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Defense

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As an Armored Sword, Meg has such a high defense stat that this Soldier's Javelin does not damage her at all.
This article is about the stat. For the staff from New Mystery of the Emblem, see Defense (staff).

Defense (Japanese: 守備 defense), abbreviated Def, is a statistic belonging to units which determines a unit's ability to resist physical damage. It is used to reduce the hit point damage taken from incoming physical attacks fueled by the strength stat. When attacking physically - for instance, with lances, swords or bows - a unit's calculated attack has their target's defense subtracted from it to produce the damage they actually deal against this target, and vice versa. Defense can be temporarily enhanced by taking shelter in terrain types which give defense boosts, such as forests or forts, and can also be boosted through some support bonuses.

Some classes, most notably the various members of the Knight class family, are built to possess very high defense on average compared to other classes. As a general rule, units and classes with high defense tend to be slow, while it is common for units and classes with high skill and speed (such as the Myrmidon class family) or who wield magic to have poor defense. There is also a correlation between defense and hit points, where units and classes with high defense will also frequently have high HP.

A unit's defense stat will not protect them against magical attacks at all. When a unit is defending against an enemy who is using tomes or magic weapons, their resistance stat is used to reduce damage instead.

Calculations


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Items and skills affecting defense

Weapons, items and skills providing equipping bonus
Item Defense increase Games
Is ds firestone.png Firestone +12/+20/+9 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds divinestone.png Divinestone +15 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds magestone.png Magestone +16/+20/+11 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is nes01 dragonstone.png Earthstone +23 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Is nes02 shield.png Leather Shield +3 when equipped. Gaiden
Is nes02 shield.png Steel Shield +5 when equipped. Gaiden
Is nes02 shield.png Silver Shield +7 when equipped. Gaiden
Is nes02 shield.png Holy Shield +13 against monsters when equipped. Gaiden
Is nes02 shield.png Dracoshield +13 when equipped. Gaiden
Is snes02 shield sword.png Shield Sword +7 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War
Is snes02 gungnir.png Gungnir +10 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 (Unused)
Is 3ds gae bolg.png Gáe Bolg +10/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
Is 3ds helswath.png Helswath +20/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
Is snes02 valflame.png Valflame +10 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War
Is 3ds book of naga.png Book of Naga +20/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
Is snes02 shield ring.png Shield Ring +5 when in inventory. Genealogy of the Holy War
Is snes03 paragon sword.png Paragon Sword +5 when equipped. Thracia 776
Is gba binding blade.png Binding Blade +5 when equipped. The Binding Blade
Is 3ds armads.png Armads +5 when equipped. The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, Awakening
Is gba spear.png Spear (Vaida's) +4 when equipped. Fire Emblem
Is gba flametongue.png Flametongue +20 when equipped. Fire Emblem
Is gba vidofnir.png Vidofnir +5 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is gba ivaldi.png Ivaldi +5 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is gba wretched air.png Wretched Air +20 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is gba ravager.png Ravager +15 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is gba demon light.png Demon Light +10 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
Is gba dragonstone.png Dragonstone +15/+10/+4 when equipped. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, Fates
Is wii amiti.png Amiti +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Is wii vague katti.png Vague Katti +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Is wii alondite.png Alondite +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Is 3ds ragnell.png Ragnell +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Is 3ds double bow.png Double Bow +3/+5 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Is wii rexaura.png Rexaura +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Is gcn knight ward.png Knight Ward +2 when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is wii unlock.png Unlock +1 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii ward.png Ward +2 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii hammerne.png Hammerne +3 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii rescue.png Rescue +4 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii matrona.png Matrona +5 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii ashera staff.png Ashera Staff +1 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
Is wii rudol gem.png Rudol Gem +10 when in inventory. Radiant Dawn
Is ds icestone.png Icestone +13 when equipped. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds wyvernstone.png Wyvernstone +8 when equipped. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds pisces.png Pisces +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds taurus.png Taurus +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds cancer.png Cancer +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds starsphere.png Starsphere +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds binding shield.png Binding Shield +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds finn's lance.png Finn's Lance +2 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds hector's axe.png Hector's Axe +2 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds micaiah's pyre.png Micaiah's Pyre +2 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds beaststone.png Beaststone +1 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds beaststone+.png Beaststone+ +4 when equipped. Awakening
Is 3ds dragonstone+.png Dragonstone+ +13/+9 when equipped. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds defense +2.png Defense +2 +2 when active. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds all stats +2.png All Stats +2 +2 when active. Awakening
Visitation Seal +2 when in inventory. Fates
Master Emblem +1 when in inventory. Fates
Is 3ds02 sword.png Siegfried +4 when in inventory. Fates
Is 3ds02 lance.png Xander's Lance +2 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 sword.png Nohrian Blade +3 when equipped Fates
Is 3ds02 axe.png Camilla's Axe +3 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 sword.png Ike's Backup +3 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 axe.png Arthur's Axe +3 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 katana.png Yato Grim and Alpha forms: +2 when in inventory.
Shadow and Omega forms: +4 when in inventory.
Fates
Is 3ds02 naginata.png Guard Naginata +5 when equipped. Fates
All naginata other than the Guard Naginata, Bold Naginata, and Hinoka's Spear +1 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 club.png Adamant Club +4 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Ox Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Dragon Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Calamity Gate +1 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Horse Spirit +3 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 scroll.png Sheep Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
