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FESK Nosferatu.png
Artwork of Nosferatu from Genealogy of the Holy War.

Dark magic. Absorbs HP equal to 1/2 damage dealt.

First game

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Nosferatu (Japanese: リザイア Resire) is a recurring magic tome which debuted in Fire Emblem Gaiden, and has appeared in all installments of the Fire Emblem series except Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and its remake Shadow Dragon. In every appearance, it has an HP drain effect - the damage the tome deals to the enemy is used to heal the caster's own HP. While in the majority of appearances the amount of HP recovered is equal to the damage dealt to the enemy, some games modify the amount of recovered HP to half the damage dealt.

Throughout the series, Nosferatu has been given multiple weapon types, some seemingly contradictory with each other. It originated as a black magic spell in Gaiden exclusively used by Clerics and Saints, and is a general tome visually depicted as a holy spell in Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. It was formally classified as a light tome in Genealogy of the Holy War when split magic types were introduced, and remained so in Thracia 776, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. However, it is instead a dark tome in The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates.


Game Icon Rank Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Gaiden -- Black: -- 0 2 50 0 1-2 -0 HP -- -- Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy. Has a 50% battle hit rate under all circumstances. Can damage Duma at 52 HP or less.
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 nosferatu.png Tome: 1* 12 10 90 0 1-2 20 4,800 -- Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 nosferatu.png SNESRankLight.png A 14 12 70 -- 1-2 50 10,000 -- Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy. Negates the effects of Pavise.
Thracia 776 Is snes03 nosferatu.png SNESRankLight.png B 12 12 65 0 1-2 60 5,200 1 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
The Binding Blade Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 6 70 0 1-2 20 3,000 1 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
Fire Emblem Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 14 70 0 1-2 20 3,200 1 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
The Sacred Stones Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 14 70 0 1-2 20 3,200 1 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
Path of Radiance Is gcn nosferatu.png GCNRankLight.gif A 7 12 70 0 1-2 20 1,500 2 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
Radiant Dawn Is wii nosferatu.png WiiRankLight.png S 6 7 85 0 1-2 17 6,800 4 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds nosferatu.png FE12RankTome.png E* 8 -- 90 0 1-2 24 2,400 2 Restores HP equal to damage dealt to enemy.
Awakening Is 3ds nosferatu.png 3DSRankTome.png D* 7 -- 65 0 1-2 20 980 2 Restores HP equal to half the damage dealt to enemy.
Fates Is 3ds02 tome.png 3DSRankTome.png D* 7 -- 70 -- 1-2 Infinite 4,000 2 Restores HP equal to half the damage dealt to enemy.
Cannot double attack, inflict critical hits, or trigger sword skills.
Sells for 1,250 gold.



Learned at Innate: JennySilkTeeta

Mystery of the Emblem

Inventory Book 2: Linde
Dropped by Book 2: Chapter 17, enemy Thief

Genealogy of the Holy War

Event Second Generation: Chapter 6, Seliph talks to Julia after Isaach Castle has been seized

Thracia 776

Dropped by Final Chapter, enemy Canis
Treasure Chapter 14, village

The Binding Blade

Inventory Raigh
Treasure Chapter 20A, chestChapter 20B, chestChapter 22, chest
Vendor Chapter 14Chapter 23

Fire Emblem

Dropped by Eliwood's Tale: Chapter 18, enemy Shaman*Chapter 22x, enemy Shaman*Chapter 24, enemy Shaman*Chapter 30, enemy Druid
Hector's Tale: Chapter 19, enemy Shaman*Chapter 20, enemy Shaman*Chapter 23x, enemy Shaman*Chapter 32, enemy Druid

The Sacred Stones

Inventory Knoll
Dropped by Chapter 17, enemy Lyon
Treasure Tower of Valni Floor 6, northwest chest*Lagdou Ruins Floor 3, west chest*Lagdou Ruins Floor 5, northwest chest*
Chapter 17

Path of Radiance

Dropped by Chapter 17-4, enemy Oliver
Treasure Chapter 22, chest

Radiant Dawn

Inventory Oliver
Event Part 4: Chapter 3, base conversation "Naesala"

New Mystery of the Emblem

Inventory Main story: LindeKatarina
Assassins: Eremiya
Dropped by Chapter 17, enemy Thief
Armory Online shop* (×3)


Inventory TharjaAversa
Armory Carrion IsleDesert OasisDivine Dragon Grounds
Plegia Castle CourtyardPeaceful Village
Double Duel Reward for defeating Kellam's Kettles


This list may be incomplete.
Treasure Revelation: Chapter 26, chest
Armory Dusk Armory: Level 1 (limit 1) • Level 2 (limit 2) • Level 3 (limit 2)
Rank rewards Battle Rank: 1350 (limit 1)

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

This article or section is a short summary of Nosferatu.
SmashWiki features a more in-depth article.

Nosferatu is Robin's down special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. It is difficult to successfully hit with, but when successful it ensnares and paralyzes its target and rapidly deals small amounts of damage to them so long as they remain ensnared, healing Robin as it does so. It deals more damage when used from behind the foe than it does when used in front of them.

As with all special moves in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Nosferatu has two alternate variations which can be applied to Robin as customization options. These moves are found at random and collected during the course of the game's other modes, such as Classic Mode and Smash Run.

  • Distant Nosferatu (Japanese: ロングレンジリザイア Long Range Resire) deals less damage and heals Robin less but has significantly improved range, ensnaring targets a great distance in front of Robin.
  • Goetia (Japanese: ゲーティア Goetia) foregoes the healing effect completely and is instead a more powerful attack. When it starts up it has a vacuum effect, which draws foes into its grasp.

Nosferatu and both of its variants are, like all of Robin's special moves, affected by the character's unique durability mechanic. They can only be used four times before they break, after which point Robin must wait forty seconds before they become usable again.


  • Nosferatu has been classified as more different weapon types than any other weapon in the Fire Emblem series.
  • In Gaiden, Nosferatu is the only non-Falchion weapon which can harm Duma once he reaches 52 or less HP. This is assumed to be the result of a programming oversight: Duma is coded to force all non-Falchion attacks to have zero accuracy no matter what once he reaches this HP threshold, however this somehow fails to take into account Nosferatu's hard-coded absolute 50% hit rate, and so Nosferatu retains its 50% hit rate when fighting Duma.[1]
    • Nosferatu's Gaiden form, based on its effect and learnbase, is often mistaken by some parts of the fandom as being white magic.



Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Nosferatu A term for a vampire, used here in reference to the HP-draining effect. The word "nosferatu" is ostensibly of Romanian origin, but its true origin is contested; it was popularized by author Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula.
Rizziah Used only in earlier versions of the Genealogy of the Holy War fan translation. All other fan translations use either "Resire" or "Nosferatu".
Japanese リザイア Officially romanized as Resire.
Spanish Nosferatu As above.
French Nosferatu As above.
German Nosferatu As above.
Italian Nosferatu As above.
Russian Носферату Nosferatu; only in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in Russian.


  1. Let's Play Archive: Fire Emblem: Gaiden by Hafl

See also

Black magic
Basic spells ArrowAuraDeathDoraExcaliburEyeballEyebeamFireGaiaMireRagnarok
Long-ranged spells MegaquakeThunder
Spells with secondary effects AngelMedusaNosferatu
Basic tomes ArcfireArcthunderBlizzardBolganoneDying BlazeElfireElthunderEmberFireFimbulvetrGinnungagapHellfireKatarina's BoltMjölnirRagnarokSleetSwarmThoronThunder
Long-range tomes MeteorSwarm
Tomes with secondary effects ArcwindCelica's GaleDisrobing GaleDulamElwindGlowerIago's TomeLightningMicaiah's PyreMoonlightNosferatuOdin's GrimoireRazorRexcaliburRobin's PrimerShaverSpeed ThunderSuperior JoltWilderwindWind
Regalia and personal tomes AuraBook of NagaBrynhildrExcaliburForsetiImhulluMissiletainnMjölnirStarlightValflame
Light magic
Basic tomes AuraDivineEllightLightningShine
Long-range tomes Purge
Tomes with secondary effects NosferatuValaura
Regalia and personal tomes AureolaCreiddyladIvaldiLuceNagaRexauraThani
Dark magic
Basic tomes CarreauFenrirFluxGoetiaJormungandRuinVerrineWorm
Long-range tomes EclipseFenrirMirePoisonStone
Tomes with secondary effects Aversa's NightEclipseHelJormungandLunaNosferatuWaste
Regalia and personal tomes ApocalypseBalberithEreshkigalGespenstGleipnirGrima's TruthLoptyrNaglfar
Monster attacks Crimson EyeDemon SurgeEvil EyeShadowshotStone