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“Hey! I'm not small! I'm a dangerous mercenary!”
—Rolf talking to Marcia in a support conversation

Rolf is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is the youngest member of the Greil Mercenaries and the younger half brother of Oscar and Boyd.

Profile[]

The youngest of the three brothers after Oscar and Boyd, Rolf's birth mother left him when he was a infant, abandoning her sons and their bedridden father for another love interest, leaving Oscar to take care of the family. Though he traveled with the mercenaries, his tasks were mostly chores such as helping Mist with cooking and cleaning. Because of this, he had no combat experience prior to when Greil died.

He was first taught how to use a bow by Shinon, so that, like Mist, he could be of some use to the group rather than staying behind every time the company went to work. Shinon told Rolf during his training never to tell anyone who taught him, and he remained faithful to that promise, although his eldest brother, Oscar, could detect the secret, but never told anyone, either, respecting Rolf's oath.

When the group encounters his birth mother by chance in Radiant Dawn, Rolf is given the opportunity to live with his mother, and she begs for him to return. He chooses to stay with his brothers, however, saying that she is a stranger to him, considering the fact that she abandoned him, his brothers and his sickly father when he was a baby just to be with another man, and that he would prefer staying in the company of what he considers his true family: Oscar, Boyd, and the rest of the Greil Mercenaries.

He can perform a Triangle Attack with his brothers under certain conditions, being that Oscar and Boyd are upgraded classes with the ability to use bows. This is a default setting in Radiant Dawn (keep in mind that Oscar must be a Silver Knight, and Boyd must be equipped with a crossbow of some kind), but optional in Path of Radiance.

In Game[]

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[]

Recruitment[]

  • Chapter 9: Automatically from the start.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Rolf Archer Sprite.png ArcherFE9Wind.gif Wind
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
1185086462446
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
-FE9 Bow.png Bow - EFE9rolfsbow.gif Rolf's Bow
FE9Vulnerary.gif Vulnerary

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 40% 20% 45% 50% 40% 30% 25%

Support Conversations[]

See also: Rolf/Supports

Bond Support[]

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE9masterseal.gif Master Seal) FE9 Rolf Sniper Sprite.png Sniper
1 +3 +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +3 +1 +1

Death Quote[]

“I... wonder what will happen to me... I'm so scared... Boyd... Broth--”
—Death Quote

Overall[]

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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.

Rolf joins underleveled, in chapter 9, with base stats that would barely be acceptable several chapters earlier. Being bow-locked with these stats would be a struggle on its own, but it's compounded on by the fact that Rolf joins with E bows. His growth rates are decent, but they aren't anything spectacular and certainly aren't enough to salvage his poor bases. Even with favoritism, he'll take several chapters to catch up to the rest of your team. On top of all of this, he joins at around the same time as Marcia and Kieran, two of the best units in the game, meaning he'll need to steal valuable experience from them to get anywhere. Even if you want to recruit Shinon, Rolf doesn't need any experience to be kept safe in chapter 18. The only potential threats are the siege tomes used on that map, but proper positioning and use of the barrier staff can make them a non-issue.

The other available choice for Sniper is Shinon. While neither are particularly worth using, Shinon is still arguably better due to joining with base B in bows, allowing him to wield the Brave Bow at base. His niche of being the earliest joining bow user is relevant only once, in chapter 12, but even then he's held back by the fact that effective weaponry only multiplies Mt by 2 in Path of Radiance, rather than the series's usual x3 multiplier. He will also be easily doubled if the player has not been investing in him up to this point. Once Astrid joins in the next chapter, any niche advantage that bows might have given him is gone. If for some reason 2 bow users are desired for the same map, he might see some use until Boyd promotes.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn[]

Availability[]

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

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Rolf Sniper Sprite.png SniperFE10Wind.png Wind
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResConWtMov
132173201913139677
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Critical 10.png Critical +10
Shove.png Shove
FE10 Bow.gif Bow - BRolfsbow.png Rolf's Bow
FE10steelbow.png Steel Bow
FE10vulnerary.png Vulnerary

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 75% 10% 45% 45% 35% 35% 20%

Biorhythm[]

RD Biorhythm H.jpg

Bond Support[]

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10mastercrown.png Master Crown) FE10 Rolf Marksman Sprite.png Marksman
1 +4 +2 +4 +2 +2 +2 +4 +0 +0
Skills Weapon Levels
Critical 15.png Critical +15
Deadeye.png Deadeye
FE10 Bow.gif A*

Overall[]

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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.

In Radiant Dawn, Shinon joins at the same time as Rolf and at a higher level, but Shinon and Rolf both compete in different stats. Rolf has higher HP, luck, and higher strength, but lower Defenses, Speed, and much less skill. Compared to Leonardo, Rolf has higher HP, strength, and speed, but much less resistance, luck, and skill. It is advised to take at least one Marksman with you to the final chapter so you can use the powerful Double Bow, so who you end up using as your Marksman is completely preference. Of the three, Rolf has by far the highest HP and Strength and by far the lowest Skill and the middle ground for Luck and Speed.

During Part 3, Rolf's biggest flaw is that with BEXP abuse, Shinon will cap Strength with relative ease, as well as defense, HP, Skill, and Speed. Rolf will almost certainly fail to cap Defense, but he can cap Skill and Speed as a Sniper. Rolf takes many levels to get up to speed, as to cap HP and Strength. His Skill and Speed will develop decently well, and he will one-round most enemies if he gets enough in these stats. He's practically guaranteed to cap Strength as both a Sniper and a Marksman, just watch out for his defenses, but his HP and decent avoid can help him sponge some attacks.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Tricky Archer
A member of the Greil Mercenaries and the younger brother of Oscar and Boyd. Joining in on the harvest festivities in a ghostly getup. Appears in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Rolf Tricky Archer sprite.pngTitle
Tricky Archer
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
34/37/40
5/6/7
25/28/31
9/10/11
31/34/37
4/5/6
22/25/28
2/3/4
18/21/24
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Candlewax Bow
FEH skill support.png Shove
FEH Bow.png Bow
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Rolf Tricky Archer sprite.pngTitle
Tricky Archer
Group
Heroes Cavalry.png Cavalry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
5/6/7
27/30/33
9/10/11
33/36/39
5/6/7
24/28/31
3/4/5
20/23/27
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense.png Candlewax Bow+
FEH skill support.png Shove
FEH Bow.png Bow

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offense.pngIron Bow---
Steel Bow---
Candlewax Bow---
Candlewax Bow+-FEH Star Rarity 5.png-
FEH skill support.pngShove-FEH Star Rarity 4.pngFEH Star Rarity 3.png
BFEH Desperation 1.png Desperation 1--
FEH Desperation 2.png Desperation 2FEH Desperation 1.png Desperation 1FEH Star Rarity 3.png
FEH Desperation 3.png Desperation 3FEH Desperation 2.png Desperation 2FEH Star Rarity 4.png
CFEH Odd Spd Wave 1.png Odd Spd Wave 1--
FEH Odd Spd Wave 2.png Odd Spd Wave 2FEH Odd Spd Wave 1.png Odd Spd Wave 1-
FEH Odd Spd Wave 3.png Odd Spd Wave 3FEH Odd Spd Wave 2.png Odd Spd Wave 2FEH Star Rarity 5.png

Overall[]

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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[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Quotes[]

“So this is what fate...had in store for me... I'm so cold... I still had...a lot...to learn. Oscar... B-Boyd... Shinon...”
—Rolf's death quote

Heroes[]

Rolf/Heroes Quotes

Epilogue[]

  • Faithful Student (若葉の射手, Young Archer in the Japanese version)
  • Rolf remained with the mercenaries. He was always in demand as a tutor of unrivaled marksmanship.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Rolf 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 359
Path of Radiance
482
377
Radiant Dawn
434
CYL2 468
Path of Radiance
279
521
Radiant Dawn
218
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 369
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
427
CYL4 421
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
195

CYL5 366
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
148

Etymology[]

Rolf is a real name and has its own meaning, but it is an alteration of "Rudolf", which means 'fame' and 'wolf' in its Germanic roots.

Trivia[]

  • Before Rolf is recruited, he has a unique class called Child.
  • In Radiant Dawn, Rolf says in a base conversation with Boyd that he believes skill is more important than strength, even though his growth rate for strength (75%) is higher than the one for his skill (45%).
  • Rolf is voiced by a woman (Yū Asakawa) in Radiant Dawn.
  • Rolf is tied with Aran for highest Strength growth rate in Radiant Dawn, at 75%. Rolf is also tied with Edward for highest HP growth of all beorc units, at 85%.

Gallery[]

See main article: Rolf/Gallery.