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Garon (ガロン) is a non-playable character and the primary antagonist in Fire Emblem Fates' Birthright and Conquest routes. He is voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Japanese version and Travis Willingham in the English version.

ProfileEdit

Garon is the King of Nohr and a stern man. He is the father of Xander, Camilla, LeoElise, and the stepfather of Azura. He kidnapped a young Avatar and raised them in a near isolated environment for all of their time in Nohr. After Nohr is hit with horrible weather and poor crop yields, he orders his children to invade Hoshido. He is ambitious and has a lust for power. He is always suspicious of others. Unfortunately his attempts to attack Hoshido were stopped by a magical barrier placed by Queen Mikoto which robbed any Nohrian soldier of any will to fight if they passed through it.

Several support conversations between the Nohrian siblings reveal that in his youth, he had a very different demeanor towards his children, being a doting and loving father. However, he also frequently indulged in his rather harmful passions, didn't take responsibility for his actions and never could leave a woman he'd once loved. His many mistresses began jockeying for his favor, even to the point of murdering one another's children. It's thought that this unhappy family life is what eventually hardened him into the person he is at the start of the game.

All RoutesEdit

Before the events of Fates start, Garon exiled the Avatar to Northern Fortress as they were not strong enough to his expectations. He would only let them out if they could prove themselves to him. After the Avatar bests Xander in combat, Garon allows the Avatar to return to the Nohrian capital. At the castle, Garon gives the Avatar the Ganglari and has them use it on some prisoners from a recent skirmish, including Rinkah and Kaze. After the Avatar defeats the prisoners, he then orders them to execute them, to which they refuse because they are already defeated. Angered by their refusal, he uses his magic to kill one of the prisoners. Before he can kill Rinkah, the Avatar blocks it with Ganglari, angering him even more. He then orders Xander to kill them, but after a short argument and battle, Leo "kills" them instead, pleasing him before leaving to decide the Avatar's punishment.

Later on, the Avatar, along with Elise, wait outside Garon's room when they hear commotion. He is startled when he hears them at first, but after the two apologize to him for the recent event, lets them in. To make the Avatar more useful, he orders them to scout a supposedly abandoned Hoshidan fort with Hans at the Bottomless Canyon, and return when they give him a status update on it.

BirthrightEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

If the Avatar sides with Hoshido, Garon is not seen again until Chapter 12. When the Avatar and the Hoshidan army arrives in Cyrkensia to begin their assault of Nohr, they learn that King Garon was at the Opera House in hopes of seeing the famed songstress Layla. Seeing this as an opportunity to kidnap the King, the Avatar's forces have Zola disguise Azura as Layla in order to pull it off. Despite Azura's dance, which caused mild discomfort in King Garon, he reveals that he was aware of the Hoshidan Army's presence thanks to Zola. After Zola defects, he asks Garon to spare the Avatar for the kindness they showed him. Garon viewed Zola's request as a sign of treason and promptly executes him in front of the Hoshidan army and Elise who was accompanying him.

Later on, when the Hoshidan army breaks into the castle after killing Hans, he sends Iago after them to finish the job. Iago fails to kill them and is subsequently killed by Leo. After the Avatar kills Xander in a duel, the forces continue towards the throne room. Garon is "pleased" to see the Avatar again, mocking them for making it this far. Garon tells the Avatar that his family were all pawns for the war, angering the Avatar, who knows that he cannot be reasoned with, and attacks him. However, their Noble Yato is unable to penetrate his armor, and in retaliation, Garon launches several blows at them. Azura attempts to use her powers to weaken him, but Garon is well aware and grabs her, threatening to kill her unless they listen to his demands. Ryoma negotiates with him, and he responds that it is a wise choice. Garon demands that Hoshido gives unconditional surrender so its lands can be incorporated into Nohr, then stating that he wishes to kill Ryoma. Garon sends a fireball at Ryoma, wounding him.

Suddenly, Ryoma's Raijinto reacts to the Avatar's Noble Yato, empowering it into the Blazing Yato. The Avatar decides to test the new Yato on Garon, and he screams in pain, stating that it actually hurt. He calls for his soldiers to stop the Hoshidans, but they fail and the Hoshidans fight and defeat him. Garon, refusing to give up, transforms into the form of the Dusk Dragon and continues to fight, but is eventually stopped and killed by the Hoshidans. Before dying, he laments to the Avatar that he was long dead before dissipating into water. The Avatar speculates as to what exactly he means, but is unable to come to any conclusions.

