“Don’t be a child. There are no right paths; just mine and yours, two that will never cross.”
—Michalis to Minerva in Shadow Dragon

Michalis is an enemy character in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, an NPC in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and a playable character in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem. He is the prince, and later king, of Macedon. He is also the older brother of Minerva and Maria.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Michalis murders his own father, King Osmond of Macedon, because he believes that he was a weak ruler and allowed Archanea to push them around. It is also implied that Gharnef might have played off Michalis's ambitions. He is eager to prove that Macedon is the strongest nation on the continent of Archanea and has the right to conquer every other country, thus he agreed to form an alliance with the Dolhr Empire. Noticing the possibility of conflict with Minerva, he manipulates Maria into being captured by Grust, which uses her as a hostage against her older sister. However, he feels remorse for this, despite his lack of such for killing his father. He originally plans to fight against Dolhr once Macedon becomes the most powerful nation, but he loses sight of this goal the longer that he works with them. When Matthis first meets Marth in Shadow Dragon, he initially believes that Marth will kill him because Michalis "puts the most scared-looking soldiers on the front line for a reason" and kills those who defy him. However, Michalis is tolerant with Gotoh, who continues to warn him that he is walking on the path of destruction. He finally faces Minerva in a battle that results in him becoming badly wounded and being presumed to have died.

In Mystery of the Emblem, it is revealed that Maria tended to him with utmost care while in tears, and this act of kindness healed his soul. He describes Maria as looking like an angel during this time, although he does not believe in deities. When he hears about Maria's disappearance, he works alone in his search for her. He feels that finding Maria is the only way that he can repent for his crimes. Early in the game, he rescues Minerva from Rucke and the Macedonian soldiers under him who overthrew her in a coup. After bringing Minerva to Khadein, he sends her to join up with Marth. Although he is unable to save Maria from Gharnef, he manages to steal the Starlight spell from him, but receives deep wounds in return. He gives the spell book to Marth before finally succumbing to his wounds.

However, Michalis can survive in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem by having Minerva wait one turn on the village he is in, followed by having Marth visit it. Due to his sheer will, Michalis is able to recover and join Marth's army. After the war, accounts say that he either resumed his position as King of Macedon, or later becomes the king of a country on a different continent.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
Dragon Knight
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
12371181101901510
WeaponStarting Items
Sword
Lance
Javelin

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
Dragon Knight
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
2040169128200-10
WeaponStarting Items
Sword
Lance
Silver Lance
Iote's Shield*

*Dropped when defeated.

It should be noted, that in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, he moves around the map rather than sitting on the castle gate making him more of a threat. A generic Dragon Knight takes his place in guarding the castle.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FE11 Dracoknight (Enemy) Map Sprite.gifDracoknight
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
12371418110193-
WeaponStarting Items
Lance - B
Axe - A
FE11silverlance.pngSilver Lance
FE11javelin.pngJavelin
Iote's Shield*
*Dropped when defeated.

Starting Class
FE11 Dracoknight (Enemy) Map Sprite.gifDracoknight
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
125519110190193-
WeaponStarting Items
Lance - A
Axe - A
FE11bravelance.pngBrave Lance
FE11javelin.pngJavelin**
Iote's Shield*

*Dropped when defeated.

**Javelin has a Might of 11 and a Hit of 90.

Overall[edit | edit source]

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As a boss on Normal mode, Michalis is considered easy for so late in the game even though his major weakness of being a Dracoknight has been annulled. His stats are lackluster for being on such a high level and having very low resistance makes him susceptible to being taken out in one blow by a magic attack. Since he has the Iote's Shield, arrows and Excalibur do not inflict bonus damage on him.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Recruitment[edit | edit source]

  • Chapter 21: Minerva must Wait on the Village in the Chapter before the end of turn 15. Then Visit the Village with Marth. Michalis will then join from the Battle Preparations in Chapter 22.
  • Downloadable Episode 1 - Wind and Thunder: Automatically from turn 2.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Starting Class
FEDS Dracoknight Map Sprite.gifDracoknight
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
12421912222220510
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Lance.pngLance - B
FE12 Axe.pngAxe - B
FE11silverlance.pngSilver Lance
FE11javelin.pngJavelin

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

Dracoknight

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 60% 0% 60% 55% 20% 40% 10%

Paladin

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 65% 0% 65% 40% 20% 45% 5%

Sniper

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 60% 0% 60% 60% 20% 40% 0%

Swordmaster

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 60% 0% 60% 60% 20% 35% 5%

Sage/Bishop

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 35% 20% 60% 50% 20% 15% 30%

Support Relationships[edit | edit source]

Supports

Supported by

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Michalis can make a decent unit at Endgame if you really need somebody to fill in for a mission. However, his base luck is very low, along with his growth rate. A Goddess Icon or two can support him well, even if he is still prone to critical hits. It is recommended to give him a Brave weapon for optimal performance.

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Ambitious King
King of Macedon who had great ambitions for his country. Murdered his father. Brother to Minerva and Maria. Appears in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rarity:

✯✯✯
Heroes Michalis Sprite (3*).pngTitle
Ambitious King
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
39
7
30
6
23
8
31
3
16
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Steel AxeFEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Michalis Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Ambitious King
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
40
8
32
6
24
9
33
3
17
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Silver Axe
FEH skill special.png Rising Thunder
FEH Axe.png Axe
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Michalis Sprite (4* & 5*).pngTitle
Ambitious King
Group
Heroes Flying.png Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
43
15
34
7
26
9
35
7
19
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Silver Axe
FEH skill special.png Rising Thunder
FEH Axe.png Axe

Skills[edit | edit source]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Axe---
Steel Axe-FEH Star Rarity 3.png-
Silver AxeSteel AxeFEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
HauteclereSilver Axe-FEH Star Rarity 5.png
FEH skill special.pngRising Thunder-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
Blazing ThunderRising Thunder-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
AFEH Iote's Shield.png Iote's Shield-FEH Star Rarity 4.png
CFEH Threaten Def 1.png Threaten Def 1--
FEH Threaten Def 2.png Threaten Def 2FEH Threaten Def 1.png Threaten Def 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Threaten Def 3.png Threaten Def 3FEH Threaten Def 2.png Threaten Def 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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Base Kit[edit | edit source]

Michalis is an early Book I Grand Hero Battle Axe Flier unit who has unfortunately fallen off overtime due to the plethora of better units available at the time and with time. His worth comes from being a physically bulky mobile unit thanks to the freedom of movement of being a Flier unit and a modest physical bulk score of 78. He does have a solid Atk stat as well at 34 neutral allowing him to hit decently hard. Unfortunately a mixture of mid-low Spd at 26 and a low 19 Res leaves him vulnerable to mages and most fast units in general. While Michalis may not been groundbreaking by any means, he can ultimately be a solid tank under the right circumstances, though he needs a lot of outside help to reach that level.
He shares the Hauteclere Axe with his sister, thus sharing the same effect of accelerating his special cooldown. When refined with its effect, he deals an additional 10 true damage on top of his special skill damage when it activates, leading to some explosive damage.
Blazing Thunder deals damage equal to 1.5x of his 50 Atk to enemies within an Area of Effect calculcated against their Def stat. He can deal significant damage with it, but does not apply the Hauteclere Refine bonus damage. Iote's Shield removes his weakness to Bows and other flier effective weapons, making the former less of a threat and improves his overall physical bulkiness. It can be substituted into his Seal Skill, but it is perfectly fine remaining as is. Threaten Defense inflicts Def-5 on foes within two spaces of Michalis at the start of his turn, softening them up for him to dispatch if possible.

