“Yes. To prepare myself for battle, I visualize the enemy in front of me. Then, during battle, I can focus all my attention on them. If you want to survive this war, you must focus all your attention on the enemy.”
—Garcia talking to Neimi in a support conversation
Garcia is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He can be found in Chapter 2 of the game: The Protected. In the chapter, bandits are attacking villages in the area of Ide and Garcia and his son narrowly escape their hometown to get away.
In the level, Eirika and her small group arrive with a mountain range separating them from Garcia and his injured son, Ross. It is suggested that the player sends Vanessa to fly over the mountain range and bring Ross over so that he can be healed by Moulder and protected from further harm. Garcia can (usually) take care of himself. After Eirika talks to Ross, the player can use Vanessa to put Ross on the other side of the mountain so he can talk to Garcia. They do not need to recruit him in the chapter, however, as he will automatically join after the battle's conclusion, though he will not join if Ross dies.
Garcia is a villager from Renais who was once a mighty military leader, well-respected in all the countries of the continent. However, he retired from the army when his wife Risa died, in order to raise their young son Ross; he laments that he spent so much time focused purely on the military and did not spend as much time as he could have with his wife, and is thus dedicated to being a good father to his son.
One day, however, Garcia is plunged back into war when his village is destroyed, forcing Ross and himself to fight their way past the bandits to escape—This battle brings them into a meeting with Eirika's group early on in their mission. Seth, who has admired Garcia ever since he was a squire, discovers his identity and asks him to join the troupe, but Garcia is reluctant until Ross decides to join as well to prove himself to his father—Then, accepting that he does not have to shelter his son any longer, Garcia takes up his role as a fighter for Renais once more.
Garcia is a fierce fighter, but a gentle man off the battlefield. He greatly enjoys life and likes to have fun by involving himself in physical activities like archery. In a support conversation, he becomes friends with Dozla, the berserker who is around his age: the two will then have fun trying their hands at archery, magic and other methods of fighting together. Also, his supports with Seth show that his wilder side is resurfacing after many years of laying low; in Seth's words, "we have awakened an incredible warrior."
Garcia tries to diminish his reputation as a great military leader because his son Ross believes he must live up to and surpass that image his father had. Garcia, however, would rather Ross be more careful as, after losing his wife, he is very afraid of losing his only child, which is shown in their supports.
In Neimi's support conversations, he reveals he knew Neimi's grandfather from his days as a soldier in Renais Castle; the man was dubbed the "Single-Arrow Legend" Zeltha for his prowess in the bow, for he never needed more than one arrow to dispatch his target even when he went hunting. It is further evident in conversations that he has with Neimi that her grandfather had passed on some of his training skills to her, like staring hard at something for prolonged periods of time to strengthen her eyesight.
Axe - C
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- See also: Garcia (The Sacred Stones)/Supports
It is easy to overlook Garcia because he joins alongside Ross, a trainee unit who would seem to have more long-term potential. This would be selling Garcia a bit short: he is essentially a Dorcas with slightly better bases and a slightly more optimized growth rate distribution, facing off against a slightly weaker pool of enemies, with access to a useful alternative promotion and an impressive weapon in the form of Garm.
Keeping in typical Fighter fashion, Garcia has great potential for raw health and damage, while being lackluster in defensive stats. His middling defense and resistance are not too worrisome since his health pool can soak up plenty of damage, but his low speed growth may leave him unable to double attack most enemies as the game goes on, rendering his great strength moot. He does have a few ways to fix this. He may use the Speedwing held in Amelia's starting inventory, and he may elect to promote into a Hero. Depending on Garcia's growths, this may allow him to double attack several different enemy classes, even in hard mode.
Garcia's ability to double also partly depends on the difficulty level. On normal mode, the stats of enemy promoted units, particularly low level ones, tend to be much lower than those on hard mode. Garcia might well wind up doubling a decent number of promoted enemies, in spite of his poor speed. On hard mode, promoted enemies are vastly more competent, and Garcia will almost certainly need both a Speedwing and the Hero promotion to double anything, or even to avoid getting doubled himself if he did not get enough speed levels.
If promoted to a Warrior, he can make a very potent bow wielder and a potential user of Nidhogg. This will make him very useful when fighting the Draco Zombies in the Lagdou Ruins. He and Ross share the desirable Fire affinity and have the fastest support in the game, so it is highly recommended to take advantage of this if both units are being used.
Garcia: Ross?! Boy, what did I tell you!? What are you doing here? Don't worry about me. Hurry up and get yourself to safety.
Ross: Did you really think I could just run away while you fight, Dad? You taught me that fighters fight for what's important to them! There's no way I'm leaving! I'm fighting just like you!
Garcia: Ross... All right, listen to me. We'll cut our way out of here together!
“I have no regrets. This was always my fate.”
- Garcia, The Warrior Reborn (甦る豪腕)
- "He returned to his village to help with its reconstruction after the bandit attack. Afterward, he reenlisted in the army, serving Renais as a troop leader. His strength, valor, and experience inspired many."
- A Support with Ross
- "Garcia and Ross returned to their village, where they toiled together to rebuild their village. Ross grew to become a greater warrior than even his father. When he himself had a son, that child continued his family's legacy."
- In Gilliam and Garcia's C Support, Garcia calls Gilliam "Garcia" during the part where Garcia challenges Gilliam to arm-wrestle him. This same typo appeared in the Japanese version. The US localization did not fix this, though the European version corrected this.
- Garcia and Dozla's supports were completely changed in the English script in order to remove all the references to alcohol. In the Japanese version, the two bond over their mutual love for drinking and axes with an off-screen drinking competition.