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Without question! If Lady Lyndis is in danger, I can't sit idly by, can I? Show me the foe! General Wallace will crush them all!
— Wallace to Kent in Chapter 23/24: Four-Fanged Offense
Wallace

FERK Wallace.png
Artwork of Wallace from Fire Emblem.

A retired knight of Caelin.
Constantly testing himself.

Gender

Male

Race

Human

Age

40's

Starting class

Knight (Lyn's story)
General (Eliwood/Hector's story)

Appearance(s)

Fire Emblem

Wallace, known as Wallece (ワレス, Waresu) in Japan, is a character in Fire Emblem. Initially a retired knight in service to Caelin, Wallace later becomes a traveling mercenary after his adventures with Lyn.

Fire Emblem

Role

Pre-game

Wallace was born in Caelin, Lycia, and as such, he attempted to become a full-out knight of Caelin at a young age. Despite this, Wallace was a thin and weak child, and other squires bullied him, often by calling him a girl. In this time, however, Wallace eventually met a new teacher who helped in his training, leading to him becoming one of the best knights in Caelin's employ; this teacher also taught Wallace one of the most important lessons in life: use his fighting skills not for evil, but for the sake of the people. Wallace does not know what became of this teacher, but upon rejoining Eliwood's or Hector's army, he comes across a figure who bears an uncanny resemblance to him, as well as his name.

Despite declaring loyalty to Caelin, Wallace had previously intentionally refused to follow orders declared by Lord Hausen; one of these events occured when he was assigned to prevent Madelyn and Hassar from fleeing to Sacae. While Wallace did eventually catch up to them, he elected to leave the pair alone, claiming that the duo eluded him when he reported to Hausen. While he ended up getting locked in a dungeon for six months, he did not regret his decision.

In-game

While he continued to work with Caelin, including training a young Kent and Sain, Wallace later retired from his work and elected to become a farmer. Upon Lundgren's attempts to seize control of Caelin, Wallace was later ordered out of retirement to capture "impostors" to the throne. Wallace then first appears in Chapter 9: A Grim Reunion, confronting the supposed "impostor". Upon finding that this impostor is none other than the daughter of the couple Wallace had previously let go, he elects to fight for Lyn instead of Lundgren; in addition, Wallace refuses to believe Lyn could be lying about her past, saying that not only are her eyes truthful, but that the proud nomads of Sacae never tell lies.

After the defeat of Lundgren, Wallace begins to attempt to explore the lands of Elibe, his lust for battle renewed. Owing to his poor sense of direction, however, Wallace is not seen by members of Caelin for over a year.

One year after he helped Lyn to regain control of Caelin, Wallace shows up by sheer chance in Bern at the same time that Eliwood and Hector's forces, along with some of Lyn's own forces, begin an assault on members of the Black Fang; initially joining the fray because he believed the Black Fang were "cowards" for attacking using the guise of fog, he joins the main lords's cause upon learning that his former comrades are part of their fighting force. While initially claiming that he showed up in Bern because he got lost, an A support with Lyn later reveals he actually traveled up the mountains of Bern in order to destroy the hideout of the Taliver Bandits that had killed Lyn's tribe; when confronted by Lyn over this decision, Wallace claimed he did so in order to prevent Lyn's hatred of them from corrupting her.

Post-game

After the battle against Nergal, Wallace again resumes wandering the land, though this time with plans to return to Caelin. Again, he loses his way and instead ends up in Ilia. Deciding he has had enough adventures, he elects to return to farming, this time on the cold soil of the land.

Endings

Lyn's story

Wallace, the Caelin General
Ordinary: For Wallace, Lyn's struggle only whets his appetite for battle. He sets off in search of a cause worthy of his blade. He lacks any sense of direction,so it may be years before he returns.
If felled in battle: Wounded in battle, Wallace realizes he is past his prime. With some sadness, he returns to his simple farmer's life

Eliwood's and Hector's stories

Wallace, Crag of Caelin
Wallace intended to return to Caelin, but he got lost and ended up in Ilia. He now spends his days tilling the frozen soil.

Starting stats and growth rates

Lyn's tale Eliwood/Hector's tales

Portrait wallace fe07.png
Knight
Level 12
Affinity Is gba thunderaffin.png
Recruitment: Chapter 9, automatically from the start.

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Is gba iron lance.png Iron Lance
Is gba iron axe.png Iron Axe
Is gba vulnerary.png Vulnerary
Is gba knight crest.png Knight Crest
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif A Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Promotion gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Luck Def Res Con Move Weapon level
General +4 +2 +2 +3 +0 +2 +3 +2 +1 GBARankLance.gif + 30, Axe

Analysis

Wallace's effectiveness in-game and in all three available stories (Lyn, Eliwood, and Hector) varies strongly on how the player uses him, and what type of playthrough the player has performed. In Lyn's story, Wallace acts as a Gotoh for inexperienced players, due to his high defense and offenses, as well being at a higher level than most available characters; however, this high level also limits potential growth by "stealing" experience.

In Eliwood's and Hector's stories, Wallace's effectiveness is dependent on whether or not the player elected to use Lyn's hard mode or not. If the player uses Lyn's Normal Mode or skips Lyn's story entirely, Wallace is often considered one of the worst characters in the game due to his poor base stats, especially compared to the other potential general, Oswin; his 8 speed is especially considered awful, owing to the fact that he spawns next to a Black Fang Sniper in the map he is recruited on.

If the player played through Lyn's Hard Mode before playing the next part of the game, Wallace becomes considerably more usable, to the point where he can rival the other potential general of Oswin; owing to a higher potential defence and speed than if he underwent his forced promotion, Wallace is considerably more durable and agile if he stays a knight and then is naturally promoted at level 20, as well as now having the potential to cap a few of his stats.

Comparison to Oswin

Wallace boasts higher strength, skill, and resistance growths, thus increasing his critical percentage slightly and making him slightly better at countering magic units. Like in all other facets, however, Wallace's benefits over Oswin vary over whether or not he comes as a General or Knight in the main story; in the former case, Oswin completely outclasses Wallace, while in the latter, Wallace can be just as effective. As such, it comes up to personal preference on who to use, as well as whether or not Oswin is a viable unit at that point in the game.

Comparison to Geitz

Owing to the fact that the player can only get either Geitz or Wallace in one playthrough, there exists the choice that the player must make. Unlike Harken and Karel, however, there player cannot make a choice when the chapter begins; rather, the criterion for getting either varies with the previous chapters. As the chapter with Geitz requires all the player's lords to have an average level of around 16 to 17, Wallace is considered more practical to get, as making the lords have high levels at that point in the game is considered counterproductive due to their promotions still being far off, especially in the case of the main lord of the story.

Complicating the comparison between Geitz and Wallace is Lyn's story; while Geitz will always appear as a prepromote, Wallace can appear as an ordinary knight, thus allowing for more improvement than Geitz. This comparison, however, itself can be complicated, as Geitz's base stats are superior to Wallace's and due to starting at level 3, Geitz has significant potential of his own. Furthermore, Geitz has the potential to eclipse in Wallace in Hard Mode regardless of external circumstances, due to getting the hard mode boost.

Personality and character

Due to being a former knight looking to rekindle his old days of glory, Wallace comes across as a brash and confident man interested in battle and teaching those more inexperienced than him; as a knight, he is well-known among Caelin's recruits for his work "Manual of Knightly Prowess", a fact that he points out to both Lyn and Vaida, and what Wil originally refers to him as. In addition, Wallace frequently tries to prove his prowess as a teacher to other characters; with Wil, he tries to make the archer more powerful similar to his companions Kent and Sain, and when Lyn speaks about how some recruits of Caelin are unable to complete one objective of the guide, Wallace lambasts these recruits, under the claim that even defying one guideline of his work would be tantamount to ignoring the entire tome.

Wallace is also highly competitive; in both of his appearances in the game, Wallace is put into action not only for an interest in help the lords, but to also help himself get back into the fray of war: in Lyn's story, he elects to fight with Lyn not only to help save Caelin, but to also rekindle his fighting prowess, and in Eliwood and Hector's stories, he joins the battle the lords are in in order to cover for the sneak attacks of the Black Fang from the fog. In addition, with his supports with the wyvern lord Vaida, the two end up attempting to prove their superiority in combat against each other, culminating in two duels with neither emerging as the clear victor; Wallace himself notes that "No knight of Caelin runs from danger!!".

Supports

Main article: Wallace/Supports
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Wallace
Knight
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Lyn
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Wil
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Initial: 0
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Kent
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Initial: 15
Per turn:2

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Renault
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Initial: 0
Per turn:2
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Vaida
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Initial: 0
Per turn:2

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Quotes

Death quote

Lyn's Story

In-battle conversation

Wallace: Curses! Looks like I relied too much on my armor!
Lyn: General Wallace!

Post-battle conversation

Kent: General Wallace!
Sain: General Wallace... Why did you have to push yourself so hard? Oh... We will not forget you...
Wallace: Quiet, boy! I'm not dead yet!
Sain: Ah! It's alive! I mean... He's... You're OK!
Wallace: Of course I am! This is nothing more than a scratch! Nggg!! Oww!!!
Sain: Easy... You shouldn't move around so much.
Kent: I assure you, Lord Wallace, we will see Lady Lyndis safely to the marquess. Have faith in us, and focus on mending your wounds.
Wallace: Bah... So, now I'm to be sent home like a squire...
Sain: You've been in retirement, sir. You simply tried too--
Wallace: Hold your tongue, boy! I know my place. Kent! Sain! Take care of the lady Lyndis! Or else!
Sain & Kent: Yes, milord!

Eliwood's and Hector's Stories

So, I'm to die in battle, am I? I regret nothing! Ha ha ha... ha ha...
— Wallace .

Final Chapter: Light quote

I'm trembling with anticipation!
— Wallace

Battle History quotes

You are the greatest tactician of this age!
— Wallace, with S or A rank
Nicely done. I'm proud!
— Wallace, with B or C rank
We've both got some work to do!
— Wallace, with D or E rank

Tactician quotes

Huh huh huh huh. You've done well to choose me for this, Mark! Weaklings! Their pathetic attacks mean nothing to me! I'll cut through this snow like a new-forged blade!.
— Wallace in both versions of Chapter 25/27: Pale Flower of Darkness

Battle quotes

Against Eagler in A Grim Reunion

Wallace: Eagler!
Eagler: General Wallace... So you've sided with the girl, too, have you?
Wallace: I fight for Caelin's honor, not for Lundgren's lies!
Eagler: Ah... Is that so? You are-- Enough! There is nothing more to be said. I name you traitors all! Come! Do your worst!
Wallace: Fool...At the very least, let mine be the blow that finishes you!

Other appearances

Outside of an appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance's official art gallery, Wallace has not made any other appearances in official media.

Etymology

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Wallace Scottish surname that means "foreign" or "Celtic" [1]
Japanese ワレス Officially romanized as Wallece; corruption of the above.
Spanish Wallace
French Wallace
German Wallace
Italian Wallace

Trivia

  • Wallace's poor sense of direction is referenced by the two chapters he appears in: in both cases, the map features fog of war.
  • Wallace is the only character in Lyn's story who has the potential to not show up in either Eliwood's or Hector's stories.

Gallery

Small portrait wallace fe07.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait wallace fe07.png Knight General
Bs fe07 wallace knight lance.png
Lance
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Lance
Bs fe07 wallace general axe.png
Axe

References


Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem
Playable characters AthosBartreCanasDartDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaGeitzGuyHarkenHawkeyeHeathHectorIsadoraJaffarKarelKarlaKentLegaultLouiseLowenLuciusLynMarcusMatthewMerlinusNilsNinianNinoOswinPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaRenaultSainSerraVaidaWallaceWil
Non-playable characters AenirAeshaBramimondDesmondElbertEleanoraEphidelFaeFargusGuinivereHannahHassarHausenHelmanJahnJakeJanKishunaLeilaLilinaMadelynMurdockRoySophiaUtherZephiel
Bosses AionBattaBaukerBernardBeyardBoiesBoolBrendanBugCameronCarjigaDamianDarinDenningDragonEaglerErikEubansFargusGeorgGlassGroznyiHeintzJasmineJermeKaimKennethKishunaLimstellaLinusLloydLundgrenMaximeMigalNergalOlegPascalPaulPuzonSealenSoniaTeodorUhaiUrsulaVaidaWireYogiZaganZoldamZugu
Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ArmadsAureolaBasilikosDurandalEreshkigalExcaliburForblazeGespenstLuceMani KattiRapierRegal BladeRex HastaRienflecheSol KattiWolf Beil
Chapters Lyn's Tale Prologue: A Girl from the Plains • 1: Footsteps of Fate • 2: Sword of Spirits • 3: Band of Mercenaries • 4: In Occupation's Shadow • 5: Beyond the Borders • 6: Blood of Pride • 7: Siblings Abroad • 7x: The Black Shadow • 8: Vortex of Strategy • 9: A Grim Reunion • 10: The Distant Plains
Eliwood's Tale 11: Taking Leave • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Noble Lady of Caelin • 16: Whereabouts Unknown • 16x: The Port of Badon • 17: Pirate Ship • 18: The Dread Isle • 18x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19: Dragon's Gate •20: New Resolve • 21: Kinship's Bond • 22: Living Legend • 22x: Genesis • 23: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 24: Unfulfilled Heart • 25: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 26: Battle before Dawn • 26x: Night of Farewells • 27: Cog of Destiny • 28: Valorous Roland • 29: Sands of Time • 29x: Battle Preparations • 30: Victory or Death • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Hector's Tale 11: Another Journey • 12: Birds of a Feather • 13: In Search of Truth • 13x: The Peddler Merlinus • 14: False Friends • 15: Talons Alight • 16: Noble Lady of Caelin • 17: Whereabouts Unknown • 17x: The Port of Badon • 18: Pirate Ship • 19: The Dread Isle • 19x: Imprisoner of Magic • 19x pt.2: A Glimpse in Time • 20: Dragon's Gate • 21: New Resolve • 22: Kinship's Bond • 23: Living Legend • 23x: Genesis • 24: Four-Fanged Offense (Lloyd, Linus) • 25: Crazed Beast • 26: Unfulfilled Heart • 27: Pale Flower of Darkness (Kenneth, Jerme) • 28: Battle before Dawn • 28x: Night of Farewells • 29: Cog of Destiny • 30: The Berserker • 31: Sands of Time • 31x: Battle Preparations • 32: Victory or Death • 32x: The Value of Life • Final: Light (part 1part 2)
Locations ElibeBern (Shrine of Seals) • EtruriaIliaLycia (AraphenCaelinCornwellKhatheletLausOstiaPherae) • Nabata Desert (Arcadia) • Sacae (Bulgar) • Valor (Dragon's Gate) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Black Fang (Four Fangs) • Fire EmblemMorphsQuintessenceThe Scouring
Related topics List of regional version differencesName chart • Other games (The Binding Blade) • Pre-release information (Prototype build 0205Prototype build 0219Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline