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The Helswath (スワンチカ Suwanchika, Swanchika in the Japanese version) is a holy Axe from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. This axe was once wielded by Neir the Crusader, bestowed upon him by an unidentified Divine Dragon during the Miracle of Darna. The Helswath is the property of Neir's descendants, who are the heirs to the dukedom of Dozel.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Helswath grants its wielder bonuses of +20 Defense and +10 Resistance. This axe may only be wielded by users possessing major Neir holy blood, with the only characters fulfilling this criteria being Langobalt, Burian and Danan. The axe is always wielded by an enemy unit and is unobtainable.

The Helswath reappears in Fire Emblem Awakening, where it is wielded by Tigris in Chapter 22. Much like the other Crusaders' Holy Weapons, Helswath's power has greatly waned over the millennia, and its blood link along with it. It is also, for the first time, an obtainable weapon for the player.


The Helswath makes its first appearance in Chapter 5 of Genealogy of the Holy War, where it is wielded by Langobalt, who falls to Sigurd's army in the attempt to defend Lubeck Castle.

The Helswath later appears in the Final Chapter, where it is observed to have been inherited by Burian, the oldest grandson of Langobalt. Leading the charge against Seliph's army after Edda Castle is conquered with the Grauen Ritter Brigade, Burian eventually falls in the attempt. The whereabouts of the Helswath following Burian's death is unknown.

After a 3,000 year absence, the Helswath reappears alongside Balmung, Yewfelle, Gungnir and Valflame in the hands of the Deadlords, whom had been summoned by Aversa in Chapter 22 in Awakening. However, it is unknown as to how the Grimleal managed to obtain them in the first place.

Weapon StatsEdit

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Name Type

Swanchika Helswath

FE4 Axe Axe

Rank Uses Mt Hit Rng Wt Worth
FE4 Star Rank (Weapons)* 50 30 70% 1-2 20 50,000

Grants its user bonuses of +20 Defense and +10 Resistance.

*Holy Blood Requirement: Neir Holy BloodNeirMajor Holy Blood Indicator

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

Name Type

Helswath FE13 Helswath

AxeIconFE13 Axe

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng WEx Worth
A 25 18 60% 10% 1-2  ? 0

Grants its user a bonus of +5 Defense.

Item LocationsEdit

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

Method Location
Dropped Tigris (Ch. 22)
Treasure Xeno. 15 - Random from Chest.


  • The Helswath is wielded by Cherche in her promotional artwork and her Cipher TCH artwork.


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