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Lysithea von Ordelia

Part I Part II

FETH Lysithea.png
Artwork of Lysithea in Part I, from Three Houses.





15[1](Part I)


February 28

  • 148 cm (4'10") (Part I)
  • 160 cm (5'3") (Part II)


Starting class


Voiced by

Lysithea von Ordelia (pronounced /li'sɪθiə vɒn ɔɹ'diliə/[key]; Japanese: リシテア=フォン=コーデリア Lysithea von Cordelia) is a playable character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. She is a member of the Golden Deer house at the Officers Academy.


Lysithea is the eldest daughter of the house of Count Ordelia and a prodigy in magic. As a punishment to her house for having part in a revolution against the Empire, those who slither in the dark were sent by the Empire to experiment on a young Lysithea and other children from her house. The goal of this experiment was to implant two Crests into a single person. She was the only survivor and success of the experiment, which resulted in her having white hair and a drastically shortened lifespan. To bring peace to her parents, she rushed her studies to enter the Officer's Academy early, and graduate to save her house. According to herself, she was given 5 years, maximum, to live.

If Lysithea is a member of Byleth's class, she returns to Garreg Mach Monastery on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies them throughout the war. Otherwise, she returns to the Alliance. On the Crimson Flower route, she is encountered during the Imperial invasion of Derdriu and is defeated. Byleth can either execute her or spare her; in the latter case, she joins the Black Eagle Strike Force and fights directly under their command for the rest of the war. On the Azure Moon route, she is a member of the Alliance forces fighting at the Battle of Gronder, and is slain by either Imperial or Kingdom forces.

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Starting stats and growth rates


Part I Part II: Crimson Flower

Small portrait lysithea fe16.png
Level 1
Movement 4
Crest Crest of GloucesterMinor Crest of Charon
Recruitment: Automatically upon joining the Golden Deer; can be recruited to other houses if Byleth has skill in Magic and Faith

Base Stats Growth Rates Max Stats

Inventory Abilities
Training Bow
Reason Lv 1
Faith Lv 1
Authority Lv 1
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- Miasma Δ --
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying
E E E E E D E+ E+ E E E
WeaknessBudding Talent Weakness Weakness -- -- Strength Strength Strength Weakness -- --

Enemy - Chapter 7

Normal Hard

Enemy - Crimson Flower Chapter 14

Normal Hard Maddening


Ability Learned at
Is ns01 mastermind.png Mastermind Personal ability, innate and unremovable
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Soulblade Budding Talent: Swords
Is ns01 sword prowess lv 1.png Sword Prowess Swords E+; replaced with higher levels at Swords D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Wrath Strike Swords D
Is ns01 combat art sword.png Grounder Swords C
Is ns01 axebreaker.png Axebreaker Swords B
Is ns01 sword crit +10.png Sword Crit +10 Swords S
Is ns01 swordfaire.png Swordfaire Swords S+
Is ns01 lance prowess lv 1.png Lance Prowess Lances E+; replaced with higher levels at Lances D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art lance.png Tempest Lance Lances D
Is ns01 combat art lance.png Knightkneeler Lances C
Is ns01 swordbreaker.png Swordbreaker Lances B
Is ns01 lance crit +10.png Lance Crit +10 Lances S
Is ns01 lancefaire.png Lancefaire Lances S+
Is ns01 axe prowess lv 1.png Axe Prowess Axes E+; replaced with higher levels at Axes D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Smash Axes D
Is ns01 combat art axe.png Helm Splitter Axes C
Is ns01 lancebreaker.png Lancebreaker Axes B
Is ns01 axe crit +10.png Axe Crit +10 Axes S
Is ns01 axefaire.png Axefaire Axes S+
Is ns01 bow prowess lv 1.png Bow Prowess Bows E+; replaced with higher levels at Bows D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art bow.png Curved Shot Bows D
Is ns01 close counter.png Close Counter Bows C
Is ns01 bow crit +10.png Bow Crit +10 Bows S
Is ns01 bowfaire.png Bowfaire Bows S+
Is ns01 brawling prowess lv 1.png Brawling Prowess Brawling E+; replaced with higher levels at Brawling D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Fading Blow Brawling D
Is ns01 combat art brawling.png Rushing Blow Brawling C
Is ns01 combat art.png Healing Focus Brawling B
Is ns01 brawl crit +10.png Brawl Crit +10 Brawling S
Is ns01 fistfaire.png Fistfaire Brawling S+
Is ns01 reason lv 1.png Reason Innate; replaced with higher levels at Reason D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 dark magic range +1.png Dark Magic Range +1 Reason S
Is ns01 dark tomefaire.png Dark Tomefaire Reason S+
Is ns01 faith lv 1.png Faith Innate; replaced with higher levels at Faith D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 white magic range +1.png White Magic Range +1 Faith S
Is ns01 white tomefaire.png White Tomefaire Faith S+
Is ns01 authority lv 1.png Authority Innate; replaced with higher levels at Authority D+, C+, B+, and A+
Is ns01 battalion desperation.png Battalion Desperation Authority C
Is ns01 defensive tactics.png Defensive Tactics Authority B
Is ns01 offensive tactics.png Offensive Tactics Authority S+
Is ns01 weight -3.png Weight -3 Heavy Armor C
Is ns01 combat art.png Smite Heavy Armor B
Is ns01 weight -5.png Weight -5 Heavy Armor A
Is ns01 armored effect null.png Armored Effect Null Heavy Armor S+
Is ns01 dexterity +4.png Dexterity +4 Riding C
Is ns01 movement +1.png Movement +1 Riding A+
Is ns01 cavalry effect null.png Cavalry Effect Null Riding S+
Is ns01 alert stance.png Alert Stance Flying B
Is ns01 alert stance+.png Alert Stance+ Flying A+
Is ns01 flying effect null.png Flying Effect Null Flying S+
The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.

Spell list

Spell Learned at
Miasma Δ Innate
Swarm Ζ Reason D+
Luna Λ Reason C
Dark Spikes Τ Reason B
Hades Ω Reason A
Heal Faith D
Nosferatu Faith D+
Seraphim Faith C
Warp Faith B
Abraxas Faith A


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

Lysithea has the highest magical damage output in the game, boasting the highest magic growth in the game and very high speed and dexterity growths. Despite the weight of her spells oftentimes preventing her from doubling enemies, the high might of her excellent dark magic spells will often enable her to kill enemies in one-shot throughout the majority of the game. Lysithea's personal ability, Mastermind grants double skill experience earned in battle, allowing her to reach high weapon ranks much quicker than her other allies and granting her incredible spells very early. Thanks to her stellar magic and potential for early access to Dark Spikes Τ, she can one-shot the Death Knight as early as his first appearance in Chapter 4 and throughout the rest of the game. However, Lysithea does have two major weaknesses in her poor defensive growths which prevent her from defeating large amounts of enemies on the enemy phase and in the poor movement of classes that can use magic. As the rest of your units get access to mounts and flying classes, being limited to four movement per turn will cause Lysithea to lag behind the rest of the army and struggle to utilize her destructive potential. These weaknesses are somewhat undermined by the incredible utility of the Warp spell, which will benefit from an enhanced range thanks to Lysithea's amazing magic growth, and by the Thyrsus which grants her plus two to her magic range. Additionally, as long as the enemy does not double her or kill her in one hit, Lysithea can tank a limited number of enemies with low resistance on the enemy phase by equipping Nosferatu.

Lysithea also possesses a Budding Talent for Swords. If trained she gets access to Soulblade, a magical sword combat art that increases in damage output based on her Resistance. With the right sword and a high Resistance stat, this art can deal more damage than her most powerful spells, however, it is an art locked at one-range, thus, potentially exposing her to counterattacks and attacks on the enemy phase she will not take if she attacks at four-range with Thyrsus. Her low strength and defense otherwise make her sword rank irrelevant, as she would almost certainly deal no damage with non-magical swords, unless you are aiming to promote her into a Mortal Savant.

Lysithea has the Crests of Gloucester and Charon, the former of which occasionally boosts her magical damage potentially netting her more kills, while the latter occasionally boosts her damage with Combat Arts. Unless trained in weapons outside of Reason and Faith, Lysithea will never have use of her Crest of Charon. This crest can also allow her to use Thunderbrand as a brave weapon and use Foudroyant Strike but her low strength generally makes using it with her a bad idea.

