|“||I searched for a long, long time, but you never turned up... Besides, with the man I am now... with all the blood I've got on my hands... I figured it was better if you didn't have anything to do with me, wherever you were.||”|
— Galzus to Mareeta in Chapter 24: The Baron in Black
Galzus (Japanese: ガルザス Galzus) is the prince of House Rivough in Isaach, a cousin of Prince Shannan of Isaach through his mother—the eldest child of King Mananan—and a full-blooded heir of the Crusader Od. During the Grannvale-Isaach war of Grann 757, Galzus fled Rivough with his daughter Mareeta when King Mananan attacked Rivough in retribution for the Rivough attack on Dahna, and became a mercenary. He was separated from Mareeta and eventually entered the service of Duke Raydrik of Munster.
Before Rivough's fall, Galzus's wife gave birth to their only child, Mareeta, but died soon after Mareeta was born. When King Mananan launched his attack on Rivough, Galzus fled with Mareeta. The two travelled together for some time, but were separated somewhere near Conote, when Mareeta wandered off against Galzus's wishes and was snatched up by a slave trader. Despite his best efforts searching, Galzus was unable to find Mareeta and eventually gave up, believing she would be better off without somebody so murderous for a father.
After losing Mareeta, Galzus worked as a mercenary, and eventually entered Raydrik's service in Munster. Under Raydrik's employment, Galzus worked as a guard at Munster Castle, and was tasked with pursuing Leif and the Magi as they fled imprisonment in the castle. He nonetheless secretly defied Raydrik to release Mareeta from her own imprisonment, entrusting her care to Saias while he remained in Raydrik's service, although he refused to explain his true motives for doing so to Saias.
When Leif later returned, leading his liberation army to storm Munster, Galzus still acted as one of Raydrik's mercenaries. He was approached by Mareeta, who had experienced a dream during her possession which revealed his identity as her father. At her behest, he joined Leif's army to help save Eyvel, Mareeta's adoptive mother. Upon Leif's army's successful rescue of Eyvel, he met with her for the first time and entrusted her with continuing to take care of Mareeta, but at her request agreed to visit Fiana once a year to visit.
Galzus first appears as an enemy optionally in Chapter 5. He arrives as a reinforcement from the central arena gate if four of the arena enemies have already been killed at the beginning of the next enemy phase; it is possible to complete the chapter without triggering his arrival. He is also an enemy reinforcement in Chapter 6, arriving at the beginning of the 15th enemy phase. In both of these appearances, it is impractical to fight him as his stats vastly surpass those of all units playable at the time, and his presence is likely intended as more of a warning to hurry one's escape. Despite this, some players may want to bait him into capturing an unarmed unit and then capture him with a mounted unit (preferably Fergus) with a Brave Sword.
Starting stats and growth rates
Enemy, Ch. 5 Enemy, Ch. 6 Playable
Galzus is the best combat unit in Thracia 776 next to Ced, with low availability as his only major drawback. He joins with capped strength, skill and speed, as well as an A-rank in both swords and axes. Outside of that, Galzus has 7 movement, 3 FCM, Luna and Astra. This set of combat parameters nigh-guarantees Galzus will one-round anyone he faces, even if he is not using a strong weapon.
Galzus is no slouch defensively, either. He has a massive 54 base HP, a solid 14 defense, and a decent 9 magic. Physical units tend to have a low magic stat, but Galzus's magic stat is salvageable. He may still fall prey to status staves, which the player should be mindful of. That said, using a Pure Water or a Magic Up staff helps protect Galzus from their influence.
Though he is especially good at dealing with most enemies during the time is recruited, Galzus is not the greatest choice when dealing with the final boss, Veld, due to his 80 hp and 25 defense. Ced instead will be able to one round him with a pure water and Forseti, meaning there are some cases where Ced may be needed for optimal combat strategies, instead of Saias, because Galzus is incapable of doing certain things due to the Forseti being a more reliable way of killing Veld than anything Galzus can use.
As if the traits mentioned above were not enough, Galzus also has a massive five action stars. This translates to a 25% chance to move again when he completes a turn. The effect is unreliable, but Galzus has a better chance of activating it than most units. If he activates it, he can move fourteen spaces in a single turn, kill two enemies on player phase, and more. Since Galzus is so good at combat, there is no reason not to use him when he is available.
Personality and character
Galzus attempts to hide his emotions by establishing himself as stoic and distant, but he still cares about the people important to him and his family. Despite the effort he put into trying to find Mareeta after her abduction by the slave traders, once he realized he was never going to do so, he came to believe Mareeta would be better off without having a murderous figure such as himself in her life. Once he reunited with Mareeta and her adoptive mother, Eyvel, he felt it was best to leave Mareeta in Eyvel's care with the promise of visiting her in Fiana once per year at Eyvel's request. According to Mareeta, she remembers Galzus prior to her separation from him as being gentle and kind in addition to his great strength.
Galzus, Black Myrmidon of Od
After liberating Munster, Galzus disappeared. There are no records, legends, or even rumors about his life thereafter.
|“||Ugh... Mareeta... I'm...||”|
— Galzus, as an enemy in Thracia 776.
|“||Hah! So this is it... You're a... real fascinating sort... I was even... able... to... see...||”|
— Galzus, when playable and as an enemy in Chapter 6 of Thracia 776.
|“||Guh... Mareeta... I'm...||”|
— Galzus, as an enemy in Chapter 24 of Thracia 776.
|“||Tch... Being at the mercy of an enemy... I've fallen so far...||”|
— Galzus, if captured and released as an enemy in Thracia 776.
— Galzus, in Thracia 776.
- If Galzus is not recruited or dies before the final chapter, he will be transformed into the Deadlord Bovis and act as an enemy in the final chapter.
- Galzus has the exact same growth rates as Olwen, Ilios, and Xavier.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources.
Officially romanized as Galzus.
Artwork of Galzus from Thracia 776.
- "Her mother... She died just after giving birth, and after that, the kid and I wandered the world together." — Galzus, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Galzus: I... You don't blame me...?
Mareeta: I'm the one to blame... Those slavers only caught hold of me because I didn't listen to you. Besides, I wasn't their prisoner for very long. Commander Eyvel rescued me just after it happened. I never held a grudge against you, Father!
Galzus:...I'm sorry. I searched for a long, long time, but you never turned up... Besides, with the man I am now... with all the blood I've got on my hands... I figured it was better if you didn't have anything to do with me, wherever you were." — Mareeta and Galzus, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Galzus: I do apologize for this, Bishop. Looks like all I've done is weigh you down.
Saias: Tell me something, Galzus. You said you work for Baron Raydrik, correct? So why this girl, of all people...? What is she to you?
Saias: ...Whatever you say, Galzus. I admit, this is a bit much to handle on my lonesome, but I'll manage. May the fortunes of war be generous to you, my good man." — Galzus and Saias, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "Galzus: I never should've led a nomad's life with such a small child to begin with. My daughter was very lucky to have found you... This is selfish of me, but... I think it'd be best if you were the one who watched over her after all this.
Eyvel: I agree. Mareeta is my daughter now—has been for years. I wouldn't let you take her away from me even if you wanted to.
Galzus: Good... After this is all over, I'll go back to my life of wandering. You'll never have to see me again.
Eyvel: Then before you leave, I have one last favor to ask, Galzus.
Galzus: Name it. If it's within my power, it will be done.
Eyvel: Once every year, would you visit us in Fiana? That's all I ask.
Galzus: ...... Very well... I will." — Galzus and Eyvel, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "I had half a mind to just leave, but I had to spare you a few words. I'm not much for talk, so... I'll make it fast. My daughter... How you've raised her, what you've made of her... Thank you." — Galzus, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
- "We were separated when I was very young, but I still remember him clearly. He was a towering mountain of a man, strong as an ox, and yet... gentle. Galzus the sellsword... You're... It's you! You're my father!" — Mareeta, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
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