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The Dark Pontifex

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This article is about the History Mode map from Warriors; for the chapter in Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, and Shadow Dragon that this chapter is based on, see Dark Pontifex.
The Dark Pontifex


The Temple of Thabes (Shadow Dragon)

New units




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The Path Is Yours

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Noble Lady of Caelin

The Temple of Thabes... He's here...somewhere...
— Marth

The Dark Pontifex (Japanese: 悪の司祭ガーネフ Evil Bishop Garnef) is a History Mode map in Fire Emblem Warriors. It is inspired by Chapter 18 and Chapter 15 of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. It is unlocked after clearing Chapter 15 of the main story.


Main article: The Dark Pontifex/Script

Marth's army arrives at the Temple of Thabes in search of Gharnef and the Falchion which he currently holds. After some searching, Gharnef reveals himself along with several of his shadows. Leo tells Marth he can create Starlight with the Lightsphere and the Starsphere to defeat Gharnef, while Caeda suggests they look for a magical apparatus that is giving the pontifex his power. After some fighting Gharnef summons Tiki, who is under his mind control, and tells her to take out the "thieves". Robin approaches Tiki and is able to awaken her from the trance, to which Tiki in turns gives Marth the two orbs that Leo uses to make Starlight. The army is also able to successfully locate and shut down the magical apparatus. Finally Marth is able to corner and defeat the real Gharnef, who curses at the prince while handing over the Falchion.


The city of Thabes was once an advanced civilization. Somewhere within the walls of the temple at the city's heart, Gharnef was waiting, and now, it is up to Marth to wrest the Falchion from the fiend's grip.

Chapter data

Character data

New units
Portrait anna fewa.png
Bronze Bow
Automatically after beating the Fight of the Hero-King mission*
Available characters
Rowan ​Lianna ​Chrom ​Lissa ​Frederick ​Cordelia ​Robin f ​Lucina ​Hinoka ​Sakura ​Takumi ​Camilla ​Elise ​Leo ​Corrin f ​Ryoma ​Xander ​Marth ​Caeda ​Tiki ​

Note: This list represents the minimum characters obtained upon unlocking this particular History Mode map. Any character the player has obtained can be used during any mission outside of Deploy Limits. This list also does not include any downloadable content characters the player may have.


Timed Onslaught Lv. 61 Fort Siege Lv. 13
Fort Siege Lv. 62 Pincer Escape Lv. 15 Timed Attack Lv. 60
The Dark Pontifex Lv. 37 Fort Defense Lv. 50 Timed Onslaught Lv. 28 Pincer Escape Lv. 17 link#=TA 14
Pincer Escape Lv. 23 Ally Rescue Lv. 35 Arena Lv. 25
Timed Onslaught Lv. 21 Pincer Escape Lv. 24 Fort Defense Lv. 26 Fort Siege Lv. 10 Fight of the Hero-King Lv. 80
Ally Rescue Lv. 30
Pincer Escape Lv. 50 Timed Attack Lv. 33 Timed Onslaught Lv. 29
Targeted Elimination Lv. 34 Pincer Escape Lv. 62
Targeted Elimination Lv. 30

Hover your mouse above the units to see their mission and level.

Anna's Mementos

Anna's Mementos
Mission Objective Location
Fort Siege Lv. 13
Defeat 1,000 enemies. SW Geyser Fort
Defeat 75 enemies with Dual Specials. NE Geyser Fort
Targeted Elimination Lv. 30
Defeat 1,000 enemies. E Sandbar Fort
Take five enemy forts. W Bridge Post
The Dark Pontifex Lv. 37
Defeat 1,000 enemies. N Tree Fort
Defeat 1,200 enemies. Trident Ruins

Mission data

Icon Challenge Lv Restrictions Deploy Limit Stage Reward S-Rank Reward
Ma fewa great knight enemy.gif Fort Siege 10 Fortified Citadel Piked Dragonstone Blessed Axe
Ma fewa fighter enemy.gif Fort Siege 13 Ebony Volcano Iron Axe
Ma fewa cavalier enemy.gif Timed Attack 14 Aytolis City Concoction
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Pincer Escape 15 Timed Constrained Great Plain Concoction Master Seal
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Pincer Escape 17 Tomes/Stones Dusk Castle Ironbanestone Master Seal
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Timed Onslaught 21 Great Plain Concoction
Ma fewa pegasus knight enemy.gif Pincer Escape 23 Spears Aytolis City Steel Lance Blessed Lance
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Arena 25 Kingswood Concoction
Ma fewa archer enemy.gif Fort Defense 26 Reduced Healing Desolate Gorge Steel Bow Blessed Bow
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Ally Rescue 35 Triangle Amplification Kingswood Concoction Silverstone
Ma fewa wyvern rider enemy.gif Fort Defense 50 Axes Desert Arena Risestone Brave Axe
Ma fewa mage enemy.gif Pincer Escape 50 Castle Sol Steelstone Brave Tome
Ma fewa sorcerer gharnef enemy.gif Pincer Escape 24 Dragon Valley Concoction Master Seal
Ma fewa sorcerer gharnef enemy.gif Timed Onslaught 29 Fortified Citadel Concoction
Ma fewa sorcerer gharnef enemy.gif Targeted Elimination 30 Great Plain Gharnef's Orb
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Timed Onslaught 28 Kingswood Concoction
Ma fewa myrmidon enemy.gif Ally Rescue 30 Fortified Citadel Steel Sword Spirit Katana
Ma fewa cavalier enemy.gif Timed Attack 33 Great Plain Concoction
Ma fewa manakete tiki enemy.gif Targeted Elimination 34 Fortified Citadel Undragonstone Blessedstone
Ma fewa sorcerer gharnef enemy.gif The Dark Pontifex 37 Altean Heroes The World Tree Steel Tome
Exalted Falchion's Scroll
Blessed Tome
Ma fewa time space distortion.gif A Princely Feud
(Timed Onslaught)
61 Ebony Volcano Steel Tome Brynhildr's Scroll
Ma fewa time space distortion.gif Face the Magic
(Pincer Escape)
62 Awakening Heroes Fortified Citadel Caeda's Breastplate Falchion's Scroll
Ma fewa time space distortion.gif Lissa vs. Xander
(Fort Siege)
62 Swords Kingswood Darios's Circlet Siegfried's Scroll
Ma fewa time space distortion.gif Good News
(Timed Attack)
60 Castle Sol Marth's Tiara Camilla's Axe's Scroll
Ma fewa trickster anna enemy.gif Fight of the Hero-King 80 Fight of the Hero-King Aytolis Castle Anna's Purse

Mission deployment


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

The map starts with no clear objective so start by doing some missions. After doing so, several Gharnefs will appear with the real one surrounded by an Imhullu barrier, along with a Wall of Darkness across the map. After clearing more missions, Tiki will appear. Clear Tiki's mission to remove the Imhullu barrier, and clear Gharnef's mission to complete the map's story. Myrmidon Timed Onslaught Lv. 28 will remove the Wall of Darkness, and while this is not necessary for story completion, it will allow for easier navigation to certain missions on the map.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

The Dark Pontifex



Evil Bishop Garnef


El pontífice oscuro

The Dark Pontifex


Le Pontife maléfique

The Evil Pontifex


Dunkler Priester

The Dark Pontifex


Il Pontefici oscuro

The Dark Pontifex


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Fire Emblem Warriors
Playable characters Original AnnaLiannaRowan
Shadow Dragon CaedaLindeDLCMarthMinervaDLCNavarreDLCTiki
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Celica
The Blazing Blade Lyn
Awakening ChromCordeliaFrederickLissaLucinaOliviaDLCOwainDLCRobinTharjaDLC
Fates AzuraDLCCamillaCorrinEliseHinokaLeoNilesDLCOboroDLCRyomaSakuraTakumiXander
Non-playable characters OskarYelena
Bosses DariosGharnefIagoValidarVelezark
Personal weapons Anna's BowAuraBlessed LanceBrynhildrCamilla's AxeCordelia's LanceDivinestoneEnlironExpirationFacinnaFalchionFrederick's AxeFujin YumiGrima's TruthHauteclereHinoka's SpearIago's TomeImhulluLady SwordLissa's AxeMissiletainnMoonlightNiles's BowOboro's SpearOlivia's BladeParallel FalchionRaijintoRisylSiegfriedSol KattiSpellbane YumiTharja's HexThoronWing SpearWo DaoYato
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Locations AytolisGristonne
Groups, objects and concepts Anna's MementosBlessingsCostumesCrestsMaterialsGleamstonesShield of FlamesWeapon Attributes
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