“Sure, I'll take you on. But it's going to hurt! When I fight, it's with claws out.”
—Lethe to Ike in a support conversation

Lethe is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. She is a Cat Laguz from the Beast tribe of Gallia. She is the leader of a small platoon of Gallian soldiers. Lethe has a younger twin sister named Lyre.

Profile[edit | edit source]

In Path of Radiance, if Lethe and Ranulf share an A rank in Support Conversations, Ranulf will offer Lethe the opportunity to return to Gallia, leaving Ike and the Crimean Liberation Army behind her. Lethe will then decline this offer, promising to defeat Ashnard alongside the Crimean Army.

Lethe appears as a boss in the Radiant Dawn chapter, A Reason to Fight, but the player will neither be required to fight nor defeat Lethe in order to advance through this chapter.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Fierce and agile, Lethe is known as one of the harshest characters in the Tellius series, with her honor and respect for her duty leading her to be an extremely intimidating figure, strictly adhereing to her role as a beast-tribe warrior and commander, often being strict on herself and others. Despite this very fact, Lethe does care for her comrades, as can be observed from the contents of her death quote.

Though she serves Caineghis and Ranulf, she does not share their belief of pursuing a policy of peaceful coexistence with the Beorc. Her fundamental disgust with human existence shows when she was tasked with leading Ike to Castle Gallia. She has had trouble trusting Beorc having studied the history of the Beorc and Laguz –where “humans” had exploited and enslaved the “sub-humans.” When Soren provoked her, the already tense emotions [she felt toward them] rapidly escalated. However, after witnessing how Ike had used himself as a shield to help dissolve the situation, she began to change her outlook having seen that not all Beorc are bad.

Her strong attitude can occasionally invite misunderstandings, and was the reason behind her and her sister Lyre not speaking to each other for a long time. It was not until they reunited in the Laguz Alliance where they reconciled. Despite those arguments, Lethe only desires for Lyre's safety, and she will always try to protect Lyre, even if she has to be mean to her.

In Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

  • Chapter 10: Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Lethe Cat (Untransformed) Sprite.pngCat (Untransformed)

FE9 Lethe Cat (Transformed) Sprite.pngCat (Transformed)
FE9Heaven.gifHeaven
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
33412

18
410

14
12

15
159

14
7

10
6

21
117

9
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-StrikeFE9 Claw (Cat).gifClaw
FE9Beorcguard.gifBeorcguard

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
130% 50% 5% 65% 70% 50% 40% 25%

Support Conversations[edit | edit source]

See also: Lethe/Supports

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Lethe joins with Mordecai as one of the first two beast units that the player is able to use in Path of Radiance. In comparison to her other feline fellow, she has lower HP, Strength and Defense, but greater Skill, Speed and Resistance. However, what gives her an edge over Mordecai is that she starts every map transformed, allowing her to immediately contribute offensively while simultaneously evading most foe attacks. However, one must pay caution to the transformation gauge; the moment she phases out of her beast form, she becomes much more vulnerable unless she has the Demi Band equipped.

She comes with the Beorcguard and is arguably one of the better users of it due to her tendency to charge on the frontlines often, and her lack of ability to hit and run unlike cavalry mounts will often leave her as bait to enemy attacks; Her heavy weight when transformed also means rescuing her is generally not an option and can only be performed by certain characters such as Haar or a promoted Jill. However, much like all her laguz companions, she gains experience slowly and doesn't level up often, and investing BEXP into her tends to be prohibitively expensive; As a result, unless one gives Lethe preferential treatment, she'll fall behind more and more through the chapters as beorc characters promote and enemy offense becomes increasingly more merciless.

Overall, Lethe is solid when she joins, but on the later chapters her contributions will most likely diminish, especially if her Speed growths are unlucky; Most of her ability to perform relies on doubling foes, and if she is no longer able to do so, she's better out of the battlefield.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[edit | edit source]

Availability[edit | edit source]

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected △=Reinforcement

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Lethe Cat (Untransformed) Sprite.pngCat (Untransformed)

FE10 Lethe Cat (Transformed) Sprite.pngCat (Transformed)
FE10Heaven.pngHeaven
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
21519

18
6

12
13

26
12

24
189

18
10

20
6

11
11

31
7

9
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Shove.pngShoveFE10 Strike.gifStrike - AFE10 Claw (Cat).pngClaw
FE10laguzstone.pngLaguz Stone

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 35% 5% 30% 40% 45% 35% 20%

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.

In Part II, Lethe will be a pretty decent unit, although by no means the best. Her stats are decent all across the board, with very high Speed, yet has somewhat low growths and gains very low EXP from kills while transformed, making it hard for her to take off. As a Cat, Lethe's biggest disadvantage is her quick transformation times, meaning she can only stay in her transformed form for a few rounds, and keeping her transformed for longer periods of time will require heavy usage of Olivi Grass.

