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Artwork of Moulder from The Sacred Stones.

A mature priest of Frelia. He's gentle and reassuring.





Starting class



The Sacred Stones

Well... You see, as a priest, I've met people from all walks of life. Some of them--like you--well, I can read them like an open book.
— Moulder to Vanessa

Moulder (Japanese: モルダ Mulder) is a priest of Frelia who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. King Hayden of Frelia sends him with Princess Eirika's army, along with Gilliam and Vanessa, to assist the Princess in her search for Ephraim. As a priest, he is quite serious and righteous.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones


Moulder first appears in the ending scenes of Chapter 1. After Eirika decides to enter Grado territory, Hayden sadly states that he cannot spare many soldiers to aid her.[1] However, he does send three Frelian vassals to help, namely Moulder, Gilliam, and Vanessa.

During Chapter 2 Moulder assists Ross by healing his injuries. Afterwards, Moulder remains with Eirika's forces for the remainder of the War of the Stones.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma gba priest playable.gif Priest
Level 3
Affinity Is gba animaaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically at the end of the chapter

Stats Growth Rates

Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves C

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Skills Weapon level
Bishop +3 +2 +1 +0 +0 +3 +2 +2 +1 Slayer Staves +40, Light magic D
Sage +4 +1 +0 +0 +0 +3 +3 +2 +1 -- Anima magic C, Light magic D


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

Moulder joins the army as a Priest in Chapter 2 with solid bases, including 20 HP and 9 speed, preventing him from being doubled by most early-game enemies and allowing him to survive at least one hit. He has C rank in staves at base, allowing him to reach A rank quite easily and use the Warp staff obtained in Chapter 15, as well as use many other useful staves.

Moulder's promotion to Bishop gives him 40 additional staff experience, making it easier to get to A rank and S rank staves. It also gives him D rank in light magic and Slayer, which gives all his attacks effectiveness against monsters, which are plentiful in the later chapters of the game. By comparison, Sage offers similar stat boosts (though he notably gains one less point of magic), but grants C rank in anima magic instead of staff experience and Slayer, and also gives him a D in light. Bishop is the preferable promotion for Moulder thanks to the extra staff experience. Both Slayer and C anima are less important as Moulder prefers using staves to fighting, but while Sage only offers the combat bonus Bishop helps him out in both combat and staff utility.

The Guiding Ring Moulder needs to promote is very competitive in The Sacred Stones; in addition to Moulder, Artur, Lute, Natasha, L'Arachel, and Ewan all need one to promote. Moulder will likely reach promotion level before Natasha, L'Arachel, and Ewan, and can gain Slayer upon promotion unlike Lute, L'Arachel, or Ewan. However, as he cannot fight enemies and staves provide little experience, Moulder will not level up quickly; as such, he gains little from not promoting as soon as he could.

Fire Emblem Awakening


Moulder is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the The Sacred Stones character set. Moulder is also present as an enemy in the second and third installments of the Smash Brethren DLC series.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma 3ds01 priest playable.gif Priest
Level 14
Movement 5
Recruitment: SpotPass, hire him for 7,400 G or defeat him in a battle

Stats Growth Rates Cap Modifiers

Inventory Skills
Physic* Miracle
HP +5
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes --
Bows -- Tomes -- Staves C

Reclassing options

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Base classes:*
Priest War Monk
Reclass options:
This unit can reclass to any male class available through reclassing.
See reclass for more details on the reclassing system.

Growth rates when reclassed

Tactician/Grandmaster Cavalier Paladin Knight Great Knight General Barbarian/Berserker Fighter/Warrior Mercenary/Hero Bow Knight Archer Sniper

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res
Tactician/Grandmaster 80% 55% 45% 65% 50% 45% 45% 30%

Myrmidon Swordmaster Assassin Thief Trickster Wyvern Rider/Wyvern Lord Griffon Rider War Monk Mage/Sage Dark Mage Dark Knight Sorcerer Dread Fighter

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res
Myrmidon 80% 60% 30% 75% 60% 45% 40% 25%

Promotion stat gains

Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Mov Weapon level
Sniper +4 +2 +1 +4 +3 +0 +5 +3 +1 --
Bow Knight +8 +3 +0 +2 +4 +0 +1 +2 +3 Swords E, Bows E

Skill set

Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Moulder has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.


Moulder is a wise, righteous priest. He is always willing to help others in many situations. For example, he coaches Colm on self-righteousness and reflection on one's actions[2]. As a priest, he has come in contact with many people, and he can determine what sort of person someone is very well[3]. He cares a lot about those around him and acts as a sort of father. However, he takes his duty so seriously that he even forgets about his own birthday[4].

Little is known about Moulder's life. He says that Vanessa reminds him of himself twenty years ago. Also, he was present at King Hayden's coronation ceremony, carrying the king's crown[5]. He was quite nervous when someone shouted, "Get ahold of yourself, man!" This caused Moulder to almost drop the crown[6]. The next day, he and Gilliam met and became close friends[7], and have been for a "decade and a half"[8]. This places the beginning of Gilliam's service at fifteen years before the start of the game, in year 788, with the game starting in the year 803.


Main article: Moulder/Supports
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Pegasus Knight Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 15
Per turn:+2
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Knight Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2

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Thief Is gba lightaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2

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Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

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Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
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See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Moulder, Wise Counselor
After the War of the Stones, Moulder continued to serve the royal family of Frelia. His wisdom served to guide King Innes as it had served King Hayden before him.


Death quote

I am sorry. I believe this is as far as I go...
— Death quote

Battle quotes

The Sacred Stones

Hm. I wonder if we can reenact the legend.
— Moulder in the final chapter.


May I help you?
— Moulder's SpotPass parley quote in Awakening.
Be reasonable...
— Moulder's SpotPass battle quote in Awakening.
At last, some happy news.
— Moulder's SpotPass recruitment quote in Awakening.

Flavor text

Game Text
The Sacred Stones A mature priest of Frelia. He's
gentle and reassuring.
フレリア王国に仕える 熟年の神官
穏やかな人柄で 皆を和ませる

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 2,446


  • Moulder is one of the few characters to lack special endings, along with others such as Knoll.

Etymology and other languages

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


Usually a last name, one of many surnames named after trades, such as "Smith" or "Baker". "Moulder" is not a word used today, however; a "moulder" was a skilled mason. It is also spelled "Mulder" or "Molder". It can also be a verb meaning "to rot and decompose"; this is probably not an intended meaning of the character.



Officially romanized as Mulder.















Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes.

Traditional Chinese


Mulder; used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Heroes.


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Anima, light
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Light, staff


  1. "King Hayden apologizes for being unable to spare soldiers." — Opening narration of chapter 2, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  2. "I want you to take some time to reflect on the consequences of your actions. Colm, I'm only doing this because I care." — Moulder, to Colm, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  3. "Well... You see, as a priest, I've met people from all walks of life. Some of them--like you--well, I can read them like an open book." — Moulder, to Vanessa, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  4. "What? Birthday? Oh... Oh, yes! Why, today is my birthday, isn't it?" — Moulder, to Syrene, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  5. "I was the one who carried the crown to the throne. I was so nervous that I might drop it!" — Moulder to Gilliam in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  6. "Yes, and then someone shouted, in a loud voice, "Get ahold of yourself, man!" The crown slipped, and I fumbled to catch it! I was so embarrassed." — Moulder to Gilliam in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  7. " That's right! I believe I met you the very next day." — Moulder to Gilliam in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  8. "Moulder, we've been friends for a decade and a half. I'll protect you.'s my duty as a Knight of Frelia." — Gilliam, to Moulder in a support conversation., Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
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