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“Oh, yeah... See, you can have all the skill in the world and still have a bad day. It doesn't take much for the most fortunate man around to have a fall. A royal family at the height of their power gets betrayed, and that's the end. It's life really, innit?”
—Joshua talking to Gerik in a support conversation

Joshua is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is a wandering swordsman from Jehanna with a fervor for gambling.

He also appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.


Joshua is met by Eirika and her group in Serafew where he is working as a mercenary on a job to kill Natasha. Natasha approaches Joshua to tell him about the emperor's strange changes; however, he seems to be uninterested with her words. Sometime after this, he went into the local arena, but lost most of his gold. Upon being spoken to by either Eirika or Natasha again, he has a bet with her, and ultimately joins Eirika's group, most likely due to cheating towards her favour.

In Eirika's route, he is revealed to be the Prince of Jehanna, who disappeared about ten years prior to the beginning of the story; He abandoned his mother, Ismaire, writting just a farewell letter, and left aside his title, so he could better learn about his people's needs and become worthy of the crown in his own eyes.

During this time he worked with Caellach in a mercenary troop; He appears to have earned a penchant for stirring up trouble off the job, but Caellach appreciated him anyway. During Chapter 15, Joshua can, at the player's discretion, be made to fight Caellach. When the battle begins, Joshua and Caellach will reminisce on their time as mercenaries together. In Eirika's route Joshua then bluntly asks if Caellach killed his mother. Caellach confirms this, and says things like that happen in war and that grudges get in the way of work. Joshua sarcastically agrees and proclaims he is going to kill Caellach and that he should not hold it against him, which angers Caellach.

In Ephraim's route, on the other hand, more detail is put into their time as mercenaries and Caellach's ambitions, where it is revealed that Caellach would always pick fights with Joshua, but still respected him. Caellach then attempts to goad Joshua over to his side, which he refuses. They then go to battle due to their opposing sides but seem to hold no ill will towards each other, unlike in Eirika's route.


Joshua returns to Jehanna and claims the throne as the rightful heir, becoming it's next King. If he reaches A support with Natasha, he marries her. If he reaches an A support with Marisa or Gerik, they come with him to Jehanna and they became his close companions.


Joshua is a roguish, flirtatious, casual person. He's also very cunning, enough so that he can cheat without getting noticed, although Gerik and Artur can catch him on. Despite being fairly unlucky, he believes in luck more than ability, and is carefree about his job, as shown when he is sent to kill Natasha, he'd rather head back to the Arena. 

Joshua has a jovial and  laid back attitude, but he is also very skilled in the battlefield, and can be loyal and genuinely kind.  He felt deep guilt over abandoning his mother, but doesn't regret leaving his kingdom for his adventures since he desired to know better the world and his people, as he had grown tired of the stiff formality of palace life. Overall, he shows the most kindness to girls, as shown in his conversations with Natasha, Marisa and L'Arachel.

Despite his con-man streak, Joshua can be fairly honest when needed, as seem in a support conversation with Innes where he cheats Innes out of tons of gold. The Frelian prince refuses to give up, despite having lost so much money. He later admits to him that he cheated and offers to return the gold, though Innes allows him to keep it and continues to bet with him. In his supports with L'Arachel, he loses his bets and attempts to rig the game towards his favour, but continually fails.

In Game[]

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones[]

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Male Myrmidon Map Sprite.gif MyrmidonGBAWind.gif Wind
WeaponStarting Items
Sword.gif Sword - CKillingedge.gifKilling Edge

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
Herocrest.gif Hero Crest or Master seal.gif Master Seal FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite.gif Swordmaster
1 +5 +2 +0 +0 +2 +1 +1 +1
Skills Weapon Levels
Critical +15 Sword.gif +40

Item Required Promoted Class
Herocrest.gif Hero Crest or Master seal.gif Master Seal FE8 Assassin Map Sprite.gif Assassin
1 +3 +1 +0 +0 +2 +2 +0 +1

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 35%* 55% 55% 30% 20% 20%

*30% in the Japanese version


See also: Joshua/Supports


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Like most myrmidons, Joshua focuses mostly on his very high Speed and Skill stats. His base stats in these are incredible for his join time, and his above average growths in them compound this further. He is sufficiently able to double nearly every enemy encountered in game with ease, and his use of accurate swords and his high skill give him a very low chance of missing any of his attacks. On promotion, he can choose to become either a Swordmaster or an Assassin, the first of which increases his critical chance by a hefty 15 percent, while the latter grants him Silencer and the ability to use lockpicks. However, as the player has access to buyable keys on the world map, and is expected to have Rennac or Colm do most of the lockpicking, it's better off to promote Joshua into a Swordmaster to compliment his high critical rate to better improve his combat.

Joshua's main weaknesses come from his swordlock, his average movement, and his poor Strength and durability. Because he is locked to the use of swords, he has no ranged option apart from the Runesword and the Wind Sword, both of which are rare and only show up very late in the game. His low strength also makes it hard to damage high defense units. As he is swordlocked, he is extremely vulnerable to lance or Swordslayer using enemies, which can deal massive damage towards him.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Tempest King
A mercenary who loves to gamble. He has an evasive, almost aggravating personality. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

Base Stats[]

Heroes Joshua Sprite (4*).pngTitle
Tempest King
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Slaying Edge
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Sword.png Sword
Heroes Joshua Sprite (5*).pngTitle
Tempest King
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Audhulma
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Sword.png Sword


FEH skill offense.pngIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Slaying Edge-FEH Star Rarity 4.png-
AudhulmaSlaying EdgeFEH Star Rarity 5.pngFEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.png-
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Close Def 1.png Close Def 1--
FEH Close Def 2.png Close Def 2FEH Close Def 1.png Close Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Close Def 3.png Close Def 3FEH Close Def 2.png Close Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Windsweep 1.png Windsweep 1--
FEH Windsweep 2.png Windsweep 2FEH Windsweep 1.png Windsweep 1-
FEH Windsweep 3.png Windsweep 3FEH Windsweep 2.png Windsweep 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png


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Base Set[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Tropical Gambler
A mercenary with a love for gambling. He's in the tropics hoping luck's tide turns in his favor. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Joshua Tropical Gambler Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Tropical Gambler
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Coral Bow+
FEH skill support.png Shove
FEH Red Bow Icon.png Bow


FEH skill offense.pngIron Bow---
Steel Bow---
Coral Bow---
Coral Bow+-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngShove-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
BFEH Atk Spd Link 1.png Atk/Spd Link 1--
FEH Atk Spd Link 2.png Atk/Spd Link 2FEH Atk Spd Link 1.png Atk/Spd Link 1-
FEH Atk Spd Link 3.png Atk/Spd Link 3FEH Atk Spd Link 2.png Atk/Spd Link 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Fortify Def 1.png Fortify Def 1--
FEH Fortify Def 2.png Fortify Def 2FEH Fortify Def 1.png Fortify Def 1-
FEH Fortify Def 3.png Fortify Def 3FEH Fortify Def 2.png Fortify Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH Fortify Def 4.png Fortify Def 4FEH Fortify Def 3.png Fortify Def 3FEH Star Rarity 5.png


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Base Set[]
Skill Inheritance[]


Recruit Conversation[]

Natasha: You... You're that man I met... Are you here to capture me? You've been hired to silence me, haven't you...
Joshua: Yeah, Grado's paying the bill. They want you dead, you know? But don't feel bad. It's not personal.
Natasha: Wait, please... It doesn't matter what happens to me, but you must hear my words. The emperor of Grado is changed. He is not the man he once was. The other nations must be warned before he extinguishes all light from our lands.
Joshua: Hey, no offense, but I'm just a mercenary. I don't care about Grado or its emperor. Everything you say may be true, or it may be lies. I don't care either way.
Natasha: But that's...
Joshua: Even so... Killing a beautiful lady like you would leave a bad taste in my mouth. Tell me, do you like to gamble?
Natasha: What?!
Joshua: Gambling's what I live for. Even when I lose, I never want to stop. Let's have us a little wager. If you win, I'll believe you. Heads or tails, you call it.
Natasha: You can't... This is no time for games...
Joshua: Would you rather I get on with the job I was hired for?
Natasha: ..... Um, heads... No! Tails!
Joshua: All right. So I'm heads, and you're tails. Here we go. ... ... ...
Natasha: ....... Which... Which is it?
Joshua: What do you know?! It's tails. You win. Figures. I haven't won anything all day. Well, Lady Luck has spoken. Guess I'm on your side now.
Natasha: Are you serious?
Joshua: Yeah. Sure, I might cheat, but I never worm out of a bet. It's a rule of mine.
Natasha: Oh, thank you heaven! Thank you, blessed light, for your protection!
Joshua: I got nothing against heaven, but I'm right here if you want someone to thank... No? Well, get behind me then. I've got to take care of these fools.

Battle Conversations[]

  • Vs. Carlyle

Carlyle: You...could it be?
Joshua: Carlyle. How did this happen? You taught me how to wield a blade. You of all people...
Carlyle: You've returned. But now...It's too late. It's far too late.

