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— Rutger to Dayan in a support conversation.
Rutger (Japanese: ルトガー Rutger) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 4. Rutger is a reserved and rude swordsman working for Marquess Laus. He is the first enemy unit that can be recruited in The Binding Blade.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- 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
Rutger is first seen in the fourth chapter of The Binding Blade. When Roy's army trustingly passes through Laus, Erik, who had already betrayed the Lycian League, orders his own army to kill them. While Laus' troops are fighting the Lycian Army, Rutger goes to the cells and frees an imprisoned girl from Etruria, taking advantage of the confusion produced by the attack. After he does so, Erik, who has noticed that the opposing army is stronger than he thought, orders Rutger to go to the battlefield.
Shortly after he leaves the castle, Rutger meets again with the same girl, who tries to convince him to protect her. Clearly not interested, Rutger is more than ready to return to his work, but then she, determined to recruit him, adds that this army is fighting against Bern. This argument makes Rutger change sides immediately, and he remains in Roy's army until the end.
After Bern is defeated and the war is over, Rutger completely disappears; the only information on him comes from the records of this war.
Starting stats and growth rates
Normal Mode Hard Mode
Promotion stat gains
Rutger joins in chapter 4 as an enemy Myrmidon, and needs to be recruited by Clarine. Since he starts out as an enemy reinforcement, he gains hard mode bonuses which make his bases even higher than normal. He has high speed, decent enough strength, and a powerful starting weapon in the Killing Edge. In his joining chapter he'll be able to easily one round every enemy on the map besides the boss, but even then he might get lucky with a crit. You can train him up on the pirates that go for the village, but this is largely unnecessary because the next chapter has plenty of axe users too.
Thanks to his high skill and high accuracy of swords, something that few weapons in The Binding Blade have, Rutger will be one of the few characters which will be able to consistently hit bosses, despite their +30 avoid from thrones, and he will have enough speed on average to double every boss aside from Kel. Upon promotion, Rutger gains a passive +30% critical bonus; when combined with the innate crit of a Killing Edge and his naturally high skill, he can consistently crit almost every enemy, making him one of the best boss-killers in the game. Rutger will also usually be the first person capable of wielding Durandal, but it should not be used much if the player is aiming to get the best ending.
If Rutger equips a Wo Dao, has an A support with Clarine and B support with Dieck, he can reach over 100 crit, allowing him to land a critical hit on every attack he hits. This is largely unnecessary as Rutger will usually crit even without supports, and Rutger's support with Dieck is fairly slow, meaning that you'll need to spend a lot of turns having both of them next to each other which will kill your turn count.
Rutger will drop off slightly after the Western Isles as his mediocre strength will become too low to one round things without a crit. Moreover, most enemies will start wielding lances, against which Rutger has a weapon triangle disadvantage. His lack of reliable 1-2 range and his low defense and resistance also give him a lackluster enemy phase, and his low luck can make him susceptible to low percent crits, though because weapons in The Binding Blade often have low accuracy, he can usually dodge most attacks consistently. Also, because of the large maps in the game, he will often need to be rescued to reach the boss quickly. Despite these flaws, however, Rutger can find use through the entire game thanks to his aforementioned boss-killing capabilities.
Overall, thanks to his high bases, respectable growths and a 30% crit bonus, Rutger is one of the strongest raw combat units in the game. The relative rarity of reliable one-rounding and even accuracy in The Binding Blade makes his consistent combat stand out much more. When he joins, the only units capable of keeping up with him offensively would be Marcus, Zelots and Dieck, all of whom he can surpass thanks to his promotion and growths, and even later on in the lategame he can be useful for bosses like Murdock and killing particularly tough regular enemies, making him an invaluble asset, especially on hard mode.
Rutger is one of the characters added to the game in the A Father's Legacy update, and was made available to players in the twenty-ninth Grand Hero Battle, which initially ran from March 11, 2019 through March 20, 2019. Only one variation of Rutger is currently available in Heroes, based on his The Binding Blade incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Slaying Edge||★★★||200 SP|
|Slaying Edge+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Bond 1||★★★||60 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Bond 2||★★★||120 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Bond 3||★★★★||240 SP|
|B||Vantage 1||★★★||50 SP|
|B||Vantage 2||★★★★||100 SP|
|B||Vantage 3||★★★★★||200 SP|
Personality and character
Rutger is a swordsman of mixed blood from Bulgar, the main city of Sacae. Although two of his grandparents were Sacaean, he looks more like a man from Bern. This saved his life when Bern invaded Sacae; the troops spared him because he did not look like a native.
