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Light Brand

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Light Brand

FESK Light Brand.png
Artwork of the Light Brand from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Magic-based attack.





First game

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War

The Light Brand (Japanese: ひかりの剣 Light Sword) is a magic sword which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It is capable of attacking both at close range and over a distance, and lets its user cast light magic to strike at range. In Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, the Light Brand is Leif's personal weapon which he possesses at the start of the game.

When used to attack at melée range, the Light Brand acts like a normal sword, but when attacking from a distance it casts the Lightning spell to inflict magical damage on the foe, targeting the foe's resistance stat instead of their defense. In Genealogy and Thracia 776 it uses the wielder's magic stat instead of their strength to calculate damage, but as the Game Boy Advance games do not technically have strength and magic as separate stats, these games instead the Light Brand's magic attack deal less damage than the user would have inflicted if they fought in close quarters. When attacking at range, it is also not affected by the weapon triangle for physical weapons and is neutral to lances and axes; in the Game Boy Advance games, it is instead affected by the Trinity of Magic, having an advantage over dark magic and a disadvantage to anima magic.


In the main Fire Emblem series

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 light brand.png SNESRankSword.png C 12 5 70 -- 1-2 50 12,000 -- At 2 range, casts Lightning and is fuelled by Lightning's stats, working as magical damage.
Thracia 776 Is snes03 light brand.png SNESRankSword.png Prf* 12 10 80 0 1-2 60 Cannot be sold 1 +10 luck when equipped. At 2 range, casts Lightning and is fuelled by Lightning's stats, working as magical damage. Can be used as an item to fully restore Leif's HP.
The Binding Blade Is gba light brand.png GBARankSword.gif C 9 9 70 0 1-2 25 1,250 1 At 2 range, it deals a fixed 10 damage and counts as light magic under the Trinity of Magic.
The Blazing Blade Is gba light brand.png GBARankSword.gif C 9 9 70 0 1-2 25 1,250 1 Targets enemy's resistance. At 2 range, it reduces the user's strength by 50% and counts as light magic under the Trinity of Magic.
The Sacred Stones Is gba light brand.png GBARankSword.gif C 9 9 70 0 1-2 25 1,250 1 Targets enemy's resistance. At 2 range, it reduces the user's strength by 50% and counts as light magic under the Trinity of Magic.

In other Fire Emblem series titles

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Heroes Is feh skill offense.png Is feh sword.png 5★ 16 -- -- -- 1 Infinite 400 SP -- Grants Defense +3 while equipped. If foe's Defense is higher than their Resistance by at least 5, boosts damage output by 7.


Genealogy of the Holy War

Event First Generation: Chapter 2, Ethlyn talks to Deirdre
Armory Second Generation: Chapter 6 (if the first-generation Light Brand was not inherited by anyone)

Thracia 776

Inventory Leif

The Binding Blade

Inventory Galle (Trial Map mode only)
Treasure Chapter 8, chest
Armory Chapter 23

The Blazing Blade

Dropped by Eliwood's Tale: Chapter 25 (Jerme version), enemy Jerme
Hector's Tale: Chapter 27 (Jerme version), enemy Jerme
Treasure Eliwood's Tale: Chapter 22, hidden treasure
Hector's Tale: Chapter 23, hidden treasure

The Sacred Stones

Event Chapter 19, end of chapter if 4 or more NPC soldiers survived.


Units Leif: Prince of Leonster

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

The Light Brand is present as two slightly different skills on two cards in Fire Emblem Cipher:

  • Ethlyn's Light Brand skill (B06-010R Resolute Knightess) is a manual-activation skill which, for a cost of flipping 1 bond card face-down, modifies her weapon type from sword to tome, gives her a +10 attack increase, and increases her range to 1-2. The skill wears off at the end of the turn. It is a Class Change Skill, meaning that it can only be used if Ethlyn has changed class from a base-class card instead of being deployed as this advanced-class card.
  • Leif (B10-002R Leader of Leonster's Army) possesses Prince's Light Brand, a manual-activation skill which, for a cost of flipping 2 bond cards face-down, modifies his weapon type from sword to tome and increases his range to 1-2. The skill wears off at the end of the turn. Although it is weaker and costlier than Ethlyn's version, destroying an enemy unit while it is active triggers Leif's other skill, "The Strength to Restore the Fatherland", allowing the player to flip three face-down bond cards of their choosing face-up.

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The Binding Blade ?? ??
The Blazing Blade ?? ??
The Sacred Stones Magic-based attack. ??


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Light Brand "Brand" here is an archaic term meaning "sword".
Japanese ひかりの剣 Light Sword
Spanish Espada luminosa Luminous sword
French • Fer léger
• Épée-Lumière
• Light sword. This is a mistranslation, since the word léger means "light" as in "not heavy". Used in The Blazing Blade.
• Light sword. Used in The Sacred Stones.
German Lichtklinge Lightblade
Italian Spada di luce Sword of light



