“A mighty lance, regalia of House Archanea.”
—In-game description, Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem

Gradivus (グラディウス Guradiusu, translated as Gladius in the Japanese versions and Gradius in the fan translations) is a legendary Lance that appears in the Archanea Series of the Fire Emblem franchise and Fire Emblem Awakening.

Background[edit | edit source]

One of three regalia weapons of Archanea, Gradivus serves as the counterpart to the sword Mercurius and the bow Parthia. Taking its roots from obscure origin, this lance was stolen by Adrah, where it played a crucial role in his conquering the continent of Archanea. Upon founding the Kingdom of Archanea, Gradivus was dubbed a Regalia and subsequently passed down through succeeding generations of Archanean royalty.

During the War of Shadows, Gradivus is stolen by the Dolhr and Grust armies following their conquest of the Archanean palace. It was given to the Grustian general Camus and was made his weapon of choice. Although brimming with confidence in Gradivus's ability to lead him to victory in Chapter 20, Camus is eventually defeated, and possession of the lance is eventually ceded over to Marth's army.

Gradivus also appears in Chapter 5 of Fire Emblem Gaiden and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, where it is acquired from a Chest without fanfare, though the Valentia Accordion artbook reveals that the lance ended up in Valentia during the events of Gaiden but returned to Archanea at the same time as the Whitewings.

During the ensuing War of Heroes, the newly-coronated Emperor Hardin inherits Gradivus and wields it as his weapon of choice until his death in Chapter 20, where it again is passed to Marth's army.

Weapon Stats[edit | edit source]

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

Name Type

Gradivus

Lance

WLv Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt Worth
14 17 20 100% 0% 1~2 4 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover HP.

Fire Emblem Gaiden[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gradivus

Lance

Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt
15 100% 0% 1~2 0
Effect

-

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gladius icon.png Gradivus

Lance

WLv Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt Worth
12 17 20 100% 0% 1~2 8 17,000
Effect

User gains Experience at twice the normal rate.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gradius.png Gradivus

FE12 Lance.png Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt WEx Worth
A 20 19 90% 0% 1~2 8* 2 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gradius.png Gradivus

FE12 Lance.png Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth
A 20 19 90% 0% 1~2 2 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem Awakening[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gradivus FE13 Icon.png Gradivus

LanceIconFE13.png Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth
A 25 19 85% 5% 1~2 ? 0
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Echoes gradivus icon.png Gradivus

Echoes lance weapon type icon.png Lance

Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt
12 100% 0 1-2 5
Effect

Teaches Echoes Lance Skill icon.png Recovery

Forging
Silver mark icon.png Golden mark icon.png Mt Hit Crt Wt
1 2 +1 +10 -1

Fire Emblem: Three Houses[edit | edit source]

“A lance wielded by a brave defender of Fódlan's Throat boasting high hit rate and might.”
—In-game description, Three Houses
Name Type

Gradivus

FE16 lance icon.png Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Wt Worth
A 30 17 90% 10% 1-2 ? 8 -
Effect

-

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Gradivus

FEH Lance.png Lance

Mt Rng SP Rarity
16 1 400 ✯✯✯✯✯
Effect

Enables counterattack regardless of distance
if the user is attacked.

Name Type

Moon Gradivus

FEH Lance.png Lance

Mt Rng SP Rarity
16 1 400 ✯✯✯✯✯
Effect

Unit can counterattack regardless of foe's range. Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per foe's attack during combat. (Only highest value applies. Does not stack. Special cooldown charge granted even if foe's attack deals 0 damage.)

Item Locations[edit | edit source]

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

Method Location
Dropped Camus (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem Gaiden[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Treasure Ch. 5 - Chest in the second basement of Duma Tower.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Book 1: Camus (Ch. 16)
Book 2: Hardin (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Camus (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Hardin (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem Awakening[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Treasure Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.
Renown Acquire 10,000 Renown points in order to obtain Gradivus through this method.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Treasure Duma Temple dungeon - Choose bottom left warp point and receive from the Chest. The Inner Sanctum dungeon - random pot low RNG

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The name for Gradivus comes from Mars Gradivus, which was one of many titles accorded to the Roman god of war, Mars. Temples constructed in his honour were once the converging points where Roman troops gathered to rally during the moments preceding any imminent battle.

The title of Gradivus also derived from the Latin word gradus, meaning "to walk, step, or march."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Gradivus is tied with Parthia for the highest base Might of all non-magical ranged weapons in Awakening.
  • Although Gradivus doesn't appear in Fire Emblem Fates, its model from Awakening has been reused and recolored for the weapon Effie's Lance.
  • In Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, it is possible to craft an additional Gradivus from a Blessed Lance.
    • It is unclear if this was how the Three Archanean Regalia were originally created, or if it is simply a gameplay mechanic.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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