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“We are members of the proud Ilian Mercenary Knights. This is a battle that will determine the world's fate... And to us, that isn't all. The reputation of the Ilian Mercenary Knights will be determined by our actions and how we fight in this battle.”
—Zelot in a support conversation with Trec

Zelot is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is the head of the Ilian mercenaries. Trec and Noah both work for him and respect him. He is the husband of the pegasus knight Juno, and has one daughter.

He makes a brief cameo appearance in Chapter 18 of the Hasha no Tsurugi manga.


The captain of the Ilian Mercenaries, Zelot is married to Juno, and they have a child who he has not met before, because he was always away fulfilling his job as a mercenary in various wars. In Heroes, it's revealed that he met Juno on an Etrurian battlefield. She had been hired by his enemy. Rather than fight, he tried to reason with her and their relationship grew from there.

In Binding Blade, he was requested by Lord Hector to defend Ostia against Bern while Hector was on the front, but the rebellion occurred before Zelot and his crew could get there.

After Hector's assassination, he refuses General Leygance's offers to work for the enemies, and still stay loyal to Hector's faction. He runs into Roy's party while suppressing the rebellion, and joins forces with him if talked to by Trec, Noah, or Roy himself.

In the Ilia route, when reaching Edessa, Zelot discovers that his own castle has been seized by General Murdock of Bern and that his wife, Juno, was kidnaped and kept as a hostage. With the assistance of Roy, along with his sisters-in-law, Shanna and Thea, they rush to free her. When he talked to Juno, for his relief, he finds that she had already decided to fight alongside the Etrurian army.

Fighting together alongside Roy's army, they defeat Roartz, who had hidden in the castle. After liberating Ilia, Zelot, with his wife and in-laws, lead Roy to where Maltet, the Divine Weapon of Barigan, is hidden. After the war ends, Zelot and his wife unify the knights of Ilia and he becomes its first king.


Standing by the beliefs of Ilia, Zelot is both strong and compassionate. Despite being stern and practical, Zelot does not have a solely strict personality. He is applied and works hard to provide for his wife and daughter and to prevent his family falling apart in hard times. Despite sharing the same dreams of his wife Juno, of a peaceful and stable future for Ilia, he is much more pragmatic and cynical in his approach, sometimes even feeling hopeless, fearing that he will never be able to change the mercenaries' lives or bring a better future to his land.

Zelot is very patient when dealing with the younger mercenaries that work under him, Noah and Trec, and he is able to train them to their full potential. He is also a bit awkward when dealing with his sisters-in-law Shanna and Thea.


The Binding Blade[]

Description: The lord of Edessa. Leads the Ilian mercenary knights.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE8 Paladin Map Sprite PaladinGBADark Dark
WeaponStarting Items
Sword Sword - C
Lance Lance - A
Axe Axe - D
SteelswordSteel Sword
SteelLanceSteel Lance

Growth Rates[]

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
75% 25% 20% 20% 15% 30% 15%


See also: Zelot/Supports


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.

Despite Zelot's low growths, he can remain potent up until the Sacae/Ilia split due to his great base stats, class and weapon ranks. His bases are somewhat higher than Marcus, meaning he can make the kills Marcus may struggle with later on. His C-rank Swords enables his Steel Swords, Armorslayers, Wyrmslayers and Killing Edges at base, while his A-rank Lances enables him every non-Maltet lance in the game. Even D Axes is helpful, as it allows him to use the Hammer and Halberd, something Marcus needs some training to manage. In all, he's an early-joining prepromoted paladin, which is a major boon to players, as having a spare paladin is very useful. Even once Zelot's combat strength has waned, he can still be fairly helpful due to his natural mobility.

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Avowed Groom
Captain of the Ilian mercenaries, who rely on battle to earn their living. He is attending the bridal festival alongside his wife, Juno. Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Base Stats[]

Rarity: ✯✯✯✯✯

Zelot Avowed Groom Heroes spriteTitle
Avowed Groom
Heroes Cavalry Cavalry
FEH skill offense Love Candelabra+
FEH skill special Glowing Ember
FEH Axe Axe


FEH skill offenseIron Axe---
Steel Axe---
Love Candelabra---
Love Candelabra+-FEH Star Rarity 5-
FEH skill specialGlowing Ember---
AFEH Atk Def Form 1 Atk/Def Form 1--
FEH Atk Def Form 2 Atk/Def Form 2FEH Atk Def Form 1 Atk/Def Form 1-
FEH Atk Def Form 3 Atk/Def Form 3FEH Atk Def Form 2 Atk/Def Form 2-
CFEH Spur Atk 1 Spur Atk 1--
FEH Drive Atk 1 Drive Atk 1FEH Spur Atk 1 Spur Atk 1-
FEH Drive Atk 2 Drive Atk 2FEH Drive Atk 1 Drive Atk 1FEH 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[]

Avowed Groom Zelot
Zelot avowed groom pop01 Here's Zelot, the lord of the castle in Edessa, dressed up in his stylish groom's outfit! He's the leader of Ilian mercenaries, and his work takes him all over Elibe.
Zelot avowed groom pop02 Zelot is a stern and serious man, and his groom's outfit is very formal as well. But I see that he couldn't resist sneaking in a little of Juno's favorite color! That purple flower on his cravat is a sign of how much love there is under that rugged surface.
Zelot avowed groom pop03 Meanwhile, the candelabrum he's carrying is decorated with blue flowers, reminiscent of the Ilian winter. Their proud blossoms flourish despite the cold, and I think they really add to his sophisticated look.
Zelot avowed groom pop04 Zelot and Juno are already known to be the picture of wedded bliss, but I think this festival will see them falling in love all over again. Not even the merciless snows of Ilia can put a damper on the flames of their love for each other!
Closely Associated Characters
Juno A retired pegasus knight and older sister of Thea and Shanna. Joining the bridal festival alongside her husband, Zelot.



Zelot/Heroes Quotes


Zelot - Leader of Knights (騎士を統べる者, Kishi wo suberu mono)
Zelot returned to Ilia, where he worked to rebuild the ruined land. He eventually united the Knights' Union of Ilia into the Kingdom of Ilia, and he left his name in history as the nation's first king.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Zelot 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 709 CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL2 765
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL3 543
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL4 561
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL5 486
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL6 497
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade
CYL7 423
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade

CYL8 434
CYL Zelot Portrait
The Binding Blade


A "zealot" refers to a radical follower of a faith or cause, taken from the Zealots, a 1st century Jewish faction that tried to incite rebellion against the Roman Empire and expel them from the Holy Land.


  • According to a Japanese gaming news website, Zelot landed 64th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
  • Zelot, Noah, and Trec all share the exact same Defense growth, and almost exactly the same HP growth. (with Trec being the exception with 10% more in the growth)


See main article: Zelot/Gallery.