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“I’ve no taste for war, but I do have a fierce hunger for ending it. Let’s usher in a new era, you and I.”
— Etzel to Marth

Etzel is a Sorcerer and is one of the exclusive characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. He is a wandering spell slinger that got caught in during the War of Shadows. He had a wife named Ursula, who died in one of many attacks that Dolhr launched, and all that is left of her is her ring he holds as a memento.

Profile[]

Shadow Dragon[]

During his travels, Etzel was captured by General Dactyl. He was held as a prisoner of Helena Castle, a stronghold and key supply fort of Grust and Dolhr, during the events after Marth had reclaimed his homeland, Altea. When the Altean Army began marching towards Helena Castle, Dactyl strips Etzel of his weapon, along with his ring he holds in memory of his wife, Ursula. After giving it a second thought, Dactyl uses the ring as an advantage to force Etzel to fight against the Altean Army, not caring on how experienced he was in combat. After Dactyl is killed, Etzel regains his ring and joins Marth intending to end the war.

After the war concludes, Etzel disappears and travels the world over the years.

Before the War of Heroes[]

After his travels, Etzel journeys to Khadein and remains there for a time being. During his time there, Wendell is suspicious of an appearance of a Heretic Bishop somewhere in the outskirts of Khadein and requests Merric to investigate. Merric is accompanied by his friend and rival, Arlen, and Linde, who also happened to have returned to Khadein at the time. Once Etzel heard of this, he volunteers himself due to having ties with Khadein and being indebted to them, and joins up with the group on the investigation. Upon arriving to their destination, Etzel is concerned that the team is only assembled of mages, and notes that they should proceed carefully. After the investigation concludes, the team discovers that the dark bishops that served under Gharnef in the previous war were trying to resurrect him, with Arlen being the only one witnessing that Gharnef has returned.

New Mystery of the Emblem[]

After the investigation requested by Wendell had concluded, Etzel chose to remain in Khadein. When the War of Heroes began, Etzel heard rumors that Marth had turned against the kingdom of Archanea, and he liberated Grust and Macedon, whom they were up against. When the Altean Army were heading towards Khadein, being pursued by Astram's Archanean Mercenary squad, Etzel could not sit out of this war and volunteered to join the ranks of Khadein to stop the Altean Army. When meeting Marth on the battlefield, he couldn't believed the person that Marth has become and asks him if he still wished to bring peace to the world. When Marth gives him his answer, Etzel believes that Marth speaks truly to his words, and joins his cause until war is ended.

In Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Recruitment[]

Clear Chapter 17 with 15 or fewer units to unlock Chapter 17x. Etzel is a foe in this chapter. To unlock him, complete the chapter without killing him.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE11 Sorcerer Map Sprite.gifSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
63021114977126
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Tome.pngTome - B
FE12 Staff.pngStaff - D
FE11elfire.pngElfire

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 0% 30% 40% 40% 20% 0% 30%

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Recruitment[]

He appears as an enemy unit in Chapter 9. Have Marth speak to him.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FEDS Sorcerer Map Sprite.gifSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
6302111412810126
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Tome.pngTome - B
FE12 Staff.pngStaff - D
Blizzard.pngBlizzard
FE11heal.pngHeal
FE11vulnerary.pngVulnerary

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 0% 40% 60% 50% 40% 30% 40%

Support Relationships[]

Supports

Supported by

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.

Compared to fellow tome-wielders, Etzel boasts amazing defense and resistance base stats, while having greater growths to easily outpace other mages in those areas. However, he will most likely end up with lower speed than other potential mages and may struggle to Double Attack on higher difficulties. Etzel is recruitable in Chapter 9 and has a high enough tome level to be a worthy user of Excalibur.

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Sorcerer (M) Map Sprite.gifSorcerer
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
115372722191825196
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE13Curse.pngHex
Crimsoncurse.pngAnathema
Vengeance (FE13).pngVengeance
Luna (FE13).pngLuna
TomeIconFE13.pngTome - BWaste FE13.pngWaste*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Quotes[]

“Wait for me, Ursula!”
—Etzel's death quote
“Sorry. I mean you no harm, but neither have I any wish to die here.”
—Etzels battle quote upon fighting him.

Endings[]

Shadow Dragon[]

Spell Slinger

The spell slinger Etzel vanished after the war as quickly as he came. His wanderings took him around the world for years to come.

New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Spell Slinger

After the war, Etzel resumed his travels, as if looking for something he had lost.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Etzel 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 372
Shadow Dragon
452
515
New Mystery of the Emblem
214
CYL2 446
Shadow Dragon
318
586
New Mystery of the Emblem
143
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 367
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
434
CYL4 357
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
297

CYL5 293
Shadow Dragon/New Mystery of the Emblem
245

Etymology[]

Etzel is the name of the King of the Huns in the Nibelungenlied, an epic medieval German poem that retells the historic downfall of the Germanic Burgundians. It is also identified as another name of the historical Atilla the Hun.

Trivia[]

  • Etzel is the only recruitable character of the Sorcerer class in the Archanea series, excluding reclassed characters.
  • Etzel's late wife shares the same name as Ursula from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, who is also a magic-user and by the game's end, deceased.
  • Etzel is quite similar to Canas from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, and may be partly an homage to him. They are each the only recruitable dark mages in their respective games, they both wear monocles, and they are both recruited in gaiden chapters.

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