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Path of Radiance Radiant Dawn

FERD Marcia.png
Artwork of Marcia from Radiant Dawn.

A member of the Royal Knights of Crimea. She was formerly one of Begnion’s Holy Guard, but left to deal with her brother Makalov’s debt problems. She fought with Crimea in the Mad King’s War.





  • 18 (Path of Radiance)[1]
  • 21 (Radiant Dawn)[2]

Makalov (brother)



Starting class
I am Marcia, a pegasus knight of Begnion. Don’t forget me! All right, I’ll be seeing you later!
— Marcia to Ike in Chapter 3: Pirates Aground

Marcia (Japanese: マーシャ Marcia) is a pegasus knight from the theocracy of Begnion. She is found searching for her brother, Makalov. In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, she is no longer one of the Begnion's Holy Guard, but a Crimean Royal Knight and friends with Elincia.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


Marcia is the first Pegasus Knight that you see in the game. This also shows to newcomers that pegasi are one of the most agile and fast creatures in the Fire Emblem series.

Starting stats and growth rates

Pegasus Knight
Level 5
Affinity Is gcn fireaffin.png
Constitution 6
Recruitment: Chapter 9. Speak to her with with Ike in chapter 3, then speak to her with Ike again in chapter 9.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is gcn slim lance.png Slim Lance
Is gcn javelin.png Javelin
Is gcn pegasus band.png Pegasus Band*
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif -- GCNRankLance.gif D GCNRankAxe.gif -- GCNRankBow.gif --
GCNRankFire.gif -- GCNRankWind.gif -- GCNRankThunder.gif -- GCNRankStaff.gif --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Falcon Knight +4 +2 +2 +2 +1 +0 +2 +3 +1 +1 GCNRankSword.gif E


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

Marcia is the first flier that joins the party. As a mounted flier, she has amazing mobility, rescue utility, canto, and 1-2 range weapons. She is the only flier on chapters 11 and the start of 12 before Jill, the other early flier, joins. Marcia joins somewhat underleveled with average strength and defense and decent speed, but she joins at a time where the player typically has plenty of BEXP and money for forges to compensate. It is recommended to give her some BEXP levels immediately as she has excellent long-term payoff and will make using her much easier.

Marcia has excellent skill and speed growths and enough strength growth to deal solid damage especially with forges through the majority of the game. On average, she will cap all three of these stats at level 20/20. However, her defense base and growths are mediocre, so she may often face some survival issues especially lategame. She gains swords on promotion, but she starts with E rank swords, so she is stuck with Slim and Iron Swords. Swords are primarily useful for 1-range axe users, but she is usually better off sticking to lances due to her better lance rank and 1-2 range. Her lower 23 strength cap is a little limiting near endgame but this can be compensated with forges.

Marcia has no base skills, but as a flier, she has the flexibility to make most skills work well on her. Adept and Guard have decent activation rates thanks to her good skill. Savior is an invaluable skill on her if she is to regularly face combat while ferrying units like Ike. It is not recommended to teach her Stun with an Occult as stunning enemy units is rarely useful.

Marcia has a fire affinity which boosts attack and accuracy, both very useful for her. Tanith is one of her best support partners due to being an earth affinity flier, giving both a significant avoid boost. Kieran is also another good partners due to similar mobility, and additional accuracy and avoid boosts, both useful for both units.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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Starting stats and growth rates

Small portrait marcia fe10.png
Falcon Knight
Level 5
Affinity Is wii fireaffin.png
Constitution 7
Recruitment: Part 2, Prologue, start of chapter

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is wii steel lance.png Steel Lance
Is wii javelin.png Javelin
Is wii vulnerary.png Vulnerary
Is wii canto.png Canto
Weapon Levels
WiiRankSword.png C WiiRankLance.png B WiiRankAxe.png -- WiiRankBow.png -- WiiRankKnife.png -- WiiRankStrike.png --
WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --
  • Note: The above stats are Marcia's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Marcia capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to her base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Seraph Knight +4 +3 +4 +2 +2 +0 +3 +4 0 0


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

Marcia is a mounted flier that joins with Elincia in part 2, and is available for 3 of the 5 chapters of that part. She has respectable offensive base stats for early part 2, enough to double and deal useful damage to most units. Her base durability is mediocre so she cannot be exposed to too many enemy units. Marcia's speed and luck growths are high, ensuring she can double most units if invested. However, her strength and skill growth are mediocre. Without forges and massive investment, she will struggle to deal damage past part 2. Her defensive growths are also mediocre, so she cannot be exposed to enemy phase much. Although she can use swords, she lacks the rank to use niche sword weapons such as Wyrmslayer or Tempest Blade. Note that she greatly benefits from Path of Radiance transfers, which gives strength, skill, and speed on average; with this, she caps skill and speed more quickly before promotion, giving her more room to patch her weaker stats with BEXP.

Marcia is the only flier of chapter 2-3 and one of a handful in 2-E, two chapters where flight is valuable. She is extremely valuable in chapter 3-9 as the only flier of that chapter, though her offensive stats will lag behind that of Geoffrey, Kieran, and Danved. She joins Ike's group in chapters 3-11 and 3-E, chapters where flight is useful, but she will likely be massively underleveled and outclassed by Haar, Tanith, and Sigrun. As such, if one wants to use Marcia long-term, she needs significant investment through part 2 and on to keep up with Ike's group. She works well on any part 4 team, though her flight utility is somewhat wasted if put in Ike's group; it is recommended to have her join the other two groups to take advantage of flight in 4-3 (desert) or 4-5 (swamp).

Marcia starts with no skills. Chapter 3-9 has a buyable Adept scroll that complements her excellent speed and helps boost her mediocre offense. Chapter 3-9 also lets you remove Paragon from Geoffrey and Astrid, which helps Marcia keep up with Ike's group. Cancel and Vantage are two speed-based skills that help her durability, though getting either on her requires removing them from their respective characters (Leonardo, Haar, Mia, or Naesala) and can't be accessed for her until late part 3. In tier 3, she can be restricted by her lower 32 strength cap, and no axes, though this can be compensated with forges or using the Storm Sword or Tempest Blade. Nullify is extremely useful for Marcia because it negates her primary weakness of bows and wind magic, allowing her to be exposed to more enemy phases in rout chapters.

Marcia has a fire affinity which boosts attack and accuracy. As she struggles with strength, she wants partners that give her more. Danved has similar availability as her and the same fire affinity, but he does not have a mount. Geoffrey is a mount with a fire affinity, but after 3-9, he rejoins in 4-5 which is too large of a gap for Marcia to take good advantage of. Tanith and Sigrun can be good partners due to joining Ike's group at the same time as Marcia, being the same class, and having useful affinities (earth with avoid, and water with attack & defense, respectively). Note that Sigrun is forced onto Micaiah's part 4 team, so Marcia will want to follow her if they are supported.

Personality and character

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Marcia usually has a cheerful personality, however, she is shown to quickly lose her temper towards her brother, Makalov, whenever he slacks off or has to pay another debt, and often insulting him with terms such as "clambake" and "sponge-brain". Despite this, she truly does care for her brother, often worrying for his safety.


Path of Radiance

Small portrait marcia fe09.png
Pegasus Knight
Is gcn fireaffin.png
Small portrait gatrie fe09.png
Knight Is gcn lightaffin.png
C: 3
B: 7
A: 10
Small portrait rolf fe09.png
Archer Is gcn windaffin.png
C: 2
B: 5
A: 8
Small portrait kieran fe09.png
Axe Knight Is gcn windaffin.png
C: 3
B: 7
A: 11
Small portrait tanith fe09.png
Falcon Knight Is gcn earthaffin.png
C: 1
B: 5
A: 9

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A: {{{a5}}}

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Click here for more details on supports.

Radiant Dawn

Bond supports

Small portrait marcia fe10.png
Falcon Knight
Default bonds:
Small portrait makalov fe10.png
Blade Paladin



Extra bonds:*
Small portrait gatrie fe10.png
Lance General
Small portrait rolf fe10.png
Small portrait kieran fe10.png
Axe Paladin
Small portrait tanith fe10.png
Falcon Knight

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Radiant Dawn

Marcia, Petulant Pegasus Knight
Marcia showed her dedication as one of the Royal Knights, ever vigilant as she patrolled Crimea’s skies.


Death quotes

Fo-forgive me... I...guess I tried a bit...too...hard... Brother...
— Marcia, in Path of Radiance.
Urrr... Ah, nuts... Bro-Brother... I’ll be with you soon.
— Marcia, as an NPC in chapter 3 of Path of Radiance.
Huh? Oh, fiddle... Not yet... I... I have to keep my...promise.
— Marcia, as an NPC in chapter 9 of Path of Radiance.
Brother... Wh-why...
— Marcia, in chapter 14 of Path of Radiance while Makalov is an enemy.
Brother... Wh-why?
— Marcia, from chapter 14 onward in Path of Radiance if Makalov is recruited and alive.
I... I’m sorry... I thought...I could handle it... I’ll always be...near... Aah...
— Marcia, in Radiant Dawn.
Ugh! Elincia, I swear... I will protect you! [...] I... I’m sorry...
— Marcia, whenever Elincia is on the field in Radiant Dawn.
...Queen Elincia... ...I’m so...sorry... ...I ...Brother...
— Marcia, in part 2 prologue in Radiant Dawn.

Battle quotes

Right then... Guess I’m going ahead now! Be careful, Ike!
— Marcia's escape quote in Path of Radiance.
Huh? I don’t believe it! Is that you, Makalov?
— Marcia, when fighting Makalov in chapter 14 of Path of Radiance.
All right, then... Please allow me to go ahead! Ike, be careful!
— Marcia's escape quote in Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

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Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Marcia A feminine given name of the Italian origin and the feminine form of Marcius, from the Latin origin meaning "dedicated to Mars". Marcia can also be translated as "proud, warlike, martial".[3]
Japanese マーシャ Officially romanized as Marcia.
Spanish Marcia As above.
French Marcia As above.
German Marcia As above.
Italian Darcia A feminine given name from the Irish origin meaning "dark" and an alternative form of Darcie.


Official artwork



  1. 1.0 1.1 FE PoR: Marcia Character Profile (P. 91) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 25 March 2018
  2. 2.0 2.1 FE RD: Marcia Character Profile (P. 65) Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 25 March 2018
  3. Marcia - Name Meaning, What does Marcia mean?,, Retrieved: 7 October, 2017
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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Playable characters AstridBastianBoydBromCalillDevdanElinciaEnaGatrieGiffcaGeoffreyHaarIkeIlyanaJanaffJillKieranLargoLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMiaMistMordecaiMuarimNaesalaNasirNepheneeOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSorenSotheStefanTanithTauroneoTibarnTitaniaTormodUlkiVolkeZihark
Trial map characters AshnardBryceOliverPetrineShiharam
Non-playable characters AimeeAltinaAsheraCaineghisDanielDeghinseaElenaGarethGreilHetzelIzukaJorgeKurthnagaLilliaLeanneLekainLoraziehLotzMustonNealuchiRajaionRamonRenningSanakiSephiranSigrunZelgius
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Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffDouble BowGurgurantRagnellRegal SwordRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameRolf's BowUrvanVague KattiWishblade
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 (part 1part 2part 3part 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 (part 1part 2) • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: RepatriationTrial Maps
Locations TelliusBegnion (Sienne) • CrimeaDaein (NevassaTalrega) • GalliaGoldoaGrann DesertGritnea TowerKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguz) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Radiant Dawn) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
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Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarnVolke
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
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Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
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Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard (part 1part 2) • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E: Rebirth (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5)
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Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline