|“||Fight and get stronger, he says... Guess it can't hurt to try. I sure hope I don't get in the way! Gosh, that would be just awful...||”|
Donnel appears in the first paralogue of the game, Sickle to Sword. When bandits attack his village and kidnap his mother, Donnel goes looking for help and soon runs into Chrom. After telling him what has happened, Chrom and the others gear up for battle, to which he tells Donnel to fight with them. After intially declining, Donnel gears up as well to help his mother and village.
If Donnel gains a level and survives the chapter, he will join the Shepherds for the rest of the game. If he fails to do so, he will be left at the village.
Starting stats and growth rates
- For the Aptitude skill, add +20% to all growth rates.
Growth rates when reclassed
Mercenary/Hero Bow Knight Fighter/Warrior Dread Fighter
Promotion stat gains
|Aptitude||Villager, level 1|
|Underdog||Villager, level 15|
|HP +5||Fighter, level 1|
|Zeal||Fighter, level 10|
|Rally Strength||Warrior, level 5|
|Counter||Warrior, level 15|
|Sol||Hero, level 5|
|Axebreaker||Hero, level 15|
|Armsthrift||Mercenary, level 1|
|Patience||Mercenary, level 10|
|Rally Skill||Bow Knight, level 5|
|Bowbreaker||Bow Knight, level 15|
|The above skill list does not include skills obtained exclusively via DLC.|
Donnel has incredible growth rates, thanks to Aptitude, that stand out even among Awakening's cast with very high growths as well, but joins with such terrible bases and low movement that training him up isn't worth it overall. In both normal and hard mode as long as you get past his terrible start Donnel can reclass rather quickly to a Fighter or Mercenary and become a viable unit afterwards. However, on Lunatic and Lunatic+, unless you use DLC to grind him up to competence he will never realistically promote. Furthermore, Donnel suffers from having a very difficult recruitment requirement forcing him to level up in his join chapter, which is complicated by the powerful axe-wielders in said chapter. He starts with an E rank in lances which means that he is locked to the Bronze Lance at base, and none of his other classes can wield lances meaning he will be spending a lot of time stuck with weak weaponry. With maximum investment, Donnel's best attribute is his combination of high Luck and the Armsthrift skill, granting him infinite weapon durability without even needing the DLC Limit Breaker skill.
Donnel's biggest contribution to the team is his genes. In casual play, he can pass down his Aptitude skill, granting his monstrous growths to a child unit with actual bases and turning them into a powerhouse. His shining contribution is the fact that he passes down the Pegasus Knight class to his daughter, granting her the coveted Galeforce skill. For this reason, he should absolutely be paired with Sully, Tharja, or Nowi, all of whom have daughters who need him to obtain Galeforce.
Donnel is one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch, and is also the fifth of twelve characters that are part of the game's Hero Battle rotation. He was first made available via Hero Battle at 7:00 AM UTC on February 6, 2017 through 6:59 AM UTC on Feburary 7, 2017, and his Hero Battle has been available during the same time period every twelve days thereafter. Only one variation of Donnel is currently available in Heroes, based on his Awakening incarnation.
Donnel is one of a select few characters to have been inherently available at all five rarities, although inherent availability at five-star rarity has been limited to summoning focuses.
★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Steel Lance||★★||100 SP|
|Brave Lance||★★★||200 SP|
|Brave Lance+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|Hewn Lance||★★★★★||400 SP|
|Reciprocal Aid||★★★||150 SP|
|A||HP +3||★||40 SP|
|A||HP +4||★★||80 SP|
|A||HP +5||★★★★||160 SP|
|B||Drag Back||★★★||150 SP|
Personality and character
Despite his unusual manner of speech, Donnel is a kind-hearted boy who is always eager to help others. He has a talent for trapping, but his cooking skills are non-existent, as witnessed in a C support conversation with the female Robin. In his supports with Cordelia, his kindness is expressed when he goes out of his way to write down every nice thing about her in order to cheer her up. Donnel also has a good memory and willingness to learn, as he was able to memorize Maribelle's copy of Ylisse's law book with little effort and score perfect marks on Miriel's examination.
- Main article: Donnel/Supports
Donnel, Village Hero (single ending)
Donnel returned to his tiny village and lived a quiet life with his mother. He never took up arms again—a blessing for which he thanked the exalt daily.
Donnel, Village Hero & Robin, High Deliverer
Many wrote of Robin's legendary exploits, but accounts of her origins and character varied. Scholars, poets, and bards agreed on one thing alone—she loved her husband, Donnel, above all else.
Donnel, Village Hero & Lissa, Sprightly Cleric
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and Lissa. Still, the latter insisted on breaking the monotony, and the couple often traveled to far-flung markets.
Donnel, Village Hero & Sully, Crimson Knight
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Sully. The latter established a militia much like the Shepherds to arm the villagers against the threat of brigands.
Donnel, Village Hero & Miriel, Rapier Intellect
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Miriel. The latter directed her studies on the local flora; Donny was shocked that trees could have ten-syllable names.
Donnel, Village Hero & Maribelle, Dire Damsel
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and Maribelle. Still, he was careful not to pester his new bride about working in the fields, lest she lift a scythe for other reasons.
Donnel, Village Hero & Panne, Proud Taguel
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Panne. This new "warren" had more than enough nature to please any taguel, and her heart found a home at last.
Donnel, Village Hero & Cordelia, Knight Paragon
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Cordelia. The latter, however, continued to train hard as a knight and often answered the exalt's call.
Donnel, Village Hero & Nowi, Eternal Youth
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Nowi. She loved her new home and scampered through the fields and mountains with the fervor of a village cat.
Donnel, Village Hero & Tharja, Grim Stalker
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Tharja. The latter never warmed to the villagers, but she was said to smile around her family.
Donnel, Village Hero & Olivia, Shrinking Violet
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Olivia. Their forgotten hamlet glowed during festivals, when Olivia's dancing warmed more than any fire.
Donnel, Village Hero & Cherche, Wyvern Friend
Donnel returned to his tiny village and built a happy life with his mother and his wife, Cherche. The latter's easy laugh and many skills quickly earned the love and respect of her new family.
Fire Emblem Cipher
Donnel is currently featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Donnel|
|Grown Villager, Donnel|
|"Yehaw! Plowing down all these enemies made me level up!"|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Hero||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|"Water the Fields!": [Trigger] At the start of your turn, place the top 3 cards of your deck in your Retreat Area.|
Blossoming Aptitude: [Trigger] When this unit attacks, until the end of the battle, this unit gains +10 attack for each "Donnel" card in your Retreat Area. ( is only active when this unit is Class Changed)
|Card #B04-080HN • Artist: Kuzuya|
|Fresh Swordsman, Donnel|
|"C'mon, c'mon I'd like to keep getting better!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Mercenary||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Sow the Fields!": [Trigger] At the start of your turn, place the top two cards of your deck in your Retreat Area. Until the end of this turn, this unit gains +10 attack for each "Donnel" placed in your Retreat Area by this skill.|
|Card #B04-081N • Artist: Kana Kuramoto|
|Young Villager, Donnel|
|"I might be just a villager, but there's lots I can do!"|
|Attack: 30||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Villager||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"Plow the Fields!": [Trigger] At the start of your turn, place 1 card from the top of your deck to your Retreat Area. If that card was a "Donnel", until the end of this turn, this unit gains +10 attack.|
Resistance Emblem: [Support] If your defending unit is destroyed, at the end of this battle, you may deploy this card instead of placing it in your Retreat Area.
|Card #B04-082N • Artist: Kuzuya|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Donnel .
|Awakening||An Ylissean commoner with
a "funny way of talkin'."
|Heroes||A farm boy from a country village in
the Halidom of Ylisse. Handy and hardy.
Appears in Fire Emblem Awakening.
- In Olivia's support with Donnel, she sings of a tale about a raven prince and a heron princess in the Japanese version, which was changed to a tale about swans in the localized editions.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Potentially from Donald, itself from the Gaelic name Domhnall, meaning "ruler of the world".
Officially romanized as Denis.
Doni, from the Japanese name.
- Meaning, origin and history of the name Donald, Behind the Name, Retrieved: November 11, 2020
|Fire Emblem Heroes|