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“If your desire to win is stronger than your opponent's, you've already won. Your mind is your most important weapon.”
—Gerik in a support conversation with Ross

Gerik is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the leader of a small group of mercenaries. Gerik is known to be kinder and more concerned about his men than most mercenary leaders, which is why Tethys and Marisa harbor feelings for him. He hails from Jehanna and is a very experienced and skilled swordsman. He is better known as the Desert Tiger. Gerik is good friends with Saleh and Joshua.


From his childhood and throughout his career as a mercenary, Gerik had always detested violence, although he had a strong conviction to protect those he loved dearly. His need to protect his friends started his career as a mercenary and spurred him on when his friend was killed, the need shifting to his new friends made from his career. It is revealed in his A support with Saleh that he is responsible for the death of Gerik's friend, Zabba, but Gerik forgives him.

Gerik is also observant and guileful, shown when he sees through Joshua's cheating when he duels him and when he stays with Innes after tricking the sniper when he tried to dismiss Gerik, accidentally firing the mercenary and making him unable to order Gerik and Tethys to leave his service. Despite his resentment towards fighting, he also shows the fighter Garcia admiration for his prowess in combat.

Gerik's scar, according to his and Tethys' supports, was acquired during a duel. When younger, Gerik had become haughty and arrogant in combat, and so he challenged a much more experienced knight. He lost soundly, but his opponent spared him, leaving the scar on his face. He learned from the experience, becoming a wise leader in the process. In Gerik's supports with Ross, he mentions that he had been on the opposite side of a battlefield of Ross' father Garcia who was then a knight. Between Tethys' and Ross' supports, it can be inferred that Garcia is the man who left the wound on Gerik's face.


Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Mercenary Map Sprite MercenaryGBAThunder Thunder
WeaponStarting Items
Sword Sword - CSteelbladeSteel Blade
HerocrestHero Crest

*11 in the Japanese version

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 45% 40% 30% 30% 35% 25%

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
Herocrest Hero Crest or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Hero Map Sprite Hero
1 +4 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1
Weapon Levels
Sword +40 Axe D

Item Required Promoted Class
Herocrest Hero Crest or Master seal Master Seal FE8 Ranger Map Sprite Ranger
1 +3 +2 +1 +1 +3 +3 +0 +2
Weapon Levels
Bow D


See also: Gerik/Supports


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.

Gerik is a very useful unit, with very high bases all around, passable growths, and two good potential promotions, Hero and Ranger. His decent speed base enables him to double most units throughout the game even with his low growth. His high Skill and decent Luck also complements his immense strength, allowing him to usually hit all but the most agile of enemies reliably. He comes with a Hero Crest, and whether it is used immediately or saved for later, Gerik will have no issues defeating enemies for the entire game.

Both the Hero and Ranger classes have benefits and negatives for him. Hero gives him axe access and a reliable 1-2 range option. Ranger gives him the less impressive bows, but also increases his movement to allow him to keep up with mounted units and fliers. Hero also gives Gerik an astounding fifteen constitution, which does allow him to use some of the heaviest weapons without speed loss, but makes him too heavy to be rescued and transported around by any of the game's fliers, which he does not have to deal with as a Ranger. Both have their positives and negatives, and are equally useful depending on playstyle.

He has a myriad of useful supports, as he will often be fighting in the front lines along with Joshua, Marisa, or Ross, all three having the same movement in the same tiers.

Fire Emblem Engage[]

Bond Ring[]

Hero from beyond Elyos who founded Gerik's Mercenaries. A powerful and renowned veteran, he is known as the "Desert Tiger." He is a compassionate man of honor who has earned the trust of his allies.
Bond Ring Gerik
FE17 C Rank Bond RingC Rank HP +2
FE17 B Rank Bond RingB Rank HP +2 Str +1
World FE17 A Rank Bond RingA Rank HP +2 Str +1 Dex +1
Eirika Emblem Ring Azure Twins FE17 S Rank Bond RingS Rank HP +5 Str +1 Dex +1

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Desert Tiger
A veteran soldier who leads his own mercenary band, Gerik's Mercenaries. He's the commander of Tethys, Ewan, Marisa, and others. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Gerik Heroes spriteTitle
Desert Tiger
Heroes Infantry Infantry
FEH skill offense Firesweep Axe+
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Axe Axe


