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Great Ballista

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Great Ballista

Is snes02 great ballista.png
Icon of the Great Ballista from Genealogy of the Holy War.


Bow (Ballista)

First game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

The Great Ballista (Japanese: グレートアーチ Great Arch) is a model of ballista that has never made an official appearance in the Fire Emblem seriesFire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, the only time it appeared in a game's coding, had the Great Ballista go unused.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, Great Ballistae were—like all ballista variants—intended to be enemy-only and used by units of a class specific to the weapon; the class in question also went unused. Enemies wielding great ballistae would have had no movement and would have been effectively fixed in place. The Great Ballista, had it been used, would have been the most powerful ballista in the Fire Emblem series, out-mighting the Radiant Dawn version of the Iron Ballista by 2 Might; it, however, would have also tied for the least-accurate ballista in the series with non-Mystery of the Emblem versions of Stonehoist and Thracia 776's Poison Ballista.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth WEXP Other effects and notes
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 great ballista.png Bows Prf* 30 30 50 -- 3–10 255 65,535 -- Unused.
Deals bonus damage to flying units.
Target cannot counterattack.


Genealogy of the Holy War

Unused Intended to be exclusively wielded by enemy Great Ballistae, itself an unused class.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

Great Ballista



Great Arch



Basic ballistae BallistaGreat BallistaHoistflammeIron BallistaKiller BallistaLauncherOnagerPachydermStonehoist
Ballistae with secondary effects ArrowspatePoison Ballista
Magic-based ballistae Fire OrbThunderboltViskam
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Swords ArmorslayerBalmungBarrier BladeBerserk SwordBrave SwordBroken SwordFlame SwordIron SwordIron BladeLands SwordLight BrandLightning SwordMiracle SwordMystletainnSafeguardSilver BladeSilver SwordSleep SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordThief's SwordTyrfingWind SwordWing Clipper
Lances Brave LanceBroken LanceGáe BolgGungnirIron LanceJavelinRidersbaneSilver LanceSlim LanceSteel Lance
Axes Brave AxeBroken AxeHand AxeHelswathIron AxeSilver AxeSteel Axe
Bows Brave BowBroken BowIron BowKiller BowSilver BowSteel BowYewfelle
Fire BolganoneDrained TomeElfireFireMeteorValflame
Thunder BoltingDrained TomeElthunderMjölnirThoronThunder
Wind BlizzardDrained TomeElwindForsetiTornadoWind
Light AuraDrained TomeLightningNagaNosferatu
Dark Drained TomeFenrirJormungandHelLoptous
Ballistae BallistaIron BallistaKiller Ballista
Staves Broken StaffFortifyHealMendPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreReturnSilenceSleepValkyrieWarp
Unused Weapons CharmGreat BallistaSilence SwordThief