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Your Majesty, how many times must I tell you? This battle is futile. Only a cease-fire with the liberation army will allow us the time to strengthen internally. Siding with the empire was an absurd idea. And the populace is now in jeopardy as a result!”
—Hannibal, in a conversation with Travant in Genealogy of the Holy War

Hannibal is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War who has minor appearances in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. He is a loyal general known as "The Shield of Thracia" and the adoptive father of Coirpre/Charlot.


Having spent his entire adulthood on the battlefield, Hannibal is considered to be one of Thracia's top generals. Some time before the events of Thracia 776, he found Carrion and his mother, both of whom he invited to live in his mansion. When Leif flees to Thracia after escaping from Munster, Hannibal decides to provide some assistance to him. He also gives Leif access to his mansion, where Dryas, Selphina, and several of their inexperienced knights are residing.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, Hannibal speaks out against Travant's decision to engage Seliph's liberation army in battle because only a cease-fire would give Thracia the time to strengthen internally. He also opposes Travant's alliance with the Grannvale Empire. In Chapter 9, he is forced to fight against his will after Travant takes Coirpre as a hostage to ensure his loyalty. However, he enlists in Seliph's army following Travant's death and aids in fighting against the Grannvale Empire.

After the liberation war ends, Hannibal is promoted to a higher rank in the army of the New Kingdom of Thracia.


Genealogy of the Holy War[]


In Chapter 9: For Whose Sake, speak to Hannibal with Coirpre/Charlot.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 General SpriteGeneral-
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Big shieldGreat Shield
FE4 SwordSword - A
FE4 LanceLance - A
FE4 AxeAxe - B
FE4 BowBow - B
FE4SilverbladeSilver Blade
WingclipperWing Clipper

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 50% 5% 10% 10% 10% 30% 5%


Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Despite having perhaps the most difficult and convoluted recruitment requirements, Hannibal is among the least useful units in Genealogy of the Holy War. He comes very late in the game as a level 20 Pre-Promoted General with the worst overall growths of any second generation unit (and tied for worst in the whole game with Silvia and Erinys). But with overall good base stats he can pull his weight if needed.

While he comes with very respectable base stats for an Knight/General (being statistically superior to Arden in everything but Strength, and in particular having high Skill and Speed for his class), he is held back considerably by crippling weaknesses. His very low Movement makes it essentially impossible for him to fill any role beyond defending castles. Other than Arion's multi-pronged assault at the end of Chapter 9, no castles really need a dedicated guard. His lack of Pursuit gives him poor overall offense, and it is not really worth it to give him the Pursuit Ring as he is unlikely to even see combat. He does have Adept to improve his combat capability, but he has a roughly 30% chance to activate it if he is wielding a Sword. He is unlikely to be killing any late game units, particularly considering the very next chapter (and the rest of the game) features many Mage-type units that will decimate Hannibal.

Hannibal is not necessarily awful, but in an army full of carefully bred war machines wielding Holy Weapons, Hannibal just does not come close to measuring up and you will likely have trouble finding any use for him. That being said, his joining chapter does feature one situation where he can come in handy: namely, when Arion calls upon a squadron of wyverns and attacks several castles. Hannibal's absurd defense, proficiency with javelins, Wing Clipper, and lack of utility in other parts of the battlefield makes him a decent guard.

Unlike Iuchar and Iucharba, Hannibal's army will not become Ally Units and will simply disappear upon his recruitment, including the General guarding Kapathogia Castle, Kanatz.


In Chapter 9, if Coirpre/Charlot speaks to Hannibal, he will be recruited into the army.

In Chapter 9, after Grutia Castle is captured, position Charlot adjacent to Hannibal to trigger a conversation. This conversation will essentially allow Charlot to obtain the Berserk.

In Chapter 9, Seliph may speak to Hannibal, but nothing will result of it.

In Chapter 9, if Hannibal speaks to Altena, she will gain three points of HP.


Hannibal is unable to fall in love with any of the other characters, as he is, in the words of a random villager, "married to Thracia".

Thracia 776[]

NPC Data[]

Starting Class
FE5 General Sprite (NPC)General
20431441277161975 FE5 Star00
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE5 Sword IconSword - D
FE5 Lance IconLance - A
FE5 Axe IconAxe - B
FE5 Bow IconBow - A
FE5silverlanceSilver Lance
FE5silverbowSilver Bow


“Do I really have to fight...? For the sake of Thracia... There's nothing else I can do...”
—Hannibal's battle quote as an enemy, in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War
“My son... please live on...”
—Hannibal's death quote as an enemy, in Genealogy of the Holy War
“This is fate... Aah, my son...”
—Hannibal's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War


Genealogy of the Holy War[]

General Hannibal,
Helped him too, and they devoted themselves to the construction of the new country.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL7 409
CYL Hannibal Portrait
Genealogy of the Holy War


Hannibal was a general and tactician of ancient Carthage, and is considered one of greatest military commanders in history, despite his failure during the Second Punic War.


See main article: Hannibal/Gallery.