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FESK Chulainn 03.png
Artwork of Chulainn from Genealogy of the Holy War.








Nobleman of Sophara

Starting class



Genealogy of the Holy War

Cash has been my motivator all these years... But after seeing you it kinda loses its meaning.
— Chulainn

Chulainn (Japanese: ホリン Holyn) was an Isaachian nobleman and the son of the lord of Isaach's House Sophara, better known as a mercenary and gladiator travelling across Jugdral. He allied with Sigurd's army during the war with Agustria and beyond, until his presumed death in the Battle of Belhalla.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


During the Agustrian war with Sigurd's army, Chulainn was fighting in the Agustrian gladiatorial scene, having risen to the top rank of gladiators in the region. Upon being defeated in a match by a member of Sigurd's army, he joined Sigurd's army himself, finding inspiration in their pursuit of a cause other than money.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait chulainn fe04.png
Ma snes02 myrmidon playable.gif Myrmidon
Level 12
Holy Blood SNESHolyBloodOd.png
Movement 6
Recruitment: Chapter 2, clear the arena for the first time with any non-bow-wielding unit

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Iron Blade
10,000 Gold
Weapon Levels
FE4RankSword.png A FE4RankLance.png -- FE4RankAxe.png -- FE4RankBow.png -- FE4RankStaff.png --
FE4RankFire.png -- FE4RankThunder.png -- FE4RankWind.png -- FE4RankLight.png -- FE4RankDark.png --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Mov Weapon level
Forrest +0 +5 +3 +2 +2 +0 +2 +3 +0 FE4RankSword.png A


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

Chulainn is a reasonably fast and deadly sword fighter much in the same vein as Ayra. He has access to Follow-Up through the Myrmidon class, and with his high speed he can usually attack twice. Often, he can even kill enemies with high defense when Luna activates, but he may struggle to do so if it does not. He is also very adept at clearing the arena, where his higher avoid and Luna will give him the edge. This is fortunate for him, as like most foot units in Genealogy of the Holy War, Chulainn seriously struggles to stay close to the fight while mounted units ride ahead. As such, he loses out on gold and experience from map combat, but he can supplement himself with the arena. When playing for rankings, Chulainn is potentially good enough at clearing the arena that he can get all the desired level ups just from there by making sure he has the Paragon Ring whenever competing.

As a father, Chulainn is somewhat limited. He has Follow-Up as a class skill, so he will not pass it down to his children. Similarly, Luna can only be inherited by Myrimidons and Thieves. On a positive note, he will pass down Minor Od Holy Blood, which boosts HP and skill, and raises his offspring's potential sword ranks by one level. When paired with Ayra, his Minor Od holy blood will stack with hers to give Larcei and Scáthach Major Od blood, drastically increasing their skill—and as such their chances to activate Luna or Astra—and Chulainn can pass down his A-Rank swords to Scáthach. Besides Ayra, he can be a good match for Brigid, as he will pass down Luna to Patty and increase her base sword level to B, allowing her to wield the Brave Sword. While not generally seen as a combat unit, improvements to Patty's fighting ability can be very helpful if playing for an A-Rank. Febail appreciates the skill boost from Minor Od blood, but is otherwise mostly unaffected by this pairing. The only other child who can inherit swords from Chulainn is Diarmuid, Lachesis's son, but neither he or Nanna can inherit Luna, and this pairing will leave both children without Follow-Up.

Personality and character

Chulainn considered the pursuit of money his primary motivation for his travels and work as a gladiator, but upon his encounter with Sigurd's army he came to consider it a hollow and meaningless endeavor compared to Sigurd's cause and the morale of his soldiers.[1] Ever since they first met in their youth, he harbored a romantic interest in the Isaachian princess Ayra, and was determined to defend her above all else.[2] In this respect he was mindful of ensuring she was prepared in case he was no longer able to protect her.[3]

Love growths and events

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Ma snes02 priest female playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 0
Per turn:+2
Ma snes02 princess playable.gif
Initial: 50
Per turn:+2
Ma snes02 dancer playable.gif
Initial: 0
Per turn:+3
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Initial: 50
Per turn:+2
Ma snes02 pegasus knight playable.gif
Initial: 50
Per turn:+2
Ma snes02 sniper female playable.gif
Initial: 150
Per turn:3
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Initial: 120
Per turn:3
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Click here for more details on the love system.
  • In Chapter 3, Chulainn can talk to Ayra at any time, giving her a Brave Sword and 100 love points between the pair. Both Chulainn and Lex may perform this conversation, and if Lex does it first Chulainn cannot.
  • In Chapter 5, if they are lovers, Ayra can talk to Chulainn, yielding no reward.


Battle quotes

Death quote

Heh... I'm such a fool...
— Chulainn, in Genealogy of the Holy War.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game

Chulainn was featured on four TCG cards.

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game data for Chulainn
TCG 1-038.jpg Class: Myrmidon Level 1 Infantry Direct Attack
Energy: 4 Atk.: 3 / Counter: 1 WLv.: FE4RankSword.png A
Equip: Iron Blade Skills: Follow-UpLuna
Card #038Rarity: ★★ • Artist: Mayumi Hirota
TCG 2-018.jpg Class: Myrmidon Level 10 Infantry Direct Attack
Energy: 6 Atk.: 4 / Counter: 1 WLv.: FE4RankSword.png A
Equip: Steel Blade Skills: Follow-UpLuna
Card #2-018Rarity: ★★ • Artist: Koya Katsuyoshi
TCG 3-017.jpg Class: Forrest Level 20 Infantry Direct Attack
Energy: 7 Atk.: 4 / Counter: 1 WLv.: FE4RankSword.png A
Equip: Steel Blade Skills: Class Change • Skilfulness • Training • Follow-UpLuna
Card #3-017Rarity: ★ • Artist: Koya Katsuyoshi
TCG AN-013.jpg Class: Myrmidon Level 15 Infantry Direct Attack
Energy: 6 Atk.: 2 / Counter: 1 WLv.: FE4RankSword.png A
Equip: Slim Sword Skills: Follow-UpLuna
Card #AN-013Rarity: ★★ • Artist: Osamu Kine
Card scans and information translation provided by Aquantis.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Chulainn is currently featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

One of the below cards' epithets is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
Fire Emblem Cipher data for Chulainn
TCGCipher B06-029HN.png Wielder of Luna, Chulainn


"All I've done is chase the money for all these years... But I look at you, and suddenly, it all feels so meaningless."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Forrest Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Luna: [Trigger] [Flip two bond cards] When this unit attacks the enemy lord, you may pay the cost, if you do: Destroy a cost 3 or lower enemy.
Solo-Sword King: [Always] If this is the only unit in the Front Line, this unit gains +10 Attack.
Card #B06-029HN • Artist: Nico Komori
TCGCipher B06-030N.png Indomitable Gladiator, Chulainn


"What's the matter? You can't defeat me, can you?!"
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Myrmidon Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
"Prideful Militant": [Always] When this unit battles with the enemy Lord, until the end of this turn, this unit gains +10 attack.
"A Rival to Defeat": [Always] This unit can only attack the enemy Lord.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B06-030N • Artist: Nico Komori
TCGCipher B19-067N.png 月光を纏う闘将, Chulainn


"All through the duel, I could just feel your sheer passion! Let me guess: you fight for something that you truly believe in, don't you?"
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Forrest Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Armorslaying Luna: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] Until the end of the turn, this unit gains +20 attack.
Bond Skill Successor of Luna: [Bond] [Activate] [Flip this card face-down] Choose 1 Sword ally. Until the end of the turn, that ally gains +20 attack. ([Bond] is only usable if this card is face-up in the Bond Area.)
Card #B19-067N • Artist: Tomohide Takaya
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Chulainn .

Etymology and other languages

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


Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources. From Cú Chulainn, a prominent hero in Irish mythology.



Used in the current version of the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation.



Officially romanized as Holyn. Possibly derived from Cuhullin, an anglicized variant of Cú Chulainn. Romanized instead as Holin in the Super Tactics Book.


