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“I got nothing to do with fighting now... Well, that's what I would say if you were anyone else.”
—Barst's recruitment in New Mystery of the Emblem

Barst is a playable character from the Archanea Series of Fire Emblem. In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Barst, alongside Bord and Cord, is a member of the Talysian mercenary group led by Ogma.

Profile[]

War of Shadows[]

Barst makes his first appearance in Chapter 2 of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, where he, alongside Ogma, Bord and Cord, enlists in Marth's army under the behest of Princess Caeda of Talys. Barst aids Marth in bringing the War of Shadows to a conclusion, before returning to Talys to become a woodcutter. Some time later, according to Ogma, Barst departs in order to enlist in the Archanean army, before retiring shortly afterwards to become a pirate, the result of becoming tired of warfare.

Barst does not appear at all in the original Book 2. It's possible that he continued living his new life as a pirate during the time the War of Heroes took place, making him unable to take part in it.

War of Heroes[]

Barst returns in Chapter 5 of New Mystery of the Emblem, where he is revealed to have taken up residence near Olbern Keep in the country of Grust, leading a peaceful life as a woodcutter. Initially appearing as an enemy unit, Barst will join Marth's army when spoken to by Ogma, Bord or Cord, in spite of his initial unwillingness to involve himself in the chaos of warfare. Barst then assists Marth in bringing the War of Heroes to a conclusion, vanishing without a word to anyone after Medeus is slain. He is rumored to have either returned to leading a life as a simple woodcutter or taken to the high seas as a pirate, once again.

Personality[]

As is the case with a majority of the cast appearing in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem, Barst's character is not well-developed, owing to the minor role that he plays. Based on the few interactions that he engages in, however, one can still deduce various points of his personality. For one, it can be observed that Barst is rather indecisive, unable to craft solid directions to follow in his life; the end of the War of Darkness sees him constantly switching from one occupation to another rather rapidly, never seeming to gain any satisfaction from any of them. Through his recruitment conversations with either Bord or Cord in Mystery of the Emblem, his indecisiveness can be attributed to his dislike of the chaos of fighting, instead desiring to lead a peaceful life.

In spite of this, one can tell that Barst is steadfastly loyal, regarding the bonds that he forges with others with a keen earnestness. This is the case with the subordinate-leader relationship that he shares with Ogma; upon being requested to aid Marth's army in the War of Heroes by his former captain, Barst readily agrees to do so with barely any sign of hesitation.

In his relationship with his Bord and Cord, Barst cares about their sense of lifestyle. In his support with Kris, he tell them that his brothers have been living in the mercenary business for too long, which one can point out that he wishes for the best of both of them in finding something that can benefit their lives peacefully after the war concludes. Barst's indecisiveness in switching occupations from one to another and his dislike of violence is something he hopes to set as an example for his friends in motivating them to live a peaceful life rather than being mercenaries for hire. When the War of Heroes came to an end, while not shown, it could be hinted that Barst managed to convince Cord, at the very least, as Cord's ending states that he managed to settle down as a woodcutter and preferred that life to the ravages of war.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Barst Fighter 2 Talys Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE1 Fighter Map Sprite Fighter
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
524106957066
WeaponStarting Items
AxeSteel Axe
Hand Axe

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
60% 50% 50% 50% 70% 30% 50% 0%

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.

Barst is a fine example of a good character stuck in a terrible class. As a Fighter, he is locked to wielding axes, which are the heaviest weapon type, fairly uncommon past the early chapters, and lack particularly strong options aside from the notoriously unreliable Devil Axe. In fact, he will have 0 Speed when fighting with either of his starting weapons. He also cannot promote, which means he has only fifteen levels of growth to work with, and lacks the promotion gains that would patch his issues (compared to characters like Ogma and Navarre, who can gain Movement and Hero stat bases). That said, Barst has an excellent base Strength of 10 and a Speed of 9, along with high 50% growths in multiple stats, which makes him by far the most usable of the four axe-users in the game. He can double most enemies with an Iron Axe at base level, and needs only one point of Speed to double with Steel or Hand Axes. His high stats and attacking power make him one of the stronger characters in the early game, but after that point, he will likely fall off unless given favoritism once other characters have caught up to his stat lead.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment[]

  • Note: Barst only appears in Book 1.
Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Barst Fighter 2 Talys Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

  • Note: Barst only appears in Book 1.
Starting Class
FE3 Fighter Map Sprite Fighter
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
524106956066
WeaponStarting Items
AxeIron axe iconIron Axe
FE3 Hand AxeHand Axe

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
60% 50% 50% 50% 70% 30% 50% 3%


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Barst Fighter 2 Talys Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE11 Fighter Map SpriteFighter
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
324100695606
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 AxeAxe - DFE11steelaxeSteel Axe
FE11handaxeHand Axe

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
FE11mastersealMaster Seal FE11 Warrior Map SpriteWarrior
1 +6 +2 +0 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
FE12 AxeAxe +30
FE12 BowBow E

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes

Growth Rates[]

Default
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 40% 0% 40% 30% 40% 15% 0%
Reclassing Options

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 15% 0% 45% 20% 40% 45% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 20% 0% 50% 40% 40% 20% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 20% 0% 40% 45% 40% 20% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 40% 0% 40% 30% 40% 15% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
20% 0% 20% 45% 40% 40% 0% 20%

Support Relationships[]

Supports
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Bord 0 5 11 18
Cord 0 5 11 18
Supported by
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Ogma 0 5 10 16
Bord 0 5 11 18
Cord 0 5 11 18
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • Support levels that require 35 chapters cannot be reached normally
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:


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.

Though Barst's growths have taken some hits, his bases remain as good as ever, and he has benefited massively from the buffs to the Fighter class. His high Strength now counterbalances the weight of his axes, turning him into a surprisingly fast unit, and while his growths are not high, they are more than sufficient to carry him. In addition, when Barst joins, he already has a D-rank in Axes, allowing him to have a greater versatility by using D-ranked Axes from the get-go. Compared to Bord and Cord, both of whom join at the same time, Barst has higher base stats and high enough of a weapon level to use an array of Axes early in the game without sacrificing significantly in either his skill or speed growth rates. Lastly, if Barst's axe rank is raised to C, he will be able to wield a forged Hammer, or even a forged Poleaxe in the latega me, which will allow him to one-round even the strongest armored and mounted enemies. All of these strengths combined means that, more often than not, Barst will be the premier choice for an axe-user throughout the game, and one of the best choices for a frontline unit in general. The weapon triangle is a major boon to Barst, as well; Shadow Dragon's maps are notoriously lance-heavy, which makes a strong axe-wielder a very good thing to have at the ready. On higher difficulties, where most enemies have A-class weapon ranks and therefore a noticeable buff to their offense, Barst's ability to shut their ranks down gives him a sizeable durability boost next to his fellows.

When Barst promotes, he likely will already have a high HP and strength stat, which will give him a greater number of options to reclass into once he promotes. Aside from the Warrior class, Barst can reclass into a Berserker, which has the same growth rates as the Warrior class but allows Barst to cross water and mountains, though given Barst is unlikely to cap such a speed cap, which is the premier feature of the Berserker class, he may not prove to excel as a Berserker unless he is manually given multiple Speedwings. An alternate reclassing option is Hero; assuming Barst's strength stat is not below average by the time he promotes, he can reclass into the Hero class and have a much higher skill and speed by default, while benefiting from having already built his weapon levels in axes up by a fair amount. This makes Hero generally Barst's best option, as its fairly massive Speed boost will make him an extremely strong frontline option, albeit one that sacrifices his Strength growth somewhat. Even with bad growths, though, Barst's base Strength is high enough to make going Hero a viable option.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment[]

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Barst Fighter 5 Other Starts out as an enemy; talk with Ogma, Bord or Cord.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FEDS Fighter Map SpriteFighter
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
52612010116706
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 AxeAxe - DFE11steelaxeSteel Axe
FE11handaxeHand Axe
FE11vulneraryVulnerary

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
FE11mastersealMaster Seal FEDS Warrior Map SpriteWarrior
1 +6 +2 +0 +1 +1 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
FE12 AxeAxe +30
FE12 BowBow E

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes

Growth Rates[]

Default
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 70% 0% 60% 40% 50% 25% 0%
Reclassing Options

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 45% 0% 55% 30% 50% 50% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 50% 0% 60% 50% 50% 30% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 50% 0% 50% 55% 50% 25% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 60% 0% 50% 60% 50% 20% 0%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
50% 15% 20% 55% 50% 50% 5% 20%

Support Relationships[]

Supports
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Cord None 5 11 18
Bord None 5 11 18
Supported by
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Kris 1, 2, 3 5 11 18
Ogma None 5 11 18
Cord None 5 11 18
Bord None 5 11 18
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • A hyphen (-) indicates the support level cannot be reached
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

Support Conversations[]

Number Importance Name Chapters Needed Reward
142 * Barst and Kris 1 3 -
143 * Barst and Kris 2 6 -
144 * Barst and Kris 3 10 StrengthBondStrength Bond
  • To obtain the conversations, characters must participate in chapters together
  • The requirements for unlocking support conversations are separate from the support bonus system

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.


Barst is a fairly workable unit in New Mystery, but not a spectacular one. His growths and bases have both been buffed, but the early cast of New Mystery as a whole is far stronger, making a pure combat unit like Barst less notable. He is one of the few characters (barring certain versions of Kris) to boast any kind of axe rank, but his D-rank is generally not standout enough to give him a niche. That said, his bases are high enough that he at least avoids being doubled, even on Lunatic, and he has access to steel and hand axes, letting him hit hard or at range, letting him function as a serviceable combat unit. He is by far the best of the three early Fighters, but still not a particularly remarkable one, barring the limited utility of their Triangle Attack.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

The Hatchet
Warrior of Talys who works for Ogma and has been a pirate and woodcutter. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Heroes Barst Sprite (3*)Title
The Hatchet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
39/42/45
7/8/9
26/29/32
6/7/8
25/28/31
4/5/6
23/26/29
2/3/4
11/14/17
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Steel AxeFEH Axe Axe
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Barst Sprite (4* & 5*)Title
The Hatchet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
40/43/46
8/9/10
28/31/34
7/8/9
27/30/33
4/5/6
24/27/30
2/3/4
12/15/18
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Brave Axe
FEH skill support Reposition
FEH Axe Axe
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Barst Sprite (5*)Title
The Hatchet
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
19/20/21
43/46/49
8/9/10
30/33/36
7/8/9
29/32/35
5/6/7
27/30/33
3/4/5
13/17/20
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Brave Axe+
FEH skill support Reposition
FEH Axe Axe

Skills[]

Error. See Template:CharSkills for more info.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

The Hatchet Barst
Barst the hatchet pop01 Barst is a warrior who volunteered to join a group of mercenaries from Talys! Nowadays though, he puts his hatchet to use in his work as a woodcutter.
Barst the hatchet pop02 During his mercenary days, Barst joined the Altean army as part of a group led by Ogma. At his side were his fellow mercenaries, Bord and Cord, and together, the trio of axe-wielding warriors fought their way through the War of Shadows.
Barst the hatchet pop03 Barst remained with the Archanean army for a short while, but eventually deserted, having tired of warfare. He then spent some time as a pirate, but it was while swashbuckling on the high seas that he realized the quiet life of a woodcutter was his true calling.
Barst the hatchet pop04 Throughout his various careers, there’s one thing that’s always stuck with Barst—his trusty axe! Wait, was he using the same axe to cut wood that he used to… Never mind. I don’t want to think about it… Anyway, I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of axe-related works he can do for the Order of Heroes!
Closely Associated Characters
Ogma A mercenary who was once a slave gladiator. Serves Princess Caeda of Talys. He was Barst’s superior.
Bord A warrior of Talys. A volunteer mercenary who served under Ogma alongside Barst and Cord.
Cord A warrior of Talys. A volunteer mercenary who served under Ogma alongside Barst and Bord.

Quotes[]

Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment with Cord
  • Cord: Barst! What're you doin' here?!
  • Barst: Bord? Long time no see.
  • Cord: I'm not Bord! I'm Cord! You of all people should know that!
  • Barst: It was a joke! Sorry. Look, Cord, I know you came out all this way... But I've got nothing to do with war no more. I'm an ordinary woodcutter now. Just ignore me.
  • Cord: Don't be stupid. Doncha know? Prince Marth's fighting again. If you ignore his plea, you're a disgrace to the Talysian Mercenaries. You wanna be a disgrace, is that it?
  • Barst: ….. You know, all I really want is to live in peace... I suppose I can't just kick back, and chop my wood, with this damn war going on. This needs to end quickly.
  • Cord: Heh! That's my bro.
  • Barst: Yeah, I'll join too. Tell Prince Marth for me.
Recruitment with Ogma
  • Ogma: Long time no see, Barst.
  • Barst: Captain Ogma! Why are you here...?
  • Ogma: Another war has started. Once again, I fight under Prince Marth's banner. Barst, lend us your strength. We need you.
  • Barst: I got nothing to do with fighting now... Well, that's what I would say if you were anyone else. Captain, I owe you. You've saved our sorry asses on more occasions than one. Captain Ogma. Just say the word. I'll do whatever you want!

Heroes[]

Barst/Heroes Quotes

Endings[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[]

Helps to restore Archanea.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[]

Book 1[]

Talys Brave
He joined the Archanea army, but later abandoned his post. It is rumored that he became a pirate…

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

The Hatchet
Barst briefly enlisted in the Archanean army, but later deserted- to become a pirate, by some accounts.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

The Hatchet
Barst vanished, rather than go to Talys. Stories tell of him being a woodcutter, or sailing the high seas to a distant land.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Spirit Info[]

No. Name Image Type Class Slots Effect
624 Bord & Cord & Barst Bord Cord Barst Spirit Primary (Attack) ★☆☆☆ (Novice) 3 None

Spirit Battle[]

Spirit Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power/Class Stage Rules Conditions Music
Bord Cord Barst Spirit
No. 624
Bord & Cord & Barst
•Simon x3 Attack 1,800 / ★☆☆☆ (Novice) Wuhu Island (Bridge) None •The enemy favors neutral specials "Coliseum Series Medley"

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Trivia[]

  • Barts from TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga seems to be a tribute to Barst.
  • Barst's career as a pirate is briefly mentioned in the second base conversation that he shares with Kris in New Mystery of the Emblem.
  • Barst is the only Talysian Mercenary who does not appear at all in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE.
    • Although there's a possibility that he was Barry's Mirage in Encore before the events of the game took place.

Gallery[]

See main article: Barst/Gallery.
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