The Fire Dragon (火竜 Karyū) is both a race and a class of Dragons that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. One of the most common types of Dragons, Fire Dragons, like their name suggests, expel breaths of fire in order to singe their foes.
History in the Series
In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remake, Fire Dragons make up the brunt of Dolhr's soldiers. Initially appearing as unassuming humans, Fire Dragon Manaketes only assume their dragon forms after releasing the power stored within Firestones.
In Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Dragons are still largely connected to Manaketes, shape-shifters who transform into Fire Dragons through the employment of Firestones. The feral Fire Dragons function as exceptions to this rule, acting as standalone entities that are permanently confined to their dragon forms. Fire Dragons in this title employ Fire Breath as their weapon of choice, and are granted the ability to inflict effective damage against Ice Dragons, alongside a resistance to Fire Breath. Any Manakete can transform into a Fire Dragon with the use of a Firestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Fire Dragon Tribe.
In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Fire Dragon (ファイアドラゴン Faia doragon) appears as a standalone class that attacks either one or several foes with small or large breaths respectively. Katri, the Shaman of Fire, is able to transform into the famed Dragon of Fire, Neuron, by means of drawing his draconic power from the Ring of Salia.
In The Binding Blade, Fire Dragons are much the same as their Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light ancestors, where they are connected to Manaketes who assume this form through the usage of Firestones.
A Fire Dragon appears as the final boss of The Blazing Blade. Decidedly stronger and more ferocious than its predecessors, the Fire Dragon in this title employs the lethal Flametongue as its sole weapon of choice. In Japan, this version of the class is called 古の火竜, meaning Ancient Fire Dragon.
In the remake of Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Dragons are neither effective against Ice Dragons nor immune to Fire Breath. In this title, only feral Fire Dragons employ a separate Fire Breath weapon as their means to attack, while Manaketes directly use Firestones as weapons instead. As before, any Manakete can transform into a Fire Dragon with the use of a Firestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Fire Dragon Tribe.
An enemy Fire Dragon appears in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia in the fifth level of Thabes Labyrinth. It's mandatory to fight it to proceed in the dungeon. Afterwards, it's possible to encounter Fire Dragons while engaging other enemies in the lower levels.
Fire Dragon Manaketes appear as enemy officers in Fire Emblem Warriors as the evil army of Velezark the Chaos Dragon. Unlike the playable Divine dragons, the Fire Dragon Manaketes are already transformed by the battle's beginning. They share the same moveset as a transformed Divine Dragon.
In Vestaria Saga I, the Fire Dragon is known as the Firewyrm. They are often seen guarding treasure. Firewyrms and other dragon enemies are some of the most powerful enemies in the game as they possess high HP, Magic, Defence and Movement. Some Firewyrms can also summon more Firewyrms if they are damaged.
In Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister, the Firewyrm is playable in the form of Bertoria. Bertoria functions very differently from other units. She uses three variants of her fire breath as weapons and they never break. She must be fed each turn, so you lose 20 denari each turn in order to pay for her food. If there is less than 19 denari left, Bertoria will leave permanently. The player can also use a smell bag to send Bertoria away at any time.
Fire Dragons resemble western dragons in their design and are almost always depicted with red scales. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light is an exception to this rule, where they are green in colour instead. In terms of wings, Fire Dragons appearing in the Archanea Series are designed with classic bat-like dragon wings, while Fire Dragons in the Elibe Series possess wings that are entirely composed of flames.
In their human forms, Fire Dragons are sometimes able to obscure their wings, which protrude from their shoulder blades. Despite their possession of wings, Fire Dragons are not treated as Flying Units and are thus not vulnerable to Bows and Wind Magic.
Notable Fire Dragons
- Bantu - Caretaker of Tiki who acts as a grandfather to her.
- Mannu - A Manakete king who presides over the reclusive Pyrathi Isles.
- Khozen - A loyal subordinate of Medeus who helps Grust and Dolhr hold Archanea.
- Ain - A War Dragon who is instructed to guard Jutes.
- Jahn - A spiteful survivor of The Scouring who seeks vengeance against mankind.
Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister
- Bertoria - A friendly dragon lent to Zade's army by her elderly owner.