hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Fire Emblem: Awakening

Essential tips before you start Fire Emblem: Awakening

12:00 PM on 02.04.2013 // Chris Carter

A Fire Emblem mini-guide

So you've gotten your grubby mitts on Fire Emblem: Awakening, and now you're itching to take down some baddies as soon as possible on the glorious field of battle. But given the nature of the strategy RPG genre, things can get a little dicey, and occasionally, confusing.

That's why I've prepared some helpful quick tips for you based on my three playthroughs of the game. Read up on what you need to know to avoid any slowdowns before you begin your heroic quest. 

Tame non-story spoilers incoming. I’d recommend saving this article if you get stuck, and need a quick reference:


  • Story wise, the game takes place thousands of years after most of the core series, just in case you need some perspective from a timeline standpoint. It does have a few very minor references to characters from past games, but the narrative is a completely standalone adventure.
  • There's no shame in choosing the Awakening's Casual Mode option, which eliminates permadeath from the game. The reason being is that the Lunatic difficulty level is extremely challenging in its own right, and may prove to be too hard even with the Casual setting turned on.

    If you find yourself constantly pressed for time, choose Casual -- you can always replay the game again on the Classic [permadeath enabled] Mode.
  • Awakening has three save slots, and two in-combat save slots. You can only save in-combat in Classic Mode.
  • There's a dual audio option for spoken dialogue -- just go to the options portion of the main menu and change it to Japanese.
  • There is no New Game+ option in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Once you beat the game, you have the option to save your progress, which allows you to return to the point right before the final boss fight.

    When the DLC hits, this save file will come in handy, as some of it needs to be tackled by a swarthy crew. After beating the game, your Renown rating and all of your ancillary info (avatars, character information) will save to the core save file until you erase it.
  • The game supports paid DLC and free DLC via Spotpass, so keep your Spotpass function on. You will need to progress past Chapter 4 to open up the DLC shrine, and clear Chapter 25 to unlock the ability to play Spotpass side-chapters.

    Paid DLC can be repeated on the same save file (which is useful for grinding) -- Spotpass quests cannot. Keep in mind that there's a 20 character limit for "extra" units from Spotpass, DLC, and Streetpass interactions.
  • Streetpass utilizes another function entirely. If you "talk" with a friend's 3DS locally, you can pass your party over to your friend's game, and even gain their avatar as a unit.

Out of combat tactics:

  • Make sure you stay on top of your item durability constantly. Always check every world map hub for deals on the bottom of your screen, so that you can keep backups of your weapons.

    Keep in mind that weapons break when their value gets to zero -- which would be a horrible setback if you forgot to stay on top of it, and one of your party members couldn't attack in the middle of a battle.
  • If you're having issues, use a Master Seal when your character turns 10 and turn them into their master class job. If you want your character to have a different job, use the Change Seal. You can do this an unlimited amount of times. Your stats may decrease, but the game will remember your maximum stats for each job, and all of your skills.

    In order to get the best stats, you should always wait until level 20 to use your Master Seal, so you can maximize the most out of your character.
  • Donnel, one of the first side-characters you meet in the first sidequest, should get the Change Seal treatment at level 15, so he can learn his best skill as a Villager first. Then you can change his job and retain the skill.
  • This is how the support system works: as you use the Pair Up and Dual Support mechanics in-combat, you foster relationships between characters that interact with each other. These relationships unlock support conversations from the world map. Always check for them and always initiate the conversations when they appear.
  • Speaking of the support system, marriage is possible, and children born out of said marriage can actually fight in battle. If you have two characters of different genders that obtain an S level support rank, they marry automatically.

    Children will join the party as the game progresses and inherit the parent's stats and one skill. There are no "second generation" children, but the children can marry each other, so long as they're not siblings.

Combat tactics:

