“It is the least ve can do. Vat sort of selfish creature do you take us for? Ve vill join you, and you vill be grateful. Do ve make ourselves clear?”
—Athena, as she joins Marth's army in Shadow Dragon

Athena (Athenais in the French version) is a recruitable Myrmidon and is one of the exclusive characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Athena was saved from drowning by villagers of a town near Castle Archanea and in return she offered to rescue the town's children when they were captured by pirates. The village elder, worried for her safety, convinces her to stay until help arrives. When Marth arrives at the village, she requests to join Marth in saving the children. After the battle, she decides to permanently join Marth's army. After the war she disappeared to parts unknown, although it is rumored that she returned to the border town where she was born.

She reappears in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. Athena first appears in the prologue, unless the player chooses Jeorge to participate in the training instead. She will later appear in Chapter 13x: Within the White Darkness, where Marth encounters her being ambushed by Clarisse.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Athena is a skilled warrior who lives by a strict code of repaying any act of kindness given to her in full. She speaks with a heavy accent, notably saying "W" with "V" sounds and commonly refers to herself in the plural "we". It is not known where she hails from, but she is unfamiliar with some words used in basic speech and even mishears words on occasion.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Complete Chapter 6 with 15 or fewer units (in your whole army) to unlock Chapter 6x. When you arrive in Chapter 6x, visit the only village on the map and Athena will join you.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
Female Myrmidon FE12 Map Icon.pngMyrmidon
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
10259012136707
WeaponStarting Items
Sword - CFE11ironsword.pngIron Sword

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 25% 0% 40% 50% 25% 10% 0%

Support Relationships[edit | edit source]

Supports

  • None

Supported by

Overview[edit | edit source]

Despite her average at best stat growths, Athena's bases should make up for that, with the exception of having low Defense for a level 10 Myrmidon. She has potential to be a very good natural Myrmidon. However, her chapter requires some characters being sacrificed to access it, and before then it is possible that Navarre has already outdone her statistically.

Another possibilty for her is reclassing into a Pegasus Knight, filling the flier slot Jagen would usually occupy as a Dracoknight. While she can only use E-rank lances for quite some time, her ability to promote early on, her decent speed and strength bases and her solid offensive growth rates makes it easy for her to surpass most other options for your extra flier slot for a long time and allow her to stay viable on higher difficulties. Remember though that the base speed of the Pegasus Knight is significantly lower than the Myrmidon's, so she'll most likely need to use a speedwing in order to double stronger enemies if you play on Hard 4 or higher.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
Female Myrmidon FE12 Map Icon.pngMyrmidon
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
10259012136707
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - BFE11silversword.pngSilver Sword
FE11vulnerary.pngVulnerary

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 40% 0% 60% 70% 65% 25% 10%

Support Relationships[edit | edit source]

Supports

  • None

Supported by

Overview[edit | edit source]

She is recruitable as a level 10 Myrmidon in the prologue if you take the first option after Prologue 3. At this stage, she can be immensely useful on the harder difficulties such as Maniac and Lunatic mode. On Hard or Normal mode, she is less necessary. She leaves at the end of the prologue. Unfortunately, she will rejoin your army at the end of Chapter 13x, at the same level she left at which will mean she will be under-leveled. It would be a good idea to use the preparation arena or the arena in Chapter 15 to train her. As for her stats, she will actually turn out very good if you put the time and effort into using her, however it is much easier to train Navarre as he will often turn out slightly better with a much easier time training as he joins at Chapter 7.

Fire Emblem Awakening[edit | edit source]

SpotPass[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Swordmaster (F) Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2381752427181276
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Avoid +10.pngAvoid +10
Vantage (Kakusei).pngVantage
Pass Icon Kakusei.pngPass
SwordIconFE13.pngSword - BSilver Sword FE13 Icon.pngSilver Sword*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Borderland Sword
A foreign warrior with a straightfoward personality. Speaks with an accent. Appears in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity:

✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (3*).pngTitle
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
30/33/36
5/6/7
24/27/30
8/9/10
31/34/37
6/7/8
21/24/27
3/4/5
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel SwordFEH Sword.png Sword
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
31/34/37
5/6/7
25/28/31
9/10/11
33/36/39
7/8/9
23/26/29
3/4/5
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Wo Dao
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Sword.png Sword
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
33/36/40
6/7/8
28/31/34
9/10/11
35/38/41
7/8/9
24/27/31
4/5/6
21/24/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Wo Dao+
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Sword.png Sword

