|“||It's a fact that Ilia couldn't survive without war. We are giving our own blood as well to survive.||”|
— Zelot to Noah in a support conversation.
Zelot (Japanese: ゼロット Zelots) is a playable paladin in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade who first appears in Chapter 7. He is the lord of Edessa and the leader of a mercenary squad who are hired by Lord Hector of Ostia to help Lycia in the war against Bern.
Zelot is the lord of Edessa, the headquarter of the renowned Ilian mercenary squads. He leads himself a small band and, at some point shortly before the game's events, is hired by Lord Hector to help Lycia in the war against Bern. However, they do not manage to join the Lycian army before Hector's fall, and they end up stuck in the city of Ostia. Zelot turns down General Legance's offers and stays loyal to his convictions, hoping to join forces with Roy. He and his group do so during the battle between the loyalists and the rebels, and they work for Roy for the rest of the war.
When Roy's forces, known by then as the Etrurian Army, reach Edessa, Zelot discovers that his own castle has been taken by General Murdock of Bern and that his wife, Juno, has become a hostage. He and his sisters-in-law, Shanna and Thea, go to free her, only to find that Juno had already decided to fight alongside the Etrurian army. Working together, they defeat Roartz, who had hidden in the castle, and later lead Roy to where Maltet, the Divine Weapon of Barigan, lies.
Once Bern is defeated and the war is over, Zelot returns to Ilia. Eventually, he manages to unify the lands and becomes the first king of the nation.
Starting stats and growth rates
Zelot's stats are comparable to Marcus's—sufficient for his joining chapter and several chapters afterward. He is fast enough to avoid getting doubled by enemies, durable enough to take a few hits, and accurate enough to wield effective weapons with decent hitrates. Being a Paladin benefits him greatly, since Paladin is among the best promoted classes in The Binding Blade; it has 8 movement, Canto, three weapon types and rescue-drop utility. Zelot has great weapon ranks; A-rank lances allows him to use most lances with no investment, C-rank swords is sufficient for the Wyrmslayer and Killing Edge, while D-rank axes lets him use Hand Axes and the Hammer.
Zelot's main problem is low long-term combat potential. His growths are poor across the board, so his stats will not increase very much, and mounted growth units such as Alen, Lance, and Noah are going to outgrow him. However, thanks to his class and excellent weapon ranks, he can stay useful for a while. His bases are good enough to survive and contribute until at least Chapter 14, and The Binding Blade values high-movement units because of the maps' large size.
Zelot was first added to the game in a special groom variation as part of the Bridal Grace update, and was made available to players in the fortieth edition of the Tempest Trials+, "Engagement", which initially ran from May 21, 2021 through May 31, 2021. The aforementioned groom variation of Zelot is the only one currently available in Heroes, and is based on his The Binding Blade incarnation.
Zelot: Avowed Groom
|Love Candelabra+||★★★★★||300 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Form 1||★★★★||60 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Form 2||★★★★||120 SP|
|A||Atk/Def Form 3||★★★★||240 SP|
|C||Spur Atk 1||★★★★||50 SP|
|C||Drive Atk 1||★★★★||120 SP|
|C||Drive Atk 2||★★★★★||240 SP|
Personality and character
Zelot's personality is defined by his work. He is a proud soldier of Ilia, and quite aware of how his homeland's future depends on each mercenary's behavior and exploits. However, as a good leader, he does not romanticize war and mercenary work, telling his men that, even if they have more experience on war than most of their new comrades, they should be prepared for the worst. In his supports with Noah, it is revealed that, despite some of his men are working for Bern now, he does not think badly of them because of it. This strict yet caring attitude towards his men makes him a father in their eyes; several of their last will-letters are addressed to him.
He shows a more hesitant attitude as a family man. He suggests Juno to return home to take care of their baby, but can only offer weak objections to Juno's arguments against it. On a lighter note, he gives in easily to Shanna's questions about his romance with Juno, but does not manage to make his sister-in-law to tell her own experiences.
- Main article: Zelot/Supports
Zelot, Leader of Knights
Short: Returned home and helped rebuild Ilia.
Long: Zelot returned to Ilia, where he worked to rebuild the ruined land. He eventually united the Knights' Union of Ilia into the Kingdom of Ilia, and he left his name in history as the nation's first king.
|“||Well... It's like this, then...||”|
|“||Now, Ilia will know peace...||”|
— In the final chapter.
- Main article: Zelot/Quotes (Heroes)
Fire Emblem Cipher
Zelot is currently featured on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher.
|Fire Emblem Cipher data for Zelot|
|General of the Ilian Knights, Zelot|
|"Alright. We mercenary knights of Ilia shall join the fray as well!"|
|Attack: 70||Support: 10||Range: 1||Deploy Cost: 4|
|Class: Paladin||Tier: Advanced||Class Change Cost: 3|
|Devoted Commander: [Always] During your turn, this unit gains +10 attack per other ally.|
Uniter of the Mercenary Knights: [Activate] [Tap 1 ally] Choose 1 ally, and move them.
|Card #B21-077HN • Artist: Megumi Nagahama|
|Some card information translation provided by Serenes Forest.|
For more detailed strategic information on these cards, see their TCG wiki article on Jerrot .
|The Binding Blade||The lord of Edessa. Leads the
Ilian mercenary knights.*
|Heroes||Captain of the Ilian mercenaries, who rely on
battle to earn their living. He is attending the
bridal festival alongside his wife, Juno. Appears
in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
Used in Fire Emblem Heroes.
Artwork of Zelot from The Binding Blade.
- "Zelot: We are members of the proud Ilian Mercenary Knights. This is a battle that will determine the world's fate... And to us, that isn't all. The reputation of the Ilian Mercenary Knights will be determined by our actions and how we fight in this battle. That shall have a great impact on the future of Ilia, and thus..." — Zelot and Trec's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Noah: ...General Zelot.
Zelot: Is it about the letter? Have you changed your mind?
Noah: Yes. I suppose even I have someone I want to send a letter to when I die. If I die, I want you to read my letter." — Zelot and Noah's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Noah: No. I just thought that something had happened.
Zelot: I see... ...A letter arrived today. It was your comrade's...Grant's will." — Zelot and Noah's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelot: I don't think it's a good idea to leave a newborn baby to someone else. You should go back home and take care of her...
Juno: It's all right. I've entrusted her to a very good friend of mine.
Zelot: But you're her mother.
Juno: I'm fighting because I'm her mother. I want to raise her in a peaceful time without war.
Juno: I might have told you this before, but it would be impossible to find a completely safe place until we end this war.
Zelot: Well, that's true..." — Zelot and Juno's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelot: But you had to go out and fight...
Juno: Oh? Don't you like my flightleader outfit?
Zelot: Of course I do! But...
Juno: Then there's no problem. You'll be seeing a lot of it from now on.
Zelot: What! Do you mean...
Juno: Yes. I will fight alongside you as well.
Zelot: No! No no no. You retired long ago. So just leave the fighting to us...
Juno: Even after I retired, I had to fight anyway. Zelot, there is no safe place in the world any more." — Chapter 20A, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelot: ...You won't let me go, will you?
Shanna: But I'm family to you. I want to know about my relatives...
Zelot: Hm... All right, I suppose. ...We first met in battle in Etruria. Juno's pegasus squad was hired by our enemy side." — Zelot and Shanna's B support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- "Zelot: By the way... What about you? Do you have someone in mind?
Shanna: Sorry, that's a secret!
Zelot: W-What? After making me confess that much, you're not telling me?
Shanna: We're family. Family members have to have some secrets!
Zelot: W-Wait, Shanna..." — Zelot and Shanna's A support, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- Jarrot - Meaning of Jarrot, What does Jarrot mean?, babynamespedia.com, Retrieved: July 6, 2016
- Meaning of Zelotes - History and Origin, meaning-of-names.com, Retrieved: May 11, 2012
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