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As an Armored Sword, Meg has such a high defense stat that this Soldier's Javelin does not damage her at all.
This article is about the stat. For the staff from New Mystery of the Emblem, see Defense (staff).

Defense (Japanese: 守備 defense), abbreviated Def, is a statistic belonging to units which determines a unit's ability to resist physical damage. It is used to reduce the hit point damage taken from incoming physical attacks fueled by the strength stat. When attacking physically - for instance, with lances, swords or bows - a unit's calculated attack has their target's defense subtracted from it to produce the damage they actually deal against this target, and vice versa. Defense can be temporarily enhanced by taking shelter in terrain types which give defense boosts, such as forests or forts, and can also be boosted through some support bonuses.

Some classes, most notably the various members of the Knight class family, are built to possess very high defense on average compared to other classes. As a general rule, units and classes with high defense tend to be slow, while it is common for units and classes with high skill and speed (such as the Myrmidon class family) or who wield magic to have poor defense. There is also a correlation between defense and hit points, where units and classes with high defense will also frequently have high HP.

A unit's defense stat will not protect them against magical attacks at all. When a unit is defending against an enemy who is using tomes or magic weapons, their resistance stat is used to reduce damage instead.

Calculations


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Items and skills affecting defense

Weapons, items and skills providing equipping bonus
Item Defense increase Games
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Firestone +12/+20/+9 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
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Divinestone +15 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
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Magestone +16/+20/+11 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
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Earthstone +23 when equipped. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
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Leather Shield +3 when equipped. Gaiden
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Steel Shield +5 when equipped. Gaiden
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Silver Shield +7 when equipped. Gaiden
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Blessed Shield +13 against monsters when equipped. Gaiden
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Dracoshield +13 when equipped. Gaiden
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Shield Sword +7 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War
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Gungnir +10 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 (Unused)
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Gáe Bolg +10/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
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Helswath +20/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
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Valflame +10 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War
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Book of Naga +20/+5 when equipped. Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening
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Shield Ring +5 when in inventory. Genealogy of the Holy War
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Paragon Sword +5 when equipped. Thracia 776
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Binding Blade +5 when equipped. The Binding Blade
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Armads +5 when equipped. The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, Awakening
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Spear (Vaida's) +4 when equipped. Fire Emblem
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Flametongue +20 when equipped. Fire Emblem
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Vidofnir +5 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
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Ivaldi +5 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
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Wretched Air +20 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
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Ravager +15 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
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Demon Light +10 when equipped. The Sacred Stones
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Dragonstone +15/+10/+4 when equipped. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, Fates
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Amiti +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
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Vague Katti +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
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Alondite +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
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Ragnell +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
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Double Bow +3/+5 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
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Rexaura +3 when equipped. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
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Knight Ward +2 when equipped. Path of Radiance
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Unlock +1 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Ward +2 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Hammerne +3 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Rescue +4 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Matrona +5 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Ashera Staff +1 when equipped. Radiant Dawn
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Rudol Gem +10 when in inventory. Radiant Dawn
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Icestone +13 when equipped. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Wyvernstone +8 when equipped. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Pisces Shard +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Taurus Shard +1 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Cancer Shard +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Starsphere +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Binding Shield +2 when in inventory. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Finn's Lance +2 when equipped. Awakening
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Hector's Axe +2 when equipped. Awakening
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Micaiah's Pyre +2 when equipped. Awakening
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Beaststone +1 when equipped. Awakening
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Beaststone+ +4 when equipped. Awakening
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Dragonstone+ +13/+9 when equipped. Awakening, Fates
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Defense +2 +2 when active. Awakening, Fates
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All Stats +2 +2 when active. Awakening
Visitation Seal +2 when in inventory. Fates
Master Emblem +1 when in inventory. Fates
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Siegfried +4 when in inventory. Fates
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Xander's Lance +2 when equipped. Fates
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Nohrian Blade +3 when equipped Fates
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Camilla's Axe +3 when equipped. Fates
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Ike's Backup +3 when equipped. Fates
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Arthur's Axe +3 when equipped. Fates
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Yato Grim and Alpha forms: +2 when in inventory.
Shadow and Omega forms: +4 when in inventory.
Fates
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Guard Naginata +5 when equipped. Fates
All naginata other than the Guard Naginata, Bold Naginata, and Hinoka's Spear +1 when equipped. Fates
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Adamant Club +4 when equipped. Fates
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Ox Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
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Dragon Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
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Calamity Gate +1 when equipped. Fates
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Horse Spirit +3 when equipped. Fates
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Sheep Spirit +1 when equipped. Fates
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Beastrune +4 when equipped. Fates
Items providing a permanent increase
Item Defense increase Games
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Dracoshield Permanent +2/+4/+3 increase when used. Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
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Shield Ring Permanent +2 increase when used. Thracia 776
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Naga's Tear Permanent +2 increase when used. Awakening
Dragon Herbs Permanent +1 increase when used. Fates
Items and skills modifying the growth rate
Item/skill Defense growth modification Games
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Pisces Shard +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Taurus Shard +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Gemini Shard +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Cancer Shard +50% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Leo Shard -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Virgo Shard -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Capricorn Shard +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Starsphere +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
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Heim Scroll -10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
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Baldur Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
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Neir Scroll +10% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
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Noba Scroll +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
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Dain Scroll +30% to growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
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Afa's Drops Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. Fire Emblem
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Metis's Tome Permanent +5% to growth rate when used. The Sacred Stones
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Soldier Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
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Knight Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
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Wyvern Band +5% to growth rate when in inventory. Path of Radiance
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Growth Drop Permanent +10% to growth rate when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Aptitude +20%/+10 to all growth rates when active. Awakening, Fates
Items and skills providing a temporary boost
Item Defense increase Games
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Ninis's Grace +10 to one adjacent ally for one turn. Activated via the Dance/Play command. Fire Emblem
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Adamant +1 to all allies for the duration of the map*. Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
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Defense Bond +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem
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Defense Tonic +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, Fates
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Rainbow Tonic +2 for the duration of one mission when used. New Mystery of the Emblem, Fates
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Kris's Confect +2 for the duration of one mission when used. Awakening
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Tiki's Tear +2 for the duration of one mission when used. Awakening
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Defender +1 when Pair Up is is in effect. Awakening, Fates
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Special Dance +2 to one adjacent ally for one turn. Activated via the Dance command. Awakening
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Rally Heart +2 to all allied units in a 3-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening
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Rally Defense +4 to all allied units in a 3/2-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
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Rally Spectrum +4/+2 to all allied units in a 3/4-tile radius of the user for one turn. Awakening, Fates
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Defensetaker +2 when defeating an enemy.* Fates
Weapons providing a temporary decrease after use
Item Defense change Games
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Bronze Dagger Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Iron Dagger Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Steel Dagger Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Silver Dagger Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Soldier's Knife Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Fruit Knife Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Hunter's Knife Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Kris Knife Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Quill Pen Inflicts -1 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Stale Bread Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Raider Knife Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Votive Candle Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Sacrificial Knife Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Felicia's Plate Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Jakob's Tray Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Pebble Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Iago's Tome Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Brass Shuriken Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Iron Shuriken Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Steel Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Silver Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Spy's Shuriken Inflicts -5 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Dual Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Sting Shuriken Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Barb Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Flame Shuriken Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Chakram Inflicts -6 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Chopstick Inflicts -1 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Hair Pin Inflicts -2 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Caltrop Inflicts -8 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Kaze's Needle Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Saizo's Star Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Kagero's Dart Inflicts -3 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Setsuna's Yumi Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Draconic Hex Inflicts -4 debuff on the target on contact. Fates
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Seal Defense Inflicts -6 debuff on the target on contact. Fates

