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- 1 Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
- 2 Fire Emblem Heroes
- 3 Personality and character
- 4 Supports
- 5 Endings
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Other appearances
- 8 Trivia
- 9 Etymology and other languages
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
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Starting stats and growth rates
Rafiel is one of three herons in the game, and has the ability to let other units move again, which is an invaluable skill. He is available on 1-8 and 1-E on Micaiah's team, and is part of Ike's part 4 team. He has the lowest mobility among the three herons, cannot fly, and cannot canto, making him the least flexible heron; a player can get much more use out of him via shoving and rescuing him. Rafiel's galdrar skills affect 4 adjacent units regardless of whether he is transformed or not. This allows him to refresh 4 units immediately, and is the only heron who can do this on turn 1. This is extremely powerful as it allows many units on the first few turns to move farther, defeat troublesome enemy units, and so on, very early. This is also why Rafiel is most frequently selected for endgame over Reyson and Leanne, because the endgame chapters are faster-paced and benefit more from the short-term 4-way refreshes. Rafiel does not gain any movement bonus upon transformation, his stat transformation boosts are near useless since he is not a combat unit, and he additionally loses the ability to climb ledges, so his transformation gauge should be ignored.
Rafiel has a high base luck and average base resistance but his other stats are low. He is extremely frail and slow enough to get doubled by all enemy units, so he rarely survives one round of combat and must be kept out of danger. His only strong growth is luck. He also has a reasonable magic and resistance growth, boosting his healing abilities and potential siege tome tanking, but those are the only applications for his stat levels. The only other practical benefit to leveling him is to learn more Chant abilities, especially Bliss and Valor, which can be situational since he can use Bliss and Valor on 4 units simultaneously, but reaching the necessary levels is not practical without significant grinding or bonus experience. Due to not being a flying unit, Rafiel does not share the same weaknesses towards bows, crossbows, and wind magic that Reyson, Leanne, and every other flier are weak to, though this is rendered irrelevant due to being physically frail to almost every attack anyway.
Rafiel has the Blessing skill which heals adjacent units at the start of each turn. This is valuable as it helps free up other stave-users' turns. As Rafiel cannot fight, offensive skills are useless. Miracle and Shade are skills that help him survive should the player make a mistake.
Rafiel has a heaven affinity which gives a pure accuracy boost. This boost is useless for Rafiel as he cannot attack. For his partner, it can be useful for endgame, where Ashera's auras are extremely dodgy. Units that complement this accuracy boost and/or struggles with accuracy for endgame make useful partners. It is worth noting that Rafiel provides a bond support bonus to Nailah and Tibarn, giving them a nice +10% crit and crit avoid boost, so it can help to have them ferry Rafiel around while taking advantage of this.
Rafiel was first made available to be summoned by players on May 20, 2020 in a special groom variation as part of the summoning event surrounding the launch of the Bridal Beloveds update. The aforementioned groom variation of Rafiel is the only one currently available in Heroes, based on his Radiant Dawn incarnation. Rafiel is one of a rare number of characters to have been made available only as a special variation without a normal variation of them available (no files at all exist in the game for their regular versions).
Rafiel: Blessed Wings
|Groom's Wing||★★★★★||400 SP|
|B||Gale Dance 1||★★★★||50 SP|
|B||Firestorm Dance 1||★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Firestorm Dance 2||★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Spur Res 1||★★★★||50 SP|
|C||Spur Res 2||★★★★||100 SP|
|C||Ward Beasts||★★★★★||200 SP|
Personality and character
Rafiel is more akin to how a Heron is expected to be: passive and serene. He keeps up a calm demeanor in almost any given situation, even when he is on the battlefield. He is mature and nurturing when dealing with others, be they Beorc, Laguz, or even Branded, the differences between them holding very little meaning to him.
Rafiel, Earthbound Chorister (If Nailah survived)
Rafiel performed a ceremony in Serenes Forest to wake his father, the king. Eventually he returned to Hatari.
Rafiel, Earthbound Chorister (If Nailah did not survive)
Rafiel performed a ceremony in Serenes Forest to wake his father, the king. He still lives there in peace.
|“||Ike: Rafiel! What are you doing? Why are you fighting for Daein?!
Rafiel: Please forgive me, Ike. I only wish to help Micaiah.
Ike: Then join back with Tibarn! If you stay here with Daein, you're our enemy! And if you're my enemy, then I'll have no choice but to take you down.
Rafiel: But I just want to help Micaiah! I'm not against you! Please, put the sword down!
Ike: I don't know how to deal with this. Rafiel, you leave me no choice. I'll have to knock you out and drag you over to Tibarn. Maybe he'll know how to deal with you.
— Rafiel, when fighting Ike in Part 3 Endgame of Radiant Dawn.
|“||Hetzel: Rafiel... Rafiel, I'm sorry.
Hetzel: I did a horrible thing. I have lived in the shadow of my regret for many years now. Please tell me that you can find it in yourself to forgive me! Please...
Hetzel: Rafiel... I was kind to you, was I not? I didn't treat you like a slave! I always watched over you so kindly. Be kind in return and forgive me, Rafiel.
Rafiel: ...I'm sorry, I... I don't have anything to say to you.
Hetzel: No! Rafiel...
— Rafiel, when fighting Hetzel in Part 4 Endgame-1 of Radiant Dawn.
Lekain: Tah ha ha... How delightfully pathetic. Poor heron prince, teeming with rage, but incapable of hurting me! Tah ha ha ha! How absolutely marvellous!
Rafiel: Your soul... is deeply scarred...
— Rafiel, when fighting Lekain in Part 4 Endgame-1 of Radiant Dawn.
Nailah: Rafiel! You can’t push yourself any further. Get away from here, now! I forbid you to die before I do!
Rafiel: ... As you wish, Nailah. Everyone... Please, forgive me.
— Rafiel, in Radiant Dawn.
Nailah: Rafiel! That's enough! You're too fragile for this battle! I'll help you get out of here. You're just not cut out for war... Let the others handle it.
— Rafiel, in Part 4 Chapter 4 of Radiant Dawn.
Ike: Rafiel! You must retreat. We can make do without your galdr, but we need you alive.
Rafiel: I, I understand... I'm sorry...
— Rafiel, in Part 4 Endgame-1 of Radiant Dawn.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Rafiel is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rafiel|
|Earthbound Chorister, Rafiel|
|"A voice guided me here. Was it yours?"|
|Attack: 20||Support: 20||Range: -||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Heron||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Guiding Voice: [Activate]   Choose another ally. From your hand, choose a card with the same unit name as that ally, and place it on top of that ally to Level Up that ally.|
Wounded-Winged Seid Singer: [Activate]  Choose another ally with a Deployment Cost of 2 or less, and untap them.
|Card #B09-089HN • Artist: Rika Suzuki|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Rafiel .
- Rafiel's Japanese name is almost spelled exactly the same as Raphael's.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Rafiel||Variant of Raphael. Raphael is an archangel in Abrahamic religions whose name means "God heals".|
|Japanese||ラフィエル||Officially romanized as Rafiel.|
Artwork of Rafiel from Radiant Dawn.
Artwork of Rafiel from Fire Emblem Cipher.
Rafiel's portrait in Radiant Dawn.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|
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