Retrieve Shinon and Gatrie
Okay, so in Chapter 8 you find out that Shinon and Gatrie have left your team following Commander Greil's death and Ike being left in command of the mercanaries.
You can get both of them back in your team, but unlike most characters which simply require you to have Ike talk to them you have to do more to get them back.
But, of course, you want them back since Gatrie is the best Knight (and best General when he classes up) and Shinon is the best choice for a Sniper (classed up Archer, Shinon was already classed up when you first got to use him). Here's how:
Gatrie reappears in Chapter 13 after about two months have past since his leaving the company, aboard the Begnion vessel. In the small opening cutscene you might recognise a certain Knight in blue armour aboard it.
During this time, Gatrie also has a small conversation with his employer, Astrid, mainly noting that this isn't such a tough job and he was once a top-notch mercanary. When you cross onto the Begnion ship Ike is able to talk to Gatrie, but Gatrie won't join you.
Instead, talk to Astrid (Bow Knight on horseback) with Ike and she'll join your team. Then talk to Gatrie with Astrid and he will re-join you. He will be at the same level he was when he left you, and will be equipped with a Steel Lance.
Shinon doesn't reappear until Chapter 18, much later in the game, and has been hired by the Daein army. Before you begin the fight select View Map and he will be standing near two chests in the centre area of the fort. He will appear as an enemy unit. After you begin the fight there will be, as usual, some scenes of the commander of the enemy unit speaking to some soldiers and such.
After the commander (who's called Jayaga or something like that) is finished speaking with Naesala he will go and speak to Shinon, who clearly shows that his character and personality has not changed in his six to eight month (by the game reckoning) absense from the company. Make sure Rolf is in your team when you begin this fight.
When you come clsoe to where Shinon is standing, place Rolf and Ike in front of everyone else. Send Ike round the corner and Shinon will go to attack him. Not much is said during the fight, but make sure Ike has plenty of Hit Ponts remaining because Shinon can deal some big damage. Afer this have Ike retreat and end your turn straight afterwards.
Shinon will come round the corner and talk to Rolf (you can also talk to Shinon with Rolf for the exact same conversation, but letting Shinon come to Rolf is far easier and safer). After the conversation DO NOT attack Shinon with Rolf like Shinon said to because Shinon will probably win if you have used Rolf, and will definately win if you haven't used Rolf (except on Chapter 9). And besides, Ike has to be the one to kill him.
So, after the conversation have Ike kill Shinon (who won't be able to attack Ike due to the range, so this shouldn't be hard). After his Hit Points are out Shinon tells Ike to finish him off, but Ike tries to save his former companion, despite Shinon's hatred towards Ike. Shinon calls Ike an idiot and then appears to die, Ike will receive Shinon's Brave Bow which you would do best to keep.
As soon as you win this chapter, the first scene will show Shinon cursing his bad luck. Then Ike will appear. After the conversation Ike finally manages to persuade Shinon to re-join the company.
There you have it. The return of operation Thunder and Lightning.
Added by: nintendo_dude Nov 26th 2006, ID#7061