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Balthus von Albrecht

Part I Part II


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

Male

Race

Human

Age

26 (Part I)
32 (Part II)

Birthday

July 9

Height

198 cm (~6'6")

Family
  • unnamed younger brother
  • unnamed father
Nationality

Leicester

Title(s)

The King of Grappling

Starting class

Noble

Voiced by
Appearance(s)
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 (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.

Biography

Balthus was once a noble of the Leicester Alliance, until unknown circumstances led to him becoming a fugitive.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Role

Starting stats and growth rates

Playable

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
Vulnerary
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
Smash
-- --
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

Abilities

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 B
Restore Faith A

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.

Supports

Main article: Balthus/Supports

Endings

Crimson Flower

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.

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.

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, 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.

Quotes

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

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English 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.
Japanese バルタザール=フォン=アダルブレヒト Balthazar von Adalbrecht; Balthazar is an Akkadian name meaning "Bel protects the king". Adalbrecht is an alternate form of Albrecht, as above.
Spanish Balthus von Albrecht As above.
French Balthus von Albrecht As above.
German Balthus von Albrecht As above.
Italian Balthus von Albrecht As above.
Korean 발타자르 폰 아달브레히트 Balthuzar von Adalbrecht
Simplified Chinese 巴鲁塔札尔·冯·亚达尔布雷希特 Balthuzar von Adalbrecht
Traditional Chinese 巴魯塔札爾‧馮‧亞達爾布雷希特 Balthuzar von Adalbrecht

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Other appearances

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References

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