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FERD Gareth.png
Artwork of Gareth from Radiant Dawn.

A red dragon laguz from Goldoa. He is a powerful and reliable vassal assigned to watch over Prince Kurthnaga.





Starting class

Red Dragon


Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn

Gareth (Japanese: ゴート, Gort) is a Red Dragon who first appears as an NPC in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, before becoming a playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


Gareth serves as a retainer to King Dheginsea and Prince Kurthnaga during the events of Path of Radiance. He accompanied Kurthnaga when the prince encountered Nasir, with his ship stranded on a Goldoan reef. Kurthnaga ordered Gareth to direct the red dragons that were with them to move Nasir's ship out of the reef, and Gareth complied dutifully. He was later asked by the prince to fetch supplies for the ship, and once again complied with the request.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


Gareth does not appear until the third part of Part IV, Endgame. He plays no major role in the story. Despite not bearing any ill will towards Ike's army, he first appears as an enemy out of loyalty to Dheginsea, blocking the Chosen Ones from reaching Ashera alongside Dheginsea, Nasir, and the rest of the Goldoans. Like all the other dragons, he will not attack or counterattack Kurthnaga or Ena. If he is left alive, he will automatically join at the end of the chapter out of loyalty to Kurthnaga, as well as Nasir if he survived. On a second playthrough onwards, Gareth and Nasir, in a base conversation, explain to Kurthnaga and Micaiah the true history of Lehran and Dheginsea's intentions in covering up the nature of the Branded.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Red Dragon
Level 31
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Constitution 18»44
Recruitment: Part 4, Endgame (4), automatically from the start if he survived the previous part

Stats Growth Rates

Max HP 82 Speed 7»14
Strength 22»44 Luck 20
Magic 5»10 Defense 21»42
Skill 10»20 Resistance 9»18
Movement 5»6 Weight 26»84
Inventory Skills
Laguz Stone
Blood Tide
ShoveThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes -- Bows -- Knives -- Strike weapons S
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- Wind magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --


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

Gareth is one of the two playable red dragons in the game and joins extremely late in endgame. He has a high strength base and an S rank strike, so he can contribute heavy damage. His defense is high but does very little to help him, as all enemy units from his join time are magic users. His speed base is very low, so he will get doubled frequently. As a dragon laguz, he has 1-2 range combat, so he can counter most enemy units. He has low mobility which limits his options. Ultimately as a combat unit, Gareth is very weak and performs best as a support unit.

Gareth has a high growths in strength and defense and will cap them quickly. He has low growths in magic, speed, and resistance, with the latter two harming him significantly and are unsalvagable for his available chapters. His skill and luck growth are high for a laguz unit, which can help hit more reliably, especially Ashera's auras. While Gareth's combat would benefit from maxing his strike rank, it is unrealistic for him to raise it in two chapters. In a huge contrast to Nasir, Gareth's base resistance is notoriously poor, making it extremely easy for all the enemies to effortlessly kill him, made worse with the fact that he will always get doubled. Fortunately, his low resistance can be patched with tools such as Ward staves, Pure Waters, wardwood tiles, and standing next to Kurthnaga (Night Tide).

Gareth has the Blood Tide skill, which gives a +5 strength and skill boost to adjacent units. This is an extremely valuable support skill for endgame as Ashera's auras are extremely dodgy, so this boost allows more player units to accurately hit them. Blood Tide can be combined with Ena's version and Nasir's White Pool so a unit is able to double and can deal even more accurate damage.

Gareth has a thunder affinity which gives a light defense and avoid boost. Due to his join time, it is only possible for him to build one C support, which is still impractical as building a support with him will often take more than one chapter. As a non-combat unit, he does not benefit much from a support partner, though one may consider pairing Gareth with an earth affinity partner to help improve his avoid rates.

Personality and character

Gareth is one of the most underdeveloped characters in the series. He appears very infrequently and speaks very little during his time onscreen, but he can be characterized by an extreme devotion to the Goldoan royal family. He unquestioningly joins Dheginsea in the defense of the Tower of Guidance, but refuses to raise arms against Kurthnaga, the crown prince, or Ena, Rajaion's princess-consort, under any circumstances. After Dheginsea's death, he follows Kurthnaga without a second thought, again showing his loyalty towards Goldoa. Gareth is also trustworthy enough to be aware of Dheginsea's greatest secrets, and knowledgeable enough to share them with Kurthnaga and to become his nephew's chamberlain afterwards.


Bond supports

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Red Dragon
Default bonds:




Extra bonds:*





See Support § Radiant Dawn for more details on supports.


Gareth, Crimson Bodyguard
Gareth was named chaimberlain to the king’s new nephew, and taught him with both strictness and love.


Death quotes

Uhf... Prince Kurthanaga...
— Gareth, in Radiant Dawn.
Gareth: My prince... I was supposed to protect you, but... I failed.
Kurthnaga: No, Gareth! It was I that turned my back on Goldoa. Gareth... I'm sorry.

— Gareth, in Part IV, Endgame (3) in Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Gareth is featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Gareth
TCGCipher B16-083HN.png Crimson Bodyguard, Gareth



"Without the king's word, I can’t let that happen."
Attack: 70 Support: 20 Range: 1-2 Deploy Cost: 5
Class: Dragon Tribe Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Absolute Royal Command: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip 1 Tellius Bond card face-down] Until the end of your opponent's next turn, this unit gains +20 attack.
Red Scale Defending to the Death: [Always] All allies who are both Fang and Dragon are immune to destruction as the cost or effect of skills.
Card #B16-083HN • Artist: Hiroaki
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Gareth .

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn A red dragon laguz from Goldoa. He is a powerful and reliable vassal assigned to watch over Prince Kurthnaga. ゴルドア王国の竜鱗族。


Etymology and other languages

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


Meaning unknown. It may ultimately have a Welsh origin, possibly related to gwaredd meaning "gentleness".[3]



Officially romanized as Gort.















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

Traditional Chinese


Gort; used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Heroes.


Official artwork



  1. FE PoR: Gareth Character Profile (P. 85) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 2 March 2022
  2. FE RD: Gareth Character Profile (P. 119) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 2 March 2022
  3. Meaning, origin and history of the name Gareth, Behind the Name, Retrieved: May 7, 2018

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