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Balmung

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Balmung

Genealogy of the Holy War Awakening


FESK Balmung.png
Artwork of Balmung from Genealogy of the Holy War.
Type

Sword

Wielder(s)
First game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

Balmung (Japanese: バルムンク Balmunc), referred to as the "divine sword" (Japanese: 神剣), is a regalia sword which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It is the holy weapon once wielded by Od of the Twelve Crusaders, bestowed upon him at the Miracle of Darna after his blood-bond with a dragon. The blade is the property of Od's descendants, the royal family of Isaach, and can only be wielded by those in possession of major Od Holy Blood.

History

In Isaach's war with Grannvale, upon hearing of his father Mananan's cruel death at the hands of the Grannvale forces, Crown Prince Mariccle set out with the Balmung to confront his father's killers, but was himself killed in battle. The Balmung was taken and eventually ended up placed within the Aed Shrine, guarded by its Loptrian occupants, and remained there for two decades.

Eventually, Mariccle's son Shannan came to hear rumours of the blade's entombment at the Shrine and set out to attempt to procure it. He was beaten to it, however, by the thief Patty, who had decided to rob the Shrine of her own accord. As the two fled from the pursuing Loptrian forces, Patty eagerly handed the Balmung over to Shannan upon learning of his identity, and Shannan wielded it for the rest of the liberation war under Seliph.

Millennia later, the blade came into the possession of the Grimleal, and was given to its reincarnation of the Deadlord Simia. By this point, Balmung is no longer sealed to the Od bloodline and is capable of being used by any sword-wielder of reasonable skill.

Stats

In the main Fire Emblem series

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 balmung.png SNESRankSword.png * 30 3 90 -- 1 50 50,000 -- +10 skill, +20 speed when equipped.
Awakening Is 3ds01 balmung.png Swords A 13 -- 90 10 1 25 0 2 +5 speed when equipped.
Cannot be forged.

In other Fire Emblem series titles

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Heroes Is feh skill offense.png Is feh sword.png 5★ 16 -- -- -- 1 Infinite ??? SP -- Boosts user's Speed by +3 at all times.
If target either initiates combat or has full HP at start of combat, neutralizes any penalties on user and boosts user's Attack, Speed, Defense, and Resistance by +5 each during combat.
Click "Expand" to view Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE information

Balmung appears as one of Itsuki Aoi's Carnages in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE. It is only available if Itsuki's carnage, Chrom, has been made a Conqueror.

Carnage tmsfe balmung.png
Icon Is tmsfe sword.png
Attack 102
Skills Unity Cost
Is tmsfe sword.png
Is tmsfe sword.png
SIs tmsfe sword.png
Is tmsfe supportive.png
Is tmsfe passive.png
Heat Wave
Focused Blade
Lance-Slash EX
Charge
Pierce
Is tmsfe enemy performa.png Knight Force R. ×1
Is tmsfe enemy performa.png Hellish Doll ×1
Is tmsfe prestige performa.png 4-Star Prestige ×3
Weaknesses and Resistances
Is tmsfe sword.png -- Is tmsfe lance.png Wk Is tmsfe axe.png Nu Is tmsfe bow.png -- Is tmsfe fire.png Wk
Is tmsfe ice.png -- Is tmsfe elec.png Rs Is tmsfe force.png -- Is tmsfe spirit.png -- Is tmsfe body.png Rs
No added effect.

Locations

Genealogy of the Holy War

Event Second Generation: Chapter 7, Shannan talks with Patty/Daisy.

Awakening

Dropped by Chapter 22, enemy Simia
Treasure Infinite Regalia, chosen at random from a pool of other items.

Heroes

Units Shannan: Wielder of Astra

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Balmung is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B08-076SR Astral Sword Sovereign, Shannan. It is a manual-activation skill which allows the player to, for the cost of flipping two bond cards face-down, discard their entire hand and replace it with an equal number of cards drawn from the Retreat Area which depict Shannan, potentially giving the player a significant stockpile of cards to spend on having Shannan evade attacks or inflict critical hits.

Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
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(Japanese)
Genealogy of the Holy War ?? ??
Awakening Spd +5. A timeless weapon. ??

Trivia

  • In Genealogy, while the Crusader weapons cannot normally be sold to the pawn shop and leave their initial owner's possession, a glitch involving Valkyrie can be exploited to transfer Balmung out of Shannan's inventory and into Larcei or Scáthach's. This requires that Holyn was their father, giving them major Od blood.
    • First, Shannan must be killed while he has Balmung equipped.
    • Once Shannan is dead, access the Valkyrie Staff menu and press X on Shannan to view his profile. While viewing his profile, press L or R, then exit his profile with B, then view his profile again with X. Balmung will have changed into an Iron Lance with 98 uses.
    • Exit the Valkyrie Staff menu, save the game, then reset the game.
    • If all steps are completed properly, Balmung will appear in the castle armory, and Larcei or Scáthach can buy it and equip it in battle.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Balmung As of Fire Emblem Awakening. From Balmung, a sword of Norse mythology wielded by Sigurðr. Curiously, the Fire Emblem Balmung is not associated with Sigurd, the hero of Genealogy named for the same mythological figure.
English
(unofficial)
Balmung
Balmunk
Common names used prior to the English release of Awakening.
Japanese バルムンク Officially romanized as Balmunc.
Spanish Balmung As above.
French Balmung As above.
German Balmung As above.
Italian Balmung As above.

Gallery

References

Swords
Basic swords Al's SwordAlm's BladeBamboo SwordBlunt SwordBottleBroken SwordBronze SwordCecil's SwordEliwood's BladeEmblem BladeGlass SwordGreat SwordIke's BackupIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeLaslow's BladeLong SwordLucina's EstocLuke's SwordMarth's SpathaMeisterschwertNohrian BladeOgma's BladeRoy's BladeRusted SwordSelena's BladeSeliph's BladeShamshirShort SwordSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordSwordSword of ZoltanTrainerTraining SwordTree BranchWo Dao
Swords with secondary effects AstraArmorslayerBarrier BladeBerserk SwordBlessed SwordBrave SwordCursed Ashiya SwordDevil SwordEirika's BladeGolden DaggerIlwoonKing SwordLadybladeLaguzslayerLancereaverLeif's BladeLopt SwordMeisterschwertMiracle SwordParagon SwordPure SwordQuick SwordRapierSafeguardSeven SwordShadow SwordShadowkillerSilence SwordSleep SwordSoothing SwordSuperior EdgeSwordslayerThief's SwordVenin EdgeWarrior's SwordWing ClipperWyrmslayerZanbatoZweihänder
Magic-based swords Flame SwordLeo's IcebladeLevin SwordLight BrandRuneswordSonic SwordWind Sword
Ranged swords Giant KatarIron KukriSilver KukriSteel KukriStorm SwordTempest BladeUmbrellaWind Edge
Regalia and personal swords AlonditeAmatsuAmitiAthameAudhulmaBalmungBeloved ZofiaBeo's SwordBinding BladeBlessed SwordBlutgangBragi SwordCaladbolgDurandalEarth SwordEckesachsEttard • Falchion (ArchaneanValentianParallel Falchion) • FloreteGanglariGurgurantLight BrandMani KattiMareeta's SwordMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNoble RapierRagnellRapierRegal BladeRegal SwordRidill*Royal SwordShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSolSol KattiSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorThunderbrandTyrfingVague KattiYato
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Playable characters First gen. AdeanAlecArdenAyraAzelBeowolfBrigidClaudDeirdreDewErinysEthlynFinnHolynJamkeLachesisLewynLexMidayleNoishQuanSigurdSilviaTailtiu
Second gen. AltenaAresArthur/AmidCed/HawkCorpul/SharlowDelmud/TristanFaval/AsaelloFee/FeminaFinnHannibalJohalvaJohanJuliaLana/ManaLarcei/RadneyLeifLene/LayleaLester/DimnaNanna/JanneOifeyPatty/DaisyScáthach/RoddlevanSeliphShannanTeeny/Linda
Non-playable characters First gen. AidaAlvaArvisAzmurBatuCalfCigyunEldiganEthniaEvaEveGrahnyeImcaKurthMahnyaManananMariccleOifeyRahnaRingShannanTravantVictorVylon
Second gen. AnnaFelipeJakeLewynPalmarch
Other GalleForsetiLoptousMaeraNagaSalamand
Bosses First gen. AndoreyBeowolfBordeauxChagallClementCuvuliDaccarDeet'varDiMaggioDonovanDuvallElliotEldiganFerryGandolfGerrardJacobanJamkeKinboisLamiaLangobaltMacbethMagornMaiosPamelaPapillonPhilipPizareReptorSandimaSlayderVahaWaltzZane
Second gen. AltenaAnguillaArionArvisBanbaBaranBlegBloomBovisBoyceBramselBurianCanisCoulterCtuzofDagonDananDistlerDracoEquusEriuFisherFotlaGallusHannibalHaroldHildaIshtarIshtoreJavarroJohalvaJohanJudahJuliaJuliusJuphielKanatzLizaMabelManfroyMaykovMengMorriganMuhammadMusMusarOvisOvoPorcusRiddellRobertoRodanSchmidtScopioSimiaTeeny/LindaTigrisTravantZagam
The Twelve Crusaders BaldrBragiCedDáinnFjalarHeimHezulNeirNjörunOdThrudUlir
Holy Weapons BalmungForsetiGáe BolgGungnirHelswathLoptousMjölnirMystletainnNagaTyrfingValflameValkyrieYewfelle
Chapters First gen. P: Birth of a Holy Knight • 1: Lady of the Forest • 2: Crisis in Agustria • 3: Eldigan, the Lionheart • 4: Dance in the Skies • 5: Doorway to Destiny
Second gen. 6: Heir of Light • 7: Beyond the Desert • 8: The Dracoknights of Thracia • 9: For Whose Sake • 10: Light and Dark • Endgame: End of the Holy War
Locations JugdralAed Desert (Darna) • Agustria (Bragi TowerNordionOrgahil) • Grannvale (BelhallaChalphyDozelEddaFriegeJungbyVelthomer) • Isaach (Tirnanog) • Munster District (AlsterConoteLeonsterMunster) • MiletosSilesseThraciaVerdane
Groups, objects and events Aed MassacreBattle of BelhallaChild huntsCross KnightsHoly BloodHoly WarKnight brigades of GrannvaleLanceritterLoptr Church (DeadlordsLoptrian Empire) • Miracle of DarnaQuintessenceTwelve Crusaders
Related topics Mitsuki Ōsawa manga adaptationNuts Fujimori manga adaptationName chart • Other games (Thracia 776Awakening) • Timeline
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Swords ArmorslayerBalmungBerserk SwordBrave SwordBroken SwordEarth SwordFlame SwordIron SwordIron BladeLight BrandLightning SwordMiracle SwordMystletainnSafeguardSilver BladeSilver SwordSleep SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordThief's SwordTyrfingWind SwordWing Clipper
Lances Brave LanceBroken LanceGáe BolgGungnirIron LanceJavelinRidersbaneSilver LanceSlim LanceSteel Lance
Axes Brave AxeBroken AxeHand AxeHelswathIron AxeSilver AxeSteel Axe
Bows Brave BowBroken BowIron BowKiller BowSilver BowSteel BowYewfelle
Fire BolganoneDrained TomeElfireFireMeteorValflame
Thunder BoltingDrained TomeElthunderMjölnirThoronThunder
Wind BlizzardDrained TomeElwindForsetiTornadoWind
Light AuraDrained TomeLightningNagaNosferatu
Dark Drained TomeFenrirJormungandHelLoptous
Ballistae BallistaIron BallistaKiller Ballista
Staves Broken StaffFortifyHealMendPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreReturnSilenceSleepValkyrieWarp
Unused Weapons CharmGreat BallistaSilence SwordThief
Fire Emblem Awakening
Playable characters AnnaAversaBasilioBradyChercheChromCordeliaCynthiaDonnelEmmerynFlaviaFrederickGaiusGangrelGeromeGregorHenryInigoKellamKjelleLaurentLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelleMirielMorganNahNoireNowiOliviaOwainPannePriamRickenRobinSay'riSeveraStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVaikeVirionWalhartYarneYen'fay
Non-playable characters HierarchHollandKe'riNagaOld HubbaPhila
Bosses AlgolAnguillaArdriAversaBovisCampariCanisCassiusCervantesChalardDalenDaltonDracoEquusExcellusEzraFarberGallusGangrelGarrickGeckoGrimaGyralIgnatiusJamilLepusMarthMorristanMusMustafaNelsonNombryOrtonOvisPherosPorcusPriamRaimiRisen ChiefRoddickRugerSimiaTigrisValidarVastoVictorVincentWalhartXalbadorYen'fayZanth
DLC characters AlmCatriaCelicaEirikaEldiganElinciaEphraimEstIkeKatarinaLeifLynPrince MarthMicaiahPallaRoySeliph
SpotPass characters Shadow Dragon CaedaGharnefLindeMerricMinervaNavarreNynaOgmaPrince MarthTiki
Gaiden AlmBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeenLuthierMycenNomahValbar
Mystery of the Emblem AthenaCatriaEtzelHardinHoraceKatarinaKing MarthLegionMaliceNorne
Genealogy of the Holy War G1 ArdenArvisAyraDeirdreEthlynJamkeLewynQuanRaquesisSigurd
Genealogy of the Holy War G2 AltenaAresArthurCedFeeJuliaJuliusLarceiSeliphUlster
Thracia 776 DagdarEyvelFinnLeifMareetaNannaOlwenRaydrikSaiasSalem
Binding Blade CeciliaLilinaLughPercevalRaighRoyShannaSophiaWoltZephiel
Fire Emblem EliwoodFlorinaHectorJaffarKarelLynMatthewNergalNinoSerra
Sacred Stones AmeliaEirikaEphraimInnesL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMoulderSeth
Path of Radiance AshnardElinciaGeoffreyIkeLuciaMiaMistSorenTitaniaZihark
Radiant Dawn Black KnightBromEdwardLeonardoMicaiahNepheneeSanakiSephiranSigrunSothe
Others CamusIshtarLinusLloydNarcianOliverPetrineSelenaTravantUrsula
Regalia and personal weapons AmatsuArmadsBalmungBook of NagaDouble BowExcaliburFalchion (Exalted FalchionParallel Falchion) • ForsetiGáe BolgGoddess StaffGoetiaGradivusGrima's TruthGungnirHauteclereHelswathMercuriusMissiletainnMjölnirMystletainnNidhoggNoble RapierParthiaRagnellRapierSol KattiTyrfingValflameWolf BergYewfelle
Chapters Main story path Pm: Invisible Ties • P: The Verge of History • 1: Unwelcome Change • 2: Shepherds • 3: Warrior Realm • 4: Two Falchions • 5: The Exalt and the King • 6: Foreseer • 7: Incursion • 8: The Grimleal • 9: Emmeryn • 10: Renewal • 11: Mad King Gangrel • 12: The Seacomers • 13: Of Sacred Blood • 14: Flames on the Blue • 15: Smoldering Resistance • 16: Naga's Voice • 17: Inexorable Death • 18: Sibling Blades • 19: The Conqueror • 20: The Sword or the Knee • 21: Five Gemstones • 22: An Ill Presage • 23: Invisible Ties • 24: Awakening • 25: To Slay a God • Endgame: Grima
