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“You there. Have you come across a young girl, one by the name of Tiki? She must be found, boy! Tiki is the last of the Naga, the divine-dragon clan.”
—Bantu in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

Bantu (バヌトゥ, Banutu in the Japanese versions) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, and their remakes.

ProfileEdit

Little is known about Bantu's background outside his history with Tiki and his strong resistance to madness, unlike other Manaketes.

Prior to the events of Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and its remakes, Bantu took pity on the Divine Dragon Tiki, who was sent to sleep in the Ice Dragon Temple by her mother to protect her from lapsing into insanity. He then chose to, against Gotoh's strict instructions, rouse her from her slumber and thereafter explore the human realm with her. At some point of time during his travels with her, the two were separated. When Marth visits the Lefcandith village that he later takes up temporary residence in in Chapter 7, Bantu, in a state of panicked agitation, urges him to aid him in locating Tiki. The pair is reunited in the Fane of Raman in Chapter 19, where he is instrumental in freeing her from the spell of hypnosis that Gharnef had placed on her. After the end of the War of Shadows, Bantu seals the power of the dragonstones and takes Tiki to live a life of tranquility in the Dolhrian countryside.

Some time preceding the events of Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, Bantu and Tiki are separated yet again, as Gotoh makes the decision to return her to sleep in the Ice Dragon Temple. When Marth later encounters Bantu in the eastern village on an island by Cashmere Bridge in Chapter 8, Tiki's fate is made known to him, and Bantu thereafter chooses to enlist in his army. Bantu will then aid Marth in bringing the War of Heroes to an end, and after abandoning his Firestone, sets out for parts unknown. Some light on this journey is shed in his final base conversation with Tiki in Shin Monshō no Nazo, where that he seeks to find, and help other kindhearted Manaketes similar to himself, who are viewed more then ever with fear, and loathing by mankind in light of Dolhr's actions in the past two wars. Bantu explains he intends to provide moral support to those Manaketes in their desolation, and show to humanity that not all Manaketes are bad. Before this journey, Bantu promises to return by the time Tiki is alittle bit taller, roughly his height.

PersonalityEdit

Bantu can best be perceived to be in possession of a gentle, docile disposition, a fact made evident through the mild register that he employs in his speech. An example illustrating this is that of the second recruitment conversation with Marth, where, despite being aware of the ongoing chaos outside the village he has taken up residence in, he still speaks in an affable manner nevertheless.

Further bolstering Bantu's personality is the fact that he is rather tender-hearted, where he uses his heart as a moral compass more than he does his mind. This is proven through his taking pity on Tiki's plight, electing to defy Gotoh's orders by rousing her from her slumber and taking her away from the Ice Dragon Temple to explore the human realm. Bantu's interactions with Tiki also reveal an inclination to be patient, one that he exercises in obliging to her whims. His first base conversation with Tiki, for one, sees him not reprimanding her for having broken Marth's mirror, choosing instead to calm her down and coax her into believing that she had been forgiven by Marth.

In spite of his forbearing countenance, Bantu evidently wields a very strong will; one that is strong enough to resist being driven to madness like the bulk of his kin was. Bantu is shown to possess a strong moral compass, and unlike many of his kind, refuses to hate humans.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no TsurugiEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Bantu Manakete 7 None Visit the southern Village enclosed within the circular mountain range.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE1 Manakete Map Sprite Manakete
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Wlv Mov
1 18 2 3 4 1 3 0 2 6
Weapon Starting Items

Dragonstone

-

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
10% 0% 10% 0% 10% 0% 0% 0%

Overall Edit

Despite his low growth, Bantu has a niche is that his Firestone has infinite uses, allowing him to be used as an effective tank against enemy units.


Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Bantu Manakete 6 None Visit the southern Village enclosed within the circular mountain range.

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Bantu Manakete 8 None Visit the Village located near the vantage point.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
Manakete

FE3 Fire Dragon Map SpriteFire Dragon
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Wlv Mov
1 18 2

10
3 4

2
1 3

14
1

5
2 5

7
Weapon Starting Items

Dragonstone

-

Starting Class
Manakete

FE3 Fire Dragon Map SpriteFire Dragon
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Wlv Mov
3 18 2

10
3 4

2
1 3

14
1

5
2 5

7
Weapon Starting Items

Dragonstone

-

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res
10% 0% 10% 0% 10% 0% 0% 3%

Overall Edit

While Bantu's growth rates remain some of the worst in the game, his base stats as a Fire Dragon are higher then most Enemy Dragons in the early to mid game. Bantu's Fire Breath ignores enemy defense, his considerable stats for the period allow him to kill, or greatly weaken enemy units with ease early on, allowing others in your army to finish off the weakened enemeis for the EXP.

Like all Dragon units, Bantu has his defense taken into account when attacked by breath weapons, this allows him to act as a tank against enemy dragons, and block dragon reinforcement points. Bantu's fire breath is extremely effective against enemy Ice Dragons, killing them in one attack, or weakening them enough for others to finish them off.

As mentioned Bantu's stats are extremely poor, if Bantu is close to leveling, and no one else is in need of it, Starsphere Shards can be used to considerably boost his growths. Due to how dragons work in the game, it is recommended to give Bantu shards that increase Defense such as the Cancer shard(increases defense growth by 50%).

Unless Bantu has grown particularly well with Starsphere shards, it is recommended to retire him by the time Tiki is recruited. Unlike Tiki, Bantu is unable to use the Ice, Wyvern, and Magestones. While Bantu does gain higher stats when using the Firestone, it is not enough to keep up with Tiki.

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Bantu Manakete 7 None Visit the southern Village enclosed within the circular mountain range.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE11 Manakete Map SpriteManakete
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
1 20 2 0 3 4 1 3 1 6
Weapon Starting Items

Dragonstone

-

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 20% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 0%


Support RelationshipsEdit

Supported by
Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Tiki 5 5 8 10
Nagi 5 5 35 35
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • Support levels that require 35 chapters cannot be reached normally
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

OverallEdit

Bantu can be a decent Manakete to use for combat, but his horrible base stats and growth rates mar his usability considerably, causing him to be of lesser use when compared to Tiki or Nagi.

In the later stages of the games that he appears in, Bantu's mediocre growth rates makes him rather weak when compared to the rest of the playable cast. In spite of this fact, it is an absolute necessity for him to be utilised in order to recruit Tiki at a later stage, just as in the original.

Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Bantu Manakete 8 None Visit the Village located near the vantage point.

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FEDS Manakete (M) Map SpriteManakete
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
3 18 2 0 3 4 1 3 1 6
Weapon Starting Items

Dragonstone

-

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
40% 20% 10% 20% 10% 10% 10% 5%

Support RelationshipsEdit

Number Importance Name Chapters Needed Reward
175 * Bantu and The Avatar 1 3 -
176 * Bantu and The Avatar 2 6 -
177 * Bantu and The Avatar 3 10 Defense Bond
334 * Bantu and Tiki 1 3 -
335 * Bantu and Tiki 2 6 -
336 * Bantu and Tiki 3 10 Magic Bond
  • To obtain the conversations, characters must participate in chapters together
  • The requirements for unlocking support conversations are separate from the support bonus system

Support BonusEdit

Supports
Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
Tiki 1, 2, 3 3 6 10

Supported by

Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
The Avatar 1, 2, 3 5 10 16
Tiki 1, 2, 3 5 10 -
Nagi None 2 - -
  • To increase support levels, characters must participate in chapters together
  • One support point is gained for each chapter they both participate in
  • A hyphen (-) indicates the support level cannot be reached
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius of each other to receive support bonuses

Bonuses per level:

overall Edit

Bantu's reappearance in the DS remake of Mystery of the Emblem does not see any of his flaws ironed out, and further adding on to these flaws is the fact that the enemy dragons now have significantly higher stats then him. The Firestone is used up faster in the DS games, and New Mystery of the Emblem only contains 3 obtainable Firestones, making things harder for him as Tiki may want to use the Firestone herself. Unlike in Shadow Dragon, the Starsphere does not prevent dragonstones from breaking. While Bantu is now able to use other dragonstones for combat purposes, it is not enough to make him a recommended unit.


EndingEdit

Shadow DragonEdit

Fire Dragon

Bantu sealed the dragonstones’ power and disappeared, but his wish was to live out his years in the Dolunian countryside.

Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~Edit

Tiki's Guardian

"Bantu left after discarding his dragonstone, his whereabouts unknown."

Death QuotesEdit

“Tiki...I'm so sorry...”
—Bantu's death quote from Shadow Dragon

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Bantu is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following card:

TriviaEdit

  • Bantu's portrait is an edited version of Gharnef's in Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi.
  • Bantu is the only playable male character of the Manakete class. Additionally, Bantu is the only non-Divine manakete to support Marth and the Archanean League.
  • Bantu is randomly mentioned in Awakening by Nowi in passing when she stands on an Event Tile, where she erroneously refers to him as "Banter", hinting that he might still be alive during Awakening's time period.

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