“It is I, milord/milady, in the flesh. And I won't tolerate being called a ghost.”
—Gunter in Conquest Chapter 15: The Black Pillar
Gunter (ギュンター Gyuntā, Gunther in the Japanese version) is a playable character in Fire Emblem Fates and an ally in the prologue and the Conquest and Revelation routes.
A Great Knight of middling class birth, Gunter became a well-known and respected knight in the Nohrian army due to his work ethic and charm. Though he settled down with a family, he eventually returned to the Nohrian army. He was ordered by King Garon to supervise and train his child, the Avatar, who was currently residing in the Northern Fortress. Gunter became one of their retainers as well as their main combat instructor. His birthday is June 13.
After several years, thanks to Gunter's training, the Avatar eventually won their right to leave the Northern Fortress after many years of being forced to live there. Gunter and one of the Avatar's servants follow them as they are summoned to Castle Krakenburg. There, Garon gives the Avatar one final test; kill a group of Hoshido soldiers that were recently captured. Assisting the Avatar in battle, they eventually defeat all of the Hoshidan soldiers.
After the Avatar fails to execute the Hoshidan prisoners, Garon tasks the Avatar to survey a fortress situated at the Bottomless Canyon. Gunter provides back-up alongside Hans, who was assigned by Garon to accompany them. At the Canyon, the Avatar sees that the fortress is occupied by Hoshidan soldiers and decides to head back, a choice Gunter approves. Unfortunately, Hans goes rogue and kills one of the Hoshidan soldier, forcing Gunter and the Avatar to fight. After the Nohrian royal siblings rescue the Avatar and sends them back, Hans ambushes Gunter on a bridge. The rickey old bridge, damaged by Hans' attack, collapses under Gunter's feet, flinging him and his horse into the canyon. He is presumed dead due to the nature of the canyon.
While a strict man, Gunter is not fully heartless. As mentioned in his supports with the Avatar, Garon had treated them poorly with starvation for the male Avatar, and whipping for the female Avatar. As a result, Gunter often snuck meals and turned the whip into a ball. In his supports with Jakob, Gunter provides a bit of tough love, saying he couldn't die until Jakob was a proper adult lest he carry the shame to his grave.
Revelation reveals a bit of his backstory; Gunter was married once and had a child. When given the opportunity to accept dragon blood from Garon, which would require pledging his entire life and everything he had to him, he refused, stating that he wanted to be with his family. In response, Garon ordered his soldiers to go to destroy his village and his family. He reveals that he only befriended the Avatar so that he would be able to avenge his wife and child. As a result, he developed a hostile view towards royalty, believing that common folk like him were like pawns for their schemes or weeds to be cut down on a whim. It is this hatred that allows Anankos to take control over him. His history also made him incredibly strict towards the Avatar, but still cares about them deeply.
When freed of Anankos' control, Gunter was more than willing to atone for his actions with his life, and was confused as to why the Avatar would forgive him for betrayal.
As an Enemy Edit
Revelation Chapter 26 - The Vallite KingEdit
Growth Rates Edit
◾ Note: Growth Rates are based on the character in their starting class
Max Stat Modifiers Edit
- See also: Gunter/Supports
- The Avatar (Female)
Note: Gunter cannot have support conversations/gain support bonuses in Revelation
|Base Classes||Possible Promotions|
|Base Classes||Possible Promotions|
Gunter is the stereotypical 'Jagen-type unit' of the game being a powerful beginning unit because he is pre-promoted, but ultimately losing effectiveness in the later game. Some could say that he is only a true 'Jagen' in Revelation, as that is the only route where he joins from the start of the game. In Birthright, he is unavailable throughout the game's entirety. However in Conquest, Gunter has potential worth for a long term unit, especially if Boo Camp is not available. He has relatively solid base stats when rejoining, allowing him to work alongside the army in decent ways, though harder difficulties do lessen such benefits. Unfortunately, he has some of the poorest stat growths out of all units in the game, making him a hard sell for a serious long running unit in Revelation, especially when the player has four other units that have access to his class, the Great Knight.
Like a 'Jagen-type unit', he is an EXP sponge, requiring a lot to level up in the early game, something the player is better off spending on their beginning units. Gunter is, however, a good beginning supporting partner for the Avatar, as his personal skill Forceful Partner increases the Avatar's Hit Rate by 15 and damage dealt by 3 if he is the supporting unit to an Avatar-lead battle. Overall, he is great for the early game (especially on harder difficulties), but there are much better units to put time into training than Gunter in the long run. Keep in mind that Gunter can only form Supports with the Avatar and Jakob, and for those two, he can only have supports in the Conquest route and cannot form them in the Revelation route. On a plus side, he already has two Eternal seals built into him, setting his level cap at 30, rather than 20.
Regardless, Gunter starts off with his Cavalier skills built in, which is good considering that he is a formidable tank for the early game and can safely rescue wayward units thanks to Shelter. In Revelation, if willing to train him two levels, he can learn Luna for more early offensive prowess and Armored Blow, giving him more physical bulkiness when engaging enemies. If the player is willing to train him, he can slide into the Paladin class for more even stats, though there is nothing really to write home about aside from Defender so he can be even more sturdy as an early game tank and Aegis to shave off damage, especially magic damage.
Despite his poor potential, Gunter is still useful in My Castle during arena battles. Until he hits level 20 or higher, he fights unpromoted enemies and usually makes short work of them, making him a good candidate for wearing an Arena Shield.
|Harsh Command||150||1||Converts penalties on target into bonuses.||✯✯✯|
|Armored Blow 1||50||Grants Def+2 if unit initiates the attack.||✯✯✯|
|Armored Blow 2||100 (Required:|
Armored Blow 1)
|Grants Def+4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||✯✯✯✯|
|Armored Blow 3||200 (Required:|
Armored Blow 2)
|Grants Def+6 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||✯✯✯✯✯|
|Hone Atk 1||50||Grants adjacent allies Atk+2 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯|
|Hone Atk 2||100 (Required:|
Hone Atk 1)
|Grants adjacent allies Atk+3 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯✯|
|Hone Cavalry||200 (Required:|
Hone Atk 2 or Hone Spd 2)
|Grants adjacent cavalry allies Def/Res+6 through their next actions at the start of each turn.||✯✯✯✯|
Possible Endings Edit
Gunter - Inveterate Knight (老騎士 Rōkishi lit. Old Knight)
- Gunter disappeared soon after the war ended, never to be seen again. Scholars continue to debate if he died soon afterward, or if he found a quiet place to spend the rest of his days in contemplation.
- Gunter and Avatar (Conquest)
- Gunter retired and spent his days in the Nohrian countryside. There are no further records of him. Avatar was hailed as a hero, working alongside her spouse to spread peace worldwide.
Gunter is illustrated in the trading card game Fire Emblem Cipher with the following cards:
Gunter is derived from the elements gund "war" and hari "army, warrior." This was the name of a semi-legendary 5th-century Burgundian king.
- Gunter was voted as the 12th most popular male character on Nintendo's official Fates character poll.
- Gunter shares his Japanese voice actor, the late Rokurō Naya, with Anankos.
- During certain cut-scenes when Gunter is holding his Lance while not riding on his mount as a Great Knight, he will use the animations of a Lancer.
- Gunter shares his critical quote "This ends now!" with the Avatar and Kana. This could be because he is a teacher or fatherly figure to the Avatar.
- His artwork in Heroes depicts him wielding a Nohrian Silver Axe.