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“Fáfnir, king of this realm, Niðavellir. I've come to greet those who bested my brother and seduced my sister. It appears you're stronger than expected. Maybe you'll be able to offer me some entertainment.”
—Fáfnir introducing himself to Alfonse

Fáfnir is the main antagonist of Book V of Fire Emblem Heroes. He is the king of Niðavellir and the older adoptive brother of Ótr and Reginn. He was once a kind man and a benevolent king, but became power hungry and now wants to invade other worlds. With his sights set on conquering Askr, the homeland of Alfonse and Sharena, he fights the Order of Heroes, including his adopted sister Reginn.

He wears the Crown of the Dvergar, an artifact that enhances his strength and makes him almost invincible.

Profile[]

When a coup d'état toppled the kingdom of Niðavellir and the old king was killed, the country fell to ruin and was completely unable to muster a force large enough to invade a country. Eventually, Fáfnir seized the throne by force and became their king, who the people welcomed, ignoring the fact that he was not dvergr royalty.

Amidst the chaos, a pair of siblings found shelter in a village where they were later discovered by Fáfnir who adopted them as his new step siblings. But while the siblings and subjects deeply loved the new king, the righteousness they thought they saw in him didn't last long, as he'd quickly become a tyrant, subjugating his people and invading other countries.

When Fáfnir began his invasion of Askr, Reginn was sent to lead the first wave. When she failed to return, Ótr was initially concerned, but Fáfnir was not.

He later discovered than his sister Reginn joined the Order of Heroes and faced her and her allies. He defeated them easily but Eitri appeared and escaped with the Heroes. Furious, Fáfnir decided to continue his path so he could invade Askr.

He ultimately defeated most of the Askran soldiers and encountered again the Heroes, while believing that Eitri remained on their side and was unaware that she betrayed his enemies (and that the sage and Ótr were using him). He defeated again the Heroes and went to the castle of the queen of Askr, Henriette.

He threatened the queen in order to force her to open the gate of Askr, but is interrupted by Alfonse and the rest of the Order of Heroes and defeated in battle. He is then arrested for his crimes, but is soon freed by Loki and, in exchange, he agreed to do something for her.

Upon returning to Ótr, Fáfnir revealed he figured out about Ótr's alliance to Eitri before suffering more headaches. After recovering, he begins to set his sights on the Emblian Empire. After a swift invasion Fáfnir enters the Temple of Blood and finds a copy of Breidablik where Loki reveals Eitri created it. Outraged, Fáfnir halts the invasion of Embla and heads back to his realm to get answers. Upon confronting the sage, Eitri reveals that Fáfnir was also summoned by the Breidablik copy as part of her ploy to restore Niðavellir, but as he was summoned from his world, Fáfnir was struck with amnesia. Though he begs to be returned to his realm, Eitri converts him into a mechanical dragon.

When the Order of Heroes finally arrive in the capital of Niðavellir, they find Fáfnir, now consumed by madness, and the city mostly in ruins. Ótr attempts to fight them again to stop them from restoring Fáfnir, but is quickly defeated, with Gramr stolen from him. In the throes of death, Ótr heads toward Fáfnir for help, but the fallen king swiftly kills his adoptive brother, failing to recognize him.

Eventually, the Order of Heroes managed to get to the Niðavellir castle where they battle Fáfnir again throughout the halls. While the group outnumbers him, Fáfnir deals brutal attacks toward the group, even landing a fatal blow to Nótt. Seeing the damage wrought by the fallen king, Reginn ultimately decides to kill Fáfnir and deals the fatal blow with Gramr. The attack restores Fáfnir's sanity, and he regains his memories, including those of his real family back in his home world. He succumbs to his wounds moments later, but not before sharing a last heartfelt moment with his adoptive sister, much to Reginn's grief.

Personality[]

Fáfnir was once a kind and benevolent man who, despite not remembering his past, was able to rise to the throne. However, his personality changed overnight into one of cruelty and conquest. He is obsessed with finding and opening gates to other worlds, and goes to war with other nations as a means to sate both this desire and a bloodlust he finds unquenchable.

In reality, the shift in Fáfnir's personality was brought about by an unfortunate collection of circumstances. He was originally from another world, just like the Heroes that Kiran is able to summon, but his summoning, an experiment conducted by Eitri, left him amnesiac. The Crown of the Dvergar worn by Niðavellir's rulers is also a trap designed by Eitri, as it will do harm to any that wear it that are not part of the royal bloodline. Between his amnesia, status as one not from Zenith, and his donning the crown, he was driven to madness, unaware that his obsession with conquest and opening gates was born out of his desire to simply return to his true home.

In-Game[]

King of Desolation
King of Niðavellir who rose from his station as a lowly soldier. Remembers nothing of his past.

Base Stats[]

Fáfnir Heroes spriteTitle
King of Desolation
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
-----
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense HreiðmarrFEH Lance Lance

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Silver Lance---
Hreiðmarr-FEH Star Rarity 5-

King of Desolation
King of Niðavellir who rose from his station as a lowly soldier. Remembers nothing of his past.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Fáfnir Dragon Heroes SpriteTitle
King of Desolation
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
-----
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Scalding BreathFEH Colorless Breath Breath

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseFire Breath---
Fire Breath +---
Flametongue---
Scalding Breath-FEH Star Rarity 5-

Fresh Ambition
The king of Niðavellir, realm of the dvergar. He has come clad in a kimono to celebrate the coming of the new year with Askr.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Fáfnir Fresh Ambition Heroes spriteTitle
Fresh Ambition
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
9/10/11
39/43/46
8/9/10
36/39/43
6/7/8
28/31/34
2/3/4
12/16/19
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Niðavellir Sprig
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Red Dagger Icon Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel Dagger---
Silver Dagger---
Niðavellir Sprig-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNight Sky---
GlimmerNight Sky--
AFEH Atk Spd Solo 1 Atk Spd Solo 1--
FEH Atk Spd Solo 2 Atk Spd Solo 2FEH Atk Spd Solo 1 Atk Spd Solo 1-
FEH Atk Spd Solo 3 Atk Spd Solo 3FEH Atk Spd Solo 2 Atk Spd Solo 2-
FEH Atk Spd Solo 4 Atk Spd Solo 4FEH Atk Spd Solo 3 Atk Spd Solo 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Disarm Trap 1 Disarm Trap 1--
FEH Disarm Trap 2 Disarm Trap 2FEH Disarm Trap 1 Disarm Trap 1-
FEH Disarm Trap 3 Disarm Trap 3FEH Disarm Trap 2 Disarm Trap 2-
CFEH Rouse Atk Def 1 Rouse Atk Def 1--
FEH Rouse Atk Def 2 Rouse Atk Def 2FEH Rouse Atk Def 1 Rouse Atk Def 1-
FEH Rouse Atk Def 3 Rouse Atk Def 3FEH Rouse Atk Def 2 Rouse Atk Def 2-
FEH Rouse Atk Def 4 Rouse Atk Def 4FEH Rouse Atk Def 3 Rouse Atk Def 3FEH Star Rarity 5


Overall[]

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Base Set[]

Counters[]

Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Fresh Ambition Fáfnir
Fáfnir fresh ambition pop01 Yikes! What's Fáfnir doing here?! You know, Fáfnir, the king of Niðavellir! Wait... I thought he was here to invade Askr, but...is he actually here to celebrate the New Year?
Fáfnir fresh ambition pop02 Well then! I guess Fáfnir's here to show us how a king wears a kimono. I have to say, he's really demonstrating the charisma that helped him put Niðavellir back together!
Fáfnir fresh ambition pop03 To go with his seasonal outfit, he's carrying a camellia flower. Camellias are seen as a symbol of good luck, and they're associated with prosperity!
Fáfnir fresh ambition pop04 That envelope he's holding must mean that Fáfnir is giving out New Year's gifts! Well, thank you very much! I sure hope we can get along with everyone in Niðavellir this year!
Closely Associated Characters
Ótr Adoptive brother of Niðavellir's king, Fáfnir. Worships his brother and supports his ambition.
Reginn Adoptive sister of Niðavellir's king, Fáfnir. Chooses to work together with Askr to stop her suddenly changing brother.

Quotes[]

Fáfnir/Heroes Quotes

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1-CYL4 N/A
CYL5 180 CYL Fáfnir Portrait
Heroes
532
CYL6 135
↑45
CYL Fáfnir Portrait
Heroes
732
↑200
CYL7 180
↓45
CYL Fáfnir Portrait
Heroes
329
↓403

CYL8 212
↓32
CYL Fáfnir Portrait
Heroes
275
↓54

Etymology[]

In Norse Mythology, Fáfnir was the son of the Dwarf King Hreiðmarr and had two brothers named Ótr and Reginn. When Hreidmar obtained the ring Andvaranaut that was stolen from Andvari by Loki as compensation for accidentally killing Ótr, Fáfnir, consumed by greed, killed his father and stole Andvaranaut. The ring however was cursed and Fáfnir was turned into a dragon and was later slain by Sigurd.

Trivia[]

  • Fáfnir shares his English voice actor, Griffin Puatu, with Chad in Fire Emblem Heroes and Seadall in Fire Emblem Engage.
  • Fáfnir is the first primary antagonist of a Book to be a Blue unit (A Lance unit, specifically) as the previous primary antagonists (Veronica, Surtr, Hel and Freyja) were all green units.
    • This hinted towards Fáfnir not being the true antagonist of the Book, as Eitri, who was the true antagonist, uses a green weapon, fitting the existing pattern.
    • He's also the first antagonist of a Book to have two different classes (blue lance unit, and colorless breath unit).
  • According to the Fire Emblem Heroes Character Illustrations Vol. 2 book, Fáfnir stands at 183cm (or about 6'0).
  • To date, Fáfnir is one of only three major antagonists in the main story of Heroes to not become playable in their original form at the conclusion of their respective book—the other two being Veronica and Elm.

Gallery[]

See main article: Fáfnir (character)/Gallery.
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