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Fire Emblem (ファイアーエムブレム) is a Japanese turn-based tactical RPG video game franchise developed by Intelligent Systems, and published by Nintendo.

Franchise History[]

The Fire Emblem franchise began on April 20th, 1990 with the release of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, for the Family Computer, or Famicom, and was exclusive to the Japanese market. While the game did not create the Tactical RPG or Strategy RPG genre, many video game historians note that this game established many of the genre's archetypes. It blended the classic chess formulas of various games from the past with classic RPGs features, namely the ability for characters to gain experience from battle and growing stronger over the course of a story as well as swapping equipment for different needs.

For twelve years, five additional games were released as Japan exclusive titles, up until Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, which was released in 2002 for the Game Boy Advance. The Fire Emblem franchise gained initial exposure internationally when Marth and Roy were included in the 2001 release of Super Smash Bros. Melee. Also due in part to the western success of Intelligent Systems's other tactical strategy game Advance Wars, the Fire Emblem franchise began localization with the release of seventh Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, known at the time simply as Fire Emblem.

Mediocre sales plagued the franchise, selling enough units to keep the series alive, but sales trends in Japan and Internationally were lukewarm at best, despite solid game reviews. Prior to 2013, only four of the five games released after Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade were released internationally; Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem remained a Japan exclusive.

Fire Emblem Awakening, the thirteenth title, was developed with the idea in mind that it might be the final game in the franchise. The development team brought back numerous features from throughout the series to create a game that could serve as a proper finale. If the game did not sell enough units in Japan alone, the franchise would be permanently shelved. The game was well advertised and had exceptional sales, more than any previous title. The success of the sales in Japan lead to the localization of the game worldwide, leading to similar sales success and newfound interest in the franchise.

Seventeen mainline Fire Emblem tiles have been released, with six currently exclusive to Japan and eleven released worldwide. Fire Emblem Engage is the most recent Fire Emblem title, released January 20th, 2023. As of November of 2020, the sixteenth title, Three Houses, became the best-selling entry in franchise history, with over three million copies sold worldwide as of that date. The lifetime sales of Three Houses have since eclipsed four million as of data provided to the Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association (CESA) in 2023.

The franchise has also seen a number of spin-offs. Such releases include the episodic Satellaview title Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga, third-party collaborations such as Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE and Fire Emblem Warriors, trading card games including Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher), and the mobile phone game Fire Emblem Heroes. The latter currently holds the title of the second highest-grossing mobile game that is part of a Nintendo property, second only to Pokémon Go, and is the highest-grossing mobile game solely published by Nintendo itself with an estimated revenue of over $1 billion. The franchise has also spawned additional merchandise in the form of amiibo and other character figures, manga and novel adaptations, and an anime OVA.

Fire Emblem has been represented in five of the six Super Smash Bros. games with eight Fire Emblem characters appearing as playable characters and three as an Assist Trophy. Super Smash Bros. Melee introduced Marth and Roy. Super Smash Bros. Brawl introduced Ike. Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduced Robin, Lucina, and Corrin with Chrom making a cameo appearance in Robin's Final Smash. Chrom became a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and Byleth was later added as DLC in the same title. Lyndis serves as an Assist Trophy in Brawl, For 3DS, For Wii U, and Ultimate. The Black Knight and the Awakening version of Tiki debuted as Assist Trophies in Ultimate. Many characters from Three Houses also appear on the stage Garreg Mach Monastery and Sothis appears in Byleth's Final Smash.

As part of celebrating the franchise's thirtieth anniversary in 2020, Nintendo produced a new localization of the original Fire Emblem title, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, for English-speaking audiences. This special release of the original Famicom title was released digitally on the Nintendo Switch on December 4, 2020.


Counting announced games in development, the franchise currently has fourteen original games, three enhanced remakes, and four spin-off titles. With the exception of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, games predating Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade were released only in Japan.

