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“Men are beasts! Nothing more! We fight! We kill! We devour our prey! Beasts do not stand behind beasts, little prince... They use each other so long as it suits their own selfish purpose!”
—Gangrel talking to Chrom before they wage battle in Chapter 11

Gangrel is an enemy character from Fire Emblem Awakening, later made playable via SpotPass. He is the Mad King of Plegia.

Profile[]

Originally a thief born in one of the poorest parts of Plegia, Gangrel was mistreated growing up, witnessing the robbery and death of his mother, formerly a member of nobility, from an illness. Gangrel eventually rose to be the ruler of Plegia, and became known as the Mad King. Gangrel allied with the Grimleal and Plegia was turned into a religious dictatorship under the Grimleal.[2] Although most outsiders consider Plegians to be worshipers of Grima, Gangrel states that he is not a follower, and he simply paid "lip service" to them.

Gangrel spends much of the first half of the game trying to start a war between Ferox and Ylisse by sending Plegians disguised as Chrom and the Shepherds, although each attempt failed as the disguised Plegians were killed, coupled with Emmeryn's pacifist nature, did not result in war. However, it made the Feroxi border guards wary of future visits.

Following Flavia's ascension as the ruling Khan of Ferox, she vows to support Ylisse in their time of need. This forced Gangrel to find another way to instigate war, which he did by kidnapping Maribelle, the daughter of Duke Themis. Gangrel accused her of being a spy who had harmed the Plegians who wished to escort her back home, while Maribelle stated that the Plegians had pillaged a village in her father's domain. Gangrel in turn stated that it was simply a bandit problem in Ylisse, though Emmeryn ultimately believed Maribelle's claims. Gangrel states that although he could have her executed on a whim, he decided not to, and demands the Fire Emblem in exchange for her safety. Emmeryn refuses, due to seeing its value and her pacifist nature. In response, Gangrel orders several Plegian soldiers to take it by force, and soon declared war after Chrom struck one down as he left.

After the attempted assassination of Emmeryn forces her to leave the capital, Gangrel attacks Ylisstol, causing Emmeryn to return to the capital to protect her people, allowing him to capture her.

Gangrel planned to execute Emmeryn by pushing her off the horn of a large, dragon-like skull located at Plegia Castle grounds. The Shepherds arrive right before her execution and stops it just in time. As they rush to Emmeryn's execution spot, Chrom sends in Phila to rescue her, but Aversa then summons Risen Archers to foil the rescue attempt. With the situation back under control, Gangrel gives Chrom the option to either relinquish the Fire Emblem or watch Emmeryn be killed by the Risen. Before Chrom can make a decision, Emmeryn walks off the horn to her supposed death to prevent Chrom from giving up the Fire Emblem. Instead of being moved by her words before her suicide, Gangrel sadistically laughs and relishes in Chrom and Lissa's despair and prepares to attack the vulnerable Ylisse, while Basilio and Flavia evacuate Chrom and the rest of his army and retreat back to Ferox.

However, Emmeryn's words were able to sway many of the Plegian soldiers who witnessed the event to wonder if the war was justified. Many of the soldiers begin defecting en masse, and while Gangrel tries his best to stomp them out, he ends up only with a very small but loyal army at the Border Wastes, where he is confronted by Chrom and the Shepherds, falling in battle and presumed dead.

Paralogue[]

In Paralogue 18, Gangrel is revealed to have survived his last stand. Disgraced and broken, the only work the supposed dead king could get was with Zanth's pirates, working as a servant and was, ironically, being treated like trash as he had treated his soldiers. Zanth's pirate group, who could fight off well-trained armies, caught the attention of Chrom and the Shepherds.

While on duty in a depressed mood, Zanth informs Gangrel that they are to be fighting Chrom and the Shepherds. The name rings a bell in Gangrel's ear, although he states that none of it matters anyways, and heads into battle, knowing that he will die.

