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Jakob attacking with numerous daggers in Fire Emblem Cipher.
This article is about knives and daggers as a broader weapon type. For the specific weapons which go by these names, see Knife (weapon) and Dagger (weapon). For the skill permitting their use, see Knife (skill).

The knife (Japanese: 短剣 knife) or dagger (Japanese: 暗器 concealed weapon) is a weapon type which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and is present only in it, Radiant Dawn, and Fates. They are the weakest weapon type in the games they appear in and universally have lower might than their counterparts, but they tend to have good accuracy and, in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, they are by far the most lightweight weapons. Additionally, in Fates, every dagger has the ability to inflict stat reductions on enemies.

Knives and daggers often have enhanced range, being able to attack both at melée range and at a distance. All knives in Path of Radiance are melée range only, while the knives of Radiant Dawn are divided into two varieties, daggers (melée only) and throwing knives (enhanced range). In Fates, all daggers have enhanced range.

In Path of Radiance, knives lacked an actual weapon level of their own, instead having their use locked to classes possessing the Knife skill and thus allowing any such unit to use any knife; they gained a proper weapon level and according rank scaling in Radiant Dawn. The daggers of Fates are specifically associated with Nohr, and like every other weapon type in Fates, they have a unique Japanese-themed counterpart weapon type which is used primarily in Hoshido: the shuriken. Units who can wield daggers can wield shuriken just as easily, and vice versa.

There are 47 knife/dagger varieties in the Fire Emblem series; of these, three appear in Path of Radiance, thirteen in Radiant Dawn, and 32 in Fates.

In Fire Emblem Fates, their Hoshidan counterpart is called the shuriken (Japanese: 手裏剣 shuriken). They are almost exactly the same as daggers and share a weapon level, differentiated by the effect of that, when equipped, they increase the wielder's speed by 2, and, on average, they have lower hit rate.

Overview

Fates debuff system

In Fates, the key advantage of daggers is their debuff ability. When a dagger successfully hits, its target has temporary stat reductions applied after the battle ends; all daggers reduce the defense and resistance stats, and most also reduce one or two further stats in addition to defense and resistance. These debuffs do not stack but can be combined with other debuff effects on different stats (if there is a conflict, the larger stat reduction takes priority). Debuffed stats recover by 1 point each turn until the stat is back to normal.

Knives in the Fire Emblem series by type

Basic knives/daggers

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Knife X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png 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 Question mark.png --
Dagger X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png 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 Question mark.png --
Stiletto X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Bronze Dagger 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Iron Dagger 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Steel Dagger 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Silver Dagger 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Kard 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Brass Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Iron Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Steel Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Silver Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Ranged knives/daggers

This knives/daggers have the capability of hitting beyond the typical 1 range (Radiant Dawn) or 1-2 range (Fates).

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Bronze Knife 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Iron Knife 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Steel Knife 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Silver Knife 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Peshkatz 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Spy's Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png 3 range only
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Close-range daggers

This dagger, on the other hand, is incapable of hitting within the full 1-2 range that normal daggers have in Fates.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Caltrop 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png 1 range only.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Magic daggers

This dagger inflicts magical damage instead of physical.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Flame Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Effective knives/daggers

These weapons deal bonus damage to certain types of enemies.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Stiletto X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals bonus damage to armored units in Path of Radiance. No effect in Radiant Dawn.
Beast Killer 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals bonus damage to beast units.
Hunter's Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals bonus damage to beast units.
Kris Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals bonus damage to monster units.
Sting Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals bonus damage to armored units.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Character's daggers

Fates includes five daggers named for individual characters but not locked specifically to them.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Felicia's Plate 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Magic weapon.
Jakob's Tray 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Kaze's Needle 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Saizo's Star 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Kagero's Dart 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Miscellaneous daggers

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Soldier's Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Brave weapon.
Fruit Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Can be used to recover 10 HP.
Quill Pen 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Stale Bread 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Raider Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Votive Candle 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Grants Miracle when equipped.
Sacrificial Knife 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Pebble 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Barb Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Dual Shuriken 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Reverses the weapon triangle.
Chopstick 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Hair Pin 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Female units only.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Regalia knives/daggers

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Baselard 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Chakram 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using knives/daggers

There are 11 classes which have wielded knives and daggers.

Class Wields knives/daggers in: Notes:
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Thief X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Assassin X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Sage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png 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 Question mark.png Optional, with each individual Mage having to choose between gaining knives or staves upon promotion to Sage; Bastian and Calill have knives by default.
Rogue 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Whisper 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 Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Ninja 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Mechanist 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Master Ninja 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Dread Fighter 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Butler 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Maid 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the class wields knives/daggers in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Knife
• Dagger
• This weapon category is known by this name in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
• This weapon category is known by this name only in Fates.
Japanese 軽器
短剣
暗器
• Romanized as knife in internal file listings; literally "light weapon". The weapon category is known by this name only in Path of Radiance.
• Knife; the weapon category is known by this name only in Radiant Dawn.
• Concealed weapon. This weapon category is known by this name only in Fates.
Spanish Cuchillo Knife
French Couteau Knife
German Dolch Knife
Italian Pugnale Knife

Shuriken

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Shuriken From 手裏剣 shuriken (literally "sword in the hand"), a Japanese throwing weapon.
Japanese 手裏剣 Shuriken
Spanish Shuriken As above.
French Shuriken As above.
German Shuriken As above.
Italian Shuriken As above.

Gallery

References

See also

Weapon types
Physical weapons AxeBow (Ballista)KnifeLanceSword
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)Black magicDarkLightStaffTome (Blue tomeGreen tomeRed tome)White magic
Other weapons BreathStrikes and monster weaponsStone
Knives and daggers
Basic knives and daggers Bronze DaggerDaggerIron DaggerJakob's TrayKardKnifePebbleQuill PenSilver DaggerSteel DaggerStiletto
Knives and daggers with secondary effects Beast KillerFruit KnifeHunter's KnifeKris KnifeRaider KnifeSacrificial KnifeSoldier's KnifeStale BreadStilettoVotive Candle
Magic-based daggers Felicia's Plate
Ranged knives Bronze KnifeIron KnifePeshkatzSilver KnifeSteel Knife
Regalia and personal knives Baselard
Shuriken
Basic shuriken Barb ShurikenBrass ShurikenChopstickHair PinIron ShurikenKagero's DartSilver ShurikenSteel Shuriken
Shuriken with secondary effects Dual ShurikenKaze's NeedleSaizo's StarSting Shuriken
Magic-based shuriken Flame Shuriken
Unusual-range shuriken CaltropSpy's Shuriken
Regalia and personal shuriken Chakram