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Berkut

Shadows of Valentia Heroes


FESoV Berkut.png
Artwork of Berkut from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Gender

Male

Race

Human

Age

17[1]

Family

Rudolf (uncle)
Alm (cousin)
Celica (cousin-in-law)
Rinea (fiancée)

Nationality

Rigelian

Starting class

Paladin

Voiced by

Tatsuhisa Suzuki
(Japanese, all appearances)
Ian Sinclair
(English, all appearances)

Appearance(s)
One is born either noble or common. This destiny cannot be changed.
— Berkut

Berkut (Japanese: ベルクト Berkut) is a ranking member of the Rigelian army and the nephew of Emperor Rudolf. Berkut did not appear in Fire Emblem Gaiden and is a new character first appearing in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He prizes his high social standing as the nephew of the emperor and a possible heir to the Rigelian throne.

Biography

Berkut was born to the younger brother of Emperor Rudolf I of Rigel, and as far as the public knew was first in line to inherit the Rigelian throne. His father died young, and his mother raised him harshly in order to become a man worthy of the throne. Berkut's mother died before he reached adulthood, so he was placed under the care of his uncle. According to Massena, captain of Rudolf's imperial guard, Rudolf genuinely loved Berkut and knew that keeping his son Albein Alm's existence secret would only hurt Berkut in the long run, but was forced to keep his silence for the sake of his plan to free Valentia from the influence of the degrading gods. During his time under Rudolf's care, Berkut met a minor noble named Rinea; the two quickly fell in love and became betrothed.

During the war between Zofia and Rigel, Berkut served as a general in the Rigelian army. After the Zofian knight Fernand abandoned the Deliverance, Desaix allowed him to serve under Berkut's command. Berkut elected not to directly aid Desaix against the Deliverance, and he was defeated in battle. Later, Berkut and Fernand decided to ambush and fight Alm for their own entertainment. Berkut severely underestimated Alm, was defeated, and was forced to retreat. He begged Rudolf for a second chance, and was assigned to defend the border between Zofia and Rigel. As he prepared for his mission, the witch Nuibaba offered him a mirror containing Duma's power as a last resort in case things went wrong. At the border, despite his best efforts, he and Fernand were defeated. Berkut swallowed his pride and used the mirror, summoning powerful Terrors to aid him, but Alm managed to channel Celica's powers and dispel them. Berkut was again forced to retreat.

Growing increasingly desperate to prove himself to Rudolf and earn his birthright as the Rigelian heir presumptive, Berkut begged Rudolf to allow him to join the final defense of Rigel Castle, but was coldly rebuffed. Rudolf was killed in the battle, and the truth about Alm's origins as Rudolf's son and the true heir to the Rigelian throne came to light. The discovery that everything he ever knew and fought for was a lie shattered Berkut's mind, and he retreated to the basement of the Duma Tower to pray to Duma. Rinea followed him down, and Berkut, consumed by his hatred of Alm, offered whatever Duma desireed to grant him the power to exact his revenge. Duma claimed Rinea's soul as his price, and Fernand arriveed just in time to discover what the newly empowered and maddened Berkut had done. Rinea was resurrected as a Witch, and mortally wounded Fernand. Berkut and Rinea awaited the arrival of Alm and his companions in the Temple. When Alm arrived, Berkut rebuffed his offer of friendship and attacked him, and Alm was forced to defeat both Berkut and Rinea. As he laid dying, Rinea's soul appeared and brought him back to his senses, and Berkut begged Alm to defeat Duma before succumbing to his wounds.

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Role

Berkut serves as one of the main antagonists of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. He is one of Desaix's benefactors, and he vies for the Rigelian throne by performing military duties.[2] He is fought as a boss three times during the game: first in the Forest Crossroads Battle, the third map of Alm's route in Act 3; second in the Border Battle, the first map of Alm's route in Act 4; and third in the Duma Temple midway through Act 5.

Stats

Act 3

Boss, Act 3 (Normal) Boss, Act 3 (Hard)

Act 4

Boss, Act 4 (Normal) Boss, Act 4 (Hard)

Act 5

Uncommonly for boss characters, Berkut has a bond support with Rinea. This grants him +25 to Hit and Dodge while Rinea is within three tiles of him.

Boss, Act 5 (Normal) Boss, Act 5 (Hard)

Fire Emblem Heroes

Role

Berkut is one of the characters added to the game in the Bitter Enemies update, and was made available to players in the twelfth Grand Hero Battle, which initially ran from July 18, 2017 through July 25, 2017. Berkut is notably the first character made available in a Grand Hero Battle to not only bear a passive skill that wasn't part of the game at launch, but also be the first character to bear a passive skill added in the same update as the character (in this case, Berkut is the first bearer of Water Boost). Only one variation of Berkut is currently available in Heroes, based on his Echoes: Shadows of Valentia incarnation.

Starting stats

★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★

Portrait berkut feh.png
Rarity ★★★
Weapon type Is feh lance.png
Movement type Cavalry

Initial Stats Level 40 Stats

Skills
Is feh skill offense.png Steel Lance*
Is feh skill support.png --
Is feh skill special.png --

Skill set

Skill Rarity SP cost
Is feh skill offense.png Iron Lance Innate
Is feh skill offense.png Steel Lance Innate
Is feh skill offense.png Berkut's Lance ★★★ 200 SP
Is feh skill offense.png Berkut's Lance+ ★★★★★ 300 SP
Is feh skill special.png Rising Flame ★★★ 150 SP
Is feh skill special.png Blazing Flame ★★★★ 300 SP
Is feh water boost 1.pngA Water Boost 1 ★★★ 50 SP
Is feh water boost 2.pngA Water Boost 2 ★★★★ 100 SP
Is feh water boost 3.pngA Water Boost 3 ★★★★★ 200 SP
Is feh spur res 1.pngC Spur Res 1 ★★★ 50 SP
Is feh spur res 2.pngC Spur Res 2 ★★★ 100 SP
Is feh ward cavalry.pngC Ward Cavalry ★★★★ 200 SP

Personality and character

Berkut is a prideful man who, much like Fernand, places great emphasis on social status. Unlike Fernand, who acts as if he is owed something for being a noble, Berkut feels the need to demonstrate his own power and worth. This stemmed from his upbringing, when his parents taught him that he had to be strong if he was to rule.[3] He holds the Duma Faithful in contempt, considering them to be "supplicating fools" and their power to be "hideous". In contrast to his normal behavior, he dearly loves his fiancée Rinea and shows his softer, more vulnerable side to her. During his childhood, he was apparently so timid that even trying to ride a horse would make him cry.

As the war with Zofia progresses and he is defeated again and again by Alm, Berkut slowly loses his sanity and begins resorting to more and more desperate measures in order to defeat the Deliverance, including swallowing his pride and accepting aid from the Faithful. Once Alm is revealed to be Rudolf's son and the true heir to the Rigelian throne, Berkut completely snaps and becomes a paranoid, broken shell of a man. He begins questioning the motives of everyone around him, including Rudolf and Rinea, and becomes willing to do anything to exact revenge on Alm and become emperor, even sacrificing Rinea's soul to Duma. After his final defeat, Berkut realizes the error of his ways and accepts Rinea's forgiveness, departing peacefully with her into the afterlife.

Quotes

Battle quotes

Come then! Are you going to entertain me or not?
— Berkut, as the boss of Forest Crossroads Battle
Only death awaits those who would profane Rigel's soil. Consider it a mercy your bones will rest here, in sight of your homeland!
— Berkut, as the boss of Border Battle
You... You took...everything from me. You will SUFFER for what you've done!
— Berkut, as a boss in Act 5

Critical quotes

Meet your end!
— Berkut
Die, worm!
— Berkut
Know your damn place!
— Berkut
Begone from my sight!
— Berkut

Other battle quotes

Die!
— Berkut attacking
Amuse me!
— Berkut attacking
Foolish!
— Berkut dodging or taking minimal damage
You are nothing!
— Berkut dodging or taking minimal damage
Damnation!
— Berkut taking damage
No!
— Berkut taking damage
What?!
— Berkut taking damage

Defeat quotes

This... cannot...!
— Berkut's voiced defeat clip
They're stronger than I thought... But no... I came here to be entertained, not to give up my life.
— Berkut, as the boss of Forest Crossroads Battle
Nrgh... No... Am I to lose again? AGAIN?!
— Berkut, as the boss of Border Battle
Graugh!
— Berkut, as a boss in Act 5

