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Lightning Sword

FEMN Levin Sword.png
Artwork of the Levin Sword from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Deals magical damage based on Mag.



First game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

The Lightning Sword (Japanese: いかづちの剣 or サンダーソード, Thunder Sword), referred to as the Levin Sword prior to Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, is a recurring magic sword introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and the first of its kind in the Fire Emblem series. In all appearances, it is capable of attacking both at close range and over a distance, using thunder magic to do so. Since Genealogy of the Holy War (with the exception of Echoes, due to lacking the necessary offensive stats) it deals magical damage to foes, using the wielder's magic stat instead of their strength to calculate damage, and targets the foe's resistance stat instead of their defense. Depending on the individual game, it may have other effects.


Game Icon Rank Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Is nes01 sword.png Sword: 8 7 2 90 0 1-2 20 1,600 -- Cannot be used by Generals.
Gaiden Is nes02 sword.png Sword: -- 15 3 80 0 1-2 -- -- -- Ignores user's strength.
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 levin sword.png Sword: 8 10 5 90 0 1-2 28 1,400 -- Ignores user's strength.
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 lightning sword.png SNESRankSword.png C 12 5 70 0 1-2 50 10,000 -- At range, casts Elthunder and is fuelled by Elthunder's stats, working as magical damage.
Thracia 776 Is snes03 lightning sword.png SNESRankSword.png B 9 9 70 0 1-2 40 8,200 1 +5 skill when equipped. At range, casts Thunder and is fuelled by Thunder's stats, working as magical damage.
Shadow Dragon Is ds levin sword.png DSRankSword.png C 6 6 90 0 1-2 20 1,600 2 Works as magical damage.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds levin sword.png FE12RankSword.png C 10 -- 90 0 1-2 20 1,600 2 Works as magical damage.
Awakening Is 3ds levin sword.png 3DSRankSword.png C 10 -- 80 0 1-2 25 1,600 2 Works as magical damage.
Fates Is 3ds02 sword.png 3DSRankSword.png C 11 -- 80 -- 1-2 Infinite 3,300  ? -20 avoid when equipped.
Works as magical damage.
Cannot inflict critical hits or trigger sword skills.
Sells for 1,100 gold.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 lightning sword.png FE15RankSword.png 15 3 80 -10 1-2 -- -- -- -1 dodge when equipped. Ignores user's strength. Target's enemy's resistance.
Skills: Thunderclap, Foudroyant


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Inventory Minerva
Dropped by Endgame, enemy Dracoknight
Treasure Chapter 10, chest
Armory Chapter 12Chapter 18Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 24


Treasure Alm's party: Chapter 1, South Fort

Mystery of the Emblem

Dropped by Book 1: Chapter 13, enemy Hero
Book 2: Chapter 7, enemy Dall
Treasure Book 1: Chapter 8, chest
Secret shop Book 1: Chapter 14

Genealogy of the Holy War

Dropped by First Generation: Chapter 3, enemy Jacoban
Vendor Second Generation: Chapter 8*

Thracia 776

Inventory Fred
Capture and steal Chapter 10, enemy FredChapter 11, enemy FredChapter 24, enemy Mercenary

Shadow Dragon

Dropped by Chapter 8, enemy KannivalEndgame, enemy Hero
Treasure Chapter 10, chest
Armory Chapter 18Chapter 24Online shop*

New Mystery of the Emblem

Inventory BeckMalice*
Dropped by Chapter 7, enemy Dall
Armory Online shop*


Inventory Gangrel*
Dropped by Chapter 11, enemy GangrelChapter 25, enemy Trickster
Treasure Paralogue 10, chest
Armory Garden of Giants
Border WastesThe Mila TreeValm CastleGreat GateMila Shrine RuinsMercenary FortressLaw's EndManor of Lost Souls
Renown bonus 270 Renown points; only one copy can be obtained through this means per save file.


This list may be incomplete.
Treasure Neutral: Chapter 14, village
Armory Nohr: Level 2 (limit 1) • Level 3 (limit 2)
Rank rewards Battle Rank: 775 (limit 1)

Echoes: Shadow of Valentia

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Other appearances

Robin wielding the Levin Sword in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. Behind her, a broken Levin Sword which she discarded earlier is being held by Marth.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Robin wields the Awakening version of the Levin Sword in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. They use it for physical smash attacks and aerial attacks, instead of the Bronze Sword which they use for their other physical attacks. Attacks with the Levin Sword are stronger than those with the Bronze Sword, have greater reach and have an electrical effect which very briefly stuns the target.

Like Robin's tome special moves, the Levin Sword is affected by an emulation of the Fire Emblem durability system, and so can only be used eight times before it breaks and cannot be used again. Robin must then wait out a six-second recharge period before it becomes usable again. While waiting for it to recharge, the Bronze Sword temporarily replaces it in Robin's smash and aerial attacks, dealing less damage.[1] As with their tomes, Robin throws away their broken Levin Swords, and either Robin themself or any other character can catch it before it hits the ground, then throw the sword at their enemies to cause decent damage.

TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

The Levin Sword is present as a skill on three cards in TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher): S01-004ST Steel Swordsman, Ogma, B01-049N Myrmidon from Parts Unknown, Athena, and B04-079N Great Queen, Flavia. It is a manual-activation skill which, for a cost of flipping 1 bond, modifies its user's weapon type from sword to tome and increases their range to 1-2, but also gives them -10 attack power. The skill wears off at the end of the turn.




Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Levin Sword
• Lightning Sword
• Archaic English term for "lightning"; from the Middle English levene, possibly descended from the Latin lumen, "light".[2] Unrelated, etymologically or otherwise, to the character Lewyn, whose Japanese name is Levin. This term is used in Shadow Dragon, Awakening, and Fates.
• This term is used only in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Bolt Sword This name is used in the Gaiden and "Project Naga" fan translation patches.
Japanese サンダーソード
• Thunder Sword; this term is used in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, and Fates.
• Thunder Sword; this term is used in Gaiden, Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. In Gaiden, it is rendered as いかづちのけん, and in Genealogy and Thracia, it is rendered as いかずちの剣.
Spanish Espada trueno Thunder sword
(Latin America)
Espada rayo
French Epée orage Storm sword
Épée foudre
German Donnerschwert Thunder sword
Italian Spada folgore Lightning sword


  1. Sakurai, M., Director's Room, Miiverse, Published: July 16th 2014, Retrieved: January 31, 2015
  2. Levin | Define Levin at,, Published: 2012, Retrieved: January 31, 2015

See also

Basic swords Al's SwordAlm's BladeBamboo SwordBlunt SwordBottleBroken SwordBronze SwordCecil's SwordEliwood's BladeEmblem BladeGlass SwordGreat SwordIke's BackupIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeLaslow's BladeLong SwordLucina's EstocMarth's SpathaMaster SwordNohrian BladeOgma's BladeRoy's BladeRuke's SwordRusted SwordSelena's BladeSeliph's BladeShamshirShort SwordSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordSwordTrainerTree BranchWo Dao
Swords with secondary effects AstraArmorslayerBarrier SwordBerserk EdgeBlessed SwordBrave SwordDevil SwordEirika's BladeGolden DaggerIlwoonKing SwordLadybladeLaguzslayerLancereaverLeif's BladeLongswordLoptyr SwordMaster SwordMiracle SwordParagon SwordPure SwordQuick SwordRapierSeven SwordShadow SwordShadowkillerShield SwordSilence EdgeSleep EdgeSoothing SwordSuperior EdgeSwordslayerThief's SwordVenin SwordWingslayerWyrmslayerZweihänder
Magic-based swords Flame SwordLeo's IcebladeLevin SwordLight BrandRuneswordSonic SwordWind Sword
Ranged swords Iron KukriSilver KukriSteel KukriStorm SwordTempest BladeUmbrellaWind Edge
Regalia and personal swords AlonditeAmatsuAmitiAudhulmaBalmungBeloved ZofiaBeo SwordBinding BladeBlagi SwordBlessed SwordCaladbolgDurandalEarth SwordEckesachsEttardFalchion (Exalted FalchionParallel Falchion) • FloreteGanglariGurgurantLight BrandMani KattiMareeta's SwordMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNoble RapierRagnellRapierRegal BladeRegal SwordRoyal SwordShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSolSol KattiTyrfingVague KattiYato