“If the Lycia Alliance Army's leader would allow it, I want to go with you. I want to see the princess' beliefs that moved you so.”
— Zeiss speaking to Melady when being recruited

Zeiss (ツァイス Tsaisu) is a playable character from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is loyal Wyvern Rider of Bern and the younger brother of Melady. He is a subordinate of General Narcian. However, he is framed by Narcian for conspiring to give information to the Lycian army, but Galle helps him hide from the fraudulent claims. At first, he is shocked upon hearing that his sister has turned traitor, but he is convinced by Galle to talk things over with her before jumping to conclusions. Upon speaking to Melady, Zeiss is persuaded to switch sides. After the war, he helps Queen Guinivere rebuild Bern.

His wyvern is named Rubley.

In GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
80% 60% 50% 35% 20% 25% 5%

Promotion GainsEdit

Item Required Promoted Class
Elysianwhip Elysian Whip FE8 Wyvern Lord Map Sprite Wyvern Lord
Level HP Str Skl Spd Def Res Con Mov
1 +5 +2 +2 +2 +2 +1 +1 +1
Weapon Ranks
Sword E Lance +1


See also: Zeiss/Supports


Zeiss fits into the Est archetype. He starts out in a low level and quite low stats for a Wyvern Rider, since some of the player's units should be promoted by then (and those who aren't would most likely be near level 20). However, due to some of his high growth rates, he will turn out to be a powerful Wyvern Lord and even surpassing his older sister, Melady, in some stat areas (particularly in Hard Mode when he gets enormous stat bonuses). In particular, his strength and health growths are relatively high, so he should have little to no problem maxing these stats. However, like most Wyvern Riders and Lords, his luck and magic resistance suffers, so he is very susceptible to magic and high critical rates. He also has shaky speed even on Hard Mode, so his offense will not pick up for a while. Also, as with all fliers, he is vulnerable to bows, although this can be countered by giving him the Delphi Shield.

Overall, he is a good addition for your team if you are lacking aerial units or cavalry. Melady will usually prove to be better as she has superior speed and availability, but they can used in conjunction for supports and rescue chains.


Death QuoteEdit

“Melady... sister... I...”
—Zeiss's death quote in The Binding Blade.

Character EndingEdit

  • Zeiss - Black Lightning

Zeiss aided Guinevere to build the new Kingdom of Bern, and he took various leadership positions in the military. Although at first he suffered much criticism from siding with Etruria during the war, his loyalty coupled with Guinevere's assistance gradually earned him respect from his colleagues.


  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Zeiss won 15th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 1:2. The voter comments seem to generally focus on his strong personality and his relationships with Galle and Elen.


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