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Light (magic)

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Not to be confused with the white magic of Fire Emblem Gaiden.


Oliver casting a light spell in TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).

Light magic ( light) is a weapon type in the Fire Emblem series, first introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War as one of the game's five types of offensive magic. The practice of light magic is described in-universe as being derived from religion and the divine, and as a result in most canons the majority of wielders of light magic are of the clergy.[1] Generally speaking, light magic statistically tends toward being lighter and more accurate than other forms of magic while possessing lesser raw power, similar to swords.

The place of light magic in the Trinity of Magic depends on the game. In its appearances in Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 and Path of Radiance, it is separate from the Trinity comprised by the three anima magic types, possessing an advantage over all three in the former two games while being neutral in Path of Radiance. In the Trinity of the Game Boy Advance trilogy and Radiant Dawn, light is at a disadvantage against all types of anima magic, while at an advantage against dark magic.

In Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening, there is no separate light magic category, with the broader tome weapon type covering magic which would theoretically be light magic had it existed in a game with the split magic types, such as Aura and Starlight; in Awakening, the sole light tome in the entire game is the Book of Naga, which unlike other tomes does not name a magic type in its description. In Path of Radiance, for reasons unknown light magic does not actually have its own weapon rank, and the use of light magic (exclusive to Bishops) requires the Lumina skill which enables the unit's staff weapon rank to also act as their light rank.

Light magic in the Fire Emblem series

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15
Aureola 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 X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Deals effective damage to dragons.
Aura Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Classified as a tome in the Archanea games and as Black Magic in Gaiden.
Creiddylad 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 Question mark.png Sephiran only.
Divine X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.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 --
Ellight 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 Question mark.png --
Ivaldi 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 --
Lightning X mark.png X mark.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 X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Classified as a tome in Fates.
Luce 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 X mark.png Question mark.png --
Naga 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 Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Classified as a tome in Awakening.
Nosferatu 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 X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Classified as Black Magic in Gaiden, dark magic in FE6, FE7, FE8, FE13, and FE14, and as a tome in the Archanea games.
Purge X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Extended range.
Rexaura 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 Question mark.png --
Shine X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Thani 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 Question mark.png Micaiah only. Deals effective damage to armored and mounted units.
Valaura 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 Question mark.png Inflicts poison status.
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 light magic

Class Wields light magic in: Notes:
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15
Shaman 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 Question mark.png Wields dark magic in The Binding Blade, Blazing Sword and The Sacred Stones.
Bard 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 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 Yes check.png Yes check.png 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 Question mark.png In The Binding Blade, Guinivere is the only Sage capable of wielding light magic.
Master Knight 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 Question mark.png --
High Priest 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 Question mark.png --
Cleric 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 Question mark.png --
Bishop X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Requires Lumina to wield light in Path of Radiance.
Monk 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 X mark.png Question mark.png --
Archsage 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 X mark.png Question mark.png --
Dark Druid 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 X mark.png Question mark.png Enemy only.
Valkyrie 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 --
Light Mage 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 Question mark.png --
Light 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 X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Light Priestess 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 Question mark.png --
Saint 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 Question mark.png --
Empress 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 Question mark.png --
Chancellor 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 Question mark.png --
Order Incarnate 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 Question mark.png Enemy only.
A Yes check.png means that the class wields light magic in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Light
Japanese Light
Spanish Magia de la luz Light magic
French Magie blanche White magic
German Licht-Magie Light magic
Italian Magia luce Light magic

References

  1. "Your magic stems from faith in the unknowable, the divine presence." - Knoll, Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones

See also

Weapon types
Physical weapons Axe (Club)Bow (BallistaYumi)Knife (Shuriken)Lance (Naginata)Sword (Katana)
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)Black magicDarkLightStaff (Rod)Tome (Blue tomeGreen tomeRed tomeScroll)White magic
Other weapons BreathMonster weaponsStrikeStone
Light magic
Basic tomes AuraDivineEllightLightningShine
Long-range tomes Purge
Tomes with secondary effects NosferatuValaura
Regalia and personal tomes AureolaCreiddyladIvaldiLuceNagaRexauraThani