|“||Gambling's what I live for. Even when I lose, I never want to stop.||”|
— Joshua to Natasha.
Joshua (Japanese: ヨシュア Jhosua) is the wayward prince of Jehanna, a desert country on the eastern edge of Magvel. He first appears in Chapter 5 of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, in which he is hired as a mercenary by Grado sent to kill Natasha. If Natasha survives, she can speak with Joshua and end up recruiting him.
Joshua's behavior makes it obvious that he is a gambler, deciding his fate with a flip of the coin. He enjoys spending time in arenas as well. Joshua also mentions to Natasha in a support conversation that he may appear cynical.
Joshua first appears in the beginning of Chapter 5 as a mercenary hired by the Grado army to defeat Eirika's army. He speaks to Natasha, who quickly rushes past him. When Natasha speaks to him during the battle, he offers her to gamble. After losing the bet, he agrees to join her side and fight against Grado.
In Eirika's route, the group travels to Jehanna to warn them of the oncoming war. They arrive in Chapter 14, but as the battle ends, Queen Ismaire has already been fatally wounded. Surprisingly, she calls for Joshua, her son and apologizes for not being a good mother. He is revealed to be the prince of Jehanna and son of the queen, as they talk with her dying words. As she dies, she leaves him the sword Audhulma and the tome Excalibur, the two Sacred Twin relics of Jehanna.
Joshua reveals that he ran away in order to learn about the people of the world, to be worthy of the crown. Tired of palace life, ten years ago, he left the royal court under the guise of a gambling mercenary. However, he regrets this as he sits by his mother's side while she dies. Afterwards, he vows to take on the monarchy of Jehanna and defeat Grado along with Eirika of Renais, Innes of Frelia, and L'Arachel of Rausten.
In Ephraim's route, Caellach mentions that he and Joshua used to be friends and comrades during a brief conversation with Lyon in Chapter 15; if you have Joshua attack Caellach, he'll confirm that fact, and that they had parted ways two years ago; he'll also talk about how Caellach used to get into fights with him (Joshua) because of his (Caellach's) desire to become king; otherwise, Joshua's identity and backstory are not mentioned at all.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Joshua joins as a level 5 Myrmidon. His main claim to fame is a base C-rank in swords, allowing him to use the Killing Edge in his inventory. He also has a very high base speed of 14 and skill of 13, making him very accurate and very fast. Joshua is fast enough to double most enemies he faces, and with the Killing Edge, he can one-round with a crit.
Joshua's main disadvantage lies in his lack of 1-2 range, and also the lack of a mount. The Sacred Stones is a game that values mounts and 1-2 range, the cornerstones of good combat. Joshua has neither, which prevents him from countering ranged enemies on enemy phase. It also makes him fall behind the player's mounted frontline without rescue-dropping. Joshua offers nothing to compensate for these drawbacks. He is very good at using swords, but this means he can only fight well at 1-range. His base strength is alright, but his growth is mediocre, so he may not one-round without a crit. Joshua is competent enough at combat, but because of his limitations, he is not excellent.
Joshua's promotion choice is between Assassin and Swordmaster. Swordmaster has more obvious benefits. It grants better statistical bonuses and +40 weapon experience in swords. The weapon experience lets him use stronger swords and circumvent his average strength. Swordmaster also grants a crit chance increase, which helps Joshua one-round enemies. Assassin offers fewer stat increases, and no weapon experience in swords. To compensate for it, it grants Joshua the Silencer skill. The Silencer skill allows Joshua to kill non-boss enemies in one hit if it activates on a critical hit. That said, it is unreliable and the player should not count on it to activate. It should be treated more like a bonus than anything else. Assassins also gain more experience than other promoted classes. This is a more niche benefit, but it lets Joshua level up a few more times throughout the game if used full-time. Eventually, an Assassin Joshua will catch up to Swordmaster Joshua stat-wise.
There are three different variations of Joshua available to Heroes, all of which are tied to his storyline appearance in The Sacred Stones. The normal variation of Joshua is one of the characters added to the game in the Farfetched Heroes update, and was made available to players in the sixth edition of the Tempest Trials, "Less than Heroic", which initially ran from November 20, 2017 through December 4, 2017. A summer variation of Joshua was made available between the period of June 18, 2020 through July 18, 2020 part of the summoning event surrounding the launch of the Summer Passing update. An ascended variation of Joshua, the first ascended variation of a character not original to Heroes, is one of the characters added to the game in the Calling of Blood update and became available for summoning by players on January 7, 2022.
