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|“||Without naps, life is nothing but work!||”|
Linhardt von Hevring (pronounced: /'lɪnhɑrd vɒn 'hɛvɹɪŋ/[key]; Japanese: リンハルト＝フォン＝ヘヴリング Linhardt von Hevring) is a playable character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is a student at the Officers Academy and a member of the Black Eagles.
Linhardt is the son of the Earl of Hevring. He and Caspar met each other in their youth and became friends. In 1180, Linhardt enrolls in the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery and joins the Black Eagles, studying and fighting alongside them.
After the timeskip, if Linhardt is a member of Byleth's class, he returns to Garreg Mach on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies them throughout the war. Should Linhardt not be recruited on the Azure Moon and Verdant Wind routes, he rejoins the Adrestian Empire post-timeskip and defends Fort Merceus alongside a non-recruited Caspar and the Death Knight. He can be circumvented or slain at the player's discretion, although the "javelin of light" attack that occurs after the battle on the Verdant Wind route would almost certainly kill him afterward.
Linhardt is a starting playable character for the Black Eagles route and Cindered Shadows, a recruitable unit on the Blue Lions and Golden Deer routes and a recurring enemy should he not be poached during Part I.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Main article: Linhardt/Stats
Main story Cindered Shadows
Enemy - Chapter 7
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Verdant Wind Chapter 18
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Azure Moon Chapter 20
Normal Hard Maddening
Growth rates when reclassed
- Main article: Linhardt/Stats#Growth rates when reclassed
|Catnap||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Reason||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Black Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||Innate; replaced with higher levels at C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
Linhardt is the quintessential healer of the Black Eagles and accordingly excels in a supportive role rather than a combat-oriented role. In being a healer, he has good growths in magic and resistance and an excellent array of faith spells while having low growths in HP and strength. With a C-rank in faith, Linhardt gets the essential physic spell which allows him to support when far from the frontlines, so as to not expose himself to a risk of dying. Since Linhardt starts with a D+ in faith, he can get access to physic as early as Chapter 2 if you make his sole skill goal faith and give him tutoring in it, meaning he can excel as a support unit very early on. Upon achieving a B-rank, Linhardt gets Restore which allows him to cure the rattled status when allies get hit by enemy gambits, enabling them to move again. And finally, with an A-rank, Linhardt gets access to Warp. Even in a casual playthrough, the Warp spell is immensely useful, especially in the late game of the Crimson Flower route which has a lot of difficult terrain that drastically slows down infantry and cavalry units. In addition to having a varied pool of support options, Linhardt's Reason spell list is also quite good, consisting of all of the wind spells in the game. The wind spells are all comparatively lightweight and have high hit rates, the latter of which is boosted by Linhardt's good growths in dexterity and luck, meaning that Linhardt can deal reliable chip damage in addition to healing allies; though, despite having this utility in combat, Linhardt still makes for a poor frontliner and should chip with the Caduceus Staff or Thyrsus equipped when possible as they boost his max range by one and two respectively, decreasing the chance he will be attacked on the enemy phase. Another of Linhardt's weaknesses is the missed potential of his personal skill, Catnap, which restores his HP by 10% when he uses the wait command. The skill is not worth activating as it heals two HP at base and will heal four HP at most which means the skill heals less than a vulnerary. Moreover, Linhardt will almost always have something better to do than simply waiting, whether it be healing an ally or using Draw Back or Reposition to adjust allies' positions.
Linhardt possesses a minor Crest of Cethleann which grants him a 30% chance of raising the amount of healing he gives by five. The effect can be nice in a pinch though it is hardly reliable and cannot be depended on. Linhardt's crest also boosts the healing effect of the Caduceus Staff from 12% for units without the Crest of Cethleann to 20%, once again beating out Catnap's pitiful healing. The other benefit of having a crest is that it allows Linhardt to wield relics like the Thyrsus without taking a damage penalty which allows Linhardt to participate in Thyrsus trading circles without putting himself in any danger.
