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FERK Merlinus.png
Artwork of Merlinus from The Blazing Blade.

A traveling merchant. Timid and easily frightened.





Starting class


Quite sure, my lord. To be honest, I've dreamt of working for a noble house. To have my fondest wish granted in such a way... I cannot stem these tears of joy!
— Merlinus to Eliwood and Hector when they hire him as their merchant.

Merlinus (Japanese: マリナス Merlinus) is a character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. In the first game, he is a vassal of Lord Eliwood who joins Roy's army in Chapter 2, while in the latter, he is a merchant who is rescued and then contracted by Eliwood and Hector in Chapter 13x or Chapter 16 (17 Hector).

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


Merlinus is one of Lord Eliwood's most trusted vassals, and he is sent to accompany Roy as an adviser during the war. Merlinus appears in most of the conversations between chapters, doing his best to direct his young liege towards the right path.

Merlinus has not a specific ending; from his words, though, it can be deduced that he returns to Pherae and spends the rest of his life working for Roy.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait merlinus fe06.png
Ma gba transporter cc playable.gif Transporter
Level 1
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 2, automatically on Turn 2

Stats Growth Rates

Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade


Merlinus is a quite nervous merchant who is traveling through Lycia. When he is passing by a small village in the march of Caelin, bandits attack him. Fortunately, Eliwood and Hector are nearby, and they rescue him. Merlinus offers them a small reward, but Eliwood refuses it, saying it was nothing. Hector nods, and carelessly adds that they do not need a peddler's junk. Offended, Merlinus presents himself, and after the lords give him their names, the merchant looks excited to have met such important people.

Hector then changes his opinion and asks him to become their merchant and supply manager; Merlinus happily assents. He then accompanies the army until the last travel to Dread Isle. There, he vows to work for both lords forever, and sadly returns to Fargus' ship to wait for their return.

After the crisis is averted, he opens a shop in Ostia, but it does not do well and ends up closed. However, Merlinus does not give up; he plans on reopening it with Eliwood's aid. Should he have an A support with the knight Marcus, Merlinus directly goes to Pherae to work for Eliwood, focusing in the financial matters.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait merlinus fe07.png
Ma gba transporter playable.gif Transporter
Level 5
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 13x, end of chapter
If the player doesn't visit chapter 13x, Merlinus will join automatically at the start of chapter 16E/17H

Stats Growth Rates

Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Personality and character

In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Merlinus is quite shy and easily scared, almost acting as a comic relief. He shows time and time again[1] that he is not really suited to be in a battlefield; Marcus calls him out on the several occasions in which Merlinus lets down his guard.[2] However, Merlinus is quite good at managing the army's supplies[3] and at cooking - his dishes are praised by even Marcus and Vaida.[4]

In The Binding Blade, Merlinus seems to have a somewhat important position in House Pherae. He has lost most of his shyness by then, and tends to be a little more direct if not downright verbally aggressive when dealing with most people.[5] Usually, he gives sound advice to Roy, but this is not always taken into account, which makes him disgruntled. It could be said that the only time Roy does really heed his advice is at the end - after the young lord says the war is over, Merlinus reminds him that is not true.[6]


Main article: Merlinus/Supports

The Binding Blade

Merlinus cannot support with any character in this game.

The Blazing Blade

Portrait merlinus fe07.png
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Small portrait marcus fe07.png
Paladin Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+2
Small portrait vaida fe07.png
Wyvern Lord Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+1

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Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin9}}}affin.png|link={{{affin9}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
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Mage Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+2

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin4}}}affin.png|link={{{affin4}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints4}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin6}}}affin.png|link={{{affin6}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin8}}}affin.png|link={{{affin8}}} (affinity)]]
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Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
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Click here for more details on supports.


The Binding Blade

He is not given an ending.

The Blazing Blade

Merlinus, Cheery Merchant
Merlinus opened a shop in Ostia, but it was forced to close. He plans on reopening with some aid from Lord Eliwood himself.

Merlinus and Marcus
The merchant Merlinus began working for Eliwood. He and Marcus were fast friends, and when Marcus became the head of military training, Merlinus used his business acumen to deal with all matters financial.

Death quote

Oh no! I'm getting out of here before I lose my important goods!
— Merlinus in The Binding Blade.
That does it! I'm leaving before all of my finest goods get stolen!
— Merlinus in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Battle quotes

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Merlinus is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher. This card depicts his older self from The Binding Blade; he has yet to be depicted as his younger Fire Emblem version.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Merlinus
TCGCipher P05-003PR.png Pherae Official, Merlinus


"Oh no! I'm getting out of here before I lose all my goods!"
Attack: 10 Support: 10 Range: - Deploy Cost: 2
Class: Transporter Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Noncombatant: [Always] This unit cannot evade.
"Tch, time to withdraw!": [Always] When this unit is destroyed by an attack, you may return this card back to your hand.
Card #P05-003PRArtist: Akihiro Mibuta
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Merlinus .


  • Merlinus's artwork from The Blazing Blade shows him with a sword at his belt despite being a non-combatant in the game.
  • It's possible for Merlinus to visit villages. However, Merlinus cannot use the trade or supply functions, which means that once he has an item from a village, it is stuck to his inventory until the next chapter's preparations.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Merlinus Merlinus is the Latin version of Myrddin, a Welsh name that means "sea fortress." The name was transliterated to the English language as Merlin.[7] It is also the common name of a small falcon that is native to the Northern hemisphere.[8] Merlin is one of the most famous characters in Welsh mythology and the Arthurian legends. He was a mage and adviser to several kings of the British Isles, under countless disguises and wielding arcane powers.[9]
Japanese マリナス Romanized as Merlinus in the Fire Emblem Museum website[10]
Spanish Merlinus As above
French Merlinus As above
German Merlinus As above
Italian Merlinus As above



  1. "Merlinus: ...Snoooore.
    Marcus: Merlinus, stay on your guard. A moment of laxity can bring death from behind...
    " — Marcus and Merlinus' C support, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  2. "Merlinus: So... You really do have such faith in your liege lord! Well, this old merchant has seen the light! I say, I have been far too cynical and mistrusting for far too long! I will try to redouble my trust in our lords! Sir Marcus! Help this humble merchant protect his wares with all of your might!
    Marcus: ...Merlinus. It is never a good idea to yell like that on a battlefield unless you are inviting attack...
    " — Marcus and Merlinus' A support, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  3. "Merlinus: Swords, here. Spears, here. Axes, here.
    Nino: Right, right, right.
    Merlinus: Bows here, staves here, and anima, light, and dark tomes here. Finally, items go here.
    Nino: Right. I think I’ve got it. You’re a really good teacher.
    Merlinus: But of course! One must train the help!
    " — Merlinus and Nino's A support, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  4. "Merlinus: D-Dame Vaida! W-Why don’t you try one of these?
    Vaida: What is this?
    Merlinus: It is a roasted dumpling... I do hope you find it palatable...
    Vaida: Roasted dumpling? That is food for children! Ahh, very well, give it here.
    Merlinus: A-And... How is the flavor, m’lady?
    Vaida: Merlinus!
    Merlinus: Y-Yes?
    Vaida: I...have never tasted anything like this!
    Merlinus: Hyaa! Please forgive me! Just spare my life!
    Vaida: It’s delicious! It is truly a wonderful flavor! Silly man, you are a genius!
    " — Merlinus and Vaida's A support, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  5. "Clarine: Are you deaf? I said that you are going to protect me from harm.
    Merlinus: Mind your mouth, young lady!
    Clarine: Please step back. I was not addressing you.
    Merlinus: What?! Who do you think...
    Roy: Now, now, Merlinus... It looks like she's being pursued by the castle's soldiers. That is why she wants us to guard her. Right?
    " — Chapter 4, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  6. "Roy: Oh... But the battle is now over.
    Merlinus: What are you saying, Lord Roy! The hard part has yet to come. We must help the land recover from the war. There are people out there who need our assistance.
    Roy: Right! We have work to do. The real battle may be just beginning.
    Merlinus: Yes. We are alive, so we must think about the future.
    " — The first version of the epilogue, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10E: Western Resistance • 11E: The Hero of the West • 10W: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
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Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate • 20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt 2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
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