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FESK Hannibal 01.png
Artwork of Hannibal from Genealogy of the Holy War.








General of Thracia
The Shield of Thracia

Starting class



Munster's army is headed here!? you take me for a fool? Troops! Dispatch! Show those fools from Munster the wrath of the Armor Knights of Thracia!
— Hannibal

Hannibal (Japanese: ハンニバル Hannibal) is a prominent and renowned Thracian general, widely known as the "Shield of Thracia". A powerful and devoted warrior and the leader of a batallion of Armored Knights, his sense of honor and justice caused him to question the deceitful motives and actions of Thracia's King Travant, who held his adoptive son Coirpre hostage to ensure Hannibal's co-operation against Seliph's liberation army; when Seliph freed Coirpre from captivity in the clash with Thracia, Hannibal turned on Thracia and joined Coirpre in Seliph's service. At the conclusion of the liberation war, Hannibal entered the service of the unified New Kingdom of Thracia under Leif.


In the year 776, Hannibal was stationed at Meath Castle when Leif and the Magi, having escaped imprisonment in Munster, fled in its direction. He received a report that in a brief absence, four "bandits" (actually Finn, Osian, Halvan and Ronan) had been imprisoned, but was more concerned by his suspicions about Munster's behavior in the north. Upon receiving word of the Munster army led by Eisenau marching toward Meath (unaware of Leif's presence), he and a squad of armored knights sortied in defense of Meath. After the battle, Leif (assuming a false identity, "Lugh Faris", though Hannibal was entirely aware of his identity) explained his plight, released Leif's captured friends and offered Leif assistance in the form of Carrion escorting him to his western mansion.

A year later, in the aftermath of the loss of Meath to Seliph's liberation army, Travant travelled to Kapathogia Castle, where Hannibal was stationed, in order to ensure his loyalty in the oncoming clash with the liberation force. When Hannibal questioned the orders and threatened to turn on him, Travant took Coirpre* hostage to force Hannibal to obey. Soon after, the fight with Seliph's army began in earnest, and Hannibal chose to stay his hand and observe until the enemy approached, at which point he ordered a charge against them. After Seliph freed Coirpre from Kapathogia, Coirpre convinced Hannibal to turn on Travant and accompany him in joining Seliph, fighting for the wishes of the people of Thracia rather than for their king's ill means.

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War


Hannibal is a playable character in the second generation. In Chapter 9, Hannibal appears as an enemy unit, commander of Kapathogia. The player is expected not to kill him, but to go past him in order to seize Luthecia. He is recruited when talked to by Coirpre/Charlot. Recruiting him will cause Kapathogia to be seized.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait hannibal fe04.png
Ma snes02 general playable.gif General
Level 20
Holy Blood --
Movement 5
Recruitment: Chapter 9, enemy, talk with Coirpre/Charlot

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Silver Blade
Wing Clipper
5,000 Gold
Weapon Levels
Swords A Lances A Axes B Bows B Staves --
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- FE4RankWind.png -- Light magic -- Dark magic --

Love growths and events

Hannibal is not capable of gaining love growth with anyone.


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

Hannibal is one of the latest-joining characters in Genealogy's second generation. He joins promoted, with a respectable 60 HP, 20 strength and 22 defense, as well as a decent 16 skill. These stats give him solid physical durability and allow him to deal plenty of damage with his attacks. As a General, he has excellent weapon ranks; between an A rank in swords, an A rank in lances, a B rank in axes and a B rank in bows, Hannibal can use a variety of weapons, from Silver Swords and Silver Lances to the Brave Axe and Brave Bow. This weapon variety makes it easy for him to clear the arena, as he can switch between the gauntlet for melee units and for ranged units at will by equipping a melee weapon or a bow, respectively. Aside from good physical durability and decent damage per attack, Hannibal also has three skills: Adept, Pavise, and Vantage. Adept is the least useful of the three, because Hannibal's speed is low, so he does not have very good odds of activating it; however, when it does activate, Hannibal can potentially one-round the enemy he is fighting. Pavise and Vantage are the more useful skills for Hannibal, as they further improve his durability by allowing him to negate damage from attacks every once in a while and to attack before the enemy when he is at low HP.

