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Dark Spikes

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Dark Spikes

Is 3ds03 skill personal.png
Icon of Dark Spikes from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Fell dragon spikes that deal damage to foes in range.


Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Dark Spikes (Japanese: ダークスパイク Dark Spike) is a combat art which was introduced in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. It is possessed only by the Creation, who periodically uses it during its fight in the Thabes Labyrinth. When it activates this art, the Creation summons purple spikes from the ground which randomly inflict between 10 and 30 points of damage on all opposing units within a five-space radius at once.

In Three Houses, Dark Spikes is instead a dark spell, and is given the name Dark Spikes Τ (Japanese: ダークスパイクΤ Dark Spike Τ). It is a strong spell that is very effective against cavalry units. In this appearance, the spikes are depicted as appearing within the air, then impaling the target from all sides at once.


Game Icon Might Hit Crit Avo / Crit Avo* Range Cost Other effects and notes
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 skill personal.png 10-30 -- -- -- 1-5 0 HP Inflicts (Random number within might) damage on all opposing units within range. If the damage would kill a target, it leaves the target with 1 HP.
Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Three Houses Is ns01 dark magic.png Reason B 13 11 80 0 1-2 3 -- ? Deals bonus damage to Is ns01 eff cavalry.png cavalry units.


Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Unobtainable Exclusively used by the Creation.

Three Houses

Skill level Reason B: Lysithea
Reason A: Hubert

Flavor text

Game Text
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Fell dragon spikes that deal
damage to foes in range.
Three Houses Advanced dark magic.
Effective against cavalry.


The spikes variant of Expiration in Awakening.
  • The concept of Dark Spikes is presumably taken from one of the two animations of Expiration, the Creation/Grima's other attack, in Awakening, where Grima would attack a target by summoning purple spikes. Grima also does this in the opening cutscene of his chapter, bringing all units' HP down to one (although health is restored prior to the map beginning).

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Dark Spikes
• Dark Spikes Τ
• Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Used in Three Houses. Dark magic in this game is denoted with a Greek letter; in this case, Tau.
Japanese ダークスパイク
• Dark Spike. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark Spike Τ. Used in Three Houses.
Spanish • Púas oscuras
• Púas oscuras Τ
• Dark thorns. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
•Dark thorns Τ. Used in Three Houses.
French • Piques noires
• Piques noires Τ
• Dark spears. Used in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark spears Τ. Used in Three Houses.
German • Dunkle Spieße
• Dunkle Spieße Τ
• Dark Skewers. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark Skewers Τ. Used in Three Houses.
Italian • Scaglie nere
• Scaglie nere Τ
• Dark flake. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark flake Τ. Used in Three Houses.
Dutch Schaduwspiezen Shadowpierce
Korean 다크스파이크Τ Dark Spikes Τ; a transliteration of the English word used as the Japanese name.
Simplified Chinese 漆黑刺棘
暗黑冲击 T
• Dark Thorns. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark Assault T. Used in Three Houses; unlike other Dark Magic spells, this uses the Latin script 'T' rather than the Greek Tau.
Traditional Chinese 漆黑刺棘
• Dark Thorns. Used in Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark Assault Τ. Used in Three Houses.



