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“Who of you doesn't recognize this sword? I must warn you the Mystletainn craves blood! So who wants to be its first victim?”
—Ares in Genealogy of the Holy War

Ares is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the son of Eldigan and Grahnye, the nephew of Lachesis, and the cousin of Diarmuid and Nanna. Being a major-blooded descendant of Hoðr, he can wield the Demon Sword Mystletainn. In the events of the game, Ares is stationed at Dahna alongside Lene/Laylea, working under Javarro's band of mercenaries.

Story[]

When Seliph's liberation army passes through the border, Ares leaves to fight with Javarro. Javarro confesses that Bramsel, the lord of Dahna, has imprisoned either Lene or Laylea and urges him to forget about her. Ares, enraged, turns against Javarro, despite the latter having raised him after Grahnye's death. In order to save the imprisoned girl, Ares decided to join Seliph's army, albeit reluctantly, as he believes that his father was betrayed by Sigurd. He will later learn of the truth behind his father's death upon meeting Nanna, who explains that Sigurd had not betrayed Eldigan and that the two had always been friends despite how things had eventually turned out.

Personality[]

Ares shows a cold and distant personality at first, wanting revenge on Seliph. However, after talking to Nanna, he sets aside and becomes a kinder person, even training with her. He cares greatly for Lene/Laylea, and only joins Seliph at first to rescue her.

In-Game[]

Genealogy of the Holy War[]

Base Stats[]

  • Minor Holy Blood Indicator - Minor Holy Blood
  • Major Holy Blood Indicator - Major Holy Blood
Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Social Knight SpriteCavalierHoðr Holy BloodMajor Holy Blood IndicatorHoðr
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovLeadGold
74013012136124803,000
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
PursuitPursuit
ContinueAdept
AmbushVantage
FE4 SwordSword - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons)
FE4 LanceLance - C
MistletainMystletainn
FE4IronLanceIron Lance

Growth Rates[]

(With holy blood bonuses)

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
130% 90% 5% 20% 30% 50% 40% 30%

Promotion Gains[]

Promoted Class
FE4 Paladin Sprite (M) Paladin
+2 +5 +3 +3 +3 +5 +1
Weapon Levels
FE4 Lance +1

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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Ares is one of the more powerful characters in the game, which is rather fitting for the son of Eldigan. He starts out with Mystletainn, a formidable weapon that bestows its user with the Critical skill, along with a +20 boost to Skill and a +10 to Resistance. With Adept and Pursuit at his disposal, Ares will attack very frequently, ensuring he will critical often. Very few opponents can survive a critical hit from Mystletainn, and even a normal hit will often one-shot opponents, due to Ares' uncommonly high Strength growth, solid base, and its impressive natural Might. While Ares' Speed growth isn't very high, it still tends to be enough for him to double, given the comparatively low weight of Mystletainn. Vantage also provides him with a solid layer of defense, able to kill melee opponents before they kill him when brought to low health, though Ares is already one of the tougher units when leveled. Ares also boasts unusually good Resistance for a physical unit, exacerbated by Mystletainn, which is a vital trait in the lategame when enemy mages and status staves become a real threat.

One of Ares' best traits is his Cavalier class. In the second generation, the combination of a mount and a Holy Weapon is a very rare one; only Seliph in the lategame, a promoted Arthur with Lewyn as a father, and Altena can mix mobility and raw power in this manner. Ares is simply handed to you with this combination in the second chapter, and in your vanguard of cavalry units, he will usually be your strongest attacker, while Shannan, Febail, and Ced or Coirpre are known to lag behind.

Conversations[]

In Chapter 7, Ares may speak to Seliph, but nothing will result of it.

In Chapter 8, after Conote is captured, Nanna may speak to Ares, resulting in her gaining two points of Strength and two points of Defense.

In the Final Chapter, if Nanna is in love with Ares, Nanna may speak to him, and he will gain three points of Defense.

Love Growths[]

Original and replacement characters have the same love growths unless stated otherwise.

Supports
Character Bonus
Yuria
Julia
0+0
Altenna
Altena
N/A
Lana1Mana-rana
Lana/Muirne
0+2
LakcheRadney
Larcei/Creidne
0+2
NannaJanne-nanna
Nanna/Jeanne
0+2
PheeFemina-fee
Fee/Hermina
0+2
LynnLaylea-leen
Lene/Laylea
300+1
PattyDaisy-patty
Patty/Daisy
0+2
TinnyLinda-tinny
Tine/Linda
0+3

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

SpotPass[]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Dark Knight Map SpriteDark Knight
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1865331131+5331632208
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE13CurseHex
CrimsoncurseAnathema
Slow Start IconSlow Burn
LifeabsorbLifetaker
Vengeance (FE13)Vengeance
SwordIconFE13Sword - A
TomeIconFE13Tome - D
Mystletainn FE13Mystletainn*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Black Knight

Eldigan's son and heir to Mystletainn. After his parents passed away, he joined up with a mercenary captain called Javarro. Appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Ares Sprite (4*)Title
Black Knight
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
34/37/40
7/8/9/
31/34/37
7/8/9
25/28/31
5/6/7
27/30/33
3/4/5
13/16/19
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Slaying Edge
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Ares SpriteTitle
Black Knight
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
7/8/9
33/36/39
7/8/9
26/30/33
6/7/8
30/33/36
4/5/6
14/18/21
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Dark Mystletainn
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword Sword

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Slaying Edge-FEH Star Rarity 4-
Dark Mystletainn-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4-
Draconic AuraDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Brazen Atk Def 1 Brazen Atk/Def 1--
FEH Brazen Atk Def 2 Brazen Atk/Def 2FEH Brazen Atk Def 1 Brazen Atk/Def 1-
FEH Brazen Atk Def 3 Brazen Atk/Def 3FEH Brazen Atk Def 2 Brazen Atk/Def 2FEH Star Rarity 4
BFEH Seal Def 1 Seal Def 1--
FEH Seal Def Res 1 Seal Def/Res 1FEH Seal Def 1 Seal Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Seal Def Res 2 Seal Def/Res 2FEH Seal Def Res 1 Seal Def/Res 1FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Black Knight Ares
Ares black knight pop01 Ares is the son of Eldigan, the king of Nordion. Also called the Black Knight, he's a descendant of the crusader Hoðr, which allows him to wield Mystletainn, the Demon Sword!
Ares black knight pop02 Ares lost both of his parents as a child, and later joined a band of mercenaries, going from battle to battle across the continent. With his outstanding skills, he soon distinguished himself as a truly capable cavalier.
Ares black knight pop03 After learning from his captain that his close companion Lene had been imprisoned by the lord of Dahna, he cut ties and rebelled. He then joined forces with Seliph's army who were battling the Grannvale Empire.
Ares black knight pop04 With his extraordinary swordsmanship and a legendary blade at his command, Ares was truly indomitable on the battlefield. It was like a second coming of his legendary ancestors!
Closely Associated Characters
Eldigan Ruler of Nordion. Wields the Demon Sword in knightly devotion to any master. Older brother of Lachesis, and father to Ares.
Seliph Inheritor of the sacred sword Tyrfing. A savior in his time, but dislikes battle. Julia's half brother. His parents were close friends with Ares's parents.
Lene A dancer and descendant of the high priest Bragi. She understands how the world works, but she doesn't let it get her down. Was rescued from peril by Ares.

Quotes[]

Genealogy of the Holy War[]

“You disgust me. I hate to say it, but you're going to die.”
—Ares' battle quote versus Javarro in Chapter 7
“T-this cannot be... How could I lose...”
—Ares' death quote

Awakening[]

“I am the black knight, Ares. Fight now, or flee!”
—Ares' battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 1
“What obnoxious patter is this? Do you want me to swat you, fly?”
—Ares' battle quote versus Cynthia in Lost Bloodlines 1
“You think to walk away from this? Amusing.”
—Ares' battle quote as an enemy, in Lost Bloodlines 3
“The least I can do is grant your last words.”
—Ares' battle quote versus Cynthia in Lost Bloodlines 3
“I'll never lose to dogs like you who answer only to the call of war!”
—Ares' battle quote as an enemy, in Rogues & Redeemers 1
“I'm no better than any man, but if it's a fight you want—”
—Ares' battle quote versus Brady in Rogues & Redeemers 1
“Leave, or slake my blade's thirst.”
—Ares' battle quote as an enemy, in Rogues & Redeemers 2
“Leave, boy, before I make you a scabbard for my sword.”
—Ares' battle quote versus Brady in Rogues & Redeemers 2
“Prepare to feel the bite of Ares' blade…”
—Ares' battle quote as an enemy, in Rogues & Redeemers 3
“You? I might die of laughter first.”
—Ares' battle quote versus Brady in Rogues & Redeemers 3
“Are all your kind... such titans on the battlefield?”
—Ares' death quote as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1
“You didn't...look that tough...”
—Ares' death quote as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3
“No...this is all wrong...”
—Ares' death quote as an enemy in Rogues & Redeemers 1
“You may be strong...but this won't end with me...”
—Ares' death quote as an enemy in Rogues & Redeemers 2
“What an unfitting end...for the knight in black…”
—Ares' death quote as an enemy in Rogues & Redeemers 3

Heroes[]

Ares/Heroes Quotes

Ending[]

Genealogy of the Holy War[]

After its civil war, Agustria was annexed by Grannvale and was under the supervision of a strict and despotic administration. And so, the establishment of a newly united nation was the wish of everyone, and that wish was entrusted to Eldigan the Lionheart’s Royal House of Nordion. The people welcomed Ares’ return to the country with wild enthusiasm, as they saw in Ares the likeness of King Eldigan in his prime. Ares returned to the country along with, among others, his sweetheart [Lover], the knight Diarmuid/Tristan and Nanna/Jeanne. Together with them, he devoted himself with all his strength to the reconstruction of a united Agustria. Before long, under the reign of King Ares, Agustria, as Grannvale’s most influent partner, would know an unprecedented development.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL8 258
↓51
CYL Ares Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War
199
↓70

Etymology[]

Ares is the Greek god of war also known under the Roman name of Mars.

Trivia[]

  • As it is possible for Eldigan to be killed by Sigurd instead of Chagall, Nanna's dialogue avoids directly saying that Sigurd did not kill Eldigan.
  • If Seliph's army has Jeanne instead of Nanna, Ares will not find out the truth of Eldigan's death.
  • Ares's portrait is not a wholly original sprite, but rather an edited version of his father, Eldigan's.

Gallery[]

See main article: Ares/Gallery.
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