The Mage Dragon (魔竜 Ma ryū, translated Magic Dragon in the Japanese version and Demon Dragon in fan translations and the epilogue of The Blazing Blade) is both a race and a class of Dragons that recurrently appear across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. An uncommon type of Dragon, Mage Dragons expel either Magic or Dark Breath in order to damage their foes.
History in the SeriesEdit
In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remake, Mage Dragons are a powerful enemy-only class that, unlike other dragons who deal physical damage, inflict magical damage instead. The class is also immune to magical attacks. Initially appearing as unassuming humans, Mage Dragon Manaketes only assume their dragon forms after releasing the power stored within Magestones.
In Mystery of the Emblem, Mage Dragons lose their immunity to magical damage, but this is compensated for by their base Resistance of 20. This effectively renders them resistant to most spells, save for powerful ones (such as Aura) or those cast by magic users with high Magic. Mage Dragons are still largely connected to Manaketes, shape-shifters who transform into Mage Dragons through the employment of Magestones. The feral Mage Dragons function as exceptions to this rule, acting as standalone entities that are permanently confined to their dragon forms.
Unlike other titles, Mage Dragons in this title share the same breath weapon as fire dragons, which negates defenses of non-manakete units, much like the Flametongue weapon the Fire Dragon from Blazing Blade uses. (Although transformed manaketes defense stat can reduce damage taken). Any Manakete can transform into a Mage Dragon with the use of a Magestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Mage Dragon Tribe.
The Mage Dragon class later reappears again in The Binding Blade, where it acts as Idunn's personal class when she is fought as a boss in the Endgame chapter. This version of the class employs Dark Breath as its weapon of choice, one that takes the form of actual fumes of dark breath, claw grapples and tail whips.
In the remake of Mystery of the Emblem, only feral Mage Dragons employ a separate Magic Breath weapon as their means to attack, while Manaketes directly use Magestones as weapons instead. As before, any Manakete can transform into a Mage Dragon with the use of a Magestone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Mage Dragon Tribe.
In the Archanea Series, Mage Dragons are one of the main Dragon Tribes, joining with the Dolhr Empire in order to wrest control of the continent from mankind. They are also known as the Basilisk Tribe, an alternate name that is derived from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light itself.
In the Elibe Series, Mage Dragons are artificially brought into being by means of corrupting the souls of Divine Dragons. During The Scouring, the Fire Dragons like Jahn attempted to enlist the aid of the Divine Dragons to create hordes of mindless War Dragons to effectively counter the greater numbers boasted by humanity. The Divine Dragons refused to cooperate, a fact that spurred the Fire Dragons to kidnap Idunn, a member of the Divine Dragon Tribe. Idunn's soul was thereafter corrupted to the point where it shattered, in turn transforming her into a Mage Dragon with no distinct will of her own.
Mage Dragons typically resemble Eastern Dragons and possess elongated necks. They are not depicted with wings except in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, where they are a palette swap of Fire Dragons, and also in The Binding Blade.
Notable Mage DragonsEdit
- Morzas - A loyal subordinate of Medeus.
- Xemcel - A loyal subordinate of Medeus who is put in charge of guarding Dolhr Keep.
- Idunn - A former Divine Dragon who is kidnapped and corrupted into a soulless Mage Dragon.
- Like Earth Dragons, all Mage Dragons are enemy units due to either hating humanity, or degenerating.