Considering her strengths and growths, the best class progression for Lysithea is to start as a Monk; then promote into a Mage and master the class to gain Fiendish Blow; and for the advanced tier, promote into either a Warlock or a Bishop. The best master class for Lysithea depends on what role Lysithea is best suited to fill in the your army. If you want to double her spell uses or use Warp two times per map, Gremory will be her best class. If you want Lysithea to keep pace with the rest of the army and get Dark Tomefaire, promote her into a Dark Knight. She may have a weakness in Lances but she should still be able to reach a C-rank for the promotion.

Recruiting for Other Routes

Lysithea is a valuable addition to your team on any route by virtue of her access to Warp alone, a spell which only Lysithea and two other units can even learn. Even if she is recruited fairly late into Part 1, thanks to Mastermind, she can quickly get her weapon ranks up to access promotions and her powerful spells and will likely perform the same for the player as she would in the Golden Deer route. If you recruit Lysithea, it is also recommended that you recruit Lorenz so that you gain access to his corresponding paralogue which earns you Thyrsus upon clearing it. As mentioned above, Lysithea performs much better with the additional two range for all of her magic and unlocking the paralogue only requires you to recruit Lorenz, after which he can be benched for the rest of the game at no additional cost to the player.

The only route in which it is possible to recruit Lysithea post-timeskip is the Crimson Flower route*. If spared, Lysithea starts off with much lower stats and weapon proficiencies than when you fought her in the previous chapter and her starting class is Mage instead of Gremory. These starting conditions mean that she has a limited spell list and stats that leave her susceptible to death from nearly every enemy that attacks physically. Additionally, when recruited at this point in the game she cannot obtain Thyrsus and there are only four more mainline chapters left. Nevertheless, you can increase her proficiency in Faith magic to a least a B-rank to unlock Warp by giving her some preference in Instruction sessions and deploying her in Auxiliary battles and Paralogues. Even if deployed as an adjutant equipped with faith magic, she will still net her the boosted weapon experience she obtains from her personal skill. You can then reclass her to a Bishop or Gremory to double her uses of Warp. The late game maps of the Crimson Flower route are filled with terrain with heavy movement penalties for all non-fliers. Having as many as three users of Warp in those maps in Lysithea, Linhardt, and Manuela will enable easier movement about the map.

Personality and character

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Lysithea does not like when people credit her abilities to her two Crests, and she works very hard in order for people to consider her talents to be gained by her own merit. Although she hates being treated like a child, she is also afraid of monsters.



Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Lysithea returned home to help her parents restore their family land. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, she relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, ceding the territory to a nearby lord. Shortly thereafter, she and her family disappeared into obscurity.

Byleth, Ruler of Dawn & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Byleth announced his engagement to Lysithea shortly after becoming leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan. Before they were officially wed, she returned home, helped her father to restore Ordelia territory, and offered the land up to be governed directly by the new kingdom. Once the affairs of House Ordelia were in order, Lysithea finally married and became queen. Even without her Crests, she proved more than capable in the role, applying her great insight and intelligence toward a better Fódlan. When the rebuilding effort was complete, the couple and their children enjoyed long and peaceful lives.

Claude, King of Unification & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Entrusting the future of Fódlan to his friends, Claude left for Almyra to reclaim his place as heir to the throne. When he became king, he asked Lysithea to be his queen with a heart full of love, and with the hope of fostering friendly diplomatic relations with Fódlan. Due to her shortened lifespan, Lysithea declined. Claude, unable to abandon his love for her, gave up the throne to go on a quest for a means to save her. Years later, he appeared suddenly before her, claiming to have found a cure. With her trust and love to guide him, he whisked her away, across the sea. It is unknown where they went.

Hanneman, Father of Crestology & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
After the war, Lysithea returned to her parents in Ordelia territory. She was joined by Hanneman, and together the two worked to research a method by which to extend her lifespan. Some years later, their efforts bore fruit, and they devised a procedure to remove her Crests. Afterward, Lysithea renounced her noble claim and continued to assist Hanneman with his research. When he passed, she took up his mantle, and by the great discoveries she made, came to be called the Golden Child of Crestology.

Felix, Meandering Sword & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune (Crimson Flower, Silver Snow, Verdant Wind)
After the war, Felix abandoned his noble title and chose to make a living with his sword. He traveled the land, seeking battle as if he had a death wish, but his violent path came to an end when he happened upon Lysithea, who had been living in a small house in the middle of nowhere with her parents. Seeing her--condemned to live a shortened life, but smiling and making the most of every day with her family--convinced Felix that life was precious. He gave up his sword to join her, and the two spent their lives baking sweets. Lysithea's recipe became known far and wide, and the treat became a tradition for the people of that region.

Ignatz, Worldly Artist & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Lysithea returned home to help her parents restore their family land. Years later, when the end to their hard work was finally in sight, she relinquished House Ordelia's claim to nobility, and the family retreated from the public eye. In her new life as a commoner, she had a chance reunion with Ignatz, who had persuaded his family to allow him to travel the world as an artist. Lysithea became enchanted by his determination, and by the landscapes and portraits he painted of all he had seen in his travels. She offered the remainder of her short life in support of his work. It is said that Ignatz's most famous piece, Portrait of a Goddess, used Lysithea's face as a reference.

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.

Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Raphael returned to his hometown to serve his liege lord as a knight, and spent his spare time helping out at the inn that his family had opened during his time away. Due to his grandfather's age, he was compelled before long to give up knighthood and manage the inn full-time. Soon after that, the inn began to be frequented by Lysithea and her family, who had renounced all claim to nobility and begun a life as commoners. Lysithea found a kindred spirit in Raphael's sister, Maya, and before long, found herself helping out around the place too. Eventually she was put in charge of the kitchen, where it is said she spent the rest of her days happily working.

Lorenz, Noble of the Red Rose & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
As the new head of House Gloucester, Lorenz first worked to restore his own territory, and then expanded his vision to include reforms for all Fódlan. At the height of his storied political career, he announced his marriage to Lysithea. Though the only daughter of Count Ordelia had already renounced all claim to nobility, the people happily accepted their union. She rarely appeared in public, due to health concerns, but it is said that a great many policies credited to Lorenz were actually her ideas.


Battle quotes

You are here as well, Professor? That is a shame...
— Lysithea, as an enemy when fighting against Byleth in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
Edelgard: Lysithea. How unfortunate that a talented woman like you should throw her life away on a pointless battle.
Lysithea: Ha, do not underestimate me. The fight is far from over, Edelgard!

— Lysithea, as an enemy fighting Edelgard in Crimson Flower Chapter 14.
Don't expect me to go easy on you. Because I won't.
— Lysithea, as an enemy in Crimson Flower Chapter 14/Azure Moon Chapter 17.
Edelgard: Lysithea. You and I are so alike. We could have walked the same path.
Lysithea: We're alike? You don't mean to tell me... It can't be!
Edelgard: Yet now, we are at a crossroads. There's no turning back. Must we fight each other for the things we believe in?
Lysithea: That's exactly what's going to happen. And I will defeat you, Edelgard!

— Lysithea, fighting Edelgard in Silver Snow Chapter 19/Verdant Wind Chapter 20.

Death/retreat quotes

How vexing... This isn't what I wanted.
— Lysithea's retreat quote as a playable character in Part I.
If only I'd lived...just a little longer.
— Lysithea's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II.
Seems...I may have...underestimated the enemy.
— Lysithea's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II.

Other quotes

Main article: Lysithea/Quotes

Other appearances


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Lysithea von Ordelia Full name, known by just Lysithea in most menus. Lysithea is a figure in Greek mythology; the daughter of Evenus and mother of Helenus.

Ordelia is an alteration of Cordelia, a Celtic name theorized by some scholars to be based on the Latin cor, "heart", and a character from William Shakespeare's King Lear. It was probably altered due to the character of the same name from Awakening.

Japanese リシテア=フォン=コーデリア Lysithea von Cordelia


External links


  1. "本年入学の生徒の中では最年少の15歳。 (One of the youngest enrolled students this year at 15 years old.)" — Nintendo, キャラクター| ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月|Nintendo Switchソフト|任天堂,, Published: May 31 2019, Retrieved: June 2 2019
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