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|“||...Stealing's the only way I could live. I'm an orphan.||”|
— Chad to Hugh in a support conversation.
Chad (Japanese: チャド Chad) is a character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 3. He is a thief from an orphanage in Araphen, along with Lugh and Raigh. After Bern destroyed his home, he sets off to seek revenge.
Chad is a child from an orphanage in the march of Araphen. According to the artbook, Chad comes from Sacae; given his appearance, he is most likely of mixed blood – his origins are never mentioned in the game. In the orphanage, he became good friends with a younger boy, Lugh.
Once Bern started invading other countries, the orphanage had trouble to meet ends, so Chad, being the oldest child, felt responsible for them. However, he seems to have been deemed as too young to be hired for any kind of job, so he ended up resorting to thievery. His life changes when Bern and its Dragon Knights attack Araphen Castle, where the Lycian League was holding a meeting; the father in charge of the orphanage is killed by Bern's soldiers and the orphanage itself is burned down. After deciding to take revenge on Bern, Chad finds the Pheraen army and joins it, offering his skills as a thief for the rest of the war.
During the battle on Araphen, Chad comes across Lugh, who followed him to the battlefield. Although Chad tries to persuade Lugh to go back with the other children, at the end he seems happy to fight alongside his best friend. In the Western Isles, Chad finds Lugh's disappeared twin brother, Raigh. When informed of the orphanage's fate, Raigh decides to join Roy's army, much to Chad's surprise.
Once Bern is defeated and the war is over, Chad quits thievery and helps orphans across the whole continent.
Starting stats and growth rates
Chad is a level 1 Thief who joins in Chapter 3 of The Binding Blade. As the thief with the earliest join time in the game, Chad has exclusive stealing utility early on.
Between chapters 3 and 8, Chad can get many useful items from chests. These items include a Halberd, a Silver Lance, a Goddess Icon and a Killer Axe. Chad can also get plenty of gold from the chests without items. In Chapter 7, the player can buy Door Keys from a vendor, but before then, using Chad is the only way to open chests.
Outside of opening chests and stealing items from enemies, Chad cannot do much. He is definitely not a good combat unit. Even though his growths are among the best in the game, his base stats are abysmal. His speed is his only good base stat, high enough to prevent enemies from doubling him. Yet even so, Chad is so frail that enemies can kill him in one hit. In Hard Mode, enemy axe users in the early game deal enough damage to one-shot Chad from full HP. While he has weapon triangle advantage over the inaccurate axe users, this is still a problem.
Having such poor base stats makes Chad difficult to use in combat. Even if his incredible growths make him better at it, he will still be worse than dedicated combat units. Moreover, thieves in The Binding Blade cannot promote. Chad cannot gain levels after reaching level 20 and he receives no promotion bonuses. This makes Chad even worse at fighting, because other units – and enemies – will surpass him at some point. Considering these circumstances, training Chad is a waste of time. He was never meant to be a combat unit.
Chad does not make a good support partner, either. Chad is often stealing items in certain sections of a map. None of Chad's support partners are thieves, so sending them with him to open chests is pointless. And if Chad's support partner is not with him, neither can gain support bonuses. This renders building supports with Chad almost pointless. The only time when their bonuses would be useful is a time when there are no items to steal. In that scenario, Chad can stay near his partner. But in that case, Chad is taking up a deployment slot of another unit likely better than him. Chad is not good at anything except stealing, so deploying him on a map with no stealables is a waste.
Chad is one of the characters added to the game in the Heavenly Witness update, and became available for summoning by players on November 19, 2019. Only one variation of Chad is currently available in Heroes, based on his The Binding Blade incarnation.
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|Rogue Dagger||★★★||200 SP|
|Rogue Dagger+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|Draw Back||★★★||150 SP|
|B||Escape Route 1||★★★||60 SP|
|B||Escape Route 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|B||Escape Route 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Spd Smoke 1||★★★||60 SP|
|C||Spd Smoke 2||★★★||120 SP|
|C||Spd Smoke 3||★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Being the oldest child in the orphanage where he grew up, Chad became a serious person, who feels it is his duty to care for the other children. He knows that thievery is not good, but he knows there is no other option for him, too. He is also very aware of his social status, calling Raigh out on his disrespectful behavior. Yet Chad still has childish traits, as Lugh points out; he seems to be really happy when eating, and embarrassed when doing good actions. He is also uncertain of the bonds between him and Lugh; as Lugh has a twin, Chad confesses he always felt a little left out. He was not a good student, but his drawing skills were always praised by the father in charge of the orphanage.
Chad's grudge against Bern is handled in his supports with Elen. At first he is grateful for Elen's help, but when she tells him that she is from Bern, Chad shuts her off. After some time, Chad tells her his story and admits that he had to rethink his views on Bern's people.
- Main article: Chad/Supports
Chad, Lycian Wildcat
Short: Worked to help orphans.
Long: Chad gave up thievery after the war. He traveled across the continent and dedicated his life to helping orphaned children. Not many would guess from his actions that he was once a cunning thief.
|“||I have friends I can trust. There's no way I could lose now!||”|
— In the final chapter.
|“||No! Why here...? Lugh... I'm sorry...||”|
- Main article: Chad/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Chad is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Chad|
|Lycian Wildcat, Chad|
|"I have to get revenge for my orphanage!"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Thief||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Steal: [Trigger] When this unit's attack destroys an enemy, reveal the top card of your opponent’s deck. You may then place that card in their Retreat Area.|
Sword of the Thieving Wildcat: [Support] If your opponent's support is a card with a deployment cost of 3 or more, you may  to draw a card.
|Card #B05-024HN • Artist: Yoko Maturica|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Chad .
|The Binding Blade||An orphan from the Lycian
border to Bern.*
|Heroes||Grew up in an orphanage in Lycia with a pair of
brothers, Lugh and Raigh. Seeks revenge on
Bern for killing the caretaker of the orphanage.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
As of Fire Emblem Heroes. See the Japanese name.
Romanized as Chad in the Binding Balde website. Chad is a male name of British Celtic origin. It seems to come from the Welsh word cad, which means "battle." Chad (Ceadda) of Mercia was an Anglo-Saxon abbot, who was later canonized. He and his brother, Cedd, are considered to play main roles in introducing Christianity to Mercia. Chad is also the the name of a country in central Africa.
Artwork of Chad from The Binding Blade.
- "Chad: Poppa was a good man, but he could only keep the orphanage running through charity. After the war started we began to run low on food and clothes. I was the oldest of the orphans, but I couldn't find any work. So the only way to get food was to steal." — Chad and Hugh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: I used the money to buy a strong sword. I'm going to use it to end this war quickly. Then I can go back to the children!
Hugh: So the kids are family to you. You want to protect them." — Chad and Hugh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Hugh: You'd be surprised. You're an honest kid. You sure you chose the right career?
Chad: Stop calling me "kid". My name is Chad.
Hugh: All right, Chad. So tell me, why'd you become a thief?
Chad: ...Stealing's the only way I could live. I'm an orphan." — Chad and Hugh's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Raigh: What do you want?
Chad: Roy... I mean Lord Roy wants to see us.
Raigh: You think I care?!
Chad: P-pipe down! Don't be so loud! That Merlinus guy'll be after us again!
Raigh: You're afraid of that old geezer, aren't you?
Chad: Well, sure. He and Lord Roy are nobles.
Raigh: Ha ha. Little Chad bows down to nobles now, does he?
Chad: Laugh if you like. But let me say this. Nobility don't like to be opposed. Lord Roy doesn't seem like he would anger too easily, but I don't know about the others." — Chad and Raigh's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: Wow, baked tarts! Where'd you get these?
Lugh: The man who delivers our meals gave me some extra ones.
Chad: ...They look so good... Can I really have them?
Lugh: Of course.
Chad: All right! Thanks! ...They taste as good as they look.
Lugh: Ha ha!
Lugh: Oh, sorry. It's just that you always look so happy when you're eating." — Chad and Lugh's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: How can I say this...? Your twin brother, Raigh. I always felt I was the odd one out when we three were together.
Lugh: Don't be ridiculous! You're family to me, just as much as Raigh is!
Chad: Yeah, I know! I know better now. I was just creating a wall around myself. But now I know that you're family." — Chad and Lugh's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Cath: ...You're an orphan.
Chad: ...I wasn't the brightest student, but Poppa always praised my drawings. He said I had nimble fingers and that I could be an artist someday..." — Chad and Cath's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Chad: My hatred for Bern fuels my strength... The drive to avenge Poppa and protect all the orphans... That was my purpose in life. It felt just!
Elen: Do you hesitate now?
Chad: ...I hated everyone from Bern. I thought they only cared about themselves. ...Until I met you." — Elen and Chad's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
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