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“If you're staying, then so will I. I won't allow you to run headfirst into certain death alone.”
—Alen talking to Lance in a support conversation.

Alen is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is part of a family that has served House Pherae for a long time and, along with Lance, serves and travels with Roy to take back the lands annexed by Bern. He is the more reckless out of the two Pheraen cavaliers.

He makes a brief cameo appearance in Chapter 17 of the Hasha no Tsurugi manga.

Story

Personality

Alen belongs to the Cain archetype.

In-Game

Help Description: A knight serving Pherae. Passionate and hot-headed.

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierGBAFire.gif Fire
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
12174636097
WeaponStarting Items
Sword.gifSword - E
Lance.gifLance - D
Ironsword.gifIron Sword
IronLance.gifIron Lance

Growth Rates

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 45% 40% 45% 40% 25% 10%

Promotional Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Knightcrest.gif Knight Crest FE8 Paladin Map Sprite.gif Paladin
1 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +2 +1
Weapon Levels
Sword.gif +1 Lance.gif +1 Axe.gif E

Supports

See also: Alen/Supports

Overall

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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.

Alen will be a strong and bulky Cavalier with his great HP growth and decent Strength and Skill growths. He has nice Strength, Speed and Defense bases as well, though of the two starting cavaliers, he will be slightly more inaccurate and a bit slower but not by much. In Hard mode, he is one of your best units to train as he has relatively good starting bases with decent growths overall. Using him and Lance as a pair will make them a powerful duo, rivaling up as one of the best units in the game.

Alen contributes significantly early game, as he is one of three Mounted units you will be guaranteed to have your whole playthrough. Having both Swords and Lances allows him to be versatile in the early game and it only gets better as he grows. With his decent HP, Strength, and Defense bases, Alen will remain strong during the mid-game and his starting D Rank Lances will usually allow him to use Killer Lances early. Upon promoting to Paladin, he gains E Rank Axes and +1 to Swords and Lances. His Axe Rank isn't really useful given the generally low accuracy for most Axes and Alen's low Skill base that remains low given his shaky Skill growth but the bonus to Defense and Resistance are very welcome and the +2 to Constitution lets Alen use a lot more Lances without taking any speed penalties.

By the end of the game, Alen can be considered to wield either Durandal or Maltet. Depending on player preference. With Durandal, he becomes even stronger as it gives him a +5 Strength bonus, allowing him to kill a lot bulky enemies more reliably. Maltet on the other hand grants him much appreciated +5 Skill. Which can patch up one of his weakest stats. His high movement from being a Paladin also allows him to contribute more on the larger maps of the end of the game and his control of the Weapon Triangle giving him a lot of options on what enemies he can take care of.

Quotes

“Cr-Crap... Why here...? Lord Roy...”
—Alen's death quote in The Binding Blade
“I will protect Lord Roy with my life!”
—Alen's final battle quote in The Binding Blade

Endings

Alen - Ferocious Knight (猛ける騎士 Takeshikeru kishi)
"Upon returning to Pherae with Roy, Alen proceeded to help his master rebuild the trampled land. His fire and powerful will of always pushing forward no matter what stood before him inspired many and gave them a new hope to live."

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Alen is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 444
The Binding Blade
290
CYL2 589
↓140
The Binding Blade
141
↓149
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 458
↑131
The Binding Blade
187
↑46
CYL4 424
↑34
The Binding Blade
195
↑8

CYL5 390
↑34
The Binding Blade
120
↓75

Etymology

Alen's name is a reference to Elyan the White, the knight who helped Sir Lancelot rescue Lady Guinevere, and later followed him into exile.

Trivia

  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Alen won 17th place  out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 1:1. The voter comments seem to mostly focus on his fiery, brave, and reckless personality.

Gallery

See main article: Alen/Gallery.
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