The fire dragons (Japanese: 火竜 fire dragon; 古の火竜 Ancient Fire Dragon in Fire Emblem) are one of the dragon tribes of Archanea and Elibe. Fire dragons are the most commonly seen type of dragon in the series, and any manakete can take this form using a firestone.
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. 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, the majority of fire dragons presumably complied, among them Bantu. Some fire dragons either failed to comply or refused and thus degenerated into wild beasts as predicted; most of these fire dragons tended to dwell near the Flame Barrel, awaiting their death, thus earning the location the nickname "fire dragon boneyard".
Fire dragons also once lived on Elibe in the era preceding the Scouring, with Jahn being one of their number; the artificial War Dragons created by Idenn were all fire dragon manaketes as well. As with their fellow dragons, they were ultimately banished from Elibe through the Dragon's Gate and were forced to seek refuge elsewhere at the Scouring's conclusion; however, 980 years (Elibe time) after the Scouring, four total fire dragons were summoned by the sorcerer Nergal through the Dragon's Gate to blight Elibe; the first one failed to make the full crossing and was destroyed by the gate; the next three were summoned after Nergal's death as revenge for his defeat. Two of the latter were killed by the ice dragon Ninian, while the third was confronted and eventually slain by Eliwood, Hector, Lyn, Athos and their allies.
Notable fire dragons
|Survivor of the fire dragon clan. Fought as Marth's ally in the War of Shadows.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|The King of Pyrathi; loathes humans.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon|
|A fire dragon manakete serving Medeus. Guarded the Archanean capital.||Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon|
|A fire dragon who participated in the Miracle of Darna. Blood-bonded with Fjalar of the Twelve Crusaders.||N/A|
An unnamed dragon
|One of three fire dragons summoned through the Dragon's Gate by Nergal.||Fire Emblem|
|An Elibean fire dragon and survivor of the Scouring. Allied with Zephiel.||The Binding Blade|
The Fire Dragon exists as a separate class from the Manakete in Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, almost entirely exclusive to enemies. In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, any playable or enemy Manaketes can temporarily become Fire Dragons in battle through the use of a Firestone; however, in Mystery of the Emblem, the Firestone is used from the items menu to transform a Manakete into a Fire Dragon both on the field and in battle for five turns, giving them access to Fire Breath.
In Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Fire Dragons appear exclusively in Act 6, in the depths of the Thabes Labyrinth. One Fire Dragon must be fought at the end of B5F in order to obtain the Sage's Shield, and gain access to the lowest floors of the dungeon. From B6F on, they may appear more commonly.
|Mystery of the Emblem||48||8||--||0||0||0||12||5||7||--||--|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||18||8||0||5||5||0||10||5||6||--||--|
|Echoes: Shadows of Valentia||50||20||--||17||11||0||26||18||4||--|
- Fire Dragons of Echoes: Shadows of Valentia additionally have an experience yield of 250, a class strength of 1, and multiply experience by ×1.5.
|Mystery of the Emblem||52||20||--||20||20||20||20||20||20||--||--|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||60||30||30||30||30||30||30||30||8||--||--|
Class growth rates
|Mystery of the Emblem||50%||10%||--||10%||10%||0%||10%||10%||--||--|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||60%||50%||0%||60%||80%||0%||50%||20%||--||--|
|Echoes: Shadows of Valentia||10%||30%||--||30%||10%||0%||35%||20%||--||--|
Fire Dragons do not have any class skills in Mystery of the Emblem, Fire Emblem GBA, and New Mystery of the Emblem.
Notable enemy Fire Dragons
|Fire Dragon (Mystery of the Emblem)||Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Khozen||Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Brzak||BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles|
|Dragon (Fire Emblem GBA)||Fire Emblem|
|Enemy Fire Dragon units in the Fire Emblem series.|
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Japanese|| • 火竜
| • Fire Dragon; this name is used in Mystery of the Emblem (rendered in hiragana as "かりゅう"), New Mystery of the Emblem, and Shadows of Valentia.|
• Ancient Fire Dragon; this name is used only in Fire Emblem.
|Spanish||D. de fuego||Fire dragon|
|Italian||Drago fuoco||Fire dragon|
Artwork of the Fire Dragon from Fire Emblem.
Generic portrait of the Fire Dragon from Fire Emblem.
Generic portrait of the Fire Dragon from New Mystery of the Emblem.
The generic fire dragon portrait in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Close-up of the generic fire dragon portrait, from the stat screen, in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
CG of Marth killing a fire dragon from Shadow Dragon.
A fire dragon as it appears in battle in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Map sprite of the Fire Dragon from Fire Emblem.
|This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.|