Fire Emblem Warriors Articles RSS Feed | Fire Emblem Warriors RSS Feed on en Launch Media Network Fire Emblem Warriors Guide -- How to Unlock the Secret Characters Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:49:42 -0400 Autumn Fish

There are a total of 23 characters to play as and build relationships between in Fire Emblem Warriors. You unlock 20 of these characters simply by playing through Chapter 14 in Story Mode, but in order to unlock the final 3, you must delve into the depths of History Mode.

Unlocking the History Mode characters is no joke either. You're asked to clear an entire map before you can unlock your characters rather than a single chapter -- Story Mode may as well have handed you the other 20 on a silver plater. Not only that, but you have to actually unlock the map if you haven't already.

It may be a bit of a grind, but History Mode actually hides some pretty nifty characters. Lyn is probably the easiest of the three to unlock while Celica is only slightly harder. Anna, on the other hand, takes a lot longer to unlock than the other two due to all the work you have to put into unlocking her mission.

How to Unlock Lyn in Fire Emblem Warriors

Lyn is the only totally unique character of the three unlocked from History Mode, skillfully wielding a sword to decimate her foes. She's found on Noble Lady of Caelin, a History Mode map that's unlocked by beating Story Mode.

How to Unlock Lyn in Fire Emblem Warriors

The main goal in this map is to simply reach the castle by defeating the enemies in your way. A first glance at the enemies in this map may be intimidating since many of them reach level 50, but if you keep your eyes peeled, you'll notice you can cut a path through to the castle by fighting enemies around level 25.

Once you beat the fellow guarding the castle, Lyn will show up on the right side of the map to challenge you. Beat her to gain entry to the castle, and beat the guy inside to unlock Lyn as a playable character.

How to Unlock Celica in Fire Emblem Warriors

Celica is a sword-wielder that plays a lot like Marth. She's found on the map Together to the End, which is also unlocked by completing Story Mode.

How to Unlock Celica in Fire Emblem Warriors

Unlike other History Mode maps, Together to the End doesn't have a very straightforward progression. Just spend some time defeating enemies on the map until Celica appears in the South-East surrounded by eyes. Defeat the enemies adjacent to the eyes in order to clear the way to Celica and fight her.

You won't unlock Celica by defeating her though, and nothing noticeably changes on the map after that either. Just spend some more time clearing battles until 3 unique enemies eventually appear on the map, also surrounded by eyes. Again, reach them by defeating the enemies adjacent to the eyes and defeat all 3 in order unlock the final battle against a cursed Darios. Defeat Darios to unlock Celica.

How to Unlock Anna in Fire Emblem Warriors

Anna is an Archer with a playstyle similar to Takumi and Sakura. She is found on Invisible Ties -- a History Mode map unlocked from clearing Chapter 5 -- after you complete the Fire Emblem Awakening illustration.

In order to complete the illustration, you need to collect 20 of Anna's Mementos from certain levels in both Story Mode and History Mode. Half of them come from Story Mode -- specifically, both Mementos from Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 5, the first Memento from Chapter 13, and the second Memento from Chapter 12. Note that you need to complete the Story Mode and replay the Chapter on Hard or Lunatic with the first Memento already if you hope to get the second one.

How to Unlock Anna in Fire Emblem Warriors

The other half of the Mementos you need are from History Mode on the Invisible Ties map. All five of the missions here that have Anna's Mementos possess the ones you need for this illustration, so just go for every mission with one. While only one of these missions is available on a fresh map, you'll gradually unlock the others as you clear more battles.

Once you collect all 20 of the Mementos needed to complete the illustration, Anna appears in the South-West of the same Invisible Ties map. Though it's a level 80 mission -- one of the hardest the game currently has to offer. Beating it earns you Anna as a playable character.

With Lyn, Celica, and Anna at your disposal, you can finally finish grinding for all those Support Bonus materials! For more on upgrading your characters, check out our Fire Emblem Warriors guides.

Fire Emblem Warriors Guide: How to Find the Master Seals Needed for Class Change Sun, 22 Oct 2017 22:43:45 -0400 Autumn Fish

Much like in the main series, Fire Emblem Warriors asks players to Class Change their characters in order to unlock their full potential. In order to Class Change a character, you need to level the warrior up to 15 and use a Master Seal to make their Surge Crest.

However, Master Seals are no easy thing to find. You really have to comb through the Story and History Modes skillfully if you hope to get them all. Knowing where to look is only half the battle, though -- you must also make sure to fulfill the requirements.

