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“I joined the Toha vigilantes solely for the purpose of saving laguz. I'm not from Crimea, but when I heard she had joined with Gallia, I envisioned my perfect world, one in which the laguz could live normal lives, free of oppression. However, when I came to Crimea, I found things were no different there than in any other beorc nation.”
—Zihark, to Ike in Path of Radiance

Zihark is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is a mercenary who hails from Daein. He is first encountered as a recruitable enemy in Path of Radiance, and later returns in Chapter 1-5 of Radiant Dawn, fighting with the Daein Liberation Army against the Begnion Occupational Army.


Zihark is a traveling mercenary born in Daein, and was formerly in a relationship with a Laguz of the beast tribe, despite his homeland's prejudice towards the Laguz. Their relationship ended due to the stress of being in a forbidden relationship being too much for his girlfriend (she was killed in the Japanese version). Despite the premature ending of their relationship, Zihark felt no desire to enter another relationship, and became a traveling mercenary aiding other Laguz in order to honor her memory.

Path of Radiance[]

Zihark traveled to Crimea after hearing about the country's efforts to forge ties with the Laguz nation of Gallia. In Port Toha, he joined a group of anti-Laguz vigilantes to help any Laguz escape before the vigilantes could get to them.

Soon after, Zihark meets the Greil Mercenaries when they are trying to board Nasir's ship. Daein troops had blocked the harbor, and Zihark enters the fight alongside the vigilantes. Shortly before the battle, he has a conversation with the vigilante leader to determine if any Laguz are with the Greil Mercenaries, causing the leader to believe Zihark couldn't wait to kill Laguz. When he sees Lethe and Mordecai, he speaks to them, revealing that he was with the vigilantes as a double agent, and joins the mercenaries to help them escape the Daein soldiers. Later, while on the ship, Ike talks with him about his motivations, and deems him to be trustworthy despite Zihark having "personal reasons" he did not want to share (this being his past relationship with a Laguz).

Radiant Dawn[]

After the events of Path of Radiance, Zihark returns to Daein. In Daein, he joins the Daein Liberation Army along with Tauroneo and Jill to help free the country from its Begnion occupiers. He is first seen with Tauroneo and Jill defending Prince Pelleas' hideout against Begnion forces. Greatly outnumbered, they are nearly overrun when the Dawn Brigade arrives. With the help of the Dawn Brigade, they successfully fight off Begnion, and Zihark meets Micaiah and the rest of the group, reuniting with a number of familiar faces. The bolstered army then continues to fight for Daein's emancipation. After the liberation of Daein, he stays in the country to help with its reconstruction.

When Pelleas orders the Daein Army goes to fight against the Laguz Alliance, Zihark is at a loss. He does not want to betray his country and friends, but also does not wish to betray his ideals and fight against the Laguz. He can recruit himself over to the the Greil Mercenaries by speaking with Lethe or Mordecai in Chapter 3-6: A Reason to Fight, or by having Lethe or Mordecai speak to him in Chapter 3-7: Rivals Collide and Chapter 3-E: From Pain, Awakening. Brom or Ilyana can also recruit him if they had an A support in Path of Radiance. Otherwise, he remains with the Daein army.

If Zihark rejoins the Greil Mercenaries, he assists them in fighting off Begnion. When Zihark encounters his former Daein allies in battle, he desperately tries to understand why Daein began its war to aid Begnion against the Laguz. He questions how people he believed to be good could commit atrocities and fight to the end for what he believes an unjust cause.

If Zihark stays with Daein, he and the other high ranking soldiers learn the grave truth of the war, which was started due to the Blood Pact binding Pelleas to Begnion. Zihark now no longer has a choice to leave Daein, and fights on to ensure his country's survival. Even so, he refuses to fight against his close friends, even if they attack him first.

After the war, Zihark travels Tellius as a mercenary resolving Beorc-Laguz disputes. It is said that he eventually settled in Gallia.


Zihark, in contrast to other characters in his archetype, is sociable, friendly, and kind. His interactions with others shows that he deeply values friendship, as seen by his knack for remembering names and faces, as well as his frequent invitations of friends to meals. He is highly honorable in combat, asking for a peaceful solution prior to fighting as well as flat out refusing to fight his close friends. In his freetime, Zihark has a hobby of sword and equipment maintenance, a skill he picked up due to the frugal lifestyle of a mercenary.

Although Zihark is sociable, he is also quite secretive. In Path of Radiance, he only ever mentions his girlfriend in his A support with Muarim, leaving his motivation to defend the Laguz a mystery to all his other friends and allies. In addition, he never told anyone that he hailed from Daein, surprising Sothe when the two of them met again in Radiant Dawn. His secretiveness likely came about from growing up and living in an environment where expressing his ideals and sympathies could have resulted in pain or death, given Daein's extreme prejudice towards Laguz.

When it comes to his ideal of harmony between Laguz and Beorc, Zihark has strong convictions toward it, and is willing to sacrifice nearly anything to fight for it. Despite being one to avoid conflict when possible, he was willing to cut down every vigilante in the Toha Vigilantes to convince Lethe to trust him. After joining the Greil Mercenaries, Zihark found a likeminded individual in Ike, and expressed his happiness in that he felt he was finally able to do the good he always longed to do. This ideal is almost entirely driven by his past relationship with his ex-girlfriend, as he wished for nobody else to experience the prejudice and hate that he and his girlfriend experienced.

Despite his disapproval of his country's attitude towards the Laguz, Zihark still feels attachment towards his country of birth. He returned to Daein after the Mad King's War because he hoped that he could change the country to become less prejudiced towards Laguz. His plans were put on hold when Begnion tightened its grip over the defeated Daein, but his efforts to free his country strengthened his attachment with his country and with the people he fought together with. After its freedom, Daein became a pawn to Begnion and began its attack on the Laguz Alliance, forcing Zihark into a dilemma. Zihark knew in his heart that Micaiah and King Pelleas were good people, but continuing to fight with Daein would go against everything he stood for. Ultimately, what would allow Zihark to betray his country would be the words of his friends, reminding him of what he fought for back when he joined the Greil Mercenaries three years ago.

Zihark is shown to have a bit of a playful streak. This is seen on multiple occasions, such as when he ignores Ilyana's charms to take his food and when he later flirts with her, or when he cracks jokes with Tormod and Muarim after being reunited in Chapter 1-7 of Radiant Dawn. On the other hand, Zihark has a tendency to become flustered when confronted with the subject of marriage, seen when Brom tries to have Zihark marry his daughters and when Meg announces her intent to marry Zihark.


Path of Radiance[]


  • Chapter 11: Starts out as an enemy unit; Speak to him with Lethe or Mordecai.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE9 Zihark Myrmidon SpriteMyrmidonFE9EarthEarth
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
FE9 AdeptAdeptFE9 SwordSword - CFE9KillingedgeKilling Edge
FE9SteelSword Steel Sword

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 45% 15% 50% 60% 40% 30% 20%

Support Conversations[]

See also: Zihark/Supports

Promotional Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE9masterseal Master Seal) FE9 Zihark Swordmaster Sprite Swordmaster
1 +4 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1


Secret Book (Artwork)
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Zihark is a decent unit to have. He starts with higher stats and at a higher level than Mia, has the very effective Earth affinity, and has a Killing Edge. If trained, his Speed, Skill, and occasionally Strength will cap, making him a terror offensively. He can be a bit frail, though his fairly high HP growth helps balance that a bit. Myrmidons face some trouble in that they have no reliable ranged attack in a game where nearly every other class has cheap and effective ranged attack options. Also, the joining of Stefan will likely see both him and Mia be surpassed due to the former's extremely high base stats. However, Zihark can still see great use due to having many chapters to be deployed in, and through his ability to dodge and trigger his Adept skill.

Radiant Dawn[]


Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Endgame
P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 E P 1 2 3 E P 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 E P 1 2 3 4 5 E A1 A2 A3 A4 A5
○* ○* ○* ○* ○** ○**

◎=Forced ○=Available □=Available for selected

*Zihark is only available in these chapters if he is recruited over to the Greil Mercenaries in 3-6 or 3-7.

**If Zihark is recruited over to the Greil Mercenaries in 3-6 or 3-7, he will not be available for these chapters.

Base Stats[]

Starting ClassAffinity
FE10 Zihark Swordmaster SpriteSwordmasterFE10EarthEarth
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Critical 10Critical +10
FE10 SwordSword - AFE10killingedgeKilling Edge

Growth Rates[]

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
55% 35% 10% 75% 70% 40% 25% 35%

Promotion Gains[]

Item Required Promoted Class
(FE10mastercrown Master Crown) FE10 Zihark Trueblade Sprite Trueblade
1 +4 +2 +4 +2 +2 +2 +4 +0 +0
Critical 20Critical +20


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.

