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Is 3ds01 aether.png
Icon of the Aether skill in Awakening and Fates.

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 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.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Path of Radiance Is gcn aether.png It deals two consecutive strikes against the target. The first 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 For further mechanics, see here.
Radiant Dawn Is wii aether.png It deals two consecutive strikes against the target. The first 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 For further mechanics, see here.
Awakening Is 3ds01 aether.png It deals two consecutive strikes against the target. The first 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 here.
Fates Is 3ds01 aether.png It deals two consecutive strikes against the target. The first 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 here.
Heroes Is feh skill special.png Treats the target as if it has a 50% penalty to defense and resistance during the strike, and restores (damage dealt / 2) HP to the user. 100%, when special counter reaches 0 -- Cooldown: 5
Cost: 500 SP


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


Units ChromLucina (normal and brave) • Ike (normal and brave)

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.

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.


  • 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 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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