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“My name is Samson. Once, I was a swordfighter of some renown…but that was then, and this is now. I’m happy enough with my life here in the village, but if you need another man, I will fight. Unfortunately, there has always been bad blood between our village and the next one over. They’ll have closed the gates to you the moment they saw you come here. Guess that means the paladin Arran won’t be fightin’ with you. Them’s the breaks.”
—Samson to Marth

Samson is a playable character from the Archanea series. He is a gladiator currently residing in Altea. When Marth comes to help free the land, Samson will join, but only if his neighbor, the Paladin Arran, has not joined the army yet due to a feud between the villages where the two reside.

A few years later, when Archanea invaded Gra, he was hired by Princess Sheena as a bodyguard and they grew attached to each other. When Sheena joins Marth's army, Samson joins alongside her. After the war, he makes a permanent residence in Pales, presumably to stay with Sheena.

Profile[]

Unlike most mercenaries, Samson puts his morals ahead of his payment, and will not cheapen his ideals for anyone. Samson has no desire for political power, and enjoys his simple life.

While Samson has lived in Altea for many years, he does not count himself strictly as an Altean, and has traveled the world, having protected a village in Archanea's capital of Pales for a while sometime prior to the War of Shadows.

As such Samson believes the conflict between Gra and Altea is unnecessary, and can be worked out between Marth and Sheena, believing that, while Marth is young, he possesses a good heart. However if Sheena is killed by Marth's forces, Samson's faith in Marth is destroyed, and he proclaims him as "just a murderer".

In Game[]

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light[]

Recruitment[]

Samson is recruited from the right village in Chapter 16. Recruiting Samson will result in the player not being able to recruit the Paladin Arran from the neighbouring village. A thief heads towards the two villages at the beginning of the level and must be intercepted in order to prevent the villages from being destroyed.

Both Samson and Arran are stat-wise even. They are essentially meant to replaced units that have fallen behind experience-wise or died. Samson should be the player's choice if player is lacking a useable Mercenary/Hero type unit.

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE1 Hero Map Sprite.gif Hero
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
124101415790107
WeaponStarting Items
SwordSilver Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
70% 30% 10% 20% 50% 70% 20% 0%

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE3 Hero Map Sprite.gif Hero
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
124101417793107
WeaponStarting Items
SwordFE3 Silver Sword.pngSilver Sword

Starting Class
FE3 Hero Map Sprite.gif Hero
LevelHPStrSklSpdLckDefResWlvMov
5281216197113127
WeaponStarting Items
SwordFE3 Silver Sword.pngSilver Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
70% 30% 10% 20% 50% 70% 20% 3%

Overall[]

Samson in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Book 1 of Mystery of the Emblem will very rarely be one of your strongest units upon his join time: his based and growths are generally low, but he has his uses because of his generally high base stats, and will easily be able to wreak havoc with the Silver Sword he joins with.

In Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem, however, Samson becomes a notably powerful unit, with some of the highest base stats in the game in skill and speed, and decent strength and defense. His weapon level of 12 makes him able to use every sword in the game at base, and his resistance is decent for a physical unit in Book 2. His low luck is fixed by his incredible luck growth, and his strength growth is good enough that his base in the stat will not cripple him later on. His speed and skill growths are admittedly low, but this is not much of a problem given how high his bases are in those stats.

As with most units in Book 2, his stats can easily be patched up with the readily available Star Shards and later Starsphere, boosting his capabilities to incredible levels.

All in all, Samson is a good choice for a filler unit in Mystery of the Emblem's Book 1 and Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and in Book 2.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FEDS Hero Map Sprite.gif Hero
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
102410114167938
WeaponStarting Items
Sword - D
Axe - B
FE11silveraxe.pngSilver Axe
FE11vulnerary.pngVulnerary

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 35% 0% 25% 25% 55% 15% 0%

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.

As far as pre-promoted units go, Samson is one of the better ones in the game. His 16 speed (15 with effective weapons) will let him double most unpromoted enemies at base in the chapter he joins. He also has a B level in Axes and a Silver Axe in his inventory. In addition to that, he can use Hand Axes and Hammers at base for chip damage or armor-busting. However, his real use is in forged Poleaxes due to the high number of Cavaliers/Paladins in the game, and on Hard 5, It's more important to kill enemies without taking damage.

That's where his perks end, though. He is not a cavalier or a flier, which leaves him with poor mobility. His 24 HP and 9 defense won't let him take more than 1 hit on Enemy Phase, especially from promoted enemies. His D level in Swords also means that he cannot use the Wyrmslayer at base, which won't let him deal with dracoknights very well, let alone a single one. And While 10/14/16 is a good offensive statline, other units can do better, particularly a reclassed Barst and he will also have roughly a B-level in Axes by then, and they will fall behind on later chapters because you cannot rely on his growth rates for even cheap gains in important stats outside of HP .

As for choosing between Samson and Arran, Samson is generally seen as the pick between the two. His village is closer to Marth and his statline does make a viable filler unit, even if his performance isn't fantastic.

Overall, Samson suffers from durability issues due to his bad defensive statline, but you can't go wrong with an extra horse/armor killer, provided you have the extra slot for him.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FEDS Hero Map Sprite.gif Hero
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
5341411518111338
WeaponStarting Items
FE12 Sword.pngSword - D
FE12 Axe.pngAxe - B
FE11silveraxe.pngSilver Axe

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 50% 0% 35% 30% 70% 35% 0%

Support Relationships[]

Supports

Supported by

Overall[]

Secret Book (Artwork).png
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 Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, his stats and growths have been boosted, and, although he will not be on par with other heroes, he can be a decent unit. Also, his luck growth rate is unusually high, so he will often end up with rather high luck.

Death quote[]

“Always knew... I'd breathe my last... here on the battlefield...”
—Samson's death quote in Shadow Dragon

Ending[]

Shadow Dragon[]

Roaming Hero

Samson continued to ply his trade as a mercenary, but never sold his sword to any but those who met his standards.

New Mystery of the Emblem[]

Sheena's Hero

"After the war, Samson settled down in the palace town. As a veteran soldier, the people often relied on him in emergencies."

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

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

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Etymology[]

Samson's name originated in the biblical book of Judges. Samson was given great strength, but was a Nazirite from birth and forbidden to ever cut his hair. When Samson revealed the secret of his strength to Delilah, she cut his hair and he lost his strength. Samson was taken prisoner by the Philistines and taken into the temple of Dagon. Samson prayed to God, and God restored his strength one last time so that Samson could destroy the temple; however, he died in the temple's collapse. Samson is known for killing a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey.

Trivia[]

  • In the TCG and the Memorial Book, Samson is shown to be left-handed, but in Cipher, he's shown to be right-handed. The latter can be just because the artist didn't know or just forgot the detail.

Gallery[]

See main article: Samson (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light)/Gallery.