  • The main character can utilize the "Convoy" function in combat, which means that they can draw from the "infinite storage chest" that the game gives you. Use this to your advantage if you have a party member with a broken weapon.
  • Going along with the convoy tip, store lots of recovery items, just in case. In typical SRPG fashion, enemies might turtle up in a corner, leaving you with plenty of time to heal your characters to full health, unprovoked. If your healer is dead, you may need to do this the old fashioned way.
  • Use your healers a lot. You start the game with one, you pick up a few along the way, and if you choose, you can change certain characters into a healing job. The best part about healers is that they can grind XP even outside of combat by constantly restoring your unit's health, even if they're sitting in a corner while the enemy waits for you to reach them.
  • Using the Pair Up mechanic can turn the tide of battle in an instant. Use this early on with Frederick to turn him into an unstoppable killing machine. Keep in mind that the secondary support part of the Pair Up will donate their stats -- so it's more useful to pair melee with melee, and so on. Only raw unmodified stats count -- no boosters.
  • The Pair Up option can be extremely useful, but it can also cripple your squad as a whole. When you choose to pair up, the core unit will get the XP during combat. Keep in mind that the support unit may end up becoming too weak to fight enemies as the game progresses. This is especially true for Frederick early on (you'll see) -- you don't want to power him up severely beyond the rest of your party even though he's a beast.
  • Speaking of Frederick, I think it's worth stressing this as its own tip: make sure you don't use him too much early on. In fact, try and use him as a last resort, or as a defensive blocking unit for your more fragile troops. He's very, very strong initially, but the rest of your squad needs to level up too.
  • With that in mind, the Dual support option may be ideal in certain situations, especially when leveling a balanced party. Rather than combine units into one character (Pair Up), the Dual mechanic allows units to take advantage of standing next to other characters, and perform a support boost, support attack, or a support block.
  • Those sparkling squares are event tiles that can grant you items or XP -- always grab them if it doesn't put you at a tactical disadvantage.
  • Always have the option to see where the enemy's movement range is turned on. That way, you can go right outside of their grasp, have some room to breath, and launch a surprise attack on the next turn. Enemies will also target your weakest unit first (healers and casters), so keep them out of range at all times.

Chris Carter, Reviews Director
 Follow Blog + disclosure DtoidChris Tips
Chris (Magnalon) has been enjoying Destructoid avidly since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, make an account, and start blogging in January of 2009. Now, he's staff! -----------... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
As I leave to go home to a meal of chili mac and possibly to watch Alien 3, I leave you with this thought: Farts.
Torchman avatarTorchman
Question: What are the Persona Classics dlc sets like for Dancing All Night? Because I'm half interested, but if the characters used for the costumes aren't the best then eh... I know Nanako has a Aegis costume iirc but that's about it.
DeNA boss says that the Nintendo mobile games are coming soon. Hurry up and reveal the damn thing so I can know if I should be excited, interested, or disappointed?
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
There's a tumor going around the Episode II of Zeldas is getting a remaster. Meanwhile, Link's Awakening 3D would have been appreciated much more. [img][/img]
CoilWhine avatarCoilWhine
I was playing MGSV, doing a Mine Clearing Side Op and saw a bear. I pelted it with tranq bullets, few seconds later it ran into a mine and blew up, alerting the enemies in the process. Holy shit I love this game.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
Nintendo giveth, and Nintendo taketh away. Now coming next Thursday!
gajknight avatargajknight
The wait for Dragon Quest Heroes is killing me. AR challenges in Arkham Knight do not fill the void! Not even Cat-woman's nice butt can fill the void. These 3 days will be a trial. :(
BaronVonSnakPak avatarBaronVonSnakPak
A client tipped me $50 today at a job site, which lead to me only spending $10 + tax for Dragon Quest Heroes. Slime time baby.
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Glory to The Many. The Many sings to us.
RadicalYoseph avatarRadicalYoseph
Daily VGM #22 (Witcher 2) - Pam Pa Ram (The Witcher 3) [youtube][/youtube] Instant classic 10/10. It's a travesty it wasn't included in the soundtrack. Maybe CDPR is preparing for a special second disc release? I sure hope
Oh, look at that, the rough draft I choose not to delete of this paper I need to do! I can keep adding to that instead of starting over and getting frustrated and quitting. What a novel concept!
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Boys & Girls Whatcha doing ? Have you watched Shimoneta ? GO SEE IT [img][/img]
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
And speaking of Yo-Kai Watch, it sounds like the demo's out!
El Dango avatarEl Dango
Hello, Thomas. I see you're looking at our fine selection of quickposts. Do they please you?
OrochiLeona avatarOrochiLeona
Overwatch Beta livestreaming Thursday. All aboard the AWESOME train. CHOO! CHOO!
PSISomething avatarPSISomething
EXTREMELY SPOOPY TRAILER [youtube][/youtube]
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
I'm coming to realize my time off from blogging has made the progress I made at being succinct fade away into nothingness, as the world will see in about an hour. I also made Valkyrie Drive's boobs even more boring at Japanator last night! Somehow.
Apparently, Kero Blaster got an update... Neat.
Barry Kelly avatarBarry Kelly
[url=""]Deus Ex: Revision is now a thing that's on Steam for free [img][/img][/url]
more quickposts


destructoid's previous coverage:
Fire Emblem: Awakening

  May 23

Awakening was almost the last Fire Emblem game

Needed to sell 250K for the series to continue

  Apr 18

New maps are on the way for Fire Emblem: Awakening

Over 240,000 copies sold to date, one third through eShop

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -