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This article is about the skill. "Aether" is also the name of the special type of stamina used in Fire Emblem Heroes's Aether Raids mode.

Is wii aether.png
Icon of the Aether skill in Radiant Dawn.

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


Class (Mastery)

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

Path of Radiance

Aether (pronounced /⁠ˈiθɚ⁠/[key][1]; Japanese: 天空 Heavens) is an offensive skill which debuted in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. When activated, Aether deals two consecutive blows to the enemy. The first blow has the effect of the Sol skill, draining hit points from the target to heal 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.

Aether is primarily available only to the protagonists of certain games, and is most commonly associated with Ike and, to a lesser extent, Chrom and Lucina. 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. In Fates, in addition to Ike and Lucina possessing the skill as amiibo units, it is possible to teach Aether to any other unit in the game as a downloadable content reward.


In the main Fire Emblem series

Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Path of Radiance Is gcn aether.png Strikes twice consecutively; the first strike restores (damage dealt) HP to the user, and the second treats the target as if it has a 50% penalty to defense during the strike. (Skill)% 20 Nullified against Nihil, or if either combatant has Parity.
For further mechanics, see Offensive skill § Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
Radiant Dawn Is wii aether.png Strikes twice consecutively; the first strike restores (damage dealt) HP to the user, and the second treats the target as if it has 0 defense during the strike. (Skill/2)% 30 Nullified against Nihil, or if either combatant has Parity active.
For further mechanics, see Offensive skill § Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
Awakening Is 3ds01 aether.png Strikes twice consecutively; the first strike restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user, and the second treats the target as if it has a 50% penalty to defense and resistance during the strike. (Skill/2)% -- For further mechanics, see Offensive skill § Awakening.
Fates Is 3ds02 aether.png Strikes twice consecutively; the first strike restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user, and the second treats the target as if it has a 50% penalty to defense and resistance during the strike. (Skill/2)% -- If the foe has Dragonskin, the defense penalty and healing are reduced to 25%, or 37.5% if the user has the Blazing, Shadow, or Omega Yato equipped.
For further mechanics, see Offensive skill § Fates.

In other Fire Emblem series titles

Game Icon Effect Cooldown SP cost Prerequisites Unusable by Inheritable Other effects and notes
Is feh skill special.png Treats foe's defense and resistance as if inflicted −50% and restores (damage dealt × 50%) HP to user. 5 500 Luna or Sol Staves --


Path of Radiance

Classes (Occult) Hero (Usable only through hacking)[2]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


Method Data
Unit (★★★★★) Chrom: Exalted PrinceChrom: Knight ExaltGreil: Heroic ExemplarIke: Brave MercenaryIke: Young MercenaryLucina: Brave PrincessLucina: Future WitnessNerþuz: New-Year Doter

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. series

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In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, 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.


Chrom uses Aether as his Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, based on its Awakening animation. It is known as Awakening Aether. When initiated, he yells "Anything can change!", "Now I'm mad!", or "Your end has come!", which are some of his critical/skill trigger quotes from Awakening (although he said "Now I'm angry!" in Awakening instead), and then yells "Ae...ther!" when performing the attack.

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.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Aether is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem 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.

Dragalia Lost

DL old icon.png This article or section is a short summary of Aether in Dragalia Lost.
Dragalia Lost Wiki features a more in-depth article.

Aether is one of Chrom's skills in the game. When he is fought as a boss enemy, it is only used as an unavoidable attack when he is in his overdrive state.

An alternative version of Aether that shares its name with his Final Smash in the Super Smash Bros. series, Awakening Aether, can be used by him under certain conditions when he is under the control of the player as a playable character.

Flavor text

Game Text
Path of Radiance
(skill assignment menu)
In certain instances,
triggers both Sol and
Luna consecutively.
Path of Radiance
In certain instances, triggers
both Sol and Luna
Radiant Dawn
(skill assignment menu)
Can launch consecutive
attacks of Sol
and Luna.
Cannot unassign
Radiant Dawn
(help, NTSC)
Can launch consecutive attacks of Sol
and Luna.
Radiant Dawn
(help, PAL)
Can launch consecutive attacks, using the
power of Sol and Luna.
Use Sol and Luna in succession.
Trigger % = (Skill stat ÷ 2)
Use Sol and Luna in succession when
attacking. Trigger % = (Skill stat × 0.5)
Treats foe's Def/Res as if reduced by 50% during
combat. Restores HP = half of damage dealt.


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  • 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 (pictured).
  • Aether shares its Italian name, Etere, with the Aureola weapon.
  • 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.[2]

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes


Latin: sky, the heavens. Traditionally, "aether" or "ether" was a classical element defined as the substance of the universe beyond Earth, i.e. space.



Heavens. Referred to as SUNMOON in its internal file name in Path of Radiance, and as AETHER in the same in Radiant Dawn.


















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.



• Transliteration of "Aether", as above. Used in Super Smash Bros. games and Code Name: S.T.E.A.M..
• Heavens. Used in Fire Emblem Fates.

Traditional Chinese




Other appearances


  1. Ike and Chrom in the Super Smash Bros. series
  2. 2.0 2.1 Fedule, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Part 85: Trial Maps - Escape, Let's Play Archive, Published: August 21, 2012, Retrieved: March 5, 2015

See also

Skills in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Experience-related skills BlossomParagon
Low-HP skills MiracleResolveWrath
Mobility skills CelerityCantoMove AgainSaviorShoveSmite
Miscellaneous skills AdeptCorrosionCounterGambleGuardInsightNihilParityProvokeReinforceRenewalSerenityShadeTempestVantageVigilance
Class skills KnifeLuminaMove AgainShoveSteal
Mastery skills AetherAstraBlessingBoonCancelColossusDeadeyeFlareLethalityLunaRoarSolStunVortex
Enemy-exclusive skills DisciplineDaunt
Skills in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Command skills FlourishGambleGaldrarGlareParitySacrificeShoveSmiteStealWildheart
Counter skills CounterHowlMaelstromQuickclawShriek
Bonus damage skills BeastfoeBirdfoeDragonfoeNullify
Experience-related skills BlossomDisciplineParagon
Healing skills BlessingBoonGaldrarImbueMantleRenewalSacrifice
Low-HP skills MiracleResolveWrath
Mobility skills CantoCelerityGaldrarPassSaviorShoveSmite
Proximity skills Blood TideDauntNight TideWhite Pool
Miscellaneous skills AdeptCancelFortuneGuardMercyNihilPaviseProvokeVantage
Beorc-exclusive skills CorrosionDisarmDisciplineShadeStillness
Laguz-exclusive skills BlessingBlood TideBoonFormshiftGaldrarHowlInsightMaelstromNight TideQuickclawShriekVigilanceWhite PoolWildheart
Class skills CantoCritical +ShoveSteal
Mastery skills AetherAstraBaneColossusCoronaDeadeyeEclipseFlareImpaleIreLethalityLunaRendRoarSavageSolStunTear
Enemy-exclusive skills Aurora
Skills in Fire Emblem Awakening
Breaker skills AxebreakerBowbreakerLancebreakerSwordbreakerTomebreaker
Bonus damage skills ConquestIote's ShieldBeastbaneWyrmsbane
Experience-related skills AptitudeDisciplineParagonUnderdogVeteran
Faire skills AxefaireBowfaireLancefaireSwordfaireTomefaire
Healing skills BondHealtouchLifetakerReliefRenewal
Offensive skills AetherAstraIgnisLethalityLunaLuna+SolVengeance
Pair Up skills DefenderDelivererDual Guard+Dual Strike+Dual Support+Veteran
Proximity skills AnathemaCharmDemoiselleFocusHexSolidarityTantivy
Rally skills Rally DefenseRally HeartRally LuckRally MagicRally MovementRally ResistanceRally SkillRally SpectrumRally SpeedRally Strength
Stat-boosting skills All Stats +2Avoid +10Defense +2Hit Rate +20HP +5Indoor FighterLuck +4Magic +2Movement +1Outdoor FighterResistance +2Resistance +10Skill +2Special DanceSpeed +2Strength +2Zeal
Turn-related skills AggressorEven RhythmLucky SevenOdd RhythmPatiencePrescienceQuick BurnSlow BurnVantage
Miscellaneous skills AcrobatAegisArmsthriftCounterDespoilGaleforceGambleLocktouchMiraclePassPaviseRightful KingShadowgiftWrath
Outrealm skills AggressorAll Stats +2BondIote's ShieldLimit BreakerParagonRally HeartResistance +10
Enemy-exclusive skills Aegis+DragonskinHawkeyeHit Rate +10Luna+Pavise+Rightful GodVantage+
Skills in Fire Emblem Fates
Class skills Personal skills
Bonus damage skills Armor ShieldBeastbaneBeast ShieldGolembaneWinged Shield --
Breaker skills AxebreakerBowbreakerLancebreakerShurikenbreakerSwordbreakerTomebreaker --
Counter skills CounterCountermagic CountercurseDivine RetributionIcy BloodShuriken MasteryTriple Threat
Debuffing skills Draconic HexSeal DefenseSeal MagicSeal ResistanceSeal SpeedSeal Strength HighwaymanIcy BloodShuriken Mastery
Experience-related skills AptitudeFuture SightNobilityParagonUnderdog Pride
Faire skills AxefaireBowfaireLancefaireShurikenfaireSwordfaireTomefaire --
Healing skills AmaterasuBetter OddsCamaraderieEven BetterGood FortuneLive to ServeReliefRenewal Draconic HeirForagerGoody BasketHaikuHealing DescantMorbid CelebrationOptimisticReciprocitySweet Tooth
Item-obtaining skills ProfiteerSalvage BlowWitch's Brew CollectorMake a Killing
Mobility skills LungePassShoveSurefootedSwapWarp --
Mutual effect skills Life and DeathQuixoticWary Fighter Peacebringer
Offensive skills AetherAstraDragon FangIgnisLethalityLunaRend HeavenSolVengeance --
Pair Up skills Bold StanceDefenderDual GuardsmanDual StrikerNohrian TrustShelterTactical Advice BushidoCompetitiveDaydreamDevoted PartnerEvasive PartnerFierce RivalForceful PartnerGallantMiraculous SaveNoble CauseSisterhoodSupportive
Proximity skills AmaterasuCharmDemoiselleForeign PrincessGentilhommeHeartseekerInspirationMalefic AuraSavage BlowSolidarityVoice of Peace Fierce MienFortunate SonHealing DescantLily's PoiseMisfortunatePeacebringerPerspicaciousPlaythingsPyrotechnicsQuiet StrengthRallying CryRose's Thorns
Rally skills Rally DefenseRally LuckRally MagicRally MovementRally ResistanceRally SkillRally SpectrumRally SpeedRally Strength Fancy FootworkPerfect Pitch
Stat-boosting skills Dancing BladeDefense +2GambleHeavy BladeHP +5Inspiring SongLuck +4Magic +2Movement +1Resistance +2Rifled BarrelSkill +2Speed +2Strength +2SurveyVeteran Intuition CalmOptimistPerfectionistProdigyPuissanceVow of FriendshipWind Disciple
Taker skills DefensetakerLifetakerLucktakerMagictakerResistancetakerSkilltakerSpeedtakerStrengthtaker --
Turn-related skills AggressorArmored BlowBetter OddsCertain BlowDarting BlowDeath BlowDuelist's BlowEven BetterEvenhandedEven KeelFuture SightIron WillLucky SevenOdd ShapedPoison StrikeQuick DrawSavage BlowStrong RiposteToxic BrewWarding Blow CountercurseFearsome BlowMischievousMorbid CelebrationPyrotechnics
Miscellaneous skills AegisAir SuperiorityAwakeningClarityDragon WardElbow RoomGaleforceGrisly WoundHoshidan UnityLocktouchMiracleNatural CoverOpportunity ShotPavisePoint BlankPotent PotionQuick SalveReplicateShadowgiftSpendthriftTrampleVantage Aching BloodBibliophileBloodthirstBorn StewardBrynhildrCaptureChivalryFierce CounterFiery BloodGuarded BraveryIn ExtremisKidnapLucky CharmNohr EnmityOpportunistPragmaticUnmaskVendetta
Enemy-exclusive skills Divine ShieldDragonskinHit/Avoid +ImmobilizeImmune StatusInevitable EndResist StatusSelf-DestructStaff SavantVoid Curse
Special skills in Heroes
Area-of-effect skills Blazing FlameBlazing LightBlazing ThunderBlazing WindGifted MagicGrowing FlameGrowing LightGrowing ThunderGrowing WindRising FlameRising LightRising ThunderRising Wind
Defensive skills AegisBucklerCirclet of BalanceEscutcheonFrostbite MirrorGodlike ReflexesHoly PanicHoly VestmentsIce MirrorLife UnendingMiracleNegating FangPaviseSacred Cowl
Healing skills AetherDaylightHeavenly LightImbueMayhem AetherNoontimeOpen the FutureRadiant AetherRighteous WindSol
Offensive skills AetherArms of the ThreeArmored BeaconArmored BlazeArmored FloeAstraBaneBlack LunaBlue FlameBond BlastBonfireBrutal ShellChilling WindChivalric AuraCirclet of BalanceDeadeyeDivine PulseDraconic AuraDragon BlastDragon FangDragon Fang ShotDragon GazeDragon's RoarEnclosureFire EmblemFlareGlaciesGlimmerGlitter of LightGlowing EmberGodlike ReflexesGreat AetherGustHero's BloodHoly PressureHoly-Knight AuraIcebergIgnisImperial AstraLethalityLight Is TimeLight's RestraintLightless LunaLodestar RushLunaLunar FlashMayhem AetherMoonbowNew MoonNight SkyNo QuarterOpen the FutureRadiant AetherRegnal AstraReprisalRetributionRighteous WindRuptured SkySacred WindSeiðr ShellShining EmblemSiriusSublime HeavenSupreme AstraSupreme HeavenTime and LightTime Is LightTwin BladesVengeanceVital AstraWarp Ragnarok
Staff specials Deluge BalmEarthfire BalmEarthwater BalmEarthwind BalmFireflood BalmHeavenly LightImbueKindled-Fire BalmSolid-Earth BalmStill-Water BalmSwift-Winds BalmWindfire Balm
Miscellaneous skills GaleforceNjörun's ZealRequiem DanceUmbra BlastUmbra CalamityUmbra Eruption