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Ewan (ユアン, Yuan) is a student of magic who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He studies with his mentor Saleh in the mountains around Caer Pelyn, and works diligently to become a master of the magical arts. He starts as a pupil, the only one of his class in the entire Fire Emblem series series. Ewan is the brother of Tethys and is a cheerful, fun-loving child.
In Eirika's route, Ewan first appears in Chapter 10, in which he finds Tethys and asks her to let him adventure with her. He suggests to Eirika that they take a pass through the mountains to Rausten, going through the village of Caer Pelyn, where his teacher Saleh resides. In the next chapter, he guides the army through the mountains. When monsters appear in an abandoned fortress, Tethys tells him to stay behind and not fight. He obeys, but in Chapter 12, he begins to fight once someone visits a small house he is trapped in. Afterwards, he continues to fight with Eirika for the rest of the game.
In Ephraim's route, Ewan first appears in Chapter 12 with Saleh, who tells him to find Marisa, part of the mercenary company. He goes to a village to find her, while Saleh goes to find the Great Dragon. He is recruited by anyone who visits the village, and he joins the army. Afterwards, he continues to help fight with Ephraim.
Starting stats and growth rates
Eirika's route Ephraim's route
Promotion stat gains
|Sage||+4||+1||+0||+0||+0||+3||+3||+1||+1|| D, +40,|
|Mage Knight||+4||+2||+0||+0||+0||+2||+2||+2||+2||D, +40|
|Druid||+4||+0||+0||+3||+0||+2||+2||+1||+1|| E, D,|
From pupil (2)
|Pupil (3)||+4||+1||+0||+0||+0||+3||+3||+2||+1|| +40, D,|
|Sage||+4||+2||+0||+1||+0||+3||+3||+0||+1|| D, +40,|
In both Eirika and Ephraim's routes, Ewan first becomes playable in Chapter 12. In both cases, his base level and base stats are horrendous. Since he is a trainee unit, he starts at level 1 in a trainee class, which is essentially a downgraded version of regular unpromoted classes. Ewan will have plenty of catching up to do. He will have to be ground in the Tower of Valni if the player wants him to contribute in a prompt fashion.
Ewan dies in one round to nearly every enemy he will face, sometimes even to one attack. Therefore, he should avoid counterattacks and enemy phase combat at all costs. Fortunately for him, he uses magic, giving him 1-2 range. This flexibility lets him attack many enemies without facing counterattacks, which helps with training him. As a magical attacker, he also targets the enemy's resistance stat, which tends to be lower than their defense.
Promotion situation and choices
Ewan has a broad selection of promoted classes, thanks to him being a trainee unit. Upon reaching level 10 as a Pupil, he can become a Mage or a Shaman. From Mage, he can become a Sage or a Mage Knight, and from Shaman, he can become a Druid or a Summoner.
If the player has completed both Eirika and Ephraim's routes before, there is a third option. He can also promote to a Pupil again, and then to a Pupil once more as his second promotion. Many players call this promotion path 'Super Pupil.' While Super Pupil can use all magic types, it is primarily a novelty. It is overshadowed by Ewan's other promoted class options. For example, Super Pupil cannot use staves, unlike other promoted classes Ewan eventually has access to.
The choice between Mage or Shaman gives Ewan access to either anima magic or dark magic. His best tomes, in either case, will be Thunder or Flux respectively. The differences between these classes are minor outside of their weapon type. However, Shaman offers better statistical increases thanks to the +2 constitution bonus, letting Ewan wield heavier tomes without a speed penalty. The more critical part is Ewan's second promotion.
From Mage, Ewan can go into Mage Knight or Sage. Both offer a D-rank in staves and comparable statistical increases, but Sage also offers light magic at D-rank. In place of light magic, Mage Knight gives Ewan a mount and +2 movement instead of +1 movement, giving him 7 movement - on par with Cavaliers. Sage has superior stat caps, but this is only relevant in post-game content. Mage Knight offers significantly higher mobility and mount utility, including Canto and rescue-dropping. Its combat stats are comparable with Sage's combat stats, so Ewan does not lose combat potential by going Mage Knight instead of Sage. For these reasons, Mage Knight is the superior choice between the two unless post-game content is considered a factor. Even then, one may still value Mage Knight's movement over Sage's slightly better combat.
From Shaman, Ewan can go into Druid or Summoner. They have comparable statistical bonuses. Both grant an E-rank in staves, but Druid also offers anima magic at D-rank. Summoner, on the other hand, gives Ewan the ability to summon phantoms. The only other unit in The Sacred Stones with access to the summoner class is Knoll, and if Ewan has been trained all the way to Summoner, his stats will trump Knoll's in every aspect.
Moreover, the Summoner's phantoms offer unique utility. Enemies prioritize targeting them over targeting other player units, so the phantoms can save player units or bait enemies. They can distract enemy long-range weapon users, too. While they cannot use the rescue command, they still have access to take and drop commands, which can sometimes be helpful. Finally, while they only have 5 movement, they can move across any difficult terrain that is not a solid wall. This helps with their positioning and lets them bait enemies more easily.
While Mage Knight is arguably Ewan's best combat class overall thanks to its high movement, Summoner is the best utility class. There are many strong combat units in The Sacred Stones, but only one other Summoner - Knoll. Since summoning phantoms proves helpful on many occasions, making Ewan a Summoner makes him the most useful. Moreover, Summoner Ewan does not lose combat capabilities. He is still perfectly capable of fighting on par with a Druid or Sage but has added utility on top of that.
Overall, Ewan has a horrible start and needs many, many levels to contribute. However, suppose the player is willing to train him. In that case, they will receive a potent 1-2 range combat unit - and if Ewan becomes a Summoner, they will also receive a unique utility unit. This makes Ewan a high-investment unit with a decent reward. Training him is by no means necessary to complete The Sacred Stones, but it can be an amusing endeavor and has positive results.
Ewan is one of the characters added to the game in the Marvelous Dream update, and became available for summoning by players on November 7, 2019. Only one variation of Ewan is currently available in Heroes, based on his The Sacred Stones incarnation.
- Ewan: Eager Student is only available at 5★ rarity.
|A||Darting Stance 1||★★★★★||50 SP|
|A||Swift Stance 1||★★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Swift Stance 2||★★★★★||240 SP|
|B||Sabotage Spd 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|B||Sabotage Spd 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Sabotage Spd 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Ewan is a cheerful, friendly child who loves to show his magic abilities. Although he is new, he can do many interesting tricks and often thinks about how to make something fun. He is very laid-back and quite adventurous, such as when he insists that he go with Eirika to journey. Ewan also is very intelligent and enjoys brainteaser puzzles. Additionally, he comes up with several great ideas, such as communication from great distances and non-pegasus flying coaches.
Ewan is the brother of Tethys, and he is linked to Gerik's mercenary company, which Tethys is a part of. Therefore, he also knows Marisa, a member of the mercenary company. He and Tethys are orphans, abandoned by their parents when young; however, Ewan does not mind, since he has gotten to meet many people because of this. He often argues with Tethys that he is no longer a child, but he does greatly care for her. A few years ago, Saleh came to visit Gerik's mercenary group and met Ewan. According to Saleh, the spark in Ewan's eyes enticed Saleh to take him as a student. Once, Saleh once took him on a training journey across the entire continent of Magvel, on which Ewan was greatly mesmerized and impressed by the sights he saw. Although Ewan can somtimes be careless, such as when he dropped a magic tome into a river, Saleh greatly cares for Ewan and sees much talent in him, and Ewan greatly respects Saleh as a teacher.
- Main article: Ewan/Supports
Ewan, Enthusiastic Student
Ewan continued his studies, modeling his life after the teachings of Saleh. Eventually, his education branched off into different paths. His insatiable curiosity led him on a trip to explore the world.
Saleh and Ewan
Master and student returned to Caer Pelyn to study in peace. Ewan worked hard, and in time, his power grew to rival Saleh's. As equals, the two continued their studies together and expanded their knowledge ever more.
Ewan and Amelia
After the war, Ewan and Amelia set out, as promised, on a trip around the world. Their deeds along the way made small legends in the regions they visited. In time, Amelia gave birth to a daughter, and they settled down.
|“||I'm sorry, Teacher... I never--||”|
— Death quote
|“||I’ll show you all what my magic can do.||”|
— Ewan in the final chapter.
- Main article: Ewan/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Ewan is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Ewan|
|Enthusiastic Student, Ewan|
|"Look at this! Magic used to seem so hard, but I...I think I've got it. I've turned a corner in my education. I'm a real mage!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Sage||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Magic Taught by the Sage: [Activate] [Once per turn] [ ] Until the end of the turn, this unit gains +20 attack.|
Eminent Talent: [Always] This unit gains +10 attack.
Teacher-Surpassing Qualities: [Activate] [Once per turn] [ ] Draw 1 card. ( comes into effect if a total of X or more cards are stacked with this unit.)
|Card #B18-087HN • Artist: sachie|
|Innocent Pupil, Ewan|
|"I can help. My teacher finally got around to teaching me some magic."|
|Attack: 20||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Pupil||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|A Lesson from His Teacher: [Trigger] [ ] At the start of your turn, you may pay the cost and if you do: Choose up to 1 "Ewan" with a Deployment Cost of 2 or lower from your Deck, and add it to your hand. Then, shuffle your Deck.|
Training Emblem: [Support] If your defending unit is destroyed, at the end of this combat, you may add this card to your hand instead of sending it in your Retreat Area.
|Card #B18-088N • Artist: sachie|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Ewan .
- Ewan is one of the very few characters in the Fire Emblem series who can actually lose a weapon level when he promotes: if the player promotes Ewan from Pupil to Shaman, he loses his Anima rank.
- In his B support with Amelia, in the Japanese version Ewan sees under Amelia's skirt. The English version changed this line so Ewan instead says that Amelia's outfit is similar to Princess Eirika's.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Means "born of yew; youth; born of yew; God is gracious." It is a variation of Evan, Ewen, John, Euan, and Owen. Him being one of the trainees and being young could be a reference to his name.
Officially romanized as Ewan.
Artwork of Ewan from The Sacred Stones.
- "Ewan:' You should show me how good you are with your lance sometime.
Amelia: Huh? Um, all right. But... I'm sure you'd be bored.
Ewan: That's not true. And even if it were, it's simply a matter of how you make it fun." — Ewan and Amelia's C support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: That brainteaser was fun, huh? Did you get it yet?
Ross: I already told you I didn't have any fun!" — Ewan and Ross's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: Imagine people far away from each other talking.
Dozla: 10,000 paces? You must be kidding.
Ewan: No, I'm not. And even farther than that! For example... What if one person were in Frelia, and the other person were in Rausten?
Ewan: That's right! Anyone you could think of, you could talk to. I read about magical devices that could do the same thing, but... Wouldn't it be better if anyone could do it, and not just mages?" — Ewan and Dozla's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: Exactly! So I was thinking about coaches that could travel in the air..." — Ewan and Dozla's B support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: My sister and I were abandoned when I was really young, before I could even talk. She became a dancer and raised me all on her own. I'm really grateful for her.
Ross: You were an orphan? I-I'm sorry. I had no idea.
Ewan: How could you know? Don't worry about it. I don't even remember being abandoned. And because of that, I got a chance to travel around, and meet lots of people. Like you. So, I'm not sad at all." — Ewan and Ross's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: If that's the way you felt about it, why did you let me be your student?
Saleh: Your eyes.
Ewan: My eyes?
Saleh: You had a spark in your eyes. I knew that I saw an exceptional talent for magic in those eyes." — Ewan and Saleh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: Oh, really? My teacher--he's the great sage Saleh from Caer Pelyn-- took me out on a training journey for many months once.
Amelia: Where did you go?
Ewan: Lots of different places across Magvel. We went to Renais, Frelia, Rausten, and Jehanna. Oh, and we went to Grado, too." — Ewan and Amelia's A support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Ewan: That's right. Then I dropped it and SPLASH!! Right in it went... It wasn't in the water long, but those pages were totally illegible..." — Ewan and Saleh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
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