“We're the secret fourth house in Abyss. The surface world turned its back on us, and we did the same in return.”

Balthus is a character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is an inhabitant of Abyss, and a member of the Ashen Wolves. He bears the major Crest of Chevalier. In the Cindered Shadows side story, Balthus is a main protagonist, alongside the other members of the Ashen Wolves.

Profile[edit | edit source]

The self-proclaimed "King of Grappling," Balthus of the Ashen Wolves has a rough-and-tumble personality. Running from his woes (and his debts), he's gone underground—literally—in Abyss. Despite his motivations, he's big-hearted and protects those he cares for.

He is also the best friend of Holst, Hilda's older brother. Hilda had known him from childhood, refers to him as "Baltie" and tends to treat him as if he were another brother.

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Balthus' mother is a commoner woman from Kupala, a very secluded region within Leicester. His father is the leader of the Albrecht clan, a minor noble family from the east of the Alliance. She left Kupala to see the world, he rescued her from danger; the two fell in love, married and had Balthus, but the lady was loathed by her husband's clansmates due to her lowborn origins so they constantly harassed her. The couple were forced to split ways: Balthus' mother returned to Kupala, and Balthus remained with his paternal family as the heir apparent, even when he did not consider himself cut to be the heir.

Some time after the departure of Balthus' mother, Lord Albrecht was forced to marry a local noblewoman who also bore him a son, albeit one with no Crest. Balthus and his younger half-brother were pretty close, but the boy's mother loathed her stepson and was also obsessed with her child becoming the heir of the family. All of this was followed by Balthus' own unruly behavior and the discovery of his Crest of Chevalier when he entered the Officer's Academy; his Crest was not supposed to have been passed on anyone after the failure of the Rite of Rising, so Balthus and Lord Albrecht had lots of problems to keep the secret from the clan. Some time after Balthus' graduation he decided to run away since not only he was harassed by debt collectors and other enemies, he greatly feared that his cruel stepmother would either harm his mother and the Kupalans as revenge against him, take her frustrations on his father, or pit him against his brother.

As he ran off from everyone in Leicester, after a bad encounter with bounty hunters near the Bridge of Myrdidd he reached the territory of Lysithea's parents in Ordelia. By these days House Ordelia was already dominated by the Empire and could not give him shelter, but they still fed and helped him escape from his pursuers despite the danger they were in. He has never forgotten the kindness of the Ordelias and hopes to repay them someday, as he explains to Lysithea herself in their supports.

Eventually, Balthus made his way to Abyss, managing to lay low until it was safe to come out again.

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Cindered Shadows[edit | edit source]

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Academy Phase[edit | edit source]

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Despite his hearty and careless personality, Balthus can be quite insightful, as he's the only person who can not only keep up with Claude's defensiveness over his past and his prodding, but he even turns it back on him, leaving Claude genuinely indignant and hypocritically getting upset at Balthus for trying to get a read into his past.

Balthus is on good terms with Holst and his younger sister Hilda, despite not being in contact with them for years. He tries his best to take care of Hilda, even well after post-timeskip where he upholds the promise made to Holst years ago before hiding in Abyss. He also respects Holst's combat capabilities, stating that he wouldn't have a chance if he had to fight him.

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His friendship with the two is so great that in the Crimson Flower route, if he is sent to fight Hilda, he will attempt to have her stand down, to no avail. When Hilda points out that Holst would hold him responsible for her death, Balthus does not deny this, stating that if he did kill her, he would repay it by offering his life to him and ensuring her body would be returned home.

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He enjoys gambling and drinking, one of the primary reasons of him being in debt. Despite having numerous debts to repay, with some of these loaners demanding his death, Balthus' strong sense of honor leads to him refusing to rely on others to pay off their debts as he intends to do so himself. And if someone offers him aid and he cannot repay them immediately, he vows to repay such a favor someday no matter the cost.

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This mentality ties, among other things, into Balthus' deals with Lysithea and her family. Since the Ordelia clan gave him aid even when they were in a desperate situation as well, he considers himself in debt with them and is determined to pay it off no matter what. This can lead to him being able to open the path for Lysithea's recruitment in the Black Eagles path.

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In-Game[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

As a Mission Assistant[edit | edit source]

Black Market Scheme[edit | edit source]

Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E E E E C E E E - - -

As an Enemy[edit | edit source]

A Skirmish in Abyss[edit | edit source]

Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E E E E B+ E C+ E - - -

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
50% 50% 30% 25% 30% 20% 45% 30% 30%

Maximum Stats[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
100 71 48 39 46 35 69 43 46

Learnt Magic[edit | edit source]

Skill Level Reason Faith
D Fire Heal
D+ - Nosferatu
C Bolganone Seraphim
C+ - -
B - Restore
B+ - -
A Ragnarok
A+ - -

Learnt Abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Learned at Notes
Sword Prowess Lv 1.png Sword Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Sword Prowess Lv 2.png Sword Prowess Lv 2 FE16 sword icon.png D+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 1
Sword Prowess Lv 3.png Sword Prowess Lv 3 FE16 sword icon.png C+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 2
Sword Prowess Lv 4.png Sword Prowess Lv 4 FE16 sword icon.png B+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 3
Sword Prowess Lv 5.png Sword Prowess Lv 5 FE16 sword icon.png A+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Wrath Strike FE16 sword icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Grounder FE16 sword icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Bane of Monsters FE16 sword icon.png C+ -
Axebreaker FE16.png Axebreaker FE16 sword icon.png B -
Sword Crit +10 FE16.png Sword Crit +10 FE16 sword icon.png S -
Swordfaire FE16.png Swordfaire FE16 sword icon.png S+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 1.png Lance Prowess Lv 1 FE16 lance icon.png E+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 2.png Lance Prowess Lv 2 FE16 lance icon.png D+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 1
Lance Prowess Lv 3.png Lance Prowess Lv 3 FE16 lance icon.png C+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 2
Lance Prowess Lv 4.png Lance Prowess Lv 4 FE16 lance icon.png B+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 3
Lance Prowess Lv 5.png Lance Prowess Lv 5 FE16 lance icon.png A+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Tempest Lance FE16 lance icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Knightkneeler FE16 lance icon.png C -
Swordbreaker FE16.png Swordbreaker FE16 lance icon.png B -
Lance Crit +10 FE16.png Lance Crit +10 FE16 lance icon.png S -
Lancefaire FE16.png Lancefaire FE16 lance icon.png S+ -
Axe Prowess Lv 2.png Axe Prowess Lv 2 Innate -
Axe Prowess Lv 3.png Axe Prowess Lv 3 FE16 axe icon.png C+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 2
Axe Prowess Lv 4.png Axe Prowess Lv 4 FE16 axe icon.png B+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 3
Axe Prowess Lv 5.png Axe Prowess Lv 5 FE16 axe icon.png A+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Smash Innate -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Helm Splitter FE16 axe icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Diamond Axe FE16 axe icon.png C+ -
Lancebreaker FE16.png Lancebreaker FE16 axe icon.png B -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Armored Strike FE16 axe icon.png A -
Axe Crit +10 FE16.png Axe Crit +10 FE16 axe icon.png S -
Axefaire FE16.png Axefaire FE16 axe icon.png S+ -
Bow Prowess Lv 1 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 1 FE16 bow icon.png E+ -
Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16 bow icon.png D+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 1
Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16 bow icon.png C+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 2
Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16 bow icon.png B+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 3
Bow Prowess Lv 5.png Bow Prowess Lv 5 FE16 bow icon.png A+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow.png Curved Shot FE16 bow icon.png D -
Close Counter FE16.png Close Counter FE16 bow icon.png C -
Bow Crit +10 FE16.png Bow Crit +10 FE16 bow icon.png S -
Bowfaire FE16.png Bowfaire FE16 bow icon.png S+ -
Brawling Prowess Lv 2 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 2 Innate -
Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16 brawl icon.png C+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 2
Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16 brawl icon.png B+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 3
Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16 brawl icon.png A+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Fading Blow Innate -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Rushing Blow FE16 brawl icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Draining Blow FE16 brawl icon.png C+ -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special.png Healing Focus FE16 brawl icon.png B -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Mighty Blow FE16 brawl icon.png A -
Brawl Crit +10 FE16.png Brawl Crit +10 FE16 brawl icon.png S -
Fistfaire FE16.png Fistfaire FE16 brawl icon.png S+ -
Black Mag Crit 10 FE16.png Black Magic Crit +10 FE16 reason icon.png FE16 hidden talent icon.png Unlocked after twelve tutoring sessions in Reason
Reason Lv 1 FE16.png Reason Lv 1 FE16 reason icon.png E+ -
Reason Lv 2 FE16.png Reason Lv 2 FE16 reason icon.png D+ Replaces Reason Lv 1
Reason Lv 3 FE16.png Reason Lv 3 FE16 reason icon.png C+ Replaces Reason Lv 2
Reason Lv 4 FE16.png Reason Lv 4 FE16 reason icon.png B+ Replaces Reason Lv 3
Reason Lv 5 FE16.png Reason Lv 5 FE16 reason icon.png A+ Replaces Reason Lv 4
Black Magic Range +1 FE16.png Black Magic Range +1 FE16 reason icon.png S -
Black Tomefaire FE16.png Black Tomefaire FE16 reason icon.png S+ -
Faith Lv 1.png Faith Lv 1 FE16 faith icon.png E+ -
Faith Lv 2.png Faith Lv 2 FE16 faith icon.png D+ Replaces Faith Lv 1
Faith Lv 3.png Faith Lv 3 FE16 faith icon.png C+ Replaces Faith Lv 2
Faith Lv 4.png Faith Lv 4 FE16 faith icon.png B+ Replaces Faith Lv 3
Faith Lv 5.png Faith Lv 5 FE16 faith icon.png A+ Replaces Faith Lv 4
White Magic Range +1 FE16.png White Magic Range +1 FE16 faith icon.png S -
White Tomefaire FE16.png White Tomefaire FE16 faith icon.png S+ -
Authority Lv 1.png Authority Lv 1 Innate -
Authority Lv 2.png Authority Lv 2 FE16 authority icon.png D+ Replaces Authority Lv 1
Authority Lv 3.png Authority Lv 3 FE16 authority icon.png C+ Replaces Authority Lv 2
Authority Lv 4.png Authority Lv 4 FE16 authority icon.png B+ Replaces Authority Lv 3
Authority Lv 5.png Authority Lv 5 FE16 authority icon.png A+ Replaces Authority Lv 4
Rally Strength FE16.png Rally Strength FE16 authority icon.png D -
Defensive Tactics FE16.png Defensive Tactics FE16 authority icon.png B -
Battalion Desperation FE16.png Battalion Desperation FE16 authority icon.png B -
Offensive Tactics FE16.png Offensive Tactics FE16 authority icon.png S+ -
Weight -3 FE16.png Weight -3 FE16 heavy armor icon.png C -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special.png Smite FE16 heavy armor icon.png B -
Weight -5 FE16.png Weight -5 FE16 heavy armor icon.png A+ Replaces Weight -3
Armored Effect Null FE16.png Armored Effect Null FE16 heavy armor icon.png S+ -
Dexterity +4 FE16.png Dexterity +4 FE16 riding icon.png C -
Movement +1 FE16.png Movement +1 FE16 riding icon.png A+ -
Cavalry Effect Null FE16.png Cavalry Effect Null FE16 riding icon.png S+ -
Alert Stance FE16.png Alert Stance FE16 flying icon.png B -
Alert Stance+ FE16.png Alert Stance+ FE16 flying icon.png A+ Replaces Alert Stance
Flying Effect Null FE16.png Flying Effect Null FE16 flying icon.png S+ -

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Balthus can be recruited in the main story after completing Chapter 4 of Cindered Shadows.

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Balthus is the self styled King of Grappling, and as such it should come as no surprise that the brawling skill lines are his strengths, complemented by his aptitude in Axes, Swords, and Heavy Armor. This means he should have ready access to most non-mounted physical classes. His personal skill King of Grappling grants him +6 to both Strength and Defense when he is below half HP, giving him natural synergy with the Vantage and Wrath skills. It is highly recommended that he masters both the Mercenary and Warrior classes. As for any physical class, Death Blow should be acquired to strengthen Balthus's attack during the player phase. He is predisposed to end his class career in the War Master class, where he will enjoy excellent boosts to his growths as well as increased damage and critical rate due to its passive skills. Classing him as a Hero can also work wonders since it gives him Vantage for free, allowing him to take other abilities as a result.

In terms of his stat growths, Balthus is similar to Raphael, Caspar and Hilda, having high Health, Strength, and Defense growths, but his Luck, Dexterity and Speed are all unimpressive (though he's thankfully not as slow as Raphael). His poor Dexterity is probably his biggest worry; it has the worst growth and base in the game, so even if he can dish out loads of damage, that does him no good if he can't hit anything. His weakness in Bows may also exacerbate this, making it hard to acquire Hit +20 to offset his accuracy issues. As such, it is advised to give him a battalion that can compensate for his inaccuracy. His Resistance growth is acceptable for a physical character, but is by no means impressive, so magic attacks will still hurt him (though not as much as they would on someone like Raphael or Dedue). His Charm is average-at-best, so Gambits are not his forte, and he may be susceptible to enemy Gambits. Much like the rest of the Ashen Wolves, his low number of Support chains make him less suited to providing assistance in Linked Attacks or Gambit Boosts.

Balthus has a budding talent in Reason and a strength in Faith, which is supposed to encourage the player to make him spend time in the War Monk class. However, his magic growths are shoddy (though not as bad as some other physical characters) and his spell list is subpar but he can make decent use of the aura knuckles and bolt axe, so there is little reason for him to pursue this class outside of acquiring Brawl Avoid +20, as Grappler and Warrior will provide much more for him. However, Restore is never a bad thing to have, and his access to it lets him cleanse allies of debuffs like Poison or Rattled.

Overall, Balthus joins the likes of Raphael and Caspar as a potent bruiser, but has more versatility than either of them due to his strengths in magic (even if his Magic stat is below-par). This comes at a cost to his accuracy and luck, but he makes up for it with power and stamina.

Gift List[edit | edit source]

Gift Name Type of Gift Description Rank
Whetstone Favorite A stone used to sharpen the blades of swords or lances. Appreciated by those who enjoy weapon maintenance. ★★
Ancient Coin Favorite A coin said to have been used as currency in ancient times. Appreciated by those who enjoy traveling, art, or coins. ★★★
Ceremonial Sword Favorite A textbook for studying arithmetic with everyday examples of its use. Appreciated by those who enjoy studying. ★★★★
Blue Cheese Favorite A pungent cheese with a very distinctive taste. Appreciated by lovers of food and drink. ★★★★
Owl Feather Favorite A feather from a messenger owl that can be used in a variety of ways. Appreciated by everyone. ★★★
Fishing Float Dislike A tool that tells you when a fish is on the line. Appreciated by those who enjoy fishing.
Watering Can Dislike A tool used for watering plants. Appreciated by those who enjoy gardening. ★★
Armored Bear Stuffy Dislike A fluffy stuffed bear wearing distinguished armor. Appreciated by those who love animals or cute things. ★★★

Share a Meal List[edit | edit source]

Meal Name Type of Meal Description
Beast Meat Teppanyaki Favorite A dish that tastes like the wilderness. Thick slices of meat covered with Noa fruit and grilled on a hotplate.
Sautéed Jerky Favorite Jerky aged in the monastery and sautéed for a delightfully salty flavor. A perfect snack to go with your favorite drink.
Spicy Fish and Turnip Stew Favorite Spicy stew made with Teutates loach and turnips. The monastery's unique recipe features spices from Dagda.
Sweet and Salty Whitefish Sauté Favorite Whitefish is coated in spices and sautéed with dried tomatoes to bring out an addictive salty-sweet flavor.
Garreg Mach Meat Pie Favorite A crispy-brown pie packed with tomatoes, cheese, and tender chunks of meat.
Fisherman's Bounty Favorite Freshly-caught fish are cut into chunks and stewed together to make this hearty dish.
Cheesy Verona Stew Favorite A rich dish consisting of verona and sautéed Teutates loach. These ingredients are boiled and served with two kinds of melted cheese.
Pickled Rabbit Skewers Favorite Hunks of rabbit meat are pickled in bacchus, skewered, and roasted over an open flame to create this flavorful dish.
Super-Spicy Fish Dango Favorite A light snack, popular in the Empire. Small, spicy balls of fried dough packed with white trout and dried tomato.
Daphnel Stew Favorite Minced poultry and onions boiled with salt. The simple recipe lets high-quality ingredients speak for themselves.
Gronder Meat Skewers Favorite Fatty hunks of Gronder fox cooked slowly on skewers. The meat is magically aged for a full flavor.
Gautier Cheese Gratin Favorite A gratin of bird meat topped with heaps of Gautier cheese, which is famous for its low fat content. It has a unique flavor.
Cabbage and Herring Stew Favorite Cabbage and Albinean herring stewed whole. The fish guts lend this hearty dish a superbly bitter kick.
Derdriu-Style Fried Pheasant Favorite Pheasant meat is pounded flat and fried. Can be served as a sort of sandwich, with cheese between two strips of meat.
Vegetable Pasta Salad Dislike Pasta with a blend of fresh vegetables from various regions of Fódlan. This popular dish sells out almost instantly.
Fish Sandwich Dislike A simple dish. Airmid pike is pickled in vinegar and served with cabbage between two slices of bread.
Country-Style Red Turnip Plate Dislike A balanced meal including red turnip and verona stew, red turnip salad, and sautéed red turnip with garlic.
Peach Sorbet Dislike A sorbet made with thin slices of magically frozen peach, dusted with bean flour.
Pickled Seafood and Vegetables Dislike A Dagdan dish of raw fish and turnips pickled in a vinegar-based seasoning liquid. Rarely eaten in Fódlan.
Vegetable Stir-Fry Dislike A dish of dried tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, and other vegetables, stir-fried with eggs. Nutritious and very filling.
Fried Crayfish Dislike Fried and breaded Caledonian crayfish. Looks much tastier than it actually is.

Lost Items[edit | edit source]

Lost Item Description
Well-Worn Hammock A Dagdan cot for sleeping outside. It probably belongs to someone with a history of roaming from place to place.
Stiff Hand Wrap A hand bandage splotched with blood, as though used in a fist fight. It probably belongs to a seasoned brawler.

Tea Party Conversations[edit | edit source]

See also: Balthus/Tea Party

Supports[edit | edit source]

See also: Balthus/Supports

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Three Houses[edit | edit source]


Possible Endings[edit | edit source]

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Balthus - King Of Grappling

"Balthus disappeared shortly after the war, but rumors of his exploits swirled for a long time thereafter. Some say he returned to Kupala, where he became a protector of the mountain folk. Others say he remained right under Garreg Mach's nose as a prominent underworld figure. Whatever the truth, the tale of his domination in the first- ever All-Fódlan Tournament Brawl is likely too persistent to be a fabrication."

Balthus – King Of Grappling (Crimson Flower)

"After the war for Fódlan, Balthus whole-heartedly joined the battle against those who slither in the dark. The devastation he wrought in the Battle of Shambhala was immortalized in a tapestry, entitled "Avatar of War," and passed down through the generations. Afterward, it is said he returned to Kupala and became a protector of the mountain folk."

Balthus and Byleth (Crimson Flower)

"Almost as soon as Byleth and Balthus finished their lively wedding celebration, the battle with those who slither in the dark began in earnest. Leading from the front lines, the couple drove the enemy back again and again, causing such carnage on the battlefield that even their Imperial allies and subordinates were intimidated. After hostilities came to an end, their names faded from official historical records but persisted in folk tales. Of the stories that spread to every corner of Fódlan and survive to this day, the most prominent one features criminals who threaten to abduct a traveler's wife. The traveler laughs and wishes them the best of luck."

Balthus and Byleth (Azure Moon)

"After taking her place as the new archbishop of the Church of Seiros, Byleth announced her marriage to Balthus. The people were reluctant to accept this union at first, considering his reputation, but his natural charisma in speeches and his ability to exceed expectations eventually won their blessing. Though mostly noted for his strength and dedication as a bodyguard, Balthus also provided counsel. It is said that many civil and diplomatic reforms owe their origins to his advice."

Balthus and Byleth (Verdant Wind/Silver Snow)

"After ascending to the throne as the first leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth announced her marriage to Balthus. The people were reluctant to accept this union at first, considering his reputation, but his natural charisma in speeches and his ability to exceed expectations eventually won their blessing. Though mostly noted for his strength and dedication as a bodyguard, Balthus also provided counsel. It is said that many civil and diplomatic reforms owe their origins to his advice."

Balthus and Claude

"Perhaps unexpectedly, Balthus accompanied Claude upon his return to his homeland of Almyra. While Claude assumed the role of a politically active prince, Balthus spent his days drinking, flirting, and brawling. As soon as Claude inherited the throne, however, all that changed. In the blink of an eye, Balthus became son-in-law to the great commander, Nader, and took up a position of military command in service to Claude's stated goal to improve relations with Fódlan. To foster trust, Claude frequently sent Balthus into Fódlan on missions to help quell revolts begun by Imperial loyalists."

Balthus and Hilda

"Most of Balthus's debts vanished in the chaos after the war, and those few that remained were paid off with what he had earned in the fighting. Free to do as he pleased, he sought out Hilda, and the two of them went on an adventure around the world. Crossing Fódlan's Throat, they journeyed through and beyond Almyra, where they are said to have found a kingdom of gold in the far east. Though the details of their adventure are largely lost, one anecdote firmly remains. To win Holst's blessing to take his sister out of Fódlan, Balthus had to beat him in a duel."

Balthus and Lysithea

"Balthus accompanied Lysithea home to help her parents restore their family land, securing the aid of his younger brother, who happened to be lord of a nearby domain. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, Lysithea relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, ceding the territory to a nearby lord. Shortly thereafter, Balthus brought her and her family to Kupala, in Fódlan's Throat. There, they fell in love and lived peaceful, happy lives blending in with the mountain folk."

Balthus and Yuri

"After the war, Yuri returned to the underworld. Some time after assuming control of the illicit markets, he happened upon Balthus, who had become so down on his luck that he had collapsed in an alley. Yuri helped Balthus back to his feet and offered him work as a bodyguard. While Balthus first accepted just to get by, he came to enjoy the lifestyle so much that he remained at Yuri's side for the rest of his days. The underworld kingpin and the Indomitable King of Grappling made such an impression on the world that their names were feared for centuries."

Balthus and Constance (Crimson Flower)

"Constance was the first to receive peerage from Emperor Edelgard, and though Balthus sometimes chafed from being at the mercy of his wife’s whims, the couple worked diligently to solidify the new social order under Imperial rule. House Nuvelle was given no guarantee of continued power on a hereditary basis but nevertheless achieved lasting status as a leader in the magical arts."

Balthus and Constance (Other routes)

"For her service in war, and her innovations in magic, Constance von Nuvelle was among the first to receive peerage in the new Fódlan. The very next day, she and Balthus were wed, and the couple set about the restoration of House Nuvelle. For their domain, they claimed not the land once ruled by that house, but rather an area in the east of Leicester that encompassed Kupala. There, they became known as advocates for the mountain folk, and as nobles who lived moment to moment as outlandishly as they pleased."

Balthus and Hapi

"Shortly after the war, Hapi and Balthus disappeared. Their absence from the world stage was not lasting, however, as before long they emerged as the leaders of an elite band of mercenaries. The group traveled all over Fódlan helping those in need, with a noted specialty in handling monsters. It is said that these mercenaries lived raucously, laughing often, and that not a single sigh of discontent was ever heard. Some years later, when those who slither in the dark returned to threaten Fódlan once again, these mercenaries were instrumental in dealing with them."
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Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

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

Balthus is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Balthazar (also spelled Balthasar, Balthassar, or Baltazar) means "Bel protects the King". It is an alternate form of the Babylonian king Belshazzar. It is the name commonly attributed to one of the Three Wise Men.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • After unlocking his budding talent in Reason, Balthus is tied with Claude for having the most skill proficiencies with 6.
  • Balthus is the oldest student in the Officers Academy at 27 years old.
  • Balthus uses brown colors for his classes.
  • Balthus stands at about 6'6" (198 cm), making him the tallest DLC character in the game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Balthus/Gallery.
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