Fire Emblem Wiki
Fire Emblem Wiki

“I have seen much blood in my days... Yet Lord Elbert welcomed me as an honored knight. When I lost him, I lost myself... Yet Lord Eliwood accepted me without question.”
—Harken to Marcus in a support conversation.

Harken is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is a knight in service to house Pherae of Lycia.


In his past, Harken was under the employment of a heartless, unnamed marquess who eventually cast him out for unknown reasons. According to his support with Marcus, that marquess has since died. Eventually, Harken found himself in service of the knighthood of Pherae, gaining a reputation as a respectable knight. During this time, he became betrothed to fellow knight Isadora and eventually caught the attention of marquess Elbert, becoming one of his personal knights.

With the mysterious events unfolding in the region, Elbert left Pherae to investigate, bringing his knights, including Harken, with him. During this investigation, they are attacked by the Black Fang and Nergal. The attack leads to the capture of Elbert and and all the knights save Harken being slaughtered. After recovering and learning of Elbert's eventual demise, Harken embarked on a self imposed mission to infiltrate the Black Fang and destroy it from within.

Harken can encounter Eliwood's army as they chase after the Black Fang, winding up in the mountains of Bern where a guild of assassins lie in wait to ambush them. Should he interact with either Eliwood, Marcus, Isadora, or Lowen, he can be persuaded to abandon his hopeless crusade and protect Eliwood instead to make up for Lord Elbert's death.

In the aftermath of the war, Harken returns to the knighthood of Pherae to help reestablish it. Should he repair his relationship to Isadora, the two rekindle their romance and eventually wed, becoming the topic of envy for many. He can also develop feelings for Vaida during the war, but is unable to act on them due to Vaida's unwavering loyalty to Bern.


Harken is burdened by the many factors of his past. He hides his previous employment to a heartless marquess in which he performed many deeds to his deep regret. The death of Elbert weighed heavily on him, and pushed him into a suicidal drive to make amends. His self-perceived failures and mistakes created a deep sense of self-loathing, bordering on suicidal hopelessness.

Many of Harken's supports and even his recruitment conversations have his conversation partners remind him that despite his failures, he is still a respectable knight and one that deserves a second chance. In particular, Eliwood and Isadora serve as the strongest reminders of who he fights for. Eliwood absolves his guilt in their conversation, stating that he will see his mission to the very end and wants Harken to protect him as Elbert would have wanted him to. With Isadora, Harken discovers that despite the emotional pain he put her through, Isadora remained faithful to him and reminds her that he remembered the promise he made to her before he left with Elbert: to marry her when he returned to Pherae.


Description: The sole survivor of the Knights of Pherae.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade[]

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Hero Map Sprite HeroGBAFireFire
WeaponStarting Items
SwordSword - B
AxeAxe - B
BraveswordBrave Sword

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Hero Map Sprite HeroGBAFireFire
WeaponStarting Items
SwordSword - B
AxeAxe - B
BraveswordBrave Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 35% 30% 40% 20% 30% 25%


See also: Harken/Supports


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.

Harken has amazing base stats - even on normal mode where he doesn't get hard mode bonuses. He can immediately contribute at a very high level, and while his growths are not as high as comparable early-game units, they offset by his incredible bases. He is worth the effort for recruitment over Karel due to his 1-2 range and preferable stat-spread (his only significant deficit is speed, which is already sufficient to double most enemies) that gives him far greater utility for almost any playthrough.

If you wish to compare Harken to a unit of a similar class in Raven, you will see that their stats are quite close when both are Level 8 heroes. (If you have waited to promote Raven past level 10 before promotion). Harken will have higher resistance, luck and defense while Raven will be a little bit stronger in everything else, although with far greater required investment for the latter. Harken also boasts a higher constitution of 11, 2 points stronger than Raven's as a Hero. Harken also starts with a B in axes - something that Raven will almost never have without excessive grinding. Additionally, his higher constitution allows him to wield axes without suffering much of a speed penalty, although this rarely matters as both him and Raven have enough speed to compensate for such. If you want to quickly grow Harken's axe rank, you can have him use the Devil Axe, although this should be done with extreme caution.

