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“I have heard that you rescued His Highness. Words cannot express my gratitude. Should you ever require my strength, please know that I will hasten to repay this debt.”
—Dedue

Dedue is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is 18 years old at the start of the game.

ProfileEdit

Early lifeEdit

Dedue was the first born son of a blacksmith from Duscur, a region northwest of the Faerghus capital Fhirdiad. His homeland was destroyed in 1176 during the Tragedy of Duscur, when the people of Duscur were blamed and persecuted for the assassination of King Lambert and other kingdom nobles. Dedue lost his whole family following the resulting pogroms against the Duscur people. After being saved by Dimitri, Dedue repaid Dimitri's kindness with a life debt, becoming his retainer even though many people of the Kingdom distrust and dislike him.

Academy phaseEdit

Dedue enrolls in Garreg Mach Monastery Officers Academy in Imperial Year 1180 and joins the Blue Lions as Dimitri's retainer.

War phaseEdit

Azure Moon Edit

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Dimitri is falsely accused of murdering his uncle and regent, Grand Duke Rufus, by Cornelia who usurped the throne from him. Branded a traitor for alleged regicide, he is imprisoned in order to be executed for his crimes.

Dedue helps to break Dimitri out, allowing him to escape the Kingdom of Faerghus, now a vassal state of the Empire. Dedue ultimately sacrifices himself during his break out and is supposedly deceased. If Dedue's paralogue during the Academy Phase was not completed, or he was defeated during the Academy Phase, this will be his fate.

Five years pass and Dimitri bitterly regrets Dedue's sacrifice, being one of the driving forces of his sharp change in personality from a chivalrous and modest prince into a cold-blooded and cynical vagabond.

Should Dedue's paralogue have been completed, Dedue will have survived, having been saved by the same Duscur people they had fought earlier due to showing them mercy and telling them to run, despite their intentions to kill them at the time. Unaware of where Dimitri had gone, Dedue spent the next five years trying to track his lord down to no avail. By chance, he would eventually arrive at the Great Bridge of Myrddin, where he encountered Dimitri, Byleth and his former classmates battling the Empire, and offered a shocked Dimitri his aid. Dimitri accepted, and following the bridge's capture, Dedue explained how he was alive. Dimitri was relieved to see him alive and well, but promised him to never throw his life away for his sake, which Dedue immediately accepted, intending to honor his promise.

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Crimson FlowerEdit

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If Byleth decides to side with Edelgard, Dedue is seen at the Tailtean Plains where he is with his lord and the Kingdom's army. Prior to the battle, Dedue gave some of the soldiers Crest Stones, with one of them transforming into a Demonic Beast just before the battle started, much to Dimitri's surprise. Dimitri then scolds him for his action, as they must now ensure that their lives weren't lost in vain.

Dedue himself also carried a Crest Stone and attempted to use it. If successful, then he will turn into a Stone Demonic Beast, prompting Dimitri to fight on for victory to honor his friend's sacrifice. If defeated before he can use his stone, then he will peacefully die with Dimitri.

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Silver Snow and Verdant WindEdit

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On Verdant Wind, Dedue participates in the Battle at Gronder Field under the command of Dimitri. If he is defeated, Dimitri orders him to retreat. After the battle, Dimitri is killed by Imperial troops when he pursues Edelgard, leaving Dedue to fulfill his ambition to kill Edelgard. Silver Snow skips over this part completely.

Dedue hides in the Imperial Capital until Byleth's forces invade the palace, where he joins the fight in order to kill Edelgard as revenge for Dimitri's death, although he does entrust this mission to Byleth should he fail. If he survives the battle at the Imperial Palace, a soldier at the monastery will mention that Dedue left Enbarr after ensuring Edelgard's death, with a look of loneliness on his face.

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PersonalityEdit

With a stern face and stoic demeanor that belies a calm, gentle man, Dedue is of few words, rarely speaking out unless spoken to, but is polite and understanding of others. Due to his background from Duscur, he is used to the disdain many people have towards him, and is generally unfazed by their words. During his supports with Ingrid, when she realizes that he is not the evil person of Duscur she had thought him to be and asks why he didn't speak out, Dedue in turn states that he does not know the full details behind the Tragedy, and even states that while Duscur had both good and bad people just like anywhere else, some of them may have been involved in the plot, and as such, that her beliefs may or may not have truth to them. He also warns Byleth to avoid associating too closely to him, especially during ominous events such as Flayn's kidnapping or when rumors of an assassination plot arose.

