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“It does my heart good to see you all here safely within our castle walls. ...Would that we had more time for pleasantries, but...let us hear your news.”

Hayden is a non-playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is the king of Frelia and the father of Innes and Tana. He can be unlocked and made playable through the Creature Campaign.


Described as the venerable Sage King, Hayden is a wise and honorable man who values his friendship with King Fado as shown in the early chapter. After the fall of Renais, he offers Princess Eirika shelter in Frelia's capital, though she declines his offer. He gives her some soldiers, including Vanessa, Gilliam and Moulder, to aid her on her quest to find Ephraim.

When the twins return, Hayden starts a war council to determine how they should proceed against Grado in the war. During the meeting, he is informed that their Sacred Stone has been destroyed by Caellach and Selena. Upon meeting with Myrrh, he deduces that Grado is trying to destroy the Stones. Innes goes to Jehanna, while Eirika and Ephraim go to Rausten and Grado respectively; Innes and Eirika are too warn the two nations of Grado's intentions, while Ephraim attempts to consult with Vigarde and kill him if necessary. Hayden apologizes to the Renais siblings that he cannot offer as many soldiers as he would like, but gives them some war funding for the upcoming battles, and is not seen after that.


Base Stats[]

Creature Campaign

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Ranger Map Sprite RangerGBAAnima Anima
WeaponStarting Items
SwordSword - A
BowBow - A
SilverswordSilver Sword
SilverbowSilver Bow
WhitegemWhite Gem

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 40% 45%* 45% 40% 25% 25%

*40% in the Japanese version


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.

Hayden's stats will not be too shabby once he starts leveling up, though his Skill and Speed appear to be a bit low for a Ranger. However, these low stats are offset by good Luck and Constitution, allowing him to avoid being weighed down by heavy weapons. His stats, in the end, are nothing special; but they are not that bad either. Chances are, in the Creature Campaign, other bow and sword users are already well-trained, but after leveling, Hayden should be up to par.

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 775 CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL2 800
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL3 556
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL4 573
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL5 494
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL6 497
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones
CYL7 424
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones

CYL8 431
CYL Hayden Portrait
The Sacred Stones


The name 'Hayden' means 'hay valley', coming from the Old English words 'heg', meaning 'hay', and 'denu', meaning 'valley'.


  • Hayden is the only character unlockable in Creature Campaign that is not killed during the main story.
  • The Sacred Stones official website's description for Frelia spelled his name "Haydn".
  • Hayden's results in the "Choose Your Legends" polls are as follows:
    • In the first poll, he was 775 out of 791, making him the lowest scoring character of the Sacred Stones portion with 30 votes.
    • In the fourth poll, Hayden tied with Halcyon and Dalvin as the least voted character, being set at 573th place with only 11 votes each.