Manaketes (Japanese: マムクート Mamkute), also referred to as the dragonkin (Japanese: 竜人族 Dragon-Human Tribe) are a legendary humanoid species recurring in the Fire Emblem series. Manaketes are a form taken by dragons to conserve their strength and survive in a world which no longer permits their full existence. All Manaketes draw their power from their dragonstones, which they use to temporarily transform back into their dragon bodies, usually for combat purposes. Although in some cultures in the series the Manakete race is regarded as legendary and worthy of worship, in others they have a long history of bitter conflict with humanity.
In antiquity, Archanea was the epicenter of an advanced dragon civilization prior to the rise of humanity, until a mysterious wave of deteriorating health struck them, rendering them infertile and slowly driving them mad. In response, the dragonkin learned that the only way to survive the condition was to take the forms of humans, and so sought to convince all dragons to do so. While many (including almost all earth dragons) refused to accept this and eventually devolved into mindless beasts, others accepted the word of the dragon elders and took human forms, thus becoming Manaketes.  By sealing their powers into dragonstones, Manaketes retained the ability to temporarily become dragons, but never for long owing to the risks posed to their health.
In the following millennia as humans became the dominant power over the Archanean continent, Manaketes became the target of racism from humans in an exercise of their new-found power over the land. In their weak humanoid forms, the Manaketes were easily abused and mistreated, and were condemned to living in poverty. This ultimately led to the rise of the Manakete ruler Medeus and his Dolhr Empire, which sought to exact vengeance upon humanity for their crimes against the Manaketes and to retake Archanea as the Manaketes' land. Although he succeeded in ruling the world for two periods of time adding up to several decades, Medeus was thrice thwarted and killed: first by Anri, then twice more by his descendant, the Hero-King Marth. One Manakete ally to Marth, Bantu, believed that his role was to broker a lasting peace and understanding between the two races.
It is uncertain what became of Manaketes in the post-Marth world. In the era of Chrom of Ylisse, Manaketes continued to exist, but little is known of what social presence they may or may not have held, other than that they are regarded as rare and mythical entities.
At the height of the Scouring, the dragons of Elibe were, similar to their Archanean counterparts, forced to assume a less powerful form with the onset of the Ending Winter. The immense power of the weapons wielded by the Eight Legends distorted the laws of nature to the point where dragons could no longer exist in their present forms, forcing them to become Manaketes, as the human form required the least energy to maintain. In the Scouring's aftermath, the vast majority of surviving dragons fled Elibe through the Dragon's Gate on Valor; most of those who remained took up residence in Arcadia, while one more – Jahn – hid in the Dragon Temple for the following centuries to heal wounds sustained in the Scouring.
Only two Manaketes are seen to still be living in Magvel during the course of The Sacred Stones. These two Manaketes, Morva and his adopted daughter Myrrh, are said by the people of the village of Caer Pelyn to act as watchful guardians over humans. In the original conflict with the Demon King Fomortiis in Magvel's antiquity, Morva's power was a crucial factor in ensuring the Five Heroes were able to use the Sacred Stones to defeat Fomortiis and seal him away.
For the following eight centuries, Morva remained in Darkling Woods, the last resting place of Fomortiis, to protect the world from his ongoing influence. Although Morva's role in combating Fomortiis is not acknowledged in retellings of the tale by the majority of Magvel's population, the village of Caer Pelyn holds Morva, and Myrrh by extension, in reverence for their contributions.
While Myrrh and Morva are the only living Manaketes seen in Magvel, the presence of reanimated dragon corpses suggests more lived there at one time. Myrrh also mentions being orphaned during the original war with the Demon King; this, the reference to Morva leading an entire tribe, along with the presence of the reanimated corpses suggests that Manaketes were significantly wiped out at some point, or simply rarely interact with humans. However, Lyon mentions that there are only two known dragonstones in existence. Myrrh initially expresses some doubts to protecting humanity like her father, possibly suggesting other Manaketes avoid interaction with humans. Unlike the other known Manakete populations, the Caer Pelyn culture appears to regard the word "Manakete" as a disrespectful slur against the dragonkin, and the community instead insists on always referring to Myrrh and Morva as the "Great Dragon", although it is never clarified where Myrrh and Morva personally stand on this matter.
The most prominent physical characteristic of Manaketes compared to humans is their ears, which are longer and pointier than their human counterparts (the extent of which varies from game to game). Some Manaketes have relatively small draconian wings protruding from their backs, and some such as Myrrh seem to be able to hide or extend them at will. Male Manaketes are universally seen wearing hooded cloaks, occasionally holding canes. Female Manaketes instead tend toward lighter clothing, often featuring scarves, ribbons and pastel colors; some female Manaketes, most prominently Naga's kin, wear ornate head-dresses resembling a spread pair of dragon wings.
The lifespan of Manaketes vastly exceeds that of humans, extending well into periods of thousands of years. An age of a thousand years is still childhood for a Manakete, and as demonstrated by Tiki, an age of three thousand years is young adulthood.
Manaketes are able to reproduce with humans. The resulting offspring may inherit the pointy ears of their Manakete parent, and often lives longer than the average human, but shorter than a pure Manakete. Sophia, Nah, and Corrin are examples of half-human, half-Manakete hybrids. However, Corrin is implied to have a normal lifespan, as they develop the same way as normal humans.
Pure-blooded Manaketes have larger jaws than half-Manakete hybrids in their dragon state. As a Manakete ages, his or her dragon form's claws and fangs sharpen. Their dragon hides toughen the more they are struck in battle. However, even the toughest Manakete scales can be easily cleaved by Wyrmslayers. Despite the durability of Manakete scales, they are surprisingly light and even have been used in clothing.
Manaketes, being dragons in another form, are significantly more advanced than humanity, possessing on average far greater intellect. In Archanea, at least, magic originated from the Manaketes and is derived from their power, with the most powerful human weapons embedded with dragonstones. Jahn claims that Manaketes as a whole lack the same emotional depth as humans, having no interest in matters such as revenge, though this does not appear to be entirely true even in The Binding Blade, given Fae's behavior. However, in Elibe at least, an untransformed Manakete is defenseless and significantly weaker than a human.
Despite their obvious superiority, in many cases Manaketes are actively sympathetic toward and interested in humans, especially divine dragons as famously exemplified by Naga and Forseti. The extensive lifespan of Manaketes, however, poses a problem: any attempt by Manaketes to forge bonds of friendship with humans is doomed to a sad end as the lifespan of a human is an insignificant fraction of that of dragons.
Like their base dragon forms, Manaketes have a low birth rate compared to humans; in Archanea, the birth rate declined even further than before when the illness struck.
In the gameplay of the Fire Emblem series, Manaketes wield dragonstone items in order to fight. Without their dragonstones they typically possess low stats in general, but with a dragonstone equipped they gain significant statistical bonuses allowing even the weakest Manakete unit to comfortably participate in battle. In most games, dragonstones turn Manaketes into dragons only during battle; however, in Mystery of the Emblem, Manaketes use dragonstones to transform into one of several dragon varieties both on the field and in battle for five turns, giving them access to a breath weapon matching the dragon type.
Manaketes have no class change options whatsoever. In Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, and Awakening, they are classified as a special class to compensate for this, giving them a maximum level of 30 instead of 20.
With the exception of Bantu, all playable Manaketes are female and usually young girls.
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|Mystery of the Emblem||16||0||--||0||2/3||0||1||1/10||5||--||--||10||--||8|
|The Binding Blade||20/12||0||--||0||2||0||1||1||5||5/1||--||--||2||--|
|The Sacred Stones
|The Sacred Stones
|New Mystery of the Emblem||18||0||0||1||1||0||1||1||6||--||--||--||--||--|
|Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light||52||20||--||20||20||20||20||7||12||--||20|
|Mystery of the Emblem||26||20||--||20||20||20||20||20||12||--||20|
|The Binding Blade||60||20||--||20||20||30||20||20||15||20||--|
|The Sacred Stones
|The Sacred Stones
|New Mystery of the Emblem||60||20||20||20||20||30||20||20||8||--||--|
Class growth rates
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|Mystery of the Emblem||50%||10%||--||10%||10%||0%||10%||10%||--||--||--||--|
|The Binding Blade||95%||40%||--||35%||20%||25%||0%||10%||--||--||--||--|
|The Sacred Stones||95%||40%||--||30%||20%||25%||0%||10%||--||--||--||--|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||50/100%||20/50%||10%||30/75%||20/80%||0%||10/50%||-10/15%||--||--||--||--|
|Awakening||Odd Rhythm||Learned at level 1.|
|Awakening||Wyrmsbane||Learned at level 15.|
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Mystery of the Emblem
The Binding Blade
The Sacred Stones
Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
|Base class||Promotion method||Advanced class|
|Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 15.|
|Bantu||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Tiki||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Warriors|
|Fae||The Binding Blade|
|Myrrh||The Sacred Stones|
|Nagi||Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Playable Manakete units in the Fire Emblem series.|
Notable enemy Manaketes
|Mannu||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon|
|Khozen||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon|
|Morzas||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon|
|Tiki||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon, Awakening (as Einherjar, Lost Bloodlines 2 & 3)|
|Xemcel||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon|
|Medeus||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon|
|Ein||The Binding Blade|
|Jahn||The Binding Blade|
|Brzak||Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga, New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Enemy Manakete units in the Fire Emblem series.|
- Though the official English translation is "Manakete," the item screen description (not the R button description) for the dragonstone Flametongue in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has the placeholder translation "For Mamukoot only!" The description cannot normally be seen, however, as the item can only be obtained by hacking.
- In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, if a class change item is used on a Manakete, its defense will be raised by the amount of defense that the equipped dragonstone gives, and the item will not be used up.
- The names "Mamkute" and "Manakete" are trademarked by Intelligent Systems, the developers of the Fire Emblem series.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
According to a NPC in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon, the word most likely rhymes with "parakeet". Additionally, in Awakening, Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, and the book Legacy of Archanea, "Manakete" is not treated as a proper noun; other materials capitalize it.
Officially romanized as Mamkute. Romanized instead as Mamukute in Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE.
The generic Manakete portrait in Mystery of the Emblem.
The generic Manakete portrait in The Binding Blade
The generic Manakete portrait in Shadow Dragon.
The unused generic Manakete portrait in New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow.
An enemy Manakete in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
An enemy Manakete in Fire Emblem Warriors.
- "If you really wanna know... Tens of thousands of years ago, the dragon tribe settled down on this continent, and created a civilization. They possessed intellect and abilities far exceedin' those of humans. But suddenly, outta nowhere, their day of destruction came. At first, they couldn't bear children. Then they began to lose their minds, goin' berserk one after the next. The elders warned that the end of dragons as a species was approachin'. There was no longer any way to prevent it. However, there was one way they could survive: to discard their identities as dragons and live on as humans. The dragons fell into a panic. Those who believed the elders sealed their forms within stones and became humans. But those who couldn't throw away their pride as a dragon; those who adamantly refused to become human... They eventually lost their minds and became naught but beasts..." — Xane, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "Mmm, the majority of the dragon tribe didn’t listen to the elders’ advice, and were lost…" — Xane, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
- " Y'see, I don't like humans. I've got nothin' but contempt for those who treated the defenseless Manaketes like insects. So I can understand why Medeus despised you humans so. Medeus, an Earth Dragon prince, was the only one of his tribe who become a Manakete. And, as ordered by Naga, he guarded the Dragon's Table. But the once peaceful human race, drunk with power, began to rule with tyranny. They oppressed the dragons who had done nothin' wrong. Furious at their betrayal by humans, the Manaketes gathered in Dolhr, and they created a nation for their people. Then they fought to conquer humanity." — Xane, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
- "By the gods, she's a manakete... I never thought I'd see one." — Chrom, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Jahn: When the order of nature collapsed, we dragons suffered the most. With nature weakened, we could not maintain our dragon forms. And so, we sealed our power into gemstones and took human form.
Roy: The dragonstones...
Jahn: Yes. We were utterly powerless against the humans. In human form, we were even more feeble than the humans themselves. The humans took the opportunity to slaughter us.
Roy: Why did you choose the form of humans? Why not some other shape?
Jahn: In the new order of nature, the human form required the least energy to transform into." — Jahn and Roy, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Eirika: Demon King? Are you speaking of the legend of the Sacred Stones? The hero Grado used the power of the five Sacred Stones to defeat and seal away--
Dara: No, no, that's not right at all. Ah, how quickly did mankind forget its debt to the Great Dragon. To hear the story now, one would think humans alone brought about victory. That is a gross mistelling of the tale. Only through the Great Dragon's strength could the Demon King be sealed away!" — Eirika and Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Mankind may have forgotten its debt, but the Great Dragon never forgets. It watches over the bones of the Demon King in Darkling Woods. It keeps the Demon King's dark brood from swarming the world of men. The Great Dragon's vigilance alone has kept us safe from their blind rage." — Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Uh-huh... My foster father leads the dragon tribe. In the last great war... both of my true parents were killed. Morva took me in and raised me as though I were his own child." — Myrrh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "That's right. It's very rare. There are only two in the entire world. I've heard rumors of a collector there who has one for sale. It looks like nothing but a common gemstone. I need it for my research. If I have that stone...my... Urg...gaa..." — Lyon, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "... My father has dedicated his life to protecting humans. For the longest time, I could not fathom why he would do this. But now, after spending time with all of you... I begin to understand how he felt." — Myrrh to Saleh, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Eirika: Is the Great Dragon you speak of...one of the Manakete?
Dara: Manakete?!? How dare you speak so of the Great Dragon!" — Eirika and Dara, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "Myrrh: And I am... 1,200 years old. Roughly.
Dozla: Huh? Gwah ha ha! Stop teasing me, lassie! You don't have to be shy. Just tell me how old you are.
Myrrh: I did. And I said I'm 1,200... Roughly." — Myrrh and Dozla, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
- "You are a full-blooded dragon... A dragon's lifespan...is near eternity... I am part human...so we grow at different speeds... Do you understand...?" — Sophia to Fae, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Nah: When you turn into a dragon... Well, your jaws are bigger than mine.
Tiki: Er, yes. I suppose they are.
Nah: Why is that?
Tiki: It's because I am pure blooded. Manakete blood runs thick in my veins, and makes me look more...dragon-like.
Nah: Is that also why your fangs and claws are sharper than mine?
Tiki: That is a matter only of age. I have lived many, many more centuries than you. As dragons get older and become more powerful, our claws and fangs sharpen. It will be the same for you when you reach my age, though it will take millennia.
Nah: That'll be sweet... I see... So, why is your skin so much thicker and harder than mine?
Tiki: That comes from fighting in countless battles. The more times a dragon is struck by blows, the thicker and harder our hide becomes." — Nah and Tiki, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Nah: Unfortunately, there is a rare subset of weapons that are a bane to my kind... Wyrmslayers.
Morgan: Oh, right! The swords said to cleave even the mighty scales of a manakete." — Nah and female Morgan, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Gregor: ...Now this looks like "gramps" clothing. Also, Gregor is no good in sweater. Is too hot, yes?
Nowi: Yeah, but this one is really light. It really breathes! I lined it with manakete scales.
Gregor: Scales of manakete? Gregor is stunned. How are you finding such priceless artifacts?" — Nowi and Gregor, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "Dragons are a much more advanced species than us humans. Their vitality and intellect puts that of humans to shame. There is one thing, however, the dragons lack in. They multiply at a fraction of the rate humans do." — Niime, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Hate? Only humans feel such preposterous emotions. We battled for survival and we lost. There was nothing more to our fight." — Jahn, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "We were utterly powerless against the humans. In human form, we were even more feeble than the humans themselves. The humans took the opportunity to slaughter us." — Jahn, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Tiki: Hear me, Nah. Remember when I said I had to tell you something difficult? We manaketes are destined to suffer because of our love of humankind.
Nah: Destined to... suffer?
Tiki: We live for millennia, while humans flicker out like candles. The greatest friendship I ever knew lasted just a few short decades... And when King Marth died, I was left to wander the centuries alone.
Nah: I see. I have to be prepared to lose everyone I love.
Tiki: The dragon blood in your veins curses you to such a fate." — Tiki and Nah, Fire Emblem Awakening
- "I mean, I ain’t stupid. I'd heard of the dragonkin before. I’d just always assumed Manaketes looked somethin' like parakeets." — An Aurelis villager, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
- Individual dragon species:
- Hoshido Noble
- Nohr Prince
- Nohr Princess
- Nohr Noble
|Races and animals of the Fire Emblem series|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon|
|Classes in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem|
|Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening|