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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
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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 the first fighter on the Dawn Brigade and joins early. His base skill and speed are average, but he compensates with access to 1-2 range axes, good base strength, and most importantly, good base physical durability. He is one of very few units in part 1 that can immediately and continue to take multiple hits, making him important throughout part 1. His growths in skill, speed, and luck are all excellent, so he can quickly start doubling reliably with good hitrates.

In part 3, Nolan will usually be a Warrior. His average strength and defense growths often start to show at this point, but this is more than compensated for by his own weapon, Tarvos, which is an extremely powerful and accurate axe that gives an amazing +4 defense boost. In tier 2, he will frequently cap skill and speed, so his strength and defense can be patched with BEXP. He can also use crossbows which are valuable through part 3 when paired with Beastfoe.

In part 4, Nolan can struggle to catch up with other units from Part 3 since he is often relatively underleveled. He can still be a useful part 4 rout unit with some investment with solid stats all around and 1-2 range axes. He can be a good candidate for endgame thanks to his class's excellent caps in strength, skill, and speed, having Tarvos and Hammer, and innate Nihil.

Nolan starts with the Nihil skill, which is primarily useful through part 4. It is recommended to keep it on him if the player plans on bringing him to endgame; otherwise it is best to give it to another endgame unit. Resolve is a good skill to give him thanks to his high health, good durability, and good speed, as it will further boost his avoid when low on health, especially if he's supported. Adept and Wrath are both good available skills that boost his offense, though it is often overkill since he kills most units in two hits anyways, so they are best left for other units that benefit more. Beastfoe with crossbows and/or Tarvos lets him one-shot most part 3 laguz enemies.

Nolan has an earth affinity which gives a massive avoid boost. If paired with another earth affinity unit (Zihark, Volug, Fiona), both Nolan and his partner will gain a massive +45 avoid boost. Zihark stands out the most thanks to his movement being similar to Nolan and also benefiting a lot from the avoid boost. Edward also makes a good partner with similar movement and giving Nolan a useful defense boost, while massively benefiting from the avoid boost himself.

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 AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
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