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“Ha! Is the lady intrigued? Of course you are—it's only natural. I am myth and legend! I am he who strides large across history's greatest stage! The man who puts the 'arch' in 'archer'!”
—Virion to Sully in Chapter 1

Virion is a playable character from Fire Emblem Awakening. He is a secretive noble from a land he refuses to name. He also appears as a major character in the spin off Tokyo Mirage Session #FE.

Profile[]

Virion is the former duke of Rosanne, a country in Valm, and had the services of Cherche as one of his vassals. Tensions rose throughout Valm as Walhart began conquering the various territories of Valm, of which Rosanne was one of the earliest targets. Though fiercely loyal to his country, lacking the power to counterattack and feeling opposed to watching his people put up a futile resistance, Virion chose to flee Rosanne, allowing it to fall. Though he desires to reclaim and restore Rosanne, Virion left Valm entirely and headed to Ylisse to find allies for his cause.

Virion is first seen in Chapter 1, having arrived at a burning forest just after a portal in the sky summoned Risen to the world. Seeing Chrom, Lissa, Robin, and Frederick in peril, Virion appears before them and offers his aid in the skirmish, even teaching Robin on how to manage bow-using units.

Despite his mysterious background, Virion is accepted into the Shepherds and fights alongside Chrom's forces in the subsequent war between Plegia and Ylisse. After Gangrel is defeated and the war ends, finally ending the war, Virion departs on his own to tend to his own affairs and falls out of contact with Chrom and the Shepherds.

Conquest of Valm[]

Two years later, Virion reappears suddenly one day, bringing his reunited vassal Cherche with him to Ylisse to seek audience with Chrom, who had become the Exalt of Ylisse, and Flavia the current Khan of Ferox. Virion delivers dire news that Walhart had completed his conquest of Valm and has set his sights on all of Ylisse. To make matters worse, the Valmese army made landfall at Port Ferox, signaling the start of the invasion. Virion pledges his abilities to Chrom once more and travels with the Shepherds to Valm to end Walhart's ambitions. For Virion, it is a chance to free his nation and restore his reputation.

After Walhart is defeated and Valm is freed from his grasp, Virion remains with the Shepards and assists in the fight against Grima and Validar. After the battle against Grima, Virion returns home where he is branded a coward and a traitor by the citizens of Rosanne. Through his hard work to restore his country, and the assistance of his wife if married, he regains the trust of his people.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE[]

Virion appears in game as the Mirage partner of Eleonora Yumizuru. He transforms into a bow to aid her in battle. However, his aristocratic attitude leads him to commonly butt heads with Eleonora as well. He desires to see Eleonora become a refined young woman of class, often either ignoring or refusing to acknowledge that she does not share that desire and wants to be a Hollywood actress.

Personality[]

On the surface, Virion appears to be a pompous nobleman and seemingly carries an inflated ego about himself. He exudes both confidence and intrigue as he plays himself as a man of mystery, yet clues emerge early within his supports that his is no mere braggart or common man. He seldom is to the point in his conversations, especially when talking about himself, mainly to make his conversation partner more interested in him. He is obsessed with proper, courtly behavior, always acting in a refined manner.

Virion is also an unabashed flirt with women, though is not lecherous by any means as he is both courteous and honorable in his pursuits. There are instances where he can get quite flustered, as seen in his failure to properly identify Libra's gender, which causes him to question the assertive confidence with which he approaches ladies. Nevertheless, Virion spends a lot of time attempting to woo women and is willing to do anything for them. He spends more time at the mirror than anyone else in the army.

For all of his pomp, Virion is a true reflection of the best qualities of nobility as he cares for the people of his fallen nation and his dream is to restore Rosanne back to its former glory once peace has been restored to the world. While branded a coward for abandoning his people, his vassal Cherche notes that he took the downfall the hardest. Despite knowing that he left them to prevent them from nobly sacrificing themselves in defense of Rosanne, he regretted lacking the power to truly rebel against Walhart.

While he may seem boastful, he displays considerable validity to his claims. He has a talent for dancing in his support with Olivia with her claiming that he is better; though this could simply be Olivia's modesty at work. He easily resists Tharja's attempts to hex him into her bidding; though his default compliance out of free will may simply be stronger than the hex's suggestion. Overall, Virion holds a considerable discerning eye to his comrades noting that despite her brooding nature, Tharja has true good will in her heart. While he easily outwits Robin in their strategic war game simulation, he notes that while his tactics win in simulation, he would never be able to put such brutal tactics into play without suffering immense backlash from his forces. As such, seeing how much Robin cares for their units, he puts his full trust in them to guide him and their allies into battle.

In-Game[]

Fire Emblem Awakening[]

Base Stats[]

Starting Class
FE13 Virion Archer Map SpriteArcher
LevelHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMov
219609+257615
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Skill +2Skill +2BowIconFE13 Bow- DIron Bow FE13 IconIron Bow
Elixir FE13 IconElixir

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 55% 30% 70% 60% 40% 35% 30%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 55% 30% 70% 60% 40% 40% 30%

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 60% 30% 65% 65% 40% 30% 30%

                                                                                      

Max Stat Modifiers[]

Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
0 0 +2 +2 -1 -2 0

Supports[]

See also: Virion/Supports

Romantic Supports

Other Supports

Class Sets[]

Base Classes Promoted Classes
-
-

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 Class[]

Virion has the makings of the Gordin archetype stat wise. As such, his most notable trait is how quickly his skill grows; he has a 70% growth rate, which will let him cap that quickly and provide excellent critical sniping skills. His speed also grows very quickly as well, allowing him to double attack earlier than most units. However, true to his unit type, his defense growths are not very high, which can offset his fast-growing HP and make him a bit more fragile than expected. However, Virion can still function very well as a bow user, especially with the Killer Bow due to his terrifying skill.

Virion performs well in his two promotions Sniper and Bow Knight. As a Sniper Virion can continue to shine as the main Archer of the game and can continue to use long-ranged bows. Regardless of which of the two Virion remains, Bowfaire provides an excellent strength boost to Virion's modest strength growth. Accuracy +20 also is a noteworthy skill to ensure that he hits his target, but this should not be too much of a problem given his Skill and Luck. As a Bow Knight, Virion gains a slightly better strength growth on top of the ability to use a close ranged weapon, Swords. Bowbreaker is Virion's go to skill in this class, allowing him to be an anti-bow unit—mostly, this is noteworthy for patching Virion's bow weakness if he reclasses to a Wyvern Lord. All in all, Virion is a great archer fit for any team.

Reclassing[]

Virion's two reclassing options are the Wyvern Rider and Mage class trees. Virion as a Mage won't have an advantage over the two possible magic users when it comes to the Magic stat, but can still serve as a decent magic user at best with a 50% Magic growth after reclassing him; his only real advantage having more Skill and Speed than either of them. Few skills in the Mage skill tree are of use to Virion unless the player is attempting to convert him into a magical unit, though without a great deal of training or boosts from Spirit Dust he is unlikely to be particularly effective in such a role. Perhaps the most tempting option for Virion to spend some time in is the Dark Knight class, which can give him Lifetaker to help with his meager defenses, the only healing skill he has access to. Slow Burn, though largely a situational skill, can be of use in longer engagements, and can also be combined with the Wyvern Lord's Quick Burn skill to provide for a constant hit/dodge boost until after turn 15.

In the Wyvern Rider line, Strength +2 can give a small, but useful boost to his offense; although, All Stats +2 from the DLC would be a better alternative, if it's available to you. As a Griffon Rider, Virion can acquire Lancebreaker, which helps alleviate his weakness to Beastkillers if he stays in the Bow Knight, Dark Knight or Griffon Rider classes. Deliverer can be made of use when paired up to move across the map quicker. The Swordbreaker skill from the Wyvern Lord class is not as useful to him as Lancebreaker, unless he wishes to remain in one of the axe-specializing classes like the Griffon Rider. Overall, Virion's best use is probably in the Bow Knight or Dark Knight classes, which take advantage of his access to Lancebreaker, Deliverer, and Tomefaire or Bowfaire for the greatest combination of mobility and offense. It's unfortunate that Virion lacks any damage-dealing skills like Luna or Astra, which hurts his offensive potential and makes him less attractive as a postgame Sniper, though he still serves very well in the role during the events of the main game, being the only unit with access to the class from his starting role.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Elite Archer
Rightful ruler of Rosanne in Valm who has a tendency for wit and puffery. Appears in Fire Emblem Awakening

Base Stats[]

Rarity:
Heroes Virion Sprite (1* & 2*)Title
Elite Archer
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
37
5
23
5
23
5
19
1
9
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Iron BowFEH Bow Bow
✯✯
Heroes Virion Sprite (1* & 2*)Title
Elite Archer
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18
39
6
25
6
25
5
20
1
9
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Iron BowFEH Bow Bow
✯✯✯
Heroes Virion Sprite (3*)Title
Elite Archer
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
39/42/45
5/6/7
24/27/30
5/6/7
24/27/30
5/6/7
20/23/26
1/2/3
8/11/14
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Steel BowFEH Bow Bow
✯✯✯✯
Heroes Virion Sprite (4* & 5*)Title
Elite Archer
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
18/19/20
40/43/46
6/7/8
26/29/32
6/7/8
26/29/32
5/6/7
21/24/27
1/2/3
9/12/15
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Silver Bow
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Bow Bow
✯✯✯✯✯
Heroes Virion Sprite (5*)Title
Elite Archer
Group
Heroes Infantry Infantry
LevelHPAtkSpdDefRes
1
40
19/20/21
43/46/49
6/7/8
28/31/34
6/7/8
28/31/34
6/7/8
23/26/30
2/3/4
10/13/17
SkillsWeapon
FEH skill offense Silver Bow
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Bow Bow

Originally when playing Fire Emblem Heroes for the first time, a two-star Virion was the first hero summoned by Kiran. This was the only scripted summoning in the game and was meant to fill out the initial battle roster alongside Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna. He has since been replaced with a four-star Takumi.

Skills[]

TypeNamePrerequisiteDefaultUnlocked
FEH skill offenseIron Bow-FEH Star Rarity 1-
Steel BowIron BowFEH Star Rarity 3FEH Star Rarity 2
Silver BowSteel BowFEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
Silver Bow+Silver Bow-FEH Star Rarity 5
Dignified Bow--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 4FEH Star Rarity 3
AstraNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 4
AFEH Defiant Res 1 Defiant Res 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Defiant Res 2 Defiant Res 2FEH Defiant Res 1 Defiant Res 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Defiant Res 3 Defiant Res 3FEH Defiant Res 2 Defiant Res 2FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Seal Spd 1 Seal Spd 1-FEH Star Rarity 1
FEH Seal Spd 2 Seal Spd 2FEH Seal Spd 1 Seal Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 2
FEH Seal Spd 3 Seal Spd 3FEH Seal Spd 2 Seal Spd 2FEH Star Rarity 4

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[]

Virion is remembered as the first unit officially summoned in Heroes, or at least he was prior to the Book II update where Takumi took his place. Even then, for a period of time, Virion was a mostly overlooked Archer unit. His moderate Atk and middling Spd were acceptable and could be used reliably, but not exactly fantastic when units like Brave Lyn or even Setsuna existed who were far superior in terms of offense. In fact, his only notable stat was his unusually high HP. Virion had no real distinction over his fellow beginning archers aside from being a candidate for Panic Ploy which other non-archers units down the line could do better as they had higher HP or innately carried the skill. He also lacks the mixed bulk to make good enough usage of this stat, leaving him initially with little to work with aside from being a third string Archer at best.

This was solidified by his base Silver Bow, which is a powerful weapon, but with no additional effects, Virion on his own was rather unnoticeable without inheriting from the outside. Then he received his own personal weapon, the Dignified Bow and his strengths finally came to the forefront. It has a Sudden Panic effect, as any enemy, anywhere on the map, that has lower HP than he does and is adjacent to their ally, are immediately subjected to a [Panic] effect, reversing their visible buffs into penalties. At 46 neutral HP, there are small number of unmerged units who can avoid this effect. When refined, it also grants him a massive +4 boost to his core stats so long as he has at least 1 point of HP more than his opponent. Handling an opposing Virion is much more difficult as a result and has transformed him from a largely ignored Archer to one of the most magnificent supportive units in the game.

Astra boosts his damage by 150%, giving him tremendous power, though its slow cooldown is a bit of a weakness. Defiant Resistance increases his Res by 7 once his HP has gone under 50%, which is much too low and risky to maintain just for that specific boost. Seal Speed reduces the Spd of an enemy he attacks by 7, which is a hefty penalty, but too slow to matter often as Virion ideally only attacks in a pinch.

Counters[]

As much of a powerful supportive unit he may be, Virion is not oppressively powerful and can be dealt with rather easily as he lacks the bulk to withstand most hits, especially magical attacks. Thankfully his weapon effects and general builds usually stops the most potent mage units, namely Bladetome users as they thrive off of buffs, but he is still no less vulnerable. Dragons, especially Distant Counter bearing dragons like Nowi or Grima usually have the base HP to ignore his Panics and can retaliate and demolish him through his much lower Res.

Skill Inheritance Options[]

First and foremost, increasing Virion's HP is a must simply to get his HP reliant effects going. He is one of a few units who is encouraged to take an HP boon simply to get his bows effects going as will his desired Skill C Panic Ploy to cover isolated enemies who are unaffected by his Bow's effect. Infantry Pulse is also a worthy alternative to support his allies more directly with its cooldown charge so long as he has more HP than them, which he does over a vast majority of units in the game. Draw Back or Reposition are excellent positioning skills and are his two best supportive skill options. Luna is a much more preferable Special as it help him break through high Def units. HP +5 puts his neutral HP to 51 unmerged and no Dragonflowers, further extending his Bow effect range over more enemies and if he has an Asset, it is pushed to 54. If looking to maximize scoring, C Duel Infantry will boost his BST scoring for arenas while still giving him the HP boost he needs. Chill Speed penalizes the fastest enemy on the enemy's team by inflicting a -7 Spd penalty on them.

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Elite Archer Virion
Virion elite archer pop01 Here's Virion—or as some might know him, the man who puts the "arch" in "archer!" Along with his usual wit and lofty language, he brings his keen sharpshooting skills to the battlefield.
Virion elite archer pop02 The rightful ruler of Rosanne, Virion was forced to flee when the Valmese Empire conquered his land. He arrived in Ylisse, where he happened to run into Chrom, and soon after joined his Shepherds.
Virion elite archer pop03 Though his flight from his home may have cost him his riches, he still carries himself like a noble ruler. Between battles, you might spot him sipping tea and poring over plans to restore Rosanne with his retainer, Cherche.
Virion elite archer pop04 Though he may seem like a flippant character at first, Virion is dependable when the situation calls for it. I hope he'll be able to reclaim his lost lands someday!
Closely Associated Characters
Cherche Wyvern-riding fighter in Virion's noble house. Thinks her wyvern Minerva is adorable.
Chrom A prince of Ylisse and descendant of the Hero-King. Leads the Shepherds. Recruits Virion as an ally.

Quotes[]

Awakening[]

Virion/Awakening Quotes

Heroes[]

Virion/Heroes Quotes

Possible Endings[]

Virion - Archest Archer
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. He never battled these claims, but history shows he gave the rest of his life to the people.
Virion and Robin
Many wrote of Robin's legendary exploits, but accounts of her origins and character varied. Scholars, poets, and bards agreed on one thing alone—she loved her husband, Virion, above all else.
Virion and Cherche
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But Cherche's smarts and kindness eventually brought her husband back into good standing.
Virion and Cordelia
Virion returned home to Rosanne where he was labelled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But Cordelia defended her husband vehemently and ultimately won him a second chance with his people.
Virion and Lissa
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But none of it fazed his wife, Lissa, who won the populace over with good old-fashioned charm.
Virion and Maribelle
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But his wife, Maribelle, treated the people fairly and equally, and in time, they learned to forgive him.
Virion and Miriel
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But Miriel's discoveries improved their quality of life, and they soon came to love him once more.
Virion and Nowi
Virion returned home to Rosanne where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. Thankfully, his wife Nowi's flair for drama was entertaining enough to keep the mob's pitchforks at bay.
Virion and Olivia
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. Over time, however, Olivia's dancing managed to bring him back into the populace's favor.
Virion and Panne
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But his wife Panne's dedication did much to bring him back into good standing among his people.
Virion and Sully
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But in time he was forgiven, largely thanks to the bold (and slightly terrifying) nature of his wife, Sully.
Virion and Tharja
Virion returned home to Rosanne, where he was labeled a traitor and a coward, or else ignored entirely. But a few well-placed hexes from his wife, Tharja, eventually brought the populace to their senses.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Virion is illustrated in the trading card game with the following cards:

Choose Your Legends Placement History[]

Round Placement Character Version Votes

CYL1 173 CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
1,548
CYL2 425
↓252
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
371
↓1,177
CYL3 378
↑47
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
389
↑18
CYL4 394
↓16
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
238
↓151
CYL5 373
↑21
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
141
↓97
CYL6 349
↑24
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
185
↑44

CYL7 322
↑27
CYL Virion Portrait
Awakening
112
↓73

Etymology[]

Virion's name may have been derived from the Latin word viri, which can translate as man or hero. It is also another term for a virus particle.

Another possible origin is Viaur, the name of a 168 kilometer long river from the south-western France on Avyeyron River, located in southern Massif Central and north of Millau.

Trivia[]

  • In Virion's B-rank support conversation with Robin in Awakening, he claims to wear a cravat. However, he is actually wearing a jabot.
  • Virion's official artwork depicts him with a Silver Bow.
  • Virion's map sprites as an Archer, Sniper, and Bow Knight have the unique animation of Virion tousling his hair.
  • Virion's outfit as an Archer, both in official art and character model, is unique. He wears a white ruffled shirt underneath the standard outfit.
  • Virion shares his English voice actor Jamieson Price with both Zephiel of The Binding Blade, and Hawkeye of The Blazing Blade as they appear in Heroes.
  • For marketing of Heroes, Virion was included as a fourth member of the Order of Heroes in trailers and promotional materials along with Alfonse, Sharena, and Anna until the release of Book II.
  • In Heroes, Virion was originally the first Hero summoned by Kiran as part of the game's tutorial process. This remained the case until the game was updated to version 2.5.0, when the tutorial summon was changed to Takumi.
    • Virion's comment on reaching level 40 references that he was the first hero summoned by Kiran. This comment remained unchanged after the version 2.5.0 update.

Gallery[]

See main article: Virion/Gallery.

References[]

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