Harken is a useful character and starts out very strong, and will stay strong throughout the rest of the game. He's arguably ready for endgame at base. His class offers fantastic utility which warrants using him in almost any play-through, even in addition to Raven as a second hero. His Fire affinity can increase the offense of both himself any of his support partners greatly.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Troubled Warrior
A knight who single-handedly infiltrated the Black Fang to exact his vengeance after failing to stop the abduction of the Marquess Pherae. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Harken Heroes spriteTitle
Troubled Warrior
Heroes Infantry Infantry
FEH skill offense Troubling Blade
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Sword Sword


FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Silver Sword---
Troubling Blade-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember---
BonfireGlowing Ember--
AFEH Atk Def Clash 1 Atk Def Clash 1--
FEH Atk Def Clash 2 Atk Def Clash 2FEH Atk Def Clash 1 Atk Def Clash 1-
FEH Atk Def Clash 3 Atk Def Clash 3FEH Atk Def Clash 2 Atk Def Clash 2-
FEH Atk Def Clash 4 Atk Def Clash 4FEH Atk Def Clash 3 Atk Def Clash 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Brash Assault 1 Brash Assault 1--
FEH Brash Assault 2 Brash Assault 2FEH Brash Assault 1 Brash Assault 1-
FEH Brash Assault 3 Brash Assault 3FEH Brash Assault 2 Brash Assault 2-
FEH Brash Assault 4 Brash Assault 4FEH Brash Assault 3 Brash Assault 3FEH Star Rarity 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.
Base Set[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Troubled Warrior Harken
Harken troubled warrior pop01 Harken is a knight of Pherae, the eastern territory of Elibe’s Lycian League, who found himself embroiled in a plot targeting the house he served.
Harken troubled warrior pop02 Elbert, the marquess, was attacked by an unknown assailant during a march and went missing. Of the people who were accompanying him, only Harken escaped unscathed.
Harken troubled warrior pop03 Unable to bring himself to return to House Pherae, Harken wandered the continent, hunting for information about what happened. Then, he learned about the connection between the marquess’s attacker, Nergal, and the Black Fang assassins.
Harken troubled warrior pop04 In order to exact vengeance on Nergal, Harken infiltrated the Black Fang—and set off on a solitary battle to gain their trust.
Closely Associated Characters
Eliwood A sincere noble of Pherae. His friends Lyn and Hector serve him loyally. Harken’s lord.
Isadora A knight of Pherae known for being a paladin of marked beauty. She serves as the personal guard of Eleanora, wife of Marquess Pherae. Harken’s betrothed.


The Blazing Blade[]

Death Quote[]

“I'm already dead... If I leave my body here, I do so without regret...”
—Harken's death quote

Final Chapter Quote[]

“Lord Elbert... I will protect your son.”
—Harken's final chapter quote


Harken/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Harken - Troubled Warrior
Harken worked closely with Marcus to rebuild the knights of Pherae. They are slowly rebuilding their strength and prestige.
Harken and Isadora
They were married shortly after returning to Pherae. Their love grew during their years of service, and now it blossomed with the blessings of Eliwood and Eleanora. Many envied their good fortune.
Harken and Vaida
Though both desired to be together, they could not bring themselves to end their service to their lords, and so they parted ways. That was the last time Harken ever heard Vaida's voice.

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 437 CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade
CYL2 432
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade
CYL3 400
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade
CYL4 383
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade
CYL5 374
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade
CYL6 346
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade

CYL7 316
CYL Harken Portrait
The Blazing Blade


'Herken' or 'herk' in archaic English was a verb meaning 'to listen'. It is often spelled 'hearken'.


  • It is implied that Harken was the person in the village in Four-Fanged Offense who gives the Silence Staff. That individual says he wears the garb of the Black Fang as he has infiltrated the organization and is despite appearances a loyal citizen of Lycia; this self-description is fairly accurate of Harken. Probing the ROM shows that for this sequence, the game does indeed load Harken's portrait data along with that of whichever player unit visited the village; it simply is not shown on-screen.
  • Harken seems to be derivative of Astram, as both are blond Heroes and dedicated soldiers to their lieges, and are also engaged to a blue-haired female Paladin (Isadora is herself quite derivative of Midia).
  • When Harken first appears (outside of the village in Four-Fanged Offense), he refers to himself in the first person plural, almost as if he is addressing his dead comrades.


See main article: Harken/Gallery.