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Darios (Japanese: ダリオス Darios) is a character originating from Fire Emblem Warriors and the prince of Gristonne. He is a friend of Lianna and Rowan, and taught the two of them swordplay. He and the kingdom of Gristonne are allies of the kingdom of Aytolis.
Darios arrives at Aytolis castle to spend time with Lianna and Rowan. He first spars with Rowan, then plans to spar with Lianna. However, the castle is attacked by unknown forces and Darios aids the twins in escaping. Darios is unable to recover Yelena due to a collapsing tunnel.
Darios takes a fairly prominent role in the story onward, appearing as an ally NPC for many battles and providing advice to the twins between battles. Eventually, Darios and the others find out that the attacking forces originate from Gristonne, confusing and upsetting Darios; this causes him to lose trust in his father.
Eventually, Darios tells Rowan and Lianna that they are nearing a hidden Gristonne fortress from an age where Gristonne and Aytolis were unfriendly. They decide to take down the fortress to further their campaign against Gristonne. During the battle Rowan and Lianna give the Shield of Flames to Darios for safekeeping, however, unfortunately, Darios is captured during the battle and the twins are forced to retreat, leaving Darios behind. A shadowy aura is shown engulfing Darios shortly after his capture.
A while later, Lianna and Rowan, bolstered with new forces and weapons, return to the fortress and rescue Darios. This reunion is short lived, as Darios steals the now-completed Shield of Flame.
Darios then journeys back to Aytolis castle to begin a ritual to sacrifice Yelena and revive the Chaos Dragon Velezark. The twins pursue him and arrive in the throne room, where he and his father Oskar await their arrival. Darios then tells Rowan and Lianna he will spare Yelena if they put down their weapons. The twins comply, and Darios moves to kill Yelena regardless. Before he can land the killing blow, however, Takumi fires at Darios' hand, interrupting him. Lianna and Rowan use the moment to recover their swords and rescue Yelena while their allies cover them. After the opposing factions separate back to opposite sides of the room, Oskar asks how Darios intends to clean of the mess he has made. Darios reassures his father that he has a plan. Darios then turns around and impales Oskar in the gut with his sword, saying he is an acceptable substitute for the sacrifice as his body disintegrates.
The twins then engage the powered-up Darios in battle, eventually defeating him after destroying several assisting dark crystals situated throughout the castle. Darios begs the twins to kill him, which would allow Velezark to remain sealed, however they refuse. Shortly after this Velezark begins manifesting. Rowan and Lianna attempt to aid Darios, but they are separated by a chasm opened by the Chaos Dragon's attacks. Darios is impaled by one of Velezark's attacks and tosses the twins the Shield of Flames before slipping into the chasm. This impalement and fall appear to have proven fatal for Darios, as he makes no further appearances and is mourned by the twins.
Personality and character
Darios is calm and rational, and is able to put the big picture before emotional sentiment. He acts as a mentor and brother-figure to Rowan and Lianna, and teaches them in swordplay. When under the influence of Velezark, Darios becomes extremely arrogant, sadistic, and over-the-top. He claims that he never actually considered the twins his friends, although this statement is muddied by Velezark's hold on him. When Velezark's grip loosens during the battle for Aytolis Castle, he admits that he harbors deeply hidden insecurities about his own strength, and that Velezark preyed upon them in order to possess him.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Darios is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Darios|
|Dark-Captive Prince, Darios|
||"This is it... Overwhelming power that none can resist...! I will start by grinding all of you into dust, till not even a shadow remains!"|
|Attack: 70||Support: 0||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Great Lord||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Grieving Blade of Treachery: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send one of your face-up bonds to your Retreat Area] Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +20 attack.|
Power to Destroy Everything: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Destroy another untapped ally] Until the end of the turn, the number of orbs that this unit's attack will destroy is increased to 2.
|Card #B11-099HN • Artist: Haru Miyajima|
|Prince of Gristonne, Darios|
|"Take my sword! There'll be no future if we can't press on through this!"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Lord||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|The Twins' Guide: [Always] If you have 2 or more other symbol-less allies, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Solidarity Emblem: [Support] If your attacking unit does not have an insignia, until the end of this battle, that unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B11-100N • Artist: Haru Miyajima|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Darios .
- The developers considered adding free DLC that would make Darios playable; wherein the player could rescue him from the chasm that he fell into during the story. The developers were unable to further develop this idea due to deciding to focus their development time and resources on the other Fire Emblem characters instead.
- Darios is the only enemy boss in Warriors to appear as an NPC ally at any point in the game. He is also the only boss to wield any weapon other than his personal weapon.
- Darios shares his English voice actor, Xander Mobus, with Innes, Arvis, and Kaze in Fire Emblem Heroes.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Darios||From Darius (Old Persian: 𐎭𐎠𐎼𐎹𐎺𐎢𐏁 Dārayava(h)uš), the name of several kings of Persia, the most famous being Darius the Great.|
|Japanese||ダリオス||Darios. This katakana spelling appears to derive from the Greek translation of Darius's name, which in Ancient Greek was Δαρεῖος Dareîos (the ει ei digraph's pronunciation shifting to just ι i in later periods of Ancient Greek, the pronunciation that ει has to this day).|
Artwork of Darios from Fire Emblem Cipher.
Darios's regular portrait in Warriors.
Darios's portrait while possessed in Warriors.
Portrait of a shadow imitation of Darios from Warriors.
Pre-release screenshot of Darios from Warriors.
Darios with his father, Oskar, while possessed.
- "ND: Why did you not make Darios a playable character?
Usuda: When we were writing the game's main story, we were planning for Darios to be rescued via DLC... Originally, we considered removing a character from the main game to add Darios.
Hayashi: While we were trying to add all the characters we needed, we couldn't find an opportunity to add Darios.
Usuda: It's not so simple to make a playable character even if they already exist as a NPC in the main game. There's a lot more dialogue and animations that we need to create." — Jedi, Fire Emblem Warriors: Final Interview with Nintendo Dream, Serenesforest.net, Published: May 3 2018, Retrieved: May 4 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|