Sprite Gallery
Portrait chulainn fe04.png Myrmidon Ma snes02 myrmidon playable.gif Forrest Ma snes02 forrest playable.gif
Bs fe04 chulainn myrmidon sword.png
Bs fe04 chulainn forrest sword.png


  1. "You've got some serious spirit in your attack. Obviously you're not here for the money. Cash has been my motivator all these years... But after seeing you it kinda loses its meaning. You mind if I tag along? It'd be nice to fight for something real for a change." — Chulainn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  2. "Ayra: Why do you look out for me? Is there something you haven't told me?
    Chulainn: Ayra, I've known you since I was a kid. Keeping you safe means everything to me.
    Ayra: Eh!? Chulainn... Hey, you weren't that boy from...
    Chulainn: Yep. I'm the son of the lord of Sophara. You stole my heart at a tender young age, Ayra.
    " — Ayra and Chulainn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  3. "I've a feeling things are going to get nasty here soon. Besides, anyone who fights like you could use a couple extra swords. Keep yourself well protected. I may not always be here to defend you." — Chulainn, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Playable characters First gen. AlecArdenAyraAzelleBeowolfBrigidChulainnClaudDeirdreDewEdainErinysEthlynFinnJamkeLachesisLewynLexMidirNaoiseQuanSigurdSilviaTailtiu
Second gen. AltenaAresArthur/AmidCed/HawkCoirpre/CharlotDiarmuid/TristanFebail/AsaelloFee/HerminaFinnHannibalIucharIucharbaJuliaLana/MuirneLarcei/CreidneLeifLene/LayleaLester/DeimneNanna/JeanneOifeyPatty/DaisyScáthach/DalvinSeliphShannanTine/Linda
Non-playable characters First gen. AidaAlvaAnnandArvisAzmurBatuByronCalfCigyunEldiganEthniaEvaEveGrahnyeImcaKurthManananMariccleOifeyLahnaRingShannanTravantVictor
Second gen. AnnaFelipeJakeLewynPalmarch
Other GalleForsetiLoptousMaeraNagaSalamand
Bosses First gen. AndreyBeowolfBordeauxChagallCimbaethClementCuvuliDaccarDiMaggioDíthorbaDonovanDuvallElliotEldiganErinysGerrardJacobiJamkeLamiaLombardMacbethMagornMyosMunnirPamelaPapilioPhilipPizareReptorSandimaSlayderVahaWaltzZane
Second gen. AltenaAnguillaArionArvisBanbaBaranBlegBloomBovisBoyceBramselBrianCanisCoulterDagonDanannDistlerDracoEquusEriuFisherFotlaGallusHannibalHaroldHildaIshtarIshtoreIucharIucharbaJavarroJudahJuliaJuliusJuphielKanatzKutuzovLizaMabelManfroyMaykovMengMorriganMuhammadMusMusarOvisOvoPorcusRiddellRobertoRodanSchmidtScipioSimiaTine/LindaTigrisTravantZagam
The Twelve Crusaders BaldrBragiCedDáinnFjalarHeimHoðrNálNjörunOdThrudUllr
Holy Weapons BalmungForsetiGáe BolgGungnirHelswathLoptousMjölnirMystletainnNagaTyrfingValflameValkyrieYewfelle
Chapters First gen. P: Birth of a Holy Knight • 1: Lady of the Forest • 2: Crisis in Agustria • 3: Eldigan, the Lionheart • 4: Dance in the Skies • 5: Doorway to Destiny
Second gen. 6: Heir of Light • 7: Beyond the Desert • 8: The Wyvern Knights of Thracia • 9: For Whose Sake • 10: Light and Dark • Endgame: End of the Holy War
Locations JugdralAed Desert (Dahna) • Agustria (Bragi TowerNordionOrgahil) • Grannvale (BelhallaChalphyDozelEddaFriegeVelthomerYngvi) • Isaach (Tirnanog) • Munster District (ConoteLeonsterMunsterUlster) • MiletosSilesseThraciaVerdane
Groups, objects and events Aed MassacreBattle of BelhallaChild huntsCross KnightsHoly BloodHoly WarKnight brigades of GrannvaleLanceritterLoptr Church (DeadlordsLoptrian Empire) • Miracle of DahnaQuintessenceTwelve Crusaders
Related topics Mitsuki Ōsawa manga adaptationNuts Fujimori manga adaptationName chart • Other games (Thracia 776Awakening) • Timeline