“Kamui, Leo, don't slip up!! If Dahha is defeated, his henchmen should all run away. There! Bring down Dahha!!”
—Valbar in Chapter 2 on the opening in Pirate's Fortress
Valbar (バルボ Barubo, translated Valbo in the Japanese version and Baro in the fan translations) is a playable character in Fire Emblem Gaiden. He is an Armor Knight who, with his sworn Brother Leo and Kamui the mercenary, fight against Dahha, a pirate boss who killed his family. Celica's party lands in the middle of their fight, so Valbar's party and Celica's party team up to beat Dahha. When the battle ends, his party joins Celica's party. After the war, he trains the young soldiers of the Kingdom of Valentia at Alm's request.
In Chapter 2, if he survived the battle at the Pirate's Fortress, talk to him within the fortress.
Valbar is an above average unit, and he fills an important role in Celica's route when you obtain him. Early in Celica's route, Savor will act as your tank to block off choke points since the rest of her party is filled with Mages. When you obtain Valbar, he takes over Savor's role and does a better job since the Armor class provides far superior base Defense, Strength, and HP when compared to the Mercenary class.
For a Soldier/Armor, Valbar's growths are actually quite good compared to Ruka and Fols, as he winds up as a balanced Armor. He will prove useful as a tank for Celica's route, as her party is Mage and Mercenary heavy, but will have sometimes have trouble on the offensive unit due to his low Move, no one in Celica's group learns the Warp skill. Thus it is recommended to have the enemies come to Valbar instead, or to eventually send Valbar to Alm's party. Valbar will do well in desert maps, such as on the route to Geyse as all non flying units will be reduced to one movement, making his movement the same as the rest of the army.
Lance - B
*Enemy only, joins unequipped
On Alm's request, he instructs young soldiers in the ways of war.
“I have lived my life without regrets...”
—Valbar's death quote in Gaiden
Recruitment Conversation inside the Pirates' FortressEdit
“Sorry 'bout that. You helped us out there. Ahh, I owe ya one now. Wherever you go, I'll go along with. I look forward to it!”
—Recruitment Conversation in Gaiden
- Like with many characters in Gaiden, his appearance varies in official art. Valbar has red armor and brown hair in the game. On the game's cover and manual, Valbar's hair is silver-blue, and he wears gold armor. In The Complete he has red armor and has blonde hair.