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Artwork of Astolfo from The Binding Blade

A spy serving Ostia.
Surrounded in mystery.







  • Igrene (estranged wife)
  • Deceased child (daughter)


Starting class



The Binding Blade

I'm a spy, see. I gather information, steal things, check on people... Things like that.
— Astolfo to Merlinus in Chapter 8

Astolfo (Japanese: アストール Astore) is a playable thief in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a spy for Ostia and the estranged husband of Igrene. While speaking with Igrene, she reveals that Astolfo's true name is Gorlois.[2]

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


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Starting stats and growth rates

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Level 10
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Recruitment: Chapter 8, Automatically at the start

Stats Growth Rates

Iron Sword
Weapon Levels
Swords C Lances -- Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --


This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Astolfo will most likely be the best thief you recruit in the entire game - which in reality only means he is subpar at best. The fact that thieves cannot promote in The Binding Blade combined with the fact that Astolfo is recruited at level 10, means that he will only have ten levels to grow before he caps his stats. This will not hinder him too badly, as his base stats and growth rates are still high enough to keep him relevant, but it definitely limits his potential. Even so, Astolfo's base speed of 15 and his speed growth of 50% should allow him to do his only, essential purpose: stealing.

Despite his weaknesses, Astolfo is still significantly better than your two other options for thieves: Chad and Cath. Both Chad and Cath's base stats are much lower than Astolfo's when you recruit them, and raising either is hard as you will primarily use them as lockpick utilities rather than combatants. Cath is especially impractical, as her recruit requirement is notably difficult - talk with Roy in three different chapters - but she will still carry the same base stats as Chad who already joined your army automatically in Chapter 3. Simply put, Astolfo is far superior than either Chad or Cath.

Astolfo is the best option for thief utility, but he can serve well as a filler combat unit, thanks to his decent bases and great speed allowing him to dodge most attacks reliably, though he will be worse than other sword fighters when trained up.

Personality and character

Astolfo, despite his important role as Ostian spy, is somewhat lazy and uncaring of the world around him; he dismisses orders to hasten his movements with casual sarcasm.[3] The injury to his leg that impedes his movement serves to intensify his apathy to keeping up with the troops.[4]

Astolfo likes to tease others to an extent; he constantly would end his story to Lilina about meeting Hector at the more exciting parts. He does eventually tell her the whole tale about him stealing from Ostia and being offered a job by Hector due to his skill. Astolfo respected Hector highly, and was hit hard by his death, even drinking himself to drunkeness in the middle of a battle with little regard for his safety.[5] Considering Hector's death occurs before Astolfo is recruited, his apathetic behavior towards himself and others during his time in Roy's forces may have been caused or increased by the death of Hector.

Astolfo seems to still care about his former wife Igrene, but he refuses to acknowledge that he is Gorlois, and blatantly lies to her about his identity. She specifically asks to see his leg, looking for a scar, though he insists he does not have any. He openly discusses his scar to others; making his lie clear. Astolfo first met Igrene in Nabata while suffering severe injuries and amnesia; Astolfo took the name Gorlois and they lived together for several years after this, even having a child. Eventually, Astolfo regained his memories and recalled his identity as a spy. Astolfo quickly realized the danger he had put Igrene in, he was a spy with Ostian secrets, and others would hurt him and his loved ones for that information. Astolfo left Nabata and his love behind for her safety.


Main article: Astolfo/Supports
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Initial: 30
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 10
Per turn:+1

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Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+2

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Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

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Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
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See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Astolfo, Shadow of Ostia
Short: Disappeared without a trace.

Long: After the war, Astolfo’s name disappeared from the records. Legends say that he worked to rebuild Ostia, but nothing else about him is known.


Battle quotes

This looks dangerous... Not that that's anything new.
— Astolfo in the final chapter

Death quote

Finally, the fun part can start...
— Astolfo

Other appearances

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Astolfo's official artwork from The Binding Blade can be viewed in Path of Radiance's extras menu if a copy of The Binding Blade is connected to a Japanese copy of Path of Radiance. This artwork, along with all other The Binding Blade related artwork, is inaccessible in the international versions of the game, owning to the fact that The Binding Blade was not released in those regions.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Astolfo is featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Astolfo
TCGCipher B21-080HN.png Shadow of Ostia, Astolfo


"I am Astolfo. I once served at Marquess Ostia's pleasure."
Attack: 50 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Thief Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Distinguished Spy: [Activate] [Once per turn] Look at the topmost card of your Deck. You may send that card to the Retreat Area.
Attack Support Knight in the Shadows: [Support] If your attacking unit is Elibe, then at the end of this combat, you may deploy this card in the Back Line instead of sending it to the Retreat Area.
Card #B21-080HN • Artist: Hatapug
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Astolfo .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade A spy serving Ostia.
Surrounded in mystery.*

Etymology and other languages


Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes


Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources. Astolfo is a character in the Matter of France, wherein he is a paladin of Charlemagne and a cousin of Orlando (Roland).





Officially romanized as Astore.
















Simplified Chinese


Astore; used in the unreleased Chinese localization of The Binding Blade.

Traditional Chinese




Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

• Gorlois
• Golrois

• Used in the most recent fan-translation. In the Arthurian legend, Gorlois was the first husband of Igraine, cuckolded by King Uther when he and Igraine conceived King Arthur.
• Used in the older fan-translation.




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  1. Fire Emblem 6: Astore Artbook Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 13 March 2018
  2. "Igrene: Wait! Gorlois...! ...I mean, Astolfo." — Astolfo and Igrene's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Gwendolyn: I know your leg slows you down. But! You have other habits that are not excusable! First, you imbibe far more than is acceptable...
    Astolfo: ...Oh, brother...
    Gwendolyn: I will not let you laze about as you do. You must behave like a proper Ostian knight!
    Astolfo: Yeah, whatever...
    " — Astolfo to Gwendolyn in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Gwendolyn: I won't let this slide. You leave me no choice! I'll have to drag you to battle!
    Astolfo: Hey there... Slow down...
    Gwendolyn: S-Sir Astolfo... That wound...
    Astolfo:Oh... This? It's just an old scar. This leg is pretty useless because of it, though.
    Gwendolyn: ...... When...did you get that wound?
    Astolfo: Hmm... A long time ago. I messed up on a reconnaissance mission in Castle Bern. I did get away though, so it's like a trophy to me." — Astolfo to Gwendolyn, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Astolfo: Nah, it's nothing. I just wanted to say hi. Ha ha ha...
    Bors: ...... That smell... Have you been drinking?
    " — Bors to Astolfo, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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Locations ElibeBern (Dragon TempleShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
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