Winds of Change (風の村の覇者 Kaze no Mura no Hasha lit. The Champion of the Village of the Wind in the Japanese Version) is Chapter 20 of Fire Emblem Fates in the Conquest Version. This chapter takes place in the Wind Tribe Village.
Subjective: The following part of this article is based upon the editor's personal experiences and opinions, and therefore may not be applicable for all readers.
In this chapter, the unique mechanic of the map is the winds that blow throughout castle Reppu. The winds blow either up or down. Any of your units caught on the winds will be blown 5 tiles up/down respectively at the end of the enemy's phase. However, if the winds blow the unit into an invalid tile (e.g emptiness for ground units, or another unit is on the resulting tile), they will be blown to the nearest eligible tile instead.
Therefore, the player must be extremely careful with where their units are placed, as one mistake can get them sent flying deep into enemy lines and getting killed. Fliers can be used, but the winds and multiple bow users on the map make it dangerous for them.
On Lunatic Mode, almost all of the ground units will have a random Seal skill, which can be problematic if they are not taken down in one turn. In addition, Hayato will come with a Hexing Rod, which can cause more grief due to the winds that blow every turn. Several of the Priestesses come with various staves, such as Silence and Freeze, so try to deplete their charges quickly so your more powerful units can go in without getting affected.
There are several chests on the map; however, due to the nature of the winds, it is best to take out all of the hostiles first before attempting to loot them.
The Dragon Vein is scattered several areas across the map; each one is a one-time use which sends all units in the wind's path in the respective direction. It is highly recommended to use them, especially on Lunatic to push Hayato further away from you so that he can be dealt with later, as he does not move. Displaced enemies will quickly try to get back into their original positions, so they should be taken care of quickly before they return.
The script for this chapter can be found here.
This chapter contains both positional and turn-based reinforcements
- On Lunatic Mode, 4 Great Masters will appear from the staircases at the player's starting position. Two use Steel Naginatas while the other two use Bolt Naginatas.
- 3 Onmyoji will appear from the southeastern staircases at the end of turn 4/unit is on the central platform.
- If a player unit is on the central platform, two Falcon Knights paired up with two Spear Masters will appear from the eastern area, near the chest there.
- If a player unit is on Fuga's platform, 3 Falcon Knights and 2 Kinshi Knights will emerge from the staircases at the northwestern chest. On Hard 2 Falcon Knights and a Kinshi Knight on the Northwestern platform, as well as 2 Spear Masters and an Onmyoji on Fuga's platform. On Lunatic, 2 Spear Masters and 3 Onmyojis will appear from the staircase on Fuga's platform as well.
The wind blows in this cycle, you can use this to determine your path of action, and what comes after it. Preventing bad positioning is essential in this map for higher difficulties. (There are 5 columns, x x x x x)
- Turn 1 - x ↓ x ↑ x
- Turn 2 - ↑ x x ↓ x
- Turn 3 - x ↓ ↑ ↓ ↑
- Turn 4 - ↑ x ↑ x ↑
- Turn 5 - x ↓ x ↓ x
- Turn 6 - ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑
- This map would later be reused in Chapter 9 of the Revelation route.