Radiant Dawn lowers Zihark's physical stats, giving him Strength and Defense growths on par with most Mages in the game. However, his decent bases, partnered with his Earth affinity and generous Skill and Speed growths, will allow him to dodge most attacks directed at him and retaliate with frequent Adept triggers. When his Skill and Speed stats reach their cap, he can then be given bonus experience to help cap his Strength and Defense due to how bonus experience levels give three guaranteed stat increases, though this will not take a small amount of levels. His contributions to the Dawn Brigade chapters can be very helpful, as most of the other members, sans Jill, Nolan, Volug, and Sothe, face issues such as low availability or low base stats but he won't be gaining much exp in Part 1. If he supports with Nolan or Volug, they both will receive up to +45 avoid thanks to their shared Earth affinities. On top of his natural avoid from having high Speed, Zihark will have little trouble avoiding all but the most accurate of attacks. Even though Zihark will eventually be surpassed by Edward due to his higher growths, Zihark requires less training to become useful, and has some flexibility in that he can switch to the Greil Mercenaries. In the endgame, Zihark will cap his Speed, Skill, and Resistance, and is decently likely to cap his Strength especially if he was given bonus experience level ups. He can be reliable in the Tower of Guidance due to being able to double attack practically all enemies, and can use the Vague Katti and Alondite very effectively.

Fire Emblem Awakening[]


Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic Myrmidon (M) Map SpriteMyrmidon
SkillsWeaponStarting Items
Avoid +10Avoid +10
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage
SwordIconFE13Sword - BKilling Edge FE13 IconKilling Edge*

*Enemy only; joins unequipped

Fire Emblem Heroes[]

Ninja Blademaster
A skilled mercenary swordsman. Friendly and free from prejudice, he's answered the call to join the ninja festival. Appears in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

Base Stats[]

Zihark Ninja Blademaster Heroes spriteTitle
Ninja Blademaster
Heroes Infantry Infantry
FEH skill offense Ninja Katana
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Sword Sword
Zihark Ninja Blademaster Heroes spriteTitle
Ninja Blademaster
Heroes Infantry Infantry
FEH skill offense Ninja Katana+
FEH skill special Night Sky
FEH Sword Sword


FEH skill offenseIron Sword---
Steel Sword---
Ninja Katana---
Ninja Katana+--FEH Star Rarity 5
FEH skill specialNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5-
AstraNight Sky-FEH Star Rarity 5
BFEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1-FEH Star Rarity 3
FEH Chill Spd 2 Chill Spd 2FEH Chill Spd 1 Chill Spd 1FEH Star Rarity 4
FEH Chill Spd 3 Chill Spd 3FEH Chill Spd 2 Chill Spd 2FEH Star Rarity 5
CFEH Spd Def Gap 1 Spd/Def Gap 1--
FEH Spd Def Gap 2 Spd/Def Gap 2FEH Spd Def Gap 1 Spd/Def Gap 1-
FEH Spd Def Gap 3 Spd/Def Gap 3FEH Spd Def Gap 2 Spd/Def Gap 2FEH Star Rarity 5


Secret Book (Artwork)
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Base Kit[]
Skill Inheritance[]

Meet Some of the Heroes[]

Ninja Blademaster Zihark
Zihark ninja blademaster pop01 Zihark, the famed swordsman from Tellius, is coming to the ninja festival! His new outfit really suits him, don't you think?
Zihark ninja blademaster pop02 Check out the swords he's carrying too! Zihark is well practiced with single-edged swords, so using these ones must come naturally to him.
Zihark ninja blademaster pop03 And I see his shoulder pads are held on by straps across his chest—a subtle nod to his usual style!
Zihark ninja blademaster pop04 With this outfit on, Zihark wouldn't look out of place in Hoshido's army. I guess he's learned how to blend in with his surroundings, just like a real ninja!
Closely Associated Characters
Ilyana A girl whose constant hunger pangs cause stress for her and worry for others. Has a seemingly bottomless stomach. Zihark sometimes shares food with her.


