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“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 is a recruitable Myrmidon and is one of the exclusive characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

Profile[]

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 Athena 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, where Marth encounters her being ambushed by Clarisse.

Personality[]

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 German 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 mishears words on occasion.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Recruitment[]

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[]

Starting Class
Female Myrmidon FE12 Map IconMyrmidon
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
10259012136707
WeaponStarting Items
Sword - CFE11ironswordIron Sword

Growth Rates[]

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

Support Relationships[]

Supports

  • None

Supported by

Overview[]

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.

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 possibility for Athena 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 Athena will 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[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
Female Myrmidon FE12 Map IconMyrmidon
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
10259012136707
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 SwordSword - BFE11silverswordSilver Sword
FE11vulneraryVulnerary

Growth Rates[]

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

Support Relationships[]

Supports

  • None

Supported by

Overview[]

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.

Athena 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. Athena leaves at the end of the prologue and 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, Athena 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[]

SpotPass[]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Swordmaster (F) Map SpriteSwordmaster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
2381752427181276
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Avoid +10Avoid +10
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage
Pass Icon KakuseiPass
SwordIconFE13Sword - BSilver Sword FE13 IconSilver Sword*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

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

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (3*)Title
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry 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 Steel SwordFEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (4* & 5*)Title
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry 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 Wo Dao
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Athena Sprite (5*)Title
Borderland Sword
Group
Heroes Infantry 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 Wo Dao+
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Sword Sword

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Wo DaoSteel SwordFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Wo Dao+Wo DaoFEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
Concealed Blade--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Armored Blow 1 Armored Blow 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Sturdy Blow 1 Sturdy Blow 1FEH Armored Blow 1 Armored Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Sturdy Blow 2 Sturdy Blow 2FEH Sturdy Blow 1 Sturdy Blow 1FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Sword Experience 1 Sword Experience 1--
FEH Sword Experience 2 Sword Experience 2FEH Sword Experience 1 Sword Experience 1FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Sword Experience 3 Sword Experience 3FEH Sword Experience 2 Sword Experience 2FEH Star Rarity 4

Overall[]

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[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance Options[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Borderland Sword Athena
Athena borderland sword pop01 Here's Athena! She's a swordswoman who fought on the continent of Archanea, but I hear that she comes from somewhere else entirely.
Athena borderland sword pop02 She was found adrift in the sea near a small village, having been swept all the way to Archanea. Grateful for the villagers' aid, she fought to defend them from pirates.
Athena borderland sword pop03 It was during the battle with the pirates that she was helped by Marth, prince of Altea. Athena's code of honor demanded that she repay this debt, and so she joined his army.
Athena borderland sword pop04 Marth counted on Athena's combat prowess, and eventually, she was training members of Altea's royal guard. I guess she's still paying that favor back!
Closely Associated Characters
Marth Prince of Altea who fights for his homeland and deeply values his friends. Saved Athena's life.
Kris Hails from the Altean village of Sera. Leader of the 7th Platoon, a group of newly appointed knights. Serves Marth as a royal guard. Fights alongside Athena.

Quotes[]

Shadow Dragon[]

Recruit Conversation[]

  • 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 Kris base conversation 1[]

  • Kris: So here you were, Miss Athena. It's almost time for the war council. We'd like you to attend as well.
  • Athena: Varcounsel...? Vat is a Varcounsel? Is it round and sweet?
  • Kris: N-no, that's not it. A war council isn't something you eat. You see, a war council is a discussion with everyone, held before the next battle.
  • Athena: In that case, ve understand. Ve are in your debt. Ve are from foreign country, ve came riding the sea. The vords here, ve find difficult.
  • Kris: I see. Well, it can't be helped if you don't understand... Oh! I could teach you all sorts of things, if you wish?
  • Athena: All sorts of things? You mean indecent things?
  • Kris: N-no, that's not it. Where on earth did you get that idea...? Anyway, if there's any word you don't understand, feel free to ask me anytime.
  • Athena: Ve are grateful. And glad because you are not indecent.
  • Kris: Thanks. Oh and "thanks" means...
  • Athena: Ve know that much. Stupid manchild.
  • Kris: I-I’m sorry.

Athena and Male Kris base conversation 2[]

  • Kris: And so... Reconnaissance is checking on the enemy's conditions before the battle begins. I suppose that's about it. Did you understand, Miss Athena?
  • Athena: Yes. Ve are indebted to you. Ve learned a lot. It is all thanks to you, Kris.
  • Kris: No, I'm happy to be of service to you, Miss Athena.
  • Athena: But, not just the vords. This country's customs, the vay people live... They are very complicated. Ve are often very surprised.
  • Kris: Is life in your country that different from ours, Miss Athena?
  • Athena: Yes. Completely different. But ve came to this country. So, as a sign of respect, ve must get used to the vay of life of this country.
  • Kris: I see... I think that's admirable.
  • Athena: In our country, ve have a saying. "If you enter snow country, it becomes snow country."
  • Kris: …Is that saying really like that?
  • Athena: Ve don't know. Ve tried our best to translate into this country's language.

Athena and Male Kris base conversation 3[]

  • Athena: Kris, thanks to you, ve understood all sorts of things. Ve must thank you for everything. Ve are very grateful.
  • Kris: I'm glad for having spent time with you, Miss Athena.
  • Athena: Ve vant to show our feelings to Kris. Ve vill apologize with our life.
  • Kris: Excuse me? No, no, you used the wrong word again. Didn't you mean "thank", instead of "apologize"?
  • Athena: Yes. "Thank".
  • Kris: Oh.
  • Athena: As thanks, ve vill become your bride.
  • Kris: Wha...!? M-Miss Athena... It seems you used the wrong word again.
  • Athena: Vat? Ve are mistaken? Then... Ve vill become Kris's voman?
  • Kris: 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.
  • Kris: 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: Kris... 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, Kris...
  • Kris: I see. Miss Athena knows the word "bond".
  • Athena: ...Ve know that much. Stupid Kris.
  • Kris: I-I'm sorry.

Death Quote[]

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

Heroes[]

Athena/Heroes Quotes

Endings[]

Shadow Dragon[]

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[]

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.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 293 CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon
697
506 CYL Athena NM Portrait
New Mystery of the Emblem
223
CYL2 395
↓103
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon
458
↓239
542
↓36
CYL Athena NM Portrait
New Mystery of the Emblem
197
↓26
CYL3 273
↑122
(From highest)
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
785
↑130
(From combined)
CYL4 333
↓60
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
352
↓433
CYL5 308
↑25
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
221
↓131
CYL6 325
↓17
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
214
↓7

CYL7 276
↑49
CYL Athena SD Portrait
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
161
↓53

Etymology[]

Athena is the daughter of Zeus and the Greek goddess of wisdom and war. Her Roman counterpart is Minerva.

Trivia[]

  • 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 Tatiana from Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia as well as Edelgard in her appearance in the E3 2018 trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
  • 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[]

See main article: Athena/Gallery.
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