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FERD Stefan.png
Artwork of Stefan from Radiant Dawn.

A masterful swordsman who resides in a village of the Branded hidden somewhere in the Grann Desert. He fought for Crimea in the Mad King’s War and tutored Ike in the blade.




Branded (Lion)[1]


Soan (Ancestor)[1]



Starting class

Swordmaster (Path of Radiance)
Trueblade (Radiant Dawn)


Stefan (Japanese: ソーンバルケ, Soanvalcke) is a swordsman from the Grann Desert. He is Branded, even though his parents were beorc. Stefan dislikes both the laguz and the beorc because they both despise Branded. He becomes close with Mordecai.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance


Stefan plays no major role in the story, and in fact, can easily never be found, unless Lethe or Mordecai steps into a very specific region in Chapter 15: The Feral Frontier. Doing so causes him to appear from seemingly nowhere and be recruited by the Greil Mercenaries. If recruited, he tutors Ike in the art of swordplay, which can allow Ike to use the Aether skill later on.

Stefan travels with the mercenaries from then on, and helps them win the Mad King's War. His only other purpose is to espouse the nature of the Branded to either Soren or to Mordecai. After the war is over, he returns to the Grann Desert, where he does not appear again until late in the events of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Starting stats and growth rates

Level 8
Affinity Is gcn heavenaffin.png
Constitution 13
Recruitment: Chapter 15, have Lethe or Mordecai step on one specific space on the map before any other unit does

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is gcn vague katti.png Vague Katti Is gcn astra.png Astra
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif S GCNRankLance.gif -- GCNRankAxe.gif -- GCNRankBow.gif --
GCNRankFire.gif -- GCNRankWind.gif -- GCNRankThunder.gif -- GCNRankStaff.gif --

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


Stefan does not appear until late into Part 4: Gods and Men. In Chapter 3: Distortions, he can be recruited, once again, by having a specific character stand in a specific spot in the desert. This time, it is Micaiah who must do this. From there, he once again aids the heroes in their quest.

Regardless of whether or not Stefan is recruited, he appears before Micaiah and Yune outside the Begnion capitol, Sienne. There, Yune questions what he is, revealing himself once again to be Branded, along with certain other characters that Yune recognizes as such.

After the world is freed from Ashera's judgement, Stefan returns to the Grann Desert once more. There, it is said that his fellow Branded eventually built a respectable nation, free at last from persecution.

Starting stats and growth rates

Small portrait stefan fe10.png
Level 8
Affinity Is wii heavenaffin.png
Constitution 13
Recruitment: Part 4, Chapter 3, have Micaiah move onto a specific space on the map
If the file was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, Lethe or Mordecai may also step onto that space

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory Skills
Is wii vague katti.png Vague Katti Is wii critical +20.png Critical +20
Is wii shove.png Shove
Is wii astra.png Astra
Weapon Levels
WiiRankSword.png SS WiiRankLance.png -- WiiRankAxe.png -- WiiRankBow.png -- WiiRankKnife.png -- WiiRankStrike.png --
WiiRankFire.png -- WiiRankWind.png -- WiiRankThunder.png -- WiiRankLight.png -- WiiRankDark.png -- WiiRankStaff.png --

The above stats are Stefan's default stats. If a Radiant Dawn game was started via a data transfer from Path of Radiance, any stat Stefan capped in Path of Radiance will result in a boost to his base in the stat in question in Radiant Dawn.

Personality and character

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Main article: Stefan/Supports

Path of Radiance

Small portrait stefan fe09.png
Is gcn heavenaffin.png
Small portrait soren fe09.png
Mage Is gcn darkaffin.png
C: 4
B: 9
A: 12
Small portrait mordecai fe09.png
Beast tribe (Tiger) Is gcn wateraffin.png
C: 2
B: 4
A: 11
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Paladin Is gcn wateraffin.png
C: {{{c3}}}
B: {{{b3}}}
A: {{{a3}}}

C: {{{c4}}}
B: {{{b4}}}
A: {{{a4}}}

C: {{{c5}}}
B: {{{b5}}}
A: {{{a5}}}

C: {{{c6}}}
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A: {{{a6}}}

C: {{{c7}}}
B: {{{b7}}}
A: {{{a7}}}
Click here for more details on supports.

Radiant Dawn

Bond supports

Small portrait stefan fe10.png
Default bonds:




Extra bonds:*
Small portrait soren fe10.png
Wind Sage
Small portrait mordecai fe10.png



Click here for more details on supports.


Radiant Dawn

Stefan, Lion-Blooded
Stefan gathered like-minded individuals to form a tiny, independent settlement which later became a great country.

Death quotes

My sword has been beaten… Impressive. It is moments like this that make life worth living. I’m leaving for now. But, truly, I hope to see you again.
— Stefan, in Path of Radiance.
Unbelievable! You shattered my sword…
— Stefan, in Radiant Dawn.

Battle quotes

A favourable opportunity, huh.
— An unused quote intended to be Stefan's retreat quote in Path of Radiance.
Sheathe your blade. If that’s all the skill you possess, you’re not ready to challenge me.
— Stefan, when fighting Homasa in chapter 19 of Path of Radiance.
I am the desert, and I brook no intrusion. Make peace with your goddess.
— Stefan, when fighting Numida in part 4 chapter 3 of Radiant Dawn.

Other appearances

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Stefan
Japanese ソーンバルケ Officially romanized as Soanvalcke.
Spanish Stefan
French Stefan
German Stefan
Italian Stefan


FEPR Stefan early concept.png
  • Stefan was originally designed with blue hair, though his hair was changed to green to differentiate him from characters like Lucia and Geoffrey.[2]




  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 XKAN, FE PoR: Stefan Character Profile (P. 108) Translation,, Published: 6 August, 2016, Retrieved: 6 August, 2016
  2. "Initial concept art of Stefan. His hair was originally blue, but in order to differentiate him from others like Lucia and Geoffrey, we changed his hair color to green." — XKAN, FE PoR: Ilyana, Stefan, & Calill Concept Art (160-161) Translations,, Published: 7 August, 2016, Retrieved: 19 September, 2016

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Playable characters AstridBastianBoydBromCalillDevdanElinciaEnaGatrieGiffcaGeoffreyHaarIkeIlyanaJanaffJillKieranLargoLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMiaMistMordecaiMuarimNaesalaNasirNepheneeOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSorenSotheStefanTanithTauroneoTibarnTitaniaTormodUlkiVolkeZihark
Trial map characters AshnardBryceOliverPetrineShiharam
Non-playable characters AimeeAltinaAsheraCaineghisDanielDeghinseaElenaGarethGreilHetzelIzukaJorgeKurthnagaLilliaLeanneLekainLoraziehLotzMustonNealuchiRajaionRamonRenningSanakiSephiranSigrunZelgius
Bosses AshnardBalmerBertramBlack KnightBoydBryceDakovaDanomillEmilEnaGashilamaGreilGromellHafeddHavettiHeddwynHomasaIkanauKamuraKasataiKayacheyKimaarsiKotaffMackoyaMaijinMuarimNaesalaNedataNorrisOliverPetrineRikardSchaefferSeekerShiharamTomenamiZawana
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffDouble BowGurgurantRagnellRegal SwordRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameRolf's BowUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters P: Mercenaries • 1: The Battle Begins • 2: Rescue • 3: Pirates Aground • 4: Roadside Battle • 5: Flight! • 6: A Brief Diversion • 7: Shades of Evil • 8: Despair and Hope • 9: Gallia • 10: Prisoner Release • 11: Blood Runs Red • 12: A Strange Land • 13: A Guiding Wind • 14: Training • 15: The Feral Frontier • 16: The Atonement • 17: Day Breaks (part 1part 2part 3part 4) • 18: Crimea Marches • 19: Entrusted • 20: Defending Talrega • 21: Without a King • 22: Solo • 23: The Great Bridge • 24: Battle Reunion • 25: Strange Lands • 26: Clash! • 27: Moment of Fate (part 1part 2) • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: RepatriationTrial Maps
Locations TelliusBegnion (Sienne) • CrimeaDaein (NevassaTalrega) • GalliaGoldoaGrann DesertGritnea TowerKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguz) • Serenes MassacreWarp powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Radiant Dawn) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Playable characters Part I AranBlack KnightEdwardFionaIlyanaJillLauraLeonardoMegMicaiahMuarimNailahNolanRafielSotheTauroneoTormodVikaVolugZihark
Part II AstridBromCalillDanvedElinciaGeoffreyHaarHeatherKieranLeanneLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMordecaiNealuchiNephenee
Part III BoydGatrieIkeJanaffKyzaLyreMiaMistOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaUlki
Part IV BastianCaineghisEnaGarethGiffcaKurthnagaLehranNaesalaNasirOliverPelleasRenningSanakiSkrimirStefanTibarn
Non-playable characters AimeeAlderAlmedhaAltinaAmyAshuneraDanielElenaGreilJorgeLanvegaLargoLilliaLoraziehMustonNicoRajaionRamonSoanYuneZelgius
Bosses Part I AgonyBurtonDjurIsaiyaJarodLavertonPainPugoRadminWystanZaitan
Part II LudveckMarajTashoriaYeardleyZeffren
Part III CallumGoranIkeIstvanLethe/KezhdaLombrosoMicaiahRoarkRommitSeptimusSergeiSigrunSilvanoVeyona
Part IV AsheraBlack KnightCatalenaDheginseaHetzelIzukaLekainLevailNumidaOliverSephiranValtomeYuma
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffBalberithBaselardCaladbolgCreiddyladCymbelineDouble BowEttardFloreteLughnasadhMatronaRagnellRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameTarvosThaniUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters Part I P: Under Gray Skies • 1: Maiden of Miracles • 2: The Dispossessed • 3: A Faint Light • 4: A Distant Voice • 5: The Lost Heir • 6: Raise the Standard (part 1part 2) • 7: A Gathering Hope • 8: Glory Unwanted • 9: One Survives • E: Daein, Arise!
Part II P: On Drifting Clouds • 1: Winds of Rebellion • 2: Tides of Intrigue • 3: Geoffrey's Charge • E: Elincia's Gambit
Part III P: The Great Advance • 1: Laguz and Beorc • 2: Stormclouds • 3: River Crossing • 4: The General's Hand • 5: Retreat! • 6: A Reason to Fight • 7: Rivals Collide • 8: Incandescent Glow • 9: Marauders • 10: The Heart of Crimea • 11: Just Cause • 12: The Price • 13: Blood Contract • E: From Pain, Awakening
Part IV P: Chaos Named • 1: Road to the Empire • 2: Silent World • 3: Distortions • 4: Revelations • 5: Unforgivable Sin • E: Rebirth (part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5)
Locations TelliusBegnion (SienneTower of Guidance) • CrimeaDaeinDesert of DeathGalliaGoldoaGrann DesertHatariKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageBlood pactDawn BrigadeDisciples of OrderGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLaguz AllianceLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguzZunanma) • Serenes MassacreWarp powder
Related topics List of regional version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Path of Radiance) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline