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FESK Elthunder.png
Artwork of Elthunder from Genealogy of the Holy War.

Powerful lightning magic.


Tome (Thunder)

First game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Elthunder (Japanese: エルサンダー Elthunder) is a thunder tome which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, appearing only in games which feature the three separate anima magic types of fire, thunder and wind. It acts as the second "stage" of the hierarchy of thunder magic, as a counterpart to Elfire and Elwind; it is superior to the basic Thunder tome but requires a higher weapon rank to use, and in turn it is surpassed by the more advanced and powerful Arcthunder and Thoron tomes.


Game Icon Rank Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 elthunder.png SNESRankThunder.png B 14 7 80 -- 1-2 50 5,000 -- --
Path of Radiance Is gcn elthunder.png GCNRankThunder.gif D 7 6 75 10 1-2 30 1,950 2 Deals effective damage to dragon units.
Radiant Dawn Is wii elthunder.png WiiRankThunder.png C 5 6 75 10 1-2 35 1,470 2 Deals effective damage to dragon units.
Awakening Is 3ds elthunder.png 3DSRankTome.png D 6 -- 75 5 1-2 35 1,050 2 --


Genealogy of the Holy War

Inventory Second Generation: Teeny

Path of Radiance

Inventory CalillIlyana
Armory Chapters 11, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, Endgame

Radiant Dawn

Inventory BastianIlyana
Armory Part 1: Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, Endgame

Part 2: Chapters 3, Endgame
Part 3: Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Endgame
Part 4: Prologue, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Endgame

Bargains Part 1: Chapter 5


Inventory Tharja*
Armory Carrion IsleDesert Oasis
Border PassBreakneck PassThe Farfort

Other appearances

Robin casting Elthunder in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

This article or section is a short summary of Elthunder.
SmashWiki features a more in-depth article.

Elthunder is part of Robin's neutral special move, Thunder, in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. When charged up for certain periods of time, it will become a stronger thunder spell when released. Elthunder is the second charging stage, achieved when charged up long enough for the electric aura surrounding Robin to turn yellow: it behaves as a slower, more powerful version of Thunder, sending a ball of lightning forward which inflicts 9% damage.

Elthunder's functionality and power is altered slightly when cast through Robin's alternate neutral special moves: Thunder+'s Elthunder has greater knockback, while Speed Thunder's Elthunder is smaller and travels the width of the Final Destination stage. As per Robin's durability mechanic, a successful Elthunder consumes 3 durability points (or 2.5 if the alternate special move is Thunder+).




Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Elthunder From "El", a prefix used by the Fire Emblem series to represent a higher second tier of magic + "thunder".
Japanese エルサンダー Elthunder
Spanish Elthunder As above.
French Eclairs Lightning (plural)
German Elfendonner From Elfen, the German version's equivalent prefix + donner, "thunder".
Italian Tuono d'elfo From tuono, "thunder", + d'elfo, "elfin", the Italian version's equivalent to the "El" prefix.
Russian Эльгроза Elthunder; only in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in Russian.


See also

Anima magic
Fire magic Thunder magic Wind magic Unclassified tomes
Basic tomes ArcfireBolganoneElfireFire ArcthunderElthunderThoronThunder ArcwindElwindTornadoWind ElfireFimbulvetrFireThunder
Long-range tomes Meteor Bolting Blizzard Bolting
Regalia and personal tomes CymbelineRexflameValflame Dime ThunderMjölnirRexbolt ForsetiGrafcaliburRexcalibur ExcaliburForblaze
Tomes with secondary effects --- --- --- Aircalibur
Others Fire Tail Thunder Tail VortexWind Tail ---
Basic tomes ArcfireArcthunderBlizzardBolganoneDying BlazeElfireElthunderEmberFireFimbulvetrGinnungagapHellfireKatarina's BoltMjölnirRagnarokSleetSwarmThoronThunder
Long-range tomes MeteorSwarm
Tomes with secondary effects ArcwindCelica's GaleDisrobing GaleDulamElwindGlowerIago's TomeLightningMicaiah's PyreMoonlightNosferatuOdin's GrimoireRazorRexcaliburRobin's PrimerShaverSpeed ThunderSuperior JoltWilderwindWind
Regalia and personal tomes AuraBook of NagaBrynhildrExcaliburForsetiImhulluMissiletainnMjölnirStarlightValflame