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Is wii bane.png
Icon of the Bane skill in Radiant Dawn.

Can incapacitate with a single strike. Does not work on all opponents. Whisper


Class (Mastery)




Bane (Japanese: 瞬殺 Instant Kill) is an offensive skill which is exclusive to Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. It is the mastery skill of the Whisper class, and is similar to Lethality. When activated, it reduces the target to 1 HP with a single strike.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Radiant Dawn Is wii bane.png Deals (target's current HP - 1) damage to the target, leaving them with 1 HP. (Skill/2)% 30 Nullified against bosses.
For further mechanics, see here.


Radiant Dawn

Classes Whisper

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn
(skill assignment menu, NTSC-U)
Can incapacitate with a
single strike. Does not
work on all opponents.
Cannot unassign
Radiant Dawn
(skill assignment menu, PAL)
Can reduce HP to 1 in
an instant. Does not
work on all opponents.
Cannot unassign
Radiant Dawn
(help, NTSC-U)
Can incapacitate with a single
strike. Does not work on all opponents.
Radiant Dawn
(help, PAL)
Can reduce an enemy's HP to 1 with a
strike. Does not work on all opponents.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Bane is present as a skill on one card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B05-054SR Guardian of Hope, Sothe. It is a trigger skill which comes into play during the opponent's turn when they deploy a new unit, which lets Sothe disrupt the deployment. Sothe's player may pay the deploy cost of the opponent's new unit in order to immediately destroy that unit.


  • Bane derives its icon and Japanese name from the Path of Radiance icon and Japanese name for Lethality, which got a different icon and Japanese name from Radiant Dawn onward. It also uses a variant of the Lethality screen flash, colored purple like how Lethality looked in The Sacred Stones.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bane A term for destruction and death, or an individual or object which kills or brings destruction or misery.
Japanese 瞬殺 Romanized as BANE in the skill's internal file name; literally "instant kill". In Path of Radiance, this was the Japanese name of the skill Lethality, which was renamed from Radiant Dawn onward.
Spanish Maldición Damnation
French Fléau Bane
German Verderben Ruin
Italian Sciagura Disaster



See also

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