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Brave weapon

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A rare blade that allows the wielder to strike twice per attack.
— The Brave Sword's description in Radiant Dawn
Takumi wielding a Crescent Bow. The weapon's "brave" effect is demonstrated by the "×4" marker, indicating he will strike four times.

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.

Overview

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 exception to this rule is the Meisterschwert wielded by Reinhardt: Thunder's Sword in Heroes, which triggers its brave effect on both the player and enemy phases as in previous games.

Brave weapons in the Fire Emblem series

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Brave Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Brave Lance X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Finn only in Thracia 776
Brave Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Brave Bow X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Meisterschwert X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Acts as a brave weapon only in Thracia 776
Master Lance X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Master Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Master Bow X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
King Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Gives Charm
Shadow Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Mareeta only, gives Nihil
Mareeta's Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Mareeta only, gives Nihil
Blessed Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Olwen only
Dragonpike X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Dean only in Thracia 776
Acts as a brave weapon only in Thracia 776
Dire Thunder X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Olwen and Reinhardt only
Amiti X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Elincia only
Quick Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Quick Lance X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Quick Axe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Quick Bow X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Eirika's Blade X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Celica's Gale X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Waste X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Soldier's Knife X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Crescent Bow X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Lightning X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Acts as a brave weapon only in Fates.
Snake Spirit X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Rienfleche's description error.
  • 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.

In other languages (prefix)

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Brave (x) --
Japanese 勇者の(x) Hero's (x)
Spanish (x) del valor (x) of courage
French (x) héros Hero (x)
German Krieger(x) Warrior (x)
Italian (x) forte Strong (x)

See also

  • Adept (skill granting the same effect when activated)
  • Astra (skill granting a similar effect, but multiplied by 5, when activated)


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