“I am more talented than anyone in my class—even Edelgard. I will lead the Adrestian Empire to a bright, enlightened future.”
—Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is a student at the Officers Academy who hails from the Adrestian Empire and is a member of the Black Eagles. He possesses a Minor Crest of Cichol, and is 17 years old at the start of the game.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Ferdinand is the eldest son and heir of House Aegir, which has held the office of the prime minister of the Adrestian Empire for centuries. When he was 9 years old, his father, Ludwig, seized power in the Insurrection of the Seven, rendering Emperor Ionius IX politically impotent. He is very proud of his family's status as high-class nobility, but clashes with his father about what nobility actually is and means.


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Sometime in his past, a young Ferdinand walked into a girl his age taking a bath in a nearby fountain. He was fascinated by the sight, almost believing her to be a water spirit, but felt so awkward that he couldn't speak to her and left to calm down. But when he returned to properly address her, the girl was already gone. Only years later he'd find out her identity to be his Black Eagles classmate, Dorothea.

His family also considered engaging him and another young noblewoman to marry, but he refused to go through it because the girl never left her room to greet him and there were rumors about her making dolls to curse her enemies. Said noblewoman was his also Black Eagles classmate, Bernadetta.

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Academy Phase[edit | edit source]

Ferdinand attends the Garreg Mach Monastery Officers Academy in 1180 and joins the Black Eagles.


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After finishing his studies, Ferdinand becomes an Imperial army general while his father's Dukedom is abolished and forfeited to the Empire.

Should Byleth not choose to teach the Black Eagles, and recruited Ferdinand to the Blue Lions or Golden Deer houses, Ferdinand will flee the Empire with several of his subordinates, leading a life of wandering for several years before returning to either the Kingdom or Alliance forces at Garreg Mach in Imperial Year 1185.

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War phase[edit | edit source]

Crimson Flower[edit | edit source]

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If the Black Eagles route is chosen, Ferdinand remains with his classmates, believing himself to be the only one capable of guiding Edelgard. Following Edelgard's coronation, she immediately dismisses Ludwig and places him under house arrest. Ferdinand soon succeeds him as the new Duke Aegir (and thus Prime Minister), though he is plagued with worry; as much as he dislikes his father, he admits that he has done considerable service for the Empire, and wonders if he should follow her into battle.

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Azure Moon/Verdant Wind[edit | edit source]

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If the Golden Deer or Blue Lions route is chosen, and he was not recruited into Byleth's class during the academy phase, he is slain while defending the Great Bridge of Myrddin with Ladislava. If he battles Byleth, he will say to Byleth that Edelgard was obsessed with them and he was envious and that he would have to impress Edelgard with his skills on the frontlines. If Dorothea fights him if she was recruited, She will tell him that he opposed Edelgard for so long and that she had hoped for him and now that he was following her she asks him if it was his duty to follow the master when say to heel, But Ferdinand says that he no time to explain and he wish she could understand. If Constance battles him He will express sorrow at the fact after all the years they knew each other and now have to fight each other and he said that it was a tragic conclusion to their story. Due to the map being daylight Constance will say that it was inevitable and that she was sorry that this was it lead to and that they all do what they must. Ferdinand replies back saying he must now kill her and says that he is sorry. Both he and Ladislava will die in battle. If Ladislava falls first, Ferdinand will take her place and continue to defend the bridge for his country. If he falls first, then he asks Ladislava to retreat and send a messenger to Edelgard, though she tells him she had and that she did not want to leave him behind. Ferdinand then asks her to defend the bridge until her last breath as he dies from his wounds.

If recruited, Ferdinand will assist Byleth in taking down the Empire, as Edelgard has stripped House Aegir of everything following Ludwig's house arrest. Should he face Hubert in battle during Enbarr, he states that she must leave, and those are his orders.

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Silver Snow[edit | edit source]

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Following the revelation of the Flame Emperor's true identity as Edelgard, Ferdinand states that she must be put down, as her actions threaten Fódlan, joining the Resistance Army.

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Paralogue[edit | edit source]

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If Ferdinand is in Byleth's army alongside Lysithea outside the Crimson Flower route, their shared Paralogue becomes available. After the Kingdom, the Alliance, or the Church of Seiros forcefully captures the Great Bridge of Myrddin, a Knight of Seiros will present him with intel about the whereabouts and fate of his father, last sighted in Hrym, which was being ruled by Lord Arundel in Ludwig's name after Edelgard's ascension to the Imperial throne. He will travel to Hrym along with Lysithea and Byleth to ascertain the situation, eventually learning that his father had been slain by ruffians during extensive riots.

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Personality[edit | edit source]

Ferdinand is a confident and proud noble that hates losing. He is fiercely competitive, in particular with Edelgard. He strives to be Edelgard's better, as he believes that will prove his worth as a capable prime minister to assist her in her rule as Emperor. Over time, however, Ferdinand comes to accept that Edelgard is and always will be better no matter how much effort he applies. While saddened at this, he does not let it discourage him and wishes to continue improving for his own sake.

