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Not to be confused with Raphael, a character from Three Houses.

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FERD Rafiel.png
Artwork of Rafiel from Radiant Dawn.

A heron prince whose homeland of Serenes was destroyed by the beorc of Begnion. He was rescued while wandering in the Desert of Death by Queen Nailah. He possesses wings, but cannot fly.






Lehran (ancestor)
Lorazieh (father)
Reyson (younger brother)
Lillia (younger sister)
Leanne (younger sister)

Starting class




Helping you would give me great joy.
— Rafiel

Rafiel (Japanese: ラフィエル Rafiel) is a heron prince and a playable character in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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Starting stats and growth rates

Level 12
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Constitution 8»14
Recruitment: Part 1, Chapter 8, automatically from preparations
Re-recruited in Part 4, Chapter 1, automatically from the start

Stats Growth Rates

Max HP 31 Speed 6»12
Strength 1»2 Luck 31
Magic 6»12 Defense 3»6
Skill 1»2 Resistance 13»26
Movement 5»5 Weight 5»9
Inventory Skills
Seraph Robe Blessing
Weapon Levels
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WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --


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

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.

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.


Bond supports

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Default bonds:
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Hawk King
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Wolf Queen


Extra bonds:*





Click here for more details on supports.


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 cermony in Serenes Forest to wake his father, the king. He still lives there in peace.


Battle quotes

Please forgive me, Ike. I only wish to help Micaiah. [...] But I just want to help Micaiah! I’m not against you! Please, put the sword down!
— Rafiel, when fighting Ike in part 3 final chapter of Radiant Dawn.
... [...] I... [...] ...I’m sorry, I... I don’t have anything to say to you.
— Rafiel, when fighting Hetzel in part 4 final chapter-1 of Radiant Dawn.
No! [...] Your soul... is deeply scarred...
— Rafiel, when fighting Lekain in part 4 final chapter-1 of Radiant Dawn.

Death quotes

...Uhh! [...] ...As you wish, Nailah. Everyone... Please, forgive me.
— Rafiel, in Radiant Dawn, a variant where Nailah interjects; this is also his retreat quote in part 3 final chapter.
...Aah! [...] Y-yes... I’m so sorry...
— Rafiel, in Radiant Dawn, a variant where Ike interjects.
— Rafiel, in part 4 chapter 4 of Radiant Dawn.
Oh...ow... [...] I, I understand... I’m sorry...
— Rafiel, in part 4 final chapter-1 of Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Rafiel is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rafiel
TCGCipher B09-089HN.png Earthbound Heron, 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] [Tap this unit] [Flip one bond card] Choose another Fang 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] [Tap this unit] Choose another Fang ally with a Deployment Cost of 2 or less, and untap them.
Card #B09-089HNArtist: 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.[1] Raphael is an archangel in Abrahamic religions whose name means "God heals".
Japanese ラフィエル Officially romanized as Rafiel.
Spanish Rafiel As above.
French Rafiel As above.
German Rafiel As above.
Italian Rafiel As above.



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Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarnVolke
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard (part 1part 2) • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E: Rebirth (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline