The Dark Dragon (暗黒竜 Ankokuryū, translated as Shadow Dragon in some fan translations) is both a type of Dragon and an enemy-only class that debuts in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. Acting as the personal class of Medeus in Book 2 of Mystery of the Emblem and its remake and Gerxel in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Dark Dragon breathes foul, fetid fumes of noxious air in order to damage its foes.
History in the SeriesEdit
While not an actual unit, the spirit of Loptyr that is summoned by the Loptyr tome in Genealogy of the Holy War appears to be a Dark Dragon as well, in line with the concept of dragons being worshipped as deities in the game's lore.
In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Dark Dragon class is also the personal class of Gerxel, the final boss of the game. Rather than starting as a member of the Earth Dragon tribe or a dragon at all, the Dark Dragon in this title is the result of a xenophobic human drinking the blood of the Divine Dragon Miradona and gaining God-like power.
- It is unclear if Dark Dragons are a form unique to Earth Dragons or a state that all powerful Dragons can eventually achieve. TearRing Saga appears to suggest the latter interpretation, if it is to be considered canon to the Fire Emblem series. The Binding Blade might also suggest the latter interpretation as well. As despite being referred to as a Demon Dragon, Idenn, who was originally born as a Divine Dragon, seems to display traits assoiated with Dark Dragons well after being corrupted. Including the ability to breathe noxious fumes towards her foes in dragon form in order to damage her enemies.
- Interestingly, the artwork of the Dark Dragon class in the TCG depicts it as a serpent, while Medeus' appearance in both versions of Mystery of the Emblem is that of a more traditional dragon with six appendages, two wings and four legs. It is possible that the TCG artwork for the Dark Dragon class is moreover a reference to Loptyr's serpentine appearance.