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|“||Are you someone's guest? The dining hall's that way if that's what you're lookin' for.||”|
Raphael Kirsten (pronounced /ɹɑfi'ɛl 'kɝstɪn/[key]; Japanese: ラファエル Raphael) is a character appearing in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. He is a student at the Officers Academy and a member of the Golden Deer.
Raphael is the son of a family of merchants from the Leicester Alliance, and an old friend of Ignatz. In Imperial Year 1177, his parents passed away in an unfortunate accident involving monsters, which is speculated to have been caused by Count Gloucester in an attempt to weaken Duke Riegan's influence in the Alliance. After this, Raphael and with his sister went to live with his grandparents. In 1180, he enrolls in the Officers Academy at the Garreg Mach Monastery and joins the Golden Deer, studying and fighting alongside them.
After the timeskip, if Raphael is a member of Byleth's class, he returns to Garreg Mach on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies them throughout the war. If not recruited, on the Azure Moon route he remains with Claude and fights alongside him in the Battle at Gronder on Leicester's side, where he can be circumvented or slain at the player's discretion. Raphael makes no appearances in the story on the Crimson Flower and Silver Snow routes; in the latter's case, he is most likely one of the many casualties of the Battle at Gronder.
Raphael is a starting playable character for the Golden Deer route, a recruitable unit on the Black Eagles and Blue Lions routes and a recurring enemy for non-Crimson Flower routes should he not be poached during Part I.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Main article: Raphael/Stats
Main story P: Death Toll, Normal P: Death Toll, Hard P: Death Toll, Maddening
Enemy - Chapter 7
Normal Hard Maddening
Enemy - Azure Moon Chapter 17
Normal Hard Maddening
Growth rates when reclassed
- Main article: Raphael/Stats#Growth rates when reclassed
|Goody Basket||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Reason||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Black Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
Raphael is a physically-oriented unit and is overall fairly average. Raphael's growths are very lopsided, focusing primarily on strength, defense, and HP at the expense of having the lowest growths in magic, resistance, and speed in the game. Out of all students, aside from the lords, Raphael has the highest strength and HP bases accompanied by a decent defense base ensuring that Raphael deals good damage with gauntlets and their brave effect and tanks fairly well on the enemy phase provided he does not get doubled. As the game progresses, Raphael will prove to be offensively proficient provided he keeps using gauntlets; however, he will also severely fall behind in speed and his charm will be similarly handicapped, both of which limit his tanking potential by opening him to getting doubled by the enemy and getting inflicted with the rattled status inflicted when hit by an enemy gambit. Potentially getting doubled by all enemies is a huge weakness for Raphael and leaves him somewhat vulnerable on the frontlines. While Raphael's speed will be sufficient with lightweight equipment on lower difficulties in Part I, come Part II, most all enemies, save for enemy Fortress Knights will be able to exploit his low speed. This weakness is magnified on maddening where enemies become so strong they will easily be able to dispatch him in two rounds of combat, one if the enemy attacks with magic. Raphael desperately needs Quick Riposte, which guarantees he doubles on the enemy phase while preventing the enemy from doing so, to bolster his general survivability, though since the skill is obtained by mastering the War Master class, it will likely be obtained very late into the game, so until then Raphael can be surprisingly fragile without heavy investment into his defenses. Moreover, Raphael's personal skill of Goody Basket has a lot of missed potential providing Raphael little to no unique benefit. First of all, Goody Basket is very unreliable as it procs off of Raphael's luck and generally only heals 3-7 HP; second, the skill is far outclassed by vulneraries and the B-rank gauntlet combat art of Healing Focus; and lastly, since the skill randomly procs, it can knock Raphael out of the ideal HP range for skills like Vantage or Defiant Crit. In all other situations, the skill is at worst irrelevant.
Since Raphael has the worst magical growths in the game he is best off promoting into physically-oriented classes; however, Raphael's best promotion path varies according to what kind of performance the player wants from him. Since Raphael will rarely if ever double the enemy naturally, his highest offensive potential lies in maximizing his damage output with gauntlets; therefore if you want Raphael to be offensive, his promotion path should be Fighter to Brigand—master the class for Death Blow—to Grappler then to War Master to obtain Quick Riposte. It should be noted that after obtaining Quick Riposte, both Grappler and War Master are suitable options for Raphael's final class as each has Fistfaire and their own unique strengths. Grappler has the unique Fierce Iron Fist combat art which hits three times simultaneously while War Master has a better class modifier in strength and a general Crit +20. Alternatively you could fully invest into Raphael's defense and HP by promoting him to an Armored Knight then a Fortress Knight. Bear in mind that even if you plan to follow this path, Death Blow is still recommended as armored classes can still use gauntlets. Moreover, Quick Riposte is also recommended as preventing the enemy from doubling him will only bolster his ability to tank multiple enemies and deal out decent damage on the enemy phase. It is also worth noting that Raphael can promote into a Wyvern Lord. The class still has great offenses and the upgrade to base 20 speed, 24 with the class modifier, will prove sufficient on lower difficulties to prevent many enemies from doubling Raphael, though this does come at the cost of not being able to use gauntlets without dismounting, not being able to equip guard adjutants, and limiting Raphael to flying battalions.
Recruiting for Other Routes
When recruited outside of the Golden Deer house, Raphael will come with training in gauntlets and axes. Raphael coming with training that puts him on the path to War Master is beneficial and him becoming a Brawler offers you a guard adjutant immediately upon recruitment; however, Raphael's recruitment requirements are not ideal. Training Byleth's armor rank to specifically recruit Raphael is suboptimal as Byleth performs better in just about any class besides fortress knight. Moreover, Raphael's paralogue does not offer any attractive or unique rewards for clearing it. As usual, attaining a B-rank support between Raphael and Byleth will make Raphael eventually request to join Byleth's class on his own, though it bears consideration as to whether or not you want to pour so much effort into raising Raphael’s support to B-rank during exploration when there are many other students who make better contributions to your team. It is also worth noting that if you're a Blue Lion and wish to recruit everyone, he shares his armor requirement with Ferdinand, who cannot have said requirement lowered through supports; therefore, supporting Raphael becomes a lower priority since you will still have to get that C armor for Ferdinand.
Personality and character
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Raphael is optimistic and committed to training to become a knight. He likes food and dislikes sitting in lectures.
- Main article: Raphael/Supports
Raphael, Beast of Leicester
Raphael returned to his hometown to serve his liege lord as a knight. After years of loyal service, he resigned his duty to devote his attention to the inn that his grandfather and sister had opened during his time away. Eventually he became the inn's proprietor and developed a reputation for astonishingly good cooking.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Ignatz, Wordly Artist
Raphael returned to his hometown to serve his liege lord as a knight, and spent his spare time helping out at the inn that his family had opened during his time away. He was compelled to give up knighthood and manage the inn full-time, however, when his sister Maya suddenly declared her ambition to become an artist and vanished. Years later, when she finally returned, she did so in the company of another artist: her husband, Ignatz. With cheerful support from Raphael's family, Ignatz and his wife rose to prominence and, with their unique style, set the artistic paradigm in Fódlan for a generation.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Hilda, Free Spirit
Raphael returned to his hometown, where he served his liege lord as a knight for a time. Later, he gave it up to help manage the inn that his family had opened up during his time away. One day, to the great joy of Raphael's sister, Maya, Hilda came to visit. Maya had always treasured the necklace Hilda had made for her. Moved by this, Hilda gave Maya a new gift of a hair band, which inspired Maya to suggest that Raphael convert the inn into an accessory shop. Hilda decided to stay and help out, and eventually became the shop's proprietor and chief artisan. She moved in with Raphael, and the two spent their lives happily dealing in fashionable accessories.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Bernadetta, Eternal Loner
When Bernadetta first inherited control of House Varley, she hid away and would not dare involve herself in political or administrative affairs. During this time it was Raphael who came to her aid, encouraging her to work through her fear of people. The training period was difficult—"humiliating," according to the journals Bernadetta left behind—but in the end, it had its desired effect. The leader of House Varley became an outgoing and authoritative individual, taking part in public policy. She even took on a very muscular husband.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Leonie, The Blade Breaker II
Leonie took over the mercenary company formerly led by Jeralt. She ran out of money constantly, however, due to sending all of her earnings back to her village, and so developed a reputation for unpaid tavern tabs. When she came upon the inn that Raphael had been helping to run with his family, she was overjoyed to finally find a place that would trust her enough to open a new tab. In her years frequenting the establishment, she accrued such a massive debt to Raphael that the only way to pay him off was to work for him. By the time the debt was finally paid, she had moved in with him. They lived together happily for the rest of their days.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Flayn, Slumbering Princess
Raphael returned to his hometown, where he served his liege lord as a knight for a time. Later, he gave it up to help manage the inn that his family had opened up during his time away. Away from the battlefield and able to eat as much as he pleased, he eventually began to grow soft. It was around that time that Flayn, who had also neglected her training, came to visit. The two helped motivate one another, and together they embarked on a new exercise routine. Thereafter, it is said that their energetic shouts and cries of exertion could be heard throughout the village at any time of day.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Lysithea, Scholar of Misfortune
Raphael returned to his hometown to serve his liege lord as a knight, and spent his spare time helping out at the inn that his family had opened during his time away. Due to his grandfather's age, he was compelled before long to give up knighthood and manage the inn full-time. Soon after that, the inn began to be frequented by Lysithea and her family, who had renounced all claim to nobility and begun a life as commoners. Lysithea found a kindred spirit in Raphael's sister, Maya, and before long, found herself helping out around the place too. Eventually she was put in charge of the kitchen, where it is said she spent the rest of her days happily working.
Ingrid, Stalwart Knight & Raphael, Beast of Leicester
When Galatea territory was seized, Ingrid argued strongly for the preservation of its borders. Her request was granted, and she was appointed to rule. Soon after, Raphael traveled there to pledge his service to Ingrid. He initially signed on as a knight, but quickly discovered that his services were even more desperately needed by the land's farmers, and instead focused his efforts on helping Galatea improve its agriculture. Seeing him work side by side with the commonfolk, Ingrid became enamored with Raphael's character, and eventually asked for his hand in marriage. They held a modest but lively wedding, and the people happily gave their blessing to the union.
Raphael, Beast of Leicester & Shamir, Distant Archer
Shortly after the war, Shamir gave up on the mercenary life and disappeared. Raphael searcher for her unsuccessfully for a time, but then gave up and returned home to serve his liege lord as a knight. One day, he was given order to drive off a group of bandits, but upon investigation, he discovered that all of the bandits' victims were those who line their pockets by preying upon the innocent. Without warning, Raphael resigned his post, said good-bye to his family, and vanished forever. It is unclear just where he went, but rumors swirled for years of a master archer and a hulking giant who spent their lives as highway robbers, shaking down those who made victims of others.
|“||Raphael: Outta my way, Ignatz! I don't wanna have to fight you!
Ignatz: Stop deluding yourself. You joined the Empire. Didn't you consider the consequences? I don't want to fight you either, Raphael! But this is war.
— Raphael, fighting Ignatz in Crimson Flower Chapter 13.
|“||Wow, it's sure been a while! You're a tough opponent, Professor!||”|
— Raphael, as an enemy fighting Byleth in Azure Moon Chapter 17.
|“||There's no way you're gonna beat me! You're better off turning tail and running away!||”|
— Raphael, as an enemy in Azure Moon Chapter 17.
|“||Get out of here!||”|
— Raphael in Part I & II
|“||I'm on a roll!||”|
— Raphael in Part I & II
|“||Time for seconds!||”|
— Raphael in Parts I & II
— Raphael in Part I
|“||Sorry about this!||”|
— Raphael in Part II
|“||Huh! There go the knees...||”|
— Raphael's retreat quote as a playable character in Part I.
|“||Maya...I'm sorry. I did what I could.||”|
— Raphael's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II.
|“||Brute force won't cut it.||”|
— Raphael's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II.
- Main article: Raphael/Quotes
Fire Emblem Cipher
Raphael is currently featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- One of the below cards' epithets is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Raphael|
|Ever-Growing Muscles, Raphael|
|"A zillion men could come rushing at me, and my muscles'd bounce 'em all right back!"|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Brawler||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Daily Muscular Torment: [Activate] [Once per turn] Until the end of the turn, this unit gains -20 attack.|
Twice-Tempered Muscle: [Trigger] [Once per turn]  When this unit's attack ends, you may pay the cost and if you do: Untap this unit. This skill only triggers if this unit has used "Daily Muscular Torment" in this turn.
|Card #B18-035R • Artist: mineri|
|Youth With an Appetite, Raphael|
|"I eat and I eat, but the instant I start training, no matter how lightly, I'm starving again!"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Commoner||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Goody Basket: [Activate] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] Until the end of the turn, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B18-036N, B18-036ST • Artist: mineri|
|Beast of Leicester, Raphael|
|"I always work hard for the people who matter to me. And having more of them in my life just means I gotta work even harder! What do you think?"|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: War Master||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Dragon Claws: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Untap this unit. If you do, until the end of the turn, this unit gains +20 attack.|
"Whoa! My muscles are ready to burst!": [Trigger] When this unit Class Changes, until the end of the turn, you do not have to pay the cost for this unit's Dragon Claws.
|Card #B21-021HN • Artist: Ippei Soeda|
|"Did you need something from me? I was just on my way to train, but we can talk soon!"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Fighter||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Wanna train with me?": [Trigger] [Once per turn] When an other ally is deployed in the Front Line, until the end of the turn, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B21-022N • Artist: Ippei Soeda|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Raphael .
- There's a personalized map sprite in the game's files depicting Raphael in the War Master class, which would've been used during Part II. In-game, it is left unused for unknown reasons.
- Raphael's Japanese name is spelled almost exactly the same as Rafiel's.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Full name, known by just Raphael in most menus. Raphael is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "God has healed". Kirsten is a Scandanavian form of the name Christina, meaning "anointed".
High quality portrait artwork of Raphael from Three Houses.
Portrait of Raphael from Three Houses.
Raphael's unused personalized sprite for Part II, despicting him in the War Master class.
Concept art of Raphael from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|