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“Heh, these old bones are still good for something. Farewell, my prince. Live, and grow strong…”
—Jagen if he was made the decoy in Prologue IV of Shadow Dragon

Jagen is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

Being a veteran knight of Altea, Jagen acts as Marth's guardian and advisor. He is often one of the people Marth turns to for guidance.

According to the Takayashiki Hideo's Mystery of the Emblem novel adaptation, Jagen is 58 years old.

Profile[]

In the Prologue of Shadow Dragon, Jagen meets with Marth's forces when escaping from Altea castle. He stays with him until Prologue V, where he can be chosen to be the decoy unit. If he is, his lines in Chapter 1 will be given to Draug instead. If he isn't, he goes into exile in Talys, together with the other altean knights. Later, he will help Marth drive Gazzak's bandits out of Talys and remains by his side until Marth defeats Medeus.

He steps out off the battlefield in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, but still stays by Marth's side as an advisor. Afterwards, he dies and his position is given to Cain. In Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, he only takes to the field once just to train with Kris.

Personality[]

Like most other characters in the Archanea Series of Fire Emblem, Jagen's personality is not very well-developed, with much emphasis having been placed on his functionality as a combat unit on the battlefield. That aside, like most other knights appearing in the series, Jagen has been portrayed to be an individual who is fiercely patriotic to the country whom he has pledged his allegiance to (Altea), participating in many battles under its banner for decades. His devotion to his country is especially evident in the Prologue of Shadow Dragon, where he is one of few units who can be selected to act as the decoy to ensure that Marth and the rest of his retainers succeed in fleeing Altea. Should he be chosen, Jagen's parting words are ones that are gallantly courageous, where he, in spite of the dire state of his situation, ironically muses over the suitability of his age being a deciding factor in him being chosen as the sacrifice.

More dimensions to Jagen's character are introduced with the onset of New Mystery of the Emblem, where he frequently engages Kris in preambling discussions before the onset of each battle. Through these interactions, one can deduce Jagen to be both wise and prudent, as he constantly imparts sound advice to Kris to ensure that they form effective tactical decisions.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE1 Paladin Map Sprite.gif Paladin
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
12071081901010
WeaponStarting Items
Sword
Lance
Iron Sword
Silver Lance

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
10% 10% 10% 10% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Overall[]

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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.

As the man who began the archetype, Jagen is almost perfectly designed to fill the role. With his Iron Sword, he can inflict heavy damage to the surrounding pirates in the first chapter, bringing them down to critical health and enabling his fellows to finish them off, or he can draw his Silver Lance and strike them down himself. With 9 Defense, he is relatively sturdy, and as a Paladin, he boasts a phenomenal 10 Movement; combined with his access to javelins, he has excellent attack range. Jagen's base Strength of 7 is not particularly high, but his access to silver weapons more than compensates. Jagen's dominance of the early game is self-evident, but his low growths may cause a player to assume he has no long-term viability. While it is true that Jagen has few real benefits over a raised cavalier, or especially a promoted one, he can actually stay effective for some time, due to the weak enemies, his class, and his strong initial performance. Jagen's main sticking point is actually his Speed; 8 Speed, when combined with the weight of lances, tends to leave him too slow to double much once the player has left behind the early axe-users. If the player is interested in using Jagen long-term, a Speed Ring should let him double even lategame enemies when properly equipped.

Overall, Jagen is a highly helpful unit in the early game, will generally suffer long-term if not given item investment, and has the potential to remain viable if given what he needs.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem (Book 1)[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE3 Paladin Map Sprite.gif Paladin
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
12271081961010
WeaponStarting Items
Sword(Dismount)
Lance(Mount)
Silver lance icon.pngSilver Lance
Iron Sword FE13 Icon.pngIron Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
10% 10% 10% 10% 0% 0% 0% 3%

Overall[]

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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.

Mystery of the Emblem reduces Jagen's proficiency in a few ways, mainly due to the changes in the Paladin class. He now cannot wield swords on his horse and must dismount indoors, where he loses much of his old luster. The Speed Ring, his main means of staying effective, has also been reduced in power. Thankfully, he can still fulfill his old objectives, given the tweaks to enemy stats, and has even gained a niche in his decent Resistance. In general, he is a decent unit outdoors and an important fighter in the earlygame, but tends to be a bit weaker as time goes on.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE11 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1227110819610
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - D
FE12 Lance.pngLance - B
FE11silverlance.pngSilver Lance
FE11ironsword.pngIron Sword
FE11vulnerary.pngVulnerary*

*Normal Mode only.

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 20% 0% 35% 15% 30% 20% 0%

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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.

Jagen has undergone major alterations due to the changed engine Shadow Dragon employs. Ironically, though he is still significantly better than any of his fellows, he tends to suffer somewhat in the first few chapters. The large number of axe-users prevents him from making full use of his Silver Lance, and due to his stats not being much greater than his allies, he does not perform well against any of the first three bosses (in particular, Hyman can double him on any difficulty). He is still one of your best options for handling the early game, given his above-average stats and attacking power, but one should not expect him to trivialize it. One noteworthy trait of Jagen's is his Luck; it is low enough that he faces a small critical chance from many enemies. Though this does create some obvious risks, it also causes enemies to prefer targeting him, which can be manipulated. Jagen's growths have improved slightly, but they are still very low, meaning outleveling the opponent is a poor strategy. He is your best unit during the first chapter, but in the second and third, Ogma will likely have to handle the dirty work of fighting the strongest enemies.

It is only in Chapter 4 where Jagen truly blossoms as a unit, as two very important things occur: axe units largely vanish, and the preparations menu becomes available, and by extension, forging and reclassing. Jagen is one of the characters who makes best use of both these things, as he is the player's first promoted unit, and has the highest weapon rank of B Lances. This means he can access promoted classes, as well as wield the Ridersbane obtained at the end of Chapter 4. Forging the Ridersbane multiplies its power significantly, meaning that with it in hand and when fighting one of the many mounted units in the game, Jagen's stats become largely irrelevant. Jagen can also wield the Dragonpike for similar benefits, or stick to his trusty Silver Lance. As a Dracoknight, he will be the player's second flier, more mobile than Caeda and considerably sturdier, and though he can only wield E-rank axes, they are enough to give him a weapon triangle boost against the many lance enemies, helping his durability further. He can also switch back to a Paladin if need be to combat bow or magic enemies, become a Sniper to shoot fliers down, go Swordmaster for high Speed and access to the Wyrmslayer, or enter Sage or Bishop to heal and use magic. This makes Jagen a very flexible unit, and one that the player can keep finding uses for.

Past a certain point, Jagen's allies will likely start catching up to him. Post-promotion, Caeda can do essentially anything he can but with much greater Speed and her Wing Spear, Hardin's lance rank is similarly high and his stats are superior, and Abel can also reach B Lances after promotion without much trouble. Jagen's Speed is also low enough that he may risk being doubled by the fast enemies of higher difficulties, something unlikely to happen to his fellows; this means he will rely mostly on his ability to one-shot enemies with a forged effective weapon, which may not always be feasible. As before, though, Jagen's traits still place him head and shoulders over many other characters, meaning that while he has declined, he can still be deployed if all the player needs is a spare holder of a Ridersbane.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Boss Stats[]

Starting Class
Enemy Paladin FE12 Map Icon.pngPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1206157341-
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - D
FE12 Lance.pngLance - D
FE11javelin.pngJavelin

Starting Class
Enemy Paladin FE12 Map Icon.pngPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
1238177341-
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - C
FE12 Lance.pngLance - C
FE11javelin.pngJavelin

Starting Class
Enemy Paladin FE12 Map Icon.pngPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
12610187341-
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - B
FE12 Lance.pngLance - B
FE11javelin.pngJavelin

Starting Class
Enemy Paladin FE12 Map Icon.pngPaladin
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
127111107341-
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - A
FE12 Lance.pngLance - A
FE11javelin.pngJavelin

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Boss Stats[]

Starting ClassWardrobe Stats
TMS Cavalier icon.png PaladinAttack 200, Armor 60
LevelHPEPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes
53?????????
GIR Sword Icon.pngGIR Lance Icon.pngGIR Axe Icon.pngGIR Bow Icon.pngGIR Fire Icon.pngGIR Ice Icon.pngGIR Electricity Icon.pngGIR Force Icon.pngGIR Light Icon.pngGIR Dark Icon.png
Resist--Weak--NullWeak--ResistResistResist
SkillsItems
CommandSessionPassive--
GIR Lance Icon.png Espada
GIR Fire Icon.png Inferno Strike
GIR Lance Icon.png Sword-Lunge EX
GIR Lance Icon.png Elec-Lunge EX
--

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Veteran Knight
Veteran knight of Altea who protected Marth since he was young. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:

✯✯✯
Heroes Jagen Sprite (3*).pngTitle
Veteran Knight
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
31/34/37
6/7/8
21/24/27
5/6/7
18/21/24
6/7/8
19/22/25
9/10/11
28/31/34
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel LanceFEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Jagen Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Veteran Knight
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
32/35/38
7/8/9
23/26/29
5/6/7
19/22/25
6/7/8
20/23/26
10/11/12
30/33/36
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Silver Lance
FEH skill special.png Holy Vestments
FEH Lance.png Lance
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Jagen Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Veteran Knight
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
19/20/21
34/37/40
7/8/9
24/27/31
6/7/8
21/24/27
7/8/9
22/25/28
10/11/12
32/35/38
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Silver Lance+
FEH skill special.png Holy Vestments
FEH Lance.png Lance

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Lance---
Steel LanceIron LanceFEH Star Rarity 3.png-
Silver LanceSteel LanceFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Silver Lance+Silver LanceFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
Veteran Lance--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngHoly Vestments-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
AegisHoly Vestments-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Fury 1.png Fury 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Fury 2.png Fury 2FEH Fury 1.png Fury 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Fury 3.png Fury 3FEH Fury 2.png Fury 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Fortify Res 1.png Fortify Res 1--
FEH Fortify Res 2.png Fortify Res 2FEH Fortify Res 1.png Fortify Res 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Fortify Res 3.png Fortify Res 3FEH Fortify Res 2.png Fortify Res 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png

