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“I'm sorry, father... but hear what I have to say! How do you ever expect the citizens of Thracia to be content thriving off the blood and sweat of other nations? ...Your ways leave much to be desired, father.”
—Altena to Travant in Genealogy of the Holy War.

Altena is a playable child character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War who makes several minor appearances in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. She is the daughter of Quan and Ethlyn, as well as the older sister of Leif.


Altena was born to Prince Quan of Leonster and his wife Ethlyn and is the older sister of Leif. As a descendant of the Crusader Njörun, bearing a Major affinity for it, she inherited the ability to wield the Gáe Bolg through Quan. She is also a descendant of Crusader Baldr from her mother's side, holding minor influence from it.

At the age of three, Altena was kidnapped by Travant after an ambush in the Aed Desert in a event deemed the Aed Massacre, where both Quan and Ethlyn were killed. Altena is then raised by Travant himself and trained in combat alongside his son Arion, eventually rising in the ranks of the Dragon Knights while wielding the legendary Gáe Bolg for Thracia.

Genealogy of the Holy War[]

Altena is first seen when she receives orders from Travant to seize Munster, soon after the death of Bloom at the hands of Seliph's army. While she initially protests due to her desire to avoid harming civilians, she reluctantly obeys and begins to assist Coruta in their mission. Once they reach the mountains south of Munster, Altena attempts to stop Coruta from fighting, thinking that she can convince their enemies to surrender. However, Coruta reveals that he was instructed to ignore Altena and proceeds to attack. After the battle, she returns to the capital of Thracia, where Travant expresses his disappointment caused by her disobedience.

Later, during her mission to retake Mease Castle in Chapter 9, Altena encounters Leif, who reveals the truth of her heritage. Once she looks into his eyes, she begins to believe him and decides to return to Thracia Castle to ask Travant about it. Upon learning the truth, she attempts to kill Travant, but Arion interrupts her and knocks her out. After Travant's death at the hands of Seliph's army, she regains consciousness and tries to convince Arion to call for a truce. However, she ultimately fails and ends up defecting to Seliph's army, where she is placed in opposition to Arion.

In Chapter 10, Leif cheers up Altena when she is in low spirits as a result of worrying about Arion, who has been taken by Prince Julius. During the Final Chapter, Altena encounters Arion once again and successfully convinces him to defect from Grannvale's services and fight alongside her.

Thracia 776[]

In Thracia 776, Altena is introduced alongside Travant when they send an army to attack General Hannibal's mansion, mistakenly thinking that it is occupied by bandits. Later in the game, she travels to Tahra in order to give Arion's Dragonpike to Dean. She asks Dean to use it to protect Arion's fiancée, Linoan. In Chapter 23, she appears as an enemy unit who cannot be recruited or defeated by the player. Once Coruta and his battalion begin their attack on Munster, Altena leaves the battlefield.

After the liberation war, Altena aids Leif in the reconstruction of the united Thracia Peninsula. It is mentioned in Thracia 776 that she is emotionally devastated as a result of the war, and for this reason, is comforted by her loyal knight, Eda.


Altena is a kindhearted and strong-willed woman who shares her mother's brazen nature. Unlike Arion, she is unwilling to go to any length to fulfill Travant's orders and instead openly opposes him at times. Coruta describes Altena as being "too soft". It is stated that she has always been there for Coirpre like a mother. She shares a close bond with Arion, and is very reluctant to fight against him, even after learning the truth about her heritage. In her conversation with Finn in Chapter 9, it is revealed that Altena always desired to have his attention during her early childhood.


Genealogy of the Holy War[]


In Chapter 9: For Whose Sake, speak to Altena with Leif before defeating Travant. She will then return and seek Seliph's audience. Finn must be alive when she is recruited. She will also disappear if Seliph captures Grutia before she can talk to him.

Base Stats[]

Notes: Parent characters are assumed to be at Level 30 by the end of the First Generation. Unlike most female children, Altena inherits the equipment of her father, Quan, instead of her mother.

  • Minor Holy Blood Indicator - Minor Holy Blood
  • Major Holy Blood Indicator - Major Holy Blood
Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Dragon Knight Sprite (F)Dragon KnightNoba Holy BloodMajor Holy Blood IndicatorNjörun
Baldo Holy BloodMinor Holy Blood IndicatorBaldr
175123217191321293FE4 Leadership Star*Varies
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE4 SwordSword - A
FE4 LanceLance - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons)
Gae Bolg LanceGáe Bolg
Inherited Items

*Joins without Leadership

Growth Rates[]

(With Holy Blood Bonuses)

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
135% 65% 7% 45% 60% 25% 55% 12%

Promotion Gains[]

Promoted Class
FE4 Dragon Master Sprite (F) Dragon Master
+2 0 +2 +1 +3 0 0
Pursuit Pursuit


Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Altena is the only playable Dragon Knight in the game, as well as the only flier in the second generation aside from Fee/Hermina. In contrast to them, she is not particularly fast, despite her high Speed growth, but she has far superior Strength and Defense. While the Gáe Bolg gives her very high physical Attack (the highest in the game if she is holding the Power Ring), she is rather frail, due to her very poor Resistance and the prominence of enemy mages and archers/bow knights in the last two chapters. Like Shannan and Febail, she is a common target for Sleep Staves, which can make using her rather tedious at times, as she will need to be frequently cured by a healer.

She has a powerful set of skills, including Critical and Adept, and learns Pursuit upon her promotion to Dragon Master. This means that her offense will always be excellent, likely very close to the best among the physical attackers in the game. Because of her Resistance issues, it is recommended to give her the Barrier Sword as a second weapon (note that this can only be done if Laylea is recruited instead of Lene).

One unusual trait of the Gáe Bolg is that, unlike in most games, enemies in Genealogy will not attack if they are facing a target with very high Defense. As Altena can frequently have 30-40 Defense, many enemies will not even attempt to attack her while she has it equipped. While this is helpful on its face, it can be irritating, as it means she is mostly forced to wipe out squads of enemies one at a time.

Depending on whether or not the player is concerned with Arion's survival in the Final Chapter, she will either see very little combat after his recruitment, or she can lead him into battle. The second option can provide the player with some useful bait (particularly the generic Dragon Knights, as the enemy will typically target them).

Thanks to the Gáe Bolg granting +10 to Strength, Altena has the distinction of having the highest possible attack power of any of your units, tying with Febail when he wields the Yewfelle. With a Power Ring, her base attack with the Gáe Bolg is 72. Julius's Loptous halves that down to 36, meaning she deals increments of 11 damage to Julius, far more than any other unit - Shannan, Seliph, and Ares all do increments of 6, 5, and 4 respectively (that's with a Power Ring; without, they're stuck at 1 like everyone else). If you don't use Julia, Altena and Febail are your strongest units to kill Julius. On the other hand, Seliph and Ares gain the benefits of having substantive Resistance, meaning they're not afraid of dying to Julius. Altena should have enough HP to tank one hit from Loptous, but be sure to bring Seliph and units with Charm to boost Altena's Avoid.


In Chapter 9, if Finn is alive at the beginning of the chapter and Leif speaks to Altena, she will leave the battlefield, and can be recruited later on.

In Chapter 9, after Travant is defeated, Altena will fly to Seliph's position and initiates her own recruitment conversation with him, although she is still classified as an enemy unit.

In Chapter 9, after Grutia Castle is captured, either Finn or Hannibal may speak to Altena, and she will gain three points of HP. Note that if one of them has initiated his respective conversation with her, the other will not be able to speak to her.

In Chapter 10, if Leif speaks to Altena, she will gain one point of Luck.

In Chapter 10, after Miletos Castle is captured, Coirpre may speak to Altena, whereupon she will gain five points of Resistance.

In the Final Chapter, after Friege is captured and Arion makes his appearance, Altena may speak to him to turn him and his group into allied NPCs.


Altena is unable to fall in love with any of the other characters. Despite this, she is featured heavily in the Jealousy system, often placing high in many of the male characters' priority lists.

Thracia 776[]


Starting Class
Dragon Knight
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE5 Sword IconSword - E
FE5 Lance IconLance - D
Dragon LanceDragonpike
  • Stats may vary due to auto-leveling
  • Cannot be defeated



Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Wyvern Lord Map SpriteWyvern Lord
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Strength2iconStrength +2
HotstarticonQuick Burn
Luna (FE13)Luna
LanceIconFE13Lance - A
AxeIconFE13Axe - D
Gáe Bolg FE13 IconGáe Bolg*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Luminous Rider
Daughter of Quan and Ethlyn, and inheritor of the Gáe Bolg. She was raised by her family's enemy, Travant. Appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Base Stats[]

Altena Sprite HeroesTitle
Luminous Rider
Heroes Flying Flying
FEH skill offense Silver Lance
FEH skill special Retribution
FEH Lance Lance
Altena Sprite HeroesTitle
Luminous Rider
Heroes Flying Flying
FEH skill offense Earthly Gáe Bolg
FEH skill special Retribution
FEH Lance Lance


FEH skill offenseIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Silver Lance---
Earthly Gáe Bolg-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialRetribution-FEH Star Rarity 5-
ReprisalRetribution-FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Steady Stance 1 Steady Stance 1--
FEH Sturdy Stance 1 Sturdy Stance 1FEH Fierce Stance 1 Fierce Stance 1-
FEH Sturdy Stance 2 Sturdy Stance 2FEH Sturdy Stance 1 Sturdy Stance 1FEH Star Rarity 4
BFEH Brash Assault 1 Brash Assault 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Brash Assault 2 Brash Assault 2FEH Brash Assault 1 Brash Assault 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Brash Assault 3 Brash Assault 3FEH Brash Assault 2 Brash Assault 2FEH Star Rarity 5


Secret Book (Artwork)
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.
Base Set[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Luminous Rider Altena
Altena luminous rider pop01 Here's Altena, Princess of Thracia! She possesses the ability to wield the Gáe Bolg, which is a sure sign that her past is a little complicated.
Altena luminous rider pop02 Altena's true parents are Quan, Prince of Leonster, and Ethlyn of Chalphy. They took Altena with them on a mission to aid Sigurd when she was very young, and sadly, they both died in an attack.
Altena luminous rider pop03 It was King Travant of Thracia who led the ambush in which Altena's parents perished. Altena's fate then took another strange turn when Travant took an interest in her and raised her as his own daughter!
Altena luminous rider pop04 Knowing nothing about her origins, Altena grew up to be a proud wyvern rider. But what path will she choose when she finds out the truth about what happened all those years ago?
Closely Associated Characters
Travant King of Thracia, and descendant of the crusader Dáinn. Eying the fertile land to his north, he hatches a plan to unite the entire peninsula. Raised Altena as his own.
Quan Prince of Leonster and inheritor of the lance Gáe Bolg. Husband of Ethlyn, the younger sister of his close friend Sigurd. Altena's true father.
Ethlyn The younger sister of Lord Sigurd of Chalphy with an adventurous spirit. She cares deeply for her family. After she marries Prince Quan of Leonster, the pair have a girl and a boy. She is Altena's true mother.
Leif Quan's son. He was hiding in Fiana but rose up after an attack by imperial forces. Altena's true brother.


Genealogy of the Holy War[]

“Stop! You can't defeat me!”
—Altena's battle quote as an enemy, in Chapter 9
“So, you're the Prince of Leonster. Think you can take our country!? [...] Shut up! Prattle has no place on the battlefield!!”
—Altena's battle quote versus Leif in Chapter 9
“Sorry, but this is where you'll die. Forgive me...”
—Altena's battle quote versus Finn in Chapter 9
“Brother, please stop. What is the point in fighting like this!?”
—Altena's battle quote versus Arion in Chapter 9
—Altena's battle quote versus Arion in the Final Chapter
“Brother... Arion, my brother...”
—Altena's death quote as an enemy
—Altena's death quote


“I am Altena, daughter of Quan.”
—Altena's SpotPass parley quote
“Spare me your ravings!”
—Altena's SpotPass battle quote
“Gladly would I join your ranks.”
—Altena's SpotPass recruitment quote
“Stand down before I cut you down.”
—Altena's battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 1
“Then stand down before I cut you down.”
—Altena's battle quote versus Gerome in Lost Bloodlines 1
“I know not why you have come. I know only that you must fall.”
—Altena's battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 3
“Your world has...the better fighters...I admit it...”
—Altena's death quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 1
“That...piercing gaze... You almost have me believing...we are in the wrong...”
—Altena's death quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 3


Altena/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 441 CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
CYL2 292
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
CYL3 136
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
CYL4 403
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
CYL5 340
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
CYL6 330
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War

CYL7 275
CYL Altena Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War


Altena is a corruption of the name for the Greek deity Athena, goddess of wisdom and war. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva.


  • Much like Tine, Altena will be recruited into Seliph's army even if she does not talk to him during her retreat from Thracia. She will be listed as an enemy NPC however, and cannot be controlled outside of the player's home castle.


See main article: Altena/Gallery.