He does not have a high opinion on his father; although he values the hard work he does as Prime Minister (even stating that it was a shame he was stripped of his title), he does not agree with his father's views, finding it to be disgraceful. In one of his conversations with Lorenz, he believes that they should cross the threshold and see life from a commoner's perspective, as many nobles and commoners have distorted views of one another. However, as while he will readily admit his father is greedy and arrogant and deserved to die, he's also conflicted with Edelgard imprisoning him after she becomes empress and mourns his death.

In situations where others take issue with Ferdinand's regard for his own lofty status, he is quick to assess himself and works to understand what he had done wrong, always striving to improve. This is particularly demonstrated in his support conversations with Dorothea, who, due to her own past hostile experiences with the noble class, is quick to judge Ferdinand as being no better. Rather than take umbrage with her scorn, he instead works hard to decipher why she is hostile toward him and to improve their understanding of each other while remaining respectful to her.

Ferdinand, as the future Prime Minister, believes that the best thing he can do as one of Edelgard's advisers is to speak frank advice when he believes Edelgard could choose a better course of action, and challenge her to improve herself. This brings him into conflict with Hubert, who believes that Edelgard's will is absolute and that the ends justify the means no matter how unethical. They frequently argue over this, but they do have a begrudging respect for each other.

Ferdinand is also somewhat vain and oblivious, a trait that makes Linhardt's veiled insults go right over his head in their support chain, taking them as earnest praise. He also has difficulty understanding nobles who reject their status, such as Marianne, which causes him to overstep her boundaries. He does however display strong introspection upon this happenstance and puts in the effort to understand her perspective on the matter, apologizing to her afterwards, similar to his supports with Dorothea.

Perhaps as part of his interpretation of nobility, Ferdinand tends to avoid contractions when he speaks.

Ferdinand likes horseback riding, tea, justice, being noble, animals, children, and heights. He dislikes slothfulness, and nobles who are not noble.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Three Houses[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting ClassCrest
FE16 Noble Ferdinand Icon.gifNobleMinor Crest of Cichol
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
12885686627
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
-Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.pngTempest LanceConfidence skill.pngConfidence
Sword Prowess Lv 1.pngSword Prowess Lv 1
Lance Prowess Lv 1.pngLance Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 1.pngAxe Prowess Lv 1
FE16 Lance Weapon Icon.pngIron Lance
FE16 Potion Icon.pngVulnerary
Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E+ D E+ E E E E E E D E
Start
Strong
Strong
Strong
Budding Talent
Strong

As an Enemy[edit | edit source]

Rivalry of the Houses[edit | edit source]
Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E E E E E E E E - - -
Start
Battle of the Eagle and Lion[edit | edit source]
Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E C E E E E E E - D -
Start
The Great Bridge Coup (Azure Moon & Verdant Wind)[edit | edit source]
Skill FE16 sword icon.png FE16 lance icon.png FE16 axe icon.png FE16 bow icon.png FE16 brawl icon.png FE16 reason icon.png FE16 faith icon.png FE16 authority icon.png FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 riding icon.png FE16 flying icon.png
Level E B E E E E E B - B -
Start

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
50% 45% 20% 40% 50% 40% 35% 20% 40%

Maximum Stats[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
93 64 40 56 70 56 49 36 57

Learnt Magic[edit | edit source]

Skill Level Reason Faith
D Thunder Heal
D+ Fire Nosferatu
C Thoron Ward
C+ - -
B Bolganone Restore
B+ - -
A - -
A+ - -

Learnt Abilities[edit | edit source]

