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Wolt performing a critical hit on an enemy bandit in battle in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

A Critical Hit (必殺 Hissatsu lit. Certain Kill) occurs when a unit performs a stronger attack that deal triple damage to their target.


A critical hit is a special type of attack that all units can utilize in combat without requiring skills that deals three times the original damage of their attack. There are various factors that determine when a critical hit occurs such as weapons, the unit's own stats, and the class they are currently in. When a critical attack occurs, the character in question performs a special attack animation. Usually special sound effect plays for the hit and/or the screen violently shakes to help denote this occurring. In games after Fire Emblem Awakening, the character's portrait flashes on the screen accompanied by a special quote before they unleash their attack.

A unit's critical hit rate at any given time is most directly influenced by the equipped weapon's "crt" stat. Most weapons raise the chance of scoring a critical hit by only a small amount; however, certain weapons and spells (e.g.: Killer Lance, Killing Edge, Killer Axe, and Luna) have a higher chance of landing a critical hit than most weapons. Even then, the critical hit rate is usually around 35 percent, depending on the class and level of the unit wielding the weapon.

However, there is a possibility that the Critical hit rate can be up to 80% without the use of hacks, depending on the weapon itself, the user and their level, and the Luck between two units. For example, if you use a Swordmaster, with an Iron Sword, the average critical activation rate can go from 10-45. If you give the Swordmaster a Killing Edge, the critical hit rate drastically rises to 45-66. Giving the Swordmaster a Shamshir would increase the rate to 71 or even more.

Criticals can activate for attacking skills such as Luna, but the attacking animation for that attack skill will prioritize over the critical animation unless the user has activated Ignis. Fates continues the this trend, though the streaks displayed are now light blue. Several classes have different critical animations depending if the character is wielding either a Hoshidan or Nohrian weapon. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a similar cut-in to Fates/Awakening is displayed and one of four critical quotes is given, but some characters have a special pool of quotes used against certain named enemies. Further, the cut-in displays the unit in 3D, playing their selection animation (if applicable; certain more flashy animations use generic ones instead, including most unique magic selections).

In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, critical hits multiply base attack by two instead of multiplying final damage by three, usually making them considerably more dangerous than normal in most circumstances.

In Fire Emblem Fates, certain weapons will deal four times the amount of damage instead of three; the Killing Edge and Mjölnir weapons are examples of such.


A Swordmaster performs a critical hit.


Critical hit rate calculation

Unit's skill/2 + 5% (If S-rank in The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones) + the weapon critical chance + the support bonus (if any) + the class critical bonus (if any) + character's skills (if any) - the enemy's Luck - Critical Avoid(in Three Houses)

  • To calculate a Silencer percent chance of an Assassin, you must halve his Critical Hit percentage (except in Radiant Dawn, where it is half the skill stat, and in Awakening, where it is one fourth of it).
  • In Fire Emblem Fates the calculation is (Skill - 4)/2 instead of 'Unit's skill/2'

Hence, it is possible in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade for Swordmasters to gain a Critical Hit rate of 100% or more; when it exceeds 100 percent, only the last two digits will be shown in the combat forecast screen. In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones the unique Super Trainee classes also can get 100% Critical.

However, the unit must also be able to hit the opponent first. That is, the hit percentage is taken into consideration before the critical percentage. So if a unit has a low chance to hit, but a very high chance to perform a critical, (like from the use of the Gamble skill) the unit may miss altogether.

Critical hits can be completely negated by a unit carrying an Iron Rune (or Hoplon Guard) or with the skill Fortune.

Non-Canon Appearances

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Critical Hit (必殺の一撃 Hissatsu no Ichigeki lit. Sure-Killing Blow) is the name of Marth's Final Smash in Brawl. Critical Hit is an extremely fast and powerful Final Smash. After raising his sword, Marth quickly rushes forward, instantly blowing away the first enemy that he connects with. He can knockout multiple enemies if they are in close proximity with the first enemy he connects with. A Health Meter appears, graphically similar to the ones in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, which rapidly depletes to 0, but is purely for aesthetics. It is arguably one of the most powerful Final Smashes in the game, not just for the 60% damage if it connects, but for the knockback effect, able to KO Bowser, the heaviest character in the game, even when he is at 0% from the opposite edge of a medium sized stage. It can also be launched in the air and he will still propel him straight forward. However on smaller stages, Marth can actually launch himself offscreen using this move and suicide KO himself. Another down side is the long start up time which gives opponents time to telegraph the move and avoid accordingly. If the A button is pressed during the dash, Marth can immediately execute the attack, preventing him from dashing off the stage if possible.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Critical Hit (必殺の一撃 Hissatsu no Ichigeki lit. Sure-Killing Blow) is the name of Marth, Lucina, and Roy's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U. It has the same properties like it did in Brawl for Marth and Lucina. The Health Meter has been changed to appear similar to the one used in Awakening.

Roy's version visually is the same as his critical hit when he's equipped with the Binding Blade in The Binding Blade, making it a stationary Final Smash. As a result, Roy's version does not have the risk of self-destructing, however, his version has less knockback. During the wind up of the move, enemies within two character lengths in front of Roy will receive up to 5% damage. Characters within two character lengths behind him can receive up to 10% in damage and will be forced in front of him. Roy will then slam his blade into the ground, creating a large explosion, dealing 35% damage. It requires at least 50% damage on Bowser prior to the start of the move in order to KO him from the opposite side of Final Destination. Health Bars will also appear over characters who are hit by the Final Smash.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Critical Hit (必殺の一撃 Hissatsu no Ichigeki lit. Sure-Killing Blow) is the name of Marth, Lucina, and Roy's Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Marth and Lucina's version of the technique is the same rushing variation while Roy retains his unique stationary version.

The Killing Edge was added to Ultimate. Under most circumstances, the Killing Edge is a standard battering item. If the edge glows red, the next attack performed with the Killing Edge deals three times the damage it would normally do, a reference to the Critical Hit multiplier.


Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

GBA games

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn