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Artwork of Giffca from Radiant Dawn.

A member of the lion clan of the beast tribe laguz. His strength in battle and long years of dedicated service to King Caineghis has earned him the title of King’s Shadow.







Starting class


Giffca (Japanese: ジフカ Giffca) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is also known as King Caineghis's shadow.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


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In the final chapter, Repatriation, Giffca is one of the three units that Ike can choose as backup to help defeat Mad King Ashnard. This is the only point in the game when he is playable. Once Daein is finally defeated, Giffca and the other laguz forces return to their respective nations, not playing a major role again until the events of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Starting stats and growth rates

Medium portrait giffca fe09.png
Beast Tribe (Lion)
Level 20
Attribute Is gcn darkaffin.png
Build 17»32
Recruitment: Endgame. Near the beginning of the chapter (Easy/Normal) or at the start of the second part of the chapter (Difficult/Maniac), select Giffca when prompted.

Stats Growth Rates

Max HP 68 Speed 25»28
Strength 32»40 Luck 22
Magic 10»10 Defense 25»30
Skill 28»33 Resistance 16»19
Movement 7»9 Weight 37»52
Inventory Skills
Laguz Band
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.png -- GCNRankLance.png -- GCNRankAxe.png -- GCNRankBow.png --
GCNRankFire.png -- GCNRankThunder.png -- GCNRankWind.png -- GCNRankStaff.png --


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

Giffca is an endgame laguz that the player can pick out of three during the last chapter and is one of few units able to damage Ashnard. He can equip the Laguz Band, so he can always stay transformed. He has high base stats all around, and one-rounds generic enemies with high avoid and bulk. He has high movement, though no canto nor flight. Due to his status, enemy units cannot land any crits on him without Wrath.

Among the mutually exclusive endgame laguz, Giffca is the most powerful and durable, but Tibarn and Naesala both fly. As Giffca joins mid-chapter, the player cannot remove or assign skills. Giffca also has no support partners. He is most valuable for cleaning up generic enemies or helping defeat Ashnard, especially if the player's Ike is weak. Note that on Hard Mode, Giffca will not be available for Ashnard's first form, so the player will still need to rely on Ike, Ena, or Nasir.

Note that if Giffca is picked, he joins at level 20 with capped strength, so he will automatically give Radiant Dawn Giffca a strength transfer.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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Starting stats and growth rates

Small portrait giffca fe10.png
Level 36
Affinity Is wii darkaffin.png
Constitution 17»27
Recruitment: Part 4, Endgame (1), automatically from the start

Stats Growth Rates

Max HP 73 Speed 18»36
Strength 21»42 Luck 28
Magic 4»8 Defense 20»40
Skill 22»44 Resistance 11»22
Movement 7»9 Weight 27»47
Inventory Skills
Great Fang
Laguz Gem
ShoveThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
RoarThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
Weapon Levels
WiiRankSword.png -- WiiRankLance.png -- WiiRankAxe.png -- WiiRankBow.png -- WiiRankKnife.png -- WiiRankStrike.png SS
WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --
  • Note: The above stats are Giffca's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Giffca capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to his base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.


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

Giffca is a lion laguz available in endgame. Giffca is not a laguz royal so he cannot shift and attack on the same turn like other royals, but he comes with his own set of Laguz Gems so he can stay transformed for entire battles. He has the highest base attack power in the game after Caineghis (higher with transfers), with extremely high strength and capped strike rank. He has high skill and speed bases, able to double all endgame units except for Ashera's auras on harder difficulties and hit very accurately. With these factors, Giffca is one of very few units in endgame that can one-round almost all endgame units at base. He has very high health and defense bases, though his resistance base is mediocre which hurts him with the abundance of magic enemies, especially against fire if his Nullify is removed. Note that in Path of Radiance, if the player picks Giffca as the endgame laguz, Giffca gets a free strength transfer in Radiant Dawn, giving him +4 attack which greatly benefits him.

Giffca only has 4 levels to grow, so his growths are not as significant. He benefits from leveling via BEXP, because he has a high speed growth and will often cap it, allowing him to double the endgame auras. His other highest growths are strength, skill, and health, which will likely grow from BEXP, helping him for endgame. As Giffca is more likely to gain speed than Caineghis and be able to double Ashera's Auras, this makes him the best unit for taking on the endgame auras.

Giffca has Nullify innately, which protects him from fire magic. While this is useful, his durability is generally high enough to take a few fire hits and there are few fire magic users past his join time—apart from Fire Spirits, which do not deal effective damage—so Nullify may be better utilized by flying units, whose weaknesses are more common. He knows Roar already, which activates frequently due to his high strength and low biorhythm variance. Giffca can also make good use of Nihil or Parity due to him being one of the best units for taking on Ashera’s auras due to his phenomenal damage output.

Giffca has a dark affinity, giving an attack and avoid boost. As he does not have many chapters to build a strong support, a C support is most realistic. Caineghis has the same availability and class as Giffca and gives extra avoid, helping them dodge magic units and also gain +1 attack. Other leftover units that give attack or avoid that also want attack or avoid will work as partners for Giffca.

Personality and character

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Radiant Dawn

Bond supports

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Default bonds:
Small portrait caineghis fe10.png
Lion King



Extra bonds:*





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Radiant Dawn

Giffca, Lion King's Shadow
Since their youth, Giffca had been ever at Caineghis’s side as his loyal shadow. He died proud of how he spent his life.


Battle quotes

Ashnard: You’re the one they speak of in whispers... The lion king’s shadow. What are you doing so far from your body, shadow? Am I so terrible that your king hides in fear?
Giffca: Your strength, King of Daein, even with your medallion, is not sufficient. That is why I am here. If I fail to stop you today, then your next opponent will be our king. But first, this imposter will measure your fighting prowess.
Ashnard: What impudence! Are you prepared become a pile of bones for your king? You’ll make a fine snack!

— Giffca, when fighting Ashnard in the Endgame of Path of Radiance.

Death quotes

The power of Daein’s king has filled me with despair... It is more than I’d imagined... I beg your leave... I must...tell the king...
— Giffca, in Path of Radiance.
I have the end... There is no greater glory than to have fought for King Caineghis...
— Giffca, in Radiant Dawn.

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn A member of the lion clan of the beast tribe laguz. His strength in battle and long years of dedicated service to King Caineghis has earned him the title of King’s Shadow. ガリア王国の獣牙族。獅子。
"獅子王の影" の異名を持つ。


  • Giffca uses the royal Great Fang in Radiant Dawn despite not himself being royalty.
    • Giffca also possesses the +30 royal capacity boost.
  • In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Giffca's transformed class is named "Giffca" (Japanese: 獅子ジフカライオン Lion Giffca) instead of the normal "Lion"; the class description is unique to him as well. His non-transformed class is still "Lion", however.
  • According to Tellius Recollection, Giffca was designed with an apparent age of 46 in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.[1][2]

Etymology and other languages

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




Officially romanized as Giffca.















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

Traditional Chinese


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


Official artwork



  1. 1.0 1.1 FE PoR: Giffca Character Profile (P. 69) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 23 March 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 FE RD: Giffca Character Profile (P. 101) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 23 March 2018
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