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“I have no heart. I know nothing of joy, sorrow, anger, dread... And yet, I am...afraid. That I should die, that I should leave Nino alone. That frightens me.”
—Jaffar to Legault in a support conversation.

Jaffar is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Known as the Angel of Death, he is an emotionless killer in the employ of Nergal until he is changed by the kindness of Nino, the first person he ever came to care for.

Profile[]

Jaffar was discovered by Nergal as an orphan, sleeping amongst a pile of dead bodies. Nergal took in the boy, impressed by his evident skill, and began to train him. At some point later, Jaffar was sent by Nergal to infiltrate the Black Fang, an infamous league of assassins. His natural talents, combined with Nergal's training, allowed him to rise through the group's ranks quickly. He eventually replaced Jerme, The Death Kite, as one of the Four Fangs, the most powerful members of the organization.

Jaffar is first seen in a cutscene in The Dread Isle (Eliwood's Chapter 18, Hector's Chapter 19). Ephidel, upon learning that a member of the Black Fang, Leila, was actually a spy for Ostia, summoned Jaffar to kill her for betraying the group. Ephidel then commanded Jaffar to leave her corpse in the forest for Eliwood's army to find.

Jaffar later subdued Lord Elbert at Nergal's command during his escape attempt in Dragon's Gate (Eliwood's Chapter 19, Hector's Chapter 20). During this time, Jaffar had a brief confrontation with Eliwood and his group, but he was ordered to go to Bern and await his next mission. The Four Fangs were later summoned by Sonia in Kinship's Bond (Eliwood's Chapter 21, Hector's Chapter 22) and were commanded to track down and kill Eliwood and his friends.

The turning point for Jaffar came when he met a young girl named Nino in Four-Fanged Offense. Nino was supposed to meet up with him after a mission, but then she found Jaffar hurt and bleeding badly, and had tended to his wounds when he passed out on the floor; for his part, Jaffar had seen Nino from afar sometimes, but they had never been face to face. When he came to his senses, Jaffar asked why Nino had spared him, remembering the Black Fang's code to kill the weak so that the strong may rise; she replied that, as a fellow Black Fang, she did not want him to die. This is the first time Jaffar felt emotions, and over time he began to care for Nino.

When Sonia had ordered Jaffar and Nino to assassinate Prince Zephiel secretly on behalf of his father, King Desmond of Bern, Sonia told Jaffar to stay behind for more details, telling him that after assassinating Prince Zephiel, he was to kill Nino so that the King would have a scapegoat upon which to blame the Prince's death. Jaffar openly wondered why Sonia would want to kill her own daughter, but ultimately told her it had nothing to do with him.

Though Jaffar and Nino infiltrate the Prince's manse, upon knocking out Prince Zephiel, he tells Nino it is time for her to do her part, but when she cannot bring herself to kill Prince Zephiel and closes her eyes preparing for Jaffar to kill her, he tells Nino to follow him, and that they are leaving. However, while they were attempting to flee the manse, Ursula spots them and Jaffar proceeds to fight her and her troops, telling Nino to run and that she deserves to live, refusing her offer to run with him and deciding to make a last stand to cover for her and protect Zephiel as well. If you recruit Nino, then she can talk to Jaffar and he joins the group at the end of the chapter, although some among the group (particularly Hector and Matthew) did not think he should be so quickly forgiven for all of the comrades he had killed (namely Leila).

When Jaffar accompanies Nino in her search for her mother Sonia and she confronts her mother and learns her origins, Jaffar defends her when Sonia sends Black Fang members after them both. Afterwards, he joins the group for the rest of the journey, so that he may atone for his sins.

Personality[]

For the majority of his life, Jaffar has displayed little to no emotion, carrying out his orders regardless of his target.

After joining Eliwood’s group, Jaffar gradually displays human emotions in conversations with his allies. He holds special feelings for Nino who had especially moved him. His conversations with his former ally Legault and the ill-fated Matthew also cause his heart to waver.

In-Game[]

The Blazing Blade[]

Description: The Black Fang's Angel of Death. Once served Nergal.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Assassin Map Sprite AssassinGBAIce Ice
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
133419252410151186
WeaponStarting Items
Sword Sword - AKillingedgeKilling Edge
ElixirElixir

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
65% 15% 40% 35% 20% 30% 30%

Supports[]

See also: Jaffar/Supports

Overall[]

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.

Despite his status as a promoted Thief, Jaffar's starting stats are among the highest in the game. Given that he joins the group at Level 13 promoted and before obtaining a Fell Contract, the other potential Assassins, Matthew and Legault, take quite a bit of dedication just to catch up to Jaffar, let alone surpass him, so it may be wise to leave your Thief of choice un-promoted so they may continue to Steal. With a high sword rank and Strength, Jaffar can take down most common enemies and even some bosses, making him a valuable offensive asset. Silencer is mostly irrelevant, as Jaffar is likely to kill whatever he crits anyway, but it doesn't hurt when it does trigger. Jaffar is particularly useful on the Hard Mode version of Cog of Destiny, which has many strong and fast magic-using enemies, particularly Valkyries; he is one of the only characters who can double them at base, and his Resistance is high enough to survive a few shots from them. Jaffar's only significant weaknesses are his swordlock, meaning he has few options for 1-2 range, and his poor availability; aside from this, he is one of the best swordsmen in the game, and should be made use of.

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

SpotPass[]

Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Assassin (M) Map SpriteAssassin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
155235340391528216+1
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Picklock (FE13)Locktouch
Movement +1Movement +1
Lethality (FE13)Lethality
Pass Icon KakuseiPass
LightningspeediconGaleforce
SwordIconFE13Sword - A
BowIconFE13Bow - E
Killing Edge FE13 IconKilling Edge*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Engage[]

Bond Ring[]

Hero from beyond Elyos and a Black Fang assassin. Known as the "Angel of Death," he is one of the elite Four Fangs. Spending time with Nino drew him from his emotionless shell.
Bond Ring Jaffar
FE17 C Rank Bond RingC Rank Str +1
FE17 B Rank Bond RingB Rank Str +1 Dex +1
World FE17 A Rank Bond RingA Rank Str +1 Dex +1 Spd +1
Lyn Emblem Ring Lady of the Plains FE17 S Rank Bond RingS Rank Str +2 Dex +1 Spd +1

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Angel of Death
An emotionless member of the Black Fang assassins. Known as the Angel of Death. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Jaffar SpriteTitle
Angel of Death
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
6/7/8
23/26/30
8/9/10
30/33/36
5/6/7
22/25/29
4/5/6
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Deathly Dagger
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Dagger Dagger
Resplendent ✯✯✯✯✯
Resplendent Jaffar Heroes spriteTitle
Angel of Death
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
40/43/46
8/9/10
25/28/32
10/11/12
32/35/38
7/8/9
24/27/31
6/7/8
21/24/27
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Deathly Dagger
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Dagger Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel Dagger---
Silver Dagger---
Deathly Dagger-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5-
GlimmerNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Life and Death 1 Life and Death 1--
FEH Life and Death 2 Life and Death 2FEH Life and Death 1 Life and Death 1-
FEH Life and Death 3 Life and Death 3FEH Life and Death 2 Life and Death 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Threaten Spd 1 Threaten Spd 1--
FEH Threaten Spd 2 Threaten Spd 2FEH Threaten Spd 1 Threaten Spd 1-
FEH Threaten Spd 3 Threaten Spd 3FEH Threaten Spd 2 Threaten Spd 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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[]

Jaffar is a subpar Book I Colorless Dagger infantry unit who has solid enough Spd for a unit of his time at 33 to score double attacks, but on a 26 base Atk, he is surprisingly lacking in raw damage on hit. Even his mixed bulk is middling at 66 physical and 63 magical scores. Overall Jaffar lacks a lot of punch to make him a threatening unit outright, but with a proper build, he can surprisingly become a formidable indirect damage dealer. His Resplendent form also gives him slightly better base stats and more investments like Dragonflowers can bring him to a respectable range to combat modern units.
Deathly Dagger inflicts a Def/Res-7 debuff on that targeted foe until the end of their next action and also inflicts 7 non-lethal damage after combat, similar to a second tier Poison Strike skill. It can soften an opponent significantly as a result, but due to the single target focus, it is mainly to diminish a singular target only. Its later Weapon Refinery increased the range of the debuff and non-lethal damage to all foes within two spaces of his attack target, becoming a combination of a standard refined dagger and a Pain+ Staff. Its unique effect also allows him to pick on Tome users as they cannot counterattack if he initiates combat on them, making them prime targets to begin inflicting heavy splash damage.
Glimmer boosts his damage dealt by 50%, which can give him a modest boost. Life and Death gives him a flat +5 Atk/Spd increase as the cost of dropping his Def/Res by the same amount, focusing these points on his stronger stats. Threaten Speed inflicts Spd-5 on foes after action, stacking on his dagger debuffs.

Counters[]

Jaffar does not have many pure counters save Raventome users like both Mage Robins, Sophia, and Lyon who can force a color disadvantage and push it with Triangle Adept to the point that he deals minimal damage to them. Even with his stacking after combat damage, he is unlikely to outright deal with them even with their counterattacking disabled. Physically bulky units usually can ignore his damage and can counter attack with Distant Counter such as Hector, Fallen Hardin, and Zelgius while Dragon units like Nowi, Myrrh, and Tiki can target his lower Res. Unless he can inflict the Speed penalty onto his enemy, most speed oriented units can completely smash through his low bulk.

Skill Inheritance[]

Jaffar needs skills that boosts his offense or otherwise impact his opponents so he can deal more damage. His low attack is better suited to have Moonbow as the Def reduction will likely lead to more meaningful damage than Glimmer. Reposition is the usual unit positioning skill though as a ranged unit, Draw Back is another worthy option.
Chill Defense can open opportunities for him to soften an opponent for his own meaningful damage increase while Desperation allows him to secure his potential follow-up attacks against foes who can counterattack him. If using the later, Fury can give him similar stat boosts as Life and Death while also giving him the recoil to get into Desperation range safely. Skill C is flexible enough to fill with skills from Smoke skills, namely Speed Smoke to ensure he gets his follow-up attacks naturally or supportive options like Hone and Drive skills, especially the Joint variations.
Another worthy contender to make him an incredible chip damage unit is to put Poison Strike on his Skill B and Savage Blow as his Skill C as collectively his refined dagger with these skills deals 20 chip damage to his targeted foe and 17 to enemies two spaces near his target. If he adds a Poison Strike Seal, this becomes a 30 chip to the target, or if its a Savage Blow seal, he deals 24 to foes around his target, leaving the preference to the player on which output is better.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Angel of Death Jaffar
Jaffar angel of death pop01 Few assassins in the Black Fang are feared more than the one they call the Angel of Death—Jaffar!
Jaffar angel of death pop02 Jaffar was taken in by Nergal when he was very young, and he was raised to follow Nergal's orders without question. As a result, Jaffar grew into an emotionless assassin who dispatched his targets without a trace of hesitation or doubt.
Jaffar angel of death pop03 He had a heart of ice, but things changed when Jaffar was touched by Nino's warmth. As he spent time with her, he started to rediscover his emotions.
Jaffar angel of death pop04 He might look a little scary, but there's still kindness hiding deep down inside of him. Well, you can count on me to step up and try to make friends with him!
Closely Associated Characters
Nino A kindhearted member of the Black Fang assassins. Longed to help her mother. She was saved by Jaffar when the Black Fang attempted to dispose of her.
Matthew Happy-go-lucky spy who's actually quite sly. Serves Hector, brother of the Marquess of Ostia. His lover was killed by Jaffar.

