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“Yes, sire. Princess Elice bade us protect you.”
—Abel to Marth in Shadow Dragon.

Abel is a playable character from the Archanea Series of Fire Emblem and a boss character in the spin-off, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. Alongside his boon companion Cain, Abel is a cavalier of Altea who is also known under the alias of the "Panther".

Profile[]

War of Shadows[]

Chronologically, Abel makes his first appearance in Prologue II of Shadow Dragon, where, under the orders of Elice, he and Frey assists Marth in escaping through the gates of Altea Castle. Thereafter joining up with Jagen and later Cain, Gordin and Norne, the small squadron of retainers manage to succeed in assisting Marth in fleeing Altea and taking up refuge in Talys. Should Abel be selected to act as the decoy of Marth in Prologue IV, he will thus not be available to assist his liege in bringing the War of Shadows to an end. Canonically, Abel is not selected to be the sacrifice, and after the War of Darkness concludes, he retires from his knighthood and, after marrying Est of the Macedonian Pegasus Sisters, sets up a shop with her.

War of Heroes[]

During the events of Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, Abel returns in Chapter 15, where it is revealed that the Archanean Empire has taken Est hostage, forcing him to take up arms against Marth's army against his will. Should Marth or Est be directed to speak to him, he will defect to Marth's army and thereafter aid his liege in bringing the War of Heroes to an end. After the war concludes, Abel leaves to search for Est, who makes the decision to leave him in her ending.

Tokyo Mirage Session #FE[]

Abel appears as a corrupted Dark Knight Mirage during Touma's third side story in Illusory 106. He kidnapped Riku Suzumoto in order to lure Cain and defeat him, and proving to be his better by doing so. After being defeated and freed by Itsuki and Touma, he apologises for his behavior and becomes Riku's Mirage as a way of redemption.

Personality[]

Like a majority of the cast appearing in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem, Abel's character is not very well developed. Nevertheless, it is possible to deduce several points about his personality based on the few interactions that he has. Similar to many other knight characters in the aforementioned games, Abel is devoutly loyal to the liege that he serves, willing to sacrifice himself in the line of duty. This does not, however, deter him from attaining emotional fulfilment, as he opts to wed Est after the War of Darkness instead of continuing to serve Marth as a knight.

Abel's love for Est is evidently very strong, to the point where he is willing to betray his country in order to preserve her life, a fact that is proven through his actions in Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. This is further expounded on through his base conversations with Est in New Mystery of the Emblem, where he constantly expresses concern over her well-being, desiring nothing more than to be able to share in any burdens that she shoulders. Adding on to this is the fact that Abel has tried to befriend Est's pegasus steed under the belief that it is a necessary prerequisite to marry her, although all his attempts have ended in failure.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Cavalier 1 Altea Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE1 Cavalier Map Sprite.gif Cavalier
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
11867727069
WeaponStarting Items
Lance
Sword
Javelin
Iron Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
70% 40% 50% 50% 40% 70% 20% 0%

Promotion[]

Item Required Promoted Class
Knight Crest FE1 Paladin Map Sprite.gif Paladin

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Cavalier 1 Altea Automatically from the start.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Paladin 15 Archanea Starts out as an enemy; speak to him with Marth or Est.

Base Stats[]

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
70% 40% 50% 50% 40% 70% 20% 3%

Promotion Gains[]

Note: Relevant to Book 1 only.

Item Required Promoted Class
Knight Crest (FE3).pngKnight Crest FE3 Paladin Map Sprite.gif Paladin
1 +2 +3 +3 +2 +6 Varies +1

Support Relationships[]

Supports
Character Bonus
Est 10%
Palla 10%
Supported by
Character Bonus
Est 10%

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork).png
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Book 1 of Mystery of the Emblem, Abel is one of the best units available. His stats, though not absurdly high in any category, are good enough at base level for him to perform most combat duties, and his class of Cavalier is excellent, providing him with sword and lance access and high mobility. Abel is around for the entire game and has rather good growths, meaning he tends to blossom effectively throughout the course of a playthrough. With a Weapon Level of 6, Abel is one point away on a 70% growth from being able to use the Silver Lance, which makes him a very strong attacker. Once promoted, he will be more or less set for the rest of the game. Book 1 gives him some downgrades due to the presence of dismounting (which cancels out his promotion bonus), but his overall statline is good enough even then to carry him in indoor chapters. Abel can largely be used interchangeably with Cain, though his higher Weapon Level gives him a slight edge over his fellow cavalier.

Book 2's Abel is a considerably different unit, joining somewhat late in the game as a prepromoted Paladin. This tends to put him on a poor footing next to units that have been around for the entire game, especially due to the Astral Shards and Starsphere allowing earlier characters to max themselves out easily. However, his statline is good enough to function effectively at that point, and he can make use of the Starsphere himself. While not an excellent unit, he functions decently as a filler character, particularly in outdoor chapters.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Cavalier Prologue II Altea Automatically from the start.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Cavalier 1 Altea Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE11 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalier
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
12060772709
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - E
FE12 Lance.pngLance - D
FE11javelin.pngJavelin
FE11ironsword.pngIron Sword

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal FE11 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
1 +4 +2 +1 +3 +1 +1 +6 +1
Weapon Levels
FE12 Lance.pngLance +30

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes
-

Growth Rates[]

Default
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
65% 40% 0% 50% 50% 25% 20% 0%
Reclassing Options

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 35% 0% 45% 65% 25% 15% 5%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
65% 35% 0% 45% 70% 25% 15% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 35% 0% 45% 65% 25% 10% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
45% 15% 35% 45% 55% 25% 0% 15%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
45% 10% 15% 40% 60% 25% 0% 35%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
45% 10% 25% 45% 60% 25% 0% 25%

Support Relationships[]

Supports
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Cain 0 5 10 16
Palla 0 5 11 35
Est 0 4 6 35

Supported by

Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Marth 0 5 9 14
Est 0 5 7 16
Palla 0 5 11 35
Cain 0 5 7 35
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • Support levels that require 35 chapters cannot be reached normally
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork).png
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

In the changeover to the DS, Abel suffers somewhat due to the increased overall difficulty of Shadow Dragon, with his once-great statline now being more mediocre. That said, Abel is still one of the most reliable units, due to him boasting a number of helpful traits. He maintains his excellent availability and his cavalier access in the early game, and though he is not one of your fastest units, his base Speed is high enough that he can double on lower difficulties and avoid doubling on higher ones. While not tanky, he can survive hits with relative safety due to his good Defense and HP, though his Luck is low enough that he may face small crit chances.

Abel's main advantage, though, is combining that high availability and workable base stats with his lance rank of D. This means Abel can use javelins at base level, allowing him to chip enemies down at range if they are too powerful for him to face, and more importantly, it allows him to use the Ridersbane lance after a few chapters. A forged Ridersbane will allow Abel to kill enemy cavaliers with ease, making him a highly effective attacker. Due to his class set, Abel can also reclass into a Dracoknight, giving him flight capability after promotion while maintaining most of his good qualities.

In general, Abel is a well-rounded unit, who tends to stay useful for the entire game. Other characters surpass him, but he is rarely ever bad to deploy.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Abel Paladin 15 Archanea Starts out as an enemy; speak to him with Marth or Est.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FEDS Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1321311415714610
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - D
FE12 Lance.pngLance - B
FE11ridersbane.pngRidersbane

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes
-
-
-
-
-
-

Growth Rates[]

Default
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 60% 0% 60% 60% 40% 40% 5%
Reclassing Options

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 55% 0% 55% 75% 40% 35% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 55% 0% 55% 80% 40% 35% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 55% 0% 55% 80% 40% 30% 5%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 30% 20% 55% 70% 40% 10% 30%

Support Relationships[]

Supports
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Palla None 3 6 10
Cain None 0 3 7
Est 1, 2, 3 0 3 7

Supported by

Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Kris 1, 2, 3 3 6 -
Marth None 0 3 7
Est 1,2,3 0 3 7
Cain None 3 6 10
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • A hyphen (-) indicates the support level cannot be reached
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

Support Conversations[]

Number Importance Name Chapters Needed Reward
235 * Abel and Kris 1 2 -
236 * Abel and Kris 2 4 -
237 * Abel and Kris 3 6 SkillBond.pngSkill Bond
310 * Abel and Est 1 2 -
311 * Abel and Est 2 4 -
312 * Abel and Est 3 6 Speed Bond.pngSpeed Bond
  • To obtain the conversations, characters must participate in chapters together
  • The requirements for unlocking support conversations are separate from the support bonus system


Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork).png
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.

