Haitaka (ハイタカ) is a capturable boss character who appears in Fire Emblem Fates on the Conquest route. He is a General of Hoshido who is in charge of commanding a small band of Hoshidan army occupying Fort Dragonfall.
Profile[edit | edit source]
Conquest[edit | edit source]
Fortunately, Corrin's army notices his group as they pass through the fortress on their way to Notre Sagesse under Garon's orders, and free Azura from Haitaka's men. In the ensuing battle, Haitaka is defeated and either falls in battle or is captured and persuaded to fight alongside the Nohrian army.
It is later revealed by Hinoka that Haitaka and his men had gone rogue following Mikoto's death, intending to take matters into their own hands.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Owing to the minor role Haitaka is involved with the plot, his personality is largely undeveloped. One can still depict several aspects of his character based on his actions and the lines he speaks. For one, Haitaka is depicted as an individual who takes matters into his own hands, and proceeds with his initiative plan without questioning regardless if it means having to disobey his hierarchy. As shown in the Conquest route when he kidnaps Azura without reasoning, and attempts on killing her believing she played a role in Mikoto's murder due to her ties with Nohr. More of this is hinted when Azura, upon being rescued, explains to Corrin that the nobles even stood up for her, saying she took no part. Which lead to the few soldiers spear-headed by Haitaka, himself, to go rogue and kidnap her. This fact is proven when Azura meets Hinoka on the battlefield, and Hinoka apologizes about her siblings being unable to prevent her capture from happening.
On the battlefield, Haitaka can also be depicted as a prideful individual as he tends to berate his enemies by addressing them as "pawns", and hopes of teaching them a lesson by filling his role as a General who excels proficiency with the spear in Hoshidan combat despite the odds being against him. One can notice he is easily ashamed of his honor when he mumbles about during his defeat.
In-Game[edit | edit source]
As an Enemy[edit | edit source]
Conquest Chapter 9: Another Trial[edit | edit source]
|Rally Defense||Lance - C|| Steel Nageyari*|
Heart Seal (Dropped)
|Lance - C|| Steel Nageyari*|
Heart Seal (Dropped)
*Lost after capture
Growth Rates[edit | edit source]
- Note: Growth rates are based on the character in their base class.
Max Stat Modifiers[edit | edit source]
Class Sets[edit | edit source]
Standard Sets[edit | edit source]
|Base Classes||Promoted Classes|
Special Classes[edit | edit source]
|Base Classes||Promoted Classes|
Overall[edit | edit source]
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.
As a boss, Haitaka is surprisingly competent for an unpromoted foe, but he is not exceedingly menacing. It is advised to capture him regardless of the mode being played, as he starts out with Rally Defense in all modes, which is extremely useful in the Conquest route. Capturing him on Hard is highly recommended as he will also come with Strong Riposte, a very useful skill when enemy units attack him. He also comes with Seal Defense on Lunatic, but this simply avoids some grinding time as Haitaka can learn this skill normally.
Ideally, Niles should move in to capture Haitaka. Whittle his health down carefully, as an unexpected critical or offensive skill activation will most likely kill Haitaka. Have Niles deal the finishing blow with "Capture"; if Niles does not get Haitaka, heal him with Elise, use Azura's song to have him attack or retreat to safety, or have Silas use Shelter to bring Niles out of Haitaka's range, if he is going alone.
As a playable character, Haitaka can be recruited before the next chapter starts, if the player battles via DLCs, other players castles or any available paralouges they can access at the time. Getting him ready for the next chapter is extremely useful, as his Rally Defense will increase the survival of allied units, since the next chapter is extremely defensive. He has very impressive growths, and once "Rallyman" has been obtained, Haitaka can be switched to an offensive role because of his growths.
Haitaka's base class is the Spear Fighter, which branch out into the Spear Master and Basara classes. From the Spear Fighter class, Seal Speed works nicely alongside Seal Defense, and Lancefaire helps boost his damage output. Since Haitaka's normal classes have access to Lances and Naginata, Lancefaire therefore acts as a neat complement to his combat capabilities. From the Basara class, Haitaka can learn his only offensive skill, Rend Heaven, one that boosts his damage output depending on the Strength of his foes. Quixotic, conversely, helps increase his chances of activating Rend Heaven, allowing him to land increased damage on foes more consistently. Given these facts, it is thus advisable to raise Haitaka as a Basara first so that he will be more effective Spear Master once he has learned the Basara's skills.
Compared to Oboro, the playable Spear Fighter for Birthright and Revelation, Haitaka has stronger growths in most stats except for Magic, Luck, and Defense. While these do not detract from him too heavily, the incredibly low Magic growth it makes it harder for him to be a permanent Basara like Oboro can. Haitaka can be used in both Birthright and Revelation once he is recruited in Conquest, as he is automatically put in the Unit Logbook when this happens. Haitaka's most glaring disadvantage over Oboro, which applies to most Capturable units, is his lack of a personal skill, inability to form supports, an absence of reclassing options (outside of DLC tomes), and a shallow skill pool. This does make Haitaka incredibly rigid in build that limits his flexibility in suiting roles missing or needed in the player's forces, however he is still usable as he can deal more damage than Oboro.
Quotes[edit | edit source]
—Haitaka's pre-battle quote.
—Haitaka's defeat quote
Defeated by Player/Enemy[edit | edit source]
Etymology[edit | edit source]
Haitaka is the Japanese name for the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus).
This bird-based naming convention is shared with Kumagera, another capturable Hoshidan general.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Haitaka has unused blushing graphics. This trait is shared with other bosses like Iago, Hans, Zola, Garon and Mikoto, and other capturable ones.
- His voice clips are directly shared with Omozu and Kotaro respectively. Coincidentally, all three bosses share a trait of being a class belonging in the Hoshidan category.
- He is one of the characters to use the map sprites of a generic enemy's in his base class. Due to him wearing a helmet, his map sprite is simply a palette swap of a generic Spear Fighter's. This also applies to Senno, another capturable boss, with Apothecaries.
- Haitaka is indirectly mentioned by Hinoka in a battle conversation if the player sends Azura to engage her in Chapter 11, Hinoka refers the soldiers who captured Azura as rogues and apologizes for being unable to prevent it happening. Due to his status as a captured unit, he does not have any special dialogue to speak in his defense when facing her.