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

Holy magic that absorbs HP from enemies.

  • Black magic (Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia)
  • Tome (Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem)
  • Light (Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn)
  • Dark (The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones)
  • Tome (Dark) (Awakening, Fates)
  • White magic (Three Houses)
First game

Fire Emblem Gaiden

Nosferatu (Japanese: リザイア Resire) is a recurring tome, which debuted in Fire Emblem Gaiden and has appeared in every game 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 restore health back to its caster. 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 (retaining this role in its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia), and is a general tome visually depicted as a holy spell in Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. After the introduction of split magic types, Nosferatu became a light tome in Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. However, it is instead a dark tome in The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates; while in Three Houses, it is a white magic spell.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Gaiden -- Black: -- 0 2 50 0 1-2 -0 HP -- -- Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user. Can damage Duma when he is at 52 HP or below.
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 nosferatu.png Tome: 1* 12 10 90 0 1-2 20 4,800 -- Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 nosferatu.png SNESRankLight.png A 14 12 70 -- 1-2 50 10,000 -- Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user. 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 (damage dealt) HP to the user.
The Binding Blade Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 6 70 0 1-2 20 3,000 1 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
The Blazing Blade Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 14 70 0 1-2 20 3,200 1 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
The Sacred Stones Is gba nosferatu.png GBARankDark.gif C 10 14 70 0 1-2 20 3,200 1 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
Path of Radiance Is gcn nosferatu.png GCNRankLight.gif A 7 12 70 0 1-2 20 1,500 2 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
Radiant Dawn Is wii nosferatu.png WiiRankLight.png S 6 7 85 0 1-2 17 6,800 4 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds nosferatu.png FE12RankTome.png E* 8 -- 90 0 1-2 24 2,400 2 Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
Awakening Is 3ds01 nosferatu.png Tomes D* 7 -- 65 0 1-2 20 980 2 Restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user.
Fates Is 3ds02 tome.png Tomes/Scrolls D* 7 -- 70 -- 1-2 Infinite 4,000 2 Restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user.
Cannot inflict critical hits, trigger offensive skills, or double attack.
Sells for 1,250 gold.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 black magic.png FE15RankBlackMagic.png 0 2 60 0 1-2 -0 HP -- -- Restores (damage dealt) HP to the user.
Grants Deicide when in use.
Three Houses Is ns01 white magic.png Faith E 1 8 80 0 1-2 12 -- ? Restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user.



Learned at Innate: GennySilqueTatiana

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

Capture and steal 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

The Blazing Blade

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 (drops unequipped item)
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
Three 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)

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Learned at Innate: GennySilqueTatianaShadeAny playable female character not otherwise listed who reclasses into the Cleric tree

Three Houses

Skill level Innate: FlaynLinhardtManuelaMarianneRhea
Faith: D+

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.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Both Nosferatu and a variant of it are present as skills on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher, both of which are trigger skills that come into play automatically whenever the unit defeats an opposing unit:

  • Nosferatu itself is present on B08-055N Tragic Princess, Julia. Whenever Julia defeats an opposing unit, she gains a +10 attack increase until the end of the opponent's next turn.
  • Shade (B09-050N Saint of the Dark Labyrinth) possesses the derivative Punishing Nosferatu. Whenever Shade defeats an opposing unit, the player may retrieve a discarded Shade card and add it to their hand.

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Game Text
The Binding Blade ?? 闇魔法 ダメージ分HP吸収
The Blazing Blade ?? ダメージ分HP吸収
The Sacred Stones Drains enemy HP into caster. ダメージ分HP吸収
Path of Radiance High-level light magic. The spell caster
receives as much HP as the spell inflicts.
Radiant Dawn Extremely powerful light magic. The spell caster
receives HP equal to the damage inflicted.
New Mystery of the Emblem ?? ??
Awakening Dark magic. Absorbs HP equal
to half the damage dealt.
Fates Dark mages only. Absorbs target's HP.
Can't crit, trigger off. skills, or follow up.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Holy magic that absorbs
HP from enemies.
Three Houses Basic light attack magic.
Recovers HP equal to 50% of the damage dealt.


  • 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] If a Nosferatu user kills Duma, the ending plays normally but has slight graphical glitches since it expects Alm to be the one to kill him. It keeps this ability in the remake, Shadows of Valentia, except that this time it is intentional and does not cause glitches.
  • Some versions of the TearRingSaga: Yutona Heroes War Chronicles fan translation renames the dark magic spell Janura to "Nosferatu", presumably inspired by the two spells having similar effects.

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
• Uncertain etymology. Referred to as "Resire" in the internal files of Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, and New Mystery of the Emblem. This name is used in all games except Mystery of the Emblem.
• Resire Book. This name is used only in Mystery of the Emblem, in which most tomes have the の書 Book suffix.
Spanish Nosferatu As above.
French Nosferatu As above.
German Nosferatu As above.
Italian Nosferatu As above.
Dutch 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.
Korean 리자이어 Resire
Simplified Chinese 吸血之暗
• Blood-sucking Darkness. Used in The Binding Blade prototype.
• Holyabsorb. Used in Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses.
Traditional Chinese 聖吸 Holyabsorb


Other appearances


  1. Hafl, Fire Emblem: Gaiden Part #35 - Chapter Five, Part Two: The Final Battle:, The Let's Play Archive, Published: 2011-06-05, Retrieved: 2015-06-05

See also

Black magic
Basic spells Agnea's ArrowApocalypseAuraBolganoneBlizzardCutting GaleDeathExcaliburFimbulvetrFireGaiaMiasmaMireOcular BeamOculusRagnarokSagittaeWind
Long-ranged spells BoltingDeathOcular BeamMeteorMireSagittaeThoronThunderUpheaval
Spells with secondary effects ExcaliburMedusaNosferatuOculusSeraphim
Basic tomes ArcfireArcthunderBlizzardBolganoneDying BlazeElfireElthunderEmberFireFimbulvetrGinnungagapKatarina's BoltMjölnirRagnarokReese's TomeSleetSwarmThoronThunder
Long-range tomes MeteorSwarm
Tomes with secondary effects ArcwindCelica's GaleDisrobing GaleDulamElwindGlowerIago's TomeLightningMerric's TomeMicaiah's PyreMoonlightNosferatuOdin's GrimoireRexcaliburRobin's PrimerCutting GaleSpeed 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 CarreauFenrirFluxGoetiaHades ΩJormungandMiasma ΔRuinVerrineWorm
Long-range tomes Bohr ΧDeath ΓEclipseFenrirMirePoisonStone
Tomes with secondary effects Aversa's NightBanshee ΘDark Spikes ΤEclipseHelJormungandLunaNosferatuQuake ΣSwarm ΖWaste
Regalia and personal tomes ApocalypseBalberithEreshkigalGespenstGleipnirGrima's TruthLoptousNaglfar
Monster attacks Crimson EyeDemon SurgeEvil EyeShadowshotStone
White magic
Healing spells HealFortifyPhysicRecoverRestore
Summoning spells ConjureLemegetonInvoke
Offensive spells AbraxasAuraEntrapFreezeNosferatuSeraphimSilence
Other spells AnewExpelRescueRewarpWardWarp