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Princess of Bern

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This article is about the second chapter of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. For the character who holds this position, see Guinivere.
Princess of Bern

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Frontier between Pherae and Bern

New units

Merlinus, Elen, Dieck, Ward, Lot, Shanna



Previous chapter(s)

Breath of Destiny

Next chapter(s)

Latecomer's Sorrow

All right! We're taking down the castle on the border!
— Roy

Princess of Bern (Japanese: ベルンの王女 Princess of Bern) is the second chapter of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. When arriving at the border to contact the mercenaries contracted by Lord Eliwood, Roy meets Elen, a priest and lady-in-waiting, who asks him to rescue her lady, Guinivere.


Main article: Princess of Bern/Script

Melady arrives on the border between Lycia and Bern in order to speak with the local castle's commander, Ruud. Princess Guinivere of Bern had gone missing, and Melady is looking for information. Ruud tells Melady that he knows nothing about what happened, prompting her to leave, but then he discusses with his soldiers how Guinivere is currently in the dungeon and he will sell her to Bern's enemies for a hefty sum.

Roy's forces then arrive in order to meet a group of mercenaries that Eliwood had hired to help him. After arriving, Roy encounters Elen, who tells him that her mistress was captured by the local castle commander while trying to get an audience with Lycian lords. Merlinus advises against an unnecessary battle, but he is cut short by one of the local soldiers finding Roy's group, and a battle begins anyway.

Soon, the mercenaries hired by Eliwood - comprised of Dieck, Shanna, Lot and Ward - arrive on the battlefield and help Roy's army. The fight ends with Roy's forces killing Ruud and seizing his castle, then finding Princess Guinivere in the dungeon. When she introduces herself, Roy refuses to believe it and thinks this is a trap, but eventually calms down and asks her why the sister of the King of Bern would come to Lycia peacefully. Guinivere explains that she disagrees with her brother and seeks a peaceful solution to the war, prompting Roy to accept her company, as he plans to meet with Lycian lords himself and he wants Lord Hector's opinion on the matter.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Roy dies 8+4 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 20
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Units are arranged based on their position in deployment order. If every unit is alive, the deployment order is: Roy, Marcus, Alen, Bors, Wolt, and Lance.

Character data

New units
Portrait merlinus fe06.png
Automatically from turn 1
Portrait elen fe06.png
Automatically from turn 1
Portrait ward fe06.png
Iron Axe
Automatically from turn 2
Portrait lot fe06.png
Iron Axe
Steel Axe
Hand Axe
Automatically from turn 2
Portrait dieck fe06.png
Iron Blade
Iron Sword
Automatically from turn 2
Portrait shanna fe06.png
Pegasus Knight
Slim Lance
Automatically from turn 2
Required characters
Roy ​
Available characters
Marcus ​Alen ​Bors ​Wolt ​Lance ​

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is gba armorslayer.png Armorslayer Visit village

Shop data

Armories and vendors

Swords Lances Axes Bows Anima Light Dark Staves Items Secret

Name Cost
Is gba iron sword.png Iron Sword 460

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.

Normal Hard

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str/Mag Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma gba knight enemy.gif Ruud Knight 5 1 24 10 2 2 0 10 0 13 4 Javelin
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif Bern Soldier 3 4 21~22 3~5 0~1 1~2 0~1 0~1 0~1 6 5 Iron Lance
The southwest three move to attack units in range.
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Bern Fighter 2 2 20~21 5~6 2~3 4~5 0~1 2~3 0~1 11 5 Iron Axe
• The northern one moves to the tile two tiles east of his start.
• The southern one moves to attack units in range.
Ma gba archer enemy.gif Bern Archer 3 1 19~20 4~5 3~4 3~4 0~1 3~4 0~1 7 5 Iron Bow
Moves to the tile one tile east of his start.
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif Bern Soldier 3 2 21~22 3~5 0~1 1~2 0~1 0~1 0~1 6 5 Javelin
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Bern Fighter 1 3 20 5 2 4 0 2 0 11 5 Iron Axe
The lower of the western two begins moving when he can attack a unit within two turns.
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif Bern Soldier 2 1 20~21 3~4 0~1 1~2 0~1 0~1 0~1 6 5 Iron Lance
Begins moving when he can attack a unit within two turns.
Ma gba soldier enemy.gif Bern Soldier 1 1 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 6 5 Javelin
Ma gba archer enemy.gif Bern Archer 1 1 18 4 3 3 0 3 0 7 5 Iron Bow
Begins moving when he can attack a unit within two turns.
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Bern Fighter 3 1 21~22 5~7 2~3 4~5 0~1 2~3 0~1 11 5 Steel Axe
Moves to attack units in range.
Ma gba mercenary enemy.gif Bern Mercenary 3 1 19~20 4~5 8~9 8~9 0~1 4~5 0~1 9 5 Iron Blade
Moves to attack units in range.
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Bern Fighter 1 1 20 5 2 4 0 2 0 11 5 Iron Axe Hand Axe
Ma gba fighter enemy.gif Bern Fighter 2 1 20~21 5~6 2~3 4~5 0~1 2~3 0~1 11 5 Hand Axe
Moves to attack units in range.

