—Marth after liberating his home in Chapter 17 of Shadow Dragon.
Marth (Mars in the anime) is a character from the Fire Emblem series of video games. He is the central protagonist and Lord-class character of the original game, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and its sequel Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, as well as their respective remakes.
As the first Lord character in the Fire Emblem franchise and one of the first Fire Emblem characters introduced to the west through Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marth is one of the most recognizable characters in the franchise.
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow DragonEdit
Some time after his father, Cornelius, had departed with Falchion to challenge the forces of Dolhr, whose leader, Medeus had resurrected and rebuilt the empire, Marth remained behind in Altea with his mother and elder sister Elice, committing himself to his studies; with much of the Altean army out to war under Cornelius, the defense of Altea was maintained by a garrison of Gra. After Gra betrayed Altea in the middle of battle, with the King of Gra, Jiol, killing Cornelius, the garrison at Altea did the same, seizing the castle for Dolhr. While Elice stayed behind to buy Marth time, he fled the castle guided by Malledus, with a few Altean knights accompany him.
On their way out, Cain returned from the battlefields of Gra to report Cornelius' death and joins Marth's group, with Marth rescuing Gordin who was captured and gagged by Gra's forces. Gra's King Jiol then arrives with a wave of reinforcements, closing in on Marth's group. To ensure the escape of Marth and the others, Frey offered himself as a decoy, dressing as the prince and fleeing to the south, luring Jiol and the reinforcements away. Draug then arrived, having prepared a ship to facilitate the group's escape from Altea, and from there Marth reluctantly fled for the island nation of Talys, swearing he would one day return to free his homeland and seek vengeance upon Gra and Grust.
Following Altea's fall, Marth and his retinue lived in exile in Talys for the next two years, hosted in the island's eastern fortress by King Mostyn. When the pirates of Galder descended upon Talys to raid it, called into action by the arrival of his childhood friend, Caeda, Marth's forces departed the fort to combat the invasion; upon its fall, on the advice of Mostyn, Marth's retinue left Talys to commence its goal to rebel against the domination of Dolhr.
The group's first destination was Aurelis, where during their liberation of the country from Macedonian occupation, Marth swiftly befriended commander Hardin, Aurelis' prince, and Princess Nyna of Archanea — the most prominent kingdom — who gives him her country's national treasure, the Binding Shield, symbolizing his fate as the world's chosen champion against Dolhr. From there, Marth led the army to reclaim Archanea, then proceeded on to Gra in an effort to find Falchion, said by Cain to have been taken by the country from his father's corpse. Gra fell, yet Falchion was nowhere to be found, leading Marth to reluctantly decide to detour to Khadein, on Malledus's theory that it had come into Gharnef's possession, instead of pressing on to liberate Altea.
The trip to Khadein proved fruitless, as Falchion and Gharnef were nowhere to be found, and Marth turned his sights on liberating Altea. Upon Altea's fall, Marth learned of his mother's death at the hands of Morzas and that Elice had been taken hostage by Gharnef. Despite his grief at this news, and despite Nyna and Malledus suggesting he take a break, he nonetheless greeted the people of Altea, joyful at their freedom.
From there, Marth led his army in the conquest of Grust and Macedon, before being sent by Gotoh to Thabes in order to confront Gharnef. With Gharnef's death at the hands of a member of Marth's army wielding Starlight, Marth recovered Falchion and, at the top of the tower, reunited with Elice, who had been imprisoned by Gharnef for the purpose of using the Aum staff. In the closing days of the war, Marth turned his focus toward Dolhr Keep, where Medeus himself lay in wait. Engaging him in battle, wielding Falchion, Marth struck down Medeus as Anri had a century before.
At the end of the war, spurred by Nyna's urging, Marth finally confessed to Caeda his longtime affections for her, proposing to her.
Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the EmblemEdit
Following the end of the event known as the War of Shadows, Marth devoted himself to the reconstruction of Altea and Caeda became his fiancee, with the two soon to be married. This is interrupted, however, by a missive from Hardin, now the Emperor of Archanea, who requests that Marth lead the Altean army to subjugate a rebellion in Grust, a command Marth could not disobey due to Archanea maintaining Suzerainty over other countries, including Altea. Leaving Cain in charge of Altea's defense, Marth took some old and newer knights with him to address the Grustian crisis.
In Grust, he meets with Lang, the general of the Archanean occupying force in the region, whose malicious attitude disgusted Marth; Lang revealed the alleged rebellion was being led by Lorenz, a former ally of Marth's, which raised Marth's suspicions about the situation. Marth soon learned that Lorenz was trying to protect the Grustian heirs, Yuliya and Jubelo, from the Empire and that the uprising was in response to the harsh Archanean domination of the region, being general Lang's doing. Lorenz died from wounds sustained in an earlier battle, after entrusting the prince and princess to Marth and warning him of Hardin's change into a tyrant.
However, despite Marth's protests, Lang arrived and took the two heirs into his custody(as defiance would result in a war with Archanea), then commanded Marth to travel to Macedon and address another rebellion there, in which a military coup had taken Marth's former ally, Princess Minerva, prisoner. Marth's army successfully subdued the coup with the aid of Catria and Palla, but failed to find Minerva as she had already been taken away by her brother, Michalis. During this battle, Marth met Julian and learned of the mysterious disappearance of Minerva's sister Maria, and of the cleric Lena. He also encountered Linde, a mage of Archanea, who entrusted Marth with the Fire Emblem again on Nyna's orders, although she remained unaware of why Nyna did so, realizing that something terrible was coming.
Lang's next order to Marth was to recapture Yuliya and Jubelo, who had been freed from captivity in his castle by Ogma and were on the run; Marth, however, opposes to follow Lang's orders any further, and his defiance is taken as an act of war by Lang, who fled upon being challenged by Jagen. Marth's army moved to rescue Ogma and the children, adopting them into his army along with a mysterious masked knight known only to him as Sirius.
Though he seeks to get Hardin's support in removing the corrupt general, Caeda arrives breathless after they rescued the two royal heirs, surprising Marth that Hardin decided to support Lang and declared him a traitor as she informs Altea was attacked by the imperial army, with Gra and Aurelis ambushing them, with the Altean forces there wiped out and the castle fallen, with only she escaping as Elice remained behind to hold them off. It was then understood that everything was a setup in order for Marth to leave with his elite soldiers so that Altea would be defenseless.
In a bid to end the Archanean abuse of the Grustians, Marth led an attack on Olbern Keep, Lang's domain and the Archanean hold on Grust. After Lang is killed, Marth found Wendell imprisoned in the fortress, who told him of his quest to collect the lost pieces of the Starsphere to prevent the world from falling into ruin.
On Wendell's advice, Marth traveled to the Fane of Raman in a bid to find some of the shards, and though the residing thieves were driven away, they found the temple ransacked and most of the items stolen away, which Jagen commented would infuriate even Naga. Their next destination was Chiasmir, seeking to cross the bridge to avoid pursuit, only to find Hardin himself arriving with his forces, who approached Marth and announced his intent to crack down on all possible dissent against him. Learning that they cannot even harm Hardin because of mysterious power he possessed, Marth had no choice but to escape Chiasmir by sea, taking a ship north to Khadein.
As Marth resolves to find a way to pierce the dark protection his army had observed surrounded Hardin, he learns that Khadein mages were mounting an offense on them, forcing the Altean army to fight back and break into the sanctuary, with Archanea's pursuit close at their rear. During the battle he and Wendell found his friend Merric fighting his former classmate Elrean, who in a jealous fit toward Merric had seized control of Khadein and directed its army to attack Marth and Merric; he was also approached by Minerva, who had been tasked by Michalis with joining up with Marth to fight Hardin.
Soon managing to succeed in defeating them and Wendell managing to convince Elrean to stop fighting, Marth was contacted through magic by Gotoh, who told him of Hardin's fall to the Darksphere and requested he travel to the Ice Dragon Temple in the north in order to collect the Lightsphere, the only means of piercing the Darksphere's protection and saving Hardin.
Now making their way through Anri's Way to meet Gotoh, a path once traversed by Anri himself a century prior He travels the route through the Marmotord desert, the Flame Barrel graveyard and the frozen wastelands of the north, fighting degenerated wild dragons, collecting the Starsphere's shards and eventually being guided by Xane, who tells him the true history of Archanea, the manaketes and the creation of Falchion and Fire Emblem. Upon reaching the Ice Dragon Temple, Gotoh uses the twelve shards to reconstitute the Starsphere, giving both it and the Lightsphere to Marth to use against Hardin. He also allowed Marth to wake Tiki and take her with him on his journey, on the condition that Marth collected all five of the Emblem's spheres to restore its true power and allow Tiki to survive.
Gotoh sent Marth's army back to Altea with his warp magic, and Marth once again fought to free Altea from Archanean conquest. At the battle's end, Gotoh contacted him again to warn him of Gharnef's return, and that Gharnef was responsible for abducting Elice, Maria and Lena for reasons unknown, and that he likely sought to abduct Nyna next. Marth resolved to lead a march on the Archanean capital itself, to stop Hardin and get to Nyna before Gharnef abducted her; unbeknownst to him, Nyna had already been given away to Gharnef by Hardin himself.
Entering Gra, they battle the forces of Archanea and Gra, though Gra's soldiers had lost their will to fight. After defeating Archanea's forces and sparing the soldiers of Gra, thus earning Sheena and Samson's trust, Marth discusses his plans to try and reach Hardin faster, as their battles were only buying Hardin more time. He is then suggested that they avoid the route where Archanea's forces are concentrated by going through Adria Pass, for despite being perilous and having the chance of an ambush, it was the fastest course of action, to which Marth accepted, considering the fact they had traveled in Anri's Way prior.
Having gotten through Adria Pass and acquired the Lifesphere from Hardin's older brother, they then learn that a coup d'etat broke out and quickly put down in the palace and the prisoners were being quickly executed by the day, making Marth's forces rush the pace.
Now in the capital of Archanea, they battle the imperial army and then made their way into the palace for the final stand against Hardin. Marth defeats Hardin, and as he died his mind returned to him and he begged Marth to save Nyna and stop Gharnef. Having collected the final sphere from Hardin, all the orbs were gathered and the Fire Emblem was completed and restored as the Binding Shield. Marth was then approached by the four missing clerics, the but the Shield's power dispelled the magic surrounding the four and revealed them to have been Gharnef's priests that had an illusion cast over them to deceive Marth. Gotoh then arrived, and realizing that Gharnef was attempting to revive Medeus once more, they continue their battle by trying to locate Medeus and Gharnef.
He then heads to Dolhr where Gharnef lurks. En route he visited a village and encountered a severely wounded Michalis, who gave Starlight to Marth for use against Gharnef once more. In the Dragon's Table, Marth's army fought Gharnef once more and killed him, allowing Marth to finally reclaim Falchion from him, and so the group makes their way to the final room where Medeus was. However, when they finally reach the next chamber, they find out that Elice, Nyna, Maria, and Lena were all hypnotized and surrounding Medeus to be consumed for his complete revival, along with him being guarded by Earth Dragons. Jagen realizes that if they cannot free them from Medeus' control, then they would have no choice but to kill them to get to Medeus, which horrifies Marth, declaring that there has to be another way.
Determined to rescue the clerics, Marth had some of his allies work to awaken them while the Binding Shield emits a power that forces the Earth Dragons to retreat. Through the efforts of Merric, Sirius, Minerva, and Julian, the princesses were all freed from Medeus' control and thus clearing the way for him to kill Medeus with the Falchion for the second and final time.
