Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
(Revised: 9th January 2010)
Q) What should I know about this
A) The game is a Nintendo DS remake of the very first Fire Emblem game, Dark Dragon and Sword of Light. It
stars Marth (of Super
Smash Bros. fame), the royal prince of Altea, as he fights to
homeland from an evil empire. It was released in Japan on 7th
Q) Why are some of the names on this
site different to the ones on my game?
A) The Shadow Dragon section
of this site uses the names from the European version, some of which
are different to the ones in the North American version. If you're
having difficulty figuring out who's who, please refer to the name chart.
Q) What are the differences between
American and European version?
A) There seem to be no major changes, besides a few different names and
some very minor script changes.
Q) What's the story about?
A) Adapted from the Japanese official site:
Long ago, the continent of Akaneia was invaded by the Dolunian Empire,
led by the Shadow Dragon, Medeus, and the people lived in fear and
despair. However... a miracle occurred. Anri, a youth from Altea,
slayed the Shadow Dragon using the divine Falchion sword. The Kingdom
Akaneia was restored and the world entered an age of peace.
But 100 years later... Medeus was resurrected. He joined forces with
Gharnef, the Dark Pontifex, who shared his ambitions of ruling the
launched an attack on Akaneia. Akaneia was defeated by Grust's General
Camus, and, aside from Princess Nyna, the royal family was wiped out.
Cornelius, the king of Altea and successor of the heroic Anri, left to
battle Medeus, with the Falchion in hand.
Meanwhile, Cornelius's only son and the prince of Altea, Marth, awaits
his father's return as he passes his days with his martial arts
Q) Does this game contain a remake of
Gaiden and/or Mystery of the Emblem?
Q) What's new in this game compared to
A) Well, it's still more or less the same game as the original, but now
it has improved graphics and the gameplay is more streamlined. Also
several modern features have been added, such as the weapon triangle,
and promotions for most classes. There are some brand new Prologue and
Sidequest chapters as well.
Q) What changes/new features are there
compared to previous games?
A) There are two main ones- Reclassing (see here for
further details) and Multiplayer
battles (see here).
Q) Huh? Why do people call this Fire
Emblem 11? It's not a new game...
A) The game's internal coding refers to this game as the 11th Fire
Emblem, which is also what Intelligent Systems refers to this game as.
At the end of the day, numbering games is just a convenience, so, as
long people know what a particular number signifies, it's not really
Q) Does Marth promote in this game?
A) No, but it he can go past the usual maximum of
Q) Are there battles outside of the
main story where you can train your characters?
A) No, this is a feature unique to The
Stones (and Gaiden,
Q) Does this game use the Touch Screen?
A) Yes, you can use it for moving units on the battle map, or for
navigating menus. If you don't want to use the Touch Screen, you can
use the regular buttons as well.
Q) What are Loan units and how do
A) Loan units are characters, from the single-player campaign, that
are loaned to/borrowed from another player via the Wireless or
Wi-Fi connection. As well as transferring Loan units in real-time,
they can also be uploaded to/downloaded from Nintendo's Wi-Fi server.
loan out an character, they still remain in your game.
Loan units can only be used in the single-player
mode. When used, they substitute the existing character with the
name. Any experience points obtained by the Loan units are awarded to
the character they're substituting. A total of 10 Loan units can be
stored on your cartridge, but you can only use 1 per save file.
Q) How do you save in battle? Is there
a Battle Save option like in Radiant Dawn?
A) There are two ways of saving progress in the middle of a battle:
- Map point saves: These can be created by making a unit move onto
a Save Point (map tile) and choosing "Save" from the Actions menu. Once
the save is made, the Save Point disappears. Saves created in this
manner can be loaded as many times as you want.
- Suspended saves: These can be created anytime during a battle
map, by using the "Suspend" option in the Map menu. If save data is
loaded (including the suspended save) or a new game is created, the
suspended save is immediately
Early to mid-game
Q) What's the difference between
Normal and Hard mode?
A) Normal mode is, naturally, the default setting and is suitable
beginners to Fire Emblem or
those who don't want such a hard time. Hard mode has the same
amount and types of enemies as in Normal mode, although the same
enemies have higher stats and often have different and stronger
in Hard mode appear from the beginning of the enemy phase (as opposed
to the end). Finally, Hard mode actually has 5
difficulty levels to choose from (ranging from Lv 1: Hard, the lowest,
5: Merciless, the highest), although these just affect how strong
Q) What do you do after recruiting
Gordin in Prologue IV? I can't do anything!
A) Send a character that you don't want to the highlighted Fort. That
character will act as a decoy to lure the enemy away. Also, you can't
Marth- if you try, you'll be told to send someone else. If you're really desperate, an alternative
method is to get everyone other than Marth killed and then
have Marth wait in front of the northern gate.
Q) Will the character
that you send off to lure the enemy ever come back?
A) No, never, so choose wisely...
Q) Can you recruit Frey and Norne in
A) Since Hard mode automatically skips the Prologue, no.
Q) What the? What's with the Sidequest
A) I don't know either. However, those are indeed the requirements to
get to them.
Q) Who are these weird characters I
got, with names like Zas or Unil?
A) Those are generic replacement characters. You get them whenever your
character count falls below the maximum number of characters that you
can send out in a particular chapter. There are 31 "unique"
replacements in total, but if you manage to get all 31 killed, you'll
loop back to the first. Additionally, the replacements just use the
player class growths for their Level ups, while their starting Level is
based on the average Level of your party.
Q) Can you recruit Minerva and the
three Pegasus Knights in Chapter 7?
A) No, you recruit them in later chapters. On a related note, if you
"kill" any of the four, you can still recruit them later.
Q) Can you recruit Heimler (the enemy
Paladin) in Chapter 12?
A) No. I have no clue why they added him either, although he was an
unused enemy in the original.
Q) Do characters promote to their next
A) No, you have to use a Master Seal (or Elysian Whip if you want to
promote to a Falcon Knight).
Q) What is the maximum Level for
A) It's 20 for most classes, but Lord, Thief, Ballistician, Chameleon
and Manakete can reach a
maximum Level of 30.
Q) Where can you get an Elysian Whip
and/or Brave weapons?
A) They're obtainable from the Online shop
only and they only
appear on certain days. Some enemies are equipped with Brave weapons in
harder difficulty levels, but you cannot obtain them that way.
Q) Where do you get the Cards (eg.
A) You get them by winning multiplayer battles.
Q) How do you defeat Gharnef (the
Sorcerer) in Chapter 15?
A) You can't at that point in the game. He leaves automatically after
the end of Turn 6 of the Player Phase.
Q) Are there any items hidden in
Chapter 15's desert?
A) Unlike in recent games, no.
Q) How does Xane's mimicking skill
A) Xane will copy the stats and weapon proficiency of any allied
character, besides Manaketes. Note that, after transforming, his
initial HP will be the same as his untransformed HP. After 5 Turns have
will untransform automatically, but only at the beginning of your own
Q) Can you use the Starsphere with
A) No, and not for items either. It will work with any other weapon
though, dragonstones included (except when you use it as an item, eg.
the healing effect of the Gradivus).
Q) How do you defeat Gharnef in
A) Use the Starlight tome. It's obtained from Chapter 22, by making
Marth visit the north-eastern village with both the Starsphere and
Lightsphere in his inventory.
Q) What features do you unlock by
completing the game?
A) You unlock access to the Event Recap and Sound Room. That's about it.
Q) Do you get anything by completing
the Event Recap?
A) As fas I know, nope.