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Bright Smile

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Bright Smile


Walled Town

New units




Come on! Turn that frown upside down. Know what you have then? A smile! That's what my father taught me. If you can't smile? Stand on your head! That'll turn your frown upside—
— Soleil

Bright Smile (Japanese: 危機に咲く笑顔 A Smile Blooming Crisis) is the twenty-first paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem Fates. As a paralogue chapter, its events are not integral to the game's main storyline and can be done at the player's leisure. The chapter is unlocked after both clearing chapter 12 in Conquest or clearing chapter 17 in Revelation, and have Laslow married.

In this chapter, Laslow's daughter, Soleil, leads her underlings out of her Deeprealm and into a walled town where they repel a wave of bandits. The bandits return in greater numbers, to which Corrin and his/her army must assist Soleil's band in this second defense.


Main article: Bright Smile/Script

Within the confines of a walled city in Nohr between Windmire and Castle Krakenberg, we catch up to a woman named Soleil and a mercenary celebrating beating back a wave of bandits when one of their ruffians returns to the scene with reinforcements; as the mercenary notes the bandits' numbers and states that their own numbers can't take them on, to which Soleil asks the mercenary to smile as the ruffian orders the bandits to attack. Cutting to a different part of the area, Laslow notes the area is calm and contemplates resting in the area when Silas states that he witnessed the town watch chasing off bandits; Silas states that the bandits have returned in greater numbers and states that the town is about to get sacked, to which Laslow agrees. Silas brings up a skilled mercenary with a perpetual smile leading the town watch, to which Laslow starts to wonder who the mercenary is--then realizes that, based on the perpetual smile, that the mercenary is his daughter, Soleil. Silas states that he can't believe Soleil would be in the area as she should be in her Deeprealm, but Laslow states that Soleil is capable is her own woman who's gathered a band of mercenaries, but also states that they shouldn't be in the area; as Laslow leaves the scene, Silas tries to ask him if Soleil really is his daughter and also notes that they could be headed into a trap. Preparations take place at this point; the battle begins once preparations are complete.

Should Laslow speak with Soleil, the two of them confirm each other to be all right, after which Soleil states that she's started to get worried and can't bring herself to tell her underlings; Laslow states that, in situations where one can't smile, that one should laugh instead, a line that gets Soleil smiling again. The player may now control Soleil at this point.

Once the battle ends, Laslow and Soleil talk about how amazing they were in the battle, after which Silas suggests that they let Soleil join up with the rest of Corrin's army to make use of her smile; Soleil asks Laslow if she can travel with the army, to which Laslow agrees after some thought and encouragement from Silas. We then watch as Soleil receives a reward from a local girl and starts to flirt with her, even getting an agreement to go on a stargazing date; Silas asks Laslow if he really noticed Soleil scoring her stargazing date, to which Laslow states that Soleil has good taste in both women and men and asks Silas if he has a problem with it, to which Silas denies. As Soleil returns to Laslow and Silas, Soleil and Laslow start talking about how little time they'll have to chat; Silas asks Laslow how he ended up with someone like Soleil for his daughter, to which Laslow states that he's fortunate to have someone like Soleil in his life.


Soleil, Laslow's daughter, repels a bandit attack while on watch. The defeated bandits return, and in much larger numbers. A tough battle lies ahead.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed* 12+1 5-1 17+15

This chapter's map is 29 columns by 30 rows.

Character data

Conquest Revelation

New Units
Small portrait soleil fe14.png
NPC, speak to with Laslow
Small portrait zhara fe14.png
Capture and persuade in the prison
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar m-default fe14.pngSmall portrait felicia fe14.pngSmall portrait silas fe14.pngSmall portrait elise fe14.pngSmall portrait effie fe14.pngSmall portrait arthur fe14.pngSmall portrait odin fe14.pngSmall portrait niles fe14.pngSmall portrait azura fe14.pngSmall portrait nyx fe14.pngSmall portrait camilla fe14.pngSmall portrait selena fe14.pngSmall portrait beruka fe14.pngSmall portrait kaze fe14.pngSmall portrait laslow fe14.pngSmall portrait peri fe14.png

Note: The returning characters list only those recruited by the time this chapter can first be unlocked (after completing chapter 12 in Conquest or after completing chapter 17 in Revelation). In Conquest, Felicia is only a returning character if Corrin is male, while Jakob is only a returning character if Corrin is female; in Revelation, both Felicia and Jakob are available regardless of Corrin's gender. As a paralogue chapter, there is no set timeframe in which the chapter must be taken on; thus, it is possible to have recruited more characters than the above by the point the chapter is started.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds02 obstacle.png Obstacle Map object
Is 3ds02 obstacle.png Obstacle Map object
Is 3ds02 obstacle.png Obstacle Map object
(not present on Lunatic)
Is 3ds02 healing.png Vulnerary Clear chapter with no NPC Lancers alive
Is 3ds02 staff.png Mend Clear chapter with only one NPC Lancer alive
Is 3ds02 staff.png Physic Clear chapter with at least two NPC Lancers alive
Is 3ds02 class change.png Friendship Seal Clear chapter with at least three NPC Lancers alive
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Dracoshield Clear chapter with all four NPC Lancers alive

Event tile data

There are no event tiles during the events of the chapter. When returning to the area for skirmishes in Revelation, the following event tiles appear:

  • Column 11, row 15: East of the western horizontal wall, four squares west of the player deployment position in the middle of the bridge
  • Column 21, row 11: Six squares east of the northeasternmost player deployment position, on the western of a clump of two woods tiles

Dragon Vein data

There are no Dragon Veins in this chapter.

Level scaling data

This chapter's enemy and NPC units are subject to level scaling mechanisms that increase their levels as the player makes progress along the main story path. The tables below show the differences between the initial levels of the units and the levels of the units at each particular main story path chapter position. Initial unpromoted units who reach an effective level of 21 will become promoted units of level (effective level -20) unless otherwise stated.

Chapter Position 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Level Gain 0 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2
To Date 0 +2 +3 +5 +6 +8 +10 +12 +14 +16 +18 +20 +22 +24 +26
From Internal +2 +4 +5 +7 +8 +10 +12 +14 +16 +18 +20 +22 +24 +26 +28
Additional notes: Soleil stops visibly scaling upon hitting level 20 unpromoted at the chapter 18 position; from the chapter 19 position onward, Soleil will have an Offspring Seal in her inventory. All enemy units become promoted at the chapter 19 position.

Enemy data

Note: The following enemies' levels are those assuming the player plays this chapter closer to chapter 12 than closer to the final chapter. Levels may be higher depending on progress along the main story path.

Normal Hard Lunatic

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 dark mage enemy.gif
Ruffian Dark Mage 11 2 Fimbulvetr --
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Ruffian Fighter 12 1 Steel Axe --
Ma 3ds02 outlaw enemy.gif
Ruffian Outlaw 11 1 Steel Bow --
Ma 3ds02 outlaw enemy.gif
Ruffian Outlaw 11 1 Killer Bow --
Ma 3ds02 dark mage enemy.gif
Ruffian Dark Mage 11 4 Thunder --
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Ruffian Fighter 12 3 Iron Axe --
Ma 3ds02 mercenary enemy.gif
Ruffian Mercenary 12 4 Iron Sword --
Ma 3ds02 mercenary zhara enemy.gif
Zhara Mercenary 12 1 Steel Sword
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 dark mage enemy.gif
Ruffian Dark Mage 11 5 Thunder --
Ma 3ds02 mercenary enemy.gif
Ruffian Mercenary 12 6 Iron Sword --
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Ruffian Fighter 12 3 Iron Axe --
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Ruffian Fighter 12 1 Iron Axe Hand Axe --


  • Turn 3
    • 2/3 Dark Mages from the north side of the western wall
    • 2/3 Mercenaries from the west side of the southern wall
    • 1 Dark Mage from the west side of the southern wall (Lunatic only)
  • Turn 4
    • 3/4 Fighters; two from the west side of the northern wall, one/two from the south side of the eastern wall
      • 2 of these have Hammers on Lunatic mode; one from each spawn point
    • 1 Fighter with a Hand Axe from the west side of the northern wall (Hard/Lunatic only)
    • 2 Mercenaries from the north side of the western wall (Lunatic only)
    • 1 Fighter with a Hand Axe from the south side of the eastern wall
    • 2 Dark Mages from the east side of the southern wall (Lunatic only)
  • Turn 5
    • 2/3 Dark Mages from the south side of the western wall
    • 2/3/1 Mercenary(s) from the east side of the southern wall
    • 1 Dark Mage from the east side of the southern wall (Lunatic only)
  • Turn 6
    • 2/3 Mercenaries from the east side of the northern wall
    • 1 Dark Mage from the east side of the northern wall (Lunatic only)
    • 1/3 Dark Mage(s) from the north side of the eastern wall
    • 1 Fighter from the north side of the eastern wall (Lunatic only)

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 lancer other.gif
Mercenary Lancer 12 4 Javelin Iron Lance Vulnerary
Wary Fighter
Ma 3ds02 mercenary soleil other.gif
Soleil Mercenary 12 1 Iron Sword Vulnerary
Sisterhood Strong RiposteIs 3ds01 outrealm skill.png Varies Good FortuneIs 3ds01 outrealm skill.png Varies
Immobile until recruited.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Zhara
Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range. The figures to the left of the ~ are taken from a chapter 13 playthrough, the earliest possible point where this chapter may be undertaken in the Conquest campaign; the figures to the right of the ~ are taken from a chapter 27 playthrough, the latest possible point a save file may be positioned at.

Normal Hard/Lunatic

Small portrait zhara fe14.png
Ma 3ds02 mercenary zhara enemy.gif Mercenary
Level 12~P.18
Movement 5~6
Max HP 30~54 Speed 12~27
Strength 12~28 Luck 9~17
Magic 0 Defense 11~24
Skill 15~34 Resistance 7~17
Inventory Skills
Steel Sword*
Silver Sword*
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas C~B Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -~E Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls -- Staves/Rods -- Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --


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Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bright Smile
Japanese 危機に咲く笑顔 A Smile Blooming Crisis


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Ultimate Power Bright Smile Abrupt Clash

Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright AsugiAzamaAzuraCaeldoriCorrinDwyerFeliciaHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIzanaJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKiragiMidoriMitamaMozuOboroOrochiReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSilasSophieSubakiTakumiYukimura
Conquest ArthurAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieVelouriaXander
Revelation ArthurAsugiAzamaAzuraBennyBerukaCaeldoriCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestFugaGunterHanaHayatoHinataHinokaHisameIgnatiusJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKeatonKiragiLaslowLeoMidoriMitamaMozuNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOpheliaOrochiPercyPeriReinaRhajatRinkahRyomaSaizoSakuraScarletSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieSubakiTakumiVelouriaXander
DLC Anna
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amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
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Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
Invasions BR: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3CQ: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3RV: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3
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