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Mage Dragon

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A Mage Dragon in Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem.

Vengeful dragons who seal magic attacks. Enemy only.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

Impervious to magic

The mage dragons (Japanese: 魔竜 magic dragon), collectively known as the Basilisk,[1] are one of the dragon tribes of Archanea. This breed of dragon is associated with magical power and is highly resilient against human magic attacks. Certain manaketes can access the form of mage dragons through the use of magestones.

In the Elibe games, this dragon breed is known instead as the demon dragon and plays a completely different role. Unlike the Archanean mage dragons, which are one of the most common Archanean dragon clans, demon dragons are a one-of-a-kind breed created through the mutation of a divine dragon.

History

Archanea

Millennia before the foundation of the Kingdom of Archanea, the dragons were the dominant race of the land, presiding over an enlightened and advanced civilization covering the entire continent. The mage dragons of the Basilisk tribe were part of this civilization. This changed one thousand years before Archanea's formation, as the dragons began to show signs of deterioration. When the divine dragon elders recommended that dragons seal their power into dragonstones and take a human form to ensure their survival, several mage dragons complied and took the form of manaketes. Those who either failed to comply or refused thus degenerated into aggressive wild beasts as predicted.Wild mage dragons are only known to have inhabited the Dragon's Table in Dolhr, and were bewitched into serving Gharnef in opposition to Marth in the War of Heroes. [2]

Elibe


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Main article: Idenn

The only known demon dragon was created by the dragonkin during the Scouring. In order to save themselves from crushing defeat by the sheer number of humans, a group of dragons planned to use a divine dragon to create an entity capable of spawning massive numbers of dragon warriors. Idenn was the subject of this plan, and was abucted and had her soul shattered to transform her into a demon dragon. Even with her ability to spawn war dragons, Idenn and the dragons were defeated, and Idenn was sealed away using the Binding Blade. She spent a thousand years imprisoned until she was freed by Zephiel, who had her resume the creation of war dragons.

Characteristics

Physical appearance

Mage dragons look similar to ice dragons with their sleek and serpent-like build, though they are not as muscular as ice dragons. Their spine is lined with barbs and they completely lack wings. Their hide is colored a pale purple.

In Elibe, the demon dragon look similar to Archanean mage dragons, but is much larger and have enormous, skeletal wings. Its body is covered in a thick layer of spiky scales and its head is horned and has a great scaly crest. While still mostly purple, it also has red patterns running along its length.

Powers

In Archanea, mage dragons have both an affinity for and an immense resistance to magical powers, and attack by exhaling arcane breath which acts as magic when it strikes its foe.

In Elibe, the primary ability of demon dragons is the production of war dragons. In addition to this ability they possess immense power and attack by striking with their tails or claws, or by exhaling malevolent breath.

Class data

The Mage Dragon exists as a separate class from the Manakete in Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, New Mystery of the Emblem, as well as The Binding Blade, and is near-exclusive to enemies. They originally used the Fire Breath weapon in Mystery of the Emblem, but the remakes changed them to instead use Mage Breath. In the Archanea games, certain playable Manaketes (Tiki only in the former, all Manaketes in the latter) can temporarily become Mage Dragons in battle through the use of a Magestone. However, in Mystery of the Emblem, the Magestone is used from the items menu to transform Manaketes into Mage Dragons both on the field and in battle for five turns, giving them access to Fire Breath.

Mage Dragons are, unsurprisingly, effectively the dragon counterpart to Mages and Curates. They are the only dragon class whose attacks are counted as magical damage and they accordingly have by far the highest magic stat of any dragon class. In Shadow Dragon NES, Shadow Dragon DS, and New Mystery of the Emblem, all Mage Dragons are completely immune to magical damage from enemies, including the attacks of rival Mage Dragons or Magestone users. While they do not have this trait in Mystery of the Emblem, they still have very high resistance, which they also have in other games.

The Demon Dragon's stats in The Binding Blade are significantly different considering that the only Demon Dragon, Idenn, is the game's final boss. It does not share the Archanean Mage Dragon's magical affinity at all, its attacks are considered physical, and it is not immune to magic. It has very high strength and defense, although this does not stop it from falling relatively easily to the Binding Blade or to Fae's Divinestone. Its weapon is Dark Breath.

In Shadow Dragon DS and New Mystery of the Emblem, the Mage Dragon class is classified as a special class, and accordingly has a higher level cap of 30.

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
40 6 -- 0 0 0 15 20 6 -- Breath: 7
The Binding Blade
(Demon Dragon)
40 25 -- 20 5 0 32 21 2 25 --
Shadow Dragon
(Mage Dragon)
18 0 7 2 0 0 12 11 6 -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
18 0 7 2 0 0 12 11 6 -- --

Notes:

  • The stats for Shadow Dragon DS are used to calculate the transformed stats of a manakete using a Magestone.

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 (see note)
The Binding Blade
(Demon Dragon)
60 30 -- 30 30 30 30 30 15 25 --
Shadow Dragon
(Mage Dragon)
60 30 30 30 24 30 30 30 32 -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 8 -- --

Notes:

  • In Mystery of the Emblem, Mage Dragons still have a weapon level stat even though they cannot use any conventional weapons which require it; Fire Breath does not have a weapon level requirement
  • The stats for Shadow Dragon DS are used to calculate the transformed stats of a manakete using a Magestone.

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
50% 10% -- 10% 10% 0% 10% 10% -- --
The Binding Blade
(Demon Dragon)
10% 0% -- 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% -- --
Shadow Dragon
(Mage Dragon)
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem
(Mage Dragon)
60% 50% 25% 80% 60% 0% 50% 20% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Class change

All appearances

Special class
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Mage Dragon


Notable Mage Dragons

Enemy Units
Name Game
Morzas Mystery of the Emblem Book 1
Xemcel Mystery of the Emblem Book 1
Mage Dragon (Mystery of the Emblem) Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Idenn The Binding Blade
Enemy Mage Dragon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Mage Dragon
• Demon Dragon
• Known by this name in Shadow Dragon and later games. This name refers specifically to the Archanean dragon type. It is often hyphenized as mage-dragon in Shadow Dragon.
• Known by this name in the epilogue of Fire Emblem. This name refers specifically to Idenn's form in The Binding Blade.
Japanese 魔竜 Romanized as MAGICDRAGON in internal files in Shadow Dragon DS and New Mystery of the Emblem. In the Japanese versions of the series, this name applies to both the Archanean type and Idenn's form.
Spanish Dragón magia Magic dragon. Abbreviated to Drg. magia in gameplay for space reasons.
French Dragon mage Mage dragon. Abbreviated to Drg. mage in gameplay for space reasons.
German Magie-Drache Magic dragon. Abbreviated to Mg.-Drache in gameplay for space reasons.
Italian Drago magico Magic dragon

Gallery

References

  1. "Haha... You came back just to die? I'm the most powerful servant of Medeus: Morzas of the Basilisk." - Morzas, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
  2. "Prince Marth, in this altar lurks many savage barbarians and mage dragons long gone mad. They have fallen under Gharnef's spell and will attack you given the chance." - Gotoh, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
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