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Cath

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Cath

FEFT Cath.png
Artwork of Cath from The Binding Blade.

A young thief who steals only from the rich.

Gender

Female

Race

Human

Age

Teens

Family

Unnamed father

Title(s)

The Master Thief

Appearance(s)

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

Ha, maybe not. What I'm doing is theft, I won't deny that. But... I will say this. I'll never, ever do things like burning villages down and hurting innocent people.
— Cath to Garret in a support conversation.

Cath (Japanese: キャス Cath) is a character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She first appears in Chapter 6. She can be recruited from Chapter 12 to Chapter 22 if talked to by Roy three times, once per chapter.

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

Role

Cath is a crafty and cheery young girl who took up thievery after a group of soldiers and nobles, presumably from Bern, had her village burnt down to the ground. As a result of nobility being behind this felony, Cath began to steal gold and other valuables from the greedy rich and give all of it to the poor and unfortunate. She also possesses a deep-seated hatred towards her own father, who she regards to as a coward, as he was the one who particularly burned down the village under the order of the nobles. At first, she is reluctant to join Roy, merely because he is himself a noble from Pherae. However, if the player gets him to talk to her three times, each time in different levels, she will join Roy's army, and help him in his good cause to stop Bern's tyranny and help in the reconstruction of her village.

After the war ended and Bern was defeated, Cath continued to travel around the world, continuing to steal from the rich and give to the poor. Her name was imprinted in history as a master thief and a legend.

Starting stats and growth rates

Portrait cath fe06.png
Thief
Level 5
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Recruitment: Talk with Roy in three different chapters

(From the earliest possible chapter to her final appearance)
Chapter 12: The True Enemy
Chapter 16: Storming the Capital
Chapter 20 (either version)
Chapter 22: An Undying Dream

Stats Growth Rates

Inventory
Is gba iron sword.png Iron Sword
Is gba lockpick.png Lockpick
Is gba vulnerary.png Vulnerary
Weapon Levels
GBARankSword.gif E GBARankLance.gif -- Axe -- GBARankBow.gif --
GBARankAnima.gif -- GBARankLight.gif -- GBARankDark.gif -- GBARankStaff.gif --

*Note: Cath will appear in chapters 6 and 8, but will not join immediately due to her recruitment requirement.
Cath will not appear in future chapters if she was either recruited or killed.

Analysis

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

Cath is not a very good unit.
Despite all the effort it takes, even if you recruit her on the earliest possible chapter, she will still join with incredibly low base stats and fall short to your two other thieves. If you do decide to raise her, Cath will still suffer from the same weakness that all thieves suffer from in The Binding Blade: they cannot promote. Raising Cath is difficult - she has low base HP and close to nonexistent defensive stats meaning that she will fall to almost anything. If the player decides to raise Cath regardless, despite her poor combat ability, she will become a competent fighter with her good growths, though she will still struggle to catch up to Astore due to her low bases.

Given that Chad and Astore are higher quality replacements to Cath, there is very little reason to recruit or field her. Opting to outright ignore Cath would be considered an sensible decision.

Interestingly, stealing Cath's items and killing her when she first appears may be more beneficial than recruiting her. You can acquire a Vulnerary and Lockpick by stealing from Cath, and by killing her she will not appear in future chapters to steal your loot. Considering that Chad and Astore are more than sufficient for your thieving needs combined with the fact that Cath initially faces extreme difficulties at combat, this option may be more preferable.

Personality and character

Cath is a very cunning thief, and she takes great pride in her skill. She regards to herself as a master thief, as she steals from the rich and gives to the poor, and has her ways around thievery, whether it be switching bags of money with duplicates, or by simply using deception, as seen in her support conversation with the pirate Geese, where she pretends to be drunk and vulnerable (This fails, however).[1] She claims that she gives all of the money she steals to the peasantry, and that she does not keep any of the pilfered treasures for herself, which reveals her selfless motives for thievery.[2] She is also cheery and optimistic, as seen in her support conversations with Chad, whom she humorously regards to as "Servant #1."[3] Before she eventually joins up with Roy and his army, she can be seen appearing on random maps as a red unit, going around and picklocking treasure chests. This continues until the player has Roy talk to her three times, causing her to eventually be convinced to join Roy's army.

There are three particular types of people whom Cath holds a grudge against: Nobility, bandits, and most importantly, her father. During the war, a large group of soldiers and nobles, possibly from Bern, came to her village, and orders all of its civilians to burn it down. They, of course, refused to do so. In response, the nobles prepared to raid the village, until Cath's father, seeing the incident, took the torch and burned the entire village, crops and all, to the ground.[4] Ever since then, she has retained a hatred towards both nobility and her own father. As a result, she left what used to be her village in order to steal from the rich and give to the poor, promising herself that she will never be cowardly like her father. However, Bartre, a veteran warrior, explains to Cath how maybe her father should not deserve her hate, because he burned down the village in order to protect her daughter from the soldiers. Afterwards, Cath still ends up keeping her regards to her father as cowardly, but she does say she would take Bartre's thoughts into account.[5] As well as her hatred towards the rich and her father, she also holds great hostility towards bandits, as shown in her support with Garret, who is, himself, a bandit.[6]

Support conversations

Main article: Cath/Supports
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Cath
Thief
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Garret
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Chad
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Bartre
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Hugh
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Geese
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Endings

Cath, Master Thief
Cath set out to travel the world after the war. She then continued to give to the poor while exposing the secrets of greedy nobles and merchants. Her name remains in history today in "The Legend of the Master Thief."

Death Quote

Heh heh... I goofed up...
— Cath

Battle Quote

Other appearances

Trivia

  • Cath`s theme song is nearly the same as Serra's in Fire Emblem, just with different instrumentation and pitch.
Ss tmsfe cath look alike.png

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English
(unofficial)
Cath
Japanese キャス Officially romanized as Cath. A variant of the Greek names Catherine and Cathy. Cath literally means pure.[7]

Gallery

Small portrait cath fe06.png Sprite Gallery
Portrait cath fe06.png Thief
Bs fe06 cath thief sword.png
Sword

References

  1. "Cath: Hey, Geeeese.
    Geese: Yeah?
    Cath: Ohhh... I think I'm drunk...
    Geese: ......
    Cath: Can you stay and revive me? Come on...
    Geese: ... Hey.
    Cath: Yeah?
    Geese: Were you hit with a Berserk staff or something?
    Cath: Huh?
    Geese: Whatever you're doing, it's not very convincing at all.
    Cath: What!? You withstood my seduction moves!? You're no ordinary man!
    " — Cath and Geese's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  2. "Hugh: I mean, don't you already have a ton of money if you're a thief?
    Cath: No. Why would I?
    Hugh: Yeah, right! I see you running around looting chests all the time!
    Cath: I give it all to the poor. I'm a master thief, I have my dignity. I would never even keep 1G of the money I steal.
    Hugh: Then... Are you going to give the money you take from me to the poor as well?
    Cath: Of course.
    " — Hugh and Cath's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  3. "Chad: ...I wasn't good in my studies, but when I drew pictures, Father praised me. He said I had clever fingers, and that I could be an artist someday.
    Cath: ...... I see... ...... ...... Ah! I don't like situations like this. I want to live more optimistically. You should do the same, #1.
    Chad: What do you mean, #1!?
    Cath: You. You're my Servant #1, remember?
    Chad: I never agreed to that!
    " — Chad and Cath's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  4. "Cath: ... Our village was burned to the ground in the war. A bunch of soldiers came and ordered us to set our houses on fire. No one did... I mean, who would? It was our home. Soon the soldiers got impatient and drew their swords... That's when one of the villagers took a torch and went around setting the place on fire. That coward... was my father." — Cath and Bartre's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  5. "Cath: I swore to myself that I would never become a coward who goes around bowing down to power like that. That's why I...
    Bartre: Cath... you're wrong.
    Cath: What?
    Bartre: No one would enjoy burning down their own village. But your father... he had something he needed to protect.
    Cath: ......
    Bartre: Your father didn't have the strength to defeat the soldiers. But he was fighting all the same. He was gritting his teeth and fighting to protect something that was more important than his house and crops. ... He was fighting to protect you.
    Cath: ...... ...... Ha... I don't think so. My father's just a coward. He's nothing like you. But... I suppose I could think of it that way...
    " — Cath and Bartre's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  6. "Cath: I freaking hate bandits! I feel like tearing my hair out when I hear about them." — Cath and Garret's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
  7. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Cath


Project Characters.png This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Playable characters AlenAstoreBathBartreBorsCathCeciliaChadClarineDayanDieckDorothyDouglasEkhidnaElenElphinFaeFirGarretGeeseGonzalezGwendolynHughIgreneJodelJunoKarelKleinLalumLanceLilinaLotLughMarcusMerlinusMiladyNiimeNoahOgierPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSinSophiaSueTheaTrecWadeWoltZelotsZeiss
Non-playable characters EliwoodGuinivereHectorMaryMordred
Trial Map characters BrunnyaEliwoodGalleGuinivereHectorMurdockNarcianZephiel
Bosses ArcardoBrakulBrunnyaChanDamasDebiasDoryEinErikFlaerGalleGuerreroHenningIdennKabulKelKudokaJahnLeganceMaggieMarralMartelMonkeMorganMurdockNarcianNordOatesOrloPeresRaithRandyRoartzRobertsRoseRuudScollanScottSiguneSlaterThorilTickWagnerWindhamZephielZinque
The Eight Legends AthosBariganBramimondDurbanElimineHanonHartmutRoland
Regalia and personal weapons ApocalypseArmadsAureolaBinding BladeDurandalEckesachsForblazeMaltetMulagirRapierSaint's Staff
Chapters Tutorial • 1: Breath of Destiny • 2: The Princess of Bern • 3: Latecomer's Sorrow • 4: Crumbling League • 5: Fire Emblem • 6: Ensnared • 7: The Ostian Revolt • 8: Reunion • 8x: The Blazing Blade • 9: The Misty Isles • 10A: Western Resistance • 11A: The Hero of the West • 10B: Amidst a Struggle • 11B: Flight Toward Freedom • 12: The True Enemy • 12x: The Thunder Axe • 13: Rescue Mission • 14: Arcadia • 14x: The Infernal Truth • 15: The Dragon Child • 16: Storming the Capital • 16x: The Glorious Ascension • 17A: Ocean's Parting • 18A: The Frozen River • 19A: Bitter Cold • 20A: Ilia's Salvation • 20Ax: The Freezing Lance • 17B: The Bishop's Teachings • 18B: The Laws of Sacae • 19B: Battle in Bulgar • 20B: The Silver Wolf • 20Bx: The Bow of Swift Wind • 21: The Binding Blade • 21x: The Elder Revelation • 22: An Undying Dream • 23: The Ghosts of Bern • 24: Legends and Lies • Final: Beyond the DarknessTrial Maps
Locations ElibeBern (Dragon SanctuaryShrine of Seals) • Etruria (Aquleia) • IliaLycia (AraphenLausOstiaPheraeThria) • Missur (ArcadiaNabata) • Sacae (BulgarTaras) • Western Isles
Groups, objects and concepts Disturbance of BernEnding WinterFire EmblemGenerals of EtruriaThe ScouringWar Dragons
Related topics Fire Emblem: Hasha no TsurugiName chart • Other games (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline