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Close Ward

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Close Ward

Is feh close ward.png
Icon of the Close Ward skill in Heroes.

If magic, staff, or dragonstone foe initiates combat, unit can counterattack regardless of foe's range, disables foe's skills that "calculate damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res," and grants Atk/Res+5 to unit during combat.


Passive (Type A)



Close Ward (Japanese: 明鏡の反撃・近距離 Short-Range Mirror Counterattack) is a passive type A skill which debuted in Fire Emblem Heroes; unlike most passive skills in Heroes, Close Ward comes in only one tier. Contrary to what its name implies, Close Ward does not deal specifically with range-1 targets; Distant Ward boosts its wielder's Attack and Resistance during combat when a target wielding a red tome, blue tome, green tome, colorless tome, staff, or any color of breath skill initiates combat against its wielder, and also allows its wielder to counterattack regardless of its target's range and disable any of the target's skills that allow targeting of the lower of the user's Defense or Resistance.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Heroes Is feh distant ward.png Boosts user's Attack and Resistance by +5 each during combat, user can counterattack regardless of target's range, and disables target's skill that target the lower of user's Defense or Resistance. Target initiates combat wielding any red, blue, green or colorless tome, staff, or breath weapon -- Cost: 300 SP



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Game Text
Heroes If magic, staff, or dragonstone foe initiates
combat, unit can counterattack regardless of
foe's range, disables foe's skills that "calculate
damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res,"
and grants Atk/Res+5 to unit during combat.

Etymology and other languages

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

Close Ward




Short-Range Mirror Counterattack


Pugna guardiana

Guardian fight

(Latin America)

Pugna protectora

Protective fight


Gardien proche

Close guard



Near Ban


Scudo vicino

Near shield


Zelo de perto

Close zeal

Traditional Chinese


Close-range mirror counterattack

See also

Type A passive skills in Heroes
Aether Raids skills AR-D Atk/DefAR-D Atk/ResAR-D Atk/SpdAR-D Def/ResAR-D Spd/DefAR-D Spd/ResAR-O Atk/DefAR-O Atk/SpdAR-O Spd/Res
Bonus damage skills Ashera's ChosenDragonskinDragoon ShieldGrani's ShieldIote's ShieldSvalinn Shield
Counter-attack skills Close CounterClose FoilClose ReversalClose WardDistant CounterDistant FoilDistant PressureDistant WardOstian Counter
Proximity skills Ashera's ChosenAtk/Def BondAtk/Def FormAtk/Def SoloAtk/Def UnityAtk/Res BondAtk/Res FormAtk/Res SoloAtk/Res UnityAtk/Spd BondAtk/Spd FormAtk/Spd SoloAtk/Spd UnityDef/Res BondDef/Res FormDef/Res SoloLaws of SacaeSorcery BladeSpd/Def BondSpd/Def FormSpd/Def SoloSpd/Res BondSpd/Res FormSpd/Res Solo
Stat boosting skills Attack +Attack/Def +Atk/Def CatchAtk/Def IdealAtk/Def PushAttack/ResAtk/Res CatchAtk/Res IdealAtk/Res PushAtk/SpdAtk/Spd CatchAtk/Spd IdealAtk/Spd PushB Duel CavalryB Duel FlyingB Duel InfantryBonus DoublerBrazen Atk/DefBrazen Atk/ResBrazen Atk/SpdBrazen Def/ResBrazen Spd/DefBrazen Spd/ResC Duel CavalryC Duel InfantryDefense +Def/Res CatchDef/Res IdealDef/ResDefiant AtkDefiant DefDefiant ResDefiant SpdDistant PressureDragoon ShieldEarth BoostFire BoostFortress DefFort. Def/ResFortress ResFuryG Duel CavalryG Duel FlyingG Duel InfantryHP +HP/AtkHP/DefHP/ResHP/SpdLife and DeathR Duel CavalryR Duel FlyingR Duel InfantryResistance +ScendscaleSpeed +Spd/DefSpd/ResTriangle AdeptWater BoostWind Boost
Turn-related skills Armored BlowBlade SessionBracing BlowBracing StanceClose DefClose FoilClose ReversalClose WardDarting BlowDarting BreathDarting StanceDeath BlowDistant DefDistant FoilDistant WardDragonskinFierce BreathFierce StanceKestrel StanceLaws of SacaeMirror ImpactMirror StanceMirror StrikeShield SessionSteady BlowSteady BreathSteady ImpactSteady PostureSteady StanceSturdy BlowSturdy ImpactSturdy StanceSurge SparrowSwift SparrowSwift StanceSwift StrikeWarding BlowWarding BreathWarding Stance
Miscellaneous skills Flashing BladeHeavy BladeMila's Turnwheel