Arete died before the events of Fates. She was the mother of Azura.
Arete only appears in Revelation, and as an enemy to Corrin's forces. Her first appearance, albeit obscured, is in Chapter 7. The means of her appearance remains unexplained for a fair portion of the game, though it is eventually revealed that the Vallite king Anankos is able to enslave and command the dead, with Arete being one such servant.
A while later she appears again in Chapter 22 in a forest of Valla. Arete reveals herself to Corrin and the army. Azura eventually sees that the mysterious woman they met earlier was her deceased mother. Arete battles them and escapes again after the battle.
Her last appearance is in Chapter 23, with a reanimated Scarlet in tow as a 'gift'. After the battle, Arete is finally dealt a mortal blow. During her dying moments she remembers who she was and who Azura is. Arete spends her final minutes in Azura's arms before she dissolves away, leaving the army to harden their resolve to take down Anankos.
Enemy - Revelation Chapter 18
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Enemy - Revelation Chapter 22
Normal Hard Lunatic
Enemy - Revelation Chapter 23
Normal Hard Lunatic
Enemy - Hidden Truths 2
Enemy - Heirs of Fate V
Arete is one of the characters added to the game in the Echoes of Truth update, and was made available to players in the fifty-seventh Grand Hero Battle, which initially ran from July 20, 2021 through July 27, 2021. Only one variation of Arete is currently available in Heroes, based on her Fates incarnation.
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|Chilling Wind||★★★||100 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Push 1||★★★||60 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Push 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Atk/Res Push 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
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|C||Res Ploy 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Res Ploy 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
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|“||On behalf of my king, I welcome you to our hidden kingdom.||”|
— Arete, as the boss of Revelation Chapter 18.
|“||Everything that I do, I do in the name of the great Anankos.||”|
— Arete as the boss of Revelation Chapter 22
|“||Arete: King Anankos will see you destroyed.
— Arete, when fighting Azura in Revelation Chapter 22
|“||I will not let you go any farther. If you try, I will kill you.||”|
— Arete, as the boss of Revelation Chapter 23.
|“||Arete: Why is it that looking at you gives me such an incredible headache?
Azura: I... Could it be...
Arete: No matter—killing you will make the pain go away. Prepare yourself for the next world.
Azura: After our last encounter, I readied myself for this moment. I knew that, if we met again, I might have to be the one to take you down.
— Arete, when fighting Azura in Revelation Chapter 23
|“||You will die before ever sullying the almighty King Anankos's presence.||”|
— Arete, as one of the bosses of V: Endless Dawn
|“||Arete: It was good of you to come and meet your death firsthand. You've been quite the thorn in our side. You and your mother both. Not to mention a pain in my skull. Every time I lay eyes on you... Every time...
Shigure: If you don't understand why that is, then you are truly lost to me. I had hopes...daydreams...about what might happen if you could be saved. What joy we might have shared. What songs we might have sung.
Arete: You flatter yourself. I would I deign to do these things with you?
Shigure: Do you feel nothing when you look at me? At this pendant? It doesn't stir anything at all within you?
Arete: What does the great King Anankos's loyal servant care for such things? Perhaps this pain will stop when I silence you once and for all. But first, let me hear your voice. Sing once more before fading into nothing.
Shigure: If I sing, it will be your funeral dirge. For I see there can be no mercy for you. Farewell, Grandmother...
— Arete, when fighting Shigure in V: Endless Dawn
— Arete's defeat voice clip
|“||So...you are capable of more than I thought...||”|
— Arete's defeat quote in Revelation Chapter 18.
|“||You seem...stronger than before. I should have accounted for that...||”|
— Arete's defeat quote quote in Revelation Chapter 22.
— Arete's death quote in Revelation Chapter 23.
|“||Ah...finally... I remember at last...||”|
— Arete's defeat quote in V: Endless Dawn
- Main article: Arete/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Arete is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Arete|
|Queen of Nohr, Arete|
|"Everyone of you will die here. All are against the will of the demon king Anankos."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Strategist||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Jumbled Memories: [Activate]  If you pay the cost, you may draw one card and reveal it. If the revealed card is not , you must discard a card from your hand.|
Descendant of Valla: [Always] While you have no face-up cards in your Bond Area, this unit's attack increases by 10.
|Card #B06-094HN • Artist: Minori Fuyuzora|
|Princess of Valla, Arete|
|"The path you walk belongs to destiny, just let it flow... All of your joy and your pain will fall like the tide, let it flow..."|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: –||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Troubadour||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Heal: [Activate]   Choose a card from your Retreat Area other than "Arete" and add it to your hand.|
Miracle Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your opponent's attacking unit cannot perform a Critical Hit.
|Card #B06-095N • Artist: Minori Fuyuzora|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Arete .
|Fates||Azura's mother. Once married to King
Garon. Also has strong ties to Valla.
|Heroes||The combination of her alluring figure and her
songbird voice are said to have entranced royals
everywhere from Valla to Nohr. Appears in Fire
- Arete's feather can be purchased from the accessory shop in My Castle.
- For whatever reason, Arete has less HP across chapters of the same difficulty. For instance, in the Normal mode version of chapter 22 she has less HP than in the Normal Mode version of chapter 18, though it goes back up by her appearance in the same difficulty of chapter 23.
- Likewise, her Luck decreases with each appearance at least on the Normal difficulty, with chapter 18 giving her her highest figure in the stat.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Shenmei. Derived from Chinese shěnměi 審美 meaning "appreciating beauty" or "appreciating the arts".
Shenmei; distinct from 審美 shěnměi.
Portrait of Arete from 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.|
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