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“Count this knight honored to die in the service of his prince. Live, sire, and grow strong…”
—Frey, if chosen to be the decoy in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Frey (フレイ Furei) is a playable Cavalier who is one of the exclusive characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem: Shin Monsho no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~. He did not appear in the original, Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, or its sequel, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.

Frey is a knight of Altea under Jagen's command. He accompanies Marth during the prologue with Cain and Abel. During the final stage of the prologue, it is required for the player to sacrifice a character as the decoy. It is stated in a support conversation in Shin Monsho no Nazo that he is the canonical sacrifice, being brutally mauled and left for dead when the ruse was discovered. Despite this, Frey can be a useful unit.

In Shadow Dragon he joins in Prologue II, in the second remake he rejoins Marth’s army alongside Norne during Chapter 6.

ProfileEdit

The War of DarknessEdit

When Altea was invaded by their former ally Gra at the onset of the War of Darkness, Frey had been one of the remaining knights that guarded the Altean Castle when King Cornelius left to battle Medeus. Subsequently, Frey was bidden by Princess Elice to protect Marth, along with Abel, when it was discovered that Cornelius had been killed in action due to the treachery of the Gra forces, who had struck the Altean army from the rear. After joining up with Jagen and Cain at the gates of the castle, they aided in the prince’s escape and fled to the country’s borders to seek refuge in the kingdom of Talys. En route to the harbor that would let them escape, they needed to first cut through a prison to the north where an Altean archer was being kept captive. Upon learning that Marth and a group of his knights were approaching, the captain of the prison devised a plan to kill the prince before the main force of Gra arrived. He ordered for a gagged prisoner to be brought forth, disguised as a Gra soldier, which he thought would be enough to deceive the prince into killing him. Afterward, they would open the north door of the prison and lure them out for striking down.

Nonetheless, his plan can be foiled if Marth recognized Gordin’s face and spared him from an untimely death. Soon after that, the main force of Gra, accompanied by the Sable Order of Knights, arrived in pursuit of the prince. Realizing that they would not be able to escape in time or defeat these powerful foes, Malledus suggested to Marth that one of his men leave for the southern fortress and dress himself to look like the prince to lure them away, giving the others enough time to escape. Although Marth was opposed to this gambit after learning that the decoy may not make it back alive, one of his men left regardless and sacrificed himself for Marth’s sake. Depending on the player’s actions, Frey could either be chosen as the decoy or be allowed to accompany Marth to Talys, where they stayed for several years, protected by its people. If he was not chosen as the decoy, Frey assisted Marth in the ensuing war against the Dolhr empire and its allies, Gra, Grust and Macedon, after enough soldiers were gathered to form the Archanean League from Altea, Aurelis and Archanea. Once the war had been brought to an end with the Shadow Dragon Medeus’s demise, Frey stayed in Altea and contributed to its reconstruction according to his ending.

The War of HeroesEdit

In Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~, it was revealed that Frey was indeed the canon sacrifice of the prologue of Shadow Dragon. In his support conversations with the Avatar, it was explained that the enemy had wounded him severely and left him for dead when they discovered he was not the prince, but he had miraculously survived his injuries. After laying on the brink of death for many days, he eventually recovered, although he was left with a particular scar that caused him recurrent pain. Also, as a result of the trauma, Frey had lost his memories and for a long time he lived as another person. When he finally regained his memories though, he was able to return to Marth’s side and continue to serve him. He became an instructor for new recruits in the Altean army, along with Cain, and provided lectures for members of the seventh platoon. Subsequently, when Altea was invaded by Archanea under the orders of Hardin, Frey and Norne were some of the few soldiers who had managed to escape from the castle and reach Marth at Olbern Castle in Grust. Frey then joined in the war efforts against Archanea and later, the Shadow Dragon, whom was ultimately defeated once more before he could be fully resurrected by Gharnef. Afterward, Frey returned to Altea and continued dutifully teaching the future generation of Altean knights as an instructor.

Appearance and personalityEdit

Physically, Frey appears to be around his late twenties or early thirties. Since he has blue hair, it is possible that the soldiers of Gra were better fooled by his disguise due to his hair being the same color as Marth despite the visible age difference. He wears blue armor, similar to how Cain and Abel wear armor that matches their own hair colors. He appears to be the oldest of the first generation of Altean knights, but still younger than Jagen. He is one of the few characters who has a beard amongst the playable characters.

As with many of the other knights of Altea, Frey is characterized by his dedicated loyalty to his homeland and his prince. His willingness to sacrifice himself in order to let Marth escape to Talys can be seen as an indication of the depths of his fealty, since in doing so, he placed his own life in great jeopardy by luring the enemies away, by himself. Frey seems to have a brave, compassionate and self-denying personality, as he considers the well-being of others before his own. In his support conversations with the Avatar, he admits that he took it upon himself to become the decoy for the sake of everyone else because he felt compassionate toward them and responsible for bearing the burden alone. His selfless nature caused him to later become an instructor for the Altean army as well, when it was apparent that no one else could do it.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Normal Mode
Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Frey Cavalier P-2 Altea Automatically from the start
Hard Mode

Not available

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FE11 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalier
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
1 18 7 0 6 6 2 7 0 9
Weapon Starting Items

Lance - D
Sword - E

FE11ironswordIron Sword
FE11ironlanceIron Lance
FE11vulneraryVulnerary

Growth Rates (default)Edit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 35% 0% 55% 55% 45% 20% 0%

