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“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. Currently he's the only known bearer of the Crest of Chevalier. In Cindered Shadows or Abyss mode, Balthus is a main protagonist, alongside the other members of the Ashen Wolves.

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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, who once rescued her from danger. The two fell in love, married and had Balthus, but the lady was loathed by the Albrecht clan due to her lowborn origins and constantly harassed. The couple were forced to split ways, Balthus' mother returned to Kupala, and Balthus remained with his paternal family as the heir apparent due to him having the Crest of Chevalier.

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 brother were pretty close, but the boy's mother loathed Balthus and was also obsessed with her child becoming the heir of the family. All of this plus Balthus' own unruly behavior caused many problems, and Balthus decided to run away because not only he was harassed by debt collectors and other enemies, he greatly feared that his cruel stepmother would harm his mother as revenge against him or pit him against his brother.

As Balthus ran off from everyone in Leicester, he reached the territory of Lysithea's parents in House Ordelia. By these days the Ordelias were already dominated by the Empire and could not give Balthus sanctuary, but they still fed him and helped him escape from his pursuers despite the danger they were in. Balthus has never forgotten the kindness of House Ordelia and hopes to repay them someday, as he explains to Lysithea herself in their supports.

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

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Cindered Shadows

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Personality

In-Game

Base Stats

Starting ClassCrest
NobleCrest of Chevalier
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
128115473744
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
--FE16 King of Grappling iconKing of Grappling-
Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level E+  ? D  ? D+  ?  ? E+  ?  ?  ?
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 hidden talent icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon

As an Enemy

A Skirmish in Abyss

Starting ClassCrest
War MonkCrest of Chevalier
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
24562510111010211210
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
FE16 White Magic IconHealIcon Combat Art FE16 BrawlEviscerateFE16 King of Grappling iconKing of Grappling
Fistfaire FE16Fistfaire
Unarmed Combat FE16Unarmed Combat
Heal FE16Heal
Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16Brawling Prowess Lv 3
Tomebreaker FE16Tomebreaker
Faith Lv 3Faith Lv 3
HP+5 FE16HP +5
FE16 Relic Brawl Weapon IconVajra-Mushti
FE16 Potion IconVulnerary
FE16 Brawl Weapon IconUnarmed
Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level E E E E B+ E C+ E  ?  ?  ?
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 hidden talent icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon

Growth Rates

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

Maximum Stats

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

Learnt Magic

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

Overall

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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.

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; 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.

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 and his spell list is subpar, so there is little reason for him to pursue this class, as Grappler and Warrior will provide much more for him.

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 bit of a cost to his accuracy and luck, but he makes up for it with power and stamina.

Supports

See also: Balthus/Supports

Quotes

Three Houses

Balthus/Quotes

Possible Endings

Non-Canon Appearances

Etymology

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.

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