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                         Fire Emblem: Rekka no Tsurugi

                                Character Guide

                                 by FireLizard

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Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム 烈火の剣
          Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword

English:  Fire Emblem


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                   READ IT.  I'm sick of getting questions like "How do you
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I.   Introduction

II.  Version History

III. Characters
  
IV.  Additional Information

V.   Credits

VI.  Contact

VII. Legal Notices


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Good day.  Welcome to my Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken Character Guide!

If you've played this game, you know the frustration of not being able to
revive dead characters, unlike most RPGs and Strategy RPGs.  You also know that
characters are irreplacable.  This is why a detailed character guide is so
important for this game.  Characters can't be just dismissed and hired again.
Once you have a character, you're stuck with it.  Therefore, you'd be much
better off having good background knowledge on the pros and cons of each
character.

This is a complete guide to the 43 members that can join your army.  Basically,
it has all of the information that you need to know on every character.  Or at
least I hope so :)

I hope this will help you choose the characters that suit you and create your
own playing style.  

And yes, I have used all the characters, so I know what I'm talking about.

It isn't essential, but it would help a lot if your browser is able to read JIS
characters.

In any case, enjoy!

Updated versions are available at GameFAQs.


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Version 1.00: First complete version. (July 19, 2003)

Version 1.10: Fixed some mistakes in the Maximum Statistics section.
              (July 26, 2003)

Version 1.12: Fixed Bard/Dancer maxiumum Str/Skl stats.
              Added Japanese names.
              (August 2, 2003)

Version 1.20: Added a section on Support Conversations. (October 10, 2003)

Version 1.21: Fixed the English names and made them the "official" ones.  Now,
              back to my midterms...
              (January 13, 2004)

Version 1.50: Reformed some of the character ratings because my opinions have
              changed. (January 19, 2004)

Version 1.51: Fixed the English names for promotion items. (January 21, 2004)

Version 1.52: Fixed "Heath" and "Merlinus." (April 14, 2004)

Version 1.55: Added "Stat Expectations" for each character. (April 15, 2004)


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Okay, here's the main bulk of this FAQ.  Each character is numbered, so just
scroll down to the number of the character you're looking for.  Refer to the
legend if you're not sure about something.

Character List
1. Lyn
2. Sain
3. Kent
4. Florina
5. Wil
6. Dorcas
7. Serra
8. Erk
9. Rath
10. Matthew
11. Lucius
12. Nils
13. Wallace
14. Eliwood
15. Marcus
16. Lowen
17. Rebecca
18. Bartre
19. Hector
20. Oswin
21. Guy
22. Priscilla
23. Raven
24. Canas
25. Dart
26. Fiora
27. Legault
28. Ninian
29. Isadora
30. Heath
31. Hawkeye
32. Geitz
33. Pent
34. Louise
35. Karel
36. Harken
37. Nino
38. Jaffar
39. Vaida
40. Renault
41. Farina
42. Karla
43. Athos
Extra: Merlinus

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    //                                                                   \\
   //                        Character FAQ Legend                         \\
   |                                                                       |
   |(Character name & number) The number is there for ease of searching.   |
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   |                                                                       |
   |  Joins At: Shows when the character joins your team.                  |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Class: The character's class.                                        |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Usable Weapons: Weapons usable by the character before and after     |
   |    promotion.                                                         |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Initial Statistics: The level and stats the character starts out     |
   |    with.                                                              |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Promotion Stat Additions: The stat additions when the character      |
   |    is promoted.                                                       |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Stat Growth Rate: Shows the probability that certain stats will      |
   |    increase when the character gains a level by the rating A, B, C, D,|
   |    and F; A meaning the stat has a high chance of increasing, F       |
   |    meaning it has a low chance.  This does not mean that a stat rated |
   |    A will always increase and that a stat rated F will never          |
   |    increase.  This is my judgment of stat growth, and it should hold  |
   |    true for most people, but there is some amount of randomness       |
   |    involved.  You should see the growth rate as a ROUGH ESTIMATE.     |
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   |  Stat Expectations:  Average stats that the character will get once   |
   |    he/she is promoted and at Lv 20.  Note that this may vary for      |
   |    players due to the Random Number Generator.  This is the AVERAGE,  |
   |    ROUGH ESTIMATE.                                                    |
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   |  Supporting Characters: Other characters that this character can      |
   |    support.  The number indicates how many points are already spent   |
   |    with that particular character.  This is taken from Kawaki Chatei  |
   |    http://www.pegasusknight.com.                                      |
   |                                                                       |
   |  Comments: My personal view of the character, with a rating out of 10.|
   |    Don't take it TOO seriously ;)                                     |
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1. Lyndis (Lyn) リン
  Joins At:
    Lyn Route: Prologue, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 15, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 16, start of battle
  Class: Lord >> Blade Lord
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword, Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  16            Def:  2
    Str:  4            MDf:  0
    Skl:  7            Mov:  5
    Spd:  9            Con:  5
    Luc:  5            Rsc:  4
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Str: +2            MDf: +5
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: B             Def: D
    Skl: A             MDf: D
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Blade Lord Lv 20)
    HP:  46            Def: 15
    Str: 21            MDf: 11
    Skl: 29            Luc: 22
    Spd: 30
  Supporting Characters
    Eliwood(10), Hector, Florina(76), Wallace(15), Rath(15), Wil(17), Kent(30)
  Comments
    9/10
    Lyn's greatest weapon is, without doubt, her speed.  She'll easily evade
    attacks and attack twice in a row, making her low defense insignificant.
    In any case, you'll be required to use her in many maps, so it's a good
    idea to keep her up to par.

2. Sain セイン
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 1, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 15, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 16, start of battle
  Class: Cavalier >> Paladin
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword, Spear
    After Promotion:  Sword, Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  19            Def:  7
    Str:  9            MDf:  0
    Skl:  5            Mov:  7
    Spd:  7            Con:  9
    Luc:  4            Rsc: 16
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +2            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +1
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: C
    Str: A             Def: D
    Skl: C             MDf: C
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  53            Def: 16
    Str: 25            MDf: 10
    Skl: 17            Luc: 18
    Spd: 23
  Supporting Characters
    Fiora, Serra, Rebecca, Priscilla, Louise, Isadora, Kent(30)
  Comments
    9/10
    Strength is always an asset, and Sain's got plenty of it; his strength
    almost always maxes out, although at the cost of low Skill.  If you use
    him he'll be sure to become one of your main powerhouses.  He's quite the
    womanizer, and it shows because his supporting characters are all female
    except for Kent :D

3. Kent ケント
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 1, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 15, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 16, start of battle
  Class: Cavalier >> Paladin
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword, Spear
    After Promotion:  Sword, Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  20            Def:  5
    Str:  6            MDf:  1
    Skl:  6            Mov:  7
    Spd:  7            Con:  9
    Luc:  2            Rsc: 16
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +2            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +1
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: F
    Str: C             Def: D
    Skl: A             MDf: D
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  54            Def: 17
    Str: 21            MDf: 11
    Skl: 26            Luc:  9
    Spd: 23
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(20), Fiora, Sain(30), Wallace(15), Heath, Farina
  Comments
    8/10
    His strength's a little low, so he's not as useful as Sain.  He tends to
    get higher skill than Sain, so use that to make up for strength.  I had
    Sain and Kent supporting each other, so that added on to both of their
    stats.

4. Florina フロリーナ
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 3, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 15, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 16, start of battle
  Class: Pegasus Knight >> Falcon Knight
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  17            Def:  4
    Str:  5            MDf:  4
    Skl:  7            Mov:  7
    Spd:  9            Con:  4
    Luc:  7            Rsc: 16
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +5            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: C             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: C
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Falcon Knight Lv 20)
    HP:  47            Def: 10
    Str: 22            MDf: 20
    Skl: 25            Luc: 25
    Spd: 28
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(76), Hector(5), Fiora(35), Farina(35), Serra, Nino, Ninian
  Comments
    9/10
    What can you say?  Fast, rarely misses, and does good damage to boot.  It's
    definitely worth levelling her up early on, so start using her as soon as
    she joins.  Also, the three Pegasus Knights in this game have a special
    group attack (see IV. Additional Information for details).

5. Wil ウィル
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 3, visit village
    Eliwood Route: Ch 15, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 16, start of battle
  Class: Archer >> Sniper
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Bow
    After Promotion:  Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 2)
    HP:  20            Def:  5
    Str:  6            MDf:  0
    Skl:  5            Mov:  5
    Spd:  5            Con:  6
    Luc:  6            Rsc:  5
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +3
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +2            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Str: B             Def: D
    Skl: B             MDf: D
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Sniper Lv 20)
    HP:  51            Def: 14
    Str: 25            MDf: 10
    Skl: 25            Luc: 21
    Spd: 22
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(17), Rebecca(30), Dart(20), Wallace, Raven, Rath
  Comments
    9/10
    A very useful Archer.  His strength gains are higher than Rebecca, but he
    loses out in Spd.  I would say that Rebecca is better (because she's cute
    and because I'm biased), but they are both solid units to have, so which to
    use is almost entirely a matter of opinion.  Using both is probably the
    best option.

6. Dorcas ドルカス
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 4, speak with Lyn
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Fighter >> Warrior
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Axe
    After Promotion:  Axe, Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 3)
    HP:  30            Def:  3
    Str:  7            MDf:  0
    Skl:  7            Mov:  5
    Spd:  6            Con: 14
    Luc:  3            Rsc: 13
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Str: +1            MDf: +3
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: C
    Str: A             Def: C
    Skl: B             MDf: F
    Spd: F
  Stat Expectations (Warrior Lv 20)
    HP:  60            Def: 18
    Str: 29            MDf:  8
    Skl: 24            Luc: 19
    Spd: 11
  Supporting Characters
    Oswin, Bartre(15), Geitz, Vaida, Farina
  Comments
    8/10
    I like axe-users and characters with lots of HP and strength, so naturally
    Dorcas was always a key member of my team.  He'll naturally get high HP
    and strength, but his skill and defense will also grow very well.  His
    speed, however, is among the lowest of all the characters in the game.
    Once he's promoted, he can use bows to devastating effect against Wyvern
    Riders, which tend to be hard to kill.

7. Serra セーラ
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 5, speak with Lyn
    Eliwood Route: Ch 13, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Cleric >> Bishop
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Staff
    After Promotion:  Staff, Light Magic
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  17            Def:  2
    Mgk:  2            MDf:  5
    Skl:  5            Mov:  5
    Spd:  8            Con:  4
    Luc:  6            Rsc:  3
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +2
    Mgk: +1            MDf: +2
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  C             Luc: A
    Mgk: B             Def: F
    Skl: C             MDf: A
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Bishop Lv 20)
    HP:  37            Def: 9
    Mgk: 23            MDf: 28
    Skl: 20            Luc: 30
    Spd: 25
  Supporting Characters
    Hector(15), Matthew(5), Lucius, Erk(2), Sain, Oswin(10), Florina
  Comments
    9/10
    Godly.  The only problem is that it takes forever to get her promoted
    because she can't attack with just a staff.  But it's definitely worth the
    effort.  She'll almost always do dual attacks and she'll evade blows
    handily.  I usually choose her over the other healer, Priscilla.

8. Erk エルク
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 5, speak to Serra with Lyn
    Eliwood Route: Ch 14, speak with Serra or Priscilla
    Hector Route: Ch 14, speak with Serra or Priscilla
  Class: Mage >> Sage
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Anima Magic
    After Promotion:  Anima Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  17            Def:  2
    Mgk:  5            MDf:  4
    Skl:  6            Mov:  5
    Spd:  7            Con:  5
    Luc:  3            Rsc:  4
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +3
    Mgk: +1            MDf: +3
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Mgk: C             Def: D
    Skl: B             MDf: C
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Sage Lv 20)
    HP:  46            Def: 11
    Mgk: 20            MDf: 21
    Skl: 24            Luc: 13
    Spd: 26
  Supporting Characters
    Serra(2), Priscilla(15), Nino, Pent(25), Louise(20)
  Comments
    8/10
    He's a decent magician, but he almost always loses out to Nino in the end.
    However, he'll surpass Pent by far, so he's not a bad unit to have.  His
    magic is kind of low, but he has great skill, and he has the HP
    advantage which is Nino's only weakness.  It's worth using him if you think
    Nino is a little too frail.

9. Rath ラス
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 6, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 21, speak with Lyn
    Hector Route: Ch 22, speak with Lyn
  Class: Nomad >> Nomadic Trooper
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Bow
    After Promotion:  Bow, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 7)
    HP:  25            Def:  7
    Str:  8            MDf:  2
    Skl:  9            Mov:  7
    Spd: 10            Con:  7
    Luc:  5            Rsc: 18
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Str: +2            MDf: +3
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Str: C             Def: F
    Skl: C             MDf: D
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Nomadic Trooper Lv 20)
    HP:  54            Def: 13
    Str: 22            MDf: 11
    Skl: 22            Luc: 13
    Spd: 25
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(15), Wil, Guy
  Comments
    6/10
    Rath's a pretty mediocre character with pretty mediocre stats.  He never
    becomes a killing machine like other bow users such as Rebecca.  He can use
    swords after his promotion, but for some reason that doesn't seem like
    much of a bonus.  He can't use ballistas either, while Archers can.

10. Matthew マシュー
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 6, visit village
    Eliwood Route: Ch 13, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 11, start of battle
  Class: Thief >> Assassin
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 2)
    HP:  18            Def:  3
    Str:  4            MDf:  0
    Skl:  4            Mov:  6
    Spd: 11            Con:  7
    Luc:  2            Rsc:  6
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +0
    Spd: +0            Con: +0
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +0
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: B             MDf: D
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Assassin Lv 20)
    HP:  51            Def: 14
    Str: 19            MDf:  9
    Skl: 23            Luc: 21
    Spd: 30
  Supporting Characters
    Hector(20), Serra(5), Guy(10), Oswin(5), Legault, Jaffar
  Comments
    9/10
    He's a great thief, and an even better Assassin!  He rarely misses and
    almost always does dual attacks.  His HP is also unusally high, so he can
    fight on his own.  Once he's an Assassin, he really starts to kick butt.
    You've seen Jaffar in action, so consider two Jaffars in your team.  Get
    the picture?  However, be careful because Assassins can no longer steal
    items from enemies (I use Legault for stealing).

11. Lucius ルセア
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 7, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 16, speak with Raven
    Hector Route: Ch 17, speak with Raven
  Class: Monk >> Bishop
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Light Magic
    After Promotion:  Light Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 3)
    HP:  18            Def:  1
    Mgk:  7            MDf:  6
    Skl:  6            Mov:  5
    Spd: 10            Con:  6
    Luc:  2            Rsc:  5
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Mgk: +2            MDf: +2
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  C             Luc: D
    Mgk: A             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: A
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Bishop Lv 20)
    HP:  40            Def:  4
    Mgk: 25            MDf: 30
    Skl: 25            Luc:  9
    Spd: 24
  Supporting Characters
    Raven(30), Priscilla(5), Serra, Karel, Renault
  Comments
    9/10
    Lucius's defense is devastatingly low.  However, that's his only weakness.
    Dual attacks are a regular occurence for this magic machine, and they do
    good damage on each hit.  Just don't send him out in the front unprotected;
    have some Warriors or Generals escort him.  If you have him and Serra
    supporting each other, you need not worry about your Light Magic attacks :)

12. Nils ニルス
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 7, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 30, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 32, start of battle
  Class: Bard
  Usable Weapons: None
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  14            Def:  5
    Str:  0            MDf:  4
    Skl:  0            Mov:  5
    Spd: 12            Con:  3
    Luc: 10            Rsc:  2
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (Bards cannot be promoted.)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A                   Luc: A
    Str: (rarely increases)  Def: D
    Skl: (rarely increases)  MDf: A
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Bard Lv 20)
    HP:  30            Def: 10
    Str:  1            MDf: 18
    Skl:  1            Luc: 23
    Spd: 25
  Supporting Characters: None
  Comments
    5/10
    He's neither useless nor particularly useful.  He can make characters move
    again, but depending on your playing style, that may or may not prove to be
    a bonus.  If you do decide to use him, watch over him because he's very
    frail and will get killed in a single hit if he can't dodge.  Also, if you
    want the hidden map in Hector Route Ch 19, you'll need to have Nils be over
    Lv 7 in the Lyn Route.

13. Wallace ワレス
  Joins at
    Lyn Route: Ch 9, start of battle
    Eliwood Route: Ch 23 (boss is Lloyd), speak with Lyn/Sain/Kent/Florina
    Hector Route: Ch 24 (boss is Lloyd), speak with Lyn/Sain/Kent/Florina
    (see IV. Additional Information for more details)
  Class: Knight >> General
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 12)
    HP:  30            Def: 15
    Str: 13            MDf:  2
    Skl:  7            Mov:  4
    Spd:  5            Con: 13
    Luc: 10            Rsc: 12
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +3
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +3            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Str: B             Def: B
    Skl: C             MDf: B
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (General Lv 20)
    HP:  53            Def: 26
    Str: 26            MDf: 16
    Skl: 19            Luc: 17
    Spd: 15
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(15), Kent(15), Wil, Vaida, Renault
  Comments
    8/10
    Unfortunately, he's basically forced to be promoted before reaching Lv 20.
    In the Normal Lyn Route, you're required to promote him, and in the Hard
    Lyn Route, if you don't, he'll get killed too easily in the Eliwood/Hector
    Route.  Still, he's a very good character.  His stats are decent, and he
    rarely takes damage from physical attacks so he'll do a great job as a
    wall.

14. Eliwood エリウッド
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Lord >> Lord Knight
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword, Spear
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  18            Def:  5
    Str:  5            MDf:  0
    Skl:  5            Mov:  5
    Spd:  7            Con:  7
    Luc:  7            Rsc:  6
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +1
    Str: +2            MDf: +3
    Skl: +0            Mov: +2
    Spd: +1            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +10
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: B             Def: C
    Skl: B             MDf: C
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Lord Knight Lv 20)
    HP:  52            Def: 18
    Str: 24            MDf: 16
    Skl: 24            Luc: 24
    Spd: 24
  Supporting Characters
    Lyn(10), Hector(72), Ninian, Marcus(25), Lowen(20), Harken(25), Fiora
  Comments
    8/10
    Put in a good way, he's a well-rounded character.  Put badly, he's
    mediocre.  All in all, pretty average.  If you level him up, he'll still
    prove to be fairly useful.  He has no major weaknesses, but there's nothing
    he excels in, either.  His stats are well balanced, and his strength,
    skill, and speed will pretty much be about the same, maybe a little
    higher in speed.  You have to include him in most battles, so you're going
    to have to keep him strong like it or not.

15. Marcus マーカス
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Paladin
  Usable Weapons: Sword, Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  31            Def: 10
    Str: 15            MDf:  8
    Skl: 15            Mov:  8
    Spd: 11            Con: 11
    Luc:  8            Rsc: 14
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  C             Luc: C
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: D             MDf: F
    Spd: D
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  41            Def: 11
    Str: 19            MDf: 13
    Skl: 23            Luc: 12
    Spd: 15
  Supporting Characters
    Eliwood(25), Lowen(20), Isadora(15), Harken(20), Merlinus
  Comments
    3/10
    You might be tempted to use him up front because he starts out strong.
    He'll defeat enemies right and left in the early chapters, but he also
    usurps all the experience that should be going to other characters that
    will ultimately become much stronger than Marcus.  You may want to include
    him in battle in case of an emergency, but try not to use him much.

16. Lowen ロウエン
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Cavalier >> Paladin
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword, Spear
    After Promotion:  Sword, Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 2)
    HP:  23            Def:  7
    Str:  7            MDf:  0
    Skl:  5            Mov:  7
    Spd:  7            Con: 10
    Luc:  3            Rsc: 15
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +2            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +1
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: B
    Str: D             Def: B
    Skl: D             MDf: C
    Spd: D
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  60            Def: 24
    Str: 18            MDf: 13
    Skl: 18            Luc: 23
    Spd: 18
  Supporting Characters
    Eliwood(20), Marcus(20), Isadora(15), Harken(20), Rebecca
  Comments
    5/10
    Unusually for a character that starts out at a low level, Lowen won't
    become too impressive.  He doesn't gain much of anything besides HP and
    defense, and his strength, skill, and speed will barely make it above
    17 at Lv 20, PROMOTED.  Can't recommend this guy.

17. Rebecca レベッカ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Archer >> Sniper
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Bow
    After Promotion:  Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  17            Def:  3
    Str:  4            MDf:  1
    Skl:  5            Mov:  5
    Spd:  6            Con:  5
    Luc:  4            Rsc:  4
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Str: +3            MDf: +2
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: B             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: D
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Sniper Lv 20)
    HP:  44            Def: 10
    Str: 24            MDf: 15
    Skl: 27            Luc: 24
    Spd: 29
  Supporting Characters
    Wil(30), Dart(35), Sain, Lowen(5), Louise, Raven, Nino
  Comments
    10/10
    Her low defense is insignificant because her speed becomes frighteningly
    high, allowing her to dodge most attacks.  Her strength and skill
    usually max out as well.  Without a doubt, the best Archer in the game.
    Pair her up with somebody to REALLY use her to her fullest potential.

18. Bartre バアトル
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 11, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Fighter >> Warrior
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Axe
    After Promotion:  Axe, Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 2)
    HP:  29            Def:  4
    Str:  9            MDf:  0
    Skl:  5            Mov:  5
    Spd:  3            Con: 13
    Luc:  4            Rsc: 12
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Str: +1            MDf: +3
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Str: A             Def: C
    Skl: C             MDf: D
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Warrior Lv 20)
    HP:  60            Def: 18
    Str: 28            MDf: 12
    Skl: 20            Luc: 16
    Spd: 20
  Supporting Characters
    Dorcas(15), Canas, Karla(5), Raven, Renault
  Comments
    9/10
    Another useful axe-user like Dorcas.  Bartre has the speed that Dorcas
    lacks, making him a bit more useful.  You'll also need to use Bartre if you
    want Karla.  Like Dorcas, he can use bows after promotion, adding on to his
    versatility.

19. Hector ヘクトル
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 12, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 11, start of battle
  Class: Lord >> Great Lord
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Axe
    After Promotion:  Axe, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  19            Def:  8
    Str:  7            MDf:  0
    Skl:  4            Mov:  5
    Spd:  5            Con: 13
    Luc:  3            Rsc: 12
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +1
    Str: +0            MDf: +5
    Skl: +2            Mov: +0
    Spd: +3            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: D
    Str: A             Def: B
    Skl: B             MDf: D
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Great Lord Lv 20)
    HP:  57            Def: 28
    Str: 30            MDf: 13
    Skl: 23            Luc: 15
    Spd: 20
  Supporting Characters
    Eliwood(72), Lyn, Oswin(20), Serra(15), Matthew(20), Florina(5), Farina
  Comments
    10/10
    The best of the Lords.  For Eliwood and Lyn, you sort of feel that you have
    to keep them strong because you have to include them in many maps.  For
    Hector, however, you'll want to use him.  He'll gain levels quite easily
    and before you know it, he's at Lv 20, ready to be promoted.  A key member
    to both the story and to your team.

20. Oswin オズイン
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 12, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 12, start of battle
  Class: Knight >> General
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 9)
    HP:  28            Def: 13
    Str: 13            MDf:  3
    Skl:  9            Mov:  4
    Spd:  5            Con: 14
    Luc:  3            Rsc: 13
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +3
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +3            Con: +2
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +2
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: C
    Str: B             Def: B
    Skl: C             MDf: C
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (General Lv 20)
    HP:  59            Def: 29
    Str: 27            MDf: 14
    Skl: 21            Luc: 12
    Spd: 18
  Supporting Characters
    Hector(20), Matthew(5), Serra(10), Dorcas, Priscilla
  Comments
    9/10
    All of Oswin's stats will end up slightly higher than Wallace's because you
    can promote him whenever you want.  It isn't a big difference, however, so
    you can use them both in generally the same way: take advantage of their
    very high defense and place them as walls to stop the enemy from getting
    too close.
    
21. Guy ギィ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 13, speak with Matthew
    Hector Route: Ch 13, speak with Matthew
  Class: Myrmidon >> Swordmaster
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 3)
    HP:  21            Def:  5
    Str:  6            MDf:  0
    Skl: 11            Mov:  5
    Spd: 11            Con:  5
    Luc:  5            Rsc:  4
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +5            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +1
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: A             MDf: F
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Swordmaster Lv 20)
    HP:  53            Def: 11
    Str: 17            MDf:  9
    Skl: 29            Luc: 20
    Spd: 30
  Supporting Characters
    Matthew(10), Rath, Karel(5), Louise, Priscilla
  Comments
    6/10
    He's fast and all, but his strength and defense are pathetic.  He won't be
    able to kill enemies in one shot even with dual attacks.  You also have to
    keep watching over him because he's extremely fragile, and you never know
    when he's going to die.  I never liked Myrmidons, but if you want one,
    wait until you get Karel or Karla.  Sigh...where did Rutgar and Fir go?

22. Priscilla プリシラ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 14, visit village or keep Erk alive
    Hector Route: Ch 14, visit village or keep Erk alive
  Class: Troubadour >> Valkyrie
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Staff
    After Promotion:  Staff, Anima Magic
  Initial Statistics (Lv 3)
    HP:  16            Def:  3
    Mgk:  6            MDf:  6
    Skl:  6            Mov:  7
    Spd:  8            Con:  4
    Luc:  7            Rsc: 16
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +2
    Mgk: +2            MDf: +3
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  D             Luc: A
    Mgk: C             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: A
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Valkyrie Lv 20)
    HP:  37            Def: 12
    Mgk: 23            MDf: 28
    Skl: 24            Luc: 30
    Spd: 22
  Supporting Characters
    Raven(20), Erk(15), Lucius(5), Oswin, Sain, Heath, Guy
  Comments
    8/10
    A better healer but weaker attacker than Serra.  Priscilla can rescue
    practically anyone in the game save some exceptions with a body size of 16.
    This helps a lot in boss fights because you can get someone out of harm's
    way, get out of the boss' attack range (because she's on a horse), and have
    the unit healed.  So actually, you should use her more as a rescuer than a
    healer.  She can use Anima Magic after her promotion, but you probably
    won't be using it much.

23. Raven レイヴァン
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 16, speak with Priscilla
    Hector Route: Ch 17, speak with Priscilla
  Class: Mercenary >> Hero
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 5)
    HP:  25            Def:  5
    Str:  8            MDf:  1
    Skl: 11            Mov:  5
    Spd: 13            Con:  8
    Luc:  2            Rsc:  7
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Str: +0            MDf: +2
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +2            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: F
    Str: B             Def: D
    Skl: C             MDf: F
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Hero Lv 20)
    HP:  58            Def: 16
    Str: 25            MDf:  7
    Skl: 27            Luc: 14
    Spd: 26
  Supporting Characters
    Priscilla(20), Lucius(30), Rebecca, Wil, Bartre
  Comments
    10/10
    Very high and well-balanced stats except for his defense and magic defense.
    You can count on his strength and speed to max out, however, and he almost
    never misses because his accuracy is also above average.  He's one of those
    rare characters that start out strong and remain strong throughout the
    game.  Definitely the best sword-user.

24. Canas カナス
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 16 Side Story, visit village
    Hector Route: Ch 17 Side Story, visit village
  Class: Shaman >> Druid
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Dark Magic
    After Promotion:  Dark Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 8)
    HP:  21            Def:  5
    Mgk: 10            MDf:  8
    Skl:  9            Mov:  5
    Spd:  8            Con:  7
    Luc:  7            Rsc:  6
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Mgk: +0            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +3            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Mgk: B             Def: D
    Skl: B             MDf: B
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Druid Lv 20)
    HP:  47            Def: 14
    Mgk: 25            MDf: 24
    Skl: 23            Luc: 14
    Spd: 20
  Supporting Characters
    Pent, Nino, Bartre, Vaida, Renault
  Comments
    10/10
    This is your only choice for Dark Magic except for Athos, but Athos joins
    too late in the game so technically Canas is the only Dark Magic user.  But
    this dude rocks!  He looks cool, his personality is cool, and Dark Magic is
    the most powerful magic in the game.  He does his best against bosses by
    using Luna, which penetrates MDf and does damage equal to the
    number of his Magic stat.

25. Dart ダーツ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 18, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 16 Side Story)
    Hector Route: Ch 19, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 17 Side Story)
  Class: Pirate >> Berserker
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Axe
    After Promotion:  Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 8)
    HP:  34            Def:  6
    Str: 12            MDf:  1
    Skl:  8            Mov:  5
    Spd:  8            Con: 10
    Luc:  3            Rsc:  9
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +2
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +1            Con: +3
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +3
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: F
    Str: A             Def: D
    Skl: D             MDf: D
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Berserker Lv 20)
    HP:  60            Def: 15
    Str: 30            MDf:  9
    Skl: 18            Luc: 14
    Spd: 28
  Supporting Characters
    Geitz, Rebecca(35), Wil(20), Farina, Karel
  Comments
    10/10
    The best axe-user in the game, lining up with Hector.  His strength and
    HP always max out for me, and he can put up a pretty good fight against
    enemies with swords as well.  If you equip him with a Killer Axe, his
    critical hit rate will rise to become higher than 60, and even without
    critical hits, he can crush most enemies with constant dual attacks.

26. Fiora フィオーラ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 18, speak with Florina
    Hector Route: Ch 19, speak with Florina
  Class: Pegasus Knight >> Falcon Knight
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 7)
    HP:  21            Def:  6
    Str:  8            MDf:  7
    Skl: 11            Mov:  7
    Spd: 13            Con:  5
    Luc:  6            Rsc: 15
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +5            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: B             MDf: B
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Falcon Knight Lv 20)
    HP:  48            Def: 15
    Str: 21            MDf: 25
    Skl: 25            Luc: 15
    Spd: 28
  Supporting Characters
    Florina(35), Farina(30), Eliwood, Kent, Sain, Pent(10), Geitz
  Comments
    9/10
    A bit weaker than Florina, but with higher defense and magic defense.  You
    can use her in the same way as Florina.  And then, there's always the
    Pegasus Knight group attack ;)

27. Legault ラガルト
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 19, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Lyn
    Hector Route: Ch 20, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Lyn
  Class: Thief >> Assassin
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Sword
    After Promotion:  Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 12)
    HP:  26            Def:  8
    Str:  8            MDf:  3
    Skl: 11            Mov:  6
    Spd: 15            Con:  9
    Luc: 10            Rsc:  8
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +2
    Str: +1            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +0
    Spd: +0            Con: +0
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +0
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: D             Def: C
    Skl: C             MDf: F
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Assassin Lv 20)
    HP:  42            Def: 18
    Str: 15            MDf: 11
    Skl: 20            Luc: 26
    Spd: 30
  Supporting Characters
    Jaffar(5), Nino, Matthew, Isadora, Heath
  Comments
    7/10
    A Thief, nothing more or less.  I once promoted him instead of Matthew, but
    he wasn't too impressive.  He's much better off as a Thief because his
    speed is very high.  He can evade most attacks so you can send him off
    alone to do his job opening chests without having to send another character
    to escort him.

28. Ninian ニニアン
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 20, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 21, start of battle
  Class: Dancer
  Usable Weapons: None
  Initial Statistics
    (has the same stats that Nils had when you had him last)
    Differences are:
      Con: 4
      Rsc:    3
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (Dancers cannot be promoted.)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A                   Luc: A
    Str: (rarely increases)  Def: D
    Skl: (rarely increases)  MDf: A
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Dancer Lv 20)
    (Same as Nils)
  Supporting Characters 
    Eliwood, Florina, Hawkeye
  Comments
    5/10
    Pretty much the same as Nils because Nils and Ninan's stats are shared
    (see IV. Additional Information).

29. Isadora イサドラ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 21, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 22, start of battle
  Class: Paladin
  Usable Weapons: Sword, Spear, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 1)
    HP:  28            Def:  8
    Str: 13            MDf:  6
    Skl: 12            Mov:  8
    Spd: 16            Con:  6
    Luc: 10            Rsc: 14
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: D             MDf: D
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  43            Def: 11
    Str: 19            MDf: 11
    Skl: 18            Luc: 18
    Spd: 25
  Supporting Characters
    Harken(40), Marcus(15), Lowen(10), Sain, Legault, Geitz, Renault
  Comments
    7/10
    Very fast for a Paladin, but a little lacking in strength and skill.
    She rarely gets hit, and she usually does dual attacks, although she
    sometimes isn't able to finish off an enemy even with a double attack.
    She's pretty good if properly built up, so you can use her if you don't
    have Sain or Kent levelled up adequately.

30. Heath ヒース
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 21, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Lyn/Ninian
    Hector Route: Ch 22, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Lyn/Ninian
  Class: Wyvern Rider >> Wyvern Lord
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 7)
    HP:  28            Def: 10
    Str: 11            MDf:  1
    Skl:  8            Mov:  7
    Spd:  7            Con:  9
    Luc:  7            Rsc: 16
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +4            Def: +0
    Str: +0            MDf: +2
    Skl: +2            Mov: +1
    Spd: +2            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: F
    Str: B             Def: B
    Skl: B             MDf: F
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Wyvern Lord Lv 20)
    HP:  57            Def: 20
    Str: 27            MDf:  8
    Skl: 25            Luc: 13
    Spd: 23
  Supporting Characters
    Vaida, Legault, Louise, Priscilla, Kent
  Comments
    10/10
    Here's your lead Wyvern Rider.  He's good in the "attack" area, with high
    HP, strength, skill, and speed.  His defense is also high, but of course
    his magic defense is pathetic because he's a Wyvern Rider.  He'll do fine
    as long as you don't put him near any spellcasters or bow-users.  Bows are
    nothing to worry about after you get the Delphi Charm, but you'll always
    have to watch out for long-range spells like Thunderstorm and Purge.

31. Hawkeye ホークアイ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 22, speak with Eliwood
    Hector Route: Ch 23, speak with Hector
  Class: Berserker
  Usable Weapons: Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 4)
    HP:  50            Def: 14
    Str: 18            MDf: 10
    Skl: 14            Mov:  6
    Spd: 11            Con: 16
    Luc: 13            Rsc: 15
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  D             Luc: B
    Str: B             Def: D
    Skl: D             MDf: C
    Spd: D
  Stat Expectations (Berserker Lv 20)
    HP:  56            Def: 16
    Str: 25            MDf: 16
    Skl: 18            Luc: 18
    Spd: 15
  Supporting Characters
    Pent(20), Louise(20), Ninian
  Comments
    6/10
    Being already promoted, he's no match for a well-built-up Dart, and it
    shows because his stats don't become anywhere near as high as Dart.
    However, he starts out with 50 HP, so you can use him as a wall if you
    don't have anyone else.  Funnily enough, his HP never maxed out for me,
    though.

32. Geitz ガイツ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 23 (boss is Linus), speak with Dart
    Hector Route: Ch 24 (boss is Linus), speak with Dart
    (see IV. Additional Information for more details)
  Class: Warrior
  Usable Weapons: Axe, Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 3)
    HP:  40            Def: 11
    Str: 17            MDf:  3
    Skl: 12            Mov:  6
    Spd: 13            Con: 13
    Luc: 10            Rsc: 12
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Str: C             Def: F
    Skl: D             MDf: F
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Warrior Lv 20)
    HP:  55            Def: 13
    Str: 25            MDf:  7
    Skl: 17            Luc: 18
    Spd: 19
  Supporting Characters
    Dart, Dorcas, Isadora, Fiora, Karel
  Comments
    6/10
    Similar to Hawkeye.  His weakness stands out if you have Dorcas and/or
    Bartre properly built up.  Use him if you're lacking in axe-users.

33. Pent パント
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 24, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 22)
    Hector Route: Ch 26, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 23)
  Class: Sage
  Usable Weapons: Anima Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 6)
    HP:  33            Def: 11
    Mgk: 18            MDf: 16
    Skl: 21            Mov:  6
    Spd: 17            Con:  8
    Luc: 14            Rsc:  7
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  D             Luc: B
    Mgk: D             Def: D
    Skl: D             MDf: C
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Sage Lv 20)
    HP:  40            Def: 14
    Mgk: 21            MDf: 20
    Skl: 22            Luc: 20
    Spd: 23
  Supporting Characters
    Louise(already A), Hawkeye(20), Erk(25), Fiora(10), Canas
  Comments
    8/10
    He's great when you first get him, but he tends to lose out to Nino once
    she's promoted.  However, it's already late in the game when you get Pent,
    so you can use him throughout until the end.  Use him paired up with
    Louise because their support level is A to start out with, greatly adding
    on to damage, critical hit rate, and evasion.  His English name was at
    first suspected to be "Bob" :p

34. Louise ルイーズ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 24, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 26, start of battle
  Class: Sniper
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Bow
    After Promotion:  Bow
  Initial Statistics (Lv 4)
    HP:  28            Def:  9
    Str: 12            MDf: 12
    Skl: 14            Mov:  6
    Spd: 17            Con:  6
    Luc: 16            Rsc:  5
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Str: C             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: D
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Sniper Lv 20)
    HP:  40            Def: 11
    Str: 19            MDf: 18
    Skl: 22            Luc: 22
    Spd: 24
  Supporting Characters
    Pent(already A), Hawkeye(20), Erk(20), Rebecca, Sain, Heath, Guy
  Comments
    8/10
    Like Pent, she's very useful when you first get her, but she falls behind
    Rebecca at later levels.  Her usefulness is boosted up significantly
    because she's at support level A with Pent.  Pair her up with Pent to bring
    out her abilities to their fullest extent.

35. Karel カレル
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 25, speak with Eliwood/Lyn
    Hector Route: Ch 27, speak with Hector/Lyn
    (see IV. Additional Information for more details)
  Class: Swordmaster
  Usable Weapons: Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 8)
    HP:  31            Def: 13
    Str: 16            MDf: 12
    Skl: 23            Mov:  6
    Spd: 20            Con:  9
    Luc: 15            Rsc:  8
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: C
    Str: C             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: F
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Swordmaster Lv 20)
    HP:  39            Def: 13
    Str: 20            MDf: 12
    Skl: 29            Luc: 18
    Spd: 24
  Supporting Characters
    Karla(25), Geitz, Guy(5), Lucius, Dart
  Comments
    8/10
    Karel starts out with relatively high stats, so you can start using him as
    soon as you get him.  You'll have to choose between Karel and Harken at
    this point, so if you're lacking a Myrmidon, choose Karel, and if you're
    lacking a Mercenary, choose Harken.  If you're lacking both or already have
    both...well, choose whichever you like according to your taste.

36. Harken ハーケン
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 25, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Isadora/Marcus/Oswin/Lowen
    Hector Route: Ch 27, speak with Eliwood/Hector/Isadora/Marcus/Oswin/Lowen
    (see IV. Additional Information for more details)
  Class: Hero
  Usable Weapons: Sword, Axe
  Initial Statistics (Lv 8)
    HP:  38            Def: 15
    Str: 21            MDf: 10
    Skl: 20            Mov:  6
    Spd: 17            Con: 11
    Luc: 12            Rsc: 10
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A             Luc: D
    Str: B             Def: B
    Skl: F             MDf: D
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Hero Lv 20)
    HP:  46            Def: 19
    Str: 25            MDf: 13
    Skl: 23            Luc: 13
    Spd: 21
  Supporting Characters
    Eliwood(25), Isadora(40), Marcus(20), Vaida, Lowen(15)
  Comments
    8/10
    A bit slower but much more durable than Karel.  Unlike Karel, Harken can be
    put up front without worry of being defeated because of his high defense.
    His skill and speed are a bit low for a Hero, but they're still high
    enough, so he'll deal damage nicely.  I would say Harken is more useful
    than Karel.  But Raven makes a MUCH better Hero than Harken.

37. Nino ニノ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 26, speak with Eliwood/Lyn
    Hector Route: Ch 28, speak with Hector/Lyn
  Class: Mage >> Sage
  Usable Weapons: 
    Before Promotion: Anima Magic
    After Promotion:  Anima Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 5)
    HP:  19            Def:  4
    Mgk:  7            MDf:  7
    Skl:  6            Mov:  5
    Spd: 11            Con:  3
    Luc: 10            Rsc:  2
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +3            Def: +3
    Mgk: +1            MDf: +3
    Skl: +1            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  C             Luc: B
    Mgk: B             Def: F
    Skl: A             MDf: A
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Sage Lv 20)
    HP:  39            Def: 10
    Mgk: 25            MDf: 25
    Skl: 27            Luc: 26
    Spd: 26
  Supporting Characters
    Jaffar(25), Erk, Florina, Canas, Rebecca, Legault, Merlinus
  Comments
    10/10
    She joins pretty late, but this is the BEST Mage you'll ever have.  She has
    higher magic, skill, speed, luck, and magic defense than most of the
    spellcasters.  It will take effort to get her promoted and up to par, but
    it's definitely worth it.  She'll kick the crap out of any enemy and can
    take out most bosses as well.  Always have her in your team.  Always.

38. Jaffar ジャファル
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 26 Side Story, start of battle
    Hector Route: Ch 28 Side Story, start of battle
    To get Jaffar you must, in Eliwood Route Ch 26 (Hector Route Ch 28):
      -have Nino speak to him
      -have him survive
  Class: Assassin
  Usable Weapons: Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 13)
    HP:  34            Def: 15
    Str: 19            MDf: 11
    Skl: 25            Mov:  6
    Spd: 24            Con:  8
    Luc: 10            Rsc:  7
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: F
    Str: D             Def: D
    Skl: C             MDf: D
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Assassin Lv 20)
    HP:  38            Def: 17
    Str: 20            MDf: 13
    Skl: 26            Luc: 11
    Spd: 26
  Supporting Characters
    Nino(25), Legault(5), Matthew
  Comments
    10/10
    His stats don't grow much, but it doesn't matter because they're almost
    at their maximum already anyway.  Jaffar's main selling point is that it
    doesn't take much effort to strengthen him because his stats start out
    so high.  Players new to the game might like that, but for me it's less fun
    than building up Matthew or Legault.  But I gave him a 10 because you have
    to admit that Jaffar is indeed an immensely useful unit to have.

39. Vaida ヴァイダ
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 27, speak with Eliwood (if not killed in Ch 24)
    Hector Route: Ch 29, speak with Hector (if not killed in Ch 26)
  Class: Wyvern Lord
  Usable Weapons: Spear, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 9)
    HP:  43            Def: 21
    Str: 20            MDf:  6
    Skl: 19            Mov:  8
    Spd: 13            Con: 12
    Luc: 11            Rsc:  8
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  C             Luc: C
    Str: B             Def: B
    Skl: F             MDf: F
    Spd: D
  Stat Expectations (Wyvern Lord Lv 20)
    HP:  50            Def: 24
    Str: 24            MDf:  8
    Skl: 21            Luc: 13
    Spd: 16
  Supporting Characters
    Heath, Harken, Karla, Wallace, Dorcas, Canas, Merlinus
  Comments
    8/10
    Basically, she's your emergency Wyvern Rider if you didn't build up Heath.
    Still, her strength and defense are fairly high, so you can use her up
    front as soon as you get her.  I use both Heath and Vaida because they can
    support each other, boosting up their stats.  She'll also do fine alone,
    however.

40. Renault レナ−ト
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 30, visit topmost village
    Hector Route: Ch 32, visit topmost village
  Class: Bishop
  Usable Weapons: Light Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 16)
    HP:  43            Def: 15
    Mgk: 12            MDf: 18
    Skl: 22            Mov:  6
    Spd: 20            Con:  9
    Luc: 10            Rsc:  8
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Mgk: C             Def: D
    Skl: C             MDf: C
    Spd: C
  Stat Expectations (Bishop Lv 20)
    HP:  44            Def: 16
    Mgk: 13            MDf: 19
    Skl: 23            Luc: 10
    Spd: 21
  Supporting Characters
    Lucius, Canas, Isadora, Wallace, Bartre
  Comments
    6/10
    Pretty sad stats for a promoted Lv 16 Bishop.  However, you should get him
    because he's carrying the Light Magic spell Divine, and the Reserve staff,
    which can heal multiple targets at once.  He's useless in a fight because
    his magic is much too low.  Stick to Lucius and Serra for Bishops.  Even if
    you didn't build up Lucius and Serra, you'll soon get Athos, so don't
    bother using Renault.

41. Farina ファリナ
  Joins at
    Hector Route: Ch 25, pay 20000G when she speaks to Hector
  Class: Pegasus Knight >> Falcon Knight
  Usable Weapons
    Before Promotion: Spear
    After Promotion:  Spear, Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 12)
    HP:  24            Def: 10
    Str: 10            MDf: 12
    Skl: 13            Mov:  7
    Spd: 14            Con:  5
    Luc: 10            Rsc: 15
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +5            Def: +2
    Str: +2            MDf: +2
    Skl: +0            Mov: +1
    Spd: +0            Con: +1
    Luc: +0            Rsc: -1
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: B
    Str: B             Def: C
    Skl: B             MDf: C
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Falcon Knight Lv 20)
    HP:  49            Def: 19
    Str: 23            MDf: 23
    Skl: 24            Luc: 23
    Spd: 26
  Supporting Characters
    Hector, Fiora(30), Florina(35), Kent, Karla, Dart, Dorcas
  Comments
    10/10
    She's worth the fortune you have to spend to obtain her.  She has the
    highest attack of the three Pegasus Knights, and pretty decent defense as
    well.  You can send her right up front (as long as there aren't any
    Archers) and have her plow through enemies.  You can finally use the
    Pegasus Knight group attack when you get Farina ;)

42. Karla カアラ
  Joins at
    Hector Route: Ch 31 Side Story (see IV. Additional Information)
  Class: Swordmaster
  Usable Weapons: Sword
  Initial Statistics (Lv 5)
    HP:  29            Def: 11
    Str: 14            MDf: 12
    Skl: 21            Mov:  6
    Spd: 18            Con:  7
    Luc: 16            Rsc:  6
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  B             Luc: D
    Str: D             Def: F
    Skl: B             MDf: F
    Spd: B
  Stat Expectations (Paladin Lv 20)
    HP:  38            Def: 12
    Str: 17            MDf: 15
    Skl: 27            Luc: 22
    Spd: 27
  Supporting Characters
    Bartre(5), Karel(25), Farina, Vaida
  Comments
    8/10
    Pretty much the same as Karel.  Sometimes Karel will have higher stats, and
    at other times, Karla's will be higher.  You'll have to level her up a bit
    before using her because she joins so late at a low level.  Karla is also
    arguably the hardest character to find.

43. Athos アトス
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Last Chapter, start of battle
    Hector Route: Last Chapter, start of battle
  Class: Archsage
  Usable Weapons: Anima Magic, Light Magic, Dark Magic, Staff
  Initial Statistics (Lv 20)
    HP:  40            Def: 20
    Mgk: 30            MDf: 30
    Skl: 24            Mov:  6
    Spd: 20            Con:  9
    Luc: 25            Rsc:  8
  Promotion Stat Additions
    (already promoted)
  Stat Growth Rate
    (None of his stats increase because he's already at Lv 20.)
  Stat Expectations (Archsage Lv 20)
    (Already at Lv 20)
  Supporting Characters: None
  Comments
    8/10
    Many say that he makes the final battle too easy with his demonic stats and
    ability to use all types of magic at S level.  But no character is perfect;
    Athos' HP and defense are pretty low, so he'll get killed fairly easily,
    especially with all the powerful enemies in the Last Chapter.  So have him
    attack with his spells from a distance that doesn't allow enemy
    retaliation.

Extra: Merlinus マリナス
  Joins at
    Eliwood Route: Ch 14, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 13 Side Story)
    Hector Route: Ch 14, start of battle (if not killed in Ch 13 Side Story)
  Class: Transporter >> Trasporter (mobile)
  Usable Weapons: None
  Initial Statistics (Lv 5)
    HP:  18            Def:  5
    Str:  0            MDf:  2
    Skl:  4            Mov:  0
    Spd:  5            Con: 25
    Luc: 12            Rsc: 24
  Promotion Stat Additions
    HP:  +0            Def: +0
    Str: +0            MDf: +0
    Skl: +0            Mov: +5
    Spd: +0            Con: +0
    Luc: +0            Rsc: +0
  Stat Growth Rate
    HP:  A                   Luc: A
    Str: (never increases)   Def: C
    Skl: A                   MDf: F
    Spd: A
  Stat Expectations (Transporter Lv 9)
    HP:  45            Def: 11
    Str:  0            MDf:  5
    Skl: 20            Luc: 30
    Spd: 20
    (Level 9 is the highest he'll ever reach.)
  Supporting Characters
    Nino, Vaida, Marcus
  Comments
    --/--
    I can't really rate him because he's not a fighting character.  But,
    Merlinus is essential.  There is no way you can get all the items you need
    without Merlinus to take care of them for you.  His evasion is unusally high
    so you don't really need to leave anyone to guard him.  Also, if you missed
    the Chapter 13 Side Story, he'll join automatically in Chapter 16 (Hector
    Route Chapter 17).  I never knew that he had supporting characters until
    I noticed one day that he had a support conversation with Nino.


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------------------------- IV. Additional Information --------------------------
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This is some additional information that wouldn't fit in the character guide
above.  Here are some specifics on how to obtain certain characters, stat
maxes, and some other tidbits as well.

1. Promotion Requirements
2. Promotion Bonuses
3. Maximum Statistics
4. Nils and Ninian
5. Wallace and Geitz
6. Karel and Harken
7. Karla
8. The Pegasus Knight Group Attack
9. Support Conversations

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                           1. Promotion Requirements
                           _________________________

Here's a quick list of each class' promotion requirements, so it wouldn't take
up space in the Characters section.

Update 1/21/04  Thanks to Nightshade_013 for correcting me on the English names
                for the items.

Lord ロード
  Blade Lord ブレイドロード
  Lord Knight ロードナイト         Use Heaven Seal after Lv 10
  Great Lord グレイトロード

Cavalier ソシアルナイト
  Paladin パラディン               Use Knight's Medal/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Knight アーマーナイト
  General ジェネラル               Use Knight's Medal/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Pegasus Knight ペガサスナイト
  Falcon Knight ファルコンナイト     Use Sky Whip/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Wyvern Rider ドラゴンナイト
  Wyvern Lord ドラゴンマスター       Use Sky Whip/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Fighter 戦士
  Warrior ウォーリア               Use Hero's Crest/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Mercenary 傭兵
  Hero 勇者                     Use Hero's Crest/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Myrmidon 剣士
  Swordmaster ソードマスター        Use Hero's Crest/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Archer アーチャー
  Sniper スナイパー                Use Orion's Bolt/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Nomad 遊牧民
  Nomadic Trooper 遊牧騎兵      Use Orion's Bolt/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Mage 魔道士
  Sage 賢者                     Use Guiding Ring/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Cleric/Monk シスター/修道士
  Bishop 司祭                   Use Guiding Ring/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Shaman シャーマン
  Druid ドルイド                  Use Guiding Ring/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Troubadour トルバドール
  Valkyrie ヴァルキュリア           Use Guiding Ring/Earth Seal after Lv 10

Pirate 海賊
  Berserker 狂戦士              Use Ocean Seal after Lv 10

Thief 盗賊
  Assassin アサシン               Use Fell Contract after Lv 10

Bard/Dancer バード/踊り子        (Cannot be promoted.)

Archsage 大賢者                 (Cannot be promoted.)

Transporter 輸送隊              Automatically changes at Lv 20

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                              2. Promotion Bonuses
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Some classes have special bonuses after they're promoted.

Swordmaster: Critical + 15%
Berserker: Critical +15%
Assassin: Critical hits have a 25% chance of causing instant death

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                             3. Maximum Statistics
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This is a list of all the class' stat maxes.  Note that characters can reach
max stats only after promotion.  Also, these are the ABSOLUTE maximum stats.
Characters will not necessarily reach these numbers.  In fact, it is probably
impossible to max out every stat on a character even with the aid of items.
This is taken from Nintendo Dream's Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken guidebook.

Update: 7/26/03 Thanks to WChan for pointing out some typos I overlooked.

Update: 8/2/03 Thanks to gamersara, Dark Gaia, and Dark Koji for pointing out 
               and giving me Bard/Dancer maximum Str/Skl stat info.

Blade Lord
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 24            Def: 22
    Skl: 29            MDf: 22
    Spd: 30

Lord Knight
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 27            Def: 23
    Skl: 26            MDf: 25
    Spd: 24

Great Lord
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 30            Def: 29
    Skl: 24            MDf: 20
    Spd: 24

Paladin (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 25            Def: 25
    Skl: 26            MDf: 25
    Spd: 24

Paladin (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 22            Def: 23
    Skl: 28            MDf: 26
    Spd: 26

Falcon Knight
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 23            Def: 23
    Skl: 25            MDf: 26
    Spd: 28

Sniper (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 25            Def: 25
    Skl: 30            MDf: 23
    Spd: 29

Sniper (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 24            Def: 24
    Skl: 30            MDf: 24
    Spd: 29

Warrior
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 30            Def: 26
    Skl: 28            MDf: 22
    Spd: 26

Bishop (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 25            Def: 22
    Skl: 26            MDf: 30
    Spd: 24

Bishop (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 25            Def: 21
    Skl: 25            MDf: 30
    Spd: 26

Sage (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 28            Def: 21
    Skl: 30            MDf: 25
    Spd: 26

Sage (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 30            Def: 21
    Skl: 28            MDf: 25
    Spd: 26

Nomadic Trooper
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 25            Def: 24
    Skl: 28            MDf: 23
    Spd: 30

Assassin
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 20            Def: 20
    Skl: 30            MDf: 20
    Spd: 30

Bard/Dancer
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 10            Def: 24
    Skl: 10            MDf: 26
    Spd: 30

General
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 29            Def: 30
    Skl: 27            MDf: 25
    Spd: 24

Swordmaster (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 24            Def: 22
    Skl: 29            MDf: 23
    Spd: 30

Swordmaster (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 22            Def: 22
    Skl: 29            MDf: 25
    Spd: 30

Valkyrie
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 25            Def: 24
    Skl: 24            MDf: 28
    Spd: 25

Hero
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 25            Def: 25
    Skl: 30            MDf: 22
    Spd: 26

Druid
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 29            Def: 21
    Skl: 26            MDf: 28
    Spd: 26

Berserker
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 30            Def: 23
    Skl: 29            MDf: 21
    Spd: 28

Wyvern Lord (Male)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 27            Def: 28
    Skl: 25            MDf: 22
    Spd: 23

Wyvern Lord (Female)
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 25            Def: 27
    Skl: 26            MDf: 23
    Spd: 24

Archsage
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Mgk: 30            Def: 20
    Skl: 30            MDf: 30
    Spd: 25

Transporter
    HP:  60            Luc: 30
    Str: 20            Def: 20
    Skl: 20            MDf: 20
    Spd: 20

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                               4. Nils and Ninian
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These two can be viewed as a single character.  Here's why:
When Nils leaves your team in Ch 10, his stats are kept in the game's memory.
Then, when Ninian joins your team later in the game, she'll have the same stats
that Nils ended up with.  Ninian will also eventually leave your army (forgot
when...), and her stats are kept in the game's memory.  When Nils rejoins your
team, he'll have the same stats that Ninian ended up with when she left.  So
they're basically one character, joining, leaving and rejoining at various
points in the game.

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                              5. Wallace and Geitz
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In Eliwood Route Ch 23 (Hector Route Ch 24), there are two different maps, one
where the boss is Lloyd, and one where the boss is Linus.  Wallace will join
you only in the Lloyd map, and Geitz will join you only in the Linus map.  You
can only play one of the maps, so you can't obtain both characters.
Here's what determines which map you play.

At the end of Eliwood Route Ch 22 Side Story (or Ch 22 if you missed the Side
Story), or Hector Route Ch 23 Side Story (or Ch 23, likewise):

If the sum of Lyn's, Eliwood's, and Hector's levels is 50 or greater, you'll
play the Linus map.

If the sum is 49 or less, you'll play the Lloyd map.

This is adopted from Nintendo Dream's Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken guidebook.

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                               6. Karel and Harken
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This is another choice you have to make.
Eliwood Route Ch 25 (Hector Route Ch 27) also has two different maps, one where
the boss is Kenneth, and one where the boss is Jerme.  You also only can play
one of them.  These maps are where you obtain Karel and Harken, but you can only
obtain one.  Unlike Wallace and Geitz, you can obtain Karel or Harken in either
map, but the conditions you have to fulfill differ according to which map you
play.
First off, here is what determines which map you play.

At the end of Eliwood Route Ch 24 (Hector Route Ch 26):

If the sum of the levels GAINED (NOT the sum of the levels themselves!) by all
of your Mages, Clerics, Monks, Shamans, and Troubadours is greater than the sum
of the levels gained by your Fighters, Myrmidons, and Mercenaries, you will
play the Kenneth map.

If it is the opposite, you will play the Jerme map.  (I'm not sure what happens
if they're equal.)

As I said, you can choose between Karel and Harken regardless of which map
you're playing, but the conditions vary with each map.

For the Kenneth map:
  Defeat more than 3 promoted enemies (eg. Bishops, Generals, etc) by the 9th
  turn to obtain Karel.
  If you defeat less than 3 promoted enemies by the 9th turn, you get Harken.

For the Jerme map:
  If you open more than 4 doors by the 9th turn, you obtain Karel.
  Open less than 4 doors by the 9th turn to get Harken.

Choose whichever one you like :)

This is adopted from Nintendo Dream's Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken guidebook.

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                                   7. Karla
                                   ________

Karla is even more complicated.
You can only get Karla in the Hector Route (Ch 31 Side Story).  The map itself
is very easy, all you have to do is "shop till you drop," but if you want to
obtain Karla, things get difficult.

First, to even get her to appear, you have bring along Bartre.  Bartre has to
be promoted to Warrior AND be above Lv 5.  This shouldn't be a problem.  After
this comes the hard part.

Next, have Bartre speak to Karla.  A battle between Bartre and Karla will
ensue.  To obtain Karla, BOTH Bartre and Karla have to survive 1 turn of
combat.  Karla is carrying a deadly sword which has a frighteningly high
critical hit rate, and her accuracy is also high, so Bartre should be well
above Lv 5 to survive.  Equip Bartre with a bow so that he won't accidentally
kill Karla.  If Bartre has a lot of HP, and if you're lucky, both will survive
and Karla will join your team.

You only have 5 turns to finish your shopping AND get Karla to join, so move
quickly!

This is adopted from Nintendo Dream's Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken guidebook.

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                       8. The Pegasus Knight Group Attack
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The three Pegasus Knight sisters (Florina, Farina, Fiora) have a special group
attack that you can use once you have all three of them.  Consequently, you
can only use their group attack in the Hector Route.

To unleash this attack, have the three Pegasus Knights surround a single enemy,
like this:

P = Pegasus Knight  E = Enemy

          P
         PEP

Next, have one of them attack.  That's it.  They'll perform a cool move with a
special animation sequence.  It doesn't only look good, either; this attack
ALWAYS has 100 accuracy and 100 critical hit rate!

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                           9. Support Conversations
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Support conversations boost characters' stats when the supporting characters
are within 3 blocks of each other.

You'll notice that each character belongs to a certain element: 
Fire          炎
Lightning     雷
Wind          風
Ice           氷
Dark          闇
Light         光
Nonelemental  理

The elements of the characters supporting each other determine which stats get
bonuses and how much they increase.


Here's a chart, taken from かわき茶亭 Kawaki Chatei http://www.pegasusknight.com:

Just look for the combination of elements of your two characters to see what
bonuses they get.

Damage is the amount of damage the character does
Defense is the amount of damage the character can resist from an enemy attack
Accuracy is the character's hit rate
Evasion is the chance of the character to dodge oncoming attacks
Critical is the character's critical hit rate

Blank spaces indicate a zero.

F=Fire   L=Lightning   W=Wind   I=Ice   D=Dark   G=Light   N=Nonelemental

Char 1's  Char 2's  Support   Damage   Def       Skl        Evasion   Critical
Element   Element   Level     Bonus    Bonus     Bonus(%)   Bonus(%)  Bonus(%)
F         F         C         +1                 +5         +5        +5
F         F         B         +2                 +10        +10       +10
F         F         A         +3                 +15        +15       +15
F         L         C         +0.5     +0.5      +2.5       +5        +5
F         L         B         +1       +1        +5         +10       +10
F         L         A         +1.5     +1.5      +7.5       +15       +15
F         W         C         +1                 +5         +2.5      +5
F         W         B         +2                 +10        +5        +10
F         W         A         +3                 +15        +7.5      +15
F         I         C         +0.5     +0.5      +5         +5        +2.5
F         I         B         +1       +1        +10        +10       +5
F         I         A         +1.5     +1.5      +15        +15       +7.5
F         D         C         +0.5     +5        +5         +5        +2.5
F         D         B         +1       +10       +10        +10       +5
F         D         A         +1.5     +15       +15        +15       +7.5
F         G         C         +1       +0.5      +5         +2.5      +5
F         G         B         +2       +1        +10        +5        +10
F         G         A         +3       +1.5      +15        +7.5      +15
F         N         C         +1       +0.5      +2.5       +5        +2.5
F         N         B         +2       +1        +5         +10       +5
F         N         A         +3       +1.5      +7.5       +15       +7.5
L         L         C                  +1                   +5        +5
L         L         B                  +2                   +10       +10
L         L         A                  +3                   +15       +15
L         W         C         +0.5     +0.5      +2.5       +2.5      +5
L         W         B         +1       +1        +5         +5        +10
L         W         A         +1.5     +1.5      +7.5       +7.5      +15
L         I         C                  +1        +2.5       +5        +2.5
L         I         B                  +2        +5         +10       +5
L         I         A                  +3        +7.5       +15       +7.5

Char 1's  Char 2's  Support   Damage   Defense   Accuracy        Evasion   Critical
Element   Element   Level     Bonus    Bonus     Bonus(%)   Bonus(%)  Bonus(%)
L         D         C                  +0.5      +2.5       +5        +5
L         D         B                  +1        +5         +10       +10
L         D         A                  +1.5      +7.5       +15       +15
L         G         C         +0.5     +1        +2.5       +2.5      +5
L         G         B         +1       +2        +5         +5        +10
L         G         A         +1.5     +3        +7.5       +7.5      +15
L         N         C         +0.5     +1                   +5        +2.5
L         N         B         +1       +2                   +10       +5
L         N         A         +1.5     +3                   +15       +7.5
W         W         C         +1                 +5                   +5
W         W         B         +2                 +10                  +10
W         W         A         +3                 +15                  +15
W         I         C         +0.5     +0.5      +5         +2.5      +2.5
W         I         B         +1       +1        +10        +5        +5
W         I         A         +1.5     +1.5      +15        +7.5      +7.5
W         D         C         +0.5               +5         +2.5      +5
W         D         B         +1                 +10        +5        +10
W         D         A         +1.5               +15        +7.5      +15
W         G         C         +1       +0.5      +5                   +5
W         G         B         +2       +1        +10                  +10
W         G         A         +3       +1.5      +15                  +15
W         N         C         +1       +0.5      +2.5       +2.5      +2.5
W         N         B         +2       +1        +5         +5        +5
W         N         A         +3       +1.5      +7.5       +7.5      +7.5
I         I         C                  +1        +5         +5
I         I         B                  +2        +10        +10
I         I         A                  +3        +15        +15
I         D         C                  +0.5      +5         +5        +2.5
I         D         B                  +1        +10        +10       +5 
I         D         A                  +1.5      +15        +15       +7.5

Char 1's  Char 2's  Support   Damage   Defense   Accuracy   Evasion   Critical
Element   Element   Level     Bonus    Bonus     Bonus(%)   Bonus(%)  Bonus(%)
I         G         C         +0.5     +1        +5         +2.5      +2.5
I         G         B         +1       +2        +10        +5        +5 
I         G         A         +1.5     +3        +15        +7.5      +7.5
I         N         C         +0.5     +1        +2.5       +5
I         N         B         +1       +2        +5         +10
I         N         A         +1.5     +3        +7.5       +15
D         G         C         +0.5     +0.5      +5         +2.5      +5
D         G         B         +1       +1        +10        +5        +10
D         G         A         +1.5     +1.5      +15        +7.5      +15
D         N         C         +0.5     +0.5      +2.5       +5        +2.5
D         N         B         +1       +1        +5         +10       +5
D         N         A         +1.5     +1.5      +7.5       +15       +7.5
G         G         C         +1       +1        +5                   +5
G         G         B         +2       +2        +10                  +10
G         G         A         +3       +3        +15                  +15
G         N         C         +1       +1        +2.5       +2.5      +2.5
G         N         B         +2       +2        +5         +5        +5
G         N         A         +3       +3        +7.5       +7.5      +7.5
N         N         C         +1       +1                   +5
N         N         B         +2       +2                   +10 
N         N         A         +3       +3                   +15


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CJayC: Obviously...

Nintendo/Intelligent Systems: For this game!

Nintendo Dream: Where it's credited, that's where I used the guidebook.

かわき茶亭 Kawaki Chatei (http://www.pegasusknight.com): I don't know where they
get their facts, but it's amazing.  I really have to credit them for that and
thank them for allowing me to use their knowledge.

People who help me out by providing corrections and comments: Thanks!

Me: For creating this guide ;)

You: If this has been useful to you, then I'm happy.


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I had to create a whole new section on this because my email inbox is getting
flooded with email I don't want.  I do have a life, and I don't want to waste
time dealing with pointless email.

Feel free to contact me with questions/comments at
  email and MSN:  firelizard98@hotmail.com

But please don't do the following.  I will not respond to emails like these.
  -Don't email me with questions about beating the game.  There are message
   boards with lots of friendly people you can ask.  It takes less time to get
   a response that way, and my inbox doesn't get cluttered, which makes both
   you and me happier.  There are also some Walkthroughs posted in the FAQs
   section, so they are also useful for reference.
  -Don't ask me questions that are answered in my FAQs or in any other FAQs 
   on the same game.  It just makes sense.  In fact, Juigi Kario has put up a
   nicely done FAQ on general game questions and the history of Fire Emblem.
   Newcomers should look there first.  Dark Koji has a very good Character
   Guide, so please look there too.
  -I am fluent only in English and Japanese.  Don't send me emails in French,
   Korean, Chinese, Martian, or in any language other than English/Japanese. I
   will not answer emails that I can't read in the first place.
  -Flaming.  Pretty self explanatory.  Don't do it.
  -Don't send me false information.  It won't be tolerated, whether it is
   intentional or not.
  -Chain letters.  Don't even think about sending me them.
  -Please don't send me anything over 400KB, either.
  -By the way, Roy and Marth are NOT in this game, so don't bother asking me.
   (I'm serious here, I've gotten questions like this.)
  -As you can see, the English names are now fixed, so I trust that I won't
   have to deal with any more "The names are misspelled" complaints.
  -BOTTOM LINE: GO TO THE MESSAGE BOARDS AND READ OTHER FAQS BEFORE EMAILING ME
   WITH QUESTIONS.

You are welcome to email me about the following.
  -Corrections (make sure your corrections are correct).  I make mistakes too.
   But don't email me with spelling or grammatical mistakes, unless they're so
   bad it's illegible.
  -CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and suggestions on how I can improve my FAQ are
   welcome.  I'm still new to this and know that I have lots of things I can
   reform that I am unaware of.
  -Clarification on something that is unclear in my FAQs is welcome.  That will
   help me make something that is not clear more so for future viewers.
  -I've had a few people ask for my opinions on certain matters, but that
   generally is okay.

Okay?


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Copyright 2003-2004 by FireLizard.  All rights reserved.

This guide may not be reproduced in whole or in part under any circumstances
except for private use.  It may not be distributed publicly in ANY FORM without
prior written permission from me.  Use of this guide on any other web site or
as a part of any public display is strictly prohibited, and a violation of 
copyright.

All trademarks and copyrights in this document belong to their respective
owners.

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