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Fight or Flight

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Fight or Flight


Sanctuary in a Deeprealm

New units



Invader Onmyoji

Who’s that yelling like a maniac outside? As if I don't have enough trouble. Urrr, is that my father? Of course he'd have to show up in the middle of all this. Well, forget him. I've got enough to worry about, keeping us all alive in here. Everyone! Stay close! I'll heal you up if you get hurt!
— Dwyer

Fight or Flight (Japanese: 闘わぬことの意味 The Point of not Fighting) is the fourth paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem Fates. As a paralogue chapter, its events are not integral to the game's main storyline and can be done at the player's leisure. The chapter is unlocked after both having Jakob married and clearing a certain chapter along the main story path; for players with female avatar characters, the chapter to be cleared is chapter 7 (be it in Birthright, Conquest, or Revelation), while for players with male avatar characters, the chapter to be cleared is chapter 15 (be it in Birthright, Conquest, or Revelation).

In this chapter, Jakob's son, Dwyer, and his knight guardians find themselves up against invaders, and it is up to Corrin's army to protect them.


Main article: Bold Approach/Script

As Jakob arrives in a rotting village in a Deeprealm, he calls out toward people who might have seen his son, Dwyer, before deducing that Dwyer is a bad influence on the village; Jakob spots a figure that he thinks to be Dwyer, then calls out toward it and starting to chase after it. Once Jakob discovers the figure to be an invader, he first attempts to get the invader to speak before having to chase after it; as Jakob nears Dwyer's residence, he notices more invaders nearby and that the invaders are attacking the house; once Jakob yells out toward Dwyer warning him of the invaders, preparations take place at that point. Once preparations are complete, Dwyer asks the knights in his presence who's doing the yelling from the outside before deducing it to be Jakob; Dwyer states that his task is keepin the knights alive, and he's willing to heal them if they get hurt. Jakob notices Dwyer's behavior and deduces him to be hanging back and letting others do the fighting for him and calls such behavior a disgrace to their profession; the battle begins at this point.

Upon Jakob speaking with Dwyer, the two start arguing over how Dwyer should be handling butler duties; as Dwyer reiterates his role as a healer rather than a fighter, Jakob asks Dwyer to let him do the fighting in order to see how it's done with the player being able to control Dwyer afterward.

Once the battle ends, Dwyer notes how Jakob and the rest of Corrin's army helped clean the place up, with Jakob stating that Dwyer's knights have fled the scene; without anyone left to serve, Dwyer asks Jakob if he can leave the Outrealm, to which Jakob states that he'd never vouch for Dwyer and thus he'll have to stay in the Outrealm for the remainder of his life. A stray invader appears, with Dwyer slapping it; Jakob deduces that Dwyer has been training after all, after which Dwyer vows to become a better butler than Jakob is.


Enemies are attacking the rotting mansion where Dwyer, Jakob's son, lives. Jakob and company set out to confront the enemy, while Dwyer hangs back as healer.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat the boss Onmyoji Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed* 12+1 6-1 19+10
Cm fe14 4x.png

This chapter's map is 20 columns by 20 rows.

Character data

Birthright, Female Conquest, Female Revelation, Female Birthright, Male Conquest, Male Revelation, Male

New Units
Small portrait dwyer fe14.png
NPC, speak to with Jakob or automatically at the end if he survived
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar m-default fe14.pngSmall portrait kaze fe14.pngSmall portrait rinkah fe14.pngSmall portrait sakura fe14.pngSmall portrait azura fe14.pngSmall portrait felicia fe14.pngSmall portrait hana fe14.pngSmall portrait subaki fe14.pngSmall portrait saizo fe14.pngSmall portrait orochi fe14.pngSmall portrait silas fe14.pngSmall portrait hinoka fe14.pngSmall portrait azama fe14.pngSmall portrait setsuna fe14.pngSmall portrait hayato fe14.pngSmall portrait oboro fe14.pngSmall portrait hinata fe14.pngSmall portrait takumi fe14.pngSmall portrait kagero fe14.pngSmall portrait reina fe14.pngSmall portrait kaden fe14.pngSmall portrait ryoma fe14.pngSmall portrait scarlet fe14.pngSmall portrait jakob fe14.png

Note: The returning characters list only those recruited by the time this chapter can first be unlocked (for players with female avatars, after completing chapter 7 on all routes; for players with male avatars, after completing chapter 15 on all routes). As a paralogue chapter, there is no set timeframe in which the chapter must be taken on; thus, it is possible to have recruited more characters than the above by the point the chapter is started.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds02 stat booster.png Talisman Automatically at chapter's end if 2 or more NPC Knights survive
Is 3ds02 class change.png Friendship Seal Automatically at chapter's end if 4 or more NPC Knights survive

Event tile data

There are no event tiles during the events of the chapter. When returning to the area for skirmishes in Birthright and Revelation, the following event tiles appear:

  • Column 2, row 13: Seven squares north, one square east of the southwestern corner of the map
  • Column 20, row 15: Five squares north of the southeastern corner of the map

Dragon Vein data

There are no Dragon Veins in this chapter.

Level scaling data

This chapter's enemy and NPC units are subject to level scaling mechanisms that increase their levels as the player makes progress along the main story path. The tables below show the differences between the initial levels of the units and the levels of the units at each particular main story path chapter position. Initial unpromoted units who reach an effective level of 21 will become promoted units of level (effective level -20) unless otherwise stated.

Initial unpromoted Initial promoted

Chapter Position 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
Level Gain 0 0 0 0 +1 +1 +2 +1 +2 +1 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2 +2
To Date 0 0 0 0 +1 +2 +4 +5 +7 +8 +10 +12 +14 +16 +18 +20 +22 +24 +26 +28
Additional notes: Dwyer stops visibly scaling upon hitting level 20 unpromoted at the chapter 18 position; from the chapter 19 position onward, Dwyer will have an Offspring Seal in his inventory. All other units on this schedule become promoted at the chapter 19 position.

Enemy data

Note: The following enemies' levels are those assuming the player plays this chapter closer to chapter 7 than closer to the final chapter. Levels may be higher depending on progress along the main story path.
Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 swordmaster vallite enemy.gif
Invader Swordmaster 1 2 Steel Katana
Vantage* Duelist's Blow*
Ma 3ds02 diviner vallite enemy.gif
Invader Diviner 10 2 Tiger Spirit --
Ma 3ds02 oni savage vallite enemy.gif
Invader Oni Savage 10 2 Steel Club --
Ma 3ds02 oni chieftain vallite enemy.gif
Invader Oni Chieftain 1 1 Steel Club Ox Spirit
Seal Resistance*
Ma 3ds02 spear fighter vallite enemy.gif
Invader Spear Fighter 10 2 Steel Naginata --
Ma 3ds02 spear master vallite enemy.gif
Invader Spear Master 1 1 Steel Naginata
Seal Defense*
Ma 3ds02 sniper vallite enemy.gif
Invader Sniper 1 1 Steel Bow
Skill +2* Quick Draw*
Ma 3ds02 archer vallite enemy.gif
Invader Archer 10 2 Steel Bow --
Ma 3ds02 samurai vallite enemy.gif
Invader Samurai 10 2 Steel Katana --
Ma 3ds02 master ninja vallite enemy.gif
Invader Master Ninja 1 1 Steel Shuriken
Locktouch* Poison Strike*
Ma 3ds02 ninja vallite enemy.gif
Invader Ninja 10 2 Steel Shuriken
Ma 3ds02 onmyoji vallite enemy.gif
Invader Onmyoji 2 1 Tiger Spirit Sun Festal
Magic +2*
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 diviner vallite enemy.gif
Invader Diviner 10 1 Tiger Spirit --
Ma 3ds02 sniper vallite enemy.gif
Invader Sniper 1 1 Steel Yumi
Skill +2* Quick Draw*
Ma 3ds02 oni savage vallite enemy.gif
Invader Oni Savage 10 2 Steel Club --
Ma 3ds02 spear fighter vallite enemy.gif
Invader Spear Fighter 10 1 Steel Naginata --
Ma 3ds02 archer vallite enemy.gif
Invader Archer 10 1 Steel Yumi --
Ma 3ds02 swordmaster vallite enemy.gif
Invader Swordmaster 1 1 Steel Katana
Vantage* Duelist's Blow*
Ma 3ds02 samurai vallite enemy.gif
Invader Samurai 10 1 Steel Katana --
Ma 3ds02 ninja vallite enemy.gif
Invader Ninja 10 1 Steel Shuriken
Ma 3ds02 master ninja vallite enemy.gif
Invader Master Ninja 1 1 Steel Shuriken
Locktouch* Poison Strike*


  • Turn 11
    • 1 Diviner just east of the boss's starting position
    • 1 Sniper just east of the boss's starting position
    • 1 Oni Savage just east of the boss's starting position
    • 1 Spear Fighter just east of the boss's starting position
  • Turn 14
    • 1 Archer from the southwest corner of the map
    • 1 Swordmaster from the southwest corner of the map
    • 1 Samurai from the southwest corner of the map
    • 1 Oni Savage from the southwest corner of the map
  • Turn 17
    • 1 Ninja from the northwest corner of the map
    • 1 Master Ninja from the northwest corner of the map

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 troubadour dwyer other.gif
Dwyer Troubadour 10 1 Mend Sun Festal Physic
Born Steward Resistance +2Is 3ds01 outrealm skill.png Varies GentilhommeIs 3ds01 outrealm skill.png Varies
Ma 3ds02 knight other.gif
Other Knight 10 3 Iron Lance --
Ma 3ds02 knight other.gif
Other Knight 10 2 Iron Lance Immobile.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range. The figures to the left of the ~ are taken from a chapter 8 playthrough, the earliest possible point where this chapter may be undertaken when using a female avatar; the figures to the right of the ~ are taken from a chapter 25 playthrough, the point where this boss hits level 20 and stops scaling from there.

Normal Hard Lunatic

Generic small portrait onmyoji vallite fe14.png
Ma 3ds02 onmyoji vallite enemy.gif Onmyoji
Level 2~20
Movement 6
Max HP 28~41 Speed 11~21+1
Strength 0 Luck 11~15
Magic 13~25 Defense 13~18
Skill 12~21 Resistance 13~21
Inventory Skills
Tiger Spirit
Sun Festal
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas -- Lances/Naginata -- Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls C Staves/Rods D Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

The goal of this chapter is to defeat the boss Onmyoji. If you do not care about obtaining the experience that your units would get by fighting the enemy invaders, your goal should be to kill the boss as soon as possible. Fortunately, your army starts adjacent to the boss, allowing you to kill him on the first turn. Place a unit with locktouch next to the gate and open it. Then, use Azura to dance for a unit that can take out the boss in one round. Since the boss wields tomes, it is best to attack with daggers or lances to reduce the chance of him dodging your attack. Upon first glance it may seem as though this strategy would prevent you from recruiting Dwyer, however, he is automatically recruited at the end of the chapter regardless of whether or not Jakob spoke with him. Additionally, since the boss died on the first turn, you will still get the Friendship Seal and Talisman that you get for successfully keeping Dwyer's Knights alive.

If you do intend to fight the enemy for the experience, then it is best to ensure the safety of the Dywer and his allies first since if Dywer dies, you will be unable to recruit him, even on casual mode. Send a staff-wielder to the north to avoid combat and ensure the Knights do not die too early, exposing Dwyer. Make sure to also send Jakob north to recruit his son as early as possible as Dywer will occasionally heal allies from unsafe tiles in the line of enemy fire—he will likely be much safer with you controlling him and if you use the Offspring Seal in his inventory to boost his stats*. While the healer and Jakob move north, open the door to the northwest and draw the attention of the enemy units within so they do not overwhelm the allied knights and kill them. Reinforcements will appear near the boss on turn 11 and will come from the Western edges of the map on turns 14 and 17. Once those reinforcements have been cleared out, end the chapter by killing the boss.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fight or Flight
Japanese 闘わぬことの意味 The Point of not Fighting


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