Hannibal's primary problems are his low resistance, low mobility, and lack of Follow-Up. Hannibal's resistance of 6 is terrible, and it is particularly problematic in the context of his join time. The player is about to face scores of magic-using enemies in Chapter 10 and Endgame, as well as many status staff users, both of which Hannibal can do very little against. His high physical durability doesn't compensate either, as Leif and Ares will have similar physical durability, but also have mounts and better offense. His movement of 5 is terrible for a promoted unit – even most other foot units outpace him, and Genealogy has very large maps, so Hannibal's mobility problem becomes more and more apparent as the player progresses through a chapter. Hannibal's lack of the Follow-Up skill means that he cannot double enemies without the Follow-Up Ring, and even with the ring, he often lacks the necessary attack speed to reach doubling thresholds. Hannibal also has very low growth rates outside of HP, strength, and defense – which are his already high stats, so even though he has ten levels to gain, these levels will not improve him very much.

While Hannibal is competent at clearing the arena, he does not end up doing much on the actual battlefield due to his limited mobility and poor matchup against magic users. However, there is one way in which he can contribute – defending the player's castles in his joining chapter. Hannibal's high physical durability coupled with his skillset and starting inventory (which contains a Wing Clipper) make him a good candidate for guarding a castle against Arion's Wyvern Riders in Chapter 9. He can endure many physical attacks before going down, he has a weapon that deals effective damage against flying units, and he does not contribute much elsewhere on the map, because he will be far away from the last two enemy castles when he is recruited. Making him a garrison's guardian is a good way to have him contribute, as the conquered castles in the chapter he joins will be under attack, so leaving him and a couple of characters, possibly with ranged weapons, to guard them is a good strategy. He is one point of Strength off from one-shotting the Javelin Wyvern Riders on counterattack with an Iron Bow; a quick run in the Arena on his 50% Strength growth can patch that up, and failing that, the Steel Bow will suffice. However, it is also possible to clear the final castle before Arion arrives to attack, especially as castle Thracia lacks a guard.

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776


In Chapter 7, Hannibal, along with four Armored Lances and five Armored Sword, appear as ally units. They will emerge from Meath castle once a player unit has escaped, and will cause Eisenau and the units under his authority to escape. Once all them are defeated, Hannibal will move to escape.


See also: The Shield of Thracia
Portrait hannibal fe05.png
Ma snes03 general other.gif General
Level 20
Action --
Authority ★★★★★
Max HP 43 Speed 7
Strength 14 Luck 7
Magic 4 Defense 16
Skill 12 Constitution 19
Movement 7 FCM --
Inventory Skills
Silver Lance
Silver Bow
Weapon Levels
Swords D Lances A Axes B Bows A Staves --
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- FE5RankWind.png -- Light magic -- Dark magic --


Hannibal is an honorable man; though he takes his role as a knight seriously and respects his lieges, he will nonetheless question orders and methodologies he does not feel to be wise,[1] to the point of willingly turning on Travant in objection to the war with Seliph, which he (correctly) viewed as futile and harmful to Thracia's odds of survival. He bears none of the ill will or aggression toward the Munster District harbored by Travant, and secretly housed a number of refugee Leonster knights led by Dryas in his mansion.[2] He devoted his life in full to the pursuit of his military career, and as such never married;[3] he did, however, adopt Coirpre from an orphanage in Dahna and considers him to be just as important as any biological child could be.[4]


Genealogy of the Holy War

General Hannibal,
Helped him too, and they devoted themselves to the construction of the new country.


Battle quotes

Do I really have to fight...? For the sake of Thracia... There's nothing else I can do...
— Hannibal, as an enemy in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War.

Death quotes

This is fate... Aah, my son...
— Hannibal, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
My son... please live on...
— Hannibal, as an enemy in Chapter 9 of Genealogy of the Holy War.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Hannibal is featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Hannibal
TCGCipher B08-095HN.png Shield of Thracia, Hannibal



"We ought to remain on the defensive. I'd prefer to avoid any needless skirmishes with the enemy."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 4
Class: General Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
The Renowned General's Treasure: [Always] During your opponent's turn, while you have an ally "Coirpre", this unit gains +20 attack.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-Tome unit, this unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B08-095HN • Artist: Ippei Soeda
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Hannibal .

Etymology and other languages

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


Used in Heroes[5]



Used in the Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 fan translations.[which?]



Officially romanized as Hannibal.
















Traditional Chinese




Sprite Gallery
Genealogy of the Holy War
Portrait hannibal fe04.png Ma snes02 general enemy.gif General Ma snes02 general playable.gif
Bs fe04 hannibal general sword.png
(Silver Sword or Blade)
Bs fe04 hannibal general lance.png
(Silver Lance)
Bs fe04 hannibal general axe.png
(Steel Axe)
Bs fe04 hannibal general bow.png
(Steel Bow)
Thracia 776
Portrait hannibal fe05.png


  1. "His deceitful ways are contemptible, indeed. He has basically lost everyone's trust. How he ever hoped to sustain the will of the people is beyond me..." — Hannibal, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  2. "Carrion: There's no need to worry about that. Let us head for General Hannibal's mansion.
    Leif: He has a mansion?
    Carrion: Yes, it's located on the mountain. There are many people like me staying there. Count Dryas has been training young knights under the protection of General Hannibal.
    " — Carrion and Leif, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
  3. "General Hannibal of Kapathogia is one of the most revered generals in all of Thracia. He has spent his entire adult life on the battlefield, so he never did marry. But he did take in an orphan several years back raising him as his own. Such a kind man." — A Thracian villager, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  4. "Travant: That boy's not even your real son, Hannibal. Does he really mean that much to you?
    Hannibal: Coirpre is everything to me, adopted or not...
    " — Travant and Hannibal, Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
  5. "I know full well that Altena, Hannibal, and others despise the empire's way of doing things." — Arion: Gungnir's Heir upon reach 5-star rarity and level 40, Fire Emblem Heroes
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused on writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Playable characters First gen. AlecArdenAyraAzelleBeowolfBrigidChulainnClaudDeirdreDewEdainErinysEthlynFinnJamkeLachesisLewynLexMidirNaoiseQuanSigurdSilviaTailtiu
Second gen. AltenaAresArthur/AmidCed/HawkCoirpre/CharlotDiarmuid/TristanFebail/AsaelloFee/HerminaFinnHannibalIucharIucharbaJuliaLana/MuirneLarcei/CreidneLeifLene/LayleaLester/DeimneNanna/JeanneOifeyPatty/DaisyScáthach/DalvinSeliphShannanTine/Linda
Non-playable characters First gen. AidaAlvaAnnandArvisAzmurBatuByronCalfCigyunEldiganEthniaEvaEveGrahnyeImcaKurthManananMariccleOifeyLahnaRingShannanTravantVictor
Second gen. AnnaFelipeJakeLewynPalmarch
Bosses First gen. AndreyBeowolfBordeauxChagallCimbaethClementCuvuliDaccarDiMaggioDíthorbaDonovanDuvallElliotEldiganErinysGerrardJacobiJamkeLamiaLombardMacbethMagornMyosMunnirPamelaPapilioPhilipPizareReptorSandimaSlayderVajaWaltzZane
Second gen. AltenaAnguillaArionArvisBanbaBaranBlegBloomBovisBoyceBramselBrianCanisCoulterDagonDanannDistlerDracoEquusEriuFisherFotlaGallusHannibalHaroldHildaIshtarIshtoreIucharIucharbaJavarroJudahJuliaJuliusJuphielKanatzKutuzovLizaMabelManfroyMaykovMengMorriganMuhammadMusMusarOvisOvoPorcusRiddellRobertoRodanSchmidtScipioSimiaTine/LindaTigrisTravantZagam
Background characters BaldrBragiCedDáinnFjalarGairHeimHoðrForsetiLoptousMaeraNagaNálNjörunOdSalamanderThrudUllr
Holy Weapons BalmungForsetiGáe BolgGungnirHelswathLoptousMjölnirMystletainnNagaTyrfingValflameValkyrieYewfelle
Chapters First gen. P: Birth of a Holy Knight • 1: Lady of the Forest • 2: Crisis in Agustria • 3: Eldigan, the Lionheart • 4: Dance in the Skies • 5: Doorway to Destiny
Second gen. 6: Heir of Light • 7: Beyond the Desert • 8: The Wyvern Knights of Thracia • 9: For Whose Sake • 10: Light and DarkE: End of the Holy War
Locations JugdralAed Desert (Dahna) • Agustria (Bragi TowerNordionOrgahil) • Grannvale (BelhallaChalphyDozelEddaFriegeVelthomerYngvi) • Isaach (Tirnanog) • Munster District (ConnachtLeonsterMunsterUlster) • MiletosSilesseThraciaVerdane
Groups, objects and events 12 crusadersAed MassacreBattle of BelhallaChild huntsCross KnightsFall of LeonsterFinal Holy WarHoly BloodHoly WarKnight brigades of GrannvaleLanceritterLoptr Church (DeadlordsLoptrian Empire) • Miracle of DahnaQuintessence
Related topics TreasureGenealogy of the Holy War ExceedŌsawa manga adaptationFujimori manga adaptationSuzuki novelizationHeir of LightName chart • Other games (Mystery of the EmblemThracia 776Awakening) • Timeline
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Playable characters AlvaAmaldaAsbelBrightonCainCarrionCedConomorDagdarDalsinDeenDiarmuidEdaEyvelFergusFinnFredGalzusGladeHalvanHicksHomerIliosKarinLaraLeifLifisLinoanMachyuaMareetaMartyMirandaMishaNannaOlwenOsianPerneRalfRobertRonanSafySaiasSalemSaraSelphinaShannamShivaSleufTanyaTinaTroudeXavier
Non-playable characters AltenaArionAugustCoirpreDryasHannibalIshtarJuliaJuliusLewynSeliphTravant
Bosses AlphandBaldackBandolBaráthBucksBovisBrookCanisCoddaCohenColhoCoulterDracoDvorakEichmannEisenauFardenFrausGomezGustafKempfLargoLifisLinecockListMcCloyMerlockMooreMuellerMusNikalafOltophPalmanPaulusPernePorcusRaydrikReinhardtLobosRumeiSaiasSeimetolTigrisTrumanVeldWeismannWolfXavierZaomZyle
Background characters AlfionaCalfEthlynQuan
Personal weapons Beo's SwordBragi SwordBlessed SwordBrave LanceDire ThunderDragon LanceForsetiGrafcaliburKiaLands SwordLight BrandLoptr SwordMareeta's SwordVougeRepairThiefUnlock
Chapters 1: The Warrior of Fiana • 2: The Coastal Village • 2x: The Corsair Isles • 3: Kelbeth's Gate • 4: The Dungeon • 4x: Hero on the Wind • 5: Mother and Daughter • 6: The Escape • 7: The Shield of Thracia • 8: Mount Violdrake • 8x: Dagdar's Manor • 9: The Banner of Njörun • 10: Nowell Valley • 11: Fort Dandrum • 11x: Murder Holes • 12: The Bandits of Dacia • 12x: The Dandelion • 13: The Walled City • 14: The Onslaught • 14x: Yearning to Breathe Free • 15: Two Paths • 16A: Norden Line • 17A: The Gates of Leonster • 16B: Dark Forest • 17B: The Gathering Storm • 18: The Liberation of Leonster • 19: The Empire's Wrath • 20: The Scion of Light • 21: The War of Liberation • 21x: The Prison Camp • 22: Across the River • 23: The Fiend's Lair • 24: The Baron in Black • 24x: The Loptrian AltarE: Sworn Upon a Sword
Locations JugdralMunster District (ConnachtLeonsterMunsterUlster) • Thracia (FianaTarrah)
Groups, objects and events 12 crusadersAed MassacreBattle of BelhallaCaptureChild huntsDandelion BanditsFall of LeonsterFatigueFiana FreebladesHoly BloodLoptr Church (BergrosenDeadlords) • Magi
Related topics Other games (Genealogy of the Holy WarAwakening) • Name chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline