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Portrait arete fe14.png
Portrait of Arete from Fire Emblem Fates.

Azura's mother. Once married to King Garon. Also has strong ties to Valla.






Unnamed King of Valla (first husband, deceased)
Garon (second husband)
Azura (daughter)
Mikoto (younger sister)
Corrin (nibling)
Sumeragi (brother-in-law)
Shigure (grandson)



Starting class


Voiced by

Kris Zimmerman-Salter
(English, Fates)
Yuka Keicho [1]
(Japanese, Fates)


Fire Emblem Fates

Arete (Japanese: シェンメイ Shenmei) was the former Queen of Nohr and Valla in Fire Emblem Fates.

Fire Emblem Fates


Arete died before the events of Fates. She was the mother of Azura.


Arete only appears in Revelation, and as an enemy to Corrin's forces. Her first appearance, albeit obscured, is in Chapter 7. The means of her appearance remains unexplained for a fair portion of the game, though it is eventually revealed that the Vallite king Anankos is able to enslave and command the dead, with Arete being one such servant.

Arete makes a total of three boss appearances, with her first boss appearance being in Chapter 18, still under an obscuring shadow. She flees after this encounter.

A while later she appears again in Chapter 22 in a forest of Valla. Arete reveals herself to Corrin and the army. Azura eventually sees that the mysterious woman they met earlier was her deceased mother. Arete battles them and escapes again after the battle.

Her last appearance is in Chapter 23, with a reanimated Scarlet in tow as a 'gift'. After the battle, Arete is finally dealt a mortal blow. During her dying moments she remembers who she was and who Azura is. Arete spends her final minutes in Azura's arms before she dissolves away, leaving the army to harden their resolve to take down Anankos.


Enemy - Revelation Chapter 18

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait arete vallite fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Ma 3ds02 strategist arete vallite enemy.gif Strategist
Level 7
Movement -
Max HP 37 Speed 17
Strength 0 Luck 18
Magic 20 Defense 9
Skill 16 Resistance 19+1
Inventory Skills
Rabbit SpiritThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Sun Festal
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls B Staves/Rods C Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --

Enemy - Revelation Chapter 22

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait arete fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Ma 3ds02 strategist arete vallite enemy.gif Strategist
Level 10
Movement -
Max HP 36 Speed 18
Strength 13 Luck 12
Magic 21+2 Defense 18
Skill 20 Resistance 23+1
Inventory Skills
Rabbit Spirit
Great Festal
Magic +2
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls B Staves/Rods A Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --

Enemy - Revelation Chapter 23

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait arete fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Ma 3ds02 strategist arete vallite enemy.gif Strategist
Level 12
Movement -
Max HP 41 Speed 18
Strength 14 Luck 10
Magic 24+2 Defense 19
Skill 21 Resistance 28
Inventory Skills
Magic +2
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls B Staves/Rods A Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --

Enemy - Hidden Truths 2

Small portrait arete vallite fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Ma 3ds02 strategist arete vallite enemy.gif Strategist
Level 12
Movement -
Max HP 40 Speed 18
Strength 13 Luck 0
Magic 21+2 Defense 18
Skill 19 Resistance 15
Inventory Skills
Magic +2
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls B Staves/Rods B Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --

Enemy - Heirs of Fate V

Normal Hard/Lunatic

Small portrait arete fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Ma 3ds02 strategist arete vallite enemy.gif Strategist
Level 11
Movement -
Max HP 40 Speed 18
Strength 15 Luck 8
Magic 22+2 Defense 19
Skill 20 Resistance 27
Inventory Skills
Master SealThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Magic +2
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls B Staves/Rods A Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --

Personality and character

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Battle quotes

On behalf of my king, I welcome you to our hidden kingdom.
— Arete, as the boss of Revelation Chapter 18.
Everything that I do, I do in the name of the great Anankos.
— Arete as the boss of Revelation Chapter 22
Arete: King Anankos will see you destroyed.
Azura: ...

— Arete, when fighting Azura in Revelation Chapter 22
I will not let you go any farther. If you try, I will kill you.
— Arete, as the boss of Revelation Chapter 23.
Arete: Why is it that looking at you gives me such an incredible headache?
Azura: I... Could it be...
Arete: No matter—killing you will make the pain go away. Prepare yourself for the next world.
Azura: After our last encounter, I readied myself for this moment. I knew that, if we met again, I might have to be the one to take you down.

— Arete, when fighting Azura in Revelation Chapter 23
You will die before ever sullying the almighty King Anankos's presence.
— Arete, as one of the bosses of V: Endless Dawn
Arete: It was good of you to come and meet your death firsthand. You've been quite the thorn in our side. You and your mother both. Not to mention a pain in my skull. Every time I lay eyes on you... Every time...
Shigure: If you don't understand why that is, then you are truly lost to me. I had hopes...daydreams...about what might happen if you could be saved. What joy we might have shared. What songs we might have sung.
Arete: You flatter yourself. I would I deign to do these things with you?
Shigure: Do you feel nothing when you look at me? At this pendant? It doesn't stir anything at all within you?
Arete: What does the great King Anankos's loyal servant care for such things? Perhaps this pain will stop when I silence you once and for all. But first, let me hear your voice. Sing once more before fading into nothing.
Shigure: If I sing, it will be your funeral dirge. For I see there can be no mercy for you. Farewell, Grandmother...

— Arete, when fighting Shigure in V: Endless Dawn

Death/retreat quotes

I'm sorry.
— Arete's defeat voice clip are capable of more than I thought...
— Arete's defeat quote in Revelation Chapter 18.
You seem...stronger than before. I should have accounted for that...
— Arete's defeat quote quote in Revelation Chapter 22.
— Arete's death quote in Revelation Chapter 23.
Ah...finally... I remember at last...
— Arete's defeat quote in V: Endless Dawn

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Arete is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Arete
TCGCipher B06-094HN.png Queen of Nohr, Arete




"Everyone of you will die here. All are against the will of the demon king Anankos."
Attack: 50 Support: 20 Range: 1-2 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Strategist Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Jumbled Memories: [Activate] [Tap this unit] If you pay the cost, you may draw one card and reveal it. If the revealed card is not Hoshido, you must discard a card from your hand.
Descendant of Valla: [Always] While you have no face-up cards in your Bond Area, this unit’s attack increases by 10.
Card #B06-094HNArtist: Minori Fuyuzora
TCGCipher B06-095N.png Princess of Valla, Arete




"The path you walk belongs to destiny, just let it flow... All of your joy and your pain will fall like the tide, let it flow..."
Attack: 30 Support: 20 Range: Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Troubadour Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Heal: [Activate] [ Is TCGCipher Tap.png, Is TCGCipher Flip 2.png ] Choose a card from your Retreat Area other than “Arete” and add it to your hand.
Is TCGCipher Defend.png Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your opponent’s attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
Card #B06-095NArtist: Minori Fuyuzora
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Arete .


  • Arete's feather can be purchased from the accessory shop in My Castle.
  • For whatever reason, Arete has less HP across chapters of the same difficulty. For instance, in the Normal mode version of chapter 22 she has less HP than in the Normal Mode version of chapter 18, though it goes back up by her appearance in the same difficulty of chapter 23.
    • Likewise, her Luck decreases with each appearance at least on the Normal difficulty, with chapter 18 giving her her highest figure in the stat.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Arete From the Greek ἀρετή aretḗ, meaning "excellence" or "moral virtue". In Greek mythology, Arete was the beloved wife of Alcinous and the mother of two children, Nausicaa and Laodamas.
Japanese シェンメイ Officially romanized as Shenmei. Derived from Chinese shěnměi 審美 meaning "appreciating beauty" or "appreciating the arts".[2]
Spanish Arete As above.
French Arete As above.
German Arete As above.
Italian Arete As above.



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Fire Emblem Fates
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Non-playable characters CadrosCassitaIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnankosAnthonyAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLlewelynLloydMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZharaZola
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
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Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
Invasions BR: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3CQ: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3RV: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3
DLC chapters Ghostly GoldBoo CampMuseum MeleeBeach BrawlRoyal RoyaleBefore AwakeningHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzWitches' TrialA Gift from AnnaAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce TribeNestra) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
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