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“You shall not bar my path!”
—Zephiel in Binding Blade.

Zephiel (ゼフィール, Zefiiru, called Zefhyr in the Japanese versions) is the main antagonist of Fire Emblem: Binding Blade and a minor non-playable character in its prequel Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken.


Fire Emblem: Rekka no KenEdit

Zephiel is the heir to the Bern throne, and the son of Queen Hellene. Zephiel is a very gifted child, and it is obvious that he will become a fine ruler of Bern. However, his spiteful and paranoid father, King Desmond, tries to stop him from taking the throne, wanting his favored daughter Guinivere's future husband to rule instead. Despite this, Zephiel and his half-sister, Guinivere, love each other dearly, but Desmond also wants to bring an end to their contact, starting with the order of killing a baby fox that Zephiel captured and gave to Guinivere as a pet.

During the game, Zephiel is almost murdered by Jaffar and Nino. However, Nino overhears his prayer asking for his family to live in happiness and that he can be accepted by his father. She relates with him due to her own struggles to be accepted by Sonia, whom she believes to be her mother. She thus refuses to kill him. Jaffar, who feels compassion towards Nino due to her saving him in the chapter "Four-Fanged Offense", disregards his orders and the two of them attempt to flee, leaving the prince only unconscious. Eliwood, Hector, and Lyn ultimately rescue Zephiel from Black Fang troops led by Ursula.

Fire Emblem: Binding BladeEdit

Zephiel, now king of Bern, is the main villain of Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. In this title, Zephiel's sanity is slipping away from him, and he seeks to rid the land of Elibe of humanity by allying himself with dragons, believing they would not repeat humanity's mistakes.

Many years after the events of Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken, Desmond attempted a second assassination by handing his son a goblet of poisoned wine; Zephiel took it under the belief that his father had finally accepted him. Zephiel fell ill from the poison, but did not die. However, with the help of his close ally Murdock, he stayed in hiding and had a false funeral arranged. When Desmond stepped up to the casket to view Zephiel's body at the funeral, Zephiel, now in a lust for revenge, rose and stabbed his father to death.

A few days later, Zephiel used the Fire Emblem to awaken the Demon Dragon Idenn. Shortly afterwards, the dragon Jahn sends an illusion of himself to confront Zephiel about his motives, and when it is revealed that they have similar goals, the two started working together. After this, Zephiel ordered his army to take over the continent of Elibe...

The nomad and myrmidon kingdom of Sacae was attacked by a force led by Brunnya and the first to fall. Next was the mercenary and pegasus knight kingdom of Ilia, with the Bern forces led by Murdock. Then he personally led the attack on the Lycia Alliance and fatally wounded the marquess of Ostia, Hector, who'd die in Roy's arms.

Zephiel later forged an alliance with the Kingdom of Etruria, and caused a rebellion there; he personally went to an attack himself with Flaer, Narcian, and Perceval, and knocked out Cecilia after she questioned him. When he left, and the Lycian army was noticed, Narcian left Flaer to command, and he was killed by Roy. Later, in chapter 22, Zephiel sends Brunnya with Idenn to the Dragon Temple to complete his plan and later faces Roy, who manages to defeat him.

He can be unlocked as a playable character in the trial maps after the game is completed 7 times.

Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiEdit

Zephiel makes his first appearance in person in Volume 6 after defeating Cecilia, where he engages Al in a duel. Al is nearly defeated, until he touches the Fire Emblem and promotes to a Dragon Lord, and nearly defeats Zephiel until the Fire Emblem leaves his possession. After the battle Zephiel regains the Fire Emblem and figures out that Al is the son of Hartmut and Militha, a Dragon, who, along with Al, was sealed by Hartmut to hide that fact. Zephiel later appears at the final battle with Roy. This battle is slightly different, as Zephiel starts with the Eckesachs and Sword of Seals, which he uses to seal Al again. Al then partially escapes and distracts Zephiel enough for Roy to get the Sword of Seals and kill him.

Several times in the manga, Guinivere remembers Zephiel as a kind-hearted boy, and even remembers a scene that took place in Rekka no Ken, when Zephiel gave her a baby fox.


Zephiel started out as an idealistic and talented youth wanting nothing more than his parents to reconcile and peace in the world.

