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Fell Dragon

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Fell Dragon

FEA Grima 01.png
Artwork of Grima, a Fell Dragon, as he appears in Fire Emblem Awakening.

A force of despair created by an ancient alchemist.

Unit type(s)
  • God
  • Flying (hidden)



Dragonskin, Status Immunity

The Fell Dragons (Japanese: 邪竜 Evil Dragon) are a type of dragon that have appeared in both Ylisse and Elyos. They are among the most powerful kinds of dragons, with power rivaling or even surpassing that of the divine dragons, and are often characterized by a disdain for humankind and a desire to eliminate them. One fell dragon, Grima, is revered as a god by the country of Plegia.


Archanea and Ylisse

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The only known Fell Dragon in Ylisse is Grima. Long before the events of Shadow Dragon, Grima was created by Forneus, an alchemist from Thabes who sought to resurrect the dead and create a "perfect life form". Forneus created Grima through unknown means (though it is implied he was created from divine dragon blood[1]), and Grima began to grow when he received some of Forneus's blood.[2] Forneus also created the Death Masks that could turn corpses into Risen soldiers.[3] Eventually, the senate of Thabes sealed Forneus, Grima, and the Death Masks within Thabes Labyrinth.[4]

In Archanean year 608, Alm and Celica sailed from Valentia to Archanea's west coast; there, they removed the seal from Thabes Labyrinth and ventured inside, where they encountered and defeated Grima.

One thousand years later, Grima emerged from Thabes Labyrinth and wreaked havoc on Archanea, now known as Ylisse. In doing so, Grima made blood pacts with humans and came to possess them; these followers would become the Grimleal. Eventually, Grima is defeated by the first exalt of Ylisse—an ancestor to Chrom—and is put into a slumber. Following Grima's defeat, the Grimleal founded the country of Plegia, and awaited the birth of a child whose blood was pure enough for a resurrected Grima to possess.

One thousand years after his first attack, Robin is born to the Grimleal member Validar, and is a suitable vessel for Grima. The Grimleal successfully steal the Fire Emblem and resurrect Grima, allowing him to devastate Ylisse once more. After years of resistance, Chrom's daughter Lucina uses Naga's power to travel back in time and prevent Grima's resurrection; Grima follows her and attempts to posses Robin, but is too weakened by the time travel to do so. Though Lucina is unable to prevent Grima's resurrection, she is able to aid Chrom and Robin in defeating him before he can destroy Ylisse.


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Physical forms

Fell dragons in all worlds are typically black and dark purple, with more than two red eyes. They are among the largest types of dragon, with Grima in particular growing to be larger than even castles.

The fell dragon seen in Ylisse has a very unusual appearance for a dragon, appearing more serpentine or almost centipede-like. It has a scaly exoskeleton, a soft underbelly, and three pairs of feathery wings. Its head is especially abnormal, having three pairs of eyes, multiple sets of teeth, and an uncanny human-like face underneath its jaws.

Fell dragons seen in Elyos have a somewhat wyvern-like body structure, having two back legs, hand-like claws on their wings, and a long tail with a claw that can also be used like a hand. Their heads look very similar to cobras, featuring their distinctive neck hoods and forked tongues.


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Fell dragons have a natural affinity with darkness, being able to breathe deadly miasma. Their affinity with dark magic can also be seen clearly in the Grima's Truth and Obscurité tomes, the former of which explicitly channels the power of a fell dragon. These traits are similar to Shadow Dragons.

Both the Ylissean and Elyosian fell dragons are capable of creating undead monsters by raising human corpses; the Risen are created by the former, while the Corrupted are created by the latter. The fell dragons of Elyos are also capable of summoning Emblems from their rings by using incantations.

Fell dragons are also exceptionally resilient, with the Ylissean fell dragon being unable to be completely destroyed; even the full power of a divine dragon will simply put them in what can better described as a state of sleep for centuries, and they can be reawakened through the use of human sacrifices or the power of the Fire Emblem. The Ylissean fell dragon can only be truly killed forever by its own power.


The two most notable fell dragons, Grima and Sombron, are both highly antagonistic, with the former having an open disdain for humanity, while the latter seems to be at best uncaring about their fate. Despite their name, however, fell dragons do not appear to be inherently evil, as shown by Sombron's children, Veyle and Alear. Under normal circumstances and within her "true" personality, the former is generally kind and pleasant. Alear, on the other hand, while shown to be cold and seemingly emotionless prior to receiving the powers of the divine dragon, is still shown to have benevolent or at least non-violent tendencies during this time.

Notable fell dragons

Character Description Appears in
Portrait grima status fe15.png
A fell dragon created by the alchemist Forneus. Possesses the blood of a divine dragon, as well as a deep-seated hatred for humanity. Eventually brings ruin to the continent of Ylisse. Awakening, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Sombron The sole surviving fell dragon from another world, who was exiled to Elyos. Seeks to reunite with the Emblem of Foundations by any means necessary. Engage
Small portrait veyle fe17.png
One of Sombron's many children. Engage
Small portrait alear m fe17.png
One of Sombron's many children. Was tasked with collecting the Emblem Rings for him, but eventually rebelled against him and took a mortal wound. Became a divine dragon through Lumera's intervention. Engage
Small portrait nel fe17.png
One of Sombron's many children in an alternate Elyos. Engage
Small portrait rafal fe17.png
One of Sombron's many children in an alternate Elyos. Engage

Class data

The Fell Dragon exists as a distinct class only in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, where it serves as the personal class of the Creation, who would be later known as Grima.

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon level
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 150 12 -- 3 2 0 11 20 2 -- Monster weapons
Fell Dragons also multiply experience gained by ×2.

Miscellaneous stats

Game Experience CRP Gold Weight mod. Capacity Vision Size
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 250 1 -- -- -- -- --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon level
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 120% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- -- -- --
See class growth rate for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Dragonskin Innate.

Fell Dragons possess a passive skill marking it as a Is 3ds03 god 02.pnggod unit. The sole member of the Fell Dragon class, the Creation, also has the Dark Spikes, Anathema, and Nullify Ailments skills, although those skills are not technically tied to the class. The Fell Dragon's "god" classification is different to that of the Fell God, Duma.

Class change

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Special class
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Fell Dragon

Notable enemy Fell Dragons

Enemy Units
Name Game
The Creation Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Enemy Fell Dragon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
A force of despair created
by an ancient alchemist.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(God skill)
A fell dragon of divine
power and ill sentiment.


  • Velezark from Fire Emblem Warriors is known as a fell dragon in the Japanese version of the game, though this title was localized to "Chaos Dragon" in English and other languages.
  • This dragon breed's name and design (with the exception of the bipedal Velezark) may be a play on words as Evil Dragon (邪竜 Jaryū) is pronounced identically to Snake Dragon (蛇竜 Jaryū).
    • Additionally, Snake Dragon (蛇竜 Jaryū) is the name of The Sacred Stone's Wyvern Knight class's mount.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

Fell Dragon




Evil Dragon


Dragón Caído

Fallen Dragon


Dragon déchu

Fallen Dragon



Demon Dragon


Drago Maligno

Evil Dragon



Demon Dragon



Evil dragon

Simplified Chinese


Evil dragon

Traditional Chinese


Evil dragon



  1. "At last, blood from a divine dragon! Its power is terrifying. Beautiful." — Forneus's writings in Thabes Labyrinth, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  2. "At first, it was a tiny thing. But on day 80, I gave it my blood. It grew." — Forneus's writings in Thabes Labyrinth, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  3. "The critical component in the death mask is a particular shelled insect. I have come to call these marvels of nature thanatophages. Placed on a cadaver, thanatophages set down roots and assert control" — Forneus's writings in Thabes Labyrinth, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
  4. "Thus, the Council chose to seal Forneus's workshop with him inside it." — the Thabean Senate's writings in Thabes Labyrinth, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

See also

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.
Races and animals of the Fire Emblem series
Major species BeorcBrandedDragon (ManaketeDivine DragonEarth DragonFell DragonFire DragonFirst DragonIce DragonWar DragonWyvern) • EmblemGodHumanKitsuneLaguz (Black DragonCatHawkHeronLionRavenRed DragonTigerWhite DragonWolf) • MirageMorphNabateanTaguelWolfskinZunanma
Animals and other species CorruptedFabricationGriffinHorseIllusionKinshiMonsterPegasusPhantomRisenWolf
Classes in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericFighterMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestessSoldier
Intermediate classes KnightMyrmidonPaladinSniper
Advanced classes BaronBow KnightDread FighterFalcon KnightGold KnightHeroPriestessPrincessSageSaint
Overclasses ConquerorEnchantressExemplarGuruHarrierOliphantierRigainSkogulSpartanYasha
Monster classes BalorBonewalkerDeathgoyleDeimosDraculEntombedFafnirFiendGargoyleGarudaGuardianLichMogallNecrodragonRevenantTitanTomb LordWhite Dragon
Other classes ArcanistBoyBrigandCantorDagonDuma's ApostleFell DragonFell GodFire DragonGirlIllusory HeroMila's ServantVestalWitchVillager