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For the similarly named Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War character, see Claud.

“Yet we have the strength to scale the walls between us, to reach out our hands in friendship so we can open our true hearts to one another. That's how we win!”
—Claude

Claude is a playable character and one of the main protagonists in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. He possesses a minor Crest of Riegan, and is the presumptive heir to the noble house of the same name. Claude is the leader of the Golden Deer house at the Officers Academy, and wields bows as his main weapon. He is 17 years old at the start of the game.

Profile[]

Early Life[]

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Claude's birth name is Khalid, and he was born in Imperial Year 1162 as the son of the king of Almyra and Tiana, the daughter of Duke Riegan. As a child, he often found himself discriminated against due to his Fódlan heritage and had to contend with his half-siblings. When he left Almyra and taken to the Leicester Alliance, he was again discriminated against due to his Almyran heritage. This led him to develop a desire to end Fódlan's long-standing isolationism in an effort to bring about a new world where everyone accepts everyone else. These experiences also helped him develop his strong tactical prowess from a young age.

Khalid also tries to keep the complete truth of his heritage from others, especially from the Gloucester clan. To such ends, he changed his name from Khalid to Claude - a name more fitting to Fódlan - and claims to be the son of an "offshoot" from the Alliance, brought into the clan just after his Crest manifested. Only Balthus has realized that he is the son of Tiana, a beautiful woman who once was very beloved by the Leicester noblemen, and he has promised to not let anyone else know.

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Claude is the heir to House Riegan, the preeminent house of the Leicester Alliance, and the grandson of its leader through his mother, Tiana. Though he was born in Imperial Year 1162, he was not legitimated as heir until Imperial Year 1179, a year before enrolling at the Officers Academy.

Three Houses[]

Academy Phase[]

As a student at the Officers Academy in Garreg Mach Monastery in Imperial Year 1180, Claude is the house leader of the Golden Deer.


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If Byleth chooses to teach the Golden Deer House, Claude becomes increasingly interested in their origins given Rhea's strange fixation on them along with the fact that they bear the Crest of Flames and can wield the Sword of the Creator. He also develops an interest in uncovering Fódlan's true history and the true nature of Crests and the Heroes' Relics after witnessing Miklan's transformation into a Black Beast during the mission of Chapter 5.

After forcing Byleth to lend him Jeralt's diary after his death, Claude learns that Rhea had done something to them as a newborn. At the end of Chapter 10, Claude demands Byleth tell him everything about the circumstances behind their transformation and newfound power, learning that an entity claiming to be the Goddess was living in Byleth's head and surmising that this phenomenon had something to do with what Rhea did to Byleth upon their birth. Claude promises Byleth that he will assist them in learning more about their origins as well as the secrets held by the Church and Rhea.

No matter which route is chosen, Claude teams with Dimitri and the Knights of Seiros, led by Archbishop Rhea, to defend Garreg Mach against the Adrestian Empire. They are crushed by Adrestian forces, and are forced to surrender, also losing Byleth in the process during the battle.

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Cindered Shadows[]

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Claude is the other Golden Deer beside Hilda to explore Abyss. His heritage is somewhat more explored in this path. The name of his grandfather (Oswald) and his mother (Tiana) are revealed, and there's also a bit more of background on how Tiana left the Leicester lands to go to Almyra.

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War Phase[]

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With the fall of Garreg Mach Monastery, Claude returns to the Leicester Alliance. The long grueling war instigated by Edelgard quickly spreads across Fódlan. After an undisclosed period of time, Claude's grandfather, Duke Oswald, passes away, naming him as his successor. Despite the impending war, beginning with the Empire's invasion into Gloucester territory, Claude's leadership of the Alliance has created a stalemate against it while maintaining unity within the Alliance's territories.

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Silver Snow[]
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If Byleth chooses to lead the Black Eagles and then chooses to stay with Rhea and the Church and go against Edelgard, they will lead a Resistance Army to stop the Empire and rescue Rhea. Once the army receives troops from Judith at the Valley of Torment, she gives Byleth a letter from Claude. In the letter, he states that he "doesn't know exactly why, but he feels that he can trust them".

He tells Byleth that in order to invade the Empire, they must go east and take the Great Bridge of Myrddin while he distracts House Gloucester's troops so that the Resistance Army can pass through their territory along the way. By taking the bridge, House Gloucester won't be able to receive the Empire's aid, benefiting Claude's position in the war as well as giving the Resistance Army a foothold to invade the Empire. After the Resistance Army takes the bridge, the Alliance engages in a three-way battle with the Empire and the Kingdom at Gronder Field, resulting in massive casualties on all sides. In the aftermath, Claude is reported as missing; however, some of his former classmates believe him to still be alive. Regardless, Claude is never heard from again.

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Crimson Flower[]
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If the Black Eagles route is chosen, Claude will find himself ill-prepared for the Empire to invade the Alliance first. A series of battles eventually lead to Claude being driven back to the Alliance capital, Derdriu. He and the Alliance army are soundly defeated by the Empire, but he attempts to negotiate with Edelgard, stating that he'd be worth more alive than dead due to all of the nobles indebted to him, leaving her with the option to spare or kill him.

If he is spared, Claude thanks Byleth and Edelgard for their mercy, entrusting the people and territories of the Alliance to her, believing that she will be able to rule justly. He also asks her to take care of his former classmates before leaving for Almyra. Before leaving, he quickly returns to talk to Byleth. If he is slain, he gives his sincere hope that Edelgard can create a better world than the one Fódlan currently finds itself in. Edelgard surmises that he accounted for all potential options, as he knew that as long as he lived, parts of the Alliance would continue to fight the Empire in his name, which would only be quelled with his death, real or otherwise.

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Azure Moon[]
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If the Blue Lions route is chosen, the Alliance army follows behind Faerghus’ as they march into Imperial territory, where they are intercepted by Edelgard’s own forces. Amidst the flames of war, Claude is forced to lament the brutality of the promised class reunion, before engaging in battle with the other two nations. He has his army stay neutral and wait for the battle to unfold before making a move, unless he is attacked first; regardless of the battle’s result, Claude retreats.

While Dimitri and the Blue Lions attack the Kingdom of Faerghus to reclaim it from Cornelia, Claude sends a messenger to the Kingdom requesting help in repelling an impending invasion by the Adrestian Empire. Under the belief that they would emerge victorious and heed the call, Claude sets up a defensive formation around Derdriu and waits. As planned, the Blue Lions reclaim the kingdom and answer his request, creating a pincer attack that defeats the Adrestian invasion.

After the battle, Claude makes a sudden announcement that he is stepping down as leader of the Leicester Alliance. With the approval of the other Alliance lords, the lands of Leicester integrate back under the control of the Kingdom. With a few parting words to his classmates and former teacher, he departs to deal with business in Almyra.

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Verdant Wind[]
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With the disappearance of Byleth, Claude never gave up hope that they were still alive. Remembering the promise the Golden Deer made, Claude returns to Garreg Mach Monastery and ascends the Goddess Tower. As he waits, Byleth, who went missing five years prior, miraculously returns. Elated to see his teacher well, Claude invites Byleth to help rout some bandits raiding a nearby town. As they quell the bandits, the rest of the Golden Deer students return as well. With the area cleared, Claude decides to make the Monastery their main base for the war to give them a strategic location to fight back against the Empire. Claude convinces Byleth to stay with the Golden Deer class by promising to aid them in the search for Rhea and learn the truth about themselves and Fódlan.

The Alliance, led by Claude’s tactics, fully unifies their full might as a nation with the capture of the Great Bridge of Myrddin, gathering their strength and eventually taking down Edelgard and the Empire at Enbarr after Dimitri and the Kingdom are defeated at Gronder Field. Claude will then let Byleth finish off Edelgard themselves, before turning his gaze homeward and steeling his troops to take down Those Who Slither in the Dark. He also shares his dream with Byleth about opening Fódlan to the outside world.

Upon hearing that Holst was severely injured fighting Nemesis, Claude decides that they should intercept his forces at Caledonian Plateau. Claude may be sent to fight his ancestor, although he expresses disappointment when he doesn't speak. Upon killing Nemesis' Ten Elites, the Alliance Army is able to injure Nemesis. Claude and Byleth challenge Nemesis together, where he fires several arrows, though they all miss. He then fires another arrow at the sky before charging and getting swatted aside by Nemesis. The arrow then lands back down and pierces Nemesis' arm, allowing Byleth to kill him. Claude then extends his hand to Byleth, stating that it is up to them to bring about peace, as he returns to Almyra to establish new ties with Fódlan.

