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“Y-you! My...my... My...how precious you all are! You, children of Midgard! Each and every one of you! Look at you... Could you be any more adorable? You sweet little darlings... I will keep you safe! Now, come here and let me squeeze you! You don't mind, do you? Of course not.”
—Nerþuz to the Order of Heroes

Nerþuz is a character introduced in Book VII of Fire Emblem Heroes.

Profile[]

Nerþuz is the Goddess of the Land who hails from Vanaheimr and the younger sister of Njörðr. She is also the aunt of Freyr and Freyja.

For initially unknown reasons, Nerþuz stole the Ár, the source of Njörðr's power, from her brother, and retreated to her Land Temple. Under Njörðr's direction, Seiðr and the Order of Heroes go to the Land Temple, where Nerþuz hands over the Ár because she finds the mortals of Midgard to be too precious to defeat. Before letting the Order go, she tells Sharena that when she meets them for the first time, if Sharena makes a request sweetly, she will be more easily swayed.

Sent back in time a few hundred years before Seiðr's initial arrival in Askr, the Order of Heroes meets Nerþuz officially for the second time, though chronologically it is the first time for her. She is initially hostile, insisting that Vanaheimr is not the place for mortals of Midgard. Acting on advice from Nerþuz's future self, Sharena asks Nerþuz to let them go in a cutesy fashion. Nerþuz drops all hostilities and lets them off with a warning about avoiding Njörðr. Before departing, Sharena asks Nerþuz to let her future self know how she likes to be addressed if they ever meet again.

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After Njörðr brings about events that cause the Golden Curse to transfer from Heiðr to Seiðr and is subsequently killed by Gullveig, Nerþuz arrives to assist the Order of Heroes and Seiðr. She reveals that she stole the Ár from Njörðr after he had stolen the Aurr, the source of her own power, and locked it away in his vault. With his death, the seal on his vault is broken, and she and the Order journey to retrieve it. She believes that it can be used to bring an end to the Golden Curse.

Nerþuz has extensive knowledge of the curse, and theorizes that in order to bring an end to the cycle of the Golden Serpents, the Order of Heroes must have access to an equal level of power. She explains that the Breidablik, which Kiran had temporarily lost and had returned by Kvasir, is actually the Breidablik that had been previously wielded by a Kiran of a previous cycle that died to Gullveig. This Breidablik had previously been empowered by the Aurr, and when Gullveig became Kvasir, she brought the weapon back in time with her. Thus, when Nerþuz uses the Aurr on the already enchanted Breidablik, the power grows exponentially. With her guidance, Kiran uses it on Seiðr, destroying the Golden Serpents within her and freeing her from the curse, though it still affects both Gullveig and Kvasir. Nerþuz plans with the Order of Heroes to defeat them, ending the curse of the Golden Serpents and the cycle for good.

"End of spoilers. It's a pleasure doing business with you!"

Personality[]

Nerþuz has a motherly, if eccentric personality and is affectionate to creatures of the land. She enjoys sweetly teasing those she meets and develops a fondness for the Order of Heroes. Her attitude toward mortals is the polar opposite of her brother Njörðr, who detests them to the point of wishing their total destruction.

As gods of opposite domains, she and her brother have been rivals since they were born. For seemingly no reason, Njörðr stole her Aurr and locked it in his vault. Nerþuz, knowing of his apocalyptic plans, retaliated by taking his Ár.

In-Game[]

God of the Land
Goddess of Vanaheimr, the realm of light. She exudes a maternal aura and adores all the many creatures who live upon the land.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Nerþuz Heroes spriteTitle
God of the Land
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
11/12/13
39/42/46
13/14/15
43/47/50
3/4/5
27/30/33
2/3/4
17/20/23
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Horn of the Land
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Blue Beast Beast

