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Seiros! I will kill you! Do not get in my way! All those who stand in my way... will be destroyed!”
—Nemesis

Nemesis is the overarching antagonist of Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Profile[]

Nemesis was the leader of an army that opposed Seiros during the War of Heroes that included the Ten Elites. He possessed the Crest of Flames and wielded the Sword of the Creator. In Imperial Year 91, the armies of Nemesis and Seiros clashed at the Tailtean Plains. There, Nemesis was confronted and slain by Seiros in one-on-one combat.

Academy Phase[]

Many years after Nemesis died at Tailtean, the newly appointed professor of the Officers Academy, Byleth, is tasked with subduing thieves in the Holy Mausoleum during the Goddess' Rite of Rebirth. The leader of the thieves opens the coffin of Seiros, and removes the Sword of the Creator. The thief attempts to use the sword to defend themselves against Byleth; however, Byleth is not only able to easily overpower the thief, but also awakens the sword's power, despite the missing Crest Stone.

The next day, Archbishop Rhea thanks them for dealing with the thieves and protecting the Sword of the Creator, and in reward entrusts them with the sword. Surprised by her decision, Seteth warns Rhea to reconsider, as if someone like Nemesis were to appear again, Fódlan would be consumed by war. Unaware of the history of Nemesis, Byleth asks the two about him.

Seteth and Rhea explain to Byleth that when Fódlan was attacked by wicked gods, the Goddess gifted Nemesis with the Sword of the Creator, and he used its power to save Fódlan, earning the title of the King of Liberation. However, over time, his power corrupted him and he waged war across the land, forcing Seiros to put him down. Rhea trusts that Byleth will not be corrupted like Nemesis and leaves the sword to them. Shortly afterward, Byleth meets with their colleague Hanneman, who reveals to them that they are in fact the descendant of Nemesis and inherited the Crest of Flames from him, hence being able to wield of the Sword of the Creator.

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When pressed by Claude for the truth, Rhea admits that Nemesis was never anything more than the leader of a group of bandits who were influenced by the people of Agartha to break into the Holy Tomb and plunder the body of Sothis. The Agarthans then used the blood of Sothis to give Nemesis the Crest of Flames, her bones to make the Sword of the Creator, and her heart to make the Crest Stone. At the Agarthans' command, he then traveled to Zanado and massacred the Children of the Goddess with the sword. The other bandits in Nemesis' group consumed the blood of the fallen Children of the Goddess to gain their Crests; their weapons, the Heroes' Relics, were fashioned from the bones. With the exception of Maurice, those bandits became the Ten Elites of Fódlan. Additionally, it is unknown if Nemesis ever had any descendants, and nothing denotes he and Byleth being related by lineage, as Byleth's Crest of Flames manifested as a result of Rhea implanting the Crest Stone of Flames into Byleth's heart in an attempt to save their life.

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Cindered Shadows[]

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In the underground library beneath Garreg Mach, additional details are provided about Nemesis. Notably, it's revealed that, after he slaughtered the Nabeteans and gained the Sword of the Creator, he was made (possibly by himself) king of all of Northern Fódlan. He gained leadership over various clans by offering them greater power - the Hero's Relics - and it's implied that these leaders became his Elites when they accepted his offer. It's also shown that he never told at least some of the Elites where the Hero's Relics had come from or what he had done to get them, leaving them at a loss as to why Seiros despised them so much, and regretting that they had allied with Nemesis as while their family and followers were assured safety, they themselves were hunted relentlessly when the tides of war turned after the death of Nemesis.

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War Phase[]

Crimson Flower[]

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Before departing to Derdriu, Edelgard reveals to Byleth that Nemesis was never corrupted and that Seiros manipulated the people of Fódlan to wage war against him. This knowledge was passed down from emperor to emperor, as the first emperor was an ally of Seiros during the War of Heroes. She also claims the war was fought over what type of being should rule Fódlan, unaware of either Seiros or Nemesis' true motivations.

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Verdant Wind[]

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After the destruction of Shambhala, Nemesis is resurrected by Those Who Slither in the Dark (thanks to the Crest of Flames), and raises an ancient army to fight Seiros once more, accompanied by the remaining Agarthans from Shambhala, slaughtering all in his path as they march towards Garreg Mach. As Shambhala is in Goneril and Gloucester, they are intercepted by Duke Goneril's army, but they easily rout his forces and severely injure him in battle, prompting Count Gloucester to flee upon hearing of Duke Goneril's defeat. Due to Duke Goneril's army stalling Nemesis, the Alliance Army is able to intercept Nemesis' army at the Caledonian Plateau. There, Byleth and Claude fight him head-on. He condescends Claude and Byleth for not being able to fight him in single combat, injuring the former after he fires an arrow at him. Byleth then intercepts him; both charge at each other, but the arrow Claude shot earlier pierces his arm, allowing Byleth to kill him; the remainder of his army dissipates with his death.