  • Vs. Caellach (Eirika's Route)

Joshua: Caellach.
Caellach: Hey! If it isn't Joshua. It's been a long time. Have you been well?
Joshua: I've been all right. Still working as a mercenary. When did you get all proper and join the Grado army?
Caellach: Didn't I tell you? I wasn't about to waste my life as a nameless soldier. Still, I think back on those days a lot lately... My axe and your sword... The two of us were a deadly pair, eh?
Joshua: ......
Caellach: By the way... I know all about you, Joshua. Who you really are I mean. The prince of Jehanna, huh? When did you plan on sharing the wealth, you sneaky dog?
Joshua: Listen, you can't reduce a nation to loot waiting to be divided. And more importantly, I made a vow to my mother. I'm going to succeed her as ruler of my homeland. Hey Caellach... You're the one who killed my mother, aren't you?
Caellach: Yeah... Sorry 'bout that. Things happen, you know? C'mon Joshua, don't hate me. This is war. There's nothing you can do about it. Besides, grudges get in the way of work, right?
Joshua: That's true. It's as you say. Listen Caellach... I've got to kill you now. Don't hold it against me.
Caellach: You arrogant... You haven't changed a bit! I've always wanted to show you who's better, Joshua. And I'm even stronger than I used to be. I'm gonna wipe that smug look off your face for good!

  • Vs. Caellach (Ephraim's Route)

Joshua: It's been a long time, Caellach.
Caellach: Is that really you, Joshua? How long's it been?
Joshua: About two years... What've you been doing? You know, that innkeeper's still mad you stiffed him.
Caellach: Oh please... You telling me that old dog's still alive? ...How's the rest of the troop doing?
Joshua: They're getting by. Some of them ended up feeding the crows, though...
Caellach: Is that so? Those were good times, weren't they, Joshua? We were terrors on the battlefield and worse of it.
Joshua: Yeah we were. You'd get carried away and pick fights with me... You always said the same thing: "I will be King!"
Caellach: Yeah, that's my dream. And I'll do anything to make it true. What do you say, Joshua? Let's team up again? Leave those losers you're with and work for me.
Joshua: Sorry, can't do it. I'm not going to let you use me for anything.
Caellach: Bah... You're a cold fish, aren't you. That's one thing that hasn't changed about you.
Joshua: You haven't changed much either. You're still shameless as ever.
Caellach: Ha ha! That's the truth. Well... You want to get started?
Joshua: Mm. Sure.
Caellach: I'm stronger than I used to be. No offence, but you're not in my league anymore. Don't hate me, Joshua.
Joshua: Same to you.

Death Quotes[]

“First the girl, now this. Today really isn't my lucky day.”
—Enemy Death Quote
“I... I guess my luck finally ran out... Heh.”
—Ally Death Quote

Chapter 7:[]

“This has trouble written all over it. Bet you it's all a trap... Ah, well... My luck's gotta turn around sometime, right?”
—Joshua speaking to Eirika at the start of Chapter 7

Final Chapter:[]

“So, what's Lady Luck have in store for me today?”
—Final Chapter Quote in The Sacred Stones


Joshua/Heroes Quotes


Joshua, the Tempest King (風来王 Furai'ō)
"Joshua returned to Jehanna and ruled over it as king. His skills as a leader had grown great, and Jehanna flourished as never before. He never outgrew his love of travel and games of chance."
A Support with Natasha
"When Joshua returned to Jehanna, he took Natasha as his bride and claimed the throne as its rightful heir. Natasha was the perfect companion, and together, they carried the mighty desert nation to great glory."
A Support with Marisa
"Joshua returned to Jehanna with Marisa, where she pledged service to the crown and became the top swordfighter in the land. Joshua still loved games of chance, but when it came to Marisa, she was ever the winner."
A Support with Gerik
"After the war, Joshua challenged Gerik to a duel in hopes of pressing him to move to Jehanna. The match ended in a tie, but Gerik was impressed by Joshua's swagger. From that day forward, Gerik never left Joshua's side."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[]

Sticker Info[]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Brawl Sticker Joshua.png
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones [Slash] - Attack +9

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Joshua 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 34
The Sacred Stones
CYL2 95
The Sacred Stones
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 105
The Sacred Stones
CYL4 72
The Sacred Stones

CYL5 131
The Sacred Stones


Joshua is a Hebrew name meaning "Yahweh is salvation". After the death of Moses, Joshua became leader of the Israelites and led them to the Promised Land. A member of the tribe of Ephraim, he is most famous for bringing down the city of Jericho. A book in the Bible named for him details his time as the Israelites' leader.

The Greek form of Joshua is "Jesus".


  • Joshua came in 18th place for males in the Fire Emblem Heroes Choose Your Legends popularity poll. He had 8,623 votes.
  • Joshua can support with every recruitable ice affinity in the game, with the exception of Kyle.
  • In the prototype version, Joshua was already promoted into a Swordmaster.
  • Despite the fact he relies heavily on his luck in his battles, he tends to have lower luck than some units. However that might be because he has shown to have very bad luck.
  • He shares his English voice actor, Todd Haberkorn, with Awakening's Morgan.


See main article: Joshua/Gallery.