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“Those who shrink from the flames... Those who, when confronted by true power, have no choice but to bow... Listen to me now. I am Surtr. I am your king.”
—Surtr

Surtr is the main antagonist of Book II of Fire Emblem Heroes. Ruler of the Kingdom of Múspell, he is also the superior of Book I's antagonist Loki and the father of Laegjarn and Laevatein.

Profile[]

Surtr is the king of the Kingdom of Flame Múspell and relentless in his conquest. He is planning to destroy other kingdoms, particularly setting his sights on Askr, having already destroyed 2 in 9 months, the first being an unnamed Kingdom in 3 months, and Nifl, the Kingdom of Ice, in 6. Surtr has also allied himself with Veronica and the Emblian Empire, as stated by her in Chapter 1, Part 4 of Book II. He first appears the end of Book II, Chapter 1, where he burns up many fields and forests and defeats Fjorm.

Alfonse and Anna both state that this is the prophecy in which the entire world comes to an end in flames, prompting them to take on the Flame King himself, however, he is currently unable to even be harmed as he carries a power similar to Embla's Ward, called Múspellflame, forcing the Order of Heroes to retreat.

In Chapter 4, he and his forces appear to confront the Order of Heroes as Fjorm is preparing the rite to reactivate the gate to Nifl. He threatens Alfonse, stating that if they leave then he will be unopposed to destroy a nearby Askran town and kill everyone living there. As the Order escapes through the gate, Surtr orders that his forces advance on the town, but is opposed by Veronica, who wishes to conquer Askr, rather than destroying it. Surtr then prepares to face her and Xander, only to be stopped by Loki, who points out that the town is empty after Alfonse sent them a signal to evacuate. At Loki's suggestion, Surtr decides to keep Veronica alive for now and sends Laevatein after the Order.

In Chapter 7, Surtr somehow arrives at the kingdom of Nifl, where he ambushes and viciously attacks Gunnthrá in the sanctuary at Snjarhof before the Order of Heroes arrived. He then shows Fjorm Gunnthrá's burnt body, though he wasn't told about her plans. Surtr then ignites his flames on her, burning her to death. After Gunnthrá dies, he was surprised that Kiran may be the one whom the Order of Heroes trusts when she gave her remaining powers to the Breidablik. Surtr decides that Kiran will be his next victim to get burned.

During Chapter 8, Surtr ordered Veronica to go to the Kingdom of Múspell, and should she refuse, he will break her legs and drag her there himself. When Xander confronts him to protect her, Surtr continued his fight with them. He effortlessly defeats them both as an act of betrayal and he broke Xander's arm. After Veronica finally gave in and decided to go to Múspell, Surtr spared Xander's life and, according to Loki, he will sacrifice Veronica by casting her into the fire as an offering to the Kingdom of Flames.

In Chapter 10, as Surtr mocked the Order of Heroes when they confronted him, he was weakened by Kiran's Breidablik, neutralizing his Muspellflame, leading Surtr to be finally defeated. However, much to the Order's shock, he came back to life almost immediately after without any injuries, taunting them that there is no hope for them to kill him. As he prepares for his finishing blow, the Order was forced to retreat. It is later revealed through Laegjarn that Surtr had already completed the Rite of Flames, and notes that he would indeed have been killed by the Order of Heroes if he had not done so.

In Chapter 13, Surtr stabs Laevatein as punishment for failing to defeat the Order of Heroes, causing Laegjarn to intervene and sacrifices herself to the Rite of Flames, which leads to her death. He then encounters Helbindi, who was helping Ylgr and Veronica escape, and presumably kills him, but not before Helbindi threatens that death is what he deserved. When the Order of Heroes arrive for the final battle, he fights them himself, and, since the Rite of Flames has no more to sustain itself, Surtr is truly killed.

However, in Xenologue 4, he is revealed to have been recruited by Hel after his demise to serve under them, with him resigning to his fate, stating that he cannot best the ruler of the dead, but points out that the Order of Heroes might oppose them. His prediction is proven true when Hel is defeated and killed and it's later implied that Surtr's been released from Hel's grasp.

In Book IV, an illusion of Surtr appears after the Order of Heroes return from Ljósálfheimr but luckily the heroes are able to defeat it.

Personality[]

A stern ruler, Surtr believes that his power gives him the right to conquer and destroy every other kingdom, wanting to burn Askr to the ground just for the sake of it. This is further expanded upon his unit quotes, as he considers the purpose of the weak to be dominated and disposed of, while the strong are to manipulated and used, with the latter particularly expressed by Surtr when declaring that Kiran has the right to do as you please with him since they bested him.

Though willing to make temporary alliances to further his own ambitions, he prefers to sadistically remove any kind of obstacle by slowly torturing and killing them, as he forces Fjorm's mother to burn up slowly and painfully in front of her eyes, and planned early on to turn on Veronica and invade Embla, delighted at the thought of her death. Surtr also gets bored easily, as shown by his disinterest in killing the Ice Princess, since she is defeated too easily by him.

In addition, Surtr does not tolerate failure and weakness and is known to severely punish his own subordinates for failing him, even killing their friends and family, as seen with Helbindi, whose sister was killed when Surtr burned the slums where he grew up. This behavior even extends to his own children, as he isn't afraid of killing them if they are deemed weak, as both him and his daughters imply in their quotes, then seen when he attacks Laevatein for failing to defeat the Order of Heroes and deciding that she would be more useful as a sacrifice to the Rite of Flames.

In Xenologue 4, after his death, Surtr has become more calm and shown to be knowledgeable around beings stronger than him like Hel. Despite being so powerful, he knows that even he can't beat her, but due to his interactions with the Order of Heroes, he believes they may be powerful enough to stop her.

In-Game[]

Ruler of Flame
King of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame. Carries the blood of the Flame Dragon. A harsh ruler whose desire for conquest is relentless.

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Surtr SpriteTitle
Ruler of Flame
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
16/17/18
46/50/53
8/9/10
36/39/43
3/4/5
13/17/20
9/10/11
37/40/44
6/7/8
30/33/36
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Sinmara
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Axe Axe
Resplendent ✯✯✯✯✯
Resplendent Surtr Heroes spriteTitle
Ruler of Flame
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
48/52/55
10/11/12
38/41/45
5/6/7
15/19/22
11/12/13
39/42/46
8/9/10
32/35/38
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Sinmara
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Axe Axe

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Axe---
Steel Axe---
Silver Axe---
Sinmara-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5-
BonfireGlowing Ember-FEH Star Rarity 5
AFEH Steady Stance 1 Steady Stance 1--
FEH Steady Stance 2 Steady Stance 2FEH Steady Stance 1 Steady Stance 1-
FEH Steady Stance 3 Steady Stance 3FEH Steady Stance 2 Steady Stance 2FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Wary Fighter 1 Wary Fighter 1--
FEH Wary Fighter 2 Wary Fighter 2FEH Wary Fighter 1 Wary Fighter 1-
FEH Wary Fighter 3 Wary Fighter 3FEH Wary Fighter 2 Wary Fighter 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Surtr's Menace Surtr's Menace-FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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[]

As Book II's primary antagonist, Surtr retains a lot of his prowess as an incredibly high defensive unit thanks to his strong mixed bulk scores of 90 physical and 83 magical. He also has a strong starting base Atk of 39 that allows him to hit hard as well. His Spd is pitifully low at 17, but his status as an axe-wielding Armored unit easily rectifies this problem through great potential skill inheritances. All things considered, Surtr can stand the test of time, though he is not quite as dominant as he once was due to much better units released after him, many whom has better modern kits by default or simply do his job better. Nonetheless, with the release of his Resplendent Form, Surtr can reclaim a bit of his former standing in the modern meta.
Sinmara gives Surtr an additional +3 to his Def and also burns 20 non-lethal damage to any foe standing within two spaces of him at the start of his turn. This guaranteed, flat damage can have huge impacts on foes, sometimes putting them out of certain damage ranges to activate certain effects. However, it can also put others in range of their skills as well.
Though he is not a Legendary/Mythic Unit, he has an exclusive skill in Surtr's Menace which grants him +4 to his stats if he is within two spaces of a foe while also inflicting -4 to any foe within two spaces of him at the start of his turn. Creating a +8 stat gap between himself and his foe can be extremely potent especially in tandem with Sinmara, as he can immediately soften his foes and follow-up with a devastating attack on a weakned foe.
Bonfire is a fast charging special that benefits from his high defense. Wary Fighter patches his slow speed by completely negating the enemies ability to double until they force him into a specific damage threshold. He has access to Steady Stance 4, further boosting his Defense during his enemy's turn while slowing their special cooldowns.

Counters[]

While terrifying up close, Surtr is notably weaker from a distance unless he is packing Distant Counter. If he is not wielding such skills, most Red Mages can tear through is lower magical bulk. If he is, likely only Lilina, Sanaki, and Hoshidan Summer Micaiah can kill him without taking retaliation. The latter is especially powerful given her weapon's Armor bonus damage. If not running Distant Counter, regular Micaiah can also be a decent counter. Fighting Surtr with bulky reds is also a great option, though he needs to be killed quickly or else Sinmara will slowly burn them down as well. Armorslayer and Slaying Hammer wielders also have a chance to take him down with effective damage.

Skill Inheritance[]

Surtr requires very little inheritance. He is already packing a skill set that allows him to burn the world. He needs only Swap or Pivot so he can move with greater range and approach the enemy quickly. He can also inherit Distant Counter to give him a the ability to combat his ranged counters, but the skill is not 100% necessary. Bold Fighter grants him the ability to double attack and charge his specials during the player turn, which is useful for his sheer might, though he is going to be double attacked since he replaced Wary Fighter with it.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Ruler of Flame Surtr
Surtr ruler of flame pop01 Surtr is the king of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame. With the blood of the Flame Dragon in his veins, he rules with an iron fist over a kingdom where might makes right.
Surtr ruler of flame pop02 To Surtr, the weak exist only to be subjugated. He's invaded rival kingdoms one after another, and seeing it as the right of the victor, he slaughters the populace before he leaves...
Surtr ruler of flame pop03 He doesn't just lash out at other kingdoms, either. Should any of his generals fail him, he'll see that they suffer the consequences—and not even his daughters can escape his wrath.
Surtr ruler of flame pop04 Having laid waste to Nifl, the Kingdom of Ice, Surtr set his sights on Askr. The Order of Heroes needed to be stronger than ever to stand up to him!
Closely Associated Characters
Laegjarn The eldest princess of Múspell, the Flame Kingdom, and Laevatein's older sister. A general who leads Múspell's army with dignity. Surtr's daughter.
Laevatein The second princess of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame. She sees herself and the blade she wields as one and the same, and keeps her emotions in check. Surtr's daughter.

Pirate of Red Sky
King of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame, attending the pirate festival with intent to consume everything in a reign of fire.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Surtr Pirate of Red Sky Heroes spriteTitle
Pirate of Red Sky
Group
Heroes Armored Armored
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
20/21/18
42/45/48
11/12/13
41/45/48
2/3/4
12/16/19
10/11/12
40/44/47
9/10/11
33/36/39
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Sea-Sear Lance
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Lance Lance

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Lance---
Steel Lance---
Silver Lance---
Sea-Sear Lance-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember---
BonfireGlowing Ember--
AFEH Def Res Ideal 1 Def Res Ideal 1--
FEH Def Res Ideal 2 Def Res Ideal 2FEH Def Res Ideal 1 Def Res Ideal 1-
FEH Def Res Ideal 3 Def Res Ideal 3FEH Def Res Ideal 2 Def Res Ideal 2-
FEH Def Res Ideal 4 Def Res Ideal 4FEH Def Res Ideal 3 Def Res Ideal 3FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Crafty Fighter 1 Crafty Fighter 1--
FEH Crafty Fighter 2 Crafty Fighter 2FEH Crafty Fighter 1 Crafty Fighter 1-
FEH Crafty Fighter 3 Crafty Fighter 3FEH Crafty Fighter 2 Crafty Fighter 2-
CFEH Surtr's Portent Surtr's Portent-FEH Star Rarity 5

Overall[]

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[]
Counters[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Pirate of Red Sky Surtr
Surtr pirate of red sky pop01 Surtr is the king of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame, and the blood of the Flame Dragon courses through his veins! This time around though, he's here to heat things up at Askr's pirate festival!
Surtr pirate of red sky pop02 If there's one thing you could say about Surtr, it's that he's totally relentless. And you know, maybe there was something a little on the pirate-ish side about his quest to ravage other kingdoms…
Surtr pirate of red sky pop03 The back of his cape is adorned with the symbol of Múspell. I bet everyone would go running for the hills if they saw a pirate ship with the mark emblazoned on its flag!
Surtr pirate of red sky pop04 Surtr's all dressed up to be a tyrant of the seas, and I bet even the most savage sharks would follow his lead. He looks about ready to bathe the world in a sea of fire, so I hope he remembers that this is just a festival!
Closely Associated Characters
Laegjarn The eldest princess of Múspell, the Flame Kingdom, and Laevatein's older sister. A general who leads Múspell's army with dignity. Surtr's daughter.
Laevatein The second princess of Múspell, the Kingdom of Flame. She sees herself and the blade she wields as one and the same, and keeps her emotions in check. Surtr's daughter.

Quotes[]

Surtr/Heroes Quotes

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Surtr 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 N/A
CYL2 62 CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
3,769
CYL3 38
↑24
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
6,325
↑2,556
CYL4 106
↓68
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
1,481
↓4,844
CYL5 194
↓88
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
473
↓1,008
CYL6 241
↓47
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
374
↓109
CYL7 263
↓22
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
179
↓195

CYL8 270
↓7
CYL Surtr Portrait
Heroes
182
↑3

Etymology[]

In Norse Mythology, Surtr is a Jötunn (specifically a Fire Giant) best known for wielding a sword comprised of flames. During Ragnarok, Surtr will battle against Freyr and be victorious and will engulf all the nine worlds in flames.

Trivia[]

  • According to the design sheets, Surtr's design is meant to represent a demon that wears flames.
  • Surtr's artwork shows him wielding Sinmara.
  • Surtr's damaged artwork was not shown in the game for a long time, since in every battle, he was unable to take any damage. The first time the artwork can be seen is during Book II, Chapter 10.
  • Surtr shares his voice actor Kirk Thornton with Awakening's Yen'fay.
  • Surtr is the only non-Legendary Hero to have unique animation when he kills an enemy.
  • According to the Fire Emblem Heroes Character Illustrations Vol. 1 book, Surtr stands at 215cm (or about 7'1).
  • Surtr is the first Heroes original character to receive a Resplendent Form.

Gallery[]

See main article: Surtr/Gallery.
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