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FESS Riev.png
Artwork of Riev from The Sacred Stones.

A heretic and general in Grado's army. He's also known as Blood Beryl.






Blood Beryl

Starting class



Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Heh heh heh... Humans will never conquer darkness. The guardian of light, Rausten, will drown in a never-ending night.
— Riev

Riev (Japanese: アーヴ Irv) is a character in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. He was once a bishop of Rausten, but Pontifex Mansel exiled him for worshiping the Demon King. Riev then traveled to Grado, where he quickly became one of the army's Imperial Generals. He appears as a boss twice near the end of the game, but can be recruited as a special character in the Creature Campaign mode.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones


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Starting stats and growth rates

Chapters 19/20, Easy/Normal Chapter 19, Hard Chapter 20, Hard Creature Campaign

Portrait riev fe08.png
Ma gba bishop enemy.gif Bishop
Level 16/17
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Max HP 49 Luck 9
Magic 14 Defense 16
Skill 21 Resistance 18
Speed 19 Constitution 7
Movement 6 Aid 6
AuraThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.*
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif S GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif A
Note: Riev is granted one auto-level in between chapters 19 and 20 on the Normal difficulty, hence each individual stat in chapter 20 may be either the same or one higher than in chapter 19.

Creature Campaign Analysis

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

While most of the post-game characters are generally superfluous relative to the main campaign army, Riev stands out as a fantastic unit that can make going through the Lagdou Ruins far more comfortable. While his base magic is low, Slayer combined with the fact that all enemies are monster units means he always hits for effective damage, essentially buffing his attack power to absurd levels. In addition, he also has outstanding bulk, surpassing that of all other possible Bishops in the player's army, which allows him to tank attacks in ways the others could only hope to. He starts with S Light, giving him S rank bonuses immediately, and A staves which allows him to use all but Latona, including Warp. Ivaldi is not recommended since its 2x multiplier overrides Slayer's 3x multiplier. His only true weakness is his middling constitution, which can make using the heavier Light tomes very difficult. Even then, he still has enough for plenty of dodging and following up, and more than a few enemies are very slow.

Personality and character

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Battle quotes

Heh heh heh... One Sacred Stone remains. Once it is destroyed, darkness will consume the world. What will you do? Will you cower in fear? Heh heh heh...
— In Chapter 19.
Grr... Your eyes annoy me... Why do you not despair? Why do you not surrender?
— In Chapter 20.
Heh heh heh. The young lady of Rausten... The more cruel and gruesome your death, the more that cur Mansel would weep, am I right? And that would make me so very, very happy.
— Against L'Arachel.

Death quotes

Heh heh heh... No! No! It's been so long. I got carried away. I'd best stop and withdraw for now. Follow me. Come to Darkling Woods... The Demon King awaits your pleasure...
— Retreat quote in Chapter 19.
Heh heh heh... Even if you defeat me, you're too late to stop it. The one true demon...will rise...
— Riev, in Chapter 20.


Screenshot of Riev's Chapter 20 appearance in the Japanese release of The Sacred Stones.
  • In the international versions of the game, Riev's stats do not change between Chapter 19 and Chapter 20 (with the exception of Difficult mode, where he gains 1 in Magic). In the Japanese version, however, Riev gains a massive boost in Chapter 20, reaching the stat caps for all but Luck and Defense, and has 65 HP (in comparison, playable units have an HP cap of 60).

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Riev
Japanese アーヴ Officially romanized as Irv; of Celtic origin, meaning "green river".[1]
Spanish Riev
French Riev
German Riev
Italian Riev


Small portrait riev fe08.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait riev fe08.png Bishop
Bs fe08 riev bishop staff.png


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Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
Non-playable characters DaraGradoKlimtLatonaMacGregorManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBanditBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'NeillOrsonPabloRievSaarSelenaTiradoValterVigardeZonta
Sacred Twins and Personal Weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!A New Journey
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling Woods • Final: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
Groups, objects and concepts Five heroesGerik's MercenariesImperial ThreeLegend of the Sacred StonesMonstersSacred StonesSacred TwinsWar of the Stones
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