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Not to be confused with the unused Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light character: Sabre.
“Believe me, lass, I ain’t worried about a couple sea rats. All I’m worried about is if you can pay. I don’t work charity cases. Especially when I’m risking my own neck.”
—Saber to Celica in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Saber is a playable character in Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He is 34 years old.

Story

In the past, Saber was an ace soldier within the Rigelian army, but he fell into a trap devised by noblemen who scorned his common upbringing, and he lost his right eye. Betrayed by an ally who he considered a friend, he challenged them to a duel and emerged victorious. However, his opponent died and because private duels carry the death penalty in the Rigelian army, he was forced to flee to Zofia and become a mercenary.

While he was drinking at a tavern around Novis Greatport, he accepts Celica's request to protect her group during their seaborne journey to Mila Temple after she offers her Golden Dagger as payment. Ever since his employment, Saber more or less acts as Celica's advisor, albeit an unconventional one. Arriving at Zofia Castle, he points out that she does not seem as impressed as Mae and Boey. After Celica accepts her heritage, Saber swears fealty to her and becomes just as loyal as Mae and Boey. When Celica announces her intention to invade Rigel to retrieve Mila, Saber assures her that he has her back. At Duma's temple, he leads Celica's army in an attempt to rescue her.

After the war, Jesse asked for his co-operation after recognizing his abilities. Together, the two faced the challenges of creating a mercenary nation head on, while he marries an unknown woman.

Personality

A coarse seaman with a dry sense of humor, Saber frequently debates at Celica's orders and often calls her out on her idealistic nature, aware of the necessity of violence. Despite this, Saber shows loyalty to whoever employs him and although jaded in his views in contrast to Celica, Saber pledges his loyalty to her after the reveal of her identity, showing his willingness and desire to fight for her cause.

Due to his occupation as a sellsword, said honor is often cast aside, as he usually works for whoever pays him well enough, well known for having just as easily done shady services in the past with the right coin.

With a reputation for drinking and chasing skirts that even Jesse claims Saber is known for being a heartbreaker, he is far more insightful than most members of her party, as he catches on the quickest that Celica is not just any priestess, and understands her intentions better than most.

In-Game

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Recruitment

In Chapter 2, talk to him at the Novis Greatport.

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE2 Mercenary Map IconMercenary
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResMov
12299106464
MagicStarting Items
--

Growth Rates

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res
50% 20% 15% 15% 10% 40% 0%

Learnt Magic

Class Level Magic Learnt
FE2 Mage Map IconMage 1 Fire
5 Seraphim
FE2 Sage Map IconSage 1 Recover

Overview

Saber is the first recruitable Mercenary available on Celica's route. He is also the first physical unit that Celica acquires, giving him an important role in the early game as one of the strongest and most durable fighter in Celica's army until the player recruits Valbar and Kamui. In the long term, his growth rates are very unusual for a mercenary, as he has notably high HP and defense growths, with mediocre skill and speed and only average strength. As Gaiden's promotion system lets your units jump straight into next class' base stats, this will not trouble him much as his promotions to Myrmidon and Dread Fighter will compensate for his low speed and skill growths with their high speed and skill bases. His high defensive growths will also make him one of the more durable members of Celica's team. Overall, his good stats, powerful class, and his great availability mean he will have little difficulty reaching his promotion thresholds before any other mercenaries in Celica's team, making him the earliest Myrmidon and Dread Fighter on her team.

With only a few weaknesses and advantages afforded to him by his class, great availability, and unique growth rates, Saber is one of the most powerful and long lasting members of Celica's team.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Description: A mercenary from Novis Island.

Base Stats

Starting Class
FE15 Mercenary (Saber)Mercenary
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResMov
1229+1*9106464
MagicSkillsStarting Items
--Echoes golden dagger iconGolden Dagger

*Due to equipped Golden Dagger

Class Sets

Base Classes Promoted Classes

*Tier 3 class.
**DLC class; access with the Altar of the Ogre.
***Possible to loop back to Villager after Dread Fighter and Yasha.

Base Classes Promoted Classes

Base Classes Promoted Classes

*Tier 3 class.
**DLC class; access with the Altar of the Destrier.

Base Classes Promoted Classes

*Tier 3 class.
**DLC class; access with the Altar of the Titan.

Base Classes Promoted Classes

*Tier 3 class.
**DLC class; access with the Altar of the Marksman.

Base Classes Promoted Classes

*DLC class; access with the Altar of the Savant.

Learnt Magic

Class Level Magic Learnt
FE15 Mage (Saber)Mage 1 Echoes black magic iconFire
5 Echoes black magic iconSeraphim
FE15 Sage (Saber)Sage 1 Echoes white magic iconRecover
5 Echoes white magic iconPhysic
FE15 Guru (Saber)Guru 1 Echoes white magic iconLemegeton

Growth Rates

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 35% 30% 35% 25% 45% 0%

Personal Max Stats

HP Atk Skl Spd Lck Def Res
52 40 40 40 39 41 40

Overview

Saber's growths have been improved significantly, having much better growths in the 3DS remake than in the original NES game. Like in the original, Saber is the first recruitable melee unit in Celica's route, and with his solid HP and defense growth rates, he can, with a couple of levels, quickly become an important defensive unit early in the game. However, due to his improved growths in this game, when more melee characters are recruited, Saber's growths are high enough that he can stand out easier, especially since he can be a couple of levels higher by the time the next Mercenary, Kamui, is recruited.

Fire Emblem Heroes

Driven Mercenary
A mercenary who will take on any job...if he's paid enough. His identity is a mystery but his skills are unquestionable. Appears in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Base Stats

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Heroes Saber SpriteTitle
Driven Mercenary
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
17/18/19
36/40/43
6/7/8
28/31/34
8/9/10
30/33/36
7/8/9
29/32/35
4/5/6
19/22/25
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Slaying Edge+FEH Sword Sword

Skills

Weapon
Name Prerequisite Might Range Effects SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill offense Iron Sword - 6 1 - 50 - -
FEH skill offense Steel Sword - 8 1 - 100 - -
FEH skill offense Slaying Edge - 10 1 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 200 - -
FEH skill offense Slaying Edge+ FEH skill offense Slaying Edge 14 1 Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 300 FEH Star Rarity 5 -
Weapon Refinements
Slaying Edge+
Type Stats Effects Cost
FEH WUp 1 +5 HP
+2 Mt
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 2 +5 HP
+3 Spd
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 3 +5 HP
+4 Def
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
FEH WUp 4 +5 HP
+4 Res
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). 350 SP
500 Arena Medal
50 Refining Stone
Special
Name Prerequisite Effects Charge Cost SP Cost Default Unlocked
FEH skill special Holy Vestments - Reduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 30%. 3 100 - -
FEH skill special Aegis FEH skill special Holy Vestments Reduces damage inflicted by attacks from foes 2 spaces away by 50%. 3 200 FEH Star Rarity 5 -
Passive
Name Prerequisite Effects SP Cost Unlocked Type
FEH HP +3 HP +3 - Grants +3 to max HP. 40 - A
FEH HP Spd 1 HP/Spd 1 FEH HP +3 HP +3 Grants HP +3, Spd +1. 100 - A
FEH HP Spd 2 HP/Spd 2 FEH HP Spd 1 HP/Spd 1 Grants HP +4, Spd +2. 200 FEH Star Rarity 5 A
FEH Shield Pulse 1 Shield Pulse 1 - If unit's Special triggers based on a foe's attack, Special cooldown count -1 at start of turn 1. 60 - B
FEH Shield Pulse 2 Shield Pulse 2 FEH Shield Pulse 1 Shield Pulse 1 If unit's Special triggers based on a foe's attack, Special cooldown count -1 at start of turn 1.
Unit takes 5 less damage when Special triggers.
120 - B
FEH Shield Pulse 3 Shield Pulse 3 FEH Shield Pulse 2 Shield Pulse 2 If unit's Special triggers based on a foe's attack, Special cooldown count -2 at start of turn 1.
Unit takes 5 less damage when Special triggers.
240 FEH Star Rarity 5 B

Quotes

Gaiden

“Keh, the hell...”
—Saber's death quote in Gaiden.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

See Main Article: Saber/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Quotes.

Heroes

See Main Article: Saber/Heroes Quotes.

Endings

Gaiden

(If Jesse is alive)

"He joined the establishment of Jesse's kingdom. Meanwhile, he gets to cuddle with a lovely wife."
(If Jesse is dead)
"Together with his lovely wife, he works towards the restoration of the Kingdom of Valentia."

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

(If Jesse is alive)

"Along with Jesse, Saber helped build the foundation for a new kingdom of, and for, mercenaries. He continued working as a sellsword for years to come and aided the One Kingdom on many occasions—always with his stunning bride by his side."
(If Jesse is dead)
"Along with his stunning bride, Saber toiled to rebuild Valentia. Though he never officially enlisted as a knight, he put his mercenary skills and experience to work traveling the land and mediating local struggles—either with a fist of steel or a pint of ale."

Non-Canon Appearances

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

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

Etymology

Trivia

  • Saber is the only male character in Gaiden and Echoes who can use the Seraphim spell.
  • Saber shares his Japanese voice actor, Takehito Koyasu, with Awakening's Lon'qu and Validar, and Fates's Niles.
  • In Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Saber has a special quote if Celica dies. 
  • Saber has an unnamed sister whom he has lost contact with. He states that Celica reminds him of said sister. 
  • In Saber's ending, he marries a woman whose name is not mentioned. In Katsuyuki Ozaki's illustration, it is said that Genny develops feelings for him at some point, due to her fondness of older men. In Genny's ending, it is stated that she marries a man no one would expect, hinting at the possibility of Genny being that unnamed woman whom Saber marries. However, no further evidence to support this pairing exists and their endings do not change if the other is killed, casting doubt on this theory.

Gallery

See Main Article: Saber/Gallery.
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