Reclassing OptionsEdit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 30% 0% 50% 70% 45% 15% 5%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 30% 0% 50% 75% 45% 15% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 30% 0% 50% 70% 45% 10% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 10% 35% 50% 60% 45% 0% 15%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
60% 10% 25% 50% 65% 45% 0% 25%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
30% 5% 15% 45% 65% 45% 0% 35%

Support BonusEdit

Supports

Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Palla 0 5 10 35
Catria 0 5 10 35

Supported by

Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Marth 0 5 9 14
Palla 0 5 11 35
Catria 0 5 11 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

Despite being only available in Normal Mode, Frey is a solid unit with balanced stats all across the board. All of his stats as a physical unit are average or higher, and he will generally cap his skill and speed. Thus, Paladin is not the only place he has, as he can function as a Swordmaster, Sniper, or Dracoknight. Frey can also function as a Mage, with slightly higher magic and resistance growth rates than normal; he will also still have a small chance to boost his strength and cut down on Attack Speed penalties. However, he will have no chance to boost his defense, and thus should be accommodated for if using him as one. Overall, Frey is a solid unit with several decent class options to choose from, but he is not available in any of the hard modes, so he can only be used in Normal mode, where characters with lower stats can still function.

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

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Frey Cavalier 6 Altea Automatically from Turn 3

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class
FEDS Cavalier Map SpriteCavalier
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
8 26 11 0 8 10 6 10 0 9
Weapon Starting Items

FE12 SwordSword - D
FE12 LanceLance - C

FE11killerlanceKiller Lance
FE11javelinJavelin

Growth Rates (default)Edit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 45% 0% 65% 65% 55% 40% 5%

Reclassing OptionsEdit

Default ClassesEdit

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 40% 0% 60% 80% 55% 35% 10%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 40% 0% 60% 85% 55% 35% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 40% 0% 60% 85% 55% 30% 5%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 20% 35% 60% 70% 55% 10% 20%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 15% 25% 60% 75% 55% 10% 30%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 15% 10% 55% 75% 55% 15% 40%

Alternate ClassesEdit

Note: Unlocked after completing a playthrough on Hard Mode or above

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
110% 45% 0% 60% 55% 55% 55% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
100% 50% 0% 65% 75% 55% 35% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
120% 70% 0% 65% 65% 55% 30% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
90% 50% 0% 55% 80% 55% 30% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
120% 60% 0% 55% 85% 55% 25% 0%

Character Growth Stat
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res
70% 15% 25% 60% 75% 55% 10% 30%

Support ConversationsEdit

Number Importance Name Chapters Needed Reward
148 * Frey and The Avatar 1 3 -
149 * Frey and The Avatar 2 6 -
150 * Frey and The Avatar 3 10 Strength 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
Palla None 5 11 -

Supported by

Character Conversations Total points for
C B A
The Avatar 1, 2, 3 5 11 18
Marth None 5 11 18
Palla None 5 11 -
Catria None 5 11 -
  • 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:

OverviewEdit

Although he is only available in Normal Mode of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, Frey is generally well-regarded for his early availability and balanced growth rates, making him comparable to the likes of either Abel or Cain. He has slightly better statistical growths in HP, Skill, Speed and Luck than them, and will usually become a solid combatant despite his somewhat low starting stats and mediocre Strength growth. Similar to Abel, he specializes in lances, letting him wield Javelins from the start. Since he joins in the prologue chapters, it is easy for him to earn experience and gain level ups, giving him an advantage over late-joining characters, including other cavaliers such as Matthis or Roshea, who join with weak base stats and poor growth rates.

Additionally, Frey has versatility in his reclassing options, since he maintains a good growth spread in most other powerful classes, including the Sniper or Dracoknight, as an archer/sniper, surpassing all other archers in terms of growths, except for Gordin in defense.Reclassing to these classes allows for his his growth rate for Speed to increase sharply. He has mutual supports with Catria and Palla of the Whitewings, which can be useful if the player is planning to use either of them in battle.

In Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~, Frey’s improved growth rates and base stats are adequate enough to keep him usable for the rest of the game after he joins. He can be a viable replacement for any of the earlier cavaliers, including Ruke or Rody if they are not up to par, or he can supplement them during battle. His supports with the two Whitewings are considerably more desirable in Shin Monshō no Nazo than in Shadow Dragon since both characters have better stats and utility, although their support bonuses can only reach to a maximum of B.

QuotesEdit

Death QuoteEdit

“Luck be…with you, sire…”
—Frey’s death quote in Shadow Dragon

EpilogueEdit

Shadow DragonEdit

Brave Knight

"Frey stayed in Altea to help rebuild his ravaged kingdom."

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

Brave Knight

"As a knight of Altea, Frey dedicated himself to teaching future knights."

EtymologyEdit

Frey is a variant of Scandinavian name that means “lord” or “master.” In Norse mythology, Frey is the name of the god of peace, fertility, and prosperity, who was commonly associated with weather and dispensed both rain and sunshine.

TriviaEdit

  • Frey’s death quote may be a reference to Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, as it is nearly identical to the death quotes of the Altean Knights, such as Jagen, Cain, or Draug, in that title.
  • During Frey’s support conversations with My Unit, it was revealed that he survived the wounds inflicted to him by the main forces of Gra and the Sable Order of Knights. Since he had not been killed by them, it can be inferred that the Aum Staff could not revive the decoy unit in Shadow Dragon because Frey, the canon sacrifice, had lived.
  • Frey's ending is triggered at the end of the credits, where as the other endings are listed chronologically, this may be due to Frey being the canon sacrifice and so should not be present at the ending.

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