FEH skill offenseIron Axe---
Steel Axe-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Firesweep AxeSteel AxeFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Firesweep Axe+Firesweep AxeFEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
Desert-Tiger Axe--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Darting Blow 1 Darting Blow 1--
FEH Darting Blow 2 Darting Blow 2FEH Darting Blow 1 Darting Blow 1-
FEH Darting Blow 3 Darting Blow 3FEH Darting Blow 2 Darting Blow 2-
FEH Darting Blow 4 Darting Blow 4FEH Darting Blow 3 Darting Blow 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Sudden Panic 1 Sudden Panic 1--
FEH Sudden Panic 2 Sudden Panic 2FEH Sudden Panic 1 Sudden Panic 1-
FEH Sudden Panic 3 Sudden Panic 3FEH Sudden Panic 2 Sudden Panic 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Infantry Pulse 1 Infantry Pulse 1--
FEH Infantry Pulse 2 Infantry Pulse 2FEH Infantry Pulse 1 Infantry Pulse 1-
FEH Infantry Pulse 3 Infantry Pulse 3FEH Infantry Pulse 2 Infantry Pulse 2FEH Star Rarity 5


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[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Desert Tiger Gerik
Gerik desert tiger pop01 The mercenary trade thrives in the Kingdom of Jehanna, but few are more capable than the band led by Gerik, the Desert Tiger!
Gerik desert tiger pop02 Despite his skills, Gerik doesn't care much about fame or riches. In fact, he started working as a mercenary to keep an eye on a childhood friend of his who wanted to become the greatest mercenary on the continent—and sadly died with his ambitions unfulfilled.
Gerik desert tiger pop03 Though Gerik had lost his reason to fight as a mercenary, he realized that he had gained other loyal friends through shared battles. He couldn't bear to abandon them, and so he decided to start his own band of mercenaries and keep his friends close until the end.
Gerik desert tiger pop04 Gerik is compassionate, and will never abandon an ally under any circumstances. That devotion, along with his wealth of experience, make him a natural leader, and a useful comrade on the battlefield!
Closely Associated Characters
Marisa An aloof swordfighter in a mercenary group led by Gerik. Her nom de guerre, Crimson Flash, strikes fear in others.
Tethys A bewitching dancer who belongs to Gerik's band of mercenaries. She and Ewan were abandoned by their parents, and she worked hard to raise her young brother alone.
Ewan A former member of Gerik's band of mercenaries who went to study magic under the tutelage of the sage Saleh. Tethys's younger brother.


“If you live on the battlefield, you know this day will come...”
—Gerik's death quote
“Never stop fighting. Never...”
—Gerik's final chapter quote


Gerik/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Gerik, the Desert Tiger (砂漠の虎, Sabaku no tora)
Gerik continued as a mercenary. Over the year, his reputation grew so great that he had more job offers than he could handle. One day, without warning, he left, never to return.
Gerik and Tethys
Gerik and Tethys remained bound to no nation and beholden to no authority. They bought themselves a leisurely retirement. Gerik taught fencing to city youths, and Tethys found many stages on which to dance.
Gerik and Joshua
After the war, Joshua challenged Gerik to a duel in hopes of pressing him to move to Jehanna. The match ended in a tie, but Gerik was impressed by Joshua's swagger. From that day forward, Gerik never left Joshua's side.
Gerik and Marisa
Gerik remained a mercenary, and Marisa became his company's fencing instructor. Gerik returned the affection she gave him, although he was troubled to learn she was clumsy at everything but fighting.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Gerik 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 179 CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL2 200
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL3 141
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL4 386
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL5 385
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL6 355
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones

CYL7 304
CYL Gerik Portrait
The Sacred Stones


'Gerik' is probably a variation of the name "Garrick", which comes from the Germanic name elements 'gar' (spear) and 'ric' (kingdom).

His Japanese name, 'Xyst' may come from the Latin word 'xyst, xystum,' which refers to a tree-lined walk or road. 'Xysticus' is a genus of crab-spiders.


  • In the Japanese version of his solo ending, it details that Gerik decided to go on a carefree vacation journey, which is why he disappeared from mercenary work.


See main article: Gerik/Gallery.