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Path of Radiance Radiant Dawn

FEPR Greil.png
Artwork of Greil from Path of Radiance








Starting class


Voiced by
Remember—you've got only one life. I don't want any of you dying on me. In times like these, it matters not what our blood ties are. We are family. If you don't want to cause your family any grief, then live!
— Greil

Greil (Japanese: グレイル Greil), formerly known as Gawain (Japanese: ガウェイン Gawain), was the former leader of the Greil Mercenaries, husband of Elena, and father of Ike and Mist. He taught Zelgius the art of swordsmanship when he was one of the Four Riders for Daein. Greil was slain by the Black Knight shortly after rescuing Elincia in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. He had a personal axe, Urvan, which was used as a gravestone for three years.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


Before the events of Path of Radiance, Greil was known as Gawain and a member of Daein's Four Riders. At the time, he was married to Elena. After being given Lehran's Medallion and finding out the plans of King Ashnard, they fled Daein and went to the laguz nation of Gallia, where they started a family while Greil worked as a mercenary for the nation. When their children were a few years old, Greil mistakenly touched the medallion, leading him to slaughter multiple people, including Elena when she attempted to take the medallion away. Afterwards, Ike and Mist's memories were erased, Greil cut the tendons so he could no longer use swords, and he hired Volke, an assassin with the sole mission to kill him if the event were to ever happen again. Greil, Ike, and Mist then traveled north to Crimea, where he started the Greil Mercenaries with various people, including some of which he met in Gallia, including Titania, Shinon, and Gatrie.

Starting stats and growth rates

Boss NPC data

Level 10
Affinity Is gcn heavenaffin.png
Constitution 12
Max HP 22 Speed 6
Strength 5 Luck 2
Magic 4 Defense 2
Skill 4 Resistance 2
Movement 7 Weight 13
Inventory Skills
Is gcn trainer.png Trainer
Is gcn vulnerary.png Vulnerary*
Is gcn discipline.png Discipline
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif A GCNRankLance.gif -- GCNRankAxe.gif S GCNRankBow.gif --
GCNRankFire.gif -- GCNRankWind.gif -- GCNRankThunder.gif -- GCNRankStaff.gif --

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


Greil does not appear in the game but is mentioned a few times by Ike, Mist and Zelgius. There are also two flashback scenes appearing in the game where he is seen. If the player unlocks Ike's special memory scene after defeating the Black Knight, it is revealed that Greil murdered many inhabitants of an unnamed village, including his own wife Elena. Greil lost his mind and control over his body after he touched Lehran's Medallion and killed many people with his own axe. It is also revealed that he hired and paid Volke to kill him, if Greil were to lose his mind and kill people unpurposefully again.

During a conversation in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Caineghis returns Urvan to Ike, because he felt that Greil would have wanted to give his son the Urvan in order to motivate him.

Personality and character

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Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Greil appears as a sticker in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

SSBB Sticker Greil.png Greil
from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Bonus: [Throwing] Attack +14
Usable by: marthike

Fire Emblem Cipher

Greil is currently featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher; two of these cards feature his Gawain identity.

One of these cards' quotes and another card's epithet are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these need translation.
Fire Emblem Cipher data for Greil
TCGCipher S05-003ST.png Leader of the Mercenary, Greil
Ic TCGCipher Tellius.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Axe.png

Attack: 70 Support: 20 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Hero Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Battle-Worn Veteran: [Special] This card cannot be placed in the Bond Area.
Card #S05-003ST(+)Artist: Akira Fujikawa
TCGCipher B12-006R.png 明けぬ慟哭の夜, Greil
Ic TCGCipher Tellius.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png

"Greil touched the medallion only once, and it drove him to complete madness."
Attack: 80 Support: 0 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 4
Class: Hero Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
Tempestuous Edge: [Trigger] When this unit attacks your opponent's lord, choose up to 2 non-lord enemies, and destroy them.
Sinister Impulse: [Trigger] At the end of your turn, choose 1 other ally, and destroy this unit and that ally.
Card #B12-006RArtist: Akira Fujikawa
TCGCipher B12-007N.png Sword Knight of Daein, Gawain
Ic TCGCipher Tellius.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png


"Elena... I'll bring a quick end to this conflict, and then we can..."
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Sword Knight Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: --
A Happy Rendezvous: [Always] While you have an ally "Elena", this unit gains +10 attack.
Mercenary Leader-To-Be: [Special] Treat this card as if its unit name is also "Greil".
Is TCGCipher Attack.png Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B12-007NArtist: Senri Kita
TCGCipher B14-078SR.png Unsurpassed Legend, Gawain
Ic TCGCipher Tellius.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png


"Everyone, get in position! Put an end to this all at once!"
Attack: 70 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 5
Class: Divine Knight Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
Legendary Divine Knight: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] Until the end of your opponent’s next turn, all Tellius allies gain +10 attack.
Is TCGCipher LvS 5.png Peerless Swordplay: [Trigger] When this unit attacks your opponent’s Main Character, choose 1 of your opponent’s orbs and destroy it. After this, if your opponent has no orbs, destroy all enemies besides the Main Character.
Mercenary Leader-To-Be: [Special] Treat this card as if its unit name is also "Greil".
Card #B12-078SRArtist: Senri Kita
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Greil as well as Gawain.


Ike: Brave Mercenary
  • Ike's "Brave Mercenary" incarnation from Fire Emblem Heroes is dressed as Greil. In this form he also wields Urvan, Greil's signature axe.
    • Ike also has a color palette based on Greil in each of his appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Takashi Nagasako, Greil's Japanese voice actor, also voices Dheginsea in Radiant Dawn.[3]

Etymology and other languages


Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Gawain Means white hawk and is a variant of the Scottish and Welsh name Gavin.[4] The name Gawain is from the story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, where Gawain is King Arthur's nephew.[5]
Japanese ガウェイン Officially romanized as Gawain.
Spanish Gawain As above.
French Gawain As above.
German Gawain As above.
Italian Gawain As above.


Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Greil May be a reference to the Holy Grail of Arthurian legend.[6]
Japanese グレイル Officially romanized as Greil.
Spanish Greil As above.
French Greil As above.
German Greil As above.
Italian Greil As above.


Official artwork

Other appearances


  1. 1.0 1.1 FE PoR: Greil Character Profile (P. 54) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 5 July 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 Voice of Greil in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (Game) | Behind The Voice Actors,, Retrieved: 5 July 2018
  3. Takashi Nagasako - 171 Character Images | Behind The Voice Actors,, Retrieved: 23 July 2018
  4. Gawain - Name Meaning, What does Gawain mean?,, Retrieved: 5 July 2018
  5. Gawain | legendary knight |,, Retrieved: 23 July 2018
  6. Holy Grail | Definition, Meaning, & Origins |,, Retrieved: 23 July 2018
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Playable characters AstridBastianBoydBromCalillDevdanElinciaEnaGatrieGiffcaGeoffreyHaarIkeIlyanaJanaffJillKieranLargoLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMiaMistMordecaiMuarimNaesalaNasirNepheneeOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSorenSotheStefanTanithTauroneoTibarnTitaniaTormodUlkiVolkeZihark
Trial map characters AshnardBryceOliverPetrineShiharam
Non-playable characters AimeeAltinaAsheraCaineghisDanielDeghinseaElenaGarethGreilHetzelIzukaJorgeKurthnagaLilliaLeanneLekainLoraziehLotzMustonNealuchiRajaionRamonRenningSanakiSephiranSigrunZelgius
Bosses AshnardBalmerBertramBlack KnightBoydBryceDakovaDanomillEmilEnaGashilamaGreilGromellHafeddHavettiHeddwynHomasaIkanauKamuraKasataiKayacheyKimaarsiKotaffMackoyaMaijinMuarimNaesalaNedataNorrisOliverPetrineRikardSchaefferSeekerShiharamTomenamiZawana
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffDouble BowGurgurantRagnellRegal SwordRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameRolf's BowUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters P: Mercenaries • 1: The Battle Begins • 2: Rescue • 3: Pirates Aground • 4: Roadside Battle • 5: Flight! • 6: A Brief Diversion • 7: Shades of Evil • 8: Despair and Hope • 9: Gallia • 10: Prisoner Release • 11: Blood Runs Red • 12: A Strange Land • 13: A Guiding Wind • 14: Training • 15: The Feral Frontier • 16: The Atonement • 17: Day Breaks (part 1part 2part 3part 4) • 18: Crimea Marches • 19: Entrusted • 20: Defending Talrega • 21: Without a King • 22: Solo • 23: The Great Bridge • 24: Battle Reunion • 25: Strange Lands • 26: Clash! • 27: Moment of Fate (part 1part 2) • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: RepatriationTrial Maps
Locations TelliusBegnion (Sienne) • CrimeaDaein (NevassaTalrega) • GalliaGoldoaGrann DesertGritnea TowerKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguz) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Radiant Dawn) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarnVolke
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard (part 1part 2) • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E: Rebirth (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline