Ranking Fire Emblem: Three Houses Paired Endings (Golden Deer)

Welcome to one of the blog posts I wrote during our shelter in place time. Most of the posts I wrote during this period are not particularly high thought level posts. If anything, the entire point to them is to be able to not think heavily for a little while. As such, I’m immersing myself in things I like (read: video games, mostly). apologies for anyone that finds this boring. This is how I’m coping.

A while back, I wrote a post talking about my headcanon relationships for all of Fire Emblem: Awakening characters. I spent a good bit of time thinking about how I’d write such a post for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, only to come to the following conclusions.

  1. Even people who read my blog AND care about Fire Emblem would not read such a post, as it’d be insanely long.
  2. There are so many characters who can end the game with so many others that it’d be impossible to do a true headcanon post for most characters1The exceptions to this rule are Hilda X Caspar, Flayn X eating fish, and Dorothea X my friend Stephanie..
  3. The age gaps in certain cases (Hanneman, Manuela, and Seteth, in particular) makes that a much weirder exercise than it was in Awakening.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to provide a ranking of the best paired endings for each character in the game. These posts will be divided by the character’s starting house. My hope is to do all five of these posts over the course of a week, though we’ll see how quickly I can get them done. When they’re all completed, you can click below to access each list.


Black Eagles | Blue Lions | Golden Deer | Church of Serios | Ashen Wolves/DLC


For this list, I’m only including endings where a character pairing has a support of A or higher to end the game. Additionally, because Byleth could hypothetically end up being paired with any character in the game depending on various circumstances, they are included in each list. That said, I’ll only be considering their paired endings with characters of the house I’m focusing on within that post. You’ll see how I handle their potential same-sex endings in each post.

To be clear, these lists will focus on the endings these characters can have with another character, rather than strictly on supports. Supports are a topic better saved for another time with a less cabin-fevery mind. Also, spoilers ahead. Clearly.

Pairings that are directly stated or at least heavily implied to be romantic in nature are in bold. Pairings that vary whether or not they are romantic depending on what story path you’re playing on, or are ambiguously romantic, are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Claude

  1. Byleth (F)
  2. Annette
  3. Petra
  4. Shamir
  5. Lorenz
  6. Hilda
  7. Ingrid
  8. Balthus
  9. Marianne
  10. Leonie
  11. Lysithea
  12. Flayn

Claude has a lot of really good endings. Nearly all of his endings are either romantic ones where the partners are equal or non-romantic ones were both partners go on to do great things. Which kind of makes sense, what with his whole equality storyline and everything. The only two I really can’t get behind are Lysithea’s2Her living doesn’t make a ton of sense in this ending. and Flayn’s3You mean to tell me that Seteth NEVER finds out about her marriage to Claude? Ever?. That said, pretty much everything 8th place and above on this list is a great ending for Claude. I’m partial to his endings with Byleth, Annette, and Petra, but there are a ton of possible favorites here.

Hilda

  1. Claude
  2. Caspar
  3. Ignatz
  4. Raphael*
  5. Marianne
  6. Cyril
  7. Ferdinand
  8. Lorenz
  9. Byleth (M)
  10. Seteth
  11. Balthus*

Much like I mentioned with Caspar, I hate that the Hilda/Caspar pairing doesn’t top this list, as I adore their supports. That said, Hilda’s ending with Claude is the lone ending that allows her to be an equal to her partner, use her cunning nature, and allow her inner artisan to flourish all at once. I also weirdly like how many non-romantic endings Hilda has, even if not all of them are good. For as much of a flirt as Hilda is, it still makes sense that she doesn’t need to settle down with someone. Though if the internet is any indication, they’d love if her pairing with Marianne was more romantic.

Lorenz

  1. Claude
  2. Manuela
  3. Lysithea
  4. Byleth (F)
  5. Marianne
  6. Hilda
  7. Catherine
  8. Mercedes
  9. Leonie
  10. Dorothea

I don’t like Lorenz all that much. That said, he grows up A LOT in his endings. So much so that it’s somewhat at odds with his character in much of the story. I do want to particularly call out the fact that in Lorenz’s ending with Byleth, we get a direct mention of the fact that Byleth transfers control of whatever they’re leading to their son — the lone instance talking about power transfer post-war that I recall seeing in any of the endings. It’s also notable that for a character whose focus in his supports is often on finding the right person to marry, his best paired ending of all is actually one where he remains unmarried. That said, I really like his paired ending with Manuela, in part because their supports make two characters I dislike very likeable.