Afterwards, as most of Archanea's noble houses were left in ruins, almost all of its surviving rulers ceded sovereignty over their territories to Marth himself, and so Marth united the continent as the United Kingdom of Archanea, serving as its first king while crowned as the fifth king of Altea with Caeda as his wife, and spends his time rebuilding Archanea with her in Pales, the capital of Archanea. Under Marth's reign, the continent experienced a golden era of peace and its wounds began to heal.
In New Mystery of the Emblem, the war also tells the tale of a beloved ally Kris who assisted Marth. After the battle, Marth vows to have their contributions know. Kris, not wanting the attention, tells Marth that it would be better for all of Archanea to believe that they were saved by one powerful warrior. Marth respects their decision to remain unknown, but vows to keep them close as a trusted ally for the rest of his life.
Two thousand years later in the era of Fire Emblem Awakening, Marth's tale has passed into legend and he is revered as the "Hero-King" and a legendary ruler. Chrom, member of the royal family of the Halidom of Ylisse, one of several post-unified Archanean nations, is said to be his distant descendant according to Tiki.
They continue to wield both Falchion and the Fire Emblem; however, they have disassembled the Binding Shield and now keep it apart, contrary to Marth's wishes. Much of Marth's history appears to have been forgotten, in favor of the First Exalt, an unknown figure who also wielded the Falchion and met Tiki, battling a figure called the fell dragon Grima.
Marth is a kindhearted yet incredibly idealistic leader and has subtle pacifist morals. Said morals are a result of him experiencing loss directly, as his sister has been kidnapped twice and parents killed. His idealism takes a toll on him, however, as he melancholically visits the graves of those whom have been killed as seen in New Mystery of the Emblem. While he would prefer avoiding a fight, he is more than willing to lay down his life alongside his comrades.
He has been shown to be overly trusting at times as he has been betrayed and almost killed by two comrades. Regardless, his faith in his people do have its benefits, as recruitment of an assortment of people from different backgrounds directly contributed to his success in both wars. Many find assurance placing their care in his leadership often after exchanging a few words.
Outside of his duties, Marth can be aloof and rather shy when it comes to personal relationships; after defeating Medeus in Shadow Dragon, Marth had trouble professing his love to Caeda, only doing so in the first place after some encouragement by Princess Nyna. And even after their engagement, Marth tends to be oblivious to the feelings that other girls have for him, such as Catria, Marisha, and so forth.
While Marth shares a passionate bond with Caeda that blossoms over the course of his story, the two often fret over each other's safety, even quarreling over the latter's involvement in the war. Could Marth have it his way, he would much prefer for Caeda to return home and await his return than risk losing her to the war. Nonetheless, he relents at her desire to remain close to his side and finds comfort with her presence.
Marth has also been shown to be extremely humble as reflected in his supports, to the point he gets somewhat bashful when complimented by his descendants. In addition, Marth often seeks consistent reassurance in his decisions, of which can be seen as both a flaw and a strength, as while it may hinder him at times, but reflects a open-mindedness to others opinions. Once resolved to a cause, he becomes a beacon of inspiration to those who fight alongside him.
|Sword - D||Rapier|
|Sword - D||Steel Sword|
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 Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, Marth starts with quite average bases, and as he will be used as a convoy and is the only character that can visit villages, he sometimes doesn't see too much combat. If trained, he will usually have high HP, speed and luck, but will end up with below average defensive stats. He will often do a lot of damage due to his rapier, which will be useful early-game, and could be useful late-game due to his decent offensive stats. Leveling him up should be easy, however, he has more important things to do than to kill enemies, and there are better units who can easily fill his place in combat. His biggest drawback is his lack of promotion, this takes out a needed one time boost to all of his stats. Marth has received a significant boost in New Mystery of the Emblem, with slightly higher bases, making him more usable throughout the game. The Binding Shield also give him an additional +2 points to all stats (If he has maxed out any of them, these bonuses will also stack), this allows him to be a more functional late-game unit.
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- Stats may differ depending on difficulty. Equipment is not obtained after recruitment.
|Sword - A||Exalted Falchion|
- Stats may differ depending on difficulty. Equipment is not obtained after recruitment.
- Prince Marth (SpotPass & DLC)
For the Aptitude skill, add +20% to all growth rates
Max Stat ModifiersEdit
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Max Stat Modifiers Edit
- As Lodestar
- Altean Prince
- Prince of Altea who fights for his homeland and deeply values his friends. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
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|A||Escape Route 1||-|
|Escape Route 2||Escape Route 1|
|Escape Route 3||Escape Route 2|
|C||Spur Spd 1||-|
|Spur Spd 2||Spur Spd 1|
|Spur Spd 3||Spur Spd 2|
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.
Marth is a mediocre sword unit who lacks any sort of specialty over the vast inhabitants of the Sword Infantry pool available. While he has respectable Atk and Spd, he is not as optimized as many of the later sword infantry units introduced long after him. Even his own weapon, Falchion, is shared with other units in its base form, preventing him from actually defining a niche for himself, at least in his original form.
Falchion, shared with Chrom, Lucina, Masked Marth, and Alm all carry the property of dealing effective damage against Dragon units. While this makes him a powerful check against the likes of normal Young Tiki, Adult Tiki, and Fae, he lacks the power to outright slay some of the more problematic ones like Legendary Tiki. Though it has a Renewal 2 effect, healing him 10 HP every three turns, the recovery is much too slow to make an impact and he lacks the bulk to make full usage of the recovery. However, Marth was blessed to be able to refine his Falchion, now having a Renewal 3 effect, healing him every two turns, retaining his ability to deal effective damage against dragons, and now granting a powerful buff to allies within two spaces of himself, boosting their four core stats by 2 during combat. Marth has now become a universal buffing unit and can help lead his allies to victory over enemies thanks to his boost. While it is a small boost, it can often push his allies over the edge to eliminate some problematic enemies.
Pivot is his Support skill, allowing him to move himself to the opposite adjacent space of an ally he interacts with, which is not quite as applicable on his type of movement as an armor unit, but it works in some situations. Escape Route allows Marth to escape danger to an adjacent title of an ally once his health is under 50%. Spur Speed grants +4 Spd to allies during combat. This will stack on his Falchion's effect, effectively granting an ally +6 Spd.