Ability Learned at Notes
Sword Prowess Lv 1.png Sword Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Sword Prowess Lv 2.png Sword Prowess Lv 2 FE16 sword icon.png D+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 2
Sword Prowess Lv 3.png Sword Prowess Lv 3 FE16 sword icon.png C+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 2
Sword Prowess Lv 4.png Sword Prowess Lv 4 FE16 sword icon.png B+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 3
Sword Prowess Lv 5.png Sword Prowess Lv 5 FE16 sword icon.png A+ Replaces Sword Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Wrath Strike FE16 sword icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Grounder FE16 sword icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.png Sunder FE16 sword icon.png C+ -
Axebreaker FE16.png Axebreaker FE16 sword icon.png B -
Sword Crit +10 FE16.png Sword Crit +10 FE16 sword icon.png S -
Swordfaire FE16.png Swordfaire FE16 sword icon.png S+ -
Lance Prowess Lv 1.png Lance Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Lance Prowess Lv 2.png Lance Prowess Lv 2 FE16 lance icon.png D+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 1
Lance Prowess Lv 3.png Lance Prowess Lv 3 FE16 lance icon.png C+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 2
Lance Prowess Lv 4.png Lance Prowess Lv 4 FE16 lance icon.png B+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 3
Lance Prowess Lv 5.png Lance Prowess Lv 5 FE16 lance icon.png A+ Replaces Lance Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Tempest Lance FE16 lance icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Knightkneeler FE16 lance icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Shatter Slash FE16 lance icon.png C+ -
Swordbreaker FE16.png Swordbreaker FE16 lance icon.png B -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Lance.png Swift Strikes FE16 lance icon.png A -
Lance Crit +10 FE16.png Lance Crit +10 FE16 lance icon.png S -
Lancefaire FE16.png Lancefaire FE16 lance icon.png S+ -
Axe Prowess Lv 1.png Axe Prowess Lv 1 Innate -
Axe Prowess Lv 2.png Axe Prowess Lv 2 FE16 axe icon.png D+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 3.png Axe Prowess Lv 3 FE16 axe icon.png C+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 2
Axe Prowess Lv 4.png Axe Prowess Lv 4 FE16 axe icon.png B+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 3
Axe Prowess Lv 5.png Axe Prowess Lv 5 FE16 axe icon.png A+ Replaces Axe Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Smash FE16 axe icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Helm Splitter FE16 axe icon.png C -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Focused Strike FE16 axe icon.png C+ -
Lancebreaker FE16.png Lancebreaker FE16 axe icon.png B -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe.png Armored Strike FE16 axe icon.png A -
Axe Crit +10 FE16.png Axe Crit +10 FE16 axe icon.png S -
Axefaire FE16.png Axefaire FE16 axe icon.png S+ -
Bow Prowess Lv 1 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 1 FE16 bow icon.png E+ -
Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 2 FE16 bow icon.png D+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 1
Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 3 FE16 bow icon.png C+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 2
Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16.png Bow Prowess Lv 4 FE16 bow icon.png B+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 3
Bow Prowess Lv 5.png Bow Prowess Lv 5 FE16 bow icon.png A+ Replaces Bow Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow.png Curved Shot FE16 bow icon.png D -
Close Counter FE16.png Close Counter FE16 bow icon.png C -
Bow Crit +10 FE16.png Bow Crit +10 FE16 bow icon.png S -
Bowfaire FE16.png Bowfaire FE16 bow icon.png S+ -
Brawling Prowess Lv 1 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 1 FE16 brawl icon.png E+ -
Brawling Prowess Lv 2 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 2 FE16 brawl icon.png D+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 1
Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 3 FE16 brawl icon.png C+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 2
Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 4 FE16 brawl icon.png B+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 3
Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16.png Brawling Prowess Lv 5 FE16 brawl icon.png A+ Replaces Brawling Prowess Lv 4
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Fading Blow FE16 brawl icon.png D -
Icon Combat Art FE16 Brawl.png Rushing Blow FE16 brawl icon.png C -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special.png Healing Focus FE16 brawl icon.png B -
Brawl Crit +10 FE16.png Brawl Crit +10 FE16 brawl icon.png S -
Fistfaire FE16.png Fistfaire FE16 brawl icon.png S+ -
Reason Lv 1 FE16.png Reason Lv 1 FE16 reason icon.png E+ -
Reason Lv 2 FE16.png Reason Lv 2 FE16 reason icon.png D+ Replaces Reason Lv 1
Reason Lv 3 FE16.png Reason Lv 3 FE16 reason icon.png C+ Replaces Reason Lv 2
Reason Lv 4 FE16.png Reason Lv 4 FE16 reason icon.png B+ Replaces Reason Lv 3
Reason Lv 5 FE16.png Reason Lv 5 FE16 reason icon.png A+ Replaces Reason Lv 4
Black Magic Range +1 FE16.png Black Magic Range +1 FE16 reason icon.png S -
Black Tomefaire FE16.png Black Tomefaire FE16 reason icon.png S+ -
Faith Lv 1.png Faith Lv 1 FE16 faith icon.png E+ -
Faith Lv 2.png Faith Lv 2 FE16 faith icon.png D+ Replaces Faith Lv 1
Faith Lv 3.png Faith Lv 3 FE16 faith icon.png C+ Replaces Faith Lv 2
Faith Lv 4.png Faith Lv 4 FE16 faith icon.png B+ Replaces Faith Lv 3
Faith Lv 5.png Faith Lv 5 FE16 faith icon.png A+ Replaces Faith Lv 4
White Magic Range +1 FE16.png White Magic Range +1 FE16 faith icon.png S -
White Tomefaire FE16.png White Tomefaire FE16 faith icon.png S+ -
Authority Lv 1.png Authority Lv 1 FE16 authority icon.png E+ -
Authority Lv 2.png Authority Lv 2 FE16 authority icon.png D+ Replaces Authority Lv 1
Authority Lv 3.png Authority Lv 3 FE16 authority icon.png C+ Replaces Authority Lv 2
Authority Lv 4.png Authority Lv 4 FE16 authority icon.png B+ Replaces Authority Lv 3
Authority Lv 5.png Authority Lv 5 FE16 authority icon.png A+ Replaces Authority Lv 4
Rally Dexterity FE16.png Rally Dexterity FE16 authority icon.png D -
Battalion Desperation FE16.png Battalion Desperation FE16 authority icon.png C -
Defensive Tactics FE16.png Defensive Tactics FE16 authority icon.png B -
Offensive Tactics FE16.png Offensive Tactics FE16 authority icon.png S+ -
Seal Speed FE16.png Seal Speed FE16 heavy armor icon.png FE16 hidden talent icon.png Unlocked after twelve tutoring sessions in Heavy Armor
Weight -3 FE16.png Weight -3 FE16 heavy armor icon.png C -
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special.png Smite FE16 heavy armor icon.png B -
Weight -5 FE16.png Weight -5 FE16 heavy armor icon.png A Replaces Weight -3
Armored Effect Null FE16.png Armored Effect Null FE16 heavy armor icon.png S+ -
Dexterity +4 FE16.png Dexterity +4 FE16 riding icon.png C -
Movement +1 FE16.png Movement +1 FE16 riding icon.png A+ -
Cavalry Effect Null FE16.png Cavalry Effect Null FE16 riding icon.png S+ -
Alert Stance FE16.png Alert Stance FE16 flying icon.png B -
Alert Stance+ FE16.png Alert Stance+ FE16 flying icon.png A+ Replaces Alert Stance
Flying Effect Null FE16.png Flying Effect Null FE16 flying icon.png S+ -

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

Ferdinand will automatically be recruited if Byleth chooses to teach the Black Eagles house in chapter 1. If Byleth chose to teach any other house, Ferdinand can transfer to their class if Byleth has a high enough Dexterity stat and a high enough Heavy Armor proficiency. The player can decrease the required threshold if the player has a support rank with him.

Support Rank Dexterity Heavy Armor
None 10 C
C 8 C
C+ 6 D+
B 4 D+
B+ 2 E+
A Any Any


Overall[edit | edit source]

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Ferdinand is the main cavalry unit for the Black Eagles, akin to Sylvain and Leonie, although his base stats are a bit lower. His personal ability is somewhat trickier to use in the earlygame due to its reliance on keeping Ferdinand at full health and how likely he is to take damage. Though his defenses are strong when he takes the appropriate classes, he's not impervious, especially against mages where his weak resistance growth will leave him vulnerable.

Ferdinand's variety of skill strengths and lack of weaknesses allow him to thrive in most classes, though his low magic means it is probably best not to promote him to any magical classes. On paper, he is best off going for the Great Knight class, as it plays to all of his strengths and should be relatively easy for him to reach, with the only downsides being that it will tend to penalize his Speed and will introduce weaknesses to anti-armor and anti-cavalry attacks (though his high defense will tend to let him survive most of those besides Dark Spikes). In practice, however, the Great Knight is inferior to the Paladin class, which is even easier to obtain.

Ferdinand possesses a minor Crest of Cichol, which means he will be able to wield any heroes' relics without losing HP every turn. Of particular interest to him are the relics of Saint Cichol himself though as they offer HP regeneration each turn, complementing his role as a tank and potentially reseting his Confidence ability at the start of each turn. He can obtain the Spear of Assal from Flayn's and Seteth's paralogue on any route during act one, and obtain the Ochain Shield which will increase his Defense by 6 and negate criticals in his own paralogue on non-Crimson Flower routes in act two, if Lysithea is also part of the player's roster.

Even if you plan to make Ferdinand a Great Knight, it can be worthwhile to class him temporarily as a Brigand for Death Blow, helping to improve his offensive power. Given his vulnerability to mages, classing him as a Paladin for Aegis is a wise choice, as he can easily acquire the ability. Afterwards, classing him into Fortress Knight for the Pavise skill is recommended to augment his tanking prowess. Desperation tends to be less useful to Ferdinand, however, as making him a Great Knight will significantly reduce his Speed. In any event, it is often better to keep Ferdinand as a Paladin if building him as a cavalry class due to Great Knight having many disadvantages in Three Houses.

Ferdinand can function effectively in the Wyvern Lord class as an evasion tank with the accumulation of Avoid boosts provided by Confidence, Avo +10, Alert Stance+, a weapon prowess ability (e.g. Lance Prowess), an Evasion Ring, and an appropriate Battalion. He can achieve even better results by using swords if he is chosen for, and wins, the White Heron Cup, which will grant him Sword Avoid +20 and the Sword Dance combat art. It is theoretically possible to have Avo +10, Alert Stance+, Sword Avoid +20, and Sword Prowess 5 all at once, granting +80 Avoid; with Confidence, a Battalion that gives +15 Avoid, and an Evasion Ring, Ferdinand will have +120 Avoid while at full health if he chooses to Wait. Alternatively, this can be done with similar effectiveness using Gauntlet weapons; by using Brawling Prowess 5, Brawl Avoid +20 from War Monk, and Alert Stance+, Ferdinand can achieve a similar +70 Avoid, only lacking the Avo +10 from Wyvern Lord (since Wyvern Lord cannot equip Gauntlets). Going with a Gauntlet style also means Ferdinand won't be vulnerable to enemies with Swordbreaker (as there is no similar skill that counters Gauntlets) while also benefiting from the Brave effect innate to Gauntlet weapons; the Dancer class can then be given to someone else who could use it better (such as Dorothea). In either build, one could also exchange Alert Stance+ for Duelist's Blow from the Trickster class, and this would allow Ferdinand to be more aggressive, but would give less overall Avoid (10 less than with Alert Stance+) and leaves him vulnerable on the enemy's turn.

He also gains access to Seal Speed via his Budding Talent, which can be used alone or in conjunction with the universally available Seal Defense by mastering the Wyvern Rider class to make enemies damaged by Ferdinand more vulnerable to himself and nearby allies. This makes developing his Budding Talent worthwhile even if the player does not want Ferdinand to use a Heavy Armor class, additionally it will allow him to get Weight -3 and Weight -5 easier. If one wanted to go even further, taking the time to master Dark Knight could also get him Seal Resistance, allowing him to cripple an enemy for allied mages, but this is only advised via New Game+ or via infinite auxiliary battles on Normal difficulty.

Combining the above two builds can make Ferdinand an effective bait unit; As a Wyvern Lord, equipped with Seal Speed and Seal Defense, as well as Sword Avoid +20, Alert Stance+, and Sword Prowess 5 lets him lure in enemy units at minimal risk to himself, which he can then cripple on the counter attack, setting them up for other units to kill easily. Alternatively, one could go with the Gauntlet version of the build and only sacrifice the +10 Avo bonus from Wyvern Lord, while also losing a weakness to Bows and Swordbreaker.

While he starts with no progress in bows and Leonie makes the easier Bow Knight, Ferdinand can make use out of bows, as their lower weight means he is less likely to take an AS penalty. If used as a bait unit on Maddening, bows are actually his safest weapon, due to the abundance of Breaker skills on enemies but a notable absence of Bowbreaker.

Overall, Ferdinand is a highly versatile, highly flexible character who can be molded to virtually any non-magical class or playstyle the player could want. With a lack of skill weaknesses and an even stat distribution, he can fit into any role rather well with enough training.

Gift List[edit | edit source]

Gift Name Type of Gift Description Rank
Whetstone Favorite A stone used to sharpen the blades of swords or lances. Appreciated by those who enjoy weapon maintenance. ★★
Owl Feather Favorite A feather from a messenger owl that can be used in a variety of ways. Appreciated by everyone. ★★★
Riding Boots Favorite Boots specially made for mastering the equestrian arts. Appreciated by those who enjoy horseback riding ★★★
Blue Cheese Dislike A pungent cheese with a very distinctive taste. Appreciated by lovers of food and drink. ★★★★
Coffee Beans Dislike Beans meant to be ground and boiled into a hot beverage. Appreciated by those who enjoy bitter flavors. ★★★★

Lost Items[edit | edit source]

Lost Item Description
Maintenance Oil A jar containing oil for weapon maintenance. It probably belongs to someone who collects weapons.
Agricultural Survey An old paper with writings about harvesting and taxation. It probably belongs to a young noble who owns territory.
Bag of Tea Leaves A small bag containing a mixed variety of tea leaves. It probably belongs to someone who is interested in tea.

Tea Party Conversations[edit | edit source]

See also: Ferdinand/Tea Party

Supports[edit | edit source]

See also: Ferdinand/Supports

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Noblest of Nobles
Son and heir of Duke Aegir, the Prime Minister of the Adrestian Empire. Accomplished in both literary and military arts, he works hard to live nobly. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯✯
Ferdinand Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Noblest of Nobles
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
37/41/44
7/8/9
29/32/35
8/9/10
32/35/38
5/6/7
27/30/33
4/5/6
21/24/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Vanguard+
FEH skill support.png Reposition
FEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯
Ferdinand Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Noblest of Nobles
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
35/38/41
7/8/9
27/30/33
8/9/10
30/33/36
5/6/7
24/27/30
3/4/5
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Vanguard
FEH skill support.png Reposition
FEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯
Ferdinand Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Noblest of Nobles
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
34/37/40
6/7/8
26/29/32
7/8/9
28/31/34
5/6/7
23/26/29
3/4/5
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel Lance
FEH skill support.png -
FEH Lance.png Lance

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Vanguard---
Vanguard+-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngReposition-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
AFEH Fortress Def 1.png Fortress Def 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Fortress Def 2.png Fortress Def 2FEH Fortress Def 1.png Fortress Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Fortress Def 3.png Fortress Def 3FEH Fortress Def 2.png Fortress Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Rouse Spd Def 1.png Rouse Spd/Def 1--
FEH Rouse Spd Def 2.png Rouse Spd/Def 2FEH Rouse Spd Def 1.png Rouse Spd/Def 1-
FEH Rouse Spd Def 3.png Rouse Spd/Def 3FEH Rouse Spd Def 2.png Rouse Spd/Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Ferdinand - Noblest of Nobles (Crimson Flower)

"After officially becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand set about reforming his territory. He overcame numerous obstacles to help the lands of Aegir recover. To recognize his contributions during and after the war, the emperor appointed him as the new prime minister. Thereafter, he stayed by Edelgard's side to help the Empire achieve great prosperity."

