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|“||Ever since I was a kid, I've lived my life by one rule—that I'd only play my hand if I was guaranteed victory. I've gotten this far by using my cunning in any way necessary—lying, cheating, even killing when there was no other way...||”|
Yuri Leclerc (pronounced /ˈjɝi/[key]; Japanese: ユーリス＝ルクレール Ulysse Leclair) is a playable character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, made available via downloadable content. Yuri plays a prominent role in the DLC side story, Cindered Shadows. He is the leader of the Ashen Wolves, an unofficial fourth house of Garreg Mach which exists in Abyss.
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Yuri was born to a prostitute in Faerghus, with his father's whereabouts unknown. He was taught how to read and write by an elderly man whom his family had nursed back to health. Later in Yuri's childhood, he became incredibly ill, but the same man returned and healed him. It is implied that this elderly man was Saint Aubin, as Yuri is the only known bearer of the Major Crest of Aubin, neither of his parents are said to have bore a Crest, and it is incredibly rare to bear a Major Crest; Aubin could have given his own blood to bring Yuri back to health.
In Imperial Year 1174, he was adopted by Count Rowe under the pseudonym Yuri. Some time after that, he was tasked with assassinating the daughter of Count Varley, Bernadetta, where he posed as a gardener at their estate to gain her trust. Bernadetta considered Yuri to be her first friend she ever made. After he gained her trust, he began an attempt to assassinate her in her sleep but hesitated, which allowed Count Varley to catch him in the act. Varley's men assaulted him, and he barely survived.
He was once a student of the Blue Lions house at the Officers Academy in Imperial Year 1178. However, he was expelled from the school for the murder of several church soldiers. He was sentenced, but Aelfric, one of the Church's cardinals, pardoned him. Yuri was then sent to Abyss underneath Garreg Mach; Rhea tasked Yuri to monitor Aelfric in Abyss, as she had grown suspicious of him.
After the timeskip, if Yuri was recruited, he returns to Garreg Mach on the day of the millennium festival and accompanies the group throughout the war. If not recruited, Yuri disappears from Abyss, and his whereabouts are unknown.
Yuri is a recruitable unit regardless of which house is picked, and will be available to recruit once you complete Chapter 6 of Cindered Shadows.
Starting stats and growth rates
- Main article: Yuri/Stats
Main story Cindered Shadows P: A Cursed Relic, Normal P: A Cursed Relic, Hard P: A Cursed Relic, Maddening
- At the beginning of Part II, Yuri automatically gains 2 level-ups.
Enemy - Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
Growth rates when reclassed
- Main article: Yuri/Stats#Growth rates when reclassed
|Honorable Spirit||Personal ability, innate and unremovable|
|Sword Prowess||Innate; replaced with higher levels at C+, B+, and A+|
|Wrath Strike||Innate learned at Sword D|
|Sword Crit +10||S|
|Lance Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Lance Crit +10||S|
|Axe Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Axe Crit +10||S|
|Bow Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Bow Crit +10||S|
|Brawling Prowess||E+; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Brawl Crit +10||S|
|Reason||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|Black Magic Range +1||S|
|Faith||Innate; replaced with higher levels at D+, C+, B+, and A+|
|White Magic Range +1||S|
|Authority||Innate; replaced with higher levels at C+, B+, and A+|
|Armored Effect Null||S+|
|Cavalry Effect Null||S+|
|Flying Effect Null||S+|
|The above ability list does not include class abilities, or abilities and combat arts that are granted by items.|
Yuri is an interesting sword-focused unit who has near-equal affinities toward physical and magic, and can be recruited into Byleth's class after completing the penultimate chapter of the Cindered Shadows expansion. He boasts the highest personal speed growth in the game (65%), able to even outspeed enemies even on Maddening mode despite having no access to Darting Blow, and has a excellent charm growth as well. His personal skill, Honorable Spirit, gives him a small attack boost when he is fighting at 1-range and is not adjacent to a nearby ally, somewhat making up for his middling offensive stats. His spell list is nothing to slouch at either: his Reason spell list is an exact identical copy of Annette's, while his Faith spell list is also robust, having Silence to shut down enemy mages and a strong magical nuke in Aura. On the downside, his HP and defense growths are low, making him physically frail. He also has skill banes in lances, axes, Riding, and Flying, which gives him a hard time in attaining many powerful classes unrelated to swords or attaining useful abilities such as Movement +1 and Alert Stance.
Yuri has a budding talent in bows, granting him Deadeye once unlocked. The bow art itself is rather subpar though; its main purpose is to shoot enemies from a long range, but firing bows from very far away drastically reduces their hit rate, downplaying the main perk of the art. That said, giving Yuri a strength in bows will be useful if you wanted to make him a Sniper or Assassin later on.
Yuri's major Crest of Aubin gives him a 20% chance of disabling an enemy's counterattack, which could be helpful in a pinch to conserve a bit of HP when attacking, though it has an unreliable proc rate. This crest lets him gain the effect of Pavise and Aegis while wielding the Fetters of Dromi, making up for his low defensive stats. The relic also gives him an extra point in movement and innate Canto, both of which Yuri appreciates and has no easy access to due to his aforementioned bane in Riding. Having a crest at all can allow him to wield all Heroes' Relics without the 10 HP penalty, such as Thyrsus and Blutgang.
As mentioned before, since he has the highest speed growth in the game, Yuri is generally best following a promotion path that can help capitalize on his speed. If you want to make him an exceptionally agile front-line fighter that can double almost any enemy and can't get doubled himself, promote him to a Myrmidon, then to a Mercenary, master the class for Vantage, then end at Swordmaster, Assassin, or Trickster, all three class which bump up his speed growth to a colossal 85% and offers their own enticing perks: the Swordmaster grants a boost to his strength stat and has innate Swordfaire and crit with swords. The Assassin not only has Swordfaire, but excellent infantry mobility without opposition to terrain. The Trickster will offer him unmatched utility with the Foul Play combat art, which can only be used in this class; when combined with his personal relic, he can use Foul Play to save a unit in danger or lagging behind the group and then Canto back to safety. Being a Trickster also allows him to cast spells, though a huge drawback to this is that the class halves his spell uses. He should optionally pursue the Brigand class for Death Blow if following a physical promotion pathway. As he only requires a D+ rank to have decent odds of passing the Brigand certification exam, he should have no trouble passing despite his axe weakness. If you want to put his magic spells to good use, promote him to a Monk, then to a Mage, master for Fiendish Blow, then to a Warlock. If you want to, you can promote him to a Mortal Savant, Dark Knight, or stay as a Warlock. The Mortal Savant will boost his offensive output with both swords and black magic thanks to the appropriate faire skills, but do note that it will hurt his extraordinary speed growth. The Dark Knight is usually the superior choice compared to the Mortal Savant, but is harder to certify for since Yuri has a weakness in lances and Riding. His excellent charm also makes the Dancer an optimal choice for him. His high speed combined with Sword Avoid +20 allows him to dodge tank incoming attacks while supporting allies and, when combined with the Fetters of Dromi, can always Canto to a new location after dancing for someone.
Personality and character
Despite his crude language, Yuri is devoted to protecting the people of Abyss.
- Main article: Yuri/Supports
Yuri, Underground Lord (single ending)
After Fódlan healed from the war, Yuri's organization spend the next few decades cultivating and controlling illicit markets. Not coincidentally, wherever Yuri's underground business thrived, so did orphanages or almshouses. For the awe and respect of his generosity earn him among the downtrodden, Yuri came to be known as the the "Underground Lord."
Byleth (Male), Wandering Flame/Ruler of Dawn & Yuri, Underground Lord (Silver Snow, Verdant Wind)
As the new leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth worked tirelessly to reform and rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating war. Constantly at his side during that time was his husband, Yuri, whose policy proposals led, time and again, to better education and opportunities for the less fortunate. After working to ensure a bright and prosperous future for Fódlan, the couple stepped back from the public eye vanished from official record. Curiously, informal notes and letters from friend suggested that the pair was extraordinary long-lived and their youth was untouched by the passage of time.
Byleth (Female), Wandering Flame/Ruler of Dawn & Yuri, Underground Lord (Azure Moon)
As the new leader of the United Kingdom of Fódlan, Byleth worked tirelessly to reform and rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating war. Constantly at her side during that time was her husband, Yuri, whose policy proposals led, time and again, to better education and opportunities for the less fortunate, a legacy that was later taken up by the couple's children. A trove of love letters, uncovered many years later, revealed him she called him by an entirely different name in private. Scholars never learned why.
Byleth (Male), Guardian of Order & Yuri, Underground Lord (Silver Snow, Verdant Wind)
As the new Archbishop of the Church of Seiros, Byleth worked tirelessly to reform and rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating war. Constantly at his side during that time was his husband, Yuri, whose policy proposals led, time and again, to better education and opportunities for the less fortunate. After working to ensure a bright and prosperous future for Fódlan, the couple stepped back from the public eye vanished from official record. Curiously, informal notes and letters from friends suggested that the pair was extraordinary long-lived and their youth was untouched by the passage of time.
Byleth (Female), Guardian of Order & Yuri, Underground Lord (Azure Moon)
As the new Archbishop of the Church of Seiros, Byleth worked tirelessly to reform and rebuild in the aftermath of a devastating war. Constantly at her side during that time was her husband, Yuri, whose policy proposals led, time and again, to better education and opportunities for the less fortunate a legacy that was later taken up by the couple's children. A trove of their love letters, uncovered many years later, revealed that she called him by an entirely different name in private. Scholars have never learned why.
Byleth, Wings of the Hegemon & Yuri, Underground Lord (Crimson Flower)
No sooner than the modest wedding ceremony between Byleth and Yuri over than the battle of those who slither in the dark began in earnest. Through the bloody and brutal fight, the couple became known for their constant determination to save every possible life, leaving none behind. The battle marks the last mention of them on official sources, but stories abound of the order they brought to the underworld upon their triumphant return.
Bernadetta, Eternal Loner & Yuri, Underground Lord
Bernadetta's struggle with anxiety made it difficult for her to take over as the head of House Varley. She became so overwhelmed that when Yuri chanced to visit her domain, she literally grabbed hold of his arm and refused to let go. Baffling as it was for Yuri at the time, this peculiar state of affairs eventually led to marriage. The commonfolk were initially perplexed, but over the years they became grateful for Count Varley's surprising husband. His presence kept her calm and allowed her to deal with her people more frequently and easily. As a result, her talent for governance blossomed and her rule was widely celebrated.
Dorothea, Devoted Heart & Yuri, Underground Lord
A new opera company was born of the postwar rebuilding period. This troupe, headed up by a former songstress, was comprised of hand-picked talent from all walks of life. Though it began humbly, over the years it grew to rival even the Mittelfrank Opera Company in its greatness. The most popular production in its repertoire was a tale of a disillusioned songstress making a comeback with the help of her ambitious lover. Through that story, the names of Yuri and Dorothea live on to this very day.
Ingrid, Stalwart Knight & Yuri, Underground Lord (Silver Snow, Verdant Wind, Crimson Flower)
When Galatea territory was seized, Ingrid argued strongly for the preservation of its borders. Her request was granted, and she was appointed to rule. Though, since she had previously abandoned her noble house, she was not well accepted by the people. Despite this, she found that the commonfolk carried out her policies with unexpected enthusiasm and efficiency. She soon discovered that it was Yuri who had convinced them of her wisdom. The two were reunited and eventually married, and under their stewardship, Galatea territory flourished. It is said that, after a busy day of governance, Ingrid yearned for nothing more than a home-cooked meal prepared by her husband.
Ingrid, Stalwart Knight & Yuri, Underground Lord (Azure Moon)
Yuri disappeared into the underworld of the western Kingdom and faded away into obscurity. The only account of him after that comes from a Kingdom knight's journal, uncovered many decades later, which tells of Yuri's efforts to win the king's support for an orphanage and medical clinic to be built in the slums of the castle town. It is believed that the journal belonged to Ingrid, who had declined to rule House Galatea in order to serve House Blaiddyd as a knight. According to a local rumor, Ingrid eventually retired from knighthood to become the owner of an inn. There, it is said she and the man she wrote about cooked dishes loved by rich and poor alike.
Yuri, Underground Lord & Balthus, King of Grappling
After the war, Yuri returned to the underworld. Some time after assuming control of the illicit markets, he happened upon Balthus, who had become so down on his luck that he had collapsed in an alley. Yuri helped Balthus back to his feet and offered him work as a bodyguard. While Balthus first accepted just to get by, he came to enjoy the lifestyle so much that he remained at Yuri's side for the rest of his days. The underworld kingpin and the Indomitable King of Grappling made such an impression on the world that their names were feared for centuries.
Yuri, Underground Lord & Constance, Sorcery Incarnate/Scion of Nuvelle
After the war, Constance devoted herself to her magical research. Her unorthodox methods allowed her to make great strides, which earned her acclaim and eventually enabled her to restore her noble house. Afterward, almost as if to spite her detractors, she married Yuri. The pair made a happy, if unconventional, couple, as the husband frequently ventured away for months on end. In the long years of their marriage, however, Constance laughed off any concerns—she was known to say that Yuri always knew how to find his way home. Many decades later, he passed away in bed alongside his beloved wife.
Yuri, Underground Lord & Hapi, Freed Spirit
After the war, Yuri accompanied Hapi to the village where she was born. The surprise nature of the visit, combined with a local custom of massive celebrations for family reunions, made things awkward at first. The party did not get started until nightfall, but Hapi was able to reunite with her parents, and under that starry sky, lasting bonds were forged. In fact, it is said that Yuri, a complete stranger, made such an impression that the welcome party lasted for seven days and nights before he was finally permitted to leave. Years later, they returned for another visit—this time as a couple. The village turned out en masse for the wedding, held under those same stars.
|“||Yuri: Do you truly intend to forfeit your life for House Rowe? There's still time to change your mind.
Ashe: I finally understand Lonato. He knew the price of standing for his beliefs...and he paid it gladly. I will do the same.
Yuri: I like you- don't be an idiot. Or maybe I'll just have to smack some sense into you.
— Yuri fighting Ashe in Silver Snow/Verdant Wind Chapter 15
|“||Gwendal: So. You've chosen to turn your blade against the count. Heh. Never thought I'd see the day, mongrel.
Yuri: And yet you are seeing it, aren't you? Say what you will. I know your true feelings for me. Sure, you watched my back by order of the count. But you cared too. You were the only one who treated me as an equal.
Gwendal: That is all in the past. This is no time for misplaced sentimentality. I must do what I came here to do.
— Yuri fighting Gwendal in Silver Snow/Azure Moon/Verdant Wind Chapter 15 and Crimson Flower Chapter 16.
|“||Well, what have we here? Some lost kids stumbling around in the dark. Stay awhile, won't you? Shame indeed not to have a bit of fun with each other while we've got the chance, you know?||”|
— Yuri as an enemy in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
|“||Yuri: I know you... You're the one Lord Lonato adopted. Isn't that right?
Ashe: That's right. Wait... I recognize you too! You're Count Rowe's adopted son! I don't know how you ended up here, but your house is no doubt worried sick! Let's get you home, OK?
Yuri: You really think I'd choose to go back there? Haha! Better watch yourself-you might lose a limb...or your life.
— Yuri as an enemy fighting Ashe in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
|“||Be careful who you choose to follow. Ha, I suppose it's too late for that now, isn't it?||”|
— Yuri in Cindered Shadows Chapter 2
|“||Aelfric: In the end, like all birds of prey, you'll turn on your master as easily as you'd turn on your victims.
Yuri: Nothing and nobody can shackle me. A caged bird never sings.
— Yuri fighting Aelfric in Cindered Shadows Chapter 6
|“||You can't hear me now. Not like this. Not anymore. You really are a damn fool, you know that?||”|
— Yuri fighting the Umbral Beast in Cindered Shadows Chapter 7
|“||Better accept it!||”|
— Yuri in part I & II
|“||Smile for me!||”|
— Yuri in part I
— Yuri in part I
— Yuri in part I & II
— Yuri in Part II
|“||You've had your fun.||”|
— Yuri in Part II
|“||I guess I got a little carried away... But it was definitely worth it for that much fun, heh heh.||”|
— Yuri in Part I
|“||Heh heh. Maybe I got a bit too carried away. Nah...||”|
— Yuri as an enemy in Cindered Shadows Chapter 1
|“||I'm not some sort of damn fool to throw away my life... I've come too far...||”|
— Yuri's retreat quote in casual mode as a playable character in Part II
|“||Heh heh... The goddess is a wicked little creature as it turns out...||”|
— Yuri's death quote in classic mode as a playable character in Part II
Fire Emblem Cipher
Yuri is currently featured on four cards in Fire Emblem Cipher.
- Two of the below cards' epithets are still in raw, untranslated Japanese; these need translation.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Yuri|
|Underground Lord, Yuri|
|"I do what I have to, whether people view it as fair or foul."|
|Attack: 70||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Trickster||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Shrewd Gamble: [Activate] [Once per turn] Reveal the 1 topmost card of your Deck. If that card possesses a , you may add it to your hand.|
Magnificent Trick: [Hand] [Activate]  [Send this card to the Retreat Area] Choose 1 non-"Yuri" card that possesses a from your Retreat Area, and add it to your hand. ([Hand] can only be used while this card is in your hand.)
|Card #B21-034SR • Artist: Saori Toyota|
|"That's a bit much, wouldn't you say? I do what I need to get by—nothing more than that."|
|Attack: 60||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 3|
|Class: Thief||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 2|
|Underworld Dealings: [Activate] [Once per turn] [Send 2 cards from your hand to your Retreat Area] Draw 2 cards.|
|Card #B21-035N • Artist: Kyo Uda|
|House Leader of the Ashen Wolves, Yuri|
|"Yeah, I’ve heard all about you. But I never figured I’d see you get lost down here."|
|Attack: 40||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 1|
|Class: Commoner||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Abyssian Solidarity: [Always] If this unit or an allied "Balthus", "Constance", or "Hapi" are being attacked, any Support Skills possessed by your opponent's supporting card cannot activate.|
Authority Emblem: [Support] Choose 1 ally other than your attacking unit. You may move that ally.
|Card #B21-036N • Artist: Saori Toyota|
|"Surface laws don't apply down here. That gives us the freedom to have some fun with them."|
|Attack: 50||Support: 20||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 2|
|Class: Commoner||Tier: Base||Class Change Cost: --|
|Gleaming Eye in the Dark: [Activate] [Once per turn] Look at the topmost card of your Deck. You may send that card to the Retreat Area.|
Sure Bet: [Activate] [Once per turn]  [Send 1 card from your hand to the Retreat Area] Draw 2 cards.
|Card #P21-012PR • Artist: Iccho Fundoshi|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Yuri .
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Full name; known by just Yuri in most menus. "Yuri" is the Slavic form of the masculine given name George. "Leclerc" is a French surname.
Artwork of Yuri from Three Houses.
High quality portrait artwork of Yuri from Three Houses.
Portrait artwork of Yuri in Part II from Three Houses.
|This article is part of Project Characters, a project focused in writing articles for every character present in the Fire Emblem series.|