“I lived in a priory when I was a child, you know. Wearing the same drab habit… Praying day after day after day… Well. no thank you. I’m done with all that. If beautiful women don’t celebrate their beauty, the entire human race loses out. Don’t you agree?”
As a child, she lived in a monastery peacefully with her older sisters Marla and Hestia, as they were abandoned by their father Jedah at a priory when they were young. Although they found their new home constricting, the three got along well and helped each other get by. However, at some point in time, Jedah offered Sonya's sisters as live sacrifices to Duma in exchange for his trust. Escaping such fate with her sisters’ help, Sonya decided upon revenge and waited on her chance.
Later on, Sonya serves as a subordinate of Grieth alongside Deen, who keeps her in check and vice versa. Although she is aware of Grieth's cruelty, and hates him, she stands in Celica’s path, preventing her from crossing the desert. If Celica defeats Deen, Sonya retreats into Grieth's Citadel. After Grieth's death, she joins Celica's army, revealing that she thought that Grieth would get his just rewards eventually. Alternatively though, if she is battled instead of Deen, Sonya will die and Deen will join Celica's party.
Apparently burdened with an awful past that she hates to talk about, Sonya gives off a cool and unyielding personality and oozes womanly charm. However, internally, the feelings of hatred she hides are violent and tumultuous, and at the time when she faced off with Jedah, she fought against him as though venting her anger and fury.
In Shadows of Valentia, Sonya can develop a friendship with Genny where they bond over being left at a priory as children by their parents, and Sonya reminding Genny of her mother.
Sonya is the best Mage unit that can be recruited in Celica's route, and arguably the best Mage in the game. She starts with very strong stats for a level 5 Mage, and her overall growth is the highest of any Mage other than Celica. Her stats are split perfectly evenly, making it unlikely that she will have lopsided stats like Mae or Boey who are more oriented towards hard hitting single casts. Part of the reason Sonya is so good is that she has far and away the highest Speed of any Mage in the game, starting at 12, which most Mages likely will not reach even if fully leveled. She will end up above average for all stats when compared to other Mages, though her Luck and Defense are unimpressive in general.
Sonya also comes with one of the best spell sets in the game, losing out only to Celica. She has Angel for fighting monsters. She has Sagittae for raw damage (though the spell's Weight will likely ruin her chance to Double Attack), She has Excalibur, which has low Weight and allows her to utilize her high speed, as well as an innate 20% Critical rate to compound with her already high Skill/Critical rate. Lastly, she has Thunder which allows her a range of 3. Her spell list is versatile and nearly perfect, though she lacks Ragnarok and instead has Sagittae, which is what makes Celica's spell set slightly better. Also, upon Promotion to Priestess, she is given the ability to wield Swords, allowing her to become a formidable (if vulnerable) physical fighter on top of being a fearsome Mage.
One of the only downsides that Sonya has is that you must choose between her or Deen. While Sonya is the best unit of her class and Deen is the worst among all Mercenary units, Deen does come with a far more potent item in the Brave Sword (which in Gaiden acts more like a Killing Edge), while Sonya comes with a more generic Steel Shield. Sonya does have more versatility than Deen, but Deen edges her out in offensive potential. Sonya's Promotion allows her to double as a healer, while Deen Promotes to Dread Fighter, arguably the best class in the game. Ultimately, they are both quite good units.
Sonya is an excellent Mage, and her only real downside is that you must lose Deen to obtain her.
|Base Class(es)||Possible Promotion(s)|
*DLC class; access with the Altar of the Sorceress.
Personal Max StatsEdit
Sonya remains a strong mage like she was in Gaiden. However, the choice between her and Deen is less clear than in Gaiden. His improvements makes him a viable option, even though he would be the fourth Myrmidon unit in Celica's army. Sonya, on the other hand, is not as overly powerful when compared to Mae and Boey, especially the former.
Sonya received buffs to her stat growths, tending to favor Skill above all else, but still having a solid Attack stat and decent HP and Def growth. Due to her solid growths, she become a high crit unit, especially if she uses Excalibur. Sonya loses the ability to use Seraphim in her base, making her weaker when fighting Terrors unlike Mae and Celica. Instead, she gains Rewarp, allowing her to teleport herself to safety near an ally, and Entrap, pulling a wayward enemy near her.
- See also: Sonya/Supports
- Vengeful Mage
- A mage hired by Grieth. Cool but flamboyant. Vowed vengeance upon her father, Jedah. Appears in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
|Dark Excalibur||Rexcalibur||14||2||Grants +10 to damage when Special triggers.||400||-|
|Name||Prerequisite||Effects||Charge Cost||SP Cost||Default||Unlocked|
|New Moon||-||Resolves combat as if foe suffered Def/Res -30%.||3||100||-|
|Moonbow||New Moon||Resolves combat as if foe suffered Def/Res -30%.||2||200||-|
|Warding Blow 1||-||Grants Res +2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||50||-||A|
|Mirror Strike 1||Warding Blow 1 or Death Blow 1||Grants Atk/Res +2 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||120||-||A|
|Mirror Strike 2||Mirror Strike 1||Grants Atk/Res +4 during combat if unit initiates the attack.||240||A|
|Res Ploy 1||-||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -3 until the end of foe's next action.||60||-||C|
|Res Ploy 2||Res Ploy 1||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -4 until the end of foe's next action.||120||-||C|
|Res Ploy 3||Res Ploy 2||At start of turn, foes in cardinal directions with Res 1 or more lower than unit suffer Res -5 until the end of foe's next action.||240||C|
“My fate's come to an end too...”
—Sonya's death quote
Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit
- "Her two older sisters, Marla and Hestia, had been reborn as witches to be sacrificed to Duma…
Sonya would never forgive their father Jedah for making his three daughters into sacrifices."
Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit
- "Sonya's search for a cure for women turned into witches took her across the land. Her trail ended in a remote region, after which she was never seen again. Rumors fly, however, that shortly thereafter a new witch took up residence in Nuibaba's abode on Fear Mountain."
Sonya (Соня) is a feminine given name that is a Russian diminutive of Sofiya (София / Софія), which is the Russian, Ukrainian, and Bulgarian equivalent of the Greek name Sophia, meaning "wisdom".
- Sonya has a fondness of bitter and refined food and detests sweets, similar to Saizo in Fates.
- Sonya is the only female character in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia that dislikes sweet food, every other female being at least neutral to it.
- In the Japanese version of Shadows of Valentia, Sonya shares her voice actress, Rei Shimoda, with Gray when he was a child in the prologue.