“Alm, you're our leader, aren'tcha? Of course we're not gonna let you go alone. Let's go take back Zofia's castle together.”
—Tobin to Alm in Gaiden.
Tobin (ロビン, Robin in the Japanese version; translated as Bird in some fan translations) is a playable character from Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He is a Villager from Ram Village. He joins the Zofia Liberation Army. After the war, he joined the knighthood of Valentia and sought Clair's hand in marriage, only to lose to his friend Grey.
Talk to him before you leave Ram Village.
Of Alm's 3 Villager friends, Tobin is the weakest, as he suffers from critical flaws that inhibit him from any form of consistency. No matter what path you set him on, he winds up weaker than other characters of that same class. Tobin's entire problem is that he excels in the two supportive, secondary stats (Skill and Luck) at the cost of having low stats in the primary stats (Speed and Strength). A character needs to be at least decent in Speed and Strength in order for Skill and Luck to really matter. It does not matter how accurate a character is or how likely they are to land a Critical hit if their attacks cannot do much damage or Double Attack. Additionally, having terrible Speed and Defense growth makes him one of the most vulnerable units in the game, meaning not only will he be unable to inflict much damage, but he is also an easy target.
If you intend to use Tobin, he will likely do best as an Archer, where his low growths and starting stats will present fewer problems. Archers in Gaiden have an amazing attack range of 3 without a weapon equipped and 5 with a weapon equipped. This allows Tobin to be useful to the team without really putting himself in harm's way or becoming a liability. Other promotions simply leave him too fragile to fulfill his role well. Though it also may be a good idea to simply let Tobin die or leave him in the back in each map in order to spread Experience to other more potent units.
As one of the knights of the kingdom, he works towards the restoration of Valentia.
“Alm, I believe in you, man...”
—Tobin's death quote in Gaiden.
- Tobin's redesign in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia gives him brown hair instead of purple, its color in Gaiden.