The Wyvern (飛竜 Hiryū, lit. Flying Dragon) is both a race and a class of Dragons that appears across the Fire Emblem Series. An uncommon type of dragon, Wyverns, much like Fire Dragons, expel Fire Breath to damage their foes. Wyverns are also a common flying mount that is employed by classes like the Wyvern Rider and Wyvern Lord.
History in the SeriesEdit
As a MountEdit
After Mystery of the Emblem, true Wyverns are largely replaced by a similar more dragon-like wyvern mount that possess four legs and wings. True Wyverns do appear as the mounts ridden by the Dragon Rider class that appears in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, alongside the Wyvern Knight class exclusive to The Sacred Stones. Wyverns later reappear as the only dragon mount in Awakening and Fates.
In the remakes of the Archanea Series, all Wyvern Riders straddle the four-legged variation of the Wyvern mount, making the difference between feral and tame wyverns much more apparent. Feral Wyverns are also distinguishable by the purple colour scheme that they adopt, as opposed to the mounts' green-coloured scales.
As a ClassEdit
In Mystery of the Emblem, feral Wyverns make their appearance for the first time in the series, where they attack their foes with Fire Breath. Although the Wyvern class is not closely intertwined with the Manakete class, Manaketes can still transform into Wyverns with the use of Wyvernstones, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Wyvern Tribe.
In the remake of Mystery of the Emblem, only feral Wyverns employ a separate Fire Breath weapon as their means to attack, while Manaketes directly use Wyvernstones as weapons instead. As before, any Manakete can transform into a Wyvern with the use of a Wyvernstone, regardless of whether or not they are members of the Wyvern Tribe.
In Mystery of the Emblem, Wyverns were once a proud tribe of dragons, taking up residence in Dolhr. Like the other Dragon tribes, the Wyverns were heavily impacted by a plague of degeneration that caused them to lose their sanity and turn feral. The impact of the plague was particularly pronounced amongst the members of the Wyvern Tribe, as in-game events depict the tribe as one that is devoid of any Manakete survivors, perpetually composed entirely of hostile, feral dragons.
Both classes that use the Wyvern mount and the Wyvern class itself, like most other Flying Units, are vulnerable to Bows and Wind Magic. This is altered in Radiant Dawn, where they are shed their vulnerability to Bows and are weak to Thunder Magic. Both types of classes also commonly have a weakness to dragon-slaying weapons such as the Wyrmslayer, the Book of Naga from Awakening and the Legendary Weapons of Elibe. In Awakening, Manaketes also inflict effective damage against Wyverns if they are equipped with the Wyrmsbane skill.
Unlike the other types of Dragons that appear in the series, Wyverns have no arms, and their wings extend from where their torsos. When making contact with land, Wyverns are observed to rest on their hind legs.
The later and more common iterations of dragon mounts, also referred to as Wyverns in the English versions until Radiant Dawn, are introduced to the series in Genealogy of the Holy War as the mounts for the Dracoknight class and its promoted form. These Wyverns possess wings that protrude from their backs, alongside a pair of arms and legs. Like Wyverns until The Sacred Stones and Shin Monshō no Nazo, these mounts are referred to as dragons in the Japanese versions, but are renamed to "wyverns" in the English translation of Rekka no Ken to avoid confusion with the dragons who fought in The Scouring.
Classes that use Traditional Wyvern MountsEdit
- Wyvern Rider (In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, and Fates)
- Wyvern Lord (In Awakening and Fates)
- Dragon Rider
- Wyvern Knight
- Malig Knight
Classes that use Four-Legged Wyvern MountsEdit
- According to a support conversation shared between Cormag and Tana in The Sacred Stones, Wyverns are known to emit piercing shrieks as a means of communication.
- Although it is never seen in-game, support conversations shared between Cherche and Nowi reveal that the wyvern mounts used in Awakening are able to breathe fire.
- In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, wild Wyverns attack with Wind blown from their wings. There is also a Lightning-breathing variant.
- Wyvern owners are known to give names to their mounts as a sign of affection. Below is a list of names that have been given to Wyverns across the series: