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Growth rate

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Growth rates (Japanese: 成長率 growth rate),[1] also known as maturity,[2][3] are a set of hidden stats associated with individual playable units which dictate the probability of a unit's stats increasing.

Overview

For each character stat that can increase during a Level Up, such as Strength or Skill, there is a growth rate associated with it. Growth rates are the percentage chance of the unit gaining 1 point in a particular stat during a Level Up, with the random number generator used to determine whether a stat increases or not. For example, a growth rate of 40% yields on average 2 stat up per 5 Level Ups.

In rare cases, growth rates may exceed 100%. In these case, 100% is subtracted off the growth rate and becomes a guaranteed +1 during a Level Up, with the remaining growth rate allowing for a chance to gain another +1 (effectively a +2). Since the maximum growth rate is typically 255% (due to the games' programming), the maximum stat increase during a Level Up is +3 (which is possible with Karel in The Binding Blade, as he has a HP growth of 210%).

Growth rates are usually hidden from the player, although some guidebooks may list them or provide growth rankings (such as "A" for growths of 100% to 80%). In most cases, they are obtained by hacking or datamining the games.

Generic enemy units use a different set of growth rates, known as class growth rates. Enemies do not Level Up in the traditional manner, so instead they are auto-levelled upon being generated at the beginning of each chapter, or when they arrive as reinforcements). This is why enemies will usually have slightly varying stats each time you replay any given chapter. Class growth rates are also used to determine Hard Mode bonuses and, in Shadow Dragon onward, contribute to the growths of playable characters through implementation in the reclassing system.

Alternative systems

In Path of Radiance, the Fixed Mode is upon completing the game for the first time. This is an alternate method of unit growth which revolves around the accumation of growth points from fighting enemies with certain weapons to dictate a unit's growths. The other option is Random Mode, which is the standard growth rate system used in the rest of the series and in the first playthrough of Path of Radiance.

List of growth rates by game

While the majority of games share a similar set of growth rates, as they do stats, some games offer minor variations on the existing growth rates by featuring unique growth rates which don't exist in most other games, or in the case of earlier installments in the series, the stats in question did not exist as of yet.

Weapon Exists in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15
HP Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Strength Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png In Gaiden, The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones, Strength and Magic are technically the same value and are presented as one or the other depending on the individual unit's class and weapon ranks.
Labeled as "Attack" in Shadows of Valentia, and used for both physical and magical units.
Magic X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png In Gaiden, The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones, Strength and Magic are technically the same value and are presented as one or the other depending on the individual unit's class and weapon ranks.
Skill Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Weapon level Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png The weapon level stat was revamped in Genealogy of the Holy War, and is no longer a regular stat able to be increased upon level up.
Speed Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Luck Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Defense Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Resistance X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png While the stat exists in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem Gaiden it has no governing growth rate associated with it.
Resistance was absent in Thracia 776.
Constitution X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png While constitution/build is present in multiple games, Thracia 776 is the only game in which it has a growth rate, and thus a chance to increase by level.
Movement X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png While movement is present in all games, Thracia 776 is the only game in which it has a growth rate, and thus a chance to increase by level.
A Yes check.png means that the stat has a growth rate in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Items and skills affecting growth rates

Throughout the series, there are a number of items and skills which can be used to increase the growth rates of a single unit either temporarily or permanently. Most commonly, these come in the form of items which provide temporary boosts while held in a unit's inventory, and accordingly no longer apply to that unit when removed from their inventory. There are also instances of equippable skills which serve the same function and consumable items which give a single permanent increase to all growth rates.

The Starsphere and its shards
Item Growth increases Games
Is snes01 starsphere.png Starsphere +10% to all growth rates and prevents the durability of the unit's weapons from decreasing when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 aries shard.png Aries Shard +40% to Luck growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 taurus shard.png Taurus Shard +5% to all growth rates when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 gemini shard.png Gemini Shard +30% to Strength growth rate, -10% to Weapon level growth rate, and +20% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 cancer shard.png Cancer Shard -10% to Strength growth rate and +50% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 leo shard.png Leo Shard +50% to Strength growth rate and -10% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 virgo shard.png Virgo Shard +20% to Weapon level growth rate, -10% to Defense growth rate, and +30% to Resistance growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 libra shard.png Libra Shard -10% to HP growth rate, +40% to Speed growth rate, +10% to Luck and Weapon level growth rates, and -10% to Resistance growth rates when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 scorpio shard.png Scorpio Shard +20% to Strength and Skill growth rates, +10% to Speed growth rates, and -10% to Luck growth rates when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 sagittarius shard.png Sagittarius Shard -10% to HP growth rate, +40% to Skill growth rate, and +10% to Speed growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 capricorn shard.png Capricorn Shard +20% to HP growth rate, -10% to Skill and Speed growth rates, +30% to Weapon level growth rate, and +10% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 aquarius shard.png Aquarius Shard +10% to Strength, Skill Speed and Weapon level growth rates when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem
Is snes01 pisces shard.png Pisces Shard +10% to HP, Luck Defense and Resistance growth rates when in inventory. Mystery of the Emblem


Scrolls of the Twelve Crusaders
Item Growth increases Games
Is snes03 baldr scroll.png Baldr Scroll +5% to HP, Strength, Skill, Speed, Luck and Defense growth rates when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 blagi scroll.png Blagi Scroll -10% to Strength growth rate, +10% to Magic growth rate, and +30% to Luck growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 dain scroll.png Dain Scroll +5% to Strength and Movement growth rates, -10% to Speed growth rate, and +30% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 fjalar scroll.png Fjalar Scroll +5% to Strength and Magic growth rates, and +10% to Skill and Speed growth rates when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 heim scroll.png Heim Scroll +30% to Magic growth rate, +10% to Luck growth rate, and -10% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 hezul scroll.png Hezul Scroll +30% to HP growth rate, +10% to Strength growth rate, and -10% to Luck growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 neir scroll.png Neir Scroll +10% to HP, Strength, Defense and Build growth rates, and -10% to Skill growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 noba scroll.png Noba Scroll +30% to Strength growth rate, -10% to Magic growth rate, +10% to Speed growth rate, -5% to Luck growth rate, and +5% to Defense growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 od scroll.png Od Scroll +30% to Skill growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 ced scroll.png Ced Scroll -10% to HP growth rate, +10% to Magic growth rate, and +30% to Speed growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 thrud scroll.png Thrud Scroll +5% to HP, Strength, Magic and Luck growth rates, and +10% to Skill growth rate when in inventory. Thracia 776
Is snes03 ulir scroll.png Ulir Scroll +10% to Skill, Speed and Luck growth rates when in inventory. Thracia 776


Bands
Item Growth increases Games
Is gcn sword band.png Sword Band +5% to Skill and Luck growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn soldier band.png Soldier Band +5% to HP and Defense growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn fighter band.png Fighter Band +5% to HP and Strength growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn archer band.png Archer Band +5% to Skill and Speed growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn knight band.png Knight Band +5% to Strength and Defense growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn paladin band.png Paladin Band +5% to HP and Speed growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn pegasus band.png Pegasus Band +5% to Luck and Resistance growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn wyvern band.png Wyvern Band +5% to Strength and Defense growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn mage band.png Mage Band +10% to Magic growth rate when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn priest band.png Priest Band +5% to Luck and Resistance growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn thief band.png Thief Band +5% to Skill and Speed growth rates when equipped. Path of Radiance
Is gcn knight ward.png Knight Ward +30% to Speed growth rate, and Defense and Resistance +2 when equipped. Knights, Generals, Sword Knights, Lance Knights, Axe Knights, Bow Knights and Paladins only. Path of Radiance


Permanent increase items
Item Growth increases Games
Is gba afa's drops.png Afa's Drops Permanent +5% to all growth rates when used. Fire Emblem
Is gba metis's tome.png Metis's Tome Permanent +5% to all growth rates when used. The Sacred Stones
Is ds growth drop.png Growth Drop Permanent +20% to HP growth rate and +10% to all other growth rates when used. New Mystery of the Emblem


Skills affecting growth rates
Skill Growth increases Games
Is wii blossom.png Blossom Does not explicitly boost growth rates themselves, but provides an effective boost by giving stats a second chance to increase during a Level Up if they fail to do so the first time. In exchange, experience gain is lowered. Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Is 3ds aptitude.png Aptitude +20%/+10% to all growth rates when active. Awakening, Fates

Trivia

  • While the vast majority of the series hides character growth rates, Fire Emblem Gaiden's manual has accurate growth rates for a handful of the earlygame cast, including growth rates for Alm and Celica.

See also

References

  1. Labeled as such in Gaiden's instruction manual.
  2. "Maturity increased." - Message after using Afa's Drops, Fire Emblem
  3. "Maturity increased." - Message after using Metis's Tome, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
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