Due to Dimitri sparing him during the Tragedy of Duscur, he owed him a life debt and is completely loyal to him. In his supports with Felix, when asked if he would obey any order given by Dimitri, he stated that he would and would give his life to protect him, regardless of how heinous the order may be. Dedue also cares for his allies, protecting them to ensure that Dimitri remains happy, noting their service to him. His devotion to Dimitri even leads him into willingly transforming into a Demonic Beast to protect his lord.

As a result of his life debt to Dimitri, Dedue appears to have difficulty without being by his side; in both the Silver Snow and Verdant Wind routes, a soldier comments that he had a look of loneliness on his face should he survive the battle. In the Azure Moon route, should he obtain an S-Support with female Byleth, he tells her that he resigned as Dimitri's retainer, which he found unusually troublesome even though Dimitri gladly accepted his resignation.

Dedue is also an experienced cook. In his supports with Ashe, he does not have any formal training, having cooked with his mother and sister at home. Cooking is one of the few things Dedue truly appreciates, as he fondly recalls his time in the kitchen with his family, and is how he can honor their memories; in his ending with him, he frequents Ashe's inn and offers constructive criticism. In his supports with Flayn, he teaches her the basics of cooking, and in their ending, Flayn becomes a talented chef due to Dedue's knowledge and patience.

He likes flowers and gardening, but dislikes anyone who would dare harm Dimitri.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting ClassCrest
FE16 Commoner Dedue IconCommoner-
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
130122575814
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
-Icon Combat Art FE16 AxeSmashStaunch Shield skillStaunch Shield
Lance Prowess Lv 1Lance Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 2Axe Prowess Lv 1
Brawling Prowess Lv 1 FE16Brawling Prowess Lv 1
FE16 Axe Weapon IconIron Axe
FE16 Potion IconVulnerary
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+ D+ E E+ E E E D E E
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 weakness icon
FE16 weakness icon

As an EnemyEdit

Rivalry of the HousesEdit

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 LionEdit

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 C E E E E E D - -
Start

To War at Gronder (Verdant Wind)Edit

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 B E E E E B B - -
Start

Combat at Tailtean PlainsEdit

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Human FormEdit
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 B E E E E B B - -
Start
Demonic BeastEdit
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
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As an AllyEdit

Confrontation at the PalaceEdit

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 B E E E E B B - -
Start

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
60% 50% 15% 30% 20% 25% 50% 10% 30%

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
108 74 30 42 35 44 70 35 41

Learnt MagicEdit

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

RecruitmentEdit

Dedue will automatically be recruited if Byleth chooses to teach the Blue Lions house in chapter 1. If Byleth chose to teach any other house, Dedue cannot be recruited at all.

Even on Casual Mode, Dedue may pass away during the five-year skip and be permanently lost. If the player completes Dedue's paralogue during the Academy Phase, War for the Weak, then Dedue will survive and reappear as a playable unit. Regardless of what happens, Dedue will disappear from chapter 13 on and, if his paralogue was completed, Dedue will reappear on Turn 2 during chapter 16 and automatically joins the player's roster.

OverallEdit

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Dedue will be the primary defensive wall for the Blue Lions and is only available if leading that class. With a primary focus on his Defense and HP growths, he is virtually untouchable against physical units save for units or weapons that deal effective damage against his class. His Strength growth is also quite high, dishing out reasonable damage as it grows. His growths leave a lot to be desired for his other stats, especially his Resistance and Speed, both of which make him extremely vulnerable to Mages. His Personal Skill, Staunch Shield, grants him a bonus +4 Defense for selecting the Wait command, letting him further shut down incoming physical damage.

Dedue excels mainly in physical oriented classes, with a primary focus on becoming an Heavy Armor unit such as the Armor Knight and Fortress Knight as his strengths lie in that as well as Axes, Lances, and Brawling for his preferred weapons. Mastering these two classes will provide Armored Blow, increasing his bulk when initiating combat and Pavise to further shave damage from direct attacks. He will have issues with movement as the naturally low movement range of armored classes means that he will lag behind allies when moving to new battle zones on a map, but if he is set up properly in certain places, he makes for an excellent physical choke-point to wall off other enemies from entering a location while your ranged units can pummel them. Flayn and her Rescue spell can be an excellent partner for him as not only can she increase his movement range with the staff, but she also gives him support bonuses. Movement can also be solved by making him a Great Knight, helping him retain his bulky nature, but his subject weakness in the Riding stat makes it difficult to reach the appropriate proficiency, and Flying being his only other subject weakness movement-wise provides little for his overall potential.

Dedue can excel in the Brigand or Brawler classes and their Warrior and Grappler promotions as well given his weapon strengths. He lacks Caspar's Speed growths but is much better at taking hits. Brawling makes excellent use of Dedue's good Strength and mitigates the downside of his pitiful Speed by allowing him to make follow-up attacks, and is his best option for defeating enemy Mages before they have a chance to attack him. Spending time particularly in the Brigand line will provide Death Blow to improve his damage when initiating combat, and later Wrath which pushes his Critical Hit rate by 50 when under half health. While Grappler can be a strong class in its own right, reclassing to it only for Tomebreaker is largely unrewarding as it only activates when equipped with gauntlets, which do not synergize well with the abilities of Dedue's defense oriented class options that would benefit from extra avoid against tomes. However, Grappler and Warrior do provide another unique benefit to Dedue: they will raise his HP growth rate to 100%, ensuring he always gets some extra HP when he levels up. The War Master class is the final form of the Brawler line and is great for a purely offensive Dedue. Most importantly, the class has one of the most beneficial skills for him, Quick Riposte, which guarantees a follow-up attack so long as his health is over 50%. Perhaps more importantly, it prevents enemy units from performing follow-up attacks on Dedue while it is active, so with his large HP pool he can survive just about any one hit. With this skill on hand, he is an extremely punishing physical bait unit and can smash through hordes of enemies who dare to initiate on him. War Master also shares the benefit of giving Dedue a 100% HP growth rate, making it good for leveling purposes.

Dedue's options outside of the above classes either has issues with developing his stats in them in order to take the Certification Exam for the class or simply having no real synergy or use as a permanent option outside of his class. The skills desired by him may take effort to use the class and even more to master them to use its skills, but taking time to develop him provides some skills that help him. In particular, the Bishop class has Renewal for self-healing (acquiring Bishop will also raise his Resistance to a minimum of 15, likely higher than he would get through his terrible growth rate) while the Paladin class has Aegis to shave damage from ranged units, particularly against Mages.

One problem does arise for Dedue post-timeskip: he is unavailable for Chapters 13-15, and will only reappear partway through the Chapter 16 story battle if his Paralogue was completed pre-timeskip. This will result in him losing some training time, which could hinder his continued usage (this is more of an issue on Hard or Maddening due to their limited number of auxiliary battles).

Overall, Dedue is probably the best physical tank in the game, only contested by Gilbert at the role. Though slow and vulnerable to magic, Dedue often will shrug off any physical blows that come his way, baiting in attackers to allow his allies to take them out.

Tea Party ConversationsEdit

See also: Dedue/Tea Party

Supports Edit

See also: Dedue/Supports

Quotes Edit

Dedue/Quotes

Possible Endings Edit

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Dedue (If defeated before the time-skip in classic mode or War for the Weak was not completed.)

"Killed in a coup after the battle of Garreg Mach. He was unable to make the promised meeting."

Dedue - Taciturn Devotee

"As a loyal vassal, Dedue dedicated his life to supporting King Dimitri through his entire reign. After tending to his liege on his deathbed, Dedue resumed his post at Dimitri's grave on the edge of Fhirdiad. There, it is said he stood sentinel over the peaceful realm he had helped build until the end of his days."

Dedue and Byleth

"A year after Byleth was appointed to succeed Rhea as the new archbishop, she announced her marriage to Dedue, who had resigned his position as the king's vassal. Their wedding ceremony, brightly colored with all of the most beautiful flowers from Duscur, set the tone for their happy life together. Dedue served as an intermediary between Faerghus and the church and -- alongside the archbishop -- committed to improve relations with foreign nations as part of the rebuilding effort. In their later years, they retired to the Duscur Peninsula where they spent the remainder of their lives gardening in peace and quiet."

Dedue and Dimitri

"After his coronation, Dimitri assumed the throne of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus, and his loyal vassal, Dedue, remained ever at his side. Among Dimitri's achievements was the reconciliation with Duscur: an extraordinary effort that required extensive negotiations to get past a history of betrayal and oppression. It was a trying task, but Dimitri never once considered giving up. While they behaved as lord and vassal in public, it is said that Dimitri and Dedue were more like family in private. When Dimitri finally fell to illness, Dedue tended to his liege's deathbed, and then took up a post at his grave for the rest of his days. When the time came, they were buried beside each other."

Dedue and Ashe

"Though the innocence of the Duscur people was proven, prejudice against them still lingered in the Kingdom capital. Far this reason, Ashe refused a knighthood when it was offered to him, and choose instead to open an inn that specialized in Duscur cuisine. Dedue began to frequent the place on breaks from his duty as the king's vassal, and overtime, imparted to Ashe his culinary wisdom. As the inn gained popularity, the people began to see the Duscur people in a positive light. This led to a reconciliation between the two cultures that came rather more quickly than expected."

Dedue and Mercedes

"Two years after the war, Dedue and his wife, Mercedes, opened a school in the Duscur residential district in Fhirdiad. The school educated Duscur children, who had never been given structured learning before, in reading, writing, arithmetics, and even Duscur history. Many years later, when the Duscur people reclaimed their homeland, the people who attended this school were able to resettle there and revive their old culture. because of this, Dedue and Mercedes were forever renowned by the Duscur."

Dedue and Annette

"Some time after the war, Dedue and Annette exchanged wedding vows in a modest ceremony and then settled down to a life in Fhirdiad. For them, after marriage stayed much the same as before. Dedue continue his duty to King Dimitri, and Annette took up a teaching position at Fhirdiad's school of sorcery. Though each gave the other space for the work that was important to them, they made sure to spend much of their free time together, and to bond over cooking and housework."

Dedue and Ingrid

"After the war, Dedue and Ingrid both served as protectors to the newly crowned King Dimitri: the former as his loyal vassal, and the latter as a knight sworn to House Blaiddyd. The pair fought side by side on countless occasions, and were known to be inseparable on the battlefield. Tales of the taciturn vassal and the steadfast lady knight were told by bards all throughout Fódlan, and it is said that their friendship helped spark the reconciliation between the peoples of Faerghus and Duscur."

Dedue and Flayn

"After the war, Dedue returned to Fhirdiad to support King Dimitri's reign as his vassal. As he worked, his wife, Flayn, was determined to support him with home-cooked meals. Dedue patiently endured the more disastrous of his wife's experiments, while teaching her everything he knew. Eventually Flayn's talent blossomed and she became a renowned chef. It is said that those who were lucky enough to taste her cooking always asked for more, and that Dedue's eyes lit up with affection and pride when she told him what she was planning to prepare next. "

Dedue and Shamir

"After the war, Dedue returned to Fhirdiad to support King Dimitri's reign as his vassal. Shamir was ever near, and as Dedue's trusted partner and a mercenary for the royal family, she complemented his public-facing work with by handling any necessary covert operations. The trusting professional relationship between the two blossomed into love, and soon they were married. It is said that, when absolutely no one else was around, they would let down their guard and engage in secret jokes and idle chatter."
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Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Super Smash Bros.Edit

Dedue appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a background character at Garreg Mach Monastery.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

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

EtymologyEdit

Dedue may be named after Dedun, an ancient Nubian god of incense, said to be the protector of dead Nubians during the Egyptian occupation, thereby associated with funerary rites. Molinaro is an occupational surname for a miller.

Trivia Edit

  • Dedue shares his English voice actor, Ben Lepley, with Thracia 776's Saias in Fire Emblem Heroes.
    • Dedue shares his Japanese voice actor, Hidenori Takahashi, with Awakening and Fates' Owain/Odin.
  • Dedue is the tallest playable character, standing at roughly 6'8" (204 cm) both before and after the timeskip.
    • Interestingly, Dedue is listed as 6’4” (192 cm) in the height chart included in the artbook.
  • Prior to update 1.1.0, Dedue has a unique post-timeskip battle model as an Armored Knight and Fortress Knight.
    • Otherwise, he uses brown colours for his classes.
  • Dedue is the only retainer who won't give any "Supply Run" quest.
    • Also, Dedue is the only retainer that will die instead of retreating if defeated in Classic Mode.
  • Claude, Dedue and Gilbert are the only route-exclusive characters that can survive in more than one route.
    • In Dedue's case, he can survive in Azure Moon, Silver Snow, and Verdant Wind.
  • In a survey conducted by Famitsu Magazine, Dedue placed 13th for males and 26th overall with 287 votes in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
  • In the fourth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Dedue placed 20th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 20th among those who completed the game with 28 points.
  • In the fifth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Dedue placed 25th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 25th among those who completed the game with 3.8% of the vote.

GalleryEdit

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