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Warriors: Three Hopes[]

After Monica is rescued and "Tomas" is driven out of the monastery, Claude receives an urgent message from House Goneril explaining that the largest Almyran army amassed since the construction of Fódlan's Locket is preparing to invade Leicester and the head of House, Holst, needs all the reinforcements he can get. Together with Shamir, the Golden Deer meet with Holst, take up the defense of the Locket, and drive off the Almyran invaders, though Claude elects to allow Shahid to flee in order to avoid provoking further reprisal from Almyra. In the aftermath, Claude reveals he has commissioned the aid of Margrave Edmund to create a budget for repairs and restorations to the Locket, much to Holst's approval. Later, If Shez is part of the Golden Deer, Claude convinces them to remain in Leicester with him.

Two years after the attempted Almyran invasion. Claude reunites the former Golden Deer, with the exception of Lorenz, as he plans to send his forces to reinforce the Great Bridge of Myrddin and stop any potential Imperial invasion. After their first battle, Claude attempts to gain the support of Count Gloucester, to no avail, and worries that he may defect to the Empire.

Scarlet Blaze[]

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After the six-month timeskip, Claude forms a pact with Edelgard in which the Leicester Alliance will work alongside the Adrestian Empire. If the player recruits Byleth, this pact holds to the end of the game. If the player does not recruit Byleth, they will convince Claude to betray the Empire. This leads to Claude's death in battle unless a certain strategy is used.

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Azure Gleam[]

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After the six-month timeskip, Claude and the Alliance join forces with Dimitri to stop the now fully corrupt Empire. He brings the Golden Deer save for Lysithea and Leonie along with him, allowing the player to recruit Lorenz, Marianne, Raphael, and Ignatz to their army.

However, Claude makes his distrust and disapproval of Faerghus' alliance with the Church very clear. In the ending, Claude is seen among the small crowd waiting for Shez and Dimitri. During this scene, he's shown casting a cold glare at Rhea, indicating that he still does not accept her as an ally.

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Golden Wildfire[]

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During the Alliance's attempt to finally subdue the Empire, Shahid attacks Leicester again along with a large army. Claude must quickly defend Leicester and defeat Shahid. He offers Shahid a chance to surrender, but is forced to kill him when he refuses, throwing a sword at Claude.

Claude reforms the Leicester Alliance as the Leicester Federation and becomes its first King. Over the course of part II, he comes to blame the Central Church and Rhea for keeping Fódlan shackled to the past, leading to the problems it faces currently. He manages to subdue the Kingdom before finally marching to Tailtean Plains to end Rhea once and for all.

The ending card states that after Rhea's death, Claude proposes an end to the war between the Empire and the Kingdom, though it is unknown if either will consider it.

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Personality[]

Claude is described as easygoing at the surface, but has a side that forces others to keep their guard around him. His introduction to Byleth at the Officers Academy emphasizes this as he refrains from divulging any information about himself to his potential professor to give himself a "sense of mystery" and to entice them to choose his house in order to get to know him better. While appearing lazy and casual, he is far more astute than he lets on and is always a few steps ahead of his peers during conversations.

He tends to get along with those he interacts with, but his nonchalant attitude to his duties as heir to the Leicester Alliance seems at odds with each other and sometimes frustrates his fellow nobility classmates, namely Lorenz. Despite this, he has a wealth of knowledge of the Alliance's current state of affairs and has enough diplomatic sense to understand the ramifications of certain potential actions of Alliance against the neighboring country of Almyra.

He is a cunning strategist, and is particularly skilled at mind games to throw his opponents off. He openly converses with Byleth about a ploy to give his house rivals food poisoning to give his house an advantage in the first mock battle. While he does not do so, he simply stated it to rile up his rivals. He cares greatly for those under his command, valuing their lives and advising them to retreat rather than fight to the death, as shown in Crimson Flower numerous times. He abhors killing, only doing so if completely necessary; his tactics generally rely on incapacitating the enemy. His skills as a tactician have grown significantly after the time-skip that his guise of neutrality intimidates other nations' advisers, such as Hubert, as they know he has ulterior motives in hand.

Claude dislikes blind faith in gods, as he prefers to rely on the strength of men. On the other hand, he enjoys archery, long rides, subjects of curiosity, poetry, scheming and organizing feasts.

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Claude's mixed heritage serves as a source of inner turmoil as both sides have been odds long before he was born. He admires his mother Tiana, a free-spirited woman who threw away her Leicester noble status to follow her heart in order to be with the man she loved. Having experienced discrimination in both Almyra and Fódlan, Claude is driven to break the cultural barrier and have each nation more accepting of each other as equals, which leads to his dream of opening Fódlan to the outside world. He does, however, remain aware of the diplomatic tension between Fódlan and Almyra and would not try to force the issue unless there is an appropriate opportunity to do so.

War is more of a last resort to Claude as he would rather resolve disputes diplomatically. He is the most socially connected of the three House Leaders, reflected by having the most support conversations of the three, and has a better understanding of his peers than he initially lets on, even if it is simply to tease them. He is not as idealistic as Dimitri, but far less ruthless than Edelgard. He would rather avoid brute forcing his way onto the people of Fódlan and is more than satisfied to let others achieve his dreams over him should someone worthy appear.

Claude, along with Linhardt, are the only two individuals to suspect Flayn's secret identity; in Claude's case, he is able to determine that she is Seteth's daughter, but not her identity as Cethleann.

He has a deep sense of trust in Byleth and exclusively calls them "Teach", even if they are not his professor. He expresses faith and trust in Byleth's abilities and wisdom, even believing that they are the ultimate trump card for whomever they have aligned with. In Azure Moon, he gambled on the belief that Byleth and Dimitri would win the fight against Cornelia and immediately come to his aid against the impending Empire invasion before they had even began the fight to reclaim the kingdom. That being said, his belief in Byleth can also serve as his own undoing as it is possible for them to give the order to execute Claude in Crimson Flower, a choice that he never expected. In Verdant Wind, where they personally guide Claude, they serve as a motivation to see the war to the end and inspires confidence in his dreams of forming a true diplomatic and cordial relationship between Fódlan and Almyra.

In Three Hopes, Claude's personality is seen to be more self-serving the Leicester Alliance/Federation, as he is more willing to use tactics to more overtly overthrow the Central Church. Without having Enlightened Byleth as a influential figure to help sway the Fodlan people (not just within Leicester) to follow his grander plans in Verdant Wind, he utilizes the scarce resources the Leicester Alliance/Federation has to keep the nation afloat during the war.

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In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Three Houses[]

Base Stats[]

As an Enemy[]

Rivalry Of The Houses[]
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 E E E E - - -
Start
Battle of the Eagle and Lion[]
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 D+ E E C E E E C - - -
Start
Capturing Derdriu[]
To War at Gronder (Azure Moon)[]
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 B D D B E D+ D B - - B
Start

As an Ally[]

Saving Derdriu[]
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 B+ D D A E C+ D A - - A
Start

Growth Rates[]

Class:

Default
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
35% 40% 25% 60% 55% 45% 30% 25% 55%
Noble
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
35% 40% 25% 60% 55% 45% 30% 25% 60%
Dancer
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 35% 25% 60% 55% 45% 25% 20% 65%
Wyvern Master
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 50% 25% 60% 60% 45% 35% 25% 65%
Barbarosa
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 55% 25% 60% 65% 45% 35% 25% 65%
Myrmidon
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 25% 60% 60% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Soldier
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 25% 65% 55% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Fighter
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 45% 25% 60% 55% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Monk
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
40% 40% 25% 60% 55% 45% 30% 30% 60%
Lord
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 25% 70% 55% 45% 30% 25% 65%
Mercenary
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 45% 25% 60% 60% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Thief
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 25% 70% 65% 45% 30% 25% 60%
Armored Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 25% 60% 45% 45% 40% 20% 60%
Cavalier
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 45% 25% 65% 45% 45% 35% 25% 60%
Brigand
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 25% 60% 55% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Archer
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
40% 40% 25% 70% 55% 50% 30% 25% 60%
Brawler
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 40% 15% 70% 65% 45% 30% 15% 60%
Mage
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
40% 35% 35% 65% 55% 45% 25% 30% 60%
Dark Mage
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
40% 35% 35% 65% 55% 45% 25% 30% 55%
Priest
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
40% 35% 30% 65% 55% 45% 35% 35% 65%
Hero
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 25% 60% 65% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Swordmaster
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
70% 50% 25% 60% 75% 45% 30% 20% 60%
Assassin
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 25% 80% 75% 45% 30% 25% 55%
Fortress Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 25% 60% 45% 45% 45% 25% 60%
Paladin
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 25% 65% 45% 50% 35% 30% 60%
Wyvern Rider
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 20% 60% 55% 45% 35% 20% 60%
Warrior
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
75% 55% 20% 60% 55% 45% 30% 25% 60%
Sniper
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 45% 25% 80% 55% 55% 30% 25% 60%
Grappler
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
75% 50% 25% 70% 65% 45% 30% 25% 60%
Warlock
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 35% 60% 55% 45% 25% 30% 60%
Dark Bishop
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 35% 60% 55% 45% 25% 30% 55%
Bishop
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 35% 60% 55% 55% 25% 30% 65%
Trickster
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 40% 25% 75% 75% 55% 30% 30% 55%
War Monk
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
75% 50% 30% 70% 55% 45% 30% 30% 60%
Wyvern Lord
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
75% 55% 20% 60% 65% 45% 35% 25% 60%
Mortal Savant
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
55% 50% 35% 60% 45% 55% 30% 25% 60%
Great Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
65% 50% 25% 60% 45% 45% 35% 20% 60%
Bow Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 25% 60% 50% 45% 30% 25% 60%
Dark Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 45% 35% 60% 50% 45% 35% 35% 60%
Holy Knight
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
45% 40% 35% 60% 50% 55% 35% 35% 65%
War Master
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
75% 55% 25% 60% 65% 45% 30% 25% 60%

Maximum Stats[]

Default
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
71 61 40 89 76 63 50 42 76
With all saint statue bonuses activated
HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Cha
71 66 45 94 81 68 55 47 81

Learnt Magic[]

Skill Level Reason Faith
D Wind Heal
D+ - Nosferatu
C Sagittae Recover
C+ - -
B Cutting Gale -
B+ - -
A Excalibur Silence
A+ - -

Learnt Abilities[]

Ability Learned at Notes
Sword Prowess Lv 1 Sword Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Sword Prowess Lv 2 Sword Prowess Lv 2 FE16 sword icon D+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 2
Sword Prowess Lv 3 Sword Prowess Lv 3 FE16 sword icon C+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 2
Sword Prowess Lv 4 Sword Prowess Lv 4 FE16 sword icon B+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 3
Sword Prowess Lv 5 Sword Prowess Lv 5 FE16 sword icon A+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword Wrath Strike FE16 sword icon D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword Grounder FE16 sword icon C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword Bane of Monsters FE16 sword icon C+ -
Axebreaker FE16 Axebreaker FE16 sword icon B -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword Finesse Blade FE16 sword icon A -
Sword Crit +10 FE16 Sword Crit +10 FE16 sword icon S -
Swordfaire FE16 Swordfaire FE16 sword icon S+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 1 Lance Prowess Lv 1 FE16 lance icon E+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 2 Lance Prowess Lv 2 FE16 lance icon D+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 3 Lance Prowess Lv 3 FE16 lance icon C+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 2
Lance Prowess Lv 4 Lance Prowess Lv 4 FE16 lance icon B+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 3
Lance Prowess Lv 5 Lance Prowess Lv 5 FE16 lance icon A+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance Tempest Lance FE16 lance icon D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance Knightkneeler FE16 lance icon C -
Swordbreaker FE16 Swordbreaker FE16 lance icon B -
Lance Crit +10 FE16 Lance Crit +10 FE16 lance icon S -
Lancefaire FE16 Lancefaire FE16 lance icon S+ -
Axe Prowess Lv 1 Axe Prowess Lv 1 FE16 axe icon E+ -
Axe Prowess Lv 2 Axe Prowess Lv 2 FE16 axe icon D+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 3 Axe Prowess Lv 3 FE16 axe icon C+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 2
Axe Prowess Lv 4 Axe Prowess Lv 4 FE16 axe icon B+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 3
Axe Prowess Lv 5 Axe Prowess Lv 5 FE16 axe icon A+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe Diamond Axe FE16 axe icon FE16 hidden talent icon Unlocked after twelve tutoring sessions in Axes
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe Smash FE16 axe icon D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe Helm Splitter FE16 axe icon C -
Lancebreaker FE16 Lancebreaker FE16 axe icon B -
Axe Crit +10 FE16 Axe Crit +10 FE16 axe icon S -
Axefaire FE16 Axefaire FE16 axe icon S+ -
Bow Prowess Lv 1 FE16 Bow Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16 Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16 bow icon D+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 1
Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16 Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16 bow icon C+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 2
Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16 Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16 bow icon B+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 3
Bow Prowess Lv 5 Bow Prowess Lv 5 FE16 bow icon A+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Curved Shot FE16 bow icon D -
Close Counter FE16 Close Counter FE16 bow icon C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Monster Blast FE16 bow icon C+ -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Encloser FE16 bow icon A -
Bow Crit +10 FE16 Bow Crit +10 FE16 bow icon S -
Bowfaire FE16 Bowfaire FE16 bow icon S+ -
Brawling Prowess Lv 1 FE16 Brawling Prowess Lv 1 FE16 brawl icon E+ -
Brawling Prowess Lv 2 FE16 Brawling Prowess Lv 2 FE16 brawl icon D+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 1
Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16 Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16 brawl icon C+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 2
Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16 Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16 brawl icon B+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 3
Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16 Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16 brawl icon A+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl Fading Blow FE16 brawl icon D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl Rushing Blow FE16 brawl icon C -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special Healing Focus FE16 brawl icon B -
Brawl Crit +10 FE16 Brawl Crit +10 FE16 brawl icon S -
Fistfaire FE16 Fistfaire FE16 brawl icon S+ -
Reason Lv 1 FE16 Reason Lv 1 FE16 reason icon E+ -
Reason Lv 2 FE16 Reason Lv 2 FE16 reason icon D+ Replaces Reason Lv 1
Reason Lv 3 FE16 Reason Lv 3 FE16 reason icon C+ Replaces Reason Lv 2
Reason Lv 4 FE16 Reason Lv 4 FE16 reason icon B+ Replaces Reason Lv 3
Reason Lv 5 FE16 Reason Lv 5 FE16 reason icon A+ Replaces Reason Lv 4
Black Magic Range +1 FE16 Black Magic Range +1 FE16 reason icon S -
Black Tomefaire FE16 Black Tomefaire FE16 reason icon S+ -
Faith Lv 1 Faith Lv 1 FE16 faith icon E+ -
Faith Lv 2 Faith Lv 2 FE16 faith icon D+ Replaces Faith Lv 1
Faith Lv 3 Faith Lv 3 FE16 faith icon C+ Replaces Faith Lv 2
Faith Lv 4 Faith Lv 4 FE16 faith icon B+ Replaces Faith Lv 3
Faith Lv 5 Faith Lv 5 FE16 faith icon A+ Replaces Faith Lv 4
White Magic Range +1 FE16 White Magic Range +1 FE16 faith icon S -
White Tomefaire FE16 White Tomefaire FE16 faith icon S+ -
Authority Lv 1 Authority Lv 1 Innate -
Authority Lv 2 Authority Lv 2 FE16 authority icon D+ Replaces Authority Lv 1
Authority Lv 3 Authority Lv 3 FE16 authority icon C+ Replaces Authority Lv 2
Authority Lv 4 Authority Lv 4 FE16 authority icon B+ Replaces Authority Lv 3
Authority Lv 5 Authority Lv 5 FE16 authority icon A+ Replaces Authority Lv 4
Battalion Desperation FE16 Battalion Desperation FE16 authority icon C -
Sacred Power FE16 Model Leader FE16 authority icon C+ -
Defensive Tactics FE16 Defensive Tactics FE16 authority icon B -
Battalion Wrath FE16Battalion Wrath FE16 authority icon A -
Rally Charm FE16 Rally Charm FE16 authority icon S -
Offensive Tactics FE16 Offensive Tactics FE16 authority icon S+ -
Weight -3 FE16 Weight -3 FE16 heavy armor icon C -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special Smite FE16 heavy armor icon B -
Weight -5 FE16 Weight -5 FE16 heavy armor icon A+ Replaces Weight -3
Armored Effect Null FE16 Armored Effect Null FE16 heavy armor icon S+ -
Dexterity +4 FE16 Dexterity +4 FE16 riding icon C -
Movement +1 FE16 Movement +1 FE16 riding icon A+ -
Cavalry Effect Null FE16 Cavalry Effect Null FE16 riding icon S+ -
Alert Stance FE16 Alert Stance FE16 flying icon B -
Alert Stance+ FE16 Alert Stance+ FE16 flying icon A+ Replaces Alert Stance
Flying Effect Null FE16 Flying Effect Null FE16 flying icon S+ -

Recruitment[]

Claude is automatically recruited in the prologue and will stay with Byleth if they choose to teach the Golden Deer house in the next chapter. Otherwise, he is unrecruitable in the other two houses. Note that any items that Claude has in the prologue will be lost if another house is chosen, so it is best to trade with Byleth before the prologue ends.

Overall[]

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Claude is the primary Lord for the Golden Deer, meaning that he will be one of the most used members in Verdant Wind for most chapters. He has the best Speed and Dexterity of the Lord trio, allowing him to easily double and land criticals, but has the lowest Strength and overall bulk growths, leaving him more fragile than the other two and giving him a bit more difficulty in dealing with heavily-armored opponents. His Luck growth is better than both Dimitri's and Edelgard's, letting him avoid magic attacks and score criticals with ease (while also making him less susceptible to criticals). He also naturally has a high Charm growth, allowing him to effectively use Battalions. Overall, he is generally geared towards ranged combat, namely Bows, of which is his highest starting subject affinity and his primary choice of weapon. His Magic growth is low and his Reason mostly comprises of Wind magic and his Faith list is also fairly standard, though he notably learns Silence. While this may be a quirky option, it is not particularly optimal, especially when playing Hard and Maddening, where battles are more limited.