In general, Blue units are Marth's biggest weakness. Bulky Blue units like Tana, Ephraim, Effie, and Hinoka barely feel any damage from him. His low Res also does him no favors when facing common blue mages like Reinhardt, Delthea, Linde, and L'Arachel. Even Blue Dragon units like Nowi and Female Corrin can survive a hit and counter him if they run Triangle Adept.
Skill Inheritance OptionsEdit
Marth's supportive effect from his refined Falchion makes him a great candidate for another Drive Skill for his Skill C as the bonus from the Drive skill stacks on top of the Falchion refine, giving the focused stat +5 while the other three gain +2. This can be further pushed if he runs either the Drive Attack or Drive Defense Seals. giving him two focused stats with +5 and the other two get +2.
The Falchion's passive Renewal 3 means that he can perform the role of a Cleric effectively through using Reciprocal Aid or Ardent Sacrifice. Luna and Moonbow are great Special skills as none of his stats are good enough to run Stat reliant specials and his solid speed means that he can double enemies and speed the countdown. Fury is a decent Skill A as the flat stat boost pushes him into a higher combat tier and the Falchion ensures that he can keep his health up at all times. Renewal stacks on the Falchion healing, giving him an impressive 20 HP recovery every other turn though Quick Riposte or Swordbreaker helps him in combat to ensure double attacks on counterattack or to improve his combat against Sword units.
- Altean Groom
- Prince of Altea who fights for his homeland. Dressed as a groom to participate in a festival. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
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|Drive Atk 2||Drive Atk 1|
- Prince of Altea. After the War of Shadows and the War of Heroes, he becomes the first king of the Archanean Alliance. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
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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.
As the most recognizable character in the franchise, Marth's original form does not live up to the legacy he has had on the franchise in Heroes. Blessed as a Fire Legendary Hero, Marth's full power has been unleashed into Heroes as a true powerhouse Sword infantry unit who fully executes the legend he is regarded as in lore. He has among the best offenses of any Falchion user with a moderate 34 Atk and 36 Spd base, he is able to dish out incredible damage against most enemies and double attack. His physical bulk is decent too at a modest 72, though his magical bulk is lacking.
Marth wields the Exalted Falchion, bringing his base offensive stats to 50/39 and provides the dragon damage bonus effect. While it loses its base form's Renewal effect, instead it doubles any visible buffs he receives during combat. Thus a Hone Spd 3 buff of 4 becomes 8 during combat. Each stat are calculated independently, but he can achieve incredible results depending on his team composition and synergy with units like Brave Lucina or Legendary Azura.
Marth has two unique skills the first being Fire Emblem which deals 30% of his Spd as bonus damage and, after combat resolves even if he dies, all allies and Legendary Marth himself receives a visible +4 buff to all of their stats when it activates. It has a two attack cooldown, thus he is able to use it with some regularity. His second skill is Binding Shield which operates similarly to most breaker skills, but targets dragon units specifically. Not only does he gain a guaranteed follow up attack, he completely prevents the dragon unit from counterattacking, making him a potent dragons layer that can topple even some of the most problematic dragon units, even the likes of Legendary Tiki when he initiates. If they are able to attack him, he will also negate their ability to double onto him even if they have a skill like Bold Fighter equipped. Unlike other breaker skills, Binding Shield does not have a HP threshold, thus he always will have it active.
Attack Speed Bond boosts his already impressive Atk/Spd by 5, bringing them to a neutral 55/44, so long as he is adjacent to an ally during combat. Infantry Flash grants a special effect to infantry allies within two spaces. If their Spd is greater than the opponent's, they will gain an accelerated special cooldown for each attack. This largely benefits high Spd allies and as long as they are at least higher in Spd by 1 than their opponent, they gain this acceleration effect, though it does not stack on the likes of a Slaying weapon that already has the effect.
In his base kit, Marth is a powerful dragon killer and can instantly answer and dispose of such enemies by himself. He does have the flexibility to venture out of this role, though this will largely involve luxury investments. However, even as a standard hyper offensive character, Legendary Marth can lead the charge with impressive results.
Regardless of his amazing offense, a Blue unit with decent enough bulk, barring Legendary Tiki or Female Corrin, are able to take his attacks and can retaliate through color advantage. His magical bulk is lacking so units like Ophelia, Reinhardt, or Ishtar are easily able to tear through him. Swordbreaker units can also effectively shut down his Spd advantage and can run through him easily. Most ranged units can easily engage on him without much trouble as he is seldom run with Distant Counter and he is vulnerable to most Ploy skills and some Panic users, which does hamper his performance if they are able to debuff him.
Skill Inheritance OptionsEdit
As normal, Reposition is a standard inheritance to fill the only missing skill in his base kit, the Support slot, thus granting him excellent supportive positioning abilities. Those who wish to retain his Dragonslayer role can simply take this and he is good to go.
The more adventurous can choose to hyper charge his stats with skills like Fury for its base stat improvements in exchange for some recoil. While he cannot recover from this on his own like most Falchion users can, he can instead use it to fuel skills like Desperation or Wrath for immediate follow-ups or further accelerated cooldowns and bonus special damage respectively. While Infantry Pulse is decent of a choice, Marth should instead take a Wave skill, namely Odd/Even Speed Wave as the boost to his Spd will fuel his Special and a proper partner can help move this buff to other stats.
- Royal Altean Duo
- Marth and Elice enjoying a brief moment of relaxation. After a long period of struggle, these siblings are entering a new phase of their lives. Appear in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
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|Daring Fighter 3||Daring Fighter 2|
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|Joint Hone Spd||Hone Atk 3|
Winter Marth brings his sister Elice with him into battle as a colorless Bow Armor unit. Within no time he easily overshadowed the only other representative of his weapon/unit type combination, Halloween Jakob mainly due to a much more optimized statline for offense, though at the cost of some bulk in exchange. However, this can be somewhat of a misleading statement as he can match his bulk and further improve his offensive prowess thanks in part to his main weapon. Add on his Duo skill and he is a powerful unit to acquire mainly for those seeking to build armor teams or have him fight alongside powerful Flier units.
Tanngrisnir boosts his Spd by 3 and has the standard flier effective damage. Its more notable unique effect is that if he has received any sort of buff such as through a Hone/Rally skill or the Armor March effect, he gains an additional +3 to his four core stats in battle plus he accelerates his special cooldown. As such, he greatly values allies who can give him whatever sort of buffs he can get to maintain the effect.
His Duo Skill grants Armor and Flier allies a visible +3 buff to their core stats plus a Bonus Doubler effect, effectively granting his allies a +6 to their core stats. It is also worth mentioning that the effect also applies to himself, making him that much more dangerous when activated since it will then stack on Tanngrisnir, leading to a massive +9 to his stats. While this may occur only once during a non-Aether Raids battle, it can certainly secure a kill on even the most problematic opponents.
He has his legendary form's unique Fire Emblem Special benefiting off 30% of his neutral 36 Spd as added true damage to his attacks. As an added bonus, it also will grant +4 to the core stats of himself and all allies on the map, which further benefits from the Bonus Doubler effective for a potential +11 to his and his allies cores stats.
Attack Speed Form grants him bonus Atk/Spd based on the number of allies within two spaces of himself x2 +1, reaching a maximum of +7 in combat bonuses to those stats. He debut Daring Fighter which not only ignores skills that disables follow-up attacks from him, but also adds on a Desperation if his HP is at most 80%. Finally Joint Hone Spd grants a visible +5 Spd buff to himself and any ally adjacent to him at the start of a turn.
As a self buffer, any means to reverse it via Panic Ploy can turn his greatest strengths into a weakness as a majority of the skill's users easily go over his neutral 42 HP. Luckily as an opponent, he will not use his Duo skill even in the Arenas or Aether Raids, thus removing a majority of what makes him a potent threat. Still, users of Raven tomes like both Robins, Sophia, and Lyon can inflict color weaknesses onto him and further severely reduce his damage with Triangle Adept equipped. His armor status as well as being colorless leaves him vulnerable to all armor slaying users, especially all of Micaiah's forms who exploit his much lower Res.
Skill A can be replaced with various in battle skills that do not rely on his allies being positioned near him such as Attack Speed Solo or Swift Sparrow. Distant Counter is also a worthy consideration as he has decent enough bulk to sustain a hit or two. Skill C can be replaced with Armor March as it is another means to buff himself to activate his weapon's effects for himself plus it helps him out when he is on an armor team as well. Armored Stride is also worthy to consider if not running him on that sort of team as well so he can just buff himself so long as he remains separated from his allies.
- Legacied Hero
- Prince of Altea and inheritor of the Hero Anri's blade, as well as the duty it represents. Great-grandson of Marcelus. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
|Draconic Aura||Dragon Gaze||-||-|
|B||Chill Def 1||-|
|Chill Def 2||Chill Def 1|
|Chill Def 3||Chill Def 2|
|C||25px Spd/Def Oath 1||-||-|
|25px Spd/Def Oath 2||25px Spd/Def Oath 1||-|
|25px Spd/Def Oath 3||25px Spd/Def Oath 2|
|Sword - E||Exalted Falchion|
- See also: Marth/Warriors Supports
Fire Emblem OVAEdit
Originally, in the English localization of the original video animation (OVA), Marth was referred to as "Mars", but following with the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Nintendo of America officially localized his name as "Marth". However, in Melee's debug menu, which was written and programmed by the game's Japanese developer, his name is listed as "Mars". In contrast with the games, he is given the surname 'Lowell' in the anime.
The anime was based on Mystery of the Emblem; production ended after only two episodes were finished. The anime follows the events of the game, recounting Marth's journey to liberate Akanea and kill Medeus.
Super Smash Bros. seriesEdit
Marth, alongside Roy, were the first Fire Emblem characters to appear to a western audience due their appearance as playable characters in Super Smash Bros. Melee. Alongside the commercial success of Advance Wars, their favorable appearance in Melee contributed to the initial interest in the Fire Emblem franchise, leading to a international release of the seventh game, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, simply known as Fire Emblem.
Marth is among a very few selection of characters in Smash that lacks projectiles, focusing on fast swordplay at close range. All incarnations of Marth in Smash has him wielding Falchion as his main weapon. It has a special property where attacking an enemy with the tip of Falchion deals greater damage than any other part of his sword. Throughout the franchise, Marth has been considered a powerful close range fighter who has a high skill cap, but is incredibly potent when mastered. While the validity of tier lists of the power and skill range of smash characters are hotly contested in all Smash games, Marth has consistently been considered one of the strongest characters in all of his appearances and has been competitively viable in most eSports competitions.
Super Smash Bros.Edit
While Marth or any Fire Emblem content didn't make an appearance in the original Super Smash Bros., according to an interview from Making of Fire Emblem: 25 Years In Development, series creator Masahiro Sakurai stated that he wanted Marth to appear as a playable character, but was unable to due to time constraints.
Marth is unlocked in Melee by clearing or failing Classic mode with the 14 starting characters or participating in 400 Vs. matches, or by using each of the 14 starting characters at least once in Vs. matches (not including CPU players). His appearance is designed after his Mystery of the Emblem artwork. As such, his gloves are different and he wears pants for the first time in a Game.
Marth returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an unlockable character. Similar to Melee Marth can be unlocked if the player participates in 10 Vs matches, clears Classic mode once on any difficulty, or by recruiting him in the Subspace Emissary. Marth retains his Melee design but with much more detail and a few tweaks to his moveset (most notably, his Neutral special move, Shield Breaker).
For 3DS and Wii UEdit
—Marth's Aliases on Punch-Out stage.
Marth returns in Super Smash Bros. For 3DS and Wii U. Marth's appearance has been changed to be near identical to his design in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. However, the Falchion retains its original design rather than the DS remake model of the sword. Also, what appears to be the insignia of Naga is embroidered onto his cape. For the first time, Marth is a starter character in both versions.
Marth returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Marth retains his Smash 4 design but has been given subtle design changes to make him appear closer to his appearance in recent FE games such as Warriors and Heroes, such as his color scheme, crown, gauntlets, armor, cape, and boots. He is noted to have received several increases in speed to his moveset, most notably his Dancing Blade special, but in exchange has more difficulty landing his powerful tipper sweetspot. For the first time in the Smash franchise, Marth now speaks in English, voiced by Yuri Lowenthal who had voiced him in Fates, Heroes, Warriors, and in Code Name S.T.E.A.M., much like his fellow Archanea Series characters from the Awakening timeline.
(Note: All custom special move variations are exclusive to Smash 4.)
- Neutral Special - Shield Breaker: Marth's standard special move. In Melee, this was performed as an downward-arcing vertical slash. In Brawl, it was changed into Marth's standard thrust move from his battle animations in the Fire Emblem universe. The move can be charged in place and will initiate once the player lets go of the special attack button. The longer the move is charged, it will do more damage and has a higher chance of breaking a shield if the opponent is shielding, leaving them stunned for a short period of time. Unlike most charge moves, Marth's Shield Breaker cannot be stored for later use.
- Custom Neutral Special 1 - Storm Thrust: Marth's thrusting animation gains a small whirlwind in front of him, giving the attack a strong push effect in exchange for severely reduced damage.
- Custom Neutral Special 2 - Dashing Assault/Assault Dash: Marth gains a lunging property to his thrust, but the attack has reduced damage including to shields. The attack itself deals slightly more damage if used in the air.
- Side Special - Dancing Blade: Marth's side special move. Marth performs a series of different slashes depending on the button input by the player. After performing the standard Side Special input, the player can press the special button while pressing up, down, or forward, up to 4 attacks. With all the different move variations, Marth can perform 18 different versions of the Dancing Blade move. High variations are outlined with blue streaks, middle variations are outlined with red streaks, and low variations are outlined with green streaks.
- Custom Side Special 1 - Effortless Blade/Easy Combination: Marth's combo is executed much quicker. However, it has low damage output and low knockback, and he cannot execute high or low variations, meaning only the neutral combination strikes are available.
- Custom Side Special 2 - Heavy Blade/Heavy Combination: Marth's combo is executed much slower but has higher damage and knockback. Due to the higher knockback, all four strikes link together poorly.
- Up Special - Dolphin Slash: Marth's stage recovery move. Marth performs an extremely quick, leaping vertical slash that launches him almost straight up. However it has little horizontal movement making it difficult to recover from the sides of the screen.
- Custom Up Special 1 - Crescent Slash: Marth propels himself with a curving diagonal trajectory, and deals more damage late into the move rather than earlier. In exchange, he has lower vertical distance and more landing lag.
- Custom Up Special 2 - Dolphin Jump/Dolphin High Jump: Marth propels himself much higher than its base form, however he can only ascend directly upward, and the move does not deal any damage.
- Down Special - Counter: Marth's down special move. Marth takes a defensive stance and his body flashes for a few seconds. If any character attacks him with a non-projectile move up close, Marth will reflect the damage. In Melee Marth's counter will deal at least 1% to a maximum of 7% in reflect damage depending on the strength of the move the Marth is countering. In Brawl, Marth's counter will deal x1.1 of the damage he would have received with a minimum 8% should the counter deal less than 8%. In Smash 4 and Ultimate, the counter's damage multiplier is x1.2. Marth can counter/negate items thrown at him using this move, however projectiles with explosive properties cannot be reflected and will detonate on him if he tries to reflect these.
- Custom Down Special 1 - Easy Counter: Marth's counter lasts significantly longer but has a lowered damage multiplier (x0.7) and low knockback.
- Custom Down Special 2 - Iai Counter: Marth's counter lasts for a shorter amount of time and has a slightly longer recovery period. However, it starts up almost instantly, has a higher damage multiplier (x1.3), and much higher knockback. Upon a successful counter, Marth will move past his target in a single stroke, sending them in the opposite direction.
- Final Smash - Critical Hit: Critical Hit is an extremely fast and powerful Final Smash. After raising his sword, Marth quickly rushes forward, instantly blowing away all enemies he comes in contact with off screen. A Health Meter appears, which rapidly decreases to zero, though this is purely an aesthetic. Arguably the most powerful Final Smash, not just for the 60% damage if it connects, but for the knockback effect, able to offscreen KO Bowser, the heaviest character in the game, even when he is at 0% from the opposite edge of a medium sized stage. It can also be launched in the air and he will still propel him straight forward. However, Marth risks flying offscreen using this move and self-destructing. The move can be cancelled by pressing the special attack again to interrupt his dash.
Wii U InfoEdit
|Name||Image||Artwork from||Effect in The Subspace Emissary|
|Marth||Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem||[Weapon] - Attack +19|
Usable by: Marth, Ike
Snake's conversation About MarthEdit
A fellow Super Smash Bros. Brawl character, Snake, can call one of his trusted partners for information on any character he fights. This is what is discussed about Marth:
Mei Ling: Snake, have you heard the saying "Politics makes strange bedfellows"?
Snake: Don't tell me that's a Chinese proverb.
Mei Ling: Err, no... It means that when the going gets tough, you might need unexpected partnerships in order to succeed. Marth was a prince whose kingdom was usurped. He didn't even have an army to fight with him. But as he battled his way forward, he found new allies to fight at his side, and in the end, he was able to reunite the war-torn land of Altea.
Snake: So he built his army from the ranks of his defeated enemies.
Mei Ling: Marth did his share of fighting, too. Even when he had an army, he was always alongside his men in the thick of battle. Then he was betrayed by one of his most trusted friends. I can't imagine how that feels...
