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FESK Ares 01.png
Artwork of Ares from Genealogy of the Holy War.





Born: Grann 757, Agustria
approx. 20 (Genealogy of the Holy War)


Grahnye (mother)
Eldigan (father)
Delmud (cousin)
Nanna (cousin)
Lachesis (aunt)
Finn (uncle)


Ares the Black Knight
Prince of Nordion
King of Agustria

Starting class

Cavalier (Genealogy of the Holy War)
Dark Knight (Awakening)

Who of you doesn't recognise this sword? I must warn you: the Mystletainn craves blood! So, who wants to be its first victim?
— Ares, to Bramsel

Ares (アレス Aless) is the son and heir of Eldigan the Lionheart of the Agustrian state of Nordion, a full-blooded descendant of the Crusader Hezul, and the inheritor of the Demon Sword Mystletainn. As an infant, after he and his mother Grahnye fled to Leonster in the wake of Agustrian civil war and the execution of his father, he was orphaned following Leonster's fall and adopted by the mercenary Jabarro[1]. As he aged he became a mercenary himself working for Jabarro's group, and developed a reputation as the "Black Knight". Eventually on a job in Darna in Grann 777, he left Jabarro's service and allied with Seliph in his revolution against the Grannvale Empire.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


While on deployment in Darna with Jabarro's force in the employ of Bramsel, he received word of the approach of the Isaach liberation army under Seliph. He remarked his eagerness to confront the son of Sigurd, his father's "sworn enemy", to Leen*, whom he had befriended while at Darna. He stopped Bramsel from attempting to sexually assault Leen, threatening him with the Mystletainn and causing him to back down. After the fall of Fort Melgln, Ares was sent out with Jabarro's army to attack Seliph's army before they could come for Darna; shortly afterward, he swore to cut ties with Jabarro after Jabarro told him to leave Leen to her inevitable fate at Bramsel's hands.

Ares then encountered Seliph on the battlefield and revealed to him the claim of Sigurd's role as Eldigan's mortal enemy, and was met by Seliph's claim of Eldigan and Sigurd being close friends. Shocked at the possibility of his worldview being wrong, he chose to temporarily ally with Seliph until he could straighten out the reality of the situation. He soon received confirmation of this from his cousin Nanna, who presented him with a letter from Eldigan himself addressed directly to Ares, which she had inherited from her mother and Eldigan's sister Lachesis.[2]

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait ares fe04.png
Level 7
Holy Blood SNESHolyBloodHezul.gif
Movement 8
Recruitment: Chapter 7, enemy, talk with Seliph.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is snes02 mystletainn.png Mystletainn
Is snes02 iron lance.png Iron Lance
3,000 Gold
Is snes02 follow-up.png Follow-Up
Is snes02 adept.png Adept
Is snes02 vantage.png Vantage
Weapon Levels
SNESRankSword.png SNESRankLance.png C SNESRankAxe.png -- SNESRankBow.png -- SNESRankStaff.png --
SNESRankFire.png -- SNESRankThunder.png -- SNESRankWind.png -- SNESRankLight.png -- SNESRankDark.png --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Luck Def Res Move Weapon level
Paladin +0 +2 +5 +3 +3 +0 +3 +5 +1 SNESRankLance.png B

Fire Emblem Awakening

Ares is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the Genealogy of the Holy War second-generation character set. He is also present as an enemy in the first and third installments of the Lost Bloodlines DLC series as well as all three installments of Rogues & Redeemers.

Starting stats and growth rates

Small portrait spotpass ares fe13.png
Dark Knight
Level 18
Movement 8
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire him for 16,800 G or defeat him in a skirmish.

Stats Growth Rates Stat Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Is 3ds mystletainn.png Mystletainn* Is 3ds hex.png Hex
Is 3ds01 anathema.png Anathema
Is 3ds slow burn.png Slow Burn
Is 3ds lifetaker.png Lifetaker
Is 3ds vengeance.png Vengeance
Weapon Levels
3DSRankSword.png A 3DSRankLance.png -- 3DSRankAxe.png --
3DSRankBow.png -- 3DSRankTome.png D 3DSRankStaff.png --

Reclassing options

Small portrait spotpass ares fe13.png
Base classes:*
Dark Mage Sorcerer
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 most bonus units are unknown at this time.

Promotion stat gains

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

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

Skill set

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

Personality and character

Love growths and events

Genealogy of the Holy War

Portrait ares fe04.png
Ma snes02 priest female playable.gif Ma snes02 priest female playable.gif
Initial: 100
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 myrmidon female playable.gif Ma snes02 myrmidon female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 shaman playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:0
Ma snes02 pegasus knight playable.gif Ma snes02 pegasus knight playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 thief female playable.gif Ma snes02 thief female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 thief female playable.gif Ma snes02 thief female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 troubadour playable.gif Ma snes02 troubadour playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:2
Ma snes02 dancer playable.gif Ma snes02 dancer playable.gif
Initial: 300
Per turn:1
Ma snes02 mage female playable.gif Ma snes02 thunder mage female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:3
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
Ma snes02 mage female playable.gif Ma snes02 thunder mage female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:3
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints11}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints12}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints13}}}
Per turn:+
Initial: {{{initialpoints14}}}
Per turn:+
Click here for more details on the love system.


Genealogy of the Holy War

After its civil war, Agustria was annexed by Grannvale and was under the supervision of a strict and despotic administration.
And so, the establishment of a new united nation was the wish of everyone, and that wish was entrusted to Eldigan the Lionheart’s Royal House of Nordion.
The people welcomed Ares’ return to the country with wild enthusiasm, as they saw in Ares the likeness of King Eldigan in his prime.
Ares returned to the country along with, among others,
His sweetheart, <wife>,
The knight Delmud/Tristan,
And together with them, he devoted himself with all his strength to the reconstruction of an united Agustria.
Before long, under the reign of King Ares, Agustria, as Grannvale’s most influent partner, will have an unprecedented development.


Battle quotes

You disgust me. I hate to say it, but you're going to die.
— Ares, when fighting Jabarro in Chapter 7 of Genealogy of the Holy War.
I am the black knight, Ares. Fight now, or flee!
— Ares, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
What obnoxious patter is this? Do you want me to swat you, fly?
— Ares against Cynthia, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
You think to walk away from this? Amusing.
— Ares, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Death quote

T-this cannnot be... How could I lose...
— Ares, as a playable character in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Are all your kind... such titans on the battlefield?
— Ares, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 1 in Awakening.
You didn't...look that tough...
— Ares, as an enemy in Lost Bloodlines 3 in Awakening.

Other appearances



Ma snes02 cavalier playable.gif Sprite Gallery Ma snes02 paladin playable.gif
Portrait ares fe04.png Cavalier
Bs fe04 ares cavalier lance.png
(Iron Lance)

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Ares As of Fire Emblem Awakening. From Ares, the Greek god of war; his counterpart in Roman mythology is Mars.
Aless Used in older versions of the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation.
Japanese アレス Officially romanized as Aless. Misromanization of "Ares", as above.
Spanish Ares As above.
French Ares As above.
German Ares As above.
Italian Ares As above.


  1. "Ares: My father knew Agustria was about to be engulfed in war. So he sent me and my frail mother to her parent's residence in Leonster. But I lost my dear mother to the flames of war during the empire's invasion of Lenster.
    Nanna: And that's when you went with Jabarro?
    Aless: Yeah, he took me in after that, and I traveled the world with his mercenary troops.
    " - Ares and Nanna, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  2. "Nanna: Ares, I have something for you.
    Ares: What... Is that from my father!?
    Nanna: Yes. My mother passed it on to me. It's addressed to you, Ares.
    Ares: ...!!
    Nanna: See... Sir Sigurd never once betrayed Lord Eldigan's trust. I'm sure they were good friends till the very end.
    Ares: Whoa... I've had it wrong all this time.
    " - Nanna and Ares, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  3. Supplement translation by AceNoctali; the ending and eplogue are not properly translated in any known English-language patch of the game and are nonfunctional.
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
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