Boss data

Main article: Ruud
Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.[1]

Normal Hard

Portrait ruud fe06.png
Ma gba knight enemy.gif Knight
Level 5
Max HP 24 Luck 0
Strength 10 Defense 10
Skill 2 Resistance 0
Speed 2 Constitution 13
Movement 4 Aid 12
Weapon Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows
Anima magic Light magic Dark magic Staves


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

New chapter, new characters. This will be the fashion for a while, so the player should be careful if they want to recruit all possible characters, since the game does not give any clues to who can recruit who until the battle has already begun. In this case, the player is granted two new units at the beginning of the chapter, Merlinus and Elen, and other four in the second turn. All of them are blue units already.

Merlinus' class is Transporter, which means he can manage the army's weapons and items. The only way for him to gain experience is to be hit, but there is no true reason to level him up; Merlinus will not promote and acquire battle abilities, and contrary to Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, if he is not on the battlefield, the excess of weapons or items will not have to be dropped. On the other hand, Elen will be the only healer for two and a half chapters, until Clarine joins; should the player be interested in light magic, Elen is one of three possible options, and it is the first to come.

At the beginning of the chapter, the nearest enemies are mostly lance users, but if the units gained some levels in the previous battle, they should not be a problem. The player has just to remember to keep Elen and Merlinus out of the enemy's range. The northern (and only) village has a sword called "armorslayer", which will be useful against the boss. Marcus or Shanna (a new character) can be sent to get this valuable weapon.

This chapter also features the first shops, an armory and a vendor. The vendor will not sell any tomes or staves, so the player may want to skip it. The armory sells some basic swords and lances.

The true action begins in the second turn, with the arrival of the mercenary band hired by Eliwood. With a grand total of four units, the player is introduced to their first axe users, Ward and Lot. Ward is the stronger of the two, while Lot has better speed. The player can use them both (as they support each other and it is rather easy to get) or choose one, according to their preferences. The other two units have also new classes; Dieck is a mercenary—a sword user with good bases and good growths—and Shanna is a pegasus knight (flying unit with good mobility but quite frail). As a flying unit, Shanna does not receive terrain bonus or penalties, which means that she will not receive the avoid bonus of forts and the like, but that she will also not be impeded by mountains or rivers. If the player is not interested in training her, at the very least Shanna can transport other units or visit villages. The only precaution is not to put her on bows' range, as these weapons deal triple damage to flying units.

If the player looks at the map, the mercenaries' starting position is near two forts. They are to be immediately occupied by Dieck and either Lot or Ward, thus facing the incoming army with a bonus to avoid and, if they are hit, the forts will heal some HP at the beginning of the player's turn. The third fighter can wield Lot's hand axe and attack from behind his companions, while Shanna can go to the village or bring Roy closer to the band – as long as the archer near the forts is not dealt with, it is not safe to put her in the forts. There is a small conversation between Dieck and Roy; it does not give anything, though.

The boss can be a problem; he has good defense and a ranged weapon. The player should use either the rapier or the armorslayer (Dieck may be the only one able to wield this weapon, as it has a D rank) to attack him, since axes suffer from low accuracy and the gate gives Ruud extra avoid. If the unit is hit, Elen can heal them, but the player should rescue her or Ruud will attack and, most likely, kill her. Once the boss is defeated, Roy can seize the castle gate and the chapter will end.

Etymology and other languages

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

Princess of Bern

Used in the name of a summoning event in Fire Emblem Heroes. Also used in leftover text from the data transfer menu in the English version of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.


The Princess of Bern




Princess of Bern



  1. The Princess of Bern,, Retrieved: December 24, 2020
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