Main series[]

English titles Japanese titles Platforms &
release dates
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Logo FE1
ファイアーエムブレム 暗黒竜と光の剣

Famicom: JPApril 20, 1990
Wii: JPOctober 20, 2009
3DS: JPAugust 1, 2012 Nintendo Switch: WWDecember 4, 2020

The first game of the series.
Fire Emblem Gaiden
Logo FE2

Famicom: JPMarch 14, 1992
Wii: JPNovember 4, 2009
3DS: JPApril 5, 2013

A side story of the original title, first game to take place on a different continent. Deviates from standard Fire Emblem gameplay mechanisms. Last game available for the Famicom.
Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Logo FE3
ファイアーエムブレム 紋章の謎

SNES: JPJanuary 21, 1994
Wii: JPDecember 26, 2006

Enhanced remake and sequel to Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Logo FE4
ファイアーエムブレム 聖戦の系譜

SNES: JPMay 14, 1996
Wii: JPJanuary 30, 2007
Wii U: JPApril 27, 2013
New 3DS: JPAugust 27, 2016

First Fire Emblem to feature the weapon triangle, romance and marriage, and a second generation of characters influenced by the player's actions with the first generation.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Logo FE5
ファイアーエムブレム トラキア776

SNES: JPSeptember 1, 1999
Wii: JPJuly 15, 2008
Wii U: JPJuly 10, 2013

A side story of Genealogy of the Holy War first released on the Nintendo Power download service and last game available for SNES.
Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
FE6 Game Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 封印の剣 Game Boy Advance:

JPMarch 29, 2002

The first Fire Emblem title to appear on a Nintendo handheld and first unrelated to the Archanea Series.
Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Logo FE7
ファイアーエムブレム 烈火の剣 Game Boy Advance:

JPApril 25, 2003
NANovember 3, 2003
EUJuly 16, 2004
Wii U:
JPMay 14, 2014
EUAugust 21, 2014
NADecember 4, 2014

A prequel to The Binding Blade and the first Fire Emblem title to be released outside of Japan. First game to have a custom Player Avatar that is present in the plot.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
FE8 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 聖魔の光石 Game Boy Advance:

JPOctober 7, 2004
NAMay 23, 2005
EUNovember 4, 2005
AUDecember 15, 2011
3DS: WWDecember 16, 2011
Wii U:
JPAugust 6, 2014
EUJanuary 1, 2015
NAJune 18, 2015

The first title in the series to feature a navigable world map and promotion class branching since Fire Emblem Gaiden. Last game avaliable for GBA.
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
FE9 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 蒼炎の軌跡 Nintendo GameCube:

JPApril 20, 2005
NAOctober 17, 2005
EUNovember 4, 2005

The first title in the series to be rendered in three-dimensions and to incorporate full motion video, as well as the first main-series title to feature voice acting.
Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Radiant Dawn logo
ファイアーエムブレム 暁の女神 Wii:

JPFebruary 22, 2007
NANovember 11, 2007
EUMarch 14, 2008

The sequel to Path of Radiance. The first game in the series to incorporate a save data transfer mechanic, allowing players to upload Path of Radiance data at the start of a new game. Also the first entry in the series to allow creating permanent saves mid-battle.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
FE11 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 新・暗黒竜と光の剣 Nintendo DS:

JPAugust 7, 2008
EUDecember 5, 2008
NAFebruary 16, 2009
Wii U:
NADecember 8, 2016

Second enhanced remake of Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Introduced the concept of reclassing.
Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem ~Heroes of Light and Shadow~
FE12 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム 新・紋章の謎 〜光と影の英雄〜 Nintendo DS:

JPJuly 15, 2010

Remake of Mystery of the Emblem Book 2. First game to have an Avatar since Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, and the first game to have the Player Avatar engage directly in battlefield combat as a unit.
The debut of Casual Mode. Last game available for Nintendo DS.
Fire Emblem Awakening
FE13 Logo
ファイアーエムブレム覚醒 Nintendo 3DS:

JPApril 19, 2012
NAFebruary 4, 2013
EUApril 19, 2013
AUApril 20, 2013

First game that allowed supporting units to actively assist in battle.
First game to use Voice Actors outside of animated cut-scenes.
Fire Emblem Fates
FireEmblemFates logo
ファイアーエムブレム if Nintendo 3DS:

JPJune 25, 2015
NAFebruary 19, 2016
EUMay 20, 2016

First game to have multiple game versions.
First game where the players have to choose different storyline paths that do not largely merge back into one later in the story.
Featuring some characters from Awakening universe by default and DLC Xenologue storyline.
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
3DS FireEmblemEchoesShadowsofValentia logo 01
ファイアーエムブレム Echoes もうひとりの英雄王 Nintendo 3DS:

JPApril 20, 2017
WWMay 19, 2017

Enhanced remake of Gaiden. First core series Fire Emblem title to feature full dialogue voice-acting.

First game to feature a mechanic that allows the player to rewind turns and undo actions.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem Three Houses Logo

ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月 Nintendo Switch: WWJuly 26, 2019 Introduced Battalions as an additional battle tactic.
Features a gameplay cycle of exploring an overworld hub and improving character stats, then entering a story battle.
Fire Emblem Engage

Fire Emblem Engage Logo

ファイアーエムブレム エンゲージ Nintendo Switch: WWJanuary 20, 2023 Formally includes Lord characters from previous Fire Emblem titles, called Emblems, as a key aspect of gameplay and story.


English language titles Original titles Platforms & release dates Notes
Fire Emblem: Archanea Saga ファイアーエムブレム アカネイア戦記編 SNES: JPSeptember to October 1997 Satellaview prequel stories to Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
TMS logo

Wii U:
JPDecember 26, 2015
NAJune 24, 2016
EUJune 24, 2016
Nintendo Switch:
WWJanuary 17, 2020

A turn-based JRPG spin-off developed under collaboration with Atlus as a crossover between Fire Emblem and Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei. A remastered port - Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore - was released for the Nintendo Switch in 2020.
Fire Emblem Heroes
FEH logo
ファイアーエムブレム ヒーローズ iOS and Android: WWFebruary 2, 2017 The first game to be released on mobile platforms. A "gacha"-style game in which players draw random legacy Fire Emblem characters to build their forces.
Fire Emblem Warriors
FEWarriors SwitchDirect

Nintendo Switch:
JPSeptember 28, 2017
NAOctober 20, 2017
EUOctober 20, 2017
JPSeptember 28, 2017
NAOctober 20, 2017
EUOctober 20, 2017

A hack n' slash Warriors series spin-off, under collaboration with Koei Tecmo's Omega Force studio.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes ファイアーエムブレム無双 風花雪月

Nintendo Switch:
WWJune 24, 2022

A hack n' slash Warriors series spin-off, under collaboration with Koei Tecmo's Omega Force studio.
This spin-off is specific to the world of Three Houses.


The Fire Emblem franchise is mainly a Tactical RPG series. The core gameplay sees the player select characters in their roster to battle a set enemy faction in turn-based battles that emphasize strategic movement and action. In each battle, players move their characters across a grid-based map, defeating enemy units with the goal of completing the battle's main objective.

Playable Characters[]

Each character comes with a unique set of stats, Movement, Growth Rates, and Classes, giving them individuality from each other. The core stats characters have vary slightly from game to game, but the most common stats include Strength, Magic, Dexterity, Speed, Defense, Resistance, and Luck.

As units are used in combat, they gain Experience, growing stronger when they accrue enough to Level Up, increasing their stats. Growing to a certain Level allows a player to Promote a character, granting the character a stronger class with increased stats, growth rates, and access to new weapons and/or unit types.


The core of the series combat is sourced to the character's weapon options, which are locked to their current class. Characters can use a host of direct weapons such as Swords, Lances, and Axes or ranged options like Bows, Tomes, and Daggers. Some characters are chimeric in nature and have the ability to transform into animals, such as the Manakete race who can transform into dragons. Healing is an option through Staves to recover health of injured allies, preventing them from falling in battle. As characters continuously wield a weapon or staff, they become proficient with them, gaining the ability to wield stronger versions of said equipment.

Certain weapons have unique effects which may make them more useful on a situational basis. Some examples of effects weapons may have are inversion of the weapon triangle (i.e., reversing their rock-paper-scissors relationship to gain advantage over a weapon type the weapon is normally weak against), debuffing an enemy so their stats are lowered, or dealing 'effective damage' against enemies of a specific type. As an example of the latter, flying units are traditionally weak to bows, and thus attacking a flyer with a bow will deal a larger amount of damage to that unit than if they were a non-flyer. The most common types of weapons with unique effects include Brave weapons and Killer weapons. Using a Brave weapon guarantees an attacker will strike the opponent twice, or four times if the attacker has a significant Speed advantage over the defender. Killer weapons boost a unit's chance to perform critical hits.

For most entries in the series, weapons and staves also carry a set number of uses that denote the number of times they can be used before they break. In games with this feature, the player must manage the weapons used by their units so that they're not caught in a situation where their weapon breaks and they have nothing else with which to attack. Weapons are typically available for purchase at shops for gold, and can occasionally be found in treasure chests, stolen from enemies, or won after defeating enemies. Some games also feature weapon forges at which the player may restore the durability of a damaged weapon or create weapons with custom statistics.


Players command their units to attack enemies with the goal of reducing the enemy's HP to 0 and keeping their own characters alive. The most important aspect is a character's stats which influence factors such as their ability to connect hits, deal damage, take damage, and launch Critical hits/Skills. Their weapon further contributes by increasing damage output and applying various effects. Other factors influence the outcomes of battles from a weapon's advantage over another or the Support bonuses of nearby allies.

Maps and Movement[]

Gameplay maps in the series vary in size and scale between entries, but are divided into grids of squares. All characters may move a set number of squares during their turn, with the maximum range of a character dependent on their Movement stat. Some units such as Pegasus Knights are capable of flight, and are thus able to pass over terrain that may slow or halt other units. The specifics of terrain varies from game to game and from map to map within individual games, but units may also be subject to terrain bonuses or penalties depending on what ground they stand on. For example, standing among trees may make a character more difficult to hit, while a character may take damage from standing in terrain that is poisonous.


Every battle in the franchise has a primary objective that the player must achieve in order to claim victory. The most common examples of battle objectives include Rout the Enemy, Defeat the Boss, Seize, Survive, Protect, and Escape.

Permanent Death[]

“If the enemy reduces a unit's HP to zero, that unit will be removed from the game. Lost units are gone for good; you won't be able to use that unit again after that point.”
—Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon in-game guide.

In the Fire Emblem series, when a character's health points reach zero, their deaths are permanent and are thus lost for the rest of the game. This is a deviation from most traditional RPGs, where characters would reach zero health and be merely incapacitated or capable of being revived. This leads players to be mindful of their units and use care in deploying them into battle, keeping back any that are significantly injured. If a plot-important character other than the primary protagonists (whose deaths result in a Game Over) lose all of their health points, they receive a crippling injury that prevents them from fighting, but continue to play a role in the story.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon features side chapters (also called Gaiden chapters) that only become available if the player has lost certain numbers of units; these chapters offer new recruitable characters to prevent the player's roster from growing too thin.

Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem introduced Casual Mode to the franchise. In Casual Mode, the permanent death mechanic is turned off and any player character that is defeated in battle will stay in the player's roster and become usable again in the following chapter. The purpose of Casual Mode is to ease the difficulty, letting new players into the game more easily. Fire Emblem Fates takes this approach a step further with the introduction of Phoenix Mode, in which defeated characters return to battle on the very next turn with full health. Just as Casual Mode is meant to ease the barrier of entry to those put off by the traditional permanent death mechanic, Phoenix Mode is meant for strategy RPG novices.

In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the introductory chapters that make up Lyn's Tale are meant as an extended tutorial for those new to the Fire Emblem series in general. As such, Lyn's Tale does not feature permanent death. Units that are defeated in Lyn's story return in Eliwood's/Hector's story, which makes up the main portion of the game. However, characters that are lost in Lyn's story are weaker than they otherwise would be when they are reintroduced.

Occasionally, an NPC triggers a Game Over scenario in a similar manner to the death of a Lord character and thus must not be allowed to die to finish a map.

Support and Social Elements[]

Beginning with Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the Fire Emblem series has implemented and experimented with gameplay systems designed around building bonds of support between characters. Genealogy of the Holy War introduced the Love System, which is an underlying mechanic that affects the love between two compatible units. Characters that fall in love in the game's first half will eventually have children together, and the appearance and stats of the second generation of player characters that appear in the second half are dependent on the pairings that became parents.

Later games refined this initial approach into a Support system, in which two characters may build support by fighting together in battle, advancing their relationship. Depending on the characters in question, this relationship may remain platonic or turn romantic, and support relationships that reach their maximum rank may affect the paired characters' epilogue in the game's end. Characters that build support with one another earn bonuses in combat when in proximity to each other on the field of battle, and these bonuses grow more potent the stronger their bond. Later entries, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses in particular, have expanded on the relationship mechanics to extend to activities outside of battle.

World & Themes[]

The Fire Emblem series does not take place in a singular world. Instead, the stories of Fire Emblem titles comes from various worlds wholly separate from each other. Some titles are interconnected with each other due to taking place in the same world, but at different points in time or location such as The Blazing Blade being a prequel story to The Binding Blade or Radiant Dawn being a direct sequel to Path of Radiance. To date, there are eight separate main series worlds with one world in particular hosting nine of the sixteen main series games over a period of several millennia.

The overall arching design of the Fire Emblem series relies on medieval Europe, blending themes of knights and magic into the overall lore as well as mythical themes of dragons and pegasi. The series heavily borrow names, themes, and designs from various mythologies, with Norse Mythology among the strongest influences. Arthurian legends are also heavily refenced in certain entries. Fates is notable for blending in themes and aesthetic influences from feudal Japan into its world and story, particularly in regards to the nation of Hoshido.

Though many of the games are set in separate, distinct worlds, the series has acknowledged a multiverse of sorts with the introduction of the Outrealm in Fire Emblem Awakening as the framing device for its downloadable content. Fire Emblem Heroes takes this approach a step further with its central conceit being a world in which it is is possible to summon forth figures from across all of the different Fire Emblem worlds, and the original Fire Emblem Warriors follows a similar approach with its narrative seeing heroes and villains from several games in the series pulled into a new world only to cross paths in a new conflict. Fire Emblem Engage is the first game in the main series to make direct connections to all previous worlds across the series within the central plot rather than as Easter Eggs or non-cannon story connections through downloadable content, as all preceding entries are represented through the concept of Emblems.


Over seventeen main series titles, multiple spin-offs, and a mobile game, hundreds of characters have been featured as playable, enemies, and NPCs. Due to the contained worlds and points in time each game is set, it is rare for individual characters to appear in more than one main series title outside of remakes or direct story sequels. It is also possible that characters that appeared as playable in one entry may return in another title as NPCs, or in the reverse case appear as NPCs only to become playable in a later title.

Each game generally features around 30-50 playable characters, giving the player a large roster to utilize throughout the game. The game's typically feature between one to three lead characters considered the protagonists, and most often either start as or can promote into the Lord class, though there are notable exceptions to this rule. More recent entries have included an Avatar character as either the lead or a confidant to the lead that carries some player-defined traits. Kris, Robin, Corrin, Byleth, and Alear serve as playable Avatars while Mark is an NPC tactician. The rest of the player's force is typically made up of a variety of characters from different backgrounds that serve in a range classes and combat roles. Certain recurring character tropes have developed often enough over time that they are recognizable as specific character archetypes, though many of these archetypes are fan-defined and not considered official.

Outside of the previously denoted cases of characters appearing in remakes or a direct sequel/prequel to their original title, there are a few characters that have made more numerous unique appearances across the series. The most prominent and frequent of these characters is Anna, who has appeared in every main series Fire Emblem title to date save for Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. She is commonly depicted as a humble, but whimsical NPC shopkeeper who assists the player by running a Secret Shop, but later began making playable appearances starting with Awakening.

The Fire Emblem[]

The Fire Emblem, the namesake of the franchise, is not a singular item. Rather, it takes on many forms across the series and varies depending on the setting of the particular story. Regardless of the game, the Fire Emblem takes the role of a pivotal object or a symbol of importance in the plot. Examples of these forms include the Binding Shield in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Lehran's Medallion in the Tellius Series, and the Omega form of the Yato in Fire Emblem Fates.

Fire Emblem Gaiden and its remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia remain the only two games in the franchise that do not have a Fire Emblem involved in their plot. However, as the games are part of the Archanea Series, the Binding Shield is a part of their setting as well, even though it has no bearing on their events.

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