|I want to move up to the front line! I doubt I'd learn a whole lot from you, but I'll do anything to avoid getting castle duty!
— Dalvin, to Tristan
Dalvin (Japanese: ロドルバン Roddlevan) is an Isaachian warrior, the twin brother of Creidne and a member of Prince Shannan's anti-Grannvale resistance army at Tirnanog. When Tirnanog was besieged by the Dozel occupation army, he set out with Seliph and his sister to repel them and free Isaach, initiating Seliph's liberation war.
While scouting, Dalvin observed the approach of King Danann's Grannvale forces toward Tirnanog and reported back this news, observing that it had been discovered as the hideout of Shannan's rebellion. On Shannan's orders in lieu of his absence, he strongly advised caution until such a time as Shannan and Oifey returned, but was overruled by Creidne and Seliph's insistence, and so departed with the two and Lana to take on Grannvale.
Dalvin is a playable character during the second generation. As Scáthach's substitute character, Dalvin only appears if Ayra wasn't married or was dead at the end of Chapter 5. He is available from the start of Chapter 6.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Love growths and events
- In Chapter 6, Dalvin can talk to Creidne at any time, giving her +1 Luck.
- In Chapter 7, Dalvin has a hidden conversation with Tristan if both are under Level 10. After Melgen Castle has been seized, if Tristan waits next to Dalvin, a conversation will occur which grants Tristan +2 Strength and +1 Speed and Defense, and grants Dalvin +2 Strength, +1 Skill and Defense.
- In the Endgame, if they are lovers, Lana or Muirne can initiate a conversation with Dalvin, awarding him +5 Resistance.
Dalvin is a substitute unit available for the entirety of Genealogy's second generation, and his best trait is his Follow-Up skill. Thanks to Follow-Up, Dalvin can double enemies, and he does so reliably, because he uses swords – one of the lightest weapon types in the game. Dalvin's base speed is also quite good, so even though his growth is not very high, he meets the necessary attack speed thresholds to double most enemies he faces. Moreover, Dalvin has an A rank in swords, so he can use every sword except for Holy Weapons and the Miracle Sword (which is locked to female units). While being a substitute unit prevents him from inheriting powerful swords, Dalvin can usually clear the arena or at least most of it, so he can typically afford good swords.
Dalvin has Vantage, which allows him to attack first on enemy phase when on low HP. If he is using a powerful sword from the first generation with the Critical skill unlocked, such as a Brave Sword or a Silver Sword, he can potentially one-shot an enemy trying to attack him with a critical hit before he can take damage – however, this is not reliable, as it depends on him activating Critical. Without a powerful sword with Critical unlocked, Dalvin lacks the attacking power to one-shot his attackers, so Vantage only lets him deal some damage to whoever strikes him before he takes the hit, making it not very useful.
Dalvin's most significant downside is that he is an infantry unit. Infantry units perpetually fall behind on Genealogy's sprawling maps, and Dalvin has no way of catching up without the Leg Ring, a highly contested item that most players give to Seliph to let him reach and seize castles faster. Aside from that, Dalvin's durability is not very good, because his resistance is terrible and his defense is mediocre. This lack of durability prevents him from engaging too many enemies on enemy phase, as he has a good chance of dying in the process. He is quite good in the arena, but his lack of durability can prevent him from winning some fights, and he is highly dependent on having a good sword, as his only offensive skill is Follow-Up. These drawbacks make Dalvin one of the worst substitute units, as while his combat is not terrible, he struggles to get to the action and cannot engage too many enemies when he does reach them.
According to Seliph and Creidne, under most circumstances Dalvin is hot-headed and eager when it comes to battle; however, this is balanced and sometimes outweighed by his sense of duty. To this end, when both Creidne and Seliph were calling for departing to respond to the impending Grannvale assault on Tirnanog, he was uncharacteristically reluctant to allow them to just leap into battle, as Shannan had tasked him with protecting Seliph in his absence. He tries to act friendly to Tristan, but his actions consistently annoy the latter, causing Tristan to act hostile and disinterested when Dalvin attempts to converse; Roddelvan appears to be somewhat thoughtless in his comments about Tristan.
Genealogy of the Holy War
And so, with Shannan assuming the crown,
Dalvin, the dutiful swordsman,
[Dalvin's wife, if married], Dalvin's wife,
and others by his side to restore the land,
they also strove for a new age of diplomacy and trade, seeking to build a wealthy nation.
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— Dalvin, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Choose Your Legends placement history
Genealogy of the Holy War
|This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls.
- Dalvin finished in last place of the 774 characters from across the Fire Emblem series featured in the fourth Choose Your Legends poll for Fire Emblem Heroes, with a total of 11 votes; he is tied for this placing with Halcyon and Hayden.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology, and in other regions
|Definition, etymology, and notes
From the Choose Your Legends poll for Fire Emblem Heroes.
Officially romanized as Roddlevan. Romanized instead as Lodollban in the Super Tactics Book.
Artwork of Dalvin from Genealogy of the Holy War.
Artwork of Dalvin from Treasure.
Dalvin's portrait in Genealogy of the Holy War.
- "I think Dalvin is holding back because of me. I'm sure Shannan gave him strict orders to keep me out of danger. Because if Shannan hadn't, he would've been the first one out there. He is just itching to get into battle." — Seliph, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
- "Dalvin: Hey, Tristan. I got something to ask ya.
Tristan: Oh... it's you. What?
Dalvin: Hey, show a guy a little respect, would ya? Anyway, I was just thinking. Do you think we're holding Sir Seliph back any?
Tristan: We? Don't you mean YOU? I'm holding up my own out here.
Dalvin: Is that so? Alright, let me hear what you've done so far.
Tristan: Ah, well... You know, I've... um...
Dalvin: See there? That's just what I'm saying. You can't think of anything, can ya?
Tristan: Alright, alright! So what's your point?
Dalvin: Let's get a little dueling practice in. I want to move up to the front line! I doubt I'd learn a whole lot from you, but I'll do anything to avoid getting castle duty!
Tristan: You know you've got a real crappy way of asking someone a favour? Just forget it.
Dalvin: Oh, c'mon! Look... Would you pretty please be my sparring partner with sugar on top? How about that!?
Tristan: Where the hell do you get off!? Okay, I'll fight you... only to shut you up! You ready?" — Dalvin and Tristan, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
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