Warriors: Fates Character Trailers + Rumoured Roster Leak

Following last week’s Awakening characters trailer, the Fire Emblem Warriors Twitter has dropped two more trailers showcasing all of the currently-revealed warriors from Fates.

Trailer number 2 features the black-clad royals from Nohr.

Meanwhile, the 3rd trailer highlights the Hoshidan royals–and features our first look at Sakura in motion.

In other news, there have been rumours about a new image of the European limited edition boxart revealing the full roster (the main one anyway), including a couple of yet-to-be-announced characters.

Although we generally don’t report our rumours, this one is fairly substantial and has been slowly gaining traction, so we might as well grab our magnifying lens to take a look…

The new boxart was discovered by Fire Emblem War of Dragons from a product listing on El Corte Inglés, which is apparently one of the largest department stores in Spain (and Europe).

Let’s start with the initial disclaimer: Given the reputation of the store, it’s unlikely the store added the image out of malice or to fool consumers. That said, they aren’t Nintendo themselves, so they aren’t prone to error–for example, uploading a fan-made boxart.

Moving on, the box itself is essentially the same as the one revealed by Nintendo of Europe way back, but with the addition of sprites. The one without sprites could theoretically be an earlier version or perhaps had the sprites removed to avoid spoilers.

The other thing to note is that the new box has been flipped and the angle is slightly different. If it was, say, photoshopped, whoever did it must have gone to great lengths to copy the box, re-position it and add all the sprites in the right places, with the correct angle.

As for other differences, the new box is missing the amiibo icon. However, the amiibo icon does not need to be present, if you check the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild limited edition, for instance. Also, if somebody edited the old box, surely they would’ve kept the amiibo icon, rather than spend extra time to remove it. (Or maybe it’s a trap?)

Now onto the main feast: the sprites themselves. We did a little photoshopping ourselves to make the sprites appear face on. In total, there are 25 sprites, which fits in with the 25 character art cards included in the limited edition.

Of these, 20 of the sprites are of revealed characters, with the other 5 being new ones: Young Tiki, Caeda, Anna, Lyn and Celica.

Tiki was essentially confirmed after it was revealed she would be getting a new amiibo figure alongside Chrom. Caeda is a pretty safe bet, being Marth’s love interest. Anna is also not too surprising given her mascot status–this one appears to be a fusion of her Warriors version and the one from Fates.

Then we have the two wild cards. Lyn is a very popular character, as evidenced by the Choose Your Legends poll for Heroes–and her inclusion would cater to the early Fire Emblem fans in the West who grew up with Blazing Sword.

Celica from Echoes could have been added to promote the latest game in the series (similar to Roy in Super Smash Bros. Melee). Although it’s strange how she made it in, but not Alm. Likewise, it’s strange that Lyn is in and not Ike as well, considering he was the top scoring male in Choose Your Legends.

Looking at the sprites themselves, they all look well-designed, although Caeda’s pegasus looks very similar to Cordelia’s (especially the front), but this may have been done for thematic purposes. It’s a tiny bit odd that Celica’s sprite doesn’t resemble her Echoes one, but perhaps they wanted to adapt it to the Awakening/Fates style.

Personally, these choices–especially Lyn and Celica–seem so out of left field that I wouldn’t be surprised if the image was real. However, when considering all the news we’ve had so far, the likelihood ought to be pretty low.

Mainly, the developers mentioned that the game will focus on Shadow Dragon, Awakening and Fates. Assuming the image is real, this means Marth, Caeda and Tiki are the only Shadow Dragon representatives (ignoring enemies and secret characters), which is far, far too low. Especially considering Awakening currently has 7 and Fates has 10.

It would be more likely for Shadow Dragon to have at least 6 characters. In other words, filling in the remaining roster. So there would be 2 original characters (Rowan and Lianna), 6 Shadow Dragon, 7 Awakening and 10 Fates, for a total of 25. Others could be secret characters or gotten via DLC.

Anyway, that’s our take on the rumour. Don’t forget there’s a Nintendo Direct happening tomorrow and the Tokyo Game Show during late September (which will feature new character reveals), so hopefully it shouldn’t be too long before we can verify or debunk this rumour!

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  • Skorm94

    Yeah this seems really fishy. Would be way more logical to add Lyn and Ike (most popular characters) and Celica and Alm. Only adding one of both pairs feels really out of place. Maybe we’ll see tomorrow in the Nintendo Direct.

    • Diovani Estivalet

      One thing Nintendo could show us in the Nintendo Direct is the 3DS Version of the game… We are near the japanese release of the Game and we do not have any news about the 3DS version.

      • Ana Janeiro

        yeah i want to limited adition in 3ds

      • Skorm94

        True they have been dead silent in regards to that version. I imagine it’ll be fine though as the HW 3ds version was great, if they put in the work of course.

  • MetalGear Lamia

    Even though fake big characters like Lyn is obviously DLC same for Echoes Characters like Celica and Alm will

  • dmurr

    As much as I would love Celica and Lyn, I’m not sure I believe it since we have literally every single Fates royal, with duplicate weaponry with the inclusion of the two youngest sisters, but not Azura. That seems pretty odd.

    • MetalGear Lamia

      We’ll see tomorrow

      • dmurr

        Fair enough. If Lyn is in though, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made an amiibo of her too.

  • Kazuya

    This is confirmed fake, so don’t worry about all of it okay?

    • Skorm94

      Eeuh and can you provide the source for that confirmation?

    • Out of curiosity, who exactly confirmed it as fake?

  • Can I point out that Female Robin and Male Corrin are on the box despite supposedly not being part of the main story last I heard? Why would they be on there if they weren’t available through the main story, rather than showcasing two other characters actually featuring in the storyline?

    • Aveyn Knight

      Assuming the box is legit, it is merely showcasing the playable characters. All versions of Robin and Corrin are treated as individual characters from a promotional standpoint.

  • ChrisOrSomething

    I don’t believe this. The Celica sprite isn’t official, and apparently the Lyn is from Deviantart. Also, call it pure coincidence but the Celica sprite kind of looks similar to Marth’s Shadow Dragon sprite.

    • MetalGear Lamia


      • The Celica, at least, looks like it’s just an altered version of Awakening’s Hero sprite, though I could be wrong.

        • MetalGear Lamia

          tbd it could just be modified to fit the others since its pretty different.

    • MetalGear Lamia

      Well your wrong!

  • Volttekka

    I thought I heard that there was gonna be like 40 characters or something?

    • PikaChan

      It was said that this game is suppose to have the biggest roster out of all the warriors game, which I thought was around 30 before, but maybe they meant crossover wise?

      • Espiritu

        Well I mean there is still a LOT of time left till release so maybe!

      • Fikko3107

        IIRC they said licensed Warriors games. biggest of all of them is a tall order; Dynasty Warriors 8 had 83 playable characters, and I’m not even sure if that’s the highest number.

  • Dom Bonato

    This actually makes sense in my perspective.

    Tiki – she’s receiving an amiibo and her return to Awakening makes her a Breakout character
    Caeda – she’s Marth’s wife and plays a huge role in recruiting many of the characters in SD/MOTE
    Anna – the franchise’ mascot, wouldn’t be FE without her.
    Lyn – the first Lord that North America was introduced to. As such, she became more popular than both Eliwood and Hector.
    Celica – FE Echoes is relevant atm, I guess they chose her over Alm because he would just be another Falchion wielder.

  • PikaChan

    An issue with this being real is.. how will they add to the story about Celica and Lyn joining alone? Not that the story will make too much sense anyways, but them soloing it to this world will be strange to try squeezing in.

  • Just Some Guy

    The Corrins are in the wrong videos. Unacceptable!

  • NO PLease

    Knowing how Koei does their character rooster Lyn and Celica aren’t impossible. We can hope for 4 rows ORIGINAL; FATES; AWAKENING; OTHERS (mashup of characters from other titles). Perhaps this is what they meant by “focusing on F, AWA, and SD” ? One can only hope.

  • MetalGear Lamia

    I was right my girl Lyn!!!!

  • Jose Antonio Escamilla Ramirez

    The box was real