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|“||I want to protect those I hold dear and destroy all who oppose me. That’s the power I seek.||”|
— Raigh, to Niime.
Raigh (Japanese: レイ Lleu) is the son of Nino of the Black Fang, and the twin brother of Lugh. After his parents disappeared in his infancy as a result of pursuing bounty hunters, he and Lugh were entrusted an orphanage in Araphen, where they were raised. At the onset of the Disturbance of Bern, Raigh left the orphanage in order to master his skill in dark magic.
Having left the Araphen orphanage some time ago, Raigh had travelled to the Western Isles, where he was masquerading as an Etrurian soldier at Juteaux in order to observe Ein, an "unhuman" of whom he had heard rumors. During an assault on Juteaux led by Roy, Raigh was reunited with Lugh and Chad, who convinced him to ally with Roy.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Base level performance
Raigh joins in Chapter 12 as a level 12 Shaman. As a level 12 unit, he is eligible for early promotion. He is the first available dark magic user in the game, giving him a niche. However, his base stats and long-term potential are both mediocre, and many players overlook him for that reason.
Raigh's main advantage is the fact he uses magic, and magic is among the most accurate weapon types in The Binding Blade. Low accuracy is a notorious problem in this entry, and many units face low hit rates. However, when Raigh joins, killer weapons become available in shops, and they are more accurate than regular weapons. As such, player units' accuracy improves significantly around Raigh's join time, making his niche as an accurate attacker less relevant.
Killer weapons also have a higher crit chance, increasing reliability - if a player unit crits, they likely kill an enemy. Without a crit, one-rounding one of Hard Mode's enemies is unlikely, and only a few units manage that. This is why killer weapons are so strong in The Binding Blade. Raigh's problem is that he cannot benefit from killer weapons since he uses magic. Without a crit, he cannot one-round any enemy, and both Flux and Nosferatu have 0 crit.
Furthermore, Raigh's base speed is insufficient to double most enemies, and even promoting him does not fix that. At base level, Flux weighs Raigh down by one point and Nosferatu by two points, further increasing the speed issue he faces. This makes Raigh's combat incredibly lackluster and making it good requires a large amount of effort. Raigh's magic is fairly high, especially after promotion, but not nearly high enough to make him one-shot enemies. Surprisingly for a magic user, he may also face hit issues sometimes since his skill is mediocre.
Promotion situation and long-term performance
Early promoting Raigh to Druid improves his stats all around, increases his dark magic weapon rank by one, and gives him access to E-rank staves. E-rank staves are nothing impressive, but they still allow Raigh to support his allies through the Heal staff. Raigh also gains a point of constitution and a point of movement, effectively increasing his speed by three points, which helps him double some enemies.
However, Raigh faces steep competition for this promotion. The Guiding Ring is among the most competitive promotion items in The Binding Blade. Lugh, Saul, Clarine, Ellen, Sophia and Lilina all have to use it to promote, and they all gain plenty from promoting. While the player is unlikely to be using all these units, they will likely use at least some, creating a conflict of interest. Raigh's promotion benefits cannot compare to that of staff users like Saul, for example. Gaining +1 to their staff rank is especially important for them since that brings them closer to using the Warp staff. Raigh will never use high-rank staves unless the player grinds his staff rank post-promotion, which is suboptimal.
If Raigh receives some training and promotes, he becomes an alright combat unit. Still, he is unlikely to ever double enemies unless the player gets lucky with growths and uses the Speedwing on him. Even if Raigh does double, he may be unable to one-round tougher enemies despite his high magic. The A-rank Fenrir tome could help him since it has a large 15 might, but it also weighs 13, slowing Raigh down to the point of getting him doubled by enemies.
Finally, the player gains access to Niime a few chapters after Raigh joins, and Niime has several advantages over Raigh. Her base weapon ranks are much better than Raigh's, with an A-rank in dark magic and an A-rank in staves being far superior to Raigh's C-rank in dark magic and E-rank in staves (post-promotion). She can use the Warp staff with no investment. With S-rank in dark magic, Niime can use the Apocalypse tome, increasing her magic by 5 while it is in her inventory. This further improves her ability to use staves, for example, by increasing the Warp staff's range. While Raigh can theoretically reach A-rank in staves and S-rank in dark magic, it takes much more effort. It is virtually impossible to achieve by the time Niime joins.
Overall, while Raigh is a decent combat unit, especially after promotion, he is not spectacular in any way. Much like many other combat units in The Binding Blade, he cannot one-round enemies and has severe doubling issues. He gains the ability to use staves after promotion, but E-rank staves are not very impressive. Furthermore, if the player is using a mount-dominated army, Raigh will fall behind unless rescue-dropped. And finally, Niime eclipses Raigh thanks to her incredible utility from the moment she joins. These aspects make Raigh nothing more than a mediocre unit that can contribute but will never be anything beyond average.
Raigh is playable as a SpotPass character, released in the The Binding Blade character set. He also appears as an enemy in two downloadable content chapters and as an NPC in a further one DLC chapter, all in the Smash Brethren chapter series.
Starting stats and growth rates
Growth rates when reclassed
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Promotion stat gains
Archer Barbarian Cavalier Dark Mage Wyvern Rider Fighter Knight Mage Mercenary Myrmidon Priest Tactician Thief
Like all male bonus units in Awakening, Raigh has access to all base class and advanced class skills available to standard male units.
Raigh is one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch. Only one variation of Raigh is currently available in Heroes, based on his The Binding Blade incarnation.
Raigh is also one of four free units apart from the main characters given to new players of the game; the player's free Raigh is obtained after returning to the castle after completing the Preface. Players who first started the game prior to version 2.5 get this Raigh at two-star rarity; players who first started the game from version 2.5 onward get this Raigh at four-star rarity.
★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Hermit's Tome||★★★★★||400 SP|
|Rally Attack||★★★||150 SP|
|A||HP +3||★★★||40 SP|
|A||HP +4||★★★★||80 SP|
|A||HP +5||★★★★★||160 SP|
|B||Seal Res 1||★★★||40 SP|
|B||Seal Res 2||★★★★||80 SP|
|B||Seal Res 3||★★★★||160 SP|
Personality and character
Unlike his blithe and innocent twin brother, Lugh, Raigh seems to be very mordant, gloomy, and rude to others. He shows plenty of disrespect to people he meets, including elders, as seen in his support conversation with Niime, an elderly druid. He does not even show much politeness to women, including Sophia, a female shaman and prophet. Nor does he show any respect to those of nobility or high authority. He also shows to be very cynical, in both how he talks and in philosophy. When Lugh tells him that he should try to be more sociable, Raigh, in response, calls him out on his naivete. Raigh is also humored when he steals Hugh's Nosferatu tome, and he constantly fools him into letting him keep it. He does this through excuses which even he regards to as "lame," and is amused by Hugh's gullibility. In addition, if he dies in gameplay, his last words describe how the world is filled with nothing but fools.
As an experienced shaman, Raigh takes the dark arts very seriously, and plans on bringing it back to people's recognition across Elibe. When the war began, he had left the orphanage where he, Chad, and Lugh had lived in without a word, having been fed up with the deteriorating conditions of the orphanage, although it turns out he did leave a note briefly explaining how he left to train himself in the dark arts. He is incredibly eager to learn the dark arts and master them, as seen in his support conversations with Niime, where he claims he would do anything to get her to teach him dark magic, even if it means groveling.
Although Raigh is clearly snide and disrespectful, some people, including Chad, Sophia, and his brother Lugh, believe that despite his gloomy demeanor, he really is very kind and lighthearted on the inside. After him and Chad meet up with Roy, as their support conversations suggest, Raigh comments on how Chad, despite Roy praising their work and for everything they've done so far, kept on deeming himself and his skills as a thief as merely unimportant. Ray tells him that he should be proud of his work as a thief, as he is doing something only he can do. This begins to lead Chad to conclude that Raigh, although rude on the outside, is really a good person on the inside, although he denies it. In his support conversations with Sophia, Sophia gives him an extremely rare dark tome that Raigh had wanted for a long time, but he becomes concerned when she says that he can have it, since she might need it herself. However, Sophia later explains to him that the reason she gave Raigh the dark tome was because it was a gift to him, as she believes that Raigh is golden-hearted inside. He even claims he is willing to apologize to Niime to get him to teach him dark magic, and later thanks her for doing so.
- Main article: Raigh/Supports
Raigh, Dark Child
Raigh traveled the world, studying more about magic. Through Raigh's efforts, dark magic rose from obscurity and became widely studied. He was well-known for being hard on both himself and others.
|“||This is the demon dragon...! Such power...! Yes...!||”|
— Raigh, in the Final Chapter.
|“||Oh, I see. You think you can best me! Let's be clear, though: you can't.||”|
— Raigh, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
|“||...Enjoying your monologue?||”|
— Raigh, against Laurent as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
|“||What are you supposed to be?||”|
— Raigh's SpotPass parley quote in Awakening.
|“||The world lacks not for fools...||”|
— Raigh's SpotPass battle quote in Awakening.
|“||Maybe I should join you.||”|
— Raigh's SpotPass recruitment quote in Awakening.
|“||Hngh! In this world...there are only fools...||”|
|“||You just got...lucky...nngh! I'm still better...than you...||”|
— Raigh, as an enemy in Smash Brethren 2 in Awakening.
- Main article: Raigh/Quotes (Heroes)
|Raigh appears in volume 6 of the Fire Emblem Heroes: Mini Acrylic Figure Collection. His volume 6 appearance is based on his standard appearance in Heroes.||¥350||August 2018JP|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Raigh is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Raigh|
|Dark Child, Raigh|
|"I won't let you die, Lugh. You're my brother. My only brother."|
"I want to protect those I hold dear and destroy all who oppose me. That’s the power I seek."
