Dungeon (Japanese: ダンジョン Dungeon) is a broad term to refer to certain gameplay segments appearing in a few Fire Emblem series games. In dungeons the player can explore caves or fortresses in a third-person view to find treasure and enemies.
Finding and exploring dungeons
Dungeons are present in three Fire Emblem series games, Fire Emblem Gaiden, Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, a remake of Gaiden. In Gaiden and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia the player controls Alm or Celica, in Tokyo Mirage Sessions the player controls Itsuki. There is no way for the player to change the character that they are controlling in a dungeon, and are always in control of the protagonist.
In Gaiden dungeons are mostly entered from the world map. In Tokyo Mirage Sessions dungeons are entered through doors or other entrances in the world. Both games prompt the player to confirm if they wish to enter the dungeon.
In dungeons the player and characters are not bound by any turn-based gameplay and can wander at leisure, similarly to Corrin patrolling their castle. When walking around the dungeon players can find chests or encounter enemies.
In the original Gaiden, enemies are automatically encountered when Alm or Celica enter specific rooms. This mechanic was altered in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, instead enemies can be seen in the room and be attacked while still in dungeon exploration mode. When the enemies are attacked by Alm or Celica before the start of battle, or if the enemies collide with Alm or Celica, a typical Fire Emblem battle, featuring turn and grid based gameplay, occurs. If the enemy had been struck by the player while in exploration mode the enemies have accrued some damage at the start of the battle instead of starting at full health. However, if the player is touched from behind, the fade in effect will be red and the battle will start on enemy phase instead of player phase. In Gaiden the party's health is fully restored after every battle.
In Tokyo Mirage Sessions, enemy encounters work mostly like Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, though Itsuki attacking while in exploration mode instead grants the party the first turn in battle, instead of damaging the enemies. Tokyo Mirage Sessions also uses a mostly typical JRPG turn based battle system instead of the Fire Emblem series battle system. In Tokyo Mirage Sessions the party is not healed after every battle.
Treasure can be found in dungeons as well. All three games featuring dungeons have treasure in many dungeons. Treasure is always found in chests. In Gaiden, treasure from dungeons is one of the primary way to obtain new equipment. In Tokyo Mirage Sessions a variety of items can be found in chests.
Dungeons in Gaiden are rather sparse on puzzles, though it does feature a few, mostly in late-game dungeons. The puzzles in Gaiden are mostly navigational challenges, and do not involve interacting with the environment. For example, in the Duma Tower Alm must navigate a set of pitfalls in certain ways to land on certain floors. For the most part, dungeons in Gaiden are fairly straightforward in exploration.
Tokyo Mirage Sessions features more interactive dungeons, that involve things like traps that warp the player back to earlier in the dungeon, or buttons that alter pathways in the dungeon to new areas.
List of Dungeons
- Illusory Daitama
- Illusory 106
- Illusory Shibuya
- Illusory Daitou Station
- Illusory Daiba Studio
- Illusory Area of Memories
- Illusory Dolhr
Etymology and other languages
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Alm near a chest in the Deliverance Hideout.