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This article is about the playable character; for the boss from Gaiden, see Garcia (Gaiden).

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Artwork of Garcia from The Sacred Stones.

A villager from Renais. He was once a feared military leader.






The Great Garcia

Starting class



The Sacred Stones

Garcia (Japanese: ガルシア Garcia) is a fighter who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He was once a revered commander in the Renais army, but retired to focus on his home life and his son, Ross. He has a strong sense of duty, and cares deeply for his son.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones


Garcia first appears in Chapter 2 of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, when his village is being attacked by bandits. He helps his wounded son out of the village, then protects him until Eirika and her group arrive with help. After the battle, Garcia and Ross decide to stay with Eirika, and accompany her as she continues on her journey.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Level 4
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Recruitment: Chapter 2, talk to with Ross, or automatically at the end of the chapter if both he and Ross survived

Stats Growth Rates

Iron Axe
Hand Axe
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes C Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Warrior +3 +1 +2 +0 +0 +3 +3 +2 +1 Axes +40, Bows E
Hero +4 +1 +2 +2 +0 +2 +2 +0 +1 Swords C


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

Garcia is a level 4 Fighter who joins in Chapter 2 and can contribute from the start. His base stats are solid, particularly in strength, speed, and HP. This gives him a high enough damage output to one-round Chapter 4 monsters, for example. With a base C-rank in axes, he can use every axe available early, including Hand Axes. Thanks to that, he has easy access to 1-2 range, a desirable trait in The Sacred Stones. His durability is good as well. Garcia is fast enough at base level to avoid getting doubled even by faster enemies. Gilliam and Seth are the only other early game units with comparable durability.

Garcia's main problem is that fielding him is harder to justify as the game goes on. While he never truly falls off, powerful units start joining the player's army in the midgame. They all eclipse Garcia in some way. Saleh, Duessel, Gerik and Cormag are excellent examples. They all have something to offer beyond unmounted combat, and they can all have 1-2 range like Garcia.

Another problem Garcia has in the long term is his speed. While his base speed is good, his growth is only 20%, so he will stop doubling after a few chapters. Some faster enemies may also double him in the later chapters if the player does not mitigate the issue.

Garcia has two promotion choices: Warrior and Hero. Warrior supplies higher defense and resistance bonuses than Hero. It also grants Garcia an E-rank in bows and +40 axe rank experience. Hero offers a C-rank in swords and a +2 speed bonus instead; Warrior does not grant bonus speed.

Hero is the superior promotion choice for Garcia. The +2 speed bonus is significant since Garcia has long-term speed issues. +2 speed helps mitigate the problem and may let him double some enemies again. It also prevents him from getting doubled by most enemies, even later in the game. While Warrior does give +2 constitution, Garcia already wields most axes without a speed penalty, and with 16 constitution he is difficult to rescue around.

The C-rank in swords is rarely useful, since axes are better weapons in most situations. A promoted Garcia can use swords for weapon triangle advantage, but he will seldom need to. That said, a C-rank in swords is still better than an E-rank in bows. An E-rank in bows is outright unimpressive because it only allows Garcia to use Iron Bows. If the player wants to use bows, they can promote Gerik to Ranger, use Innes or train Neimi. They will all be better at using bows than Garcia ever will. Since bows are 2-range only, using them prevents Garcia from fighting well on enemy phase. Finally, Warrior's minor advantage in defense and resistance bonuses is negligible. Garcia's defenses are good regardless.

To summarize, Garcia's early game performance is exceptionally good. He is among the more durable units there, can one-round some enemies, and has 1-2 range. He suffers from long-term speed issues, but promoting him to Hero can mitigate them to an extent. He never truly falls off. While other units can and will eclipse Garcia, he remains a decent deployment choice for most of the game.


Garcia is a cheerful, caring soldier with great skill. He takes his job very seriously, but still manages to be polite. His most important task in life is to protect his son, Ross. He is willing to try new things, as shown with his conversations with Dozla, in which he tries out bows and magic. However, he ends up almost shooting himself, and Dozla burns off Garcia's beard with magic, although he does get it to grow back. He thinks of things optimistically and is very dedicated to both fighting and caring for Ross.

