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|“||I don't want to sit idly by and wait for you to return from battle. I want to be a great knight, just like you.||”|
— Gwendolyn to Bors.
Gwendolyn, alongside Barthe, is one of the first Knights recruited after Bors in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She appears in Ostia keep during Chapter 8, with Ogier and Barthe searching for their charge, Lilina. After her initial appearance Gwendolyn has no primary story role for the rest of The Binding Blade.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Gwendolyn is not what one would call a good unit. While this analysis mainly talks about her Normal Mode performance, note that Gwendolyn is even worse on Hard Mode especially due to not having any hard mode bonuses.
Apparently, Gwendolyn was knighted only one day before the events of Chapter 8, and her bases are poor as a result, even in defense. Not only does Gwendolyn do little to no damage to most enemies, but she also gets one-rounded easily by any Fighter with 7 or more AS.
Some claim that Gwendolyn's growths are good and can make her good. While this isn't a very constructive argument since you can't even take advantages of these growths easily if you can't actually survive a round of battle, even then, her growths aren't that good, and definitely not enough to let her catch up to your other, better units, especially with the terrible bases she has. Admittedly, her speed growth of 40% is unusually high for an armor knight, so if you do plan to use Gwendolyn long-term, you will encounter a decent number of speed level-ups. Although her defense growth is nothing worth nothing at 30%. It makes one question wether Gwendolyn really is an Armor Knight or not.
Lastly, on top of all that, even if her stats were better, Gwendolyn is still an Armor Knight, a class with low movement, slowing your entire army down. All in all, Gwendolyn is just pretty bad.
However, credit must be given where credit is due. For what it's worth, even with Gwendolyn's growths and bases not correctly complementing each other, she still has terrific promotion bonuses (4 strength, 4 speed, 3 defense) that can actually give her quite a boost, especially if her growths have had some time to kick in (and considering you will mostly give her the second knight's crest you get in the game if you use her, at chapter 15/16, then yes, she theoretically would have levelled up enough if you have been using her frequently), which is honestly something of a redeeming factor. Not only that, but she also has a respectable constitution stat of 10, which actually allows her to pick up the unpromoted cavaliers barring Noah, and even Melady, if for whatever reason you need to rescue them and she happens to be available.
Overall, Gwendolyn, while definitely one of the worst units in the game, is still an interesting one, and a unit that many people (understandably) find fun to use. If one really commits themselves to using Gwendolyn, they will either receive a bad pay-off that they expect at worse, or an amusing killing machine at best, although the latter requires one to shed blood, tears and sweat while there are units out there who are just good from the get-go.
Gwendolyn was one of the first characters confirmed to be playable in the game among the first gameplay footage released publiclly, and as such is one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch. Only one variation of Gwendolyn is currently available in Heroes, based on her The Binding Blade incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Killer Lance||★★★||200 SP|
|Killer Lance+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|Weighted Lance||★★★★★||400 SP|
|B||Drag Back||★★★||150 SP|
|C||Hone Atk 1||★★★||50 SP|
|C||Hone Atk 2||★★★||100 SP|
|C||Hone Armor||★★★★||200 SP|
Personality and character
Gwendolyn is resolute on her path as a knight of Ostia, even in the face of some resistance from her brother, Bors, who is concerned with her safety. While Gwendolyn is a full fledged knight, she still has some slight insecurity about her prowess, as she seeks advice from Barthe, while Barthe insists that as a full knight she should be able to self-critique effectively. Gwendolyn's dedication to her knighthood has resulted in her having yet to seek out suitors, though she is not particularly concerned with such matters.
Gwendolyn attends her task of protecting Lilina dutifully, and is concerned when Lilina speaks to her on equal terms. She outright rejects Lilina's offer of friendship to preserve the vassal-liege hierarchy.
- Main article: Gwendolyn/Supports
Gwendolyn - Petite Knight
Short: Lived as a knight of Ostia.
Long: Gwendolyn continued her life as a knight. She was idolized by many and is remembered as the first female captain in the Ostian Army.
|“||Gwendolyn: Legance! You shall fall here!
Legance: Ah, Bors' sister, correct? You have the courage, but can you truly stand against me?
— Gwendolyn fighting Legance.
|“||Uh... Let's go! Triangle Attack!!||”|
— As the lead in a Triangle Attack.
|“||Wait... I can't die here... This can't be happening...||”|
— Gwendolyn's death quote in The Binding Blade.
- Main article: Gwendolyn/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Gwendolyn is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- One of the below cards' epithets is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Gwendolyn|
|"Uh... Let's go! Triangle Attack!!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: General||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Armored Lance Triangle Attack: [Always] If you have an allied "Bors" and "Barthe", this unit gains +30 attack.|
Scarlet-Armored Rush: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] Choose 1 enemy in the Front Line, and move them.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-, this unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B16-020HN • Artist: Homakura|
|Adorable Knight, Gwendolyn|
|"I want to be a great knight, just like you, Bors!"|
|Attack: 30||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Knight||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"I shall protect you with my life.": [Always] During your turn, if you have 1 or more allies with a deployment cost of 3 or higher, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-, this unit gains +20 attack.
Defense Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your defending unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B16-021N • Artist: mineri|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Gwendolyn .
|The Binding Blade||A knight serving Ostia.
Bors' younger sister.*
|Heroes||Armored knight of Ostia. Intent on mastering
defense, despite feeling awkward in armor.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
- "Gwendolyn" exceeds Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade's name space limits in several menus. This is only a problem for fan translations, as The Binding Blade was never localized, and Gwendolyn's first localized appearance is in Fire Emblem Heroes.
- The way Gwendolyn's name exceeds space limits is due to its overall width, not number of characters; Priscilla from the game's prequel has the same number of characters (nine) as Gwendolyn, but her name is thinner overall due to a number of the letters in her name not occuping as much width as Gwendolyn's name would.
- Gwendolyn placed 28th in the official Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade character poll on the official Japanese website.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Wendy.
Artwork of Gwendolyn from The Binding Blade.
- "Bors: Wha...!? What...what's that you're wearing?! Did you join up with the Ostian knights?
Gwendolyn: Ah... Actually, yes. I was knighted just yesterday." — Gwendolyn to Bors in Chapter 8, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: I'm sure there is something I could improve in...
Barthe: No. You must critique yourself now.
Barthe: What's the matter? Why do you look so discouraged?" — Gwendolyn and Barthe, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: Yes, milady. I am a knight of Ostia
and I serve--
Lilina: No, I know that... I meant more interesting things. For example, are there any men you fancy?
Lilina: That's right.
Gwendolyn: I...don't really know.
Gwendolyn: I've always been focused on becoming strong like my brother, so... I've never really thought about things like that...
Lilina: Really...? Let's talk about something else then." — Lilina and Gwendolyn, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: Lady Lilina... Please stay close to me. I shall protect you with my life." — Gwendolyn to Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: F-friends? I don't think that would be appropriate, milady... You are my mistress!
Lilina: That doesn't matter. You're the only girl around my age from Ostia. Let's not worry about positions like mistress or vassal...
Gwendolyn: Lady Lilina! You carry Ostia's future on your shoulders. You are different from us. You do understand that, don't you?
Lilina: ...So we can't be friends?
Gwendolyn: I'm sorry, though I am very grateful for your consideration. Perhaps we cannot be friends, but I would enjoy chatting with you once in a while as before." — Gwendolyn to Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Gwendolyn, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 8 September 2018
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