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“Erk, you dolt......! Hahh... There was no reason to do that. Why can't I talk to girls?”
—Erk in a support conversation with Nino

Erk is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is a solemn, intellectual young man who is deeply devoted to his studies. He despises distractions, especially when they come from his former employer, the cleric, Serra.


Before The Blazing Blade

Erk was adopted and raised by the Mage General Pent and his wife, Lady Louise of Reglay, in Etruria ever since he was twelve, when he was found lost in the snow. Erk followed Pent's footsteps to become a talented mage in his own right. He had became so obsessed with his studies that he barely left his bedrrom in the castle, resulting on him falling ill, prompting Louise to nurse him back to health.

Lyn's Story

Eventually, when Erk grew older, he ventured out on his own. Embarking on a training journey as a mercenary, he was employed by House Ostia to escort the Lycian priestess Serra back to the castle. It is in Chapter 5 that he and Serra encounter Lyn's party for the first time. Much to his chagrin, Serra pulls him into aiding Lyn's party, whereupon he begrudgingly helps Lyn to thwart Lundgren and liberate Caelin. When Lyn retakes the throne of Caelin, both Erk and Serra leave her service and head to Ostia, thereby fulfilling his original mission.

Eliwood and Hector's Story

In the following year, as per Pent's instructions, Erk escorts the noblewoman Priscilla of House Caerleon in her pursuit for the truth behind House Cornwell's downfall and for any surviving family members. However, they become trapped in Laus by Marquess Darin, who, upon discovering Priscilla's lineage, imprisons her in one of Laus's villages and forces her to marry him.

Traveling to another village up north to petition for aid, Erk is unable to obtain help from the local peasantry. In Chapter 14, Erk departs from the village only to run into Serra, who is under Hector's employment at this stage. Though he is naturally hesitant to rejoin his former contractor whom he finds exasperating, he decides to take advantage of the fact that they are fighting against Laus and aids them. Later, Priscilla also joins the group, allowing him to continue his mission to protect Priscilla.


Subsequently, when Nergal and his morphs are defeated, Erk returns home to Etruria, where he is asked to become the new Mage General as Pent had retired. He politely refuses and instead devotes the rest of his life to the study of magic. However, he would later take up the title at some point in the future and serves as Mage General until his retirement, where he is succeeded by his pupil Cecilia.

Depending on his supports in Blazing Blade, Erk's fate may be altered. He can potentially fall in love with Serra, or even wed Priscilla or Nino. Should he wed Nino, he will become the father of the twin mages Lugh and Raigh. He is, however, unable to raise his children as he will eventually vanish searching for Nino, who disappeared, after she was forced to leave her family to protect them from bounty hunters looking for her.


Erk has a stern, no-nonsense personality. He is overly serious and pedantic, as he is a particularly introverted and withdrawn individual. Ever since he was accepted under Pent's tutelage at the age of twelve, he has been highly studious and, more importantly, he values dogged perseverance even at the expense of his health, to the extent where he even collapses once as a result of forsaking food and sleep to continue his studies.

Despite his devotion to his studies, Erk appears to have low self-esteem, lacking full confidence in his own worth, tending to belittle himself and compare his capabilities to those of his master. While Erk can be uptight and snide at times as his support conversations with Louise reveal, this is because he has had a hard time letting others get close to him or try to help him. According to him, this is because he feels overwhelmed by people displaying a great degree of affection or concern over him. His taciturn nature makes it difficult for him to express his appreciation to the people he cares most about, such as his foster family, Pent and Louise; alternately, to either of his clients Serra and Priscilla, though notably Serra in particular, or to the fellow mage Nino.

He didn't want to rely on the kindness of Pent and Louise too much, and as soon as he could, he started to work as a bodyguard. Though, due to his overly serious personality, he didn't enjoy the job too much, evidenced when he needed to deal with clients who posessed more 'colourful' personalities, such as Serra.


Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Description: A young mage from Etruria. Charming, but uptight.


Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Male Mage Map Sprite.gif MageGBAThunder.gif Thunder
WeaponStarting Items
Anima.gif Anima - DFire.gifFire*
Goddessicon.gifGoddess Icon**

* - Lyn's story.
** - Eliwood/Hector's Story. Note: His stats will always carry over from Lyn's Mode, should he have been leveled up previously. Otherwise, if he was killed at any point in Lyn's Mode, or if the mode was skipped, then these are his default stats.

Growth Rates

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
65% 40% 40% 50% 30% 20% 40%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring.gif Guiding Ring or Earthseal.gif Earth Seal FE8 Sage Map Sprite.gif Sage
1 +4 +1 +0 +0 +3 +3 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Anima.gif+40 Staff.gifE


See also: Erk/Supports


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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.

If the player chooses to play through Lyn Mode (which is forced on the first playthrough), Erk is the earliest available offensive magic user, and as such will be useful in killing bosses, particularly against Bool, as he is a Knight and as such has literally no Resistance; in addition, Bool's low speed will allow Erk to double him and deal a significant amount of damage.

Erk may have troubles doubling Brigands and Mercenaries early on, which will hamper his kill rate and hence his Experience gain, but if the player is patient enough to sink enough Experience for a few levels into him, his high Speed growth will quickly pull up his mediocre bases and allow him to start doubling and (eventually) killing reliably.

As a Mage, Erk's growths are somewhat shaky; he does not possess any stat which truly shines, barring Speed, and his mediocre Magic, HP, and defensive growths combined with his low bases mean that both his offense and durability will be average at best. Moreover, his middling-to-low growths give him a high degree of unpredictability, and when the RNG is unkind he may suffer in several stats, including the aforementioned HP, Magic, or defensive stats.

That being said, Erk's utility as an early magic user in Lyn Mode is tremendous, and the player is more or less forced to use him until Lucius is acquired, and even then, Erk's physical durability surpasses that of Lucius, which may cause some to find the former preferable to the latter.

Though Erk's durability may possess some issues, he has an excellent Affinity in thunder to counterbalance this, which provides bonuses to both Evasion and Defense; in addition, the Critical boost he receives will go a long way to bringing his lackluster offense up to par.

Late-game, Erk's combat parameters will generally be fairly powerful and enough to OHKO most generic Unpromoted enemies, and if the player has been diligent, he should have a fairly decent slew of supports as well. However, the enormous amount of good units the player has near the end of the game may render Erk somewhat redundant when faced with the likes of Lucius, Canas, and Pent; in addition, Erk may not have much use in final chapter unless a powerful tome, such as Giga Excalibur, is given to him.

Overall, Erk is a decent and fairly useful unit once trained for a few levels, and while he may not excel in any particular stat barring Speed, his combat and staff utility once he promotes definitely push his usability. In the end, Erk is one of those units which the player may choose to use or not to use, with either option being more or less equally viable; nevertheless, if the player does choose to train and use Erk, the results will not often be disappointing.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Studious Mage
Ward and student of Pent, Mage General of Etruria. Feels a great debt of gratitude to his foster family for raising him. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Erk Heroes Sprite.pngTitle
Studious Mage
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Rauðrfox
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Fire Tome.png Tome


FEH skill offense.pngFire---
Elfire-FEH Star Rarity 3.png-
RauðrfoxRuinFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Rauðrfox+RauðrfoxFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Spd Res Solo 1.png Spd/Res Solo 1--
FEH Spd Res Solo 2.png Spd/Res Solo 2FEH Spd Res Solo 1.png Spd/Res Solo 1-
FEH Spd Res Solo 3.png Spd/Res Solo 3FEH Spd Res Solo 2.png Spd/Res Solo 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Spd Opening 1.png Spd Opening 1--
FEH Spd Opening 2.png Spd Opening 2FEH Spd Opening 1.png Spd Opening 1-
FEH Spd Opening 3.png Spd Opening 3FEH Spd Opening 2.png Spd Opening 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png


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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
Skill Inheritance


Death Quote

“Lord Pent... I'm not a worthy student...after all...”
—Erk's death quote

Defeat Quote in Lyn's Story

Erk: Argg...
Lyn: Erk!
Erk: Please forgive me... I must rest.

(End of chapter, if Serra has not been KO'd as well)

Lyn: Erk! Are you OK?
Erk: I don't believe I can go on...
Lyn: Oh...
Erk: Please return this money to Serra.
Lyn: Hm? What's this?
Erk: It's my fee. It's what she paid me to be her escort. I wasn't able to see her safely to Ostia after all...
Lyn: I understand.
Erk: Well, then, this is good-bye.
Lyn: Take care.
Erk: I will.

(End of chapter, if Serra was also KO'd)

Lyn: Serra! Erk! Are you well?
Serra: It's not good. Erk cannot be moved. My apologies, but we must part here.
Lyn: I see... I'm sorry.
Serra: I hope you find your grandfather in good health. I will pray for you.
Lyn: Thank you.
Serra: See you again!
Lyn: Yes, again... Take care, Erk.
Erk: See that you and your companions do the same. Good-bye.

Final Chapter

“For years, I've studied. Now, let those studies show their worth!”
—Erk's final chapter quote

Recruit Conversation in Lyn's Story

Lyn: Um, excuse me... Hello?
Serra: Hm?
Lyn: Why are you fighting these bandits?
Erk: ... It just happened.
Serra: That's not true! Those ruffians thought that we were with you!!! You got us into a terrible situation! Now, how are you going to get us out?
Erk: Serra, if you'd not been so meddlesome, this all could have been avoided. My apologies. Please trouble yourself with us no more.
Lyn: But...If you're going to have to fight anyway, shouldn't we team up? It will end things faster, right?
Serra: That's true. Yes! a good idea. Erk! Go and help these ladies.
Erk: But I... Fine!
Lyn: Very good. My name's Lyn. So tell me, will you join arms with us?
Serra: Yes, we'd be glad to. My name is Serra. This is my escort, Erk. Be a good boy, and go fight now, Erk.
Erk: ...Sigh...

Recruit Conversation in Eliwood/Hector's Story

With Serra

Serra: Omigosh! Erk! It's been SO long! What are you doing here?
Erk: Oh... Serra. You were the last person I wanted to see...
Serra: Oh, that's sweet! You wanted to see me again!
Erk: ...
Serra: Hey, I know! This is perfect. Come with us and lend a hand, Erk.
Erk: I beg your pardon?
Serra: Come on! I'll even introduce you to Lords Hector and Eliwood! I know you. You're probably just wandering around without work.
Erk: No Serra, I'm afraid I am gainfully employed. However... If you're fighting Laus this could work out after all.
Serra: What are you babbling about? Make up your mind, will you?
Erk: My employer is hiding in a village down south of here. If you'll help me protect her... I'll join up with you.

With Priscilla

(if Priscilla talks to Erk if he's NPC)
Erk: Lady Priscilla! I'm glad to see you well.
Priscilla: Erk! Have you joined Lord Eliwood's company as well?
Erk: Yes. Traveling with them seems to be the safest way for us to continue your search for your family.
Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Oh, my apologies. This isn't the place to discuss such things.
Priscilla: I'm sorry, but...
Erk: Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.

Special Conversation

(Erk visits the south village in Chapter 15)
Erk: Lady Priscilla! Are you well?
Priscilla: I should be asking you that, Erk. Have you been wounded?
Erk: I'm fine. Listen, my lady. I've found some friends who will help us.
Priscilla: Truly?
Erk: We'll be joining up with Marquess Pherae's son. Traveling with them seems to be the safest way for us to continue your search for your family.
Priscilla: Erk!
Erk: Oh, my apologies. This isn't the place to discuss such things.
Priscilla: I'm sorry, but...
Erk: Lady Priscilla, my teacher entrusted you to my care. Until you have reached your goal, I will not leave your side.
Priscilla: Thank you, Erk.
(Priscilla joins)


Erk/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings

Lyn's Story

Erk - The Wandering Mage

His contract with Serra complete, Erk sets off for Etruria. His time as a mercenary is just part of his training, and he is glad to see it end. He has since returned to his mentor.

Eliwood's/Hector's Story

Erk - Studious Mage

Erk returned to Etruria and was asked to succeed the retiring Lord Pent. He refused and devoted his life to the study of magic.

Erk and Serra

After the battle, Erk returned to his studies. His newfound feelings for Serra were an unwelcome distraction. In Ostia, Serra declared she would “live for love” with Erk, and Marquess Ostia gladly saw her off.

Erk and Priscilla

They fell in love amidst conflict. Though he was not nobly born, Erk’s talent and link to Lord Pent earned him the peerage he needed to wed Priscilla. As a trusted magic teacher, he lived his life in happiness.

Erk and Nino

They were married after the conflict and were gifted with twin boys. Their time in Pherae was happy until bounty hunters came for Nino. To protect her family, she disappeared. Erk vanished looking for her.

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Erk 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 143
The Blazing Blade
CYL2 135
The Blazing Blade
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 127
The Blazing Blade
CYL4 111
The Blazing Blade
CYL5 92
The Blazing Blade

CYL6 315
The Blazing Blade


This name is probably a derivation of the names 'Eric,' 'Aric' or 'Arik.' 'Eric' comes from the Old Norse 'ei' (ever) and 'rikr' (ruler). 'Aric' is short for 'Alaric,' which comes from the Germanic 'adal' (noble) and 'ric' (kingdom). 'Arik' is a Jewish nickname for Ariel, which means 'lion of God.' Alternatively, 'Erk' could refer to the word 'irksome,' meaning 'annoying.'


See main article: Erk/Gallery.