Ferdinand - Noblest of Nobles (Other routes)

"After reclaiming the title of Duke Aegir, Ferdinand set about reforming his territory. He overcame numerous obstacles to help the lands of Aegir recover, and in recognition of those achievements, he was invited to take part in helping to govern all of Fódlan."

Ferdinand and Byleth (Crimson Flower)

"Byleth and Ferdinand celebrated their marriage with a lavish wedding, but almost immediately afterward, the battle with those who slither in the dark began in earnest. After being named Duke Aegir, Ferdinand overcame a slew of obstacles to help House Hrym and his family's territory recover. At the same time, he fought alongside his spouse for a true, lasting peace in Fódlan. History books extol Ferdinand's success as a lord of his territories, but they do not make mention of the hard-fought battles he endured alongside his wife. Thus, half of his life's work is lost to time."

Ferdinand and Byleth (Azure Moon)

"After taking her place as the new archbishop of the Church of Serios, Byleth announced her marriage to Ferdinand, who had assumed his place as Duke Aegir. The archbishop's husband overcame a slew of obstacles to reform his family's territory and Hrym but took no official position with the church, providing only guidance and support in his capacity as a loving spouse. History books extol Ferdinand's success as a lord of his territories, but they make no mention of his marriage to the archbishop. Thus, half of his life's work is lost to time."

Ferdinand and Byleth (Verdant Wind / Silver Snow)

"After ascending to the throne as the first leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth announced her marriage to Ferdinand, who had assumed his inherited position as Duke Aegir. Ferdinand overcame a slew of obstacles to reform his territory and that of House Hrym. He chose not to accept an official position in service to Byleth, instead advising her only informally as a spouse. History books extol Ferdinand's success as a lord of his territories, but make no mention of his marriage. Thus, half of his life's work is lost to time."

Ferdinand and Edelgard

"As the Adrestian emperor, Edelgard appointed Ferdinand as her prime minister, and the two devoted themselves to ruling Fódlan. Their sharply contrasting views made for frequent and lively debate, but with each enhancing the perspective of the other, Fódlan was better for it. As they worked tirelessly to create a better future, they were soon bound together by marriage as well. Their children, born to those who had torn down the old social hierarchy, were encouraged to choose their own paths."

Ferdinand and Hubert

"Hubert and Ferdinand became the left and right hands of Emperor Edelgard, competing constantly with each other to see who could be the more helpful. They were opposites - The Minister of the Imperial Household, melancholy and merciless, and the prime minister, bright and compassionate. Still, they brought out the best in each other. As the empire became orderly and prosperous, the two came to be known as the nation's "Two Jewels," and were remembered fondly for generations to come. Some say their fame made even Emperor Edelgard jealous."

Ferdinand and Bernadetta (Crimson Flower)

"After the war, Bernadetta renounced her claim to House Varley. She married Ferdinand, the new Duke Aegir, and the two contributed to relief efforts by instituting reforms across their Dukedom. Due to the success of those policies, Ferdinand was offered the position of Prime Minister by the emperor. He accepted, leaving the management of Aegir territory to his wife, while he worked to apply their ideas to the Empire at large. Since Bernadetta did not like to leave home, Ferdinand's life involved a lot of travel to and from the capital, but it is said he always embarked on his return home with a smile on his face."

Ferdinand and Bernadetta (Other routes)

"After the war, Bernadetta renounced her claim to House Varley. She married Ferdinand, the new Duke Aegir, and the two contributed to relief efforts by instituting reforms across their Dukedom. Due to the success of those policies, Ferdinand was offered the opportunity to help govern all Fódlan. He accepted, leaving the management of Aegir territory to his wife, while he worked to apply their ideas to the world at large. Since Bernadetta did not like to leave home, Ferdinand's life involved a lot of travel, but it is said he always embarked on his return home with a smile."

Ferdinand and Dorothea (Crimson Flower)

"After officially becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand set about reforming his territory. Thanks to the wisdom of his wife, Dorothea, Ferdinand's policies were of massive benefit to the commonfolk and brought about a swift recovery. In recognition of this achievement, he was called upon by Emperor Edelgard to introduce these reforms to the Empire at large as the new prime minister. Though the work kept him very busy, he always managed to find time for Dorothea. It is said their children filled their loving household with beautiful music ever after."

Ferdinand and Dorothea (Other routes)

"After officially becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand set about reforming his territory. Thanks to the wisdom of his wife, Dorothea, Ferdinand's policies were of massive benefit to the common folk and brought about a swift recovery. In recognition of this achievement, he was called upon to help to govern Fódlan at large. Though the work of reforming the entire nation kept him very busy, he always managed to find time for Dorothea. It is said that their children filled their loving household with beautiful music ever after."

Ferdinand and Petra (Crimson Flower)

"After officially becoming Duke Aegir, Ferdinand asked Emperor Edelgard if she would make him her minister of foreign affairs rather than her prime minister. She granted his wish, and his first task in his new position was to negotiate with Petra, who had inherited the throne of Brigid and declared her Kingdom's freedom from Imperial vassalage. Ferdinand and Petra collaborated to deepen the friendship between their nations and forge a strong, enduring alliance. As a symbol of their nations' friendship, Ferdinand and Petra took up residence together in Nuvelle, on the western fringe of Fódlan. It is said they negotiated for years to achieve this compromise."

Ferdinand and Petra (Other routes)

"After officially becoming Duke Aegir, Ferdinand worked to restore the territory, and as part of that effort, sought to develop an improved relationship with Brigid. He reached out to Petra, who had inherited the throne of Brigid, and she agreed to send resources for the relief effort. At the same time, the two continued their private relationship across borders, and when Aegir territory had recovered, they married. Ferdinand relocated to Brigid with his queen, and the pair worked tirelessly to improve diplomatic relations. Their work involved much travel, but they made sure to find time once in a while to stop and enjoy their happiness."

Ferdinand and Mercedes (Crimson Flower)

"After the war, Mercedes traveled to Fhirdiad to pay a visit to her adoptive father. Though she introduced Ferdinand, she left out the small detail that they were engaged to be wed. Married in secret, Ferdinand and Mercedes worked together to reform the new Duke Aegir's territory, and the effort was so successful that Emperor Edelgard named Ferdinand her prime minister. It was a busy life for him indeed, but as he was known to say to his government colleagues, coming home to a smiling family made all the hard work worth it."

Ferdinand and Mercedes (Other routes)

"After the war, Mercedes traveled to Fhirdiad to pay a visit to her adoptive father. Though she introduced Ferdinand, she left out the small detail that they were engaged to be wed. Married in secret, Ferdinand and Mercedes worked together to reform the new Duke Aegir's territory, and the effort was so successful that he was called upon to work as a leader in the central government. It was a busy life for him indeed, but as he was known to say to his government colleagues, coming home to a smiling family made all the hard work worth it."

Ferdinand and Marianne (Crimson Flower)

"Ferdinand announced his engagement to Marianne just after becoming the new Duke Aegir. While he got started restoring his territory, Marianne returned home to study politics under her shrewd adoptive father. When she returned to Ferdinand's side, they were wed, and with her new skills she proved herself to be an asset to the rebuilding effort. Aegir territory flourished under their reign, becoming one of the most prosperous regions in all Fódlan. It is said that Ferdinand commissioned a bronze statue of his wife to honor her, but that Marianne ordered it to be hidden away in storage for eternity."

Ferdinand and Marianne (Other routes)

"Ferdinand announced his marriage to Marianne just after becoming the new Duke Aegir. With the support of Margrave Edmund, they set to work restoring Aegir territory. The support of Marianne's adoptive father was essential, but not sufficient, for the relief effort. As more difficulties arose, Marianne herself took on an increasing amount of responsibility. She proved quite capable and dedicated, and the Dukedom progressed through a steady recovery under the couple's collective efforts. It is said that Ferdinand commissioned a bronze statue of his wife to honor her achievements, but Marianne ordered it to be hidden away in storage for eternity."

Ferdinand and Hilda

"After becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand married Hilda, the daughter of Duke Goneril. The marriage was warmly received by the people, with high expectations placed on them as they set about restoring the territory. Hilda rarely took part in politics herself, but she still contributed greatly by recommending exceptional people to influential positions. Her hobby of creating fashionable accessories also bore fruit, as her designs achieved widespread popularity, and she created the first artisan academy in Fódlan. The school produced many talented craftsmen, including Ferdinand himself, who was said to craft handmade trinkets for his wife."

Ferdinand and Flayn

"Ferdinand married Flayn just after becoming the new Duke Aegir, and the pair wasted no time getting to work on the rebuilding effort. While Ferdinand handled administrative matters, Flayn walked more directly among the people, seeing to their needs. Their teamwork and complementary skills led to rapid recovery and growth for the region, but it is said that what inspired the people most of all was the genuine intimacy and affection between the ruling couple."

Ferdinand and Manuela (Crimson Flower)

"Almost immediately after becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand married Manuela, and the two dedicated themselves to reformation efforts. Manuela lent her considerable talent and experience, using personal connections she'd gained in her time as a songstress and teacher to assemble a team of talented people. Between her personal skills and her ability as a physician, she became so essential that the emperor saw fit to make her the new prime minister. As she spent more time in the capital, bringing the reforms that helped Aegir territory to the Empire at large, Ferdinand stayed behind, minding his own lands and looking after their child."

Ferdinand and Manuela (Other routes)

"Almost immediately after becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand married Manuela, and the two dedicated themselves to reformation efforts. Manuela lent her considerable talent and experience, using personal connections she'd gained in her time as a songstress and teacher to assemble a team of talented people. Between her personal skills and her ability as a physician, she became so essential that she was called upon to help bring the reforms that helped Aegir territory to Fódlan at large. While she traveled the world, Ferdinand stayed behind, minding his own lands and looking after their child."

Ferdinand and Constance (Crimson Flower)

"After officially becoming the new Duke Aegir, Ferdinand found that he had a new neighbor in Constance, whose revived noble house was granted the old Hrym territory for its domain. It was a prescient move by Emperor Edelgard, as Ferdinand and Constance were quick to marry and merge their adjoining territories. The couple's diverse talents helped them overcome countless obstacles together, in pursuit of a restored land and a new social order for the Empire."

Ferdinand and Constance (Other routes)

"After officially becoming the new Duke of Aegir, Ferdinand found that he had a new neighbor in Constance, whose revived noble house was granted the old Hrym territory for its domain. They were married in short order, and their adjoining territories were merged. The couple’s diverse talents helped them overcome countless obstacles together, in pursuit of a restored land. They had many children, including one who became well-known in her own right for the advancements she brought to her mother’s research. For generations thereafter, House Nuvelle stood at the forefront of magical progress."
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Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

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

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Ferdinand means "bold to attain peace," and "brave traveler." The Germanic name is composed by the junction of the elements fridu, meaning "peace," or alternatively fardi, meaning "travel"; and "Nand," which means "bold, courageous."

Aegir is Old Norse for "sea," and refers to a frost giant known for his friendship with the gods who hosted elaborate parties on their behalf.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Ferdinand shares his Japanese voice actor, Taito Ban, with Osian in Fire Emblem Heroes.
  • Ferdinand stands at 175cm (or about 5’9”), growing to 180cm (or about 5’11”) after the time skip.
  • Ferdinand has a unique post-timeskip battle model as a Cavalier and Paladin.
    • Otherwise, he uses red colors for his classes.
  • After the time skip, Ferdinand's hair will clip through class outfits with armor or similar items around the neck, and even through his default outfit on occasion.
  • Ferdinand shares his Paralogue with Lysithea but, differently from the other characters with a shared Paralogue, the two cannot support. The same goes for Linhardt and Leonie, Caspar and Mercedes, and Anna and Jeritza.
  • Ferdinand grows out his hair after the time skip, but it is revealed in counselor notes that he just never got it cut due to the stress from war time and having dedicated most of his free time to the war effort. He says that it hurts his feelings that people thought he did it to be fashionable.
  • Ironically, it's not possible to access Ferdinand and Caspar's paralogues on one of the routes where they're automatically recruited (Crimson Flower). They're the only characters to whom this situation happens. These paralogues are accessible in Silver Snow, however.
    • Because Ferdinand is the most difficult student to recruit due to his B support with Byleth only being available during the war phase and Heavy Armor requirement being hard to reach, it is best to do Silver Snow and/or New Game+ to play these chapters.
  • Ferdinand is one of the seven characters whose fate is left ambiguous if they're defeated before the timeskip in Classic Mode. The others are Linhardt, Ashe, Ingrid, Marianne, Alois and Shamir.
  • In Byleth and Ferdinand C-Support conversation, the latter will say "Anything Edelgard can do, I can do better". This is probably a reference to the song Anything You Can Do from the musical Annie Get Your Gun.
  • In the Silver Snow route, when deciding to change everyone's unit appearance, Ferdinand will replace Edelgard as the model.
    • However, if Ferdinand falls in combat on Classic Mode, he will be replaced by Linhardt, who in turn will be replaced by Caspar if he is defeated, and so on, going through the characters by roster order. This means that he is the default model simply because he is the first character in the roster after Byleth.
  • Ferdinand, Felix, Sylvain, Mercedes, Ingrid, Lorenz, Alois, and Shamir are the only characters that, if not recruited in certain paths, are needed to be killed.
    • In Ferdinand's case, he must be killed during The Great Bridge Coup if not recruited in Azure Moon or Verdant Wind, along with Lorenz in the former.
  • In the second survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Ferdinand tied with Ashe for 11th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:3. He ranked 11th among those who completed the game with 97 points.
  • In a survey conducted by Famitsu Magazine, Ferdinand placed 5th for males and 13th overall with 661 votes in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
  • In the third survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Ferdinand placed 12th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:3. He ranked 12th among those who completed the game with 99 points.
  • In the fourth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Ferdinand placed 8th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 8th among those who completed the game with 69 points.
  • In the fifth survey conducted by Nintendo DREAM Magazine, Ferdinand placed 12th in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Three Houses. The male-female vote ratio was 1:4. He ranked 12th among those who completed the game with 7.8% of the vote.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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