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Edelgard von Hresvelg

Part I (Three Houses) Part II (Three Houses) Flame Emperor Heroes

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Artwork of Edelgard in Part I, from Three Houses.

Princess and heir apparent of the Adrestian Empire






17 (Part I)
23 (Part II)


June 22


158 cm (~5'2")



Starting class


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Still, we have no choice but to eliminate those who cling to unreasonable ideas of justice. Even if our enemies are the gods themselves...we must never lose sight of our goal. [...] It's not possible to change the world without sacrifice. Dying for the greater good is not a death in vain.
— Edelgard

Edelgard von Hresvelg (pronounced /ˈeɪdəlɡɑɹd vɒn ˈhɹɛsvɛlɡ/[key]; Japanese: エーデルガルト=フォン=フレスベルグ Edelgard von Hresvelg) is one of the three main characters, alongside Dimitri and Claude,[2] appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. She is the heiress apparent to the Adrestian Empire and the leader of the Black Eagles house at the Officers Academy. During the events of Part I, Edelgard disguises herself as the Flame Emperor (Japanese: 炎帝 Flame Emperor), an entity working against the Church of Seiros.


Edelgard was born the ninth child of Emperor Ionius IX of the Adrestian Empire. In Imperial Year 1171, Edelgard was taken to Faerghus by her uncle, Lord Arundel, and she quickly befriended her maternal stepbrother Dimitri. When she returned to the Empire in 1174, he gave her a dagger as a parting gift. At some point in her childhood, she and all ten of her siblings were imprisoned by a conspiracy of nobles including Arundel, Duke Aegir, and Lord von Vestra, with Ionius IX helpless to stop them. The siblings were subjected to horrific experimentation in order to implant them with the Crest of Flames, and ultimately Edelgard was the sole survivor and successful test subject. Developing a hatred of the Crest system that had dominated Fódlan for a millennium, Edelgard swore to destroy the Crests and the Church of Seiros which upheld their power by any means necessary and unite Fódlan under the Adrestian banner to create world peace.

In Imperial Year 1180, Edelgard enrolled at the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery along with several of her friends and people from her kingdom. In order to facilitate her campaign against the Church, she took up the disguise of the Flame Emperor, a masked individual conducting terrorist operations against the Church, and made a reluctant alliance with a group known only as "those who slither in the dark". Her identity as the Flame Emperor was known only by a select few, including an Adrestian general known only as the Death Knight and her loyal vassal Hubert. She hired a group of bandits led by Kostas to assassinate Dimitri and Claude, heirs apparent of Faerghus and Leicester, in order to make her eventual conquest of Fódlan easier. However, this was thwarted by the mercenaries Byleth and Jeralt, and Byleth took up a teaching position at the Academy. Their choice of which house to lead would have far-reaching consequences for all of Fódlan.

In all routes, Edelgard spends the next year studying at the Officers Academy along with the Black Eagles and orchestrating attacks on the Church as the Flame Emperor. Eventually, she convinces Ionius IX to abdicate and assumes the Adrestian throne. After being unmasked as the Flame Emperor in the Holy Tomb, Edelgard formally declares war on the Church. She launches a full-scale invasion of Garreg Mach Monastery, and the monastery is overrun and Byleth goes missing. In all routes other than Crimson Flower, Edelgard and "those who slither in the dark" spend the next five years battling Faerghus and Leicester. With the aid of Cornelia, a member of "those who slither in the dark", Edelgard is able to bring western Faerghus under her control.

Black Eagles

If Byleth chooses to lead the Black Eagles, Edelgard and her classmates become their pupils. Edelgard accompanies Byleth directly throughout their time teaching at the Officers Academy and occasionally acts against her own interests as the Flame Emperor, either to protect her cover or to oppose the more extreme actions of her "allies". As the school year progresses, Edelgard becomes attached to Byleth and hopes to sway them to her way of thinking. Eventually, Edelgard is unmasked as the Flame Emperor in the Holy Tomb, and Byleth is forced to make an ultimate choice regarding their loyalties.

Crimson Flower

If Byleth chooses to desert the Church to remain with Edelgard, she and Hubert are extremely grateful. Edelgard organizes her former classmates into an elite task force known as the Black Eagle Strike Force. After the Battle of Garreg Mach, Archbishop Rhea takes refuge in Fhirdiad and Edelgard spends the next five years locked in a bitter stalemate with the Kingdom and the Alliance. Eventually, Byleth returns, and with their aid Edelgard is swiftly able to conquer Leicester and either kill Claude or force him into exile. After beating back an attempt by the Church to retake Garreg Mach, Edelgard begins military operations against Faerghus in earnest. She first conquers Arianrhod, a fortress on the western border between Adrestia and Faerghus. Afterwards, she begins a direct march for Fhirdiad. Dimitri and Rhea move to intercept her at the Tailtean Plains, but Rhea is driven off and Dimitri is slain in battle. The group finally arrives in Fhirdiad, and Rhea orders the city burned to the ground in order to slow them down and transforms into her ultimate form, the Immaculate One. Edelgard, Byleth, and the Black Eagle Strike Force engage her in a climatic final battle. Ultimately, the Empire emerges victorious and Rhea is slain. With all of Fódlan under Adrestia's dominion, Edelgard finally begins the reforms she always wanted to bring to the nobility and the Crest system and begins a silent war against "those who slither in the dark" now that they have outlived their usefulness to her.

Silver Snow

If Byleth chooses to remain with the church, Edelgard accepts that they have now become an obstacle to her ambitions. Five years after the fall of Garreg Mach, she returns to the monastery and reunites with Byleth. She asks them to return to the Empire, but they refuse, prompting her to draw the Sword of Seiros and clash with them. Declaring that one of them will meet their end, she bids Byleth farewell. Afterwards, Byleth forms a resistance army to defeat Edelgard and rescue Rhea. A few months later, she engages both the remnants of the Kingdom army and the Alliance forces at Gronder Field and sustains heavy injuries, though she does successfully kill Dimitri and drive Claude into exile. She retreats to Enbarr, and the resistance army pursues her all the way to the Imperial palace and defeats her in battle. She begs Byleth to be the one to finish her off and formally bring an end to the war, a request they grant. Afterwards, Dedue destroys her corpse as a final act of spite and vengeance for Dimitri.

Azure Moon

If Byleth chooses to lead the Blue Lions, Byleth returns to Dimitri's side and tips the scale of the war decisively in the Kingdom's favor. Edelgard personally leads an elite detachment to battle Dimitri and Claude at Gronder Field, but is defeated and driven off. After Dimitri recovers from the mental trauma he suffered during his five-year exile, he offers to parley with Edelgard. Accompanied by Hubert and Byleth, the two have a heartfelt conversation about the future of Fódlan, but ultimately conclude that their views of the world cannot coexist and they must settle their differences in battle. Edelgard returns to the Imperial palace in Enbarr. While Hubert stalls for time and is ultimately slain, Edelgard uses the power of her twin Crests to transform into a Demonic Beast of extreme power. In this form, she faces Dimitri in a climatic final battle, but is defeated and returned to human form. Dimitri makes one last attempt to reconcile with her, but Edelgard attacks him with the dagger he once gifted her. Dimitri stabs her in the heart with Areadbhar, killing her instantly.

Verdant Wind

If Byleth chooses to lead the Golden Deer, Edelgard is encountered at Gronder Field and engages both the remnants of the Kingdom army and the Alliance forces; Leicester emerges victorious, and Dimitri is slain by retreating Imperial troops. She retreats to Enbarr, and Claude and Byleth pursue her all the way to the Imperial palace and defeat her in battle. She begs Byleth to be the one to finish her off and formally bring an end to the war, a request they grant. Afterwards, Dedue destroys her corpse as a final act of spite and vengeance for Dimitri.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses


Edelgard is one of the game's lord characters, and her defeat under the player's control is grounds for an immediate game over. She is a major antagonist on the Silver Snow and Verdant Wind routes, the main antagonist and final boss of the Azure Moon route, and a temporary playable character and recurring boss on all three. She is also the primary protagonist of the Crimson Flower route.

Starting stats and growth rates


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Ma ns01 noble edelgard playable.gif Noble
Level 1
Movement 4
Crest Minor Crest of Seiros
Recruitment: Prologue, automatically from turn 1. Leaves party if the Black Eagles are not chosen, or if Byleth chooses to side with the Church of Seiros in Chapter 11 of the Black Eagles route, and cannot be re-recruited.

Base Stats Growth Rates Max Stats

Inventory Abilities
Iron Axe
Imperial Lineage*
Sword Prowess Lv 1
Axe Prowess Lv 1
Authority Lv 1
Combat arts Spells Battalion
Smash -- --
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying
E+ E D E E+ E E D D E E
Strength -- Strength Weakness Strength Budding Talent Weakness Strength Strength -- --

Upon reaching a C+ support with Byleth, Edelgard gains access to the Crest of Flames.

Enemy - Chapter 1

Normal Blue Lions Hard Blue Lions Maddening Blue Lions Normal Golden Deer Hard Golden Deer Maddening Golden Deer

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Ma ns01 noble edelgard enemy.gif Noble
Level 3
Movement 4
Crest Minor Crest of Seiros
Max HP 30 Luck 5
Strength 14 Defense 6
Magic 7 Resistance 4
Dexterity 6 Charm 11
Speed 9
Inventory Abilities
Training Axe
Imperial Lineage
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- -- --
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying Class mastery
E E E E E E E E -- -- -- FE16ClassMasteryEmpty.png

Enemy - Chapter 7

Normal Hard Maddening

Enemy - Chapter 11

Normal Blue Lions Golden Deer Hard Blue Lions Golden Deer Maddening Blue Lions Golden Deer Normal Black Eagles Hard Black Eagles Maddening Black Eagles

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Ma ns01 flame emperor enemy.gif Flame Emperor
Level 23
Movement -
Crest Crest of Flames
Max HP 51 Luck 10
Strength 18 Defense 22
Magic 14 Resistance 8
Dexterity 12 Charm 24+5
Speed 6
Inventory Abilities
Steel Axe Charm
Seal Strength
Seal Magic
Axe Prowess Lv 3
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- -- Flame Emperor Co. Lv. 3
Raging Flames
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying Class mastery
E E B E E E E B -- -- -- FE16ClassMasteryComplete.png

Enemy - Blue Lions/Golden Deer/Church of Seiros Chapter 12

Normal Hard Maddening

Enemy - Azure Moon/Verdant Wind Chapter 17

Normal Hard Maddening

Enemy - Silver Snow Chapter 19/Verdant Wind Chapter 20

Normal Hard Maddening