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Wyvern

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Wyvern

FEMN Wyvern.png
Artwork of the Wyvern from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
Weapon(s)

Fire Breath

Skill(s)

None

But wyverns can be proud. They won't warm up to anyone they think unworthy. Took me three years before this one would let me ride on his back. Oh, he hated me at first. Always snarling and snatching at me... I don’t know how many times he threw me when I tried to ride him.
— Cormag talking about Genarog, his wyvern steed.

Wyverns (Japanese: 飛竜 wyvern) are one of the dragon subspecies of Archanea and other continents in the Fire Emblem series. Wild wyverns are frequently tamed by humans and ridden as steeds for battle, comprising the Wyvern Rider class and its advanced forms.

History

Archanea

As with the other dragon tribes, the wyverns were once part of the flourishing dragon civilization in the antiquity of Archanea. This changed one thousand years before Archanea's formation, as the dragons began to show signs of deterioration. When the Divine Dragon elders recommended that dragons seal their power into dragonstones and take a human form to ensure their survival, it is uncertain whether any wyverns co-operated as no wyvern manaketes have ever been seen; either way, a large number of wyverns refused to shed their dragon lives and eventually degenerated into wild beasts. The wild wyverns lived primarily in the Mamorthod desert, the Wyvern's Dale, and in the forests of what would later become Macedon.

Humans first adopted the art of riding wyverns as mounts during Medeus's first reign of terror upon the land, in the War of Liberation in the year 493. In the Macedon region, a revolution arose among the abused slaves to the Dolhr Empire, spearheaded by the hero Iote. Iote and his companions were the first to tame the wild wyverns for use as steeds, and with them fought back against Medeus's occupation to free the slaves. Following the defeat of Medeus by Anri, Iote founded the Kingdom of Macedon, which rapidly gained fame as the home of the dracoknights, renowned and fearsome warriors who continued to tame wyverns for use as their mounts.[1]

Elsewhere

In other continents and worlds, wild wyvern populations are typically found only in one country on the continent, and in a similar vein to Macedon that country's military tends to be famous for its wyvern riding knights. These countries are:

Characteristics

Physical appearance

Wyverns are significantly smaller and more agile than other dragon clans, and are characterized primarily by their affinity for quick flight. Wild wyverns and wyvern-transformed manaketes breathe fire like the fire dragons, but tamed wyvern mounts appear to never use this ability, with the exception of the Savage Blow skill of Malig Knights. Some tamed wyverns, such as Cherche's wyvern Minerva, exhibit relatively high intelligence and are capable of comprehending human speech to some degree.[3]

Their general appearance and number of limbs varies between different games in the series. Traditionally in European cultures, a wyvern is defined as being more serpentine in their general shape and possessing only two legs, as opposed to the four legs of traditional European dragons. In this respect, the majority of Fire Emblem depictions of wyvern mounts differ significantly from their mythological origin: some have four legs and almost all look more like a lizard or traditional dragon in their body shape. Indeed, the best visual match for the traditional wyverns offered by these classes is the Wyvern Knight of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, whose distinct serpentine appearance differs greatly from the other wyvern classes in the game.

The number of legs shown on wyvern mounts in each game are as follows:

  • Two-legged wyvern mounts: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Thracia 776 (Dragon Rider only), The Sacred Stones (Wyvern Knight only), Awakening, Fates
  • Four-legged wyvern mounts: Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem

"Wyverns" and "dragons"

In the Japanese version of the Fire Emblem series, the classes which are referred to in English as riding wyverns are usually referred to as "Dragon Knights", specifying dragons rather than wyverns; the English versions of Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon do this as well. However, the dragon name primarily acts as a title for the class in these cases, and in dialogue these tamed wyvern mounts are still explicitly referred to as "wyverns" in the Japanese version, spelled the same way as the wild wyverns of Mystery of the Emblem.[4] It is thus a safe assumption that no matter how varied the appearances of these mounts are, they are indeed meant to be the same species as the wild wyverns.

Notably, the battle sprites used for wyverns in Mystery of the Emblem are identical to the the wyvern mount in the Dracoknight class's battle sprites. The Nintendo DS remakes did not retain this similarity, probably because of an oversight caused by them being designed in two different games from each other.

Notable wyvern mounts

Wyvern-mounted classes

Seven classes have used wyverns as mounts throughout the Fire Emblem series.

Class data

Wyverns exist as an individual class only in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, New Mystery of the Emblem. Wyverns attack with Fire Breath, are the only dragon class to act as an actual flying class with immunity to terrain penalties, and also possess a large movement range. The games' playable Manaketes can transform into wyverns using the rare wyvernstone items, exclusively available from secret shops, although only Tiki can use them in the original Mystery.

In Mystery, the main advantage to the Wyvern transformation was the movement bonus, but in the remake dragonstones function purely as weapons and do not allow the user to stay in that state, removing the movement benefits that were there initially.

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Mystery of the Emblem 40 4 -- 0 0 0 10 5 12 -- -- 50 Breath: 7
New Mystery of the Emblem 18 5 0 5 8 0 9 4 12 -- -- -- --

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Breath: 20
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 14 -- --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem 50% 10% -- 10% 10% 0% 10% 10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60% 50% 0% 60% 80% 0% 50% 20% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Nil.

Class change

All appearances

Base class
Bs fe12 wyvern.png
Wyvern


Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Wyvern A wyvern (/ˈwaɪvərn/ WY-vərn, sometimes spelled wivern) is a legendary creature with a dragon's head and wings, a reptilian body, two legs, and a tail often ending in a diamond- or arrow-shaped tip.[5]
Japanese 飛竜 Wyvern; literally "flying dragon".
Spanish Wyvern As above.
French Wyverne Wyvern
German Wyvern As above.
Italian Viverna Wyvern

Gallery

References

  1. "Once upon a time, the region of Macedon was a territory under Dolhrian rule. A century ago, the dragonkin rulers sent many slaves to these wild forests, to excavate ruins and build a country. Many slaves were forced to work to their limits, barely fed, and then slaughtered. A young man stood up against such tragic conditions. Iote was his name. He and his companions fled to the forests and fought, astride wyverns, to free the slaves. After Dolhr's demise, the slaves established their own country in these now abundant lands. And the hero Iote was chosen as their first king. And so was born the Kingdom of Macedon, later feared as the domain of dracoknights." — Opening narration of Chapter 3, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  2. "Bern is the only country on the continent where wyverns still fly." — Eliwood, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  3. "Miriel: That wyvern you have there appears to comprehend human speech.
    Cherche: She's a very smart girl.
    Miriel: I've read reports which claimed that ancient dragons possess the power of language. However. I'd not heard that living wyverns were capable of such feats.
    Cherche: Well, sounds like you've stumbled upon the discovery of the century, then!
    " — Miriel and Cherche, Fire Emblem Awakening
  4. "俺はヒース。 見てのとおり、竜騎士だ。 相棒の飛竜はハイペリオン、見た目は怖いが、いい奴なんだ。" — Heath (Japanese version), Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyvern

See also

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.
Races and animals of the Fire Emblem series
Major species BeorcBrandedDragon (ManaketeDivine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonFirst DragonIce DragonWar DragonWyvern) • GodHumanKitsuneLaguz (Black DragonCatHawkHeronLionRavenRed DragonTigerWhite DragonWolf) • MirageMorphTaguelWolfskinZunanma
Animals/Other IllusionGriffonHorseKinshiMonsterPegasusPhantom
Classes
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
Gaiden
ArcanistAurumBaronBonewalkerBow KnightBrigandCantorCerberusClericDeathgoyleDread FighterEntombedFalcon KnightFell GodFiendFighterGargoyleGold KnightHadesLichMogallMyrmidonNaberiusNecrodragonPriestessPrincessRevenantSageSaintSoldierVillagerWhite DragonWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerDancerDark MageDivine DragonEarth DragonEmperorFire DragonIce DragonKnightMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
Axe KnightArch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordBallistaBardBow ArmorBow FighterCivilianDark BishopDark PrinceDragon RiderDuke KnightFire MageForrestFree KnightGreat KnightHigh PriestIron BallistaJunior LordLance KnightKiller BallistaKnight LordMage FighterMage KnightMaster KnightPrinceQueenRangerShamanSwordmasterThief FighterThunder MageTroubadourWarriorWind MageWyvern LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLopt MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperShamanTransporterValkyrie
Introduced in
Fire Emblem
Arch SageAssassinBlade LordBramimondCorsairDark DruidMagic SealMonk
Introduced in
The Sacred Stones
Arch MogallBaelCyclopsDemon KingElder BaelFleetGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiJourneymanMaelduinMauthe DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWightWyvern Knight
Introduced in
Path of Radiance
BanditChildCatHalberdierHawkHeronKing DaeinLionPrincess CrimeaRangerRavenRed DragonSword KnightTigerWhite Dragon
Introduced in
Radiant Dawn
Axe GeneralBlack Dragon (Dragon KingDragon Prince) • Black KnightBlade PaladinBow PaladinChancellorDark SageDragonlordEmpressFire SageHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSpiritSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWolfWolf Queen
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon
Sorcerer
Introduced in
Awakening
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
Fates
AdventurerApothecaryAutomatonAstral DragonBasaraBlacksmithBlight DragonButlerDivinerEmpty VesselFacelessFeral DragonGreat MasterHoshido NobleKinshi KnightKitsuneLancerMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistNine-TailsNinjaNohr NobleNohr PrinceNohr PrincessNohrian KingOni ChieftainOni SavageOnmyojiOutlawPriestessSamuraiShrine MaidenSilent DragonSky KnightSongstressSpear FighterSpear MasterStonebornStrategistWolfskinWolfssegner
Introduced in
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
BalorDagonDeimosDraculDuma's ApostleEnchantressExemplarFafnirFell DragonGarudaGuardianGuruHarrierIllusory HeroMila's ServantOliphantierRigainSkogulSpartanTitanTomb LordVestalYasha
Introduced in
Three Houses
Aristocrat
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier