|“||When I heard that your group destroyed Cheve, I couldn't have been prouder. Rebellions are like seeds. One must salt the earth before they sprout. I knew you'd eventually come around and learn to accept my method of ruling. I'm told you even enjoyed watching the life spark fade from the injured rebel soldiers. Hans praised you highly for displaying behavior befitting a Nohrian royal.||”|
— Garon, to Corrin in Conquest
Garon (Japanese: ガロン Garon) is a character in Fire Emblem Fates. He is one of the the primary antagonists of Fates, serving as a major figure in Birthright and Conquest and a minor one in Revelation. He is the ruler of Nohr; like all other Nohrian and Hoshidan royalty, he possesses the power of Dragon Vein, being able to alter the terrain around oneself.
Garon is an antagonistic figure in both routes of Fire Emblem Fates. However, the Garon present throughout the events of Fates is not the original. The original Garon was replaced by Anankos with a water Familiar, planted in Nohr to bring the country into conflict with Hoshido, spreading chaos and destruction. Garon's role is changed depending on the three paths.
Corrin decides to fight for Hoshido, refusing to follow the man who orchestrated the death of many innocent lives, including their now departed mother. Despite their pleas to have Corrin return to Nohr, he/she remains steadfast in his/her decision as he/she declares that Garon is dead to him/her and he must be stopped. The Nohrians retreat afterwords and Corrin is branded a traitor to Nohr. Garon is not seen again until later on. When Corrin and the Hoshidan army arrives in Cyrkensia to begin their assault on Nohr, they learn that Garon is at the Opera House in hopes of seeing the famed songstress Layla. Seeing this as an opportunity to kidnap the King, Corrin's forces have Zola disguise Azura as Layla in order to pull it off. Despite Azura's dance, which caused mild discomfort in Garon, he catches on and reveals that he was aware of the Hoshidan army's presence thanks to Zola. After Zola defects, he asks Garon to spare Corrin for the kindness they showed him. Garon views Zola's request as a sign of treason and executes him in front of the Hoshidan army and Elise, who was accompanying him and he makes his escape afterwards.
Garon sends Iago to attack and kill Corrin and the Hoshidan army, but he fails and retreats. Later, Garon gives Iago the power to awaken Fort Dragonfall to trap and kill Corrin and the Hoshidans, but this also fails as Azura's song frees them, foiling Iago's plan again. Afterwords, Garon is shown in his thoughts, sitting in his throne, and disappointed that Iago failed him yet again and plans to dispose of him soon, but he has a "Plan B" that will spring into action anytime now, and can't wait to see what he has in store for Corrin. He then erupts into maniacal laughter. Later on, when the Hoshidan army breaks into Castle Krakenburg after killing Hans, he once again sends Iago after them to finish the job. Iago fails to kill them once more and he is subsequently executed by Leo for good. Corrin fights and kills Xander in a duel, leaving Garon with no one left to defend him.
After many trials and losses, Corrin reaches the throne room of Castle Krakenburg, and finally confronts Garon himself. Garon is "pleased" to see Corrin again, mocking him/her for making it this far. Garon tells Corrin that his family were all pawns for the war, angering Corrin, who is angered that Elise and Xander gave their lives to stop Corrin from killing Garon, yet he feels nothing at their deaths and Corrin declares Garon irredeemable and vows to kill him. However, when he/she tries to attack him, his/her Noble Yato is unable to penetrate his armor, and in retaliation, Garon launches several blows at them. Azura attempts to use her powers to weaken him, but Garon anticipates this and grabs her, threatening to kill her unless they listen to his demands. Ryoma negotiates with him, and he responds that it is a wise choice. Garon demands that Hoshido unconditionally surrender so its lands can be incorporated into Nohr, then states that he wishes to kill Ryoma. Garon sends a fireball at Ryoma, wounding him. Garon mocks Corrin if he/she will surrender to him, or fight and ensure the deaths of all his/her friends.
Suddenly, Ryoma's Raijinto reacts to Corrin's Noble Yato, empowering it into the Blazing Yato. Corrin decides to test the new Yato on Garon, and he screams in pain, as the new Yato was able to injure him. Angered by this, he calls upon his soldiers to kill Corrin and the Hoshidans, but they fail and the Hoshidans fight and defeat him. Garon, refusing to give up, transforms into the form of the Dusk Dragon and continues to fight, but is eventually defeated for good and killed by the Hoshidans. Before dying, he laments to Corrin that he was long dead before dissipating into water. Corrin speculates as to what exactly he means, but is unable to come to any conclusions. With the death of Garon, the war between Hoshido and Nohr ends.
Much to the shock of the Hoshidan royal siblings, Corrin decides to fight for Nohr. Despite their pleas to have them reevaluate the situation based on the tragedy that had just occurred with their mother and the innocent Hoshidan people, Corrin remains steadfast in his/her decision as they have unanswered questions that they need to confront Garon directly with. When the Nohrians return to Castle Krakenburg. Garon is shocked and angered that Corrin had returned, knowing that he/she had been in Hoshido and that they now know their true origins and his kidnapping of them, and agrees with Iago that he/she could be a Hoshidan spy and orders Xander to kill him/her. Xander refuses to kill his sibling, so Garon decides to confide with Anankos through an effigy in the ceiling. After getting his judgement on Corrin, he sends him/her to the Ice Tribe Village alone to quell an impending rebellion from them. However, Xander overhears Garon's attempt to make Corrin suffer, so he sends Silas, Elise, her retainers, and their butler/maid to accompany him/her. The group are successful in putting down the Ice Tribe rebellion.
Corrin informs Garon of his/her success, but Iago tells Garon that Corrin did not do it alone and only put it down because they had allies. Upset that Corrin disobeyed him, he nearly executes him/her. However, Elise and Xander tell him that it was their fault for sending help for Corrin. Garon, while upset by his/her actions, is still satisfied that the Ice Tribe rebellion was put down. Giving Corrin another chance, he sends them off to capture Notre Sagesse. Corrin and their small army manage to capture Notre Sagesse and also obtain the Rainbow Sage's power. Not wanting anyone else to exploit the Sage's power for their own purposes, Garon relays to Iago to have Corrin kill the Sage, which he/she refuses. The Sage instead takes his own life, and while Iago is annoyed that Corrin defied Garon's orders, he still informs him of the Sage's death regardless, which pleases Garon. Garon tasks Iago with making Corrin suffer greatly but not kill him/her; something Iago does not fully comprehend, but gladly complies with his order regardless. Garon orders Corrin to crush the rebellion in Cheve. Before setting off, Corrin reunites Garon with his stepdaughter, Azura, who was kidnapped by Hoshido shortly after the kidnapping of Corrin in retaliation. However, Garon cares little about the reunion. Later, he orders Hans to kill not only the remaining wounded Hoshidan troops and Chevian knights, but also the Chevian civilians.
After the uprising in Cheve is put down, Garon heads to Cyrkensia and watches a performance along with his children. Prior to the start of the performance, Garon speaks with Corrin, stating that he is pleased that he/she put down the rebellion. He also reveals that he obtained a letter from Hans, who had credited Corrin with most of the killings even though he/she did not participate in it. When the performance starts, a mysterious songstress causes Garon intense pain, and she flees the stage before Iago's men could apprehend her. Hoshidan assassins led by Kumagera arrive and attempt to kill him, but are killed by Corrin's forces. Recovering, he orders all the songstresses of Crykensia to be executed, to which Corrin begins protesting, confronting Garon about ordering Hans to kill the Chevian rebillion and states they should look for a more peaceful situation, but Garon states his desire to rule Hoshido and will do anything to achieve that task, even if someone disobeys and dies, shocking Corrin. Leo swiftly intervenes and drags Corrin away, while Iago and Hans set off on a killing spree.
Shortly afterwards, Azura reveals to Corrin through a one-time-use crystal ball that the real Garon had died long ago, and that the current Garon is being possessed by "a demon" to spark the war between Nohr and Hoshido. Azura also tells him/her that in order to bring peace to the world, he/she must kill Garon and the only way for Corrin to prove this truth to Nohr is for "Garon" to sit on the magical throne of Hoshido's Castle Shirasagi, which will reveal his degenerated slime form. This means Garon and his army will have to conquer Hoshido in order to trick him into sitting on the throne and then killing him to end the war. Afterwords, Garon states that he wishes to discuss the Nohrians' next endeavor, Nohr and Hoshido will soon be engaged in an all-out war, the greater Nohrian army will set up base in Cyrkensia and immediately send troops to Hoshido, and states that they may be able to secure a early win if they catch the Hoshidan by surprise. Garon states that he tasks Corrin with leading the Hoshidan infiltration, and suggests going by sea rather than the overland route, Garon states that he suspects the Hoshidans will expect the Nohrians to go by land and may be ready to ambush, and that the Nohrians shall outsmart the Hoshidans at every turn going by sea, Garon states that he himself will head back to Castle Krakenberg, monitor the situation from there, and send reinforcements when the time is right.
After defeating the Hoshidan garrison at Fort Jinya led by Yukimura and accompanied by Sakura, Xander assured Yukimura that they would treat the prisoners humanely. However, Hans and Iago start killing several defeated prisoners, and Xander and Corrin force them to stand down or die by their blades. However, Garon appears and surprises them both, threatening to execute them for treason if they try to stop them. Xander and Corrin are forced to stand down as Hans and Iago kills more prisoners, excluding Yukimura and Sakura. Garon leads the Nohrian army as they march into the capital, with the locals taking notice and acting scared; the locals notices Corrin and calls them a traitor, prompting them to insult Corrin for returning after what they did to Mikoto, and denounces the Nohrians as monsters. As Corrin resolves to stay strong, Iago and Hans kill some of the locals and vows to personally destroy anyone who speaks ill about them, and daring any Hoshidan to cross the Nohrians and have their body drop.
Having arrived in the area of the castle, Iago states that, as long as the Hoshidans live, those that follow them will never stop fighting, and they must eliminate all of the Hoshidan royalty and stake their claim, to which Xander states is low even by Iago's standards; Iago then asks Garon about his plan and if he can proceed, Garon simply tells him to kill them all; to which Iago states that he expected that response from Garon and Iago then reveals the plans for the invasion of the castle, with his men attacking from the rear while Corrin's forces go in through the front, to which Corrin reluctantly agrees to Iago's plan, followed by Iago stating that their forces will meet in the throne room. After Corrin defeats Hinoka, he/she defies Garon's order to kill her and tells her to hide until the war is over, but takes her naginata as proof of her demise.
Upon arriving at Castle Shirasagi after defeating more Hoshidan forces, Corrin tells Iago that their army defeated Hinoka, and presents her lance as proof, though Iago is unconvinced. Before Iago can pressure further, Garon stops him, as he believes Corrin and tells him that Hinoka is no meaningful threat to them even if she were still alive. Iago agrees to drop it and as they move forward. Garon and Iago watch Corrin battle Ryoma. Ryoma is defeated and Garon goads Corrin to kill him, but Ryoma commits seppuku instead. Iago tries to have Garon punish Corrin for not obeying his orders, but Garon does not care anymore as they have what they came for; the conquering of Hoshido. Garon arrives at the throne room, but orders everyone to wait outside and not enter while he consults Anankos. However, Iago and Hans attempts to kill Corrin when they find out he/she spared Hinoka. Xander and the royals turn against them and since Garon cannot protect them anymore, they fight against Garon's loyalist, with Corrin's forces killing Hans and all of Garon's loyalists, while Leo executes Iago once and for all, further crippling Garon's forces and putting an end to their disgraceful crimes. With the death of Iago and Garon's loyalist, Corrin finally tells the siblings that the war isn't over yet and they must kill Garon to truly end it, telling them the real Garon is long dead and the Garon they know is actually a monster and all they can do is put him out of his misery.
Corrin and the Nohrians open the doors to the Castle Shirasagi's throne room, where they find Azura's claims to be correct as the throne has exposed Garon's true from as a slime monster, much to the siblings' shock. "Garon" curses Corrin for tricking him and attempts to kill everyone. Corrin attacks him. However, the Grim Yato is unable to hurt him, and in retaliation, Garon launches a powerful blow at him/her. Azura tells the siblings to fight Garon, but they refuse because they cannot bring themselves to fight against the man they once called Father. Corrin begs them to put aside their disbelief and fight as he is not the real Garon, and all that remains of him is a monster. Garon taunts Corrin about turning his children against them and attempts to execute him/her, only for Xander to defend him/her. Xander calls out Garon, affirms him he is no longer his father, referring to his real father as stern, but fair, not using his strength against his children or starting a needless conquest of another kingdom, and accepts his real father is dead, and that the "Garon" he sees is just a pretender.
When Xander tells Corrin that he will lend him/her his strength, Xander's Siegfried reacts, and the Yato transforms into the Shadow Yato. The Yato is finally able to damage Garon, who begins to break down and prepares to kill Corrin and his children. Xander rallies the siblings to not stand by while Corrin battles for them and help fight alongside Corrin to put an end to Garon and save the world and their kingdom. The Nohrian siblings finally gain their confidences and all declare they will fight Garon alongside Corrin, and the proper fight begins. Garon summons a group of mysterious soldiers to kill them, but they fail to do so and he is killed by Corrin and their army shortly afterwards, ending his reign of terror. Garon's death, as well as Takumi's afterwords, finally ends the war and peace has been restored to both Hoshido and Nohr.
Garon makes less appearances in this route compared to the other two routes. Garon is first seen sitting on his throne at Castle Krakenberg in Nohr, making note as to how Corrin is still alive and knows a truth he/she should not know, then reveals that he has already set a plan into motion that will easily crush Corrin; Garon states that the world is already his but doesn't know it yet.
Xander and Leo arrive in the throne room and see Garon looking manipulated, telling them to continue the war against Hoshido, and tells them that he wants to destroy not only Hoshido, but also Nohr itself. This causes both Xander and Leo to reconsider their earlier dismissals of Corrin's claims about Garon being manipulated by the real culprit, Anankos, the Invisible Kingdom of Valla, and they eventually join Corrin's cause.
He makes his last appearance after Anankos is defeated by the combined might of Hoshido and Nohr. Anankos calls Garon and he offers to become a vessel for Anankos in place of Gunter, only for Anankos to betray and devour him to reclaim the power he gifted to Garon to obtain his full power again.
Birthright Chapter 12
Birthright Chapter 27
Normal Hard Lunatic
Normal Hard Lunatic
Conquest Chapter 27
Normal Hard Lunatic
Garon is one of the characters added to the game in the A Way Home update, and was made available to players in the twenty-fourth Grand Hero Battle, which initially ran from September 20, 2018 through September 27, 2018. Only one variation of Garon is currently available in Heroes, based on his Fates incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Breath of Blight||★★★★★||400 SP|
|Dragon Gaze||★★★||100 SP|
|Dragon Fang||★★★★||200 SP|
|A||Distant Def 1||★★★||60 SP|
|A||Distant Def 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Distant Def 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Panic Ploy 1||★★★||60 SP|
|C||Panic Ploy 2||★★★||120 SP|
|C||Panic Ploy 3||★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
During the story proper, Garon is a brutal and paranoid man, with a lust for power and control. He is blunt and does not tolerate insubordination. He is quick to order his children to step in and get the job done. Due to the severe extent of his possession by Anankos, Garon has little personality beyond his desire to burn the continent to the ground and his sadism, particularly towards Corrin. He shows a consistent and extreme lack of subtlety in his aims, even when his boasting causes his children to sabotage his plans.
In life, Garon was not as brutal of a man as he is now. Garon is described as having been a philanderer who had many lovers. He was never able to leave a woman he had relations with, and quickly amassed a large harem of concubines. In contrast to the concubines, who often jockeyed for power and outright murdered each other and their children, Garon was a loving father who enjoyed spending time playing and sparring with his children. The deaths of all of his biological children save four is attributed to be the cause of his radical shift in personality, although how much of this was genuine grief and how much was Anankos' influence on him is unclear.
|“||Are you actually attempting to engage me in battle? Very well. Do your best!||”|
— Garon, as the boss of Birthright Chapter 12.
|“||Corrin: You're not my father, and you never were. Prepare to die.
Garon: I may not be your father, but I will slap you down like a child. This foolishness ends now!
— Garon, when fighting Corrin in Birthright Chapter 12.
|“||HAH! Corrin should have known better than to send an underling. Or perhaps you're just a sacrificial lamb..||”|
— Garon, as the boss of Birthright Chapter 27.
|“||Garon: You're like a cockroach to me... How can you possibly think you can win?
Corrin: I've grown, Garon. I'm not a victim anymore. And I WILL defeat you!
— Garon, when fighting Corrin in Birthright Chapter 27.
|“||NEVER FORGET THAT YOU CHOSE THIS PATH. YOU CHOSE DEATH AND DEFEAT. YOU CHOSE DOOM. YOUR DEATH IS AT HAND!||”|
— Garon, as the boss of Birthright Endgame.
|“||I...WiLl nOt LoSe... I WiLl RuLe nOhR aNd hOsHiDo...tHe wHoLe WoRld!! I aM tHe GrEaTeSt KiNg Of aLl!!||”|
— Garon, as the boss of Conquest Chapter 27.
|“||Garon: i ShOuLd hAvE KiLlEd YoU... EvEn If iT mEaNt...DisObEyInG tHe GrEaT AnAnKoS...
Corrin: Anankos? What are you talking about?! Your god has nothing to do with this! We all make our own decisions. You are all responsible for all of this, monster! You destroyed the heart of a good man for your own selfish gain. But even you could have chosen a different path. No matter the circumstances we are born into, or the blood in our veins...We are all the masters of our own fate! That is why I am not like you, nor could I ever be. I chose the path I believe in, the path of peace. And that conviction, that strength...I will use it to defeat you!
— Garon, when fighting Corrin in Conquest Chapter 27.
— Garon's critical voice clip.
|“||This can't be...||”|
— Garon's defeat voice clip.
|“||Hmpf. This is a waste of time. My men can take it from here.||”|
— Garon's defeat quote in Birthright Chapter 12.
|“||You...you think you've won? Urk...||”|
— Garon's defeat quote in Birthright Chapter 27.
|“||URGH! THESE WOUNDS! THIS CAN'T BE! I REFUSE TO ACCEPT DEFEAT! I REFU—GYAAAAH!||”|
— Garon's death quote in Birthright Endgame.
|“||tHiS iS...ImPoSsIBlE... IMPOSSIBLE!!||”|
— Garon's death quote in Conquest Chapter 27.
- Main article: Garon/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Garon is currently featured on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Garon|
|Tyrannical King of Nohr, Garon|
|"The world is already mine... It just doesn't know it yet!|
The war... must continue. It must spread... Burn it all... Burn everything to the ground. Not even... ashes should remain."
|Attack: 70||Support: 0||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Nohrian King||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Grim Emperor: [Activate]  [Destroy three other allied units] Destroy all enemy units except for the Main Character.|
Bölverk: [Activate]  Until the end of this turn, this unit's attack increases by 10 for each card in your Bond Area and its range becomes 1-2.
|Card #B06-092R(+) • Artist: Yoneko|
|Noble King of Nohr, Garon|
|"The royal family will not only protect all our people, but also lead our country to prosperity."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cavalier||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Nohrian Charisma: [Activate] [Destroy another ally unit other than your Main Character] This unit's attack increases by 20 until the end of this turn.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit's power is increased by 20.
|Card #B06-093N • Artist: Yoneko|
|Nohrian King in Dragon Form, Garon|
|"NEVER FORGET THAT YOU CHOSE THIS PATH. YOU CHOSE DEATH AND DEFEAT. YOU CHOSE DOOM."|
|Attack: 70||Support: 0||Range: 1-2||Deploy Cost: 5|
|Class: Blight Dragon||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Raging Dragon of Darkness: [Activate] [Destroy 1 other ally] If your opponent has 5 or more cards in their hand, randomly select a card from your opponent's hand and discard it.|
Dark Breath: [Always] During your turn, this unit gains +10 attack for each card in your Bond Area.
|Card #B14-073HN • Artist: Cherokee|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Garon .
Garon appears as a support spirit.
|Fates||The stoic King of Nohr who rules absolutely
and appears highly suspicious of others.
|Heroes||The king of Nohr. Intends to invade and rule
over Hoshido. Appears in Fire Emblem Fates.
- Garon shares his English voice actor, Travis Willingham, with Lon'qu and Brady in Awakening, Hans and Anankos (in his dragon form) in Fates, and Ogma and Camus in Heroes.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Romanized as Garon in the internal game files; as above.
Used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Garon; used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Garon; used in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Garon; used in Heroes and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
- Fire Emblem: Fates (2016 Video Game), Behind the Voice Actors, Retrieved: Februaary 13, 2016
- "Elise: Xander once told me that Father used to be really different, but he didn't say more. So I was hoping you could tell me what kind of person Father was back then.
Leo: Hmm. Well, before Queen Arete passed away, I'd say he was a gentle father.
Elise: Gentle?! No way! I can't even imagine him like that.
Leo: I know. If I were you, I wouldn't believe it either. But I used to be fond of Father. He even gave me piggyback rides whenever I asked!
Elise: What?! I'm so jealous! He never treated me like that! What else?!
Leo: He was a courageous person. He'd even ride out to battle on the front lines. Obviously, I never saw him do so myself, but that's what I've been told. But I did see him spar. He was so strong... I couldn't help but believe the stories." — Elise and Leo in a support conversation, 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.|
|Fire Emblem Heroes|