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseWhelp (Cavalry)---
Yearling (Cavalry)---
Adult (Cavalry)---
Horn of the Land-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNight Sky---
Astra---
Galeforce--FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Atk Spd Clash 1 Atk Spd Clash 1--
FEH Atk Spd Clash 2 Atk Spd Clash 2FEH Atk Spd Clash 1 Atk Spd Clash 1-
FEH Atk Spd Clash 3 Atk Spd Clash 3FEH Atk Spd Clash 2 Atk Spd Clash 2-
FEH Atk Spd Clash 4 Atk Spd Clash 4FEH Atk Spd Clash 3 Atk Spd Clash 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Fruit of Life Fruit of Life-FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Rouse Atk Spd 1 Rouse Atk Spd 1--
FEH Rouse Atk Spd 2 Rouse Atk Spd 2FEH Rouse Atk Spd 1 Rouse Atk Spd 1-
FEH Rouse Atk Spd 3 Rouse Atk Spd 3FEH Rouse Atk Spd 2 Rouse Atk Spd 2-
FEH Alarm Atk Spd Alarm Atk SpdFEH Rouse Atk Spd 3 Rouse Atk Spd 3FEH 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[]

Nerþuz is an offensive Blue Beast Cavalry Light Mythic Hero geared towards powerful player turn plays. Sitting at 42 Atk and 47 Spd, Nerþuz easily lands powerful hits and can perform Follow-Up Attacks easily. To compensate, she has average physical bulk scoring at 70 and a low magical bulk at 60. Nerþuz's kit emphasizes on her being on the initiative in battle as a result of her offensive prowess and can decimate a battlefield if she is allowed to initiate battles. She is great for hit-and-run style offensive as she has enough means to suppress high mobility enemy teams while clearing them with relative ease.
Horn of the Land has the standard Beast effect of transforming at the start of her turn if she is either adjacent to only Beast and Dragon units or is not adjacent to any ally unit. Regardless if transformed or not, Nerþuz requires one less attack to charge her Special skill and if she has at least 25% of her HP at the start of combat, she gains in-combat stat increases based off of the default total of her Special Skill's cooldown x2 and then +5. With her default Galeforce, she gains a +15 increase to her stats. She also gains twice the special charge per attack and has Null Follow-Up, disabling skills that guarantee a foe's ability to perform Follow-Up Attack or prevents hers. If transformed, she also gains a flat +2 to her Atk and if she initiates combat, she inflicts Atk/Def-4 on her foe, completely disables their ability to perform follow-up attacks.
Nerþuz's Mythic skill is Fruit of Life which inflicts a Spd/Def-5 debuff on her foe during combat as long as she has 25% HP at the start of combat and reduces damage of the first attack she receives by 40% and then turns that reduced damage into additional damage to her next attack. Also, if she is only adjacent to a single ally or no allies under this condition, she disables any skill that reduces her Special skill charge and inflicts【Gravity】on her target and any foe adjacent to her target after battle.
Galeforce allows Nerþuz, once per player phase, to gain a full additional action when she triggers it. Due to her special acceleration, she can usually do this in a single round of combat during her turn. Attack Speed Clash grants her Atk/Spd equal to the number of spaces she moved (maximizing at 4) +6 and if she moved at least two spaces, she nullifies any penalties to her Atk/Spd in combat. Alarm Attack Speed grants her Atk/Spd+6 if she is adjacent to no more than 2 allied units at the start of her turn and also gives her【Canto (1)】, allowing her to move one space after attacking, using an assist skill, or destroying a structure.

Counters[]

Nerþuz's B Skill is extremely potent, but prevents her from utilizing Beast Agility or Beast Follow-Up to bypass the transformation restrictions, meaning that she requires higher consideration in positioning if using her on teams that have non-Beast/Dragon units. Nerþuz can handle being on the receiving end of attacks at times thanks to the damage reduction of Fruit of Life, but she is ill suited to be under constant pressure of enemy offensive. On her own, she can easily pierce through a wide range of wall-oriented units even to the likes of an unmerged Winter Black Knight, Fomortiis, and Fallen Edelgard albeit, she will suffer heavy damage in most cases. Pavise can be extremely annoying for her due to the huge damage reduction and Rearmed Fallen Robin can soak damage enough that Nerþuz can fail to take her down and Young Hector's base kit completely soaks her attacks. Interestingly, Nerþuz can lose to Altina with her full Mythic Refine and upgrades. She is at her weakest during her foe's turn, so baiting her into range without actually initiating combat on her end immediately puts her under threat of being targeted by a suitable unit who can initiate on her. She has no natural means to counterattack ranged units so high damage Tomes can exploit her lower Res stat. As a Beast and Cavalry unit, she will also take heavy damage from enemies that carry effective damage weapons like Micaiah, Brave Eirika, Brave Eliwood and Picnic Flora, the former three being able to simply overpower the damage reduction of Fruit of Life in their single attack against her. In general, Nerþuz can dispatch foes, even against some she has color disadvantage against, but she can still suffer heavy damage in the resulting fight. Without proper means to recover, even her high offensive threat can be disabled once she loses her health threshold range.

Skill Inheritance[]

Nerþuz only lacks an Assist skill which Reposition is a great choice due to her high mobility and the general value of the positioning.
The rest of her kit synergizes so well that replacing them is only a matter of preference if looking to take her in another direction. Replacing Galeforce with Aether will solidify immediate combat damage while maintaining the stat boost from.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

God of the Land Nerþuz
Nerþuz god of the land pop01 Nerþuz is a goddess who rules the land of Vanaheimr, the realm of light. She's the sister of Njörðr, the god who rules the seas!
Nerþuz god of the land pop02 She's also the aunt of Freyr, the king of Ljósálfheimr, and his sister, Freyja, the queen of Dökkálfheimr. A gentle goddess, Nerþuz loves all things that live on the earth, from beasts to human beings.
Nerþuz god of the land pop03 But now she's secluded herself within the Land Temple, having stolen the Ár, source of her brother Njörðr's power. Doesn't she know siblings are supposed to get along nicely with each other?
Nerþuz god of the land pop04 If we're going to stop Gullveig's curse from bringing the world to ruin, we need the power of the Ár. After desperately begging Nerþuz, we managed to get it from her without any trouble! I still don't really understand her advice, but we should be able to stop Gullveig's curse now!
Closely Associated Characters
Njörðr The king of Vanaheimr, the realm of light. Elder brother of Nerþuz.
Freyr Dream-King of Ljósálfheimr, the dream realm. Nephew of Nerþuz.
Freyja Queen of Dökkálfheimr, realm of nightmares. Niece of Nerþuz.

New-Year Doter
God of the land who hails from Vanaheimr, the realm of light. She has joined in the New Year's festivities to experience it alongside all the mortals.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Nerþuz New-Year Doter Heroes spriteTitle
New-Year Doter
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
11/12/13
41/45/48
7/8/9
44/47/51
7/8/9
29/32/35
5/6/7
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Cute Paper Crane
FEH skill special New Moon
FEH Colorless Beast Beast

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseWhelp (Cavalry)---
Yearling (Cavalry)---
Adult (Cavalry)---
Cute Paper Crane-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialNew Moon---
Luna---
Aether--FEH Star Rarity 5
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 Wild Atk Spd WildFEH Atk Spd Solo 3 Atk Spd Solo 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Fruit of Life Fruit of Life-FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Spd Smoke 1 Spd Smoke 1--
FEH Spd Smoke 2 Spd Smoke 2FEH Spd Smoke 1 Spd Smoke 1-
FEH Spd Smoke 3 Spd Smoke 3FEH Spd Smoke 2 Spd Smoke 2-
FEH Spd Smoke 4 Spd Smoke 4FEH Spd Smoke 3 Spd Smoke 3FEH 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[]

New-Year Doter Nerþuz
Nerþuz new-year doter pop01 A special guest from Vanaheimr has come to join us for the New Year in Askr! Here’s Nerþuz, the god of the land, and she’s wearing a special kimono for the celebration!
Nerþuz new-year doter pop02 This wonderfully elegant outfit has a stylish black-and-purple theme. It’s just the thing for bringing out Nerþuz’s alluring charm!
Nerþuz new-year doter pop03 You might also have noticed that she’s holding a little paper crane. I heard it was a gift from one of the children—isn’t that sweet?
Nerþuz new-year doter pop04 Nerþuz loves all life that lives on the land. After seeing that spectacular kimono of hers, I’m sure we’ve got an amazing year ahead of us!
Closely Associated Characters
Freyr Dream-King of Ljósálfheimr, the dream realm. Nephew of Nerþuz.
Freyja Queen of Dökkálfheimr, realm of nightmares. Niece of Nerþuz.
Njörðr The king of Vanaheimr, the realm of light. Elder brother of Nerþuz.

