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|“||You're like those heroes that appear in the sagas that bards sing! You appear, help the needy, and leave as suddenly as you had come...||”|
— Larum, on Echidna
Echidna (Japanese: エキドナ Ekhidna) is a warrior of the Western Isles, and the leader of the resistance against the colonial Etrurian occupation of the Isles. When Roy started opposing the Etrurian abuse of the people of the Isles, Echidna joined up with his army upon the request of Larum, a resistance member.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- 2 Fire Emblem Heroes
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Endings
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
At the time Roy's army arrived at Mount Eburacum, Bishop Orlo's soldiers had extracted from a villager the news that Echidna was in hiding in a village near the mountain's base, and launched an assault on the village to arrest her. Echidna emerged and engaged the army in battle, rather than surrendering. During the skirmish, she was approached by Larum, who had joined up with Roy's army, and was convinced by her to ally with Roy in opposing Etruria's Isles operations and beyond.
Starting stats and growth rates
Echidna joins as a prepromoted Hero in chapter 11A of The Binding Blade where she will come out of upper yellow house on the right side of the map on turn 8. She will be ambushed by 3 enemies and they can attack your units as well, so it's improtant to keep your fragile units out of range, she does have a small chance of death if she gets hit by all of the three enemies, but this is quite rare.
She joins with high bases in areas such as strength, speed and skill, but low ones in areas such as luck, defense, resistance and constitution. She also has low growths in every area besides HP, ensuring that her stats will not improve much. She comes equipped with a steel axe which lowers her speed a lot because of its high weight and Echidna's low constitution, so it's recommended to trade her lighter axes or swords. Her weapon ranks are fairly high allowing her to wield powerful weapons such as killer axes, killing edges and wyrmslayers at base, this along with her high strenght and speed allows her to be a potent combat unit in her joining chapter as well as many of the next few chapters as well, but her low defense and somewhat low HP means that fighting large groups of enemies is quite risky with her even if dodgetanking is fairly viable in The Binding Blade. Because of her low growths and low bulk she will fall off near the lategame, as she will have trouble doubling some of the enemeies and one rounding them without a crit, even so she can still contribute well during the later chapters thanks to her having acces to both axes and swords. She's a great candidate for both Durandal and Armads thanks to her high base weapon ranks, but these weapons should not be used much before chapter 23 if the player desires to get the true ending.
Overall, Echidna is a solid unit having great combat for a few chapter, but will fall off after those. Even so she's still perfectly usable in later chapters and is one of the few viable axe user in the game.
In comparison to Bartre
Depending on the village you visit in chapter 9, you can either get access to the path where you get Echidna or the path where you get Bartre. Bartre is overall bulkier thanks to his higher HP, luck and defense, along with being stronger with a high 22 defense. Because of his high consitution he can use heavy wepons without losing speed, while still being light enough to be rescued by units like Shanna, and has access to bows wich are useful for dealing with numerous dangerous enemy flyers. Unlike Bartre, Echidna has very high speed and skill which allow her to double and hit enemies consitetnly which is fairly rare in The Binding Blade. Most importantly Echidna has access to swords which are a much better weapon type than axes and bows, along with a high enough weapon rank to use powerful ones such as killing edges, making her a much better bosskiller and her overall combat much more consistent.
Overall, because of her more balanced stats and access to a better weapon type, Echidna is generally prefered over Bartre.
Echidna is one of the characters added to the game in the Heavenly Witness update, and became available for summoning by players on November 19, 2019. Only one variation of Echidna is currently available in Heroes, based on her The Binding Blade incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|A||Brazen Spd/Res 1||★★★||60 SP|
|A||Brazen Spd/Res 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Brazen Spd/Res 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Spur Atk 1||★★★||50 SP|
|C||Drive Atk 1||★★★||120 SP|
|C||Drive Atk 2||★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Echidna is self-described as being exceptionally stubborn and determined, refusing to merely surrender and insisting on fighting on even when surrounded by Etrurian soldiers. She never talks about her own history, and is single-mindedly fixated on the welfare of others, determined to do everything she can to help and protect the people of the Western Isles; she is similarly humble and struggles to respond to being praised by others. She is blunt and honest, directly criticising Larum for her infamously poor cooking skills, being entirely honest about her motives in seeking the help of others, and in her opinions of Gonzalez's situation regarding his appearance and ostracization. During the war, she was determined to spend her time after it constructing a new village in the Isles to provide homes for all those who lost their livelihoods to the war, and actively sought as much assistance as possible from others, including Lot, Wade, Geese and Gonzalez.
The Binding Blade
- Main article: Echidna/Supports
Echidna - Goddess of the West
Short: Returned to the Western Isles.
Long: After Echidna went back home to the Western Isles, the people were overjoyed at the return of their hero. She left the rebel group, but the people begged her to be their leader once again. Her hard work united the Western Isles into a new nation, the Western Union.
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|“||Everyone on the Isles... Don't give up.||”|
— Echidna, in The Binding Blade.
- Main article: Echidna/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Echidna is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Echidna|
|Goddess of the West, Echidna|
||"I have no intention of going quietly."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Hero||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Tactics of the Resistance: [Trigger] When this unit is deployed, you may choose 1 card with an "Attack Emblem" skill from your Retreat Area, and place it on top of your deck.|
Hand Axe: [Activate]  Until the end of this turn, this unit's range becomes 1-2.
|Card #B09-061HN • Artist: Yoneko|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Echidna .
- Echidna was the fourth and final female member of a Mercenary-related class in the Fire Emblem series prior to the class becoming gender-neutral in Awakening, a decade after Echidna's appearance in the series.
- Echidna is the first female unit to be able to wield axes immediately upon recruitment.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Echidna||As of Heroes. In Greek mythology, Echidna was a monster who was half-woman and half-snake.|
|Echidna||Used in the The Binding Blade fan translation.|
|Japanese||エキドナ||Officially romanized as Ekhidna. Alternative romanization of the Greek.|
Echidna in an artwork of Roy and Al from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "Soldier: If you surrender peacefully, perhaps Bishop Orlo will have mercy on you.
Echidna: Sorry, but I'm sorta the stubborn type." — An Etrurian soldier and Echidna, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Larum: ...You know, you're really noble.
Larum: You're always thinking about others. Even this, you're building a village so that other people can live peacefully.
Larum: You're like those heroes that appear in the sagas that bards sing! You appear, help the needy, and leave as suddenly as you had come... You're also mysterious since you never tell anybody about yourself.
Echidna: Right...I don't.
Larum: But I won't ask. I'm really curious, but there must be an important reason why you won't tell us." — Larum and Echidna, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Echidna: Ever since I started the rebellion, I've been eating your... I can't even bear to say it in words. Anyway, I wouldn't call it food.
Larum: I never! I've always been trying...
Echidna: Look, Larum. You usually don't end up burning the house down when you cook a proper meal.
Larum: That's not a big loss, considering how wonderful my food tastes.
Echidna: The wails and moans of the rebel members... I can still hear them echoing in my ears. Has Elffin eaten ever eaten the stuff?" — Echidna and Larum, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Echidna: All right, Gonzalez. I don't believe in that 'As long as you have a kind heart...' crap. You're ugly. People made fun of you because of it.
Echidna: But that doesn't mean you should just give up. You should look over yourself carefully, and find something that only you have. You'll eventually find something that's unique to you.
Gonzales: To me...
Echidna: Right, unique to you. If you have that, no one'll be making fun of you any more. You won't have to belittle yourself all the time. You can stand proud." — Echidna and Gonzalez, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Echidna: Hey, wait! I need a favor from you.
Echidna: Right. It has to be you. You see, there's gonna be a new village built on the Western Isles.
Echidna: There are lots of people who lost their homes because of the war. Some of them from the rebel group that I was with.
Gonzalez: Lost home...
Echidna: So, we've decided to build a village for those people. And we need help, you see. It'd be really great if we get some strong men like you. What do you say?" — Echidna and Gonzalez, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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