Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Frequently Asked Questions
(Revised: 10th January 2010)
Q) What should I know about this
A) Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
is the tenth installment in the Fire
Emblem series of games, and is available exclusively on the
Nintendo Wii. It is the sequel to the
previous title, Path of Radiance,
taking place three years later.
Q) What is the story about?
A) Initially the game begins in the Kingdom of Daein, where
the citizens are being oppressed by the Begnion occupation army. The
Brigade, a honourable group of thieves, decide to fight against the
occupation army and thus the story begins with their struggles. Later
on, things are
complicated as all the major territories become involved in a greater
Q) Do I need to play Path of Radiance to understand the
A) No. Whilst a knowledge of the previous title's story is recommended, the game does not require it.
Q) Can you transfer data from Path
A) Yes, although not directly. Transferring data has two major
effect, which are
to alter the attributes of
returning playable characters, and for supports from Path of Radiance to be viewable in
a new support library.
Q) Is the Wii remote used?
A) Yes, although there is no motion-sensing usage. You can also
use a Gamecube controller or the Classic controller.
Q) Is *insert character from Path of Radiance* here?
A) If they were still alive at the end, chances are: Yes.
Q) How long is the game?
A) The game lasts around 44 chapters, with an estimated playing time
of 40 to 50 hours. The game is actually split into four parts, so don't
fret if it sounds overly long.
Q) What are these multiple parts?
A) The first part is 11 chapters long and focuses on the Dawn
with Micaiah as the main lead. Part 2 lasts 5 chapters, and focuses on
Crimea's Queen Elincia, while Part 3 and, finally, Part 4... actually
you can find out for yourself.
Q) What changes/new features are
in this game?
A) A preliminary list of changes from Path
of Radiance is as follows:
Q) How are the character's stats
affected by the Data Transfer?
Q) Who is the Jeigan of this game?
A) There is no clear-cut one in this game. (A Jeigan is a a fan-made
Q) How do I transfer data? It keeps
A) This is a bug caused by the game not properly recognising Easy
mode saves from Path of Radiance.
You need to delete all Path of
Radiance Easy mode saves if you experience this bug and wish to
Q) What does Authority do?
A) Characters gain +5 Accuracy and +5 Avoid for each Authority star the commander of their affiliation has. If a character isn't a commander, their Authority stars do absolutely nothing.
Q) Do the ranged swords deal
A) No, they all attack physically (using the user's Strength stat
targetting the enemy's Defence stat).
Q) How does selling weapons for
scrap material work?
A) This only applies to the Japanese version, because the forging
points system was removed for the English version. Originally, each
time you wanted to forge a weapon, you had to pay an additional 50
forging points (obtained from selling weapons).
Q) After reading the "More
Merchants" base conversation, why do I still have to pay for my first
A) When the merchants
say you can have your first forged weapon "free of charge", they were
referring to not having to pay any forging points.
Q) Why does Jill (or etc.) have
their movement reduced by 2 points?
A) Because mounted units have their movement reduced in indoor
Q) When a Part ends, do you lose
all the characters?
A) Yes, but only for the ends of Part 1 and Part 2. However, you
will be able to recruit all the characters later. Check this
page for re-recruiting characters.
Q) What do Coins do?
Q) Do Bonus EXP, gold and stored
get transferred between parts?
A) Not exactly. Micaiah's group, the Crimean army and Ike's group all start with their own pool of Bonus EXP, gold and items. From Part 3 Chapter 10, the Crimean army and Ike's group merge and their assets are combined. During Part 4, all three groups are able to share assets, regardless of which group you're controlling.
Q) How do characters promote?
A) Not counting some exceptions, you can either:
Q) When do the Lords promote?
A) Micaiah's first promotion occurs at the end of Part 1 Final
Chapter, while her second one occurs at the beginning of Part 4 Final
Chapter. Ike's promotion occurs at the beginning of Part 4 Prologue and
Sothe's (if you count him as a Lord) promotion occurs at the end of the
Q) Why does the woman in the
central house in Part 3 Chapter 1 sometimes not give you an item?
A) Chances are you visited the house with Boyd, Oscar or Rolf. If
one of them visits the house, you won't get the item, but you will be
able to unlock a base conversation in the next chapter (which doesn't
yield any items).
Q) What happens if you kill the
Senators in Part 3 Chapter 3?
A) You won't get the Bonus EXP for them being alive.
Q) In the Silver Card's
description, what does "does not earn any training points" mean?
A) It means, as long as you possess the Silver Card, you will not
gain any forging/training points when you sell weapons. This is
because, otherwise, you could gain unlimited forging points simply by
buying a weapon (for half price, i.e half its Worth) and selling it
(again, for half its Worth) and repeating ad infinitum.
Q) Regarding Pelleas, what choice
should I make in Part 3 Chapter 13?
A) If you're on your first playthrough it doesn't really matter. On
your second playthrough you have a third choice, which allows Pelleas
to be recruited later on.
Q) How do I promote Mist? (Japanese
A) In Part 4 Chapter 1, you can obtain a Holy Crown from the Info
conversations. Mist can use this item to promote when at Level 10 or
Q) I used the Holy Crown on Mist,
but she won't promote... Why?
A) Chances are you're using it when Mist is a Valkyrie. Valkyrie is
actually her highest class, and the Holy Crown is supposed to be used
when she's a Cleric.
Q) How do characters obtain their
A) Beorc characters learn it straightaway on reaching their third
tier. Laguz characters must use an Satori Sign when they are
Level 30 or above.
Q) Where are all the Nihil scrolls?
A) From Ike (Vanguard), Nolan, Calill and Nasir- remove their Nihil
skill and it will become a scroll.
Q) What's the point of Elincia's
A) One use is to allow low-level characters to finish off enemies
that are left at 1 HP.
Q) What's the point of Laguz
raising their Strike weapon level?
A) Each time they level up their Strike weapon level, their Strike
weapon will have its Might increased by 5 points (and, for some
weapons, Hit increased by 10 points).
Q) What's the point in blessing
Ragnell and Alondite in Normal/Hard mode?
A) Although those two weapons are already blessed, they were blessed
by Ashera. If you want them to damage enemies with Mantle, you'll have
to bless them with Yune's blessing.
Q) How do you defeat the final
boss? They keep reviving!
A) You need to land the final blow with Ike's Ragnell.
Section 3: End-game
Q) What is the point of the Dark
A) From your 2nd playthrough (and onwards) you can recruit two Dark
magic users in Part 4.
Q) Are there Trial Maps in this
Q) What's different about Hard mode?
A) Compared to Normal mode:
Q) How do you get the song "Dawn
A) You need to finish the game with Lehran recruited and alive.
Q) How do you view Ike's memory
A) It must be in a 2nd playthrough (or over) file. The Black Knight
must be deployed in Part 1 Final and Ike
must have fought the Black Knight in Part 3 Chapter 7 (and the Black
Knight survives). If all criteria have been fulfilled, the scene will
appear during the end of Part 4 Final-2.
Q) How do you view the "Soren" base
conversation in Part 4 Final-5?
A) Again, it must be in a 2nd playthrough (or over) file. Ike and
Soren must have a A support in this game and a transferred A support
from Path of Radiance, and
you must also view Ike's memory scene (see above). If all criteria have
been fulfilled, you should be able to view the conversation.
Q) How do you view the event in the
Epilogue where Almedha reveals that Soren is her true son?
A) Here's a list of