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|“||We're the secret fourth house in Abyss. The surface world turned its back on us, and we did the same in return.||”|
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.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Endings
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 External links
- 12 References
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.
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
Enemy - Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
Growth rates when reclassed
- Main article: Balthus/Stats#Growth rates when reclassed
|King of Grappling||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bane of Monsters||C+|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Black Magic Crit +10||Budding Talent:|
|Reason||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Black Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
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 Fodlan'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 Fodlan, 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 Fodlan. 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 Fodlan 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 Fodlan once again, these mercenaries were instrumental in dealing with them.
|“||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.
|“||Ready to bleed?||”|
— Balthus in Part I & II
|“||Do or die!||”|
— Balthus in Part I & II
|“||You strong enough?||”|
— Balthus in Part I
— Balthus in Part I
|“||Heh! Watch this!||”|
— Balthus in Part II
|“||Time to die, pal!||”|
— Balthus in Part II
|“||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
Fire Emblem Cipher
Balthus is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Balthus|
|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]  Choose 1 "Balthus" from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.
"I'm all fired up!": [Hand] [Activate] [Send this card to the Retreat Area] Until the end of the turn, all allies gain +10 attack. ([Hand] can only be used while this card is in your hand.)
|Card #B21-037HN • Artist: Yoneko|
|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]  Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +10 attack, and this unit cannot evade.|
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|
|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|
Artwork of Balthus from Three Houses.
High quality portrait artwork of Balthus from Three Houses.
Portrait artwork of Balthus in Part II from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|