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"Fire Emblem: Awakening" Units - Gaius Info

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This article is 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 an 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—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

This is a list of the stat growths of every single class that Gaius can become. [Source: Serenes Forest]

ClassHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes

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

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

The skills that Gaius can potentially learn as a Thief and depending on which class he chooses at promotion. [Source: Serenes Forest]

SkillEffectClassLevel

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

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

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]

Possible WivesOther Possible Supports

Lissa, Sully, Miriel, Sumia, Maribelle, Panne, Cordelia, Nowi, Tharja, Olivia, Cherche, My Unit [Female]

My Unit [Male], Chrom, Libra

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 article is unclear!

Until the next time, take care and have fun!

Comments

Connor Wash on June 24, 2015:

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.

Potato on November 06, 2013:

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.

Dickens on March 04, 2013:

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.

Dickens on February 26, 2013:

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.