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“A war now would incur huge sacrifices on both sides! Our past is a testament to that. The noble class aren't the ones who suffer in the end. It's the powerless citizens who suffer, and I'm not about to let it happen!”
—Eldigan to Elliot.

Eldigan is a non-playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is the commander of the Cross Knights and the lord of Agustria's House Nordion during the first generation. As a descendant of Crusader Hoðr, he wields the powerful "Demon Sword" Mystletainn.

Eldigan shares many similarities with Camus from the Archanea Series and is thus considered part of the Camus archetype.

Profile

Eldigan is the older half-brother of Lachesis, and a close friend to Sigurd and Quan, both of whom he first met at Belhalla's military academy. He is also the husband of Grahnye and the father of Ares, both of whom move to Leonster to stay with her parents before Agustria enters a war against Grannvale.

Eldigan is extremely loyal to the Agustrian royal family, as his ancestors inadvertently inherited Hoðr's Holy Blood through Hoðr's daughter, who was married off to Nordion. They thus swore to utilize the powers of the Mystletainn to protect the royal family. King Imuka was a mentor and close friend of Eldigan, particularly in the latter's youth.

While Sigurd is residing in Evans Castle during his invasion of Verdane, Eldigan pays a visit to him in which he promises to watch over Evans while Sigurd marches deeper into Verdane. Shortly thereafter, Prince Elliot of Heirhein moves out to capture Evans, but he is stopped in his tracks by Eldigan and the Cross Knights. Sometime later, Eldigan decides to travel to Agusty in order to convince Chagall to end his military buildup, despite Lachesis's warnings. This results in him being arrested by Chagall, but he is later released when Sigurd conquers Agusty. When meeting with Sigurd, Eldigan tells him that he has one year to restore the peace and leave Agustria. During the next six months, Eldigan resides in Madino Castle with Chagall, while he leaves the Cross Knights at Silvail, prepared to take out Sigurd if he breaks their agreement.

After Sigurd is forced into a battle against Chagall's forces and wins, Eldigan finally decides to lead the Cross Knights against Sigurd's army due to his immense loyalty to his country. As the two armies clash, Lachesis pleads with him to stop the senseless fighting and convince Chagall to accept a truce.

Moved by his sister's pleas, Eldigan gives his prized Earth Sword to her as a memento before departing from the battlefield to reason with Chagall, telling the last heir of Hoðr it is too dangerous to fight against Grannvale right now and that it is best to go into hiding for his and Agustria's safety. However, the king refuses to listen to him and has him executed for treason.

Personality

Eldigan is an extremely honorable knight who holds his oath above all. Unlike many Agustrian nobles such as the greedy Macbeth and hothead Elliot, Eldigan understood the pain and suffering that war brought to the people. Eldigan treated the cross knights like family and in his last battle thanked them for their years of loyalty.

Eldigan was a close friend of Sigurd and Quan since their days at Belhalla. Though during the Grannvale occupation of Agustria, Eldigan felt that despite Sigurd's best intentions, he couldn't stop Grannvale's true intention of taking over the country. In his final battle with Sigurd, Eldigan understood they were only at odds due to their mutual knightly oaths to their countries.

Due to both his royal oath and friendship with Imuka, Eldigan was eternally loyal to Chagall, feeling Agustria would be doomed if the last heir of Hoðr was killed.

In-Game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Base Stats

  • Minor Holy Blood Indicator.gif - Minor Holy Blood
  • Major Holy Blood Indicator.gif - Major Holy Blood

Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Paladin Sprite (NPC).gifPaladinHoðr Holy Blood.pngMajor Holy Blood Indicator.gifHoðr
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovLeadGold
206015715+201501515+1095FE4 Leadership Star.png3,000
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE4 Sword.pngSword - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons).png
FE4 Lance.pngLance - B
Mistletain.gifMystletainn
FE4SteelLance.gifSteel Lance

Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Paladin Enemy (M).gifPaladinHoðr Holy Blood.pngMajor Holy Blood Indicator.gifHoðr
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovLeadGold
256522718+202072420+1095FE4 Leadership Star.png3,000
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE4 Sword.pngSword - FE4 Star Rank (Weapons).png
FE4 Lance.pngLance - B
Mistletain.gifMystletainn

Overview

Eldigan appears twice on the battlefield: once during Chapter 1, and then later on in Chapter 3. In Chapter 1, he is an ally of the player's, and alongside his troop of Cross Knights, makes short work of Elliot.

In Chapter 3, however, Eldigan will be forced to turn against the player. Despite not possessing any skills, Eldigan is extremely difficult to defeat due to his 5-Star Leadership and the powerful Mystletainn. It is thus highly recommended to have Lachesis speak with him in order to receive the Earth Sword, and more importantly, get Eldigan to leave the battlefield.

Savvy players might recognize that there is a third option for dealing with Eldigan: it would be theoretically possible to lure him away from Silvail in order to seize the castle without killing him. Doing so will cause Eldigan, like all on-field bosses whose castle has been seized, to vanish without a trace. As much as the player may wish to spare Eldigan, this will have no impact on the plot, and will also prevent the player from acquiring the Earth Sword or Life Ring.

Fire Emblem Awakening

Base Stats

Fire Emblem Heroes

Lionheart
Ruler of Nordion. Wields the Demon Sword in knightly devotion to any master. Older brother of Lachesis. Appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Base Stats

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Eldigan Sprite.pngTitle
Lionheart
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
42/45/48
7/8/9
29/32/35
4/5/6
21/24/28
7/8/9
31/34/37
5/6/7
15/19/22
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Mystletainn
FEH skill special.png Rising Light
FEH Sword.png Sword
Resplendent ✯✯✯✯✯
Resplendent Eldigan Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Lionheart
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
20/21/22
44/47/50
9/10/11
31/34/37
6/7/8
23/26/30
9/10/11
33/36/39
7/8/9
17/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Mystletainn
FEH skill special.png Rising Light
FEH Sword.png Sword

Skills

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Silver Sword---
Mystletainn-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill special.pngRising Light-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
Growing LightRising Light-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
AFEH Fury 1.png Fury 1--
FEH Fury 2.png Fury 2FEH Fury 1.png Fury 1-
FEH Fury 3.png Fury 3FEH Fury 2.png Fury 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Lunge.png Lunge-FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall

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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

Eldigan is a Book I Sword Cavalry unit who was a very strong unit in his heyday back in Book I and part of Book II. While he is not as potent as he used to be, he still maintains a workable position in the meta. 32 Atk is solid for a Book I unit and a physical bulk score of 79 is also very solid. He trades these for 24 Spd, low enough that it is highly unlikely that he will double attack, let alone avoid having his opponent double attack him and his abysmal Res of 19 gives him an overall magical bulk score of 64. While he may not seem impressive statwise, he is vastly improved thanks in part to a solid weapon refine (and evolution) and being the lucky recipient of a Resplendent form for some added stats.
Mystletainn is a stronger Slaying Edge, thus gives him a special cooldown acceleration effect. Its later Weapon Refinery tacks on Fury 3 for a solid +3 flat increase to his base stats in exchange for 6 non-lethal recoil damage after every fight he participates. While a solid refine and can solidly bloat his stats, the evolution of Mystletainn shared with his son, Dark Mystletainn not only has the special cooldown acceleration effect, it also adds a Special Spiral effect, charging his special by two after combat resolves in which he either activates his special before combat or during it. When refined in this form, if his opponent initiates combat or has at least 75% of their max HP at the start of combat, he gains Atk/Def+5 and deals a bonus +7 true damage to his special attacks. Overall, Eldigan becomes a powerful enemy phase oriented character and with a lot of the skills that are for the most part easy to access, he can become a veritable threat to bait out mainly physical enemies.
Growing Light is an AoE special that can deal some good true damage before combat, but the overall benefits of this skill are diminishing in the long run. Fury gives him +3 to his core base stats at the cost of 6 non-lethal recoil damage after combat. If used in tandem with his weapon's base form refine, it does amount to a +6 to the core stats at a cost of 12 non-lethal recoil instead. Lunge allows him to swap places with the foe he battles after battle.

Counters

Even with Distant Counter equipped, Eldigan is threatened by magical units aside from some very specific green units simply due to the low Res he has. Some of the potent threats just from Book I alone include Linde, Tailtiu, Delthea, and Male Robin. His cavalry status does give him pretty significant movement range, but also tacks on a weakness to weapons that exploit this status, namely Micaiah who even without Thani's effectiveness flat out one-shot kills him. Since he is mainly geared for defense, bulky blues like Effie, Hardin, and Gwendolyn can easily take his attacks, even if using his Mystletainn/Fury build.

Skill Inheritance

Eldigan's build should be dependent if he is going to run base Mystletainn or Dark Mystletainn. In either case Reposition is the best assist skill overall due to the utility it gives for moving allies around the map. Bonfire works well as a damaging special for both builds, though the base form can also run Glimmer or Moonbow depending on the enemies the player foresees. Defense Smoke further debuffs his foe's physical defense so he can hit harder and works perfectly with either weapon.
For the base Mystletainn, keeping both Fury effects is a good combination. Lull Attack Defense will help reduce enemy damage and boost his own as it benefits his two best stats.

For Dark Mystletainn, Distant Counter and Vantage in tandem will maximize his enemy turn performance, allowing him to counterattack mainly Bow and Dagger enemies and retaliate strong.

Strutting Lion
Young ruler of Nordion. Also known as the Lionheart. Sets out for the dance festival in dignified attire. Appears in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

Base Stats

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯
Eldigan Strutting Lion Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Strutting Lion
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
37/40/43
7/8/9
33/36/40
2/3/4
20/23/26
8/9/10
32/35/38
3/4/5
13/16/19
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Courtly Candle
FEH skill support.png Dance
FEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯✯
Eldigan Strutting Lion Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Strutting Lion
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
40/43/46
7/8/9
35/38/42
3/4/5
22/26/29
8/9/10
34/37/40
4/5/6
14/18/21
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Courtly Candle+
FEH skill support.png Dance
FEH Lance.png Lance

Skills

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Courtly Candle---
Courtly Candle+Courtly CandleFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill support.pngDance--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Earth Dance 1.png Earth Dance 1--
FEH Caldera Dance 1.png Caldera Dance 1FEH Earth Dance 1.png Earth Dance 1-
FEH Caldera Dance 2.png Caldera Dance 2FEH Caldera Dance 1.png Caldera Dance 1FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Def Opening 1.png Def Opening 1--
FEH Def Opening 2.png Def Opening 2FEH Def Opening 1.png Def Opening 1-
FEH Def Opening 3.png Def Opening 3FEH Def Opening 2.png Def Opening 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall

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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

Masquerade Eldigan is a Tempest Trial reward Dancer unit and he is incredibly useful when compared to other Dancers in the 3-4 star pool. In some cases, he is even better than some 5 Star dancers mainly due to the stats he has rather than a unique dance effect. He has an impressive Def of 37 and 43 HP. The reason why this is significant is that these stats help him to avoid the problematic【Isolation】effects of both Bridal Fjorm and Mila simeultaneously, though mainly if he is heavily invested into. Most other dancers can only avoid one of them at best, thus this specific niche makes him extremely powerful, especially as a defense team member for Aether Raids. He does have a solid 38 Atk so he can be used offensively in a pinch, but this is more of an afterthough when compared to his main utility as a dancer. Despite these strengths, he still has lower end Spd and retains his base form's low Res. While he may not be the flashiest dancer available in terms of dance utlity, the sheer ability to avoid Mila and Bridal Fjorm scores huge points when considering using him as a defense unit.
Courtly Candle grants Atk/Def+5 during combat if he starts off with at least 50% of his HP. Given his low Spd, if his foe can perform a follow-up attack, he reduces the damage of the first recieved attack by 50%. All-in-all, the weapon is meant to give him more survivablility which makes him a veritable wall at times and can shore up his weaknesses as well.
As a Dancer, he obviously carries Dance which allows him to refine an ally so they have another full turn of action. Caldera Dance gives the ally he dances a visible Atk+3 and Def+4 buff. Defense Opening gives a visible Def+6 to the ally with the highest Def on his team (excluding himself).

Counters

At base form, his main weakness is to mages and dragon units who can easily exploit his much lower Res. While he can mitigate it through his base weapon's 50% damage reduction on the first attack, he can be utterly punished by highly aggressive green mages like Nino, Sonya, Lewyn, Legendary Celica, and Thrasir. Because he is highly easily accessible, he can merge easily, but if a lucky foe has an easily high mered Bridal Fjorm and Mila, their overall base stats and general builds does win over him once they reach a certain level.

Skill Inheritance
As a dancer, Wings of Mercy has the best overall utility so he can teleport to injured allies and refresh them for a host of options. Rather than a damaging special, which Bonfire is best if going this route, Escutcheon further improves his bulk when taking attacks from melee range. Fortress Defense Resistance grants him massive Def/Res+6 increase to his base stats at the minor cost of -2 Atk to his base stat as well. Ground Orders can give more mobility to his grounded forces so they can move to nearby allies. Guidance can be used to allow allies to return to him if they are within 2 spaces of him. Wagasa can be inherited as its Chill Defense ability can be a better way to assist his allies rather than trying to increase his already high bulk once he has recieved a substantial amount of investment.

Quotes

Genealogy of the Holy War

Battle Conversations

Once Sigurd and Eldigan get near each other:

  • Sigurd: Eldigan, please! Put down your sword! I don't want to fight you! I still have every intention of handing over Agusty! Please, I just need a little more time!
  • Eldigan: ...Sigurd, I've heard enough. It's just you and me on the battlefield now. Two knights fighting with grace and honor. But I'm not about to fall with the Mystletainn at my side... 'Til death!

Battle Quotes

Default

“This is the Demon Sword, Mystletainn. If you don't wish to become its prey, then don't come anywhere near me...”
—Eldigan's battle quote

Vs. Sigurd

  • Eldigan: Sigurd... I never expected to ever have to cross swords with you. As knights, however, this is our fate. There is nothing either of us can do about it.
  • Sigurd: W, wait! Eldigan!!

Vs. Lachesis

  • Eldigan: No, Lachesis! I don’t want to fight you!!

Death Quotes

“Forgive me... Agustria...”
—Eldigan's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War.

Awakening

Recruitment

“I swear to serve you well.”
—Eldigan's recruitment quote in Infinite Regalia.

Heroes

Eldigan/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Eldigan 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 126
Genealogy of the Holy War
2,256
CYL2 156
↓30
Genealogy of the Holy War
1,621
↓635
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 107
↑49
Genealogy of the Holy War
2,574
↑953
CYL4 139
↓32
Genealogy of the Holy War
1,106
↓1,468

CYL5 125
↑14
Genealogy of the Holy War
747
↓359

Trivia

  • The lover conversation between Nanna and Ares in the Final Chapter reveals that Eldigan and Lachesis have different mothers. Furthermore, Lachesis fell in love with Eldigan, although his feelings towards her are unclear.
  • Eldigan has a unique battle sprite to other male paladins in the game.
  • Eldigan, Palla and Est are the only recruitable DLC characters in Awakening that do not have recruitable SpotPass versions.
    • Although Eldigan appears more akin to a SpotPass character than a DLC one, in that not only does he lack unique art, he appears on maps where he is not the specific DLC Einherjar for that map, and lacking the DLC needed to recruit him, Infinite Regalia, does not cause him to have the Nondescript Unit portrait that it does with other DLC characters.
    • Infinite Regalia's resources have placeholder graphics of Eldigan's portrait, cropped from his TCG artwork. This may imply Eldigan was to have new artwork much like the other Einherjar.[1]
  • Eldigan is the only DLC character in Awakening to not have a new character art.
  • In Heroes, Eldigan is one of the few characters whose exclusive weapon is not preceded by a Silver weapon, as he is instead preceded by a Killing Edge. The others are Ephraim, Tana, Joshua, Mia, and Ares.
    • He also shares his English voice actor, Greg Chun, with Ephraim, Ike, and Lukas in Heroes.

Gallery

See main article: Eldigan/Gallery.

References

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