Paralogues Pr1: Sickle to Sword • Pr2: The Secret Seller • Pr3: A Strangled Peace • Pr4: Anna the Merchant • Pr5: Scion of Legend • Pr6: A Man for Flowers • Pr7: Noble Lineage • Pr8: A Duel Disgraced • Pr9: Wings of Justice • Pr10: Ambivalence • Pr11: Twin Wyverns • Pr12: Disowned by Time • Pr13: Rival Bands • Pr14: Shadow in the Sands • Pr15: A Shot from the Dark • Pr16: Daughter to Dragons • Pr17: The Threat of Silence • Pr18: The Dead King's Lament • Pr19: Irreconcilable Paths • Pr20: A Hard Miracle • Pr21: Ghost of a Blade • Pr22: The Wellspring of Truth • Pr23: The Radiant Hero
Xenologues Champions of Yore 1Champions of Yore 2Champions of Yore 3The Golden GaffeEXPonential GrowthInfinite RegaliaLost Bloodlines 1Lost Bloodlines 2Lost Bloodlines 3Smash Brethren 1Smash Brethren 2Smash Brethren 3Rogues & Redeemers 1Rogues & Redeemers 2Rogues & Redeemers 3Death's EmbraceFive-Anna FirefightRoster RescueHarvest ScrambleSummer ScrambleHot-Spring ScrambleThe Future Past 1The Future Past 2The Future Past 3Apotheosis
Locations YlisseFerox (Arena Ferox) • Outrealm Gate (Outrealms) • Plegia (Dragon's Table) • YlisseValmChon'sinRosanneValm
Groups, objects, and concepts AwakeningEinherjarFire EmblemGrimleal (Deadlords) • RisenShepherds
Related topics Ancient LettersDouble DuelDownloadable contentName chart Nintendo Dream comics • Other games (GaidenGenealogy of the Holy WarShadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Unit Gallery (Soundtrack) • SpotPassStreetPassTimelineWorld map
Weapons in Fire Emblem Awakening
Swords Alm's BladeAmatsuArmorslayerBalmungBrave SwordBronze SwordEirika's BladeEliwood's BladeFalchionGlass SwordIron SwordKilling EdgeLeif's BladeLevin SwordMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNoble RapierParallel FalchionRagnellRapierRoy's BladeSeliph's BladeSilver SwordSolSol KattiSoothing SwordSteel SwordSuperior EdgeTree BranchTyrfingWyrmslayer
Lances Beast KillerBlessed LanceBrave LanceBronze LanceEphraim's LnceFinn's LanceGáe BolgGlass LanceGradivusIron LanceJavelinKiller LanceLogLunaMiniature LanceShockstickShort SpearSigurd's LanceSilver LanceSpearSteel LanceSuperior Lance
Axes ArmadsBolt AxeBrave AxeBronze AxeGlass AxeHammerHand AxeHauteclereHector's AxeHelswathImposing AxeIron AxeKiller AxeLadleOrsin's HatchetShort AxeSilver AxeSteel AxeSuperior AxeTitania's AxeTomahawkVengeanceVolant AxeWolf Berg
Bows AstraBlessed BowBrave BowBronze BowDouble BowGlass BowInnes' BowIron BowKiller BowLongbowNidhoggParthiaSilver BowSlack BowSteel BowSuperior BowTowering BowUnderdog BowWolt's BowYewfelle
Tomes ArcfireArcthunderArcwindAversa's NightBolganoneCelica's GaleDying BlazeElfireElthunderElwindExcaliburFireFluxForsetiGoetiaGrima's TruthKatarina's BoltMicaiah's PyreMireMjölnirNagaNosferatuRexcaliburRuinSuperior JoltThoronThunderValflameWasteWilderwindWind
Staves Balmwood StaffCatharsisFortifyGoddess StaffHammerneHealKneaderMendPhysicRecoverRescueWard
Other BeaststoneBeaststone+Blighted ClawsBlighted TalonsDragonstoneDragonstone+Expiration
Sword skills in Heroes
Basic sword skills Iron SwordKilling Edge / Slaying EdgeSilver SwordSteel Sword
Sword skills with secondary effects Armorslayer / ArmorsmasherBarrier BladeBellringerBrave SwordCake CutterCarrot CudgelFiresweep SwordGeishunGuard SwordHeart's BladeKadomatsuMelee BouquetPetal ParasolRuby SwordSafeguardSandfort SpadeWo DaoZanbato
Regalia and personal sword skills AlonditeAmatsuAmitiAstra BladeAudhulmaAyra's BladeBalmungBeloved ZofiaBinding BladeBlade of ShadowBull BladeConcealed BladeConjurer CuriosCreator SwordDark GreatswordDragonbindDurandalEckesachs • Falchion (ArchaneanValentianParallel) • Feather SwordFlower of EaseFólkvangrGjöllGladiator's BladeGolden DaggerGurgurantHana's KatanaHikamiHinata's KatanaJubliant BladeLaevateinLaid-Back BladeLarcei's EdgeLaslow's BladeLight BrandMareeta's SwordMeisterschwertMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNameless BladeNíuPanther SwordRagnellRagnell•AlonditeRaijintoRapierRegal BladeResolute BladeRowdy SwordRoyal SwordScarlet SwordSelena's BladeShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSilverbrandStalwart SwordSkuldSökkvabekkrSol KattiSolitary BladeTyrfingVassal's BladeVenin EdgeWhitewing BladeWing SwordYato
Other sword skills Umbra Burst