Angel of Night
An unfeeling member of the Black Fang assassins. Attending the winter festival at Nino's side. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯
Jaffar Angel of Night Heroes spriteTitle
Angel of Night
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
8/9/10
30/33/36
8/9/10
32/35/38
7/8/9
25/28/31
6/7/8
22/25/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Minty Cane
FEH skill support Reciprocal Aid
FEH Green Dagger Icon Dagger
✯✯✯✯✯
Jaffar Angel of Night Heroes spriteTitle
Angel of Night
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
41/44/47
8/9/10
32/35/38
8/9/10
34/37/40
8/9/10
27/31/34
7/8/9
24/27/31
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Minty Cane+
FEH skill support Reciprocal Aid
FEH Green Dagger Icon Dagger

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Dagger---
Steel DaggerIron Dagger--
Minty CaneSteel DaggerFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Minty Cane+-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill supportReciprocal Aid-FEH Star Rarity 4-
AFEH Def Res Bond 1 Def/Res Bond 1--
FEH Def Res Bond 2 Def/Res Bond 2FEH Def Res Bond 1 Def/Res Bond 1-
FEH Def Res Bond 3 Def/Res Bond 3FEH Def Res Bond 2 Def/Res Bond 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Spur Spd 1 Spur Spd 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Spur Spd 2 Spur Spd 2FEH Spur Spd 1 Spur Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Goad Armor Goad ArmorFEH Spur Spd 2 Spur Spd 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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[]

Winter Jaffar is a Green Dagger Armor unit available first as a free Tempest Trials unit and later as a Heroic Grail unit. Most of the weaknesses of his base form are not present on this seasonal form with a solid 35 Atk and 37 Spd, he has great damage output and his mixed bulk is also solid with 75 physical and 71 magical scores.

Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Angel of Night Jaffar
Jaffar angel of night pop01 An adorable little reindeer has come to the winter festival! But who could it be? Why, it's Jaffar! Right, the terrifying assassin from the Black Fang!
Jaffar angel of night pop02 Jaffar's line of work usually requires him to dress a little more stealthily, but now he's catching eyes left, right, and center with his costume. You could spot him from miles away!
Jaffar angel of night pop03 He typically fights using daggers, but he's swapped those out for some special festival decorations today. Nothing says “festive fun” like a minty dagger!
Jaffar angel of night pop04 Oh, and his friend Nino has come to the festival in costume as well! Jaffar's the reindeer, so it would be good of him to help her hand out presents to everyone. He's not all bad!
Closely Associated Characters
Nino A kindhearted member of the Black Fang assassins. Longed to help her mother. After failing to assassinate Zephiel, she and Jaffar leave the group.

Quotes[]

The Blazing Blade[]

Jaffar/The Blazing Blade Quotes

Heroes[]

Jaffar/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Jaffar, Angel of Death
Jaffar vanished in the final moments of the last battle. He still avoids the bounty hunters who seek out the famed Angel of Death.
Nino and Jaffar
They were married after the conflict and were gifted with two twin boys. Their time in Pherae was happy until bounty hunters came for Jaffar. To protect his family, he disappeared. Nino vanished in search of him.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Jaffar 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 73 CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
3,921
CYL2 176
↓103
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
1,456
↓2,465
CYL3 178
↓2
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
1,438
↓18
CYL4 228
↓50
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
627
↓811
CYL5 229
↓1
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
384
↓243
CYL6 226
↑3
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
404
↑20
CYL7 234
↓8
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
225
↓179

CYL8 251
↓17
CYL Jaffar Portrait
The Blazing Blade
212
↓13

Etymology[]

The name 'Jaffar' means 'stream' in Arabic.

There is a city in modern-day Israel named Jaffa, or 'Yafo'. It was an ancient Phoenician city later ruled at various times by the Israelites, Arabs, and European Crusaders. Jaffa was predominately populated by Arabs until the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 and is currently a part of the modern-day city Tel-Aviv.

Trivia[]

  • The overworld and battle sprites of the assassins in GBA games are all based on Jaffar's attire.
    • The colors of his battle sprite are default palettes for Assassins in the GBA games.
  • Jaffar's death quote of "And so it ends," is later said by Rikard as a portion of his death quote.
  • There is a grammatical error in his S and A rank battle history quote. "...Good, or so I here." should be "hear".
  • In Heroes, Jaffar shares his English voice actor, Walden James, with Subaki and Jagen.
  • In Heroes, there is an error in his injured portrait; the curve of his daggers' blades nearly becomes angular, relative to the consistent arc formed by the weapons in his other portraits, as well as the sheaths in all four- including that of the injured portrait.

Gallery[]

See main article: Jaffar/Gallery.
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