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“I'll protect you, even if I die trying, Prince Kurthnaga. My life is dedicated to you. We all need you.”
—Gareth's A Support with Kurthnaga in Radiant Dawn.

Gareth is a non-playable character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and an enemy/playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is a member of the Red Dragon tribe of Goldoa, and body guard to King Dheginsea or any royal retainers in need of personal guard (as seen when he stayed near Prince Kurthnaga in their first appearance).

Gareth is a loyal member of the Goldoan Royal Court. Although it is not clearly mentioned, he is a high-ranking member of the court and a retainer to both his King and Prince Kurthnaga.

Profile[]

Path of Radiance[]

Gareth is seen with Prince Kurthnaga. As the Greil Mercenaries travel with Princess Elincia to the theocracy of Begnion by ship, they are run ashore by Kilvan pirates. The shore they so happen to dock upon was none other than the solemn dragon country of Goldoa. They are hailed by Black Dragon prince Kurthnaga as he was strolling along the coast with Gareth. After an exchanging of word and traveling gifts from the prince, the mercenaries go on their way. This is the only appearance of Gareth in Path of Radiance.

Radiant Dawn[]

After The Mad King's War, Dheginsea revealed the truth behind his isolationism to the other dragons, earning him their and Gareth’s absolute obedience. Gareth appears during the third part of the final chapter, standing with King Dheginsea, Nasir, and the rest of Goldoa against the warriors of Yune. When faced with having to fight the king’s beloved son Kurthnaga, who refused and opposed Ashera’s judgement on the world, he fulfilled his duty as a member of the dragon tribe in accordance with Dheginsea’s wishes and stood in the way of Ike and company in the Tower of Guidance, as Ena and Kurthnaga are both able to speak with him, yet neither are able to sway him to their side.

Gareth will join the party if he survives the battle against the dragons.

Killing him in 4-E-3 unlocks the 'Nasir' Base Conversation in 4-E-4, while killing Nasir will unlock 'Gareth' instead. If both are alive, 'Forgive and Forget' will be unlocked. On the second playthrough, 'Ancient History' is unlocked. If none survived, there will not be a conversation.

After Ashera is defeated, Gareth is named chamberlain to Ena's child.

Personality[]

While Dheginsea is immensely powerful, Gareth has been said to impress even Dheginsea, barely beating the latter in raw strength. While that is a source of pride for him, he could not replace Dheginsea as he lacks other kingly qualities such as pragmatism and a level head, something he strongly admires in his king; as such, he extends his unwavering loyalty to Prince Kurthnaga, Dheginsea’s son, who is under his care.

In-Game[]

Availability[]

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎ =Forced ○ =Available □ =Available for selected

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Gareth Red Dragon (Untransformed) Sprite
Red Dragon (Untransformed)

FE10 Gareth Red Dragon (Transformed) Sprite
Red Dragon (Transformed)
FE10Thunder Thunder
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
318222

44
5

10
10

20
7

14
2021

42
9

18
18

44
26

84
5

6
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Bloodtide Blood Tide
Shove Shove
FE10 Strike Strike - SBreath red Red Breath
FE10laguzstone Laguz Stone

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 40% 5% 30% 10% 65% 30% 25%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm H

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.

Gareth's stats are geared towards physical tanking, excelling in HP, Strength, and Defense while having pitiful Skill, Speed, and Resistance, but such is considerably detrimental when all of the enemies fought after Gareth's recruitment are not only magically-inclined, but also much faster than Gareth. Gareth can be KOd very easily in these chapters due to his horrible Speed and Resistance, making him very difficult to utilize his strengths to some form of effectiveness.

Gareth's main niche is having Blood Tide, which grants +5 to Strength and Skill. This is relevant in E-5 as it speeds up how quick the player can take down the auras that surround Ashera. While some players may opt to only deploy Ena for the tide, fielding Gareth and Ena in E-5 would help with clearing the map. It's also easier to keep Gareth alive in E-5 because of the Wardwood tiles which dot the room and the lower frequency of spirits than the previous map. With a Pure Water boost, Gareth can survive brushes with a few spirits.

Quotes[]

“At once!”
—Gareth's first line in Path of Radiance
“Yes, at once.”
—Gareth's final line in Path of Radiance

Special Conversations[]

With Kurthnaga[]

  • Gareth: I was afraid it would come to this, squared off with the very prince I'm supposed to protect. What to do?
  • Kurthnaga: Gareth, let me pass! I need to reach my father!
  • Gareth: Without the king's word, I can't let that happen.
  • Kurthnaga: Do you mean to fight me?
  • Gareth: Of course not! You know I couldn't do that. All I will do is stand here, plant my feet, and wait.
  • Kurthnaga: Gareth!
  • Gareth: Prince Kurthnaga, it has been a privilege to serve you. I wish you all the best.

With Ena[]

  • Ena: Please let me pass, Gareth.
  • Gareth: I will not move. Such was the king's command.
  • Ena: Is there nothing I can do?
  • Gareth: No, I'm sorry to be so hardheaded, Ena. But I must serve my king.
  • Ena: Maybe we're the hardheaded ones... Opposing our king and our goddess. But we've chosen our path...
  • Gareth: Lady Ena. Promise me you'll look after him. Keep the prince safe.
  • Ena: Of course. I promise... I will protect him at any cost!

Death Quotes[]

Part 4 Endgame (3)[]

  • Gareth: My prince... I was supposed to protect you, but... I failed.
  • Kurthnaga: No, Gareth! It was I that turned my back on Goldoa. Gareth... I'm sorry.
“Uhf... Prince Kurthnaga... Be...safe...”
—Gareth's death quote after Part 4 Endgame (3)

Ending[]

Crimson Bodyguard
Gareth was named chamberlain to the king's new nephew, and taught him with both strictness and love.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Gareth 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 605 CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
122
673 CYL Gareth POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
76
CYL2 694
↓89
CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
62
↓60
712
↓39
CYL Gareth POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
54
↓22
CYL3 489
↑205
(From highest)
CYL Gareth POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
128
↑12
(From combined)
CYL4 511
↓12
CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
84
↓44
CYL5 444
↑67
CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
62
↓22
CYL6 457
↓13
CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
60
↓2

CYL7 381
↑78
CYL Gareth RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
51
↓9

Etymology[]

In Arthurian legend, Gareth is one of the brothers of Gawain and a knight of the round table. In his first adventure, Gareth defeats the Red Knight.

Trivia[]

  • Gareth is notably wider-set than an average Red Dragon, and upon transformation, he is bigger and of a darker hue than most Red Dragons (or any dragon, for that matter).

Gallery[]

See main article: Gareth/Gallery.
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