The Weapon Triangle, which has been a mainstay in the Fire Emblem series since 1996, will see a reform in the upcoming Fire Emblem If for 3DS, the latest issue of Famitsu reveals. Instead of the standard swords over axes over lances, it’s been changed to swords and magic, over axes and bows, over lances and concealed weapons.
In brief, swords and magic are stronger than axes and bows, while axes and bows are stronger than lances and concealed weapons, and lances and concealed weapons are stronger than swords and magic.
As previously reported, weapon durability is no longer present in Fire Emblem If. But the disadvantages of this are that the stronger the weapon, the larger the unit’s disadvantage in terms of abilities. For example, the Bronze Sword has no chance of landing a Critical hit, but has +10 Critical evasion, while the stronger Steel Sword has -5 evasion and makes it hard to use a Pursuit attack. Only staffs restrict the amount of times they can be used.
Famitsu this week also introduces a new group of characters:
- Felicia (voiced by Nozomi Sasaki) – A maid.
- Joker (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) – A butler.
- Gunther (voiced by Rokuro Naya) – A great butler.
- Suzukaze (voiced by Daisuke Ono)
- Saizou (voiced by Tarusuke Shingaki)
- Kagerou (voiced by Rie Murakawa) – A shinobi.
Felicia, Joker, Gunther, and Suzukaze appear as allies in both the White Night Kingdom and Dark Night Kingdom versions of the game. Saizou and Kagerou are allies in the White Night Kingdom version.
Maids, butlers, and shinobi use concealed weapons, which have weakening effects on enemy abilities when attacked.
There will be different weapons that can be used in each version of the game.
Fire Emblem If is due out for 3DS on June 25 in Japan and next year in North America and Europe.
Thanks, Hachima Kikou.