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Defense
Japanese 守備
しゅびりょく
• Defense. Used in Mystery of the Emblem and games from Thracia 776 onward.
• Defensive power. Used in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Gaiden, and Genealogy of the Holy War.
Spanish Defense Defense
French Défense Defense
German Verteidigung Defense
Italian Abilità di defensa Defense ability

References

Game mechanics
Out-of-battle management Base (Base conversation) • Battle preparationsBonus experienceDungeonsGameplay modes (Creature Campaign) • GoldMila ShrinesRenownShopping (ArmoryBargainsForgeMerchantOnline shopSecret shopVendor) • Supply convoyWorld map
Battles and chapters ArenaBattle saveBossCastleChapter (Alternate routeSidequest) • ChestCombat forecastEvent tilesHidden treasureObjectivesReinforcementSkirmishTerrain (Hazards) • TurnWeather (Fog of war)
Stats Units ActionAffinityAuthorityBiorhythmClassConstitution (Aid) • DefenseExperienceGrowth rateHit pointHoly BloodInventoryLevelLuckMagicMovementPursuit critical coefficientResistanceSkillSpeedStrengthWeapon levelWeight
Weapons Brave weaponCritDurabilityHitKill bonusMightPersonal weaponsRangeWeapon experienceWeapon rankWeightWorth
Unit mechanics
and commands
AttackAuto-BattleCantoClass change (Reclass) • Dance/Play/Sing (Galdrar) • Death (Decoy) • DismountDragon VeinEquipmentFatigueInventoryLaguz transformationLove (JealousyInheritance) • Pair UpRecruitmentRescue (Capture) • SkillsStatus conditionsSupportTalkTradeUnit (AvatarBond unitsBonus unitEinherjarLoan unitPrisonerReplacement unitSubstitute character) • Visit
Calculations Attack speedAvoidCritical hit (Combination bonusDodgeTriangle Attack) • Effective damageHit rate (True hit) • Random number generatorWeapon triangle (Trinity of magic)
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