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Ferdinand von Aegir

Black Eagles

Ferdinand von Aegir


Ferdinand is a Black Eagles student at the Officers Academy, hailing from the Aegir Dukedom in the Adrestian Empire. He is a proud and confident noble who is fiercely competitive, particularly with his one-sided rival, Edelgard. He strives to be better than her, but this is because he believes it will prove his worth as the future Adrestian prime minister.


Great Tree Moon 30
Imperial Year 1162
Minor Crest of Cichol
  • Being noble
  • Collecting armor

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Game Data

Growth rates, starting skills, and more.

Base Stats (Level 1 Noble)


Variable Recruitment Base Stats

Growth Rates




Learns Seal Speed upon completing budding talent.

Learned Magic

Skill LevelReasonFaith

Personal Ability

Ferdinand's personal ability is Confidence.

Learned Abilities

IconAbilitySkillSkill Icon
authorityRally DexterityAuthority Dauthority
authorityBattalion DesperationAuthority Cauthority
heavyArmorSeal SpeedHeavyArmor BuddingheavyArmor

Learned Combat Arts

IconAbilitySkillSkill Icon
SunderSunderSword C+sword
Shatter SlashShatter SlashLance C+lance
Swift StrikesSwift StrikesLance Alance
Focused StrikeFocused StrikeAxe C+axe
Armored StrikeArmored StrikeAxe Aaxe


Ferdinand's paralogue is Retribution.


Ferdinand is a very flexible unit who boasts a multitude of useful boons, no banes, and generally good growth rates. This allows him to perform well in many physical classes, particularly Paladin and Wyvern Lord.

Ferdinand notably gains access to the Swift Strikes combat art upon reaching Lance A, which should be doable before the timeskip given his boon. This makes Ferdinand a very potent player phase unit. To go along with this, he should master Brigand for Death Blow. If Ferdinand chooses to class as a Paladin, he will have both Death Blow and Lancefaire, effectively making his Swift Strikes to do 22 extra damage. Ferdinand's accuracy tends to be somewhat shakey, especially against dodgey enemies like Assassins and Falcon Knights, so it's worth it to class him into Archer at some point and pick up Hit +20. He will also get Dexterity +4 after investing enough into Riding, which can also help him to hit reliably.

Another good option is to sacrifice Lancefaire and go for the Wyvern Lord class instead. In exchange, he will get increased mobility and better growth rates, although the slight growth rates improvement ends up being fairly inconsequential later on in the game. The 10% Speed penalty from Paladin is more or less mitigated thanks to Swift Strikes. Another advantage to going the flier route is that Ferdinand will eventually get to learn Alert Stance+. This coupled with his personal ability Confidence gives him some of the best dodgetank potential in the game, assuming he is able to stay at full health. Ferdinand really appreciates a healer teammate with Physic, who can top him off in case he takes an unlucky hit. As a flier, Ferdinand will be a flexible dual phase unit, who can deal good damage on the player phase with his combat arts and dodgetank on the enemy phase.

Ferdinand is somewhat prone to having a rough early game, since his bases are very terrible. If he doesn't get good level ups in Strength and Speed early on he will have a lot of trouble fighting enemies for the first few missions. At the very least, he starts with access to Tempest Lance, so he will be able to do enough damage to take kills with a Steel Lance. Once he makes it into intermediate and advanced classes, his stats become a lot more consistent.

Although he has a budding talent in Heavy Armor, it is inadvisable to invest too much into it. Ferdinand is much better off as a Paladin than a Great Knight, and he definitely doesn't want to become a Fortress Knight and be stuck on 4 movement all game. He does get Seal Speed for completing the budding talent, which can be situationally useful (stealing the Lords' Evasion Rings in Chapter 7, and against monsters). Raising Heavy Armor to D also allows Ferdinand to certify as an Armored Knight, which will boost his Defense up to 12.

Ferdinand learns a few decent spells, namely Thoron at Reason C, and Ward at Faith C. He's usually better off just spamming Swift Strikes on the player phase, but he will perform decently when classed as a Dark Knight (although he will lose the Lancefaire damage when doing so). He also learns Rally Dexterity very early on at Authority D.

Overall, Ferdinand is a very good unit who excels at running around the map and spamming Swift Strikes. With good growths and excellent boons, he will quickly get over his slow start and become one of the best fighters on your team.


Ferdinand will automatically be recruited if the player selects to teach the Black Eagles house.

Ferdinand can be recruited once Byleth has achieved a stat of Dex 10 and Skill Rank C in HeavyArmor. These requirements can be lowered if Byleth builds support with Ferdinand, as shown in the below table.

Support LevelStatSkill Rank
NoneDex 10HeavyArmor C
CDex 8HeavyArmor C
C+Dex 6HeavyArmor D+
BDex 4HeavyArmor D
B+Dex 2HeavyArmor E+
Almyran Pine Needles
Southern Fruit Blend
Seiros Tea


A dinner invitationFood in the dining hallTell me about yourself
Gifts you'd like to receiveThanks for everythingA word of advice
The existence of CrestsCapable comradesHeart-racing memories
Children at the marketHopes for your futureThe ideal relationship
I heard some gossipThe last battleClose calls
The meaning of nobilityCooking mishapsLikable allies
Cute monksMighty weaponsThings that bother you
Monastery rulesThings you find romanticDreamy knights
Working togetherEquipment upkeepPlans for the future
Evaluating alliesPotential training partnersYou seem well
Relaxing at the saunaYou're doing great workFashion
Your ambitionsFirst crushesSchool uniforms

Final Comments

You have a way of making people feel comfortable. I almost cannot help telling you everything.
Since I was a child, I have loved riding horses and fighting. People used to tell me to act more like a noble.
You often hear stories of nobles and commoners in love. I am not against such things, but reality is not so simple.
When I am unhappy, I try to bestow happiness upon others. Such is the way of the true noble.
You treat everyone the same, regardless of status. Perhaps I should do that as well.
I am extremely versatile. In fact, I fear I am a jack-of-all-trades.
I suppose the Sword of the Creator never goes dull, so you do not need to sharpen it.
You will always remember me, will you not?
Sip tea
Hmm. It can be good to relax now and then. Shall we play a game?

Liked Gifts

Riding Boots
Tea Leaves

Disliked Gifts

Blue Cheese
Coffee Beans

Lost Items

Maintenance Oil
Agricultural Survey
Bag of Tea Leaves
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