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FESS Vanessa.png
Artwork of Vanessa from The Sacred Stones.

A sincere, honest, and honorable pegasus knight of Frelia.






Syrene (older sister)


Dutiful Rider

Starting class

Pegasus Knight


The Sacred Stones

When you face a difficult circumstance, your true self emerges. [...] I've always respected your strength, and wished for some of it myself.
— Syrene talking about Vanessa in her A support

Vanessa (Japanese: ヴァネッサ Vanessa) is a pegasus knight who appears in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. She hails from Frelia, and is the younger sister of Syrene. She is quite loyal to her country, and harbors a crush on her prince, Innes.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones


Vanessa first appears in Chapter 1, in which Eirika arrives in Frelia. Although Hayden cannot spare many soldiers to help her, he gives her three of his trusted vassals—Vanessa, Moulder, and Gilliam. From this point on she continues to serve Eirika with loyalty.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait vanessa fe08.png
Ma gba pegasus knight playable.gif Pegasus Knight
Level 1
Affinity Is gba animaaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 1, automatically at the end of the chapter

Stats Growth Rates

Slim Lance
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances D Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Skills Weapon level
Falcoknight +5 +2 +0 +2 +0 +2 +2 +1 +1 -- Swords E, Lances + 40
Wyvern Knight +3 +2 +1 +2 +0 +1 +1 +4 +1 Pierce Lances +40


This character analysis section may not be accurate to every player's experience.

Vanessa is a level 1 Pegasus Knight who joins in Chapter 2. Vanessa is the only flier available until Tana in Chapter 9, and is the only unit capable of providing flying utility until then. As a flier, Vanessa can ignore most terrain, and can rescue most units to carry them over such terrain; For example, in Chapter 2, she can rescue Ross to bring him to Eirika over the mountain range, and can visit the Pure Water village in the bottom left corner of the map.

Vanessa has high base speed and decent base strength, which allows her to contribute in combat early. The low quality of enemies in The Sacred Stones allows her to gain experience through combat quickly. However, Vanessa does not have particularly high HP or defense and cannot usually withstand multiple attacks; bow-users will deal effective damage and will typically be able to kill her in one shot, though her bow weakness can be negated with the Fili Shield.

As a Pegasus Knight, Vanessa promotes with an Elysian Whip, the first of which can be obtained in Chapter 8, by which time Vanessa can reliably reach level 10. Promoting Vanessa does not come at the expense of other fliers, as Cormag has an Elysian Whip in his inventory, and they can be obtained in a Secret Shop in Chapter 14.

Vanessa has the option to promote to Falcon Knight or Wyvern Knight. While Falcon Knight gives Vanessa access to E rank swords and has better defensive stats, Wyvern Knight improves her constitution by 4 instead of 1, improving her attack speed in more cases. Vanessa's base constitution is very low, and she will be weighed down by most weapons, particularly lances; promoting her to Wyvern Knight mitigates the problem. Wyvern Knight also grants Vanessa the Pierce skill, which gives her a chance to make an attack which ignores the enemy's defense.

Personality and character

Vanessa is a sincere, serious girl. She does her best when fighting, but according to Syrene she is too serious. She is slightly shy, and has a crush on Prince Innes. She envies her older sister Syrene, because she thinks that Syrene is better all around, showing that Vanessa seems to have little self-confidence. However, according to Syrene, she has a great deal of "inner fortitude". Although she acts serious, when talking, she seems to relax and be able to act less nervous. According to Forde, her "energy" is warm and refreshing.

Not much is known about her life. She was the first to act when her father fell ill. When her mother and Syrene didn't know what to do, Vanessa gathered nuts, sold them in the market, and bought medicine, saving her father. Her and Syrene's parents are most likely still alive, since Syrene received the war gold Fale's amulet from her father right before Vanessa left, and her mother was present as well. Vanessa seems to be rather high in the ranks of Frelia, since she attended King Hayden's birthday ceremony and saw Innes's archery. Also, Innes still remembers that when Vanessa just joined the pegasus knights, she was only a girl, according to Innes.


Main article: Vanessa/Supports
Portrait vanessa fe08.png
Pegasus Knight
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Small portrait moulder fe08.png
Priest Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 15
Per turn:+2
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Mage Is gba animaaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Sniper Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+3

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Initial: {{{initialpoints7}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin9}}}affin.png|link={{{affin9}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
Small portrait syrene fe08.png
Falcoknight Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+3
Small portrait forde fe08.png
Cavalier Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 5
Per turn:+2

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Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin8}}}affin.png|link={{{affin8}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints8}}}
Per turn:+

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin10}}}affin.png|link={{{affin10}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints10}}}
Per turn:+
See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Vanessa, Dutiful Rider
She remained on active duty as an airborne knight in Frelia's army. Her beauty and determination became the standard to which her fellow knights aspired.

Innes and Vanessa
At Innes's request, Vanessa moved into Castle Frelia where she continued her duties as a knight of the realm. Thereafter, they had a child and lived happily with the blessing of all around them.

Forde and Vanessa
Forde's love for Vanessa grew after the war, and although she loved him as well, she placed her duty to Frelia first. Undeterred, Forde moved to Frelia himself. Over time, the two were wed.

Syrene and Vanessa
Sisters Syrene and Vanessa returned to Frelia after the war for a long-overdue talk. They talked of love and war, of friends now gone. Together, they renewed their bond as siblings and vowed never to let that bond fail.


Death quote

Please... Forgive me...
— Death quote

Final Chapter quote

Please, let everyone come through this unscathed...
— Vanessa

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Vanessa is featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.

Fire Emblem Cipher data for Vanessa
TCGCipher B11-008HN.png Dutiful Rider, Vanessa



"It is my duty to protect you at any cost!"
Attack: 50 Support: 30 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 3
Class: Falcoknight Tier: Advanced Class Change Cost: 2
Escort Duty: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Reveal a card from your hand and stack it on top of your Deck] Move any number of Elibe allies.
Javelin: [Activate] [Flip one bond card] Until the end of this turn, this unit gains range 1-2.
Card #B11-008HN • Artist: 40hara
TCGCipher B11-009N.png Diligent Pegasus Knight, Vanessa



"I shall prove myself worthy of the honor of your trust."
Attack: 30 Support: 30 Range: 1 Deploy Cost: 1
Class: Pegasus Knight Tier: Base Class Change Cost: --
Winged Deliverer: [Activate] [Tap this unit] Choose an ally, and move it.
Attack Support Flying Emblem: [Support] You may choose one ally that is not the attacking unit, and move it.
Card #B11-009N • Artist: 40hara
Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Vanessa .

Flavor text

Game Text
The Sacred Stones A sincere, honest, and honorable
pegasus knight of Frelia.
フレリア王国に仕える 天馬騎士


  • Despite the fact that Tana and Vanessa can perform the Triangle Attack together (along with Syrene, who happens to be able to have a support with Tana), Tana and Vanessa cannot support with each other.
  • Her pegasus is named Titania, coincidentally the same English as Titania, a character in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, though their names differ in the Japanese version.

Etymology and other languages

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


A name invented by Jonathan Swift for his student, Esther Vanhomrigh. The name was created by combining the "Van" of Vanhomrigh and "Essa", a pet name for Esther.[1]



Officially romanized as Vanessa.















Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes.

Traditional Chinese


Vanessa; used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Heroes.


Small portrait vanessa fe08.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait vanessa fe08.png Pegasus Knight Ma gba pegasus knight playable.gif Falcoknight Ma gba falcoknight playable.gif Wyvern Knight Ma gba wyvern knight playable.gif
Bs fe08 vanessa pegasus knight lance.png
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  1. Vanessa (name), Wikipedia, Retrieved: March 24, 2011
Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused on writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Playable characters AmeliaArturColmCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanFordeFranzGarciaGerikGilliamInnesJoshuaKnollKyleL'ArachelLuteMarisaMoulderMyrrhNatashaNeimiRennacRossSalehSethSyreneTanaTethysVanessa
Creature Campaign characters CaellachFadoGlenHaydenIsmaireLyonOrsonRievSelenaValter
Non-playable characters DaraGradoKlimtLatonaMacGregorManselMonicaNada Kuya
Bosses AiasBanditBazbaBeranBinksBoneBreguetCaellachCarlyleFomortiisGhebLyonMorvaMurrayNovalaO'NeillOrsonPabloRievSaarSelenaTiradoValterVigardeZonta
Sacred Twins and Personal weapons AudhulmaExcaliburGarmGleipnirIvaldiLatonaNidhoggRapierReginleifSieglindeSiegmundVidofnir
Chapters Pre-split P: The Fall of Renais • 1: Escape! • 2: The Protected • 3: The Bandits of Borgo • 4: Ancient Horrors • 5: The Empire's Reach • 5x: Unbroken Heart • 6: Victims of War • 7: Waterside Renvall • 8: It's a Trap!A New Journey
Eirika's Route 9: Distant Blade • 10: Revolt at Carcino • 11: Creeping Darkness • 12: Village of Silence • 13: Hamill Canyon • 14: Queen of White Dunes
Ephraim's Route 9: Fort Rigwald • 10: Turning Traitor • 11: Phantom Ship • 12: Landing at Taizel • 13: Fluorspar's Oath • 14: Father and Son
Post-split 15: Scorched Sand • 16: Ruled by Madness • 17: River of Regrets • 18: Two Faces of Evil • 19: Last Hope • 20: Darkling Woods • Final: Sacred Stone (part 1part 2)
Locations MagvelCarcino (Caer Pelyn) • Darkling WoodsFrelia (Tower of Valni) • Grado (Renvall) • Jehanna (Jehanna HallLagdou Ruins) • Rausten (Melkaen Coast) • Renais (Za'ha Woods)
Groups, objects and concepts Five heroesGerik's MercenariesImperial ThreeLegend of the Sacred StonesMonstersSacred StonesSacred TwinsWar of the Stones
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