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|“||I am Rath of the Kutolah. Our tribes may be different, but I will not abandon a woman of the Sacae.||”|
— Rath to Lyn in Chapter 6: Blood of Pride
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Starting stats and growth rates
Lyn's tale Eliwood/Hector's tales
- Note: Eliwood's/Hector's tale stats are used if the player skips Lyn's tale, or if Rath is defeated during Lyn's tale.
Promotion stat gains
|Nomadic Trooper||+3||+2||+1||+1||+0||+3||+3||+1||+1||E, + 40|
Rath joins almost halfway through the game as a level 9 Nomad with a B-rank in bows and good enough base stats to contribute from the moment he joins. He is one of the most unique units in The Blazing Blade because of his class – he is the only Nomad in this entry.
Nomads are mounted bow users with higher terrain resistance than other cavalry units. This becomes useful in chapters such as Pale Flower of Darkness (Eliwood Mode Chapter 24, Hector Mode Chapter 26), where the plentiful snow slows down most of the player's army. Nomads can also cross forests unimpeded, unlike other cavalry units. This makes Rath's mobility comparable to that of a flier, excluding the ability to move over hills and mountains.
Rath has a low constitution for a male unit, and as a male unit, he gains a +5 bonus to his aid compared to female units. This, coupled with his high mobility, makes him one of the best rescuers in The Blazing Blade. There are few units with a constitution high enough to prevent Rath from carrying them. For example, Rath can even carry Hector around.
As for combat, Rath has an excellent B-rank in bows, letting him use the Brave Bow with no investment. In Four-Fanged Offense (Eliwood Mode Chapter 23, Hector Mode Chapter 24), Rath can safely chip away at the boss from 2-range and even kill him in one round if one of the attacks is a crit. Javelins and Hand Axes are not going to achieve this, so Rath giving the player that option is useful.
One important fact about Rath is that Lyn Mode is a detriment to him, unlike other Lyn Mode units. Lyn Mode Rath has a base level of 7 instead of 9 and a C-rank in bows instead of a B-rank. Rath may still gain Lyn Mode levels, but since his level is much higher than the level of other units there, he will gain experience slower. He will also not reach B-rank bows in Lyn Mode unless the player gives him incredible favoritism.
Assuming the player has not played Lyn Mode, Rath will join both Eliwood and Hector Mode at level 9, one level away from promotion. Rath's promotion to Nomad Trooper is quite good. It gives him significant statistical bonuses, especially in defensive stats – he gains +3 defense, +3 resistance, and +3 HP. He also gains a point of movement, a point of constitution, and 40 weapon experience in bows, bringing him to A-rank. This lets Rath use the Silver Bow, light enough for him to wield without a speed penalty, unlike the Brave Bow. He also gets closer to wielding the Rienfleche in the endgame if the player wants to deploy Rath there. The promotion also gives Rath a way to fight at 1-range by granting him E-rank swords. Swords are the worst melee weapon type in The Blazing Blade because of the high number of enemy lance users and the lack of good 2-range options. However, they are still a 1-range option, something unpromoted Rath does not have. He will still perform better with bows, but if attacking from 1-range would be preferable (for example, when attacking a 2-range enemy), Rath will be able to do it.
Rath can also use the Longbow to attack enemies without getting countered – by hitting them from 3-range. While he is unlikely to double with it at first, considering it weighs him down, it is still useful. This is especially helpful in Genesis (Eliwood Mode's Chapter 22x, Hector Mode's Chapter 23x). The chapter is notoriously difficult, but Rath makes it easier in several ways. He can chip away at enemies by using a Longbow without getting counterattacked. He can also rapidly destroy walls by attacking them with a Brave Bow.
Rath's major flaw is a lack of access to 1-2 range. He has 2-range before promotion and 1-range after promotion, but never both at the same time. Being a good combat unit in The Blazing Blade requires 1-2 range access, and Rath never having it relegates him to a support role.
That said, Rath can boast of several unique traits and niches few other units have. He is arguably the best bow user in the game, thanks to being mounted. Rath becomes available before a string of chapters where he is especially useful, including Genesis, Four-Fanged Offense, and Pale Flower of Darkness. Considering all this, Rath is a solid unit. While he is not amazing at combat, he offers several unique contributions to compensate.
Rath is one of the characters added to the game in the On Dark Wings update, and became available for summoning by players on February 17, 2020. Only one variation of Rath is currently available in Heroes, based on his Fire Emblem incarnation.
|Slaying Bow+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Spd/Res Form 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|A||Spd/Res Form 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Spd/Res Form 3||★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Def Smoke 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|C||Def Smoke 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Def Smoke 3||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Rath is a highly reserved man of few words. His insular nature is due to his upbringing; at the age of three he was cast out of his tribe and became a wandering laughingstock. Rath does not understand much of his home tribe, the Kutolah, due to this. He was cast out due to an omen seen by the tribe's diviner that said the chieftain's son must leave to prevent a disastrous dark flame from consuming everything. Rath makes a point to not express weakness to others, and is surprised that Wil so openly tells of his shortcomings. Despite his mistreatment and isolation from the people of Sacae he is still a proud Sacaen and respects other Sacaens.
Rath apparently holds no hard feelings towards his tribe and returns to them after the death of Nergal and the summoned Fire Dragons. It is possible that Nergal's plans were what the diviner saw in the stars.
- Main article: Rath/Supports
Rath, The Sacaen Nomad
In the celebration following Lyn's return to Caelin, Rath slips out unseen. Whether he has returned to Sacae or has continued to work as a mercenary, no one knows.
Rath, Wolf of Sacae
Rath returned to his tribe in Sacae. His deeds earned him warm greetings from his father, the famed Silver Wolf.
Rath and Lyn
When her grandfather died, Lyn asked that Caelin be taken under Ostian protection. She set out for Sacae, where she was reunited with Rath of the Kutolah. They had a daughter and lived happily in the plains.
|“||Must... withdraw... I'm sorry...||”|
— Rath in Lyn's tale.
— Rath in Eliwood/Hector's tale.
|“||For those whose reasoning is bent. I will straighten it with my bow.||”|
— Rath in the final chapter.
- Main article: Rath/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Rath is currently featured on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Rath|
|Wolf of Sacae, Rath|
|"For those whose reasoning is bent. I will straighten it with my bow."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 20||Range: 2||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Nomadic Trooper||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Wrath of the Fatherly Skies: [Activate] [Send a card with the affinity from your hand to the Retreat Area] Until the end of the turn, this unit's attacks cannot be evaded by non-lord enemies.|
Anti-Fliers: [Always] If this unit is attacking a unit, this unit gains +30 attack.
Wolf's Eye: [Support] Non-lord enemies cannot evade until the end of this battle.
|Card #B07-019HN • Artist: Tomohide Takaya|
|Son of the Kutolah Tribe, Rath|
|"It sounds like you’re involved somehow… Let’s go."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 20||Range: 2||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Nomad||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Anti-Fliers: [Always] If this unit is attacking a unit, this unit gains +30 attack.|
Winds of the Plains: [Support] You may move one of your allies.
|Card #B07-020N • Artist: Tomohide Takaya|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Rath .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Potentially a corruption of "wrath" or "Ruth". Alternately may come from the Irish name Rathnait, derived from rath, meaning "gift" or "prosperity"; or from the Sanskrit name रत्न Ratna, meaning "jewel" or "treasure".
Officially romanised as Ruth. Came from a Hebrew name which was derived from the Hebrew word רְעוּת re'ut meaning "friend".
- "I left Kutolah before I was old enough to understand such things. For fifteen years now, I've traveled by myself. [...] At the time I was less than four, without even the means to survive. I wandered, not knowing right from left, ...The people of other tribes laughed and ridiculed me." — Rath to Lyn in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- xkan, Fire Emblem 7: Rath Artbook Translation, kantopia, Published: Octoboer 25, 2014, Retrieved: December 30, 2017
- "Lyn: Well. Enough of dark thoughts! Why...Why don't you tell me a bit about yourself, Rath? The Kutolah tribe is quite large, is it not? Is it true that you have no enemies, for all fear your leader, the Silver Wolf?
Rath: Can't say.
Rath: I left Kutolah before I was old enough to understand such things. For fifteen years now, I've traveled by myself." — Rath to Lyn in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Rath: ...The tribe diviner saw a bad omen in the stars. As...the chieftain's son, I had to leave to prevent disaster.
Lyn: What disaster?
Rath: Can't say. ...But the diviner did tell me I would know when the time came. He said I was born into this land to stop the burning... A dark flame, consuming all." — Rath to Lyn in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Rath: You are so quick to doubt yourself... You show others your weakness... Are you not afraid?
Wil: Afraid...? No, of course not! I mean, we're not strangers! We're friends, right? Allies?
Rath: ...... ...Yes, we are. But... Wil... You are still... strange." — Rath to Wil in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "How could I leave a fellow tribesman?" — Rath to Guy in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- "Rath: ...Lyn is of our people. No matter what she chooses to do, that fact would not change.
Guy: ...Yes. Yes, you're right. A Sacae warrior proudly defends his own." — Rath to Guy in a support conversation, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
- Meaning, origin and history of the name Rathnait, Behind the Name, Retrieved: 22 November 2020
- Meaning, origin and history of the name Ratna, Behind the Name, Retrieved: 22 November 2020
- Meaning, origin and history of the name Ruth (1) - Behind the Name, www.behindthename.com, Retrieved: 25 April 2019
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