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“Heh. It's funny you should ask that... I'm not deluded enough to think that I can beat you. The goddess herself would hesitate to fight you. But my people are frozen solid, and I have to delude myself enough to think that I can help save them.”
—Naesala's quote before fighting Dheginsea in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Naesala is a playable character and an anti-hero/anti-villain in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the King of Kilvas, and is extremely devoted to the welfare of his nation, as well as the surviving members of the devastated Heron clan.

Profile[]

Path of Radiance[]

Naesala is first seen assisting several Daein troops in raiding a Begnion ship. It is revealed that his main goal is to attain treasure from the ensuing skirmish, as he betrays his supposed allies and sends his men in to loot their vessel. Naesala later attends a meeting of the Laguz Kings, where his values and intentions are questioned by the other royals.

Naesala then betrays Reyson by selling him to Duke Tanas. While it is later revealed that Naesala had planned to rescue Reyson after gaining the trust of Duke Tanas, his plan is ruined when Reyson manages to escape from Duke Tanas' grasp.

In Chapter 19, Naesala personally makes an appearance on the battlefield to fight Ike's troops. After speaking to either Janaff or Ulki, he learns that Reyson has joined Ike's army and that Leanne has been found alive. Naesala then abandons his fight against Ike's forces, thereafter personally approaching Reyson to seek his forgiveness.

Naesala appears in Chapter 28, where he disguises himself as a Daein soldier and rescues Leanne from Gritnea Tower. He then begrudgingly aids Ike's forces in laying siege on Castle Crimea after Nealuchi reminds him that Reyson and Leanne are counting on him to protect them.

Radiant Dawn[]

Three years after The Mad King's War, Naesala appears to have rebuilt his friendships with Reyson and Leanne, though his scheming personality and tendency to place his own country's interests before others' have remained unchanged since the Mad King's War, and he continues to plunder Begnion's merchant ships.

After the formation of the Laguz Alliance, Tibarn leads his fellow hawks to attack Begnion supply convoys in order to disrupt the Begnion army from the sky, but Naesala tricks Tibarn and the Phoenicis army into attacking the Begnion Central Army instead of its supply convoy. This turns out to be a diversion to keep the king away from his country of Phoenicis, allowing the Begnion army to lay siege on the undefended country and massacre its civilians. This betrayal earns Naesala great resentment from Tibarn and all the other Laguz.

However, it is later revealed that these actions were not Naesala's true intentions, and that he was forced to do them under the Blood Pact he was unwillingly bound to. The pact compels any king of Kilvas to obey the Senate's will, or place their own countrymen in mortal peril. The first king of Kilvas had signed the pact with the Begnion Senate in order to restore his country, and it had been passed down through succession.

Later, Naesala learns that the contract's owner was not the Begnion Senate specifically, but rather the Empire of Begnion as a whole. By deciding to obey Empress Sanaki instead, who outranks Lekain, he is able to temporarily hold off the threat of the pact being broken, allowing him to free his countrymen from the reins of the Senate.

After the goddess Ashera casts her judgment upon the continent, Naesala makes haste for the Tower of Guidance in Skrimir's group. Prior to the beginning of Chapter 4-P, Skrimir, blinded by rage against Naesala for his betrayal of the Laguz Alliance, makes to rip him apart. Leanne and Nealuchi step between the two to protect Naesala, forcing him to take action and lift them up into the air, out of Skrimir's reach.

If Naesala is brought into the Tower of Guidance, he takes the opportunity to personally destroy the Blood Pact that binds him to Begnion's will.

After the events of the game conclude, Naesala abdicates his rule of the Raven clan, choosing to work as a diplomat for Tellius instead. If he shares an A rank Support with Leanne, the pair will wed in the epilogue, bearing two children, a Heron girl and a Raven boy.

Personality[]

Throughout the events of both games, Naesala is portrayed as a cold, uncaring and narcissistic individual, evasive of ties to any of the other laguz clans, save for the Herons. Despite this, however, he is extremely devoted to Kilvas, going so far as to commit constant acts of skullduggery against those who trust him, for the sake of protecting his people and preserving his country. Ironically enough, this has caused Naesala to be commonly accepted as a strong leader and a good king by many of his peers, including the Apostle Sanaki herself.

Naesala later adopts a more self-deprecating attitude in Radiant Dawn, constantly describing himself as cowardly and unworthy of praise, despite his good intentions, tendency toward self-sacrifice for his country, and truly being a good person at heart. This can be observed in a conversation he shares with Dheginsea when he engages him in battle, in which he remarks that he is better at running away than standing his ground.

In-Game[]

Path of Radiance[]

Recruitment[]

Naesala will join in the final battle if the player chooses to summon him instead of either Tibarn or Giffca.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Naesala Raven (Untransformed) Sprite
Raven (Untransformed)

FE9 Naesala Raven (Transformed) Sprite
Raven (Transformed)
FE9Dark Dark
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
175725

31
15

17
26

30
31

34
1921

24
16

19
11

18
10

17
6

8
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Vortex Vortex
Vantage (FE9) Vantage
-FE9 Beak (Raven) Beak
FE9Coin Coin
FE9Laguzband Laguz Band
FE9Elixer Elixir

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
135% 60% 40% 70% 75% 20% 55% 35%

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Of the three Laguz chosen in the final chapter, Naesala is considered the worst of them, having considerably less power than both Tibarn and Giffca. However, Naesala has a number of perks that distinguish him from the other two, despite sacrificing a noticeable amount of power for them. First, he has blistering speed, allowing him to outspeed nearly every enemy in the final chapter. He complements this with Vantage, supplementing his high avoid by also allowing him to strike first in combat, even during the enemy phase. However, Naesala's strength problems are still a major issue, especially on Hard Mode, when Ashnard is fought a second time with higher stats. Tibarn and Giffca hit significantly harder than Naesala, which is readily apparent when fighting high-defense enemies such as enemy Laguz Dragons and Ashnard himself (especially on Hard Mode). On hard mode, where Ashnard will likely be one of the only enemies left on the map when the player makes their choice, there is virtually no reason to choose Naesala over the other two.

Radiant Dawn[]

Availability[]

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[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Naesala Raven King (Untransformed) Sprite
Raven King (Untransformed)

FE10 Naesala Raven King (Transformed) Sprite
Raven King (Transformed)
FE10Dark Dark
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
276017

34
7

14
20

40
21

42
2013

26
14

28
11

21
12

20
7

9
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Maelstrom Maelstrom
Vantage Vantage
Formshift Formshift
Shove Shove
Canto Canto
Tear Tear
FE10 Strike Strike - SFE10 Great Beak Great Beak
FE10elixir Elixir
FE10coin Coin

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 45% 15% 30% 45% 55% 15% 35%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm C

Bond Support[]

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.

Like other Royal Laguz, Naesala is one of the most powerful playable Laguz. He is able to cap his Strength, Skill and Speed with relative ease, and occasionally his Defense and Resistance as well. As the mastery skill Tear operates on the workings of the Speed stat, Naesala is able to activate it fairly frequently, giving him the opportunity to ravage enemies on the battlefield.

Naesala joins only with an S-rank in Strike, which gives him five more points of might than if it were an A-rank Strike but five fewer points than if he had an SS-rank. Given Naesala's high HP and avoid, as well as his access to Formshift, he can grind weapon experience rather quickly to reach SS-rank and possibly reach it or come close to it before the endgame, the drawback being that other characters will miss out on any experience he gains. Unlike other Laguz royals, however, Naesala usually receives more than one experience point from killing enemies, meaning he can potentially level up several times on the way SS-rank in Strike as he usually one-rounds all but the most durable of enemies.

Fire Emblem Engage[]

Bond Ring[]

King of Kilvas on Tellius, a continent in another world. A laguz shape-shifter, he led a tribe that could transform into ravens. Cunning and calculating, he puts his nation before all else.
Bond Ring Naesala
FE17 C Rank Bond RingC Rank HP +2
FE17 B Rank Bond RingB Rank HP +2 Lck +1
World FE17 A Rank Bond RingA Rank HP +2 Lck +1 Res +1
Micaiah Emblem Ring Dawn Maiden FE17 S Rank Bond RingS Rank HP +5 Lck +1 Res +1

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Sky's Shadow
King of Kilvas and leader of the raven clan. He uses his cunning as a weapon and won't shy away from dirtying his hands. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Heroes Naesala SpriteTitle
Sky's Shadow
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16
35
7
28
9
34
4
21
6
25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Fledgling (Flier)FEH Blue Beast Beast
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Naesala SpriteTitle
Sky's Shadow
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16
36
8
30
10
36
4
22
6
26
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Adult (Flier)
FEH skill special Rising Wind
FEH Blue Beast Beast
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Naesala SpriteTitle
Sky's Shadow
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17
39
8
32
10
38
5
24
7
29
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Raven King Beak
FEH skill special Rising Wind
FEH Blue Beast Beast

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseHatchling (Flier)---
Fledgling (Flier)-FEH Star Rarity 3-
Adult (Flier)Fledgling (Flier)FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Raven King BeakAdult (Flier)-FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialRising Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Blazing WindRising Wind-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Darting Blow 1 Darting Blow 1--
FEH Swift Sparrow 1 Swift Sparrow 1FEH Darting Blow 1 Darting Blow 1-
FEH Swift Sparrow 2 Swift Sparrow 2FEH Swift Sparrow 1 Swift Sparrow 1FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Guard 1 Guard 1--
FEH Guard 2 Guard 2FEH Guard 1 Guard 1FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Guard 3 Guard 3FEH Guard 2 Guard 2FEH Star Rarity 4

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.
Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance Options[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Sky's Shadow Naesala
Naesala skys shadow pop01 Naesala is the king of Kilvas, the land of the raven clan of laguz. I'm told he has an aloof personality that makes it hard to get a handle on him.
Naesala skys shadow pop02 Kilvas was a starved, impoverished nation. Perhaps it's because of this that Naesala was personally involved in acts of piracy against beorc ships, and even sold his childhood friend Reyson to a beorc slaver… Things must have been REALLY desperate.
Naesala skys shadow pop03 When Naesala transforms, he takes on the form of a great raven with jet black wings. Ravens are well known to be particularly clever birds, and that might be where Naesala gets his cunning from.
Naesala skys shadow pop04 During the war between the Laguz Alliance and Begnion, Naesala was forced against his will to fight alongside Begnion. Even though it appeared that he betrayed them, Naesala was still acting in the best interest of his people, even if it meant being branded a villain.
Closely Associated Characters
Tibarn King of Phoenicis, the nation of the hawk laguz. Leads his people by dint of his overwhelming fighting ability and charisma. Distrusts Naesala due to his backstabbing nature.
Reyson Prince of Serenes, the former kingdom of the heron laguz. Brother of Leanne. Frail, but strong willed. One of Naesala's plots saw him enslaved to Oliver, Duke Tanas.
Leanne Princess of Serenes. Reyson's younger sister. She speaks the ancient tongue and has not yet mastered the language of Tellius. Friends with Naesala when they were children.

Sea's Shadow
King of Kilvas and leader of the raven clan. Hired to join in the pirate-related festivities. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Naesala Sea's Shadow Heroes spriteTitle
Sea's Shadow
Group
Heroes Flying Flying
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
39/42/45
8/9/10
36/39/43
12/13/14
40/43/47
7/8/9
20/23/26
2/3/4
21/25/28
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Crossbones Claw
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Red Beast Beast

