|“||A rare blade that allows the wielder to strike twice per attack.||”|
— The Brave Sword's description in Radiant Dawn
Brave weapon (Japanese: 勇者の武器 Hero's weapon) is a generic term for a relatively rare type of weapon introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and present in all installments since. They are rare weapons famous for their ability to allow their wielder to attack more often than usual in a round of combat.
Brave weapons possess a unique and valuable functionality: when used, they allow the user to attack double the number of times they normally would, generally described as "attacking consecutively", "attacking twice" or "attacking twice per turn". At minimum, this ensures that the wielder of a brave weapon attacks twice regardless of attack speed; at best, it allows them to strike the enemy four times in a single round of combat, more than is possible in any other circumstance (skills notwithstanding).
The brave effect comes into play by, at each point the wielder would normally attack once, multiplying the number of times of attack at that point. For example, if a unit would attack twice when wielding a normal weapon, normally this would manifest as (their attack) -> (enemy attack) -> (their attack). With a brave weapon, under the otherwise same circumstances this would proceed as (their attack) -> (their attack) -> (enemy attack) -> (their attack) -> (their attack). When an enemy attacks a unit with a brave weapon equipped under the same circumstances, the flow of the round of combat would proceed as (enemy attack) -> (their attack) -> (their attack) -> (their attack) -> (their attack).
Brave weapons are not without their drawbacks, however. They sometimes have only an middling amount of durability, which, due to its effect, can be drained very quickly with ease if one is not careful. Additionally, weapon experience gained from using a brave weapon ignores the brave effect; if for example the wielder attacked four times using a brave weapon, they only gain weapon experience from it as if the wielder had attacked just the normal non-brave two times. Finally, in games with weight, brave weapons are often heavy, lowering the speed of units with low constitution.
Most games which feature brave weapons have only the core four physical weapon types - the Brave Sword, Brave Lance, Brave Axe and Brave Bow - from which the weapon group gains its colloquial name. New Mystery of the Emblem introduced a set of four "quick weapons", weaker equivalents of the brave weapons which, while less powerful and durable, functioned the same way and were available at a lower weapon level; Thracia 776 did the opposite with its "master weapons", variants available only at higher weapon levels but sporting lower stats in general, save for increased crit. Comparatively few brave tomes exist: the only ones are Dire Thunder in Thracia 776, as well as Celica's Gale and Waste from Awakening. Occasionally, a personal weapon acts as a brave weapon: such as Mareeta's Sword in Thracia 776, and Elincia's Amiti in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
In Fates and Heroes, the two consecutive strike effect only takes effect if the user initiates the battle. The sole exceptions to this rule are the Meisterschwert wielded by Reinhardt: Thunder's Sword and the Wolfskin Fang wielded by Keaton: Lupine Collector in Heroes, which trigger their brave effects on both the player and enemy phases as in previous games.
Brave weapons in the Fire Emblem series
|Brave Sword||Does not act as a brave weapon in Gaiden or Echoes: Shadows of Valentia|
|Brave Lance||Finn only in Thracia 776|
|Meisterschwert||Acts as a brave weapon only in Thracia 776|
|King Sword||Gives Charm|
|Shadow Sword||Mareeta only, gives Nihil|
|Mareeta's Sword||Mareeta only, gives Nihil|
|Blessed Sword||Olwen only|
|Dragonpike||Dean only in Thracia 776|
Acts as a brave weapon only in Thracia 776
|Dire Thunder||Olwen and Reinhardt only|
|Lightning||Acts as a brave weapon only in Fates.|
|A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.|
- In the NTSC English version of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Rienfleche's help description mistakenly claims that it is a Brave weapon, giving it the same description as the game's four actual Brave weapons. This was rectified in the PAL English version. This issue was not in the Japanese release (where Rienfleche has a description similar to the other weapons wielded by Nergal's morphs) and was introduced in the NTSC localization in error.
Etymology and other languages (prefix)
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|Spanish||(x) del valor||(x) of courage|
|French||(x) héros||Hero (x)|
|Italian||(x) forte||Strong (x)|
- Adept (skill granting the same effect when activated)
- Astra (skill granting a similar effect, but multiplied by 5, when activated)