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“Ooooh... I've only... (pant..) a little strength left in me. Sigurd... I must get the Holy Tyrfing to you!”

Byron is a character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the Duke of Chalphy and commander of the Gruenen Ritter in the First Generation of the game, and the father of Sigurd and Ethlyn. He is a close adviser of Prince Kurth, and is often counseled by King Mananan of Isaach. Byron joins Prince Kurth during the Isaachian-Grannvaleian War, but when Prince Kurth is assassinated, he is blamed for said death by Lords Reptor and Lombard. In Chapter 5, he appears as an NPC unit, managing to evade arrest after suffering heavy injuries. With the last of his strength, Byron manages to bestow the Tyrfing sword on Sigurd before succumbing to his injuries.


Base Stats

  • Minor Holy Blood Indicator.gif - Minor Holy Blood
  • Major Holy Blood Indicator.gif - Major Holy Blood
Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Master Knight NPC (M).gifMaster KnightBaldo Holy Blood.pngMajor Holy Blood Indicator.gifBaldur
1020191419197191491FE4 Leadership Star.png3,000
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Pursuit.pngPursuitFE4 Sword.pngSword - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons).png
FE4 Lance.pngLance - A
FE4 Axe.pngAxe - A
FE4 Bow.pngBow - A
FE4 Fire.pngFire - A
FE4 Thunder.pngThunder - A
FE4 Wind.pngWind - A
FE4 Light.pngLight - C
FE4 Staff.pngStaff - A
Brokensword.gifBroken Sword


Secret Book (Artwork).png
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In order to receive the Tyrfing from Byron, time is of the essence. Sylvia should be used to move the player's strongest units to the northeastern corner of Zaxon Castle in order to clear out the enemies blocking Sigurd's path to Byron. When this is done, Sigurd should be close enough to ensure that Byron will be able to reach him on the second turn. Nothing can be done to save Byron's life even if a healer manages to heal him, as the game is programmed in such a way that he will always die after speaking to Sigurd and passing on the Tyrfing sword.


“Damn... so close...”
—Byron's battle quote
“Sigurd... Sor.. ry...”
—Byron's death quote


Genealogy of the Holy War (Mitsuki Oosawa)

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 743
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CYL2 735
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CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 512
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CYL4 517
Genealogy of the Holy War

CYL5 468
Genealogy of the Holy War


Byron is a name derived from biron. It is often associated with the famous English poet Lord Byron.


  • If the player is fast enough, it is possible to heal Byron with any one of the available healers. If battle animations are turned on when this is done, his in-battle sprite can be seen, which is observed to possess blue hair, much like Sigurd does.
  • Oddly, Byron's battle quote can be contradictary as he may survive the round of combat, and his battle quote implies that he'll die from said round of combat.