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FERD Makalov.png
Artwork of Makalov from Radiant Dawn.

A member of the Royal Knights of Crimea. He is a compulsive gambler who would rather bet on games of chance than eat. His debts have been a source of trouble for his sister. Marcia.






Marcia (sister)



Starting class


Makalov (Japanese: マカロフ Makarov) is a Sword Knight in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, a Blade Paladin in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, and is brother to Marcia.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


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Starting stats and growth rates

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Sword Knight
Level 10
Attribute Is gcn thunderaffin.png
Build 10
Recruitment: Chapter 14, talk to with Marcia

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Steel Sword
Red Gem
Weapon Levels
Swords C Lances -- Axes -- Bows --
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- Wind magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Paladin +3 +2 +2 +2 +2 +0 +2 +3 +1 +1 Swords (x to C)
Lances or Axes or Bows E


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

Makalov is the last unpromoted cavalier to join. He has a lower base level and mediocre base stats for his join time, so his immediate uses are limited. He likely will not contribute much on his join chapter since he is out of the way, and his next chapter is a desert chapter, so the first real chapter he can contribute to is Chapter 16, which is around the time many units are about to promote (especially other cavaliers), so he needs significant BEXP investment to catch up. Furthermore, he is limited by being swordlocked so he lacks a good enemy phase. He is still a cavalier, so his high mobility and Canto makes him useful.

Makalov has the strongest growths out of the unpromoted cavaliers, having the highest Strength and Defense growths, and good growths in Skill and Speed. However, his weak base stats for his level limit him and it takes a while for his growths to kick in. He also has the worst Resistance growth among cavaliers, so he will be weak to magic. He truly shines upon promotion, where he can gain a stronger 1-2 range option, more mobility, and significant boosts to his stats. Axes are his best option, as they are the strongest weapon type, have 1-2 range, and he can use Steel Axes at E rank. Lances also provide a good 1-2 range option, and work as a nicer counter to sword users, but are weaker than axes and require a D rank to use Steel Lances. Bows give Makalov an accurate 2-range option and effective weapons on flying units, but weapon effectiveness is only ×2, he is initially limited to Iron Bows, and will not have a solid 1-2 range weapon access, so this is his weakest option.

Makalov starts with the Tempest skill, which doubles the effects of his biorhythm. As swords are very accurate in the first place, this does not benefit him much, and will often harm him more if he uses lances or axes upon promotion, so it is recommended to remove it. As he has the best long-term Defense of the unpromoted cavaliers, Sol turns him into an even better tank. A Vantage+Guard combo is viable for him and his good Skill stat, as both skills are obtainable around his join time, though it is only most effective with a 1-2 range weapon equipped. For offensive skills, Adept, Wrath, and Resolve all work well for him due to good Skill and bulk, though there are other units that make better use of them.

Makalov has a Thunder affinity which gives an avoid and Defense boost, further boosting his defensive capabilities. All of his support partners have Wind affinities, so an A support with any of them will give both units +1 defense, +7 accuracy, and +15 avoid. Astrid is Makalov's best option, as they join near the same time, are the same class, and Astrid's other options are mediocre. Haar is another decent option, having similar mobility (though flying) and making him an even better tank. Bastian is Makalov's weakest option, as he is an extremely lategame Sage with low mobility.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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Starting stats and growth rates

Small portrait makalov fe10.png
Blade Paladin
Level 7
Affinity Is wii thunderaffin.png
Constitution 10
Recruitment: Part 2, Chapter 3, automatically from the start

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Steel Sword
CantoThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
Weapon Levels
Swords A Lances -- Axes -- Bows -- Knives -- Strike weapons --
Fire magic -- Thunder magic -- Wind magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --
  • Note: The above stats are Makalov's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Makalov capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to his base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Skills Weapon level
Gold Knight +4 +2 +4 +2 +2 +0 +2 +4 0 0 SolThis item or skill is locked to this unit. Swords (x to A)
Axes C


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

Makalov is one of many playable paladins with the Crimean Royal Knights, available for chapters 2-3, part of 2-E, 3-9, then joining Ike's group after. On paper, his base stats are respectable, albeit weaker than Geoffrey and Kieran, and he has high movement and canto. However, he is swordlocked, so his 2-range is limited to extremely weak wind edges. His weapon options are also weak; there are no decent swords available among the part 2 bargains. Due to these factors, it is hard for him to contribute and raise in part 2. Makalov benefits significantly from Path of Radiance transfers; PoR Makalov caps strength and and speed on average, and can feasibly cap skill and defense if a little lucky.

In part 3, chapter 3-9, Makalov can be useful but is limited due to ledges and again, outclassed by Geoffrey and Kieran. He can learn paragon and viably be trained before joining Ike's group if the player so wishes, but other mounts in Ike's party will likely have already promoted to 3rd tier. He has one of the best speed growths in the game at 75% and a good defense growth, turning him into a speedy physical tank. His strength and skill growths are about average, though due to his mediocre bases, it takes him time to grow out. Since he can caps speed, defense, and luck relatively quickly, his strength and skill can be patched with BEXP. His weakest growth is resistance, so he will struggle with magic users.