This massacre marked him deeply, and he became a man obsessed with revenge; when asked by Dayan about his future plans, he admits he has not thought about it. He has also stated, in different degress of rudeness, that he uses his sword to kill, and therefore, he is not interested in training with other members of the army, such as Fir and Karel. However, after meeting Dieck, Rutger designates him as his rival, swearing to be the one to kill him - a statement that annoys and amuses Dieck.
Despite all of this, Rutger is very aware of how wrong his path is, as he apologizes after grudgingly accepting Dieck's help, and asks Karel if he will be able to be accepted after all is done. He also shows a softer side in his supports with Clarine, where he recognizes that, although her personality grates his nerves, he prefers her to be honest with herself and the others.
- Main article: Rutger/Supports
Rutger, Surly Myrmidon
Short: Disappeared without any trace or farewell.
Long: Rutger disappeared without a trace after the war. He was reportedly sighted in various places around the continent, but his name only appears in the records of the war.
— In the final chapter.
- Main article: Rutger/Quotes (Heroes)
from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
|Bonus: [Slash] Resistance +12|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Rutger is currently featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Two of the below cards' quotes are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rutger|
|Blood-Red Rage, Rutger|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Swordmaster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Blood Whirlwind: [Trigger] [Once per turn] When this unit's attack destroys a non-lord enemy, you may untap this unit.|
Death Temptation: [Trigger]  After "Blood Whirlwind" is activated, you may pay the cost, and if you do: Select an enemy in the Back Line with at least 70 attack, and move it.
|Card #B05-029SR • Artist: Niko Komori|
|Swordsman Chasing His Sworn Enemy, Rutger|
|Attack: 50||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Myrmidon||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Steel Sword: [Activate] [Once per turn]  Until the end of this turn, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Scarlet Blade of Revenge: [Support] Until the end of this battle, if your attacking unit has the affinity, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B05-030N • Artist: Mikihiro Taguchi/Crowd Gate Co., Ltd.|
|Vengeful Swordsman, Rutger|
|"I'm going to join your army. Happy now?"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Myrmidon||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Hurry... it's time.": [Always] During your turn, if you have an ally with the affinity, this unit gains +20 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B05-031HN, B05-031ST • Artist: Niko Komori|
|Vengeful Scarlet Demon, Rutger|
|"I have a grudge against Bern..."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Swordmaster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Bloodthirsty Sword: [Trigger]  When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, you may pay the cost, and if you do: Destroy an enemy with a deployment cost of 1 besides the Main Character.|
Sword Training: [Always] While this unit is being supported by a card, you may choose not to pay the cost for "Bloodthirsty Sword".
|Card #S07-005ST(+) • Artist: Tada|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Rutger .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|• Used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.|
• Used in Fire Emblem Heroes.
|Rutger||See the Japanese name.|
|Japanese||ルトガー||Romanized as Rutger in the Fire Emblem Museum website (archived by the Wayback Machine). Rutger is the Dutch version of Roger, which means "famous spearman."|
Artwork of Rutger from The Binding Blade.
- "Rutger: Yes. My father's mother and my mother's father were Sacaen. Bulgar is near Bern's border, so many people of mixed blood lived there. Usually the Sacaen blood shows itself more prominently. But... But I was different. I appear to be of Bern, so I was left alive... The people of Bulgar...were kind to me, even though I looked different... But they...they were all killed, and so brutally! I must raze the entirety of the Kingdom of Bern to the ground...! One man isn't enough to satisfy my revenge..." — Rutger and Dieck's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Rutger: ......I know no other way to live." — Rutger and Dayan's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Rutger: Ha... I'll get my sword through your back one day.
Dieck: OK, I get it, we hated each other when we were on different sides. But why do you want to slice me in half now that we're in the same army?
Rutger: The others bore me. I need someone of your strength to duel.
Dieck: So you're gonna kill me all because you're bored. Fantastic." — Rutger and Dieck's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Karel: You were able to hear the Sky and the Earth once. Your hate deafens your ears.
Rutger: ...Do you think I will be able to hear them when this war ends?
Karel: Of course you will. The breeze that blows through the plains... It never forgets those it loves." — Rutger and Karel's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Clarine: I thank you for rescuing me in my time of need... I know it is far overdue, but I hope you will accept my thanks...
Rutger: ...That's not like you.
Rutger: Don't try to be someone you're not. You're good at screaming, so stick with that.
Clarine: Wh-what do you mean by that?!
Rutger: That's it... That's you. Give me your company once in a while, Clarine. Make me smile." — Rutger and Clarine's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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