Fire Emblem’s Support feature is a staple feature that started in the early mainline titles of the series. Aside from bringing the main hero and allies together, they can also provide combat-related bonuses that will be very handy in battles. In our Support Relationships guide, we will discuss the various methods of increasing the support relationships between characters and what bonuses you can obtain from doing so.
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.
Fire Emblem’s Support feature first appeared in the Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, a 1994 Super Famicom title; it’s been a staple feature in the series ever since. The recurring mechanic for this feature is that certain characters can improve their relationship together. As they grow closer, their support levels increase, and they'll open up Support conversations that can provide personal details about the character and how they view others that you wouldn’t have known otherwise. Bonded characters will also enjoy temporary stat bonuses when fighting side-by-side.
The game offers various methods of increasing the support levels of characters. There’s an invisible point system so some actions boost relationships faster than others. Take note that only characters that have relationships with each other can earn support points.
|Fight adjacent to each other||Earning of support points is only counted during the player’s phase. Units counterattacking during the enemy phase won’t earn support points.|
|Using Staff||Only staff actions used on allies will count. Staff effects like obstruct won’t earn any points.|
|Use Dance/ Goddess Dance||Goddess Dance can affect up to 4 adjacent allies so if the user has a relationship with all adjacent allies, all of them will earn support points.|
|Giving Gifts||Each character has their own set of preferred Gifts. Giving them the gift they don’t want will not earn any points (and no deductions either), giving them a “neutral” gift will earn some points, while giving them their preferred gift will earn the most points.|
|Paired activities||You can select a pair of characters that can work together in the stables, spend time swimming together, or pick fruits in the orchard. This method is reset after every battle.|
|Eating meals together||The quality of the dish and whether the characters dining likes or dislikes the food will affect how much points they can earn. You can dine together once after every battle.|
|Arena Battle||This is not a reliable method of earning support points since characters are paired with sparring partners randomly. The good thing about it is that this activity provides the highest amount of points to valid pairs, regardless of the training battle’s result (win, draw, or lose)|
|Viewing Support Conversations||Make sure to check the main menu > Reference > and Support option to see which characters have support conversations available. Doing this is required to increase the support level of the featured characters.|
There are four support levels in the game, starting from the lowest: C, B, A, and S. Only one (valid) unit can have the support level S and it is reserved to the player’s preferred partner with Alear. This can be achieved by giving a Pact Ring to a support partner that’s sitting on Rank A. You can only get one Pact Ring so you have to carefully consider who will receive it.
Supports have various effects throughout the titles. In Fire Emblem Engage, Supports are not just there for emotional attachment; when characters with supports fight alongside (adjacent) their support partners, they’ll gain boosts to their stats during the battle, depending on who they’re fighting with. Furthermore, the stat boosts provided by support partners can stack - up to a maximum of 4 partners so if you have a ranged unit surrounded by support partners, expect a good amount of stacked boosted stats for that unit!
Different characters provide different stat boosts when fighting alongside their support partners. Let’s use Alear for example since he/she has support partner availability to all allies. Rank A Chloe will provide boosts to Hit, Critical, Avo, and Dodge while Rank A Celine will provide higher bonuses to Hit and Dodge only. Of course, if any of them are Rank S, they’ll provide the maximum boost to said stats exclusive to that support rank.
This concludes our Support Relationships Guide for Fire Emblem Engage. Please check out our other pages for the game for more Fire Emblem Engage content!