Concept artwork of the Mystletainn blade from Awakening.
The Mystletainn (ミストルティン, Misutorutin, alternatively translated Mistolteen in Fire Emblem Treasure, alongside being known as Mistoltin, Mistilteinn, or Mistletain in certain fan translations) sword is one of twelve holy weapons from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and is the blade that was once wielded by Crusader Hezul. Occasionally sordidly referred to as the Demon Sword, the reason for it being conferred such an infamous title is never revealed.
In the events of Genealogy of the Holy War, only individuals in possession of major Hezul holy blood are able to wield the blade, with the only two characters fulfilling this requirement being that of Eldigan and Ares. Eldigan essentially brandishes it as an allied unit in Chapter 1 and an enemy unit in Chapter 3, while Ares equips it for one turn as an enemy unit in Chapter 7, before later defecting to Seliph's cause until the game concludes.
In the events of Awakening, Owain, while embarking on a quest to locate the Mystletainn blade of yore, chances upon the "Missiletainn" blade instead. Blissfully unaware that the Missiletain blade is but a poor replica of the one he seeks, Owain, in all manner of passionate exaltation, takes it into his possession and proclaims it as his own.
|Mystletainn||Sword||*||50||30||80%||1||5||50,000||Bestows a bonus of Skill +10 and Resistance +10 upon its wielder; Confers the Critical skill for as long as the blade is equipped.|
|Mystletainn||Sword||A||25||14||85%||15%||1||?||0||Bestows a bonus of +5 Skill to its wielder.|
|Inventory||Second Generation: Aless|
|Treasure||Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.|
|SpotPass Bonus Item||Available for download from the following dates onwards:|
5th July 2012 JP
18th April 2013 NA
4th July 2013 EU
The name "Mystletainn" most likely establishes its roots from the sword that Höðr employed in order to kill Baldr. According to the 13th century text Prose Edda, as a result of the devious schemes concocted by Loki, the god Baldr was slain by the hand of his brother, the blind god Höðr, by means of a mistletoe projectile. This mortifying act took place in spite of the vain attempts of Baldr's mother, the goddess Frigg, to beseech all living things and inanimate objects alike to swear an oath, one in which they pledge to not rein harm upon Baldr after he experienced terrifying nightmares of his death. Frigg was, on the whole, able to convince one and all to observe the oath, save for the mistletoe, by virtue of an oversight on her part, where she perceived it as being "too young" to demand a pact from.
In the Gesta Danorum version of the tale, Baldr and Höðr were instead portrayed as rival suitors, with Höðr killing Baldr with a sword named Mistilteinn (Old Norse "mistletoe").
To further add on to the existence of the Mystletainn blade in lore, a sword by the same name also manifests within various other Norse legends.
- According to a conversation that can be viewed when visiting a certain village during the events that occur during the second generation of Genealogy of the Holy War, it is asserted that the Tyrfing, Balmung, and Mystletainn are the strongest blades to have ever been forged.