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FEFT Zeiss.png
Artwork of Zeiss from The Binding Blade

A wyvern rider of Bern. Melady's brother.








Melady (sister)




Black Flash[1]

Starting class

Wyvern Rider

If the leader of the Lycian Army will allow it, I want to go with you. I want to see the princess that moved you so.

— Zeiss to Melady in Chapter 16: Storming the Capital

Zeiss (pronounced /zaɪs/[key][2]; Japanese: ツァイス Zeiss) is a playable Wyvern Rider in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He is a knight of Bern and the brother of Melady.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade


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Starting stats and growth rates

Normal Hard

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Ma gba wyvern rider playable.gif Wyvern Rider
Level 7
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Recruitment: Chapter 16: Storming the Capital, Talk with Melady

Stats Growth Rates

Steel Lance
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif -- GBARankLance.gif D Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

Promotion stat gains

Class HP Str Skill Spd Lck Def Res Con Mov Weapon level
Wyvern Lord +5 +2 +2 +2 +0 +2 +1 +1 +1 GBARankSword.gif E, GBARankLance.gif +1


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

Zeiss is a Wyvern Rider that joins in chapter 16 of the Binding Blade. He joins in a rather complicated chapter where it can be rather difficult to recruit him without putting some of your units in risk due to him attcking with a javelin through the wall. In normal mode his bases leave something to be desired, however his hard mode bonuses, are as beneficial to him as Melady's are, starting with a whopping 19 strength at level 7, as well as 39 HP and 15 defense. He joins a bit underleveled and will need to be feed some kills. Early promotion at level 10 is recommended for Zeiss due to him capping his strength very quickly and needing additional speed and skill to be an effective combat unit. Due to his D rank in lances the most powerful lance's he'll have access to are the rather inaccurate steel lances, giving him some significant accuracy issues and iron lances being too weak for this point in the game, but with the help of an early promotion giving him access to the accurate swords and a higher lance rank (particularly granting him access to Killer Lances) and his solid skill growth improving his acceptable base, these issues will gradually disappear.

Sadly, Zeiss's growths are a bit unbalanced, granting him high strength, but lower speed. This is slightly unfortunate, as his strength advantage over other fliers, Melady in particular, tends to be over kill, as he'll probably have 20 strength at Level 8 unpromoted, making the growth useless for at least another 2 levels until potential promotion, and he will get to the moderate cap within a few levels of being a Wyvern Lord, but his speed, in contrast, may lag more than his strength will shine, again, particularly when compared to Melady. As a result, unless given several Speedwings, Zeiss is unlikely to double consistently, making his damage output often worse than faster units such as Melady, meaning that he will need to depend on a critical hit from killer weapons in order to one round enemies. He's not so slow that he gets doubled by a majority of enemies (and the Mercenaries and Myrmidons that will he's not really afraid of getting hit twice by), but his inability to double can be frustrating. Because of this, he makes great use of the brave lance as his doubling issues are made irrelevant by it, and its speed drop, while irrelevant for his doubling capabilities, are negligible enough that he still is unlikely to have to worry about getting doubled often. Another one of Zeiss' issues is his low resistance making him susceptible to enemy status staves and tomes even after using a pure water. His great HP can help him with the latter, but the former will always be an annoyance for him. His weakness to arrows and ballistae will also be a factor at times. The Delphi Shield's an option, but the player will likely want to give it to one of the other fliers, since he tends to be the most physically durable among them.

Zeiss's constitution is his most unique characteristic among the fliers. It allows him to wield heavier lances with impunity, unlike Shanna and Thea, but since he is a male mounted unit, his aid is still high, letting him rescue anyone with 15 or less con (14 after promotion), unlike Melady. This gives him the best of both worlds with the Pegasus Knights' ferrying and his sister's speed lack of speed penalties. Zeiss also has good support options with Melady, as the two can keep up with each other, and their being the same class makes their role similar enough that they'll often be near each other.

Overall, Zeiss needs a lot of resources and help to get going and even after promotion he's unlikely to be a standout combat or utility unit, especially compared to other fliers such as Melady. However, Zeiss will still has his uses due to canto, flying utility, great physical durability and 8 movement upon promotion. With fliers, and mounted units in general, it's not a stretch to say the more the merrier.

Personality and character

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Main article: Zeiss/Supports
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Wyvern Rider
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Small portrait melady fe06.png
Wyvern Rider Is gba darkaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+3
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Swordmaster Is gba lightaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1
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Nomad Is gba iceaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

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

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin9}}}affin.png|link={{{affin9}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints9}}}
Per turn:+
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Priest Is gba windaffin.png
Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Warrior Is gba thunderaffin.png
Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

[[]] [[File:Is gba {{{affin6}}}affin.png|link={{{affin6}}} (affinity)]]
Initial: {{{initialpoints6}}}
Per turn:+

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

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Per turn:+
Click here for more details on supports.


Zeiss, Ebony Lightning
Short: Helped Guinevere rebuild Bern.

Long: Zeiss aided Guinivere in rebuilding Bern. As he rose in rank he was criticized for allying with Etruria, but his firm loyalty to Guinivere earned him the respect of his peers.


Battle quotes

Narcian: You...
Zeiss: General Narcian... I heard everything from Sir Galle! Do you...have no sense of honor left in you at all?!
Narcian: Galle...! He has always been a thorn in my side! But no matter... After I wipe you out here, no one will know the truth...

— Against Narcian.
I'll focus all my strength into this one strike!
— Zeiss in the final chapter

Death quote

Melady... Sister... I...
— Zeiss

Other appearances


Etymology and other languages

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


As of Fire Emblem Heroes




Small portrait zeiss fe06.pngSprite Gallery
Portrait zeiss fe06.png Wyvern Rider Wyvern Lord
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fire Emblem 6: Zeiss Artbook Translation | kantopia,, Retrieved: 9 March 2018
  2. Melady in Fire Emblem Heroes
  3. "Lilith: You know, before you arrived, Tryffin was telling me about a clutchmate... Levrey, I believe?
    Melady: Ah, yes. Levrey is Zeiss's—that is, my brother's—wyvern... Then you truly can understand animals.
    " — Melady's A support from the Principled Acts Forging Bonds event, Fire Emblem Heroes
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