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Louise attacks a Wyvern Rider with a Silver Bow. All Bows are effective against flying units; this is indicated by her bow's blinking white weapon icon.

Across the Fire Emblem series, there are a number of weapons which possess the ability to deal extra damage to certain classes which possess a particular vulnerability to them. This bonus damage is in most games handled by multiplying the might of the attacking weapon by 3 in the damage calculation, but some games vary the method of effectiveness application.

Effectiveness against a class or set of classes is normally either specific to a particular weapon or, as is almost always the case with bows against flying classes, applied to an entire weapon type. Conversely, classes which possess similar physical attributes are often grouped together into a "unit type", sharing vulnerabilities to the same effective weapons. For example, Cavaliers and Troubadours are both classes involving a unit riding on horseback, so they are often collectively considered "mounted" units and are all vulnerable to the same effective weapons, like the Rapier and Ridersbane.

Depending on the game, some unit types are marked as such by small icons appearing in their profile. This practice started in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade.

Effectiveness data by game

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted CavalierPaladin RapierRidersbane
Armored KnightGeneral RapierArmorslayerHammer
Flying Pegasus KnightDracoknight All bowsArrowspate
Ballistician Ballistician Thunderbolt
Dragons DracoknightManakete FalchionDivinestoneWyrmslayer
Medeus Earth Dragon Falchion
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

Gaiden

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Gaiden
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted CavalierPaladinGold Knight Ridersbane
Flying Pegasus KnightFalcon Knight Steel BowSilver BowBlessed Bow
Monsters RevenantEntombedBonewalkerLichMogallGargoyleDeathgoyleNecrodragonWhite DragonFell God Blessed SwordFalchionBlessed BowBlessed LanceSeraphim • any attack by a Falcon Knight
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the normal damage dealt.

Mystery of the Emblem

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted CavalierPaladin RapierRidersbane
Armored KnightGeneral RapierArmorslayer
Flying Pegasus KnightDracoknight All bowsShaverExcaliburArrowspateHoistflamme
Swordsmen MercenaryHero Swordslayer
Barbarians ThiefBrigandBarbarianPirate Ladyblade
Dragons DracoknightFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonWyvern FalchionBreath of FogWyrmslayer
Fire Dragons Fire Dragon BlizzardIce Breath
Ice Dragons Ice Dragon FireElfireBolganoneFire Breath
Medeus Earth DragonShadow Dragon FalchionBreath of Fog
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

Genealogy of the Holy War

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted Knight LordCavalierTroubadourPaladinLance KnightDuke KnightFree KnightRangerAxe KnightGreat KnightArch KnightBow KnightMage Knight Ridersbane
Armored Armored AxeKnightArmored SwordBow ArmorGeneralBaronEmperor Armorslayer
Flying Pegasus KnightFalcon KnightDragon RiderWyvern RiderWyvern Lord All bowsWing Clipper
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to always deal a critical hit, except where the enemy has Nihil.

Thracia 776

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted CavalierTroubadourPaladinLance KnightDuke KnightFree KnightRangerAxe KnightGreat KnightArch KnightBow KnightMage Knight RapierBlessed SwordRidersbanePoleax
Armored Armored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordBow ArmorGeneralBaron RapierBragi SwordArmorslayerHammer
Flying Pegasus RiderPegasus KnightDragon RiderWyvern Rider All bowsWindGrafcaliburForseti
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

The Binding Blade

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is gba horse.png Mounted CavalierPaladin RapierRidersbanePoleax
Armored KnightGeneral RapierArmorslayerHammer
Is gba pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcoknight All bows except MulagirAircalibur
Is gba wyvern.png Dragons (1) Wyvern RiderWyvern LordManakete All bows*WyrmslayerDurandalMaltetArmadsMulagirForblazeAureolaApocalypse
Dragons (2) ManaketeDemon Dragon Binding BladeDivinestone
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

The Blazing Blade

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is gba horse.png Mounted Knight LordCavalierPaladinTroubadourValkyrieNomadNomadic Trooper Mani KattiRapierWolf BeilLongswordHorseslayerHalberd
Armored Great LordKnightGeneral Mani KattiRapierWolf BeilArmorslayerHeavy SpearHammer
Swords MercenaryHeroMyrmidonSwordmasterBlade Lord Swordslayer
Is gba pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcoknight All bows except the Emblem Bow
Is gba wyvern.png Dragons Wyvern RiderWyvern LordFire Dragon All bows*WyrmslayerDragon AxeDurandalArmadsForblazeAureolaSol Katti
Nergal Dark Druid Aureola
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to double (2x) the weapon's might. This was changed from the Japanese version, where the bonus was to triple (3x) the might with several exceptions*.

The Sacred Stones

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is gba horse.png Mounted Great LordCavalierPaladinGreat KnightTroubadourValkyrieMage KnightRanger RapierReginleifZanbatoHorseslayerHalberd
Armored KnightGeneralGreat Knight RapierReginleifArmorslayerHeavy SpearHammer
Swords MercenaryHeroMyrmidonSwordmaster Swordslayer
Is gba pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcoknightGargoyleDeathgoyle All bowsAlacaliburWind Sword
Is gba wyvern.png Dragons Wyvern RiderWyvern LordWyvern KnightManaketeDraco Zombie All bowsWyrmslayerDragonspearDragon Axe
Monsters RevenantEntombedBonewalkerWightMauthe DoogGwyllgiTarvosMaelduinGargoyleDeathgoyleMogallArch MogallBaelElder BaelCyclopsDraco ZombieDemon King ShadowkillerFiendcleaverBright LanceBeacon BowSieglindeAudhulmaSiegmundVidofnirGarmNidhoggExcaliburIvaldi • All attacks from a unit with Slayer
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might. The exceptions are the Sacred Twins, which only double (2x) the might.

Path of Radiance

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is gcn beorc.png Beorc All classes not in the laguz category None*
Is gcn laguz.png Laguz CatTigerLionHawkRavenHeronRed DragonWhite Dragon LaguzslayerLaguz LanceLaguz AxeLaguz Bow
Is gcn horse 01.png Mounted Sword KnightLance KnightAxe KnightBow KnightPaladin Regal SwordLongswordKnight KillerPoleax
Is gcn armor.png Armored KnightGeneral Regal SwordArmorslayerHeavy SpearHammer
Is gcn pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcon KnightPrincess CrimeaWyvern RiderWyvern LordKing DaeinHawkRavenHeron All bowsSonic Sword • All wind magic
Is gcn beast.png Beast CatTigerLion Flame Lance • All fire magic
Is gcn bird.png Bird HawkRavenHeron None*
Is gcn dragon.png Dragon Red DragonWhite Dragon Bolt Axe • All thunder magic
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to double (2x) the equipped weapon's might.

Radiant Dawn

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is wii horse.png Mounted HorseSword KnightLance KnightAxe KnightBow KnightBlade PaladinLance PaladinAxe PaladinBow PaladinGold KnightSilver KnightValkyrie HorseslayerThani
Is wii armor.png Armored Armor SwordArmor LanceArmor AxeSword GeneralLance GeneralAxe GeneralMarshallBlack Knight HammerThani
Is gcn pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcon KnightSeraph KnightQueenHawkRavenHeron* All bows • All wind magic except Wind Tail
Is wii beast.png Beasts CatTigerWolfLion Beast Killer • All fire magic except Fire Tail • All attacks from a unit with Beastfoe
Is wii bird.png Birds HawkRavenHeron All attacks from a unit with Birdfoe
Is wii dragon.png Dragons DracoknightDragonmasterDragonlordRed DragonWhite DragonBlack Dragon Wyrmslayer • All thunder magic except Thunder Tail • All attacks from a unit with Dragonfoe*
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might. Bird, Beast, and Dragon weaknesses do not apply to non-transformed laguz.

Shadow Dragon

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is ds horse.png Mounted CavalierPaladinHorseman RapierWing SpearRidersbanePoleax
Is ds armor.png Armored KnightGeneral RapierWing SpearArmorslayerHammer
Is ds pegasus.png Is ds dragon.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcoknightDracoknight All bowsExcaliburArrowspate
Is ds ballistician.png Ballistician Ballistician Thunderbolt
Is ds manakete.png Dragons Manakete FalchionDivinestoneWyrmslayerDragonpike
Is ds earth dragon.png Medeus Earth Dragon FalchionDivinestone
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

New Mystery of the Emblem

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is ds horse.png Mounted CavalierPaladinHorseman RapierWing SpearRidersbanePoleax
Is ds armor.png Armored KnightGeneral RapierWing SpearArmorslayerHammerCleave Bow
Is ds swordsman.png Swordsmen MercenaryHeroMyrmidonSwordmaster Swordslayer
Is ds pegasus.png Is ds dragon.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcoknightDracoknight All bowsFlycatcherExcaliburShaverMerric's TomeArrowspate
Is ds ballistician.png Ballistician Ballistician Thunderbolt
Is ds manakete.png Dragons ManaketeFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonWyvernEarth Dragon FalchionDivinestoneWyrmslayerDragonpike
Is ds earth dragon.png Medeus Shadow Dragon Falchion
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

Awakening

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Awakening
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is 3ds01 beast.png Beasts CavalierPaladinGreat KnightBow KnightDark KnightTroubadourValkyriePegasus KnightFalcon KnightDark FlierGriffon RiderTaguelConqueror
Additionally, if a Taguel is reclassed they retain their beast weakness in all other classes
RapierNoble RapierBeast Killer • All attacks from a Taguel with Beastbane
Is 3ds01 armor.png Armored KnightGreat KnightGeneralConqueror RapierNoble RapierArmorslayerHammer
Is 3ds01 pegasus.png Flying Pegasus KnightFalcon KnightDark FlierWyvern RiderWyvern LordGriffon Rider Volant Axe • All bowsWindElwindArcwindRexcaliburForsetiExcaliburWilderwindCelica's Gale
Is 3ds01 monster.png Monsters RevenantEntombed Blessed LanceBlessed Bow
Is 3ds01 dragon.png Dragons Wyvern RiderWyvern LordManakete
Additionally, if a Manakete is reclassed they retain their dragon weakness in all other classes
FalchionExalted FalchionParallel FalchionWyrmslayerBook of Naga • All attacks from a Manakete with Wyrmsbane
Is 3ds01 fell dragon.png Fell Dragon Grima Exalted FalchionParallel Falchion
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

Fates

In Fates, effective weapons are weakened when used against units who are not vulnerable to them. A unit wielding a specific effective weapon takes a -4 attack, -10 hit rate penalty when using it against a unit who does not share that weakness.[1] This does not apply to bows or yumi when used on non-flier units, although the Hunter's Bow is affected.

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Fates
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is 3ds02 beast.png Beasts CavalierPaladinGreat KnightBow KnightDark KnightTroubadourStrategistWolfskinWolfssegnerSky KnightFalcon KnightKinshi KnightKitsuneNine-TailsDark Falcon
Additionally, if a Kitsune or Wolfskin is reclassed they retain their beast weakness in all other classes
Beast KillerHunter's BowHunter's Knife • All attacks from a Wolfskin, Wolfssegner, Kitsune, or Nine-Tails with Beastbane
Is 3ds02 armor.png Armored KnightGeneralGreat Knight ArmorslayerHammerSting Shuriken
Is 3ds02 pegasus.png Flying Wyvern RiderWyvern LordMalig KnightSky KnightFalcon KnightKinshi KnightDark Falcon All bows except the Hunter's Bow • All yumiExcaliburBallista
Is 3ds02 monster.png Monsters FacelessStoneborn Spirit KatanaBlessed LanceBlessed BowKris Knife
Is 3ds02 dragon.png Dragons Nohr Prince/PrincessNohr NobleHoshido NobleWyvern RiderWyvern LordMalig KnightFeral DragonAstral DragonBlight Dragon
Additionally, if a Nohr Prince/Princess is reclassed they retain their dragon weakness in all other classes
FalchionParallel FalchionWyrmslayerDragon Spirit
Is 3ds02 puppet.png Puppets* MechanistAutomatonStoneborn All attacks from a unit with Golembane
Sword wielders Units with a sword equipped Swordcatcher
Lance wielders Units with a lance equipped Pike-Ruin Club
Axe wielders Units with an axe equipped Axe Splitter
Tome wielders Units with a tome equipped Spellbane Yumi
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might. The exception is the Ballista, which only doubles (2x) the might.

Heroes


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Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Heroes
Unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is feh infantry.png Infantry Poison Dagger
Is feh armor.png Armored ArmorslayerHammerHeavy SpearThaniWing SwordSky MaiougiDawn Suzu
Is feh cavalry.png Cavalry BlárwolfGronnwolfRauðrwolfRidersbaneZanbatoWing SwordPoleaxeDusk UchiwaDawn Suzu
Is feh flying.png Flying All bowsExcalibur
Is feh red tome.pngIs feh blue tome.pngIs feh green tome.png Mages Kitty Paddle
Is feh red breath.pngIs feh blue breath.pngIs feh green breath.pngIs feh colorless breath.png Dragons Falchion (AlmLucina) • NagaBinding Blade (refined)Breath of FogSummer's BreathCloud Maiougi
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to increase the attacker's Attack stat (before Defense or Resistance are factored in) by ×1.5.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

In Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, bonus damage categories have other functions than simply having bonus damage being able to be dealt. Additionally, the game lists a unit's bonus damage categories in their arts list.

Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Is 3ds03 mounted.png Mounted CavalierPaladinGold KnightBow Knight RapierRidersbane
Skills: Knightkneeler
Is 3ds03 flying.png Flier Pegasus KnightFalcon KnightGargoyleDeathgoyleNecrodragonWhite DragonMila's ServantDuma's ApostleGarudaBalor All bows except Rusted Bow and Venin Bow
Skills: Grounder
Is 3ds03 armored.png Armored KnightBaronFiendGuardian Rapier
Skills: ArmorcrushDeath Blow
Is 3ds03 terror.png Terror RevenantEntombedTomb LordBonewalkerGargoyleNecrodragon Blessed SwordBlessed LanceBlessed BowFalchionSeraphim
Skills: Celestial Bow
Is 3ds03 terror.png Great Terror FiendLichDeathgoyleWhite DragonMogallDraculTitanGarudaGuardianFafnirBalorDeimos Blessed SwordBlessed LanceBlessed BowFalchionSeraphim
Skills: Celestial Bow
Unlike regular Terrors, Great Terror units are immune to Expel
Is 3ds03 dragon.png Dragon DagonFire Dragon While there is a bonus damage category, no weapons deal bonus damage to dragons.
Is 3ds03 god.png God (Duma) Fell God While there is a bonus damage category, no weapons deal bonus damage to gods.
Gods can only be killed by weapons with Deicide.
Is 3ds03 god 02.png God (Creation) Fell Dragon While there is a bonus damage category, no weapons deal bonus damage to gods.
In this game, the bonus for bonus damage is to triple (3x) the equipped weapon's might.

Warriors


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Bonus damage groups in Fire Emblem Warriors
Unit type Classes of this unit type Weapons effective against this unit type
Mounted CavalierPaladinCrown PrinceGreat KnightGuardian KnightDark KnightDark CrusaderTroubadourStrategist Wing SpearZanbatoHorseslayerHalberdHunter's BowUnsaddler TomePiked Dragonstone • All weapons with Mountslayer
Armored KnightGeneralGreat KnightGuardian Knight Wing SpearArmorslayerHeavy SpearHammerCleave BowPiercing TomeIronbanestone • All weapons with Plateslayer
Flying Pegasus KnightSky KnightFalcon KnightWyvern RiderWyvern LordMalig KnightMalig Master All BowsWing ClipperFlycatcherVolant AxeWingbane TomeRisestone • All weapons with Wingslayer
Dragon Nohr Princess/PrinceNohr NobleHoshido NobleWyvern RiderWyvern LordMalig KnightMalig MasterManaketeFafnirDivine Dragon FalchionParallel FalchionExalted FalchionSol KattiDivinestoneWyrmslayerDragonpikeDragon AxeDragonkiller BowCondragon TomeUndragonstone • All weapons with Dracoslayer
Monster Outrealm Fiend EnlironFacinnaSpirit KatanaBlessed LanceBlessed AxeBlessed BowBlessed TomeBlessedstone • All weapons with Beastslayer

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bonus damage Known by this name from Path of Radiance onward; The Blazing Blade gives no name, but the tutorial for bonus damage is known as "weapon effectiveness" in The Sacred Stones.
Japanese 特効 Effectiveness

References

  1. アイテム/刀・剣, pegasusknight.com, Retrieved: 2015-05-31
  2. "Longswords work well against units on horseback, and Armorslayers help you mow down knights." — Anna, Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
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