Embrace the Dark
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|It's not that simple...I know what the Nohrian kingdom has done to Hoshido is unforgivable...And I know now that these are not my brothers and sisters by birth...Yet even still, I must side with them. My heart won’t allow me to do otherwise.
— Corrin, reasoning for their decision of backing Nohr.
Embrace the Dark (Japanese: 闇へと進みゆく Advancing into the Darkness) is the sixth chapter of the Conquest campaign in Fire Emblem Fates. In this chapter, Corrin has made their fateful decision to take the Nohrian side of the family's squabble and side with the people they grew up knowing as their siblings, and thus must face off against their (apparent) blood siblings.
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Embrace the Dark/Script
Corrin decides to side with the Nohrians. Ryoma is shocked by Corrin's decision and pleads with them to come back to Hoshido, but Corrin refuses to betray the siblings they grew up with. Ryoma attacks Corrin, accusing them of betraying their family and using the Yato against Hoshido, forcing them to fight. However, Xander steps in the way to protect Corrin and calls upon Camilla, Leo and Elise to join them into battle, while Ryoma calls upon Hinoka, Takumi and Sakura to bring Corrin back to Hoshido. Felicia or Jakob runs onto the battlefield and the battle begins. After the battle, Corrin reaffirms their decision to side with Nohr, while Azura leaves to join Hoshido.
Nohrian and Hoshidan royals clash blades on the battlefield. Corrin is torn between both kingdoms but finally makes a fateful decision...
|Victory: Defeat 4 enemies
|Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed*
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Additionally, the player has playable access to Xander, Camilla, Leo, and Elise in this chapter, but these characters cannot gain experience, cannot trade their items with other characters, and will leave the player's control at chapter's end. These four are set up as follows:
Xander Camilla Leo Elise
No items are obtained in this chapter.
Dragon Vein data
The Dragon Vein in this chapter is stated to have the effect "Use fire to dry up the river". It are located as follows:
- Column 6, row 6: Three squares south of the rubble tile on the northwestern bridge.
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- Note: This boss's stats are the same across all difficulties.
Your starting lineup for the Conquest route consists solely of either Felicia or Jakob. Felicia is a basic healer—she's fairly solid as a Maid due to her good magic, which makes her a prime candidate for the Flame Shuriken and the Bifröst. Jakob, on the other hand, leans toward being a brawler. He is very useful when reclassed to a combat-oriented class such as a Paladin. As for Corrin, great care will need to be taken in their creation due to Conquest's higher difficulty. Far and away the best Corrin build for Conquest is a female with the Wyvern Rider class for three reasons: you can complete Chapter 8 without triggering any reinforcements if Corrin has a mount, Jakob becomes very powerful as a Wyvern Lord, and both of you can get Swordbreaker, which really helps with the two difficult fights with Ryoma that lie ahead. Another good option is a Samurai talent; this gives Corrin Swordfaire and Life and Death, which significantly improve their damage output with the Yato. You are also given control of the Nohrian siblings, but they cannot gain experience. Try not to give them too many kills.
Xander should immediately move into the nearby forest. His role for this battle will be to occupy Ryoma in a duel while you take out the other enemies, so don't bother having him initiate combat with Ryoma. Leo should move into Hinoka/Takumi's range while the others regroup with him. Takumi will then attack Leo and be severely wounded. On turn 2, have Corrin finish Takumi. Then have Leo wound Hinoka and Felicia/Jakob finish her. On turn 3, move Felicia/Jakob into Yukimura's range and have him/her heal Leo, and move Corrin next to him/her so s/he can Dual Strike Yukimura. On turn 4, have Corrin finish Yukimura. At this point, the battle is won. You may not want to beat up a defenseless Shrine Maiden, but you really need the experience and the alternative is defeating Ryoma.
- Of the three versions of chapter 6 in Fates, this is the only version where a non-generic character who did not appear in any of the chapter cutscenes, in this case Yukimura, is fought as an enemy.
- On a Birthright cartridge, the game cannot proceed past this point without the player purchasing and downloading the Conquest campaign as DLC.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology, and in other regions
|Definition, etymology, and notes
Embrace the Dark
Advancing into the Darkness
Acepta la oscuridad
Accept the darkness
To the darkness
Umarme die Finsternis
Embrace the Darkness
Verso le tenebre
Towards the darkness
Aceite a escuridão
Forward towards darkness
Forward towards darkness; from the "Embrace the Dark" Lost Lore event in Heroes.
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