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“I'm the only general who will tolerate your worthless life. I could've killed you at any moment over these past several years, but I didn't. In fact, I made you my right-hand man. I trust you won't forget my generosity.”
—Gustav talking to Xavier

Gustav is a boss character encountered in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.


A Friegian Count, Gustav was a trusted advisor to Bloom and Hilda, Gustav conquered Leonster under his liege and managed the territory under the Grannvale Empire.

From Leonster castle, Gustav managed the territory and ruled the land with an iron fist making the people live in fear.

Gustav was known to kidnap hostages including women and children to force Leonster’s soldiers to obey him. In particular, Gustav blackmailed the famous General, Xavier, into becoming his servant in exchange for the livelihood of the citizens of Leonster. Xavier worked under Gustav for ten years and as a result, most people came to view him as a traitor.

Despite Blume’s personal opposition to the child hunts and giving Gustav no orders to take part in it, Gustav worked with Hilda to deliver children to the Loptr Church. When Amalda complained about Gustav’s actions, he assigned her to guard the rear gate of Leonster castle, one of the most dangerous positions to be assigned to, as a punishment.

Gustav is eventually encountered and battled by Leif’s army during the liberation of Leonster. Whilst Gustav puts up a fight, after a fierce battle, he was slain marking the liberation of Leonster after fourteen years of rule.


A cunning and cruel ruler, Gustav was a major foe of the Leonster resistance. His actions in Leonster were extremely cruel and made him loathed by the people.

While not a tactician on the level of Reinhardt or Saias, Gustaf’s military skill was high and he made sure his troops had the best equipment his wealth could afford. He disliked being questioned by troops, but was willing to give praise to troops who followed his orders.

Gustaf often demeaned Xavier such as telling Leonster’s general that he was just as guilty of atrocities as himself, could never be accepted by his nation even if he tried to go back and that serving under Friege was the only life he could have now. Gustav claimed Xavier should be grateful for his mercy by being allowed to work under his service.

In Game


Starting Class
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Big shield.gif PaviseFE5 Sword Icon.pngSword - D
FE5 Lance Icon.pngLance - A
FE5 Axe Icon.pngAxe - D
FE5 Bow Icon.pngBow - D
FE5 Fire Icon.pngFire - B
FE5 Thunder Icon.pngThunder - A
FE5 Wind Icon.pngWind - D
FE5 Staff Icon.pngStaff - A
Masterlance.pngMaster Lance
ContinueM.pngContinue Manual


Gustav is a spectacularly powerful boss. His stats are amazing all around. He is capable of doing substantial damage both physically and magically,and the typical strategy of using magic against armored bosses isn't a sure win against him either thanks to his high magic stat. Effective weapons work against him to an extent, but with outstanding HP and a functional defense of 30, even those are shaky. Finally, he possesses two factors that can throw off the most finely laid of plans: Pavise and a Movement Star.

Thankfully, Gustav's speed stat is low enough to allow fast units to double him. Fast units with high PC coefficients, ideally mages such as Asbel, will be able to double him and deliver a potentially fatal critical hit. If the unit in question is not capable of surviving a Master Lance attack, it might be a good idea to use a high HP, high defense, scroll-wielding unit to bait Gustav into using Thoron instead. If possible, using Supports, Charm, and the King Sword can help even the odds.


Fighting Gustav

“Aaargh! You think I'll just roll over for you?! I'm not going down without a fight!”
—Gustav's battle quote

Defeating Gustav

“Ugh... This rabble...? How...”
—Gustav's death quote

Releasing Gustav

““We place to go any more...””
—Gustav's unused release quote .


  • Like several bosses, Gustav has a release quote which goes unused due to his 20 Constitution rendering him unable to be captured in the final game.