Is 3ds02 beaststone.png Beastrune +4 when equipped. Fates
Items providing a permanent increase
Item Defense increase Games
Is 3ds dracoshield.png Dracoshield Permanent +2/+4/+3 increase when used. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
Is snes03 shield ring.png Shield Ring Permanent +2 increase when used. Thracia 776
Is 3ds naga's tear.png Naga's Tear Permanent +2 increase when used. Awakening
Dragon Herbs Permanent +1 increase when used. Fates
Items and skills modifying the growth rate
Item/skill Defense growth modification Games
Is snes01 pisces.png Pisces +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 taurus.png Taurus +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 gemini.png Gemini +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 cancer.png Cancer +50% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 leo.png Leo -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 virgo.png Virgo -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 capricorn.png Capricorn +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 starsphere.png Starsphere +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes03 heim scroll.png Heim Scroll -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 baldur scroll.png Baldur Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 neir scroll.png Neir Scroll +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 noba scroll.png Noba Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 dain scroll.png Dain Scroll +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is gba afa's drops.png Afa's Drops Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. Fire Emblem
Is gba metis's tome.png Metis's Tome Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. The Sacred Stones
Is gcn soldier band.png Soldier Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
Is gcn knight band.png Knight Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
Is gcn wyvern band.png Wyvern Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
Is ds growth drop.png Growth Drop Permanent +10% to growth rate when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds aptitude.png Aptitude +20%/+10 to all growth rates when active. Awakening, Fates
Items and skills providing a temporary boost
Item Defense increase Games
Is gba ninis's grace.png Ninis's Grace +10 to one adjacent ally for one turn. Activated via the Dance/Play command. Fire Emblem
Is ds adamant card.png Adamant +1 to all allies for the duration of the map*. Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Is ds defense bond.png Defense Bond +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
Is 3ds defense tonic.png Defense Tonic +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
Is ds rainbow tonic.png Rainbow Tonic +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Fates
Is 3ds kris's confect.png Kris's Confect +2 for the duration of one mission when used. Awakening
Is 3ds tiki's tear.png Tiki's Tear +2 for the duration of one mission when used. Awakening
Is 3ds defender.png Defender +1 when Pair Up is is in effect. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds special dance.png Special Dance +2 to one adjacent ally for one turn. Activated via the Dance command. Awakening
Is 3ds rally heart.png Rally Heart +2 to all allied units in a 3-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening
Is 3ds rally defense.png Rally Defense +4 to all allied units in a 3/2-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds rally spectrum.png Rally Spectrum +4/+2 to all allied units in a 3/4-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
Is 3ds defensetaker.png Defensetaker +2 when defeating an enemy.* Fates
Weapons providing a temporary decrease after use
Item Defense change Games
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Bronze Dagger Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Iron Dagger Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Steel Dagger Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Silver Dagger Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Soldier's Knife Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Fruit Knife Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Hunter's Knife Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Kris Knife Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Quill Pen Inflicts -1 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Stale Bread Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Raider Knife Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Votive Candle Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Sacrificial Knife Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Felicia's Plate Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Jakob's Tray Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 dagger.png Pebble Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 tome.png Iago's Tome Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Brass Shuriken Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Iron Shuriken Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Steel Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Silver Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Spy's Shuriken Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Dual Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Sting Shuriken Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Barb Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Flame Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Chakram Inflicts -6 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Chopstick Inflicts -1 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Hair Pin Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Caltrop Inflicts -8 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Kaze's Needle Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Saizo's Star Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Kagero's Dart Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds02 yumi.png Setsuna's Yumi Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds draconic hex.png Draconic Hex Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
Is 3ds seal defense.png Seal Defense Inflicts -6 debuff on the target on contact. Fates

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Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Defense
Japanese 守備
しゅびりょく
• Defense. Used in Mystery of the Emblem and games from Thracia 776 onward.
• Defensive power. Used in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Gaiden, and Genealogy of the Holy War.
Spanish Defense Defense
French Défense Defense
German Verteidigung Defense
Italian Abilità di defensa Defense ability

References

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Battles and chapters ArenaBattle saveBossCastleChapter (Alternate routeSidequest) • ChestEvent tilesHidden itemsObjectivesReinforcementSkirmishTerrain (Hazards) • TurnWeather (Fog of war)
Stats Units ActionAffinityAuthorityBiorhythmClassConstitution (Aid) • DefenseExperienceGrowth rateHit pointHoly BloodInventoryLevelLuckMagicMovementPursuit critical coefficientResistanceSkillSpeedStrengthWeapon levelWeight
Weapons Brave weaponCritDurabilityHitKill bonusMightPersonal weaponsRangeWeapon experienceWeapon rankWeightWorth
Unit mechanics
and commands
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Calculations Attack speedAvoidCritical hit (Combination bonusDodgeTriangle Attack) • Effective damageHit rate (True hit) • Random number generatorWeapon triangle (Trinity of magic)
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