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“Why was Lord Elbert so... Lord Eliwood, why were you both... so kind to us? It’s... This is... This is all my fault... These nightmares... All these terrible things...”
—Ninian, in a conversation with Eliwood

Ninian is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. She is a mystical dancer and is the older sister of Nils. She also appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and a spirit in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Before The Blazing Blade

Ninian and her brother Nils were born and raised in Ilia. During The Scouring, their mother, an ice dragon named Aenir, was kidnapped and taken away from her family, prompting their father, Nergal, to embark on a search for her, but he could not do so with infant children in tow. After waiting for Nergal in some ruins near the Dragon's Gate on Valor, the siblings eventually decided to pass through the Dragon's Gate, as they were told to do if Nergal did not return for them in ten days. Here, they lost most of their memories as time passed, save for a few precious ones like those of their missing mother, whom Ninian remembered through a silver ring she kept as a memento. The siblings eventually settled in the world beyond the Dragon's Gate and lived there mostly in peace, with Ninian even becoming a powerful and well-respected priestess at a local Shrine. Deep down, however, they always longed for their birthplace, the land of Elibe. Thus, when they received an opportunity to return through the Dragon's Gate and go back, they quickly cooperated and passed through the gate, losing most of their quintessence and being forced to revert to their human forms.

However, this was after Nergal was corrupted by the dark magic that had, ironically, been used to open the gate to reunite with his children. Forgetting both his children and his initial motivation to open the gate, he was deluded into thinking that the purpose of opening the Dragon's Gate was to gain power beyond belief and rule over Elibe. He succeeded, and he and Limstella were confronted by the two siblings, who were greatly weakened by the loss of their powers and the travel through the gate.

Ninian and Nils were then held captive by the Dark Druid, but they eventually escaped from Valor and were chased across Elibe by Nergal's morphs and Black Fang agents who were operating under the manipulation of Nergal's morph, Sonia.

Lyn's Story

Eliwood enters carrying Ninian.

Ninian and Nils eventually find refuge in an inn in Khathelet. Their reprieve is short-lived, however, as Nergal had deployed the Black Fang to apprehend them shortly before the events of Chapter 7. While Ninian is abducted, Nils barely manages to escape. While being escorted to the Black Fang hideout, however, the assassins are attacked by the Pheraen noble, Eliwood, who is meeting up with Hector for their semi-monthly spar. Eliwood escorted the girl back to Nils, who had already defeated the Black Fang agents pursuing them with help from Lyn, a wandering Sacaen, and her group.

While the two lords make acquaintances with each other, Ninian learns that her mother's ring had been stolen by the assassins. Lyn then decides to pursue the Black Fang agents to an abandoned castle in Chapter 7x with her party to retrieve that ring. Here, Ursula's assistant, Beyard, and his forces are defeated and Lyn successfully reclaims the ring. Although unable to directly assist the group as a result of twisting her ankle while abducted by the Black Fang, Ninian is still able to accompany them as they march to Caelin to oust Lundgren from its throne. During the celebrations, the siblings quietly slip out of Caelin, and are believed to simply travel around to hone their skills.

Eliwood and Hector's Story

Elbert bonding with Ninian and Nils.

Shortly after their departure from Castle Caelin, the siblings are captured by Nergal once again. Eliwood's father, Elbert, is imprisoned alongside the siblings on Valor, where he forges a strong bond with them through the stories he tells of his family. Some time later, Elbert helps the siblings escape from the island, where they attempt to flee through a small boat. Unfortunately, they are caught in a storm, whereupon Nils is thrown overboard and loses consciousness.

Later in Chapter 17E/18H, when the three lords are sailing to the Dread Isle by way of Fargus's pirate ship. Here, she is found in a state of deliriousness in the small boat she and Nils had attempted to use to flee Valor. She is pulled aboard by Dart and the rest of Fargus's pirates, but is quickly discovered and attacked by a detachment of Black Fang assassins. Ninian is hidden from sight while the army repels the invaders, and the skirmish ends after Fargus and his men slay the commander of the Black Fang assassins. During the journey, the army learns that Ninian had suffered amnesia from her ordeal. She only remembers that she should not be on Valor, but the army cannot accede to her need due to the pressing need to locate the missing Marquess Pherae. Ninian is thus forced to journey back to the Dragon's Gate with them.

Upon arrival on Valor in Chapter 18E/19H, the party is quickly ambushed by Uhai, who attempts to take Lyn hostage in a bid to get them to release custody of Ninian. A skirmish breaks out soon after, with Ninian implored to take refuge while the rest of the party engages Uhai in battle.

As the party later heads to the Dragon's Gate in Chapter 19E/20H, Ninian is captured by Ephidel. While the army fights their way through Black Fang agents and Darin, Marquess of Laus, Ninian is brought before Nergal, where he quickly takes control of her mind, forcing her to open the Dragon's Gate. When Eliwood, Lyn and Hector arrive on the scene, they find that they had arrived too late as the summoning of a dragon is already underway. Elbert, already greatly weakened after being assaulted by Jaffar, sustains yet another blow as an entranced Ninian, seeking to draw more power for the summoning ritual, unwittingly saps the remainder of his quintessence. Before the dragon fully emerges from the gate, however, Nils intervenes and breaks Ninian out of her trance, allowing her to stop the summoning ritual. The group quickly escapes from Dragon's Gate and Valor, leaving Nergal with a grave wound dealt by Elbert and Ephidel consumed along with the dragon.

When the army reaches Badon in Chapter 20E/21H, they are confronted by Black Fang assailants led by Eubans. A skirmish breaks out shortly after, and the army is forced to engage in battle. Ninian, stricken by grief over her actions in Dragon's Gate, later attempts to rush out to lend aid to the army, but is stopped by Nils. He eventually relents to her will by transferring his power to her. During the army's subsequent journey across Elibe, Ninian serves as a supporting role as a Dancer, during which she develops an attraction for Eliwood that can be returned through support conversations.

After the Fire Emblem, Bern's treasure, is retrieved from the Shrine of Seals in Chapter 27E/29H, Ninian and Nils are confronted by Nergal. At this point, Nergal has been fully revitalized after gathering the quintessence of the Four Fangs. In a bid to protect the army and Nils from harm, Ninian transfers her current abilities to Nils before departing with Nergal.

Back on Valor in Chapter 28E, Nergal attempts to get Ninian to cooperate, but fails. He then preys on her newfound love of Eliwood, asking her what the lord would think should he learn of her true identity. Plagued by these thoughts, Ninian reverts to her dragon form, effectively losing her memories of the journey save for an ardent desire to see Eliwood, crossing a long distance in the span of a few hours to attain her wish.

Unfortunately, Ninian locates Eliwood only after he retrieves the Blazing Sword, Durandal, and is tragically slain by the hand of the man she loves. Dying, Ninian uses her remaining quintessence to revert to her human form, revealing the secret of the two siblings to everyone present. She dies in Eliwood's arms, begging him to protect the land of Elibe. Nergal uses the opportunity opened up by Eliwood, Hector and Lyn's grief to attempt to abduct Nils, but he is intercepted by Athos, who teleports into the scene and fends him off.

Nergal's supposed victory only spurs the group further in their conquest, and they eventually confront and kill the Dark Druid for his atrocities in the Final Chapter. In his final moments, Nergal seemingly remembers his purpose for opening the Dragon's Gate, and finally succeeds in doing so. He dies regardless, with three dragons emerging from the newly open portal. Bramimond intervenes, however, and resurrects Ninian with the last of his strength. In her dragon form, she kills two of the three and leaves the last gravely wounded, allowing the group to eventually defeat it.


With Nergal and his morphs defeated, along with the leading powers of the Black Fang, the siblings need no longer fear to live in the human world. However, as Nils reveals, the air of Elibe is not as pristine as it once was in the distant past, meaning that it will not be able to sustain them much longer. Should both him and Ninian remain in the human realm, their lives will be cut short. Accepting this fact, Ninian and Nils depart from the human realm, sealing the Dragon's Gate permanently from their side.

In another possible scenario, Ninian and Eliwood fall in love during the course of their journey by achieving an A-Support together. After defeating the Fire Dragon, the same scenario occurs as above with Nils still noting the conditions of the air will not sustain them for very long. Nils notices Ninian's affections for Eliwood and tells her to stay with him, despite the limited life she will have in Elibe. Nils departs through the Dragon Gate alone, giving Eliwood his blessings to care for his sister.

Ninian and Eliwood return to Pherae together and Eliwood becomes the new Marquess. Shortly before his ascension, they call Mark to name their first born. The two eventually marry and name their son Roy. Ninian would live a brief, happy life with her husband and son, but she will eventually die from illness shortly afterwards.


With a melancholic look in her eyes wherever she goes, Ninian is a girl with an ephemeral air about her. She maintains an enigmatic aura out of fear of the truth of her heritage coming to light. It is this truth that causes some to use it for their personal advantage, a prime example of this being Nergal's treatment of both her and Nils.

She has slow speech patterns, result of her being a thoughtful person, pausing to think carefully before she speaks. This is also out of shyness, as she attempts to readjust to her old home in Elibe, and simply out of fear of meeting new people.

Though she remains quite reserved after Lyn and Eliwood saved her, she feels extremely guilty and responsible for having been tricked into beginning a crisis in the world. Aside from these traits, Ninian has also proven to be very courageous, unhesitatingly standing up to protect those whom she loves. This is evidenced most prominently through her decision to give herself up to Nergal to protect Nils and Eliwood's army.

Ninian is a gentle, polite, and courteous lady, treating all the people she can form supports with respect and kindness. Contrasting with her brother Nils, who has no interest on becoming close to humans, Ninian is very curious about the species and Elibe in general. She is the more emotional of the duo, often being guided by her heart.


The Blazing Blade

Description: A somber girl. Quiet, but filled with a solemn energy.

Base Stats

Starting ClassAffinity
Dancer-GBA-map.gif DancerGBAIce.gif Ice
WeaponStarting Items
--Ninissgrace.gif Ninis' Grace
Elixir.gif Elixir

Growth Rates

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 5% 5% 70% 80% 30% 70%

(Same as Nils' growth rates)

  • Note: Nils and Ninian have the same stats, except for Con, where Nils' is one point lower.


  • Ninis' Grace: Boosts target's effective defense and resistance by 10 for one turn.
  • Filla's Might: Boosts target's effective magic or strength by 10 for one turn.
  • Set's Litany: Boosts target's effective avoid chance by 10% for one turn.
  • Thor's Ire: Boosts target's effective critical strike chance by 10% for one turn.


See also: Ninian/Supports


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Ninian's dances, as well as Nils' music, invigorate her allies and allow them to move again. Ninian and Nils share the same stat growths, and as they level up, their gains transfer between them. This includes effects bestowed by stat-boosting items. What is excluded from this equation are Ninian's supports, which are exclusive to her. Both siblings may refresh an allied unit so that they may move again, or use one of four magic rings to provide a temporary stat bonus. Due to plot developments that remove one or the other from action, the player may only use one at any given time.

As both Nils and Ninian are not combatants, coupled with the fact that they have poor physical defense, it is thus wise to keep them protected behind other characters. For Ninian, however, Hawkeye, Florina and Eliwood's support bonuses can be used to raise her avoid. Hawkeye is arguably the best choice due to his ability to perform critical attacks quite often, and he is the only one of the 3 whom Ninian can keep up with as Florina gains 8 movement and Eliwood gains 7 movement upon promotion.

To offset these weaknesses, the siblings come with high growths in Speed, Luck, and Resistance, making them more likely to avoid enemies, and also resilient against magic attacks. They gain 10 experience every time they Dance or Play for an allied unit. With the use of hacks and/or codes, Ninian can attack, but double attacks will cause the game to freeze.

Of note is the fact that Set's Litany is unavailable to Ninian, as it is only obtained after she is replaced by Nils in the game's final few chapters.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Oracle of Destiny
A young dancer who has a serene and mystical presence. Her dances are divine tributes. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Ninian Sprite.pngTitle
Oracle of Destiny
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Light Breath+
FEH skill support.png Dance
FEH Thunder Breath.png Dragonstone


FEH skill offense.pngFire Breath---
Fire Breath+---
Light Breath---
Light Breath+-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngDance-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
BFEH Escape Route 1.png Escape Route 1--
FEH Escape Route 2.png Escape Route 2FEH Escape Route 1.png Escape Route 1-
FEH Escape Route 3.png Escape Route 3FEH Escape Route 2.png Escape Route 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Fortify Def 1.png Fortify Def 1--
FEH Fortify Def 2.png Fortify Def 2FEH Fortify Def 1.png Fortify Def 1-
FEH Fortify Dragons.png Fortify DragonsFEH Fortify Def 2.png Fortify Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png


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Base Set

Ninian was a unique hero as upon her introduction, she was the third blue dragon unit, but had the distinct niche of being the sole Dragon Dancer unit for three years. Her synergy with dragon based teams was unparalleled as she could give them dragon buffs while fulfilling a refresher niche. Her overall bulk is passable and easily allows her to weather blows that some other dancer units cannot and has the passable Spd that makes it difficult for most enemies to double her. Unfortunately, her Atk is low and far from the strongest dragon combatant, but she can easily be used in a pinch to mediocre success assuming her enemy has been softened up. For now, she has been powercrept by Nils at least until she can be blessed with her own unique weapon.

