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Astral Shards

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The twelve astral shards in New Mystery of the Emblem.

The astral shards (Japanese: 星の欠片 star fragments) are a collection of twelve plot-important items that appear in Book 2 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, its remake New Mystery of the Emblem, and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. In Mystery of the Emblem and New Mystery of the Emblem, they are the pieces of the broken Starsphere, and collecting all twelve to restore the Starsphere to its original state is one of Marth's primary goals during the first part of the story; in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, they are twelve of the thirteen pieces that can be used to form a Star Jacinth (the thirteenth being a Black Pearl).

Before being restored into the Starsphere or Star Jacinth, the individual astral shards each have an effect on the stats of a unit who holds them, with the effect being a fraction of what the complete Starsphere does in its respective game. In Mystery of the Emblem and Shadows of Valentia, the shards affect the growth rates of units who carry them, with each giving a total 40% boost to growth rates distributed across one or several stats (or less in Shadows of Valentia if resistance is involved). Some shards reduce one growth rate to allow for a much larger boost. In New Mystery of the Emblem, the astral shards give temporary boosts to the stats of units when held in a unit's inventory, with each shard giving a total +2 stat boost distributed across one or two stats. In both versions of Mystery, the boosts stack with each other, allowing a single unit to have the stat benefits of multiple shards at the same time; this is not possible in Shadows of Valentia, since units are only able to carry one item at a time.

In Mystery of the Emblem and New Mystery of the Emblem, all twelve astral shards must be collected in order to assemble and obtain the Starsphere, at which point they will all be removed from the player's inventories. If the player fails to obtain even one astral shard, the Starsphere cannot be assembled in Chapter 14, and as the Starsphere is necessary to obtain the Binding Shield, this will eventually guarantee that the player gets the game's bad ending. In Shadows of Valentia, collecting astral shards and assembling Star Jacinths out of them is the focus of the DLC episodes The Astral Temple and The Inner Sanctum, and is unrelated to the main story; in addition to one each of the twelve types of astral shards, a Black Pearl is also necessary to obtain the Star Jacinth.

History

The Archanean versions of the astral shards were inadvertently created during the War of Shadows, when Gotoh used the Starsphere to forge the Starlight tome. The creation of Starlight put a great strain on the Starsphere and caused it to shatter into twelve pieces, which were blown away and scattered by the force of Starlight's creation.[1] After the war, Gotoh entrusted his disciple Wendell with searching Archanea to find all twelve shards so that the Starsphere could be restored, warning him that the world would fall to ruin without the restoration of the Starsphere.[2] During this mission, however, he was captured by Archanean soldiers serving Lang and held prisoner in Olbern Keep.

After Lang's defeat, Marth and the Altean army found and released Wendell, who told Marth of his mission. Marth, having already inadvertently collected a few shards himself, volunteered to help Wendell on his mission after sorting out the Archanean invasion of Altea. Though his plan was derailed when the arrival of Hardin forced his army to flee to Khadein, Marth continued to search for the shards after Gotoh instructed him to come to the Ice Dragon Temple. When he arrived, having collected all twelve on his voyage, Gotoh restored them into the Starsphere and entrusted it to Marth, intending the sphere to be restored to the Binding Shield once Marth found the other spheres.

Stat alterations

Mystery of the Emblem

Chart of growth rate alterations awarded by the astral shards
Shard HP Str Skl Spd Luck WLv Def Res
Is snes01 aries shard.png Aries Shard -- -- -- -- +40% -- -- --
Is snes01 taurus shard.png Taurus Shard +5% +5% +5% +5% +5% +5% +5% +5%
Is snes01 gemini shard.png Gemini Shard -- +30% -- -- -- -10% +20% --
Is snes01 cancer shard.png Cancer Shard -- -10% -- -- -- -- +50% --
Is snes01 leo shard.png Leo Shard -- +50% -- -- -- -- -10% --
Is snes01 virgo shard.png Virgo Shard -- -- -- -- -- +20% -10% +30%
Is snes01 libra shard.png Libra Shard -10% -- -- +40% +10% +10% -- -10%
Is snes01 scorpio shard.png Scorpio Shard -- +20% +20% +10% -10% -- -- --
Is snes01 sagittarius shard.png Sagittarius Shard -10% -- +40% +10% -- -- -- --
Is snes01 capricorn shard.png Capricorn Shard +20% -- -10% -10% -- +30% +10% --
Is snes01 aquarius shard.png Aquarius Shard -- +10% +10% +10% -- +10% -- --
Is snes01 pisces shard.png Pisces Shard +10% -- -- -- +10% -- +10% +10%

New Mystery of the Emblem

Chart of stat boosts awarded by the astral shards
Shard HP Str Mag Skl Spd Luck Def Res
Is ds aries shard.png Aries Shard -- -- -- +1 -- +1 -- --
Is ds taurus shard.png Taurus Shard -- +1 -- -- -- -- +1 --
Is ds gemini shard.png Gemini Shard -- +1 +1 -- -- -- -- --
Is ds cancer shard.png Cancer Shard -- -- -- -- -- -- +2 --
Is ds leo shard.png Leo Shard -- +2 -- -- -- -- -- --
Is ds virgo shard.png Virgo Shard -- -- -- -- -- -- -- +2
Is ds libra shard.png Libra Shard -- -- -- -- -- +2 -- --
Is ds scorpio shard.png Scorpio Shard -- -- -- -- +2 -- -- --
Is ds sagittarius shard.png Sagittarius Shard -- -- -- +2 -- -- -- --
Is ds capricorn shard.png Capricorn Shard -- -- +2 -- -- -- -- --
Is ds aquarius shard.png Aquarius Shard -- -- +1 -- -- -- -- +1
Is ds pisces shard.png Pisces Shard -- -- -- -- -- -- +1 +1

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Chart of growth rate alterations awarded by the astral shards
Shard HP Atk Skl Spd Luck Def Res
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Aries Shard -- -- -- -- +40% -- --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Taurus Shard +5% +5% +5% +5% +5% +5% +2%
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Gemini Shard -- +25% -5% -- -- +20% --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Cancer Shard -- -10% -- -- -- +50% --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Leo Shard -- +50% -- -- -- -10% --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Virgo Shard -- +10% +10% -- -- -10% +5%
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Libra Shard -10% +5% +5% +40% +10% -- -2%
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Scorpio Shard -- +20% +20% +10% -10% -- --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Sagittarius Shard -10% -- +40% +10% -- -- --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Capricorn Shard +20% +15% +5% -10% -- +10% --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Aquarius Shard -- +15% +15% +10% -- -- --
Is 3ds03 astral shard.png Pisces Shard +10% -- -- -- +10% +10% +2%

Data

Game Icon Uses Worth Effects and notes
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 aries shard.pngIs snes01 taurus shard.pngIs snes01 gemini shard.pngIs snes01 cancer shard.pngIs snes01 leo shard.pngIs snes01 virgo shard.pngIs snes01 libra shard.pngIs snes01 scorpio shard.pngIs snes01 sagittarius shard.pngIs snes01 capricorn shard.pngIs snes01 aquarius shard.pngIs snes01 pisces shard.png -- Cannot be sold Modifies growth rates according to the above chart when held in a unit's inventory.
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds aries shard.pngIs ds taurus shard.pngIs ds gemini shard.pngIs ds cancer shard.pngIs ds leo shard.pngIs ds virgo shard.pngIs ds libra shard.pngIs ds scorpio shard.pngIs ds sagittarius shard.pngIs ds capricorn shard.pngIs ds aquarius shard.pngIs ds pisces shard.png -- Cannot be sold Gives temporary stat boosts according to the above chart when held in a unit's inventory.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 astral shard.png -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 5 Modifies growth rates according to the above chart when held in a unit's inventory.

Locations

Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem

Note that all locations are the same in both the original and the remake, and that in the case of the original this applies only to Book 2.

Aries Shard

Inventory Main story: Ellerean (Dropped if killed as an enemy)
Wind and Thunder: Ellerean

Taurus Shard

Dropped by Chapter 3, enemy Rucke

Gemini Shard

Dropped by Chapter 5, enemy Torus

Cancer Shard

Dropped by Chapter 6, enemy Lang

Leo Shard

Dropped by Chapter 8, enemy Thief

Virgo Shard

Inventory Minerva

Libra Shard

Treasure Chapter 6, chest

Scorpio Shard

Dropped by Chapter 7, enemy Thief

Sagittarius Shard

Inventory Jeorge (Chapter 8 only; dropped if killed as an enemy)
Dropped by Chapter 8, enemy Sniper (New Mystery of the Emblem only, if Jeorge was killed in an earlier appearance)