Abel's New Mystery of the Emblem incarnation takes the flaws of his Book 2 incarnation and ratchets them up considerably. His join time is worryingly late, and though he does boast a good lance rank, that is largely it for his positives, with his stats being extremely mediocre. By this point, the player is likely to have many characters who surpass Abel in every category, and his performance against enemies in his join chapter ranges from unimpressive to suicidal, depending on difficulty. Abel's growths are sufficient that something can be done with him, but he offers very little. Even his high lance rank is barely notable at that point. In general, he tends to be filler at best and a joke at worst.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Cain's rival from the Fire Emblem world, becomes Riku's Mirage as thanks for saving him

Boss Stats[]

Starting Class
TMS Cavalier icon.png Dark Knight
LevelHPEPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes
44?????????
GIR Sword Icon.pngGIR Lance Icon.pngGIR Axe Icon.pngGIR Bow Icon.pngGIR Fire Icon.pngGIR Ice Icon.pngGIR Electricity Icon.pngGIR Force Icon.pngGIR Light Icon.pngGIR Dark Icon.png
Resist--Weak--Weak------NullNull
SkillsItems
CommandSessionPassive--
GIR Lance Icon.png Assault Dive
GIR Dark Icon.png Poison Breath
GIR Support Icon.png Panther Roar
GIR Support Icon.png Seize the meddlers!
GIR Support Icon.png Charge
GIR Lance Icon.png Espada
----

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

The Panther
Altean cavalier known for his sensibility. Rode with Cain in service of Marth. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:

✯✯✯
Heroes Abel Sprite (3*).pngTitle
The Panther
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
32/35/38
5/6/7
26/29/32
6/7/8
25/28/31
6/7/8
19/22/25
4/5/6
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel LanceFEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯
Abel Heroes Booyah.pngTitle
The Panther
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
33/36/39
5/6/7
27/30/33
7/8/9
27/30/33
7/8/9
21/24/27
4/5/6
20/23/26
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Brave Lance
FEH skill special.png Holy Vestments
FEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯✯
Abel Heroes Booyah.pngTitle
The Panther
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
35/39/42
6/7/8
30/33/36
7/8/9
29/32/35
7/8/9
22/25/28
5/6/7
22/25/29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Brave Lance+
FEH skill special.png Holy Vestments
FEH Lance.png Lance

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Lance---
Steel Lance-FEH Star Rarity 3.png-
Brave LanceSteel LanceFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Brave Lance+Brave LanceFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
Panther Lance--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngHoly Vestments-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
AegisHoly Vestments-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH HP +3.png HP +3-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH HP +4.png HP +4FEH HP +3.png HP +3FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH HP +5.png HP +5FEH HP +4.png HP +4FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Swordbreaker 1.png Swordbreaker 1--
FEH Swordbreaker 2.png Swordbreaker 2FEH Swordbreaker 1.png Swordbreaker 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Swordbreaker 3.png Swordbreaker 3FEH Swordbreaker 2.png Swordbreaker 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png


Quotes[]

Heroes[]

Abel/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Mystery of the Emblem[]

Book 1[]

Altea Knight
"He retired from the army to start a small shop. Recently there have been rumours of his upcoming wedding…"

Book 2[]

Altea Knight
"After the war, he left the country to find Est and afterwards he was not seen again."
(If Est died)
"Saddened by the loss of Est, he left Altea and afterwards he was not seen again."

Shadow Dragon[]

Altea's Shield
"Abel left the army and opened a small shop. He was to be married; but in the end his fellow knights were his most steadfast companions."

New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Altea's Shield
"After the war, Abel left the kingdom to search for the missing Est. He was never seen again."

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Anime[]

Abel plays a less significant role in the anime as compared to Cain, where he is portrayed as a calm, composed and formal character. He saves a child from falling to death after his captor, a pirate, throws him up into the air after being attacked by Cain, and Abel remarks, "I can't believe I'm still picking up your messes after all these years." Like Cain and Jagen, he is present when Marth makes the decision to travel to Devil Mountain and rescue sister Lena.