Counters[edit | edit source]

Iote's Shield will solve Michalis's weakness to flier effective weapons, namely bows, but if he replaces that, they do become a point of contention, especially from several high damage ones like Klein, Bridal Cordelia, Brave Lyn. Merric is a powerful counter as well due to Excalibur's effectiveness against fliers and being a magic attack exploits his lower Res. Red Tome users in general are powerful counters to him regardless if he has Iote's Shield. Celica, Tharja, and Katarina make solid counters against him.

Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

Aside from his Axe, Michalis practically needs a complete kit overhaul starting with Reposition to fill his empty Assist skill, which this one has perhaps the best applications to ensure that he can move allies out of danger or put him in place of an ally to defend them from a unit he can counter. Bonfire is a quick charging special that can deal a solid 18 true damage off of his Def and Hauteclere will turn it into a 28 damage special on top of his calculated damage. Steady Stance will innately boost his Def as a defensive unit and can be inherited with Reposition from Silas for cost effective inheritances and Iote's Shield can be moved to his Seal Skill to keep that weakness removal in play if needed. Quick Riposte ensures that he gains a Follow-Up attack if the enemy initiates combat onto him. Distant Counter can also be considered if he is going to fully focus on being an enemy turn character. Skill C is flexible enough to take other skills better suited for him, mainly Smoke skills like Defense Smoke to achieve similar effects to Threaten Defense but activates in response to an attack rather than waiting for an ally to be in his range at the start of his turn.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Battle Quotes[edit | edit source]

“Made it this far, have you? Don’t gloat yet. My Dragoons and I still rule these skies!”
—Michalis's battle quote
“The Whitewings? Ha! Come to try and slay your king?”
—Michalis's battle quote against Catria, Est or Palla
“I’ve been waiting for you, Altean whelp. I swear on my crown, you will die!”
—Michalis's battle quote against Marth
“M-Maria? What are you doing here?”
—Michalis's battle quote against Maria

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Michalis/Heroes Quotes

Epilogue[edit | edit source]

New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

Renewed Prince "Accounts are conflicted about Michalis after the war. Some said he ruled over Macedon once again, while others claimed he departed to conquer another continent."

Non-Canon Appearances[edit | edit source]

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

Michalis is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem 0 Cipher with the following cards:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Strangely, in New Mystery of the Emblem, Michalis cannot wake Maria from Gharnef's hypnotism, despite Michalis spending the entire war searching for Maria, as he feels rescuing her is the only way he can repent of his sins, and if he isn't recruited, he tells Marth to tell Minerva to rescue Maria in his place before he dies. When Minerva later wakes Maria, she immediately inquires about Michalis, and Minerva hesistates before telling Maria that he's alright. It is revealed in a Base Conversation between Michalis and Kris that Michalis intended to leave Macedon after saving Maria. He had concluded that he had lost the right to speak to Maria and that only Minerva deserved to speak to her after her rescue. 
  • His portrait in the original NES version is an edited version of Navarre.
  • In Fire Emblem Fates Japanese version, Percy's wyvern is named after Michalis.
  • Michalis makes a cameo appearance on Minerva's Pegasus Knight card in Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).
  • Michalis is the first character in Heroes to have an early bird Grand Hero battle. Despite only Japan getting word of this, everyone around the globe participated and any goals the app had were accomplished. In total, 54,666 people played the early bird version of the map and 13,415 cleared the map on Lunatic difficulty. The highest goal set for players was 50k and clears on lunatic was 5k.
  • In Fire Emblem Heroes, Michalis shares his English voice actor, David Vincent, with Male Avatar from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • In Fire Emblem Heroes, Michalis' Grand Hero Battle map is based on Shadow Dragon Chapter 22.
  • The correct pronunciation of Michalis is "Mick-Ay-Liss". This is according to his younger sister Maria's voice lines in "Fire Emblem Heroes".
  • At the time, Michalis's long hair could have been seen only outside of any game content, most notably the manga, with his hair being long at least below his chest. In Heroes, his hair reach his waist.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Michalis/Gallery.
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