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Is ns02 bane.png
Icon of the Bane skill in Engage.

May reduce foe's HP to 1.


Class (Mastery)



First game

Radiant Dawn

Bane (Japanese: 瞬殺 Instant Kill) is an offensive skill that debuted in 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. It cannot activate on attacks that would have otherwise done enough damage to kill the target.


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 and Nihil, or if either combatant has Parity active.
Will not activate if the user's attack would otherwise defeat the target.
For further mechanics, see Offensive skill § Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
Engage Is ns02 bane.png Deals (target's current HP − 1) damage to the target, leaving them with 1 HP. (Dexterity/2)% -- Nullified against bosses.


Radiant Dawn

Classes Whisper


Bond Rings Sothe S

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn
(skill assignment menu, NTSC)
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)
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.
May reduce foe's HP to 1.
Trigger %=half of Dex. (Certain
foes are immune to this effect.)

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 has a different icon and Japanese name from Radiant Dawn onward. In Radiant Dawn, it also uses a variant of the Lethality screen flash, colored purple like how Lethality looked in the western version of The Sacred Stones.
  • The North American help description erroneously states that Bane incapacitates an enemy. It does reduce an enemy to 1 HP with a single strike, but it does not technically incapacitate them.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes


A term for destruction and death, or an individual or object which kills or brings destruction or misery.



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.















Instant kill

Simplified Chinese


Instant kill

Traditional Chinese


Instant kill



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
Skills in Fire Emblem Engage
Inheritable skills Art FocusAvoid +Axe GuardAxe PowerBow AgilityBow FocusBow GuardBuild +Defense +Dexterity +Dodge +Hit +HP +HP/Lck +Knife GuardKnife PrecisionLance AgilityLance GuardLance PowerLuck +Magic +Mag/Dex +Mag/Res +Magic GuardMovement +1Resistance +Special GuardSpeed +Spd/Dex +Spd/Res +Staff MasteryStrength +Str/Def +Str/Dex +Sword AgilitySword FocusSword GuardSword PowerTome Precision
Personal skills AdmirationAlabaster DutyAspiring HeroBig PersonalityBlinding FlashBlood FuryCharmerContemplativeCrimson CheerCurious DanceDisarming SighDivinely InspiringEnergizedExpertiseFair FightFairy-Tale FolkFell ProtectionFriendly BoostGenerosityGentle FlowerGet Behind Me!Knightly CodeKnightly EscortMeditationMoved to TearsNot *Quite*Party AnimalProtectiveRacket of SolmSeconds?Self-ImproverShare SpoilsSingle-MindedStunning SmileSurvival PlanTrained to KillVerdant FaithWeapon InsightWill to WinWounded Pride
Class skills Air RaidAllied DefenseBack at YouBrave AssistCareful AimChaos StyleClear the WayConvoyDark SpiritDiffuse HealerDivine SpiritEnchantFell SpiritFrost DomainGolden LotusGrasping VoidHobbleIgnisLet FlyLunaMercilessMiasma DomainNo DistractionsPack HunterPassPincer AttackPivotReforgeResist EmblemsRun ThroughSandstormSelf-HealingSmash+Special DanceSpur EmblemsSolSoulbladeSpell HarmonySwapWorld Tree
Sync skills AdaptabilityAdvanceAlacrityAnima FocusArms ShieldAssign DecoyBlock RecoveryBook of WorldsBraveryBreak DefensesBrute ForceCanterCharmClericDecisive StrikeDemolishDetoxifyDivine PulseDraconic HexDragon VeinDual AssistDual StrikeDual SupportEclipse BraceFavorite FoodFlame GambitFriendly RivalryGentilityGeosphereGroundswellHeadlong RushHealing LightHeavy AttackHold OutHoly StanceKeen InsightLevel BoostLifesphereLightsphereLineageLost & FoundLunar BraceMentorshipMomentumNight and DayPair UpPerceptivePiercing GlarePoison GambitQuick RiposteRally SpectrumRepositionReprisalResolveResonanceSacred TwinsShield GambitSilence WardSolar BraceSP ConversionSpeedtakerStarsphereSurprise AttackQuality TimeUnyieldingVantageWeapon SyncWrath
Engage skills AdaptableAtrocityAttunedAugmentBlue SkiesBond ForgerBonded ShieldBoon of ElyosCall DoublesCombat ArtsContractDivine SpeedDraconic FormDreadful AuraEchoEclipse BraceFallen StarFlareGallopHoly AuraHoly ShieldImpenetrableInstructLaguz FriendOther HalfRaging StormRise AboveSoar
Engage attacks All for OneAstra StormBlazing LionCataclysmDark InfernoDivine BlessingGoddess DanceDragon BlastGiga Levin SwordGreat SacrificeHouses UniteLodestar RushOverrideGreat AetherQuadruple HitStorm's EyeSummon HeroTorrential RoarTwin StrikeWarp Ragnarok
Bond Ring skills BaneBattlewiseBushidoChivalryDeadly BladeDire ThunderDraw BackFlickering FlowerFortify DefGiga ExcaliburGreat ThunderHealtouchLethalityMercyMiracleParaseleneRaging FireRenewalRightful RulerShoveSpur AttackSpur ResStrong ArmSure StrikeSympatheticWind AdeptWind GodWindsweep
Enemy-exclusive skills AnchorArmored BlowArtbreakerAxebreakerBond BreakerBowbreakerCertain BlowCornered BeastDark BarrierDarting BlowDarting StanceDeath BlowDuelist's BlowFell BarrierFierce StanceKnifebreakerLancebreakerLife and DeathPoison StrikeSavage BlowSeal DefenseSeal MagicSeal ResistanceSeal SpeedSeal StrengthSigil ProtectionSpirit StrikeStalwartSteady StanceSwordbreakerTomebreakerTriangle AdeptUnbreakableUnwaveringVeteranVoid CurseWarding BlowWarding Stance