Feature: Analysing Fire Emblem’s Numbering System

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Fire Emblem series!

For this occasion, I’d like to discuss something that many Fire Emblem fans know and take for granted: the Fire Emblem games’ numbering system.

I imagine most of you reading this probably know the numbers like the back of your hand. But just for reference, this is how we usually number the Fire Emblem games:

Number English Title
1 Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light
2 Gaiden
3 Mystery of the Emblem
4 Genealogy of the Holy War
5 Thracia 776
6 Binding Blade
7 Blazing Blade
8 The Sacred Stones
9 Path of Radiance
10 Radiant Dawn
11 Shadow Dragon
12 New Mystery of the Emblem
13 Awakening
14 Fates
15 Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Note: Only the mainline Fire Emblem games are numbered. Spin-offs like Heroes and Warriors are not given numbers.

For us fans, referring to each game using numbers is very natural. Eg. if I said “FE6”, you probably know that I’m talking about Binding Blade. Yet for those observing from afar, or those new to the series, this system can seem a bit strange.

The main reason for this is of course because, officially, none of the Fire Emblem games are numbered. Unlike, say, Final Fantasy, where the latest Final Fantasy is explicitly titled “Final Fantasy XV [15]”. The numbering system is purely something we fans created.

Birth of the Numbering System

Some may ask: why exactly do Fire Emblem fans refer to the games by number?

The short answer, it seems, is because of a combination of tradition and convenience.

As for the long answer, we’ll need to travel back in time towards the early days of the Fire Emblem series and its then-developing fan community.

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Heroes: Movement Type Quests Now Available!

Prepare your stamina pots and warm up your emblem teams; it’s time for some new quests in Fire Emblem Heroes! Check out the latest Movement Type Quests in the Quests & Missions menu.

These quests require you to complete various objectives using heroes of a certain movement type: Infantry, Armored, Cavalry, or Flier. You can earn up to four Orbs and also Hero Feathers, Great Badges, and more!

The Movement Type Quests will be available for two weeks, ending on 3 May at 6:59am UTC.

Additionally, the first ever Grand Conquests event is now over! Make sure to pick up your final rewards from the event screen.

Finally, the game acknowledged an error with Grand Hero Battle: Saias. The title of the map is listed as “Reward Map” instead of using his title, like other GHBs. The image will not be updated, but Heroes admits that the naming issue was an error.

Cipher Series 13 Introduction & Pre-Orders

With S12’s release a few weeks back, it’s time to turn our attention to the next Fire Emblem Cipher installment. Cipher Series 13 will release in about two months on 28 June. It’s already shaping up to be an exciting set, so let’s take a look at what it has in store!

S13’s main focus is on Blazing Sword. Much of the set, and also a new Structured Deck, will feature characters from this game. The remaining cards will be split between Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem Heroes. Head down below for a further look at news and art for the set, as well as pre-order links.

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Heroes: Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist Banner & Details!

The first instance of the new and improved Tempest Trials+ starts this Saturday in Fire Emblem Heroes! Start preparing your team by summoning on the Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist Banner. It contains 5★ focus units for the original Reinhardt and Olwen, and also Seliph.

All three of these units with by Bonus Allies in the upcoming TT+. As announced by Feh during the recent stream, all Bonus Allies now provide a 40% score boost. The remaining units are the four Thracian heroes available in the current World of Thracia banner, and also Finn.

Finn will be the reward unit for this Tempest Trials. The rewards preview shows his 5★ available for 15,000 points, which also confirms the new point structure. We’ll also be able to score another Earth Blessing at 12,500. Additionally, the Notification Screen states that Drive Atk 1 will also be available as a new Sacred Seal.

Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist starts on Saturday, 21 April. It will run for 10 days this time, ending on 1 May.