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The Grimleal

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This page is about the chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening, for the cult that this chapter is named after, see Grimleal.

The Grimleal

Cm fe13 8 full.png


Border Sands

New units

Gregor, Nowi



What in blazes?! The girl is a dragon!
— Robin, after witnessing Nowi's transformation

The Grimleal is the eighth chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. In this chapter, the Shepherds run into a sellsword and a dragon being pursued by a group of assailants hired by a religious cult. The Shepherds set out to protect the dragon, but things don't get to an easy start with the sellsword.


Main article: The Grimleal/Script

Having arrived in Plegia, Chrom remarks on how little they've seen of the Plegian Guard. Frederick reports that some of their scouts spotted an engagement downfield. Chrom prepares everyone to intervene, and Frederick advises him to be mindful of the desert sands slowing their movement.

A young manakete named Nowi runs from a mercenary named Gregor who attempts to clarify that he means to prfotect her. The Shepherds arrive and assume Gregor to be hostile, demanding he keep his hands off Nowi. Chalard arrives and threatens Grima's wrath upon Nowi, causing the Shepherds to prioritize protecting Nowi and sort Gregor out later. As the battle begins, Chrom notices the three villages and states that they must be warned, preferably by someone unburdened by the sand.

After Nowi engages in battle, Robin is surprised that she turned into a dragon, and Chrom wonders if she is a manakete.

Once the battle ends, Nowi begins to cry; Gregor attempts to comfort her before offering his services as a mercenary to the Shepherds. Frederick suggests that they take Nowi along as well, both to protect her from being sold on the slave market or falling into the Grimleal's hands and to bolster their strength with a creature as strong as a manakete. When Robin asks who the Grimleal are, Frederick states that the Grimleal are followers of Grima, the dragon the first exalt of Ylisse defeated a thousand years ago, and that some yearn for Grima's return. Flavia suggests the Shepherds rest, as they're near the Plegian capital and they'll need all their strength once they get there.


Chrom and Lissa learn their sister is to be put to death, and launch a rescue mission. On the way, they battle the Grimleal: the fell dragon's loyal followers.

Chapter data

Normal Hard/Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 10+2 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 20 {{{third}}}
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The chapter's map is 16 columns by 22 rows.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait gregor fe13.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait nowi fe13.png
Automatically from turn 1
Returning Characters

Small portrait chrom l fe13.pngSmall portrait avatar f-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.png

Note: The returning characters list does not include any characters recruitable in paralogues, as the player may not have taken on any 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 steel lance.png Steel Lance Dropped by enemy Cavalier
Is 3ds01 killing edge.png Killing Edge Dropped by enemy Myrmidon
Is 3ds01 energy drop.png Energy Drop Dropped by Chalard
Is 3ds01 rescue.png Rescue Visit the northern village
Is 3ds01 master seal.png Master Seal Visit the western village
Is 3ds01 second seal.png Second Seal Visit the southern 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 mend.png Mend 1000
Is 3ds01 concoction.png Concoction 600
Is 3ds01 skill tonic.png Skill Tonic 150
Is 3ds01 speed tonic.png Speed Tonic 150
Is 3ds01 luck tonic.png Luck Tonic 150

Event tiles

  • Column 16, row 11: On a plain tile six squares east of an Iron Lance Cavalier
  • Column 6, row 19: Near the oasis, north of another Iron Lance Cavalier

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Def Res Cha Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma 3ds01 fighter enemy.gif Unknown Fighter 8 2 25~26 10~11 0 9~10 7~8 6~7 4~5 0~1 5 Steel Axe
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon enemy.gif Unknown Myrmidon 8 1 21~22 8~9 1 11~12 12~13 6~7 4~5 2~3 5 Killing EdgeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Ma 3ds01 dark mage enemy.gif Unknown Dark Mage 8 4 23~24 1 6~7 5~6 5~6 3~4 4~5 3~4 5 Flux
The northern three immediately begin moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 fighter enemy.gif Unknown Fighter 8 3 25~26 10~11 0 9~10 7~8 6~7 4~5 0~1 5 Iron Axe
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 dark mage enemy.gif Unknown Dark Mage 8 1 23~24 1 6~7 5~6 5~6 3~4 4~5 3~4 5 Fire
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon enemy.gif Unknown Myrmidon 8 3 21~22 8~9 1 11~12 12~13 6~7 4~5 2~3 5 Iron Sword
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 cavalier enemy.gif Unknown Cavalier 8 1 23~24 9~10 0 8~9 8~9 5~6 6~7 1~2 7 Steel LanceThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 cavalier enemy.gif Unknown Cavalier 8 3 23~24 9~10 0 8~9 8~9 5~6 6~7 1~2 7 Iron Lance
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 dark mage enemy.gif Unknown Dark Mage 8 1 23~24 1 6~7 5~6 5~6 3~4 4~5 3~4 5 Thunder
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 dark mage enemy.gif Chalard Dark Mage 12 1 31 2 10 8 9 5 7 10 - Nosferatu Energy DropThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.

Boss data

Main article: Chalard

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait chalard fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 dark mage enemy.gif Dark Mage
Level 12
Movement -
Max HP 31 Speed 9
Strength 2 Luck 5
Magic 10 Defense 7
Skill 8 Resistance 10
Inventory Skills
Energy DropThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes --
Bows -- Tomes A Staves --


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

This section has been marked as a stub. Please help improve the page by adding information.

On Lunatic difficulty, this is the first chapter in the game to give enemies forged weaponry (tied with A Strangled Peace, unlocked at the same time).


  • As Awakening includes classes that can utilize both physical and magical implements, it is not immediately apparent as to which classes qualify as mage classes for purposes of desert movement. The Tactician tree, despite having access to tomes, is not considered a mage class for this purpose; on the other end of the spectrum, the War Monk and War Cleric classes, by virtue of being the advanced forms of the clearly-magical Priest and Cleric classes, are considered mage classes even though their means of offense is the axe.
  • Despite taking place entirely in a desert, this chapter does not offer any hidden treasure, a departure of typical desert chapter practice. The same is also true of the following chapter.

Etymology and other languages

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

The Grimleal



Servants of the Evil Dragon


Disciples des ténèbres

Disciples of darkness


Die Grimleal

The Grimleal


I Seguaci di Grima

Grima's Followers


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Incursion The Grimleal Emmeryn
Fire Emblem Awakening
Playable characters AnnaAversaBasilioBradyChercheChromCordeliaCynthiaDonnelEmmerynFlaviaFrederickGaiusGangrelGeromeGregorHenryInigoKellamKjelleLaurentLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelleMirielMorganNahNoireNowiOliviaOwainPannePriamRickenRobinSay'riSeveraStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVaikeVirionWalhartYarneYen'fay
Non-playable characters HierarchHollandKe'riNagaOld HubbaPhila
Bosses AlgolAnguillaArdriAversaBovisCampariCanisCassiusCervantesChalardDalenDaltonDracoEquusExcellusEzraFarberGallusGangrelGarrickGeckoGrimaGyralIgnatiusJamilLepusMarthMorristanMusMustafaNelsonNombryOrtonOvisPherosPorcusPriamRaimiRisen ChiefRoddickRugerSimiaTigrisValidarVastoVictorVincentWalhartXalbadorYen'fayZanth
DLC characters AlmCatriaCelicaEirikaEldiganElinciaEphraimEstIkeKatarinaLeifLynPrince MarthMicaiahPallaRoySeliph
SpotPass characters Shadow Dragon CaedaGharnefLindeMerricMinervaNavarreNynaOgmaPrince MarthTiki
Gaiden AlmBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeenLuthierMycenNomahValbar
Mystery of the Emblem AthenaCatriaEtzelHardinHoraceKatarinaKing MarthLegionMaliceNorne
Genealogy of the Holy War G1 ArdenArvisAyraDeirdreEthlynJamkeLewynQuanRaquesisSigurd
Genealogy of the Holy War G2 AltenaAresArthurCedFeeJuliaJuliusLarceiSeliphUlster
Thracia 776 DagdarEyvelFinnLeifMareetaNannaOlwenRaydrikSaiasSalem
Binding Blade CeciliaLilinaLughPercevalRaighRoyShannaSophiaWoltZephiel
Fire Emblem EliwoodFlorinaHectorJaffarKarelLynMatthewNergalNinoSerra
Sacred Stones AmeliaEirikaEphraimInnesL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMoulderSeth
Path of Radiance AshnardElinciaGeoffreyIkeLuciaMiaMistSorenTitaniaZihark
Radiant Dawn Black KnightBromEdwardLeonardoMicaiahNepheneeSanakiSephiranSigrunSothe
Others CamusIshtarLinusLloydNarcianOliverPetrineSelenaTravantUrsula
Regalia and personal weapons AmatsuArmadsBalmungBook of NagaDouble BowExcaliburFalchion (Exalted FalchionParallel Falchion) • ForsetiGáe BolgGoddess StaffGoetiaGradivusGrima's TruthGungnirHauteclereHelswathMercuriusMissiletainnMjölnirMystletainnNidhoggNoble RapierParthiaRagnellRapierSol KattiTyrfingValflameWolf BergYewfelle
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
Xenologues Champions of Yore 1Champions of Yore 2Champions of Yore 3The Golden GaffeEXPonential GrowthInfinite RegaliaLost Bloodlines 1Lost Bloodlines 2Lost Bloodlines 3Smash Brethren 1Smash Brethren 2Smash Brethren 3Rogues & Redeemers 1Rogues & Redeemers 2Rogues & Redeemers 3Death's EmbraceFive-Anna FirefightRoster RescueHarvest ScrambleSummer ScrambleHot-Spring ScrambleThe Future Past 1The Future Past 2The Future Past 3Apotheosis
Locations YlisseFerox (Arena Ferox) • Outrealm Gate (Outrealms) • Plegia (Dragon's Table) • YlisseValmChon'sinRosanneValm
Groups, objects, and concepts AwakeningEinherjarFire EmblemGrimleal (Deadlords) • RisenShepherds
Related topics Ancient LettersDouble DuelDownloadable contentName chart Nintendo Dream comics • Other games (GaidenGenealogy of the Holy WarShadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Unit Gallery (Soundtrack) • SpotPassStreetPassTimelineWorld map