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Sword---
Steel Sword-FEH Star Rarity 3.png-
Wo DaoSteel SwordFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Wo Dao+Wo DaoFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
Concealed Blade--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Armored Blow 1.png Armored Blow 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Sturdy Blow 1.png Sturdy Blow 1FEH Armored Blow 1.png Armored Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Sturdy Blow 2.png Sturdy Blow 2FEH Sturdy Blow 1.png Sturdy Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Sword Experience 1.png Sword Experience 1--
FEH Sword Experience 2.png Sword Experience 2FEH Sword Experience 1.png Sword Experience 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Sword Experience 3.png Sword Experience 3FEH Sword Experience 2.png Sword Experience 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Recruit Conversation[edit | edit source]

Athena: Vell, vell... You, must be the help. Ve vish to fight vith you.
Marth: Ah, splendid. How many of you? Gather your men, and we'll be on our way at once.
Athena: Men? Ve are a voman. Vun voman! Are you blind, stupid manchild?
Marth: Vat? ...Ahem, what? Oh. Right, pardon me. I, uh, I am Marth, prince of Altea. I heard pirates took the village children, so I brought my army straight away.
Athena: ...If you say so. Ve are called Athena. The vee vuns have been visked away to a castle south of here. Come. Ve have a fair bit of skill vith a sword; hopefully the same can be said of you, Marth of Altea.

Athena and Male Avatar base conversation 3[edit | edit source]

Athena: [Avatar], thanks to you, ve understood all sorts of things. Ve must thank you for everything. Ve are very grateful.
[Avatar]: I'm glad for having spent time with you, Miss Athena.
Athena: Ve vant to show our feelings to [Avatar]. Ve vill apologize with our life.
[Avatar]: Excuse me? No, no, you used the wrong word again. Didn't you mean "thank", instead of "apologize"?
Athena: Yes. "Thank".
[Avatar]: Oh.
Athena: As thanks, ve vill become your bride.
[Avatar]: Wha...!? M-Miss Athena... It seems you used the wrong word again.
Athena: Vat? Ve are mistaken? Then... Ve vill become [Avatar]'s voman?
[Avatar]: That's even wronger! Er... I don't know what kind of thanks you had in mind. But it's fine. I've already received enough.
Athena: Ven? Ve don't remember giving any.
[Avatar]: Be it in the battlefield or outside of it, we've always been together. You're a precious comrade to me. The bond that was born between us... cannot be replaced.
Athena: [Avatar]... Ve feel the same. Even if the vords are different, and the lifestyles are different, bonds between people are the same... Ve feel a bond with you as well, [Avatar]...
[Avatar]: I see. Miss Athena knows the word "bond".
Athena: ...Ve know that much. Stupid [Avatar].
[Avatar]: I-I'm sorry.

Death Quote[edit | edit source]

“Nngh... Vat a vay... to go...”
—Athena's death quote in Shadow Dragon

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Athena/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[edit | edit source]

Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Vun Voman
"Vere she vent, nobody knows... One theory is that Athena returned to the border village where she was born."

New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Vun Voman
"Athena set sail in a rowboat one day. Vere she went, nobody knows. Perhaps she returned to her distant homeland or washed up elsewhere."

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

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

Athena is illustrated in the trading card game with the following card:

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Athena's namesake is the Greek deity Athena, the goddess of wisdom and war. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In her friend greeting in Fire Emblem Heroes, the phrase Athena is likely trying to say is a Japanese idiom, "青は藍より出でて藍より青し," which translates to "Although blue dye comes from the indigo plant, it is bluer than indigo." It means that the student has surpassed their teacher.
  • In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Athena's accent is localized so that any word she speaks beginning with 'w' is pronounced with a 'v' (So, weapon = veapon, etc). In Fire Emblem Heroes, this was dropped, though she still speaks of herself in the royal 'we' and with a lack of fluency in her speech.
  • Athena shares her English voice actress, Cristina Vee, with Echoes: Shadows of Valentia's Tatiana as well as the E3 2018 Three Houses trailer version of Edelgard.
  • Athena shares some traits in common with Petra from Three Houses. Like Petra, Athena is a woman from a foreign land who wields swords and is not a native speaker of the language used by the main cast.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Athena/Gallery.
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