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Zola (Japanese: ゾーラ Zola) is a recurring boss character in Fire Emblem Fates and a supporting antagonist in all three routes. He is a dark mage of Nohr, known to be a master of illusions and the ability to alter one's appearance with dark magic.
In Birthright and Revelation, Zola tries to trick Corrin into execution by disguising himself as Izana, the Archduke of Izumo. He performs this by taking Corrin and Sakura to the execution room at the Izumo Castle. In Birthright, he takes Corrin to the room, until revealing himself as Zola and traps Corrin and Sakura in, only for Hinoka and Kaze to attack the Nohrian forces, as they were both disguised as Nohrian forces. In Revelation, Gunter was already able to notice that Zola was disguised as Izana and exposed him before he took Corrin to the execution room. Because of this, he uses an ice bomb created by Garon to imprison the village in a thick layer of ice.
After failing in both routes, Leo will appear after the battle, calling him a coward and begins to kill Zola himself. In Revelation, Leo is successful at killing Zola, however in Birthright, Corrin convinced Leo to spare his life, and wandered away. Zola appears to be following the army because of Corrin's kindness, although Zola remains a non-playable character. In Chapter 11, Sumeragi and Vallite soldiers plan to defeat the army on their boat, causing the ship to crash in the process. After the battle, Takumi gets a surprise-attack from Sumeragi, only for Zola to take the blow, until Sumeragi disappears, and Zola gets healed by Sakura, as prove of his loyalty to the army. Later on, in Chapter 12, the army plan a trap for Garon at Nestra's opera house by asking Zola to use his magic on Azura, to disguise as Layla for the army to begin trapping Garon in. However, when they arrive at the opera house, Zola betrays the army and allows Garon to ambush them and take over the opera house. Despite this, Garon calls him out for attempting to order him around and executes Zola just before the battle.
In Conquest, Zola plays a similar role to disguising himself as Izana, but instead of tricking Corrin, he tricks the Hoshidan royal family at Izumo and traps them in the execution room. While Zola believes that he got away with the perfect plan, Xander states that he doesn't want to win the war in such a dishonorable way, and Corrin's army instead attacks Zola and the Nohrian army to save the Hoshidans. After his defeat, he begs for mercy, only for Leo to kill him for attempting to kill the Hoshidian while unarmed and nearly winning the war in a cowardly way.
Enemy - Birthright Chapter 9
Enemy - Conquest Chapter 18
Enemy - Revelation Chapter 10
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Personality and character
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|“||Ah, I see you're ready to die. I'm going to enjoy this!||”|
— Zola's battle quote in Birthright Chapter 9.
|“||Why are you fighting this?! I am not your enemy, those Hoshidans are! I act only for the glory of Nohr! Why is this happening? WHY?!||”|
— Zola's battle quote in Conquest Chapter 18.
|“||Mwe-hehehehe! You can't possibly defeat me!||”|
— Zola's battle quote in Revelation Chapter 10.
|“||No more... hiding...||”|
— Zola's defeat voice clip.
|“||Urgh... What was I thinking...||”|
— Zola's defeat quote in Birthright Chapter 9.
|“||I must...r-report back... to King...Gar...on...||”|
— Zola's defeat quote in Conquest Chapter 18.
|“||Gah! I can't believe it! Was your weakness an illusion?||”|
— Zola's defeat quote in Revelation Chapter 10.
Zola currently only appears in all three paths of Fates.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Zola is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- The below card's epithet is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Zola|
|"It’s been a while, hasn’t it, young Corrin? Or don’t you remember me? I’m Zola! Dark mage of Nohr."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Dark Mage||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Eeheehee! ‘Twas I all along!": [Special] If there is no allied "Zola" present, you may Level Up an ally into this card.|
"Has my dazzling entrance dazed you?": [Trigger] When you Level Up into this unit, your opponent chooses 1 card from their hand, and sends it to the Retreat Area.
Infiltrating Traitor: [Activate] [Once per turn] Your opponent chooses 1 card from their hand, and reveals it.
|Card #B20-043HN • Artist: Misa Tsutsui|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Zola .
- Zola shares his English voice actor Liam O'Brien with Izana in Fire Emblem Fates.
- Birthright is the only path where Zola is not killed by Leo, he is killed by Garon instead.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Means "quiet, tranquil" in Zulu.
Zola's portrait in Fire Emblem Fates.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|