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Franz

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Franz

FESS Franz.png
Artwork of Franz from The Sacred Stones.


An earnest and compassionate cavalier from Renais.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Family

Forde (older brother)

Starting class

Cavalier

Appearance(s)

The Sacred Stones

Fine. I may be young, but I'm every bit a Knight of Renais. I'll fight to the end to protect the princess, just like you, sir!
— Franz, to Seth

Franz (Japanese: フランツ Franz) is a young knight of Renais who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He is in loyal service to Eirika and Ephraim and first appears in the Prologue, though he is not playable until Chapter 1. He is generally quite respectful and modest, and he is the younger brother of Forde, another cavalier.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Role

Franz appears first in the Prologue, where Seth orders him to travel ahead and search for help. He then reappears in Chapter 1 as Eirika and Seth flee to Border Mulan. Soon after they arrive, he and Gilliam, a knight from Frelia, arrive to help them. Afterwards, they both join the army. Franz remains with the group throughout the story.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma gba cavalier playable.gif Cavalier
Level 1
Affinity Is gba lightaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically on turn 2

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Iron Sword
Iron Lance
Vulnerary
Vulnerary
Weapon Levels
Swords E Lances D Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Paladin +2 +1 +1 +1 +0 +2 +1 +2 +1 Swords +30
Great Knight +3 +2 +1 +2 +0 +2 +1 +4 -1 Axes D

Analysis

This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Franz is a Cavalier that joins in Chapter 1 of The Sacred Stones where he will contribute greatly thanks to his class giving him access to 7 move and two weapon types, letting him avoid a weapon triangle disadvantage. He comes with solid bases for his early join time, along with high growths in every area besides defense and resistance. Due to the low quality of enemies in the The Sacred Stones Franz will not have trouble reaching level 10 by the time the player gets the first Knight Crest and is able to promote early. He is by far the best user of the first Knight Crest as Gilliam, Kyle, and Forde will have trouble reaching level 10 as soon as Franz.

Franz's only real problem is the fact that he lacks the flier or staff utility of other units available as early as him. While this does not make him bad, it does mean that he has a harder time standing out from the rest of the pack, especially when Seth is able to do everything Franz can but with much better base performance. Franz also has a poor base luck stat, leaving him susceptible to low-percent crits from most enemies. However, his weaknesses are ultimately negligible and far outweighed by his advantages. Franz will easily pull his weight through the game if used regularly.

Franz's best promotion is without a doubt Paladin, as it gives him 8 movement, a valuable trait with the relatively limited number of units with similarly high movement. The Great Knight does give better speed and strength and access to axes, but has only 6 movement, which removes Franz's greatest asset.

Personality

Franz is a quite modest knight, and is very respectful to others. Most of the time, he is polite and often willing to give advice. He gives Gilliam advice in muscle relaxation and Natasha information about his satchel. This means he is very helpful to others. Also, he likes to fish instead of hunt. Sometimes he can also be slightly nervous to others. As a knight, he is very serious about fighting for Renais. Additionally, he can be quite perceptive; for example, he is able to realize that Forde is only laid back to cheer up the other soldiers and paints to better understand landscapes for battle purposes.

Franz is a knight of Renais like his older brother Forde and others. The two grew up through most of their lives without parents. In Franz's conversations with Seth, it is revealed that the brothers's father was a legendary knight for the Renais soldiers. Even Seth admired him, but this knight was fatally wounded after hunting down an assassin ten years before the War of the Stones. Franz does not remember much about his father besides crying about his absence and he and his brother vying for his attention. He remembers his father's scar on his shoulder quite clearly. His mother died before his father did, and Franz does not seem to remember anything about her. Still, he keeps her comb with him as a protective charm.

Supports

Main article: Franz/Supports
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Franz
Cavalier
Is gba lightaffin.png
Small portrait seth fe08.png
Seth
Paladin Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 15
Per turn:+2
Small portrait forde fe08.png
Forde
Cavalier Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 25
Per turn:+3
Small portrait natasha fe08.png
Natasha
Cleric Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2

[[{{{support7}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin7}}}affin.png|link={{{affin7}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support9}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin9}}}affin.png|link={{{affin9}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Small portrait gilliam fe08.png
Gilliam
Knight Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Amelia
Recruit Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 5
Per turn:+3

[[{{{support6}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin6}}}affin.png|link={{{affin6}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support8}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin8}}}affin.png|link={{{affin8}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

[[{{{support10}}}]]
[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin10}}}affin.png|link={{{affin10}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.

Endings

Franz the Faithful
He continued to serve Renais with the same devotion that he had during the War of the Stones. His generous nature and easy smile made him a favorite among the people.

Franz and Amelia
Franz brought Amelia home with him to Renais. Amelia spent a short time in Renais's army, but once she and Franz were married, she retired her commission. The two had a daughter who grew to be a great knight herself.

Quotes

Final Chapter quote

There must be something that I can do!
— Franz, in the final chapter of The Sacred Stones.

Death quote

I'm sorry, General Seth...
— Franz, in The Sacred Stones.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Franz is featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Franz
TCGCipher B18-078HN.png Faithful Paladin, Franz
Elibe

Male

Lance

Mounted
"Someday, I will become a knight even greater than my brother or my father!"
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Paladin Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
"I'll fight to the end to protect you!": [Always] If this unit is in the same area as your Main Character, this unit gains +10 attack.
A Lesson From the Silver Knight: [Activate] [Once per turn] Choose 1 Mounted ally, and move them. This skill is only usable if you have 1 or more other Mounted allies.
Card #B18-078HN • Artist: Nico Komori
TCGCipher B18-079N.png Young Knight of Renais, Franz
Elibe

Male

Lance

Mounted
"We must retake the castle. Then, we ride forth to Princess Eirika's aid."
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Cavalier Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Lone Cavalier's Call for Help: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] Choose 1 ally from the Back Line, and move them.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B18-079N • Artist: Nico Komori
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Franz .

Flavor text

Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
The Sacred Stones
An earnest and compassionate
cavalier from Renais.
ルネス王国に仕える騎士
真面目で優しい性格

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
CYL 1
(2017)
320 Portrait franz fe08 cyl.png
Franz
The Sacred Stones
615
CYL 2
(2018)
404
(+84)
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Franz
The Sacred Stones
430
(−185)
CYL 3
(2019)
367
(−19)
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Franz
The Sacred Stones
496
(+66)
CYL 4
(2020)
314
(−65)
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Franz
The Sacred Stones
467
(−29)
CYL 5
(2021)
268
(−46)
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Franz
The Sacred Stones
367
(−100)
CYL 6
(2022)
202
(−67)
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Franz
The Sacred Stones
502
(+135)
CYL 7
(2023)
157
(−45)
Portrait franz fe08 cyl.png
Franz
The Sacred Stones
402
(−100)
CYL 8
(2024)
209
(+52)
Portrait franz fe08 cyl.png
Franz
The Sacred Stones
323
(−79)
Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 3,602

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

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

Franz

German form of Franciscus.[1] Also a variant of the names "Francis" or "Frank". These names mean "Frenchman" or "free man"; this does not appear to have any significance in-universe.

Japanese

フランツ

Officially romanized as Franz.

Spanish

Franz

--

French

Franz

--

German

Franz

--

Italian

Franz

--

Portuguese

Franz

Used in the Choose Your Legends polls in Fire Emblem Heroes.

Traditional Chinese

弗朗茨

Franz; used in the Choose Your Legends polls in Heroes.

Gallery

Small portrait franz fe08.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait franz fe08.png Cavalier Ma gba cavalier playable.gif Paladin Ma gba paladin playable.gif Great Knight Ma gba great knight playable.gif
Bs fe08 franz cavalier sword.png
Sword
Bs fe08 franz cavalier lance.png
Lance
Bs fe08 franz paladin sword.png
Sword
Bs fe08 franz paladin lance.png
Lance
Bs fe08 franz great knight sword.png
Sword
Bs fe08 franz great knight lance.png
Lance
Bs fe08 franz great knight axe.png
Basic axe
Bs fe08 franz great knight axe02.png
Ranged axe

Official artwork

Battle animations

Heroes artwork

Meet some of the Heroes artwork

Cipher artwork

References

  1. Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Franz, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 8 September 2018
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Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
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Sacred Twins and personal weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!A New Journey
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling WoodsF: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
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