|“||I don't want to sit idly by and wait for you to return from battle. I want to be a great knight, just like you.||”|
— Gwendolyn to Bors.
Gwendolyn, alongside Barthe, is one of the first Knights recruited after Bors in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. She appears in Ostia keep during Chapter 8, with Ogier and Barthe searching for their charge, Lilina. After her initial appearance Gwendolyn has no primary story role for the rest of The Binding Blade.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
Gwendolyn joins the player's army in Chapter 8 on turn 6 as a level 1 Knight. While she seems like a growth unit with potential, she is held back by many factors that make her considered to be one of the worst units in the game.
As a level 1 unit, her base stats are miserable. Her combat is lackluster and her durability, despite being a knight, is quite poor with 19 HP and 8 defense. Gwendolyn's speed is a standout among her poor bases at a measly 3, making it very hard for her double (which is impossible at base), and highly susceptible to getting doubled by Myrmidons and Pirates and such. Her growths are "okay" at best, with them being around the same as other units who have the same growths but much better bases.
Gwendolyn is locked to lances as well, which may seem like a benefit as her join chapter has other lance wielding enemies such as Soldiers. However, after this Chapter (and Chapter 8x if the player visited their), Gwendolyn will find herself facing a large amount of axe users, putting her consistently in weapon triangle disadvantage. Giving kills to her can be tricky, as she most likely will have to get the killing blow with a Slim Lance as her hit rates will be too low. Her only 1-2 range option for a while are Javelins, which combined with her low skill base, Javelins' inaccuracy in The Binding Blade, and weapon triangle disadvantage, can make it a nightmare to hit.
Her class is also a pain to deal with, specifically in having low movement, which is worse for her than other unmounted classes as she is stuck with 4 movement, compared to the normal infantry movement of 5. This causes her to lag behind the army in the Binding Blade's larger than usual maps, forcing the player to use other units to carry Gwendolyn around. She also has to deal with Knight Crest competition, and she most likely will not be getting the first as one of the Cavaliers need it more due to their higher level and investment, so Gwendolyn will have to wait up until Chapter 16's secret shop to even be considered to promote.
With all this in mind, if the player is extremely determined to use Gwendolyn, she does have her plus sides, even if they are outweighed by her negatives. Like many other promotions in The Binding Blade, her promotion to General is excellent. It is even better than the male's version of promotion to General, as she gains a whopping +4 strength, +4 speed, +3 defense, and +1 movement, among other stats. Her somewhat average growths means that she should not wait to promote too long, around level 11-12. She also gains axes, which while not that helpful as they have low hit rates and she only gets E rank, they give her weapon triangle advantage towards lance users, and an answer towards axe users. She can also perform the Triangle Attack with her other fellow knights, Bors and Barthe, granting a guaranteed critical hit. Of course, the player will then have to train all three knights, which also takes a high amount of effort along with deployment slots that could be used for better units.
Overall, Gwendolyn is a poor unit who suffers from many shortcomings that she cannot make up due to having no real niches. As stated before, it is not impossible to train Gwendolyn, but it should not be expected that she will turn out to be an outstanding combat unit worthy of a deployment slot.
Gwendolyn was one of the first characters confirmed to be playable in the game among the first gameplay footage released publiclly, and as such is one of the characters available to be summoned by players from the game's initial launch. Only one variation of Gwendolyn is currently available in Heroes, based on her The Binding Blade incarnation.
★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★
|Killer Lance||★★★||200 SP|
|Killer Lance+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|Weighted Lance||★★★★★||400 SP|
|B||Drag Back||★★★||150 SP|
|C||Hone Atk 1||★★★||50 SP|
|C||Hone Atk 2||★★★||100 SP|
|C||Hone Armor||★★★★||200 SP|
Personality and character
Gwendolyn is resolute on her path as a knight of Ostia, even in the face of some resistance from her brother, Bors, who is concerned with her safety. While Gwendolyn is a full fledged knight, she still has some slight insecurity about her prowess, as she seeks advice from Barthe, while Barthe insists that as a full knight she should be able to self-critique effectively. Gwendolyn's dedication to her knighthood has resulted in her having yet to seek out suitors, though she is not particularly concerned with such matters.
Gwendolyn attends her task of protecting Lilina dutifully, and is concerned when Lilina speaks to her on equal terms. She outright rejects Lilina's offer of friendship to preserve the vassal-liege hierarchy.
- Main article: Gwendolyn/Supports
Gwendolyn - Petite Knight
Short: Lived as a knight of Ostia.
Long: Gwendolyn continued her life as a knight. She was idolized by many and is remembered as the first female captain in the Ostian Army.
|“||Gwendolyn: Legance! You shall fall here!
Legance: Ah, Bors' sister, correct? You have the courage, but can you truly stand against me?
— Gwendolyn fighting Legance.
|“||Uh... Let's go! Triangle Attack!!||”|
— As the lead in a Triangle Attack.
|“||Wait... I can't die here... This can't be happening...||”|
— Gwendolyn's death quote in The Binding Blade.
- Main article: Gwendolyn/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Gwendolyn is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- One of the below cards' epithets is still in raw, untranslated Japanese; it needs translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Gwendolyn|
|"Uh... Let's go! Triangle Attack!!"|
|Attack: 50||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: General||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Armored Lance Triangle Attack: [Always] If you have an allied "Bors" and "Barthe", this unit gains +30 attack.|
Scarlet-Armored Rush: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] Choose 1 enemy in the Front Line, and move them.
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-, this unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B16-020HN • Artist: Homakura|
|Adorable Knight, Gwendolyn|
|"I want to be a great knight, just like you, Bors!"|
|Attack: 30||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Knight||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|"I shall protect you with my life.": [Always] During your turn, if you have 1 or more allies with a deployment cost of 3 or higher, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Armor Expertise: [Always] If this unit is attacked by a non-, this unit gains +20 attack.
Defense Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this combat, your defending unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B16-021N • Artist: mineri|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Gwendolyn .
|The Binding Blade||A knight serving Ostia.
Bors' younger sister.*
|Heroes||Armored knight of Ostia. Intent on mastering
defense, despite feeling awkward in armor.
Appears in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
- "Gwendolyn" exceeds Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade's name space limits in several menus. This is only a problem for fan translations, as The Binding Blade was never localized, and Gwendolyn's first localized appearance is in Fire Emblem Heroes.
- The way Gwendolyn's name exceeds space limits is due to its overall width, not number of characters; Priscilla from the game's prequel has the same number of characters (nine) as Gwendolyn, but her name is thinner overall due to a number of the letters in her name not occuping as much width as Gwendolyn's name would.
- Gwendolyn placed 28th in the official Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade character poll on the official Japanese website.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Officially romanized as Wendy.
Artwork of Gwendolyn from The Binding Blade.
- "Bors: Wha...!? What...what's that you're wearing?! Did you join up with the Ostian knights?
Gwendolyn: Ah... Actually, yes. I was knighted just yesterday." — Gwendolyn to Bors in Chapter 8, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: I'm sure there is something I could improve in...
Barthe: No. You must critique yourself now.
Barthe: What's the matter? Why do you look so discouraged?" — Gwendolyn and Barthe, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: Yes, milady. I am a knight of Ostia
and I serve--
Lilina: No, I know that... I meant more interesting things. For example, are there any men you fancy?
Lilina: That's right.
Gwendolyn: I...don't really know.
Gwendolyn: I've always been focused on becoming strong like my brother, so... I've never really thought about things like that...
Lilina: Really...? Let's talk about something else then." — Lilina and Gwendolyn, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: Lady Lilina... Please stay close to me. I shall protect you with my life." — Gwendolyn to Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Gwendolyn: F-friends? I don't think that would be appropriate, milady... You are my mistress!
Lilina: That doesn't matter. You're the only girl around my age from Ostia. Let's not worry about positions like mistress or vassal...
Gwendolyn: Lady Lilina! You carry Ostia's future on your shoulders. You are different from us. You do understand that, don't you?
Lilina: ...So we can't be friends?
Gwendolyn: I'm sorry, though I am very grateful for your consideration. Perhaps we cannot be friends, but I would enjoy chatting with you once in a while as before." — Gwendolyn to Lilina, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Behind the Name: Meaning, origin and history of the name Gwendolyn, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 8 September 2018
|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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