“Let's get a little dueling practice in. I want to move up to the front line! I doubt I'd learn a whole lot from you, but I'll do anything to avoid getting castle duty!”
—Dalvin to Tristan
Dalvin (ロドルバン Rodoruban, Roddlevan in the Japanese version) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. He is Creidne's brother and one of the initial members of the Liberation Army led by Seliph. He is the substitute character of Ulster if Ayra is not paired up.
Despite filling Ulster's role, he shares a unique conversation with Tristan if the latter waits adjacent to him after Melgen is seized. After declaring that he does not want to be on castle duty, Dalvin convinces Tristan to have dueling practice with him. This causes Dalvin to gain two points of strength and one point of skill and defense, while Tristan gains two points of strength and one point of speed and defense. This event can only occur if both of them are at Level 10 at the time.
|Starting Class||Holy Blood|
Sword - A
Like most other substitute characters, Dalvin will not be able to measure up to the character he substitutes for, Ulster. While statistically Dalvin will still fit the bill due to his excellent base stats and strong overall growths, he only comes with the Pursuit and Vantage skills. Ulster, on the other hand, will automatically come with Pursuit, Nihil, and Astra. Additionally, his father is likely to pass on even more skills (usually Charge, Critical, Luna, or Elite among Ayra's most common pairings). Dalvin simply cannot compare to a powerful offensive skill like Astra, regardless of Ulster's father, and Ayra's most common partners will put Ulster far above Dalvin in combat proficiency.
Compared strictly to other substitute units, Dalvin is actually excellent, particularly in regards to other substitutes obtained in Chapter 6. He has very strong bases, very appropriate and solid growths all around, and has Pursuit which many substitutes lack. Additionally, he comes with the Vantage skill, though this is generally of pretty dubious use to him. He also starts with an Iron Blade, which is a relatively decent weapon compared to other Chapter 6 substitutes, though it is still weak. If your second generation is made up entirely of substitute units, Dalvin and his sister, Creidne, will likely be among your stronger substitutes early on, though Seliph and Oifey will clearly outclass them.
One minor drawback for Dalvin and his sister is that they both promote to the Hero class rather than the Swordmaster class, which is almost strictly worse. Swordmasters gain the Adept skill and 3 more stat gains over Hero units, while Hero units gets 3 fewer stats and no skills. While Hero units gain 3 Magic upon Promotion which makes them slightly better at wielding Magic Swords, but this is a pretty negligible bonus when compared to Adept. Due to this, Dalvin's potential doesn't increase as substantially from promoting compared to other units that gain better weaponry or skills.
In all, Dalvin is still a solid substitute character due to his Pursuit skill and great stats, as he will double everything and hit hard even if he won't ever match the likes of characters like Shannan, Seliph, or Oifey.
In Chapter 6, if Dalvin talks to Creidne, Creidne will gain one point of luck.
In Chapter 7, after Melgen is captured, position Tristan to a spot adjacent to Dalvin if the both of them are below Level 10. This will result in a conversation, whereby Dalvin will gain two points of strength, one point of skill, and one point of defense, while Tristan will gain two points of strength, one point of speed, and one point of defense.
Original and replacement characters have the same love growths, unless stated otherwise.
- Julia: 0+0
- Altena: N/A
- Muirne: 0+2
- Creidne: -- (Not possible, since they are siblings)
- Jeanne: 0+2
- Hermina: 0+2
- Laylea: 0+2
- Daisy: 0+2
- Linda: 0+3
“W-what just happened...”
—Dalvin's death quote in Genealogy of the Holy War