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Alternate route

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In some Fire Emblem series games starting from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, the player is confronted with a branching set of alternate routes, in which the story and gameplay progresses in one of two distinct directions. The player chooses between the two routes, either explicitly through being given the option or implicitly through meeting certain statistical criteria, setting them on one of two paths of successive chapters which they will exclusively follow until the two routes converge back into a single chapter progression. When taking a route, the player is never able to visit the other route during the same playthrough, often resulting in certain characters being available solely based on a player's choice of route.

It should be noted that the "A" and "B" designation lettering is a colloquialism applied by the fandom to simplify talking about such split routes; the games themselves never refer to route-specific chapters by this letter designation, with equivalent chapters in a route instead bearing the same chapter number. The letter designations are, however, used officially on the website for Thracia 776, in the same fashion as the fandom's usage.[1]

Alternate routes by game

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776

Sidequests in Thracia 776
Root chapter Split route "A" Split route "B" Notes
Access criteria
Characters recruited in or as a result of this route
15: The Two Paths 16A: Nohrden Line
17A: Leonster's Gate
16B: The Dark Forest
17B: The First Rain of May
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In Chapter 15, escape the map via the left escape point or select the first option when Leif talks to the priest. In Chapter 15, escape the map via the right escape point or select the second option when Leif talks to the priest.
Eyrios, Sleuf, Misha, Sara, Amalda Shanam, Miranda, Sara, Conomool

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade

Sidequests in The Binding Blade
Root chapter Split route "A" Split route "B" Notes
Access criteria
Characters recruited in or as a result of this route
9: The Misty Isles 10A: Western Resistance
11A: The Hero of the West
10B: Amidst a Struggle
11B: Flight Toward Freedom
Gonzalez is at level 11 when recruited on the B route, but at level 5 on the A route.
In Chapter 9, do not visit the top-right village. In Chapter 9, visit the top-right village.
Lalum, Ekhidna, Geese, Gonzalez, Klein, Thea Elphin, Bartre, Geese, Gonzalez, Klein, Thea
16: Storming the Capital/
16x: The Glorious Ascension
17A: Ocean's Parting
18A: The Frozen River
19A: Bitter Cold
20A: Ilia's Salvation
20Ax: The Blizzard Spear
17B: The Bishop's Teachings
18B: The Law of Sacae
19B: Battle in Bulgar
20B: The Silver Wolf
20Bx: The Tempest Bow
In Chapter 21, Jodel will join with the divine weapon from the route the player did not visit - Mulagir if the player took the A route, and Maltet if the player took the B route.
At the end of Chapter 16/16x,
Shanna and Thea's total experience gained >
Sue and Sin's total experience gained.
At the end of Chapter 16/16x,
Sue and Sin's total experience gained >
Shanna and Thea's total experience gained.
Niime, Juno Niime, Dayan

Fire Emblem

Sidequests in The Blazing Blade
Root chapter Split route "A" Split route "B" Notes
Access criteria
Characters recruited in or as a result of this route
22E/23H: Living Legend/
22xE/23xH: Genesis
23E/24H: Four-Fanged Offense
(Linus version)
23E/24H: Four-Fanged Offense
(Lloyd version)
In Chapter 27E/29H, the boss of the chapter will be whichever boss of Ch.23E/24H was not fought - Lloyd if the Linus version of the chapter was completed, and Linus if the Lloyd version of the chapter was completed.
At the end of Chapter 22E/23H/22xE/23xH,
Eliwood, Hector and Lyn's current levels total 50 or more.
At the end of Chapter 22E/23H/22xE/23xH,
Eliwood, Hector and Lyn's current levels total 49 or less.
Geitz Wallace
24E/26H: Unfulfilled Heart 25E/27H: Pale Flower of Darkness
(Kenneth version)
25E/27H: Pale Flower of Darkness
(Jerme version)
The experience gain requirement does not count any EXP gained by any of the relevant characters in Lyn's Story mode, if it was completed. Dead characters count as 0 EXP toward the threshold.
At the end of Chapter 24E/26H,
Erk, Serra, Priscilla and Lucius's total EXP gained >
Dorcas, Bartre, Guy and Raven's total EXP gained.
At the end of Chapter 24E/26H,
Dorcas, Bartre, Guy and Raven's total EXP gained >
Erk, Serra, Priscilla and Lucius's total EXP gained.
Harken or Karel Harken or Karel

Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

Sidequests in The Sacred Stones
Root chapter Route "A" (Eirika) Route "B" (Ephraim) Notes
Access criteria
Recruitable characters "unique" to this route
8: It's a Trap!
("A New Journey" segment)
9A: Distant Blade
10A: Revolt at Carcino
11A: Creeping Darkness
12A: Village of Silence
13A: Hamill Canyon
14A: Queen of White Dunes
15A: Scorched Sand
9B: Fort Rigwald
10B: Turning Traitor
11B: Phantom Ship
12B: Landing at Taizel
13B: Fluorspar's Oath
14B: Father and Son
15B: Scorched Sand
The "unique" characters of each route are also recruited automatically in the opposite route's Chapter 15, as the sole members of the retinue of the other Lord character.
Select "Go with Eirika to Rausten". Select "Go with Ephraim to Grado".
Innes, Saleh Duessel, Knoll

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