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Balthus von Albrecht

Part I Part II

FETH Balthus 01.png
Artwork of Balthus from Three Houses.






26 (Part I)
32 (Part II)


9th of the Blue Sea Moon (July 9th)


198 cm (~6'6")

  • Baron Albrecht (father)
  • Unnamed mother
  • Unnamed younger half-brother



The King of Grappling

Starting class


Voiced by


We're the secret fourth house in Abyss. The surface world turned its back on us, and we did the same in return.
— Balthus

Balthus von Albrecht (pronounced /ˈbɑlθɪs vɒn ˈɑlbɹɛkt/[key]; Japanese: バルタザール=フォン=アダルブレヒト Balthazar von Adalbrecht) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, made available via downloadable content. Balthus plays a prominent role in the DLC side story Cindered Shadows.


Balthus was formerly the heir apparent of House Albrecht, a minor noble house of the Leicester Alliance. His mother is a woman from Kupala, a secluded village in the mountains of Fódlan's Throat. She wanted to see the world, so she left the village, and she fell in love with the head of House Albrecht. In the years after Balthus's birth, the other noblemen of the house harassed his mother for being a commoner, until she left the house and returned to Kupala. His father was forced to remarry, so he married a local noblewoman, and they produced a child that bore no Crest.

Balthus's new stepmother expressed her desires for Balthus's half-brother to become heir to the house, and she treated Balthus as less than his brother for it. He didn't really feel qualified to be heir, and in addition, his Crest, the Major Crest of Chevalier, was discovered during his registration for the Officers Academy, which put his mother and Kupala in danger of being found out. Balthus had also developed a bad reputation because of his poor gambling habits, so he owed a lot of money to a number of Alliance noblemen.

He abandoned his title and fled some time after he graduated from the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery. As he was running away, he encountered bounty hunters at the Great Bridge of Myrddin, so he took refuge in House Ordelia while they were under the control of the Empire. Later, he fled to Abyss in order to lay low until he was no longer being hunted by bounty hunters or debt collectors.

After the timeskip, if Balthus was recruited, he returns to Garreg Mach on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies the group throughout the war. If not recruited, Balthus disappears from Abyss, and his whereabouts are unknown.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses


Balthus is a recruitable unit regardless of which house you pick, and will be available to recruit once you complete Chapter 4 of Cindered Shadows.

Starting stats and growth rates


Main article: Balthus/Stats

Main story Cindered Shadows P: Black Market Scheme, Normal P: Black Market Scheme, Hard P: Black Market Scheme, Maddening

Small portrait balthus fe16.png
Ma ns01 noble balthus playable.gif Noble
Level 3
Movement 4
Crest Crest of Chevalier
Recruitment: Chapter 2, talk to while exploring the monastery after completing Chapter 4 of the Cindered Shadows side story

Base Stats Growth Rates Max Stats

Inventory Abilities
Iron Gauntlets
Abyssian Exam Pass
King of Grappling
Sword Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 2
Brawling Prowess Lv 2
Authority Lv 1
Combat arts Spells Battalion
Fading Blow
-- --
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying
E+ E D+ E D+ E E E+ E E E
Strength Weakness Strength Weakness Strength Budding Talent Strength -- Strength Weakness --

Enemy - Cindered Shadows Chapter 1

Normal Hard

Growth rates when reclassed

Main article: Balthus/Stats#Growth rates when reclassed


Ability Learned at
Is ns01 king of grappling.png King of Grappling Personal ability, innate and unremovable
Is ns01 sword prowess lv 1.png Sword Prowess Innate; replaced with higher levels at Swords D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Wrath Strike Swords D
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Grounder Swords C
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Bane of Monsters Swords C+
Is ns01 axebreaker.png Axebreaker Swords B
Is ns01 sword crit +10.png Sword Crit +10 Swords S
Is ns01 swordfaire.png Swordfaire Swords S+
Is ns01 lance prowess lv 1.png Lance Prowess Lances E+; replaced with higher levels at Lances D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art lance.png Tempest Lance Lances D
Is ns01 combat art lance.png Knightkneeler Lances C
Is ns01 swordbreaker.png Swordbreaker Lances B
Is ns01 lance crit +10.png Lance Crit +10 Lances S
Is ns01 lancefaire.png Lancefaire Lances S+
Is ns01 axe prowess lv 1.png Axe Prowess Innate; replaced with higher levels at Axes D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Smash Innate
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Helm Splitter Axes C
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Diamond Axe Axes C+
Is ns01 lancebreaker.png Lancebreaker Axes B
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Armored Strike Axes A
Is ns01 axe crit +10.png Axe Crit +10 Axes S
Is ns01 axefaire.png Axefaire Axes S+
Is ns01 bow prowess lv 1.png Bow Prowess Bows E+; replaced with higher levels at Bows D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art bow.png Curved Shot Bows D
Is ns01 close counter.png Close Counter Bows C
Is ns01 bow crit +10.png Bow Crit +10 Bows S
Is ns01 bowfaire.png Bowfaire Bows S+
Is ns01 brawling prowess lv 2.png Brawling Prowess Innate; replaced with higher levels at Brawling C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Fading Blow Innate
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Rushing Blow Brawling C
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Draining Blow Brawling C+
Is ns01 combat art.png Healing Focus Brawling B
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Mighty Blow Brawling A
Is ns01 brawl crit +10.png Brawl Crit +10 Brawling S
Is ns01 fistfaire.png Fistfaire Brawling S+
Is ns01 black magic crit +10.png Black Magic Crit +10 Budding Talent: Reason
Is ns01 reason lv 1.png Reason Reason E+; replaced with higher levels at Reason D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 black magic range +1.png Black Magic Range +1 Reason S
Is ns01 black tomefaire.png Black Tomefaire Reason S+
Is ns01 faith lv 1.png Faith Faith E+; replaced with higher levels at Faith D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 white magic range +1.png White Magic Range +1 Faith S
Is ns01 white tomefaire.png White Tomefaire Faith S+
Is ns01 authority lv 1.png Authority Innate; replaced with higher levels at Authority D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 rally strength.png Rally Strength Authority D
Is ns01 defensive tactics.png Defensive Tactics Authority B
Is ns01 battalion desperation.png Battalion Desperation Authority B
Is ns01 offensive tactics.png Offensive Tactics Authority S+
Is ns01 weight -3.png Weight -3 Heavy Armor C
Is ns01 combat art.png Smite Heavy Armor B
Is ns01 weight -5.png Weight -5 Heavy Armor A
Is ns01 armored effect null.png Armored Effect Null Heavy Armor S+
Is ns01 dexterity +4.png Dexterity +4 Riding C
Is ns01 movement +1.png Movement +1 Riding A+
Is ns01 cavalry effect null.png Cavalry Effect Null Riding S+
Is ns01 alert stance.png Alert Stance Flying B
Is ns01 alert stance+.png Alert Stance+ Flying A+
Is ns01 flying effect null.png Flying Effect Null Flying S+
The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.

Spell list

Spell Learned at
Fire Reason D
Bolganone Reason C
Ragnarok Reason A
Heal Faith D
Nosferatu Faith D+
Seraphim Faith C+
Restore Faith B+

Personality and character

The self-proclaimed "Almighty King of Grappling", Balthus is hearty and careless. He desires to repay Abyss for sheltering him by defeating any intruders.


Main article: Balthus/Supports


Byleth, Ruler of Dawn/Wandering Flame & Balthus, King of Grappling
After ascending to the throne as the first leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth announced her marriage to Balthus. The people were reluctant to accept this union at first, considering his reputation, but his natural charisma in speeches and his ability to exceed expectations eventually won their blessing. Though mostly noted for his strength and dedication as a bodyguard, Balthus also provided counsel. It is said that many civil and diplomatic reforms owe their origins to his advice.

Byleth, Guardian of Order & Balthus, King of Grappling
After taking her place as the new archbishop of the Church of Seiros, Byleth announced her marriage to Balthus. The people were reluctant to accept this union at first, considering his reputation, but his natural charisma in speeches and his ability to exceed expectations eventually won their blessing. Though mostly noted for his strength and dedication as a bodyguard, Balthus also provided counsel. It is said that many civil and diplomatic reforms owe their origins to his advice.

Byleth, Wings of the Hegemon & Balthus, King of Grappling
Almost as soon as Byleth and Balthus finished their lively wedding celebration, the battle with those who slither in the dark began in earnest. Leading from the front lines, the couple drove the enemy back again and again, causing such carnage on the battlefield that even their Imperial allies and subordinates were intimidated. After hostilities came to an end, their names faded from official historical records but persisted in folk tales. Of the stories that spread to every corner of Fódlan and survive to this day, the most prominent one features criminals who threaten to abduct a traveler's wife. The traveler laughs and wishes them the best of luck.

Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune & Balthus, King of Grappling
Balthus accompanied Lysithea home to help her parents restore their family land, securing the aid of his younger brother, who happened to be lord of a nearby domain. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, Lysithea relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, ceding the territory to a nearby lord. Shortly thereafter, Balthus brought her and her family to Kupala, in Fódlan's Throat. There, they fell in love and lived peaceful, happy lives blending in with the mountain folk.

Hilda, Free Spirit & Balthus, King of Grappling
Most of Balthus's debts vanished in the chaos after the war, and those few that remained were paid off with what he had earned in the fighting. Free to do as he pleased, he sought out Hilda, and the two of them went on an adventure around the world. Crossing Fódlan's Throat, they journeyed through and beyond Almyra, where they are said to have found a kingdom of gold in the far east. Though the details of their adventure are largely lost, one anecdote firmly remains. To win Holst's blessing to take his sister out of Fódlan, Balthus had to beat him in a duel.

Yuri, Underground Lord & Balthus, King of Grappling
After the war, Yuri returned to the underworld. Some time after assuming control of the illicit markets, he happened upon Balthus, who had become so down on his luck that he had collapsed in an alley. Yuri helped Balthus back to his feet and offered him work as a bodyguard. While Balthus first accepted just to get by, he came to enjoy the lifestyle so much that he remained at Yuri's side for the rest of his days. The underworld kingpin and the Indomitable King of Grappling made such an impression on the world that their names were feared for centuries.

Constance, Scion of Nuvelle & Balthus, King of Grappling (Crimson Flower)
After the war, Balthus and Constance joined the battle against those who slither in the dark. The devastation they wrought in Shambhala was immortalized in a tapestry, entitled "Avatars of War," which preserved their legacy for generations. Afterward, the two were married. Constance was among the first to receive peerage from Emperor Edelgard, and though Balthus sometimes chafed from being at the mercy of his wife's whims, the couple worked diligently to solidify the new social order under Imperial rule. House Nuvelle was given no guarantee of continued power on a hereditary basis but nevertheless achieved lasting status as a leader in the magical arts.

Constance, Sorcery Incarnate & Balthus, King of Grappling (Other Routes)
For her service in war, and her innovations in magic, Constance von Nuvelle was among the first to receive peerage in the new Fódlan. The very next day, she and Balthus were wed, and the couple set about the restoration of House Nuvelle. For their domain, they claimed not the land once ruled by that house, but rather an area in the east of Leicester that encompassed Kupala. There, they became known as advocates for the mountain folk, and as nobles who lived moment to moment as outlandishly as they pleased.

Hapi, Beast Master & Balthus, King of Grappling
Shortly after the war, Hapi and Balthus disappeared. Their absence from the world stage was not lasting, however, as before long they emerged as the leaders of an elite band of mercenaries. The group traveled all over Fódlan helping those in need, with a noted specialty in handling monsters. It is said that these mercenaries lived raucously, laughing often, and that not a single sigh of discontent was ever heard. Some years later, when those who slither in the dark returned to threaten Fódlan once again, these mercenaries were instrumental in dealing with them.


Battle quotes

Come and get some, kiddo! I won't hold back, so you better not either! These fists are packed with years of pent-up resentment. Time to let loose!
— Balthus as an enemy in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
Claude: You look...familiar. Have we met?
Balthus: Not a chance. You'd remember meeting a specimen like me.
Claude: True. I'd definitely remember this sharp twinge of annoyance.
Balthus: Stop yappin' and start slappin'!

— Balthus as an enemy fighting Claude in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
Hilda: I can't shake the feeling that I know you from somewhere, but...I'm drawing a blank. Either way, you wouldn't want to hurt a helpless girl like me. Maybe you should let us off the hook.
Balthus: Anything for a pretty lady. Why don't we talk it out over a hot meal? Your treat? Actually... Scratch that. Something tells me I'd best stay away from this one.

— Balthus as an enemy fighting Hilda in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
It'll be a shame to mar this pretty arena with a bunch of fresh corpses, but here goes!
— Balthus in Cindered Shadows Chapter 2
Balthus: Some baggage you've got, pal. Just how many people have you slaughtered?
Death Knight: Countless.

— Balthus fighting the Death Knight in Cindered Shadows Chapter 2
Balthus: I owe you a lot but not my life. Not an even trade in my book.
Aelfric: I feel some remorse over what I will require of you. But take it, I must. I will not shrink away from what is necessary.
Balthus: That a fact? Then I guess a fight was inevitable.
Aelfric: Ever the brutish thug.

— Balthus fighting Aelfric in Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
I intended to take one for the team, but damn. This thing is way uglier than I thought. Heh, perfect. This will be one for the history books.
— Balthus fighting the Umbral Beast in Cindered Shadows Chapter 7
You may not remember me, but trust me. I don't feel great about fighting you. I love a good brawl, but fighting a pretty gal to the death is madness. War is so senseless...
— Balthus fighting Judith in Crimson Flower Chapter 13.
Balthus: Gah, you're here too? You aren't going to make this easy on me, are you, little lady?
Lysithea: If you're worried about your debt to my parents, you'll have to contend with them. I can't help you now.
Balthus: No way, pal. I won't kill you... Hey, Professor! Persuade this one to join our side later, yeah?

— Balthus fighting Lysithea in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
Balthus: Back off, Hilda. Holst wouldn't want this.
Hilda: No, Baltie, you back off. I'm right where I wanna be. If you kill me here, I won't be the one my brother holds responsible.
Balthus: If that happens, offering my life is the least I can do to make it up to him. That...and bringing you home.

— Balthus fighting Hilda in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.

Critical quotes

Ready to bleed?
— Balthus in Part I & II
Do or die!
— Balthus in Part I & II
You strong enough?
— Balthus in Part I
See ya!
— Balthus in Part I
Heh! Watch this!
— Balthus in Part II
Time to die, pal!
— Balthus in Part II

Death/retreat quotes

Could be worse, but...looks my fun's over.
— Balthus in Part I
Urgh... You've got guts, I'll give you that much.
— Balthus as an enemy in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
This round may be over, but I'll get you next time!
— Balthus's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II
After all this time... it turns out I'm the king... of dying...
— Balthus's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

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

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Balthus
TCGCipher B21-037HN.png King of Grappling, Balthus


"Yeah, I like gold, brawling, and women, but there's something that I care about even more than any of 'em. It's having a bash bro, a friend to fight with and fight for."
Attack: 70 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 4
Class: War Monk Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
Vajra-Mushti, the Magic Gauntlets: [Activate] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] Until the end of the turn, the number of Orbs that this unit's attack will destroy becomes 2.
Fist of the King of Grappling: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip two bond cards] Choose 1 "Balthus" from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.
Crest Power "I'm all fired up!": [Hand] [Activate] [Send this card to the Retreat Area] Until the end of the turn, all Fódlan allies gain +10 attack. ([Hand] can only be used while this card is in your hand.)
Card #B21-037HN • Artist: Yoneko
TCGCipher B21-038N.png Hooligan of House Albrecht, Balthus


"We're the Ashen Wolves. We’re the secret fourth house in Abyss."
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Noble Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
"You strong enough?": [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +10 attack, and this unit cannot evade.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B21-038N • Artist: Yoneko
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Balthus .


Etymology and other languages

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

Balthus von Albrecht

Full name; known by just Balthus in most menus. Balthus is a truncation of Balthazar, as below. Albrecht is a German name meaning "shining noble", and is cognate to "Albert" in English.



Balthazar von Adalbrecht; Balthazar is an Akkadian name meaning "Bel protects the king". Adalbrecht is an alternate form of Albrecht, as above.


Balthus von Albrecht

As above.


Balthus von Albrecht

As above.


Balthus von Albrecht

As above.


Balthus von Albrecht

As above.


발타자르 폰 아달브레히트

Balthazar von Adalbrecht

Simplified Chinese


Balthazar von Adalbrecht

Traditional Chinese


Balthazar von Adalbrecht


Other appearances

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