Since Linhardt has some of the best faith spells in the game and is ill-suited for the frontlines in terms of stats and weapon proficiencies, Linhardt is best following a magical promotion path. The path best suited to capitalize on Linhardt's support capabilities is Monk to Priest, ending at Bishop. If you want Linhardt to solely heal your units and avoid combat as much as possible, stopping at Bishop is best as the seemingly common sense promotion into a Holy Knight is not ideal. The Holy Knight simply has worse support capabilities than the Bishop as it lacks White Magic Heal +10 and White Magic Uses x2 in exchange for White Tomefaire which only boosts Nosferatu for Linhardt. Moreover, Linhardt simply does not need seven movement or Canto in a supportive role due to him having physic, which by the endgame will have such a massive range that it practically renders the poor movement of infantry mages irrelevant. If you are willing to forego the supportive capabilities of the Bishop for higher movement and Canto, Dark Knight is superior to Holy Knight since it gives Linhardt Black Tomefaire which boosts nearly all of his offensive magic save for Nosferatu. If you do want to make Linhardt into a Dark Knight for the endgame then it is better to promote him into a Mage, in order to obtain Fiendish Blow, rather than a Priest for the Intermediate tier.
When recruited outside of the Black Eagles, Linhardt will come with tutoring in Reason and Faith, meaning that when recruited, he is well on his way towards his best classes. As for his recruitment requirements of a C in reason, the requirements are not very convenient unless you plan for Byleth to stay in the Enlightened One class but the requirement can be lowered quite a bit to a D in reason if he has a B support with Byleth, making his recruitment more manageable. Linhardt is a very desirable recruit for Blue Lions players as they lack a unit that learns Warp. On the other hand, for Golden Deer players having two warp users can be very beneficial, especially since Linhardt has physic and can support the warped unit from afar—an ability which Manuela and Lysithea lack. Furthermore, recruiting Linhardt in the Golden Deer route, or recruiting him and Leonie for the Blue Lions, also unlocks a paralogue that grants The Inexhaustible, a powerful bow with a brave effect.
Personality and character
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Linhardt hates constraints and loves his own freedom. His disinterest in most things that he learns in class at the Officers Academy, including martial training and diplomacy, tend to come off as laziness. However, when he reads something in the library or finds out something about someone, he pursues that knowledge almost obsessively until he gets bored. This can result in Linhardt digging into people's secrets; he is likely one of the only individuals to discern Flayn's origin and identity, among other things. He has particular interest in Crestology and fishing, but he has strong, if theoretical, knowledge about a variety of topics. As a result, he can provide advice to others about how to go about a certain task, but tends not to phsyically assist with that task. He and Caspar are close friends despite their differing personalities due to the close political and personal relationships between their fathers.
- Main article: Linhardt/Supports
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar
Linhardt abandoned his inherited position in favor of a carefree life at Garreg Mach Monastery. There he spent his days at ease, wiling away the hours at the fishing pond or in his private study. After his passing, a treasure trove of documents was unearthed, revealing the key discoveries he had made during his many years of Crest research.
Byleth, Wandering Flame / Ruler of Dawn & Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar (Silver Snow, Verdant Wind)
After ascending to the throne as the first leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth announced his/her marriage to Linhardt. The people of Fódlan placed high expectations on their leader's spouse, but to their consternation, Linhardt spent most of his time fishing, relaxing, and researching Crests. Fortunes turned when Byleth discovered a document, hidden away on Linhardt's desk, which provided a ground-breaking discovery. Cast unwittingly into prominence, Linhardt was put to work in earnest. In return for his service, he demanded longer naps in the company of his spouse.
Byleth, Guardian of Order & Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar (Azure Moon)
After taking on the role of archbishop of the Church of Seiros, Byleth announced his/her marriage to Linhardt. The people placed high expectations on him, but to their consternation, Linhardt spent most of his time fishing, relaxing, and researching Crests. Fortunes turned when Byleth discovered a document containing a ground-breaking discovery hidden away on Linhardt's desk. Cast unwittingly into prominence, Linhardt was put to work in earnest. In return for his service to the church, he demanded longer naps with the archbishop.
Byleth, Wings of the Hegemon & Linhardt, Ragamuffin Sage (Crimson Flower)
Though grateful for the end of the war, Byleth and Linhardt were disappointed to see that there was no time to relax. The fight against those who slither in the dark began immediately, and Linhardt abandoned his territory to help fight for a world of peace and quiet. Though the struggle was bitter, he took heart in the knowledge that once it was over, he and Byleth could spend the rest of their days in leisure, chasing idle pursuits far away from the stage of battle.
Edelgard, Flame Emperor & Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar
As the new Adrestian emperor, Edelgard gave all she had to breathe new life into the government of Fódlan. With tireless work and great sacrifice, she instituted new class reforms to ensure that people could rise on their own merits. During those years, however, there was a period of time in which she simply disappeared. It is said that she went to the research facility of the foremost authority in Crests, Linhardt, who had relinquished his rank and title to live a life of study. There, after confirming the results of Linhardt's experiments, Edelgard was able to enjoy a rare break from her busy life. The respite was brief, but they cherished that time for the rest of their lives.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Caspar, Roaming Instigator (Silver Snow and Crimson Flower)
After the war, Linhardt and Caspar abandoned their noble houses to pursue a carefree journey wandering the world. They traveled to every corner of Fódlan, and even ventured abroad now and again. Caspar got into trouble at every turn on their travels, but Linhardt was always there, begrudgingly, to get him out of it. The records of their adventures were immortalized in a book by an anonymous author, entitled "The Thousand Roads and Seven Seas." It is said they did eventually settle down, after the events in those stories, but where they actually went is unknown.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Bernadetta, Eternal Loner (Crimson Flower)
Linhardt and Bernadetta caused quite the stir after the war when they abandoned their inherited titles and eloped to Garreg Mach. Returning to the monastery, where they were always most comfortable, the couple lived peaceful lives away from the hassle of politics. When the Empire's efforts to restore the church were complete, the Officers Academy reopened, and two eccentric individuals took up professorships there. One was perpetually asleep, or absorbed in absentminded study; the other refused to show herself at all unless it was time to give a lecture.
Linhardt, Ragamuffin Sage & Dorothea, Devoted Heart (Crimson Flower)
After the war, Linhardt decided to inherit his title. He spent several years studying his territory, learning to manage its affairs, and when he was finally ready to become the new Count Hevring, he announced his marriage to Dorothea. Somehow, despite all this activity, Linhardt actually managed to keep up with his Crest studies. Though his results were dubious at times, his new wife helped him alter them so that they would be of use to people. Their relationship was unlike anything the nobility had ever witnessed. When faced with this accusation, Linhardt and Dorothea could only laugh and note that the past was of no significance to them.
Linhardt, Ragamuffin Sage & Petra, Queen of Brigid (Silver Snow)
Petra returned to her homeland of Brigid, and inherited the throne from her grandfather. As ruler, she declared independence from Fódlan, and renegotiated Brigid's diplomatic relations on more equal terms. Next, she introduced industrial practices that were modeled on those of Fódlan, vastly improving her homeland's economy. This rapid development surprised those abroad, until it was discovered that the improvements came thanks to the counsel of Brigid's husband, Linhardt, who had left Fódlan to offer Brigid his talent and insight. It is said that the couple maintained a healthy and affectionate relationship, and that they raised many happy children together.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Annette, Bloomed Overachiever
When the Officers Academy reopened after the war, Linhardt gave up his inheritance to take on a position as a professor there. He soon married Annette, who had taken on the same job, and side by side, they helped to educate the next generation of students. Unfortunately, Annette took her teaching duties far more seriously than Linhardt, who was more concerned with his Crest research, and developed a reputation for falling asleep—sometimes more than once—during his own lectures. In their first few years as a couple she fought desperately to correct his behavior, but later she learned to accept it, and even looked forward to finding creative ways to wake him up.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Though Linhardt researched vigorously for a method by which to remover the Crests from Lysithea and save her life, the war ended before he could reach any conclusions. Lysithea, deciding she should return home to her parents, thanked Linhardt and took her leave of Garreg Mach. Not to be deterred, Linhardt set his affairs in in order, renounced his noble title, and followed Lysithea to Ordelia territory to continue his research. Years later, his efforts bore fruit, and Lysithea's Crests were successfully removed. With a new future ahead of her, Lysithea, too, renounced her noble claim, and the couple married as commoners. It is said they raised a very happy family.
Linhardt, Sleepy Crest Scholar & Flayn, Slumbering Princess (Silver Snow and Verdant Wind)
Immediately after the war, Flayn disappeared from Garreg Mach. At the same time, Linhardt also mysteriously abandoned his claim to House Hevring, and also vanished. It was suspected, among those who knew them, that they had eloped, although no one seemed to know just where they went. Over a decade later, well after the Officers Academy had been rebuilt, something strange happened. A sleepy young girl with antiquated clothing and the Major Crest of Cethleann enrolled. Over the next two years, a young boy and girl with the same Crest also enrolled. Though Crest scholars deduced they must be siblings, the truth of their lineage was never definitely proven.
|“||I'd rather not fight, yet avoiding it is more frustrating and fruitless than engaging in the battle itself.||”|
— Linhardt, as an enemy in Verdant Wind Chapter 18/Azure Moon Chapter 20.
|“||Ever since returning to the Empire, I knew this day would arrive. I just hoped it might take a bit longer. Ugh...||”|
— Linhardt, as an enemy fighting Byleth in Verdant Wind Chapter 18/Azure Moon Chapter 20.
|“||Caspar: Looks like we ended up on opposing sides, Linhardt!
Linhardt: Certainly seems that way. I could almost weep over how things turned out. Do you realize, Caspar, that this is the first time we've ever fought?
Caspar: Yeah, I think you're right. The first and probably the last!
— Linhardt, fighting Caspar in Verdant Wind Chapter 18/Azure Moon Chapter 20.
|“||Linhardt: We'll fight, but your form and mannerisms suggest that you may be...
The Immovable: If you want your wish to be granted, it is better that you fight me in ignorance.
— Linhardt fighting the Immovable in Legend of the Lake.
|“||I guess I have to.||”|
— Linhardt in Part I
|“||Let's get this over with.||”|
— Linhardt in Part I
|“||Huh. An opening!||”|
— Linhardt in Part I
|“||I may as well win.||”|
— Linhardt in Part I
|“||I'll do what I have to!||”|
— Linhardt in Part II
|“||I'll save my complaints.||”|
— Linhardt in Part II
|“||I'm doing this for the win!||”|
— Linhardt in Part II
|“||I am trying!||”|
— Linhardt in Part II
|“||Perhaps it's time for a nice nap...||”|
— Linhardt's retreat quote as a playable character in Part I.
|“||Just my luck to be born in such a dismal time...||”|
— Linhardt's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||Not ready to die just yet. Please take care of the rest.||”|
— Linhardt's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||I hope someday there will be no fighting and we can all just...nap the afternoon away...||”|
— Linhardt as an enemy in Azure Moon Chapter 20/Verdant Wind Chapter 18.
- Main article: Linhardt/Quotes
Fire Emblem Cipher
Linhardt is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Linhardt|
|Sleepy Crest Scholar, Linhardt|
|"I... I don't want to kill. I don't want blood on my hands. I just want to lie on my back and soak up the sun filtering down through the trees..."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Investigation Into Hidden Powers: [Activate] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] From your Retreat Area, choose 1 card with the same Unit Name as the card which was sent to your Retreat Area from the cost of this skill, and add it to your hand.|
"For a world without bloodshed...": [Hand] [Activate] [Send this card to the Retreat Area] Choose 1 of your Orbs and look at its face. Draw 1 card. ([Hand] is only usable while this card is in your hand.)
|Card #B19-009R • Artist: Yoko Maturica|
|Troublemaker of House Hevring, Linhardt|
|"It will be a pleasure learning from you. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to take a nap."|
|Attack: 20||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Noble||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal, Light Magic: [Activate]   Choose 1 other ally. Choose 1 card with the same Unit Name as that ally from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B19-010N • Artist: Yoko Maturica|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Linhardt .
- As an enemy, Linhardt has access to the Seraphim and Fortify spells, which he can't learn as a playable unit. Likewise and disregarding enemy-only abilities, Linhardt can't learn the White Magic Avoid +20 ability under normal circumstances.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Linhardt von Hevring||Linhardt is a variant spelling of the Roman-German name Linhart, meaning "brave lion". Hevring (or Hefring) is one of the nine daughters of Ægir and Rán in Norse mythology.|
|Japanese||リンハルト＝フォン＝ヘヴリング||Linhardt von Hevring|
|Spanish||Linhardt von Hevring||As above.|
|French||Linhardt von Hevring||As above.|
|German||Linhardt von Hevring||As above.|
|Italian||Linhardt von Hevring||As above.|
|Korean||린하르트 폰 헤브링||Linhardt von Hevring|
|Simplified Chinese||林哈尔特·冯·海弗林格||Linhardt von Hevring|
|Traditional Chinese||林哈爾特‧馮‧海弗林格||Linhardt von Hevring|
Artwork of Linhardt from Three Houses.
High quality portrait artwork of Linhardt from Three Houses.
Portrait of Linhardt from Three Houses.
Concept art from Linhardt from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|