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Artwork of Zeiss from The Binding Blade

A wyvern rider of Bern. Melady's brother.








Melady (sister)




Black Flash[1]

Starting class

Wyvern Rider


The Binding Blade

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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Zeiss is a Wyvern Rider in service to Bern. He first appears in Chapter 14 to tell Randy that they will not get any more reinforcements than what they already have. He then appears in Chapter 16, where Galle tells him to hide, since Wyvern General Narcian would blame Zeiss for leaking information to the enemy as Melady had already joined the Lycian Army.

If Melady speaks with Zeiss, she tells him to join Roy's side, as she states her loyalty has always been with Princess Guinivere of Bern, and says that Guinivere has always worked for good and not King Zephiel.

Starting stats and growth rates

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.[3]

Normal Hard

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Level 7
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Recruitment: Chapter 16, talk to with Melady

Stats Growth Rates

Steel Lance
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances D Axes -- Bows --
Anima magic -- Light magic -- Dark magic -- Staves --

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 Swords E, Lances +50


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 difficult to recruit him without putting some of your units at risk due to him attacking with a javelin through the wall. In normal mode, his bases leave something to be desired, but his hard mode bonuses are as beneficial to him as Melady's are, as he starts with ~19 strength at level 7, as well as ~39 HP and ~15 defense.

He joins underleveled and will need to be fed some kills. The easiest way to get Zeiss of level 10 is through the Horseslayer obtained in Chapter 7 if it hasn't broken yet. His high base strength lets him OHKO enemy cavaliers; with his low level, killing unpromoted enemies gets him over 50 experience, and promoted enemies yield even more. Given this, he can reach level 10 after roughly 6 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. It takes him 6 level-ups on average to get the 2 speed his promotion gives him, so going beyond level 10 does not help with the stats he needs anyway. Due to how late he joins (only 12 chapters left), it is unlikely that he will reach level 20 after promotion before the last few chapters, if at all.

Due to his initial D rank in lances, the most powerful lances he will have access to are rather inaccurate Steel Lances, giving him some significant accuracy issues. Iron Lances are also too weak for this point in the game. An early promotion is useful again, as it gets him to C rank in lances, which lets him wield the accurate and reasonably powerful Killer Lance. He also gains swords through promotion, but only enough sword level to use Iron Swords.

His speed will lag behind most other combat units unless he is given Speedwings. He has enough speed to prevent getting doubled by most enemies, though Nomads or Myrmidons likely will. He is a fine candidate for Speedwings if they have not been used before he joins, as most combat units should have sufficient speed by the time he joins. His average speed after promoting at level 10 without the Speedwings (14 to 15) lets him double slow enemies like Steel Lance-wielding Pegasus Knights and Cavaliers or Steel Axe Fighters. If trained well, Zeiss is one of the great candidates for the legendary Maltet lance, as his potential allows him to fight decently against manaketes with this weapon.

Another of Zeiss's issues is his low resistance making him susceptible to enemy status staves and tomes, even after using a Pure Water. His high HP can help him survive against the latter, but the former will always be a problem for him. His weakness to arrows and ballistae will also be a factor at times; the Delphi Shield is an option, but the player may want to give it to one of the other fliers, as Zeiss tends to be the most physically durable among them.

Zeiss's aid gives him a notable niche among the fliers; his physical durability is on par with Melady while his aid is on par with Thea, meaning he can rescue heavy units like Dieck or Perceval that Melady cannot while having the bulk to be positioned a bit more aggressively than the Pegasus Knights.

Zeiss is a great choice for a support partner for Melady (should the player seek one) as he is her only partner with the same movement as her. It is relatively easy to build due to their similar mobility, but bear in mind that there may be times when the player wants to send them in different directions, as opposed to keeping them together.

Overall, Zeiss takes a bit to get up to speed, and even after promotion, he takes some favoritism to have a shot of having combat remotely comparable to Melady. However, promotion gives him respectable combat alongside great utility and durability with or without favoritism.


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After hearing that Guinivere was working for good and not Zephiel, Zeiss switches sides and also works with Guinivere to rebuild Bern.


Main article: Zeiss/Supports
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Wyvern Rider
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Wyvern Rider Is gba darkaffin.png
Initial: 20
Per turn:+3
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+1
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

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Initial: 10
Per turn:+2
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Initial: 1
Per turn:+1

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See Support § GBA games for more details on supports.


Zeiss, Ebony Lightning
Short: Helped Guinivere 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

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

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Zeiss's official artwork from The Binding Blade can be viewed in Path of Radiance's extras menu if a copy of The Binding Blade is connected to a Japanese copy of Path of Radiance. This illustration, along with all other The Binding Blade-related artwork, is inaccessible in the international versions of the game, owing to the fact that The Binding Blade was not released in those regions.

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade
A wyvern rider of Bern.
Melady's brother.*

Choose Your Legends placement history

Round Placement Character Votes
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The Binding Blade
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The Binding Blade
(No change)
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The Binding Blade
Total results This character has 8 entries across all Choose Your Legends polls. 1,643


  • Zeiss's wyvern is named Levrey.[4]
  • Zeiss is one of the few playable characters in the Fire Emblem GBA games to not have custom palette data attached to one of his possible classes, and the only playable unit in a non-exclusive class to have that distinction. He lacks a palette for his unpromoted class and thus uses the otherwise unused generic playable palette of the Wyvern Rider class.

Etymology and other languages

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


As of Fire Emblem Heroes






Mentioned in Heroes.



Mentioned in Heroes.



Mentioned in Heroes.



Mentioned in Heroes.



Mentioned in Heroes.

Traditional Chinese


Zeiss; mentioned in Heroes.


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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
  4. "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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