Path of Radiance[]

Lethe Recruited[]

  • Lethe: Grrrr! Die, human!
  • Zihark: Hold on! Please! …I am not an enemy to laguz.
  • Lethe: L-laguz…? How do you…
  • Zihark: I joined this vigilante group because I knew it would afford me a chance to help you flee. Listen, I'll distract the townspeople. While they're worried about me, you can make good yours escape.
  • Lethe: I cannot trust the word of a human.
  • Zihark: …I see. Well, if I cut down these vigilantes, will you believe me?
  • Lethe: Huh?
  • Zihark: One? Two? All of them? How many do you want? Just give the word and I'll start the cutting!
  • Lethe: Hssss! Quiet! Why, why would you…
  • Zihark: I want to help you. …That's all.
  • Lethe: … I see… You're not an enemy. That much I'll believe…
  • Zihark: Thank you. Now, you must hurry away from this place.
  • Lethe: No, I cannot flee. I have fr-friends that I must board a ship with.
  • Zihark: Will you not desist? It's much too dangerous. The vigilantes and the Daeins want nothing more than to kill laguz!
  • Lethe: I'm not leaving.
  • Zihark: I see… If that's your stance, then I've no choice.
  • Lethe: Hm?
  • Zihark: I will join your group.
  • Lethe: Don't, don't be ridiculous!
  • Zihark: What's your name?
  • Lethe: I am Lethe, but--
  • Zihark: That's a good name.
  • Lethe: That's beside the point! You--
  • Zihark: I am Zihark. Well met, Lethe! Whoops! I don't think we have time for formal introductions. Let's hurry!
  • Lethe: H-hold it! I have not agreed to this!

Mordecai Recruited[]

  • Zihark: Ah!
  • Mordecai: You are a vigilante. We must avoid vigilantes. You should flee.
  • Zihark: You would speak so to the vigilante group that's hunting you? You're kind laguz, aren't you?
  • Mordecai: Hm? My word are not good. You must go quickly.
  • Zihark: No, you are the one who should flee. Leave the rest to me. I'll confuse the townsfolk and give you time to run.
  • Mordecai: What? Why?
  • Zihark: I don't want to see any laguz harmed, so I joined these vigilantes as a double agent.
  • Mordecai: Hmm…? I am confused. But… you do not smell like an enemy. Our group must get that ship. We are taking it to Begnion.
  • Zihark: Will you desist? It's much too dangerous. The vigilantes and the Daeins desire nothing more than to kill laguz!
  • Mordecai: Even so, we will go.
  • Zihark: I see… If that's your stance, then I've no choice.
  • Mordecai: …
  • Zihark: I will join in your group.
  • Mordecai: You will betray your friends?
  • Zihark: I told you, they're not my friends. I am an ally to the laguz. What? you need proof? There!
  • Mordecai: Why do you drop your blade? That bright metal tool is your only fang.
  • Zihark: I want you believe me. …Please. You must believe me.
  • Mordecai: … I believe you. I am Mordecai warrior of Gallia. Who are you?
  • Zihark: I am Zihark. Well met, Mordecai! Whoops! I don't think we have time for formal introductions. Let's hurry!

Radiant Dawn[]

Mordecai Recruited[]

  • Mordecai: You, I know…
  • Zihark: Mordecai… I never expected us to meet like this, on opposite sides…
  • Mordecai: Ah! Zee…eehark! Hm… No, that not it. Sorry. Mordecai says your name not right. Not right yet.
  • Zihark: But…
  • Mordecai: Zeehork? Zeehar-ack? Zi…hark? Ahh! That is good! Zi-hark!
  • Zihark: Mordecai… Don't you understand? We're now--
  • Mordecai: I know. Mordecai is your friend. Allies we are. It does not matter who we fight for.
  • Zihark: But--
  • Mordecai: You have no fang or tail, but you are a beast brother, Zee-hark! Hmm… No. Mordecai forgets again. Sorry.
  • Zihark: Hey, don't worry about it. I've got it! I'll go with you. That way, you'll get my name right in no time.
  • Mordecai: Ah! Good idea! Mordecai likes this idea.

Lethe Recruited[]

  • Lethe: Zihark!
  • Zihark: Lethe…
  • Lethe: You defeated me last time, but this time it'll be different. Prepare yourself!
  • Zihark: You won't surrender?
  • Lethe: I am a soldier. I will fight to my death.
  • Zihark: …I knew you'd say that. Then I'm coming with you. I'm at your service, Lethe. Just like old times, yeah?
  • Lethe: What?! Why?
  • Zihark: The Daein soldiers call this war "the sub-human hunt." You know I hate that word. I believed that Daein would change. Or at least I used to. But now… I can't just stand by. This war is the last straw. I can't fight for Daein anymore.
  • Lethe: …You may not have claws, but I think your soul is more laguz than beorc. Welcome to our tribe, Zihark.

Ilyana Recruited[]

  • Ilyana: Sir Zihark. It's not too late. Let's not fight.
  • Zihark: I can't do that… Daein has just freed itself. I can't betray it now.
  • Ilyana: Even if you have been ordered by Daein to hunt down laguz?
  • Zihark: I-I just…
  • Ilyana: But this isn't you! When I met you, you were so nice, and you never doubted yourself or your friends. You even risked your own life to fight on behalf of the laguz. And now you're throwing it all away…
  • Zihark: …Ilyana.
  • Ilyana: Yes?
  • Zihark: Thank you. You've opened my eyes.
  • Ilyana: Pardon?
  • Zihark: I will leave the Daein army. My friends in Daein are dear to me, but I refuse to take part in any hunt, or lie to myself any longer.
  • Ilyana: Oh, Zihark, I'm so glad…

Brom Recruited[]

  • Brom: Huh? Well, hey there, Zihark! Long time no see!
  • Zihark: Brom…
  • Brom: Ah, it sure is great to see ya! You're looking mighty fine. Seem a bit sad, though.
  • Zihark: Oh, I'm all right, Brom. How's the family?
  • Brom: Oh, they're doin' great. We had ourselves some troubles, but Queen Elincia took care of it. Ah, speakin' of my family! About your engagement to one of my daughters… Have you given it any extra thought? All my daughters are eager to marry. Just say the word, now!
  • Zihark: What? All of your daughters? You told all of your daughters about me?
  • Brom: Ah, they're all such dears! I can't favor one over the others, can I? So, what do you say? My second daughter is startin' to look a lot like me! Nice, soft cheeks.
  • Zihark: Um, well, I thought I was pretty clear on this the last time we went over it…
  • Brom: She left for Daein to see you. Have you run into her yet? Her name's Meg. Nice girl. She looks a lot like me.
  • Zihark: You haven't changed at all, Brom. You're still the same good man that I remember from three years ago. I'm really glad I ran into you, Brom. Now I remember what I was fighting for back then. And now I know what I have to do.
  • Brom: Hm? What're you goin' on about, son?
  • Zihark: I'm leaving the Daein army. My friends in Daein are dear to me, but I refuse to turn my sword against the laguz any longer.

Vs. Micaiah in Chapter 3-7[]

  • Micaiah: Zihark…
  • Zihark: As you can see, I'm with the Laguz Alliance now. I can't lie to myself anymore, Micaiah. I'm sorry.
  • Micaiah: I see…
  • Zihark: Tell me, Micaiah. Why did Daein become an enemy of the laguz? Daein has a new king now. Why can't it escape the grip of Begnion?!
  • Micaiah: I don't know, Zihark. I wish I did. I'm sorry…
  • Zihark: No, I'm the one who should be sorry. I know this isn't your fault. It's just I wonder if the time I've spent fighting to liberate Daein was well spent. It makes me sad.
  • Micaiah: Will you cut me down?
  • Zihark: That depends on you, Micaiah. Will you try to kill me?
  • Micaiah: You are an enemy of Daein now. But… I… How could I? How could I possibly kill you?
  • Zihark: I feel the same way. I couldn't possibly hurt you. However, fighting laguz is something I will not do for anyone. Where do we go from here?
  • Micaiah: I… I don't know…

Vs Sothe in Chapter 3-7[]

  • Sothe: I understand. I thought that fighting against the laguz would set you off.
  • Zihark: I won't make any excuses. I'm finished with the new Daein.
  • Sothe: You chose principles over country and comrades. I can't blame you for that.
  • Zihark: But these people are my comrades! Look around you, Sothe! These people aren't your enemies, they're your friends!
  • Sothe: Let's get on with this. I'm with Daein. You're with the Laguz Alliance. There's only one thing to do when enemies meet.
  • Zihark: I won't go easy on you. I respect you too much for that!

Ike vs Zihark (enemy) in Chapter 3-7[]

  • Zihark: Ike…
  • Ike: It's been a while, Zihark. So, you're with Daein?
  • Zihark: Yep. This is weird, Ike. I never thought we'd meet again as enemies.
  • Ike: It's the nature of being a mercenary. No hard feelings, Zihark. Any chance you could convince the Daein army to retreat?
  • Zihark: I wish. It's too complicated right now. Too many politicians playing around.
  • Ike: I see… I'm not much for politics. All I do is live by my principles, my sword, and my friends. What can I say? I won't change who I am, even if it means fighting you.
  • Zihark: That's fine by me. You're still the man I knew from the Mad King's War. It's about time I also threw away my doubts…

Ilyana vs Zihark (enemy) in Chapter 3-7[]

  • Ilyana: Hello, Sir Zihark.
  • Zihark: Ilyana… You're on their side, too?
  • Ilyana: And you stand with the enemy…
  • Zihark: I don't know why, but it feels like you've been in my life longer than the others. I couldn't handle it if you got hurt. Ilyana, please pull back before something awful happens. I beg of you.
  • Ilyana: Oh, Zihark…

Vs. Micaiah in Chapter 3-E[]

  • Zihark: Micaiah! Pull back your troops! We don't want to fight you. There's got to be a way to stop all this!
  • Micaiah: I can't, and there isn't. We have to keep fighting. Until the last of us falls, we have no choice.
  • Zihark: What's happened to you all?! Why get yourselves into such a hopeless war? Why did you do those horrible things in the valley? I know all of this must have a reason! Please tell me… Tell me how my country lost its soul.
  • Micaiah: I've nothing to say to you.
  • Zihark: I see. No words to waste on a deserter like me, is that it? I'm sorry I wasted your time.
  • Micaiah: Zihark–
  • Zihark: No, please… Just know that I could never draw steel against you. Good-bye, Micaiah.
  • Micaiah: I… I'm so sorry, Zihark. I can't get you involved in this, too.

Vs. Pelleas in Chapter 3-E[]

  • Zihark: King Pelleas. Would you please listen to what I have to say?
  • Pelleas: Zihark. What is there to talk about? You've deserted your country and your people.
  • Zihark: I just don't understand. I thought I knew you. You are a good, kind man. Why do you continue to fight for those bloodsucking senators?
  • Pelleas: I don't want to talk about it.
  • Zihark: Your Majesty…
  • Pelleas: It doesn't concern you anymore. You've abandoned Daein–and us. If you want to stop us, use your sword–not words.
  • Zihark: My sword and my allegiance do lie elsewhere now, it's true. But I am not without honor. I will not draw my sword against the man I call my king, no matter what.
  • Pelleas: …I'm sorry, Zihark. At least you'll be spared from the curse of the pact.

Vs. Tauroneo in Chapter 3-E[]

  • Zihark: General Tauroneo! Finally, I found you! Please, tell me what happened to Daein! Why are you fighting?
  • Tauroneo: There is nothing to say. We have parted ways. That is all.
  • Zihark: What are you trying to hide?! Daein has now committed atrocities on par with those committed by Ashnard! I want to know why you'd continue to fight a war like this!
  • Tauroneo: And I say that there is no need for you to know. Mercenary Zihark, return to your allies in the apostle's army.
  • Zihark: I will find out what's going on here! If my country can't save itself, then I'LL save it! But I'll never raise my sword against you. Good-bye for now, General. I hope our next meeting goes better.
  • Tauroneo: …Forgive me.

Vs Nailah in Chapter 3-E[]

  • Nailah: Zihark… You used to fight for Micaiah.
  • Zihark: Queen Nailah. Do you fight for Daein now?
  • Nailah: Well, let's say I've replaced some of the deserters.
  • Zihark: That's right, I'm a deserter. I don't have to defend my decision. I made the right choice.
  • Nailah: Zihark, I don't care. These are beorc problems. What I'm interested in is you and your blade. Shall we get started? I remember you as a skilled swordsman. I'm excited to see your work up close.
  • Zihark: I don't know if my blade can match your jaws, Queen Nailah, but I'm honored to face you. At your ready.

Ike vs Zihark (enemy) in Chapter 3-E[]

  • Zihark: Ike, I'm sorry, I… I must raise my sword against you.
  • Ike: Zihark, what's going on here? Why do you sound so desperate? This isn't like you at all!
  • Zihark: I'll take my secret to the grave. Besides, you know I don't like to complain. At your ready, Commander.

Ilyana vs Zihark (enemy) in chapter 3-E[]

  • Zihark: Ilyana, we've no time for doubts now. This mess has to finish its course. Let's get this over with.
  • Ilyana: Sir Zihark… I wish it didn't have to be this way…

Vs Izuka[]

  • Zihark: Izuka the Cruel… You are the author of this atrocity against nature? What gives you the right to perform your vile works on the laguz!
  • Izuka: The sub-humans are perfect subjects! What could be wrong with using them?
  • Zihark: …She always told me not to let anger and hatred get the best of me, not to let them guide my blade… This will be my only exception.

Death Quotes[]

“So this is the...end. Now...I”
—Zihark's death quote in Path of Radiance
“I guess the end... of the line...for me... ... Thank you. I' waiting...”
—Zihark's death quote in Radiant Dawn


Zihark/Heroes Quotes


Path of Radiance[]

"Crimea's an interesting place, but I've decided to travel to Daein. Perhaps fate will bring us together again."

Radiant Dawn[]

Blade of Unity (穏静の剣使い)
Zihark traveled Tellius as a mercenary, resolving beorc-laguz disputes. Some say he eventually settled in Gallia.

Non Canon Appearances[]

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)[]

Zihark 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 244 CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
330 CYL Zihark POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
CYL2 408
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn
CYL Zihark POR Portrait
Path of Radiance
CYL3 222
(From highest)
CYL Zihark POR Portrait
Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
(From combined)
CYL4 208
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
CYL5 332
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
CYL6 333
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance
CYL7 302
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance

CYL8 278
CYL Zihark RD Portrait
Radiant Dawn/Path of Radiance


Zihark's shares his Japanese name, Tsuihaku (ツイハーク), with the famous Hong Kong filmmaker Tsui Hark. Several of his films have a wuxia theme, a fantasy genre commonly containing wandering vigilante characters, which Zihark himself embodies. Since the "Tsui" sounds similar to "zee", it is possible that his name was translated as Zihark as a result.

Zahhak' is a character in the Persian poem 'Shāhnāma' by Ferdowsi, written in approximately 1000 A.D.. The character has its sources in early Iranian mythology as 'Aži Dahāka.' In the poem, Zahhak is a handsome, good person who is easily swayed by evil counselors, particularly a character named 'Ahriman,' who first convinces Zahhak to kill his father to gain the throne. Gradually, through Ahriman's influence, Zahhak becomes more and more evil and corrupted. It is interesting, though, that Zihark from the games seems to follow the opposite progression, growing up in a prejudiced and cruel country whose influence he later successfully rejects.

As a note, 'Deros' in the below trivia is equivalent to 'Delos,' which is the Greek island where Leto gave birth to Apollo and Artemis.


  • An early picture shows Ike fighting a "Deros" (possibly later named Daein) soldier. That soldier bears a resemblance to Zihark, as well as being equipped with a Killing Edge.
  • Zihark has a cut support with Ike in the data for Path of Radiance. There is also an unused ending dialogue for Zihark for if he had an A support with Ike.
    • "Crimea's an interesting place, but I've decided to travel to Daein. ...We never did have our match, did we? Of course, I'm no longer in the same class as you... I'll be training hard for the next time we meet!" - Zihark's unused ending dialogue.
  • In Radiant Dawn, Zihark is not able to attack or counter-attack twelve characters, even while he is an enemy. These characters are Lethe, Mordecai, Ranulf, Reyson, Leanne, Micaiah, Ilyana, Jill, Meg, Brom, Tauroneo, and Pelleas.
  • Zihark, along with Edward, are the only two characters that can reach a SS weapon rank as a second tier unit.
  • Though Zihark's girlfriend left from pressure in the English version, the original Japanese version does not elaborate on what happened to her. The artbook confirms that she was killed.
  • In Awakening, Zihark claims that he is from the Toha Vigilantes, despite the fact that he was never loyal to them, and only fought for them during one chapter out of both the games he appeared in.
  • Zihark is one of the few recruited units who can defect from the player's side to the enemy side when chosen to speak with the enemy, with Jill being the other.
  • Zihark shares his Japanese voice actor, Jun Osuka, with Fates' Keaton.


See main article: Zihark/Gallery.