During the battle, Chrom spots Gangrel, surprised by his survival, though Gangrel claims that he is dead, and that he is a maggot. Chrom refuses to believe that he is still dead however, and speaks to him a second time, where Gangrel states that his life is over, but his body refuses to die (much like Walhart). Chrom is amused by the turn of events, and although he cannot forgive Gangrel for his crimes, urges him to fight by his side, as he declares his life is wasted working with Zanth. Gangrel laughs at the offer and initially declines, wanting him to end his life. Chrom then speaks to Gangrel for a third time, where Gangrel accuses him of being too soft to end his life. Chrom then calls Gangrel pathetic, enraging the former Mad King, claiming that he is not worth killing in this state, and that he should throw his life away fighting Grima to protect his citizens. Although Gangrel states that he clearly despises him, he ultimately chooses to join the Shepherds, allowing Chrom to use his life as he wishes.

If ignored, Gangrel's fate is left ambiguous. He may be killed instead, where he claims that everything is a sick joke in his dying breath.

After the war, if unmarried, Gangrel fell into obscurity. Some said that he found a new kingdom to rule and ruin, while others said that he ended up in the gutters. Regardless, most people agree that he was dead in a few years.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Gangrel appears as an antagonistic Mirage controlling Nobu Horinozawa, giving him unmatched speed and a special camera that not only captures his targets, sending them to the Idolasphere frozen in place, but also seals the abilities of Mirages and when used in the Idolasphere the camera drives the victims back into the real world. Gangrel launches an attack on all of Shibuya literally capturing all his victims on camera eventually using Nobu to capture his original muse Maiko Shimazaki and is pursued in the Illusory Shibuya. Further in Gangrel loses control of Nobu after Tsubasa Oribe shows off a new pose inspired by Maiko's "My Complex" photobook. A battle ensues in which Gangrel is defeated.

Gangrel later reappears in Illusory Dolhr, having been revived by the Shadow Dragon.

Personality[]

Initially, Gangrel appears to be a bloodthirsty king searching for violence, as he attempted to provoke Ylisse into war with Plegia because he sought to control the continent, even mocking Emmeryn as being too naïve and kind. Gangrel reveals that he hates the world and even his own subjects due to his harsh past. After his defeat at the Border Wastes, and recruitment into the Shepherds, he seeks forgiveness for his actions. In Hot-Spring Scramble, he attempts to apologize to Emmeryn for the pain he caused her. Later on, he rants about how he wanted to shape the future, but the thrill of war "stained" his hands and he wanted to escape from it. When Emmeryn calls Gangrel a friend, he is shocked by the compliment. Emmeryn's further kindness makes him guilty to the point of tears for everything he did to her.

In his supports with male Robin, Gangrel reveals that he initially intended to unite the continent to fight Valm, but became twisted by the thrill of war and resulted in many people being killed. He regrets starting the war and at the end of their supports, returns to his "energetic" personality due to Robin's words to him, and promised to help Plegian citizens who have lost their way. He also reveals that he does not worship Grima, instead paying lip service to the Grimleal compared to the majority of his people.

In his supports with female Robin, Gangrel appears to be more upbeat and lively, and constantly tries to recruit her to serve as his personal tactician, trying various methods such as compliments, gifts, and even asking her straight out to work for him. If Gangrel achieves an S-Support with Robin, Gangrel confesses that what he really needs is someone to make sure that he does not do anything stupid when he returns to rule Plegia, and asks for her hand in marriage to ensure this.

He is the most afraid of heights out of everyone in the army.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

Recruitment[]

Paralogue 18: Enemy, talk with Chrom three times (only available via SpotPass)

Base Stats[]

Chapter 11[]

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster (Enemy) Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
5351282020158126
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)LocktouchSwordIconFE13Sword - B
StaffIconFE13Staff - C
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
Dragonstone FE13 IconDragonstone*
* - Drops when defeated.

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster (Enemy) Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
54115112424189146
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Lucky 7Lucky Seven
SwordIconFE13Sword - B
StaffIconFE13Staff - C
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
Dragonstone FE13 IconDragonstone*
* - Drops when defeated.

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster (Enemy) Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
549201529292211166
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Lucky 7Lucky Seven
AcrobaticsAcrobat
SwordIconFE13Sword - A
StaffIconFE13Staff - A
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword+
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
Dragonstone FE13 IconDragonstone*
* - Drops when defeated.
+ - Forged, Might +4 and Hit +10.

Paralogue 18/Playable[]

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1549212029331518176+1
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Movement +1Movement +1
Lucky 7Lucky Seven
AcrobaticsAcrobat
SwordIconFE13Sword - B
StaffIconFE13Staff - C
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
* - Drops when defeated.

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1554262534371720196+1
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Movement +1Movement +1
Lucky 7Lucky Seven
AcrobaticsAcrobat
SwordIconFE13Sword - B
StaffIconFE13Staff - C
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
* - Drops when defeated.

Starting Class
FE13 Gangrel Trickster Map SpriteTrickster
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1558312938411922226+1
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Movement +1Movement +1
Lucky 7Lucky Seven
AcrobaticsAcrobat
SwordIconFE13Sword - B
StaffIconFE13Staff - C
Levin Sword FE13 IconLevin Sword*
* - Drops when defeated.

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 50% 45% 75% 70% 30% 35% 40%

Max Stat Modifiers[]

Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
-2 0 +3 +3 -1 -1 0

Supports[]

See also: Gangrel/Supports
  • Robin (Can marry Female Robin)
  • Morgan (Only if Gangrel is his father)

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes
-
-

Overall[]

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.
Base Class[]

As a playable character, Gangrel can be quite useful, as he is one of few units that does not need excessive level grinding to get his Strength and Magic at a passable level so he can be a solid Trickster. His only major competition as a well-rounded Trickster is from Robin, Anna, and Henry. However, Gangrel receives large bonuses for Hard and Lunatic Mode, putting him at the advantage against the other three, as they need a few Second Seals to catch up to his large bonuses.

However, Gangrel does have a bit of an issue: his HP, Luck, and defenses are not very high, which can put him at a disadvantage against his enemies. He also cannot support anyone except for Robin (or Morgan if Gangrel is his father), which can be troublesome when trying to pair him up. Due to this, he needs to be treated with a little more care, as he is not going to be able to take multiple hits. However, Gangrel's high Speed and Lucky Seven skill helps accommodate for his relative fragility, allowing him to dodge a fair share of attacks.

Gangrel is best suited as a Trickster due to his workable magic stat. Thus, a character like Gaius who does not have that good of a Magic stat makes a more logical choice for an Assassin. However, Gangrel can go into the Assassin class to acquire Pass, which can boost his utility further, as he will be able to walk through the opposition. All in all, Gangrel is as solid of a utility unit as there is, especially in Hard or Lunatic Mode due to the bonuses he gets.

Reclassing[]

Gangrel can go into the Barbarian and Dark Mage classes. Gangrel's biggest niche is being a solid Trickster without needing to be level-grinded, but some alternate classes can give him some really good skills to work with. Despoil is not that great on Gangrel due to his low Luck; however, he can still acquire Gamble, Wrath, and Axefaire from the Barbarian line. This allows him to have a higher chance of criticals or increase his utility even further. Gangrel is well-suited to use Vengeance from Sorcerer due to his high Skill and lesser defenses, especially in combination with Wrath. As a Dark Knight, Gangrel will have less Magic and Defense than Tharja, but higher Skill, Speed and Luck. However, he can just simply acquire Lifetaker to boost his durability. Gangrel is still best suited as a Trickster, but skill combinations can help boost his utility.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Boss Stats[]

Starting Class
TMS Myrmidon icon Myrmidon
LevelHPEPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes
283000????????
GIR Sword IconGIR Lance IconGIR Axe IconGIR Bow IconGIR Fire IconGIR Ice IconGIR Electricity IconGIR Force IconGIR Light IconGIR Dark Icon
--Weak------Weak--Resist----
SkillsItems
CommandSessionPassiveBlackguard's Sin
GIR Sword Icon Dire Slice
GIR Sword Icon Dire Slice Ultra
GIR Light Icon Strobe Pulse
GIR Support Icon Reversal of Fortunes
GIR Support Icon Shield me!
GIR Sword Icon Axe-Slash--

Starting ClassWardrobe Stats
TMS Myrmidon icon MyrmidonAttack 160, Armor 70
LevelHPEPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes
59?????????
GIR Sword IconGIR Lance IconGIR Axe IconGIR Bow IconGIR Fire IconGIR Ice IconGIR Electricity IconGIR Force IconGIR Light IconGIR Dark Icon
--Weak------Weak--Resist----
SkillsItems
CommandSessionPassive--
GIR Sword Icon Dire Slice
GIR Sword Icon Dire Slice Ultra
GIR Light Icon Strobe Pulse
GIR Support Icon Shield me!
GIR Support Icon Fog Breath
GIR Sword IconAxe-Slash--

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Plegia's Mad King
The King of Plegia, who thirsts for battle. Together with Aversa, he begins a war against the Halidom of Ylisse. Appears in Fire Emblem Awakening.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Gangrel Heroes spriteTitle
Plegia's Mad King
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
38/41/44
4/5/6
25/28/31
8/9/10
31/34/37
3/4/5
18/21/24
6/7/8
21/24/27
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Steel DaggerFEH Dagger Dagger
✯✯✯✯
Gangrel Heroes spriteTitle
Plegia's Mad King
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
4/5/6
26/29/32
9/10/11
33/36/39
3/4/5
19/22/25
7/8/9
23/26/29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Silver Dagger
FEH skill special Chilling Wind
FEH Dagger Dagger
✯✯✯✯✯
Gangrel Heroes spriteTitle
Plegia's Mad King
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
42/45/48
5/6/7
29/32/35
9/10/11
35/38/41
4/5/6
21/24/28
7/8/9
24/27/31
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Levin Dagger
FEH skill special Chilling Wind
FEH Dagger Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel Dagger--FEH Star Rarity 3
Silver DaggerSteel DaggerFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Levin DaggerSilver Dagger-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialChilling Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
GlaciesChilling Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4
BFEH Chill Atk 1 Chill Atk 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Chill Atk 2 Chill Atk 2FEH Chill Atk 1 Chill Atk 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Chill Atk 3 Chill Atk 3FEH Chill Atk 2 Chill Atk 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Panic Ploy 1 Panic Ploy 1--
FEH Panic Ploy 2 Panic Ploy 2FEH Panic Ploy 1 Panic Ploy 1FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Panic Ploy 3 Panic Ploy 3FEH Panic Ploy 2 Panic Ploy 2FEH Star Rarity 4

Overall[]

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.
Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Plegia's Mad King Gangrel
Gangrel plegias mad king pop01 All kinds of members of royalty have come to Askr, but Gangrel is among the more unusual ones that we've had. To be less diplomatic about it, he's a cruel man who loves to deceive people.
Gangrel plegias mad king pop02 Gangrel came from one of the poorest parts of Plegia. He lived with his mother, formerly a member of nobility, but she later died of an illness, leaving him alone.
Gangrel plegias mad king pop03 Perhaps this is why Gangrel became obsessed with power and influence, and why he then embarked on a career of opportunistic villainy that eventually landed him on the Plegian throne.
Gangrel plegias mad king pop04 During the war he started with Ylisse, Gangrel did everything he could to seize the Fire Emblem, including taking Emmeryn hostage. I suppose I'll have to give him a stern talking-to and make sure he gets along with everyone here!
Closely Associated Characters
Aversa A wily mage who serves Gangrel of Plegia. Excels at using her charms to disarm and then destroy her foes.
Mustafa General of Plegia. He is endlessly loyal to his king, but he is a military man who prefers a fair fight to besting his foes through trickery.

Quotes[]

Awakening[]

Gangrel/Awakening Quotes

Heroes[]

Gangrel/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Gangrel - Mad King
With the slaughter done, Gangrel retired to obscurity. While some claim he found another kingdom to rule and ruin, others insist he ended in the gutter. All agree he was dead within a matter of years.
Gangrel and Robin
Many wrote of Robin's legendary exploits, but accounts of her origins and character varied. Scholars, poets, and bards agreed on one thing alone--she loved her husband, Gangrel, above all else.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Gangrel is an antagonistic Mirage that resides in an Idolasphere of Shibuya, Illusory 106 and has taken control of fashion photographer Nobu Horinozawa. He has the ability to detach his head from his body. After being separated by Nobu, he fights the party but is defeated, screaming as his head fall to the ground.

Gangrel later reappears in Illusory Dolhr, having been revived by the Shadow Dragon, but is defeated once again.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Spirit Info[]

No. Name Image Type Class Slots Effect
672 Gangrel Gangrel (FE13 Artwork) Primary (Attack) ★★☆☆ (Advanced) 2 Electric Attack ↑
Spirit Battle
Spirit Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power / Class Stage Rules Conditions Music
Gangrel (FE13 Artwork)
No. 672
Gangrel
•Wolf
•Bayonetta
Attack 3,700/ ★★☆☆ (Advanced) Find Mii (Omega) None •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy has increased attack power
"Id (Purpose) (SSBU Remix)"

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Gangrel 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 220 CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
1,101
CYL2 312
↓92
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
684
↓417
CYL3 241
↑71
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
927
↑243
CYL4 227
↑14
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
634
↓293
CYL5 362
↓136
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
154
↓480
CYL6 372
↓1-
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
155
↑1

CYL7 323
↑49
CYL Gangrel Portrait
Awakening
111
↓44

Etymology[]

Gangrel means wanderer or beggar; it is also related to the word "gangly".

Trivia[]

  • His title in the English version, the Mad King, is shared by Ashnard from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
  • Some parts of Gangrel's backstory can only be found on the Japanese website for Awakening.
  • His older concept art design seems to have been the basis of the generic Trickster class portrait.
  • Gangrel's official artwork depicts him wielding a Levin Sword.
  • There is a minor inconsistency in Gangrel's design between different art assets. In his regular portrait, he has long sharp fingernails, in his confession and official art, he has shorter, less sharp fingernails.
  • During the preparation phase of Chapter 9, Gangrel is temporarily on-screen. Selecting his name on the lower screen lists his information as "The cruel and fatalistic former king of Plegia", his description from Paralogue 18. In Chapter 11, his information correctly displays as "The self-styled 'Mad King of Plegia'."
  • Gangrel shares his Japanese voice actor, Manabu Sakamaki, with Kellam, as well as Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Alois.
  • Gangrel's map sprite as a Trickster depicts him holding his sword outwards, similar to female Tricksters like Anna, instead of against his chest like regular male Tricksters.
  • His ability "Reversal of Fortunes" as a boss in Tokyo Mirage Sessions appears to be a direct reference to a line in Awakening, said when he summons reinforcements against an Ylissean legion: "I believe this is what they call a reversal of fortunes." In Tokyo Mirage Sessions, this ability also summons reinforcements.
  • Before his appearance as a playable unit, Gangrel made a cameo appearance in Heroes in the Lost Lore event, The Martyr Exalt.
  • Gangrel's defeat in Tokyo Mirage Session, specifically when his head fall off his body and rolls on the floor, might be a reference on how rebels used to kill kings they overthrown, by decapitating them with the guillotine and letting the head roll on the floor before showing it to the people. This is further implicated as Kiria Kurono, who is the Mirage Master of Tharja, a Plegian mage who rebelled to Gangrel, becomes playable little before the chapter where he's fought.
  • Gangrel's recruitment in Awakening is a throwback to Katarina's in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, as both must be recruited by talking to them three times. The map of the paralogue is also a redesign of the first chapter of New Mystery of the Emblem.
  • Gangrel is the third Spotpass Character from Awakening to be playable in Heroes with the first being Walhart, and the second being Aversa.
  • In Heroes, in some version, Gangrel is one of the few characters outside original characters to refer to Kiran with gender pronouns.
  • Gangrel's fear of heights is most likely a reference to Emmeryn's death.

Gallery[]

See main article: Gangrel/Gallery.

References[]

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