We love the Fire Emblem series, especially the now legendary Gameboy Advance titles, each of which have reserved a special place in fans hearts. They accomplished this by being so immediately accessible, warming even, in their gentle introductions and twee character interactions. We too were lulled in by their spell, though like many we soon learned of their devilishly tactical underbelly and thus, found it almost impossible to put them down again.
So today we’re weighing in on one of the most hotly debated topics: Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade eventually offers you three lords to choose from, but which one is the best?
We’ve included some screenshots from our latest venture near the end game, to give you an idea of their statistics and why we’ve made our verdicts.
We’re starting out with one of the most recognisable heroines in the entire Fire Emblem series: Lyn. The girl from the Sacean planes is a favourite of many, due in no small part to her tragic back story and the determination it has imbued her with. She plays almost like a mirror to the players innocence, thrust into a dangerous and confusing world, reliant on those around her to aid in her plight.
Unfortunately, ‘reliant’ doesn’t even begin to describe how much you’ll be needing your other team members when it comes to Lyn.
For all intents and purposes she’s a Myrmidon class unit, yet somehow she manages to make an already fragile class even more so by starting out with an incredibly low defence stat of 2, which is further compounded by a tiny growth rate of 20%. What results is a unit that, as the game progresses, cannot take a single retaliation strike for fear of dying.
Sure, she might eventually get a bow when she promotes, but for the majority of the game you’re stuck with a 1 range unit, destined to take an attack she cannot tank.
Verdict: Worst lord, by a good distance.
Next up we have Eliwood, a lord of Pherae. Cast as a polar opposite to Lyn, he is a noble who’s family line is filled with austerity and who’s lineage can be traced and experienced over the course of the game. Despite the initial chapters focusing on Lyn, Eliwood is essentially the main character of the game, wielding as he does the titular Blazing Blade. Within the story he plays as an unflinchingly correct, normal and morally right lord, akin to others in the series. We would assert that he gains a modicum of personality during some tragic later chapters, but that seems to happen to every Fire Emblem lord…
To play with Eliwood is to experience the canon ‘Lord’ treatment: You’ll find in him a unit that excels at nothing in particular, yet also one that cannot be considered the worst in any single aspect. As a foot locked swordsman for the majority of the game, he’ll perform OK in some combat situations, especially those that favour his Rapier, yet he will immediately struggle when faced with any unit capable of attacking from a distance.
He will eventually promote into a Knight Lord, which manages to upgrade him significantly, mainly by unlocking the ability to use lances and move further every turn. Just like all of your other cavalier units…
It’s hard to dislike him too much. Part of the experience of playing a Fire Emblem is to babysit a unit that is regularly thrust upon you, and in this case he is certainly better than Lyn, but not quite the best the game has to offer…
Verdict: An OK lord. Nothing more, nothing less.
Yes that’s right, it’s the lord that says exactly what we’re thinking, Hector!
Hector is positioned within the story as a friendly rival to Eliwood, though said rivalry soon takes a back seat to the friendship angle. Throughout the game he provides the ‘edge’ to the script, unafraid to call out anybody he disagrees with, and quick to give anyone a piece of his mind, including the other lords. He’s not without his own highlights within the story, however these tend to hit those around him, so the emotions and reactions are often projected towards others rather than himself.
Using Hector could not be more different to the other lords: Where you spend most of your time protecting Lyn and Eliwood, you’ll actively push Hector to the fore. This is mainly because of his absolute mastery of physical combat: By having a huge defence, strength and a respectable HP total, he’s able to be thrown into almost any physical confrontation and return victorious. Additionally, his weapon of choice is the axe, meaning attacking from range is an option, and his personal weapon the Wolf Biel is capable of destroying bosses throughout the games entirety.
Unlike the other lords who’s promotion grants them further options they desperately require, Hector’s simply leans into the skid, making him an even stronger and bulkier tank. Sure, he gets swords too, but who cares – throw him into a choke point and watch the corpses fly.
Verdict: Hector best lord. Fight us.