|“||That I can meet such a beautiful woman... I feel blessed this day.||”|
— Saul to Igrene in a support conversation.
Saul (Japanese: サウル Saul) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 5. Saul is a priest and member of the clergy of the Elimine Church. He tends to flirt with women, and as a result, he is constantly nagged by his own bodyguard, Dorothy. Under Bishop Jodel's request, he and Dorothy join Roy's army.
- 1 Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- 2 Personality and character
- 3 Supports
- 4 Endings
- 5 Quotes
- 6 Other appearances
- 7 Trivia
- 8 Etymology and other languages
- 9 Gallery
- 10 References
Saul is first seen in a small village of Lycia between Laus and Thria. Oblivious to the fight going on outside the village where he is, Saul prefers to busy himself with convincing a young woman to accompany him for dinner. However, to his displeasure, Dorothy arrives and the girl seizes the opportunity to flee. After a bit of banter, Dorothy informs him that the Lycian Army is nearby them and that Princess Guinivere is with them. Delighted to hear the news, Saul orders Dorothy to hurry up and reach the army.
Once the bandits have been dealt with, Saul requests a meeting with Roy and Guinivere, surprising both of them. After complimenting the princess' beauty, he asks for the location of the Fire Emblem, and seeing Guinivere's reaction, he explains that the Elimine Church discovered almost immediately that it had disappeared at the same time she had left Bern. Therefore, the heads of the church sent him to discover the truth and, if necessary, to keep an eye on Bern's national treasure. To this end, he and Dorothy officially join Roy's army during the attack on Thria, and then they stay in the Lycian Army until the end of the war.
Once Bern is defeated and the war is over, Saul rejects all honors offered to him by the Elimine Church and dedicates his life to work as a missionary, becoming known by his peculiar behavior as well as his dedication to help people in need.
Starting stats and growth rates
Saul joins in Chapter 6 of The Binding Blade and is auto recruited along with Dorothy from turn 1. It may be useful to trade him a Heal staff since Mend staves are still relatively rare at that point in the game. Upon joining, Saul has the best bases and the highest Staff rank out of all the unpromoted healers, and because of this he will most likely be the first unit to reach B and A-rank in staffs. This means that Saul will be your premiere user of higher ranked staffs such as Physic, Rescue, Sleep and most importantly Warp. As Elen, Clarine and other staff users before Niime and Jodel will never reach A-rank staffs on any moderately fast playthrough, as well as him having a high Magic base and growth, he will usually be your best warp user after promotion in the midgame anyway. He also has a very high Resistance growth ensuring that he will almost never get hit by enemy status staves, so it is recommended to usually deploy him at the bottom of your unit deployment order, as enemy staff users are more likely to target characters who are lower on your unit deployment order.
Upon promotion, Saul gains an additional staff rank, and a D-rank in Light magic. This is especially helpful considering that Bishops have an EXP bonus from combat in The Binding Blade, meaning that he will have chances of leveling magic , further improving his warp range. He also has a high Speed base and growth, allowing him to double most enemies and even occasionally secure kills, despite the low might of light tomes.
Despite being a useful unit, Saul has his fair share of weaknesses. He has low base Defense and a low growth as well, this combined with his equally low Luck ensures that he will usually die in 1 or 2 hits against physical units and be susceptible to low percent crits against enemy magic users. He also might not reach level 10 by the time you get you first Guiding Ring in Chapter 8, not to mention that other magic users such as Lugh could also make great use of said promotion item and some might even be at the level necessary to promote. Guiding Rings are fairly scarce in The Binding Blade (a grand total of 4 without using secret shops, two of which are received pointlessly late), which means that Saul will likely need to wait until Chapter 14 to promote. He may also be outclassed by Clarine and Cecilia in utility thanks to their mounts, while Niime and Jodel will usually have higher magic than Saul when they join, making both of them better warp users. Even so, Saul will be useful even during the lategame chapters and can still be deployed along side your other magic users; there is no hidden rule about having one unit of each class on your team.
Overall, Saul is a solid unit who will be available during the hardest parts of The Binding Blade and will usually contribute well during the later chapters as well.
Personality and character
Saul's main characteristic is his shameless flirting with women, using the pretense of sermons. This usually backfires on him, as the women are either uncomfortable with him or unaware of his true intentions. Elen even interprets his actions as Saul's way to show how accepting the Elimine Church is. The only woman he has not attempted to woo is his bodyguard, Dorothy, who is very aware of his behavior. Yet he is a true priest at heart; he offers some advice to Igrene, explaining to her why the gods had not answered her prayers, and decides to stay by Roy's side to protect him, after Jodel frees him of his job.
Saul is a clever man, able of seeing through traps and people's actions. This is also seen in his very unorthodox tactics, such as giving discounts for people who go to church, or clinging to a man to scare him off.
- Main article: Saul/Supports
Saul, Amorous Priest
Short: Became a missionary.
Long: Although the Church offered him the position of Bishop, Saul turned it down and chose to serve the people in his own way. His behavior always led to difficult situations.
|“||With all the evil you've done, I dare say you've lost the right to call yourself a bishop. [...] You're a disgrace to the church... Punishment awaits you!||”|
— Against Orlo.
|“||Fascinating... Now, shall we?||”|
— In the final chapter.
|“||Such is...my fate...||”|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Saul is currently featured on two 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 Saul|
||"I am a servant of the gods… I must be equally caring to all women."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Bishop||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|A Helping Hand for Wayward Lambs: [Activate] [Tap 1 ally] Until the end of the turn, this unit gains +10 attack.|
A Sermon on Divine Love: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your attacking unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B16-013HN • Artist: Niko Komori|
|Evangelist of God's Love, Saul|
|"Truly, being able to meet such a beautiful lady is a blessing from the gods! This meeting must have been part of some divine plan."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: -||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Priest||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal: [Activate]   Choose 1 non-"Saul" card from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your opponent’s attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B16-014N • Artist: Niko Komori|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Saul .
- While Saul's in-game portrait depicts him with purple hair, his battle sprites and official artwork have him depicted with blue hair.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Saul||See the Japanese name.|
|Japanese||サウル||Romanized as Saul in the Fire Emblem Museum website (archived by the Wayback Machine). The meaning of Saul is "prayed for" in Hebrew. In the Bible, Saul is the first king of Israel, and Saul is the original name of Paul the Apostle. Due to priests in the Fire Emblem series being of religious affinity and the Apostle sharing his name, this may be intended.|
- Fire Emblem 6: Saul Artbook Translation | kantopia, www.kantopia.wordpress.com, Retrieved: 4 March 2019
- "Girl: Er... Brother Saul, I appreciate the offer, but not tonight..
Saul: Come now, don't be like that. We can sit by the fire in the dark of night as I soothe you with my calming sermons..." — Chapter 5, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Elen: Um... Brother Saul?
Saul: Truly, being able to meet such a beautiful lady is a blessing from the gods! And you are a follower of the St. Elimine Church, no less! This meeting must have been part of some divine plan. Please, let us meet this evening so that we can discuss the love of the gods.
Elen: Yes, I would love to. What time can you meet? I am free all night...
Saul: ...... Are you serious?
Elen: I am always serious about the gods. Why would I refuse?" — Saul and Elen's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Igrene: Those who pray to the gods expect something in return. But when they receive nothing, they cease to believe they exist. I think it's less trouble to never believe in the first place.
Saul: ......Yes... You may be right.
Igrene: ...Should a priest like you really be saying that?
Saul: Yes, it's fine. I am an open-minded person. However, Saint Elimine did say this: 'When the gods don't help us, it is because they believe in us.'
Igrene: They...believe in us?
Saul: Yes, I think they do." — Saul and Igrene's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Jodel: I believe I know Lord Roy well enough to trust him. The Fire Emblem is safe in his hands. What we feared will surely not come to pass. Do you agree?
Saul: You are probably right. ...However, I wish to continue my mission a little longer.
Jodel: I see...
Saul: Of course I understand what you are saying, Father Jodel. Lord Roy is certainly a trustworthy person. Still...I think that Lord Roy has yet to learn the ugliness of the world. I think that I know that ugliness more than other priests..." — Saul and Jodel's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Saul: Oh... And you must be Princess Guinivere! You are as beautiful as the rumors say!
Guinivere: Pardon me...?
Saul: Ahem... Forgive me. Your Highness, I wish to know the location of the Fire Emblem. You have it with you, do you not?
Guinivere: How did you know that?!" — Chapter 5, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Saul: Please, Dorothy, have some faith in me. Anyway, I drove the man off and rescued the maiden. I acted exactly as a holy man ought to.
Dorothy: Really? You're not exactly very strong. How did you do it?
Saul: I went to the man and clung to him, crying, 'I thought we loved each other! Why do you reject me?!'" — Saul and Dorothy's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Saul - Name Meaning, What does Saul mean?, www.thinkbabynames.com, Retrieved: 4 March 2019
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|