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“Gargoyles enhanced by magic. They surpass their lesser brethren in speed and brutality.”
—In-game description from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
Deathgoyle (デスガーゴイル Desugāgoiru, lit. Death Gargoyle) is an enemy-only Monster class that debuts in Fire Emblem Gaiden. Stronger versions of the Gargoyle class that are empowered by dark magic, Deathgoyles either wield scythes or Lances as their weapon of choice. Deathgoyles are considered to be Flying Units, and are thus vulnerable to Bows and Wind Magic.
History in the SeriesEdit
In its original inception in Gaiden, the Deathgoyle class is known as the Balrog (バルログ Barurogu). The promoted form of the Gargoyle class, Balrogs swoop into battle wielding scythes to slice their foes. Only one of these monsters is encountered throughout the course of the game.
In The Sacred Stones, the Deathgoyle class is also the promoted form of the Gargoyle class. This version of the class adopts a purple colour scheme to distinguish them from their unpromoted counterparts, and similarly wield Lances as their weapon of choice.
In The Sacred Stones, Deathgoyles are not particularly common monster enemies, even when compared to other promoted monsters such as the Entombed and Wights. One appears as a boss in the Phantom Ship, one in the path before Caer Pelyn, one in the Tower of Valni, a few in a monster base (Melkaen Coast/Narube River), and a moderate number in Lagdou Ruins.
Swift, strong and brutal, these monsters excel in Strength and Speed. Deathgoyles are, however, not without weaknesses; the most prominent of these is the fact that, unlike most second-tier units, Deathgoyles are locked to the usage of Lances, allowing Axe-wielders to take advantage of the Weapon Triangle against them. Further exacerbating their overall weakness is the fact that they are considered to be flying units, permitting Bow and Wind Magic attacks to be effective against them.
The Deathgoyle appearing in the Phantom Ship is particularly noteworthy for its tendency to emerge from the fog without warning, often slaying fragile units such as Natasha in the process. As it is capable of attacking from a range with the aid of Javelins, it will take a particular degree of care to defend against it.
The Balrog is a fictional creature from J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy series The Silmarillion and The Lord of The Rings. Balrogs are Maiar who were seduced and corrupted by Melkor into his service. There were seven in total, led by Gothmog. Durin's Bane is the Balrog featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
The term "Deathgoyle" is a portmanteau of the words "death" and "gargoyle". This name fits the class quite well, given the fact that Deathgoyles are modeled to be the harbingers of death, both in terms of appearance and function.