Overall[]

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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[]

True to his Archetype, Jagen is a powerful initial unit, but falls behind in the long run of the Heroes roster. Just about every single aspect of Jagen is easily accomplished by, if not better, by the host of other Lance Cavalry units introduced alongside and long after him. Mediocre Atk as well as low Spd and Def are among his many weaknesses. His only saving grace is his surprisingly high Res that could make him a somewhat viable Dragon dueling unit or a Close Counter mage unit. What quickly becomes clear is that Jagen is not going to exactly shake up the meta, even when receiving a new preference weapon and refine, but for those willing to invest in him, he can perhaps relive some of his glory days.

Jagen initially has a Silver Lance, which is merely a powerful, no effect lance. His new Veteran Lance grants him a bonus +5 Atk/Res if he either initiates combat or his opponent has over 70% of their full health. Jagen can finally deal a decent amount of damage, though he is more meant to either attack aggressively or serve as a primary wall to get both effects respectively. When refined, he gains a Sabotage Attack effect which plays perfectly onto his solid Res stat at 35 neutral and helps out against enemies who stick to tight formations. It does allow him to become a sabotage oriented unit who can run two of them, which can be listed below for his options.

Aegis shaves damage from ranged units, which further increases his bulk against Mages and a tad bit from Bows and Dagger units. Fury gives Jagen a nice boost to his four core stats enough to synergize with his refined weapon and help push some potential Ploy/Sabotage skills inherited. Finally Fortify Cavalry grants allies adjacent to himself a +6 Def/Res boost, fortifying their defensive stats for better dueling or tanking.

Counters[]

Jagen's low Spd and Def is dangerous as he is easily doubled and will take significant damage from many physical melee and ranged units. His low attack also leaves him unable to dent even some of the middling green units with mediocre bulk, who in turn will likely retaliate strongly through color advantage. Finally his Cavalry status will leave him vunerable to Horseslayer Mathilda and essentially all forms of Micaiah, even Festival Micaiah.

Skill Inheritance[]

Regardless of set, Jagen should take Reposition for the ally positioning assistance. Iceberg is a quick charging special that allows him to weaponize his excellent Res into bonus damage.

Jagen can go full anti-mage, which is likely his best set, which means he requires Distant Counter to be able to bait them out and retaliate or he can take Warding Stance to boost his Res when attacked, though the latter does not allow him to counter attack. He can choose to take Berkut's Lance in order to solidify himself as an enemy phase baiting unit with a massive +7 Res when attacked plus an additional 3 Res when attacked. Quick Riposte resolves his low Spd though this can also be his Skill B. Guard slows enemy mage cooldowns as a result. Renewal can keep him healed. On his refined Veteran Lance, he can also take another Sabotage skill, namely Sabotage Defense to help himself out and his physical allies. If looking to leave him more supportively, Sabotage Speed will likely be a better option for his allies. Skill C can be a Resistance Wave skill for the self buff to his Res on certain turns or can run Ploy skills, either Defense Ploy or Speed Ploy for the same reasoning as his Sabotage inheritances above. One should choose one stat for the Sabotage set and choose the other stat ploy.

Quotes[]

“Sire... Fight for Altea...”
—Jagen's death quote in Shadow Dragon
“Prove to me that you are worthy!”
—Jagen's battle quote in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

Heroes[]

Jagen/Heroes Quotes

Endings[]

Shadow Dragon[]

Bones of Iron
After the war, Jagen laid down his lance and became one of Prince Marth’s closest advisors.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Jagen appears in Chapter 6 during the second trial to acquire the Opera of Light: Fire Emblem as one of three boss Mirages. He fights alongside Ogma and Palla.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[]

Jagen appears as a collectible Spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, using his artwork from the original TCG.

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Jagen 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 286
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
724
534
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
183
CYL2 556
↓270
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
173
↓551
750
↓216
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
38
↓145
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 419
↑137
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
294
↑83
CYL4 456
↓37
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
155
↓139

CYL5 440
↑16
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
66
↓89

Etymology[]

"Jagen" means "to hunt" in German.

Trivia[]

  • During the production of the original Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Jagen was originally intended to be killed during the storyline, to provide a tragic coming of age moment where Marth would be forced to face the fact that he lost the adult he relied on. This sequence was scrapped from the final game and storyline, likely due to technical constraints or the inconvenience of removing a unit from the player's use.
  • Excluding the nameless soldier guarding the objective in the prologue of Shadow Dragon (which can't be accessed on higher difficulty levels), Jagen is the third boss of an opening chapter who is not of an axe-wielding infantry class, being a Paladin instead. This only applies to New Mystery of the Emblem, although the original version of that game notably featured an example of this uncommon trend as well.

Gallery[]

See main article: Jagen/Gallery.