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Druid||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Twin's Sorcery: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Discard a card from your hand] Choose 1 ally. Until the end of your turn, this unit and the chosen ally gain +10 attack each.|
Enigma of the Elder Arts: [Support]  If your opponent has 4 or more cards in their hand, you may pay the cost, and if you do: Your opponent chooses 1 card from their own hand and discards it.
|Card #B09-065R(+) • Artist: Motokatsu Emoto|
|Darkness-Pursuing Youth, Raigh|
|"Say whatever you want, see if I'll still go with you."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Shaman||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Power of Darkness: [Always] This unit gains +10 attack if your opponent has 4 or less cards in their hand.|
Dark Mage Emblem: [Support] If your opponent has at least 5 cards in their hand, your opponent must discard a card.
|Card #B09-066N • Artist: Doji Shiki|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Raigh .
- Raigh is the second playable unit to wield Dark magic in the Fire Emblem series, the first being Salem from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
- He is the only male Shaman playable in The Binding Blade; the two other characters of the Shaman class line in that game, Sophia and Niime, are both female.
- A character named "Rei" existed in Fire Emblem: Ankoku no Miko. This may be a coincidence as "Rei" is the Japanese name for Raigh.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
As of Fire Emblem Awakening.
Alternative romanizations used in the fandom prior to Awakening; the former was used in older versions of the fan translation patch (more recent versions of the fan translation use his official English name).
Artwork of Raigh from The Binding Blade.
Raigh in an artwork of Roy and Al from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "Niime: Well? How are your studies going?
Niime: Hm... Don’t even have the time to talk, do you? You’re a rude one, and you lack respect for your elders." — Niime and Raigh's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: Hey, you there!
Raigh: Hey! Are you deaf or are you just ignoring me?!
Sophia: ...Uh... ...Me?
Raigh: Is there anyone else here? You’re a real idiot, aren’t you?
Sophia: ......" — Raigh and Sophia's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: Roy... I mean Lord Roy wants to see us.
Raigh You think I care?!
Chad: P-pipe down! Don't be so loud! That Merlinus guy'll be after us again!
Raigh: You're afraid of that old geezer, aren't you?
Chad: Well, sure. He and Lord Roy are nobles.
Raigh: Ha ha. Little Chad bows down to nobles now, does he?" — Chad and Raigh's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lugh: Oh, one more thing. You should at least respond when you're spoken to! I don't mind that much, but strangers might get ideas. They might think that you're antisocial or something.
Raigh: Well, they'd be right. ...But whatever. My dear brother is as naive as ever." — Lugh and Raigh's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: You’re a mage. What’s the point in you having a Nosferatu tome anyway?
Hugh: Ergh... That's not the point...
Raigh: This powerful tome would be a waste in your hands. It would be your fault if we lost the battle without it.
Hugh: Er... F-fine, I’ll let you have it for now. But I want it back with interest, you hear?!
Raigh: ...Heh, what an idiot. So gullible. I can’t even comprehend such bumbling foolery." — Raigh and Hugh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: Hngh! In this world...there are only fools..." — Raigh's death quote, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lugh: I was a little worried that you'd left again. The first time was so sudden. You just left a note and disappeared. I thought you might have walked off again without a word...
Lugh: Your note said you wanted to train your dark magic skills alone. Was I...in your way? You didn't want me around...?
Raigh: N-no, that's not it... I always planned to come back once I became a powerful shaman." — Lugh and Raigh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: ...I...I want you to teach me dark magic. Teach me everything!
Niime: Hm... Is that how you ask for a favor, boy?
Raigh: ...I can change my tone if it’s not to your liking. If you want me to grovel, I will. Just please, teach me your dark magic!" — Raigh and Niime's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: You still steal, don't you?
Chad: I've got no choice. I can't use magic like you. My only use in this army is picking locks and gathering intel...
Raigh: No, I think it's invaluable.
Raigh: The other day when we went to see that Roy fellow... He said he appreciated our work because we're close to his age. But you humbled yourself the whole time, belittling your work.
Chad: Yeah? And?
Raigh: You do something no one else can. Have some pride in it. You look stupid when you put yourself down." — Raigh and Chad's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: I'll go see the children. Then I'll try and get enough money to rebuild the orphanage.
Raigh: Then I'll go with you. I can help out until the kids have a home at least.
Chad: ... I thought you would.
Chad: I knew you had a heart deep down inside.
Chad: Lugh always said you were a kind boy. I used to think he only defended you because you're brothers, but I guess not. Your brother knows the real you.
Raigh: ...You're just as naive as Lugh! Say what you will! I'm leaving!
Chad: Hah, there's no need to be embarrassed... Hey! Wait! You're actually leaving?!" — Chad and Raigh's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: I'm giving this tome back to you.
Sophia: ... What? ... Why...?
Raigh: I don’t want charity. I’m not a beggar.
Sophia: ...Even so...I want you...to have it...
Raigh: What? Why?
Sophia: ... Because...you are a good person...
Sophia: ...You always act tough... ...But...you have a kind heart...so...you deserve it..." — Sophia and Raigh's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Niime: Now come... Come into the depths of darkness... You can start by mastering that book I gave you.
Raigh: ...... ...ank you...
Niime: Hm? What was that?
Raigh: ... Nothing." — Raigh and Niime's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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