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Hardin

Hardin as he appears in Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~
GameFire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Fire Emblem: Akaneia Saga
Fire Emblem: Awakening (SpotPass)
First SeenChapter 5: Champions of Aurelis (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)
Chapter 8: Soulful Bridge (Mystery of the Emblem)
Starting ClassCavalier (Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi)
Emperor (Mystery of the Emblem)
General (Awakening)


“Make no mistake, Lord Marth. I consider myself an exceptionally good judge of character. If I thought you acted out of selfishness or ambition, I would not extend the offer I have. You have my trust.”
—Hardin to Marth, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

Hardin (ハーディン Hādin), also known as Coyote (草原の狼 Sougen no Ōkami, literally Wolf of the Plains in the Japanese versions) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem book 1, and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon; he also appears as an antagonist in Mystery of the Emblem book 2, and Fire Emblem: Shin Monshō no Nazo ~Hikari to Kage no Eiyū~. He is the younger brother of the King of Aurelis. He is one of the most important characters in the Akaneia Series and a descendant of Marlon.

ProfileEdit

Before the War of DarknessEdit

Hardin's significantly older brother, the King of Aurelis, falls ill, so Hardin takes over and reforms the nation's laws. The Aurelian nobles who had been keeping the plains people, such as Wolf, Roshea, and others in slavery are banished by Hardin, their slaves freed, and the highest-ranked among the plains people were made Aurelian lords to replace the disgraced nobles.

The ex-nobles attempt a coup with support by Akaneia, but they are put down by Hardin and the people of the plains.

Akaneia SagaEdit

Hardin acts as the main character in the second mission of the satellaview games along with Minerva. They befriend each other and team up against Medon deserters, but he does not give out his name. After defeating Ruben Hardin leaves and says Minerva really was a heroic commander.

While not playable, he plays a major role in the fourth map in which Camus wants to bring Nyna to safety in Aurelis. He fights off the remaining Doluna forces and reaches Nyna at the outskirts of Aurelis. Hardin explains he understands her trouble and will now guard her with his life. Nyna then collapses from exhaustion, falling into Hardin's arms, Hardin then yells for his men to give her water and medical treatment.

The War of ShadowsEdit

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Hardin becomes envious of Marth when Nyna hands him the Fire Emblem.

Hardin is the leader of the rebellion army protecting Aurelis from Doluna and was assigned to guard Princess Nyna of Akaneia. A just and honorable man, he also helps out Marth in his quest. The Altean Prince felt he had made a trusted friend with similar values on the day he met him.

The War of HeroesEdit

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Gharnef poses as a merchant and offers Hardin the Darksphere.

Hardin was in fact in love with Nyna. As Akaneia was in need of a new Emperor, Hardin was eventually assigned to the position and Nyna proposed to him, Hardin was more happy if it meant he got to be with his beloved Nyna. Unfortunately, she had been pretending to love him due to pressure from Boah, much to his own deep regrets later. When he found out, he was struck with grief and avoided contact with anyone. Gharnef posed as a merchant and offered him the Darksphere, which consumed Hardin's soul and transforms him into a twisted man. He changes the Empire from a just one into an iron-fisted tyranny, expanding and spreading terror throughout the land. He also unwillingly handed Nyna over to Gharnef for the resurrection of Medeus. Marth eventually defeats him and frees his soul with the Lightsphere, but was unable to save his life in the process. In his dying breath, Hardin thanks Marth for freeing his soul, asks him to watch over Nyna, and tells him to tell her that he loved her till the end. Hardin then says he hopes that Nyna could somehow forgive him for not being strong enough to resist the Darksphere's corruption.

The lineage of Aurelis's founder, Marlon, ends with his death, as his brother cannot have children and he himself fathered none. Because of this, Marth ends up becoming the ruler of Aurelis, on top of Akaneia itself.

In GameEdit

Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no TsurugiEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Hardin Cavalier 5 Aurelis Automatically from the start

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
FE1 Cavalier Map Sprite Cavalier 6 20 9 7 8 3 9 6 0 9 Sword
Lance
Steel Sword

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Skl Spd Luk Wlv Def Res
50% 30% 50% 60% 30% 70% 20% 0%

Mystery of the EmblemEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Book 1
Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Hardin Cavalier 4 Aurelis Automatically from the start

Base StatsEdit

Playable (Book 1)Edit
Starting Class Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
FE3 Cavalier Map Sprite Cavalier 6 25 9 7 8 3 9 8 0 9 Sword
Lance
Iron lance icon Iron Lance
FE3 Steel Sword Steel Sword
Boss (Book 2)Edit
Starting Class Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Wlv Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
Emperor 1 50 20 20 20 - - 20 20 5 Lance Gladius icon Gradivus
FE3 Dark Orb Darksphere

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Skl Spd Luk Wlv Def Res
50% 30% 50% 60% 30% 70% 20% 3%

Support BonusEdit

Supports
Character Bonus
Nobody None
Supported by
Character Bonus
Nobody None
  • Supports give a bonus to Hit, Critical and Avoid
  • Characters must be within a three tile radius to receive support bonuses

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

RecruitmentEdit

Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Hardin Cavalier 5 Aurelis Automatically from the start

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
FEDS Cavalier Map Sprite Cavalier 6 24 9 0 7 8 3 6 1 9 Sword - D
Lance - B
FE11steelsword Steel Sword

Growth Rates (default)Edit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
50% 30% 0% 55% 55% 30% 20% 0%

Reclassing OptionsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
40% 25% 0% 50% 70% 30% 15% 5%
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
50% 25% 0% 50% 70% 30% 15% 0%

Myrmidon/Swordmaster

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
60% 25% 0% 50% 70% 30% 10% 0%
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
30% 5% 30% 50% 60% 30% 0% 15%
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
30% 0% 20% 50% 65% 30% 0% 25%
HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
30% 0% 10% 45% 65% 30% 0% 35%

Support BonusEdit

Supports

Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Wolf 0 5 9 14
Sedgar 0 5 9 14
Roshea 0 5 9 14
Vyland 0 5 9 14

Supported by

Character Initial points Total points for
C B A
Marth 0 5 10 16
  • 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:

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

RecruitmentEdit

  • Akaneia Saga, Episode 2
Name Class Chapter Affiliation Recruit
Hardin Cavalier 2 Aurelis Automatically from the start

Base StatsEdit

  • Akaneia Saga, Episode 2
Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
FEDS Cavalier Map Sprite Cavalier 8 28 11 0 9 11 5 12 0 9 FE12 Sword Sword - B
FE12 Lance Lance - B
FE11silverlance Silver Lance
FE11silversword Silver Sword
  • Boss Stats (Normal Mode)
Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move Weapon Starting Items
Enemy Emperor FE12 Map Icon Emperor 30 50 20 0 20 20 0 20 15 61 FE12 Lance Lance - A Gradius Gradivus2
Darksphere3

1 Only in Chapter 8 (0 Move in Chapter 20)
2 Drops when defeated
3 Doesn't drop if the Lightsphere, Starsphere, Geosphere, and Lifesphere have not all been obtained

Growth Rates (default)Edit

HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luk Def Res
90% 75% 0% 65% 65% 30% 45% 0%

Note: These growth rates are only applicable for the second episode of the BS Fire Emblem

OverviewEdit

In all four games, Hardin is thought of to be one of the best paladins in the game along with Cain and Abel. He is skilled in most classes available to him in Shadow Dragon's reclass system. He has a very high Weapon Rank in Lances and can use Jagen's Silver Lance right off the bat making him very useful on the harder modes.

Fire Emblem: AwakeningEdit

SpotPassEdit

Starting Class Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Move
General 20 80 45 10 38 30 5 45+2 18 5
Skill Weapon Starting Items
Defense +2 Defense +2
IndoorBattle Indoor Fighter
DefenseCry Rally Defense
Vengeance (FE13) Vengeance
Great Shield (FE13) Pavise
LanceIconFE13 Lance - A
AxeIconFE13 Axe - B
Gradivus FE13 Icon Gradivus*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

ArchetypeEdit

Named after Hardin, a Prince and Duke in the original game who fought alongside Marth and did many heroic deeds such as freeing the slaves of the plains, helping Minerva, and protecting Nyna with his life. In the sequel, he ends up becoming a terrifying tyrant and the most powerful boss in the game due to being manipulated by Gharnef, who exploited his feelings Nyna to possess him via the Darksphere. The Hardin archetype is a friend of the protagonist who is moral, seems to be a good person with a good future ahead, and may even fight with them for a period of time. However, for various reasons, they have a tragic fall to evil and are put down by their former friend. They are always in the one of the best classes in the game, and their reasons for corruption often have do with love or noble causes.

List of HardinsEdit

There are others who are considered Hardins, but this is the generally agreed upon list.

QuotesEdit

Death QuotesEdit

“I'm sorry... Princess Nyna...”
—Hardin's death quote, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1

“Forgive me...Nyna...”
—Hardin's death quote, Shadow Dragon

As an enemyEdit

“Rebels... Did you come here to get yourselves killed? I’ll show you to fear my Gradivus!!”
—Hardin's battle quote as a boss of Mystery of the Emblem, Book 2

“Marth... Your highness... I have finally awakened... From my deep dream... Your highness... I am deeply sorry... I fought with my inner demon. However I was too weak... I resisted with all my might... But I still lost... I hoped for your highness' hand to end my life... That way I could be saved... Your highness... Nyna... Please take care of Nyna... She... I hope you... can tell her... In the... end... I still... loved her... I hope... She can... forgive me...”
—Hardin's death quote as a boss of Mystery of the Emblem, Book 2

Event Recap (Shadow Dragon)Edit

From the ElderEdit

“Prince Marth, you have our thanks for liberating the south castle. You'll find Captain Hardin protecting the king and the lady Nyna at the Northern Fortress, located in Aurelis. When you find him, please be sure to give him this silver sword.”
—Elder to Marth about Hardin, Chapter 4

Altea Has ComeEdit

Hardin: Princess Nyna, I've spotted them! The Altean army is on the far side of the river.
Nyna: They're here? At last! Prince Marth has come for us!
Hardin: So it seems. Now, what say you we turn this battle around? I'm going to take my men east to join our might with Marth's. Together we will retake the castle. Stay here, my lady, and wait for the good news.

Fast FriendsEdit

Marth: Lord Hardin, I am Marth of Altea. I've come to offer what help I can.
Hardin: And I very gratefully accept it. Stories of your exploits travel fast, young prince. I feel as though I’ve gained a thousand allies in one.
Marth: I've heard a few stories of you as well, Coyote. It will be an honor to fight alongside such a courageous man.
Hardin: I've left Princess Nyna someplace safe for now. We need to decide who will command here. I was hoping it would be you.
Marth: Me? But, Sir Hardin, you are far more qualified-
Hardin: Tsk, Princess Nyna would not be pleased to hear us nitpicking over who will be listed in the history books. Take command, so we can oust this Medonian scum and be done with it.
Marth: You are sure?
Hardin: Make no mistake, Lord Marth. I consider myself an exceptionally good judge of character. If I thought you acted out of selfishness or ambition, I would not extend the offer I have. You have my trust.
Marth: Lord Hardin, thank you. That is an honor. If you don't mind me saying so… I feel as though I've made a good friend. We share the same ideals, I think.
Hardin: That we do. May our friendship be a long one.

EpilogueEdit

Monshō no NazoEdit

Aurelian prince Hardin

He married Princess Nyna, and became the 24th King of Akaneia.

Shadow DragonEdit

Coyote

Nyna offered Hardin her hand in marriage, and so he was crowned the twenty-fourth king of House Akaneia.

TriviaEdit

  • Hardin seems to share many similarities with Zephiel from Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken and Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. Both (chronologically) start out as benevolent princes who merely wish for peace, both personal and worldwide, but are twisted later in life; partly by personal grief (in Hardin's case it was caused due to unrequited love, while Zephiel was never acknowledged by his own father as a son) and becoming a huge threat to their respective continents. However, there are differences: Hardin was twisted but did not become evil until brainwashed by Darksphere and in the end, he does snap out of it while madness in Zephiel's case is his own character development and thus, stays with him to the grave. As if the developers wanted to further the connection, Hardin's design in Shin Monsho no Nazo is extremely similer in appearence to Zephiel.
  • He is one of the recurring characters in the Akaneia Series, appearing even more than Marth and Shiida, with three major roles and appearances in several remakes. The only characters who have had more appearances than him are Camus and the Whitewings.
  • According to the novel adaptation by Takayashiki Hideo, he is 31 in book 1 and 34 in book 2.
  • Despite both having loved Nyna, Hardin appears to be unaware of Camus' relation to her: he seemingly did not know who Nyna loves in Monshō no Nazo, only that it was not him; he makes no mention of Camus in his corrupted state; and when Camus takes Nyna to Hardin for safety in Fire Emblem BS, Camus leaves to stall Doluna right before Nyna reaches Hardin, which causes Hardin to wonder how Nyna got all the way to Aurelis.
  • At the end of Chapter 4 of Shadow Dragon, an Elder gives Marth a Silver Sword to give to Hardin. However, Hardin's Weapon Levels allow him to use a Silver Lance, not a Silver Sword. In the NES version this was not a problem as Sword and Lance weapon level was one stat, meaning Hardin could use Silver Swords and Silver Lances immediately.
  • In Hardin's SpotPass team, four of the units that join him represent the Wolfguard:

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