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“Helping you would give me great joy.”

Rafiel is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the first prince of Serenes, the lost heron country that was crushed by the Begnion Empire. He is the only heron who is not introduced in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, but is the first playable in Radiant Dawn. Much like all other heron laguz, he is unable to fight, and only able to sing galdr to support other units in battle.

Profile[edit | edit source]

Half a year before the Serenes Massacre, Rafiel was captured by beorc slave-traders in Serenes Forest. He was then auctioned off to be a pet to rich and powerful beorc. Catching the eye of one particularly influential senator, Hetzel, he took him into his care and treated him with hospitality. Nursed back to health, Rafiel temporarily regained the use of his wings upon regaining his vigor. Hearing of the massacre, Rafiel fled Hetzel’s estate in a flurry of confusion and attempted to embark on a flight towards Serenes.

However, as a result of his trauma from the slave-traders, he still found himself unable to fly with his wings. He wound up flying off-course and found himself collapsed and barely alive in the infamous Desert of Death, located in eastern Begnion. Queen Nailah of Hatari had come across the heron. She brought him back to her homeland and did her best to nurse him back to health. The two eventually became lifelong partners. He then made the decision to reside in Hatari for a while, before heading towards Daein with Nailah and her loyal subject, Volug.

After the last battle of Radiant Dawn, Rafiel returns to the Serenes forest to awaken his father. If Nailah is alive by the time the game ends, he will eventually return to Hatari with her.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Unlike his siblings Reyson, who emulates his brusque protector Tibarn, and Leanne, who is rather stubborn and childish, Rafiel is more akin to how a Heron is expected to be: passive and serene. This has led Ike to comment on how he fears his shouting will injure Rafiel, whom he perceives as being "frail" and "gentle".

Rafiel keeps up a calm demeanor in almost any given situation, even when he is on the battlefield. He is mature and nurturing when dealing with others, be they Beorc, Laguz, or even Branded, the differences between them holding very little meaning to him. Rafiel is also extremely loyal to anyone whom he considers to be a dear friend of his, and is shown to willingly risk his life to help them unless they forbid him from doing so. This can be seen in Chapter 3-E, where he agrees to join Micaiah's side on the battlefield after learning of the horrific Blood Pact that she is unwillingly bound to.

Rafiel shares a strong bond with Micaiah, who comes to rely both on his Galdr and his gentle nature for emotional support. He is also very close to his partner, the Hatarian Queen Nailah, who rescued him from the harshness of the desert and continues to ensure his safety throughout his travels.

In Game[edit | edit source]

Radiant Dawn[edit | edit source]

Availability[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Rafiel Heron Sprite (Untransformed).png
Heron (Untransformed)

FE10 Rafiel Heron Sprite (Transformed).png
Heron (Transformed)
FE10Heaven.png Heaven








SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Blessing.png Blessing
Shove.png Shove
Galdrar.png Galdr
-FE10seraphrobe.png Seraph Robe

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 0% 40% 10% 20% 60% 10% 50%

Biorhythm[edit | edit source]

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Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Blessed Wings
Prince of Serenes, the destroyed heron country. Fell in love with Nailah after she saved his life. Appears in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

Rafiel Blessed Wings Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Blessed Wings
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Adult (Infantry)
FEH skill support.png Sing
FEH Blue Beast.png Beast
Rafiel Blessed Wings Heroes sprite.pngTitle
Blessed Wings
Heroes Infantry.png Infantry
FEH skill offense.png Groom's Wing
FEH skill support.png Sing
FEH Blue Beast.png Beast

Skills[edit | edit source]

FEH skill offense.pngWhelp (Infantry)---
Yearling (Infantry)---
Adult (Infantry)---
Groom's Wing-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngSing-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
BFEH Gale Dance 1.png Gale Dance 1--
FEH Firestorm Dance 1.png Firestorm Dance 1FEH Gale Dance 1.png Gale Dance 1-
FEH Firestorm Dance 2.png Firestorm Dance 2FEH Firestorm Dance 1.png Firestorm Dance 1FEH Star Rarity 5.png
CFEH Spur Res 1.png Spur Res 1--
FEH Spur Res 2.png Spur Res 2FEH Spur Res 1.png Spur Res 1-
FEH Ward Beasts.png Ward BeastsFEH Spur Def 2.png Spur Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[edit | edit source]

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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.
Base Set[edit | edit source]
Counters[edit | edit source]
Skill Inheritance[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Heroes[edit | edit source]

Rafiel/Heroes Quotes

Epilogue[edit | edit source]

Earthbound Chorister - Rafiel (地に在る白翼)
Rafiel preformed a ceremony in Serenes Forest to wake his father, the king. Eventually he returned to Hatari.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[edit | edit source]

Rafiel is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Rafiel takes his name from the Archangel Raphael. This name has multiple but similar meanings: "God Heals", "God, Please Heal" or "It is God who heals".

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Heroes, Rafiel is the first Heron unit to be an infantry unit rather than a flying unit.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See main article: Rafiel/Gallery.
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