“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. Hugh is a mercenary mage; he is the grandson of Niime, the son of Canas, and cousin of Nino.


He was raised by his extremely strict grandmother and holds a grudge towards her about 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 naive 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.

He continued his studies in magic after the war.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

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 RatesEdit

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

Promotion GainsEdit

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.

Even with the 10,000G and instant promotion (bought from the chapter 16 secret shop near Zeiss' spawn point), not only will Hugh still have subpar stats at this point in the game, but he also fails to reach A Anima without seeing combat which means he cannot use Bolting for at least a while, and he'll still have only E staves.

He's still workable, despite his low growths in every area but speed and HP.

Although he has higher constitution than either Lugh or Lilina, tomes in Binding Blade are incredibly light, with Bolting having a weight of 10.

The best justification for using Hugh is his ability to be immediately promoted into a healer who can defend themselves, but he is unfortunately outclassed in this role by his grandmother, Niime, who joins only a few chapters after Hugh, has better stats and weapon ranks, and doesn't require a promotion item.


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."


  • If Hugh is recruited with the lowest amount of money (5,000G) and the game is suspended/resumed, a glitch where his Magic and Skill go beyond their maximum values may occur. At 6,000G, only Magic is affected. The glitch will work until an enemy is fought or one of these stats is boosted, which resets the values to the original.
  • If Hugh is promoted before then, the stats lower to the caps (28 Magic/30 Skill) with those stats maxed out permanently. This is sometimes called 'Underflow Hugh'.
  • 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.


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