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“I am Linus Reed, son of Brendan Reed. I am the vengeance of Lloyd, whose life you stole! Prepare yourself! I'm coming for you!!!”
—Linus, shortly before attacking Eliwood in The Blazing Blade

Linus, full name Linus Reed, is a non-playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. He is the younger son of Brendan Reed and the brother of Lloyd. Linus' title is the Mad Dog, and is one the Four Fangs.

He does not trust Sonia and her influence in the Black Fang, though he is very fond of her "daughter", his step-sister Nino. The official players' guide for The Blazing Blade says that Linus is the more level-headed between him and Lloyd, when he is actually the brasher one.

Profile

Not much is known of his childhood, though what is known is that, when his father, Brendan Reed, formed and became head of the Black Fang, an assassin guild situated in Bern, he and his brother, the White Wolf Lloyd, quickly flew through the ranks and became one of the legendary Four Fangs. Despite being skilled, he is also rash and impulsive, tending to misjudge his opponents before charging into battle. Because of this, he and Lloyd were nearly inseparable as the latter usually watched over the former. He and Lloyd were quickly joined by the Valkyrie, Ursula, who is cold and ruthless, and the Assassin, Jerme, who was obsessed with his craft. Later, when Nergal and Sonia began to take a hold of the Black Fang, Jerme was replaced with Jaffar. Shortly after Nergal is gravely wounded by Lord Elbert of Pherae, he orders Sonia to bring together the Four Fangs to hunt down the Lycian lords, Eliwood, Hector, and Lyndis. She complies, but, after she gives her orders, Linus, Lloyd, and Ursula remain suspicious of the Sage. Nevertheless, they carry out their orders.

If the total level of the lords is above 50, then Linus will confront them in a town in Bern. Accusing them of their crimes, he summons a contingent of Black Fang assassins and engages the lords inside the town. After a brief but intense skirmish, Linus is defeated by the lords, but finally hears them out and learns that they are good-natured and not what Sonia had depicted them as. Before he could relay this information to Lloyd, though, he is confronted by the morph Limstella and killed.

If the total level of the lords is below 50, then Lloyd will have confronted the lords in a foggy valley and be killed by Limstella after being spared by the lords. Linus, after encountering the body of his slain brother, goes into a bloodthirsty rage and swears vengeance on the lords and their companions. He is later seen guarding the Bern shrine, attempting to kill any of the lords or their companions, including his beloved step-sister Nino and former acquaintance Legault. He is killed after the struggle.

Regardless of whether he is killed in the town or in the shrine, he is resurrected as a morph by Nergal along with his father, his brother, Uhai, Kenneth, Jerme, Darin, and Ursula.

Personality

Linus is best described as rash, impulsive, and extremely loyal to his siblings and loved ones. He shows deep respect to his brother, Lloyd, abiding his orders, though he is wrought with grief after Lloyd's death and loses the ability to reason, evident as he attempts to kill his step-sister, Nino, despite having a close relationship with her. However, with his brother's reasoning, he is shown to be a caring and compassionate individual, changing his beliefs of the lords if he is defeated early in the game and offering to make amends with his brother and to tell him of the lords' sincerity. This would have converted both him and Lloyd to the lords' side had Limstella not killed him. Before the conflict with the lords, he and his brother got along well with several of the Black Fang members, including all of the Four Fangs and several other high-ranking members, such as Uhai. He also doted on his younger step-sister, Nino.

In-Game

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Help Description: The Rabid Hound of the Four Fangs. Brendan's second son.

Help Description (Morph): A morph made in the form of the Rabid Hound, Linus.

Boss Stats

Chapter 23E/24H: Four-Fanged Offense
Chapter 27E/29H: Cog of Destiny

Starting ClassAffinity
HeroGBAThunder.gif Thunder
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
1858242015141915146
WeaponStarting Items
Sword.gif Sword - S
Axe.gif Axe - A
Lightbrand.gifLight Brand
Ironrune.gifIron Rune*
* Dropped when defeated

Starting ClassAffinity
HeroGBAThunder.gif Thunder
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResConMov
1862252216142016146
WeaponStarting Items
Sword.gif Sword - S
Axe.gif Axe - A
Lightbrand.gifLight Brand
Ironrune.gifIron Rune*
* Dropped when defeated

Final Chapter: Light
Overview

If the level of the lords combined is above 50, then Linus will be the boss of Four-Fanged Offense.

