“Some have used that name, yes. You must listen to me. As you suspect, Gharnef has made off with Falchion. With Imhullu and Falchion in the sorcerer's grasp, Dolhr now must think twice before challenging him. Gharnef knows this. And one day, he plans to conquer Dolhr and rule the entire world.”
—Gotoh to Marth in the end of Chapter 15 of Shadow Dragon

Gotoh is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remake. He is a member of the Divine Dragon Tribe and a bishop of great renown who is known as the White Sage.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Gotoh is one of the few Divine Dragons who survived the war against the Earth Dragons and lost the ability to transform into a dragon after discarding his Dragonstone. After Naga's death, Gotoh was commanded to guard humanity. When Medeus and Dolhr began their war against humanity, Gotoh led Anri to the Ice Dragon Temple, where Anri claimed the Falchion that was later used to defeat Medeus. Eventually, he founded the nation of Khadein and trained two pupils, Miloah and Gharnef, both of whom strove for justice. He chose Miloah to be his successor and gave the Aura spell to him because he had more empathy and compassion than Gharnef. Out of jealousy, Gharnef stole the Darksphere and used it to create the Imhullu tome, which resulted in his soul being twisted.

Ever since that incident, Gotoh has been observing Gharnef's actions, hoping that someone would eventually stop him. When Marth proves to be the person to do it, Gotoh begins assisting him in his quest by giving out advice. Late in the game, Gotoh points out Michalis's foolish behavior during their conversation. He also creates the Starlight tome, which is required to break through the barrier of Imhullu, by using the Lightsphere and the Starsphere that Marth brings to him.

In Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, Gotoh continues to serve the role of an advisor to Marth, although he never becomes playable. He gives the Lightsphere to Marth as well as the Starsphere if all twelve of its shards have been collected. He also allows Tiki to leave the Ice Dragon Temple with Marth in this scenario, but he forces her to continue sleeping otherwise. This is to prevent her from becoming feral.

In Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE1 Bishop Map Sprite.gif Bishop
WeaponStarting Items

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
80% 0% 50% 60% 90% 80% 30% 0%

Overall[edit | edit source]

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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.

Gotoh is an excellent unit for his brief period of availability. He can wield any tome or any staff, his mixture of healing and 1-2 ranged damage is solid, and his stats are very high, including his capped Skill and Speed making him accurate and hard-hitting, and his high HP and Defense making him as durable as a General. He even has capped Resistance with no investment, something practically no other character can boast barring Medeus. His base inventory is sufficient to carry him for the entire final chapter (including the game's only usable Swarm tome). Gotoh's only weaknesses are that he cannot make use of Secret Shop statboosters, which means other units can surpass him, and he does not tend to perform well against Medeus without someone else to heal him, though his ability to use Warp and Fortify can easily aid Marth in bringing the dragon down. If, however, you have someone else to use Physic/Fortify to heal him, then Gotoh is in fact an effective Medeus killer. He 3-shots with Swarm, 4-shots with Thoron (2-shots with a crit), is fast enough to double and durable enough to survive a hit. Do note that Gotoh must attack at 1-range and thus take the counter, but as long as you heal him, Medeus will go down pretty quickly.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Unused)[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE3 Male Bishop Map Sprite.gif Bishop
WeaponStarting Items

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FEDS Sage Map Sprite.gif Sage
WeaponStarting Items
Tome - A
Staff - A

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 0% 20% 50% 60% 80% 0% 30%

Overall[edit | edit source]

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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.

Like many later prepromotes in Shadow Dragon, Gotoh suffers due to enemy strength increasing exponentially on higher difficulties, and as a character who joins in the last chapter, he is forced to battle the strongest enemies of all. On Merciless Mode, most common enemies wield forged Brave weapons, which, needless to say, Gotoh does not survive well against, though he can at least chip them fairly effectively. Stat caps have also been raised, meaning Gotoh's 20 Speed and Skill is no longer the feat it once was, and other characters are likely to surpass him by the endgame. Lastly, Medeus himself can kill Gotoh very, very easily, and while this is not unique to Gotoh, it is small comfort when the player desperately needs someone capable of killing the earth dragon.

Due to this, it is generally best to focus on Gotoh's status as an A-rank staff-user with very high base Magic. The most obvious use of this is Warp, since any kind of quick clear on any difficulty will require a minimum of two Warps (one to eliminate Medeus's bodyguard, one to kill Medeus himself), and more likely three or four, as Medeus does not go down easily. On non-warpskip playthroughs, his ability to heal his divided allies en masse with Fortify and chip enemies with his Swarm tome are both helpful. His utility and his class's natural parameters will make him handy to most players. However, if the player does not possess Tiki, it is strongly advised that the player seek Nagi instead of him, since without Nagi, Tiki is the only unit who can do significant damage to Merciless Mode Medeus.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

“The end...was so close...”
—Gotoh's death quote in Shadow Dragon
“To think... I would fall here... ”
—Gotoh's unused death quote in Classic Mode, in New Mystery of the Emblem
“To think I'd be cornered like this... My sincerest apologies, but I must withdraw... ”
—Gotoh's unused retreat quote in Casual Mode, in New Mystery of the Emblem

Endings[edit | edit source]

Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

White Sage

At Nyna’s request, Gotoh became archmage of Archanea. The world never knew a better teacher.

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

Gotoh is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The character Morse, mentioned in the backstory of TearRing Saga is extremely similar to Gotoh.
  • Gotoh is one of the six characters to be playable in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, but not in the Book 1 in Mystery of the Emblem. The others are Wrys, Darros, Roger, Jake and Beck.
    • Gotoh is the only one of those characters to at least appear in-game.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Gotoh/Gallery.
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