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“Brave warriors of Rigel. You have fought with courage and skill at my side these long years. But the hour of reckoning is upon us. Our empire's light is guttering. Now heed my words well! If I should fall, my final order is that you lay down your arms and surrender. I hear the young Zofian general is a man of mercy. If you have any love and loyalty for me, you'll not waste your lives this day.”
—Rudolf's pre-battle speech in Act 4 in Shadows of Valentia.

Rudolf is one of the main antagonists of Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He is the emperor of Rigel.


The fourth Emperor of Rigel, as well as a renowned general who stood on the battlefield from a young age with numerous victories to his name, Rudolf was chosen as the successor of Rigel III despite being only an indirect descendant due to his ability to wield Falchion and bearing the brand of Duma. Having had a strong relationship with Mycen in their adolescence, both were thoughtful yet hot-blooded men, who would stay up all night to debate Rigel’s future and current state.

Following his ascension, a young Rudolf met with the War Father at Duma Temple. During this time, Rudolf sensed Duma’s disturbing descent into madness. Nevertheless, he pledged dominion of Valentia to Duma. However, he did not specify the time of invasion; instead, he ruled while promising to prepare for war. Thereafter, in order to convince Duma of his intent to conquer Zofia, he bolstered the Rigelian army’s armaments. Seeking guidance, Rudolf met with Halcyon, the High Priest of the Duma Faithful. It was then that he received a prophecy foretelling Valentia’s spiral into destruction, with only two with special Brands, one born in Zofia and another in Rigel, held the power to free the Valentian continent from the gods’ control–the “Children of Fate”.

About 17 years prior to the start of Gaiden/Shadows of Valentia, Rudolf was blessed with a son who bore a special brand of Duma on his left hand. Upon seeing this mark as well as receiving a report that a Zofian princess with a Brand was born around the same time, Rudolf realized that Halcyon’s prophecy was in motion, and secretly met with Mycen, where he entrusted his son to him to raise into a great warrior.

Through the years, Rudolf enacted a plan to spur the Valentian people into conflict in order to end the rule of Duma and Mila on the Rigelian and Zofian people respectively, both whom he viewed as a danger to humans as a whole. During said preparations, a man was washed ashore in Rigel and discovered by a Rigelian priestess, who man showed great skill as a knight and the two became close. Naming him Ezekiel, or Zeke for short, Rudolf tasked him to follow a man who bore a mark on his left hand should he ever meet him in battle. Zeke would later uphold this promise, following Alm in his cause.

As such, when the poor harvests persisted to the point when the Empire’s food stockpiles ran out, Rudolf made the decision to invade Zofia, starting the invasion. By becoming a conqueror, seemingly set on unifying the continent of Valentia under a single rule, Rudolf begins his real plan, requesting the Falchion from Duma in order to seal Mila, and aiding Desaix in his rebellion in order to provoke the true heroes to come out and stop him or unite the continent by military might.

Over the years, Rudolf became acquainted with his nephew, Berkut, who desired to become heir to the Empire by becoming a great knight worthy of Rudolf. Rudolf often humored Berkut's ambitions and grandeur, but when he constantly failed him during the conflict against the Zofian force, the Deliverance, Rudolf sidelines him to prevent further shame upon the empire.

End of the Age of Gods[]

Alm, who leads the Deliverance, eventually reaches Rigel Castle. At the dawn of the battle, Rudolf praises his knights for their loyalty and orders them to surrender peacefully should he fall in battle.

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Alm's truth

Rudolf reveals the truth to Alm with his dying breath.

Eventually, Alm meets Rudolf atop the castle and the two clash weapons. Rudolf willingly allows Alm to mortally wound him without fighting back. Alm is confused by Rudolf's lack of resistance, but Rudolf hushes him so he can give him his final words. Rudolf reveals that Alm is his long lost son, Albein Alm Rudolf II, whom he sent away with Mycen to become a great hero. With his dying breath, Rudolf expresses pride in his son and knows that he will be able to be the hero who will slay the oppressive gods of Valentia and lead the people to a prosperous future without their influence. In his death, the truth of Alm's heritage is revealed to the Valentian people. Before the battle, his trusted personal guard Massena was fully informed of Rudolf's 17 year long plan who in turn puts all his effort in seeing Rudolf's ambition come to fruition.

Though Rudolf did not live to see his plans succeed, Alm eventually fulfilled his father's vision by slaying Duma and laying both Divine Dragons to rest.
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A man of great ambition, Rudolf commands Rigel with great respect from the masses and undying loyalty from the knights in his service. Even his final order was strictly observed by his order of knights upon his death. Even Berkut admires Rudolf, possibly being the only individual he has ever shown such respect. However, despite caring for Berkut like a son, Rudolf kept him at arm's length due to his plans for the continent. Inversely, due to the war he launched against Zofia, he is seen by the Zofian people as a power hungry conqueror who is merely trying to unify Valentia through force.

In truth, Rudolf was a man of great order and initiative, seeing that the influence of Duma and Mila on the Valentians were too harmful for the Valentians and awaiting for the circumstances that could lead to the end of the rule of the Divine Dragons. Upon seeing the Brand on his son's hand and hearing of a Zofian princess with the selfsame mark, Rudolf enacted his plan, even at the expense of his son and himself. Even after 17 years, after seeing his son for the first and last time since he first gave him to Mycen to raise, he expressed great pride in his son's power and kindness and dies happily knowing that Valentia would have a great leader in his absence.


Fire Emblem Gaiden[]


Starting Class
Enemy Gold Knight FE2 Map IconGold Knight
MagicStarting Items
-Angel Ring

*Due to equipped Angel Ring


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.

As previously stated, if Alm attacks Rudolf or if Rudolf attacks Alm, then Rudolf will not attack/attack back. This is the only real method that the player can use to beat him (unless they level grind for a very extensive amount of time), as in addition to being equipped with an Angel Ring (which essentially boosts his critical rate by 20%). He has very high HP (52, the max HP of the game for all units except the final boss), attack, defense, and speed. Assuming the player has refrained from serious level grinding, he will generally be able to double any unit that attacks him, and given that the highest amount of defense your units will have generally is 20 at best (and this would only include your Barons), he will do an average of 14 or more damage given the fact that he has a high critical hit and high speed stat. If not for the fact that Rudolf will not attack Alm in battle, Rudolf would likely be the most difficult boss out of all the Fire Emblem games given his high stats and abilities, along with the fact that he moves.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[]


Starting Class
FE15 Gold Knight (Rudolf)Gold Knight
MagicSkillsStarting Items
-Echoes Ring Skill icon Renewal*
Echoes Mounted Unit Horseback Unit
Echoes angel ring icon Angel Ring
*Due to equipped Angel Ring

Starting Class
FE15 Gold Knight (Rudolf)Gold Knight
MagicSkillsStarting Items
-Echoes Ring Skill icon Renewal*
Echoes Mounted Unit Horseback Unit
Echoes angel ring icon Angel Ring
*Due to equipped Angel Ring


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.

Like Gaiden, Rudolf will not attack Alm. If Alm is in range of Rudolf, he will initiate an attack on Alm.

Rudolf is fairly vulnerable to magic; the best strategy to abuse this would be to kill all of the enemy Bow Knights and use a Bow Knight of your own to kill the enemy Arcanists before attempting to attack Rudolf. This would require Rudolf moving out of his position, which would entail using the Invoke spell or sending an incredibly durable unit to lure Rudolf out of his position to a point where he can attacked by a Thunder or Sagittae spell over the wall of the right side of the map. In Hard Mode, Rudolf cannot be killed with magic alone due to his improved resistance and how the enemies on the map are positioned differently. The best strategy in Hard Mode would be to lure out Rudolf with Dread Fighter from Silque's Invoke spell, targeting him with as much magic as possible, and having Alm finish him off, with the Royal Sword's Double Lion skill if necessary.

If you have Delthea with Ragnarok however, as well as training 3 other mages (Preferably the 3 Saints), and you had defeated Nuibaba (which is highly recommended), you can use both Silque and Tatiana's Invokes to lure Rudolf into moving as soon as possible, and allowing all 4 to bombard him with attacks, and due to the Mage Ring that can be traded around, all 4 will have 1-4 range against Rudolf, and as Seraphim and Ragnarok are the most accurate spells in the game, this method should kill Rudolf quite easily, as long as Silque, Faye and Tatiana have decent attack values.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Emperor of Rigel
The stern, commanding Emperor of Rigel. Father of Alm and uncle of Berkut. Appears in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Rudolf Emperor of Rigel Heroes spriteTitle
Emperor of Rigel
Heroes Armored Armored
FEH skill offense Thorn Lance
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Lance Lance


FEH skill offenseIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Silver Lance---
Thorn Lance-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5-
BonfireGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Special Fighter 1 Special Fighter 1--
FEH Special Fighter 2 Special Fighter 2FEH Special Fighter 1 Special Fighter 1-
FEH Special Fighter 3 Special Fighter 3FEH Special Fighter 2 Special Fighter 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Threaten Def 1 Threaten Def 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Threat Atk Def 1 Threat Atk/Def 1FEH Threaten Def 1 Threaten Def 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Threat Atk Def 2 Threat Atk/Def 2FEH Threat Atk Def 1 Threat Atk/Def 1FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH Threat Atk Def 3 Threat Atk/Def 3FEH Threat Atk Def 2 Threat Atk/Def 2FEH Star Rarity 5


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[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Emperor of Rigel Rudolf
Rudolf emperor of rigel pop01 Hear ye, hear ye! Rudolf, the fearsome fourth Emperor of Rigel is here to make a special Day of Devotion appearance! (And instead of his usual intimidating armor, he's coming out in style!)
Rudolf emperor of rigel pop02 Rudolf is a peerless military leader with numerous victories to his name. I hear he's battled his way through a number of strict, stuffy ceremonies too, so I expect the breezy festivities of the Day of Devotion will be a refreshing experience for him!
Rudolf emperor of rigel pop03 The two daggers he's carrying were gifts from his son, Alm, and his nephew, Berkut. It's no coincidence that both daggers look the same—I'm told this was done on purpose to keep Berkut from getting grumpy…
Rudolf emperor of rigel pop04 Rudolf has known only battle throughout his life, but in his heart of hearts, he always wanted to help people. I hope that he gets a chance to forget about conflict for once during the Day of Devotion!
Closely Associated Characters
Alm A brave but kind young warrior, raised by the hero Mycen in Ram Village. His left hand is marked with the Brand. Secretly, he is Rudolf's son, and Rudolf later entrusts the future of Valentia to him.
Berkut First in line to the Rigelian throne. Prideful, but loves Rinea with all his heart. Rudolf's nephew.


Battle Quotes[]

“Come... Strike me!”
—Rudolf's battle quote in Shadows of Valentia

Vs. Alm:[]

  • Alm: What's going on? Why won't you attack? What are you planning, Rudolf?!
  • Rudolf: ......


  • "The time has come!"
  • "Fool!"
  • "No mercy!"
  • "Now perish!"


  • "This it should be..."


Rudolf/Heroes Quotes

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL8 365
CYL Rudolf SOV Portrait
Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia


Rudolf is a Germanic name deriving from two stems: Rod or Hrōð, meaning "fame", and olf meaning "wolf".


  • Rudolf's first name is unknown, as his son Alm's full name, Albein Alm Rudolf II, clarifies that Rudolf is the family name. This makes him one of the only Fire Emblem characters to be referred to only by his last name.
    • However, given the fact that his son is called Albein Alm Rudolf II, it's highly likely that the Emperor's full name is Albein Alm Rudolf I though this is never confirmed.
  • His official artwork depicts him wielding both the Emperor Lance and the Emperor Shield.
  • Rudolf does not have facial hair in the manga adaptation, but he has it in the game.
  • Aside from the manga, there is no artwork of Rudolf in any of the supplementary material for the original Gaiden. This is likely why he was excluded from SpotPass content relating to Gaiden in Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • Rudolf shares his English VA, Jamieson Price, with Priam from Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • Rudolf makes a cameo appearance during the Inner Strength Lost Lore event in Fire Emblem Heroes prior to his debut as a playable unit.
  • Like many bosses in the game, Rudolf has an unused sprite where he's grinning triumphantly. Part of such sprite can be seen only in battle when he's fighting an unit and has an advantage on them.
  • Barring Zephiel's young self, Rudolf is the first non-original main antagonist to appear as a Special Hero in Heroes.


See main article: Rudolf/Gallery.