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Fire Emblem: Three Houses Golden Deer Guide - All Characters, Abilities, Romance Options

Golden Deer House is part of the Leicester Alliance located in the east of the continent. The group is led by Claude, heir to House Riegan. Wondering if you should pick the Golden Deer as your main house? Or maybe you just want to know all of its characters abilities to see if you want to recruit them? Our Fire Emblem Three Houses Golden Deer guide will let you know!

About The Golden Deer

The Golden Deer are shaping up to be the fan favorite group in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. This is partially thanks to their leader, Claude. He’s a smarmy, flirty hunk and immediately gives off the horniest energy of the three houses. So he’s exactly what a lot of Fire Emblem players are looking for…

The Golden Deer also represent the Leicester Alliance in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Everyone’s motives shift and change throughout the game, no matter who you play, but Leicester at least seems like the most down-to-earth of the trio at first. The country is run by a council, rather than just a single monarch. Sadly it’s a council of nobles — so still a bunch of rich jerks. But sometimes you have to take what you can get where Fire Emblem is concerned.

Overall, the Golden Deer like to hang back and pepper foes from afar. This means less health and fewer defenses than, say, nothing but big honkin’ knights. If you like to attack from a distance and outmaneuver your opponent, this is the group to play.

Picking on alliance over another won’t lock you out of certain unit type, however! The Golden Deer, Black Eagles, and Blue Lions all have access to pretty much everything in the game. You can also switch various characters to other unit types. Many Three Houses characters don’t even start out as their very best class! You should experiment.

Fire Emblem Three Houses Which House

Main Characters

Claude (Lead)

Claude is the heir to House Riegan, leading house of the Leicester Alliance, and the Golden Deer house leader. He is charming and easygoing, but is also strangely secretive about certain subjects.

  • Ability: Increases all experienced gained by 1.2%.
  • Strengths: Swords, Bows, Flying Units
  • Weaknesses: Spears & Spells
  • Romance: Female Byleth (Golden Deer Only)


Lorenz is the heir to a powerful house and takes his nobility very seriously. Though he comes off as pompous, he is also loyal and honest. His main concern seems to be finding a “worthy” noble wife—which isn’t going well.

  • Ability: Has +2 extra damage if hes in a formation with another unit.
  • Strengths: Bows & Spells
  • Weaknesses: Axes, Spells, and Flying Units
  • Romance: Female Byleth


Raphael is a hard worker who manages to maintain a positive outlook despite a tragic past. His favorite hobbies are eating and muscle-building. Least favorite? Definitely class lectures.

  • Ability: Has a chance to recover up to 10% of his maximum health at the start of every turn.
  • Strengths: Swords & Bows
  • Weaknesses: Flying Units
  • Romance: Female Byleth


As the only daughter of a noble house, Hilda may have been a little spoiled growing up. She’s definitely mastered the art of getting others to do her work for her. When she’s not finding ways to slack off, Hilda also loves fashion.

  • Ability: Gives adjacent male allies 3 extra damage during combat.
  • Strengths: Spears & Axes
  • Weaknesses: Spells
  • Romance: Male Byleth


A quiet and artsy boy. Despite his own interests, his parents sent him off to train for knighthood.

  • Ability: Always has a +20 chance to hit.
  • Strengths: Spells
  • Weaknesses: Axes & Unarmed
  • Romance: Female Byleth


The youngest member of the academy where the game takes place. She doesn’t like it when you point that out, though. She’s also a prodigy when it comes to magic.

  • Ability: Gets double XP from all battles.
  • Strengths: Spells
  • Weaknesses: Swords, Spears, Axes, & Knights
  • Romance: Male Byleth


Kind and pious, but so quiet that some suspect she has never actually spoken to her classmates.

  • Ability: When adjacent to a cavalry or flying unit she gets back 20% of her maximum health at the start of the turn.
  • Strengths: Swords, Spells, Cavalry, & Flying
  • Weaknesses: Unarmed & Knights
  • Romance: Male Byleth


She’s a frugal wannabe mercenary that only made it to the academy thanks to a student loan. She wants to pay off her debt as quickly as possible.

  • Ability: Adjacent male allies deal two extra damage and take two less damage during combat.
  • Strengths: Spears, Bows, & Cavalry
  • Weaknesses: N/A
  • Romance: Male Byleth

Still not sure if you want to choose this house? We have a guide dedicated to helping you choose!

About the Author

Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Senior Game Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He's spent about 2,000 hours playing a bun boy in Final Fantasy XIV and 800 hours maining Warlock in Destiny 2.