Manga[]

Abel has a more significant story in the manga than in the anime. Retaining his role as Cain's close friend, he is known to tease him at times, as exemplified from the scene in which Cain became drunk after the victory at the Aurelis Secondary Castle.

Some time later, Abel sets off to prepare for the battle at Lefcandith when he spots a suspicious-looking girl tending to her pegasus in a forest. She reveals her name as Est, but promptly leaves before Abel could tell her his name. He realizes too late that she was a spy for Minerva, but meets her later under friendly terms after Minerva and her Whitewings join Altea. The two fall in love over the course of the war, and after it concludes, retire to live together as a married couple in Altea.

When the Archanean League arrive in Khadein for the first time, Abel is changed from a secondary character to a main character. When Marth finds himself pulled into a battle with a Fire Dragon, Abel goes off to rescue him, urging Cain to protect Marth with his life if he falls. After a long battle, Marth and Abel are defeated, but with Lena's Warp, only one of them is rescued.

Soon after Marth is teleported to safety, the Falchion appears in front of Abel. Hearing Naga's voice, Abel's energy is restored, whereupon he wields the Falchion to slay the Fire Dragon. However, Gharnef had placed a spell on the Fire Dragon beforehand, one that would cause it to self-destruct when killed. This causes the building that Abel and the dragon fought in to explode, leading to the Archanean League believing that Abel had perished in the battle. 

Later, when the Archanean League arrives in Macedonia, a person who looks suspiciously like Abel is discovered to be working with the enemy. When Cain catches wind of these rumors, he goes off by himself to seek the truth. When he finds Abel, Cain immediately demands he is working with the enemy, only to be knocked out in the process.

The next time Abel appears, he is observed to be working alongside Michalis, as a means of repaying the debt of having been rescued by him. When Abel announces that he will be defecting to Marth, Michalis threatens to kill him unless he leaves the Falchion behind. Abel then stabs the Falchion in a nearby wall and proclaims that he will do anything to be by Marth's side, even if it means giving up the precious blade.

Soon after Abel leaves Macedonia, he runs into the archsage Gotoh, who praises him for his honorable deed, but chastises him for his foolishness in leaving the Falchion behind. Abel's response to this is that Marth does not need the Falchion, and if he ever does need it, he will play its role.

The last time Abel appears is when he rescues Cain from battle and joins the Archanean League once again.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Abel, Cain's rival and close friend, appears as an antagonistic Mirage in the third and final of Touma Akagi's side stories as a member of the Dark Knight class. He kidnaps Riku Suzumoto and drains his Performa, luring Cain to him. Having been cursed, he holds fierce jealousy toward Cain.

After Abel is defeated by the party and purified of his curse, he comes to his senses and apologizes for his actions. He is extended an offer to aid Cain and the others in their fight, but instead chooses to protect Riku and becomes Riku's Mirage.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Abel is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 246
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
961
539
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
173
CYL2 426
↓200
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
366
↓595
662
↓123
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
84
↓89
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 376
↑50
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
395
↓55
CYL4 446
↓70
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
168
↓227

CYL5 401
↑45
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
109
↓59

Etymology[]

The name "Abel" could either mean "A breath" in Hebrew or be a reference to the character of the same name in the Christian Bible. In the latter interpretation, Abel is the son of Adam and Eve in the book of Genesis. A shepherd whose offering to God is favored over that of his brother Cain's, Abel is murdered out of jealousy by Cain. In Mystery of the Emblem, this is slightly reversed: Abel falls out of Altea's favor for treason, although this does not involve Cain.

Trivia[]

  • Abel is mentioned along with Cain in the C support conversation shared between Stahl and Sully in Fire Emblem Awakening, where his title as the "Panther" is assumed by Stahl, a character that is modeled after his archetype.
  • Abel shares his Japanese VA, Takuya Sato, with Echoes' Conrad, as well as Darios from Fire Emblem Warriors.
  • Abel is indirectly mentioned in Catria and Est's base conversations in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, where it is revealed that Est had wanted to open up a shop with him before she was captured by Grieth.
    • Abel is also mentioned in Palla's death quote from the same game.
    • Also from the same game, one of Est's victory quotes is "Wait for me, Abel!"

Gallery[]

See main article: Abel/Gallery.