“It's true. The world may be destroyed by the coming of the dark god. Then again, it may not. I question the way in which our society is designed. No matter what strength a person has, it is the station he is born into that controls his destiny. And you cannot control where you will be born. Do you believe that a person of low birth should simply endure the curse of his station? I think not. If you are stronger than those around you, you should benefit from your strength. This is why I will use my strength to remake this world. Class and rank will not matter. Human and sub-human will not matter. The strong will possess everything. The weak will submit to their will. Is this not the meaning of peace?”
—Ashnard, to Reyson in Path of Radiance.

Ashnard, also known as the Mad King, is the 13th King of Daein and the main antagonist of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. He wields the wicked sword Gurgurant, and his mount is the twisted body of Rajaion, the Black Dragon prince of Goldoa. He is unlocked by completing fifteen playthroughs of the game.

Ashnard appears as a Trophy and a Sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and as a Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Profile[edit | edit source]

The 13th King of the nation of Daein, Ashnard wages war on Crimea in an effort to ignite a continent-wide conflict. His goal is to obtain Lehran's Medallion, the Fire Emblem, which holds the spirit of a dark god that thrives on chaotic energies. Although he obtains the medallion and makes numerous efforts to sow the seeds of war across Tellius, he is ultimately defeated at the end of the game despite being able to use the medallion to gain god-like power. Ashnard's wyvern mount is in fact not a wyvern at all, but the warped form of Rajaion, the prince of Goldoa, a black dragon laguz, and Ena's fiance as well as the brother of Ashnard's wife, Almedha. Before becoming king, he was a great warrior who was able to almost single-handedly grant victory to Daein in a minor conflict between Daein and Begnion. His rise to power was considered highly unlikely, because a long list of other relatives stood ahead of him in line for the throne. Although it is publicly believed that a major illness led to the deaths of the other potential rulers, in reality, they were all killed by Ashnard.

In Radiant Dawn, it is revealed through Ashnard's wife, Almedha, that Ashnard had tricked his father, the king into signing a blood pact. When the king unknowingly broke it, many citizens of Daein perished under the blood pact's plague. Ashnard ended the blood pact by killing his father and destroying the document. One year after the plague subsided and all of the Daein royal family in succession for the throne were dead, Ashnard was crowned King of Daein. His coronation occurred 18 years before Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. It is also revealed that Ashnard is the father of Soren.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Ashnard believes that the current society, based on Begnion's hierarchy, is wrong. He believes that one's lot in life should be solely based on their power; he tells Reyson that class and species will not matter in his world, that the strong will ultimately rule the weak. This likely explains Daein's system, where those who display great levels of might, particularly in combat, have the ability to gain much power within Daein society, regardless of class or social standing.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Help Description: The Mad King of Daein. He desired to remake the world by releasing the chaos of Lehran's medallion, so that strength would dictate authority. He lost the war and his life to Crimea.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

First Battle
Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Ashnard King Daein Sprite.png King DaeinFE9Fire.gif Fire
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
20603516272703526144910
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE9 Renewal.gif Renewal
Daunt (FE9).gif Daunt
FE9 Sword.png Sword - S
FE9 Axe.png Axe - A
Gurgurant.gif Gurgurant
Second Battle (Hard mode or higher only)
Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Ashnard King Daein Sprite -Berserk-.png King DaeinFE9Fire.gif Fire
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
208040253028103530144910
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE9 Renewal.gif Renewal
Daunt (FE9).gif Daunt
FE9 Sword.png Sword - S
FE9 Axe.png Axe - A
Gurgurant.gif Gurgurant

*Only Ragnell, Dragon Breath, Giffca, Naesala, Tibarn, And certain S-Rank weapons can hurt him in both forms.

*The Second Battle commences right after you kill Normal Ashnard.

Fire Emblem Awakening[edit | edit source]

SpotPass[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Wyvern Lord Map Sprite.gifWyvern Lord
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
207844+22535301039298
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Strength2icon.pngStrength +2

Ridefasticon.pngTantivy
Hotstarticon.pngQuick Burn
FE13 Sword Slayer Skill Icon.pngSwordbreaker

Renewal (FE13).pngRenewal
LanceIconFE13.pngLance - B
AxeIconFE13.pngAxe - A
Brave Axe FE13.pngBrave Axe*

*Enemy only; joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Mad King
The thirteenth ruler of Daein. Plotting to wield his power to rule without opposition, he plunges the whole continent of Tellius into war. Appears in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Ashnard Mad King Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Mad King
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
40/43/46
8/9/10
34/37/40
5/6/7
18/21/24
8/9/10
32/35/38
8/9/10
27/31/34
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Gurgurant
FEH skill special.png Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword.png Sword

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Silver Sword---
Gurgurant--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
Dragon FangDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
AFEH Distant Def 1.png Distant Def 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Distant Def 2.png Distant Def 2FEH Distant Def 1.png Distant Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Distant Def 3.png Distant Def 3FEH Distant Def 2.png Distant Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Even Atk Wave 1.png Even Atk Wave 1--
FEH Even Atk Wave 2.png Even Atk Wave 2FEH Even Atk Wave 1.png Even Atk Wave 1-
FEH Even Atk Wave 3.png Even Atk Wave 3FEH Even Atk Wave 2.png Even Atk Wave 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

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Base Set[edit | edit source]
Counters[edit | edit source]
Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Ashnard/Quotes

Awakening[edit | edit source]

Ashnard/Awakening Quotes

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Ashnard/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit | edit source]

Brawl Trophy Profile[edit | edit source]

Type Image Description
Ashnard AshnardTrophy.png The 13th king of Daein, feared across the land as the "Mad King." He ignited a continent-wide war after attacking the neighboring kingdom of Crimea. Aiming to free the dark goddess locked inside Lehran's Medallion, he is stopped and defeated by Crimean forces. Ashnard's armor is blessed by the goddess, like the Black Knight's, and he uses the sword Gurugant.

Sticker Info[edit | edit source]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Ashnard
Brawl Sticker Ashnard.png
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance [Slash] - Resistance +34
Usable by: Marth, Ike

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit | edit source]

Ashnard appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Support Spirit, unlocked from completing his Spirit Battle during the World of Light campaign or on the Spirit Board. When equipped, the fighter gain increased upward and downward launch power, including meteor smashes.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ashnard is one of the several final bosses in the series to move. The others are Idunn, Fomortiis, Duma, Garon and Nemesis. That said, Ashnard moves only on Hard Mode.
  • Despite being the main antagonist of the game, Ashnard himself never appeared in any of the game's numerous cutscenes.
  • Ashnard shares his title of "Mad King" with Gangrel.
  • He's one of the few final bosses to only fight as a human, without any supernatural influences. Most other final bosses, on the other hand, are either dragons or supernatural-powered beings, and tend to transform into monstrous creatures after being defeated as humans. While he has a dragon, he never uses it in battle and only attacks with his sword.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Ashnard/Gallery.
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