Fire Emblem Engage offers a variety of ways for players to improve their units’ strengths, levels, and relationships with each other and the Emblems in your possession. One of such methods is training your units in the Arena. In our Arena Guide, we will discuss how this facility works and why you should take advantage of the benefits it provides.
Fire Emblem Engage is a latest installation for the critically-acclaimed Fire Emblem series, offering a fresh approach to the tried-and tested tactical, turn-based JRPG formula fans have seen in recent years. Players are treated with the return of the Triangle System, weapons with no durability, and of course, the fresh new Emblem/Bond Ring mechanic.
The Arena is a facility in Somniel that will allow you to train your characters to let them earn EXP, SP, and increase Support and Bond levels. It can be unlocked quite early in the game, right after completing Chapter 4. This is unlocked at the same time as the Item Shop and Armory gets unlocked in your base. You can access the Arena as many times as you want though there are some limitations based on the training type you’ll select.
The Arena has two training methods: Standard training and Emblem Training. The former pits your units against each other while the latter lets your units train against the Emblems currently in your possession. We will discuss both options in detail below.
In this training mode, units can fight one another to earn EXP, SP, and increase their Support levels with each other (if applicable). To perform a Standard Training, you simply have to select one of your units you wish to train. The game will automatically select a random opponent and the fight will immediately proceed. The chosen character will earn more EXP and SP if they win, but they’ll still earn some amount even if they lose.
You have three training sessions available; once all sessions are used up, you have to complete another battle to refresh the sessions. This is why it’s ideal to visit the Arena whenever you finish a battle, regardless if it’s a story stage or normal skirmish.
This session allows you to spar with an Emblem of your choice and increase the unit’s Bond Level with them. Normally, you’ll need to have a unit Polish the ring of an Emblem or partner them up with the Emblem to earn bond exp/points. With this training method, you can skip those, conveniently and instantly increase the unit’s Bond Level with chosen Emblems at the cost of Bond Fragments.
Your chosen unit will not earn EXP or SP but will increase their bond with the Emblem they sparred with. Winning or losing in this battle doesn’t really matter since your selected Bond Level prior to starting the training is guaranteed to go up.
Unlike Standard Training, this mode requires Bond Fragments instead, which you can easily and reliably collect through various means (please refer to our dedicated page for that) This means that you can do as many Emblem Training sessions as you want, as long as you have enough Bond Fragments to spend. The amount of Bond Fragments needed to increase a Bond Level will depend on the chosen unit’s current Bond gauge progression with the Emblem. For example, units with 50% progression in their bond gauge to the next bond level will need to spend 50% less fragments than those units with empty gauges.
This is probably the best option to spend your Bond Fragments early on. Starting at Bond LV1, this training session allows you to spend 400 fragments to instantly raise the bond level of your chosen character and emblem, unlocking the ability to Inherit Skills at Bond LV5 and any useful skills prior to that. For example, you have Framme unlock Staff- related skills from Micaiah (at least up to LV5) in a single Emblem training session without equipping her ring and bringing her in battle. Take note however, that the character who is inherited the skills must still purchase or unlock said skills using SP, which is earned individually (please refer to our dedicated section for that).
If you have purchased the Expansion Pass, it is strongly recommended to unlock and inherit the Lineage skill (EXP+20%) to all of your units when sparring with any of the Three Houses trio. This is a pretty affordable skill to inherit too since it only costs 150 SP. You can also consider learning Starsphere (Enhanced Stat Growth when leveling up) and Lifesphere (restore HP and remove status effects when using the Wait command) from Tiki though these skills have significant SP costs, making them quite inaccessible early on.
This concludes our Arena Guide for Fire Emblem Engage. Please check out our other pages for the game for more Fire Emblem Engage content!