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“You won’t catch me running home to be some bookworm like my sire. I’ve made a name for myself as a warrior. May as well take that to its logical conclusion and do some more warring.”

Forsyth is a character from Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He works directly under Clive in the Deliverance, and is Python's childhood friend.


Born into a scholarly family with his father having made a name for himself, Forsyth initially thought in following his father's footsteps, growing up while studying diligently. However, he later decided to follow the path of a knight by joining a local lord’s army with aspirations to become a knight and, after one thing led to another, he volunteered for the Deliverance, eventually leading Python into joining the army as well.

After the war, Forsyth joined the knighthood of the newly formed Kingdom of Valentia, having learned how to relax and assisted Clive as a capable and thoughtful lieutenant.


Forsyth is a straightforward, passionate man with great devotion to Zofia and the Deliverance. Despite commoners' lack of social mobility, Forsyth has great dreams of becoming a knight. He speaks rather formally for someone of his background, particularly when around his superiors. He admires Clive, and is grateful to him for giving him a chance to serve as an officer in the Deliverance.

He is less overly formal when around his friends, though still quite intense. He often chides his childhood friend Python for his apathy and laziness, wishing he would work harder and not fully understanding his lack of a dream. Despite this, he cares for him deeply, and the two of them are reliable comrades on and off the battlefield.

He sometimes seems to have some difficulty with social norms, as evidenced in his supports with Clive when he attempts to follow his suggestions to "loosen up" and "treat him more like Python" to disastrous misinterpretations.

Forsyth is not naïve, despite his lofty goals and occasional outlandish actions. He mentions multiple times that he is aware his dream of becoming a knight is unlikely, but he still persists anyway. His passion sometimes runs away with itself, but he is a forthright, determined man who cares deeply for his friends and country.




Forsyth and Clive can be found at the end of the Deliverance Hideout. Defeat the undead monsters within, and talk to them both to have them join your party.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE2 Soldier Map IconSoldier
MagicStarting Items

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res
30% 40% 10% 20% 20% 10% 0%


Secret Book (Artwork)
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Forsyth is an average unit. No matter which Soldier/Armor/Baron unit you choose to use in Gaiden, they will wind up very similar. The Armor characters in Gaiden are more heavily impacted by their Promotions and strict class role as a defensive tank than they are by their stats or stat growth, as they will all have high Strength and Defense with low Speed.

Forsyth is in direct competition with Lukas, as they are both Soldiers that you obtain early in Chapter 1 of Alm's route. When picking between the two, Forsyth comes with some notable advantages. He starts with higher HP, and will likely retain that HP advantage. He will also end up with more Speed and Resistance than the other Armors, and he ends up with much higher Strength than Lukas or Valbar. Although Forsyth has bad Defense growth, all Armor units in Gaiden have similarly low Defense growth and enough base Defense to make Physical attacks do negligible damage anyways. His low skill can be a problem, especially on terrain-heavy maps.

All in all, Forsyth is not a great unit, because his low base stats and joining at the end of act 1 as a first tier soldier mean that he has quite a bit of catching up to do if he ever wants to compare to the likes of Lukas.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE15 Soldier (Forsyth)Soldier
MagicSkillsStarting Items

Class Sets[]

Class Sets
First Tier Second Tier Third Tier Overclass
FE15 Soldier (Forsyth)Soldier Knight Baron Spartan map spriteSpartan*

* DLC class; access with the Altar of the Titan.

Learnt Magic[]

Class Level Magic Learnt
Mage 1 Echoes black magic iconFire
8 Echoes black magic iconThunder
Sage 1 Echoes white magic iconRecover
Guru 1 Echoes white magic iconLemegeton

Personal Max Stats[]

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
52 40 39 41 40 40 40

Growth Rates[]

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 40% 30% 40% 40% 30% 3%


See also: Forsyth/Supports
Passive Supports[]
  • None


Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Forsyth is a soldier that Alm will recruit at the end of the Deliverance Headquarters after speaking with Clive. For his join time, he joins quite underleveled, still only as his first tier class as a level 4 soldier, while most members of Alm's party should be either ready to promote into their second tier class or very close in level to promoting into their second tier class - especially Lukas, who can easily have gained enough experience to promote out of soldier before Forsyth is even recruited. Compared to Lukas, Forsyth has generally superior stats in the long term, with higher speed and a higher resistance stat that makes him less endangered by magical enemies. While his performance is superior to Lukas long term provided investment, he is still dealing with many of the weaknesses that Lukas has, including his lack of mobility and extremely low speed base, and he lacks the contributions early game where Lukas was more uniquely valuable to the team.

Overall, Forsyth joins quite underleveled and must promote quickly into knight in order to remain relevant. He generally surpasses Lukas on the role of knight in the long term of the game, though he still deals with all of the weaknesses inherent in his classline. Despite this, both Forsyth and Lukas are viable and capable of being used throughout the game.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Loyal Lieutenant
A soldier with the Deliverance. Advisor to Clive, whom he has sworn an ardent allegiance to. Appears in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Forsyth SpriteTitle
Loyal Lieutenant
Heroes Armored Armored
FEH skill offense Sol Lance
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Lance Lance


FEH skill offenseIron Lance---
Steel Lance-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Silver Lance---
Sol LanceSilver Lance-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5-
BonfireGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Def Res Bond 1 Def/Res Bond 1--
FEH Def Res Bond 2 Def/Res Bond 2FEH Def Res Bond 1 Def/Res Bond 1-
FEH Def Res Bond 3 Def/Res Bond 3FEH Def Res Bond 2 Def/Res Bond 2FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Bold Fighter 1 Bold Fighter 1--
FEH Bold Fighter 2 Bold Fighter 2FEH Bold Fighter 1 Bold Fighter 1-
FEH Bold Fighter 3 Bold Fighter 3FEH Bold Fighter 2 Bold Fighter 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Fortify Def 1 Fortify Def 1--
FEH Fortify Def 2 Fortify Def 2FEH Fortify Def 1 Fortify Def 1-
FEH Fortify Def 3 Fortify Def 3FEH Fortify Def 2 Fortify Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH Joint Hone Def Joint Hone DefFEH Fortify Def 3 Fortify Def 3FEH Star Rarity 5


Secret Book (Artwork)
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Base Set[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Loyal Lieutenant Forsyth
Forsyth loyal lieutenant pop01 Here's Forsyth! He's a brave soldier who dedicated himself to serving the Deliverance in its battle against the Rigelian Empire!
Forsyth loyal lieutenant pop02 It was always Forsyth's dream to be a knight. But being of common origins, he soon discovered that it was rare for anyone other than members of the nobility to join the knighthood.
Forsyth loyal lieutenant pop03 Forsyth believed that he could find a way in by making a name for himself. After earning the trust of Clive, he played a decisive role as his second-in-command!
Forsyth loyal lieutenant pop04 Forsyth has a positive attitude that helps to embolden his allies as well. I just know that one day, he'll make his dream come true!
Closely Associated Characters
Clive Former leader of the Deliverance and Clair's brother. Idealistic and focused on the good of the kingdom. He made Forsyth his second-in-command.
Python An archer with the Deliverance. His nonchalant exterior belies a serious character that cares deeply for his allies. He was invited by Forsyth to join the Deliverance.



“T-too bad...”
—Forsyth' death quote in Gaiden.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[]

Forsyth/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Quotes


Forsyth/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]


As one of the knights of the kingdom, he works towards the restoration of Valentia.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[]

(If both Clive and Python are alive)
Forsyth joined the One Kingdom's knights after the war, working hard to bring order back to the land. Time took off some of his more caustic edges, and he served many years alongside Clive as a poised and thoughtful lieutenant.
(If Clive is dead)
Forsyth joined the One Kingdom's knights after the war, and he lived his life for them as the late Clive would have wanted. Time took off some of Forsyth's more caustic edges, giving him a poised and thoughtful demeanor that reminded many of his old commander.
(If Python is dead)
Forsyth joined the One Kingdom's knights after the war. The loss of Python left him empty, which is perhaps why he volunteered to go to the borderlands to bring the king's peace. He met and wed a woman from the area, and the two never returned to the capital.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Forsyth is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL8 350
CYL Forsyth SOV Portrait
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia


The name Forsyth dates back to before the twelfth century. The name is probably of Celtic origin, in which case it may be derived from the word "fearsithe", which is Gaelic for "man of peace"


  • Coincidentally, Forsyth's original appearance is very similar to Wolf's from the Archanea saga.
  • Before Path of Radiance, Lukas and Forsyth were the only playable characters starting as Soldiers in the franchise.


See main article: Forsyth/Gallery.