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FEFT Rutger.png
Artwork of Rutger from The Binding Blade.

A young man seeking revenge on Bern.








Sacaean and Bernite

Starting class


...You don't need to know.
— 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.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


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

Portrait rutger fe06.png
Level 4
Affinity Is gba darkaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 4, talk to him with Clarine.

Stats Growth Rates

Is gba killing edge.png Killing Edge
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif C GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Swordmaster +5 +2 +2 +1 +0 +3 +2 +1 +1 GBARankSword.gif +1

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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


Main article: Rutger/Supports
Portrait rutger fe06.png
Is gba darkaffin.png
Small portrait clarine fe06.png
Troubadour Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
Small portrait dieck fe06.png
Mercenary Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+1
Small portrait fir fe06.png
Myrmidon Is gba fireaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Small portrait dayan fe06.png
Nomadic Trooper Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1
Small portrait karel fe06.png
Swordmaster Is gba lightaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
Click here for more details on 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.


Battle quotes

...It begins.
— In the final chapter.

Death quote

... No...more...
— Rutger.

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Rutger, under the name Rutoga, appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a usable sticker.

SSBB Sticker Rutger.png Rutoga
from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Bonus: [Slash] Resistance +12
Usable by: marthike

Fire Emblem Cipher

Rutoga is currently featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Two of the below cards' quotes and one further card's illustrator are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these needs translation.
Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rutoga
TCGCipher B05-029SR.png Blood-Red Rage, Rutoga
Ic TCGCipher Elibe.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png

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] [Flip one bond card] 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 #B05-029SRArtist: Komori Nico
TCGCipher B05-030N.png Swordsman Chasing His Sworn Enemy, Rutoga
Ic TCGCipher Elibe.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png

Attack: 50 Support: 10 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 2
Class: Myrmidon Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Steel Sword: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Flip one bond card] Until the end of this turn, this unit gains +10 attack.
Is TCGCipher Attack.png Scarlet Blade of Revenge: [Support] Until the end of this battle, if your attacking unit has the Sword affinity, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-030NArtist: Taguchi MikiHiroshi/Cloud Gate Co., Ltd.
TCGCipher B05-031HN.png Swordsman of Vengeance, Rutoga
Ic TCGCipher Elibe.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png

"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 Staff affinity, this unit gains +20 attack.
Is TCGCipher Attack.png Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
Card #B05-031HN, B05-031STArtist: Komori Nico
TCGCipher S07-005ST.png Scarlet Demon of Vengeance, Rutoga
Ic TCGCipher Elibe.png

It TCGCipher Male.png

Iw TCGCipher Sword.png

"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] [Flip one bond card] 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 Sword card, you may choose not to pay the cost for "Bloodthirsty Sword".
Card #S07-005ST(+)Artist: タダ
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
English Rutoga Used in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, though Smash Bros. names generally are not retained in mainline localizations.
Rutger See the Japanese name.
Japanese ルトガー Romanized as Rutger in the Fire Emblem Museum website[dead link]. Rutger is the Dutch version of Roger, which means "famous spearman."[6]


Small portrait rutger fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait rutger fe06.png Myrmidon Swordmaster
Bs fe06 rutger myrmidon sword.png
Bs fe06 rutger swordmaster sword.png


  1. "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
  2. "Rutger: ......I know no other way to live." — Rutger and Dayan's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "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
  4. "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
  5. "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.
    Clarine: What?
    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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Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
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Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
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