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Lance (character)

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FEFT Lance.png
Artwork of Lance from The Binding Blade.

A knight serving Pherae. Calm and cool-headed.







Starting class



The Binding Blade

In the battles ahead, one mistake could lead to our doom. I must pay heed to every aspect of battle for Lord Roy.
— Lance, to Wolt

Lance (Japanese: ランス Lance) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a knight of Pherae who fought for Roy in the Disturbance of Bern. A serene and serious cavalier, Lance serves as a foil to his partner Alen's reckless bravery.


At some point before the year 1000, Lance left his previous work and went to Pherae, where he became a trusted knight under Marcus's tutelage.

At the onset of the Disturbance of Bern, while Alen, Marcus, and Wolt departed Pherae and went to Ostia to bring Roy back at the request of his father Eliwood, the Marquess Pherae, Lance remained in Pherae, guarding Eliwood and Castle Pherae. Lance joined Roy's party after he escaped the castle from a bandit attack led by Damas, attempting to reach his young lord and ask for help against the bandits' attack. Once the castle and its inhabitants were saved, he stayed in Roy's army for the war against Bern. After Bern's defeat and the end of the war, Lance returned to Pherae and worked on its restoration.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


Lance is a playable character in The Binding Blade.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma gba cavalier playable.gif Cavalier
Level 1
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Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically on Turn 1

Stats Growth Rates

Iron Sword
Weapon Levels
Swords E Lances D Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Paladin +3 +2 +2 +2 +0 +2 +3 +2 +1 Swords +50, Lances +50,
Axes E (+1)


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

Lance is The Binding Blade's Abel archetype, and joins alongside his partner Alen at the beginning of the game. The decision of whether to use Alen or Lance comes down to personal preference and the whims of the RNG. A solid strategy is to use both at the beginning and keep the one that is growing better when you get better characters and can't deploy both anymore.

The Cavalier class by itself makes both Alen and Lance good. It provides a high movement range of 7, two weapon types (swords and lances) for weapon triangle control and the ability to rescue units and then move in the same turn (allowing rescue drop strategies). Cavaliers also promote to Paladin, which gives them the ability to use axes (and thus perfect weapon triangle control), an additional point of movement and very good stat boosts all around.

Alen will likely edge out Lance due to having advantages in HP, strength, and defense, while maintaining just enough speed to double who he needs to double, though Lance will usually be more consistent thanks to his higher skill and will double enemies earlier thanks to his higher speed. Of course, both are really good cavaliers with the best availability in the game. The first Knight Crest you acquire should go to either Alen or Lance, as they are the best candidates for it. As long as they stay relatively close to their average stats, both Cavaliers will be solid units in your roster throughout the whole game.


Lance is a very serious, loyal knight of Pherae who is very respectful and calm in all situations. He reads many books on war strategy and tactics, and often shares his knowledge with others.[1] In battle, he even records every move of the soldiers in the army and the enemies in order to help with the battle.[2] He is quite skilled at the Elibe's version of chess, being knowledgable about Fire Emblem classes such as Knights and Swordmasters.[3] He has very sophisticated manners, and does deeply care for the others in the army. When he can, Lance does his best to help the others in the army.

Lance is a knight serving Pherae, and a loyal supporter of Roy. He has been a partner knight with Alen since he came to Pherae, and although they are very different, the two are very good friends. According to Lance, he is not from Pherae, having been there for a short time.[4] Little else is known about his past, and his hometown is unknown. Because of this, Lance tends to belittle himself, a bad habit that Alen[5] and Marcus[6] try to remedy.


Main article: Lance/Supports
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Paladin Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+2
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Cavalier Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 30
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 20
Per turn:+1

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Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

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Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
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Archer Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+2
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Fighter Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1
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Troubadour Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

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Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

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Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Lance, Serene Knight
Short: Helped rebuild Pherae.

Long: After returning to Pherae with Roy, Lance helped his lord rebuild the ravaged land. Never losing his cool, he helped lead Pherae to prosperity again.


Battle quotes

Lord Roy, Lord Eliwood... Thank you for everything!
— In the final chapter.

Death quote

Lord Roy... I wish you luck...
— Lance

Other appearances

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Lance's official artwork from The Binding Blade can be viewed in Path of Radiance's extras menu if a copy of The Binding Blade is connected to a Japanese copy of Path of Radiance. This illustration, along with all other The Binding Blade-related artwork, is inaccessible in the international versions of the game, owing to the fact that The Binding Blade was not released in those regions.

Hasha no Tsurugi

When Roy's party heads for the Western Isles, Lance stays behind in Ostia to support Eliwood in rebuilding the Lycian League after Roy defeated the Ostian rebellion. Lance saves Al and Tiena from bandits, and escorts them to Ostia, where they meet Eliwood. Despite the League's reformation, it remains split between Eliwood's faction and another faction headed by the mercenary Kruzard. The lords send out Lance to fend of Kruzard's attack, and Al accompanies him to battle. The two defeat the rebel leader Gehato before Kruzard arrives. However, Lance and Al are unable to deal with Kruzard alone, so they retreat back to Castle Ostia.

When Al confronts Lance about his weird mood, Lance reveals that he and Kruzard became good friends before Lance served Pherae. Kruzard refused to stay with Lance at his previous lord's castle, saying that the only lord he serves is the land of Lycia itself. It is this friendship that now haunts Lance, as he has sworn to protect the lords of Lycia above his personal attachments. Upset with this, Al plans to stop the upcoming battle between Lance and Kruzard. He storms Kruzard's camp, duels with him, and tells him about Lance's feelings, yet is unable to stop Kruzard's plan. Kruzard aims to unite the unstable League against himself as a common enemy, and is even prepared to die for this cause.

On the next day, the battle between the two Lycian factions commences. Lance defeats Kruzard, but is unable to kill him. Then, Al arrives, again duelling Kruzard. During this duel, Al explains Kruzard's goal to Lance. The two fall off a cliff, and only Al returns with a bloody sword. Thus, everyone assumes that Al killed Kruzard. As a result, Kruzard's army retreats, and the Lycian League stands united. However, Al faked Kruzard's death by slashing himself with his own sword.

Later, Eliwood is betrayed by Lord Zem. A battle ensues, with Lance leading the united army against their betrayers. He figured out that Kruzard still lives, and fights motivated by Kruzard's devotion to Lycia. Together, Lance and Al defeat Zem's general and successfully defend the League. Once the battle is over, Lance and Kruzard reunite. They promise to meet again alongside Al, even if all of them are leaving Lycia. With the League finally secure, Lance heads for the Western Isles to fight alongside Roy.

Lance briefly appears again once Al joins Roy's army, though he has no further plot relevance.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Lance is featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Lance
TCGCipher B05-009R.png Loyal Knight of Gales, Lance



"I do not condone leaving the helpless in the care of those without adequate strength."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Paladin Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Calm Gale Twin Strike: [Trigger] When this unit is supported by “Alen”, until the end of this turn, this unit gains +20 attack and the number of orbs this unit’s attacks would destroy becomes 2.
"Loyal Knight Ties": [Always] If you have an ally “Alen”, this unit gains +10 attack.
Card #B05-009R, B05-009ST • Artist: Genki Kuno
TCGCipher B05-010N.png Calm Knight, Lance



"Sure, show me what you've got. I have no intention of losing to you anyhow.”"
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Cavalier Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Pherae's Green & Red: [Always] While this unit is being supported by “Alen”, this unit gains +30 attack.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-010N, B05-010ST • Artist: Genki Kuno
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Lance .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade A knight serving Pherae.
Calm and cool-headed.*

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 1,488

Etymology and other languages

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


Used in official websites.



See the Japanese name.



Romanized as Lance in the The Binding Blade website. Lance is a name of French origin, coming from the name Lanzo; it means "land".[7]
















Traditional Chinese




Small portrait lance fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait lance fe06.png Cavalier Ma gba cavalier playable.gif Paladin Ma gba paladin playable.gif
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Official artwork

Cipher artwork


  1. "Lot: All right, so, axes are weak against swords. That much is common sense. What I'm wondering is why it's that way to begin with. I don't understand the physics behind it. That's what's troubling me.
    Lance: I see. I wondered the same thing before. I found the answer after going through several books on tactics.
    " — Lance and Lot's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Lance: Ah, Wolt. I am keeping a record of this battle.
    Wolt: A record?
    Lance: Oh, yes. There is a quote from one of my favorite books. "Information is the most powerful weapon in any battle." And so, I keep track of our allies and enemies and what goes on where.
    " — Lance and Wolt's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Lance: Knight to F6.
    Lot: Knight to E3.
    Lance: Pegasus Knight to D1.
    Lot: Er... Archer to B1.
    Lance: Swordmaster to F1. Checkmate.
    " — Lance and Lot's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Marcus: Lance, have you gotten used to serving House Pherae?
    Lance: Yes, Sir Marcus. Everyone has been very good to me despite the fact that I'm an outsider...
    " — Marcus and Lance's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Lance: Yes. ...If it ever looks like defeat is certain, I want you to take Lord Roy and retreat. I will act as a decoy for the enemy and buy you time.
    Alen: What? But what about you?
    Lance: If it has to be one of us, it may as well be me. I've served House Pherae the shortest, so-
    Alen: Have you lost your mind?!
    " — Alen and Lance's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  6. "Lance: I cannot see what those experiences are. I am but a young knight. I think you see more in me than there actually is.
    Marcus: I think not.
    Lance: I will use what experience I have, but I don't know that I can help especially. I served a different lord until just recently, after all...
    Marcus: And that is it.
    Lance: Sorry?
    Marcus: That is the experience the others do not have.
    " — Marcus and Lance's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  7. Lance - Name Meaning, What does Lance mean?,, Retrieved: February 25, 2011
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