“That technique is called Dragon Saint. It's been passed down in our clan for centuries, ever since we lived in the Zoa Valley. It's what sets our swordsmanship a step above the rest of the world's. Any child of mine would be able to do it.”
—Yoda, in a conversation with Julia
Thirty-five years prior to the game's events, Yoda became the leader of the oppressed Zoans on Il Island and revolted against Reeve. He and his swordsman defeated most of the soldiers from Reeve who came to stop them. However, he and the Zoans under his command were eventually taken into custody by Duke Glamdr of Razelia and Admiral Vals of Granada. After Glamdr and Vals pleaded to the king of Reeve to grant freedom to the Zoans on Il, Yoda befriended both of them. He later adopted Shigen, whom he raised alongside his biological daughter, Julia. When Shigen asked him about the identities of his birth parents, Yoda bluntly revealed that both of them are servants of Gerxel.
Yoda is introduced when Holmes's army arrives on Il Island. If Julia is in the army, he teaches the Dragon Saint skill to her after besting her in a duel. Afterwards, he decides to travel with Holmes due to the return of peace on the island.
Automatically from the start of Map 31.
Yoda begins at a functionally capped level with stats that match it. While none of his stats are capped, Yoda is formidable in a fight with abilities that are decent in all places. When compared to Vega, Shigen and Julia, Yoda is likely to be outclassed by them in their specialties. His decent stats are coupled by one of the best skillsets in the game, allowing him to survive the harder late-game maps and dominate end-game foes. Yoda is definitely a recommended unit and serves well as another Swordmaster on the player's team. On a side note, there is an item that can give Yoda an extra 10 levels to gain, but it is not worth it since his growths are not strong enough to push up his stats much, if at all.
“Guh... I'm really... such a fool...”
—Yoda's death quote on Runan's route
“Hah... I'm really... such a fool...”
—Yoda's death quote on Holmes's route