Lysithea

  1. Linhardt
  2. Hanneman
  3. Byleth (M)
  4. Edelgard
  5. Claude
  6. Cyril
  7. Raphael*
  8. Lorenz
  9. Balthus
  10. Felix (Other Routes)
  11. Felix (Azure Moon)
  12. Ignatz

Lysithea’s endings can be divided pretty cleanly into two groups — ones where she lives (1-5 on this list) and ones where she dies quite young (6-12). I’m particularly a fan of her endings with Linhardt and Hanneman, which are extremely similar in nature. That said, Linhardt’s gets the edge, as part of what Lysithea wants in a full life is love (per her supports), regardless of that life’s length. Her ending with Cyril is also particularly touching, though still lower on this list because of her untimely death. Congratulations to Lysithea on being the one character that has endings with both Hanneman and Cyril without either of them being creepy.

Ignatz

  1. Raphael
  2. Petra
  3. Hilda
  4. Marianne
  5. Shamir
  6. Leonie
  7. Flayn
  8. Ingrid
  9. Byleth (F)
  10. Mercedes
  11. Lysithea

Ignatz’s bottom five paired endings on this list are nearly identical. There are similarities within all of the character endings, but Ignatz specifically has a ton of copy/paste endings. His best ending is a romantic one, though it’s not with the person he has a paired ending with, as he marries Raphael’s little sister, who had a crush on him since they were children. Ignatz’s entire gimmick is that he’s an artist, so I like the endings where he’s able to do that well in varied ways, as is shown in his endings with Petra, Hilda, and (to a lesser extent) Marianne.

Marianne

  1. Dimitri
  2. Ferdinand von Aegir
  3. Claude
  4. Hilda
  5. Lorenz
  6. Linhardt
  7. Raphael
  8. Ignatz
  9. Hanneman
  10. Ashe
  11. Byleth (M)

I still hate the Ashe/Marianne ending. That said, congratulations on the Byleth ending on being the only ending for Marianne that downplays how important and smart she is. Even the Hanneman and Ashe endings give her credit for that directly, even if she is reduced to being a sugar mama. For that matter — Marianne has quite the number of sugar mama endings. It’s kind of weird considering how reserved she is. That said, her ending with Dimitri is still one of my favorites.

Raphael

  1. Ingrid*
  2. Shamir
  3. Marianne
  4. Flayn
  5. Hilda*
  6. Byleth (F)
  7. Leonie*
  8. Bernadetta
  9. Lysithea
  10. Ignatz

I love that Raphael only has two directly romantic endings in all of his possible options. What I don’t like, however, is that nearly all of his options focus more on whoever his paired ending partner is more so than Raphael. This is particularly true in the case of Ignatz, whose paired ending with Raphael focuses almost totally on the marriage between Ignatz and Raphael’s sister, Maya. Raphael’s endings with Ingrid and Shamir are by far his best. Even if the endings aren’t romantic — which they don’t need to be to work — I wish he had more of a focus in them.

Leonie

  1. Seteth
  2. Byleth (M)
  3. Raphael*
  4. Shamir
  5. Claude
  6. Lorenz
  7. Ignatz
  8. Alois (Crimson Flower)
  9. Felix
  10. Alois (Other Routes)

Despite most of the Golden Deer having a lot of really good endings, Leonie has one great ending, three good endings, and a whole lot of downer or what the hell endings. She even becomes an alcoholic who goes severely into debt in her non-Crimson Flower route endings with Alois. Leonie was one of the characters I was most excited about before the game released, only to be disappointed in her once I played the game. Most of her endings are the same. At least her ending (and supports) with Seteth is amazing and wholesome.

Byleth

  1. Claude (F)
  2. Leonie (M)
  3. Lysithea (M)
  4. Raphael (F)
  5. Lorenz (F)
  6. Marianne (M)
  7. Hilda (M)
  8. Ignatz (F)

The Golden Deer endings for Byleth are a bit of a mixed bag, as you have Claude’s awesome ending with Byleth, some good endings courtesy Lysithea, Leonie, Raphael, and Lorenz, and then some bleh endings otherwise. In most cases, Byleth’s endings are generally the same, so you have to take into consideration the ending for their partner more so than other paired endings. And with that in mind, the Golden Deer endings for Byleth are much like the quality of endings for the Golden Deer house as a whole — either incredibly balanced and wholesome or extremely one-sided.

Ranking Fire Emblem: Three Houses Paired Endings (Blue Lions)

Welcome to one of the blog posts I wrote during our shelter in place time. Most of the posts I wrote during this period are not particularly high thought level posts. If anything, the entire point to them is to be able to not think heavily for a little while. As such, I’m immersing myself in things I like (read: video games, mostly). apologies for anyone that finds this boring. This is how I’m coping.

A while back, I wrote a post talking about my headcanon relationships for all of Fire Emblem: Awakening characters. I spent a good bit of time thinking about how I’d write such a post for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, only to come to the following conclusions.

  1. Even people who read my blog AND care about Fire Emblem would not read such a post, as it’d be insanely long.
  2. There are so many characters who can end the game with so many others that it’d be impossible to do a true headcanon post for most characters1The exceptions to this rule are Hilda X Caspar, Flayn X eating fish, and Dorothea X my friend Stephanie..
  3. The age gaps in certain cases (Hanneman, Manuela, and Seteth, in particular) makes that a much weirder exercise than it was in Awakening.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to provide a ranking of the best paired endings for each character in the game. These posts will be divided by the character’s starting house. My hope is to do all five of these posts over the course of a week, though we’ll see how quickly I can get them done. When they’re all completed, you can click below to access each list.


Black Eagles | Blue Lions | Golden Deer | Church of Serios | Ashen Wolves/DLC


For this list, I’m only including endings where a character pairing has a support of A or higher to end the game. Additionally, because Byleth could hypothetically end up being paired with any character in the game depending on various circumstances, they are included in each list. That said, I’ll only be considering their paired endings with characters of the house I’m focusing on within that post. You’ll see how I handle their potential same-sex endings in each post.

To be clear, these lists will focus on the endings these characters can have with another character, rather than strictly on supports. Supports are a topic better saved for another time with a less cabin-fevery mind. Also, spoilers ahead. Clearly.

Pairings that are directly stated or at least heavily implied to be romantic in nature are in bold. Pairings that vary whether or not they are romantic depending on what story path you’re playing on, or are ambiguously romantic, are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Dimitri

  1. Marianne
  2. Flayn
  3. Felix
  4. Annette
  5. Dedue
  6. Byleth (F)
  7. Ingrid
  8. Catherine
  9. Hapi
  10. Mercedes*
  11. Gilbert

Nearly every ending Dimitri is either directly romantic or features HEAVY romantic overtones. The only real exceptions to this are Gilbert (understandably, considering his past with Dimitri’s family), Hapi (DLC, so who knows what happened here), and Mercedes. That last one is really weird, specifically calling Mercedes his friend if you pair them together. For a character whose supports are littered with romance, it’s super out of place. As much as I dislike Dimitri and his story in the game, his endings with Marianne and Flayn are two of my favorites in the game.

Dedue

  1. Annette
  2. Dimitri
  3. Flayn
  4. Mercedes
  5. Shamir
  6. Ashe
  7. Ingrid
  8. Byleth (F)

Dedue just has good endings. Period. His ending with Byleth would be a top half ending for most other characters, but it’s easily Dedue’s worst. His ending with Annette is arguably the most wholesome, earning the top spot on this list. That said, I really like how proud Dedue is of Flayn’s successes in their ending together. Dedue is just a sweetheart.

Felix

  1. Sylvain (Azure Moon)
  2. Dorothea (Other Routes)
  3. Dimitri
  4. Mercedes (Azure Moon)
  5. Ingrid
  6. Lysithea (Other Routes)
  7. Flayn (Azure Moon)
  8. Byleth (F) (Crimson Flower)
  9. Mercedes (Other Routes)*
  10. Flayn (Other Routes)*
  11. Byleth (F) (Azure Moon)
  12. Dorothea (Azure Moon)
  13. Sylvain (Other Routes)
  14. Lysithea (Azure Moon)
  15. Byleth (F) (Silver Snow/Verdant Wind)
  16. Annette
  17. Bernadetta
  18. Leonie

Felix’s endings are hella complicated. There are so many characters he has wildly different endings with depending on which route you’re playing. It made this list terrible to write2The worst part is that I probably could have split all of his endings into two or more, but I felt Annette, Bernadetta, and Ingrid’s were similar enough that I kept them together. And that Leonie’s were both so bad I grouped them together.. That said, it makes sense, as the Azure Moon story is the only one where Felix’s family doesn’t get utterly decimated by the war. The most frustrating part of this list, however, is not the length, rather the fact that some of the best support conversations in the game — those between Felix and Annette — are wasted on a lackluster ending regardless of your route.

Ingrid

  1. Byleth (M)
  2. Felix
  3. Raphael
  4. Dimitri
  5. Sylvain
  6. Claude
  7. Seteth
  8. Dedue
  9. Ashe*
  10. Yuri
  11. Ignatz

It makes a ton of sense that the trio of childhood friends of Felix, Dimitri, and Sylvain all rank near the top of Ingrid’s ending list, but her ending with male Byleth is one of the most underrated endings in the game. The woman stops assassins from killing him. She’s a beast. Ingrid doesn’t have any particularly bad endings, though I’m personally disappointed that her paired ending with Seteth is locked behind the Azure Moon route. While it wouldn’t make sense for that to be an option if you recruit Ingrid in Crimson Flower, I could totally see this ending playing out in Silver Snow and Verdant Wind.

Sylvain

  1. Felix (Azure Moon)
  2. Ingrid
  3. Byleth (F)
  4. Felix (Other Routes)
  5. Dorothea
  6. Mercedes

For as much as a philander as Sylvain is, the fact that he only has five paired ending options is stunning. And really outside of Felix’s Azure Moon ending, most of them are either boring (Ingrid, Byleth, non-Azure Moon Felix) or are kind of demeaning to his eventual wife (Dorothea, Mercedes). I think this is a big reason why Sylvain is one of my least favorite characters.

Ashe

  1. Petra
  2. Dedue
  3. Catherine
  4. Byleth (F)
  5. Annette
  6. Ingrid*
  7. Mercedes
  8. Caspar
  9. Hapi
  10. Marianne
  11. Cyril

Ashe and Petra/Ashe and Catherine/Ashe and Dedue’s endings are adorable, blah blah blah. Alright. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about how TERRIBLE Ashe’s endings with Marianne and Cyril are, shall we? A lot of Ashe’s endings are based on him inheriting the leadership of the house he was adopted into, despite his dream being that he wanted to be a knight, not a noble. Which already lowers them on my list. Combine that with the fact that, in their paired ending, Marianne suddenly gives up on her dream because she wanted to make Ashe’s success at something he had no experience in her dream? What? But at least that makes more sense than Cyril and Ashe’s paired ending. For reference, it’s the exact same ending as Marianne’s, only non-romantic, and without the added benefit of the fact that Marianne had been groomed to be a shrewd and knowledgable noble from a young age. What the hell?

Mercedes

  1. Byleth (M/F)
  2. Jeritza
  3. Felix (Azure Moon)
  4. Annette*
  5. Dedue
  6. Constance
  7. Felix (Other Routes)
  8. Ignatz
  9. Lorenz
  10. Dimitri
  11. Ashe
  12. Ferdinand von Aegir
  13. Alois

Mercedes — similar to Byleth when considering only Black Eagles house members — has a ton of below-average romantic endings. Really aside from her pairing with Byleth and one of Felix’s endings, I’d much rather have one of Mercedes’ non-romantic endings than a romantic one. Which kind of makes sense for a character essentially depicted as a nun or cleric. Bonus points to Alois’ ending for managing to get the whole nun thing right and STILL being the single worst ending Mercedes has.

Annette

  1. Gilbert
  2. Byleth (M)
  3. Claude
  4. Dimitri
  5. Mercedes*
  6. Dedue
  7. Ashe
  8. Hanneman
  9. Linhardt
  10. Felix
  11. Caspar

I want to lead off by saying that even though it isn’t the best paired ending for Annette, author Annette in her ending with Ashe warms my heart. Annette also managed to have one of the few paired endings that Hanneman can have that isn’t completely creepy. That said, for all of the great romantic endings Annette gets — and she gets a TON of them — her best paired ending is the reconciliation with her dad, Gilbert. It’s just touching.

Byleth

  1. Annette (M)
  2. Ingrid (M)
  3. Ashe (F)
  4. Mercedes (M/F)
  5. Sylvain (F)
  6. Felix (F) (Crimson Flower)
  7. Dimitri (F)
  8. Felix (F) (Azure Moon)
  9. Felix (F) (Silver Snow/Verdant Wind)
  10. Dedue (F)

Whereas the Black Eagles have some of Byleth’s worst paired endings, the Blue Lions are full of great paired endings for them. So much so that in four of my eight playthroughs, I’ve paired off Byleth with a member of this group. I changed my final ranking of this list multiple times before I published the post, with the most common change being switching Annette and Ingrid back and forth between the top spot. I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them, though I ultimately decided to give Annette the top spot, as they were otherwise tied and Annette is my favorite character in the game.

Ranking Fire Emblem: Three Houses Paired Endings (Black Eagles)

Welcome to one of the blog posts I wrote during our shelter in place time. Most of the posts I wrote during this period are not particularly high thought level posts. If anything, the entire point to them is to be able to not think heavily for a little while. As such, I’m immersing myself in things I like (read: video games, mostly). apologies for anyone that finds this boring. This is how I’m coping.

A while back, I wrote a post talking about my headcanon relationships for all of Fire Emblem: Awakening characters. I spent a good bit of time thinking about how I’d write such a post for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, only to come to the following conclusions.

  1. Even people who read my blog AND care about Fire Emblem would not read such a post, as it’d be insanely long.
  2. There are so many characters who can end the game with so many others that it’d be impossible to do a true headcanon post for most characters1The exceptions to this rule are Hilda X Caspar, Flayn X eating fish, and Dorothea X my friend Stephanie..
  3. The age gaps in certain cases (Hanneman, Manuela, and Seteth, in particular) makes that a much weirder exercise than it was in Awakening.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to provide a ranking of the best paired endings for each character in the game. These posts will be divided by the character’s starting house. My hope is to do all five of these posts over the course of a week, though we’ll see how quickly I can get them done. When they’re all completed, you can click below to access each list.


Black Eagles | Blue Lions | Golden Deer | Church of Serios | Ashen Wolves/DLC


For this list, I’m only including endings where a character pairing has a support of A or higher to end the game. Additionally, because Byleth could hypothetically end up being paired with any character in the game depending on various circumstances, they are included in each list. That said, I’ll only be considering their paired endings with characters of the house I’m focusing on within that post. You’ll see how I handle their potential same-sex endings in each post.

To be clear, these lists will focus on the endings these characters can have with another character, rather than strictly on supports. Supports are a topic better saved for another time with a less cabin-fevery mind. Also, spoilers ahead. Clearly.

Pairings that are directly stated or at least heavily implied to be romantic in nature are in bold. Pairings that vary whether or not they are romantic depending on what story path you’re playing on, or are ambiguously romantic, are denoted with an asterisk (*).

Edelgard

  1. Ferdinand von Aegir
  2. Byleth (M/F)
  3. Constance
  4. Linhardt
  5. Caspar
  6. Lysithea
  7. Hubert
  8. Hanneman
  9. Manuela
  10. Dorothea
  11. Bernadetta

Though she’s one of the main characters of the game, Edelgard’s endings are all over the place. Everything outside of the top six of this list is either creepy (Hanneman), extremely one-sided (Dorothea/Hubert/Bernadetta), or boring (Manuela). Her relationships with Constance, Linhardt, Caspar, and Lysithea are much more balanced, though it’s clear her role as Emperor keeps her from forming serious relationships in most cases. The Byleth ending is kind of a stock Fire Emblem happily ever after ending, but considering how poor the rest of Edelgard’s endings are, it’s one of her best. Pairing Edelgard with Ferdinand not only gives them a super equal ending wherein they’re peers, but also gives us her lone satisfying romantic ending.

