“We are less than human now. We are no different from our swords themselves. Our hearts are cold, and we count the days we live solely by the flesh we cleave. What meaning can there be in such an existence?”
—Karla in a support conversation with Karel

Karla is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. She is the emotionally distant, naive and cool-natured sister of Karel, known as the Princess of Swords.

Profile[edit | edit source]

It is implied in her supports with Farina that she and Karel were either born or have lived in Sacae, though she mentioned that her ancestors sailed from across the seas. She and her brother were raised in a place with no contact with the other Sacaen tribes, a place where women are not allowed to touch swords and have to always listen to what men say. With the law of inheritance meant only one would learn the secret ways of the family, she lost everyone in her family except Karel, who then severed ties to his past. She then wandered the continent in search of her brother.

While searching for her brother’s whereabouts, she would drop by various arenas, winning in succession until she came to be feared as the “Sword Princess.” In the arena she was challenged by Bartre, who she took interest in and they eventually grew to be lovers.

She later marries him and becomes the mother of Fir, but dies of illness a few years before the Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Although she has mastered the art of swordplay, she generally dislikes fighting and often finds peaceful methods of resolving conflict, fighting in arenas mainly in hopes of finding her brother. Still, due to not being influenced by the various other tribes, leading to an ignorant outlook of the world, and even after she finds out the truth about Karel, she strives to redeem him, or die trying.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade[edit | edit source]

Description: A dedicated swordfighter. Cool and detached.

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

In order to recruit her, three conditions have to be met: playing in Hector mode (whether Normal or Hard), having Bartre promoted to a level 5 Warrior before Chapter 31(x) starts, and including Bartre among the units taken into the stage itself. If all of this is fulfilled Karla appears as a neutral unit standing on top of the arena, and having Bartre talk to her will trigger a battle. Both Bartre and Karla must survive the fight in order for her to join your team.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Female Swordmaster Map Sprite.gif SwordmasterGBADark.gif Dark
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
52914211816111276
WeaponStarting Items
Sword.gif Sword - AWodao.gifWo Dao

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 25% 45% 55% 40% 10% 20%

Supports[edit | edit source]

See also: Karla (The Blazing Blade)/Supports

Overall[edit | edit source]

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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.

Karla features one of the most irritatingly complex recruitment requirements in the game: to raise her husband Bartre up to level 5 of Warrior, then take him to Battle Preparations, effectively the fourth-to-last chapter, and have them fight a round of combat. Thankfully, as long as Bartre has a bow and an Iron Rune, she will pose no chance of killing him accidentally, even a Bartre who has not grown since base level barring promotion bonuses--but the fact that she struggles to kill a base-level Bartre sets a poor tone for Karla's viability.

Karla is a Swordmaster, generally seen as Blazing Blade's worst melee combat class, due to its weak weapon type, lack of range, low concrete durability, and low doubling thresholds making their utility dubious. Stat-wise, Karla's accuracy is quite high and she should be able to double reliably. However this is let down by her extremely low damage hinted above, to the point that she is unlikely to two-shot or even three-shot enemies unless she crits successfully. Worse, her durability is extremely poor for a late-game combat unit, on par with a base-level Marcus and significantly behind Renault, to the point that anything that can hit her will likely two-shot her. She also does not tend to perform well in the Hard Mode versions of any of her maps: Victory or Death features an absurd number of lance enemies, The Value of Life has Generals with strong 1-2 range weapons and Berserkers with Swordslayers, and Light has bosses that can outright one-shot her. Even within Karla's albeit narrow niche as a swordlocked foot unit, she is badly outclassed by characters like Karel, Jaffar, and Harken at base, and other swordfighters have had the entire game to catch up to her.

In all, Karla is one of the most flawed characters in the game. While no character is useless, she is one of the most difficult to find a niche for, due to her extremely bad availability, poor focus, weak statline, and general lack of redeeming qualities. It is not for no reason that many players simply give up on trying to recruit her, as she offers little to benefit the player beyond 100% recruitment.

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Sword Vassal
A traveling swordswoman in search of her brother. Her impressive skills and good looks have enlivened many arenas. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity: ★★★★★

Heroes Karla Sprite.pngTitle
Sword Vassal
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
39/42/45
6/7/8
32/35/38
9/10/11
37/40/44
5/6/7
20/23/26
6/7/8
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Vassal's Blade
FEH skill special.png Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword.png Sword

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Wo Dao---
Vassal's Blade-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill special.pngDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
Draconic AuraDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Wrath 1.png Wrath 1--
FEH Wrath 2.png Wrath 2FEH Wrath 1.png Wrath 1-
FEH Wrath 3.png Wrath 3FEH Wrath 2.png Wrath 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Even Spd Wave 1.png Even Spd Wave 1--
FEH Even Spd Wave 2.png Even Spd Wave 2FEH Even Spd Wave 1.png Even Spd Wave 1-
FEH Even Spd Wave 3.png Even Spd Wave 3FEH Even Spd Wave 2.png Even Spd Wave 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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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[edit | edit source]

Karla is a powerful asset in the already loaded sword pool and is considered to be one of the best sword units in the game. While her stats are comparative to Ayra who helped establish the sword infantry archetype she is a part of, Karla has far exceeded most of her competitors due in part to her versatile statline that carries no real weakness in either offense or bulk since her high Spd and good HP covers her semi-low bulk while she has among the highest base Atk in the game.

The Vassal's Blade packs incredibly powerful effects. Not only does it carry a special cooldown acceleration effect, but if her Spd is greater than her opponent’s, she increases her damage output by 70% based on the different, reaching a maximum +7 damage. With the right set ups, Karla is a damage machine capable of destroying most units who stand in her way.

Draconic Aura takes boosts her Atk by 30% when it activates, leading to roughly a 15 Atk boost when it procs. Wrath is arguably what makes her and other Sword Infantry units so potent as it accelerates special cooldowns when she is under 75% health and when her special activates, she deals an additional 10 damage regardless. Finally Even Speed Wave grants a speed boost of 6 to herself and adjacent allies at the start of even numbered turns, granting her the self Spd buffs she needs to maximize her Vassal’s Blade as much as possible.

Counters[edit | edit source]

Karla’s range of counters is down to a very specific set of units, namely very specific sets of blue units. Units who can bypass her Spd using skills such as Reinhardt or Fallen Hardin are able to dispatch her. Bulky blues like Lukas or Ephraim can also withstand a few hits from her, even when she unleashes her special, and take full advantage of their color advantage. She is vulnerable to Panics and Ploy skills which can turn her boosts into severe disadvantages that hamper her performance.

Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

Karla’s skill set is already solid enough that she needs minor inheritances that are easy to acquire, though she has a few premium options. Reposition is a standard support skill to move allies out of danger or place herself between an ally and the enemy. Moonbow is a better overall special just to ignore part of the enemy Def rather than trying to brute force through with Draconic Aura. Skill A can be Fury as the flat stat boosts simply makes her all around stronger and the recoil can put her into Wrath range faster. Some also consider Distant Counter as her bulk is enough to take hits from most mages and retaliate in tow.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

“I've lived long enough. I've no regrets...”
—Final Chapter: Light Quote

Defeat quote[edit | edit source]

Karla: Too inexperienced... I'll never reach my brother now...
(End of chapter)
Hector: Oswin! What happened to that female swordfighter? Karla, wasn't it?
Oswin: It seems she was hurt in that last skirmish. She left without telling a soul.
Hector: Is that so? Well, that's that then.

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Karla (The Blazing Blade)/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[edit | edit source]

Karla - The Sword Vassal[edit | edit source]

After the conflict, Karla became involved with a warrior that she met. She died of an illness several years later.

Karla and Bartre[edit | edit source]

Karla and Bartre were reunited in Ostia, During the battle, they became friends. That friendship deepened into love, and they were wed. Later, Karla died of illness. Bartre took their daughter to her uncle and joined Karla.

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

Karla is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Karla is a female variant of the name Karl.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Karla shares her Japanese voice actress Ayaka Suwa with Elise (Fates, Heroes), and her English voice actress Allegra Clark with Ethlyn (Heroes), Dorothea and Shamir (both in Three Houses).

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Karla (The Blazing Blade)/Gallery.
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