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“Forgive me...Princess Nyna...”
—Macellan's death quote in Shadow Dragon

Macellan is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Book 1 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and their remakes. He is found imprisoned with Dolph, Midia, Boah and Tomas in Castle Archanea. He also bears a striking similarity to his fellow knight Dolph, which is mentioned in their ending titles. In his ending he settles near the border and forms a band of watchmen.

Profile

Archanea

Macellan's earliest in-universe appearance is in Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga, where he, Nyna, and the rest of Midia's knights attempt to get Nyna and Boah out of the Dolhr-occupied palace. However, they are ultimately captured by Camus.

By the time the Archanean League reaches the palace, Dolhr has decided to execute Macellan and the others, however together with Dolph, Macellan acted as a shield for the other prisoners, giving enough time for a rescue by the league. Macellan leaves the army at the war's end.

While Macellan is absent in Book 2 of the original Mystery of the Emblem, he is added in the remake, and automatically joins in chapter 16. By the end of war, he forms a group of watchmen which his comrades Tomas, and Dolph join.

In the remake, Macellan is shown to be a gourmet who enjoys cooking.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

Macellan appears in Chapter 6 during the first trial to acquire the Opera of Light: Fire Emblem as one of four boss Mirages. He fights alongside GordinDolph, and Linde.

In Game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE1 Knight Map Sprite.gif Knight
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
318853411055
WeaponStarting Items
Sword
Lance
-

Growth Rates

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
50% 30% 10% 20% 10% 40% 10% 0%

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Base Stats

  • Note: Macellan only appears in Book 1.
Starting Class
FE3 Knight Map Sprite.gif Knight
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
320853412055
WeaponStarting Items
Lance-

Growth Rates

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
50% 30% 10% 20% 10% 40% 10% 3%

Promotion Gains

Item Required Promoted Class
Knight Crest (FE3).pngKnight Crest FE3 General Map Sprite.gif General
1 +2 +1 +3 +4 +3 Varies +0

Overall

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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.

Macellan is, to put it bluntly, a terrible unit; arguably the worst unit in both the NES Shadow Dragon and Book 1 of Mystery. His bases come up short next to many units in even the first few chapters, and scarcely outclass a level 1 Draug, a character who is himself regarded as mediocre and has had more than half the game to improve. What is worse, Macellan is a Knight, in a game that does not look kindly upon his class, due to its low Movement, low Speed, and, in Shadow Dragon, inability to promote. Due to the low doubling thresholds, Macellan will be doubled by virtually any enemy to not possess 0 Speed. Lastly, there is the issue of his growths, which are pitiful; Macellan has among the worst growths in Shadow Dragon, and the few characters he outclasses are either healers or a handful of prepromotes. This effectively ensures that even a raised Macellan will not improve much from his base performance, and he will almost require at least one statbooster to start pulling his weight. His Mystery incarnation can at least promote and wield lances indoors, making him marginally better, but these gains do little to reverse his standing.

Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE3 Knight Map Sprite.gifKnight
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
120853412055
WeaponStarting Items
LanceSteel lance icon.pngSteel Lance
Hand lance icon.pngJavelin

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE11 Knight Map Sprite.gif Knight
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
320805341205
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Lance.pngLance - D-

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 35% 0% 25% 25% 30% 30% 0%

Support Relationships

Supports

Supported by

Overall

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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.

The transition to the DS has not given Macellan much to be cheerful for. His growths have been slightly buffed, but remain some of the worst in the game, and he occupies one of its worst classes in Knight. As a Knight, he will be doubled almost constantly and struggle to perform his tank duties, and in any other class, he will be robbed of his lance rank and forced to work up from iron. As before, he boasts a bad start and worse potential, and is largely outclassed by any unit short of generics.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

Base Stats

Starting Class
FEDS General Map Sprite.gif General
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
135121101071536
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Bow.pngBow - B
FE12 Lance.pngLance - B
FE11silverlance.pngSilver Lance
FE11silverbow.pngSilver Bow
FE11vulnerary.pngVulnerary

Growth Rates

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 75% 0% 50% 40% 50% 70% 5%

Support Relationships

Supports

Supported by

Overall

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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.

Though Macellan has admittedly high growths, his bases are very subpar, with him suffering from the common issues of late-joining units in New Mystery. He is somewhat on the faster side for a General, but his Speed is outclassed by many other characters, and as a prepromote, he will be slow to train. This makes him largely ineffectual as a unit, and particularly nonfunctional as a General, due to the enemies being able to overpower him with little difficulty. That said, Macellan does possess one notable strong point in the form of his bow rank: when reclassed as a Sniper, he gains A-rank Bows, allowing him to wield Parthia and take down powerful flying enemies in a single shot. Though he is far from the only character who can manage Parthia use at his join time, it is the easiest way to make him useful; his poor initial bases matter far less when he can hit at range and utilize effective damage.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

Boss Stats

Starting Class
TMS Knight icon.png General
LevelHPEPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes
52?????????
GIR Sword Icon.pngGIR Lance Icon.pngGIR Axe Icon.pngGIR Bow Icon.pngGIR Fire Icon.pngGIR Ice Icon.pngGIR Electricity Icon.pngGIR Force Icon.pngGIR Light Icon.pngGIR Dark Icon.png
WeakNull----NullWeak--ResistResistResist
SkillsItems
CommandSessionPassive--
GIR Support Icon.png Bodyguard
GIR Axe Icon.pngShellsplitter
GIR Support Icon.png Tetrakarn
GIR Axe Icon.pngBow-Split EX
GIR Axe Icon.pngElec-Split EX
GIR Axe Icon.pngWind-Split EX
--

Ending

Shadow Dragon

Dead Ringer

Macellan left the Archanean army without a word of explanation. He settled near the border and formed a band of watchmen.

New Mystery of the Emblem

Dead Ringer

"The people wished for Macellan to return to the Archanean army, but he had other ideas, forming a band of watchmen near the border."

Choose Your Legends Placement History

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 690
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
67
788
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
19
CYL2 747
↓57
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon
39
↓28
794
↓6
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
22
↑3
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 525
↑222
(From highest)
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
68
↑7
(From combined)
CYL4 541
↓16
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
48
↓20

CYL5 493
↑48
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon/Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem
11
↓37

Trivia

  • The "Choose Your Legends" event of Fire Emblem Heroes revealed that his Shadow Dragon incarnation was 690th place while his Mystery of the Emblem incarnation was 788th place out of 791, and was the lowest character of the Mystery of the Emblem portion with 67 votes and 19 votes respectively.
  • In New Mystery of the Emblem, both him and Dolph are shown to have a comical obsession with food.

Gallery

See main article: Macellan/Gallery.
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