“One is born either noble or common. This destiny cannot be changed. Has a sheep any hope of leading wolves? No!”
—Berkut to Fernand
Berkut (ベルクト Berukuto) is a non-playable character who appears exclusively in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He is the nephew of Emperor Rudolf of Rigel and a major antagonist in Alm's route.
Berkut is a noble who places great importance on social status. He guided the coup d’etat in Zofia by luring Desaix into betraying. Berkut also convinces Fernand to join the Rigelian army after leaving the Deliverance. He is vying to be the next emperor and commands the invasion of Zofia to prove his military prowess. He is also engaged to Rinea, who cares for him during the ongoing war. According to Lukas, he is around the same age that Alm is.
Berkut first fights Alm in Chapter 3 where he faces the Deliverance alongside Fernand out of sport and in order to test their strength. Despite a tough fight for Alm, Berkut is defeated, forcing him to retreat to the Rigelian palace. Disgraced by his loss against Alm, Berkut begs Rudolf for a second chance to face Alm, this time with the Rigelian army behind him, as despite Jedah's assurance, he believes the Deliverance might be able to break past the sluice gate. Before leaving, Nuibaba offers to grant him great power through Duma to give him an edge over Alm. Seeing no honor in having to resort to a God's blessing to beat Alm, Berkut refuses. However, Nuibaba gives him a mirror, telling him to shatter the mirror if he desires power. Later, Berkut and the Regelian army meets the Deliverance just outside of the floodgates and promptly charges into battle, bent on killing Alm. He is, once again, bested by Alm. In desperation, Berkut shatters Nuibaba's mirror, causing a curse to fall over the Deliverance. Berkut is horrified by the dark magic, but Alm's pendant from Celica removes the curse and Berkut is forced to retreat once more.
Later, as the Deliverance finishes its campaign through Rigel and arrives at the castle's doorstep, Berkut pleads to Rudolf for one more chance to face Alm. Disappointed by his failures, Rudolf denies Berkut's request and he is forced to watch as the battle unfolds.
Berkut is a prideful man who, much like Fernand, places great emphasis on social status. Unlike Fernand, who acts as if he is owed something for being a noble, Berkut feels the need to demonstrate his own power and worth, subtly signifying contrast between Zofian and Rigelian ideals. Berkut tends to come off as haughty, racist, and even a bit aggressive, in the way that he talks down on others. He is very mistrustful of most people, particularly the church of Duma; he loathes and outright fears Jedah, and is extra-suspicious of religion and magic as a result.
His parents hammered it into his head as he grew up that might made right, and that he could never follow in Rudolf's footsteps without being strong. As an adult, while a part of him recognizes how poorly his parents treated him, he refuses to acknowledge that Rudolf treats him much the same. He is desperate to please his uncle, who is seldom shown as anything but taciturn or disapproving towards Berkut in return. His desperation is his undoing; he is fiercely proud, yet at the same time, walking on a knife's edge, terrified to fail Rudolf and prove himself unworthy or weak.
As the game progresses, he lashes out in frustration more and more, almost looking for excuses to see people doubting him, as seen with Rinea when conflict happens. In spite of that, he is much different when he is alone with Rinea, as she is the only person he has ever trusted. Their relationship is as important to his character as it is to hers. Berkut is keenly aware of her needs and feelings, and while he does still overcompensate in front of her at times, he is unafraid of expressing his true emotions in front of her. He feels that she genuinely deserves the power and status of an empress, to the point where she cannot tell him she does not want to be one, and becoming angry when she expresses relief that Alm is the rightful emperor. Rinea's heritage as a member of minor, if not downright impoverished nobility, does not matter to the otherwise strictly hierarchical Berkut. This is shown to a lesser extent when he's with Fernand as well since Berkut considers him a comrade and they both share similar social views.
**Dropped upon Defeat
*Granted by Kriemhild
- Prideful Prince
- First in line to the Rigelian throne. Prideful but loves Rinea with all his heart. Appears in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
|Berkut's Lance||200||10||1||Grants Res+4 when this unit is attacked.||✯✯✯|
|Berkut's Lance+||300||14||1||Grants Res+4 when this unit is attacked.||✯✯✯✯✯|
|Name||SP Cost||Effects||Charge Cost||Rarity|
|Rising Flame||150||Before combat this unit initiates, foes in area near target take damage equal to (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).||5||-|
|Blazing Flame||300||Before combat this unit initiates, foes in area near target take damage equal to 1.5 x (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).||5||✯✯✯✯|
|Water Boost 1||50||If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+2 during combat.||-|
|Water Boost 2||100 (Required: Water Boost 1)||If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+4 during combat.||✯✯✯✯|
|Water Boost 3||200 (Required: Water Boost 2)||If unit has at least 3 more HP than enemy at the start of combat, unit receives Res+6 during combat.||✯✯✯✯✯|
|Spur Res 1||50||Grants adjacent allies Res+2 during combat.||✯|
|Spur Res 2||100 (Required:|
Spur Res 1)
|Grants adjacent allies Res+3 during combat.||✯✯|
|Ward Cavalry|| 200 (Required:|
Spur Res 2)
|Grants cavalry allies within 2 spaces Def/Res+4 during combat.||✯✯✯✯|
“Come then! Are you going to entertain me or not?”
—Act 3 battle quote
“They’re stronger than I thought… But no… I came here to be entertained, not to give up my life.”
—Act 3 defeat quote
“Only death awaits those who would profane Rigel’s soil. Consider it a mercy your bones will rest here, in sight of your homeland!”
—Act 4 battle quote
“Nrgh… No… Am I to lose again? AGAIN?!”
—Act 4 defeat quote
“You… You took…everything from me. You will SUFFER for what you’ve done!”
—Act 5 battle quote
—Act 5 defeat quote
- "Die, worm!"
- "Know your damn place!"
- "Meet your end!"
- "Begone from my sight!"
Although Berkut is not playable in the final game, he and Fernand both have full voice files in game data as playable units, suggesting that both were cut late into development. As a unit, his critical quotes are the same ones that he uses as a boss.
Berkut is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Berkut (Бе́ркут) is the Ukranian word for the Golden Eagle.
- Pre-Act 5 Berkut is the only enemy besides Fernand who has unused battle dialogue when selected on turn 1 and when below half health.
- This may suggest that Berkut was once originally a playable character seeing as he does not have many other playable quotes, including a lack of post battle quotes. This may have been a thought early in development but was scrapped later on.
- During the fight against Berkut in Act 3 on the Normal difficulty, Berkut shares the exact same stats as the boss Seazas, who appeared in Gaiden but was removed from Echoes in favor of Berkut's boss fight.
- Berkut and Rinea are the only non-playable characters in the game to have a passive support.
- In Act 5, when the final battle of Berkut takes place, Berkut's and Rinea's combined attack range forms a heart.