Claude bears the Crest of Riegan, occasionally restoring 30% of his HP when he uses Combat Arts. Bows heavily utilize them to increase range through Arts like Curved Shot and Claude is no exception, thus he can use its effects whenever he is injured. He has a Hero's Relic and a Sacred Weapon at his disposal. His Hero's Relic is Failnaught, a powerful bow that grants him the ability to use Fallen Star. By consuming four uses, Fallen Star not only deals effective damage against Dragons, but also allows him to completely avoid all attacks the next turn, giving Claude an excellent means of softening an opponent and then protecting himself. His sacred weapon is the Sword of Begalta, giving him a Renewal effect whose effect is increased in his hands.

Claude's subject strengths are in Swords, Bows, Authority, Riding, and Flying, and has a Budding Talent for Axes, which grants him the Combat Art Diamond Axe when unlocked. His Subject Weaknesses are Lances and Faith. Claude shines best in the Myrmidon and Fighter lines due to his inherent strengths, but he also has his exclusive Lord line with the aforementioned lines, plus his timeskip Wyvern Master and Barbarossa, the latter two turns him into a mobile attacker with superior movement due to being a flying class, though it does make him vulnerable to Bows and Excalibur as a result. Mastering Barbarossa grants him Wind God, a huge range Combat Art that far exceeds Curved Shot with a massive 2-5 range.

His normal class options for Claude to go through are Archer for Hit Rate +20 so he can counteract the huge bane to hit rate when attacking at long range with bows; this bonus can be combined with Bow Prowess, an Accuracy Ring, and a Battalion with a High Hit rate bonus. With his unlocked mastery in Axes, Brigand's Death Blow is available. Warrior offers Wrath, which can be combined with Mercenary's Vantage, but this is more of a novelty as Claude shouldn't take hits anyway. Afterwards, Sniper will be his best option until the timeskip is unlocked, as it grants him extra range with bows and passable stat growths until he can slot into his personal classes.

Bow Knight can also be a viable option, but again, his Lance weakness does hinder him somewhat in unlocking the class, but he only requires a C mastery of Lances, unlike Paladin which requires a B. Moreover, one may still take the exam with a very good success rate at D+ or even D rank, given that the other two requirements are met. One should not have Claude gain levels as a Bow Knight, however, due to its terrible growth rate bonuses; he should only use the class for important battles and not for training. Other options include Thief and Assassin for their excellent growth rates and stats that mesh well with Claude's already high Speed and Dexterity, and obtaining Lethality from Assassin may help with tougher enemies on higher difficulties. Claude is arguably the best Lethality user in the game thanks to his Dexterity growth; while Lysithea ties him in said growth, she's not suited for being an Assassin due to her terrible physical stats.

Overall, Claude lives up to his Lord status and is the most nimble of the three Lords in the game. Though he lacks Dimitri's raw power and Edelgard's magical prowess, Claude makes up for this with his Speed and strong crit capabilities. Claude also is far more mobile than the other two thanks to his skill strengths, and his unique Barbarossa allows him far more tactical maneuverability than his peers.

Gift List[]

Gift Name Type of Gift Description Rank
Riding Boots Favorite Boots specially made for mastering the equestrian arts. Appreciated by those who enjoy horseback riding. ★★★
Owl Feather Favorite A feather from a messenger owl that can be used in a variety of ways. Appreciated by everyone. ★★★
Book of Crest Designs Favorite A book containing the designs of 21 identified Crests. Appreciated by those who enjoy studying Crests. ★★★★
Exotic Spices Favorite Spices from a land to the east of Almyra. Appreciated by those who enjoy traveling or cooking. ★★★★
Board Game Favorite A fun activity in which players compete using stones on a board. Appreciated by those who enjoy tactical thinking. ★★★★
Book of Sheet Music Dislike An old collection of sheet music filled with hymns and pastoral songs. Appreciated by those who enjoy music. ★★★
Blue Cheese Dislike A pungent cheese with a very distinctive taste. Appreciated by lovers of food and drink. ★★★★

Share a Meal List[]

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.
Onion Gratin Soup Favorite Onions stewed with white trout and baked with a layer of cheese on top. Will warm you up from the inside out.
Garreg Mach Meat Pie Favorite A crispy-brown pie packed with tomatoes, cheese, and tender chunks of meat.
Pheasant Roast with Berry Sauce Favorite Well-roasted Fódlan pheasant drizzled with a berry reduction sauce.
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.
Country-Style Red Turnip Plate Favorite A balanced meal including red turnip and verona stew, red turnip salad, and sautéed red turnip with garlic.
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.
Sautéed Pheasant and Eggs Favorite Thin slices of bird meat and shredded cabbage, mixed with scrambled eggs and sautéed with spices. Invention of a certain noble.
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.
Vegetable Stir-Fry Favorite A dish of dried tomatoes, cabbage, chickpeas, and other vegetables, stir-fried with eggs. Nutritious and very filling.
Bourgeois Pike Favorite A gourmet fish dish with Airmid pike, vegetables, and a sprinkle of expensive spices. Popular among nobles.
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.
Saghert and Cream Dislike A baked confection coated with Noa fruit cream and a currant reduction, often enjoyed as a dessert at family gatherings.
Sweet Bun Trio Dislike Traditional pastries from Faerghus, known for their subtle sweetness. The dough is made with eggs and sugar.
Fried Crayfish Dislike Fried and breaded Caledonian crayfish. Looks much tastier than it actually is.

Lost Items[]

Lost Item Description
Leather Bow Sheath A leather bow sheath engraved with an unfamiliar script. It seems like something Claude would own.
Mild Stomach Poison A small bottle labeled "Mild Stomach Poison" that seems fairly harmless. It probably belongs to a schemer.
Board Game Piece A high-quality board game piece made of precious stone. It probably belongs to someone with a tactical mind.

Tea Party Conversations[]

See also: Claude/Tea Party

Supports[]

See also: Claude/Supports

Fire Emblem Engage[]

Known as the Emblem of Rivals. A calculating and enigmatic heir to a dukedom.

Emblem Skills[]

Emblem Ring
ClaudeFE17SpriteBracelet of the Three Houses
Stat Boosts
HP Str Mag Def Res Dex Spd Lck Bld Mov
Sync Skills Engage Weapons Engage Skill Engage Attack
FE17 Friendly Rivalry IconFriendly Rivalry
FE17 Gambit IconGambit
(Poison Gambit)
FE17 Lineage IconLineage
FE17 Weapon Sync IconWeapon Sync
EdelgardAymrFE17SpriteAymr
DimitriAreadbharFE17SpriteAreadbhar
ClaudeFailnaughtFE17SpriteFailnaught
FE17 Combat Arts IconCombat Arts FE17 Houses Unite IconHouses Unite

Bond Ring[]

Heir to House Riegan of the Leicester Alliance, found in another world. Leader of the Golden Deer House at Garreg Mach Monastery. Though laid-back and friendly, he is also a schemer to the core.
Bond Ring Claude
FE17 C Rank Bond RingC Rank Dex +1
FE17 B Rank Bond RingB Rank Dex +1 Spd +1
World FE17 A Rank Bond RingA Rank Dex +1 Spd +1 Lck +1
Byleth Emblem Ring Instructor FE17 S Rank Bond RingS Rank Dex +2 Spd +1 Lck +1
FE17 Wind God IconWind God

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

The Schemer
Heir to House Riegan, the leading house of the Leicester Alliance. Employs both an easygoing attitude and an effortless skill for scheming. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Claude SpriteTitle
The Schemer
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
35/39/42
6/7/8
30/33/36
10/11/12
34/37/40
4/5/6
17/20/23
3/4/5
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Cunning Bow
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Bow Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow---
Steel Bow---
Silver Bow---
Cunning Bow-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5-
GlimmerNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Lull Spd Def 1 Lull Spd/Def 1--
FEH Lull Spd Def 2 Lull Spd/Def 2FEH Lull Spd Def 1 Lull Spd/Def 1-
FEH Lull Spd Def 3 Lull Spd/Def 3FEH Lull Spd Def 2 Lull Spd/Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Def Smoke 1 Def Smoke 1--
FEH Def Smoke 2 Def Smoke 2FEH Def Smoke 1 Def Smoke 1FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Def Smoke 3 Def Smoke 3FEH Def Smoke 2 Def Smoke 2FEH Star Rarity 4

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.
Base Set[]

Claude is comparable to the infamous Brave Lyn, having exceptional range due to being a Colorless Bow Cavalry. While he matches her in Atk, he is actually faster than her though he has lower magical bulk, but overall this is not too much of a detriment to him. He exists in a relatively unoccupied unit pool, giving him some breathing room to shine over them in his own unique way.

His Cunning Bow turns him into a terrifying offensive unit as he thrives on teams who can both buff him and debuff enemies. If the total difference in visible stat bonuses on himself and penalties on his opponent equals 10 or more, Claude inflicts a further -5 to his foe's four core stats during combat, which can outright decimate his opponent's ability to counterattack him depending on the extent of the visible bonuses/penalties between the two.

Because Claude wants buffs to use his bow's effect, Glimmer is a natural fit on him to push his damage output by 50% with them applied. Lull Speed Defense removes enemy buffs, thus assisting in his Cunning Bow's effect, and also inflicts -3 to his foe's Spd/Def when in combat. Finally, Defense Smoke inflicts -7 Def onto opponents within two spaces of himself at the start of his turn. With this, all Claude needs is a 3 stat buff to one of his stats in order to activate his Bow's effect.

Counters[]

Claude needs to avoid getting hit by debuffs himself as he is vulnerable to Ploy and Panic users who can immediately shut off his bow's effect if he cannot turn it around with skills like Harsh Command on an ally. He is weak up close, thus any unit who can get to him first will likely take him down easily. Units like both genders of Robin, Lyon, and Sophia can inflict a color disadvantage through their tomes. Lastly, as a Cavalry, he is weak to Zanbatos and Ridersbane while Micaiah solidly kills him with all three of her forms.

Skill Inheritance[]

As a Cavalry, Reposition is a must for team synergy. Swift Sparrow gives Claude an initiated Atk/Spd boost for solid player turn offense, where he is likely at his strongest while either Fury or Life and Death will enhance his stats mainly for his offense. Desperation is a better Skill B to ensure that he fires off his likely double attack over his opponent and finish off before they have an opportunity to retaliate.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

The Schemer Claude
Claude of golden deer pop01 Claude is the house leader of the Golden Deer, one of the houses that make up the Officers Academy in the continent of Fódlan, which is ruled by three kingdoms.
Claude of golden deer pop02 Claude is the heir of Duke Riegan, the head of the Leicester Alliance. He's a keen horseman, and he's great at archery, too!
Claude of golden deer pop03 He's also got a knack for strategy...and he's not above deceiving people when the situation calls for it. That said, his cheerful demeanor and his ability to shrug off mistakes with a smile makes it hard to resent him for his tricks.
Claude of golden deer pop04 Claude might seem like a potential troublemaker, but if you ask me, he's got an unpredictable edge that'd make him a strategic asset to the team!
Closely Associated Characters
Dimitri The Prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and heir to the throne. He's known for his bravery and fidelity, but there's a shadow hanging over him. He's Claude's rival, and serves as the leader of the Blue Lion House.
Edelgard The heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. She's dignified, refined, and self-confident—traits that mask her raw ambition. She leads the Black Eagle House, making her a fellow house leader of Claude.

Almyra's King
Fought as the leader of the Leicester Alliance, but is also a member of Almyra's royal family. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Claude Almyra's King Heroes spriteTitle
Almyra's King
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
7/8/9
33/36/39
9/10/11
37/40/44
5/6/7
20/23/26
5/6/7
22/25/29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Wind Parthia
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Bow Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow---
Steel Bow-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Silver BowSteel BowFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Wind ParthiaSilver Bow-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Fury 1 Fury 1--
FEH Fury 2 Fury 2FEH Fury 1 Fury 1-
FEH Fury 3 Fury 3FEH Fury 2 Fury 2FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH Fury 4 Fury 4FEH Fury 3 Fury 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Chill Spd Def 1 Chill Spd/Def 1FEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1-
FEH Chill Spd Def 2 Chill Spd/Def 2FEH Chill Spd Def 1 Chill Spd/Def 1FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Atk Spd Rein 1 Atk/Spd Rein 1--
FEH Atk Spd Rein 2 Atk/Spd Rein 2FEH Atk Spd Rein 1 Atk/Spd Rein 1-
FEH Atk Spd Rein 3 Atk/Spd Rein 3FEH Atk Spd Rein 2 Atk/Spd Rein 2FEH Star Rarity 5

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.
Base Set[]

Returning to his roots, the Almyran King, aka Brave Claude, flies into battle as a colorless Flying Bow unit. His strong neutral 36 Atk and 40 Spd gives him an excellent offensive stat spread for dealing massive damage with his ability to easily double attack a huge portion of the cast even without his Spd boon. His mixed bulk is unfortunately not as strong, but Brave Claude's bow has a strong perk that almost makes this a moot point for him. While he may lack a Brave Skill, the quirkiness of his bow gives him a unique benefit that is not seen on any other unit. Brave Claude is a safe choice for the CYL round 4 free pick overall.
Wind Parthia not only accelerates his Special Cooldown and deals effective damage to fliers, but if he either initiates combat or is within two spaces of an ally, he gains +5 to all four of his core stats, granting him even more offensive power and just a bit more bulk to allow him to survive a hit or two in a pinch. Perhaps its most notable effect is its ability to heal himself for a flat 50% of his maximum HP if his special triggers, regardless if it dealt damage or not. Brave Claude has perhaps one of the strongest regeneration effects in the game, making him a strong sustainable unit in the long run.
Moonbow is a 1 turn charging special under his Bow's effect and it ignores 30% of his foe's Def when it activates, giving him a bit more damage. He has Fury 4, boosting his four cores stats by 4 at the cost of 8 recoil damage after combat. While this will activate after Wind Parthia's regeneration, it still provides him with the self heal to allow it to run a lot longer with a lot less assistance from other allies. Chill Speed Defense inflicts -5 Spd/Def to the foe with the highest sum of the two stats, allowing him to easily double attack more foes and deal more damage, though the intended target of this skill can be inconsistent in targeting the foe that it needs to inflict it upon the most. Attack Speed Rein is a new Flier exclusive Skill C that inflicts a -4 Atk/Spd debuff on foes during combat, increasing Brave Claude's bulk and further increasing his ability to double attack his foe.

Counters[]

As impressive as Wind Parthia is, the reliance on Brave Claude activating his special to get the regeneration means that opponents with Guard and other special slowing skills can prolong his ability to get his needed heal. Brave Claude has little help against foes who attack him adjacent to him, thus he has to rely on his bulk which is not exactly the highest. Finally, foes who can outright stop his counterattacks such as a Dazzling Staff unit can poke him without triggering his special. As a Flier, Bow units can easily inflict massive damage upon him even from a single attack.

Skill Inheritance[]

Brave Claude has a ton of options for building him as he can be built offensively to capitalize on his strong offensive stat spread or become deceptively tanky thanks to his regeneration ability. In either case even if running just his base kit alone, Reposition is the prime choice for his Assist Skill. Skill C can be replaced with other Flier related skills like Guidance or Hone Fliers if using on a Flier focused team.
Offensive Brave Claude can maintain his base kit and replace it with the likes of Mystic Boost to negate adaptive damage and mitigate Staff attacks through Dazzling Staff. Aerobatics also allows him to move to a space adjacent to an ally within two spaces of him.
Defensive Brave Claude can take Distant Foil to boost his physical bulk and even take some Def when having to deal with a bow unit, especially when used with a Iote's Shield seal. Mystic Boost works the same as above in giving him sustain while Vantage allows him to initiate combat on his opponent's turn once he is below 75% HP if he failed to defeat his opponent the turn before.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Almyra's King Claude
Claude almyras king pop01 Here's Claude, the leader of the Leicester Alliance who fought to bring the war in Fódlan to an end! Equipped with the legendary bow Wind Parthia, he cuts a truly dashing figure.
Claude almyras king pop02 He's wearing the armor of the wyvern riders of Almyra, a kingdom to the east of Fódlan. Wait a second… Weren't the Alliance and Almyra fighting over a strategic territory known as Fódlan's Throat?
Claude almyras king pop03 Well, it turns out that Claude actually has a strong personal connection to Almyra! In fact, I hear he's even related to the Almyran royal family by blood.
Claude almyras king pop04 Claude's goal was to bring about a world where people of all origins and positions in society could live in harmony. Claude himself is a symbol of unity, bringing Fódlan and Almyra together, and I'm sure nothing will break his stride!
Closely Associated Characters
Byleth Child of the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt. A stoic, capable professor at the Officers Academy. Claude has a fond, trusting relationship with Byleth, and his familiarity shows when he calls the professor “Teach.”
Hilda Noble of the Leicester Alliance and daughter of House Goneril. Has a lazy personality and a habit of manipulating people into doing things for her. Like Claude, she studies at the Officers Academy as a member of the Golden Deer House.
Lysithea Daughter of Count Ordelia and noble of the Leicester Alliance. A determined high achiever who hates being treated like a child. She's also a member of the Golden Deer House at the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach.

