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Black Knight

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Black Knight
Black Knight PoR.png
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Official artwork of the Black Knight from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.
Universe Fire Emblem
Debut Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005)
Smash Bros. appearances Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Fire Emblem Heroes (2018, update)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo GameCube
Species Branded
Gender Male
Place of origin Tellius
Designed by Senri Kita
English voice actor Robert Clotworthy
Japanese voice actor Junji Majima
Article on Fire Emblem Wiki Zelgius

The Black Knight (漆黒の騎士, Dark Knight), real name Zelgius (ゼルギウス, Zelgius), is a major antagonist and Ike's rival in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Origin[edit]

General Zelgius lives a dual life: under his true identity, he is revered as the most esteemed and honorable general of the Begnion Empire and is a vassal of Prime Minister Sephiran; and as the Black Knight, he is a mysterious servant of the Kingdom of Daein whose true identity is unknown even to its king, Ashnard. Both identities are regarded as immensely strong and talented warriors, and as the Black Knight, he also wields a variety of mysterious magical artifacts, including blessed armor that repels weapons that are not themselves blessed; warp powder that allows him to instantly travel anywhere, at the cost of exhausting him; and the divine sword Alondite.

The Black Knight first appears early in Path of Radiance at the outbreak of the Mad King's War, when he challenges Ike's father and his own former mentor, Greil, to a duel in order to retrieve Lehran's Medallion. He kills the aging and crippled Greil far more easily than he expected, right in front of Ike, and flees the scene when Caineghis interrupts them; he leaves behind Ragnell, the counterpart to Alondite, which the Black Knight had unsuccessfully attempted to goad Greil into using. From this point, Ike's quest for vengeance against the Black Knight is one of his biggest motivations throughout the war, but whenever they meet, Ike is unable to harm him at all with his ordinary swords. Near the end of the game, Ike and the Black Knight face each other at Nados Castle, with Ike now wielding Ragnell; Ike emerges triumphant, and as he escapes the castle crumbles behind him, leaving him to presume that the Black Knight has died. Meanwhile, under his Zelgius identity, he leads a Begnion battalion to reinforce Ike's war effort against Daein in the latter days of the war and is tasked with occupying Daein after its capture, instead of fighting alongside Ike in any of his battles.

Three years later, in Radiant Dawn, the presumed-to-be-dead Black Knight resurfaces in the fight for Daein's liberation from Begnion as an ally to the Daein freedom fighter Micaiah. After saving her from an ambush by hostile forces, he comes to her aid in the final battle to free Daein. When the war between Begnion and the Laguz Alliance coalition breaks out, Zelgius fights on both sides: as the Black Knight, he continues to serve and protect Micaiah; and as himself, he reluctantly leads the Begnion charge but is embroiled in conflict and infighting with Begnion politicians, and when the Begnion forces experience a schism over the conflict, he sides with Empress Sanaki, Sephiran, and the Laguz Alliance against the politicians. He has become fixated on Ike - who now serves on the side of the Laguz Alliance - as a rival: in the Nados duel, Ike had mentioned that Greil had crippled himself, robbing Zelgius of his desire to face Greil as he had been in his prime, so the Black Knight chose to let Ike win in the hope that he would grow stronger and provide him a future challenge worthy of the prime Greil.

Zelgius survives the judgement of the awakened goddesses Ashera and Yune, and as the Black Knight appears before Micaiah and unsuccessfully tries to convince her to stop fighting so that he can protect her. In the finale of the game, the Black Knight confronts Ike, Micaiah, and their party in the Tower of Guidance, standing in the way of their climb to its top to face Ashera, and reveals his true identity. Ike and Zelgius duel for the final time: Ike wins, mortally wounding him, and Zelgius dies content that his wish to face Greil in his prime has, by proxy in Ike, been fulfilled. Before and after the duel, Ike and Micaiah see visions that reveal Zelgius's past: he was born in Daein as a Branded, and while that mixed beorc/laguz ancestry gave him both incredible strength and long life, it also made him an outcast among both species. Sephiran - true identity Lehran, an ancient laguz - had taken him in and made him a key player in his plans, winning Zelgius's absolute loyalty with the promise that he would no longer need to be an outcast.

In combat, the Black Knight is one of the most powerful units in either game. He belongs to the armored unit archetype, but has higher stats and unique traits compared to regular armored units. He has immense strength and defenses, and in Path of Radiance, he has a blessed armor effect which makes him immune to all weapons at the player's disposal up to that point except Ragnell (this effect has faded by the time of Radiant Dawn). Even when the blessing effect is being bypassed, however, he can still power through opposing attacks and sustain relatively little damage. Like Ragnell, his sword Alondite has the bonus ability to attack over long distances by slinging shockwaves. In both games he possesses a special skill that gives him a chance of triggering an attack that ignores enemy defenses: in Path of Radiance, this is the stock Luna skill that he shares with other armored units, while in Radiant Dawn he has an even more powerful personalized version of Luna called Eclipse. In addition to his recurring boss appearances, Radiant Dawn gives the player the opportunity to control him in three chapters played from Micaiah's perspective, in which he is by far the strongest unit at their disposal. Additionally, after his final defeat in Radiant Dawn, Alondite is given to the player's army and can be used by any advanced sword-wielding ally, with all of the same strength and abilities as before.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

The Black Knight appears as a trophy and a sticker. He is also referenced in the form of the song Against the Dark Knight, which plays on Castle Siege.

Trophy[edit]

Black Knight trophy in Brawl.
Black Knight
One of Daein's Four Riders and wielder of the blessed sword Alondite. Once an apprentice to Ike's father, Greil, the two eventually duel, resulting in Greil's defeat. Thought to be dead after losing to Ike and the blessed sword Ragnell, the Black Knight survives and comes to the aid of Micaiah, the leader of the Dawn Brigade, a band of Daein freedom fighters.
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

Sticker[edit]

Stickers
Name Game Effect Characters
The Black Knight Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance SpecialLaunchPower+040StickerIconLaunchPower.png +40 All charactersRandomHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker The Black Knight (Fire Emblem PoR).png
The Black Knight
(Fire Emblem: PoR)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

The Black Knight appears in Super Smash Bros. 4 in several minor roles. His leitmotif, Against the Dark Knight, also returns in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Trophy[edit]

The Black Knight trophy is exclusive to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Black Knight trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Black Knight
North America Not even the other members of the Daein army know the truth behind this dark knight. He is Ike's rival in Path of Radiance and the sequel, Radiant Dawn. His mastery skill Eclipse is so incredibly powerful, it'd be understandable if you thought his defeat would bring peace to the war-torn land.
Europe It's said that the Black Knight's identity is a mystery even to the Daein army who he fights for. In Path of Radiance, he's Ike's mortal enemy, and this enmity continues into Radiant Dawn. His already fearsome strength is bolstered further by the skill Eclipse. He's so powerful that you might even expect him to be the final boss.
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (10/2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (11/2007)

As a costume[edit]

A Mii Swordfighter dressed as the Black Knight.

The Black Knight's armor is the basis of a paid downloadable content costume for Mii Swordfighters. The Black Knight's color scheme also serves as the basis for one of Ike's alternate costumes.

The Black Knight item in Smash Tour.

In Smash Tour[edit]

In Smash Tour, the Black Knight is a red item. A player using the Black Knight at the beginning of a battle will cause their smash attacks to occasionally have one-hit KO power at random for that battle.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As an Assist Trophy[edit]

The Black Knight as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate.

The Black Knight appears as an Assist Trophy in Ultimate. He moves across the stage slowly, attacking any nearby opponents with his sword, Alondite. His attacks are extremely powerful, and they trigger Special Zoom for most of the time. While he can be attacked and defeated, his HP is relatively high, he can't be grabbed, and he does not flinch from most attacks. Training Mode describes his Assist Trophy: Slowly approaches, and then executes several extremely powerful slashing attacks.

Robert Clotworthy and Junji Majima reprise their roles in both English and Japanese, albeit via recycled voice clips from Fire Emblem Heroes.

In the English version, the Black Knight has three quotes that have him say English words.

  • "Here I go." when summoned.
  • "Know your place!" when departing.
  • "Can't move!" when defeated.

As a costume[edit]

The Black Knight Mii costume returns, and is purchasable from the Shop.

Spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
664
SSBU spirit Zelgius.png
Zelgius
Attack
★★★ 2 2678 8074 1406 4239 1272 3835 Can Be Enhanced at Lv. 99 Fire Emblem Series
665
SSBU spirit Black Knight.png
Black Knight
Attack
★★★★ 2 4823 12060 2328 5820 1866 4667 Armor Knight Fire Emblem Series

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japan Japanese 漆黒の騎士 Dark Knight
UK English Black Knight
France French Chevalier Noir Black Knight
Germany German Schwarzer Ritter Black Knight
Italy Italian Cavaliere nero Black Knight
Spain Spanish Caballero Negro Black Knight
China Chinese (Simplified) Black Knight
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 漆黑騎士 Dark Knight
South Korea Korean 칠흑의 기사 Pitch-black Knight
Netherlands Dutch Zwarte Ridder Black Knight
Russia Russian Черный рыцарь Black Knight

Trivia[edit]

  • Even though Zelgius has a spirit battle, Black Knight does not appear as an enemy Assist Trophy in it, being instead represented by the Mii Swordfighter clad in his armor. This makes him the one of two Assist Trophies not to appear in a battle pertaining to his own spirit, or its pre-evolved form (as is the case with Zelgius), with the other being Spring Man.