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“Pick up the pace! Agustria is straight ahead! Set your sights on Grannvale's army, and give it to 'em as severely as you please. Let the name of Thracia echo across the land!”

Papilio is an enemy character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is one of the dragon knights of Thracia, and is deployed from the direction of the Bragi Tower to ambush Sigurd's army after the death of Eldigan. He is supremely confident in the abilities of Thracia's forces, perhaps recklessly so. Papilio will ultimately fail in his duties, as he either falls to the sheer might of Sigurd's troops or fails to leave any significant impact on the battle. Upon receiving news of Papilio's death, Travant will leave Chagall to face off against Sigurd by himself. Travant will also flee if Sylvale is captured before Papilio's death.


Starting ClassHoly Blood
FE4 Dragon Knight Enemy (M)Dragon Knight-
20601621312017292FE4 Leadership Star3,000
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE4 SwordSword - B
FE4 LanceLance - B
FE4SteelswordSteel Sword
LiferingLife Ring*

*Dropped when defeated


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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.

Papilio is a mediocre boss, possessing inferior leadership, might, accuracy, and Attack Speed compared to Voltz, a boss fought a chapter earlier, and he fares even worse when compared to the mighty Eldigan. Papilio's underlings actually have reasonable attack power, however, so he cannot be discounted completely. Like most other Dragon Knights, Papilio is highly vulnerable to both bows and magic. Ultimately, Papilio is an underwhelming boss who is only interesting because of his class. The statistical contrast between him and Eldigan could not possibly be more stark.

Depending on the player's position, when Papilio's forces make landfall, they might be within attacking range of Chagall's troops. Players wishing to play it safe might want to wait for Papilio's force to advance out of their range. Players can also wear his force down before it even hits landfall by baiting individual units into attacking Erinys. Doing so is far from necessary,however.

While it is possible for the player to bypass Papilio if they are playing extremely aggressively, it is generally worth waiting for Papilio to enter into attack range, just to snag his exceedingly useful Life Ring.


“Heheheh... Prepare to feel the terror that is the Thracian Dragon Knights!”
—Papilio's battle quote
“Uuh... Glory to Thracia!”
—Papilio's death quote


Papilio may come from papillon, which is the French word for butterfly.


  • Papilio makes a cameo appearance during the A Knight, a Friend Lost Lore event in Fire Emblem Heroes.