|“||But, Xavier, you are just as guilty as I am. You are hated by your people as a dirty traitor. They won't welcome you even if you tried to rejoin them.||”|
— Gustaf to Xavier in Chapter 18: The Liberation of Leonster
Xavier is first mentioned in Chapter 17B; when Leif, August, and Dryas discuss retaking Leonster castle, Leif's advisors are concerned that Xavier and his knights will be trouble. Dryas condemns Xavier for being a traitor though a local tells Dryas that Xavier only turned coat to be able to protect the Leonster natives from the Empire's tyranny.
Xavier is fought as an enemy in Chapter 18, he is accompanied by his eight knights. They have all been forced to work for Gustaf and prevented from rebelling due to their families being taken hostage. During the battle Leif frees the hostages and they meet up with their respective knight, destroying the hold Gustaf has over Xavier. Once Leif speaks with Xavier he happily joins the Leonster liberation army and is glad to be reunited with the heir to Leonster. Dryas tells Xavier that Leif needs a man like him at his side and appears to have discarded his initial misgivings with Xavier being a traitor.
Xavier accompanies Leif's liberation army until at least the liberation of Munster. His involvement, if any, with the war after Leif's forces merged with Seliph's is unknown, as he does not appear in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.
Starting stats and growth rates
- For more information on recruiting Xavier, see here.
Xavier is extremely difficult to recruit, but if the player pulls this off, they gain a good unit. Xavier is incredibly durable, with 38 base HP and a massive 17 defense. He only has 3 magic and 6 speed, which holds him back against magical enemies, but physical enemies can barely damage him, if at all. He also boasts an array of weapon ranks, with an A-rank in axes and bows, C-rank in swords and E-rank in lances.
Xavier's FCM is only 0, but he has Accost, Pavise and Wrath. Xavier can’t activate Accost against faster enemies due to his poor speed, but he can trigger it against slower foes. Pavise and Wrath make Xavier a great enemy phase fighter since he can tank enemies and murder them on the counterattack. Because he has access to four weapon types, he can counter at any range, although the player should mostly use axes. Xavier is an especially good user of Master Axes, since they are brave weapons, negating his speed issues. He also uses the Brave Bow very well, since the same principle applies there.
Aside from these combat feats, Xavier has an authority star, increasing the hit and avoid of all allied units by 3% if he’s deployed. This makes him useful even if he never fights anyone. Considering all these advantages, Xavier is certainly a great unit, if his challenging recruitment isn’t counted against him.
Personality and character
Since becoming a servant of the Empire he appears to have grown despondent. When Leif invaded Leonster castle he expressed no joy and seemed content for his life to end there at the hands of the liberation army. While Gustaf constantly reminded him that he is hated by all of Leonster due to being a traitor, this appears to have at least been a partial fabrication; knowledge of Xavier joining the Empire to protect Leonster's locals appears to have been common, at least with the locals themselves. Xavier appears to be a man able to garner the loyalty of his knights, as he was not alone in his ten years of service to the Empire; under him were eight knights also dedicated to the protection of Leonster under the control of the Empire.
Even if he isn't freed by Leif his dying words are still an apology and a wish for Leonster to return to glory.
Xavier, Loyal Old General
Xavier worked alongside Leif to build the New Kingdom of Thracia. His rich experience and vast knowledge served to be extremely valuable in making important decisions, and the youths in the New Thracia’s government often looked to him for advice.
— Xavier as an enemy in Chapter 18
|“||Forgive me...Lord Leif... Glory be to Leonster!||”|
— Xavier as an enemy in Chapter 18 and when playable
|“||I cannot live in shame any longer... This is the end...||”|
— Xavier if captured and released in in Chapter 18
|“||I shall retreat first...||”|
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- Xavier has the exact same growth rates as Olwen, Ilios, and Galzus.
- Xavier wields an axe in his artwork from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game, which is the weapon he has the highest proficiency with in Thracia 776. This is in contrast to his artwork from Thracia 776, where he is depicted with a lance, the weapon he is the least proficient with.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
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Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources.
Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.
Officially romanized as Xavier.
Artwork of Xavier from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
Artwork of Xavier from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
- "Dryas: Yes... Xavier was once a general of Leonster. He was a loyal man respected by many, but once Leonster fell, he betrayed us and switched sides like the back of his hand! I can't forgive him! I will kill that shameless man myself!
Elder: Count Dryas! That's not true!
Dryas: Elder? What are you talking about? Are you defending a traitor!
Elder: No. General Xavier joined the Empire against his will to protect us. After Leonster fell, we commoners were left abandoned in the hands of the enemy. General Xavier felt sorry and sacrificed his honor to rescue us. If it weren't for him, we wouldn't be alive now." — Dryas and an elderly villager, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|