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“I guess some folks just need to live by that kind of tight framework. Me railing against that wasn’t going to make anyone happy, you know? So I figure I’ll find my own place where I can live in a way that does.”

Jesse is a playable character in Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.


A free spirit who hates the strict rules of the household where he was constantly told what to do and not do. Jesse's father was a high-ranking Zofian nobleman, and he was in fact friends with Clive and other nobles around his age. There were high expectations for him due to his skill with the sword, but trouble arose with the birth of his younger half-brother, as Jesse himself was born to a low-ranking concubine rather than a proper wife. Most of their vassals hoped Jesse would succeed his father, but Jesse decided instead to abandon his family name and run away for the sake of his sickly brother's future.

At some point in time, Jesse encountered Silque being kidnapped by bandits. Realizing her plight, he rescued her and then accompanied her during her travels for a distance, parting at Zofia Harbour. Later on, Jesse attempted to save Est from Grieth, but was captured and imprisoned at the Desert Stronghold. When Celica's party frees him he then joins their team.

After the war, Jesse made his own nation in Grieth's land, joined by Saber and Kamui. He became known as the "Desert Mercenary King".


Jesse is a individual who enjoys life without restrictions, leading to his ambition of creating a kingdom that could not be tied down by anyone. Being very flirtatious and often smooth talking women in Celica's army, and even Celica herself, he is also quite a dreamer as shown in his supports with Saber.


Fire Emblem Gaiden

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE2 Mercenary Map Icon.gifMercenary
MagicStarting Items

Growth Rates

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 25% 40% 40% 20% 25% 0%

Learnt Magic

Class Level Magic Learnt
FE2 Mage Map Icon.gifMage 1 Fire
2 Excalibur
9 Thunder
FE2 Sage Map Icon.gifSage 1 Recover


In Celica's route, she gains access to three Mercenary units: Jesse, Saber, and Kamui. When considering the three Mercenary units that Celica can obtain, they can generally be simplified into 3 types. Saber is the durable, defensive Mercenary, Kamui is the all-rounder Mercenary with even stats, and Jesse is the late recruit with the best base stats and growths making him the most dangerous. An optional, Pre-Promoted Myrmidon, Deen, is also available to recruit. Deen is best described as fragile and aggressive.

Jesse can be considered a quasi Est Archetype, in that he joins a ways into the game and comes to you below your average party level. However, unlike Est, Jesse actually starts with better stats for his level than other characters of the same class. While Jesse's growths are very high, they are not quite as explosively high as Est's (Jesse having 190% total growth, and Est having 250% total in a game where the average is roughly 150%), but they are high enough where he will outshine characters of the same class. His starting level and stats should only be a little behind your current party, so giving him a sword and catching him up is perfectly feasible without any grinding. He is, overall, one of the strongest units available to Celica.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE15 Mercenary (Jesse).gifMercenary
MagicSkillsStarting Items

Class Sets

Class Sets
Base Class First Tier Second Tier Third Tier Overclass
FE15 Villager (Jesse).gifVillager FE15 Cavalier (Jesse).gifCavalier FE15 Paladin (Jesse).gifPaladin FE15 Gold Knight (Jesse).gifGold Knight FE15 Skogul (Jesse).gifSkogul*
FE15 Soldier (Jesse).gifSoldier FE15 Knight (Jesse).gifKnight FE15 Baron (Jesse).gifBaron FE15 Spartan (Jesse).gifSpartan*
FE15 Mercenary (Jesse).gifMercenary FE15 Myrmidon (Jesse).gifMyrmidon FE15 Dread Fighter (Jesse).gifDread Fighter** FE15 Yasha (Jesse).gifYasha*
FE15 Archer (Jesse).gifArcher FE15 Sniper (Jesse).gifSniper FE15 Bow Knight (Jesse).gifBow Knight FE15 Oliphantier (Jesse).gifOliphantier*
FE15 Mage (Jesse).gifMage FE15 Sage (Jesse).gifSage - FE15 Guru (Jesse).gifGuru*

*DLC class; visit Shrine to access.
**Possible to loop back to Villager after Dread Fighter and Yasha.

Learnt Magic

Class Level Magic Learnt
FE15 Mage (Jesse).gifMage 1 Echoes black magic icon.pngFire
2 Echoes black magic icon.pngExcalibur
9 Echoes black magic icon.pngThunder
FE15 Sage (Jesse).gifSage 1 Echoes white magic icon.pngRecover
FE15 Guru (Jesse).gifGuru 1 Echoes white magic icon.pngLemegeton

Growth Rates

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 35% 40% 45% 55% 30% 0%

Personal Max Stats

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
52 39 40 40 43 39 40


See also: Jesse/Supports

Passive Supports



“Heh, me, of all people, falling short of the rebel image...”
—Jesse's death quote

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Jesse/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Quotes



"In the former territory of Grieth, he built a new country.
Afterwards, he became known as the Desert Mercenary."

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

After successfully founding a mercenary kingdom in Grieth's former land, Jesse then proved successful at ruling it. In times of strife, he worked with Alm to secure peace. Tales of his valor are told even now, in which he's reverentially called "the Steel Amidst the Sand."

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Jesse 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 747
CYL2 534
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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 456
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
CYL4 435
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
CYL5 359
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

CYL6 312
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia


  • The "Choose Your Legends" event of Fire Emblem Heroes revealed that he was 747th out of 791 with 43 votes, tying him with Grieth as the lowest scoring character of the Gaiden portion.
  • In the "Choose Your Legends 3" event of Fire Emblem Heroes, Jesse placed 456th with 196 votes and was 49th out of the Gaiden/Shadows of Valentia characters, 28th out of the playable characters, 25th out of the male characters and 19th out of the playable male characters.
  • Jesse is one of the three characters to trigger a different ending for other characters if he dies, but not the contrary, specifically Saber's and Kamui's. The others are Clive and Valbar, triggering Forsyth's and Leon's alternative ending, but the contrary won't happen.
  • In the Italian version, there's a typo in Jesse's ending. His title in said ending is typed 'la lama della sabbie', while it should be 'la lama delle sabbie'. That's because 'sabbie' is italian for 'sands', which is plural, but 'della' is a proposition that should be used before singular names. For plural names, 'delle' should be used.
  • Jesse's artwork from Echoes depicts him wielding a Steel Sword.


See main article: Jesse/Gallery.