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In War's Grip

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In War's Grip

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In War's Grip (Japanese: 大戦のはざまで In the midst of a great battle) is the first sidequest in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. In order to reach this chapter, the player must have 15 or fewer units alive at the end of Chapter 6.


Main article: In War's Grip/Script

Shortly after Aurelis is liberated, Marth receives a plea for help from a village whose children have been abducted by pirates. Marth immediately races to their rescue. Meanwhile, a foreign swordswoman named Athena prepares to battle the pirates to repay the villagers for nursing her back to health after she washed up on their shores. The village elders convince her to wait until Marth and his army arrive before undertaking such reckless actions. Sure enough, Marth arrives, and with Athena's aid, the village is liberated and the pirates slain. Afterwards, Athena decides to accompany Marth on his journey.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Marth dies 12+1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 18 {{{third}}}
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Character data

New Units
Portrait athena fe11.png
Iron Sword
Visit the village
Returning Characters

Small portrait marth fe11.pngSmall portrait frey fe11.pngSmall portrait abel fe11.pngSmall portrait cain fe11.pngSmall portrait jagen fe11.pngSmall portrait gordin fe11.pngSmall portrait draug fe11.pngSmall portrait norne fe11.pngSmall portrait caeda fe11.pngSmall portrait wrys fe11.pngSmall portrait bord fe11.pngSmall portrait cord fe11.pngSmall portrait barst fe11.pngSmall portrait ogma fe11.pngSmall portrait darros fe11.pngSmall portrait castor fe11.pngSmall portrait julian fe11.pngSmall portrait lena fe11.pngSmall portrait navarre fe11.pngSmall portrait matthis fe11.pngSmall portrait merric fe11.pngSmall portrait roshea fe11.pngSmall portrait vyland fe11.pngSmall portrait sedgar fe11.pngSmall portrait wolf fe11.pngSmall portrait hardin fe11.pngSmall portrait wendell fe11.pngSmall portrait rickard fe11.png

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
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Ruffian Pirate 3 3 Iron Axe --
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Ruffian Pirate 3 2 Hand Axe --
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Ruffian Pirate 3 2 Steel Axe --
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Ruffian Mercenary 5 2 Iron Sword --
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Ruffian Mercenary 1 2 Armorslayer --
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Ruffian Mage 1 1 Thunder --
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Ruffian Archer 1 1 Steel Bow --
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Ruffian Archer 1 1 Iron Bow --
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Ruffian Archer 3 1 Iron Bow --
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Ruffian Archer 3 1 Steel Bow --
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Ruffian Mage 3 1 Fire --
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Bathys Pirate 10 1 Steel Axe Immobile; stands on a gate, the chapter's seize point.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Bathys

Normal Hard-5

Small portrait bathys fe11.png
Ma ds01 pirate enemy.gif Pirate
Level 10
Movement --
Max HP 24 Speed 8
Strength 7 Luck 0
Magic 0 Defense 8
Skill 4 Resistance 0
Steel Axe
Weapon Levels
FE11RankSword.png -- FE11RankLance.png -- FE11RankAxe.png C
FE11RankBow.png -- FE11RankTome.png -- FE11RankStaff.png --


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

Gaiden chapters in Shadow Dragon are meant to give struggling newcomers a breather, some experience, and a serviceable unit to replace their fallen comrades. This chapter sets the trend. After three chapters of suffering through Macedon's finest warriors, a band of ill-equipped, ill-trained pirate riffraff who literally run right into your waiting blades one or two at a time should be nothing to you. The enemies downgrade from H5's usual Steel weaponry to the more common Iron varieties. The only people who should really give you pause are the two Mercenaries with Armorslayers, who can make quick work of your Knights and Generals. Athena is very solid for a Myrmidon; she won't come out ahead against a properly trained Navarre, but she is certainly worth the deployment slot if you're running low on good units.

Etymology and other languages

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

In War's Grip




In the midst of a great battle


Los olvidados

The forgotten


Au cœur du conflit

In the heart of the conflict


Klauen des Krieges

Claws of the war; abbreviated in the save menu as Klauen d. Krieges.


Nel cuore della battaglia

In the heart of the battle


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Fire Emblem In War's Grip Lefcandith Gauntlet
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Playable characters AbelArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBoahBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCordDarrosDolphDraugEliceEstEtzelFreyGordinGotohHardinHoraceJagenJakeJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLorenzMacellanMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneOgmaPallaRaddRickardRogerRosheaSamsonSedgarTikiTomasVylandWendellWolfWrysXaneYmir
Non-playable characters AnriArtemisAurelis KingCaldasCorneliusIoteLizaMalledusMostynNynaOrdwin
Bosses BathysBentheonCamusCaptainDactylDejaniraEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerGrigasHarmeinHeimlerHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenLarissaMannuMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasOrridyonSternlinTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
Regalia and personal weapons AumFalchionFire EmblemGradivusImhulluHauteclereMercuriusParthiaRapierStarlightWing Spear
Chapters P: Prologue I • P: Prologue II • P: Prologue III • P: Prologue IV • 1: Marth Embarks • 2: The Pirates of Galder • 3: A Brush in the Teeth • 4: Battle in the Lea • 5: Champions of Aurelis • 6: Fire Emblem • 6x: In War's Grip • 7: Lefcandith Gauntlet • 8: Port Warren • 9: The Pyrathi Dragon • 10: Princess Minerva • 11: Knorda Market • 12: The Ageless Palace • 12x: A Traitor's Worth • 13: The Wooden Cavalry • 14: Land of Sorrow • 15: An Oasis of Magic • 16: The Battle for Altea • 17: Star and Savior • 17x: Helena Castle • 18: The Sable Order • 19: Manakete Princess • 20: Camus the Sable • 20x: The Lair of Fire • 21: Clash in Macedon • 22: A Knight-Filled Sky • 23: Dark Pontifex • 24: The Dragonkin Realm • 24x: The Alterspire • Endgame: Chosen by Fate
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAurelisDolhrGraGrustKhadeinKingdom of ArchaneaMacedonPyrathiTalysThabes
Groups, objects and concepts Archanean LeagueDragons (Divine DragonEarth DragonManakete) • DragoonsSable OrderWar of LiberationWar of ShadowsWhitewinged Order
Related topics ConversationsList of version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Shadow Dragon & the Blade of LightGaidenNew Mystery of the EmblemAwakening) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline