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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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North American logo and box art.

Intelligent Systems
Koei Tecmo[1]



Release date(s)

July 26, 2019[2]


PEGI: 12


Nintendo Switch


Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia



Fire Emblem: Three Houses (Japanese: ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月 Fire Emblem: Wind, Flower, Snow, Moon) is a new Fire Emblem series game releasing for the Nintendo Switch on July 26, 2019.



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The game features four main characters: Byleth, the playable Avatar unit, and the leaders of the titular three houses, Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude.[3] Byleth, after arriving at the Garreg Mach Monastery and given a teaching position, chooses one of the three houses to teach; this choice will have ramifications for both students and teachers down the road.

Part I: White Clouds

After a vision of a battle between Nemesis and Seiros and a meeting with an amnesiac girl who eventually identifies herself as Sothis, a mercenary named Byleth and their father Jeralt rescue three nobles from an attack by bandits: Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude. The five travel to the Officer's Academy at the Garreg Mach Monastery, where Byleth is offered a position as a teacher and Jeralt resumes his former post as a high-ranking member of the Knights of Seiros. Byleth chooses one of the three lords to take charge of and spends the next year teaching them the ways of battle and going on missions for the Church of Seiros. During this time, they come to blows with forces conspiring against the Church, including "those who slither in the dark" and a masked individual calling themselves the Flame Emperor. The Flame Emperor's forces stage an attack on the Holy Mausoleum where Seiros' remains are allegedly stored, but they only manage to uncover a Relic called the Sword of the Creator. Upon learning that Byleth can wield the blade, Archbishop Rhea entrusts it to them. Byleth also eventually learns that Sothis is the name of the goddess of Fódlan. During an attack by Demonic Beasts on a chapel on monastery grounds, Jeralt is murdered by an assassin named Kronya working for those who slither in the dark. Byleth pursues Kronya and slays her, but is trapped in a realm of darkness by her ally Solon. Sothis sacrifices herself to imbue Byleth with her full power, and Byleth escapes and kills Solon. Afterwards, Rhea takes them to the Holy Tomb to receive a divine revelation. The Flame Emperor and their troops invade the Tomb and engage Byleth in battle, and over the course of the battle they are unmasked as Edelgard. If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles, witnessed Edelgard's coronation as Emperor of Adrestia, and chooses to protect her, they may defect to her side. Otherwise, they remain allied with the Church. In either case, Edelgard declares war on the Church and its allies and besieges Garreg Mach. The Adrestian forces win the battle, and Byleth vanishes and falls into a five-year coma.

Part II

Silver Snow

Azure Moon

If Byleth is a member of the Blue Lions, they awake to discover that Rhea has vanished and Dimitri has been forced into exile in the Garreg Mach region and has been driven mad by his desire for revenge against Edelgard. Reuniting with the former Blue Lions, the two form a proper Kingdom army and vow to defeat the Empire. After receiving reinforcements from Dimitri's ally Rodrigue, the Kingdom begins an invasion of Adrestia. At Gronder Field, Dimitri defeats Edelgard and forces her to retreat, but Rodrigue sacrifices himself to save Dimitri from the younger sister of an Adrestian general he killed. Reassessing his priorities and vowing to atone for his sins and become a worthy king, Dimitri doubles back to Fhirdiad and wrests it from Imperial control. He then marches to Derdriu and reinforces Claude, driving the Empire out of Leicester. Claude disbands the Alliance, places their former territories under Dimitri's governance, and departs Fódlan. Dimitri then launches a proper invasion of Adrestia and conquers the Imperial capital of Enbarr. Cornered, Edelgard transforms herself into a monstrous abomination, but is ultimately defeated by Dimitri in a final battle. Dimitri makes one last attempt to reconcile with her, but she attacks him one last time and he executes her. Afterwards, Fódlan is united under Dimitri's prosperous rule.

Verdant Wind

Crimson Flower

If Byleth is a member of the Black Eagles and sides with Edelgard, they awake to discover that Rhea has taken sanctuary in the Kingdom capital of Fhirdiad and that Adrestia is locked in a stalemate with Faerghus and Leicester. Byleth's return tips the state of the war decisively in Adrestia's favor. First, the group conquers the Alliance capital of Derdriu and either executes Claude or forces him into exile. After beating back an attempt by the Church to retake Garreg Mach, the Empire begins an invasion of Faerghus. Edelgard and her elite forces defeat Rhea and kill Dimitri on the Tailtean Plains, forcing Rhea (revealed to be Seiros) to retreat to Fhirdiad. The Imperial forces pursue her to Fhirdiad, where she orders the city burned and transforms into a dragon in a mad attempt to kill Edelgard, but Edelgard emerges victorious and slays Rhea. Now the ruler of a united Fódlan, Edelgard begins her sweeping reforms of the nobility and the Crest system and begins a silent war against those who slither in the dark.


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Unit attributes


Byleth's crest activates during battle.
Main article: Crests

Crests are a new unit attribute introduced in the game. Based on what has been revealed about them so far they are alike to Holy Blood. Several characters in the game, descended from historic heroes, possess crests that grant them particular abilities during combat.


Characters possess the standard set of stats the Fire Emblem series is known for. Attack speed can be seen in the trailer, but it is as of yet unknown if weight returns, though the AS being zero suggests that it does.

Two new battle stats can also be seen: "Prt" (presumably for protection; Japanese: 防御 defense) and "Rsl" (presumably for resilience; Japanese: 耐魔 magic endurance), and they are possibly the battle equivalents to defense and resistance, akin to strength/magic and attack. There is also a new stat labeled "Cha" (presumably for charisma or charm; Japanese: 魅力 charm).


Many characters start in the mechanically identical Commoner or Noble classes and may change classes upon reaching level 5; doing so does not reset the character's level. In order to take an examination, the character must spend an exam pass; passing is based on a percentage chance, which can be increased through their abilities. Characters can freely reclass between any class they have unlocked. Any class can use any weapon, but certain classes specialize in certain weapons. Characters have affinity towards and against certain classes.


New to the series, units are now able to equip batallions, groups of generic characters, to accompany them in battle. Different battalions give different benefits and also allow access to new abilities.

Garreg Mach Monastery

Byleth at the monastery.
Main article: Garreg Mach Monastery

The Garreg Mach Monastery serves as the game's "hub" for at least Part 1 of the game. It, on the surface, can be likened to My Castle in Fire Emblem Fates, however it is far larger and has more features.

The Officers Academy, housed within Garreg Mach, allows the player to set up teaching schedules and goals for their chosen house. During the weekends, when the player is not teaching, the player may freely walk around the grounds to speak with students, give advice, plan meals, or partake in battles.


Viewing available activities in the calendar.
Main article: Calendar

The calendar is a system used to visualize the course of a single chapter in the game. During weekdays the player spends time teaching their students; on weekends, the player can, as mentioned above, wander the grounds or begin battles. On the last weekend of every month there is a mandatory battle serving as the ending of the chapter and progression to the next.

Returning features

The game brings back the durability attribute of weapons after its absence from Fire Emblem Fates and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Additionally, when weapons break they stay in the unit's inventory in its broken state instead of vanishing.


Main article: Dismount

Dismount marks its return to the Fire Emblem series with this game. It is a feature that hasn't been seen in a Fire Emblem game since Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, twenty years ago. Currently the exact effects of dismounting are unknown.

World map

Main article: World map

Once again a form of the world map returns as a feature, however it is closer to Fire Emblem Fates's version of the world map, where it instead serves as a background for the game's chapter select. The world map is not known to be explorable like the one in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Fire Emblem Awakening, or Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Divine Pulse

Main article: Divine Pulse

Divine Pulse is an old feature with a new name; similar to Mila's Turnwheel, it allows the player to rewind their actions during battle. It is an ability granted from Sothis to Byleth.

Combat arts

Main article: Combat art

Combat arts make their return from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, however they are slightly different. Unlike their first appearance, they no longer cost HP and instead consume multiple points of durability of the weapon used to perform the art. Additionally, combat arts are learned as the unit becomes more proficient with certain weapon types, instead of being learned from and connected to specific individual weapons.



Main article: List of chapters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

In Three Houses each standard chapter consists of one calendar month in the game. Additionally, the game is currently known to be divided into two parts, Part I is known to possess at least 12 months, the duration of Part II is unknown.


According to credits on promotional images of the Seasons of Warfare edition of the game, Koei Tecmo is involved with the development of the game in some way,[1] though details are currently unknown. Koei Tecmo has previously come into contact with the Fire Emblem series through Fire Emblem Warriors.


Main article: Fire Emblem: Three Houses pre-release information

The game was initially announced early in 2017 on January 18th in the Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct. At the time it was announced without subtitle and was only presented with the broad release date of "2018". Nothing of the game was shown during its initial announcing except for a generic Fire Emblem logo. No further details were given on the game for over a year until a reveal trailer aired at Nintendo's 2018 E3 showing on June 12th. During the reveal trailer they revealed that the game would release in Spring 2019, marking a delay from its initial 2018 release window.

After another lengthy absence the game resurfaced again in February 2019 during Nintendo's Nintendo Direct presentation and received a story trailer and confirmed release date of July 26, 2019, marking another, though much smaller, delay, from spring 2019 to early summer 2019.

Game credits

Main article: Staff of Fire Emblem: Three Houses



  • Three Houses is the first mainline Fire Emblem game to have a single, worldwide release date.
  • The name of the Seasons of Warfare limited edition of the game appears to be in reference to the game's Japanese title. See the etymology and other languages section below for details.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fire Emblem: Three Houses Three Houses appears to refer to the three houses that students of the Officers Academy at the Garreg Mach Monastery are sorted into: the Black Eagles, Blue Lions, and Golden Deer.
Fire Emblem for Nintendo Switch The tentative title used at the game's initial reveal in 2017.
Japanese ファイアーエムブレム 風花雪月フウカセツゲツ Fire Emblem: Wind, Flower, Snow, Moon. This combination of characters is used when describing the beauty of the four seasons in a poetic fashion.[4] It is rearranged compared to the poem and adds wind as the summer aspect, which is not present in the original poem. These four words are used in the names of the four different versions of Part II.




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  3. "Your protagonist meets three main characters—Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude—who play important roles in the story."Fire Emblem: Three Houses revealed for Nintendo Switch,, Published: June 12, 2018, Retrieved: June 12, 2018

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Remakes Shadow DragonNew Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and ShadowEchoes: Shadows of Valentia
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Playable characters Black Eagles BernadettaCasparDorotheaEdelgardFerdinandHubertLinhardtPetra
Blue Lions AnnetteAsheDedueDimitriFelixIngridMercedesSylvain
Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
Other AloisBylethCatherineCyrilFlaynGilbertHannemanManuelaSetethShamir
Non-playable characters AnnaDuke AegirFlecheIonius IXJeraltJeritzaJudithLadislavaLambertLord ArundelNaderRandolphRheaRodrigueSeirosSothisTomas
Bosses AcheronBlaiddydCatherineCharonChilonClaudeCorneliaDaphnelDeath KnightDimitriDominicEdelgardFlame EmperorFerdinandFraldariusGautierGloucesterGonerilGwendalHubertJudithKostasKronyaLadislavaLamineLonatoLord ArundelLorenzMetodeyMiklanMysonNaderNemesisPallardóRandolphRheaRieganRodrigueSolonThalesThe Immaculate OneThe ImmovableThe Wind CallerWandering Beast
Personal weapons and regalia Aegis ShieldAreadbharAxe of UkonvasaraAymrBlutgangCaduceus StaffCirce StaffCrusherFailnaughtFreikugelLance of RuinLúinOchain ShieldRafail GemScythe of SarielSeiros ShieldSpear of AssalSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorTathlum BowThe InexhaustibleThunderbrandThyrsus
Chapters Part I Prologue: An Inevitable Encounter • 1: Three Houses • 2: Familiar Scenery • 3: Mutiny in the Mist • 4: The Goddess's Rite of Rebirth • 5: Tower of Black Winds • 6: Rumors of a Reaper • 7: Field of the Eagle and Lion • 8: The Flame in the Darkness • 9: The Cause of Sorrow • 10: Where the Goddess Dwells • 11: Throne of Knowledge • 12: To War     / Outset of a Power Struggle 
Part II Silver Snow
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: A King Without a Kingdom • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: The Impregnable Fortress • 18: The Chaos of War • 19: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 20: The City Without Light • 21: Following a Dream
Azure Moon
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Delusional Prince • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The King's Triumphant Return • 19: The Golden Deer's Plea • 20: The Impregnable Fortress • 21: Our Chosen Paths • 22: Oath of the Dagger
Verdant Wind
13: Reunion at Dawn • 14: The Alliance Leader's Ambitions • 15: Valley of Torment • 16: The Rose-Colored River • 17: Blood of the Eagle and Lion • 18: The Golden Scheme • 19: The Chaos of War • 20: Conclusion of the Crossing Roads • 21: The City Without Light • 22: Fódlan's New Dawn
Crimson Flower
13: Beyond Escape • 14: The Master Tactician • 15: Tempest of Swords and Shields • 16: Lady of Deceit • 17: Field of Revenge • 18: To the End of a Dream
Paralogues Part I An Ocean ViewDeath TollDividing the WorldFalling Short of HeavenThe ForgottenLand of the Golden DeerOil and WaterRumored NuptialsSword and Shield of SeirosTales of the Red CanyonTrue ChivalryWar for the Weak
Part II Darkness Beneath the EarthEternal GuardianThe Face BeneathForeign Land and SkyForgotten HeroInsurmountableLegend of the LakeRetributionThe Silver MaidenThe Sleeping Sand LegendWeathervanes of Fódlan
Locations FódlanAdrestiaFaerghusGarreg Mach MonasteryLeicesterAlmyraBrigidDagdaSreng
Groups, objects and concepts 10 ElitesBlack EaglesBlue LionsChurch of Seiros (Knights of Seiros) • Crests (Crest Stone) • Divine PulseGolden DeerMonstersThose who slither in the dark
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