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Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes[]

Though he doesn't physically appear, Nemesis is mentioned in Arval's paralogue, in which Epimenides takes the battlefield to assist in his retreat during a battle in the War of Heroes. Even though Epimenides views him as nothing more than a beast, he still recognizes Nemesis as an ally. The Dark Creator Sword is available for purchase.

Personality[]

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Nemesis was a proud and ruthless warrior who was manipulated by Those Who Slither in the Dark. In the intro cinematic that shows his fight against Seiros, he is shown to be serious and calm throughout the battle, except when Seiros indirectly reveals that she's a survivor of the Nabatean massacre, which shocks him. Regardless of how he was influenced, he appears to have no regrets over the massacre of the Nabateans. He is proud of his strength and has a warrior's honor; he condescended to Claude and Byleth for not being strong enough to challenge him in single combat. He was apparently unaware of Seiros' identity as a survivor of the Red Canyon until moments before his demise, when she asked if he recalled the massacre as she stabbed him to death. Exacting vengeance on Seiros is his lone fixation once he is resurrected, to the point of raving that he'll destroy anyone that crosses his bloody path against her.

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In-Game[]

Fire Emblem: Three Houses[]

Base Stats[]

For the Freedom of Fódlan[]
Skill FE16 sword icon FE16 lance icon FE16 axe icon FE16 bow icon FE16 brawl icon FE16 reason icon FE16 faith icon FE16 authority icon FE16 heavy armor icon FE16 riding icon FE16 flying icon
Level A C C D B+ D E A - - -
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Fire Emblem Heroes[]

King of Liberation
A king who faced Seiros in mortal combat long ago, commanding the Ten Elites and wielding the Sword of the Creator. Appears in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯
Nemesis Heroes spriteTitle
King of Liberation
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
36/39/42
9/10/11
32/35/38
4/5/6
17/20/23
9/10/11
30/33/36
6/7/8
27/30/33
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Steel SwordFEH Sword Sword
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Nemesis Heroes spriteTitle
King of Liberation
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
15/16/17
37/40/43
10/11/12
34/37/40
4/5/6
18/21/24
10/11/12
32/35/38
6/7/8
28/31/34
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Silver Sword
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword Sword
✯✯✯✯✯
Nemesis Heroes spriteTitle
King of Liberation
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
40/43/46
10/11/12
36/39/42
5/6/7
20/23/26
10/11/12
34/37/40
7/8/9
31/34/37
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Dark Creator S
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Sword Sword

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Silver Sword---
Dark Creator S--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialDragon Gaze---
Dragon FangDragon Gaze-FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Chill Atk 1 Chill Atk 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Chill Atk 2 Chill Atk 2FEH Chill Atk 1 Chill Atk 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Chill Atk 3 Chill Atk 3FEH Chill Atk 2 Chill Atk 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Savage Blow 1 Savage Blow 1--
FEH Savage Blow 2 Savage Blow 2FEH Savage Blow 1 Savage Blow 1-
FEH Savage Blow 3 Savage Blow 3FEH Savage Blow 2 Savage Blow 2FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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Base Set[]

The King of Liberation joins Heroes as a slow, bulky Red infantry sword fighter with an interesting Prf weapon in the Dark Creator S. In addition to its 16 Mt and +3 Def, it offers boosts for each ally that is near full HP, evoking the Mighty King of Legend ability from base Three Houses. For each ally (up to 3) that is at or above 90% HP, Nemesis gains bonus +2 Atk and Def during combat (up to +6 to each), and in his first combat each phase, 15% damage reduction from enemy attacks, up to 45%; this is a slightly greater value than the lauded Spd-based damage reduction skills offer. This combination of bonuses means Nemesis wants to keep his allies in perfect condition while fighting only one enemy each turn if possible, so using support-style allies with long-range buff and debuff effects like Chills and Ploys makes good use of his strengths. Dragon Fang is a strong special that scales off of his immense base Atk. Chill Atk 3 helps mitigate the damage Nemesis takes even further. Savage Blow does not make a vast wealth of sense on Nemesis, as he prefers his enemies spaced-out so that he can pick them off one by one, but if his enemies do cluster up he can distribute true damage to soften them.

Counters[]

With his base kit, Nemesis lacks Distant Counter, meaning he can be safely whittled down by magic attacks. Ganging up on him invalidates his damage mitigation, so have a weaker attacker that can't be countered initiate, and then a stronger attacker finish him off. Without the boosts from Dark Creator S, he doesn't have much else worth mentioning, so target his allies first and he will be left an unremarkable, slow Red. Additionally, the Twin Blades and Deadeye Specials ignore his damage reduction entirely, so Altina and Shinon have very little to fear from the Fell King.