King of Unification
Hero who left Fódlan. Bringing peace to Fódlan, he returned to his homeland. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Claude King of Unification Heroes spriteTitle
King of Unification
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
8/9/10
34/37/40
10/11/12
38/41/45
5/6/7
20/23/26
4/5/6
21/24/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Failnaught
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Bow Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow---
Steel Bow-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Silver BowSteel BowFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
FailnaughtSilver Bow-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
LunaNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Atk Spd Catch 1 Atk/Spd Catch 1--
FEH Atk Spd Catch 2 Atk/Spd Catch 2FEH Atk Spd Catch 1 Atk/Spd Catch 1-
FEH Atk Spd Catch 3 Atk/Spd Catch 3FEH Atk Spd Catch 2 Atk/Spd Catch 2FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH Atk Spd Catch 4 Atk/Spd Catch 4FEH Atk Spd Catch 3 Atk/Spd Catch 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Fallen Star Fallen Star--
CFEH Spd Def Rein 1 Spd/Def Rein 1--
FEH Spd Def Rein 2 Spd/Def Rein 2FEH Spd Def Rein 1 Spd/Def Rein 1-
FEH Spd Def Rein 3 Spd/Def Rein 3FEH Spd Def Rein 2 Spd/Def Rein 2FEH Star Rarity 5

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.
Base Set[]

Legendary Claude is an immensely powerful Colorless Flying Hero blessed with the Earth attribute and the ability to Pair Up with an ally to cover his weaknesses on the fly. His offensive stats are fairly standard for a Book V unit with a high neutral 37 Atk and 41 Spd to hit fairly hard and score double attacks on a fair range of units. While he has fairly decent bulk with 64 physical and 65 magical, this can be slightly misleading as his kit contains a powerful set of skills that makes him incredibly strong and also surprisingly resilient.
Failnaught accelerates his special cooldown and has the standard effectiveness against flying units. If Legendary Claude's HP is at least 25% at the start of the battle, he gains an immediate +5 to his four core stats and also a Null Follow-Up effect, stopping his foes from using skills to gain a follow-up attack while negating his foe's skills that can likewise stop him from performing the same. In short, his offensive pressure is secured and can be deceptively powerful if underestimated.
Fallen Star is his unique Legendary Skill relegated to Skill B. If he initiates combat, the first attack he takes from his foe is reduced by 80% during combat, thus giving him surprisingly high amounts of bulk. After combat, Legendary Claude gains a unique status【Fallen Star】while his foe, and any other foe within 1 space of his targeted foe, is inflicted with【Gravity】. For the latter, this means that the affected foe's movement range are reduced down to 1.【Fallen Star】on the other hand is a repeat of the initiated effect of Fallen Star, thus during the foe's turn, he will again reduce the damage of the first attack he receives during combat by 80%. All of these in combination with his weapon turns him into a looming flying fortress that can take hits just as well as he can dish damage out.
Luna, under Failnaught's special acceleration, is a 2 attack charging special that ignores 50% of his foe's Def, ensuring that even the bulkiest of foes will take significant damage. Atk/Spd Catch 4 syncs nicely with his unique Skill B as any foe who battles him with a【Penalty】like the【Gravity】effect or is at 100% HP at the start of combat grants him a +7 Atk/Spd boost and if his foe has both a【Penalty】and is at 100% HP, he gains a further +2 Atk/Spd boost. Finally he has Speed Defense Rein, inflicting -4 Spd/Def on foes within two spaces of him during combat.

Counters[]

Legendary Claude's strengths are highly dependent on his foe having a【Penalty】on them in some form, thus getting the jump on him first is the best course of action to deal with him. As a flier, he is weak to Bow units, though he mainly has to worry about them only if he does not have his【Fallen Star】effect active on him or if he is not using the Iote's Shield seal. Unless he is running Close Counter/Foil, attacking him at melee range is also the best course of action since he can only reduce the damage he takes, but cannot return back damage. Additionally, any unit who has a Brave weapon effect is guaranteed their second attack as it is not considered a follow-up attack. Otherwise, units who have Windsweep/Firesweep/Dazzling Staff effects can slowly whittle down his health since he cannot counterattack against them either.

Skill Inheritance[]

Legendary Claude's only empty skill is his Assist Skill, which Reposition fills nicely. Close Counter or Close Foil is a worthwhile Skill A to replace Atk/Spd Catch as both allow him to counterattack melee range enemies with the former giving him even further bulk against physical close range units at the cost of the inability to counterattack Dragons only.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

King of Unification Claude
Claude king of unification pop01 Eastern Fódlan was once ruled by the Leicester Alliance, which was represented by a number of powerful dukes. Among them was Claude, who, during his time as the head of the alliance, exercised his artful leadership to bring peace to Fódlan!
Claude king of unification pop02 Claude was educated at the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery, where he was introduced as the heir to House Riegan. He was made house leader of the Golden Deer, and during his studies, he formed close bonds with his fellow students.
Claude king of unification pop03 However, Claude was hiding something...something big! True, he was the heir to House Riegan, but that was only half the story—he was also the son and heir of the king of Almyra, a powerful kingdom neighboring Fódlan!
Claude king of unification pop04 Keeping his true position of power hidden, Claude fought to create a land where people of different cultures and lineages could live together in peace. And with the help of his many friends and allies, he succeeded in guiding Fódlan to a new future!
Closely Associated Characters
Byleth Child of the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt. A stoic, capable professor at the Officers Academy. Claude's teacher and mentor.
Edelgard Princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. Her steadfast ambition is veiled by her elegant, self-confident demeanor. After ascending to the imperial throne, she starts a war in Fódlan, during which she opposes Claude.
Dimitri Crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Known for his chivalry, it seems a darkness may lurk beneath the surface. He also studied at the Officers Academy, but later opposed Claude.

Tropical Trouble
Member of House Riegan and leader of the Leicester Alliance. The sea air makes his heart race. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Claude Tropical Trouble Heroes spriteTitle
Tropical Trouble
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
9/10/11
35/38/41
11/12/13
39/42/46
5/6/7
22/25/29
3/4/5
22/26/29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Frozen Delight
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Blue Dagger Icon Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel Dagger---
Silver Dagger---
Frozen Delight-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 3FEH Star Rarity 4
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4
BFEH Fallen Star Fallen Star-FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Spd Def Rein 1 Spd/Def Rein 1--
FEH Spd Def Rein 2 Spd/Def Rein 2FEH Spd Def Rein 1 Spd/Def Rein 1-
FEH Spd Def Rein 3 Spd/Def Rein 3FEH Spd Def Rein 2 Spd/Def Rein 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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Tropical Trouble Claude
Claude tropical trouble pop01 Today, I'm writing from our vacation on a tropical island! Oh, and who's this snoozing in the shade on the beach? Why, it's none other than Claude, who's come all the way from the Officers Academy in Fódlan!
Claude tropical trouble pop02 Claude's wearing swim trunks for his summer outfit, making for an active, sporty look! You might have also noticed the bracelet glinting on his left wrist—it matches the one he got for his professor's birthday!
Claude tropical trouble pop03 That ice pop he's carrying certainly looks refreshing too. I hear it's tropical-fruit flavor, but perhaps more importantly, it can also be used as a dagger! ...Wait, was that supposed to be a secret?
Claude tropical trouble pop04 Anyway, we've also invited Claude's classmates Dimitri and Edelgard to join us on our summer vacation. I hope they take this chance to unwind from all the fighting back home and get some R&R!
Closely Associated Characters
Byleth Child of the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt. A stoic, capable professor at the Officers Academy. Guides Claude as his professor.
Edelgard Princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. Her steadfast ambition is veiled by her elegant, self-confident demeanor. As leader of the Black Eagle House, she is a rival to Claude.
Dimitri Crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and student at Garreg Mach Monastery. He has come to the tropics for some summer training. As leader of the Blue Lion House, he is a rival to Claude.

Golden Breeze
Heir to House Riegan, drawn to the festivities celebrating the wind. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Claude Golden Breeze Heroes spriteTitle
Golden Breeze
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
13/14/15
41/44/48
7/8/9
44/47/51
6/7/8
21/24/27
3/4/5
22/26/29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Playful Pinwheel
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Green Dagger Icon Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel Dagger---
Silver Dagger---
Playful Pinwheel-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon---
LunaNew Moon--
LethalityLuna-FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Atk Spd Prime 1 Atk Spd Prime 1--
FEH Atk Spd Prime 2 Atk Spd Prime 2FEH Atk Spd Prime 1 Atk Spd Prime 1-
FEH Atk Spd Prime 3 Atk Spd Prime 3FEH Atk Spd Prime 2 Atk Spd Prime 2-
FEH Atk Spd Prime 4 Atk Spd Prime 4FEH Atk Spd Prime 3 Atk Spd Prime 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Deep Star Deep Star-FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Atk Spd Oath 1 Atk Spd Oath 1--
FEH Atk Spd Oath 2 Atk Spd Oath 2FEH Atk Spd Oath 1 Atk Spd Oath 1-
FEH Atk Spd Oath 3 Atk Spd Oath 3FEH Atk Spd Oath 2 Atk Spd Oath 2-
FEH Atk Spd Oath 4 Atk Spd Oath 4FEH Atk Spd Oath 3 Atk Spd Oath 3FEH Star Rarity 5


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Golden Breeze Claude
Claude golden breeze pop01 Claude is the heir to House Riegan of the Leicester Alliance in Fódlan, and he’s here to join the party at the wind festival!
Claude golden breeze pop02 Apparently, the people of the Wind Tribe always wear a belt like this to secure their upper garments. Oh, and I just noticed something—that cape Claude’s wearing is attached to his right hand!
Claude golden breeze pop03 Hidden in his garments is a pinwheel dagger. Looks like the Wind Tribe find a way to represent their love of the wind even when they’re making weapons!
Claude golden breeze pop04 Claude seemed a little bewildered by this new attire at first—but that didn’t stop him from slipping it on and enjoying the festival!
Closely Associated Characters
Byleth Child of the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt. A stoic, capable professor at the Officers Academy. Claude’s teacher and mentor.
Edelgard Princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. Her steadfast ambition is veiled by her elegant, self-confident demeanor. Claude’s rival.
Dimitri Crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Known for his chivalry, it seems a darkness may lurk beneath the surface. Claude’s rival.

Yuletide Schemer
Heir to House Riegan, leader of the Leicester Alliance, joining in Askr's winter festival in the role of envoy. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Claude Yuletide Schemer Heroes spriteTitle
Yuletide Schemer
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
37/41/44
12/13/14
40/43/47
6/7/8
43/46/50
9/10/11
28/32/35
7/8/9
31/34/37
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Golden Yule Bow+
FEH skill special Daylight
FEH Bow Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow---
Steel Bow---
Golden Yule Bow---
Golden Yule Bow+-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialDaylight---
SolDaylight--
AFEH Atk Spd Form 1 Atk Spd Form 1--
FEH Atk Spd Form 2 Atk Spd Form 2FEH Atk Spd Form 1 Atk Spd Form 1-
FEH Atk Spd Form 3 Atk Spd Form 3FEH Atk Spd Form 2 Atk Spd Form 2-
BFEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1--
FEH Chill Atk Spd 1 Chill Atk Spd 1FEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1-
FEH Chill Atk Spd 2 Chill Atk Spd 2FEH Chill Atk Spd 1 Chill Atk Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 5

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Secret Book (Artwork)
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Yuletide Schemer Claude
Claude yuletide schemer pop01 Claude's come all the way to Askr from the Officers Academy in Fódlan to make a special appearance as one of our winter festival envoys!
Claude yuletide schemer pop02 Here's his festival outfit, decorated with stars on his waist and shoulders! And check out the super-cute accessories he's wearing in his hair—antlers and little ears!
Claude yuletide schemer pop03 Claude has also equipped himself with a special festival bow that features a breathtaking feather design. I can already picture him wielding it against the backdrop of a starry winter night!
Claude yuletide schemer pop04 Anyway, Claude's just finished with one of his envoy duties: bringing dreams and happiness to all the children! By which I mean, delivering presents!
Closely Associated Characters
Dimitri Crown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. Known for his chivalry, but it seems a darkness may lurk beneath the surface. Claude's rival who leads the Blue Lion House.
Edelgard Princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire. Her steadfast ambition is veiled by her elegant, self-confident demeanor. A house leader like Claude, she oversees the Black Eagle House.

Warriors: Three Hopes[]

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassCrest
FEW3H Fighter Claude IconFighterMinor Crest of Riegan
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCha
127001081111108811
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
-Icon Combat Art FE16 BowSpiral Shot
Icon Combat Art FE16 BowCurved Shot
DustcloudDustcloud Lv 1
Alliance BloodlineLeader's Acumen Lv 1
ForesightForesight Lv 1
Lance Buster Lv 1Lance Buster Lv 1
FE16 Bow Weapon IconIron Bow

Supports[]

See also: Claude/Warriors: Three Hopes Supports

Recruitment (Warriors)[]

Claude will automatically be recruited if Shez chooses to join the Golden Deer house in Chapter 2. If Shez chose to join any other house, Claude cannot be recruited whatsoever.

Claude will only be playable during Scarlet Blaze and Azure Gleam through the Record Keeper during a New Game+ file, as long as that file has completed Golden Wildfire data.

Quotes[]

Three Houses[]

Claude/Quotes

Engage[]

Claude/Engage Quotes

Heroes[]

Claude/Heroes Quotes

Warriors: Three Hopes[]

Claude/Warriors: Three Hopes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Three Houses[]

Anna fates portrait
"Just a minute! The following section contains spoilers. Viewing it will cost a lot. Are you prepared to pay for it?"
Claude - King of Unification
Claude returned to his homeland of Almyra and assumed the role of a politically active prince. After inheriting the throne, he worked to improve relations with Fódlan. In addition to establishing new trade routes, he fostered trust by sending reinforcements into Fódlan to help quell revolts by the remnants of the Imperial loyalists. Under his guidance, the peoples of Fódlan and Almyra were finally able to set aside age-old prejudices, and over time, the fallacies of old were all but forgotten.
Claude and Byleth
After ascending the throne as the first leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth sought to rebuild the war-torn towns and villages and to help guide the reformation of the Church of Seiros. After a few months of peace, remnants of the Imperial Army joined with those who slither in the dark and marched upon the capital city of Derdriu. The new kingdom lacked the power to repel the invaders, but when defeat seemed imminent, a battle cry rang out from the east. Claude, the newly-crowned King of Almyra, led a mighty army that broke through the rebel forces with ease. This show of solidarity forever altered the course of history, heralding a new age of unity.
Claude and Petra
Claude left Fódlan, entrusting its future to his friends. He intended to travel to his homeland of Almyra, but his love for Petra instead drew him west, to Brigid. He won her affection, and after receiving the blessing of her grandfather, the king of Brigid, the two were wed. Some years later, each inherited their respective thrones. As the monarchs of Brigid and Almyra, Petra and Claude fostered friendly diplomatic relations between the two regions and Fódlan.
Claude and Annette
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra with Annette, whom he intended to marry. He announced this fact to his father, the king of Almyra, who approved of Claude's growth and Annette's wisdom and resolved to entrust the monarchy to them. Once he became king, Claude established a school of sorcery with the intent to use it as a bridge between Almyra and Fódlan. Annette took on a role as headmaster, supporting Claude's dream by opening the doors to students from every corner of the world. Relations between Almyra and Fódlan improved drastically as a result.
Claude and Ingrid
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra with Ingrid, whom he intended to marry. He announced this fact to his father, the king of Almyra, who approved of Claude's strength and Ingrid's virtue and resolved to entrust the monarchy to them. Even after they ascended the throne, Claude and Ingrid argued frequently. But while the queen chasing the fleeing king through the palace was a common occurrence, the couple must have loved one another deeply, for they happily raised many children together.
Claude and Lorenz
Claude disappeared from Fódlan after the war, leaving the new head of House Gloucester, Lorenz, to support the new United Kingdom of Fódlan in his stead. He proposed revolutionary policies to restore the war-torn region at a rapid rate. When the rebuilding effort was complete, Lorenz turned his eye toward diplomacy, seeking to establish treaties of friendship with foreign nations. Almyra was no exception, and when the two parties met for a summit at Fódlan's Locket, it was none other than Claude, the new king of Almyra, who arrived to negotiate. Some speculated that this meeting had been Claude's scheme all along, but Lorenz and Claude both denied it.
Claude and Lysithea
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. When he became king, he asked Lysithea to be his queen with a heart full of love, and with the hope of fostering friendly diplomatic relations with Fódlan. Due to her shortened lifespan, Lysithea declined. Claude, unable to abandon his love for her, gave up the throne to go on a quest for a means to save her. Years later, he appeared suddenly before her, claiming to have found a cure. With her trust and love to guide him, he whisked her away, across the sea. It is unknown where they went.
Claude and Marianne
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. Several years later, when he became king, he took initial steps to open trade routes with Fódlan, and entered into negotiations with Margrave Edmund. During this time, he was reunited with Marianne, who had grown under her adoptive father's guidance into a wise and talented woman. She offered him her aid, and as they worked together to secure friendly relations between their respective nations, they fell deeply in love.
Claude and Hilda
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to take his place as heir to the throne. His family saw that he had grown strong and allowed him to claim his birthright. When he became king several years later, he made the surprise announcement that he would make Hilda his queen. Having studied with her brother to prepare for this moment, Hilda demonstrated an uncanny talent for diplomacy, and greatly contributed to establishing friendly relations between Fódlan and Almyra. The presence of a Fódlan-born queen for two consecutive generations did much to alter Almyran values.
Claude and Leonie
Leonie returned to Sauin Village to repay her debts and mysteriously vanished afterwards. Some years later, when trade between Fódlan and Almyra began in earnest, the village received notice that the Almyran king would be passing through on his way to Garreg Mach. The village rushed to prepare themselves. When the anticipated day arrived, they were shocked to find Leonie at the king's side. She had gone to visit Claude in Almyra, and had ended up staying to become his queen. Faced with the sight of Leonie in the resplendent clothing of a monarch, her father and the other villagers could do nothing but stand in mute amazement.
Claude and Flayn
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. Several years later, when he became king, he took initial steps to open diplomatic relations with Fódlan, and asked Garreg Mach for aid. During this time, he was reunited with Flayn, who had been helping Seteth run the church. She agreed to help, and as they worked together to secure friendly relations between their respective regions, they fell deeply in love. It is said that Seteth never learned of their relationship.
Claude and Flayn (If Seteth Died)
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. Several years later, when he became king, he took initial steps to open diplomatic relations with Fódlan, and asked Garreg Mach for aid. Alongside him was his wife, Flayn, who had gone missing during the war, but who now worked tirelessly to bridge the gap between their two lands for the sake of the late Seteth. It is said that some churchgoers disapproved of this new stance toward Almyra at first, but that Flayn's love for Claude proved to be a key inspiration in shifting the perspectives of the populace.
Claude and Shamir
After the war, Claude returned home to Almyra and took his place in the royal family. Some years later he became king, and during his reign, promoted policies to improve relations with Fódlan and protect children who had been orphaned by the war. After he achieved his goals, he left the throne to a family member and left Almyra. During his travels, he encountered Shamir, who had been wandering the world as a mercenary. It is known that they traveled together from that day forward, but where they journeyed to remains a mystery.
Claude and Balthus
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.
"End of spoilers. It's a pleasure doing business with you!"

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Byleth SSBU Claude Alt

Artwork of Byleth's Claude costume

Claude appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a background character at Garreg Mach Monastery. He also appears as a spirit in both his Academy and War phase appearances and Byleth's fifth alternate palette is based off Claude.

Spirit Info
No. Name Image Type Class Slots Effect
1,386 Claude Artwork Claude Primary (Grab) ★★☆☆ (Advanced) 3 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99
1,387 Claude - Five Years Later Claude Artwork 5Years Primary (Grab) ★★★☆ (Ace) 3 Weapon Attack & Move Speed ↑
Spirit Battle
Spirit Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power/Class Stage Rules Conditions Music
Artwork Claude
No. 1,386
Claude
•Byleth Grab 5,000 / ★★☆☆ (Advanced) Gaur Plain (Omega) •Hazard: Left is Right, Right is Left
•Hazard: Poison Floor
•The floor is poisonous
•Left and right controls will suddenly reverse
"Blue Skies and a Battle"

WarioWare: Get It Together![]

Claude appears in WarioWare: Get It Together! as a background character in the Nintendo Classics microgame "Fire Emblem: Three Houses". The player engages in a Tea Party session with either Edelgard, Dimitri or Claude and must successfully choose the correct prompt. Unlike the other house leaders, Claude's three prompts are all different and lack typos, and the player needs to determine which one is a praise.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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


Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 - CYL3 N/A

CYL4 3
Winner
CYL Claude War Portrait
Three Houses
59,751

CYL5 onward Ineligible

Etymology[]

Claude (/klɔd/) is a French given name derived from the Roman emperor Claudius. In view of the evident reference to the Shakespearean play King Lear that a majority of the Golden Deer (including him) play off of, his name may also have derived from King Claudius from Hamlet, the primary antagonist of the tragedy. It may also be a reference to Claudio Ranieri, who was the manager of Leicester City during their improbable 2016 Premier League-winning campaign.

Khalid (variants include Khaled and Kalid; Arabic: خالد) is a popular Arabic male given name meaning "eternal," "endless," or "immortal."

Regan is a name likely derived from ancient Gaelic and means "little king." Furthermore, Regan is also the name of King Lear's second daughter, continuing the references to Shakespeare.

Trivia[]

  • Claude shares his English voice actor, Joe Zieja, with Jamke and Canas in Heroes.
    • Joe Zieja stated in an interview that in his audition for Three Houses, he did readings for other characters such as Dimitri, Dedue, and Ferdinand before being chosen as Claude.
    • Starting from 17th August 2019, Zieja published his playthrough of Golden Deer on his YouTube Channel.
    • He also sang a cover of God-Shattering Star along with renowned metal musician Jules Conroy, a.k.a FamilyJules. He premiered the song in his Twitch account and Conroy later uploaded it to his own YouTube channel.
  • Game director Toshiyuki Kusakihara stated in an interview that the writers drew inspiration from Rajendra from The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Yang Wen-li from Legend of the Galactic Heroes when creating Claude.
    • The interview states that Nader was intended to reveal that Claude's real name is Khalid, but this was eventually scrapped.
  • Claude is one of the few Lords in the Fire Emblem series to not feature the color blue either in his hair or his clothes, a distinction he shares with both Celica from Gaiden and its remake and fellow Three Houses lord Edelgard.
  • He uses yellow colors for his class battle models in game.
  • Due to House Riegan being a cadet branch of the Blaiddyd royal family, Claude is distantly related to Dimitri.
  • Claude has the most supports with students outside of the Golden Deer compared to the other two Lords, which are Annette, Ingrid, and Petra. Dimitri has Marianne and Raphael while Edelgard only has Lysithea.
  • Claude can have the most skill proficiencies in the game with a total of six, after unlocking his budding talent in axes. He shares this distinction with Balthus.
  • As a boss in Crimson Flower, Claude is one of the few bosses in the Fire Emblem series that will be an entirely different class depending on the difficulty, either being a Wyvern Master on Normal or being a Barbarossa on Hard and Maddening.
  • Claude is the only house leader in Three Houses that can potentially survive in all routes. He lives by default in Azure Moon and Verdant Wind, and he can be either spared or killed by Byleth in Crimson Flower. His fate in Silver Snow, however, is left ambiguous and is reported to be missing.
    • Compared to the other house leaders, Edelgard only survives in Crimson Flower, and Dimitri survives by default in Azure Moon, and like Claude, his fate is left ambiguous in Silver Snow. Though unlike Claude, he is reported dead rather than missing.
    • Additionally, Claude, Dedue, and Gilbert are the only route-exclusive characters that are confirmed to survive in more than one route.
  • Claude's design and characteristics share a lot of similarities with Persian culture. This includes:
    • His pre-timeskip design, being based off the Persian Achaemenid archers. They are depicted as wearing yellow, having a singular earring, and wielding a composite bow.
    • His post-timeskip design, being based off a Kontush Sash: an ornate band worn around the waist which originated in Persia. At the end of this sash, Claude possesses a garland of Turkish püskül which wards off bad luck.
    • Claude's personal battalion, the Immortal Corps, is a reference to the Persian Immortals—the name given by Herodotus to an elite heavily-armed infantry queued unit of 10,000 soldiers within the grand army of the Achaemenid Empire.
    • An Almyran ritual Claude celebrates, as mentioned in his C-support with Annette, is a reference to the real-life "Chaharshanbe Suri", a Zoroastrian fire festival originating in ancient Persia.
    • Meditation Claude partakes in every morning, as mentioned in his C-support with Ingrid, is another practice of Zoroastrianism.
  • Claude has placed high in several character polls done in magazines for Three Houses. These include:
    • The first survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude placed 2nd. The male-female vote ratio was 1:2. He ranked 2nd with 19.8% of the vote among those who completed the game and 22.9% overall.
    • The second survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude placed 2nd. The male-female vote ratio was 1:3. He ranked 2nd among those who completed the game with 286 points.
    • The third survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude placed 2nd The male-female vote ratio was 1:3. He ranked 2nd among those who completed the game with 256 points.
    • The fourth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude placed 2nd. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 2nd among those who completed the game with 144 points.
    • The fifth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude placed 3rd. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 3rd among those who completed the game with 20.8% of the vote.
    • A survey conducted by Famitsu Magazine, Claude placed 2nd. He ranked 2nd for males and 2nd overall with 1,249 votes. He also placed 3rd among S-Supports chosen in the first playthrough with 339 votes.
    • The January 2020 issue of Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude ranked 6th in the character popularity poll for most favorite Nintendo character.
    • The February 2020 issue of Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Claude ranked 10th in the character popularity poll for most favorite Nintendo character.
  • In the fourth Fire Emblem Heroes: Choose Your Legends popularity poll, Claude ranked 2nd place for males and 3rd place overall with 59,751 votes.

Gallery[]

See main article: Claude/Gallery.