If the level of the lords combined is under 50, then Linus will be the boss of Cog of Destiny. It is recommended not to confront the Hero with Nino, as he, unlike his brother, will show no hesitation and slay his step-sister.

Linus also appears in Light with an A support with his resurrected brother. He should not be taken lightly as, due to his Brave Sword, he is able to double any party member and, if the party member has low speed, such as a General, then Linus has the potential to strike up to four times. However, he is considered the weakest of the Reed family and should be taken down first.

Awakening

SpotPass
Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Hero (M) Map Sprite.gifHero
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
206837738341828156
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
WeaponSaver.pngArmsthrift
EarlyInitiative.pngPrescience (Awakening)
Sol (FE13).pngSol
Axeslayer.pngAxebreaker
Counter (FE13).pngCounter
SwordIconFE13.pngSword - A
AxeIconFE13.pngAxe - B
Brave Sword FE13.pngBrave Sword*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes

Mad Dog
A member of the Black Fang known as Mad Dog, and an equal match for his brother Lloyd. He brings judgement down on those he deems evil. Appears in Fire Emblem: Blazing Sword.

Base Stats

Rarity:

✯✯✯
Heroes Linus Sprite (3*).pngTitle
Mad Dog
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17
38
16
41
8
39
7
28
3
16
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel AxeFEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Linus Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Mad Dog
Group
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17
39
20
48
9
31
7
29
3
17
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Silver Axe
FEH skill special.png New Moon
FEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯✯

Skills

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Axe---
Steel Axe-FEH Star Rarity 3.png-
Silver AxeSteel AxeFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
BasilikosSilver Axe-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
Fanged Basilikos--FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
LunaNew Moon-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Brazen Atk Spd 1.png Brazen Atk/Spd 1-FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Brazen Atk Spd 2.png Brazen Atk/Spd 2FEH Brazen Atk Spd 1.png Brazen Atk/Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png
FEH Brazen Atk Spd 3.png Brazen Atk/Spd 3FEH Brazen Atk Spd 2.png Brazen Atk/Spd 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Spur Def 1.png Spur Def 1--
FEH Drive Def 1.png Drive Def 1FEH Spur Def 1.png Spur Def 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Drive Def 2.png Drive Def 2FEH Drive Def 1.png Drive Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4.png

Overall

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Base Set
Counters
Skill Inheritance

Quotes

The Blazing Blade

Linus/The Blazing Blade Quotes

Heroes

Linus/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Linus 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 447
The Blazing Blade
284
CYL2 326
↑81
The Blazing Blade
635
↑351
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 407
↓81
The Blazing Blade
322
↓313
CYL4 401
↑6
The Blazing Blade
224
↓98

CYL5 394
↑7
The Blazing Blade
116
↓108

Etymology

'Linus' means 'flax' in Greek. Flax is a greyish-yellow color. See also Lloyd, whose name also means 'grey.' Reed is a variant of the English name ‘Reid’ meaning ‘red’.

Trivia

  • In the game, Linus is also mentioned as the Rabid Hound based on his help screen information, but he is never addressed as that name in the game (his true honorific being "Mad Dog").
  • Despite the fact that he avoids attacking innocents in villages as it goes against his honorable nature (to the point he drew Eliwood's army to the center of town not to harm the villagers), the Black Fang units he leads seem to have no problem doing so.
  • Linus, Raven, and Echidna are the only characters in any GBA Fire Emblem game to have unique battle sprites as the Hero Class. As opposed to the breastplate and spiked shoulder plates, Linus and Raven both wear knee-length jackets resembling their clothes in their respective official art.
  • In the official art, he is shown wearing dark-brown trousers while in his battle sprites, he is shown wearing a white pair.
  • Linus shares his English voice actor, Joe Brogie, with Sylvain.
  • In Heroes, Linus's artwork depicts him wielding Basilikos, despite the fact that he never wielded it in game. The axe instead was used by his father, Brendan, who was given it after being revived as a morph following his death.

Gallery

See main article: Linus/Gallery.
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