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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.
- 1 Stats
- 2 Locations
- 3 Other appearances
- 4 Trivia
- 5 Gallery
- 6 Etymology and other languages
- 7 References
- 8 See also
|Game||Icon||Rank||Might||Weight||Hit||Crit||Range||Uses||Worth||Exp||Other effects and notes|
|Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light||Sword: 8||7||2||90||0||1-2||20||1,600||--||Cannot be used by Generals.|
|Gaiden||Sword: --||15||3||80||0||1-2||--||--||--||Ignores user's strength.|
|Mystery of the Emblem||Sword: 8||10||5||90||0||1-2||28||1,400||--||Ignores user's strength.|
|Genealogy of the Holy War||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||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||C||6||6||90||0||1-2||20||1,600||2||Works as magical damage.|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||C||10||--||90||0||1-2||20||1,600||2||Works as magical damage.|
|Awakening||C||10||--||80||0||1-2||25||1,600||2||Works as magical damage.|
|Fates||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||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
|Dropped by||Endgame, enemy Dracoknight|
|Treasure||Chapter 10, chest|
|Armory||Chapter 12 • Chapter 18 • Chapter 21 • Chapter 22 • Chapter 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*|
|Capture and steal||Chapter 10, enemy Fred • Chapter 11, enemy Fred • Chapter 24, enemy Mercenary|
|Dropped by||Chapter 8, enemy Kannival • Endgame, enemy Hero|
|Treasure||Chapter 10, chest|
|Armory||Chapter 18 • Chapter 24 • Online shop*|
New Mystery of the Emblem
|Inventory||Beck • Malice*|
|Dropped by||Chapter 7, enemy Dall|
|Dropped by||Chapter 11, enemy Gangrel • Chapter 25, enemy Trickster|
|Treasure||Paralogue 10, chest|
|Armory||Garden of Giants|
|Border Wastes • The Mila Tree • Valm Castle • Great Gate • Mila Shrine Ruins • Mercenary Fortress • Law's End • Manor of Lost Souls|
|Eliwood • Hector • Katarina • Leif • Lyn • Malice • Navarre • Nino • Sothe|
|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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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. 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.
Artwork of the Lightning Sword (Genealogy version) from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
Artwork of the Levin Sword (Mystery version) from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.
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". 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|
|French||Epée orage||Storm sword|
|Italian||Spada folgore||Lightning sword|