Unused ally quotes

No one is a match for me.
— Berkut being selected at high health
I'll do this.
— Berkut being selected at medium health
I must be cautious...
— Berkut being selected at low health
A sheep cannot face a lion!
— Berkut defeating an enemy
A pathetic diversion.
— Berkut defeating an enemy
I am Rigel's proudest son!
— Berkut defeating an enemy
Pleasant dreams, you wretch.
— Berkut defeating an enemy
The honor was all yours.
— Berkut defeating an enemy
Ha!
— Berkut defeating an enemy
Hmph.
— Berkut defeating an enemy
You're too kind.
— Berkut being healed
Much better!
— Berkut being healed
Ha... good.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Learning to keep up with me?
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
A worthy display.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Very good... but I'm better.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
A shame we don't train together.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Hmmm... acceptable.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
I must give you credit.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
I choose my allies well.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Do leave some for me.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Keep doing that!
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Huh... very good.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Fine work, as always.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
You make a fine ally.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Leave some of this rabble for me!
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Excellently done.
— Berkut when an ally does well in combat
Stop fooling about.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Ha! Serves you right.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Think, would you?
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
What a pathetic display.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Stop that.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Hmph... useless.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Stop holding me back.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
So clumsy!
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
What happened?
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
You must take more care.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Perhaps you'll get it next time.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
You could set a better example.
— Berkut when an ally does poorly in combat
Will you heal already?
— Berkut when an ally is severely wounded
Heal, you idiot!
— Berkut when an ally is severely wounded
You need to heal.
— Berkut when an ally is severely wounded
Oh, I do like this!
— Berkut eating food he loves
Very satisfying!
— Berkut eating food he likes
This is... palatable.
— Berkut eating food he is neutral about
What is this swill?
— Berkut eating food he hates
How exhausting...
— Berkut becoming fatigued
Ha! Victory comes naturally to me.
— Berkut after a short battle
How dare they put me through so much trouble...
— Berkut after a long battle
Men die. This could be your lot tomorrow.
— Berkut after a battle where an ally was killed
None can stand as my equal.
— Berkut leveling up and growing 2 or more stats, including HP, Attack, or Defense
Don't mistake me for those other musclebound dullards.
— Berkut leveling up and growing 2 or more stats, including Skill or Speed
I have no need for divine favor.
— Berkut leveling up and growing 2 or more stats, including Luck or Resistance
How could one improve upon perfection?
— Berkut leveling up and growing 1 stat or less when most of his stats are capped
Hmm...?
— Berkut leveling up and growing 1 stat
Gngh... Perhaps I underestimated them... Carry on without me. I'll find a place to recover.
— Berkut's Casual retreat quote
Ngh...! No... This isn't possible...
— Berkut's Classic death quote
Hmph. So be it.
— Berkut changing class

Heroes quotes

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

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

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Berkut

Normal + variant

TCGCipher B09-046R.png
Delusions of Conquest, Berkut
Ic TCGCipher Archanea.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Lance.png


"Duma! O ancient god! Grant me the power to set this land to ruin for good and all! Take of me what price you will! I care not anymore!"
Attack: 70 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 5
Class: Gold Knight Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
Kriemhild: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Destroy another untapped ally] Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +10 attack and this unit's range becomes 1-3.
The Price of Power: [Always] You may discard your entire hand instead of discarding a "Berkut" card when evading for this unit.
Card #B09-046R(+)Artist: Aoji
TCGCipher B09-047N.png Black Young Noble, Berkut
Ic TCGCipher Archanea.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Lance.png

"I'm saying that I, the nephew of Emperor Rudolf, wish to dance with you. May I have the next dance?"
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Cavalier Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Aristocratism: [Always] During your turn, while you have no other allies with a Deployment Cost of 2 or less, this unit gains +10 attack.
Is TCGCipher Attack.png Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B09-047NArtist: Aoji
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Berkut .

Notable merchandise

Image Information Price Release date
FEH Mini Acrylic Berkut vol.6.png Berkut appears in volume 6 of the Fire Emblem Heroes: Mini Acrylic Figure Collection. His volume 6 appearance is based on his standard appearance in Heroes. ¥350 August 2018JP

Trivia

  • In his second appearance, Berkut replaces the boss Shizas from chapter 4 of Alm's route.
  • Berkut has several lines of unused dialogue indicating that at one point in development he was intended to be a playable character.
  • Berkut is one of only two enemies in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia to have a bond support, the other being his fiancée Rinea.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Berkut
Japanese ベルクト In some parts of the world berkut is another name for the golden eagle.
Spanish Berkut As above.
French Berkut As above.
German Berkut As above.
Italian Berkut As above.
Dutch Berkut As above.

Gallery

References

  1. "The emperor knew that keeping the boy in ignorance could only bring him pain. And yet, the prospect of your being discovered was too great a risk. Still, Berkut was his nephew, and the same age as the son he parted with." — Massena on Berkut and Rudolf to Alm, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  2. "The Rigelian Emperor's nephew, an advocate of the nobility who prizes his social standing. He convinced Desaix to turn traitor and instigate the Zofian coup d'etat. He's vying to be the next emperor and commands the invasion of Zofia to prove his military prowess." — VincentASM, Echoes: Famitsu Reveals Mila’s Gear and Berkut, Serenesforest.net(webpage), Published: March 15th, 2017, Retrieved: March 27th, 2017
  3. "From childhood, all that’s ever been asked of me is strength. It is my duty as one born to stand above others. To rule. I’ve been taught that all my life. By my father, my mother... How am I to remain calm in the face of defeat at the hands of peasants?!" — Berkut to Rinea, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
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