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The Dead King's Lament

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The Dead King's Lament


Sea-King's Throne

New units




Chrom...That name rings damnable sour in this dead man's ear. Not that any of it matters now...
— Gangrel

The Dead King's Lament is the eighteenth paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. As a paralogue chapter, its events are not integral to the game's main storyline and can be done at the player's leisure. It is one of a group often called the "SpotPass paralogues", as the chapter is unlocked via a SpotPass interaction and also requires beating chapter 25 in order to play. This chapter is unlockable via SpotPass starting May 2, 2012 in the Japanese version, February 14, 2013 in the North American version, and May 2-3, 2013 in the PAL version.

In this chapter, the Shepherds take on a group of dread pirates led by a self-proclaimed sea king in an attempt to liberate the southern half of an island off Plegia's coast. Among the sea king's underlings happens to be Gangrel, the former king of Plegia.


Main article: The Dead King's Lament/Script

In a mountainous area on the southern half of an island off the west coast of Plegia, a ruffian leader named Zanth reveals a cavalry have come to claim the heads of his men; Zanth calls his men to arms and states that, if anyone doesn't come to arms, he'll kill them himself before the cavalry even arrives. Zanth then asks a particular one of his men if he has salt in his eyes, then tells him to get moving; at this point, it is revealed the man Zanth was talking to is Gangrel, who delivers a silent reaction before pondering over the word "maggot". Zanth tells Gangrel that, if he has further questions, Zanth's blade can answer them, to which Gangrel states he's just fine. Zanth tells Gangrel he's a useless sea squirt and asks him to keep what little wits he's got, as the cavalry they face is none other than Chrom and the Shepherds; Gangrel notes Chrom's name rings sour in his ear, also referring to his apparent death at Chrom's hands in the process, before saying none of this matters now.

In another area of the island, Chrom notes Zanth's band and asks if they're the dread pirates they've heard so much about, to which Frederick confirms; Frederick reveals that their leader is Zanth, a man who has self-proclaimed himself as the "Southron Sea King". Zanth's crew can stand up to most armies and thus he holds sway over the south side of the island, and as such, extreme caution should be exercised; Chrom states that the Shepherds should finish their business and get out of the area. Preparations take place at this point; the battle begins once preparations are finished.

In order to recruit Gangrel, Chrom must speak to him three times without Gangrel dying in the process. In the first conversation, Chrom appears to be in disbelief upon recognizing Gangrel, to which Gangrel states he is dead and there is nothing but maggots in the area; Chrom asks Gangrel to wait, then recognizes that he was indeed speaking to the Mad King of Plegia and that he's sure of it. In the second conversation, Chrom tells Gangrel he knows it's him and asks him how he's alive, to which Gangrel tells Chrom he's not alive--what he's doing isn't what he'd call living. Gangrel tells Chrom that he killed him once, and would beg for him to do so again--his life is over but his body refuses to accept it. Chrom asks himself if Gangrel truly is the same Mad King who stood against the Shepherds, to which Gangrel states that if one tears out everything that makes a man, all one would be left with is a husk--no throne, no gold, no men, he scrubs chamber pots for brigands; Gangrel states how the mighty have fallen, to which Chrom states that it's ironic that Gangrel, of all people, is finally learning about long falls. Gangrel says he's not the only one who's changed--in days past, Chrom would have sheathed his blade in Gangrel's chest by that point, to which Gangrel says he believes Chrom is less his father and more like Emmeryn than he thought; Chrom tells Gangrel his crimes are beyond forgiveness, yet Emmeryn had the most profound effect on him in most every way, and that his only charge now is to save this world--he has no time for vendetta, to which Gangrel says is most gracious of Chrom. Chrom tells Gangrel enough is enough, what little of his life he still has is wasted in this area, he can offer him a higher purpose--he could join the Shepherds, to which Gangrel asks Chrom who the mad king is now; Chrom states he has no time for vendetta, defeating Grima is all that matters--while killing Gangrel would please him greatly, it would put him no closer to that goal. As Gangrel is no longer his enemy, Chrom would sooner put him to use rather than see him rot, to which Gangrel tells Chrom he's changed and is almost disappointed yet wonders if what he's witnessed is what true leadership looks like; Chrom asks Gangrel for his answer, to which Gangrel says Chrom gave a lovely speech but he'll pass--he's not the sort to play at hope and justice, and if killing him would please Chrom greatly, he'll not deny that satisfaction. Gangrel asks Chrom to do him one last favor and end this charade now. In the third conversation, Chrom tells Gangrel to wait, to which Gangrel tells Chrom he talks of slaying gods yet is too soft to kill him; Gangrel asks Chrom what he's waiting for, he's giving his head on a silver platter. Chrom tells Gangrel he's pathetic and not worth killing in this state--Gangrel's death would hold no meaning at all. Gangrel attempts to react, but Chrom says that either they end Grima, or Grima ends everyone--including the citizens of Plegia; Chrom asks Gangrel that, if he would throw his life away, to throw it at Grima--die with a sword in hand, not begging like a rat with its foot stuck in a trap. Gangrel was a king once, and Chrom asks him to suck up his self-pity and die for his people; Gangrel says he despises Chrom, every word and action of his makes him want to paint the walls with his lunch, to which Chrom asks Gangrel if he's stay here to rot. Gangrel states he wasn't finished and says he'd do anything to make Chrom stop talking--he hasn't sworn an oath in his life much less thought to keep one, but what little life he has left is Chrom's; dragons, gods, throw him at what he will. The player may now control Gangrel at this point.

Once the battle ends, Frederick reveals they've defeated the last of the pirates--with the seas open once more, the people here should know a measure of peace. Chrom thanks Frederick, then reveals the Shepherds had best hoist anchor and move on themselves.

Website summary

Mad King Gangrel - the wild and ruthless former king of Plegia - was defeated by Chrom and left for dead. However, when Chrom and the Shepherds head to the South Sea to defeat the pirates, they encounter a familiar face…'[1]

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Zanth Player Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 15+1 31

The chapter's map is 30 columns by 30 rows.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait gangrel fe13.png
Enemy, speak to with Chrom three times
Returning Characters

Small portrait chrom l fe13.pngSmall portrait avatar m-default fe13.pngSmall portrait lissa fe13.pngSmall portrait frederick fe13.pngSmall portrait sully fe13.pngSmall portrait virion fe13.pngSmall portrait stahl fe13.pngSmall portrait vaike fe13.pngSmall portrait miriel fe13.pngSmall portrait sumia fe13.pngSmall portrait kellam fe13.pngSmall portrait lon'qu fe13.pngSmall portrait ricken fe13.pngSmall portrait maribelle fe13.pngSmall portrait panne fe13.pngSmall portrait gaius fe13.pngSmall portrait cordelia fe13.pngSmall portrait gregor fe13.pngSmall portrait nowi fe13.pngSmall portrait libra fe13.pngSmall portrait tharja fe13.pngSmall portrait olivia fe13.pngSmall portrait cherche fe13.pngSmall portrait henry fe13.pngSmall portrait lucina fe13.pngSmall portrait say'ri fe13.pngSmall portrait basilio fe13.pngSmall portrait flavia fe13.png

Note: The returning characters list only those recruited by the time this chapter is unlocked. As a paralogue chapter, there is no set timeframe in which the chapter must be taken on; thus, it is possible to have recruited more characters than the above by the point the chapter is started. The returning characters list also does not include any characters recruitable in other paralogues, as the player may not have taken on any other available paralogue chapters yet. The list also does not include any bonus units, as they are recruitable at the player's discretion.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds01 levin sword.png Levin Sword Dropped by Gangrel if killed as an enemy
Is 3ds01 bullion large.png Bullion (L) Dropped by Zanth
Is 3ds01 seraph robe.png Seraph Robe Visit the village

Shop data

After clearing this chapter, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds01 silver axe.png Silver Axe 1,740
Is 3ds01 brave axe.png Brave Axe 2,400
Is 3ds01 hammer.png Hammer 1,850
Is 3ds01 dragonstone+.png Dragonstone+ 3,220
Is 3ds01 beaststone+.png Beaststone+ 3,780

Event tiles

  • Column 13, row 22: One square west, seven squares north of the southwesternmost player deployment square
  • Column 22, row 16: Two squares west, one square south of the village access square

Enemy data

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Ruffian Berserker 18 7 Silver Axe
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
The southeastern four immediately begin moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Ruffian Berserker 18 1 Tomahawk Hammer
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
He and his squad begin moving unprovoked on turn 2.
Ma 3ds01 assassin enemy.gif
Ruffian Assassin 18 4 Silver Sword Silver Bow
Avoid +10 Vantage Movement +1
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 sage enemy.gif
Ruffian Sage 18 1 Rexcalibur
Magic +2 Focus Rally Magic
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 sage enemy.gif
Ruffian Sage 18 2 Bolganone
Magic +2 Focus Rally Magic
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 sniper enemy.gif
Ruffian Sniper 18 4 Silver Bow
Skill +2 Prescience Hit Rate +20
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Ruffian Berserker 18 1 Tomahawk
Gamble Wrath
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 sage enemy.gif
Ruffian Sage 18 1 Thoron
Magic +2 Focus Rally Magic
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Ma 3ds01 wyvern lord enemy.gif
Ruffian Wyvern Lord 18 3 Silver Axe
Strength +2 Tantivy Quick Burn
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Will not move until a unit is in range of at least two Wyvern Lords.
Ma 3ds01 wyvern lord enemy.gif
Ruffian Wyvern Lord 18 1 Spear
Strength +2 Tantivy Quick Burn
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Will not move until a unit is in range of at least two Wyvern Lords.
Ma 3ds01 wyvern lord enemy.gif
Ruffian Wyvern Lord 18 3 Silver Lance
Strength +2 Tantivy Quick Burn
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Will not move until a unit is in range of at least two Wyvern Lords.
Ma 3ds01 wyvern lord enemy.gif
Ruffian Wyvern Lord 18 1 Tomahawk
Strength +2 Tantivy Quick Burn
Can have 0-1 skill(s) at random
Will not move until a unit is in range of at least two Wyvern Lords.
Ma 3ds01 trickster gangrel enemy.gif
Gangrel Trickster 15 1 Levin SwordThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Movement +1 Locktouch Lucky Seven Acrobat
He and his squad will not move until a unit is in range of at least two of them.
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif
Zanth Berserker 20 1 Tomahawk Bullion (L)This item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Immobile; stands on a gate.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Zanth

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait garrick fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 berserker enemy.gif Berserker
Level 20
Movement -
Max HP 72 Speed 29
Strength 38 Luck 21
Magic 0 Defense 20
Skill 25 Resistance 13
Inventory Skills
Bullion (L)This item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes B
Bows -- Tomes -- Staves --


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

In order to make things easier when recruiting Gangrel, weapons should be unequipped so as to not accidentally kill him during counterattacks.

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  • The map of this chapter is based on that of Chapter 1 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
  • This is the only SpotPass paralogue that does not take place on the Valmese continent's side of the game world.
  • Due to how paralogue chapters work in Awakening, it is possible to liberate the south side of the island before the north side.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English The Dead King's Lament
Japanese 死せる愚者 A Fool's Death
Italian Il Folle redivivo The revived Madman


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Playable characters AnnaAversaBasilioBradyChercheChromCordeliaCynthiaDonnelEmmerynFlaviaFrederickGaiusGangrelGeromeGregorHenryInigoKellamKjelleLaurentLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelleMirielMorganNahNoireNowiOliviaOwainPannePriamRickenRobinSay'riSeveraStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVaikeVirionWalhartYarneYen'fay
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Gaiden AlmBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeenLuthierMycenNomahValbar
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Others CamusIshtarLinusLloydNarcianOliverPetrineSelenaTravantUrsula
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Chapters Main story path Pm: Invisible Ties • P: The Verge of History • 1: Unwelcome Change • 2: Shepherds • 3: Warrior Realm • 4: Two Falchions • 5: The Exalt and the King • 6: Foreseer • 7: Incursion • 8: The Grimleal • 9: Emmeryn • 10: Renewal • 11: Mad King Gangrel • 12: The Seacomers • 13: Of Sacred Blood • 14: Flames on the Blue • 15: Smoldering Resistance • 16: Naga's Voice • 17: Inexorable Death • 18: Sibling Blades • 19: The Conqueror • 20: The Sword or the Knee • 21: Five Gemstones • 22: An Ill Presage • 23: Invisible Ties • 24: Awakening • 25: To Slay a God • Endgame: Grima
Paralogues Pr1: Sickle to Sword • Pr2: The Secret Seller • Pr3: A Strangled Peace • Pr4: Anna the Merchant • Pr5: Scion of Legend • Pr6: A Man for Flowers • Pr7: Noble Lineage • Pr8: A Duel Disgraced • Pr9: Wings of Justice • Pr10: Ambivalence • Pr11: Twin Wyverns • Pr12: Disowned by Time • Pr13: Rival Bands • Pr14: Shadow in the Sands • Pr15: A Shot from the Dark • Pr16: Daughter to Dragons • Pr17: The Threat of Silence • Pr18: The Dead King's Lament • Pr19: Irreconcilable Paths • Pr20: A Hard Miracle • Pr21: Ghost of a Blade • Pr22: The Wellspring of Truth • Pr23: The Radiant Hero
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Locations YlisseFerox (Arena Ferox) • Outrealm Gate (Outrealms) • Plegia (Dragon's Table) • YlisseValmChon'sinRosanneValm
Groups, objects, and concepts AwakeningEinherjarFire EmblemGrimleal (Deadlords) • RisenShepherds
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