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Official artwork of Ike from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Universe Fire Emblem
Debut Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
Most recent non-Smash appearance Fire Emblem Fates (via amiibo) (2015)
Console of origin Nintendo GameCube
Species Beorc
Gender Male
Homeworld Tellius
Designed by Senri Kita
English voice actor Jason Adkins
Japanese voice actor Michihiko Hagi
Article on Fire Emblem Wiki Ike

Ike (アイク, Ike) is the main playable hero in the ninth installment of the Fire Emblem series of tactical role-playing games, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and also appears in a main role in its sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. He is known by his title as the "Radiant Hero" (青い炎の英雄, Hero of the Blue Flame). Ike is one of the more recent Fire Emblem protagonists and was the first one to appear in multiple Fire Emblem console games that were released outside of Japan, so he has attained more familiarity with players than most other characters in the series. He appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. 4 as a playable character.

Character description[edit]

Official artwork of Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, which would be the design used for Ike in his Brawl appearance.

By 2005, the Fire Emblem series of tactical role-playing fantasy video games had fully been established as an internationally famous and successful franchise, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of previous Fire Emblem protagonists Marth and Roy in 2001's immensely successful Super Smash Bros. Melee as playable characters. After Melee, another game with FE characters was released outside of Japan, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, marking Ike's debut in a Nintendo game.

In PoR, Ike serves the traditional role of the Fire Emblem main protagonist in that the story revolves around him and his efforts of heroism, and that in terms of gameplay he is the game's one Lord-class playable unit; he starts out at a unique class level called Ranger with initially shaky battle statistics, but he grows into a top-quality Lord-class unit by the end of the game, on average maxing out most of his stats. The game's sequel, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, extends the story and brings the overall story full-circle. It has been three years since the Mad King's War, and war engulfs Tellius once again as the various countries attempt to re-establish themselves. Unlike PoR, RD focuses on an ensemble cast from varying viewpoints, with Ike becoming playable around mid-game and later being required to deal the finishing blow to the final boss, Ashera.

Aside from his main appearances, Ike appears as an optional party member in both Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates. He appears in the former as a DLC and SpotPass Einherjar character, and the latter as an amiibo character. Dialogue shows that the Ike in Fates is the same version that appeared in Smash.

In Ike's games he learns the Aether character skill, the most powerful of the skills in the game's reintroduced character skill mechanic, gives Ike a chance to perform a powerful two-hit combo, the first of which restores his Hit Points by the amount he damages, and the second of which attacks with the only half of the target's defense applied.

Ike, for being the second Fire Emblem protagonist to star in more than one game in the series after Marth and the first to appear on two subsequent games released internationally on consoles, is one of the better-known Fire Emblem heroes, and he enjoys the same popularity like Marth and Roy before him thanks to his role as a playable fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series. His appearance in Brawl is based on his younger Path of Radiance incarnation as a Ranger character class, while his appearance in SSB4 is based on his older, more muscular Radiant Dawn incarnation as a Hero character class. It is interesting to note that he is able to use both the Ragnell sword and the Aether skill in his playable fighting appearance, even though in PoR he only gained the ability to use these when graduating into the Lord character class.


Ragnell is Ike's sword. Although it is a two-handed sword, he can wield it with only one as a testament to his strength.

The sword is used in all four of Ike's Special moves as well as most of his standard attacks.

It has the ability to release a shock-wave for long range combat, though thus power does not appear Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but it does appear to have the ability to unleash fire, a power it was imbued with at the end of Radiant Dawn.

In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Ragnell is a holy blade blessed by the Goddess Ashera, along with its partner, Alondite, which is wielded by the Black Knight. Ragnell and Alondite clash against each other, along with their respective wielders, in their rivalry throughout both games set on Tellius. Both swords are the most powerful in the game and have ranged attacks. In the ancient past of Tellius, Ragnell and Alondite were the twin blades of the Beorc warrior woman, Altina.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: Ike (SSBB)
Ike, as he appears in Brawl.

Ike was the first Fire Emblem character to be revealed as a playable character in Brawl, wearing his battle-worn Ranger-class outfit. He clearly adheres to the human-swordsman aesthetic upheld by Marth and Roy in Melee, and his sword, Ragnell, appears especially hefty and long-range, but Ike is strong enough to hold it with only one hand. Ike's attacks are among the longest reaching and most powerful attacks in the game. To counterbalance this, Ike's attacks are notorious for being among the slowest attacks in the game, both start-up and ending lag wise. Ike also comes with his trademark skill Aether as a technique, which gives him launch resistance at the beginning of the attack when he and his blade are separated and he is hunched down to jump. This allows him to resist the knockback, but take the damage of an attack. He is based on his appearance in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Ike is ranked 23rd on the current tier list in D tier.

According to Sakurai, Ike himself wasn't intended to be on the roster early on. Instead, Sakurai devised a blank character template of a slow and very powerful swordsman. Along with this, Sakurai wanted a new Fire Emblem character in Brawl. When discussing the potential new Fire Emblem character with Intelligent Systems, it was suggested he use Ike, being the protagonist of the latest two games in the series. Upon this suggestion, Sakurai considered Ike, and saw him to be a perfect fit for the aforementioned character template, leading to his inclusion as the new playable Fire Emblem character.[1]


The Ike trophy in Brawl
A member of Crimea's top fighting force, the Greil Mercenaries. He's a man of few words whose blunt manner gives the impression that he's uncaring, but he's actually a passionate hero. He was crucial to the reconstruction of Crimea. In Radiant Dawn, he continues to show his deep sense of honor and leads the Greil Mercenaries to the aid of the Laguz Alliance.
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007)


Name Game Effect Character(s)
Ike Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance TypeIcon(Weapon).png Attack +23 MarthHeadSSBB.pngIkeHeadSSBB.png
Ike Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn EffectIcon(Slash).png Attack +27 MarthHeadSSBB.pngIkeHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Ike (Fire Emblem Path of Radiance).png
(Fire Emblem Path of Radiance)
Brawl Sticker Ike (Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn).png
(Fire Emblem Radiant Dawn)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

Ike, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.
Main article: Ike (SSB4)

Ike returns in Super Smash Bros. 4 as a veteran playable character, now using his design from Radiant Dawn. While Ike lacks some of the power and range he had in Brawl, he is now faster and more mobile, resulting in his being improved from his previous appearance.


NA: One of the main characters from the Fire Emblem series. Having fought in the Mad King's War, restored the fallen nation of Crimea, and taken on the Begnion Empire, Ike is rightly called a hero. He has the strength to back the title—one good swing of his blade can launch the heaviest of foes.
PAL: One of the main characters from the Fire Emblem series. Having fought in the Mad King's War, played a huge part in restoring the fallen nation of Crimea, and taken on the Begnion Emprire, Ike is rightly called a hero. And he has the strength to go with that title. One good swing of his blade can launch even the heaviest of fighters.
Ike (Alt.)
Ike's side smash is a powerful two-handed sword strike. It's one of the best launch attacks in the entire game, though it will leave you wide open when you use it. For Eruption, one of his specials, you stab the ground and unleash a pillar of fire. Charging for too long will hurt Ike, so be careful!


  • Ike is technically the first non-Lord Fire Emblem character to appear in Super Smash Bros., given his appearance as a Ranger (his starting class in Path of Radiance) in Brawl and a Hero (his starting class in Radiant Dawn) in SSB4. However, he eventually promotes into a Lord in Path of Radiance.
  • In addition to Ike's guest appearance in Fire Emblem: Awakening, a downloadable chapter in the game, aptly named Smash Brethren, references Ike's involvement in the Smash Bros. series.
  • Much like Captain Falcon's quotes, Ike's quotes of "I fight for my friends" and "You'll get no sympathy from me" have become Internet memes of sorts, particularly around the time of Brawl's release.
  • Ike was the first Fire Emblem character to be a Starter character. He is also the first one to speak English in a Smash Bros. game.