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Constitution

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The constitution stat help prompt in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.

Constitution (Japanese: 体格 Build), abbreviated as Con or Cn, also known as Build, abbreviated Bld, is a statistic applied to units that represents that unit's physical size. Its original function was to alleviate the effects of the weight of the unit's currently-equipped weapon on that unit's attack speed in battle—prior to the statistic's introduction in Thracia 776, units' attack speed bore the full brunt of a weapon's weight, often crippling users of heavy weapon types such as axes. Constitution also affects whether or not units can rescue each other: a unit with a higher constitution can rescue one with lower, but not vice versa.

The Constitution stat lost many of its functions in Path of Radiance: in the attack speed calculation, it was replaced by Strength; the rescuing calculation instead used the new weight stat; and Aid was removed entirely. It, however, retained some niche usage in the calculations for the Colossus and Shove skills, in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn respectively.

Constitution was removed entirely in Shadow Dragon, and did not reappear until Engage.

Calculations

Attack speed

Main article: Attack speed
Game Formula Notes
Thracia 776 Speed − (Weapon weight − Constitution) Applies to physical weaponry only.
If (Weight − Con) is negative, the result is taken to be 0.
The Binding Blade Speed − (Weapon weight − Constitution) If (Weight − Con) is negative, the result is taken to be 0.
The Blazing Blade Speed − (Weapon weight − Constitution) If (Weight − Con) is negative, the result is taken to be 0.
The Sacred Stones Speed − (Weapon weight − Constitution) If (Weight − Con) is negative, the result is taken to be 0.

Aid

The Aid stat exists only in the Game Boy Advance games, and its formulae are identical across all three games. Its main purpose is to determine whether or not one unit may Rescue another.

Foot unit's Aid: Constitution − 1
Male mounted unit's Aid: 25 − Constitution
Female mounted unit's Aid: 20 − Constitution

Ability to rescue

Main article: Rescue (command) § Calculations
Game Formula Notes
Thracia 776 If [Unit A's Con] > [Unit B's Con], then Unit A can rescue Unit B. Mounted units and ballista classes are considered to have 20 constitution.
The Binding Blade If [Unit A's Aid] ≥ [Unit B's Con], then Unit A can rescue Unit B. --
The Blazing Blade If [Unit A's Aid] ≥ [Unit B's Con], then Unit A can rescue Unit B. --
The Sacred Stones If [Unit A's Aid] ≥ [Unit B's Con], then Unit A can rescue Unit B. --

Other

Stealing

Main article: Steal

In Thracia 776, constitution affects the ability to steal. If a thief's constitution is greater than the weight of a weapon held by an enemy, the thief can steal that weapon (assuming that the thief is faster than the target).

Game Formula Notes
Thracia 776 If Thief's constitution > target weapon's weight --

Colossus skill

Main article: Colossus

In Path of Radiance only, constitution affects the Colossus skill's ability to trigger.

Game Formula Notes
Path of Radiance If user's constitution > target enemy's constitution --

Ability to shove

Main articles: Shove and Smite

In Radiant Dawn only, a unit's constitution stat affects that unit's ability to use the Shove and Smite skills.

Game Formula Notes
Radiant Dawn If [user's constitution + 2] > target's weight --

Items affecting constitution

Items providing a permanent increase
Item Constitution increase Games
Is snes03 body ring.png Body Ring Permanent +3/+2 increase when used. Thracia 776, The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones
Is gcn statue frag.png Statue Frag Permanent +2 increase when used. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Items and skills modifying the growth rate
Item/skill Constitution growth modification Games
Is snes03 nál scroll.png Nál Scroll +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776

Flavor text

Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
The Binding Blade Constitution, or physical size.
Affects rescue.*
身体の大きさ 重さです
救出にかかわります
The Blazing Blade Constitution, or physical size.
Affects rescue.
身体の大きさです
救出などにかかわります
The Sacred Stones Constitution, or physical size.
Affects rescue.
身体の大きさです
救出などにかかわります
Path of Radiance The unit's body size.
This helps determine the unit's weight.
身体の大きさです
重量の目安になっています
Radiant Dawn
(NTSC-U)
The unit's body size. ユニット自身の体の大きさ
Radiant Dawn
(PAL)
The unit's constitution. --

Trivia

  • According to Taeko Kaneda, game designer of Path of Radiance, the reason that weight was introduced was due to confusion over what the constitution stat was supposed to represent. According to Kaneda, in the previous titles, constitution included armor and equipment, but this was ambiguous; thus, Path of Radiance separated a unit's constitution (before armor and equipment) from weight.[1]

Etymology and other languages

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

• Constitution
• Build

• This name is used in The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones, and Radiant Dawn.
• This name is used in Path of Radiance and Engage, though it is still abbreviated as "Cn" in some locations in the former game.

Japanese

体格

Build

Spanish

Constitución

Constitution

French

Constitution

Constitution

German

Konstitution

Constitution

Italian

Costituzione

Constitution

Gallery

References

  1. "Kaneda: By the way, the concept of “constitution” which appeared on characters in The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade includes armor and equipment. However, since this wasn’t clearly stated anywhere, there were mistaken thoughts on some of the more delicate female characters in illustrations, such as “Is she actually a gigantic woman?” (laughs). Partly for this reason, “Radiance” separately displays constitution (before factoring armor) and weight. One’s mental image is important." — xkan, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Staff Interview (N.O.M 82 – May 2005), kantopia, Published: 20 April 2020, Retrieved: 12 October 2020
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