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A Fire Dragon Manakete depicted in the Trading Card Game.
Manaketes (known as Mamkutes in the Japanese versions), also referred to as simply Dragons, are both a race and character class in the Fire Emblem series. Manaketes transform from a humanoid form to a dragon form using dragonstones. The type of dragon formed is dependent on either the race of the wielder or the type of dragonstone used. Members of the class usually have good stats, most of which are increased further when transformed.
As a race, Manaketes are often shown to be in conflict with humans during the games story or backstory. They are sometimes divided into tribes based on their element, such as fire, ice, flying, and earth dragons, although tribes not based off a particular element, like magic and divine dragons, have appeared as well. However in the third game and its remake, the playable manaketes, like Tiki, can use a dragonstone from a different tribe via the Secret Shop.
Although Manaketes are similar in concept to the Laguz of Tellius, specifically the Dragon tribe Laguz, they are different in most other ways. Manaketes were originally planned to appear in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, but were replaced with the similar Emiyu race in the final version. The direct female descendents of the Emiyu race transform using rings instead of dragonstones.
Appearance and characteristicsEdit
Most male Manaketes appear as hooded, hunched-over humanoids with small wings extending from their back, although more notable ones may appear younger and thus stand upright. They usually wear robes instead of clothing. Many Manaketes display draconic features like fangs, claws and a pale pallor in the DS games, though the Divine Dragon tribe appears more human-like. Manaketes generally have long or pointed ears while in human form. Hybrid Manaketes may or may not inherit this.
Manaketes have extraordinary lifespans, lasting over several millennia. Manaketes age slowly, as shown with Tiki first appearing with the appearance of a young girl during Marth's time, 500 years after her birth, and having the appearance of a young adult by the time Chrom is born, 2000 years later. They are also able to mate with humans, creating half-breeds, such as Nils, Al, Sophia or Nah (Roy can also potentially be 1/4 Ice Tribe Manakete dependant on Eliwood`s support choices). These half-breeds usually use normal human classes, though in some cases the hybrid children can change into their manakete form. These hybrid children also gain the manakete's long lifespans, though not to the same extent as their full blooded parents. This longevity comes at a price: Tiki remarks that due to this long life, they will lose many of their human friends to their shorter lifespans. Additionally, Manaketes have an extremely low birth rate and sterility is a problem.
While Manaketes will eventually feel the affects of old age, it is unclear if they ever die of old age. An example of this is the elderly Bantu still being alive 2000 years later.
According to Nah, some Divine Dragons also posses the ability to 'smell' a person's true intentions, but its unknown if others have this ability.
As Units Edit
The main factors to remain consistent with Manakete units are their use of dragonstones either as items or weapons and having low stats that shoot up when their dragonstone is used. A recurring factor is for different manakete tribes to have different abilities such as the Divine Tribe being specialized against fighting other manaketes or the Mage Tribe's immunity to magic.
In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, dragonstones were used weapons, had 1 range, infinite durability, and were unique to characters such as Bantu being the only playable manakete to use the Firestone.
The class was changed in Monshō no Nazo, now Manaketes used dragonstones as items to transform into a different dragon based class. The amount of turns player manaketes would remain in this form was based on their luck stat. Enemy manakates who had no luck stat would spend the rest of the map in their dragon form. The dragon classes had 1-2 range with their breath attacks. Dragonstones had finite uses and could break if overused. Tiki could also use different dragonstones.
Starting with Binding Blade and The Sacred Stones, Manaketes would mostly revert to their original class mechanics, though dragonstones would remain breakable. In the DS remakes Dragonstones were usable by every manakete, excluding the Divinestone and Earthstone which were exclusive to their respective tribemembers.
In Awakening Dragonstones would become 1-2 range and could be regularly purchased from shops.
Akaneia and Jugdral Edit
Ten thousands of years ago in Akaneia, the Dragon Tribes did not need to seal their power into Dragonstones and spend much of their time in human form. They cultivated a powerful society and ruled the continent. However, the Dragon Tribes eventually started to decay, first they became sterile, then finally they began to lose their sentience altogether, becoming wild beasts.
To avoid this terrible fate, the Dragon Tribes were forced to seal their powers in stones and spend their lives in human form, only assuming their dragon forms when needed.
To get the revenge on the humans for treating them as outcasts, most of the manaketes formed the cruel Doluna empire.
Zombified dragons appear in Valentia, indicating they might have lived on the continent at some point.
While no manaketes appear directly in the Jugdral series, several legendary manaketes are mentioned in the backstory as traveling to the continent to stop a rogue dragon. These manakates created powerful tomes, some of which pass on the will of their creators.
A few manaketes of the Divine Dragon Tribe appear in Fire Emblem: Awakening including Naga herself.
Curiously, only manaketes of the Divine Dragon tribe appear and are just referred to as dragons.
In Magvel, only one unique type of Manakete is shown and it is unknown if there are other dragon types. Described as "halfway between man and monster", the Manaketes turn into yellow fire breathing dragons.
Eight hundred years in the past, the Demon King Fomortiis turned many of the manaketes into Draco Zombies during his reign. Eventually a powerful Manakete known as Morva led a group of Five Heroes and together they sealed the Demon King.
While others are known to exist, only Morva and Myrrh directly appear in The Sacred Stones. Both are also called Great Dragons.
From Shadow Dragon and Mystery of the EmblemEdit
- Tiki (Divine Dragon)
- Bantu (Fire Dragon)
- Nagi (Divine Dragon)
- Mannu (Fire Dragon)
- Khozen (Fire Dragon)
- Morzas (Mage Dragon)
- Xemcel (Mage Dragon)
- Medeus (Earth Dragon)
From Binding Blade Edit
Descendants of ManaketesEdit
From Binding BladeEdit
- Sophia (Divine Dragon)
From Rekka no KenEdit
- The name "mamkute/manakete" is trademarked by Intelligent Systems
- Several of the more powerful manaketes, such as Naga, Forseti, Loptyr and Grima, are worshiped as deities.
- Other than Bantu, all recruitable members of the Manakete class have been female, with the other playable male Manaketes using other classes.
- In Fire Emblem: Awakening, the Manakete class is only used by female characters
- The Divine Dragon Manakete form in Awakening seems to be based on the leafy seadragon.
|Bantu - Mannu - Khozen - Bulzark - Salamander - Ain - Jahn - Fire Dragon|
|Aenir - Nils* - Ninian*|
|Naga - Gotoh - Tiki - Xane - Nagi - Forseti - Fae - Sophia* - Nowi - Nah*|
|Morzas - Xemcel - Idenn|
|Medeus - Loptyr - Grima|
|Melitha - Magough - Audamorze - Al* - Morva - Myrrh|
|Related Terms and Classes|
|Dragonstone - Wyvern - Sea Dragon - Dark Dragon - Draco Zombie - White Dragon|