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Artwork of Bors from The Binding Blade.

A knight serving Ostia. Loyal and dutiful.








Gwendolyn (younger sister)


Lycian (Ostian)

Starting class



The Binding Blade

...I am a knight, and my loyalty lies with you. I shall always be at your side, ready to serve.
— Bors, to Lilina.

Bors (Japanese: ボールス Bors) is a playable character appearing in in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 1. He is an armor knight of Ostia and Gwendolyn's brother. He joins Roy's army by Lilina's wishes.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


Bors is the boss of the Tutorial.

At the beginning of the game, Bors is the only Ostian knight in Roy's escorting group; he has been entrusted with bringing Lilina safely to her home. Therefore, when seeing how Pherae is being attacked by bandits and learning that his lady is in danger, he joins the battle and helps defeat the brigands. Once Roy's group reaches the castle and Lord Eliwood sends his son to lead Pherae's troops in his stead, Lilina asks Bors to watch for Roy. Swearing to protect him with his life, Bors follows Roy during the whole campaign against Bern.

After Bern is defeated and the war is over, he goes back to Ostia and works to bring prosperity and harmony to it.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma gba knight playable.gif Knight
Level 1
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Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically on Turn 1

Stats Growth Rates

Iron Lance
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances C Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
General +4 +3 +2 +3 +0 +4 +3 +2 +1 Lances +50, Axes E (+1)


This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Bors is among the worst units in The Binding Blade. He is available early in the game but has issues present from the start. His defense may be good, but his speed is so low he gets doubled in the first chapter, and it takes a lot of growth and lucky speed level-ups to prevent him from getting doubled. Bors's best way to contribute is to deal chip damage to an enemy, but even that can be difficult, as lances have low accuracy in The Binding Blade and Bors suffers from weapon triangle disadvantage against axe users, as well as mediocre skill and a lock to lances, which are only moderately more accurate than axes. The combination of low speed and frequent weapon triangle disadvantage makes Bors much worse at tanking enemies than it would seem, especially visible when playing Hard Mode. Bors also suffers from low movement, which makes him fall behind if he is not rescued and carried around. This is a long-term problem, as most of the maps in The Binding Blade are large and favor high movement, and Bors's statistical issues make it hard to justify slowing down or going through the effort of rescue-dropping him forwards.

One of the few plus points is that Bors can perform a triangle attack with Barthe and Gwendolyn once they join the army. While it can work well against many units, including bosses, all three units have poor movement, making pulling it off without slowing the army down considerably very difficult. Additionally, Barthe and Gwendolyn are also very flawed units and directly compete with him for a promotion item, making it hard to dedicate three deployment slots to the trio.

Bors needs a Knight Crest to promote, which is a very competitive promotion item. Many better units require the Knight Crest to promote, including all Cavaliers in the game such as Alen, Lance, Noah, or even Trec. Additionally, Bors's promotion does not fix his low movement—he has only 5 movement as a General, making his promotion lackluster. Furthermore, he will be locked to Lances and Axes, two weapon types with hit issues, and poor 1-2 range options. He receives significant statistical bonuses, but the movement deficiency will continue to hurt him; by comparison, promoting a Cavalier to Paladin strengthens a unit that can keep up with the rest of the army, or support units with low movement with rescue-dropping.


A loyal knight of Ostia, Bors cares about all members of the Ostian army in a gentle and quiet way. The only exception to this is his sister, Gwendolyn, whom he tends to fuss over. He finally comprehends she has grown up in their final support, but before, he showers her with nervous questions.[1] This contrast strongly with his behavior towards Lilina, whom he can reassure with little problem.[2]

He is very understanding and does not judge on appearance, even considering Astolfo, who feels guilty of Hector's demise, to be part of Ostia's knights.[3] But norms and honor codes are very important to him, as he disapproves of Barthe training in arenas, stating that such things are not becoming of a knight.[4]

When it comes to fighting, Bors says he prefers the role of a shield.[5] He discusses this with his fellow knights Barthe and Ogier. Barthe seems to think the opposite, prompting Bors to suggest that they should become the strongest knights of Ostia, with Barthe being the lance and Bors acting as the shield.[6] In the case of Ogier, Bors acts more like a mentor; he firmly believes that there must always be a reason behind the fighting.[7]


Main article: Bors/Supports
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Small portrait lilina fe06.png
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Initial: 30
Per turn:+2
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Knight Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 35
Per turn:+3
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Mercenary Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+2

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Initial: 20
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+2

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Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

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See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


The Binding Blade

Bors, Iron Knight
Short: Worked to rebuild Ostia.

Long: Bors returned to Ostia to help rebuild his ravaged home. His kind-hearted nature allowed him to reunite the people once again and bring harmony and prosperity back to Ostia.


Battle quotes

Ah, you've made it. This is a training session, but a battle all the same. Don't expect me to go easy on you!
— Bors, as an enemy in the Tutorial of The Binding Blade.
Ready? Charge! Triangle Attack!!
— Bors, as the lead in a Triangle Attack in The Binding Blade.
Debias: Bors! You returned!
Bors: Causing a rebellion after Lord Hector's death?! That is inexcusable!

— Bors, when fighting Debias in Chapter 7 of The Binding Blade.
Legance: Bors! I see you yet live.
Bors: I do. And I see you took over Ostia in my absence...
Legance: Do you have any grievances with that? Take it back yourself...if you can!

— Bors, when fighting Legance in Chapter 8 of The Binding Blade.
I will fight honorably as a knight of Ostia!
— Bors, in the Final Chapter of The Binding Blade.

Death quotes

I'm sorry... Lady Lilina...
— Bors, in The Binding Blade.
Well... You win. Nicely done.
— Bors, as an enemy in the Tutorial of The Binding Blade.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Bors's official artwork from The Binding Blade can be viewed in Path of Radiance's extras menu if a copy of The Binding Blade is connected to a Japanese copy of Path of Radiance. This illustration, along with all other The Binding Blade-related artwork, is inaccessible in the international versions of the game, owing to the fact that The Binding Blade was not released in those regions.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Bors is featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Bors
TCGCipher B05-013HN.png Wall of Ostia, Bors



"I'm a knight. Count my staunch loyalty as that of Lilina's."
Attack: 50 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: General Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Impregnable Wall: [Trigger] [Flip one bond card] When another ally is attacked while this unit is in the Front Line, you may pay the cost, and if you do: This unit becomes the target of the attack instead of that ally.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-Tome unit, this unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-013HN • Artist: Nekohayashi
TCGCipher B05-014N.png Impregnable Knight, Bors



"In Lady Lilina's stead, I will definitely protect Lord Roy!"
Attack: 30 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Knight Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-Tome unit, this unit gains +20 attack.
Defend Support Defense Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your defending unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-014N, B05-014ST • Artist: Nekohayashi
TCGCipher B16-006HN.png Burgeoning Sturdy Shield, Bors



"Ready? Charge! Triangle Attack!!"
Attack: 50 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: General Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Armored Lance Triangle Attack: [Always] If you have allied "Barthe" and "Gwendolyn", this unit gains +30 attack.
Amber-Armored Command: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip two bond cards] Choose 1 "Barthe" or "Gwendolyn" from your Retreat Area, and deploy it.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is being attacked by a non-Tome, this unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B16-006HN • Artist: Homakura
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Bors .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade
A knight serving Ostia.
Loyal and dutiful.*

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 960


  • Every single one of Bors's support partners join in Chapter 8.
  • A character with the same name as Bors was planned to be included in Fire Emblem 64 before its conversion into The Binding Blade.
  • Outside of characters unlocked for use in trial maps, Bors is the only character in The Binding Blade who is both the boss of a chapter and a playable unit.

Etymology and other languages

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


Used in the Meet some of the Heroes website.[8]






Romanized as Bors in the The Binding Blade website. Bors is a Scottish name that means "uncle of Arthur."[9] It is also the name of a king, King Bors of Gaunes, and his son, Sir Bors de Ganis. The first was friend of King Arthur and married to Lady Evaile. He died of grief after learning that his brother, Ban, had been killed by an old enemy of their lord.[10] His son became a knight of the Round Table. and later, successfully carried out the quest of the Holy Grail.[11]
















Traditional Chinese




Small portrait bors fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait bors fe06.png Knight Ma gba knight playable.gif General Ma gba general playable.gif
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Basic Axe
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Ranged Axe

Official artwork

Battle animations

CG images

Cipher images


  1. "Bors: Ah, no, it's nothing. Why don't we talk a little, though? You're not hurt? Your armor's not too heavy?
    Gwendolyn: No, I'm fine. Thanks for the concern.
    Bors: Are you taking care of your lance and helmet?
    Gwendolyn: Yes, of course.
    Bors: Are you eating properly? Do you have any worries that you want to talk about?
    " — Bors and Gwendolyn in their B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Bors: ...Milady, Lord Roy has not changed as much as you think.
    Lilina: Really?
    Bors: He has certainly matured, but his nature is still the same. Lord Roy is still the same person you know him to be within.
    Lilina: Yes, you're right... Thank you for lending me your ear, Bors.
    Bors: Of course, milady.
    " — Bors and Lilina in their B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Astolfo: ...... ...Why? Why are you...defending a useless wretch like me...?
    Bors: Because you are a knight of Ostia.
    Astolfo: ...A knight? Who...? Me?
    Bors: You may not have been knighted... But you put your life on the line for Lord Hector. That is more than enough to make you a knight. At least, I think so.
    " — Bors and Astolfo in their A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Barthe: Well, it's not as if I was just sitting around in Ostia, either. I trained at the arena, preparing for battle.
    Bors: ...I remember that arena. I have to say, though... I don't really approve of that. A knight, fighting for money? It's almost a contradiction...
    " — Bors and Barthe in their C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Barthe: Bors, I always wanted to ask you...
    Bors: Ask me what?
    Barthe: Why did you become a knight?
    Bors: Because I want to protect the ones I love.
    " — Bors and Barthe in their A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  6. "Bors: ...Then become a lance sharper than any other. And I shall be your impervious shield.
    Barthe: A lance and shield...
    " — Bors and Barthe in their A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  7. "Bors: Ogier, you must always fight for a cause. You must never fight simply for the sake of fighting." — Bors and Ogier in their B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  8. Meet some of the Heroes, guide.fire-emblem-heroes.com/en-US, Retrieved: April 3, 2022
  9. Meaning of "Bors", meaning-of-names.com, Retrieved: June 11, 2011
  10. Minor Arthurian Characters, timelessmyths.com, Retrieved: June 11, 2011
  11. Who Were King Arthur and The Knights of the Round Table?, timelessmyths.com, Retrieved: June 11, 2011
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