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Not to be confused with Canas.

Canis is one of the twelve Deadlords, and appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, and Fire Emblem Awakening.

In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, little is mentioned about the Deadlords, but they are all fought in the Final Chapter near Belhalla and eventually defeated, including Canis herself.

In Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Canis is fought in the Final Chapter. The character who becomes Canis is Sara, if she is either dead or not recruited.

In Game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


Starting ClassHoly Blood
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE4 Light.pngLight - A
FE4 Staff.pngStaff - B


Canis possesses a Nosferatu tome, and it is thus recommended to attack her with characters who are capable of defeating her quickly before she can make any moves, such as Shannan with the Balmung or Larcei with a Brave Sword. Alternatively, the Sleep staff or the Silence Staff may be used against Canis before attacking her.

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776


Starting Class
FE5 Sage Enemy (F).png Sage
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Continue.png Adept
Wrath (SNES).gif Wrath
Prayer.png Miracle
Elite.png Paragon
FE5 Fire Icon.png Fire - A
FE5 Thunder Icon.png Thunder - C
FE5 Wind Icon.png Wind - A
FE5 Light Icon.png Light - A
FE5 Staff Icon.png Staff - A
FE5resire.png Nosferatu
FE5berserk.png Berserk


Canis is widely considered to be the most dangerous of the six Deadlords present in the Final Chapter. Canis is capable of counterattacking with her deadly set of skills, and has the potential of wiping out weaker units with relative ease. Furthermore, if the player waits too long before defeating her, Canis may utilize her Berserk Staff on a random ally unit on the map, which is likely to spell disaster.

It is recommended to have Mareeta's starting position close to Canis, and defeat her with Mareeta's Sword, which provides the Nihil skill and will assure Canis does not activate Miracle. Alternatively, the player could warp Mareeta over to Canis to defeat her.

Alternatively, one can use a Pure Water or Barrier (Staff) and a Magic Floor to buff one of your units' Magic stat high enough to be able to use Sleep (staff) or Silence (staff) to render Canis helpless so she can be captured without a fight when your units clear out her room.

Fire Emblem Awakening


Starting Class
FE13 Risen Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Resistance+2.pngResistance +2TomeIconFE13.pngTome - A
StaffIconFE13.pngStaff - E
Falaflame FE13 Icon.pngValflame*

*Drops when defeated


The Deadlords' names are Latin words for the animals of the Chinese zodiac. The zodiac's eleventh sign is the dog, which in Latin is canis.

Canis' Japanese name, Elf, is the German and Dutch word for the number 11.


  • Canis is tied with Jake for the most canonical reclasses at 3 (Shaman, Sage and Valkyrie).
  • Oddly enough, Canis is an enemy with the Paragon skill, despite the fact that she is an enemy unit, and enemies cannot gain experience, as well as the fact that she is a level 20 promoted unit, meaning even if she were playable, she could never gain EXP anyway. This was probably meant to indicate the connection between Sara and Canis, even if Sara survives until Thracia 776’s final chapter.