In Part III onward, she is still able to perform double attacks somewhat reliably due to her high Speed, but her other stats will prove to be a detriment to her. Lethe's Defense and Strength are low, meaning that she will most likely sustain large amounts damage, alongside inflicting low amounts of damage at the same time. It doesn't help that her availability doesn't match the Greil Mercenaries' either, that she gains only around 10 EXP at best on Normal Mode per kill in Part III on regular enemies, and that her untransformed bases don't allow her to deal damage at all for training purposes, resulting into a unit who is very difficult to grow. An Energy Drop might fix her damage output somewhat (effectively 4 points of Strength instead of 2), but after that, she will still struggle really hard to level up outside of getting help from Bonus EXP, and will always suffer from the ephemeral cats' transformation gauge.

Lethe is considered a one-and-done character; she contributes well in Part II for two chapters, but largely falls off by Part III, while still being usable for chip damage, but nothing beyond, unless privileged by the player.

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Gallia's Valkyrie
A cat warrior from Gallia, the home of the beast tribe of laguz. Once had a distrust of all beorc, but that's slowly changing. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Lethe Sprite.pngTitle
Gallia's Valkyrie
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
8/9/10
30/33/36
9/10/11
35/38/41
3/4/5
22/26/29
5/6/7
15/19/22
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Brazen Cat Fang
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Red Beast.png Beast

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngWhelp (Cavalry)---
Yearling (Cavalry)---
Adult (Cavalry)---
Brazen Cat Fang-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill special.pngNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
MoonbowNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
AFEH Spd Def Solo 1.png Spd/Def Solo 1--
FEH Spd Def Solo 2.png Spd/Def Solo 2FEH Spd Def Solo 1.png Spd/Def Solo 1-
FEH Spd Def Solo 3.png Spd/Def Solo 3FEH Spd Def Solo 2.png Spd/Def Solo 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Hone Atk 1.png Hone Atk 1--
FEH Hone Atk 2.png Hone Atk 2FEH Hone Atk 1.png Hone Atk 1-
FEH Hone Beasts.png Hone BeastsFEH Hone Atk 2.png Hone Atk 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Base Set[edit | edit source]
Counters[edit | edit source]
Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

New Year's Claw
A member of the cat clan of laguz. Out enjoying New Year's treats in unusual garb. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Lethe New Year's Claw Heroes sprite.pngTitle
New Year's Claw
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
38/41/44
8/9/10
32/35/38
10/11/12
38/41/45
4/5/6
23/27/30
4/5/6
14/18/21
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Guardian Fang
FEH skill special.png Night Sky
FEH Green Beast.png Beast

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngWhelp (Cavalry)---
Yearling (Cavalry)---
Adult (Cavalry)---
Guardian Fang-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill special.pngNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
GlimmerNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
AFEH Atk Spd Solo 1.png Atk/Spd Solo 1--
FEH Atk Spd Solo 2.png Atk/Spd Solo 2FEH Atk Spd Solo 1.png Atk/Spd Solo 1-
FEH Atk Spd Solo 3.png Atk/Spd Solo 3FEH Atk Spd Solo 2.png Atk/Spd Solo 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
BFEH Lull Spd Def 1.png Lull Spd/Def 1--
FEH Lull Spd Def 2.png Lull Spd/Def 2FEH Lull Spd Def 1.png Lull Spd/Def 1-
FEH Lull Spd Def 3.png Lull Spd/Def 3FEH Lull Spd Def 2.png Lull Spd/Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Base Set[edit | edit source]
Counters[edit | edit source]
Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

“Ahhgrr! A terrible mistake... I must be allowed to withdraw. All of you, live to fight again!”
—Retreat quote

Radiant Dawn[edit | edit source]

“Ugh...! Defeat! I've gotta fall back... Everyone... Stay alive!”
—Retreat quote in Part 2
“While I can breathe... I will still...fight... ...L-Lyre...”
—Death quote in Part 3

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Lethe/Heroes Quotes

Epilogue[edit | edit source]

Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Normal[edit | edit source]

"I can't believe I'm doing this, but... I must admit that you've done well. You were a good fighter. Too good to leave with these beorc. We'll meet again."

A Support with Ike[edit | edit source]

"I don't know when, but... If that thing we talked about happened...that would be fine. I guess. Not that I care. So...good-bye."

Radiant Dawn[edit | edit source]

Gallia's Valkyrie - Lethe (ガリアの女戦士 Garia no onna senshi, lit. The Female Warrior of Gallia)

Lethe later became captain in Gallia's home guard, and pounded battle skills and fighting pride into young warriors.

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

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

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

Etymology[edit | edit source]

In Greek mythology, Lethe was one of the five rivers of Hades. Those who drink from it will forget their past lives. Lethe was also the name of the Greek spirit of forgetfulness and oblivion, with whom the river was often identified.

In Classical Greek, the word lethe literally means "oblivion", "forgetfulness", or "concealment". It is related to the Greek word for "truth", aletheia (ἀλήθεια), which through the privative alpha literally means "un-forgetfulness" or "un-concealment".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Interestingly enough, Lethe's eye color differs between her two forms. While her eyes are purple when she is in her human form, her feline form possesses yellow eyes.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Lethe/Gallery.
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