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“Nice to meet you, teacher. I am Gilbert, who will be accompanying you on this task. I do not know how useful I will be, but I shall try my best to cooperate with you.”
—Gilbert talking to Byleth

Gilbert is a character from Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He teaches at the Officers Academy and is one of the Knights of Seiros. As an instructor at the Academy, he offers lessons in Lances and Axes.

ProfileEdit

One of the Knights of Seiros, Gilbert was originally Gustave, a noble from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. He can be a hard person to get to know, though he does seem to love fishing and cooking. He is Annette's father, but has not seen or spoken to her in years after changing his name.

Gilbert was once Baron Gustave Dominic, a knight who protected the royal family of Faerghus. Following the Tragedy of Duscur in Imperial Year 1176, in which King Lambert and many other nobles were killed, Gilbert was deeply appalled by his inability to protect the king. He renounced his noble title, which was then passed onto his younger brother, before going onto a self-imposed exile. Both Annette and his wife would be taken care of by his younger brother.

He would eventually find employment in the Knights of Seiros, going under the alias Gilbert Pronislav. By Imperial Year 1180, he still is among the strongest soldiers of the Knights and has unexpectedly been reunited with his daughter who joined the Blue Lions house, though he purposefully keeps his distance from her, much to her displeasure.

Gilbert joins Byleth's chosen house on their mission to reclaim the Lance of Ruin from Miklan.

War PhaseEdit

Crimson FlowerEdit

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Gilbert will become an enemy unit to defend Garreg Mach against the Imperial Army. If Annette was recruited into the Black Eagles and fights against him, he will demand his daughter to throw down her arms, but when she refuses, he will reluctantly tell her that he must kill her. Once defeated, he retreats. During the war phase, he will fight against the Black Eagle Strike Force when they storm Fhirdiad, with Annette fighting along with him if she wasn't drafted into the player's army. If she was drafted and fights him, he will once again express regret at having to kill his daughter, declaring that this is a chastisement from the Goddess. This time, he meets his end for good should he be defeated.
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Azure MoonEdit

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After the five year timeskip, Gilbert has searched for Dimitri, whom he finds fighting bandits in a nearby town. Gilbert alongside the reunited Blue Lions rescue Dimitri and Byleth, the latter whom had been missing over the five years. With the unrest in Faerghus and having previously served under King Lambert, Gilbert pledges loyalty to Dimitri and assists him throughout his campaign against the Empire.

He primarily serves as an adviser, helping to guide Dimitri throughout the war. While at unease by Dimitri's initial unhinged behavior, he provides his support and provides alternatives to not only help Dimitri achieve his goals, but not act too rashly or recklessly on his initial quest for vengeance.

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ParalogueEdit

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Should Annette be in the same army as Gilbert and the two have established a C-Support, Annette decides to visit her uncle in order to obtain the Hero's Relic of House Dominic, Crusher, in order to give their army a boost in power. Gilbert advises that she does not do this as House Dominic has sided with Cornelia and will likely not give it. Despite this, Annette has decided to pursue the weapon anyways and Gilbert goes off with her to protect her, but asks Byleth and their army to wait outside just in case a fight happens. Just as he expected, his brother refuses to hand her the weapon and even threatens to capture her. Thanks to Byleth and their army, Lord Dominic is defeated, but left alive as the battle was merely a ploy to not only hand Crusher to Annette, but also protect his people from Cornelia's wrath. He promises to Gilbert to keep his wife safe while they continue their fight. Gilbert thanks Byleth in the aftermath of the battle and asks for them to continue to protect his daughter.

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Verdant WindEdit

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If Annette was drafted into the player's army during the academy phase, after Dimitri's death at the hands of Imperial soldiers in the aftermath of Chapter 17, "Blood of the Eagle and Lion", she will mention that Gilbert was seen carrying his liege's body away from Gronder Field if spoken to at the monastery during Chapter 18. Gilbert himself does not appear during the battle or at all during the route, however.

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Silver Snow Edit

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In the aftermath of the skirmish in the Great Bridge of Myrddin, Gilbert arrives to talk with Byleth and Seteth. He asks whether they could allow troops from the Kingdom to pass through in order to invade the Empire and whether the Church of Seiros are willing to join forces for the invasion. No matter what choice Byleth chooses, Seteth refuses to join forces with the Kingdom as he would rather have the Church acquire time to recover their troops and resources but allows Gilbert and the Kingdom troops to pass the bridge. Later on, Church soldiers reported to Byleth and Seteth regarding the aftermath of the three-way battle on Gronder Field, and that Gilbert is among the fallen alongside Dimitri. If Annette was recruited into the Black Eagles, she mourns his death.

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PersonalityEdit

Gilbert is a deeply religious, serious and polite person. His expression doesn't change much, nor does he talk much about himself or his past. Deep down, he is a stalwart, honest, and loyal knight having served for years under King Lambert. However, the Tragedy of Duscur changed him as his failure to protect the king or die for him became one of his greatest regrets of his life. This has also prompted him to help Dimitri, so that he can atone for not protecting Lambert by protecting his son. He is a voice of reason and wisdom, effectively assisting Dimitri in the Azure Moon route to not only appease his desire for vengeance, but also guide him on a path that benefits the greater picture of the future for Faerghus. In his supports with Ashe, he helps him practice his skills and tells him the core principles that a knight must always remember.

While he decided to separate himself from his family out of shame by his own volition, he never forgot his family. He stubbornly refused to interact with his daughter even after she had been accepted into the Officer's Academy where he worked, as he felt that he does not deserve to be with his family. If Annette and Gilbert are given time together, they can eventually reconnect, even revealing that he continued to write letters on important days to them, but never had the heart to send them. By this point their relationship is restored and he can return home under his original name, where he reunites with his wife.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level E B+ B+ E E E E D+ B C E
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon

As an EnemyEdit

Battle of Garreg MachEdit

Starting ClassCrest
Fortress Knight-
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
26582281421030715
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
--Prestigious NobleVeteran Knight
Axefaire FE16Axefaire
Weight -5 FE16Weight -5
Pavise FE16Pavise
Aegis FE16Aegis
Keen Intuition FE16Keen Intuition
Armored Effect NullArmored Effect Null
Axe Prowess Lv 5Axe Prowess Lv 5
FE16 Axe Weapon IconSilver Axe
Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level E E B E E E E D B E E
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon

The Fight for FhirdiadEdit

Starting ClassCrest
Fortress Knight-
LevelHPStrMagDexSpdLckDefResCharm
38682881721037720
MagicCombat ArtsAbilitiesStarting Items
--Prestigious NobleVeteran Knight
Axefaire FE16Axefaire
Weight -5 FE16Weight -5
Pavise FE16Pavise
Aegis FE16Aegis
Keen Intuition FE16Keen Intuition
Armored Effect NullArmored Effect Null
Axe Prowess Lv 5Axe Prowess Lv 5
FE16 Axe Weapon IconSilver Axe
Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level E E B E E E E C B E E
Start
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon
FE16 strength icon

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
55% 45% 20% 45% 30% 15% 45% 10% 35%

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Dex Spd Lck Def Res Charm
101 65 35 62 42 40 61 35 49

Learnt MagicEdit

Skill Level Reason Faith
D Thunder Heal
D+ - Nosferatu
C Thoron Ward
C+ - -
B - -
B+ - -
A - -
A+ - -

Overall Edit

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Gilbert serves as a powerful physical tank once obtained, having high defense, strength and health, as well as reasonable dexterity. Gilbert essentially replaces Dedue as the latter is unavailable when Gilbert is recruited during the Azure Moon route and, if War for the Weak was not completed, is the only natural Armored Knight available to the player within the Blue Lions roster. His personal skill further improves his durability by reducing incoming damage by 2 as long as he has a battalion. All of his other growths are low, however, especially his luck and resistance, so he will be easy prey for enemy mages and can often find himself on the receiving end of critical hits. His starting speed is also comically low, but that's mostly because of base speed of the fortress knight as well as the fact that it incurs a 10% speed growth penalty. If certified to other classes such as Warrior, which he has a decent chance of achieving at his base weapon rank of B+, giving him a 67% chance or so of passing, his speed will pick up a lot, even though it still wouldn't be enough to avoid being doubled by many things, especially on Maddening. This may be because Gilbert was specifically coded to not gain as much speed from certifications.

