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FERD Nolan.png
Artwork of Nolan in Radiant Dawn.

A member of the Dawn Brigade. His experience living in the shadows makes him a shrewd and cautious warrior unlikely to make mistakes.





Starting class



Nolan (Japanese: ノイス Noyce) is the leader of the Dawn Brigade and the oldest member of the group.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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Starting stats and growth rates

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Level 9
Affinity Is wii earthaffin.png
Constitution 13
Recruitment: Part 1, Chapter 1, start of chapter

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Steel Axe
ShoveThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
Weapon Levels
WiiRankSword.png -- WiiRankLance.png -- WiiRankAxe.png C WiiRankBow.png -- WiiRankKnife.png -- WiiRankStrike.png --
WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Skills Weapon level
Warrior +2 +1 +2 +1 +1 +0 +1 +2 +1 +1 -- WiiRankAxe.png (x to D)
Reaver +4 +2 +4 +2 +2 +0 +2 +4 +0 +0 Critical +5This item or skill is locked to this unit.
ColossusThis item or skill is locked to this unit.
WiiRankAxe.png (x to A)


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

Nolan is an early-joining fighter available in the Dawn Brigade. His base skill and speed are average, but his strength and durability are good. In fact, when Nolan joins, and for a few more chapters, he is the only durable unit in the Dawn Brigade excluding Sothe. This makes Nolan useful for tanking hits, since no other Dawn Brigade unit can survive more than one. Nolan also has excellent growth rates in skill, speed and luck. This allows him to reach doubling thresholds and increase his offense. Thanks to that, his long-term potential is also high, provided he receives investment.

In part 3, Nolan becomes available again and will most likely be in his tier 2 class, Warrior. He receives a mighty personal axe called Tarvos from a base conversation. The axe has 18 might, 100 hit and gives a +4 defense bonus. This helps to patch up his mediocre growths in strength and defense and keeps him relevant. Even if Nolan has not grown many points of strength and defense, his combat potential will be high.

Furthermore, if Nolan has capped a few stats, the player can give him bonus experience. Bonus experience levelups in Radiant Dawn always increase three stats if possible. If Nolan capped less important stats like skill and luck, he can level up strength and defense like this. He is among the stronger Dawn Brigade units, which makes him a solid investment target. There are other strong competitors, such as Jill and Volug, but Nolan is always a decent option.

Nolan may not receive the privilege of bonus experience in higher difficulties, though. In higher difficulties, bonus experience is much more limited. If the player wants to optimize their army, they will center their resources on fliers like Jill. Nolan, while a solid investment target, is not the greatest choice at any point during the game. There is always a unit with higher potential competing with Nolan. This is not a problem with Nolan as a unit, but it does affect him by proxy in higher difficulties.

If Nolan receives investment, he can do well in part 3, part 4 and endgame. With axes, he has 1-2 range, and his tier 3 class – Reaver – can deal hefty damage with its mastery skill. It also has very high strength, skill and speed caps, which is relevant for endgame. Nolan can also make good use of Beastfoe and crossbows. With that combination, he can one-shot most laguz in part 3 at 1-2 range, making him excellent at routing.

Nolan has innate Nihil, which can be useful in endgame because it makes him immune to Ashera's Auras. He is also a good user of Resolve, because his HP and durability are good, and so is his speed. Adept and Wrath can be useful as well, but Nolan will be strong enough to kill most enemies without them.

As for support partners, Nolan's most significant part 1 support partner is Zihark. Zihark is also a strong combat unit in part 1 and shares many traits with Nolan, including movement. They both need investment to stay relevant after part 1, and they both have the earth affinity. If supported with each other, they gain a mutual +45 avoid, making them much harder to hit by non-laguz enemies. Nolan can also support Volug, who is available in part 1 as well and also has the earth affinity. They are harder to keep in support range, though, since Volug is much more mobile than Nolan. Another solid candidate for supporting is Edward, but only if the player chooses to train him. Edward increases Nolan's defense and has similar movement. Meanwhile, Nolan gives Edward avoid, which he craves for survivability.

Personality and character

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Nolan is an experienced man and a leader who has seen life’s trials, but has a gentle demeanor and does not act superior to the others.


Bond supports

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Default bonds:




Extra bonds:*





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Nolan, Wise Champion
Nolan wandered across the kingdoms, saving those in adversity. Stories of his altruism eventually became legends.


Battle quotes

Nolan: No one escapes from their past, Numida. We all have to answer for our crimes one day. Today is that day for you.
Numida: Silence, cur!

— Nolan, when fighting Numida in Part 4 Chapter 3 of Radiant Dawn.

Death quotes

We’ve done what’s right. We must continue to believe. Soldier on...
— Nolan, in Radiant Dawn.
Blast! They’re better than I expected! I’m sorry, Micaiah. I need to turn back for a while.
— Nolan's retreat quote in Part 3 Chapter 7 of Radiant Dawn.
They’ve got superior numbers on their side. Sorry, Micaiah... I’m retreating for now.
— Nolan's retreat quote in Part 3 Endgame of Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Nolan is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Nolan
TCGCipher B05-061N.png Wise Champion, Nolan


"Even when smeared in mud, if you continue to live you can rise up."
Attack: 30 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Fighter Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Warrior's Knowledge: [Always] During your turn, this unit gets +20 attack.
Attack Support Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-061N • Artist: Senri Kita
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Nolan .

Etymology and other languages

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


A name of Gaelic origin meaning "noble" and "famous'".[1]



Officially romanized as Noyce.



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Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarnVolke
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMisahaMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
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)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
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 version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline