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An Inevitable Encounter

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An Inevitable Encounter

Cm fe16 prologue.png


Remire Village

New units

Byleth, Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude



Please forgive our intrusion. We wouldn't bother you were the situation not dire. We're being pursued by a group of bandits. I can only hope that you will be so kind as to lend your support.
— Dimitri

An Inevitable Encounter (Japanese: 必然の出会い Inevitable Encounter) is the prologue of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It consists solely of a mission, A Skirmish at Dawn (Japanese: 夜明けの遭遇戦 Encounter Battle at Dawn).


Main article: An Inevitable Encounter/Script

In the Imperial Year 91, the divine Seiros engages the Liberation King Nemesis in battle and slays him, avenging an incident at the Red Canyon. Approximately one millennium later in 1180, a person named Byleth has a dream of the battle and of a mysterious girl. Afterwards, they are woken up by their father Jeralt. The nobles Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude appear and explain that bandits have attacked them while they were resting at camp. Jeralt agrees to protect them, and he and Byleth ride out. With Jeralt's guidance, the four are able to rout the bandits and injure their leader Kostas.

As the battle ends, Kostas recovers from his injuries and attempts to attack Edelgard, but Byleth sacrifices themselves to protect her. They have another vision of the girl, who scolds them for being so reckless, introduces herself as Sothis, and grants them the ability to rewind time with Divine Pulse. Byleth redoes the past several seconds and this time counters Kostas' strike and drives him off. At this point, the group is reinforced by the Knights of Seiros led by Alois. Alois recognizes Jeralt and reveals that he was once the respected captain of the Knights of Seiros who vanished approximately 20 years ago; he browbeats Jeralt into returning to Garreg Mach Monastery with him and invites Byleth to accompany them. The three lords thank Byleth for their actions, descend into a bickering match, and offer Byleth a position with their respective homelands.

Beginning log

In Remire Village, three youths pursued by bandits solicit aid from Jeralt and his mercenaries. Together, you help them fight off their pursuers and defend the village.

Chapter data

Normal/Hard Maddening

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Kostas Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Any player unit dies 4 {{{partner}}} 1 7 {{{third}}}

Normal Hard

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Character data

New Units
Small portrait byleth m fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait edelgard fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait dimitri fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1
Small portrait claude fe16.png
Automatically from turn 1









Returning Characters


Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is ns01 axe.png Iron Axe Dropped by Kostas

Enemy data

Normal Hard Maddening

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ns01 thief enemy.gif
Thief Ruffian 1 6 Iron Sword The northwestern three begin moving if any of them are provoked.
Ma ns01 thief enemy.gif
Kostas Thief 3 1 Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. He and his squad begin moving after the first four Ruffians are defeated.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma ns01 paladin jeralt other.gif
Jeralt Paladin 3 1 Iron Lance
Blade Breaker Canto Keen Intuition Lance Prowess Lv 1
• Immobile until all except Kostas and his nearby Thieves are defeated, at which point he begins moving unprovoked.
• If he attacks Kostas and would normally kill him, his attack will instead leave Kostas at 1 HP.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Kostas

Normal Hard Maddening

Small portrait kostas fe16.png
Ma ns01 thief enemy.gif Thief
Level 3
Movement 5
Crest --
Max HP 28 Luck 5
Strength 10 Defense 6
Magic 5 Resistance 1
Dexterity 7 Charm 6
Speed 7
Inventory Abilities
Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Combat arts Spells Battalion
-- -- --
Skill Levels
Swords Lances Axes Bows Brawling Reason Faith Authority Heavy Armor Riding Flying Class mastery
E E E E E E E E -- -- -- FE16ClassMasteryEmpty.png


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.


This is the basic tutorial mission of the game. Jeralt will teach you the basics of movement, attacking, Combat arts, and defensive terrain. The moves Jeralt suggests are generally the best way to tackle this map. Something Jeralt does not mention is that all units are capable of using all weapons currently in play and you can trade as many times as you want before waiting or attacking; use this to your advantage to trade around Claude’s bow to pull of uncounterable attacks and weaken the enemy for other units. If you have already decided on which route to pick, it is a good idea to give Byleth and the corresponding lord preference in securing the kill. Additionally, before the map ends, trade all of the other two lords’ weapons to Byleth and your preferred lord as they will leave your party after this chapter.

On turn 1, Weaken the first enemy with Claude and then move in any other unit to secure the kill or just obliterate him with the others’ combat arts. At the beginning of the next turn, move Edelgard into the forest terrain behind the rock to bait two enemies to her and weaken them for easy kills on the next turn. Keep in mind that Curved Shot has 3-range, so Claude can stay behind everyone else to weaken enemies from a safe distance. Once those three units have been defeated, move to intercept the now advancing Kostas at the forest tiles to the east. Dimitri has the highest defense of the four so tank Kostas and one of his lackeys with him on the forest terrain and then defeat Kostas on the next turn to end the map.


The enemy has gotten a lot stronger while your units are the same level with the same stats as usual. Enemy Ruffians equipped with swords now have seven AS enabling them to double any unit equipped with an Axe or Lance and the enemy has five movement. On the first turn weaken the enemy with Claude and then secure the kill with another unit. On the same turn, trade Byleth's Iron Sword to Edelgard, this will boost her AS to the point where she will not get doubled, while moving everyone as far north as possible. Edelgard starts in the best position to enter the forest tile behind the rock so have her wait there to intercept and weaken the enemy. Make sure to not place Dimitri on the eastern forest tile as baiting those enemies too will result in you getting overwhelmed. On the next turn, attack with Claude from a tile which enables you to trade around his Iron Bow to weaken enemies with at least one other unit. After routing these enemies, heal with vulneraries if necessary, then place Edelgard or Dimitri, equipped with an Iron Sword, on the lone forest tile to the east and kill the baited enemies on the next turn. Kostas will now advance towards you. Once again, bait the enemy with Edelgard and Dimitri—they have the highest HP-defense combos. Play it slow and defensive here. Make sure no one is in danger of dying on the next enemy phase and that units with heavy equipment only attack with their powerful combat arts (i.e. Smash and Tempest Lance on Edelgard and Dimitri respectively) and then have a sword equipped for the enemy phase if they are still on the front lines—you can change a unit's equipment after they have attacked by trading a different weapon into the top slot of their inventory. Once again, defeat Kostas to clear the chapter.


  • During this chapter, Byleth and Jeralt are part of the "Mercenaries" faction. Both of them switch to the Church of Seiros after this battle.

Etymology and other languages

An Inevitable Encounter

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English An Inevitable Encounter --
Japanese 必然の出会い Inevitable Encounter
Spanish Un encuentro inevitable An inevitable encounter
French Une Rencontre Inévitable An inevitable encounter
German Eine unvermeidliche Begegnung An inevitable Encounter
Italian Un incontro inevitabile An inevitable encounter
Korean 필연의 만남 An inevitable encounter
Simplified Chinese 必然的相遇 An inevitable encounter
Traditional Chinese 必然的相遇 An inevitable encounter

A Skirmish at Dawn

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English A Skirmish at Dawn --
Japanese 夜明けの遭遇戦 Battle at Dawn
Spanish Escaramuza al alba Skirmish at dawn
French Escarmouche nocturne Nocturnal skirmish
German Kampf in der Dämmerung Battle at Dawn
Italian Scaramuccia all'alba Skirmish at dawn
Korean 새벽녘의 조우전 Encounter at dawn
Simplified Chinese 黎明遭遇战 Dawn battle
Traditional Chinese 黎明遭遇戰 Dawn battle


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Golden Deer ClaudeHildaIgnatzLeonieLorenzLysitheaMarianneRaphael
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Ashen Wolves* BalthusConstanceHapiYuri
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White Clouds
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 Black Eagles, if Byleth sides against EdelgardBlue LionsGolden Deer / Outset of a Power Struggle Black Eagles, if Byleth sides with Edelgard
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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
Azure Moon
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Verdant Wind
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
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
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Cindered Shadows
(DLC side story)
Cindered Shadows
1: The Fourth House • 2: What Lies Beneath • 3: The Rite of Rising • 4: Danger in the Dark • 5: Betrayal • 6: Return to Me • 7: Wolf Pack
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