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“A mighty lance, regalia of House Archanea.”
—In-game description, Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem

The Gradivus (グラディウス Guradiusu, translated as the Gladius in the Japanese versions and the Gradius in the fan translations) is a legendary Lance that appears in the Archanea Series of the Fire Emblem franchise and Fire Emblem Awakening.

BackgroundEdit

One of three regalia weapons of Archanea, Gradivus serves as the counterpart to the sword Mercurius and the bow Parthia. Taking its roots from obscure origin, this lance was stolen by Adrah, where it played a crucial role in his conquering the continent of Archanea. Upon founding the Kingdom of Archanea, Gradivus was dubbed a Regalia and subsequently passed down through succeeding generations of Archanean royalty.

During the War of Shadows, the Gradivus is originally wielded by the Grustian general Camus as his weapon of choice. Although brimming with confidence in Gradivus' ability to lead him to victory in Chapter 20, Camus is eventually defeated, and possession of the lance is eventually ceded over to Marth's army.

During the ensuing War of Heroes, the newly-coronated Emperor Hardin inherits the Gradivus and wields it as his weapon of choice until his death in Chapter 20, where it again is passed to Marth's army.

The Gradivus also appears in Chapter 5 of Fire Emblem Gaiden, where it is acquired from a Chest, without fanfare or explanation.

Weapon StatsEdit

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightEdit

Name Type

Gradivus

Lance

WLv Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt Worth
14 17 20 100% 0% 1~2 4 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover HP.

Fire Emblem GaidenEdit

Name Type

Gradivus

Lance

Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt
15 100% 0% 1~2 0
Effect

-

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Name Type

Gladius icon Gradivus

Lance

WLv Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt Worth
12 17 20 100% 0% 1~2 8 17,000
Effect

User gains Experience at twice the normal rate.

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

Name Type

Gradius Gradivus

FE12 Lance Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt WEx Worth
A 20 19 90% 0% 1~2 8* 2 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Name Type

Gradius Gradivus

FE12 Lance Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth
A 20 19 90% 0% 1~2 2 -
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

Name Type

Gradivus FE13 Icon Gradivus

LanceIconFE13 Lance

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth
A 25 19 85% 5% 1~2  ? 0
Effect

Can be used as an item to recover all HP.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit

Name Type

Echoes gradivus icon Gradivus

Echoes lance weapon type icon Lance

Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt
12 100% 0 1-2 5
Effect

Teaches Echoes Lance Skill icon Recovery

Forging
Silver mark icon Golden mark icon Mt Hit Crt Wt
1 2 +1 +10 -1

Fire Emblem HeroesEdit

Name Type

Gradivus

FEH Lance Lance

Mt Rng SP Rarity
16 1 400 ✯✯✯✯✯
Effect

Enables counterattack regardless of distance
if Camus is attacked.

Item LocationsEdit

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightEdit

Method Location
Dropped Camus (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem GaidenEdit

Method Location
Treasure Ch. 5 - Chest in the second basement of Duma Tower.

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Method Location
Dropped Book 1: Camus (Ch. 16)
Book 2: Hardin (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

Method Location
Dropped Camus (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Method Location
Dropped Hardin (Ch. 20)

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

Method Location
Treasure Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.
Renown Acquire 10,000 Renown points in order to obtain Gradivus through this method.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit

Method Location
Treasure Duma Temple dungeon - Choose bottom left warp point and receive from the Chest.

EtymologyEdit

Mars Gradivus is one of many titles accorded to the Roman god of war, Mars. Temples constructed in his honour were once the converging points where Roman troops gathered to rally during the moments preceding any imminent battle.

TriviaEdit

  • Gradivus is tied with Parthia for the highest base Might of all non-magical ranged weapons in Awakening.
  • Although Gradivus doesn't appear in Fire Emblem Fates, its model from Awakening has been reused and recolored for the weapon Effie's Lance.
  • It is highly likely that Gradivus remained in Archanea along with Mercurius and Parthia long after the conclusion of the War of Heroes, and into the age of Ylisse.

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