Zephiel would later become twisted from his father's abuse and his mother's unintentional abuse of him. It is said by Guinivere that Zephiel was never the same after his father's attempted poisoning of him and subsequent death by Zephiel.

“All I knew is that after our father died, Zephiel never smiled again. Until then, he was strict at times, but he was always a kind and loving brother to me. So...".”
—Guinivere talking about Zephiel's trauma.

In GameEdit

Fire Emblem: Rekka no KenEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
FE7prince Prince N/A
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
11 20 7 7 8 5 8 13 7  ?
Weapon Starting Items
Sword Sword - A SilverswordSilver Sword

Fire Emblem: Binding BladeEdit

Base StatsEdit

Starting Class Affinity
King King N/A
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
20 70 24 20 14 15 22 24 17 5
Weapon Starting Items
Sword Sword Eckesachs Eckesachs
Herocrest Hero Crest

Starting Class Affinity
King King N/A
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
20 71 24 20 14 15 22 24 17 5
Weapon Starting Items
Sword Sword Eckesachs Eckesachs
Herocrest Hero Crest

Starting Class Affinity
King (Ally) King N/A
Level HP Str Skl Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov
20 60 24 20 14 15 22 24 17 5
Weapon Starting Items
Sword Sword - S Eckesachs Eckesachs

Growth RatesEdit

HP S/M Skl Spd Lck Def Res
85% 50% 10% 10% 30% 10% 5%

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit


Starting Class
FE13 NPC Generic General Map SpriteGeneral
Level HP Str Mag Skl Spd Lck Def Res Mov
20 75 41 12 34 35 23 41+2 33 5
Skill(s) Weapon Starting Items
Defense +2Defense +2
IndoorBattleIndoor Fighter
DefenseCryRally Defense
Great Shield (FE13)Pavise
LanceIconFE13Lance - A
AxeIconFE13Axe - B
Spear FE13Spear*

*Enemy only, joins unequipped

Musical ThemesEdit

Zephiel's battle theme is called Battle for Whose Sake and plays whenever he enters battle in Binding Blade. His event theme is The Kingdom of Bern, which is exclusive to him in Binding Blade, but would be made the theme of Bern as a whole in Rekka no Ken.

Death QuotesEdit

“...So you have defeated me... But remember... My will shall never die... As long as humans retain control, madness will persist...”
—Zephiel's death quote in Binding Blade.

—Zephiel's death quote in Rekka no Ken.


  • On the official Japanese website for Nintendo, Zephiel won 29th place out of 80 in the character popularity poll for Fire Emblem: Binding Blade. The male-female vote ratio is 5:1. The voter comments seem to generally focus on him being a powerful antagonist the player must face and his traumatic backstory.
  • Like many characters in Fire Emblem: Binding Blade, Zephiel seems to be a revisitation of a character from Akaneia, in this case Book 2 Hardin. Both start out as wise and benevolent allies to the protagonist who seem to have a bright future ahead as a ruler, yet turn out to be brutal tyrants because they were unloved (Hardin by his wife, Zephiel by his father), their loved ones even fooling them at one point (Nyna by proposing to Hardin due to Boah's advice and Desmond pretending to reconcile with Zephiel before his murder attempt). Hardin and Zephiel both seem to be the same age (Late 20s or early 30s) when encountered as bosses, are connected to the Nyna Archetype, have the same gold streak in their armor, are in the game's best class, Zephiel even had glowing red eyes in some pictures like corrupted Hardin, and both finally die in a chapter with hordes of Hero reinforcements. Additionally, they both wield Legendary Weapons that at least appear to be Lances and are closely associated with their kingdom (Gradivus, one of house Akaneia's Three Regalia and Eckesachs, a blade that can only be wielded by Bern's King)
    • However, there are prominent differences; Even in death Zephiel was steadfast in his belief that humans would lead themselves to ruin, while Hardin returned to his old self before dying. Hardin has a connection to Marth, the main character of his respective game, while Zephiel's connections are to Eliwood, the father of the main character of his respective game, and Hardin uses Lances while Zephiel prefers swords (Although Eckesachs does appear to be a Gradivus-like lance before mechanically morphing into a sword)
  • Zephiel is shown in Hasha no Tsurugi [1] as having the Anima affinity, unlike the game showing no affinity.


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