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|“||In the battles ahead, one mistake could lead to our doom. I must pay heed to every aspect of battle for Lord Roy.||”|
— Lance to Wolt in a support conversation.
Lance (Japanese: ランス Lance) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. He first appears in Chapter 1. A serene, serious cavalier of Pherae, Lance serves as a foil to his partner Alen's reckless bravery.
When Marcus went to Ostia to bring Roy back, he stayed in Pherae, guarding Lord Eliwood and the castle. Lance joins Roy's party after he escapes the castle, attempting to reach his young lord and ask for help against the bandits' attack. Once the castle and its inhabitants are saved, he stays in Roy's army for the rest of the story.
After Bern is defeated and the war is over, he returns to Pherae and works on its restoration.
Starting stats and growth rates
Promotion stat gains
|Paladin||+3||+2||+2||+2||+0||+2||+3||+2||+1|| +1, +1,|
Lance is The Binding Blade's Abel archetype, and joins alongside his partner Alen at the beginning of the game. The decision of whether to use Alen or Lance comes down to personal preference and the whims of the RNG. A solid strategy is to use both at the beginning and keep the one that is growing better when you get better characters and can't deploy both anymore.
The Cavalier class by itself makes both Alen and Lance good. It provides a high movement range of 7, two weapon types (swords and lances) for weapon triangle control and the ability to rescue units and then move in the same turn (allowing rescue drop strategies). Cavaliers also promote to Paladin, which gives them the ability to use axes (and thus perfect weapon triangle control), an additional point of movement and very good stat boosts all around.
Alen will likely edge out Lance due to having advantages in HP, strength, and defense, while maintaining just enough speed to double who he needs to double, though Lance will usually be more consistent thanks to his higher skill and will double enemies earlier thanks to his higher speed. Of course, both are really good cavaliers with the best availability in the game. The first Knight Crest you acquire should go to either Alen or Lance, as they are the best candidates for it. As long as they stay relatively close to their average stats, both Christmas cavaliers will be solid units in your roster throughout the whole game.
Personality and character
Lance is a very serious, loyal knight of Pherae who is very respectful and calm in all situations. He reads many books on war strategy and tactics, and often shares his knowledge with others. In battle, he even records every move of the soldiers in the army and the enemies in order to help with the battle. He is quite skilled at the Fire Emblem universe's version of chess, using Fire Emblem classes such as armor knights and swordmasters. He has very sophisticated manners, and does deeply care for the others in the army. When he can, Lance does his best to help the others in the army.
Lance is a knight serving Pherae, and a loyal supporter of Roy. He has been a partner knight with Alen since he came to Pherae, and although they are very different, the two are very good friends. According to Lance, he is not from Pherae, having been there for a short time. Little else is known about his past, and his hometown is unknown. Because of this, Lance tends to belittle himself, a bad habit that Alen and Marcus try to remedy.
- Main article: Lance/Supports
Lance, Serene Knight
Short: Helped rebuild Pherae.
Long: After returning to Pherae with Roy, Lance helped his lord rebuild the ravaged land. Never losing his cool, he helped lead Pherae to prosperity again.
|“||Lord Roy, Lord Eliwood... Thank you for everything!||”|
— In the final chapter.
|“||Lord Roy... I wish you luck...||”|
Fire Emblem Cipher
Lance is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Lance|
|Loyal Knight of Gales, Lance|
|"I do not condone leaving the helpless in the care of those without adequate strength."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Calm Gale Twin Strike: [Trigger] When this unit is supported by “Alen”, until the end of this turn, this unit gains +20 attack and the number of orbs this unit’s attacks would destroy becomes 2.|
"Loyal Knight Ties": [Always] If you have an ally “Alen”, this unit gains +10 attack.
|Card #B05-009R, B05-009ST • Artist: Genki Kuno|
|Calm Knight, Lance|
|"Sure, show me what you've got. I have no intention of losing to you anyhow.”"|
|Attack: 40||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Cavalier||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Pherae's Green & Red: [Always] While this unit is being supported by “Alen”, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Attack Emblem: [Support] Until the end of this battle, your attacking unit gains +20 attack.
|Card #B05-010N, B05-010ST • Artist: Genki Kuno|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Lance .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in the Choose Your Legends polls for Fire Emblem Heroes; has yet to be corroborated by other sources.
See the Japanese name.
Artwork of Lance from The Binding Blade.
Lance in an artwork of Roy and Al from Fire Emblem Cipher.
- "Lot: All right, so, axes are weak against swords. That much is common sense. What I'm wondering is why it's that way to begin with. I don't understand the physics behind it. That's what's troubling me.
Lance: I see. I wondered the same thing before. I found the answer after going through several books on tactics." — Lance and Lot's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lance: Ah, Wolt. I am keeping a record of this battle.
Wolt: A record?
Lance: Oh, yes. There is a quote from one of my favorite books. "Information is the most powerful weapon in any battle." And so, I keep track of our allies and enemies and what goes on where." — Lance and Wolt's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lance: Knight to F6.
Lott: Knight to E3.
Lance: Pegasus Knight to D1.
Lott: Er... Archer to B1.
Lance: Swordmaster to F1. Checkmate." — Lance and Lot's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Marcus: Lance, have you gotten used to serving House Pherae?
Lance: Yes, Sir Marcus. Everyone has been very good to me despite the fact that I'm an outsider..." — Marcus and Lance's C support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lance: Yes. ...If it ever looks like defeat is certain, I want you to take Lord Roy and retreat. I will act as a decoy for the enemy and buy you time.
Alen: What? But what about you?
Lance: If it has to be one of us, it may as well be me. I've served House Pherae the shortest, so-
Alen: Have you lost your mind?!" — Alen and Lance's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Lance: I cannot see what those experiences are. I am but a young knight. I think you see more in me than there actually is.
Marcus: I think not.
Lance: I will use what experience I have, but I don't know that I can help especially. I served a different lord until just recently, after all...
Marcus: And that is it.
Marcus: That is the experience the others do not have." — Marcus and Lance's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|