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Xander (chapter)

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Castle: Combat Room



Very well. You will die fighting for your cause. I shall defend my homeland!
— Xander

Xander (Japanese: 暗夜王子マークス Dark Night Prince Marks) is twenty-sixth chapter of the Birthright campaign in Fire Emblem Fates. In this chapter, Corrin finally confronts Xander, but a sudden event causes their duel to take a tragic turn.


The below plot corresponds to the use of a female Corrin. If you refresh this page, it is possible to get an alternate reading using a male variation instead.

Xander calls on his retainers, Laslow and Peri, and commands them to stay back from fighting Corrin; he states that a duel is the best way to limit any further casualties. Laslow doesn't trust the Hoshidans to honor their duel, while Peri still wishes to sate her bloodlust; this prompts Xander to command them once more to stay back. He states that he does trust them, and that this is the best way for them to help him, though the retainers still have their reservations. Meanwhile, Elise leads Corrin further into the castle to reach Garon. Corrins suggests that they rest for a brief moment, but she is immediately confronted with Xander himself. Corrin expresses regret at having to face him this way, to which Xander replies that she is still as naive as ever. Elise tries to intervene, but Xander takes her action as her abandoning Nohr. He refuses to listen as he is Nohr's crown prince and must kill Corrin for the sake of Nohr, retorting that nothing she says can make him defect. Ryoma calls for the group to not intervene, with Xander promising that nothing will get in the way of the duel. Corrin accepts his duel, and Xander leads her into the great hall, commanding Elise to stay out of the way. Elise begins to cry for failing to talk Xander out of fighting, but Corrin attempts to comfort her and leaves to duel with Xander. Elise, unwilling to lose her family, decides to disobey Xander.

In the great hall, Xander warns Corrin that their duel will not be like their previous mock battles, though Corrin assures him that she is not the same person she once was. Xander begins to attack, and Corrin fails to land a single blow. Corrin remembers Leo's warning from before, but refuses to back down and lands a strike. Xander knocks Corrin down to her feet with one more blow. Ryoma and Azura watch in horror, but Corrin urges them to leave. Corrin asks Xander to use his immense power for justice by overthrowing Garon with her, but Xander scoffs that justice does not exist in war, and begins to attack her once more. Corrin still holds by her view of justice, however. As Xander is about to deliver a killing blow, Elise jumps in front of them and takes the attack for Corrin. She asks Xander to lay his sword down, and to be at peace; Elise then dies in his arms. Corrin grieves over her death, but Xander steps up and calls on her to finish their duel. Corrin is enraged at his seeming callousness, but Xander responds that Elise's death will make this their last fight. Corrin pleads Xander not to fight, but he continues to provoke her, so she finally obliges, challenging him once and for all. Before the duel begins again, Peri and Laslow arrive, and Xander is unable to tell them who killed Elise, and so commands them once more to stay out of the way, but they refuse and disobeys him by bringing in Nohrian troops at their commands, and Ryoma calls them cowards in response and prepares for battle. Xander becomes angered with his retainers' intervention, saying he didn't want it to go that way. With the fight no longer a duel, the Hoshidans fight back against the Nohrians and Corrin begins her last battle with Xander.

Corrin defeats Xander, who compliments her on becoming the leader he wanted her to be. Corrin, however, still believed herself to be no match for Xander, and demands him to answer why he let her win. Corrin begins to cry, and Xander reminisces on his favorite memories—when he and the rest of their siblings laughed together. Xander remarks that Corrin had chosen her path, while Xander had no choice as the crown prince, and did truly intend to kill her for Nohr's sake. Corrin, still frustrated by his decision, calls on Xander not to leave him. Xander simply tells her to bring peace to the world as he could not. Before passing on forever, Xander says that Garon is not how he used to be, and Corrin promises to stop him for both of their sakes.

Corrin grieves over Xander's death, but states that she must keep going to honor his and Elise's sacrifices. Before moving forward once and for all, Corrin thanks them both for all that they've done for her, and promises to them that she will end the war for good.


Leo's aid allows the group to defeat Iago. Closer to the throne room, they encounter the most powerful enemy they have yet faced in battle.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Xander. Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed*. 16 0 27
Cm fe14b 26.png

This chapter's map is 29 columns by 20 rows.

Character data

New Units
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar f-default fe14.pngSmall portrait kaze fe14.pngSmall portrait rinkah fe14.pngSmall portrait sakura fe14.pngSmall portrait azura fe14.pngSmall portrait jakob fe14.pngSmall portrait hana fe14.pngSmall portrait subaki fe14.pngSmall portrait saizo fe14.pngSmall portrait orochi fe14.pngSmall portrait silas fe14.pngSmall portrait hinoka fe14.pngSmall portrait azama fe14.pngSmall portrait setsuna fe14.pngSmall portrait hayato fe14.pngSmall portrait oboro fe14.pngSmall portrait hinata fe14.pngSmall portrait takumi fe14.pngSmall portrait kagero fe14.pngSmall portrait reina fe14.pngSmall portrait kaden fe14.pngSmall portrait ryoma fe14.pngSmall portrait scarlet fe14.pngSmall portrait felicia fe14.pngSmall portrait izana fe14.pngSmall portrait shura fe14.pngSmall portrait yukimura fe14.png

Note: The returning characters list does not include any characters recruitable in paralogues or xenologues, 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 3ds02 rod.png Sun Festal Dropped by enemy Maid
(Normal only)
Is 3ds02 rod.png Sun Festal Dropped by enemy Maid

Event tile data

There are no event tiles during the events of the chapter. When returning to the area for skirmishes, the following event tiles appear:

  • Column 2, row 1: Northeastern stairs tile of the northwestern pair of stairs
  • Column 28, row 20: Southwestern stairs tile in the southeastern pair of stairs

Dragon Vein data

There are no Dragon Veins in this chapter.

Enemy data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Boss data

Main boss

Main article: Xander

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait xander fe14.png
Level 18
Movement 8
Max HP 60 Speed 15
Strength 18 Luck 20
Magic 4 Defense 18+4
Skill 22 Resistance 12
Inventory Skills
Siegfried Chivalry
Elbow Room
Weapon Levels
FE14RankSword.png B FE14RankLance.png B FE14RankAxe.png -- FE14RankBow.png --
FE14RankTome.png -- FE14RankStaff.png -- FE14RankDagger.png -- Dragonstone --


Main articles: Laslow and Peri

Laslow, Normal Laslow, Hard Laslow, Lunatic Peri, Normal Peri, Hard Peri, Lunatic

Small portrait laslow fe14.png
Level 15
Movement 6
Max HP 50 Speed 20
Strength 17 Luck 15
Magic 2 Defense 19-4
Skill 28 Resistance 17-4
Inventory Skills
Brave Sword Fancy Footwork
Good Fortune
Weapon Levels
FE14RankSword.png A FE14RankLance.png -- FE14RankAxe.png B FE14RankBow.png --
FE14RankTome.png -- FE14RankStaff.png -- FE14RankDagger.png -- Dragonstone --


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

Before the chapter begins, it is worth noting that Corrin cannot start the chapter paired up in order to have a proper duel with Xander (not that they need it). Due to Xander's poor stats and his proximity to your army's starting position, it is very easy to complete this chapter in a single turn regardless of difficulty. In particular, his low speed and resistance mean that magic attacks make quick work of him, even in spite of Aegis. Some particularly effective means of defeating him include the Bolt Naginata, the Beast Killer, and, like with nearly all else, Ryoma. Xander's chamber can easily be entered as there is only ever a single General blocking the way; it is merely a matter of killing him and then opening the door to reach Xander. Mounted units and Azura can be helpful in bringing your main fighters to Xander if they cannot reach him otherwise.


  • This chapter is one of few chapters in the game where the preparations theme doesn't play during that phase of setup. In this case, the music from the preceding cutscene continues onto the battle preparations screen.
  • Despite his level increasing, Xander's strength and defense have decreased from his previous appearance in Birthright, possibly to highlight him not fighting at his fullest.
    • Xander bizarrely has less HP on Hard mode than on Normal mode.
  • This chapter's map is later recycled into the DLC chapter I: In Endless Dreams, in the Heirs of Fate saga.

Etymology and other languages

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Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Xander
Japanese 暗夜王子マークス Dark Night Prince Marks
French Xander As above.


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Traitor Revealed Xander King Garon

Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright AsugiAzamaAzuraCaeldoriCorrinDwyerFeliciaHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIzanaJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKiragiMidoriMitamaMozuOboroOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSilasSophieSubakiTakumiYukimura
Conquest ArthurAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieVelouriaXander
Revelation ArthurAsugiAzamaAzuraBennyBerukaCaeldoriCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestFugaGunterHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIgnatiusJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKeatonKiragiLaslowLeoMidoriMitamaMozuNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOpheliaOrochiPercyPeriReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieSubakiTakumiVelouriaXander
DLC Anna
Non-playable characters CadrosCassitaIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnankosAnthonyAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLlewelynLloydMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZharaZola
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
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Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
Invasions BR: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3CQ: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3RV: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3
DLC chapters Ghostly GoldBoo CampMuseum MeleeBeach BrawlRoyal RoyaleBefore AwakeningHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzWitches' TrialA Gift from AnnaAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce TribeNestra) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
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