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Gharn casting Medusa against an illusory Dread Fighter in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Reduces HP to 1, or defeats foes with 1 HP.


Black Magic

First game

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Medusa (Japanese: メデューサ Medusa) is a black magic spell appearing exclusively in Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Medusa is a mid-range spell capable of instantly dropping the target's HP down to 1. If Medusa targets a unit already that weak, it instantly kills them.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Gaiden -- -- -- 13 70 0 1-2 -- -7 HP -- Reduces the target to 1 HP. If target is already at 1 HP, kills the target.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 black magic.png FE15RankBlackMagic.png -- 11 70 0 1-5 -- -7 HP -- Reduces the target to 1 HP. If target is already at 1 HP, kills the target.



Unobtainable Used exclusively by enemy units.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Unobtainable Used exclusively by enemy units.

Flavor text

Game Text
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Reduces HP to 1,
or defeats foes with 1 HP.


  • It appears that Medusa is an actual entity in Gaiden, as the Arcanist, Nuibaba, mentions it is time for her to fulfill her contract with him when engaged in combat.[1] The introduction to his map also states that he sold his soul for the spell.[2]

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Medusa
Japanese メデューサ Medusa, the name of a Gorgon cursed by a goddess to turn all who look upon her to stone.
Medusa As above.
Méduse Medusa
German Medusa As above.
Italian Medusa As above.
Dutch Medusa As above.
Simplified Chinese 美杜莎
Traditional Chinese 美杜莎


See also


  1. "...Go forth, Medusa! Now is the time you must fulfill your contract with me!" — Nuibaba, Fire Emblem Gaiden
  2. "If that dark spell he received in exchange for his soul is emitted from his lips just once, all living beings will, without doubt, have death be visited upon them." — Map introduction of Nuibaba Mansion, Fire Emblem Gaiden
Black magic
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Long-ranged spells BoltingDeathOcular BeamMeteorMireSagittaeThoronThunderUpheaval
Spells with secondary effects ExcaliburMedusaNosferatuOculusSeraphim