Spoilers end here.

ConquestEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Garon is shocked and angered that the Avatar had returned, knowing that they had been in Hoshido and that now know their true origins and his kidnapping of them, and agrees with Iago that they could be a Hoshidan spy and orders Xander to kill them. Xander refuses to kill his sibling, so he decides to confide with Anankos through an effigy in the ceiling. After getting his judgement on the Avatar, he sends them to the Ice Tribe Village alone to quell an impending rebellion from them. However, Xander overhears that it is an attempt to make the Avatar suffer, so he sends Silas, Elise, her retainers and their butler/maid to accompany them. They are successful in putting down the rebellion, but Iago tells Garon that the Avatar only put it down because they had allies. Upset that the Avatar disobeyed them, he nearly executes them. However, Elise and Xander tell him that it was their fault for sending help for the Avatar. Garon, while upset by their actions, is still satisfied that the Ice Tribe rebellion was put down. Giving the Avatar another chance, he sends them off to capture Notre Sagesse and crush the rebellion in Cheve. Before this, however, the Avatar reunites Garon with his stepdaughter Azura, who was kidnapped by Hoshido shortly after the kidnapping of the Avatar in retaliation. He cares little, however.

After the uprising in Cheve is put down, Garon, along with the Nohrian army, head to Cyrkensia and watch a play from a mysterious songstress. Before the play starts, Garon talks to the Avatar, telling them that he is pleased with their actions on crushing the rebellion, as Hans told him. Garon is unaware that Hans had done most of the killing and not the Avatar. After the songstress' movement causes Garon to be put in a "curse", as Iago puts it, he orders the Avatar to kill all the songstresses, to their horror. However, this is quickly interrupted by Kumagera and his assassins, so the mysterious songstress manages to escape before her identity is revealed to him.

Shortly afterwards, Azura reveals to the Avatar through a one-time-use crystal ball that Garon had died long ago, and that a slime-like creature had taken Garon's place and sparked the war between Nohr and Hoshido. Azura also reveals that only way for the Avatar to prove this truth to Nohr is for "Garon" to sit on the magical throne of Hoshido's Castle Shirasagi, which will revert him to his true form. This means Garon and his army will have to conquer Hoshido in order to trick him into sitting on the throne.

Garon, along with Iago, oversees the invasion of Nohr and are pleased with their progress through Hoshidan territory. After the Avatar defeats Ryoma in battle, Garon asks them to execute him. The Avatar refuses, so Ryoma commits seppuku instead to their horror. It is shown later on that Iago suggested to Garon that they should execute Ryoma. After Iago and Hans are killed, the Nohrian siblings wait outside Castle Shirasagi's throne room. When they open the doors, they find Azura's claims to be correct as the throne has revealed Garon to actually be a monster, much to the siblings' shock. "Garon" summons a group of mysterious soldiers to kill them, but they fail to do so and he is killed shortly afterwards.

Garon's true form is hinted at in both routes during Azura's dance, where her graceful and elegant Hoshido dance only causes the monster discomfort and problems with breathing, while her aggressive and forceful dance in Conquest causes unbearable pain to Garon and his eyes to roll back.

Spoilers end here.

RevelationEdit

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

It is revealed that the real Garon had died shortly after Elise's birth and the Garon present is a servant of the King of Valla, Anankos, who is little more than a corpse imbued with a semblance of life by Anankos' power. His mission is to destroy both the kingdoms of Nohr and Hoshido for "betraying" its master. The undead Garon makes less appearances in this route compared to the other two routes.

In his first appearance in the cutscene before Chapter 9, he is seen speaking to his stone effigy of Anankos on the ceiling, a little surprised about the fact the Avatar survived the earlier explosion at Hoshido and knowing the truth of the entire situation. He decides that the Avatar being afraid and wanting them to suffer is not enough, and that decides that the Avatar simply will have to be disposed of. He then erupts into maniacal laughter.

In his second appearance before the start of Chapter 14, Xander and Leo arrive in the throne room and see Garon looking manipulated, telling them to continue the war against Hoshido, and tells them that he wants to destroy not only Hoshido, but also Nohr itself. This causes both Xander and Leo to reconsider their earlier dismissals of the Avatar's claims about Garon being manipulated by the real culprit, the Invisible Kingdom of Valla, and they eventually join the Avatar's cause.

He makes his last appearance after Anankos' defeat in Chapter 27 of this route, offering to become a vessel for Anankos like Gunter, only for Anankos to eat him to gain his blood to be at full power again.

Spoilers end here.

PersonalityEdit

Garon is portrayed as a ruthless, mean, cold-hearted man that has no mercy for anyone who does not please him or dares to defy him. He has been known to execute people on the spot without any sort of rationale, even in front of his youngest daughter. His ruthless nature extends heavily to his adopted "child", the Avatar, who is constantly ordered by Garon to perform inhuman tasks in order to "earn his trust." Actions ranging from slaughtering innocents are among the most notable, his children either reluctantly follow through with orders, or to find ways to limit the damage, but they never outright defy him. He has also expressed cold detachment to Azura, the step-daughter of his second wife, going so far as to refuse a prisoner trade between the Avatar and Azura. He has little trust even in his subordinates, ordering Iago to kill the Avatar repetitively, yet considers him nothing more than a foolish pawn.

However, many years prior, Garon was portrayed in a different light. Leo notes that Garon would do many things stereotypical of a loving father, such as letting Leo ride on his shoulders. While he was still a rather stern man outside of his family life, the death of his second wife Arete, hurt him emotionally. Apparently, Garon was quite the ladies man and easily won the hearts of many women including his first wife Katerina and Arete. However, his love for women prevented him from breaking their hearts, letting them do as they please, and resulted in the birth of his four children, each with different mothers. The Nohrian siblings believe that after numerous attempts by his concubines to assassinate the other children and other women to gain control of the throne, Garon became much more hardened, suspicious of any sort of trust because he felt that he could be taken advantage of if he was not careful. This perspective resulted in actions, such as beginning to antagonize the neighboring kingdom of Hoshido.

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

As Revelation reveals that Garon's death and manipulation by Anankos happens shortly after Elise's birth, it is in turn revealed that Garon had not gone cold due to the misdemeanors of his maidens, but rather from being under Anankos' control. This is what leads him to such actions, like ordering the death of Gunter's wife and child.

Spoilers end here.

In-GameEdit

Boss StatsEdit

Birthright Chapter 12 - Dark ReunionEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
30 48 28 16 24 19 4 24 21 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
30 48 28 16 24 19 4 24 21 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
30 58 33 16 24 19 4 29 26 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Birthright Chapter 27 - King GaronEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 68 28 16 28 20 22 23 23 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 68 33 16 28 20 22 28 26 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Dark Lord Map SpriteNohrian King
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 73 33 16 28 20 22 28 26 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Birthright Endgame - Dawn BreaksEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Nohr Dragon Map SpriteBlight Dragon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 78 23 26 25 27 22 25 25 6
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Breath Breath - S

Dark Breath

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Nohr Dragon Map SpriteBlight Dragon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 78 28 26 25 32 22 30 30 6
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Breath Breath - S

Dark Breath

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Nohr Dragon Map SpriteBlight Dragon
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 80 28 26 25 32 22 30 30 6
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Draconic CurseDraconic Hex
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Breath Breath - S

Dark Breath

Conquest Chapter 27 - The Empty KingEdit

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Water Familiar Map SpriteEmpty Vessel
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 65 31 19 26 26 10 27 22 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Diamond Strike (Skill)Armored Blow
Mirror Strike (Skill)Warding Blow
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Water Familiar Map SpriteEmpty Vessel
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 70 35 20 28 28 10 30 25 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Diamond Strike (Skill)Armored Blow
Mirror Strike (Skill)Warding Blow
Deadly BreathSavage Blow
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

Starting Class
FE14 Garon Water Familiar Map SpriteEmpty Vessel
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
40 70 35 20 28 28 10 30 25 -
Skills Weapon Starting Items

Diamond Strike (Skill)Armored Blow
Mirror Strike (Skill)Warding Blow
Renewal (FE13)Renewal
Deadly BreathSavage Blow
Dragonskin (Skill)Dragonskin

FE14 Axe Axe - S

Bölverk

QuotesEdit

Help DescriptionEdit

  • The stoic King of Nohr who rules absolutely and appears highly suspicious of others.
  • Hereditary ruler of Nohr. Empowered by his great bloodline. (Birthright Chapter 27)

Critical/Skill QuoteEdit

  • "DIE!"

Defeated by PlayerEdit

“This can't be.”
— Garon's Death Voice Clip

Chapter 12(Birthright)Edit

“Are you actually attempting to engage me in battle? Very well. Do your best!”
—Garon's Pre-Battle Quote

Vs. Avatar Edit

  • Avatar: You're not my father, and you never were. Prepare to die.
  • Garon: I may not be your father, but I will slap you down like a child. This foolishness ends now!

Death/RetreatEdit

“Hmpf. This is a waste of time. My men can take it from here.”
— Garon's Retreat quote in Birthright Chapter 12

Chapter 27 (Birthright) Edit

“HAH! Avatar should have known better than to send an underling. Or perhaps you're just a sacrificial lamb..”
—Garon's Pre-Battle Quote

Vs. Avatar Edit

Garon: "You're like a cockroach to me... How can you possibly think you can win?"
Avatar: "I've grown, Garon. I'm not a victim anymore. And I WILL defeat you!"

Endgame (Birthright) Edit

“NEVER FORGET THAT YOU CHOSE THIS PATH. YOU CHOSE DEATH AND DEFEAT. YOU CHOSE DOOM. YOUR DEATH IS AT HAND!”
—Garon's battle quote in Birthright Endgame

Chapter 27 (Conquest) Edit

“I...WiLl nOt LoSe...I WiLl RuLe nOhR aNd hOsHiDo...tHe wHoLe WoRld!! I aM tHe GrEaTeSt KiNg Of aLl!!”
—Garon's Pre-Battle Quote

Vs. Avatar Edit

Garon: "i ShOuLd hAvE KiLlEd YoU...EvEn If iT mEaNt...DisObEyInG tHe GrEaT AnAnKoS..."
Avatar: "Anankos? What are you talking about?! Your god has nothing to do with this! We all make our own decisions. You are all responsible for all of this, monster! You destroyed the heart of a good man for your own selfish gain. But even you could have chosen a different path. No matter the circumstances we are born into, or the blood in our veins...We are all the masters of our own fate! That is why I am not like you, nor could I ever be. I chose the path I believe in, the path of peace. And that conviction, that strength...I will use it to defeat you!

DefeatedEdit

  • "This...can't...be..."

Death/RetreatEdit

“You...you think you've won? Urk...”
— Garon's Death quote in Birthright Chapter 27

“URGH! THESE WOUNDS! THIS CAN'T BE! I REFUSE TO ACCEPT DEFEAT! I REFU--- GYAAAAH!”
— Garon's Death Quote in Birthright Endgame

“tHiS iS...ImPoSsIBlE...IMPOSSIBLE!!”
—Garon's Death Quote in Conquest Chapter 27

Non-Canon AppearancesEdit

Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)Edit

Garon is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:

EtymologyEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Alongside ZolaMikoto, Hans, and Iago, Garon has unused blushing portraits within the game's code.
  • Garon shares many similarities with Vigarde from The Sacred Stones. Both are rulers of their kingdoms who appear to be the main antagonists of their respective games, but are later revealed to be lifeless puppets used by the true main antagonists, Anankos and Lyon.
  • Garon is one of the few final bosses in the entire series to move. The others are Duma, Idenn, Fomortiis, and Ashnard.
  • His class, Nohrian King, is interestingly unable to use tomes, although he uses magic in several cutscenes during the game.
  • Garon shares his English voice actor, Travis Willingham, with Awakening's Lon'qu and Brady.
  • Garon's model animations seem to be taken from a Knight, sharing the same idle and attacking animations; including the critical animation.
  • During the Birthright path, Garon's defence actually drops a point from your first encounter with him in Chapter 12 to your second encounter with him in Chapter 27
  • During the Final Chapter of the Birthright path, Garon will not be able to counter-attack attacks from "Spy's" weapons despite being able to in Chapters 12 and 27 as his equipped weapon has now changed to Dark Breath.

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