“Effective against cavalry.”
—In-game description, The Sacred Stones

The Longsword (also known as the Zanbato) is a sword that has concurrently appeared in several titles across the Fire Emblem series. This blade is most notable for possessing the ability to inflict effective damage against mounted horseback units, with the exception of individuals assuming the Troubadour, Valkyrie and Mage Knight classes. Such an effect is enhanced by the fact that this sword boasts stats that are particularly high in the Might and Hit Rate departments, although said merits are offset by its low Durability and heavyweight nature. The Longsword is analogous to the Horseslayer and the Halberd.

Owing to the aforementioned potency that is intrinsically tied to this sword, it is usually one that cannot be readily purchased in-game, positing it as a weapon that can be safely considered to be rare. The most common method that may be employed to acquire it is through the raiding of Chests in certain stages, obtaining it as a loot drop or purloining it from certain enemies. This fact is changed with the onset of Path of Radiance, in which the sword may be readily purchased from the Base armory in selected chapters for a lump sum of 1,260 gold, provided that the player is not playing the game on Hard Mode.

Weapon Stats[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Longsword.gif Longsword

Sword.gif Sword

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt WEx Worth
D 18 6 85% 0% 1 11 1 1,260
Effect

Effective against units on horseback.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Longsword.gif Zanbato

Sword.gif Sword

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt WEx Worth
D 18 6 85% 0% 1 11 1 1,260
Effect

Effective against units on horseback.

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Name Type

FE9LongSword.gif Longsword

FE9 Sword.png Sword

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Rng Wt WEx Worth
D 18 6 85% 0% 1 15 2 1,260
Effect

Effective against units on horseback.

Fire Emblem Heroes[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Zanbato

FEH Sword.png Sword

Mt Rng SP Rarity
10 1 200 FEH Star Rarity 3.png
Effect

Effective against cavalry foes.

Name Type

Zanbato+

FEH Sword.png Sword

Mt Rng SP Rarity
14 1 300 FEH Star Rarity 5.png
Effect

Effective against cavalry foes.

Name Cost

Zanbato+

400 SP, 500Arena Medal.png, 200Divine Dew.png
Type HP Mt Spd Def Res
FEH WUp 1.png +5 + 2
FEH WUp 2.png +5 + 3
FEH WUp 3.png +5 + 4
FEH WUp 4.png +5 + 4
FEH WUp 14.png HP +3. Neutralizes cavalry foes' bonuses
(from skills like Fortify, Rally, etc.) during combat.
Effect
Effective against cavalry foes.

Fire Emblem Warriors[edit | edit source]

Name Type

Zanbato

FEW Sword.png Sword

Rank Mt Worth Slots Seventh Slot
E 10~20 5400 - -
Effect

-

Item Locations[edit | edit source]

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Eliwood's Story: Enemy Mercenary (Ch. 17)
Hector's Story: Enemy Mercenary (Ch. 17)
Secret Shop Eliwood's Story: Ch. 23
Hector's Story: Ch. 24

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Enemy Mercenary (Ch. 13A)
Dropped (Skirmish) BonewalkerWight
Treasure Lagdou Ruins Floor 4 - Chest

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance[edit | edit source]

Method Location
Dropped Enemy Myrmidon (Ch. 19)
Armories (Easy/Normal) Ch. 17Ch. 25

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The Zanbatō is a sword of myth, forged by blacksmiths to gauge the level of sophistication and skill of their smithing. The swords themselves are not realistically able to utilized in combat, their size making them impossible to wield properly. Though the idea behind the blade, in legend, was to be of a size to rend both the opposing rider and their horse, hence the weapon's ingame effective bonus against horseback units.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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