slobber Tooth
Skylanders: Trap Team
Fist Bump - Head Rush - Rocky Roll -Wallop
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Shark Shooter Terrafin - Smash Hit
Skylanders: Imaginators
Barbella - Golden Queen - Tri-Tip
Minis / Eon's Elite
Bop - Terrabite / Elite Dino-Rang - Elite Terrafin
Alt Decos
Dark Golden Queen - Dark Slobber Tooth - Granite Crusher - Jade Flashwing
Legendary Bash - Legendary Tri-Tip - Nitro Head Rush - Steel Plated Smash Hit
Lost Islands Alter Egos
Birthday Bash - Rocky Egg Roll - Sundae Slobber Tooth

Skylanders: Trap Team
Knight Light - Spotlight
Skylanders: SuperChargers
Astroblast
Skylanders: Imaginators
Aurora - Blaster-Tron
Alt Decos
Legendary Astroblast - Solar Flare Aurora
Ring of Heroes Alter Egos
Light Flashwing - Light Hex - Light Jet-Vac

Other Skylanders

Skylanders: Imaginators
Kaos - Imaginators

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