Capricorn Shard

Treasure Chapter 9, chest

Aquarius Shard

Inventory Samto (Dropped if killed as an enemy)

Pisces Shard

Treasure Chapter 12, chest

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Aries Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Taurus Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)
Event Mila's Bounty 3, received for playing episode (First time only)

Gemini Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Cancer Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Leo Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Virgo Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Libra Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Scorpio Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Sagittarius Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Capricorn Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Aquarius Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Pisces Shard

Treasure The Astral Temple, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns)
The Inner Sanctum, destroy urns (0.73% chance in small urns; 1.58% chance in medium urns; 2.6% chance in large urns)

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Trading Card Game


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Each astral shard has its own card in the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

General term

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Astral shards[3] --
Japanese 星の欠片 Star fragments; 欠片 is spelled in katakana as カケラ in Mystery of the Emblem and New Mystery of the Emblem, the kanji spelling being from Shadows of Valentia.

Individual shards

The twelve astral shards are named after the twelve constellations/astrological signs of the Zodiac. The English and Japanese versions use the Latin names of the signs, while other localizations use their native terms for them. In Mystery and New Mystery, the matching constellations are depicted on the surfaces of the respective items.

Some Japanese names are shortened to fit within Mystery of the Emblem's seven character limit for items.

Names, etymology and in other regions
Japanese English French German Spanish Italian Dutch Simplified
Chinese
Traditional
Chinese
星のアリエス
Aries of the Stars
Aries Shard Éclat Bélier
Aries shard
Widder-Erz
Aries ore
Frag. aries
Aries fragment
Fram. Ariete
Aries fragment
Ramsteen
Ariesstone
 ??  ??
星のタウルス
Taurus of the Stars
Taurus Shard Éclat Taureau
Taurus shard
Stier-Erz
Taurus ore
Frag. tauro
Taurus fragment
Fram. Toro
Taurus fragment
Stiersteen
Taurusstone
 ??  ??
星のジェミニ
Gemini of the Stars
Gemini Shard Éclat Gémeaux
Gemini shard
Zwillinge-Erz
Gemini ore
Frag. géminis
Geminifragment
Fram. Gemelli
Geminifragment
Tweelingensteen
Geministone
 ??  ??
星のキャンサー
Cancer of the Stars
Cancer Shard Éclat Cancer
Cancer shard
Krebs-Erz
Cancer ore
Frag. cáncer
Cancer fragment
Fram. Cancro
Cancer fragment
Kreeftsteen
Cancerstone
 ??  ??
星のレオ
Leo of the Stars
Leo Shard Éclat Lion
Leo shard
Löwe-Erz
Leo ore
Frag. leo
Leo fragment
Fram. Leone
Leo fragment
Leeuwsteen
Leostone
 ??  ??
星のバルゴ
Virgo of the Stars
Virgo Shard Éclat Vierge
Virgo shard
Jungfrau-Erz
Virgo ore
Frag. virgo
Virgo fragment
Fram. Vergine
Virgo fragment
Maagdsteen
Virgostone
 ??  ??
星のリブラ
Libra of the Stars
Libra Shard Éclat Balance
Libra shard
Waage-Erz
Libra ore
Frag. libra
Libra fragment
Fram. Bilancia
Libra fragment
Weegschaalsteen
Librastone
 ??  ??
星のスコーピオ
Scorpio of the Stars
Scorpio Shard Éclat Scorpion
Scorpio shard
Skorpion-Erz
Scorpio ore
Frag. escorpio
Scorpio fragment
Fram. Scorpione
Scorpio fragment
Schorpioensteen
Scorpiostone
 ??  ??
星のサジタリス
Sagittarius of the Stars
Sagittarius Shard Éclat Sagittaire
Sagittarius shard
Schütze-Erz
Sagittarius ore
Frag. sagitario
Sagittarius fragment
Fram. Sagittario
Sagittarius fragment
Boogschuttersteen
Sagittariusstone
 ??  ??
星のカプコーン
Capricorn of the Stars
Capricorn Shard Éclat Capricorne
Capricorn shard
Steinbock-Erz
Capricorn ore
F. capricornio
Capricorn fragment
Fram. Capricorno
Capricorn fragment
Steenboksteen
Capricornstone
 ??  ??
星のアクエリア
Aquarius of the Stars
Aquarius Shard Éclat Verseau
Aquarius shard
Wassermann-Erz
Aquarius ore
Frag. acuario
Aquarius fragment
Fram. Acquario
Aquarius fragment
Watermansteen
Aquariusstone
 ??  ??
星のピスケス
Pisces of the Stars
Pisces Shard Éclat Poissons
Pisces shard
Fische-Erz
Pisces ore
Frag. piscis
Pisces fragment
Fram. Pesci
Pisces fragment
Vissensteen
Piscesstone
 ??  ??

Gallery

References

  1. "You have seen the "Starsphere"–the holy orb with the twelve constellations etched on its surface. In order to pierce Gharnef's shadowy veil, Lord Gotoh created a sacred spell named "Starlight" from that orb. Unfortunately, the strain on the Starsphere was so severe that it shattered into twelve shards, which scattered into the sky." — Wendell, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  2. "Lord Gotoh told me that this world has long been guarded by five orbs of mysterious arcane power, and that if even one of them is lost, the world will fall into irreparable ruin. By any means possible, we must gather the twelve astral shards and restore the Starsphere." — Wendell, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
  3. "• The Astral Temple
    Difficulty: ★
    Reward: items, astral shards, etc.
    " — 3DS notification for DLC, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

See also

Items in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Stat boosters BootsDracoshieldGoddess IconManualPower RingPure WaterSecret BookSeraph RobeSpeed RingTalisman
Healing items Vulnerary
Class change items Bishop RingHero CrestKnight CrestOrion's BoltWyvern Whip
Keys Bridge KeyChest KeyDoor Key
Shop items Silver CardVIP Card
Dragonstones DivinestoneEarthstoneFirestoneIcestoneMagestoneWyvernstone
Regalia items Astral ShardsBinding ShieldDarksphereEmblemGeosphereIote's ShieldLifesphereLightsphereStarsphere
Unused items Aum FragmentShadowstoneSilver Key
Items in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Permanent stat boosters Arms ScrollBond DropBootsDracoshieldEnergy DropGoddess IconGrowth DropSecret BookSeraph RobeSpeedwingSpirit DustTalisman
Temporary stat boosters Defense BondDefense TonicLuck BondLuck TonicMagic BondMagic TonicPure WaterRainbow TonicResistance BondResistance TonicSkill BondSkill TonicSpeed BondSpeed TonicStrength BondStrength Tonic
Healing items ElixirEnergy DrinkUsed PotionVulnerary
Class change items Elysian WhipMaster Seal
Keys Bridge KeyChest KeyDoor KeyMaster Key
Shop items BullionSilver CardVIP Card
Regalia items Astral ShardsBinding ShieldDarksphereFire EmblemGeosphereIote's ShieldLifesphereLightsphereStarsphere
Other items Cards
Items in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Stat boosters AmbrosiaBootsFruit of LifeGolden AppleNectarNethergranateTalisman
Normal provisions Blue CheeseBoiled ChickenBreadBread PieceButterCarrotChicken LinkCold SoupDagon FilletDried MeatDried ShieldfishDrinking WaterDuma MossExotic SpiceFlourGarlicHamHard BreadHerringHoley CheeseHoneyLeftover BreadMana HerbsMedicinal SyrupMille CrepeMoist BreadOrangePure HoneyRaw MeatSausageSoupSpicy ChickenSweet CookieYogurt
Alcoholic provisions AleLeftover AleRam WineWine
Class change items Pitchfork
Rings Ancient RingAnimus RingAngel RingBlessed RingCoral RingDemon RingGrimoire RingKeepsake RingMage RingMila's RingPrayer RingRusted RingSpeed Ring
Shields Blessed ShieldDracoshieldDuma's ShieldEleven ShieldEmperor ShieldFugue ShieldHexlock ShieldIron ShieldLeather ShieldLukas's ShieldRion ShieldRoyal ShieldRusted ShieldSage's ShieldSilver PlatterSilver ShieldSteel Shield
Other equipment Astral ShardsBlack Crescent MoonCoral FragmentDragon ScaleDubious MaskDuma CarvingDuma's HelmHard Worker's RibbonMila CarvingMila's DiademRed TricornStar JacinthVagabond's HairclipWarrior's Warding Bell
Shop items Gold MarkGold PurseSilver MarkSilver Purse
Other items A Son's JournalBear CarvingBlack PearlBonewalker OilCell KeyCogGargoyle EarGossamer HairHandmade DollLima ArmletMemory PrismMila's TurnwheelPitchfork