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Iron Ballista

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Iron Ballista

FESK Iron Ballista.png
Artwork of the Iron Ballista from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

A powerful ballista for use by archery units. It is very effective against flying enemies.

Type

Bow (Ballista)

First game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

The Iron Ballista (Japanese: アイアンアーチ Iron Arch) is a model of ballista which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and is present in the Jugdral, Elibe, Magvel and Tellius Fire Emblem series games. It has the highest might of all ballistae (not counting the unused Great Ballista) and, in all games from Thracia 776 onward, it also has by far the longest range of any ordinary weapon in the series, offering even greater range than other ballistae.

In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, Iron Ballistae are - like all ballista variants - enemy-only and are used by units of a class specific to the weapon; in the latter, they cannot be stolen owing to their immense weight. Enemies wielding Iron Ballistae have no movement and are effectively fixed in place.

Outside of the Jugdral duology, Iron Ballistae are found stationed as objects on certain maps throughout the games, and in maps where they are found can be ridden and used by any Archer and Sniper belonging to either army. In The Binding Blade, Path of Radiance, and Radiant Dawn, Iron Ballistae cannot be moved, while The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones instead allow them to be piloted around the map by their rider.

Stats

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 iron ballista.png SNESRankBow.png C 25 30 60 -- 3-10 255 65,535 -- Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to flying units.
Thracia 776 Is snes03 iron ballista.png SNESRankBow.png Prf* 20 20 75 0 3-15 10 4,200 1 Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to flying units.
The Binding Blade Is gba iron ballista.png GBARankBow.gif E 13 20 60 0 3-15 5 Cannot be sold 1 Accessible only as an object on certain maps. Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to Is gba pegasus.png flying units.
The Blazing Blade Is gba iron ballista.png GBARankBow.gif E 13 20 60 0 3-15 5 Cannot be sold 4 Accessible only as a rideable object on certain maps. Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to Is gba pegasus.png flying units.
The Sacred Stones Is gba iron ballista.png GBARankBow.gif E 13 20 60 0 3-15 5 Cannot be sold 4 Accessible only as a rideable object on certain maps. Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to Is gba pegasus.png flying units.
Path of Radiance Is gcn long ballista.png GCNRankBow.gif E 22 20 90 0 3-15 5 Cannot be sold 4 Accessible only as a rideable object on certain maps. Ignores the user's strength. Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to Is gcn pegasus.png flying units.
Radiant Dawn Is wii iron ballista.png WiiRankBow.png E 28 20 90 0 3-15 5 0 0 Accessible only as a rideable object on certain maps. Ignores the user's strength. Target cannot counter-attack. Deals bonus damage to Is gcn pegasus.png flying units.

Locations

Genealogy of the Holy War

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by enemy Iron Ballistae.

Thracia 776

Unobtainable Exclusively wielded by enemy Iron Ballistae.

The Binding Blade


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Map object  ???

The Blazing Blade


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Map object  ???

The Sacred Stones


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Map object  ??

Path of Radiance

Map object Chapters 23 (×1) • 24 (×3) • 25 (×1)

Radiant Dawn

Map object Part 3: Chapter 5 (×2)

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Iron Ballista Abbreviated as Iron B when examining the map object in Path of Radiance.
Japanese アイアンアーチ Romanized as IRONARCH in its internal file name.
Spanish Balista hierro Iron ballista
French Baliste-fer Iron ballista
German Eisen-Ballista Iron ballista
Italian Balista di ferro Iron ballista

Gallery

References

Ballistae
Basic ballistae BallistaGreat BallistaHoistflammeIron BallistaKiller BallistaLauncherOnagerPachyderm
Ballistae with secondary effects ArrowspatePoison BallistaStonehoist
Magic-based ballistae Fire OrbThunderbolt