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseHatchling (Flier)---
Fledgling (Flier)---
Adult (Flier)---
Crossbones Claw-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNight Sky---
GlimmerNight Sky--
AFEH Atk Spd Solo 1 Atk Spd Solo 1--
FEH Atk Spd Solo 2 Atk Spd Solo 2FEH Atk Spd Solo 1 Atk Spd Solo 1-
FEH Atk Spd Solo 3 Atk Spd Solo 3FEH Atk Spd Solo 2 Atk Spd Solo 2-
FEH Atk Spd Solo 4 Atk Spd Solo 4FEH Atk Spd Solo 3 Atk Spd Solo 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH S D Near Trace 1 S D Near Trace 1--
FEH S D Near Trace 2 S D Near Trace 2FEH S D Near Trace 1 S D Near Trace 1-
FEH S D Near Trace 3 S D Near Trace 3FEH S D Near Trace 2 S D Near Trace 2-
CFEH Stall Ploy 1 Stall Ploy 1--
FEH Stall Ploy 2 Stall Ploy 2FEH Stall Ploy 1 Stall Ploy 1-
FEH Stall Ploy 3 Stall Ploy 3FEH Stall Ploy 2 Stall Ploy 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork)
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.
Base Set[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Sea's Shadow Naesala
Naesala seas shadow pop01 Well, well! Here comes Naesala, the Raven King of Kilvas, and he's dressed as a pirate! I have to say, the swashbuckling look really does suit him!
Naesala seas shadow pop02 Naesala is right at home in his new role as a pirate captain. The black-feathered design decorating his captain's hat makes it clear who's calling the shots around here!
Naesala seas shadow pop03 Naesala has a reputation for being a quick-thinking man of action, and I see he's already managed to get his hands on some treasure! I'll bet that chest is packed with all sorts of loot!
Naesala seas shadow pop04 And yet, even these riches aren't enough to satisfy the Raven King! There he goes, back to the vast expanse of the ocean, off to plunder some even greater loot!
Closely Associated Characters
Tibarn King of Phoenicis, the nation of the Hawk Tribe of laguz. Swooping in just in time to participate in the pirate festival by coincidence. He distrusts Naesala.
Reyson Prince of Serenes, the former kingdom of the heron laguz. Brother of Leanne. Frail, but strong willed. One of Naesala's plots saw him enslaved to Oliver, Duke Tanas.
Leanne Princess of Serenes. Reyson's younger sister. She speaks the ancient tongue and has not yet mastered the language of Tellius. Friends with Naesala when they were children.

Quotes[]

Path of Radiance[]

“Oof! Poor judgment abounds--on my part as well. Perhaps I'm not suited for charitable actions such as these. Well then, I'll take my leave...”
—Naesala's retreat quote
“N-no... This cannot be... Is this...my...fate? What of Kilvas-- (death animation happens, but he revives) Guaa... I was careless... and you're better than expected. To me, my brethren! We leave at once!”
—Naesala's defeat quote in Chapter 19

Radiant Dawn[]

“Waugh...! I guess I won't see the end of this. Battles without rewards just aren't my thing. It's time for me to retreat~”
—Naesala's retreat quote

Part 4, Prologue

  • Naesala: Ah, this is... what some would call...a just reward...
  • Skrimir: Raven King! Open your beady eyes! Do you hear me, you winged jackal? You'll not die here. I have sworn to rip you limb from limb myself! Do you hear me?
  • Naesala: Quit your bellowing, you lice-ridden hairball. You're going to burst my delicate...eardrums...

Heroes[]

Naesala/Heroes Quotes

Epilogue[]

Sky's Shadow (闇に舞う翼, Yami ni mau tsubasa, lit. Wings Dancing in the Darkness)
Saved from the blood pact, Naesala left his people and their nation. He became a diplomat, finding atonement in work.
Naesala and Leanne
Leanne was united with Naesala, whom she had always loved. Together they raised a heron girl and a raven boy.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Naesala 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 218 CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
1,128
342 CYL Naesala POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
528
CYL2 209
↑9
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
1,231
↑103
269
↑73
CYL Naesala POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
844
↑316
CYL3 219
↓10
(From highest)
CYL Naesala POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
1,047
↓1,028
(From combined)
CYL4 242
↓23
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
581
↓466
CYL5 213
↑29
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
421
↓160
CYL6 232
↓19
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
393
↓28
CYL7 224
↑8
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
238
↓155

CYL8 229
↓5
CYL Naesala RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
246
↑8

Trivia[]

  • Naesala is recruited in Radiant Dawn with the Raven mastery skill Tear, despite the fact that he starts out at only Level 27.
  • Naesala carries a Coin in his inventory in both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn when recruited.
  • In Radiant Dawn, Tibarn questions Naesala being suddenly announced to be first in line to succeed the throne of Kilvas. Although not directly stated, the Blood Pact signed by the previous king made this possible, as it killed off a vast majority of the members within the Kilvas royal family.
  • In Path of Radiance, Nealuchi calls Naesala "Nestling".
  • Naesala shares his English voice actor, Lucien Dodge, with Leon and Felix.

Gallery[]

See main article: Naesala/Gallery.
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