Joshua: Tempest King
|A||Close Def 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|A||Close Def 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Close Def 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|B||Windsweep 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|B||Windsweep 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Windsweep 3||★★★★||240 SP|
Joshua: Tropical Gambler
- Joshua: Tropical Gambler is only available at 5★ rarity.
|B||Atk/Spd Link 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|B||Atk/Spd Link 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Atk/Spd Link 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Fortify Def 1||★★★★★||50 SP|
|C||Fortify Def 2||★★★★★||100 SP|
|C||Fortify Def 3||★★★★★||200 SP|
|C||Fortify Def 4||★★★★★||300 SP|
Joshua: Resolute Tempest
- Joshua: Resolute Tempest is only available at 5★ rarity.
|Blade of Jehanna||Innate|
|A||Life and Death 1||★★★★★||50 SP|
|A||Life and Death 2||★★★★★||100 SP|
|A||Life and Death 3||★★★★★||200 SP|
|A||Life and Death 4||★★★★★||300 SP|
|B||Null Follow-Up 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|B||Null Follow-Up 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Null Follow-Up 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Green Feud 1||★★★★★||60 SP|
|C||Green Feud 2||★★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Green Feud 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
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Joshua says to Natasha in a support conversation that his personality makes him appear as if he is a cynical man. In support conversations with Artur, Innes, and Gerik it is shown Joshua has a tendency to cheat for victory in bets with shrewd trickery. He seems to show approval of Gerik in their A Support. In his support conversation with Natasha, he makes several bets to win her love. It is unknown whether or not Natasha won the bet with Joshua, as Joshua states: "I may cheat, but I never worm out of a bet. It's a rule of mine." It is plausible that he first showed affection for her and really didn't wish to harm her.
In Eirika's route, the group learns that Joshua is the prince of Jehanna. If Joshua is alive, Ismaire, Queen of Jehanna, has a brief conversation with Joshua in which he reveals that he left Jehanna to view the world as a man and not a prince; he states that his motives were to leave the castle walls to understand his people. He later states that he regrets not being with his mother. If he survives up until this point, the player will gain the sacred weapons of Jehanna, Audhulma and Excalibur, from her.
In Ephraim's route, the player learns that that Joshua had once been Caellach's best friend; but if and when they meet again on opposite sides of the battlefield, Joshua is well aware that Caellach just wants to be king of Jehanna (and in fact had wanted to be king for a long time) and refuses to let Caellach manipulate him to that end. Caellach calls him "a cold fish," to which Joshua replies that Caellach is "still as shameless as ever." Their conversation differs slightly depending on route.
- Main article: Joshua/Supports
Joshua, the Tempest King
Joshua returned to Jehanna and ruled over it as king. His skills as a leader had grown great, and Jehanna flourished as never before. He never outgrew his love of travel and games of chance.
Joshua and Gerik
After the war, Joshua challenged Gerik to a duel in hopes of pressing him to move to Jehanna. The match ended in a tie, but Gerik was impressed by Joshua's swagger. From that day forward, Gerik never left Joshua's side.
Joshua and Marisa
Joshua returned to Jehanna with Marisa, where she pledged service to the crown and became the top swordfighter in the land. Joshua still loved games of chance, but when it came to Marisa, she was ever the winner.
Joshua and Natasha
When Joshua returned to Jehanna, he took Natasha as his bride and claimed the throne as its rightful heir. Natasha was the perfect companion, and together, they carried the mighty desert nation to great glory.
|“||Carlyle: You... Could it be?
Joshua: Carlyle. How did this happen? You taught me how to wield a blade. You of all people...
Carlyle: You've returned. But now... It's too late. It's far too late...
— Joshua fighting Carlyle
Caellach: Hey! If it isn't Joshua. It's been a long time. Have you been well?
Joshua: I've been all right. Still working as a mercenary. When did you get all proper and join the Grado army?
Caellach: Didn't I tell you? I wasn't about to waste my life as a nameless soldier. Still, I think back on those days a lot lately... My axe and your sword... The two of us were a deadly pair, eh?
Caellach: By the way... I know all about you, Joshua. Who you really are I mean. The prince of Jehanna, huh? When did you plan on sharing the wealth, you sneaky dog?
Joshua: Listen... You can't reduce a nation to loot waiting to be divided. And more importantly, I made a vow to my mother. I'm going to succeed her as ruler of my homeland. Hey Caellach... You're the one who killed my mother, aren't you?
Caellach: Yeah... Sorry 'bout that. Things happen, you know? C'mon, Joshua, don't hate me. This is war. There's nothing you can do about it. Besides, grudges get in the way of work, right?
Joshua: That's true. It's as you say. Listen Caellach... I've got to kill you now. Don't hold it against me.
Caellach: You arrogant... You haven't changed a bit! I've always wanted to show you who's better, Joshua. And I'm even stronger than I used to be. I'm gonna wipe that smug look off your face for good!
— Joshua versus Caellach, in Eirika's route
|“||Joshua: It's been a long time, Caellach.
Caellach: Is that really you, Joshua? How long's it been?
Joshua: About two years... What've you been doing? You know, that innkeeper's still mad you stiffed him.
Caellach: Oh please... You telling me that old dog's still alive? ...How's the rest of the troop doing?
Joshua: They're getting by. Some of them ended up feeding the crows, though...
Caellach: Is that so? Those were good times, weren't they, Joshua? We were terrors on the battlefield and worse off it.
Joshua: Yeah, we were. You'd get carried away and pick fights with me... You always said the same thing: "I will be King!"
Caellach: Yeah, that's my dream. And I'll do anything to make it true. What do you say, Joshua? Let's team up again? Leave those losers you're with and work for me.
Joshua: Sorry, can't do it. I'm not going to let you use me for anything.
Caellach: Bah... You're a cold fish, aren't you. That's one thing that hasn't changed about you.
Joshua: You haven't changed much either. You're still as shameless as ever.
Caellach: Ha ha! That's the truth. Well... You want to get started?
Joshua: Mm. Sure.
Caellach: I'm stronger than I used to be. No offense, but you're not in my league anymore. Don't hate me, Joshua.
Joshua: Same to you.
— Joshua versus Caellach, in Ephraim's route
|“||I... I guess my luck finally ran out... Heh.||”|
- Main article: Joshua/Quotes (Heroes)
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Fire Emblem Cipher
Joshua is currently featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Joshua|
|Tempest King, Joshua|
|"I will help defeat the empire. I will defend Jehanna and her allies. ...I know it doesn't sound like me, but..."|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Swordmaster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Oath-Sworn Audhulma: [Trigger]  When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, you may pay the cost and if you do: Choose 1 "Joshua" from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
"Let's have us a little wager.": [Activate] [Once per turn] Place a card from your hand on top of your deck. Your opponent declares a guess as to whether or not that card's unit name is "Joshua". Reveal that card, and if the opponent's guess is wrong, destroy your opponent's Main Character.
|Card #B11-020SR • Artist: пNekoR|
|Prince of Jehanna, Joshua|
|"I've got to kill you now. Don't hold it against me."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Swordmaster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Legacy-Carrying Sword: [Always] If this unit battles with the Main Character, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Winds of Fortune: [Trigger] If you destroy an enemy with this unit's attack, you may place a card in your Retreat Area on top of your deck.
|Card #B11-021N • Artist: Yoneko|
|Gamble-Loving Mercenary, Joshua|
|"Let's have us a little wager. If you win, I'll believe you. Heads or tails, you call it."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Myrmidon||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Today's fortune is...": [Activate] [Once per turn] Reveal the top card of your deck. If the revealed card has the affinity, this unit gains +20 attack until the end of this turn. Send the revealed card to the Retreat Area afterwards.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B11-022HN • Artist: пNekoR|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Joshua .
|The Sacred Stones||A wandering swordsman from Jehanna.
He loves to gamble.
(Joshua: Tempest King)
|A mercenary who loves to gamble. He has
an evasive, almost aggravating personality.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
(Joshua: Tropical Gambler)
|A mercenary with a love for gambling. He's in
the tropics hoping luck's tide turns in his favor.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
(Joshua: Resolute Tempest)
|Prince of Jehanna who tossed his status aside
to wander the land. Heir to his mother's dream,
he's sworn to protect his homeland and world.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.
- Joshua can have supports with every recruit-able ice affinity character in the game, with the exception of Kyle.
- In the Japanese version, Joshua tells Artur that Artur has won 15 times and lost 16 times out of 21 matches. Not only do the sum of winning and losing numbers not match to the number of matches, but Joshua even tells Artur that they are roughly even. The English version fixes this by having Joshua tell Artur that Artur has won 11 out of 21 matches.
- In the Japanese version of The Sacred Stones Joshua will attack and kill Natasha while he is an enemy during chapter 5 if she is in range. He does not do this in the international releases.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
A Hebrew name meaning "Jehovah is salvation", "Yaeweh is salvation", or "God rescues". Joshua was the helper of Moses who lead the Israelites through the Sinai wilderness. He was also one of the twelves spies who was sent by Moses into Canaan. He was appointed by God to continue leading the Isrealites after Moses had passed.
Officially romanized as Jhosua.
Joshua attacking as an Assassin.
Joshua attacking as a Swordmaster.
Joshua performing a critical hit as a Swordmaster.
- Voice Of Joshua - Fire Emblem Heroes | Behind The Voice Actors, www.behindthevoiceactors.com, Retrieved: 14 January, 2018
- Chapter 15B: Scorched Sand - Serenes Forest, serenesforest.net, Retrieved: 14 January, 2018
- Boss Conversations - Serenes Forest, serenesforest.net, Retrieved: 14 January, 2018
- Joshua - Name Meaning, What does Joshua mean?, www.thinkbabynames.com, Retrieved: 14 January, 2018
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Joshua, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 14 January, 2018
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|
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