If Makalov is raised and promoted, he can use 1-2 range axes which benefits him significantly from chapter 3-E and on due to the abundance of rout chapters. In addition to Sol, he will continue to have excellent physical bulk and speed, so it is easy to expose him to several enemy units. Note that without transfers, he will start with C rank axes which limits him, but forge hand axes are available and Hammers are D rank. For part 4, he is best put on Ike's team, as it is the most friendly for paladins; the other teams have a swamp and desert. He can function well for endgame as he has access to both Hammers and Wyrmslayers, but his bad resistance growth and speed cap limit him.

Makalov has no skills when joining. If the player wants to use him long-term, he needs Geoffrey's or Astrid's Paragon from 3-9 to catch up. After he catches up, Paragon can be replaced with other skills. Adept boosts his offense and Vantage+Cancel helps his enemy phase durability, all skills that complement his excellent speed. The former is more strongly recommended, as he does not struggle much with bulk due to his good defense and Sol, whereas he can struggle with strength.

Makalov has a thunder affinity which gives a defense and avoid boost, which complements his excellent speed and defense. Kieran and Astrid are other paladins with the same availability as Makalov and both have Wind affinities that boost accuracy and avoid, so they are his most practical options. Danved and Marcia have fire affinities which give Makalov an attack and accuracy boost, but neither of these complement his thunder affinity.

Personality and character

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Makalov is said to have a drinking and gambling problem, something he constantly receives grief from his sister about.


Path of Radiance

Main article: Makalov/Supports (Path of Radiance)
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Sword Knight
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C: 3
B: 6
A: 10
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C: 1
B: 3
A: 5
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C: 1
B: 3
A: 4

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See Support § Path of Radiance for more details on supports.

Radiant Dawn

Bond supports

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Blade Paladin
Default bonds:
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Falcon Knight



Extra bonds:*
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Bow Paladin
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Small portrait bastian fe10.png
Arch Sage


See Support § Radiant Dawn for more details on supports.


Radiant Dawn

Makalov, Prince of Layabouts
Makalov remained as a Royal Knight because the empire was "too strict". Miraculously, he was never fired.


Battle quotes

I, I'm saved...
— An unused quote intended to be Makalov's escape quote in Path of Radiance.
Makalov: Wha...what? You... Could it be...
Marcia: Huh? I don't believe it! Is that you, Makalov?

— Makalov, when fighting Marcia in Chapter 14 of Path of Radiance.

Death quotes

After all... the only true prediction I made was this one. I'm sorry, Marcia... I was...a
— Makalov, in Path of Radiance.
Ah, forgive me, Marcia...
— Makalov, as an enemy in Chapter 14 of Path of Radiance.
I knew this would be how...the dice would fall... Forgive me, Marcia... I'm...such a Ugghhh... It's...useless... I'm fading...
— Makalov, in Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Makalov is featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Makalov
TCGCipher B12-023HN.png Unrivalled Layabout, Makalov



"Yeah... We've been ordered to mobilize, and I can't think of any excuse to get out of it."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Blade Paladin Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
"Oogh... My stomach...": [Always] During your Beginning Phase, this unit cannot be untapped.
"Work time... If this pays off my debts....": [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send 2 cards from your hand to the Retreat Area] Reveal the top card of your opponent's deck. If that card has a deployment cost of 4 or more, draw 3 cards and untap this unit.
Card #B12-023HN • Artist: Tetsu Kurosawa
TCGCipher B12-024N.png Good-for-nothing Elder Brother, Makalov



"I'd dearly love to pay you my wager, but unfortunately... I'm broke."
Attack: 40 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Sword Knight Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Begging for Gold: [Trigger] At the start of your Action Phase, choose 1 Mounted ally, and move them.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B12-024N • Artist: Tetsu Kurosawa
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Makalov .

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn A member of the Royal Knights of Crimea. He is a compulsive gambler who would rather bet on games of chance than eat. His debts have been a source of trouble for his sister. Marcia. クリミア王宮騎士団の一員。


Etymology and other languages

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


Corruption of Makarov, as below.



Officially romanized as Makarov. From Makarov (Russian: Макаров), a Russian surname.



As above.



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Mentioned in Heroes.

Traditional Chinese


Makarov; mentioned in Heroes.


Official artwork



  1. 1.0 1.1 FE PoR: Makalov Character Profile (P. 93) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 24 March 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 FE RD: Makalov Character Profile (P. 66) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 24 March 2018
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Chapters P: Mercenaries • 1: The Battle Begins • 2: Rescue • 3: Pirates Aground • 4: Roadside Battle • 5: Flight! • 6: A Brief Diversion • 7: Shades of Evil • 8: Despair and Hope • 9: Gallia • 10: Prisoner Release • 11: Blood Runs Red • 12: A Strange Land • 13: A Guiding Wind • 14: Training • 15: The Feral Frontier • 16: The Atonement • 17: Day Breaks (stage 1stage 2stage 3stage 4) • 18: Crimea Marches • 19: Entrusted • 20: Defending Talrega • 21: Without a King • 22: Solo • 23: The Great Bridge • 24: Battle Reunion • 25: Strange Lands • 26: Clash! • 27: Moment of Fate (stage 1stage 2) • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: Repatriation
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Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
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