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FERK Oswin.png
Artwork of Oswin from The Blazing Blade.

A knight in service to House Ostia. Hector's sworn man.







Starting class



The Blazing Blade

Oswin (Japanese: オズイン Osin) is a knight in service to Ostia who appears in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade


Oswin first appears with Hector in Chapter 12 of both tales. He fulfills the same role in dialogue in Hector's Tale as Marcus in Eliwood's Tale.

Starting stats and growth rates

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Ma gba knight playable.gif Knight
Level 9
Affinity Is gba animaaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 12
Eliwood's tale: Automatically on turn 4
Hector's tale: Automatically on turn 1

Stats Growth Rates

Iron Lance
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances B Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
General +4 +2 +2 +3 +0 +2 +3 +2 +1 Lances + 30, Axes


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

Oswin is a Knight that joins in Chapter 12 in both Eliwood's and Hector's tales; he comes at a significantly higher level and with higher bases than most other units in the early-game, and will be the second-strongest unit after Marcus in his join chapter. Because of the high enemy density in The Blazing Blade Oswin is an excellent early-game tank, taking little to no damage against enemies unless they use effective weaponry, which is extremely rare. Besides his great bases, Oswin also has respectable growths in most areas. Oswin's luck is fairly low, but he is generally durable enough to take critical hits. Oswin's speed is also quite low, with a base of 5 and a 30% growth; however because of the low enemy quality in The Blazing Blade and his +3 speed upon promotion, Oswin will likely be able to double a fair number of enemies upon promotion.

Despite being an excellent unit in the early-game, Oswin's low movement and mediocre speed will make him a poor unit for the later chapters which emphasize high movement and the ability to one-round a high number of enemies; Oswin can be rescued by most mounted units, but it is simpler to use the mounted units themselves. Other units will likely catch up to or surpass Oswin stat-wise, accomplishing similar or greater combat results with higher movement. Additionally, the Valkyries in Cog of Destiny are fast enough to double Oswin, deal damage based on his poor resistance, and out-move him significantly.


Oswin is severe, composed, dutiful, and taciturn. His stoic attitude and focus on duty annoy Hector in their supports, as Hector is the opposite – emotional, reckless, and with a tendency to escape responsibility. Oswin is so unflappable that he hardly even minds being insulted by his lord, which annoys Hector even more.[2] Oswin does respect Hector, and considers it an honor to serve as his retainer.[3] While he does have some doubts about Hector's negative traits, he still has faith in his lord.[4]

Oswin speaks little, and others often point out when he speaks more than usual.[5] Oswin is not afraid to chastise his allies if their conduct is detrimental to Lord Hector or Ostia as a whole; he believes that his duty as a retainer to Lord Hector compels him to do so.[6][7]

While Oswin tends to be critical of others, he does it for their benefit. He believes that selflessness is necessary if one wants to be a good retainer, and a good lord.[8] He does not intend to harm others emotionally, but wants them to improve; when Serra breaks down in their A support, he states that his criticism was intended to make her a better person.[9]

Oswin takes pride in being an Ostian knight and retainer. He states that he is "too proud to lie" in his supports with Priscilla, and tells her the truth about why her parents were killed.[10] Oswin claims that he became an Ostian knight because he wanted to protect what he held dear.[11] While Dorcas refuses his offer to join the Ostian knights, Oswin respects the choice, understanding that Dorcas is also protecting who he holds dear, Natalie, by not joining the knights.[12]


Main article: Oswin/Supports
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Small portrait hector fe07.png
Lord Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:2
Small portrait serra fe07.png
Cleric Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:1
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Fighter Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:2

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Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

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Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
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Thief Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 5
Per turn:2
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Troubadour Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 0
Per turn:2

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin6}}}affin.png|link={{{affin6}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin8}}}affin.png|link={{{affin8}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

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


Oswin, Impregnable Knight
Oswin served as a vassal to Marquess Ostia. His was a calm, reasonable voice in Lycia's ruling government.

Oswin and Serra
Oswin returned to Ostia, where his duties as minister to the new marquess kept him busy. Serra clung to him intensely, despite his protests. Finally, her innocent stubbornness won his heart and eased his weary mind.


Battle quotes

For the honor of the knights of Ostia.
— In the final chapter.

Death quote

Lord Hector... I'm sorry, but... I must withdraw.
— Oswin, in The Blazing Blade.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Oswin's official artwork from The Blazing Blade can be viewed in Path of Radiance's extras menu if a copy of The Blazing Blade is connected to a copy of Path of Radiance.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Oswin is featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Oswin
TCGCipher B07-026HN.png Ostia's Armor General, Oswin



"We can use our thick armor to form a living shield."
Attack: 60 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 4
Class: General Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 3
Knights of Ostia: [Always] While you control an ally with at least 100 attack, this unit gains +10 attack.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-Tome unit, this unit gains +20 attack.
Defend Support General's Escort: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your defending unit gains +10 attack and your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a critical hit.
Card #B07-026HN • Artist: Yoneko
TCGCipher B07-027N.png Hector's Retainer, Oswin



"I cannot condone resorting to force so quickly..."
Attack: 30 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Knight Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-Tome unit, this unit gains +20 attack.
Defend Support Defense Escort: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your defending unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B07-027N • Artist: Yoneko
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Oswin .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Blazing Blade
A knight in service to House
Ostia. Hector's sworn man.

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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The Blazing Blade
Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 3,053

Etymology and other languages

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


An Old English name meaning "God's friend".[13]



Officially romanized as Osin. Literally "Oswin".















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

Traditional Chinese


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


Small portrait oswin fe07.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait oswin fe07.png Knight Ma gba knight playable.gif General Ma gba general playable.gif
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Basic axe
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Ranged axe


  1. "Hector: Grrr...! You ill-hearted old man!
    Oswin: Not that I'm correcting you, but I'm only in my thirties. I would think 'ill-hearted gentleman' more appropriate...
    " — Hector and Oswin, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  2. "Hector: You do bug me though, you know.
    Oswin: Yes, of course.
    Hector: Oswin! Why, you...
    Oswin: Lord Hector, this is a battlefield. Focus on the battle.
    " — Oswin and Hector, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  3. "When I was assigned to watch over you, Lord Hector, I feared that I might not be worthy of the job. But I realized something over the course of this journey. While your words and manners may be coarse at times, you are straight and true in character--like a good arrow. I thank Lord Uther for giving me the opportunity to serve you. So, believe me that it hasn't been a burden at all." — Oswin to Hector, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  4. "Hector may not walk the right path. The path of Eliwood may be the right one, but maybe our Hector can win people with his inventiveness. By not walking the clear path, he always forges new ones... In that, he has great skill." — Oswin to Matthew, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  5. "You would say so much, Oswin? What has come over you?" — Matthew to Oswin, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  6. "Lord Hector and Lord Eliwood are on the front line. If we, their retainers, do not help them, then what are we? Perhaps you convinced Hector to go easy on you last time? Not this time. Go to the front lines and do as you are told." — Oswin to Serra, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  7. "Oswin: Quiet, child. What you did was no more than expected.
    Serra: What?
    Oswin: It is your duty to heal those who are hurt. And any evaluation of your own success is trivial.
    Serra: What does that mean?
    Oswin: Your words and actions are bad for morale. I ask you as a fellow Ostian, behave yourself.
    Serra: Wh-What? Has someone been saying bad things about me? It's just jealousy, I tell you!
    Oswin: I am the one saying these things.
    Serra: Oh...
    Oswin: Your lack of control is harming others. From now on, exercise some discipline.
    " — Oswin and Serra, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  8. "Always trying to take care of things on his own... That one needs to learn how to think about others!" — Oswin to Matthew, about Hector, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  9. "Serra: ...I want to talk to you, but... all you ever do is tell me everything I'm doing wrong... You don't like anything I do, right? So... So... ... ... ... ... ......sniff...
    Oswin: How has it come to this? Perhaps I have been stern in the past. But I always had your interests in mind.
    Serra: ...Sniff sniff... ......It's fine... It's my own fault for being so foolish. It's no wonder you all hate me so.
    Oswin: ...Sigh... No one hates you...
    Serra: ......Oh?
    Oswin: Our soldiers are all quite taken with you, in fact.
    Serra: ......
    Oswin: Why, even the enemy soldiers seem smitten by your charms. That's why I asked you to lay low.
    Serra: ...I thought... you hated me... But... maybe you really like me? Maybe that's why you're so mean?
    Oswin: I did not intend to be mean.
    " — Oswin and Serra, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  10. "Oswin: I am too proud to lie, m'lady. What would you ask?
    Priscilla: Are the members of House Cornwell truly... thieves? Swear on your honor! Can there be no mistake?!
    Oswin: ...Lady Priscilla. I wish I could refute it...
    " — Oswin and Priscilla, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  11. "Dorcas: Oswin... Why did you... become a knight?
    Oswin: Why, to protect good Ostia in this armor, of course! This cold steel protects not only my body, you know. It also protects my lord and my people! I became a knight to act as the very wall that protects our families.
    " — Oswin and Dorcas, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  12. "I understand... You are her knight then, my good man. That is our loss, but the choice you make is solid. Well then, shall we be going? For those protected ones we hold dear!" — Oswin to Dorcas, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  13. Oswin - Name Meaning, What does Oswin mean?,, Retrieved: October 9, 2011
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