Hubert

  1. Bernadetta
  2. Dorothea
  3. Byleth (F)
  4. Petra
  5. Shamir
  6. Ferdinand von Aegir
  7. Edelgard

Despite there being heavy overtones that Hubert holds an unrequited love for Edelgard, his paired ending with her is by far his worst possible ending. Nearly all of his endings except for Edelgard end with him having a loving and happy family or using his brilliant mind for strategy. Bernadetta’s ending gets the top spot as it’s the lone ending that implies that Hubert gets both of these things, though special mention goes to his ending with Dorothea because they manage to turn a travelling opera company into a spy mission.

Ferdinand von Aegir

  1. Edelgard
  2. Manuela
  3. Marianne
  4. Constance
  5. Dorothea
  6. Bernadetta
  7. Hilda
  8. Flayn
  9. Byleth (F)
  10. Petra*
  11. Mercedes
  12. Hubert

Ferdinand has romantic supports with nearly everyone he has a paired ending with, save for Hubert and Petra (Crimson Flower route only in her case). While I’ve already talked about Edelgard’s ending at length, I do want to call out Ferdinand’s ending with Manuela as being one of the few romantic paired ending cases where the male character becomes a stay-at-home dad. Which is kind of neat to see considering this is very much a medieval setting.

Bernadetta

  1. Hubert
  2. Raphael
  3. Seteth
  4. Yuri
  5. Byleth (M)
  6. Linhardt
  7. Ferdinand von Aegir
  8. Jeritza
  9. Edelgard
  10. Caspar
  11. Felix

Pretty much any ending for Bernadetta where she doesn’t grow as a person annoys the hell out of me, which means that anything from Ferdinand down on this list is rough. Even with that in mind, she does have some really good endings, between making embroidered flowers with Hubert, becoming a talented politician with Raphael, and an adept illustrator with Seteth. I give the Hubert ending the nod here, as it’s a more equal partnership than Raphael’s, all while being less weird than Seteth’s.

Caspar

  1. Petra
  2. Hilda
  3. Linhardt*
  4. Ashe
  5. Shamir
  6. Catherine
  7. Edelgard
  8. Dorothea*
  9. Annette
  10. Byleth (F)
  11. Bernadetta

For a character as prone to going off and doing his own thing has Caspar is, it’s not shocking that lot of his endings are non-romantic, or at least only vaguely so. It pains me not to put Hilda at the top of this list, as their supports together are some of my favorite in the game. That said, Caspar’s ending with Petra is the lone ending of his where she completely puts someone else before himself and gives up his vigilante nature from the outset2He does do this with Hilda too, but not initially. It’s kind of sweet.

Petra

  1. Ashe
  2. Ignatz
  3. Claude
  4. Dorothea
  5. Ferdinand von Aegir*
  6. Caspar
  7. Hubert
  8. Linhardt
  9. Cyril
  10. Byleth (M)

Petra is one of the few female characters in the story whose endings nearly always focus on her successes rather than her partner’s3Except for her ending with Byleth. That one is just bad.. Because of this, I tend to prefer her endings where her partnership is one with mutual success, rather than just having a focus on her time as Queen of Brigid. Petra’s top three spots are all from non-Adrestian Empire partners, while the fourth is her lone same-sex option, and fifth place is only romantic on certain playthroughs. My point is that the most “obvious” partners for Petra are all her worst options.

Linhardt

  1. Lysithea
  2. Annette
  3. Bernadetta
  4. Caspar*
  5. Marianne
  6. Byleth (M/F)*
  7. Hapi
  8. Edelgard
  9. Flayn
  10. Catherine*
  11. Dorothea
  12. Petra

Linhardt, perhaps not shockingly, has some weird endings. His endings in particular with Lysithea and Annette4You’ll likely see Annette near the top of a lot of characters’ lists when she’s an option, because Annette is amazing and we must protect her at all costs. are touching, with the former being actively good for both parties involved. That said, a lot of his endings are either weirdly vague (Caspar, Marianne, Flayn) or give him a ton of credit for stuff while overshadowing his partner (Petra……..can you tell I detest this particular ending).

Dorothea

  1. Petra
  2. Felix (other routes)*
  3. Hubert
  4. Byleth (M/F)
  5. Manuela
  6. Ferdinand von Aegir
  7. Felix (Azure Moon)
  8. Edelgard
  9. Yuri
  10. Caspar*
  11. Hanneman
  12. Sylvain
  13. Linhardt
  14. Lorenz

Dorothea’s endings are all over the place in terms of quality, how romantic they are, and who they’re with. Her standout ending is with Petra, but she also has the first example of a character who has two wildly different endings with another character in terms of outcome and quality. Her Azure Moon ending with Felix is her only romantic ending with him and it’s…fine? Better than some of her romantic ends, but not great. That said, the ambiguous ending she has with Felix in every other route is dripping with romantic undertones — but pretty explicitly spells out that they weren’t together. It’s just good writing.

Byleth

  1. Dorothea (M/F)
  2. Hubert (F)
  3. Bernadetta (M)
  4. Caspar (F)
  5. Edelgard (M/F)
  6. Ferdinand von Aegir (F)
  7. Linhardt (M/F)*
  8. Petra (M)

Literally every character can receive a paired ending with Byleth, though not every one of them is as romantic as the S-support status/support convo may lead you to believe. I’d argue that the literal ending card for a Byleth and Linhardt pairing is decidedly more like good work colleagues rather than romantic partners — and that goes for either male or female Byleth. The Black Eagles have some of Byleth’s worst endings, though I’m quite a fan of Dorothea and Hubert’s endings. It should tell you a lot about how weak Edelgard’s various endings are when her ending only ranks 5th on Byleth’s list, yet is second on Edelgard’s. If this list was about S-support conversations, this would be a whole different story.

My Pokemon Gym: Rock

Welcome to the fourteenth iteration of the My Pokemon Gym series. If you’re new to this series, I take a Pokemon type then build out my team of six Pokemon of that type as if I were the gym leader. Here are the rules:

  1. I can’t use legendary/mythical Pokemon
  2. I can’t reuse Pokemon I’ve used in previous gyms in this series.
  3. Forms of the same Pokémon can be reused, provided they have different typing. For example, if I used Rattata in a Normal gym team, I could use Alolan Rattata in a Dark gym team.

Want to read my other My Pokemon Gym posts? Go read the Fighting, Ice, Psychic, Grass, Dragon, Fairy, Electric, Bug, Fire, Flying, Normal, Ghost, and Dark type posts when you’re done here. All images courtesy pokemondb.net unless otherwise stated.

Kabutops

Alright. I’m going to level with you. I really don’t like the Rock type. You want to know how many Rock Pokemon made their way onto other lists in this series? Three. That’d be Magcargo (Fire), Shuckle (Bug), and Alolan Golem (Electric). You might recognize those as two other types I really don’t like, plus Bug. So this list is extremely Gen I heavy, especially compared to other lists. In fact, there were only three Pokemon I had on this entire list initially, two of which came from Gen I.

With that said, Kabutops is one of my favorite Pokemon designs, full stop. It’s the Grim Reaper as a dinosaur. I don’t care that it’s terrible and that Omastar is objectively better. Kabutops is a sure-fire member of this team. Unfortunately, since Rock has a notorious weakness to Water, we won’t be having any Swift Swim shenanigans here. Instead, our goal is to set up Stealth Rock and to force some switches. Kabutops has some speed for it, particularly in comparison to the rest of this team. That said, most of the heavy lifting will be handled by the rest of the team.

Ability: Battle Armor
Item: Focus Sash
Moves: Stealth Rock, Aqua Tail, Night Slash, X-Scissor

Omastar

Speaking of Lord Helix, it was the second of three Pokemon I immediately knew belonged on this team. Though my active love for it didn’t come until after Twitch Plays Pokemon, I still found the fossil choice in Mt. Moon in Gen I to be one of the most annoying choices you had to make in the entire game, save for the one Eeveelution limit1I didn’t have friends to trade with.. It’s always bothered me that what was effectively Omastar’s signature move, Spike Cannon, was both non-STAB as well as used Omastar’s meager Attack stat rather than its Special Attack. Fortunately, Omastar gets a bunch of other moves that make it annoying to deal with via status conditions…plus a move that requires transferring from Gen I that is always hilarious to catch people off guard with.

Ability: Shell Armor
Item: Choice Scarf
Moves: Scald, Horn Drill, Icy Wind, Water Pulse

Aurorus

Aside from the anchor Pokemon on this team, everything from here on out was more of an “I guess” pick than an actual love pick. Aurorus has two of my favorite abilities in the game in Refrigerate and Snow Warning. Considering how these two abilities help set up what I love doing for my typical Ice-focused teams, it’s pretty great. That said, this is my Rock type team. And Aurorus is…let’s go with lacking…in good Rock moves. Hell, it just has a weird movepool in general, getting access to Dream Eater, but nothing with which to put opponents to sleep, as well nearly as many damage-dealing Electric moves than Rock moves2Electric has Discharge, Charge Beam, Thunder, and Thunderbolt. Rock has Rock Throw, Stone Edge, Ancient Power, Rock Tomb, and Rock Slide.. In light of this, we’re going to give Aurorus a moveset that makes just as little sense.

Ability: Snow Warning
Item: Lum Berry
Moves: Swagger, Psych Up, Iron Head, Earthquake

Rhydon

Whoever at Game Freak that did Rhydon dirty by giving it Rhyperior as its evolution clearly had something against Giovanni’s signature Pokemon. Which is a shame, because I really liked it in Gen I. Granted, not as much as I liked using Nidoqueen or Dugtrio. But I liked it. Sure, it’s glacially slow, but it hits like a truck. Plus Eviolite helps it a little. Look, I’m stretching here.

Ability: Rock Head
Item: Eviolite
Moves: Take Down, Fire Punch, Thunder Punch, Megahorn

Solrock

Another one? Fuck. Um. It’s a sun. And. Um. It knows moves. And. It can be released from a Poke Ball before battle?

Ability: Levitate
Item: Normal Gem
Moves: Explosion

Sudowoodo

Oh. Thank god. Finally a Pokemon I like again. Unlike Rhydon, Sudowoodo actually has a moveset that puts Rock Head to good use. But that’s not what I to talk about here. Did you know that Sudowoodo can learn Calm Mind? That’s right. The Pokemon with 30 base Special Attack. THIRTY! It can learn Calm Mind. I get that it’s for the Special Defense more than Special Attack. But why not give it Cosmic Power then? I’m throwing that on the set just because of how absurd it is.

Ability: Rock Head
Item: Apicot Berry
Moves: Calm Mind, Wood Hammer, Head Smash, Rest

Writing While Sheltered in Place

I weirdly don’t have a ton to say in this post. At least I don’t think I do when I’m starting to write the post. But sheltering in place is weird and has caused me to want to do a lot of stream of consciousness writing that I’ve ultimately not posted. So we’re going to roll with it.

With everything going on in the world with COVID-19, it’s not particularly shocking that I’m one of the many people who is in a state of shelter in place due to the growing1As of when I’m writing this on March 28th. threat of the pandemic. My state, Ohio, was one of the first states to close schools and issue shelter in place orders. This means that at the time of writing this, I’ve been at home pretty much constantly for the past two weeks.

I am not a particularly extroverted person. That said, I do enjoy small amounts of chosen variety in my day. Whether that be getting to go to the grocery store, eating at my favorite Chinese restaurant during the workday, or whatever, having small amounts of time where I don’t feel like I’m stuck in the same place is nice.

Needless to say, I’m not mentally handling things particularly well at the moment. There are varying reasons for this — one of which I’ll talk about on the blog in the future. That said, I feel like my days currently are significantly more chaotic and busy than they were before all of this came to pass. I recognize that I am fortunate in that I still have a job that I’m working 8 hours a day and that I am able to do it completely remotely2Considering my typical commute is 40 minutes on way if there are no other cars on the road, working remotely is a reprieve from that at least.. That said, I find myself feeling so drained that I don’t want to do anything productive, including blogging, by the time the day ends.

In addition to this post, I have posts prescheduled for April 13th, April 20th, and May 4th. All of those posts were written in either January or February and they’re all Pokemon related. I don’t know how much I’ll be blogging over the next few weeks, especially since my blog posts don’t generate comments anymore — 3 total for 2020 so far. I need some level of human interaction in my productivity to stay sane at this point. I hope to do more here, as there’s plenty I want to write about. Hell, I have a massive book update I want to share. But whether or not I have the mental energy is another matter.

Before I end this post, I do want to remind you to check in on those you care about. Clearly this means family and friends, but also people you talk to primarily through text, social media, or other distance communication. You never know who it’ll help.