Fire Emblem: Awakening Units - Gaius Info

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Introduction

This hub is going to talk about Gaius, the Thief unit that you can recruit in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Thieves have been around since the very first Fire Emblem and can pick locks and open chests, something no other class can do (unless they have the Locktouch skill that Thieves learn). As such, if the chapter in question contains chests and/or locked doors, you'll want to bring a Thief along.

Overview

So, who is Gaius?

Gaius is a Thief that has been employed by Validar to raid Ylisse's treasury. Of course, the real motive is that Validar wants to assassinate the exalt. However, Gaius plays the role of unwitting pawn as he does not know of Validar's true motivations. His main defining character trait is his love of sweets (in fact, that's how Chrom recruits him; by way of a bag of sweets Lissa had given Chrom).

Where can I find Gaius?

Gaius starts Chapter 6 as an enemy unit to the west of Emmeryn's position. Talk to Gaius with Chrom to recruit him (just be careful of surrounding enemy units; losing Chrom is a Game Over even in Classic Mode).

Why should I use Gaius?

You shouldn't. Kellam as a Thief has much better Defense growths and Thieves and their promotions are notorious for having low Defense growths, usually. Of course, the above sentence is moot if you have lost Kellam between the time you get him and this chapter. In that case, you're going to have to use Gaius by default.

Gaius Stat Information At A Glance

Class
HP
Str
Mag
Skl
Spd
Lck
Def
Res
Thief
85
60
20
70
70
35
30
20
Assassin
90
65
15
75
70
35
30
20
Trickster
85
55
30
70
65
35
30
25
Myrmidon
90
65
15
70
70
35
30
20
Swordmaster
90
65
15
70
70
35
30
25
Fighter/Warrior
95
70
15
65
60
35
35
20
Mercenary/Hero
95
65
15
70
65
35
35
20
This is a list of the stat growths of every single class that Gaius can become. [Source: Serenes Forest]

It's interesting to note that Gaius would actually make a decent Fighter or Mercenary, as long as he can get some crucial Defense levels (which is tricky even with the slightly greater growths from going for either of the aforementioned classes). Even so, I didn't use him in my playthrough. Your mileage, of course, may vary.

Gaius Skill Information at a Glance

Skill
Effect
Class
Level
Locktouch
Open doors and chests without the need of keys
Thief
1
Movement +1
Movement +1
Thief
10
Lethality
Instantly defeats the enemy (Chance = [Skill/4])%
Assassin
5
Pass
User can pass through tiles occupied by enemy units
Assassin
15
Lucky Seven
Hit rate and Avoid +20 up to the 7th Turn
Trickster
5
Acrobat
All traversable terrain costs 1 movement point to cross
Trickster
15
The skills that Gaius can potentially learn as a Thief and depending on which class he chooses at promotion. [Source: Serenes Forest]

Depending on your opinion, Thieves either get the most awesome skills for a base class or the worst. Having the ability to open doors and chests without the need for keys is available to anyone who has ever taken a single level in Thief and is quite useful since keys are rather limited in Awakening, for the most part. An extra point to Movement is nothing to scoff at either and would actually serve any class. The ability to reach choke points or retreat from a hairy situation cannot be overrated. There's a reason that there's only one pair of Boots (the permanent stat boost for Movement) in all of Awakening.

Promoting your Thief leads to two interesting choices. Do you want your Thief to double as a backup staff user? Or, do you want your Thief to become a killing machine? I can see arguments in favor of the former, but I prefer the latter. There's more than enough staff users if you set your mind to it, but not everyone gets ready access to an instant kill skill and the ability to pass through enemies as if they were allies. They can be situational abilities, but Pass beats out Acrobat (barely, mind you) in my personal opinion.

Tips and Tricks for using Gaius

  • As mentioned already, Thieves (and, by extension, units with Locktouch) are the only units that can open doors and chests without using keys. I like to keep Thieves near the back of my army and have them rush forward to cleared out areas to loot any treasure chests.
  • Thieves tend to have low Defense stats, so it would behoove you not to keep them in the middle of a large horde of enemies. Pass is particularly useful for preventing yourself from being surrounded.
  • Using Locktouch to open a lock ends your Thief's turn, so make sure you use your Thief to open a door blocking an enemy unit's approach (that is, unless you use a Rescue Staff to save your Thief from the imminent massacre).

Gaius' Possible Supports

Possible Wives
Other Possible Supports
Lissa, Sully, Miriel, Sumia, Maribelle, Panne, Cordelia, Nowi, Tharja, Olivia, Cherche, My Unit [Female]
My Unit [Male], Chrom, Libra
A full list of all possible supports for Gaius. Gaius will marry the first eligible female unit with whom he reaches an S Rank Support level. All other possible supports go up to A Rank. [Source: Serenes Forest]

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Conclusion

In conclusion, Gaius is a Thief, a long-existent Fire Emblem class that can open locks and chests with the same impunity that other classes deal out pain with a variety of weapons. I personally recommend that you use Kellam as a Thief rather than Gaius since Kellam has far greater Defense growths, which counters one of the Thief's worst problems (staying alive against enemy attacks).

Feel free to talk about Gaius and things related to him in the comments section. Also, don't hesitate to ask questions if something in this hub is unclear!

Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)

-Winterfate

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Comments 4 comments

Dickens 3 years ago

Gaius is actually one if my favorite characters in the game, and got me out a ton of bad situations. His high speed all but guarantees dual strikes. Not to mention he's a solid father choice for almost all of the time travelers.


Dickens 3 years ago

I also want to add that Gaius can pass on the appropriate class tree to get Galeforce for female gen 2s who wouldn't be able to get it.


Potato 3 years ago

I personally think that these hubpages are meant to be used to tell you the ups and downs of a character, not tell you to ditch him for a different character. This hubpage is the most disappointing one yet.


Connor Wash 17 months ago

Good points being made here. It's worth mentioning that while Gaius is not an amazing late game character, he IS an amazing father unit. He gives insane speed growths, and the potential to pass down several useful skills, including Counter, Pass, and Axefaire. Since his strength is abysmal, it's a great idea to father magic using units, particularly Brady.

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