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FERK Nergal.png
Artwork of Nergal from Blazing Sword.

An avaricious fiend who
turns death into power.








Aenir (wife)
Ninian (daughter)
Nils (son)

Starting class

Dark Druid


Fire Emblem
Fire Emblem Awakening

Death feeds me. Death pleases me. I am the essence I consume.
— Nergal to Eliwood

Nergal (Japanese: ネルガル, Nergal) was a sorceror and a former friend of the Archsage Athos. His studies with Athos in Arcadia led him to delve deep into the dark arts surrounding the use of the quintessence of living creatures.

Fire Emblem


Nergal is the primary antagonist of Fire Emblem, leading to the events of the game. He and Athos became friends and found themselves in Arcadia. Nergal found the dragon's research into Morphs and wished to use the knowledge for his own gain, after a conflict with the village elders and Athos, Nergal vanished. Hundreds of years later, he started creating Morphs and used them to seize control of the Black Fang assassin guild, using both to try to incite conflict on such a wide scale that it would generate large amounts of quintessence to facilitate his ultimate aim: to open the Dragon's Gate, seize the quintessence of a dragon, and gain unparalleled power. Though he succeeded in opening the Dragon's Gate and releasing several dragons, he was killed by Eliwood of Pherae and his army before he could execute his plan.

What Nergal never realizes is that his true goal behind opening the gate was to regain his children, he only questioned his desire for power in his dying moments.


Portrait nergal fe07.png
Dark Druid
Level 20
Affinity --
Max HP 75 Luck 20
Magic 30 Defense 28
Skill 18 Resistance 30
Speed 15 Constitution 10
Movement 6 Aid 6
Is gba ereshkigal.png Ereshkigal
Weapon Ranks
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif S GBARankLight.gif S GBARankDark.gif S GBARankStaff.gif S

Fire Emblem Awakening


Nergal is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the Fire Emblem character set. Nergal is also present as an enemy in the second and third installments of the Smash Brethren DLC series, as well as in the first and third installments of Rogues & Redeemers. Nergal also appears as an ally in Rogues & Redeemers 2.

Starting stats and growth rates

This section is missing stats or growth rates which may be currently unknown. When this information becomes available, please help improve the page by adding it.

Level 20
Movement 6
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire him for 20,000 G or defeat him in a battle.

Stats Growth Rates Stat Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Is 3ds goetia.png Goetia* Is 3ds hex.png Hex
Is 3ds anathema.png Anathema
Is 3ds vengeance.png Vengeance
Is 3ds tomebreaker.png Tomebreaker
Is 3ds lifetaker.png Lifetaker
Weapon Ranks
3DSRankSword.png -- 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png --
3DSRankBow.png -- 3DSRankTome.png A 3DSRankStaff.png --

Reclassing options

Base classes:*
Dark Mage Dark Knight
Reclass options:
This unit can reclass to any male class available through reclassing.
Click here for more details on the reclassing system.

Growth rates when reclassed

Growth rates for all SpotPass bonus units are unknown at this time.

Promotion stat gains

Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief Wyvern Rider

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Luck Def Res Con Move Weapon level
Sniper +4 +2 +1 +4 +3 +0 +5 +3 +0 +1 --
Bow Knight +8 +3 +0 +2 +4 +0 +1 +2 +0 +3 3DSRankSword.png E

Skill set

Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Nergal has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.

Death quote

Why? Why must I lose? Gaa... Not like this... I will not this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha... ha ha ha...
— Nergal's default quote
Why? Why must I lose? More power... I must be...stronger... I... Why? Why did I... want power? Gaa... Not like this... I will not this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha... ha ha ha...
— Nergal's death quote if two Kishuna chapters are visited and Kishuna is defeated
Why? Why must I lose? More power... I must be...stronger... I... Why? Why did I... want power? ......Quintessence*? ...Don't...under...stand... but... Gaa... Not like this... I will not this. With my last breath... tremble...and...despair. Hwah ha ha... Ha...ha ha ha...
— Nergal's death quote if all Kishuna chapters are visited and Kishuna is defeated

* This is a translation error, he is supposed to be asking about Aenir.

Battle quotes

So you're here, Eliwood. I thought losing Ninian might distract you. Have you forgotten her so quickly? How heartless.
— Against Eliwood in Eliwood's story.
So you've come, Hector of Ostia. Your existence itself was my greatest miscalculation. If it had only been Eliwood, this could have been over. So, my little miscalculation, I will erase you. And leave no trace remaining.
— Against Hector in Eliwood's story.
Did you know, Eliwood? What happened to your friend Hector? What he was thinking as he fought by your side?
— Against Eliwood in Hector's story.
I cannot understand you, Hector of Ostia. Why would you do all this for Eliwood? Is this miserable thing called friendship worth dying for?
— Against Hector in Hector's story.
Little girl from Sacae... You'd do well to vanish. One such as you is no match for me.
— Against Lyn.
Now, I see... You're Sonia's...
— Against Nino.
Hmph... It's you, Jaffar? Turning your sword against me, your master? Do you forget who raised you? You are worthless.
— Against Jaffar.
Heh heh... Athos... Take a good look at me! At my tremendous power!
— Against Athos.
Just an empty vessel... Isn't that what you wanted? You desired to bring back your dead friend. You were my experiment, and I completed my morph. I'm grateful, Renault. Thanks to you, I gained power.
— Against Renault.

Etymology and other languages



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