Snake: ...I can.
Palutena's Guidance is featured in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and is similar to Snake's Codec in Brawl. Pit holds a special conversation with Palutena and Viridi to comment on one of Pit's opponents, giving him helpful tips about their strengths and weaknesses. This feature is based on the numerous chapter dialogue in Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Pit: Get a load of Mr. Fancy Pants here.
Viridi: Is that jealousy I detect in your voice, Pit?
Pit: Why would I be jealous of Marth?
Viridi: Well, he's a prince, for starters. A handsome prince. And you're just—
Palutena: Anyway, Prince Marth's most dangerous attack comes from the tip of his sword. Avoid his blade at midrange.
Pit: So I should either attack from a distance or get up close and personal.
Palutena: He's got a counter as well, so be on guard when you go hand to hand. If you're attacking from afar, use items to improve your chances.
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.Edit
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. is compatible with the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U amiibo of Fire Emblem characters. When scanned, a S.T.E.A.M. version of Marth will appear in game. Marth wields the Falchion which deals heavy damage to single targets near him. He also wields a Rapier to strike weak spots much more easily. Marth's special ability in game is Lodestar which heals a substantial amount of health to his nearby allies. He is voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
|Marth||This extraordinary young man claims to be a king and renowned swordsman from another world. The former claim is impossible to verify-the later I will devoutly attest to.|
|Milton on Marth||Marth seems to have stepped directly from the pages of one of the Grimm brothers' household tales. While out of place in our modern world, his regalia is undeniably stylish. If only there were a place where similarly clothed people could convene and play in such costumes...|
Super Mario MakerEdit
Marth appears in the Wii U version of Super Mario Maker as a special Mystery Mushroom costume. He is unlocked either by completing a 100-Mario Challenge or scanning a Marth amiibo.
Monster Hunter GenerationsEdit
Marth appears late in the game in spirit form. In the game's final battle, Marth lends his strength to Itsuki Aoi and grants him the use of the SP Skill Naga's Blessing, which prevents all damage to the player's party for one turn.
Marth appears as an Einherjar, phantom warriors of ancient heroes created by magical cards. Old Hubba summons Prince Marth, alongside Ike and Alm, to help Chrom take care of a group of out of control Einherjar. After Chrom's success, Old Hubba asks for further assistance in the future, since there were still more out of control Einherjar, and, to thank him, sends Prince Marth to join Chrom's party. While talking with Chrom's tactician, Marth mentions one day showing them his homeland, apparently not realizing his true nature. In spite of being referenced as Prince Marth, he shows knowledge of a certain warrior from the War of Heroes and acknowledges his Hero-King title.
Other versions of MarthEdit
An aggressive Prince Marth, who had a different appearance from the first one, as noted by Chrom, is an enemy in later battles in Hubba's Outrealm. Another Prince Marth is a member of the Archanean army fighting in an Outrealm that resembles Grannvale. When he is about to be sealed away, he notices the justice in Chrom's actions. A third Prince Marth appears in an Outrealm that resembles an abandoned fortress in Tellius as a member of the united forces of light under Sigurd.
King Marth, leading the Archanean army, waged an endless war against Seliph, King of Jugdral, in an Outrealm that resembled Grannvale. Convinced that Chrom's party was summoned to help Archanea's troops, King Marth chooses to trust them. With their help, the Archanean army defeats Jugdral's forces. However, Chrom's army soon returns under the guise of summoned troops once again, but this time fighting against the united Archanean and Valentian Army leading to their defeat. However, in the third battle, where Chrom's group finally would be able to seal the Einherjar, King Marth makes an alliance with Jugdral's forces. They considered the troops from outside of that Outrealm a bigger menace to peace. In spite of that, they're all eventually defeated and sealed forever.
Marth traveled through a world where people fought for the excitation of combat and to better themselves, rather than for conquest. He heard a voice calling for him, suddenly finding himself in a Castle in the Astral Realm. He was helped by the people there and afterwards introduced himself and thanked the lord of the castle before departing curious to see that new world. Later, Marth returns to the castle and shows interest in the lord's abilities, expressing his wish to face and bond with Corrin in combat.
|Flickering Flames||Deals flame damage to enemies directly ahead, and gradually recovers the user's HP for 15 seconds.|
|Fire Emblem||Deals flame damage to enemies in a line, and activates "Skill Shift" if the attack connects. Phase I increases the user's strength by 10% for 10 seconds. Phase II increases the entire team's strength by 10% for 10 seconds. Phase III increases the entire team's strength by 10% and their attack rate by 30% for 10 seconds.|
|Dragon Haste||Increases dragon gauge fill rate by 15%. Benefits your whole team.|
|Last Boost||Fills 100% of the entire team's skill gauges when the user's HP drops to 30% (once per quest). This does not fill the skill gauges of dragons.|
|Stun Res||Reduces susceptibility to stun by 100%.|
|Flurry Devastation||Increases critical rate by 13% when the combo count is 15 or higher.|
Marth is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:
Red cards benefit from playing many Low Cost Units, generally 2 or lower, and the Hero King is no exception. His Series 1 SR has a more powerful Rally when compared to other characters' Rally skills, as Marth's continues into the opponent's turn, and as such is a great defensive tool in case your Rallied Units couldn't kill the opposing Main Character. His Series 4 SR, meanwhile, gives the Marth player a choice to add any Cost 2 or lower Unit that successfully Supports him to your hand on your turn, meaning you can potentially gain more Critical Hit/Evade cards that may save you later on. His Starter Deck exclusive allows you to pull enemy Rearguard Units to the Vanguard whenever a Cost 2 or lower Unit is deployed, giving you an easy way to stop your opponent from hiding all their supportive cards - or even their Main Character - behind cannon fodder. While slightly less powerful, his low Cost cards still bring strength to the table as well. His Cost 2 card gains 10 ATK while you have two or more Red Units Deployed, and his sister Elice's card gives him an additional 10 ATK while she's on the Field, meaning it can be very easy to get a low Cost 70 ATK Unit on the Field when playing a Red Deck. His Series 1 HN card is somewhat lackluster in comparison, but has the ability to move one enemy Unit per turn while he is Deployed to the Vanguard in addition to the Double Orb Breaker Hero's Emblem. His Series 4 N card, meanwhile, has the Emblem of Destiny, allowing you to draw a card and then place a card from your hand on top of your deck, meaning you can avoid self-Supports in battle. It also has an ability allowing you to look at one of your Orb cards, letting you know what to take should your Main Character take a hit in battle. As for his Promo cards, both have the Rapier Skill, giving them an extra 10 ATK when attacking an Armored or Mounted Unit. His Cost 2 Promo allows you to move a Cost 2 or lower Enemy Unit when he is Deployed, while his 3/2 Promo allows you to move any Enemy Unit at the cost of 2 Bonds, making him a useful disruption tool. Overall, Marth, like many Red cards, will benefit greatly from a deck using many Low Cost Units, such as Elice or the Cost 1 Maria Card.
