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Is gcn aether.png
Icon of the Aether skill in Path of Radiance.

Use Sol and Luna in succession. Trigger % = (Skill stat ÷ 2)


Class (Mastery)

  • 20 (in Path of Radiance)
  • 30 (in Radiant Dawn)

Aether (Japanese: 天空 Heavens) is a sword skill which debuted in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. In its first three appearances, it is associated with one or more of the game's Lord characters and, to a lesser extent, with their family - Ike in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, Ike's father Greil in the former if hacked into the party, and Chrom, Lucina and potentially any of their female children in Awakening. It is traditionally obtained after class changing, as a mastery skill in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, tied to Ike and Greil's classes, Lord, Hero and Vanguard, and as a class skill learned by Great Lords in Awakening. Aether in Fates is a bonus skill associated with two of its original wielders, Ike and Lucina.

When activated, Aether deals two consecutive blows to the enemy. The first blow has the effect of the Sol skill, draining HP from the target into the user, and the second has that of Luna, bypassing the target's defensive stats. As with the two base skills themselves, the specific effects of Aether vary somewhat beyond this from game to game.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Path of Radiance Is gcn aether.png It unleashes two consecutive blows; the first restores HP equal to damage dealt, and the second halves the enemy's defense. (Skill)% 20 For further mechanics, see here.
Radiant Dawn Is wii aether.png It unleashes two consecutive blows; the first restores HP equal to damage dealt, and the second negates the enemy's defense. (Skill/2)% 30 For further mechanics, see here.
Awakening Is 3ds aether.png It unleashes two consecutive blows; the first restores HP equal to half the damage dealt, and the second halves the enemy's defense and resistance. (Skill/2)% -- For further mechanics, see here.
Fates Is 3ds aether.png It unleashes two consecutive blows; the first restores HP equal to half the damage dealt, and the second halves the enemy's defense and resistance. (Skill/2)% -- For further mechanics, see here.


Path of Radiance

Classes (Occult) Hero (Usable only through hacking)[1]Lord

Radiant Dawn

Classes Vanguard


Units Ike (Both versions)Lucina • (Kjelle or Cynthia), if Chrom was their father • (Morgan), if Lucina was her mother
Classes Great Lord (Learned at Level 5)


Classes Vanguard (Learned from Level 25 and up)Great Lord (Learned from Level 25 and up)
Items Aether

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

This article or section is a short summary of Aether.
SmashWiki features a more in-depth article.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Aether is Ike's up special move. Its appearance is modified from its Fire Emblem appearances in that it entails only a single strike, omitting the second upward slash, and none of the added effects from Fire Emblem apply. Additionally, Ike's Final Smash is Great Aether, characterized as a significantly more powerful variation of Aether and possibly inspired by Ike's final strike against Ashera in Radiant Dawn.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U introduced character customization, including alternate variations on each character's special moves. Like all special moves in the two games, Aether has two variations, which are found at random and collected during the course of the game's other modes.

  • Aether Drive (Japanese: 進天空 Advancing Heavens) alters Ike's trajectory to give him more horizontal distance, flinging Ragnell upwards diagonally and following it in that direction.
  • Aether Wave (Japanese: 天空波 Heavens Wave) is less powerful, but flings a long-distance shock wave upon landing.

Code Name: S.T.E.A.M.

In his guest appearance in Code Name: S.T.E.A.M., Aether is Ike's special ability. It inflicts high damage on enemies stationed in front of Ike when it is activated. However, it can only be used once per attempt at a chapter.

TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher)

Aether is present as a skill on one card in TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher): B05-089SR Radiant Hero, Ike. It is a trigger skill which activates automatically when Ike is used to attack the opponent's lord unit, which adds +10 attack power to Ike until the end of the opponent's next turn. If the player chooses to do so, Aether also allows him to automatically destroy any two other enemy units in addition to their attack on the opponent's lord, in exchange for a steep price in bonds. Ike's other skill on this card, Memories of War, allows the player to reduce the bond cost of Aether depending on how many cards have been stacked underneath Ike's card.


  • It is possible that the first hit of Ike's Aether animation in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, which entails throwing his weapon in the air and catching it mid-jump to strike, is a reference to the Mercenary's critical hit animation in the Game Boy Advance games. Ike's base Ranger class is a Mercenary in all but name, and in Radiant Dawn he is the Mercenary's traditional advanced class.
  • In Path of Radiance, Aether is unusual in that while Ike is only able to activate it at 1 range, Greil - if hacked into the game and assigned the skill - is able to activate Aether at 2 range if he attacks with a throwing axe.[1]


Other appearances

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Aether Latin: sky, the heavens. Traditionally, "aether" or "ether" was a classical element defined as the substance of the universe beyond Earth - that is, space.
Japanese 天空 Heavens. Referred to as SUNMOON in its internal file name in Path of Radiance, and as AETHER in the same in Radiant Dawn.
Spanish Éter Ether
French Ether --
German Aithir Ether
Italian Etere Ether
Russian Небеса Heavens. Used only in the Russian version of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in the region.
Korean 에테르 Transliteration of "Aether", as above. Used in the South Korean version of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in the region.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Fedule, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Part 85: Trial Maps - Escape, Let's Play Archive, Published: 2012-08-21, Retrieved: 2015-03-05

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