Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn FAQ/Walkthrough Walkthrough Version: 0.55 Created by: Andrea Petriella (gsninja)(e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org) Version Date: 7/27/2008 Contents A. Introduction B. Version History C. Basic Controls and Commands D. Stat Descriptions E. Advice F. Walkthrough -I. Part One: The Silver-Haired Maiden 0. Prologue: Under Gray Skies 1. Chapter 1-1: Maiden of Miracles 2. Chapter 1-2: The Dispossessed 3. Chapter 1-3: A Faint Light *. Base Description 4. Chapter 1-4: A Distant Voice 5. Chapter 1-5: The Lost Heir 6a. Chapter 1-6: Raise the Standard Part 1 b. Chapter 1-6: Raise the Standard Part 2 7. Chapter 1-7: A Gathering Hope 8. Chapter 1-8: Glory Unwanted 9. Chapter 1-9: One Survives 10. Chapter 1-Final: Daein, Rise! -II. Part Two: Of Countries and Kings 0. Prologue: On Drifting Clouds 1. Chapter 2-1: Winds of Rebellion 2. Chapter 2-2: Tides of Intrigue 3. Chapter 2-3: Geoffrey's Charge 4. Chapter 2-Final: Elincia's Gambit -III: Part Three: Intersecting Vows 0. Prologue: The Great Advance 1. Chapter 3-1: Laguz and Beorc 2. Chapter 3-2: Stormclouds 3. Chapter 3-3: River Crossing 4. Chapter 3-4: The General's Hand 5. Chapter 3-5: Retreat! 6. Chapter 3-6: A Reason to Fight 7. Chapter 3-7: Rivals Collide 8. Chapter 3-8: Incandescent Glow 9. Chapter 3-9: Marauders 10. Chapter 3-10: The Heart of Crimea 11. Chapter 3-11: Just Cause 12. Chapter 3-12: The Price 13. Chapter 3-13: Blood Contract 14. Chapter 3-Final: From Pain, Awakening -IV. Part Four: Gods and Men 0. Prologue: Chaos Named 1. Chapter 4-1: Road to the Empire 2. Chapter 4-2: Silent World 3. Chapter 4-3: Distortions 4. Chapter 4-4: Revelations 5a. Chapter 4-Endgame: Rebirth(1) b. Chapter 4-Endgame: Rebirth(2) c. Chapter 4-Endgame: Rebirth(3) d. Chapter 4-Endgame: Rebirth(4) e. Chapter 4-Endgame: Rebirth(5) G. Class Guide H. Frequently Asked Questions I. Legal Notes J. Thanks ------------- Introduction ------------- Here it is, the tenth game in the Fire Emblem series, Radiant Dawn, the sequel to Path of Radiance. Seeing as I just got this game at the date of its release, there will only be strategies concerning the NORMAL MODE of the game. This is my second attempt at writing a walkthrough, my first one at Path of Radiance. To my readers: I hope you find this guide useful, since I hope this will invariably help you in completing the game. THERE ARE SPOILERS IN EACH PART SUMMARY. You've been warned. ---------------- Version History ---------------- -November 7, 2007: Version 0.1 Finished the beginning component of my FAQ. The walkthrough is completed until Chapter 1-3. I've played until Chapter 1-7, but I'm going to put that off for tomorrow. :) -November 8, 2007: Version 0.14 Completed the FAQ until Chapter 1-6. Currently played the game to Chapter 1-Final. -November 17, 2007: Version .2 Completed the FAQ until Chapter 1-9. I'm almost done with the game. :D I also added more to the table of contents up to my current point in the game. -November 25, 2007: Version 0.35 I finally finished the game. ^.^ Completed the FAQ until Chapter 2- Prologue. I also revised a little content in the walkthrough and added the stat growths to the characters I described so far. I decided that I'm going to write summaries of each part. -November 26, 2007: Version 0.43 I completed Part II and added a couple things I missed. -December 5, 2007: Version 0.44 Yeah, school and laziness are catching up. :P I just made the strategy for 3-Prologue and a couple of character descriptions. -March 8, 2008: Version 0.45 Haha, I'm so sorry for waiting nearly three months for an update on this. XD I wanted to get this FAQ finished before Brawl comes out, but I'm so lazy...looks like I'll have to try to find the time to finish during my Brawl time. -.- Sorry that I didn't fulfill my promise to finish this by today. D: -July 27, 2998: Version 0.55 Aha...bahaha...over four and a half months before updating. I completed only until 3-5 because I decided to fix some errors and change some of my character reviews. I also plan to add more information to my FAQ, like support, skills, etc. So...yeah. ---------------------------- Basic Controls and Commands ---------------------------- Coming Soon! Take note that I will enter the information of the Wiimote, not the Classic controller or the GameCube controller. ------------------ Stat Descriptions ------------------ Since this game is part RPG, there are, of course, stats to determine, for example, what power an attack has. I'll explain them here. Health/Hit Points (HP) - An incredibly important stat in this game. If a unit's HP runs out, he/she will die and never come back. Therefore, don't let your units die, since it'll put less strain on you and your army; in other words, just don't let it happen. It's in everyone's best interest. Still, high HP doesn't mean much if a unit has a low Defense, which is explained later. Strength (STR) - This determines the physical attack power of a unit and how much damage he/she can do while equipped with a physical weapon (swords, axes, lances, and bows). This stat is required for most of the units in the game, since they use physical weapons. However, there are certain magical weapons, like the Flame Lance, that don't run on strength, but instead on magic. Strength also pertains to how well a unit can deal with a weapon's Weight (WT). If the WT is higher than the STR, then the amount of points the WT has over the STR is subtracted from the unit's Speed. Magic (MAG) - This determines the magical attack power of a unit and how much damage he/she can do while equipped with a magical tome (Wind, Fire, Thunder, etc.) or a magical weapon (Flame Lance, etc.). This stat is very important to Mages or Bishops dealing damage and how well a healer can...heal. Magic works exactly how Strength works, except it's more important for magic users. Skill (SKL) - Skill determines the accuracy of a weapon and it also determines the critical hit rate of a unit. The higher the Skill, the better the chance a unit will hit the enemy. The other factor Skill determines is the chance a unit will perform his/her special skill. The amount of Skill is the percentage of success that the skill will activate. Speed (SPD) - Speed is incredibly important. First, it determines the avoidability of a unit, meaning how well he/she will be able to dodge attacks. Second, it determines if a unit will be able to perform what is known as a "double-attack" in one round. If a unit's Speed is 4+ points higher than the enemy's, he/she will strike twice in one round. Third, and last, Speed pertains to the success of a Thief being able to steal. A Thief's Speed must be higher than his target's in order to steal. Luck (LCK) - This stat determines the hit rate, the dodge rate, the rate a unit can critical, and how much an enemy's critical rate will be lowered by. Luck seems to affect dodging more than anything, but it could be just me. :P Defense (DEF) - Defense determines how well a unit can protect him/herself from a unit's Strength. The higher the Defense the less damage a unit using a physical weapon will do. If a unit's Defense is higher than his/her enemy's Strength and weapon MT, then he/she will take no damage. However, Defense in no way is able to protect one from Magic attacks. Resistance (RES) - Resistance pretty much works like Defense. However, it protects from magic attacks and not physical weapon attacks. If Resistance is higher enough than an enemy's magic power and weapon MT, no damage dealt to the character. :) Movement (MV) - Determines how many spaces a character can move in a turn. If a mounted unit performs an action and he/she hadn't used all his/her movement range, he/she will be able to move again in the amount of spaces remaining. Constitution (CON) - This is the unit's Build. If a unit's Build is higher than another unit's Build, he/she will not be able to be shoved unless someone with a higher Build than him/her comes along. Also, if a unit's Build is lower than another unit's Aid, he/she can be rescued. If it's higher, then the reverse holds true. Aid - Aid determines whether a unit can rescue another unit or not. A unit's Aid must be higher than another's Build to rescue him/her. It's very handy if you want to pull someone out of a particularly risky situation. There's a big downside, though. If a unit is carrying another, the unit that is carrying will suffer a point deduction from Skill and Speed. However, if a unit has the Savior skill equipped, he/she won't suffer the penalty. Weapon Level - Each unit has a certain Weapon Level, which in order from lowest to highest, goes like this: E->D->C->B->A->S. The more a character uses a weapon, the higher his/her Weapon Level for that particular weapon grows. Each weapon has its own Weapon Level as well. For example, if a unit has a "C" in Weapon Level for swords, he/she will be able to use all class E, D, and C swords, but not class B, A, or S swords. Might (MT) - This is the power of a weapon. This in conjunction with Strength and Magic determines how much damage a character will do. The combined numbers must be higher than the enemy's Defense or Resistance to do any damage. Weight (WT) - The weapons Weight. If the Weight of a weapon exceeds the Strength of the wielder, then the amount of points the Weight exceeds the Strength will be deducted from the Speed stat. ------- Advice ------- I'm going to list some things you may want to be aware of: The difficulty of this game is a bit higher than that of Path of Radiance. The enemies are noticeably better, since they're stronger, have better hit rates, and have higher Speed. Units that are falling behind should not be included in the party whenever possible, as they will most likely die when exposed to any enemy. The enemies attack in groups more often; therefore, you should not leave a unit alone unless you're positive he/she is really good at that point. Radiant Dawn isn't really too hard by any means, it's just that, if a unit makes one mistake, he/she will usually die. Plan everything a bit more carefully than you did in Path of Radiance, since one wrong move can spell the end for you. As for one final note, be wary that the Dawn Brigade is, for the most part, under leveled throughout Part I. Only select a few of the Brigade is useful enough to fight with for the whole game. -=-=-=-=-=-= Walkthrough -=-=-=-=-=-= Here it is, the walkthrough! The outline of each chapter will be exactly the same as they were in my Path of Radiance walkthrough, which goes like this: Chapter Name Victory: What you have to do to gain a victory (Defeat Boss, Rout, Survive, Defend, Arrive, Escape, Seize). Units Available: This is how many units you can use for the chapter. Partners: These allies are labeled with a yellow circle underneath. Micaiah can control them to an extent, but you don't have full control over these units. Others: These allies are labeled with a green circle underneath. You cannot control them in any way. Items: Items found in the chapter will go here. I will not list items that can be stolen or found on the ground here, but I will mention them during the strategy if I feel that they're important. Strategy goes here. For now, I will just cover the Normal Mode of the game. Later on, I'll write strategies for the Hard Mode. NEW UNIT ALERT! The New Unit Alert will alert you to which units are joining in for the first time in the chapter. I will give the name, my description, the stat growths, the unit's master skill, and then a rating based on my opinion. Because it's an opinion, don't go flaming me if you think it's wrong. Just because I think a character is good or bad doesn't necessarily mean you will feel the same way, too. Some ratings will most likely change as I keep playing through the game. <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Part I - The Silver-Haired Maiden <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> =============== Part I Summary Part I is probably the most difficult part of the game. At the start, the majority of the Dawn Brigade will consist of low level units competing against enemies with Skill and Speed that are greater than any, or most, enemies from Fire Emblem games before. You will be getting several pre-promotes, two of which you don't want to start using until near the end of Part I at the earliest. As for the other one, you don't really want to use him except as a weaponless shield. The Dawn Brigade consists of some pretty bad units. Only a few members end up being good enough to use in Part IV. It's a bad idea and a waste to focus on leveling up everyone; instead, focus on about four or five units max to level up and promote. There will also be two uber freakin' powerful units that will destroy everything. DO NOT use these units, although Chapter 1-9 is...special. Overall, though, don't use them because they'll steal experience from the other units that need it far, far more. Part I will introduce you to how Daein has fared since Begnion's occupational army took over. Begnion's soldiers have been horrible to the citizens of Daein while taking the Daein soldiers captive. Micaiah, the "Silver-Haired Maiden", and the Dawn Brigade have been trying to help the Daein citizens, providing help whenever they can. The prologue will pit three members of the Dawn Brigade against bandits raiding a town while Begnion soldiers overlook the chaos. =============== *********************************************************************** Prologue: Under Gray Skies Victory: Rout Units Available: Micaiah and Edward. Partners: None Others: None Items: Herb (Enemy drop) You will begin in the northwestern corner of the map with two characters: Micaiah, a level 1 Light Mage, and Edward, a level 4 Myrmidon. Since all the enemies wield Axes, Edward should have an easy time wreaking havoc on these guys. Let Micaiah gather some kills too, since she needs level-ups. In the main quad of the plaza, one of the Bandits drops an Herb, which restores 10 HP. On Turn 3, a level 3 Archer named Leonardo will arrive next to your starting point. Let me just say now that Leonardo isn't a good Archer, so try abstaining from using him as much as possible unless you really want to use an Archer. When you get within the boss's range, he won't stand still. Instead, he'll move to attack. I suggest confronting him with Edward while Edward heals himself with a Vulnerary after each turn the boss attacks him, causing around 13 HP damage. Pretty nasty. Eventually you'll kill the boss and complete this easy chapter. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Micaiah Description - Micaiah's one of the two main Lords in this game, so you're forced to use her. She's a Light Mage, which is rather odd considering she's a Lord. However, Micaiah's potential is great. Her growths are really good, almost always increasing the Magic stat with each level-up. Her Skill and Speed usually remain around the level she's at and no higher, since her growths there are mediocre. Micaiah also boasts massive Luck and Resistance growths, effectively making her a beast against Mages, who probably won't do more than scratch her. However, because she's a Mage, she has the typical low HP, Strength, and Defense, putting her in a quite vulnerable spot against physical attackers. Nonetheless, Micaiah's a badass unit, able to wreak havoc the moment she's able to double attack. One last note to make is a special skill of Micaiah's called Sacrifice. With this move, she sacrifices her own HP to heal a unit adjacent to her as well as cure his/her status effects. This move is too risky, especially in Part I, so you should abstain from using it unless you have a healer present to heal her right after using it. Stat Growths - HP: 40%, STR: 15%, MAG: 80%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 80%, DEF: 20%, RES: 90% Master Skill - Corona Rating - 9/10 Name - Edward Description - Here is a Myrmidon with plenty of the ability to kick major ass. His Strength, Skill, and Speed, the three stats the Myrmidons need most, all develop nicely. Edward's Defense growth is really bad, though, so he's a lot like Largo in the sense that he will cause good damage, but he can't really take more than one or two hits before dying. Unlike Largo, however, Edward has great evasion, and he will dodge many attacks. Edward is one of the few members of the Dawn Brigade that is good, while the rest pretty much suck. Edward has the highest Strength growth of the three Trueblades in the game, as well as the highest HP growth, which is pretty high for a Trueblade. It's funny; I thought Stefan would be the most fragile Swordmaster I ever played with; looks like Edward takes that spot. Anyways, Edward will constantly double-attack and cause a good deal of damage. Just make sure he isn't in range of Lances because, if he can't dodge them, he'll take a load of damage. Edward's a hassle to train on Hard mode, though. Without the weapon triangle, even axe users can destroy him. Because of this, you'll definitely want to consider Zihark over him. Stat Growths - HP: 85%, STR: 60%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 65%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 50%, DEF: 35%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Astra Rating - 7/10 Name - Leonardo Description - This is the first Archer that you get. Unfortunately, Leonardo isn't that good. The two stats that Archers mainly use, Strength and Speed, are nothing more than sub-par for Leonardo. While he is a rather reliable ranged attacker for the first couple chapters, he should be dumped no later than Chapter 4 or 5 in Part I. Honestly, Leonardo is one of the many sucky members of the Dawn Brigade, although not the worst. At least Leonardo's Skill and Luck growths are good enough to help him a bit. Leonardo won't be having any accuracy problems, that's for sure. His Resistance growth is better than that of most non-magic units. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 40%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 75%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 65%, DEF: 35%, RES: 55% Master Skill - Deadeye Rating - 6/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-1: Maiden of Miracles Victory: Escape within 10 Turns Units Available: Micaiah, Edward, Leonardo, Nolan Partners: None Others: None Items: Hand Axe (Middle House), Vulnerary (Eastern House), Steel Sword (Boss drop) You must escape through the two yellow panels at the north part of the map, which are covered by a Fighter with a Hand Axe and the boss, a Myrmidon named Isaiya. Move up the road, then cover the left path with Nolan and the right with Edward. Make sure Edward heals accordingly as he lures the Fighters to their deaths while Nolan destroys the enemies before him. After getting the items from the houses, move everyone up the north path to confront Isaiya and the Fighter. The Fighter is easy to dispatch, as Nolan can drop him in two hits. Isaiya will move once someone is directly in front of him. Anyways, since all Myrmidons are fragile fighters, it shouldn't take too long to murder Isaiya and escape. Make sure everyone but Micaiah escapes before she escapes herself, therefore netting you more Bonus Experience to use. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Nolan Description - Nolan is a good unit on the team. His base stats are pretty good, usually gaining Strength, Skill, and Speed at a good rate. Usually. There are times when Nolan's Strength won't necessarily cut it, so he won't dish out as much damage as one would expect sometimes. Still, Nolan is an all-around good Fighter. Despite having a lower Defense growth, Nolan will still get enough Defense to take just as many hits as Boyd, although Nolan can double-attack and avoid a bit better than Boyd can. Nolan is one of those few Dawn Brigade members that's exceptional, so use him, if not just to get through Micaiah's chapters before Part IV. Although Nolan performs at an OK rate at the beginning, if you promote him into a Reaper later, he'll tear enemies apart ruthlessly, not to mention that he will make things much easier with a support with someone during chapters 3-12 and 3-13. Since Nolan's support is Earth, definitely stick him with someone, especially someone like Zihark, who also has an Earth support. Anyways, once you get through Nolan's only simply decent performance at the very beginning, he just rapes. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 45%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 35%, RES: 40% Master Skill - Colossus Rating - 9.7/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-2: The Dispossessed Victory: Arrive with Laura Units Available: Micaiah, Edward, Leonardo, Nolan, Laura Partners: None Others: None Items: Iron Axe (Enemy drop), Steel Bow (Enemy drop), Chest Key (Enemy drop), Wind Edge (Top SW Chest), Thani (Bottom SW Chest), Energy Drop (NE Chest) As the battle begins, you'll have a level 1 Priest named Laura. Laura is your first reliable healer, as Sacrifice is quite risky. First off, notice the ledges. Allies and enemies alike can climb up and down these ledges. Therefore, there will be a Fighter north from your deployment zone that will climb down the nearby ledge and try to flank you. Keep Edward and/or someone else near there to combat him and kill him. As for everyone else, go east and defeat the soldiers in that direction. You should essentially be heading into the top left part of the map, then right. On Turn 3, none other than Sothe will appear at the top left corner. He comes as a level 1 pre-promote. He's a Rogue, the Thief's promotion. Since he's a pre-promote, Sothe can hold his own for now. Being a Rogue, he can open doors and chests without keys, so let him open the chests in the room. Make ABSOLUTELY sure you get the Thani. This Light tome, only meant for Micaiah, is super effective against armored and mounted units. Micaiah can rape the boss in one shot with this weapon. At the very north of the map is the blue Arrive square, where Laura needs to stand in and Arrive to complete the chapter. However, before letting her do that, you should open the chest near the boss, Zaitan, which contains an Energy Drop. Zaitan doesn't move, but he fights with a Javelin, so he can attack from two spaces away. Being a Knight, though, he's really slow and can easily be double-attacked. Zaitan is painfully easy because Micaiah can one-shot him with Thani. Arrive at the square with Laura to complete the chapter. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Laura Description - Laura is the first Priest you get in the game. She's very useful at the beginning due to all the damage the Dawn Brigade will be taking. Like all Priests, Laura will almost certainly die if an enemy quick enough engages her in battle. Her Magic growth is good, and she gets decent stats all around except for HP, Strength, and Defense. She's a much better attacker than Rhys, as she has twice the Skill and Speed growths compared to those of Rhys. Laura is pretty much the better Saint you can use because her attacking ability far surpasses that of Rhys'. For some reason, though, Laura's Resistance isn't good, only reaching the level of a physical unit's Resistance. Stat Growths - HP: 45%, STR: 20%, MAG: 70%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 70%, LUK: 50%, DEF: 20%, RES: 35% Master Skill - Corona Rating - 8.1/10 Name - Sothe Description - Remember that utterly useless kid thief from Path of Radiance who was easily the most useless unit in the game? Well, he's far from that now. Sothe is now a badass Rogue...with usefulness! Sothe starts off with solid base stats including a base 18 in Strength. However, since all Sothe can wield is a knife, he won't be doing as much damage as he could do. Still, Sothe is very useful for whittling down an enemy's HP so that the inexperienced units can get the kills. Sothe has awesome Skill and good Speed, so he won't have trouble double-attacking and hitting opponents. Sothe's rather fragile, so he'll be taking decent amounts of damage. Even though Sothe won't promote until Part IV, he's an all-around good unit, which is saying something when comparing him to his former self from Path of Radiance. >.> Stat Growths - HP: 30%, STR: 60%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 80%, SPD: 45%, LUK: 65%, DEF: 20%, RES: 30% Master Skill - Bane Rating - 8/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-3: A Faint Light Victory: Escape Units Available: 7 Partners: Aimee and Kurth Others: None Items: Door Key (Enemy drop) At the start of this map, you get to use Ilyana, who starts off as a level 12 Thunder Mage. She's an alright unit, but other magic users trump her. Two characters named Aimee and Kurth will be yellow Partner units that you can indirectly command with orders such as Roam and Target, just like in Path of Radiance. Anyways, after taking care of the couple units around your deployment zone, three Soldiers will appear out of an alley on the west part of the map, one of them being a level 7 Soldier named Aran. Bait him towards you, the let Laura talk to him to recruit your first lance wielder. Let everyone run down the left path. Bait the boss, Burton, past the Knights with someone like Sothe or Nolan. Burton is a mounted unit with a ranged weapon, but he isn't a problem. Like Zaitan, Burton can be one-shotted with Micaiah's Thani. Make sure you steal the Discipline scroll from him beforehand. Take your time killing the Knights, since they won't move. There will be two more Soldier reinforcements from the alley and two from the SW corner of the map. Be sure to kill them. Anyways, kill the Knights, then proceed past them and east. There will be several units you have to take care of, including an Archer with an Iron Longbow standing on the escape square. Kill them all, then let Micaiah escape after everyone else has. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Ilyana Description - Ilyana's back in your party. :D What's too bad is that Ilyana seems to have gotten worse since Path of Radiance. Her Speed has slightly improved only because it's become more RNG-blessed, as the growth itself still sucks. Her Magic growth seems to have been stunted a bit, though, making her somewhat less powerful, but a little faster. It seems Thunder magic has been nerfed because the Thunder tomes don't do as much damage as they used too. This is bad news for Ilyana, because this makes her worse still. This is what basically destroys some of Ilyana's skill; Thunder magic is now the weakest of the Anima magic, so Ilyana isn't as good as she was in Path of Radiance based on that alone. She can soften up enemies for other units to kill, but other than that, not much more useful than Leonardo. She still has a really good Strength growth for a Mage, though. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 45%, MAG: 50%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 30%, LUK: 40%, DEF: 30%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Flare Rating - 6/10 Name - Aran Description - With his growth rates, you'd think that Aran would be an armored unit. Nonetheless, Aran is a solid unit overall except for his lagging Speed. Still, Aran always does a lot of damage with no trouble hitting and will take little damage from enemy attacks. Once Aran caps his Strength, Skill, and Defense, you can use your Bonus Experience to cap his stats that aren't so good. Aran is a good unit to have in the Dawn Brigade; he's useful right from the start with his good bases and will become the Dawn Brigade's tanking unit once he has gained a few levels. Although his Resistance isn't up to scratch, Aran can still survive several magic attacks on the front lines without putting himself in too much danger from being killed. All in all, consider Aran as a possible unit to train. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 75%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 75%, SPD: 30%, LUK: 35%, DEF: 70%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Impale Rating - 8/10 *********************************************************************** Base Description From now on, at the beginning of each chapter, you get to explore your Base. Like in Path of Radiance, you can manage your items, purchase/sell weapons and items, witness Supports and Info conversations, and give out Bonus Experience and Skills. You can still customize your own weapons, which is neat. You can change the Mt, Wt, etc. of the weapon you want to create and change the color. However, it's still pretty costly to make a forged weapon. Supports aren't conversations anymore. Each character can have only one support with another at a time. If you want a character to have a support with someone else, you have to delete that characters current support before doing so. Info conversations are the same. The number of stars next to the name of the conversation indicates the importance of the conversation, three stars meaning that you'll get an item or new character at the end of the convo. Bonus experience functions exactly like it did in Path of Radiance except for one thing: whenever a character levels up using bonus experience, he/she gains a point in exactly three stats, no more, no less. Use Bonus Experience if you want *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-4: A Distant Voice Victory: Rout Units Available: 9 Partners: None Others: None Items: Chest Key (Enemy drop), Seraph Robe (NE Chest), 3000 Gold (NW Chest), Pure Water (SW Chest) Before beginning this battle, take Cancel off Leonardo and give it to Edward. Eddie can make very good use of the skill himself. Don't be intimidated by the Tiger laguz's high HP and Strength. They're actually dispatched rather easily. The Cat laguz are faster, but also sport less HP and Strength than their Tiger counterparts. There are green healing jars scattered across the stage. When you a unit stands next to one of them, he/she will restore a set amount of HP each phase. Anyways, there are three places you can block off from the deployment zone, but only two of them are going to be used by the enemy. The first path is south of the deployment zone. Send Sothe and/or Nolan down there with Micaiah for back up. The northern path is blocked off by a gate, but a Tiger laguz will start breaking through it right away. Send Edward to clog up the laguz's entry into the area, while having Laura heal him every turn he gets attacked. Don't attack with Edward and instead let the laguz coming at him keep attacking him while he kills them with counter attacks. The east wall of the deployment area can be broken, but the enemies won't try to break through it themselves, so you don't have to spare any units there. Anyways, while Eddie stems the laguz to the north, send the southern party out of the deployment zone and swing right. The first of the twin bosses, Pain, should be there, untransformed. Rush up there and slaughter him before he can transform. The laguz are much weaker in their untransformed forms than they were in Path of Radiance, so they're much easier to take down. After killing Pain, run up, then to the left. Make sure to let Sothe open the chest containing the Seraph Robe. At this point, Eddie should have killed all the laguz coming his way, so let him and Laura proceed north to meet with the rest of the party. Kill the other boss, Agony, and the remaining laguz to complete the chapter. Credit to email@example.com for this info: in chapter 4 the SW corner walk down one from the healing jar and left one w/ Sothe to find Master Seal. same chapter northwestern corner go one left of the healing jar to find Beastone to get Beastslayer skill. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Meg Description - You get Meg from an Info conversation at the Base before the battle. I don't know what to say for Meg besides the fact that she's the worst armored knight in the game, and easily one of the worst characters overall. I was happy when I first found out that I had an armored unit in my party, but Meg just sucks at her only purpose, which is to wall. Completely refrain from Meg, and wait until you get to use Gatrie and Brom later on. Those two are far, far, far more superior than this fat little girl. Why is a fat little girl like Meg an Armor Sword, anyways? And why is her Speed growth so good? Her Defense growth is horrid compared to what it's supposed to be for an armored unit. I feel sorry for Brom due to him fathering such a useless daughter for the battlefield. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 35%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 75%, DEF: 35%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Luna Rating - 2/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-5: The Lost Heir Victory: Defend for 6 Turns Units Available: 10 Partners: None Others: Tauroneo, Zihark, and Jill Items: Vulnerary (Enemy drop) Here are three familiar faces from the previous game. Tauroneo is an uber tank, so you shouldn't worry at all about him getting seriously harmed. It looks like Zihark is pre-promoted in this game. However, his base HP is at a bad 30, so he can drop easily if he gets hit with a couple well-placed hits. Jill can basically take care of herself, since her movement is pretty good. This is the point in the game when you want to start considering dropping units that you're neglecting, as they won't help at all in the upcoming chapters if you haven't been training them properly. This is your first battle with Mages. They fall easily to physical attacks, but they can cause some trouble for your low Resistance units. Micaiah should be developed enough at this point to be an effective Mage killer. Anyways, send some units up to smash through the enemies in their way and make it up to where the three Daein allies are holding their positions. The sand will impede your progress a bit, but don't fret. Right off the bat, there will be units coming down from the ledge to try to attack you and a couple enemies coming from the south and trying to outflank you. One of the enemies coming from the south has a Master Seal that can be stolen, so make sure Sothe gets it. As for the enemies on the ledge, make sure you can blitz and kill them in one round before leaving them open to run after your weaker units. Whatever, you do, keep Volug away from the Mages. All his stats are lacking, and he takes a huge amount of damage from Fire tomes, so he shouldn't be near any Mages. After 6 Turns, you'll complete the map. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Volug Description - You'd think that the wolf queen would lend you someone with more Defense. Apparently not. Volug's stats are lacking due to the fact that he stays in Halfshifted laguz form all the time. He takes a lot of damage for a laguz at the beginning of the game, especially from magic. His experience growth is horrid too, and he will end up being an experience hog due to the fact that he doesn't really gain anything from the enemies he kills. He's pretty good at softening opponents for the weaker units to kill. Volug is a good staller and softener, but he lacks the necessary Defense and Resistance to remain on the front lines for a long time. When you start using him in Part III, though, he'll have the ability to transform normally instead of only staying in Halfshifted form. It's then that Volug's usefulness will start to rise, and he won't stay with mediocre stats. He'll also start gaining a bit more experience, so expect Volug to be able to grow starting from Part III. It's at this point that Volug will start getting a lot better and and able to stay at the front lines more easily. Since he has an Earth support as well, Volug can gain the necessary avoidability to dodge plenty of attacks. Stat Growths - HP: 95%, STR: 25%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 35%, SPD: 40%, LUK: 90%, DEF: 15%, RES: 10% Master Skill - Savage Rating - 8/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-6: Raise the Standard (Part 1) Victory: Rout Units Available: 13 Partners: None Others: None Items: Hammer (Enemy drop), Steel Sword (Enemy drop), Steel Lance (Enemy drop) This is the first part of Chapter 1-6. It isn't too bad, but it would be a good idea to keep all weak units out of this match because of the Pegasus Knight reinforcements. For several turns, Pegasus Knights will appear at one or two of the cliffs around the area. This is where Jill comes in. Since she starts with Axes instead of Lances like in Path of Radiance, she can effectively combat the Pegasus Knights. As for everyone else, proceed slowly through the stage killing the enemies. Be careful that the Pegasus Knights don't get in range of a low Defense unit, since their movement ranges are pretty big. Everything in this chapter is easy to manage. Jill and maybe one other unit can defeat the Pegasus Knights easily due to their low Defense scores. Even Eddie can kill them in one round. The other reinforcements are Soldiers and whatnot, so you don't have to worry about big movement ranges from them. Kill everyone to complete the chapter. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Jill Description - Jill seems to have improved from her Path of Radiance days. She starts with Axes instead of Lances now, which is good considering Axes are more useful than Lances in the duration of Part I. Jill's Speed has gotten better, but other than that, everything else has remained the same. This is good, seeing as her Speed was lacking before. Jill is a reliable unit that can be counted on in several situations. Her biggest problem, though, is her base 24 HP as a level 14 Dracoknight. This is a rather big problem at the beginning against hard hitting enemies, but Jill has enough time to rectify this problem, at least. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 45%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 35%, RES: 45% Master Skill - Stun Rating - 8.6/10 Name - Zihark Description - Zihark should probably have stayed unpromoted in Radiant Dawn, too; then again, he still kills things easily later on. Anyways, his bases are pretty good, with the typical low HP and Defense of a Myrmidon/Swordmaster. However, a base 30 HP is pretty low, even for a pre-promoted Swordmaster, so Zihark has to rely on his innate dodging abilities to survive on the front lines when you first get him. Still, he's quite fast and always double-attacks. Since he doesn't cause so much damage from the start, he's another good unit for softening up enemies for your weaker units to kill. Zihark is a nice enough unit overall, especially since you'll probably want to use him over Edward due to the fact that he has a better affinity and that Edward is a pain to level up on Hard mode. Once Zihark is a Trueblade, he'll slaughter everything in his path, as well as gain a cool new outfit. Put Zihark with another Earth affiliated unit and he will be almost literally untouchable. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 35%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 75%, SPD: 70%, LUK: 40%, DEF: 25%, RES: 35% Master Skill - Astra Rating - 9.7/10 Name - Tauroneo Description - Tauroneo's stats are pretty low for his level, but he's invaluable at tanking and walling in Part I. Since he's already a level 14 pre-promote, just take off all his weapons and let the enemies attack him. Tauroneo takes no damage anyways, so he can lure enemies to him while weaker units can kill them. Tauroneo's very powerful for Part I, but as soon as you get to use him later on in the game, his usefulness is pretty low. He'll lack enough Defense to wall units when you use him again later on in the game. Resolve still makes Tauroneo a beast, but Tauroneo needs to be below 50% of his maximum HP to activate his skill. Anyways, Gatrie and Brom are better than Tauroneo. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 40%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 65%, SPD: 50%, LUK: 20%, DEF: 45%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Luna Rating - 6.5/10 ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Chapter 1-6: Raise the Standard (Part 2) Victory: Defeat Boss Units Available: 13 Partners: None Others: Eight members of the Maradan Army (Fiona and seven others) Items: Paragon (Enemy drop) The second part of Chapter 1-6 is a lot more tedious than the first part, but still doable. Essentially, this is the one chapter of Part I in which you want Tauroneo to attack as well as wall the slew of mounted units converging on the western bridge. Send one unit to bring down the archer handling the nearby ballista. Let a couple of your other units take care of the enemies around the ballista. Send Tauroneo and another capable unit like Sothe to the western bridge to push back the mounted units and swing upwards towards the big crowd of enemies around a second ballista. As for the rest of the units, send them all up the north bridge. At the end of Turn 1, Fiona and her seven other units will become allies. It's quite difficult to save all the commoners, since the enemy cavaliers will reach Fiona's group before you can. Since most of Fiona's group are slow due to the people they carry, any enemy they engage will more than likely kill them and the people they carry. Anyways, kill all the mounted units, mages, and other units above the north bridge, then swing west. Tauroneo can easily mow down the enemies he approaches. Let whoever you made accompany Tauroneo back him up. Micaiah should be with the bigger group at the northern bridge. Let another unit lure the boss close enough so that Micaiah can destroy him in one hit with Thani. Once the boss is dead, the chapter is completed. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Fiona Description - Fiona's another really bad unit. Her base stats are really low at the point in the game when you get her, so you need to baby her with bonus experience to make her usable. Even then, I doubt she's any better. Just wait for other much better mounted units like Oscar, Titania, and Kieran to use. Fiona gets good Speed, Defense, and Resistace growths, but those aren't nearly enough to save her. Stat Growths - HP: 45%, STR: 40%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 55%, DEF: 55%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 3/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-7: A Gathering Hope Victory: Seize Units Available: 13 Partners: None Others: Tormod, Muarim, Lika, and several imprisoned Daein Soldiers Items: Door Key (x2) The goal of this chapter is to make your way to the shiny red-orange square in the right hand part of the map, which is guarded by the boss. Anyways, at the end of Turn 1 or 2, more familiar characters will pop up from the southeast part of the map: Tormod and Muarim. They also come accompanied by a Raven laguz, Vika. Talk to Tormod with Sothe to recruit all three. However, since the three characters will come after Sothe anyways, start by sending the greater majority of the party, including Sothe, north. Send two or three reliable units up the stairs near the deployment zone to take out the couple units there and to swing upwards. As for the party that headed north, just take out the enemies and head east. As you head up the stairs, you may as well let Sothe wait for Tormod and his partners to catch up. Talk to Tormod with Sothe and you have three new additions to your army! Anyways, you should notice several doors on the map right off the bat. Inside each of these rooms is an unarmed Daein soldier that was imprisoned. Before you seize the square to complete the chapter, allow Sothe to unlock each of these doors so that the Daein soldiers can escape. If all the soldiers escape, you'll get a bigger Bonus Experience award. Anyways, as you cross the narrow corridor at the very top middle part of the map, you'll trespass within the range of an Archer with an Iron Longbow. Longbows have the ability to attack from three spaces, so make sure characters like Laura are well away from that. Another thing to be careful about is the ledges. Since anyone can climb up and down them, so make sure no one from below the ledges can attack you. The boss is armored, so, once again, Micaiah can easily destroy him with Thani. Seize the square to win. Credit to Stephen Burrell (StephenBurrell@shaw.ca) for this info: You can gain a Master seal by standing on the right corner of the outside of the northern prison. At least it was there for me twice in a row. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Tormod Description - Tormod comes pre-promoted as a Sage. Tormod hasn't really changed from his days during the Mad King's war. His Defense ends up a bit better than most Sages' and he has a decent Magic growth, but his other stats are pretty much average. Tormod, as well as every other magic user, is once again outclassed by Soren, but if you want a Fire magic wielder, then by all means use Tormod. However, Tormod will be gone for a long time after Part I, as he won't return until Chapter 4- 4, at which point he'll desperately need more Bonus Experience if he can be of any use. It's a shame, because he would have been deadly useful in Chapters 3-6 and 3-13, which are Beast laguz-heavy chapters that could get their asses burnt by fire. If it weren't for the long disappearance, Tormod would get a bit of a higher score. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 55%, MAG: 40%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 55%, LUK: 25%, DEF: 35%, RES: 45% Master Skill - Flare Rating - 6/10 Name - Muarim Description - Aside from the royals, Laguz were nerfed pretty badly, but not this green Tiger. Muarim's still a beast but, like Tormod, he doesn't make an appearance after Part I until Chapter 4-4. Muarim's still a badass; just look at those stats. However, like all other laguz, Muarim suffers from a transformation gauge that runs out faster than ice on the sun. Anyways, Muarim's very powerful and has good stats, but due to the fact that you don't even want to use him when you get him, since he comes way over leveled, you won't even see much use in Muarim during Part I unless you want to rescue a unit or kill a unit that could murder in his range. 22 Speed doesn't help either in Chapter 4-4, when half the enemies will double-attack him. Nonetheless, more Bonus Experience to baby him a bit will make him quite useable. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 55%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 20%, LUK: 55%, DEF: 35%, RES: 30% Master Skill - Roar Rating - 7/10 Name - Vika Description - Vika, like Tormod and Muarim, will leave after Part I and won't return until Chapter 4-4. Vika's actually not too bad. Being a Raven, her Speed will naturally be her best stat, while boasting good Skill and decent Strength. Vika's Defense isn't much to look at, so Bows will most likely drop her in one shot, and other enemies will do lots of damage. Anyways, Vika has no trouble double-attacking and dodging, so she can cause some devastation on the front lines. Vika's rather special because, aside from Naesala, she's one of only two Ravens you get to play with in the game. Long story short, keep Vika away from Bow users, especially ones with Bowguns and Crossbows, and she should be able to survive. Beware, Vika's low Strength growth will easily screw her over most of the time during one's playthroughs. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 25%, MAG: 50%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 65%, DEF: 15%, RES: 65% Master Skill - Tear Rating - 6.5/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-8: Glory Unwanted Victory: Rout Units Available: 13 Partners: None Others: Several unarmed villagers. Items: None In the battle, Nailah and Rafiel will join you. Nailah, being one of the Laguz Kings...er, Laguz Queen, has uber stats and will hog experience that she doesn't even need for herself. Refrain from using Nailah whenever possible. Rafiel is a heron. Unlike Reyson and Leanne, however, Rafiel can't fly around, so he won't have great movement. Still, he's deadly useful with Vigor. Anyways, split the group. Have a unit or two stem the several enemies coming from the south. Send several units to the right of the deployment zone, and several to the left. It would be a good idea to have someone like Nailah save one villager before doing anything else. It's not necessary to save all the villagers in the level; just save one and you'll get an item at the end of the chapter. There will be wyvern riders flying about, so make sure no weak units are in range of their wide movement. They use Axes, so Edward can have an easy time with them. Some enemies in this map wield Venin weapons, so, hopefully, you have some Antitoxins on hand. The boss is located on the east side of the map, so send whomever you want to get the boss' experience to travel east. You can find an Arms Scroll on the ground near the northeast corner. Most enemies on this map use either Axes or magic, so Edward can destroy the Axe wielders while Micaiah can deal with the magic users. The boss is a Mage, so Micaiah would be the best way to deal with him. Kill all the enemies in this chapter to win. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Nailah Description - Nailah is the second of the two wolf laguz you get to play with in this game. Nailah is the queen of the wolf laguz, so her stats are obviously on par with those of Tibarn, Naesala, etc. You shouldn't even consider using her until late in Part IV, when she becomes a necessity. Nailah is top class, and will not, cannot, die reasonably at any time except by dragons or the final boss. Nailah is useful for rescuing units if they're in danger of dying in Part I without risking herself in any way. There's really nothing else to say about her. She just rapes really hard, especially with Savage. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 30%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 20%, SPD: 20%, LUK: 45%, DEF: 30%, RES: 30% Master Skill - Savage Rating - 10/10 Name - Rafiel Description - Unlike his brother and sister, Reyson and Leanne, Rafiel can't fly, even in Heron form. This automatically makes him overall less useful than the other two. However, Rafiel can always let up to four people move at a time with Vigor, Heron form or not. I've yet to really figure out what his Heron form does that's anything special, though. Anyways, Reyson and Leanne are both better than Rafiel in more ways than one, but Rafiel is still a Heron through and through, and for that, he has a good deal of usefulness with Vigor. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 0%, MAG: 40%, SKL: 10%, SPD: 20%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 10%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Blessing Rating - 7.7/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-9: One Survives Victory: Defeat Boss Units Available: 2 Partners: None Others: None Items: Micaiah should be at least level 18 by now. If, like me, you already leveled Micaiah to level 20, then by all means go damn nuts with the Black Knight. This chapter is absurdly easy, and with Micaiah at level 20, you'll have a lot of fun mowing down everything with BK. After all the simple enemy units are dead, Jarod will appear at the southeast corner of this small map. If Micaiah isn't level 20 yet, take Jarod on with her. If she is, then just do whatever you want. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Black Knight Description - What is there to say about this monster? The Back Knight will slaughter anything in his way with Alondite. He won't ever be taking damage either. The Black Knight will indeed be playable for a couple more chapters after Chapter 1-9. Stat Growths - N/A Master Skill - Eclipse Rating - 10/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 1-Final: Daein, Rise! Victory: Seize Units Available: 12 Partners: None Others: None Items: Reaper Card (West Chest), Unlock (East Chest; Top), Speedwing (East Chest; Bottom), Coin (NW Chest; Left), Parity (NW Chest; Right), Vantage (NE Chest) Here are a couple notes before you start the chapter: At this point, you should have several first tier units promoted to the second tier. Edward, Jill, and Nolan are the best candidates to be promoted. Micaiah will be promoted right after this chapter, so make sure she's no lower than level 18 by the time this chapter ends. Not only that, she should have at least Magic and one or two other stats capped by that point. Ilyana will be returning to Ike's group in Part III, so give her items that the Dawn Brigade doesn't really need so Ilyana can transfer them to Ike's group. Since Ike's group starts off with rather low funds, weapons would be the best choice to give to Ilyana. Shade would be another good item to transfer. Here it is, the final chapter to Part I! The objective is to make your way to the top of the map, defeat Jarod, and Seize the square. You can choose to use Nailah and the Black Knight in this chapter, but I highly suggest that you not use them because they will sap the much needed experience that the Dawn Brigade really needs. However, I suggest using Nailah or the Black Kngiht to drain the Mage with the Meteor tome attacking from the NW corner of the map. Thieves will appear at the end of Turn 1 or 2. Make sure that you slaughter them before they reach the chests, as most contain very useful items. Right off the bat, rush to the right with several units so that they can climb the stairs and turn west to catch the Thieves, provided they escaped from them climbing the stairs. Have another couple units climb the ledges and ambush the enemies from there. Just be careful of the Archers there. Anyways, have Sothe open all the chests on this map. Before proceeding to the top level where Jarod is, have Nailah, BK, or any other resilient unit of your choice force the Mage to drain his Meteor tome. Once that's done, start baiting the Archers one by one and kill them so that they don't get in the way later. Have Sothe open the remaining chests while sending units to kill the enemies around him. The two Mages at Jarod's sides don't move, so you can take your time killing them. As for Jarod himself, weaken him with several of your units before finishing him off with another. Seize the square to finally complete Part I. :D *********************************************************************** <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Part II - Of Countries and Kings <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ================ Part II Summary Part II is basically the intermission between transferring from Micaiah's Dawn Brigade to Ike's Greil Mercenaries. There are several good choices to make with the characters you're given in Part II. Elincia, Haar, and Nephenee are among the several good choices, Haar possibly being the best character given to you in Part II. Part II isn't too difficult, so you'll be getting a bit of a break from Part I. Part II will reintroduce many characters from Path of Radiance. Queen Elincia, the new ruler of Crimea, has been rather unpopular with the aristocrats and with many of the citizens because of her decisions. Because Elincia refused to secede Daein, instead letting Begnion do that, rebels are starting to rise and begin to attempt to march on Melior, Crimea's capital. Most of Part II will be showing how the Crimean Royal Guard and other familiar faces deal with the rebels that are now showing themselves... ================= *********************************************************************** Prologue: On Drifting Clouds Victory: Survive for 8 Turns Units Available: 4 Partners: None Others: Haar Items: None Yay, now you have a Heron that can fly! Nealuchi will be here to help out as well. Elincia is a pre-promote at third tier, and until Haar arrives, she'll be the only dependable unit on this map. Marcia only uses Lances, so unless you want to have Elincia trade her Slim Sword over to Marcia and let her use it, Marcia will be taken down rather easily, despite being a Falcon Knight. Being a Raven, Nealuchi can attack with almost no fear of being hit in return. However, since he's a laguz, Nealuchi can't attack consistently, so he won't be entirely dependable. Elincia is a beat, even with a Slim Sword, but that's due to being third tier. She'll activate Stun a lot, too. During a later turn, Haar will appear near the deployment zone. Have Marcia talk to him and convince him that he should help to have him join the team. Poor Haar...all he's trying to do is deliver mail, and now he has to fight against Begnion's Wyvern riders. :P The boss isn't too hard; he only attacks with a ranged axe. Kill him with Marcia or Haar, then wait until the 8th turn and/or mop up the remaining enemies to win. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Elincia Description - Elincia comes pre-promoted again, this time at third tier. She's too good during Part II, as she can destroy anything once she gets Amiti on the last chapter of Part II. After Part II, though, you won't be able to play with her until Part IV's Prologue. At that point, her stats are lacking and she needs Bonus Experience to raise them back up a bit, but once they're up to scratch again, Elincia will rape. Not only that, being a healer on a Pegasus makes her even better as well, allowing her to heal as well as fight. She's a very good candidate for hit-and-run tactics and can easily weaken the enemies' front lines without hurting herself too much in the process. Elincia's stat growths are insane, too, so don't be surprised to see her easily cap Strength, Speed, and Luck. Too bad her Defense and Resistance are weak. Stat Growths - HP: 45%, STR: 65%, MAG: 40%, SKL: 50%, SPD: 70%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 20%, RES: 35% Master Skill - Stun Rating - 9.5/10 Name - Marcia Description - Marcia has improved a bit since Path of Radiance. She usually doesn't get too much in the way of Strength, but Marcia always has a lot to offer with Speed and Luck, so Marcia will double-attack and dodge a lot. Her Defense is typically mediocre, but her dodging makes up for some of it. Bows will take Marcia down quickly, though, so keep her away from those. Marcia has overall improved from her earlier days, getting better growths and not appearing under-leveled. Excluding Elincia, Marcia is the best Pegasus Knight in the game. Stat Growths: HP: 70%, STR: 30%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 50%, DEF: 35%, RES: 35% Master Skill - Stun Rating - 8.4/10 Name - Nealuchi Description - Nealuchi's the second Raven available to play with. Nealuchi will end up a bit stronger than Vika and able to avoid more often, but not end up quite as fast and will end up with much lower Resistance. Other than that, Nealuchi has much in common with Vika: good Speed and dodging ability, but a Strength stat that's usually screwed and a defense so bad that he'll surely die in one shot from a Bow or Wind magic. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 35%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 40%, LUK: 80%, DEF: 40%, RES: 15% Master Skill - Tear Rating - 7.1/10 Name - Leanne Description - Leanne is a bit of a relief after Rafiel, since she can fly. Therefore, she can reanimate a unit, then retreat with her extra movement that she didn't use. Leanne, like the other Herons in the game, is invaluable due to Vigor because having a very powerful unit able to move again within the same turn can be devastating to the enemy and/or life-saving for your units. Leanne, although not quite as good as Reyson, is definitely better than Rafiel simply because she can move after she animates, which can make all the difference. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 0%, MAG: 40%, SKL: 10%, SPD: 20%, LUK: 80%, DEF: 10%, RES: 40% Master Skill - Blessing Rating - 8.8/10 Name - Haar Description - No matter what anyone says about Haar, he's been cleaned around the edges from the last game and is now a super tank. His Defense growth is slightly better than Gatrie's and Brom's. Not only that, his Strength and Skill are amazing. Too bad Haar's Speed growth is still hampered, but Haar never seems to get screwed in that stat. Aside from Thunder magic, much less any magic in general, it's very, very difficult to take Haar down without extreme effort. Haar is still better than Jill; he's slower, but he's still better due to all the damage he'll be dishing out and absorbing. The loss of the weakness to Bows makes Haar that much better. I strongly recommend using Haar, as he's a very viable candidate for the final chapter. Stat Growths - HP: 30%, STR: 70%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 30%, LCK: 45%, DEF: 65%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Stun Rating - 10/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 2-1: Winds of Rebellion Victory: Defeat Boss Units Available: 2 Partners: None Others: Heather Items: Herb (Enemy drop), Vulnerary (Enemy drop), Antitoxin (Enemy drop), Steel Axe (West House), Ashera Icon (NW House), Javelin (SW House), ??? (South House; Left), ??? (South House; Right) You'll start the chapter off with Nephenee and Brom. Start off by leaving grabbing the items from the two houses nearest the starting point before any Bandit can burn the houses. Once that's done, leave Brom alone (He can take care of himself) while sending Nephenee down the ledge to grab the items in the other three houses and to head east. At one point, a hot chick named Heather will appear from the SE corner of the map. Talk to her with Nephenee or Brom to recruit her. Once all the items are taken and the first rush of enemies taken care of, approach the boss, Yeardley. He won't move at first, but once you attack him, he'll start to move and so will the two Soldiers flanking him. Take care of the two Soldiers first, then attack Yeardley. Kill him to win the battle. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Nephenee Description - Nephenee was probably the most overrated character in Path of Radiance; however, now she's become one hell of a unit. Nephenee has become better all-around, especially with great Skill and Speed growths. Nephenee's base Strength and Defense aren't bad, but once they start picking up, Nephenee will be a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Nephenee is an absolute beast when you give her a Wrath/Resolve combo, enabling her to deal massive damage below half HP. Aside from Magic and sometimes Luck, Nephenee will make anyone proud with all her stats and abilities. The fact that she will activate Impale a lot once she becomes a Sentinel makes her even better. Stat Growths - HP: 45%, STR: 35%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 40%, DEF: 35%, RES: 45% Master Skill - Impale Rating - 9.5/10 Name - Brom Description - Brom has gone from beginning with Lances to beginning with Axes, which helps a bit, as the first chapters you use him in are mostly filled with Lance wielders. Anyways, Brom will be the first useful General you get. Even though, like in Path of Radiance, Gatrie usually turns out better than Brom, Brom is by all means an even better wall than before. Brom dishes out some good damage and takes a lot as well. With his naturally high HP and Defense, unnaturally high Luck, and good Strength and Skill, non-magic users won't reasonably get past him. Magic users, unfortunately, will have their way with Brom, especially if they can double-attack him. Stat Growths - HP: 80%, STR: 40%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 30%, LUK: 70%, DEF: 60%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Luna Rating - 8.5/10 Name - Heather Description - If only she was just as good as her looks...Anyways, Heather can steal anything possible due to monster Speed growths and a base 25 Speed. Unfortunately, Heather will never be able to cause much damage because of paltry Strength. Although her avoidability is excellent, it won't completely make up for the weak Defense stat if she's in the range of too many competent enemies. Still, Heather is a speed demon; she will always double-attack, steal, and usually avoid most attacks. Heather is an overall good thief, but Sothe nearly outclasses her. Stat Growths - HP: 40%, STR: 20%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 50%, SPD: 70%, LUK: 75%, DEF: 30%, RES: 40% Master Skill - Bane(?) Rating - 8/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 2-2: Tides of Intrigue Victory: Arrive with Lucia Units Available: 7 Partners: None Others: None Items: None Before this chapter begins, you'll be able to access the Base. You'll be fighting in the dark during the chapter. Anyways, start by sending Nephenee up north along with a Vulnerary pack and start stabbing and slashing her way through there. As for the other group, start by sending Lucia and Brom east to the front and slowly push the enemies back. Make use of Leanne to move around more easily. Once Nealuchi, Lethe, and/or Mordecai transform, start using them to ease the pressure on the other three units. There are doused torches spread across the map that you can light to give yourself a better breadth of vision. By lighting them, you'll be able to see enemies moving around more easily. The Arrive square is at the northeast corner of the map, defended by the boss, Maraj, and two other units. Once every other enemy is out of the way, take down Maraj and his two guards and let Lucia Arrive in the square to win. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Lucia Description - Yay, Lucia has much more room to grow than she did in Path of Radiance. The bad part is that her Strength and Defense growths are now bad, so she probably won't cap Strength unless you constantly restart and she's even more fragile than before. Lucia still has the essence of a Swordmaster, which is good Skill and Speed, but her mediocre Luck will take a toll on her avoid, meaning Lucia will die pretty easily. If it wasn't for the fact that Lucia's base Defense amounts to a greater Defense than Edward's will ever be, she would be the most fragile Swordmaster. Lucia is fast, yes, but she will be, and remain, the worst Swordmaster in this game. Lucia will be taking magic attacks better than the other three, though. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 25%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 15%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Astra Rating - 6.5/10 Name - Lethe Description - Lethe was nerfed big time. Her Strength, Skill, and Speed were gimped, Skill and Speed suffering the most. Lethe was a strong and nimble fighter, but Radiant Dawn took her and messed her up so that the only stats she can max out without being RNG-blessed are Speed, Defense, and *maybe* Strength, maxing Defense before Speed on average (Thanks to Phoenix_Kensai for that info). Lethe is good when you first get her and will rip enemies apart, but that all changes quite fast when her growths don't allow her to catch up with the rate the enemies are improving. Lethe needs a lot of care if you want her to fight alongside the rest of your units in Part IV, especially against magic users. At least Lethe didn't worsen as much as Mordecai. Stat Growths - HP: 85%, STR: 35%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 30%, SPD: 50%, LUK: 45%, DEF: 35%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Rend Rating - 7/10 Name - Mordecai Description - What the hell did Mordecai do to make him so utterly bad? His Speed will be almost literally non-existent very, very fast; the only character with a lower Speed growth is Gareth, but he has an excuse. Mordecai can barely double-attack a freakin dragon. Armored units will have no trouble double-attacking Mordecai. Despite Mordecai's big Defense, it means nothing compared to taking way too many hits. If a Fire Mage/(Arch)Sage ever gets to Mordecai, he's royally screwed. Mordecai has bad Skill, too, so he'll have trouble hitting things in later chapters. The combination of horrible Speed and Resistance alone makes Mordecai almost unusable, but low Skill just tops one of the worst characters in the game. Use him as bait; that's best use Mordecai gets in this game. Stat Growths - HP: 90%, STR: 35%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 25%, SPD: 15%, LUK: 80%, DEF: 45%, RES: 15% Master Skill - Roar Rating - 3.5/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 2-3: Geoffrey's Charge Victory: Seize Units Available: 6 Partners: Other Crimean Royal Guard units Others: None Items: Steel Lance (Enemy drop), Steel Blade (Enemy drop), Speedwing (Enemy drop), Wo Dao (Boss drop) Lots of cavalry. Anyways, the bottom half of this map is ridiculously easy to get through; just rush north with everyone and kill everything. Your units will have no trouble sweeping through. There more tedious part of the map comes when you reach the middle, though. The Archers manning the catapults will constantly pester you and chip off your units' HP. Let your allies take the majority of the catapults' rocks before sending a couple units into the castle area. Have Kieran run through the east area of the castle and kill everyone there while having Geoffrey run straight through the middle and break the door leading to the boss. There will be several enemy reinforcements coming from the trees in the middle of the map, so leave a unit there to help your allies fight them and to gain some experience. Makalov and Astrid are best played as supporting characters in this map, hitting-and-running and weakening enemies. As for the boss, he uses the Wo Dao, a sword that increases the critical hit rate. Being a Swordmaster, this makes his critical hit rate rather high as well as his Speed. Fortunately, if you go at him with Geoffrey, even criticals won't do much. Skewer the boss and Seize the square to win. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Geoffrey Description - Geoffrey hasn't changed much since the Mad King's War. His Speed growth, like a lot of other characters, has dropped to a mediocre level. Geoffrey's Strength, Skill, and Resistance will all develop nicely, though. Since his Resistance will grow healthily, Geoffrey will be able to resist magic better than any other Paladin in the game. Geoffrey's Speed will grow slowly, but once Geoffrey's used enough, his Speed will rise to acceptable levels and he will mow down most things in his way. Geoffrey hasn't really improved, but hasn't gotten worse either. This is good news, but Elincia's bodyguard could have been better. :) Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 50%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 30%, RES: 55% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 8.3/10 Name - Kieran Description - Kieran has improved. He has great Strength and Defense, so he'll deal lots of damage while taking little in return. Kieran doesn't have much to offer in the way of avoidability, but he can still open a can of whoopass with the best of them. His Speed only caps at 31 as a Gold Knight, so he can't double-attack Swordmasters or any Speed- oriented classes in Part IV. Nonetheless, Kieran is a very reliable unit. He's also a great candidate for the Imbue skill because his Magic stat seems to get unnaturally RNG-blessed, ending up at around 15-19 during third tier. Kieran won't be able to handle magic well, so keep him away from magic casters. Stat Growths - HP: 75%, STR: 60%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 30%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 60%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 8.5/10 Name - Makalov Description - Hahaha, the lazy pink-haired drunk actually has the biggest Speed growth in the game. Makalov caps Speed easily and grows well in Strength, Skill, and Defense. Unlike in Path of Radiance, when he had crap bases, Makalov's bases this time around are pretty good for his level. Makalov has better avoidability in Radiant Dawn too, so that's a plus. It comes in handy, as Makalov's Resistance still isn't good and will make him suffer when surrounded by Mages. Anyways, Makalov in a great Paladin, but compared to Titania and Oscar, he just isn't as great as them. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 40%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 75%, LUK: 45%, DEF: 50%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 8.4/10 Name - Astrid Description - Once again, stick to Shinon or Rolf instead of Astrid for a bow user. Astrid hasn't gotten any better, which still makes her an average unit. Her good evasion is still there, but so are the average stats and the sub-par Defense; however, Resistance has improved a lot, so Astrid indeed does have one better quality. Still, I don't really recommend Astrid, as she won't really do much the way she grows. Aside from movement, Shinon and Rolf trump Astrid in every category. Stat Growths - HP: 55%, STR: 40%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 40%, LUK: 70%, DEF: 30%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 6.3/10 Name - Danved Description - Devdan's apparently been on crack, so now he persists on calling himself Danved. Anyways, "Danved" doesn't have the excellent Strength growth anymore, but his Speed and Luck have improved a bit. Danved is well-rounded and useful in many situations, although Nephenee's the same thing and her stats are better. Danved can take some hits while delivering decent damage in return, but against armored units, he falters a bit. Danved is basically a swiss army knife; send him into a situation and he can usually handle it. Stat Growths - HP: 75%, STR: 40%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 30%, SPD: 45%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 45%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Impale Rating - 7/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 2-Final: Elincia's Gambit Victory: Survive for 15 Turns or Defeat Boss Units Available: 10. 15 after Geoffrey's group comes. Partners: Crimean soldiers Others: None Items: Arms Scroll (Enemy drop), Enery Drop (Enemy drop), Silver Greatlance (Enemy drop) This chapter is pretty intense and exciting! :) This good, as it befits the end to Part II. Nephenee and Brom will be returning to Ike later on in Part III, so give them weapons or stuff to sell so Ike's party won't have to suffer from a low amount of money. Elincia will use her Amiti, her unique sword from the last game that's basically a Brave Sword with an infinite amount of uses. Since she's already third tier and rapage at this point, don't let her get *too* many kills. Instead, let her heal as much as possible so that she'll get a lot of experience without having to leech kills from your other units who needs it more. Let her hit-and-run occasionally, though. Calill will join the battle. She carries a Meteor tome, but don't use it. Instead, wait until later in the game to use it. There are several nifty items to steal, like the Dracosheild. Bring Heather along to steal that item safely before confronting Ludvek...that is, if you want to confront Ludvek. Anyways, you can either defend and hold your ground for 15 turns or you can rush Ludveck with several powerful units and kill him swiftly to quickly end this chapter. Geoffrey's crew will arrive from the northeast part of the map at around Turn 10-11. Use his units to bait several of the units from the lower half of the map to relieve pressure from the guys at the fort. Marcia will arrive right as the battle starts, so utilize her for hit- and-run tactics as well. If you want to stall Ludvek's army for 15 turns, what you must do is send Haar along with Calill and Nealuchi (Once he's transformed) to block the west corridor leading to the fort. There will be Thunder magic users on that side, so lend Haar healing support with Elincia's Psychic staff whenever his HP falls too long. As he attacks and holds back the units there, let Calill attack from behind the barricade whenever she's away from too much harm. Once Nealuchi transforms, he can help Haar defeat the units there. As for the east side, send Brom there to clog the passage of the bigger brunt of enemies. He'll do an amazingly good job, but be careful of the General with the Hammer. He'll cause a ton of damage to Brom, and if you don't lend Brom instant healing after he's taken damage, he'll probably die, so make sure Brom is fully healed each turn. If Nephenee has Javelins, use them behind Brom and the barricade to pester the enemy units. There is one last area to block off: At the top level of the fort, there's a ledge at the bottom middle where units can break the fragile wall and climb up and down. Place one of the allied Generals in front of it. He won't really be taking damage and he'll prevent passage to the top of the fort. The yellow units will do a decent job. One unit has Bolting, so he'll drain it against the enemy for some damage. There's also a Sniper that will cause some serious damage from the top, so he'll be useful, too. As for the rest of the units, though, they're simply average. They'll drop eventually, but some will still survive to fight. Geoffrey's crew will arrive eventually. You can use them to lure several units attacking the fort towards them and waste them there. After 15 turns, victory is yours. If you want to defeat Ludveck, get rid of the Archer with the Longbow at his level with Calill's Meteor (Don't break it!) and the other Bow users near the highest fort level. Once that's done, let Leanne eat Olivi Grass until she transforms. Once THAT's done, send Elincia, Haar, Marcia carrying Heather, and Leanne straight down, dropping Heather just outside the enemies' ranges and Elincia just inside both Ludveck's and the Dracosheild General's ranges. If you want to steal the Dracosheild from the General next to Ludveck, let Leanne reanimate Heather after she's dropped and steal the item. Since Haar will be gone, let the beast laguz hold off the west side with a healthy supply of Olivi Grass and healing items. Anyways, once the Dracosheild is taken, beat the crap out of Ludveck with Elincia's Amiti and Haar's Steel Axe. Once Ludveck's defeated, the battle ends. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Calill Description - Calill's Speed growth is the highest among the Sages, but her Magic is simply...good. The good news is that Calill still get's the job done in the appropriate situations. Granted, her Magic won't turn out like Soren's, but her magic still packs enough of a punch to seriously harm enemies. At least Calill came back to join the fray in Radiant Dawn; her husband Largo suddenly doesn't fight and won't be in your party. Sorry, Largo fans! :P Anyways, if Soren turns out badly or you just don't like him, Calill is the next best choice for a Sage. Stat Growths - HP: 35%, STR: 25%, MAG: 45%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 55%, LUK: 55%, DEF: 15%, RES: 50% Master Skill - Flare Rating - 8/10 *********************************************************************** <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> Part III - Intersecting Vows <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> ================= Part III Summary Welcome to the easiest part in Radiant Dawn. Part III basically features Ike and the rest of the super powerful Greil Mercenaries slaughtering everyone and everything with their awesomeness. I suggest taking the time to raise Shinon, Soren, Titania, and Mia because they're some of the best units in the game. Nonetheless, pick only the appropriate amount of the Greil Mercs to level, including Ike, and ignore the rest because they'll need the experience for the final chapter. This is the longest part of the game, and for a while, Ike's group will be quite short on funds at the Base. Hopefully, when Ilyana, Nephenee, Brom, and Heather come join the party, they'll have weapons and stuff to provide to the Greil Mercs to make up for the mediocre funds. Oh, and don't think there won't be a couple chapters that won't be absurdly easy; There will be three Dawn Brigade chapters that are noticeably more difficult than Ike's chapters. Hopefully, you've promoted several first tier units and leveled them properly, because if you abused the pre-promotes, Nailah, and the Black Knight, the chapters will be much harder. You'll regret not leveling them up properly if you didn't when the neglect comes back to bite you on the ass later. If you leveled your units properly, though, the chapters won't be that difficult. After Ike and his crew save Lucia, he'll join forces with Ranulf, Caineghis' nephew Skrimir, Tibarn, and the rest of the Laguz Alliance as they rampage through Begnion, eventually clashing with the massive Begnion Central Army, headed by Zelgius. Ike will also have to fight against Daein when Pelleas unexpectedly sends the Daein army with Micaiah at its head to fight alongside Begnion. ================= *********************************************************************** Prologue: The Great Advance Victory: Skrimir Arrives Units Available: 11 Partners: None Others: Laguz Alliance Items: Crossbow (Boss drop) You'll see just how easy Ike's chapters are once you start fighting. Anyways, you're fighting in the dark once again, but it's no big deal. Just send all your melee units north while Rhys and Mist follow for healing, if even needed. There are two ballistae that Shinon and Rolf can use to take down some enemies in the laguz's route. The General in front of the Arrive square, Septimus, will be a wuss and run away shortly after the battle begins, leaving a crappy Sniper to deal with. :P Ike's group and the laguz will meet up soon enough, but try to reach the boss and kill him before any laguz, especially Skrimir, can reach him. Skrimir will destroy the boss in one round, so take the boss down with powerful units like Ike or Shinon to get the Crossbow. After that, just let Skrimir Arrive. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Ike Description - If Jesus were to be a video game character, Ike would be a viable choice. Well, an Ike with a better Resistance, at least. Ike's Resistance growth was virtually destroyed, so now magic users pose a much bigger threat to him than they did in Path of Radiance, especially since Ike starts off with a base 7 Resistance. This, however, will hardly matter once you see Ike cap every single stat but Magic. Ike is very, very powerful, especially once he gets Aether, which will keep him alive for a long time. He has great Skill and Speed despite a lower Speed growth, good Luck, and plenty of HP. Ike can, and will, mow down everything, even right as he's available, making him an easy-to-use character. Ike will always double-attack and will never have trouble hitting an enemy. Ike has an awesome avoid, too, so you can't really expect him to be hit often. All in all, Ike is a unit that will pretty much survive every round with ease while dealing considerable damage, take very little to no physical damage, and avoid virtually everything thrown at him. You have to use Ike anyways, since he's required to get through the game. Oh, don't forget about Ragnell; once Ike gets his hands on it, he becomes a true dealer of death. Stat Growths - HP: 65%, STR: 55%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 40%, RES: 15% Master Skill - Aether Rating - Over 9001/10 Name - Shinon Description - Hehe, you won't have to worry about having to boost him with quite a bit of Bonus Experience this time around. Shinon is such an amazing and competent unit that he is sometimes called a broken character. Shinon will cap Strength, Skill, Speed, and Defense with relative ease as well as come close to maxing or just max Luck. When Shinon promotes to the Marksman class and gains the ability to attack from three spaces away with any Bow except Longbows and Crossbows, Shinon will be unstoppable, especially against the powerful enemies in the final chapter. Arm Shinon with a Crossbow and he can attack adjacent enemies as well as enemies two spaces away. Shinon naturally good Defense and great Avoid will enable him to easily survive the front lines with little more than a scratch. Shinon outstrips Rolf and Leonardo as a Marksman, so choose Shinon for a Marksman and an excellent choice for the final chapter. Growth Rates - HP: 50%, STR: 40%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 70%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 45%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Deadeye Rating - 10/10 Name - Boyd Description - Boyd is still a powerhouse who will have no trouble dealing a ton of damage throughout the whole game. Boyd can use Steel Axes near the very end of the game and still deal a whole lot of damage. Anyways, Boyd improved because he now gets enough Defense to survive the front lines a lot better. Boyd will offer good Skill and Speed, although he doesn't dodge attacks as well as he should. Boyd's low base Speed means that he needs a little time before he picks up and reveals his full potential. Until then, Boyd will have some trouble attacking units with Swords, especially Swordmasters. Nonetheless, Boyd is a destructive powerhouse and will always turn out as a very strong character with plenty of HP. Stat Growths - HP: 80%, STR: 65%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 45%, LUK: 40%, DEF: 50%, RES: 10% Master Skill - Colossus Rating - 8.5/10 Name - Mist Description - Mist now starts off with a 1-2 range sword of her own, the Florete. Too bad it doesn't run off Magic, or Mist would have been better. Anyways, Mist is still a decent mage killer, although not quite as good as before due to the absence of magic weapons. When Mist promotes to a Valkyrie, she'll become a very good healer because of her movement and Canto. She'll be able to cover a lot of ground across the battlefield on a horse, easily reaching units that need healing. Physical attacks cripple Mist quite easily, so don't let her stay in the range of any physical attackers. Mist has good enough Speed to prevent her from being double-attacked if her level stays on par with the chapter she's in. Mist is still just a healer when all is said and done, though, and is only able to kill Mages without being lucky. Stat Growths - HP: 40%, STR: 25%, MAG: 45%, SKL: 55%, SPD: 50%, LUK: 70%, DEF: 25%, RES: 40% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 7.3/10 Name - Soren Description - Soren is a badass. He is the best Sage in the game, hands down. He caps Magic, Skill, and Resistance at a very fast pace and will max out his Speed easily as well. Soren will consistently cause a lot of damage as well as completely resist Magic and sidestep plenty of physical attacks thrown at him. Soren can't really take a hit that isn't from magic, though, so don't keep him in the range of a lot of physical attackers. Once again, Soren doesn't really need to go beyond "El" tomes to deal massive damage, but once he gets his hands on Rexcalibur, he's unstoppable. Stick Soren behind your defensive lines and he will be almost always untouchable while wreaking havoc on the enemy. He's better than any other Sage in the game because he usually ends up stronger and pretty fast. During the final chapter, giving Soren the Blizzard tome to be blessed and he'll screw the enemy up really badly with constant attacks from a long range. Soren comes automatically with Adept, which will activate at least 50% of the time with Soren because of his high Skill. It's quite useful when Soren can't double-attack certain enemies or kill an enemy in one round. Stat Growths - HP: 40%, STR: 25%, MAG: 80%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 35%, DEF: 25%, RES: 70% Master Skill - Flare Rating - 10/10 Name - Gatrie Description - Gatrie is once again the best General in the game, now with an unusually high Speed growth for an armored unit (Although not as high as Meg's. :P) Anyways, Gatrie won't have any trouble walling attacks and dishing out good damage. Magic attacks are the only attacks that can harm Gatrie, but with his somewhat improved Resistance, he'll be able to survive several hits from Magic, more than he could in Path of Radiance. Once Gatrie promotes into a Marshall, his armor will look extremely badass, not to mention he'll gain the skill Luna. Gatrie's a great candidate for Resolve, since he can still take several hits in critical danger and gain the extra boost in stats from Resolve. Armored units aren't really recommended for the final chapter, but Gatrie can still kill a lot with the Wishblade along with the best of them. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 60%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 60%, LUK: 30%, DEF: 60%, RES: 35% Master Skill - Luna Rating - 9/10 Name - Rhys Description - If you didn't train Laura at all, then Rhys will be your first Bishop. Right off the bat, you'll notice Rhys' less than satisfactory Speed. Without transfer bonuses, the mediocre 14 base Speed means that Rhys will be double-attacked by most enemies. Rhys is still a great healer, though, and causes good damage with his Light magic due to a high Magic stat. Rhys easily resists Magic, but will get hurt a lot from physical attacks. Once Rhys' Speed starts increasing, he will be in a lot less danger from physical attacks, although putting him on the front lines is still not the best idea. Rhys gets high Magic, Skill, and Resistance, but poor Strength (which he doesn't need), Speed, and Defense. Rhys is, overall, an awesome healer when you need him and can cause a good deal of damage with magic, but he simply can't stand physical attackers. Stat Growths - HP: 40%, STR: 25%, MAG: 65%, SKL: 35%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 20%, RES: 75% Master Skill - Corona Rating - 7.8/10 Name - Mia Description - My personal favorite Trueblade and one of my favorite units in the game. Mia is the second to last Trueblade you get in the game and the one I recommend using. Mia gains great stats all around except Magic, which she doesn't use. Despite the fact that she won't be causing absurd damage from the beginning, like Ike, Titania, and Shinon, Mia won't waste any time catching up to the army in damage dealing. Mia will never have trouble double-attacking or hitting the enemy, will deal good damage, and will even take a good amount of physical and magic hits in return. Mia is useful in a myriad of situations; however, her Strength and Defense need to come up to scratch a bit when you start using her. It doesn't take long for her to kick major ass and get a good Defense score. Mia also sports a nice Luck score, allowing her to have higher Avoid and whatnot. Use Mia, as she will never disappoint. Stat Growths - HP: 70%, STR: 45%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 60%, SPD: 65%, LUK: 35%, DEF: 40%, RES: 25% Master Skill - Astra Rating - 9.8/10 Name - Titania Description - Titania isn't a Jeigan anymore; instead, she's the game's best Paladin. Titania rides into the scene with high Strength and Skill as well as good Speed, Defense, and Resistance. Titania, like in Path of Radiance, will sport a higher Resistance stat than most non-magic units in the game as well as carry quite good stat growths. Unlike in Path of Radiance, however, when Titania's Strength was just above average, her Strength is now very high, enabling her to deal tremendous damage. She also has the upper hand in damage dealing due to using Axes and will be a monster once she gets her hands on Urvan and starts slaughtering enemies with ease. Since using a Paladin-based team isn't a good idea like it was in the last game, you should only think of using two of them as regular units of the army. Titania should be one of them. Stat Growths - HP: 60%, STR: 60%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 55%, SPD: 50%, LUK: 40%, DEF: 20%, RES: 30% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 9.7/10 Name - Oscar Description - Oscar got nerfed a little bit in the way of power in this game. Although Oscar still won't have any trouble double-attacking and will slaughter many enemies in Part III, he won't be very reliable in one rounding most enemies when Part IV rolls around simply because of the fact that he won't be strong enough. Despite the average Strength, Oscar will constantly turn up with great Skill, Speed, and Luck, giving him good dodging abilities and enabling him to double-attack consistently. His Defense and Resistance are decent as well, so Oscar will be able to survive in virtually any situation, especially once he gets Sol. Oscar is like a jack-of-all-trades type; he can cover pretty much any part of the battlefield with little trouble as well as greatly assist other units when they're in trouble. Anyways, since Oscar won't be comparing quite as well as the rest of the army in terms of power when Part IV rolls around, he's best discarded halfway through Part IV or right before Endgame. His Earth support is always very, very useful, though. Oscar is the second best Paladin in the game, so I suggest him if you need an extra mounted unit. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 35%, MAG: 20%, SKL: 65% SPD: 60%, LUK: 55%, DEF: 30%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Sol Rating - 8.7/10 Name - Rolf Description - Rolf is the third and last archer you'll get in the game. Rolf will more than likely cap HP and Strength before Shinon and Leonardo due to high growths in those areas. Once Rolf catches up to the rest of the army in levels, he'll be quite the powerhouse. However, Rolf isn't very durable due to simply average Defense and Resistance, not to mention that his Skill usually falls behind a bit. Rolf has good Speed and decent Luck and will usually dodge most attacks thrown at him. Rolf isn't really as good as Shinon, as he can't hold his own as well nor can he hit as accurately. Despite that, Rolf still kills enemies efficiently with his great Strength score and will survive maps without too much damage done to him. Stat Growths - HP: 80%, STR: 75%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 45%, LUK: 35%, DEF: 35%, RES: 20% Master Skill - Deadeye Rating - 7.6/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 3-1: Laguz and Beorc Victory: Rout in 12 Turns Units Available: 11 Partners: Lethe and Lyre Others: None Items: Seraph Robe (Middle House), Blue Gem (S House) This is an easy enough map. It's another Fog of War chapter in the dark, so make sure that you look through the entire map for the enemies. Start off by sending several units east through the path with the middle house while sending two units to deal with the Generals at the southern house. Also, send one unit, preferably Ike or Mia, through the small grassy route to the left of the wall to confront the enemies there, including the boss. Once the enemies near the houses are all cleared up, make sure to leave at least several units at the deployment zone, as enemy reinforcements will be coming through there. If the one person at the gate is still fighting off enemies, help him/her with your free units. Anyways, this map shouldn't cause any major trouble whatsoever. The boss and his lackies are all quite easy to take down and won't put anyone in immediate danger except maybe Rhys and Mist, who have low Speed at this point. Just look through every part of the map to kill enemies that may be hiding before the 12 turns are up. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Lyre Description - Lyre is better than Lethe because, unlike her sister, she maxes out Skill and Speed very easily. She generally gains the same Strength score as Lethe does but her Defense is a little lower. Nonetheless, Lyre gets the job done most of the time by constantly double-attacking and dealing decent damage to her enemies. Lyre will get slaughtered by Fire magic, so it would be a very good idea to keep her away from Fire Sages, or, better yet, any magic user in general. The good thing is that enemies will usually have trouble hitting Lyre with any attack, so she's a good contender on the front lines. Not only that, but she's also a good unit for softening up enemies for other weaker units to kill. Anyways, if you have to choose between Lethe and Lyre, choose the latter, as her better Speed and Skill trump Lethe's better Defense. Stat Growths - HP: 50%, STR: 35%, MAG: 10%, SKL: 65%, SPD: 70%, LUK: 50%, DEF: 20%, RES: 30% Master Skill - Rend Rating - 7/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 3-2: Stormclouds Victory: Defeat Boss Units Available: 15 Partners: None Others: None Items: None This is a very straightforward chapter. All you need to do is defeat the Dragonmaster in the SE part of the map. Anyways, split the party into two groups, a smaller one to take care of the enemies in the northwest part of the map and the main one to run south and turn east to face the boss. Titania, Oscar, and Haar are good choices for the smaller group as they can sweep the enemies with little to no problems whatsoever. There's a Thunder Sage with Bolting in the northeast part of the map, so take care of him quickly. Once the smaller group's done, it can head over to the main group and help it, although the map should be finished by the time the smaller group is done with its activities. As for the main group, kill the few enemies below, then turn east to confront the Wyvern riders. Take care of the three Wyvern rider reinforcements that appear at the south part of the map when they appear so that you don't get attacked from behind. The boss himself and his soldiers will move once you get inside their range. Attract the boss and his soldiers with someone like Shinon or Ike, then destroy them. The boss uses a ranged axe, so get a ranged attacker in his outer range so that your unit can counter-attack. Once that's done, Ike can easily slaughter him. Any other unit that needs experience is fine, too. This map is very easy. You really shouldn't have any problems completing this chapter. *********************************************************************** Chapter 3-3: River Crossing Victory: Burn all the supplies within 13 turns. Units Available: 11 Partners: None Others: Horses Items: Ashera Icon (Senator drop), White Gem (Senator drop), Shade (Boss drop), Master Crown (NW Tent), Hammerne (N Tent) Basically, all you need to do is set all the supplies on fire before the turn limit ends. There are two Senators in this map and both of them drop good items. Since not killing the Senators awards you a little bit of extra Bonus Experience, bring Heather along to steal the items and leave the Senators unharmed. If you feel like being murderous, by all means butcher those two. :P Anyways, start off by killing the few enemies outside the gate, open the gate, and storm inside. There are two piles of supplies in the areas near the entrance, so send two people to burn those. Once you get to the three way intersection, split your party up. Send a small group of two or three units up through the grass, another three to the right and heading north, and the rest to the left and going north. Unlock the gates where the horses are kept to set them free. I'm not sure whether there's some kind of good thing for doing this, but there's for sure no downside, so let 'em loose. Let the three groups kill the enemies and burn the supplies as they go. Once you get to the area right below where the boss is, leave a couple units behind so that they can deal with reinforcements when they come. Send Haar to burn the supplies in the northeast part of the map and let some units like Ike or Shinon tackle the boss and the others around him. The boss uses Dark magic, which is the most powerful and least accurate of all the magic in the game. Units like Mia with their high avoidability shouldn't be worried at all about being hit. After killing the boss, take the Hammerne from the tent and burn the final pile of supplies to end the battle. *********************************************************************** Chapter 3-4: The General's Hand Victory: Both Ike and Ranulf Arrive Units Available: 12 Partners: None Others: Tiger and Cat Laguz Items: Vulnerary (Enemy drop), Ettard (Stand at the bottom space next to the NE ballista) Well, thanks to Skrimir being a dumbass, we now have to go out of our way to save him. First thing I want to say is that any horseback unit will not be able to reach the top of the mountain, meaning Titania and Oscar will not be able to traverse past the middle part of the mountain. Also, you should have at least one third tier unit by now (Mine at this point was Shinon). If you don't have one, then at least try to get one by the next chapter. Anyways, start by sending about two units north from the deployment zone to take that path of enemies to the top of the mountain. I recommend one of those units being Haar, as there's a Swordmaster with a Wyrmslayer at the northwest part of the mountain that can rape Haar in an instant. Send the main group of units through the main path and start clearing enemies out. There are several ballistae on the mountain, so make sure any unit with weak Defense is healed if he/she is hit. Split the main group up when you near the first ballista, sending a few units to deal with the enemies on the east path while the others clear up the Thunder Sages blocking their path (A Marksman can do this easily and without retaliation). The units going past the sages should also prepare for Wyvern riders swooping into their faces, but they shouldn't be a problem, especially if you have Soren with an ElThunder in hand. At one point or another, you'll get everyone at the top. Grab the Ettard near the NE ballista so Ike can abuse it, clear the remaining enemies, and confront the boss and his general. The boss, although a General himself, is very easy to take down. All it takes is a couple shots from Ike to take his ass down. Once the boss is gone, have Ike and Ranulf occupy the spaces and Arrive to complete the chapter. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Ranulf Description - Ranulf is a decent unit, better than most non-royal Laguz but still outperformed by Ulki, Janaff, and Volug. Nonetheless, Ranulf is a reliable unit to have around and will usually get a good Speed score, meaning he'll double-attack a lot. Ranful has good stats across the board, but his main weakness lies in his Resistance. Magic will tear his ass apart, especially Fire magic. Against all non-magical units, Ranulf is a good all-around units that deals solid damage and can take some hits. Against magic units, he's in danger, so it's always a good idea to keep him away from them. Although Ranulf is a good unit, there are just so many more units that are better than him, both beorc and laguz. Honestly, if you want a non-royal laguz for the final chapter, use the three I mentioned above. They have better supports and better stats in general. Stat Growths - HP: 70%, STR: 30%, MAG: 15%, SKL: 40%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 55%, DEF: 15%, RES: 10% Master Skill - Rend Rating - 7.4/10 Name - Kyza Description - Although Kyza is better than Mordecai, he's still not a good unit. He has bad base stats and he decides to show up during the time when you already have a plethora of uber ass-kicking units to compete with. Kyza's growths are decent, getting good Strength and Defense to stand up to physical units. Of course, he has a big weakness to Magic and, unlike Ranulf, he doesn't have the avoidability to at least dodge some of the attacks. All in all, Kyza is one of the more useless laguz units that I don't recommend at all. If Kyza showed up at the Dawn Brigade's side, then he would have gotten a lot more use. Stat Growths - HP: 85%, STR: 40%, MAG: 5%, SKL: 45%, SPD: 35%, LUK: 50%, DEF: 40%, RES: 15% Master Skill - Roar Rating - 4/10 *********************************************************************** Chapter 3-5: Retreat! Victory: Defeat Boss or Defend for 10 Turns Units Available: 16 Partners: None Others: None Items: Coin (Enemy drop), Vulnerary (Enemy drop) Yay, another chapter where you're put on the defense. Now, notice that Reyson's available use now, which kicks major ass. Also, you have the choices of defending and racking up a lot of experience or sending someone down to the boss and killing him. Before beginning the chapter, give Gatrie a Steel Axe. There are plenty of axe and lance users in this chapter, so an axe is his best bet at dealing damage. Also, give him and Brom a full pack of Vulneraries, since they'll probably need 'em. After you do that, give Titania, Oscar, and Boyd ranged weapons because they're going to spend the whole chapter backed off from the enemy. One last thing before the battle begins...like I said before, try to have at least one third tier unit by this point. Begin by sending Ike, Nephenee, and Mia to the east side of the field where all the Generals are. Due to the fact that all of them have good avoidability (And Neph has her lances to get an advantage over the sword Generals), they'll have an easy time mopping up the floor with them. Hell, even Ike can just solo the area himself. Use Reyson to give one of the three another turn to move in so they can attack right away. As for the southern entrance, send Gatrie and Brom there and set them at the top of the steps. this is where they'll be for the whole chapter, blocking the way of all the mounted riders trying to break through. Hopefully, you've given them Vulneraries because they'll be taking plenty of hits throughout the chapter. If you don't have them, send Rhys or Mist down there to heal them while Reyson Vigors them to get them out of harm's way. Set Shinon, Rolf, or Soren at the empty space to the left for a couple of turns sniping at enemies and preventing them from climbing up. For the west side, send Titania, Oscar, Haar, and Boyd. Stick Titania and Boyd at the two space wide ledge and Oscar at the ledge right next to it. Since you gave them ranged weapons (Right?), they'll keep striking the enemies below with perfect accuracy while avoiding everything that the ranged attackers try to throw at them. As for Haar, just let him fly down and start beating the **** out of the Halberdiers and such with his axe. As long as you keep him away from the sages, he'll take little damage. If you have Shinon and/or Rolf doing nothing, stick them on the ballistae and weaken the enemies for everyone else to kill and to rack up some experience for themselves. If Reyson isn't Vigor'ing healers out of the way of attacks, let him Vigor those two so they can cause more damage faster. After the first half of the battle passes, you'll notice a decrease in the amount of enemies coming at you, since you've surely murdered a lot of them. It's at this point, however, that reinforcements will start to arrive, so it's now you'll have to ultimately decide whether to kill the boss or keep defending until turn 10. If you choose the latter, just keep doing what you've been doing until the battle ends. If you choose the former, however, you just need to send a resilient unit or two (e.g. Shinon and Titania) to run down to the boss and take him out. It's just as easy as it sounds too, since a unit like Titania can just mow everything down with her awesome power and speed. Anyways, once th boss is dead or ten turns passed, the battle ends. NEW UNIT ALERT! Name - Reyson Description - Hell yes, you're finally able to use the best Heron in the game. You'll notice right away that Reyson's usefulness hasn't diminished a single bit since Path of Radiance; as a matter of fact, he's even more useful because of Canto. Reyson arrives on the battle scene at higher levels than either Leanne or Rafiel, so you'll see he already has Bliss under his belt (Or robe, however you see it). Reyson is still easily the best Heron in the game because of the level he arrives at and the fact that he has more movement than the other two. Reyson is one of the best units in the game and can never honestly be called bad. Untransformed, Reyson can only Vigor one Vigor one unit at a time; however, when he's transformed, he'll affect anyone directly adjacent to him, like Rafiel can, and gets an additional two spaces to move. Naturally, due to the fact that he's a Heron, Reyson gets destroyed by physical attacks harder than a steroid-abusing husband beats his wife for not making him his sandwich. Transformed, Reyson resists Magic extremely well, though, so at least he can take SOME attacks. All in all, USE HIM. He's just too good to pass up. Stat Growths - HP: 65%, STR: 5%, MAG: 30%, SKL: 25%, SPD: 20%, LUK: 60%, DEF: 20%, RES: 20% Master Skill - N/A Rating - Over 9000/10 *********************************************************************** MORE COMING SOON! *********************************************************************** --------------------------- Frequently Asked Questions --------------------------- Q: MARTH AND ROY...ARE THEY IN THIS GAME? A: Haha, no. Q: IS <character name> A GOOD UNIT? A: It's all up to personal preference. Some units are naturally better than others, of course, but it's up to you to decide whether a unit is good for you. Q: SHOULD I DUMP <character name>? I HEARD HE/SHE IS PRETTY BAD. A: It's all up to you. Q: CAN I USE THE GAMECUBE CONTROLLER FOR RADIANT DAWN? A: Yes. You can use the Wiimote, Classic controller, and the GameCube controller. Q: I'M HAVING TROUBLE TRANSFERRING MY EPILOGUE FILE FROM PATH OF RADIANCE TO MY FILE IN RADIANT DAWN! HOW CAN I SOLVE THIS PROBLEM? A: If the Epilogue file is saved in Easy mode, it won't transfer. If it's saved in Normal or Hard mode, there shouldn't be any problems at all. Q: IS THERE MII SUPPORT IN THIS GAME? A: ...No. Q: ARE THERE ANY PLAYABLE DARK MAGIC USERS? A: Yes, there are two: Pelleas and Lehran. However, you can only use them on your 2nd+ playthrough. Q: WHAT ARE COINS USED FOR? A: Coins are used to add bonuses to your forged weapons once they're made. ------------ Legal Notes ------------ This FAQ is Copyright(c) November 2007 Andrea Petriella. You can always use this FAQ for your own PERSONAL use. If you want to share some of the info on this FAQ without actually posting it, at least give some credit to me. 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