See also

Dark magic
Basic tomes CarreauFenrirFluxGoetiaHades ΩJormungandMiasma ΔRuinVerrineWorm
Long-range tomes Bohr ΧDeath ΓEclipseFenrirMirePoisonStone
Tomes with secondary effects Aversa's NightBanshee ΘDark Spikes ΤEclipseHelJormungandLunaNosferatuQuake ΣSwarm ΖWaste
Regalia and personal tomes ApocalypseBalberithEreshkigalGespenstGleipnirGrima's TruthLoptousNaglfar
Monster attacks Crimson EyeDemon SurgeEvil EyeShadowshotStone
Skills in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Combat arts AegisamiiboArchballistaArmorcrushArmor DisruptorAstral BladeCelestial BowCoral CoverCrosswise CutCurved ShotDeath BlowDefensiveDestrezaDouble LionDragonhazeDuelist SwordEarth's BoonEarth's KissEncloserFlambergeFoudroyantGrounderHeaven or HellHeavy DrawHexbladeHit and RunHunter's VolleyKnightkneelerLeonine PoiseLongearcheLunar FlashLungeMistdancerOverrunPavisePenetratePlenitudeRagnarok ΩRoundhouseScendscaleShadow GambitShoveSolar ThrustSolo Triangle AttackSpeculumSubdueSunderSwapTempest LanceThunderclapTigerstanceTrance ShotTriangle AttackVendettaWard ArrowWindsweepWrath Strike
Other skills AbsolveAnathemaAnti-ArmorAnti-CavalryAnti-FliersAntihexAnti-TerrorsApotropeBanishBowrange +Dark SpikesDeicideDisciplineDivideDragonskinDuma's GiftEerie ScreechEvade CriticalHalve AxesHalve LancesHalve SwordsHeavy ArmorHexIncarnationInfluenceLifetakerMagic +5MiracleNullify AilmentsPactPhalanxPhantasmReconstructRecoveryResistance +5SanctuarySoothing LightSophisticateTeleportationTransmuteTri-afflictionUpheavalVengeful CryWildfireWrath
Combat arts
Sword combat arts Armor DisruptorAssassinateAstraAstral BladeBane of MonstersBeast FangCrosswise CutDeath BlowDestrezaDouble LionDuelist SwordEarth's BoonFinesse BladeFlambergeFoudroyant StrikeGrounderHaze SliceHeaven's FallHexbladePenetratePlenitudeRagnarok ΩRoundhouseRuptured HeavenScendscaleShadow GambitSoulbladeSubdueSublime HeavenSunderSword DanceThunderclapTigerstanceWindsweepWrath Strike
Lance combat arts ArchballistaArmorcrushAtrocityBurning QuakeDragonhazeFrozen LanceGlowing EmberHeaven or HellHit and RunKnightkneelerLance JabLeonine PoiseLongearcheLungeMistdancerMonster PiercerOverrunParaseleneRuined SkyShatter SlashSolar ThrustSolo Triangle AttackSwift StrikesTempest LanceVendettaVengeance
Axe combat arts Apocalyptic FlameArmored StrikeDiamond AxeDustExhaustive StrikeFlickering FlowerFocused StrikeHelm SplitterLightning AxeMonster BreakerRaging StormSmashSpikeWar Master's StrikeWild Abandon
Bow combat arts Break ShotCelestial BowCurved ShotDeadeyeEncloserFallen StarHeavy DrawHunter's VolleyLunar FlashMonster BlastPoint-Blank VolleySchism ShotTrance ShotWaning ShotWard ArrowWind God
Brawling combat arts BombardDraining BlowEviscerateFading BlowFierce Iron FistMighty BlowMonster CrusherMystic BlowNimble ComboOne-Two PunchPneuma GaleRushing Blow
Movement-related combat arts Draw BackFoul PlayRepositionShoveSmiteSwap
Other combat arts amiiboCoral CoverDark SpikesDefensiveEarth's KissHealing FocusPaviseTriangle AttackUpheaval
Unused combat arts AegisSpeculum
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Swords ArmorslayerAthameBlutgangBrave SwordBroken SwordCursed Ashiya SwordDevil SwordGiant KatarIron SwordKilling EdgeLevin SwordMercuriusRapierRusted SwordSilver SwordSteel SwordSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorSword of ZoltanThunderbrandTraining SwordVenin EdgeWo Dao
Lances AreadbharArrow of IndraBlessed LanceBrave LanceBroken LanceCrescent SickleGradivusHorseslayerIron LanceJavelinKiller LanceLance of LightLance of Light+Lance of RuinLance of ZoltanLúinPiercing Light LanceRusted LanceScythe of SarielShort SpearSilver LanceSpearSpear of AssalSteel LanceTraining LanceThrowing Light LanceVenin Lance
Axes Axe of UkonvasaraAxe of ZoltanAymrBolt AxeBrave AxeBroken AxeCrusherDevil AxeFreikugelHammerHand AxeHauteclereIron AxeKiller AxeMaceRusted AxeShort AxeSilver AxeSteel AxeTraining AxeTomahawkVenin Axe
Bows Blessed BowBow of ZoltanBrave BowBroken BowFailnaughtIron BowKiller BowLongbowMagic BowMini BowParthiaRusted BowSilver BowSteel BowTathlum BowThe InexhaustibleTraining BowVenin Bow
Gauntlets Aura KnucklesBroken GauntletsDragon ClawsIron GauntletsKiller KnucklesRusted GauntletsSilver GauntletsSteel GauntletsTraining GauntletsVajra-Mushti
Black Magic Agnea's ArrowBlizzardBolganoneBoltingCutting GaleExcaliburFimbulvetrFireMeteorRagnarokSagittaeThoronThunderWind
Dark Magic Banshee ΘBohr ΧDark Spikes ΤDeath ΓHades ΩLuna ΛMiasma ΔMire ΒQuake ΣSwarm Ζ
White Magic AbraxasAuraFortifyHealNosferatuPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreSeraphimSilenceWardWarp
Turrets BallistaFire OrbOnagerViskam
Crest Stones Artificial Crest Stone LArtificial Crest Stone SBlest Crest Stone ShardChalice of BloodCracked Crest StoneCrest of Flames PowerCrest Stone (Beast)Crest Stone (Chevalier)Crest Stone (Gautier)Crest Stone of IndechCrest Stone of MacuilCrest Stone of SeirosCrest Stone ShardDark Stone (Bird)Dark Stone (Crawler)Dark Stone (Wolf)Giant Artificial Crest StoneLost Crest StoneLost Crest Stone (Large)Pointy Artificial Crest StoneReal Seiros Crest StoneTwin-Crest Power
Unused Weapons RidillTorch