Concept artwork of Ragnell from Awakening.
Ragnell (ラグネル Raguneru) is the personal Sword of Ike, and principally hails from the Tellius Series of Fire Emblem. The sword also appears in Fire Emblem: Awakening as the weapon that is primarily wielded by Priam, a disputed descendant of Ike. Statistically similar to its sister blade, Alondite, the only two features that set the two swords apart lie not just in terms of their colour, but also the fact that while Alondite can be worn by any character who has attained an SS proficiency rank in swordplay, Ragnell is solely bound to Ike.
Ragnell boasts high values in both Might and Hit Rate, both of which are statistics that play significant roles in enhancing Ike's prowess in battle, specifically in terms of the amount of damage he is capable of inflicting, alongside the accuracy of his blows. Also, the blade is imbued with ranged properties, allowing Ike to strike and counter enemies without running the risk of sustaining any damage himself. This attribute is especially useful in the blade's Path of Radiance incarnation, where it effectively counters the fact that Ike is bound to solely wielding swords as his weapons of choice, a majority of which are confined to only being able to perform melee attacks. Apart from this, said incarnation also protects its wielder from being beset by critical attacks, with the exception of those ensuing from activations of the Wrath skill.
Ragnell is also featured as Ike's weapon in the Wii game Super Smash Bros. Brawl. With the sword equipped, Ike is permitted to perform his signature Aether and final smash Great Aether moves. The sword is also, in a similar vein to Roy's Sword of Seals, imbued with magical fire properties.
Ragnell is, alongside its sister sword, Alondite, imbued with the blessings of the goddess Ashera, and is originally wielded by the first Apostle, Altina, to vanquish Yune. Taking on the appearance of a large golden sword with a black hilt, the blessings of Ashera that are contained within its core renders it unbreakable.
In the events of Path of Radiance, Ragnell is first introduced in Chapter 7, where the Black Knight, prior to engaging his former instructor, Greil, in a duel, offers him the blade, citing a desire to witness him at his full strength. In response, Greil casts aside the blade in favour of the Urvan axe, a choice that ultimately proves to be fatal, as he is defeated and mortally wounded by the Black Knight's well-placed thrust of the Alondite blade through his stomach.
It is presumed that Ike takes Ragnell into his possession thereafter, as he later draws it in his confrontation with the Black Knight in the second segment of Chapter 27, ultimately emerging triumphant from the battle. He then continues to wield the blade as his principal weapon of choice until he succeeds in retaking Castle Crimea from Ashnard's clutches, whereupon he, by virtue of it being a national treasure of Begnion, passes it into the hands of Apostle Sanaki.
Ragnell resurfaces in Chapter 11 of the third segment of Radiant Dawn, where, upon appointing Ike as the overarching commander of the newly-formed Apostle's Army, Sanaki bequeathes the sword to him, passing it off as a form of down payment. As she does so, she reveals that she had, prior to escaping from the treacherous plot hatched by the senators, lifted Ragnell from its resting place. With the sword on hand, Ike later wields it in the final showdown that he wages against Zelgius in the second Rebirth chapter. Ike emerges as the victor of the battle, and as he prepares to vacate the area, both Ragnell and Alondite (driven tip-first into the ground in front of Zelgius' lifeless body) will resonate each other by glowing in unison, almost as if the spirits contained within their cores are calling out to each other. On Yune's urging, Ike will pick up Alondite, and depending on whether certain criteria have been fulfilled, the repressed memory of Ike and Mist witnessing the death of their mother at Greil's hands will be triggered.
Ragnell plays one last prominent role in the final Rebirth chapter, where it, while firmly gripped in Ike's hands, is imbued with Yune's power of chaos. The blade is thereafter used to perform the final decisive blow on Ashera, effectively freeing the rest of Tellius from her harsh judgment.
A weaker, although still potent, Ragnell manifests in Awakening. Making its first formal appearance in Paralogue 23, this version of Ragnell is wielded by a Hero named Priam, claiming to be the descendant of Ike. The ensuing skirmish that he wages with Chrom's troops sees him primarily wielding the blade as his weapon of choice, one that enhances the formidable nature of his battle prowess.
Of note is the fact that this version of Ragnell is lined with numerous small cracks, with its blade taking on a significantly paler appearance. This could possibly be attributed to the fact that the blessings that gave the sword its power have weakened over time, one that may be further evidenced by its limited durability, significantly deviating from its initial reputation as an unbreakable weapon. When employed in a ranged attack, Ragnell is, in a manner reminiscent of how a Javelin-type weapon is primarily used, flung at foes.
|Ragnell||Sword||Prf||Infinite||18||80%||5%||1-2||20||2||-||Ike only; Negates non-Wrath criticals*. Confers a bonus of Defense+5 to its wielder.|
*Only in Path of Radiance.
|Ragnell||Sword||A||25*||15||70%||0%||1-2||?||-||Bestows a bonus of Defense+5 to its wielder.|
*-Infinite usage on Enemy Priam in Paralogue 23.
|Event||Ch. 27-2 - Prior to the start of the battle that Ike wages with the Black Knight in Castle Nados.|
|Event||Part 3: Ch. 11 - During the interim before the player is granted access to the Camp menu.|
|Treasure||Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.|
In Arthurian legend, Dame Ragnell (or Ragnelle) was a hideously ugly woman whom Sir Gawain was forced to marry, the result of her knowing the answer to the riddle "What do women most desire?". To this end, the riddle was one that was particularly vital to Gawain, either because he had killed a woman (raped in the Canterbury Tales) and would be put to death himself if he could not answer said riddle, or because someone had challenged King Arthur to solve the riddle, compelling Gawain to be honour-bound to discovering the answer for his liege. In accordance to the latter version of the tale, in return for marrying Gawain, Ragnell divulged the riddle's answer to the King, where she revealed that what women wanted most is their own way. On the night of the wedding, Ragnell revealed that she was a young woman under a spell, and presented Gawain with two choices: Either she became old and ugly at night and beautiful during the day, or vice versa. Gawain, remembering the answer to the riddle, ceded the authority of selecting amongst the choices to Ragnell. This essentially broke the spell, allowing Ragnell to revert to her original beautiful form.  This is a reinterpretation of Chaucer's "The Wife of Bath's Tale" from "The Canterbury Tales".
- In Awakening, Ragnell is observed to possess unlimited uses when initially wielded by Priam while he is hostile against Chrom's army. When he is successfully recruited, however, the sword transforms into one with limited durability, compelling the player to only use it sparingly.