Skill Inheritance[]

Nemesis benefits greatly from Skill Inheritance; his stats are excellent, but virtually every part of his kit can be replaced, up to and including his Prf. For all its benefits, Dark Creator S becomes relatively useless if his allies fall or are even damaged enough before him. Duma's Upheaval is enough on its own to turn off all of its boosts. That said, there are still viable builds to make use of it. Distant Counter is very good for Nemesis, as he is more suited to enemy phase walling than player phase attacking. As an infantry, he can also utilize Null C Disrupt 3 to counterattack Dazzling Staff 3, Windsweep 3, and Firesweep users, among others. Quick Riposte 3 also makes for a good B skill or Sacred Seal to let him perform follow-ups despite his pitiful Spd. The C slot is, as usual, flexible; Rouse skills are well suited to him for his solo-fighter style. For Assists, Reposition is always reliable, and Smite is good for getting an ally to safety far away from Nemesis. His Atk is high enough that he can afford a Special that does not directly boost damage, such as Noontime or Sol, and his bulk is good enough that he will trade a lot of hits with his opponents, so he makes good use of Aether. A combination of Noontime, Wrath, and either Time's Pulse or Slaying Edge+ let Nemesis fire off huge damage Specials every combat that keep his health high enough for Quick Riposte.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

King of Liberation Nemesis
Nemesis king of liberation pop01 Known as the King of Liberation, Nemesis is a legendary figure of ancient Fódlan.
Nemesis king of liberation pop02 The old tales say that he was granted the Crest of Flames and the Sword of the Creator by the goddess, and together with his allies, the Ten Elites of Fódlan, he battled against wicked gods.
Nemesis king of liberation pop03 But after triumphing over the wicked gods, Nemesis succumbed to his greed, and started a war against the Church of Seiros and the Adrestian Empire—a conflict that only ended when Seiros defeated him in combat.
Nemesis king of liberation pop04 Though once hailed as the King of Liberation, Nemesis fell afoul of his ambitions and was met with a violent end. There's no question about his strength, but I feel like he might be a difficult Hero to get along with...
Closely Associated Characters
Byleth Child of the former captain of the Knights of Seiros, Jeralt. A stoic, capable professor at the Officers Academy. Wields the Sword of the Creator, the weapon once used by Nemesis.

Quotes[]

Three Houses[]

“Feeble creature... Prepare to die!”
—Nemesis' battle quote
“That sword... You bear the Crest of Flames, just as I do.”
—Nemesis' battle quote against Byleth
“You are all pathetic weaklings! You lack the courage to challenge me in lone combat.”
—"A New Dawn" cutscene, to Claude and Byleth

Critical[]

Gambit[]

Gambit Boost[]

Triangle Attack[]

Ally Assist/Rally[]

Miss/No Damage[]

Attack[]

Damage Taken[]

Engage[]

“You are all pathetic weaklings. You lack the courage to face me without your swarm...”
—Nemesis' defeat quote

Heroes[]

Nemesis/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Nemesis 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 - CYL3 N/A
CYL4 112 CYL Nemesis Portrait
Three Houses
1,427
CYL5 265
↓143
CYL Nemesis Portrait
Three Houses
299
↓1,128
CYL6 253
↑12
CYL Nemesis Portrait
Three Houses
356
↑57

CYL7 267
↓14
CYL Nemesis Portrait
Three Houses
175
↓176

Etymology[]

Nemesis is the ancient Greek goddess of vengeance, who enacts retribution against those who display arrogance before the gods. Another name for her is Adrasteia (or Adrestia), meaning "the inescapable." The goddess Nemesis is often depicted with a sword, whip, and bridle, alluding to the human Nemesis' martial prowess and use of the Sword of the Creator.

Trivia[]

  • Nemesis shares his English voice actor, Jamieson Price, with Virion (in both Awakening and Heroes) and Priam from Awakening, Rudolf from Echoes, and Zephiel and Hawkeye in Heroes.
  • Nemesis is the tallest NPC character in the game, at 202cm (or about 6'8").
  • Nemesis and Solon are the only enemy NPCs in Three Houses that have unique critical cut-ins, rather than the generic set.
  • Nemesis is the first and only member of the Twelve Ancient Heroes to become playable in Heroes.
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  • Nemesis is one of several final bosses in the series to move. The others are Duma, Idunn, Fomortiis, Ashnard, and Garon
  • Nemesis is the only male final boss in Three Houses’ base game. Hegemon Edelgard is the final boss of Azure Moon, and Rhea is the final boss of both Crimson Flower and Silver Snow.
  • Nemesis bears very large scars across his torso and his right leg. The comments on his concept art state that these were from the dragons of Nabatea.
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Gallery[]

See main article: Nemesis/Gallery.
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