Marth appears on a t-shirt called Marth tee as part of the Miitomo x Fire Emblem collaboration event. The artwork featured on the shirt is from Fire Emblem Heroes.
Mystery of the EmblemEdit
—Marth standing up to Lang in Chapter 3
—Marth in Prologue I
—Marth's death/game over quote
If Caeda is alive (Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem only):
- Marth: "Forgive me...my friends..."
- Caeda: "Ah! Marth, don't leave me!"
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Edit
- "He's busy restoring his country."
Mystery of the Emblem Edit
Book 1 Edit
- "He returned to the war-devastated Altea and worked to restore his homeland. Recently he has been making preparations to succeed the throne."
Book 2 Edit
- "He became the 5th King of Altea and, as the leader of the unified Kingdom of Archanea, worked tirelessly to restore the devastated nations."
- Altean Prince
- "Marth returned to war-torn Altea and devoted all his energy to restoring the kingdom to its former glory. He was later crowned king."
New Mystery of the EmblemEdit
- Altean Prince (True Ending)
- "Marth was crowned the fifth king of Altea. As the leader of the United Kingdom of Archanea, He worked tirelessly to help rebuild the ruined kingdom."
Altean Prince (Bad Ending)
- "Marth ascended as the fifth king of Altea. He worked tirelessly to reconstruct the ruined land, but soon had to fight another war against the revived shadow dragon..."
'Marth' is a corruption of 'Mars,' the Roman god of war, by which name he is called in the anime. However, this choice of name is ironic, as their personalities are not similar. The god Mars was described as uncontrollable and violent, whereas Marth's character is more suited to to romanticized perceptions of medieval nobility. The official romanization of 'Marth' comes from the fact that the Japanese language uses the same phonetic to represent "th" and "s" sounds. Marth is also a surname of French/German origin, derived from St. Martinus.
His anime-exclusive last name, "Lowell," means "Little Wolf."
- Marth and Sigurd are the only two Fire Emblem Lords that cannot promote in their base games.
- However, he can promote in Warriors as a Lodestar, which is his base class in Awakening and Fates.
- While his circlet appears to be his in the games, the anime implies it is a memento given to him by his sister Elice and in the manga it is a gift from Caeda. In Heroes, Marth attests to this, saying it was a gift from someone close to him.
- Marth has starred in more Fire Emblem games than any other Fire Emblem protagonist.
- If the player starts Mystery of the Emblem Book 2 with the save created after completing Book 1, Marth will have the Fire Emblem icon near his name and will have the shield on his battle model, despite not actually having the Fire Emblem at the moment. If the player starts a new game directly at Book 2, neither will be present until after Chapter 2.
- Marth is the only Outrealm character in Awakening to not be built from the Avatar creation system, instead being identical to Lucina's disguise, just without the mask.
- Marth speaks Japanese in all releases of Super Smash Bros. Melee, Brawl, and 3DS/Wii U, not having English voice clips in the series until Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where he's voiced by Yuri Lowenthal.
- Marth's first game appearance with English voice acting is in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.
- Marth shares his Fates voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, with Ricken from Awakening, Kiragi from Fates, one of the Fates male Corrin voices, as well as Merric, Eliwood and Bramimond in Heroes.
- Marth is the only character that can wield all three versions of Falchion in Awakening. He is also the only SpotPass/DLC character capable of using Prf rank weapons.
- Marth's Awakening DLC artwork depicts him wielding a Rapier.
- In Awakening, Marth is the only unit to have access to the Lodestar class.
- The units that join the fight alongside Prince Marth as a SpotPass character from Shadow Dragon represent some of his allies:
- 3 Paladins (Cain, Abel, and Jagen)
- 1 Sniper (Gordin)
- 1 General (Draug)
- 1 Falcon Knight (Caeda)
- 1 War Monk (Wrys)
- Marth's amiibo Hero Battle team in Fates is also based on some of his allies from Shadow Dragon, albeit at lower levels/ranks than in Awakening:
- 1 Paladin (Jagen)
- 2 Paired Up Cavaliers (Cain and Abel)
- 1 Archer (Gordin)
- 1 Knight (Draug)
- 1 Sky Knight (Caeda)
- Excluding units from Three Houses, Marth is one of the few units whose status screen portrait changes at some point of the game, a trait he shares with Alm, Celica, Ike, Sothe, Volke, Micaiah, Kris and Lucina. His change happens between the Prologue and Chapter 1 of Shadow Dragon.
- The "Choose Your Legends" event of Fire Emblem Heroes revealed that his Shadow Dragon incarnation was 12th place out of 791 with 15,877 votes, while his Mystery of the Emblem incarnation was 33rd place out of 791 with 8,670 votes. This makes him the highest scoring character from both games, with his Shadow Dragon self being the 6th most popular male character overall.
- See main article: Marth/Gallery.