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“Hey, don't look at me like that! I'm pretty decent with my magic. You can hire me for 10000 gold.”
—Hugh, offering his services to Roy

Hugh is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a mercenary Mage; he is the grandson of Niime, the son of Canas, and possible cousin of Nino.


Hugh was raised by his extremely strict grandmother and holds a grudge against her for it. When the Etrurian defectors abandoned their fort, he is so worried about not getting his pay that he goes over to Roy's army for a job. Hugh is portrayed as very naïve to the point of being called childish by younger characters like Chad and Raigh, but he is sincere and good at heart.

Hugh must be paid a large sum of money to be recruited. The player has the option of paying him 10,000 gold, but can decline the offer and choose to pay him a lower sum. Each time the player declines though, his starting stats decrease. If the last offer (5,000G) is declined, he refuses to join the party.

Hugh continued his studies in magic after the war.


The Binding Blade[]

Description: A mage hired by Etruria. Desperate for money.

Base Stats[]

Note: Stats listed are for his highest joining price of 10,000. Every attribute is reduced by 1 for each offer you turn down.

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Male Mage Map SpriteMageGBAWindWind
WeaponStarting Items
AnimaAnima - CElfireElfire
MembercardMember Card

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 30% 30% 45% 25% 20% 15%

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
Guidingring Guiding Ring FE8 Sage Map Sprite Sage
1 +4 +4 +2 +1 +2 +2 +1 +1
Weapon Levels
Anima +1 Staff E


See also: Hugh/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.

For a character of his asking price, Hugh tends to be somewhat subpar. If the player plans to use him, they should probably pay his full cost, as Hugh's stats are already fairly mediocre at base level and he doesn't tend to be able to take the stat loss. Additionally, Hugh has fairly subpar growth rates and a very high base level, which means that it's generally best to try turning him into a Sage as soon as possible; fortunately, Guiding Rings are purchasable in the chapter with his Member Card in hand, but this tends to require another pile of gold.

Fortunately for Hugh, once he has become a Sage, he is surprisingly workable. The promotion bonuses significantly boost his stats, including a +4 to HP and Magic and a +2 to Defense, making him hit surprisingly hard. These bring him up to a minimum of 30 HP and 11 Defense if you paid full-price; which, combined with his defensive growths (other than Luck) being average across the board, makes him quite sturdy by magic-unit standards. He also gains E-rank Staves, turning him into a decent-enough healer, and his tome rank is raised to B, allowing him to wield Aircalibur. This will allow him to deal hefty damage to wyvern enemies, which are some of the deadlier encounters in the lategame. Hugh's main statistical weak point is his Speed, as he gains relatively little Speed from promoting and has a mediocre base to begin with, even if it is one of his better growths. This means that he tends to be stuck with chipping enemies, whereas characters like Lugh can heavily damage or one-round them instead.

Comparing just to Lugh, Hugh will generally have a Magic lead over him at a similar level, making him better-suited for heavy tomes such as Bolting (and possibly Forblaze); unless the target is rather slow, of course, enough that Lugh can still double despite the Weight penalty. Comparing to Lilina, Hugh will generally be faster and will almost-certainly be better at survival; this assumes your Anima-user of choice isn't already double his level, though.

In general, Hugh is outclassed by a trained magic-user and even some later characters like Niime, but his Anima access and lack of required training can make him a decent enough option if the player has the gold to spare.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Worldly Mage
Taking after his grandmother Niime, he traveled the world to research dark magic. His travels, however, led him to focus on anima magic. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Hugh Heroes spriteTitle
Worldly Mage
Heroes Infantry Infantry
FEH skill offense Sell-Spell Tome
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Fire Tome Tome


FEH skill offenseFire---
Sell-Spell Tome-FEH Star Rarity 5FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNew Moon---
MoonbowNew Moon--
AFEH Spd Def Ideal 1 Spd Def Ideal 1--
FEH Spd Def Ideal 2 Spd Def Ideal 2FEH Spd Def Ideal 1 Spd Def Ideal 1-
FEH Spd Def Ideal 3 Spd Def Ideal 3FEH Spd Def Ideal 2 Spd Def Ideal 2-
FEH Spd Def Ideal 4 Spd Def Ideal 4FEH Spd Def Ideal 3 Spd Def Ideal 3FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Rouse Atk Spd 1 Rouse Atk Spd 1--
FEH Rouse Atk Spd 2 Rouse Atk Spd 2FEH Rouse Atk Spd 1 Rouse Atk Spd 1-
FEH Rouse Atk Spd 3 Rouse Atk Spd 3FEH Rouse Atk Spd 2 Rouse Atk Spd 2-
FEH Rouse Atk Spd 4 Rouse Atk Spd 4FEH Rouse Atk Spd 3 Rouse Atk Spd 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[]

Worldly Mage Hugh
Hugh streetwise mage pop01 Hugh comes from a family of mages who wield elder magic—also known as dark magic. Both his father and his grandmother are famous dark mages! However, Hugh himself is very modest, and has a wry wit.
Hugh streetwise mage pop02 Having lost his parents at a young age, Hugh was raised by his grandmother, Niime. Once he was old enough, he parted ways with her to go out into the world and master elder magic, following in his family's footsteps.
Hugh streetwise mage pop03 During his journey, however, he lost hope in his talents for that school of magic, and chose to pursue anima magic instead! He later offered his services to Roy as a mercenary and joined the army of the Lycian League.
Hugh streetwise mage pop04 It seems his knack for anima magic comes from his mother, rather than his father's side of the family. And so, with anima magic at his command, Hugh does his part to clear the way forward!
Closely Associated Characters
Niime Scholar of dark magic. Everyone in Elibe who knows anything about magic has learned her name as well. Hugh's grandmother.
Raigh Wielder of dark magic. A scornful loner with a troubled past as an orphan. He and Hugh traveled together for a short time.
Canas Fourth son of Niime, the Mountain Hermit. Devoted entirely to research and reading. Hugh's father.



Hugh/Heroes Quotes


Hugh - Streetwise Mage (世長けた魔道士, Yo taketa madōshi)
Although many nations sought out his service, Hugh turned them all down and led his life on his own. He always was a pain when it came to money, but his magical abilities allowed him to imprint his name on history's face as a great and powerful sage.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 340 CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL2 438
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL3 375
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL4 282
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL5 247
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL6 231
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade

CYL7 344
CYL Hugh Portrait
The Binding Blade


  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Hugh won 11th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 1:1. The voter comments seem to generally focus on his kind and entertaining personality despite seeming greedy and narcissistic.


See main article: Hugh/Gallery.