Her Light Breath grants a +4 Def/Res buff to allies adjacent to her when she initiates combat. While she should not be used primarily to attack, in some cases the buff can help allies, though it takes careful positioning to reap the rewards. As a dancer, she naturally has Dance at her disposal.

Escape Route allows Ninian to teleport to an ally on the map when she is at 50% HP or less. This will help her escape danger after she is caught out. Fortify Dragons grants her adjacent Dragon allies a +6 Def/Res buff, which gives her the synergy she needs to boost her dragon allies often notorious bulk.


Like most Dragon Units, Ninian is weak to Falchion users, especially Skill Forged Falchion Alm who can easily ORKO with its effect as well as Julia and Deirdre whose green unit status on top of Book of Naga can easily dispose of her. Otherwise, standard Green Units, especially physical ones, can easily dispose of her and Poison Dagger units. Having the highest base HP of all dancers, she can be affected by Bridal Fjorm's Gjallarbrú, but depending on the both of their Asset/Flaws as well as skill load out, Ninian can potentially avoid Gjallarbrú's disabling effect. She is the only Dancer who has high enough base HP to avoid the [Isolation] effect without needing inheritances, seals, merges, and/or Dragonflowers.

Skill Inheritance Options
As a Dragon Unit without a special Breath, her Light Breath can be easily substituted with Lightning Breath+ to give her better defensive capabilities, especially to dispose of Red Mages who can only deal semi-decent damage to her. Her solid speed makes her a great candidate for Specials with longer cooldowns as she can double a decent amount of units, so Luna is a great skill that is easily accessible while Aether is the best for her overall if willing to fodder units with the skill off to her. Steady Breath is the most ideal Skill A, especially if running Lightning Breath to speed her cooldowns of her specials. Otherwise Fury is always a solid option for those who cannot secure Steady Breath. Skill B has a wide range of options. Ninian syncs well with Wings of Mercy to assist allies after they fight to either finish off an enemy or help them escape. To reduce the threat of Falchion users and to shut down most speedy red units, Swordbreaker works well on her. If using Lightning Breath, Quick Riposte combos well, though Rank 3's accessibility is low. Skill C works well with just her base Fortify Dragon skill, but Panic Ploy pairs nicely with her high HP stats.

Bright-Eyed Bride
A young dancer who has a serene and mystical presence. Her travels took her on a path that led to a festival celebrating brides. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Base Stats

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Ninian Sprite (Bridal).pngTitle
Bright-Eyed Bride
Heroes Flying.png Flying
FEH skill offense.png Fresh Bouquet+
FEH skill support.png Dance
FEH Thunder Tome.png Tome


FEH skill offense.pngLight---
Fresh Bouquet---
Fresh Bouquet+-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngDance-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
BFEH Chill Atk 1.png Chill Atk 1--
FEH Chill Atk 2.png Chill Atk 2FEH Chill Atk 1.png Chill Atk 1-
FEH Chill Atk 3.png Chill Atk 3FEH Chill Atk 2.png Chill Atk 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Spur Spd 1.png Spur Spd 1--
FEH Drive Spd 1.png Drive Spd 1FEH Spur Spd 1.png Spur Spd 1-
FEH Drive Spd 2.png Drive Spd 2FEH Drive Spd 1.png Drive Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 5.png


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Base Set

Bridal Ninian remains a dancing unit, though now a blue tome flier instead. While this gives her superb mobility to assist in supporting her teammates and being the first ranged flier dancer, she has since been overshadowed by two other units of the same type and role, Legendary Azura and Peony, who offer so much more than her thanks to their unique weapons and better dancing skills. Nonetheless, Bridal Ninian is still an excellent refreshing unit and still worthy of attention as her stats are decent for a dancer unit, especially in her Spd and Res stats. While she is not suited for constant combat, she still makes for an excellent option for Arena Assault teams.

Her Fresh Bouquet provides a Hone Speed effect, boosting her adjacent allies a +4 Spd visible buff at the start of her turn. This can stack on her Skill C and Seals as well, giving her excellent buffing options. As mentioned above, she is a Dance unit, allowing her to refresh allies.

Chill Attack inflicts a -7 Atk penalty on the enemy with the highest Atk, severely impacting their offensive damage against Ninian's allies. Drive Speed grants a +3 Spd buff to her allies within two spaces during combat, essentially giving an ally who has received her Fresh Bouquet effect a +7 Spd boost during combat.


Bridal Ninian is almost exclusively a supportive unit in most uses, thus she is sorely lacking in offense in most instances. Her Def is her lowest stat, making just about any physical assault her downfall. Her Flier status also guarantees that any Bow user will likely fell her in a single attack. Otherwise, anti mage units like Felicia and Halloween Sakura or high Res units like Deirdre can easily wall her when combating an AI team.

Skill Inheritance Options
Moonbow is her best Special since its fast cooldown will prep it quickly thanks to her solid Spd while helping her to increase her damage when it activates. Fury gives her a nice flat boost to her four core stats and is mostly used to help save her in a pinch, rather than improving her offense as a whole. Fortify Fliers gives her excellent synergy on Flier teams as its buffs will stack with her Bridal Bouquet and if given a Hone Attack Seal, she essentially grants adjacent flier allies +4 Atk/Spd and +6 Def/Res.


Death Quotes

If Eliwood was present in the battle

Ninian: Ah...
Eliwood: Ninian!
Ninian: I'm so sorry, Lord Eliwood... I...cannot...stand much longer...
Eliwood: You needn't try. I'll take care of everything. Retreat to a safe place. Can you do that?
Ninian: Yes...

If Eliwood was not present in the battle (only possible in Hector's story)

Ninian: Ah...
Nils: Ninian! Are you well?
Ninian: I'm sorry... I can... stand no longer...
Nils: There's nothing else we can do here. Come, let us retreat to the rear. We don't want to become a burden on you.
(End of chapter)
Eliwood: Nils! How is Ninian?
Nils: I think she'll be fine with a little rest.
Eliwood: I asked too much of her. It was not right... From now on, the two of you will stay out of combat. Is that understood?
Nils: Yes. I'm sorry.


Ninian/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings

Nils & Ninian - Children of Destiny
After these dragonkin bid farewell to the land of their birth, they returned to their new world. Meeting Eliwood warmed the hearts of these ice dragons with the hope that man and dragon could live in peace.
Ninian and Eliwood
Eliwood and Ninian were wed after the conflict. Ninian gave up her old life and her people to enjoy a brief life with Eliwood. They have a son named Roy, who will one day take up arms to defend his nation.

Non-Canon Appearances

Ninian is a major character in the Square Enix light novel adaptation of The Blazing Blade. The novel covers the route in which she is the love interest of Eliwood and so future mother of Roy.

Super Smash Bros. Series

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Sticker Info
Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary

Brawl Sticker Ninian.png Fire Emblem [Arm, Leg] - Attack +6
Usable by: Marth, Ike

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Spirit Info
No. Name Image Type Class Slots Effect
650 Ninian Ninian.png Support ★★☆☆ (Advanced) 1 Trade-Off Defense ↑
Spirit Battle
Spirit Enemy Fighter(s) Type Power / Class Stage Rules Conditions Music
No. 650
Shield 3,400/ ★★☆☆ (Advanced) Castle Siege (Battlefield) None •Defeat the main fighter to win
•The enemy can use their Final Smash twice in a row
•The enemy's FS Meter charges quickly
"Winning Road - Roy's Hope"

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Ninian 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 100
The Blazing Blade
CYL2 32
The Blazing Blade
CYL3 saw the transition to different counting mechanisms involving versions of characters and ties, so change measured between CYL2 and CYL3 shouldn't be taken at face value.
CYL3 61
The Blazing Blade
CYL4 65
The Blazing Blade

CYL5 70
The Blazing Blade


Niniane is one of several name variations for the Lady of the Lake who gives King Arthur Excalibur. Other variants include 'Nimue' and 'Viviane'.

The name Ninian is Welsh. Ironically, it is a male name: Saint Ninian is a legendary Christian bishop first mentioned in the 8th century as being an early missionary among the Pictish peoples of what is now Scotland.



See main article: Ninian/Gallery.