The Taguel (タグエル Taguel) are a race and special class introduced in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Similar in nature to the manakete race, taguel typically inhabit a weaker human-like body and temporarily transform into a giant beast in battle using the power of their beaststones. The taguel race has been long persecuted and abused by humans and driven to the brink of extinction, and by the time of Awakening the last living taguel is Panne.
At an uncertain point in ancient history, the taguel lived in a powerful and peaceful tribal civilization. When humans rose to become the dominant species of the world, taguel hunting became a popular sport, and enslavement of the taguel or keeping of them as pets also reigned rampant. The first positive change came with the foundation of the Halidom of Ylisse and the rise of its first exalt, who sought to put an end to his kin's cruelty toward the taguel, famously declaring the taguel to be equal to humans. While the actions backing these words took time to arise and was ultimately unsuccessful, his gesture restored to the taguel their dignity and independence, and in exchange all taguel believe they owe any Ylissean exalt, past or present, their aid should it be needed.
Despite this positive step, the hunting of taguel nonetheless continued, ultimately driving the species to the brink of extinction. With the destruction of her warren as an infant in a hunt, the rabbit taguel Panne became the only known survivor of the taguel race. She would later ally with Chrom of Ylisse, marry a human and give birth to a hybrid son, Yarne, who himself became an ally to Chrom's daughter Lucina.
In their humanoid forms, the rabbit taguel are distinguished by their large, low-drooping rabbit ears, and their thick body hair in unusual places such as their necks; all of their hair is brown, save a small tuft on Yarne's head. Both Panne and Yarne wear their hair long and weave it around their ears. They appear to favor wearing a small collection of scraps of armor protecting more vital areas, so as to allow themselves to transform without destroying a bulkier set of armor. Like manaketes, a taguel's transformed state is achieved using a beaststone; a transformed rabbit taguel is significantly larger than the average human, and is exceptionally strong and fast. They primarily fight by striking with their forelegs, and are capable of rearing up on their hind legs.
Taguel in their untransformed state are agile, and are capable of climbing sheer cliffs with relative ease and dexterity. Their hearing is also exceptional, to the point where even the smallest noise is clearly audible and their ability to eavesdrop on conversations is drowned out by countless other noises. They also possess the innate ability to talk with animals.
While the only taguel encountered in the course of Awakening are of the rabbit variety, Panne states that others do or did exist in distant lands who can transform into other animals, including cats, lions, wolves and birds.
Taguel - as far as can be told from Panne - are a highly prideful race and, as a result of centuries of abuse, possess a strong dislike of and distrust in humans. Taguel derive their sense of pride from their independence, self-reliance and sense of identity; to do what they feel is the right thing is, for a taguel, to live an honorable life in which they can take pride. Taguel associate in tribal social groups, which the rabbits at least refer to as "warrens"; juvenile rabbit taguel are referred to as "kits".
Two known foods are part of the taguel diet. Rabbit taguel are very fond of carrots, as with the stereotype that all rabbits like carrots. Taguel also on occasion resort to a rare tree-borne fruit as emergency rations, which is far sweeter than even the sweetest human candies.
In gameplay, Taguel function identically to Manaketes: they use their beaststone items in order to fight. Without their beaststones they typically possess low stats in general, but with a beaststone equipped they gain significant statistical bonuses allowing even the weakest Taguel unit to comfortably participate in battle. Taguel only assume their transformed state when attacking or being attacked.
Class growth rates
|Awakening||Even Rhythm||Learned at level 1.|
|Awakening||Beastbane||Learned at level 15.|
|Playable Taguel units in the Fire Emblem series.|
- In their transformed state, a taguel's voice is somewhat distorted when they speak in battle.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Japanese||タグエル||Officially romanized as Taguel.|
|French||Tagüel||Minor alteration to include an umlaut diacritic.|
- "A long time ago, my mother used to tell me the tale of a certain tribal leader… This was back when taguel ruled the world and lived in an earthly paradise. Before everything changed and our way of life was wiped out forever." - Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Libra: I apologize for disturbing you, but there's something I need to ask. Why did you come to the exalt's aid?
Panne: I knew neither her face nor her name. All I knew is she was descended from the first exalt.
Libra: Your debt was to a man who died over a thousand years ago?
Panne: It is the debt of all the taguel. We are told the story as kits. In his time, the taguel were slaves to humans. Kept as labor – or even pets – we were treated worse than livestock. The slightest resistance would earn a swift execution, to serve as an example.
Libra: I've never heard of such cruelty.
Panne: Humans are quick to forget history. ...Or rewrite it. But the first exalt had the strength and courage to end the horror. He stood up for the taguel, though it earned him the ire of his fellow humans. "We are all the same," he said. "Equal beings. No difference separates human and taguel." [...] It was a platitude then, as now. But in that platitude, my kind found salvation. Liberation and equality took time, but in those words we found dignity. And so we teach our young of the debt we owe him. Should any exalt ever need our aid, we will give it regardless of the cost." - Libra and Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Gaius: I can tell you're impressed, Whiskers. Don't try to hide it. You're thinking, "Crivens, this must be a brave and agile man, to be-"
Panne: Your dexterity would be below average among the taguel. And do not call me Whiskers.
Gaius: Below average, eh?
Panne: I admit, when I saw you at a distance, I thought you might be one of my kin. Perhaps a particularly clumsy friend who managed to hide among these rocks. But it was a fool's hope." - Gaius and Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Panne: Taguel ears are far more sensitive than your own.
Gaius: Crivens... I wager you overhear all kinds of secrets.
Panne: Not really. Our hearing is so ensitive, we pick up every little sound. Often the one thing we WANT to hear is drowned out by background clamor." - Gaius and Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Panne: We talked.
Cordelia: Oh, yes. Of course. You talked to her and... Wait, you can TALK to my pegasus? Like, with words?
Panne: Is that strange?" - Panne and Cordelia, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Avatar: So, do all shape-shifters turn into rabbits, Panne?
Panne: No. There were others, far from here. Tribes of cat-wearers and bird-wearers..." - Avatar and Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "You just won’t take stony silence for an answer, will you? I’ve met some taguel who become lions, and others who turned into wolves." - Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "The pride of a taguel is being true to yourself! To not live for temptation or fear, but for what your own heart tells you is right. That's how you survived, Mother. You have such a strong heart, and you listen to it." - Yarne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "Avatar: So, let me guess... Carrot stew?
Panne: ...How did you know?
Avatar: Ha ha, sorry! I know, just because you're a rabbit doesn't mean you... Wait, I was right?" - Avatar and Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
- "*Nibble* ...Ah, yes, very sweet. In emergencies, we taguel sometimes eat a similar-tasting fruit. But it is even sweeter than this candied confection." - Panne, Fire Emblem: Awakening
|This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.|