How to Find Master Seals in Fire Emblem Warriors

There are 6 Master Seals hiding in Story Mode while the other 17 are scattered about History Mode. The Master Seals in Story Mode are comparably rather easy to get, but you still have to be sure you don't miss them.

Any Chapter with a Master Seal in it will have a white icon in its respective box on the Scenario Select screen. While some of these Chapters will just award you with the Master Seal upon defeating the final boss of the level, many require you to open a Treasure Chest to get it. You'll need to find and kill the commander with the key to do so, too.

As far as History Mode goes, the Master Seals are scattered all over the place and require that you not only unlock the maps that they're hidden on but also achieve an S-rank for the levels they're in.

How to Unlock More History Mode Maps

The actual Maps for History Mode are unlocked in a couple of ways. Seeing the Story Mode through to the end nets you a total of 5 maps, You'll earn your first map when you complete Chapter 5, the second after Chapter 13, the next with Chapter 15, and the last two for beating the Final Chapter.

Getting an S Rank in History Mode Unlocking Maps and How to Find Master Seals in Fire Emblem Warriors

Additional History Mode events are unlocked by collecting Anna's Mementos and completing pictures. Any stage that gives a Memento should give two, though you'll need to unlock the ability to earn the second one.

In the case of Story Mode chapters, you have to complete the story once and play the level on Hard or Lunatic to receive the second Memento. On top of that, you must always earn the first Memento and beat the level with it before you can go for the second.

How to Attain an S-Rank in History Mode

In order to actually get the Master Seals from their respective History Mode levels, you need to get an S-rank. To achieve an S-rank, you must meet three specific conditions when finishing a level:

  • Get 2000 total kills.
  • Don't sustain 80% or more of your health in damage.
  • Complete the mission in 20 minutes or less.

Note that any kills that the uncontrolled members of your team get counts towards your total kills. To check it, just bring up the Map screen by pressing '+' and move your cursor to an empty square.

Also, to be clear, you may take about 79% of your health in damage and still be safe for getting an S-rank, just make sure not to take 80% or more. Note that this is the total damage dealt to you over the course of the battle and healing will not reset it.

Once you meet the 2000 kill requirement without getting hit too much, carefully rush to the boss to finish the level within the time limit and earn yourself that Master Seal. Make sure not to be reckless, though, by taking too much damage during the final fight.

And that's everything you need to know to earn all 23 Master Seals -- just enough to Class Change the entire cast of characters. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on GameSkinny for more Fire Emblem Warriors guides coming soon.

Nintendo @ E3: Everything You Need to Know Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:14:12 -0400 David Fisher

Once again choosing digital mediums over a live event, Nintendo launched its E3 Nintendo Spotlight with promises of upcoming games for 2017, as well as some surprises during the first hour of the Treehouse Live presentation. With fans eager to hear about more games for the new Switch console, expectations were high, and Nintendo delivered.

If you didn't catch it yourself, here's what you missed!

Super Mario Odyssey

Super Mario Odyssey took center stage for Nintendo's E3 presentation. New worlds, including an ice world and a dinosaur world, were revealed, further increasing the variety of worlds featured in the game.

Mario will also have the ability to change hats and costumes, and use his hat to possess various creatures, world objects, and more.

Several amiibo (seen above) will release alongside the game as well. These are all wedding themed amiibo, something that is a recurring theme in the game as Bowser tries to finally marry Princess Peach.

Super Mario Odyssey is set to October 27.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2

Elysium is the setting of the upcoming Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and follows the story of a boy who wants to escort Pyra, a "Blade" who requires him as a driver to bring him back to the World Tree. A slew of characters was revealed, and it appears that the game is not a direct sequel to the Xenoblade Chronicles title found on Wii and 3DS as originally theorized. It looks fairly interesting overall and seems to be much more cinematic than previous Xenoblade titles.

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is still set for release holiday 2017.

Kirby (Tentative Title)

A new Kirby title is on the way for Nintendo Switch, and this time it has four player co-op similar to that found in Kirby Super Star, where players could take control of Kirby enemies. Not much is known about the title so far, but it is currently set for a 2018 release.

Metroid Prime 4

Metroid Prime is back on the Nintendo Switch! There are no details yet, but the game has finally been confirmed to be in development. Hopefully, Nintendo has brought Retro Studios back on for what should be an amazing Metroid title!

Yoshi (Tentative Title)

A new Yoshi game is on its way, and this time the main mechanic is full 3D movement in alternating 2D and 3D environments. It also features the ability to flip 2D environments around, so it will be interesting to see how these mechanics will change the typical Yoshi formula.

The adorable cardboard Yoshi world will be hitting shelves sometime in 2018.

Fire Emblem Warriors

New details on Fire Emblem Warriors were released at Nintendo's E3 Spotlight. The first detail is that the story will follow two protagonists whose kingdom has fallen after the dragon that protected them went rogue. Secondly, heroes from other Fire Emblem titles will come to their assistance. These characters include Marth, Chrom, Corrin, Xander, and Ryoma.

No specific release date has been revealed for the game, but it still has fall 2017 as its release window.

Pokemon (Switch)

Game Freak has begun work on a dedicated Pokemon RPG title for the Nintendo Switch. No information was revealed ath the E3 Spotlight, but the promise is there, and that alone is something to be excited for.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild DLC

New information has been released for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's DLC. While we already knew what would be included in the DLC for some time now, we now know that the first pack, "The Master Trials", will be released on June 30. Meanwhile, the second pack, "The Champions' Ballad", has been pushed back to holiday 2017.

What's interesting to note is that there was a certain focus on the champions in the trailer. What their role in the DLC story will be remains to be seen, but it should be interesting to see more of the colorful characters that were otherwise only seen in memories.

The Champions will also be featured in a new line of amiibo that will be coming out soon, with a to-be-announced release date.

Rocket League

Rocket League has been announced for Nintendo Switch. The game will come with exclusive items and arrive holiday 2017. This release will also come with cross-platform support to play with players on other consoles.

Metroid: Samus Returns

We now know why AM2R was shut down. Metroid 2 has been remade as Metroid: Samus Returns. The game is a classic 2D Metroid title, and features full range aiming, melee counter abilities, and more. While the game still looks a bit rough, it's definitely a good showing to have as Metroid fans have felt somewhat rejected as of late.

Metroid: Samus Returns will feature plenty of new features and level designs, which is great for those who want to re-experience the title in a reimagined way.

The game launches September 15.

That's All Folks!

Nintendo's presentation was a big surprise with several huge announcements and is hopefully a sign of things to come for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo's dedication to 3DS titles is reassuring as well because it means fans will still have plenty to look forward to on the legacy handheld.

If Nintendo keeps this up, they will undoubtedly gain a lot of fans over the coming years. As always, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Nintendo news and all things E3!

But what did you think of Nintendo's E3 lineup? Are you impressed or left out in the rain? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Together We Ride: Marth and New Characters Shion and Lian join Fire Emblem Warriors Wed, 31 May 2017 10:23:31 -0400 Zantallion

We finally have an update on Fire Emblem Warriors, nearly five months after its initial announcement. The new issue of Famitsu magazine reveals not only fan-favorite character Marth, but also two all-new characters -- Shion and Lian, a pair of sword-wielding twins. Check out their designs in the header image above, courtesy of Gematsu

In a similar vein to Fire Emblem Heroes' original siblings Alfonse and Sharena, these two newcomers appear to be the main protagonists of the game's story -- with characters from mainline franchise entries taking on more of a secondary role. Two other characters named Darios and Yuana are mentioned, but no images of them have surfaced yet.

This isn't the first time we've seen original characters join a Nintendo musou, as Hyrule Warriors featured original characters like Lana and Volga amongst its cast of familiar Zelda faces. 

The magazine also revealed Marth, the Lord of the first game in the franchise, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. While his inclusion is no surprise to fans of the series, it's still nice to see Marth make his debut on Nintendo's new console.

Alongside the three character reveals, a slew of new details about the game were also shared in Famitsu. Among these details was the mention that the majority of playable characters will be from just three of the series' titles -- Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Awakening, and Fates. There was also confirmation that the number of playable characters will be considerable for a musou title. And among the game's roster are magic users, archers, and horseback units.

Many of the original series' main mechanics will also be intact in Warriors, like the classic weapon triangle and class system. But one feature that won't be present is the marriage system from some of the more recent titles. In its place is a new system called "Bond Conversations", which can apparently happen even between characters from different games in the series.

For now, that's all that Famitsu shared, but we'll keep you posted on any more Fire Emblem Warriors news as it comes up.

The Three Best Things from the Fire Emblem Direct Thu, 19 Jan 2017 04:45:45 -0500 Bryant Pereira

The Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct on Wednesday surprised fans everywhere with their big plans for the esteemed franchise. After the Nintendo Switch presentation last week, one would assume the majority of the direct would be about the recently announced Fire Emblem Warriors.

Instead, Nintendo decided to blow away fan expectations by announcing three additional Fire Emblem titles -- Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for the 3DS, Fire Emblem Heroes for mobile platforms, and an untitled game for the Switch.

Other than rewarding fans with a ton of new content, here’s the three best things from the Direct.

Art and Sound


Hearing the familiar Fire Emblem melody gave me chills, and as soon as the first illustration appeared, I was already impressed. The hand-drawn art in the Fire Emblem series always stood out to me. Intelligent Systems even outsourced some of the animation for Fire Emblem: Echoes to Khara Studio, known for the Rebuild of Evangelion films. The vibrant cutscenes give the game an artistic feel found only in Japanese anime.

For a series with such an immense cast, it does an excellent job of making each character unique and shining with personality. In addition to the writing, this is done with excellent character design.

Seeing the character portraits for warriors re-drawn for Fire Emblem: Heroes was enough to sell me on the game. The attention to detail in each character makes them instantly recognizable. The chibi-style character models in the mobile game are cheesy enough to make me slightly uneasy, but the portraits absolutely make up for it.

Although Fire Emblem: Warriors was only briefly shown, it features familiar character models, and the classic battle animations the series is known for.

Fire Emblem: Echoes will also be fully voice acted, which for fans of Japanese games who enjoy hearing characters speak in English, this is big news.

Serious Fan Recognition

For a long time, Fire Emblem had a very small but loyal fanbase in the West. The series was exclusive to Japan until the 7th game, released for the Game Boy Advanced as Fire Emblem. Unfortunately, the games were never hot system sellers.

However, Fire Emblem: Awakening gave Nintendo a whole new perspective on its IP. The game sold more units than any game before it and was supposed to be the last game in the series. The success of Awakening prompted Nintendo to keep supporting its franchise.

With the Switch on the horizon, Nintendo is still releasing two Fire Emblem titles for the system that brought the series to popularity. Echoes - Shadows of Valentia is exclusive to the 3DS and Fire Emblem: Warriors will also be ported to the handheld. This is especially important because although the Switch will be Nintendo’s main focus very soon, it shows that they still care about the 3DS fans who might not switch to the new system so soon.

Echoes is especially heartfelt due to it being a remake. The game is based off Fire Emblem: Gaiden, released for the Famicom system in 1992. Nearly every Japanese Fire Emblem game has multiple fan translations, and Gaiden is generally considered the most offbeat game in the series, adding multiple features not included in later entries. Western fans have been waiting years for official releases of past Fire Emblem games.

Although Fire Emblem: Heroes is catered to a larger mass audience, Intelligent Systems made sure that its core fanbase is in control. They are giving fans the opportunity to pick which heroes from past games they want to be featured in it. This feature even includes official translations of all characters in the Japanese only games, and an official subtitle for the series’ western debut -- Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. Hopefully, after everyone picks Hector, we can move on to adding more beloved characters into the game.

The Bright Future of Fire Emblem

Fire Emblem has been around longer than most people think, and after seeing the recent Direct, we know it’s not going anywhere for a long time.

Releasing a mobile title isn’t meant to cater to Fire Emblem’s hardcore fans. Those fans will continue to buy new games as long as they keep coming out. However, Nintendo knows that simplifying games for mobile devices can draw new fans into their IP.

Pokemon GO was a cultural phenomenon, Super Mario Run was downloaded millions of times, and as long as people find out what Fire Emblem IS then the potential for a whole new audience is there. Out of all of Nintendo’s popular IPs, Fire Emblem is not one many people are familiar with. If fans enjoy the mobile title, then they might become interested in the more advanced games in the series.

Nintendo further expands this by branching into completely different types of games with its IP. Hyrule Warriors plays nothing like a traditional Zelda game, but it was a game that fans of either series could enjoy, and helped expand the interest in both franchises. Fire Emblem Warriors is geared to do the same and shows that the series is not exclusive to strategy RPG games.

Although not official, the titling of Echoes is suspiciously similar to Fire Emblem Fates, which had three different versions. Unlike the way Pokemon games are released, each version of Fates features its own story and unique gameplay. If Echoes is successful, it could branch off into a separate series of games based on entries previously unavailable outside of fan emulators.

Needless to say, the Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct brought a multitude of unexpected announcements, new ways to play, and one minor disappointment. I’m still waiting for the day Nintendo honors the best Fire Emblem character, Hector, with DLC for Super Smash Bros. Sadly, I’ll have to patiently wait for his debut in the inevitable Smash Bros. for Switch.

What were your favorite parts of the Nintendo Direct? Which title are you most excited about? Was there anything missing you would have liked to see? Can we please keep talking about Hector? Sound off in the comments below!

Nintendo Crams Four Fire Emblem Games Into Their Latest Nintendo Direct Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:12:35 -0500 David Fisher

Today, Nintendo gave us some insights into their future Fire Emblem titles during their Fire Emblem Direct. Among them are: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, which is a remake of the Japanese exclusive Fire Emblem Gaiden; a Fire Emblem Switch announcement, Warriors, and more!

Let's check them out!

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia is the name of the upcoming Fire Emblem title for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Inspired by the story and gameplay of the Japanese exclusive NES title, Echoes will follow the story of two warring kingdoms, each with very opposed methods of ruling their kingdoms.

The story will include two protagonists: Alm and Celica. Both characters will travel over the continent of Valentia to try to achieve peace between the warring nations of Rigel and Zofia.

Fire Emblem Echoes is unique in that units have entire class trees, as opposed to singular classes. Furthermore, units promote by going to special shrines instead of using Master Seals or other special items to change class.

There are various other features that are unique to Gaiden that are recreated in Echoes -- like free roaming, dungeon exploration, flexible character progression, and more. The game will also feature animated cutscenes by Studio Khara - known for Rebuild of Evangelion, and Gurren Lagann.

Fire Emblem: Echoes - Shadows of Valentia is expected to release on May 19th, 2017. Also, be on the lookout for the two-pack of Fire Emblem amiibo coming out on release date as well (below).

Fire Emblem Switch

While there was nothing yet to show, Nintendo made sure to announce that there is an upcoming Fire Emblem title coming to the Nintendo Switch in 2018. No details about the game have been revealed as of yet. However, it is interesting to note that this would be the first console Fire Emblem to be released ever since Radiant Dawn on the Nintendo Wii.

Speculation Alert!

It is also possible that the reveal might also hint at the Nintendo 3DS line of systems, perhaps seeing their retirement in 2018 as the focus shifts over to the Nintendo Switch.

Fire Emblem Warriors

Today we also got our first video presentation of Fire Emblem Warriors in action. In it we see Chrom mowing down a horde of enemies in true Warriors fashion, with special skills featuring the cut-in critical lines we've come to expect of modern Fire Emblem titles. How else they will implement Fire Emblem into gameplay has yet to be seen.

Hopefully we'll get to see more characters in the near future. As for now, the game has an expected Fall 2017 release, and will also be coming to the Nintendo new 3DS line of systems.

Fire Emblem Mobile

The mobile game that was announced almost a year ago was also featured during the Fire Emblem Direct. Branded Fire Emblem: Heroes, the free-to-play mobile title is headed to smart devices on February 2nd and will feature a brand new Fire Emblem story, as well as the majority of past characters from the series.

In Fire Emblem: Heroes, players will assume the role of a summoner. As the summoner, you will be responsible not only for basic strategy on a 8x6 grid, but also to summon various heroes from past Fire Emblem games. All of the classic Fire Emblem strategy is there, as well as some typical mobile game approaches.

One example of the mobile transition is the requirement to use orbs in order to summon new Fire Emblem characters. These are acquired by rather playing through the game, or through in-game purchases.

The color of the orb determines what type of character you will get, and the more you use will reduce the required orbs over time. Successive summons will likewise reduce the number of orbs temporarily. Each orb also has varying traits, be it elemental types, weapon types, or otherwise. As such, it is somewhat easier to get the exact heroes you want.

Similar to games such as Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius, summoned characters will have a star rating which determines how powerful they will be compared to other versions of themselves. Characters will also feature various artworks, and so it is possible to get multiple versions of the same character without the two ever being identical.

There are also other modes for players to explore outside of the main story and summoning. The Training Tower allows for experience grinding and rewards, special maps will correspond with various seasonal events, arena duels are a leaderboard style game, and also a separate hero battle game mode will allow players to hire much more powerful units.

What the game essentially boils down to is a simplified mobile version of the franchise. Whether or not it is successful comes down to the individual player, but considering it's an entirely free to play game there's no harm in at least trying it out when it releases next month.

That's it for now!

This Fire Emblem Direct certainly took viewers for a spin as it showcased two announcements that no one expected. While the focus was certainly on Heroes and Echoes, Nintendo has at the very least shown that it is dedicated to its Fire Emblem fans.

But what about you guys? Are you excited about any of the upcoming titles? Still wish Fire Emblem Fates was still coming to the Switch like rumors said? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!