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Official artwork of Ike from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Official artworks of Ike from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and 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 Engage (2023)
Console/platform of origin Nintendo GameCube
Species Beorc
Gender Male
Place of origin Gallia (birthplace)
Crimea (surrogate home)
Designed by Senri Kita
English voice actor Jason Adkins (Brawl/SSB4)
Greg Chun (Ultimate)
Japanese voice actor Michihiko Hagi
Article on Fire Emblem Wiki Ike

Ike (アイク, Ike) is a character from the Fire Emblem series. As the main protagonist of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and deuteragonist of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Ike grows from a naive mercenary-in-training into a savvy and renowned war hero who desires to be a capable warrior like his father, Greil. Ike made his Super Smash Bros. series debut in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a playable character, and has appeared as such since then.


Following the release of Super Smash Bros. Melee and its inclusion of Fire Emblem protagonists Marth and Roy, Fire Emblem established itself outside Japan with two Game Boy Advance titles: Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. The international success of the former prompted developer Intelligent Systems to begin work on a more ambitious, large-scale Fire Emblem game for the Nintendo GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Ike's debut game, which released in 2005.

Ike is the son of Greil, a legendary warrior who leads a band of mercenaries which operates in Crimea, a minor kingdom on the continent of Tellius. He and his younger sister, Mist, live with the mercenaries in a remote Crimean fort. Notably, Ike is currently the only protagonist of a Fire Emblem game to have absolutely no royal, noble or divine ancestry at all; this is reflected in his initial character class in Path of Radiance not being the usual Lord, but rather the unique Ranger that ultimately promotes into a Lord when he is temporarily knighted.

Path of Radiance follows Ike's exploits through the Mad King's War. Having only recently been allowed by Greil to join missions with the Mercenaries, Ike encounters Princess Elincia of Crimea on the run after the neighboring Kingdom of Daein attacked and conquered Crimea. Elincia hires the Greil Mercenaries to assist her in escaping Crimea, but after Greil himself is killed by his former student, the Black Knight of Daein, Ike is forced to take command of the Mercenaries.

Ike's journeys with Elincia – fleeing to the Begnion Empire, assisting its Empress Sanaki in destroying a slave trafficking ring, being knighted by Elincia, and raising an army to march on Daein and take back Crimea – brings him into contact with the ancient racial tensions between the laguz (clans of animal shapeshifters) and his fellow beorc; with a plot by Daein's Mad King, Ashnard, to unleash a dark god sealed within a bronze medallion and remake the world; and with the sacrifices his parents made to try and stop that plot decades prior. By the end of the war, Ike's deeds have earned him respect across the world, from beorc and laguz nations alike.

Path of Radiance received a direct sequel in 2007 called Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, in which Ike returned as part of a larger ensemble cast of protagonists, playing out the conflicts from multiple viewpoints. Radiant Dawn is set three years later, by which time Ike has renounced his Crimean knighthood and returned to work with the Greil Mercenaries. After assisting Queen Elincia with ending an uprising in Crimea, Ike is hired by his friend Ranulf, a cat laguz, to assist the Laguz Alliance in a war against Begnion, demanding reparations for the major atrocities they committed against laguz nations. This provokes a civil war in Begnion, in which Sanaki breaks away from her corrupt senate to join Ike's side, and is further complicated when Daein's army, led by the mage Micaiah, joins the war on Begnion's side.

The enormous war awakens and angers the goddess of order, Ashera, with the underlying conflicts having been specifically manipulated to do so, and Ike and Micaiah join forces with the released "dark god" – actually Yune, a sympathetic goddess of chaos – to reverse Ashera's judgement and save the world. The game ends with Ike dealing the finishing blow to Ashera, for which he becomes known as the legendary "Radiant Hero" (青い炎の英雄, Hero of the Blue Flame), and with him leaving Tellius forever for parts unknown.

Described in Radiant Dawn as "blunt, but genuine and loyal", Ike is reserved and socially awkward because of his sheltered upbringing, and starts out both quick to anger and naive to the way that the world works. He is never comfortable in the spotlight into which his work with Elincia and Sanaki thrusts him, or with command of large armies, preferring to work in anonymity with the Greil Mercenaries, but his strong sense of duty and loyalty compels him to accept it when he has to. Despite being a mercenary, Ike takes the life-and-death nature of war very seriously and only takes up arms as a last resort; the only exception is his rivalry with the Black Knight. Ike is also known for his sense of sympathy, even toward his enemies and those who betray him (worrying about what could have driven them to that point), and offers almost every boss he faces an opportunity to surrender and leave the battlefield alive. His one true desire is to someday be as capable a warrior as Greil was, even long after his father's death.

In gameplay, Ike is a formidable all-rounder. In the tradition of all Fire Emblem protagonists, his death in battle causes an immediate Game Over, but his good statistical performance and high utility makes him a consistent front-line force nonetheless. He boasts high strength and speed, and good physical defense, but his big weakness is his resistance to magical attacks. Late in his games, he gains exclusive access to two powerful tools: Aether, his unique master skill, and Ragnell, a regalia sword. In every attack he makes after acquiring it, Aether gives him a small chance to trigger an acrobatic two-hit sequence that combines the effects of two other mastery skills, Sol and Luna, that heals himself before bypassing his opponent's physical defense stat to deal more damage to them. Ragnell, meanwhile, allows him to fight both in close quarters and at a distance, attacking far-away enemies with a powerful shockwave; he is one of only three Fire Emblem main protagonists whose signature sword gives him this extra range, with the others being Roy and Byleth.

Even before his Super Smash Bros. appearances, Ike was one of the most popular characters in the entire Fire Emblem series, especially outside of Japan. In 2017, he was voted the single most popular male character in the inaugural Choose Your Legends popularity poll for Fire Emblem Heroes (surpassed only by the top placers of the female bracket, Lyn and Lucina; if votes for multiple incarnations of the same character had been tallied together, as they were in later years, Ike would have placed 1st overall). Fire Emblem Awakening features him as a bonus character, albeit unrelated to the main story, via SpotPass and DLC. Awakening also features the character Priam, a distant descendant of Ike who bears both a striking resemblance to him and a heavily aged Ragnell. Later appearances include Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Fire Emblem Fates and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, all via amiibo. Ike also makes frequent appearances in the smartphone game Fire Emblem Heroes and the Fire Emblem Cipher card game. Most recently, Fire Emblem Engage features Ike as one of the game's numerous Emblems, ethereal clones of protagonists from various other Fire Emblem games who dwell within special rings.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Ike (SSBB)
Ike's profile picture for Smash Bros. Brawl.
Ike, as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Ike was the first Fire Emblem character to be revealed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.[1] Despite Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn being released nearly a year before Brawl, Ike instead sports his Ranger design from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, Ike was not intended to be on the roster early on. Rather, Sakurai devised a blank character template of a slow and very powerful swordsman, and 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, owing to his status as the protagonist of the then-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 fighter.[2]

Thanks to the considerable size of his blessed sword, Ragnell, the majority of Ike's attacks are among the longest ranged and most powerful in the game.[1] As a trade-off, however, most of his attacks are notorious for being among the slowest in the game in regard to both start-up and ending lag.[3] Ike also possesses Aether as his up special move, which grants him armor at its beginning when he and Ragnell are separated and prior to his leap.[1] Unlike his fellow Fire Emblem fighter Marth, Ike's moveset features a number of unarmed strikes (specifically punches, kicks, and a headbutt) alongside sword swings. On a related note, his neutral attack can jab cancel easily and reliably into various combos, or even KO outright.

In addition to his extremely laggy attacks, Ike also possesses a poor recovery. Despite his appearance, Ike is also a heavyweight, which hinders his mobility and renders him very susceptible to combos. Lastly, Ike lacks a projectile to compliment Ragnell's range; by extension, this leaves him susceptible to camping because of his aforementioned mobility issues. Although Ike's weaknesses have resulted in him attaining a small playerbase, he has nevertheless managed to achieve respectable tournament results. As a result, Ike is ranked 23rd out of 38 on the current tier list; this places him in the D tier, and posits him as a mid-tier character.


Ike trophy from Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
Ike's 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
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn


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

As a playable character[edit]

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

Ike returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. 4. Unlike in Brawl, he now sports his Hero design from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The majority of Ike's frame data saw noticeable improvement primarily in the form of decreased lag, thanks largely to game updates throughout SSB4's lifespan. His mobility has also improved, thanks to his faster dashing and air speeds, as well as his higher double jump. Changes to game mechanics have also benefited Ike: the changes to hitstun canceling grant his up and down throws respectable combo potential at varying percentages, while the removal of edge-hogging significantly improves Aether's reliability as a recovery option.

However, Ike's power and range have been slightly toned down. Despite gaining a varied combo game, Ike's renowned jab cancel has been significantly worsened to the point of being extremely situational. Lastly, Ike's mobility is below-average at best in spite of its improvements, which results in him remaining susceptible to combos, rushdowns and camping.

Ultimately, Ike's buffs have somewhat improved his viability since Brawl and especially SSB4's early days. Although Ike currently has a small playerbase like in Brawl, players such as Ryo have demonstrated that he remains a formidable character as long as his strengths are utilized to the fullest and his easily exploitable weaknesses are circumvented. To reflect this, his playerbase has achieved decent results at both regional and national level of tournament play, much like in Brawl. As a result, Ike is ranked 39th out of 54 on the current tier list; this places him in the E tier, and posits him as a mid-tier character.


NTSC 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.
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (10/2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (11/2007)
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 Empire, 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.
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (11/2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (03/2008)
Ike (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS
Ike (Alt.)'s trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
Ike (Alt.)
NTSC 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!
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (10/2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (11/2007)
PAL Ike's side smash is a powerful two-handed sword strike. It's one of the best launch attacks in the entire game, so even though it leaves you open, it's a real winner. For Eruption, one of his specials, you stab the ground and unleash a pillar of fire that hits anyone nearby. If you charge it too long, though, you'll hurt yourself, so be careful!
GameCube: Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (11/2005)
Wii: Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (03/2008)

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Ike (SSBU)
Ike (Path of Radiance), as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Ike returns as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Unlike his previous appearances, Ike is now an unlockable character, his Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn designs are both available for selection,[4] and Greg Chun has become his English voice actor since succeeding Jason Adkins as of Fire Emblem Heroes. Both designs have unique voice clips, with some different phrases and the Radiant Dawn design having a deeper, gruffer tone than the Path of Radiance design.

Ike's moveset has been subtly reworked to better resemble his Fire Emblem depictions, in which several of his moves had their lag decreased by varying amounts in exchange for a slight loss in power. Overall, Ike has been buffed; the most notable improvements consist of his new up aerial sporting much greater range, Eruption generating additional fiery pillars when sufficiently charged, Aether's transcendent priority and much higher knockback making it into a risky yet rewarding KO option (especially from out of shield), and his neutral aerial's lower start-up lag, landing lag and damage output collectively making it somewhat infamous as both a neutral game option and combo starter.

Ike's appearance in Ultimate has generally been considered his most successful appearance in the series to date, thanks to his playerbase achieving arguably his best tournament results relative to his appearances in Brawl and SSB4.



Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese アイク, Ike
UK English Ike
France French Ike
Germany German Ike
Spain Spanish Ike
Italy Italian Ike
China Chinese 艾克, Ike
South Korea Korean 아이크, Ike
Netherlands Dutch Ike
Russia Russian Айк
Portugal Portuguese Ike


  • Like Ganondorf, Ike's fighter design and portrayal in the Super Smash Bros. series feature many noticeable inaccuracies to his home games:
    • Although Ike boasts impressive strength within both series, his own games feature his speed stat as noticeably one of his best stats, to the point of even eclipsing his strength in certain ways: his speed growth in Path of Radiance is higher than his strength growth, and his speed stat in Radiant Dawn is higher than his strength stat at base. This is not reflected in the Super Smash Bros. series, where his overall mobility is poor. Robin and Byleth underwent a similar decrease in speed upon also becoming fighters.
    • Despite Ike being a heavyweight fighter, his weight in Path of Radiance is relatively low. While his weight did increase considerably in Radiant Dawn to coincide with the significant physical growth he underwent between the games, he is still far from being among the heaviest units in the game.
    • In Fire Emblem games, Ike practices a uniquely agile and fluid fighting style, prominently featuring many flashy acrobatic flourishes, made most apparent in his animations as a Lord in Path of Radiance. Indeed, this distinctive fighting style, and the fact that Ike learned it from Greil, is a recurring plot point in both games and a central factor in his relationship with the Black Knight. His moveset in the Super Smash Bros. series, which revolves primarily around laggy, heavy-handed hits, is a major contrast to this.
    • Ragnell's long-ranged energy shockwave in the Fire Emblem series is replaced with the fiery Eruption.
      • Although Eruption is unique to the Super Smash Bros. series, it heavily resembles Bolganone, a very powerful fire tome/magic in the Fire Emblem series.
    • As Ike's up special move, Aether loses both of its special effects from Fire Emblem, and only consists of its first sword-throwing hit.
      • In comparison, Chrom would later use his own version of Aether as his Final Smash in Ultimate which, despite also lacking the special effects, is identical to both hits of its depiction in Fire Emblem Awakening.
  • Ike is the only Fire Emblem fighter to be a heavyweight.
  • Although Ike is eventually promoted to the Lord class in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, he appears as a Ranger in Brawl and a Hero in SSB4. As such, he is the first playable Fire Emblem character to not appear as a Lord upon debuting in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Ike is the first Fire Emblem fighter to be a starter character.
    • He is also the first Fire Emblem fighter to both speak English in the Super Smash Bros. series and have a change in voice actor.
  • Ike appears in several downloadable chapters as an Einherjar in Fire Emblem Awakening. This includes all three of the aptly named Smash Brethren chapters, which reference Ike's involvement in the Super Smash Bros. series.
  • Ike and Ganondorf are the only fighters to revert to an earlier design used for their debut appearance in a later installment.
    • Unlike Ganondorf, however, his Radiant Dawn design used in SSB4 is available as an alternate costume in Ultimate.
  • Because the Spanish language does not contain /aɪ/ (as in "eye"), Ike's name is pronounced as /ˈiː-kɛ/ ("ee-keh") in the Spanish versions of Brawl, SSB4, and Ultimate. While the Italian language lacks this as well, his name is pronounced properly in Italian nonetheless.
  • Ike and R.O.B. are the only fighters whose default costumes became alternate costumes in a subsequent installment.
    • While Link and Princess Zelda both have alternate costumes that resemble their counterparts in previous installments, they are not directly based on said counterparts. For example, Link's Wild Set of clothes is based on the traditional attire his counterparts have worn throughout The Legend of Zelda series, but it is not the general design used by the other playable Links in previous Super Smash Bros. games.
  • Ike and Corrin are the only Fire Emblem fighters who can use counterattacks, yet whose movesets are not based on Marth's moveset.
  • Ike and Roy are the only Fire Emblem fighters who are playable in the Super Smash Bros. series to not be playable in Fire Emblem Warriors. This does not include Byleth, who debuted after that game's release.
    • Byleth, however, would later appear in Fire Emblem Warriors' successor, Fire Emblem: Three Hopes.
  • Ike's crowd cheer, "We like Ike!", is a slight variation of a campaign slogan used by Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower during the United States' presidential elections in 1952.