If you instruct Gilbert in flying and set his goal to flying in the beginning of the month, he will have the ability to take a certification exam to be a Wyvern Rider by the end of the month, although he will only have about a 41% chance with likely a D rank in flying, and since there are no seminars on flight, he may need extremely good instructing sessions in order to get higher, which may be achievable on Normal, where the amount of Skill EXP is higher. Once Gilbert becomes a Wyvern Rider, which is more reliable to achieve after 2 months because of how instructing works in this game, he essentially becomes a Fortress Knight without the poor speed in exchange for a bit less HP, in addition of being able to fly. Gilbert's great weapon ranks in Lances and Axes means that he can use Braves and Silvers without issues, in addition to his Weight -5 skill helping him keep more of his AS. It would help if you certified Gilbert in other classes before he takes to the skies, due to the aforementioned issue with getting speed from certifications. In terms of Master Classes, the two most reasonable options would be Wyvern Lord and Great Knight. However, Wyvern Lord is vastly superior thanks to two things: wyvern lord has better mobility and class growths. Wyvern Lord has 8 movement compared to Great Knight's 7, coupling with the fact that it uses flight instead of mounted movement. In terms of Class growth modifiers, Wyvern Lord adds 10% speed instead of subtracting it, and also has a +15% in strength compared to the Great Knight's 10%. The only advantage Great Knights holds in this category is that it doesn't subtract 5% from magic, but magic was never anything Gilbert was good in to begin with. Another option that you can do is War Master, which can work if you start on gauntlets early enough to reach a rank that can work.

Overall, Gilbert is best when not clad in heavy armor, and he is the best surprise flier you could get with the lions.

See also: Gilbert/Supports.

Quotes Edit

Gilbert/Quotes

Possible Endings Edit

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Gilbert - Veteran Patriot

Gilbert returned to Fhirdiad and resumed his duty as a knight, faithfully serving King Dimitri for many years. When he finally retired, it is said he spent the rest of his days coaching the young prince in the art of combat.

Gilbert and Byleth

When Byleth took on the role of archbishop in Rhea's place, he/she devoted himself/herself to official business as the new leader of the Church of Seiros. Reaching an agreement with the Kingdom, he/she worked tirelessly on the restoration and development of all of Fódlan. Behind his/her achievements was the knight Gustave, formerly known as Gilbert of the Knights of Seiros, who remained always by the archbishop's side. Byleth came to rely on Gustave for nearly everything. It is said that he/she continued to call upon Gustave for instruction and advice well into his retirement.

Gilbert and Dimitri

Dimitri assumed the throne of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus and spent his life ruling justly over Fódlan. At his side was the knight, Gustave, who had discarded the name of Gilbert and reaffirmed his oath of fealty to the royal family. After many more years of service, in which the trust between them grew and never wavered, Gustave finally wished to retire. Though he bristled slightly at Dimitri's request to look after and tutor the young prince, it is said that Gustave took on that duty with due patience and solemnity for the remainder of his life.

Gilbert and Annette

Gustave discarded the name of Gilbert and reaffirmed his oath of fealty to King Dimitri and the royal family. After returning to Fhirdiad, he reunited with his wife, who had returned to live with Baron Dominic, and his beloved daughter, Annette, who had begun teaching at the capital's school of sorcery. Though it was initially an awkward reunion, over time the family rekindled their love for one another. As the shadow of war receded from the Kingdom, the three spent their days happily making up for lost time.
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EtymologyEdit

Gilbert is a given name of Norman-French origin, derived from Germanic Gisilberht or Gisalberht. The first element, Gil-, comes from Germanic gīsil, meaning "shaft of an arrow" or gisal "pledge, hostage", while the second element, -bert comes from Germanic -behrt, short form of beraht, meaning "bright" or "famous".

TriviaEdit

  • Gilbert is one of the characters who can have S-Supports with both a male and a female Byleth, albeit platonic rather than romantic. The others are: Rhea, Mercedes, Jeritza, Dorothea, Edelgard, Sothis, Linhardt and Alois (platonic as well). Alois and Gilbert are platonic, being that both are still married.
  • Gilbert shares his English voice actor, Doug Stone, with Mycen from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
  • Gilbert shares his Japanese voice actor, Hiriomichi Kogane, with Virion from Awakening.
  • Oddly, Gilbert is missing his personal skill as NPC during Chapter 5's mission.
  • Gilbert is the oldest listed in-game unit, being 56 years old during the Academy Phase and 61 during the War Phase.
  • Gilbert is one of the units who will retreat if defeated in Classic Mode during the War Phase. The other four are Hilda, Hubert, Seteth and Flayn. Still, he will become unplayable and the epilogue states that he dies from his wounds soon after the war.
  • Gilbert, Flayn, Seteth, and Jeritza are the only characters that can't be recruited during the Academy Phase, since they join the army automatically. They have no recruitment conditions and quote.
    • Of the four, Gilbert and Jeritza are the only ones who will join during the War Phase. Also, he is the only playable character that will join during the War Phase without appearing as an enemy first.
  • Gilbert has the least supports of all characters in the base game, having only nine. This is due to his very limited availability. He has since been surpassed by Jeritza, who only has two.
    • He also has the least endings in the base game, with four; he is also surpassed by Jeritza, who has three, in this regard.

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