Garcia was previously a brave troop commander of Renais of famous skill. However, he did not have any time for family, for his wife Risa and son Ross. When he learned that his wife died, he realized his mistake. Garcia then retired and became devoted to taking care of his son in his hometown of Ide. He continued to stay as solely a father until Eirika came to the village. Although he at first declined their request for him to join their army, Ross convinced him to keep on fighting.

Garcia admits that he does not really regret his time with Renais's army, and that he accepts his past, according to his conversation with Seth. He does enjoy having a family. According to him, his wife was much like Princess Eirika, gentle, but strong and empathetic. Ross says to Lute in one of their conversations that his mother was able to use magic. In supports with Neimi, it is revealed that Garcia has met her legendary grandfather, Zethla.


Main article: Garcia/Supports
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Initial: 35
Per turn:+4
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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 0
Per turn:+2

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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2

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See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Garcia, the Warrior Reborn
He returned to Ide to help with its reconstruction after the bandit attack. Afterward, he reenlisted in the army, serving Renais as a troop leader. His strength, valor, and experience inspired many.

Garcia and Ross
Father and son returned to Ide, where they toiled together to rebuild their village. Ross grew to become a greater warrior than even his father. When he himself had a son, that child continued his family's legacy.


Death quote

I have no regrets. This was always my fate.
— Death quote

Battle quotes

This may be my last battle. I'll hold nothing back.
— Garcia in the final chapter.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Garcia is featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Garcia
TCGCipher B11-012HN.png The Warrior Reborn, Garcia


"Don't work yourself into a lather. In the heat of battle, a good warrior remains calm where lesser men do not."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Warrior Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Undying Brawn: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] This turn, this unit gains +30 attack.
Warrior's Treasure: [Trigger] When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, if you have an ally "Ross", you may choose a "Ross" card in your Retreat Area and place it under your ally "Ross".
Card #B11-012HN • Artist: Yoneko
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Garcia .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Sacred Stones
A villager from Renais. He was
once a feared military leader.

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 3,201


  • In the prototype of The Sacred Stones, Garcia was known as ボルバ Borba. This was potentially intended as homage to Valbar from Fire Emblem Gaiden, as, when read backwards, the name becomes バルボ, Valbar's Japanese name.
  • In Gilliam and Garcia's C Support, Garcia calls Gilliam "Garcia" during the part where Garcia challenges Gilliam to arm-wrestle him. This same typo appeared in the Japanese version, the NTSC localization did not fix this, though the PAL version corrected this.
  • In the Japanese version, the support set for Garcia and Dozla involved them drinking alcohol and getting drunk. This was changed in the localization where they instead end up trying out many different weapons and end up hurting themselves in amusing ways.[1]

Etymology and other languages

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


Typically used as a surname, most likely of Basque origin.[2] It is the most common surname in all of Spain. It comes from an adjective meaning "the young".[3]



Officially romanized as Garcia.



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Traditional Chinese




Small portrait garcia fe08.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait garcia fe08.png Ma gba fighter other.gif Fighter Ma gba fighter playable.gif Hero Ma gba hero playable.gif Warrior Ma gba warrior playable.gif
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Basic axe
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Ranged axe
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Basic axe
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Ranged axe
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Official artwork

Battle animations

Heroes artwork

Meet some of the Heroes artwork

Cipher artwork


  2. Meaning, origin and history of the name García, Behind the Name, Retrieved: December 23, 2021
  3. Garcia (surname), Wikipedia, Retrieved: March 24, 2011
  4. "Filho de Garcia, um guerreiro de Renais." — Portuguese help text description of Ross: His Father's Son, Fire Emblem Heroes
  5. "路奈斯王國的戰士賈西亞的兒子。" — Traditional Chinese help text description of Ross: His Father's Son, Fire Emblem Heroes
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Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
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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
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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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