The Ice Dragon (氷竜 Hyōryū) is both a race and a class of Dragons that is first introduced in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. An uncommon type of Dragon, Ice Dragons expel Ice Breath in order to damage their foes. The Ice Dragon race also appears in The Blazing Blade, where it acts as the true identity of the mysterious sibling pair Ninian and Nils.
History in the Series
In Mystery of the Emblem, Ice Dragons are vulnerable to Fire Magic and Fire Dragons. Although Ice Dragons are not closely connected to Manaketes, Manaketes can still transform into Ice Dragons through the employment of Icestones. Ice Dragons, both feral and Manakete alike, employ Ice Breath to damage their foes. Out of all the Dragon types, Ice Dragons have the highest Strength. Any Manakete can transform into an Ice Dragon with the use of a Icestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Ice Dragon Tribe.
In the remake of Mystery of the Emblem, only feral Ice Dragons employ a separate Ice Breath weapon as their means to attack, while Manaketes directly use Icestones as weapons instead. This version of the class sheds its high Strength in Mystery of the Emblem, and is instead blessed with high Defense. As before, any Manakete can transform into an Ice Dragon with the use of a Icestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Ice Dragon Tribe.
In Vestaria Saga I, the Ice Dragon is known as the Icewyrm. Only one Icewyrm appears in the game. It's ice breath can inflict paralysis on foes.
In Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, the Ice Dragons lived in the cold northern region of Archanea and within the Ice Dragon Temple. Like the other Dragon tribes, the Ice Dragons were heavily impacted by a plague of degeneration that caused them to lose their sanity and turn feral. The impact of the plague was particularly pronounced amongst the members of the Ice Dragon Tribe, as in-game events depict the tribe as one that is devoid of any Manakete survivors, perpetually composed entirely of hostile, feral dragons.
In The Blazing Blade, Ninian transforms into an Ice Dragon after her adamant refusal to aid Nergal in furthering his nefarious scheme of opening the Dragon's Gate. Bound to her dragon form and devoid of the memories that she has forged with her previous companions, she is left with the single desire to see Eliwood, whom she has fallen in love with. Upon encountering Eliwood, however, it is evident that he does not recognise her due to his not having any prior knowledge of her true identity. Armed with Durandal, Eliwood tragically slays her. Using her remaining quintessence to regain her human form, she is granted one final reprieve in briefly regaining her memories at death's door, whereupon she reveals both her and Nils' secret to her companions. This secret is one that reveals that Ninian and Nils are human and Ice Dragon hybrids (their mother was an Ice Dragon and their father a human) who hail from another realm that lies beyond the Dragon's Gate. In the Final Chapter of the game, Ninian is resurrected by Bramimond to halt the impending onslaught of two out of the three Fire Dragons who encroach upon the human realm through the Dragon's Gate.
Notable Ice Dragons
- Aenir - An Ice Dragon who is the mother of Ninian and Nils.
- Ninian - Sister of Nils, she and her brother pose as a performing troupe to evade the notice of the Black Fang.
- Nils - Brother of Ninian, he and his sister pose as a performing troupe to evade the notice of the Black Fang.
- Nifl - The protector and deity of the Kingdom of Ice.