Beach Chaperone
Goddess from Vanaheimr, the realm of light, and god of the land. Visiting the sea only so she can enjoy the summer sun with the lovely children of Midgard.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Nerþuz Beach Chaperone Heroes spriteTitle
Beach Chaperone
Group
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
12/13/14
42/46/49
7/8/9
44/47/51
8/9/10
30/33/36
3/4/5
16/19/22
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Love of Nerþuz
FEH skill special Dragon Gaze
FEH Green Beast Beast

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseWhelp (Cavalry)---
Yearling (Cavalry)---
Adult (Cavalry)---
Love of Nerþuz-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialDragon Gaze---
Dragon Fang---
AFEH Atk Spd Clash 1 Atk Spd Clash 1--
FEH Atk Spd Clash 2 Atk Spd Clash 2FEH Atk Spd Clash 1 Atk Spd Clash 1-
FEH Atk Spd Clash 3 Atk Spd Clash 3FEH Atk Spd Clash 2 Atk Spd Clash 2-
FEH Atk Spd Excel Atk Spd ExcelFEH Atk Spd Clash 3 Atk Spd Clash 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Under the Sun Under the Sun-FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Threaten Def 1 Threaten Def 1--
FEH Threaten Def 2 Threaten Def 2FEH Threaten Def 1 Threaten Def 1-
FEH Threaten Def 3 Threaten Def 3FEH Threaten Def 2 Threaten Def 2-
FEH Beast Threaten Beast ThreatenFEH Threaten Def 3 Threaten Def 3FEH 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[]

Beach Chaperone Nerþuz
Nerþuz beach chaperone pop01 Nerþuz is a god from Vanaheimr, the realm of light, and she’s descended upon the summer seaside with a truly divine swimsuit look!
Nerþuz beach chaperone pop02 Here she is, with her hair and horns lit up by some eye-catching seaside decorations. Her pareo features some lovely red-and-white hibiscus flowers, and she also has a seashell decoration slung across the back!
Nerþuz beach chaperone pop03 Oh, and the sundae she’s carrying has a cookie in it…and it looks just like me! Aw, Nerþuz, you’re making me blush!
Nerþuz beach chaperone pop04 Nerþuz has the dignity of a god while also having a very playful and affectionate personality. Oh, and it looks like she’s inviting me over to hang out! I’ll be right there, Nerþuz!
Closely Associated Characters
Freyr Dream-King of Ljósálfheimr, the dream realm. Nephew of Nerþuz.
Freyja Queen of Dökkálfheimr, realm of nightmares. Niece of Nerþuz.
Njörðr The king of Vanaheimr, the realm of light. Elder brother of Nerþuz.

Quotes[]

Nerþuz/Heroes Quotes

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1-CYL7 N/A

CYL8 64 CYL Nerþuz Portrait
Heroes
1,096

Etymology[]

Nerþuz is an obscure goddess from Germanic Mythology as not much information is available about her. However, the first account of her was given by the Roman historian Tacitus who referred to her as Terra Mater (Mother Earth). She is said to be a fertility goddess as well as the first wife of Njǫrðr and the mother of Freyr and Freyja. The name Nerþuz can also be a feminine and latinized form of Njǫrðr. It is often theorized that Nerþuz is actually Njǫrðr, or is the unnamed sister-wife of Njǫrðr.

Trivia[]

  • Nerþuz shares her English voice actress, Cristina "Vee" Valenzuela, with Tatiana in Shadows of Valentia and Heroes, Lachesis and Athena in Heroes, and Merrin in Engage.
  • In her debut chapter, Nerþuz was originally described in English as Freyja and Freyr's mother. This was later acknowledged as an error through an announcement and eventually corrected. This error was not present in the original Japanese.
  • Nerþuz's interactions with Sharena utilizes the bootstrap paradox. Nerþuz tells Sharena to appeal to her past self by acting cutely. When they travel to the past, Sharena uses Nerþuz's advice and acts cutely, gaining her affection. When they leave, Sharena tells Nerþuz to remind Sharena later in the future how she wishes to be addressed by mortals, thus completing the causal loop of both these interactions initiating the other.

Gallery[]

See main article: Nerþuz/Gallery.
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