See also

Basic swords Al's SwordAlm's BladeBamboo SwordBlunt SwordBottleBroken SwordBronze SwordCecil's SwordEliwood's BladeEmblem BladeGlass SwordGreat SwordIke's BackupIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeLaslow's BladeLong SwordLucina's EstocLuke's SwordMarth's SpathaMeisterschwertNohrian BladeOgma's BladeRoy's BladeRusted SwordSelena's BladeSeliph's BladeShamshirShort SwordSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordSwordSword of ZoltanTrainerTraining SwordTree BranchWo Dao
Swords with secondary effects AstraArmorslayerBarrier BladeBerserk SwordBlessed SwordBrave SwordCursed Ashiya SwordDevil SwordEirika's BladeGolden DaggerIlwoonKing SwordLadybladeLaguzslayerLancereaverLeif's BladeLopt SwordMeisterschwertMiracle SwordParagon SwordPure SwordQuick SwordRapierSafeguardSeven SwordShadow SwordShadowkillerSilence SwordSleep SwordSoothing SwordSuperior EdgeSwordslayerThief's SwordVenin SwordWarrior's SwordWing ClipperWyrmslayerZanbatoZweihänder
Magic-based swords Flame SwordLeo's IcebladeLevin SwordLight BrandRuneswordSonic SwordWind Sword
Ranged swords Giant KatarIron KukriSilver KukriSteel KukriStorm SwordTempest BladeUmbrellaWind Edge
Regalia and personal swords AlonditeAmatsuAmitiAthameAudhulmaBalmungBeloved ZofiaBeo SwordBinding BladeBlutgangBragi SwordBlessed SwordCaladbolgDurandalEarth SwordEckesachsEttard • Falchion (ArchaneanValentianParallel Falchion) • FloreteGanglariGurgurantLight BrandMani KattiMareeta's SwordMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNoble RapierRagnellRapierRegal BladeRegal SwordRoyal SwordShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSolSol KattiSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorThunderbrandTyrfingVague KattiYato
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Playable characters AlvaAmaldaAsvelBrightonCarrionCedConomoolDagdarDalsinDeanDelmudEdaEyriosEyvelFelgusFinnFredGalzusGladeHalvanHicksHomerKainKarinLaraLeifLifisLinoanMachyuaMareetaMartyMirandaMishaNannaOlwenOsianPirnRalfRobertRonanSafySaiasSalemSaraSelfinaShanamShivaSleufTanyaTinaTrewdXavier
Non-playable characters AltenaArionAugustCorpulDoriasEthlynHannibalIshtarJuliaJuliusLewynQuanSeliphTravant
Bosses AlphandBaldackBandolBaraatBucksBovisBrookCanisCoddaCohenColhoCoulterDracoDvorakEichmannEisenauFardenFrausGomezGustafKempfLargoLifisLinecockListMcCloyMerlockMooreMuellerMusNikalafOltophPalmanPaulusPirnPorcusRaydrikReinhardtRobosRumeiSaiasSeimetolTigrisTrumanVeldWeissmannWolfXavierZaomZyle
Personal Weapons Beo SwordBragi SwordBlessed SwordBrave LanceDire ThunderDragonpikeEarth SwordForsetiGrafcaliburKiaLight BrandLopt SwordMareeta's SwordVougeRepairThiefUnlock
Chapters 1: The Warrior of Fiana • 2: The Village of Iss • 2x: The Pirate Isles • 3: The Gate of Kelbeth • 4: The Dungeon • 4x: Hero on the Wind • 5: Mother and Child • 6: The Escape • 7: The Shield of Thracia • 8: Mt. Violdrake • 8x: Dagdar's Mansion • 9: The Emblem of Njörun • 10: Noel Canyon • 11: Dandrum Fortress • 11x: Murder Hollace • 12: The Thieves of Dakia • 12x: Dandelion • 13: The Stronghold • 14: Open Fire • 14x: Freedom • 15: The Two Paths • 16A: Nohrden Line • 17A: Leonster's Gate • 16B: The Dark Forest • 17B: The First Rain of May • 18: The Liberation of Leonster • 19: The Empire's Counterattack • 20: The Scion of Light • 21: The Liberation Wars • 21x: The Detention Center • 22: Across the River • 23: The Palace of Evil • 24: The Baron in Black • 24x: The Lopt Altar • Endgame: An Undying Oath
Locations JugdralMunster District (AlsterConoteLeonsterMunster) • Thracia (FianaTahra)
Groups, objects and events Aed MassacreBattle of BelhallaCaptureChild huntsDandelion BanditsFall of LeonsterFatigueFiana FreebladesHoly BloodLoptr Church (BergrosenDeadlords) • Magi
Related topics Other games (Genealogy of the Holy WarAwakening) • Name chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline
Sword skills in Heroes
Basic sword skills Iron SwordKilling Edge / Slaying EdgeSilver SwordSteel Sword
Sword skills with secondary effects Armorslayer / ArmorsmasherBarrier BladeBellringerBrave SwordCake CutterCarrot CudgelFiresweep SwordGeishunGuard SwordHeart's BladeKadomatsuMelee BouquetPetal ParasolRuby SwordSafeguardSandfort SpadeWo DaoZanbato
Regalia and personal sword skills AlonditeAmitiAstra BladeAudhulmaAyra's BladeBalmungBeloved ZofiaBinding BladeBull BladeConcealed BladeConjurer CuriosCreator SwordDark GreatswordDragonbindDurandalEckesachsFalchion (AlmLucina) • FólkvangrGjöllGladiator's BladeGolden DaggerHana's KatanaHikamiHinata's KatanaJubliant BladeLaevateinLaid-Back BladeLarcei's EdgeLaslow's BladeLight BrandMareeta's SwordMeisterschwertMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNameless BladeNíuPanther SwordRagnellRagnell•AlonditeRaijintoRapierRegal BladeResolute BladeRowdy SwordRoyal SwordScarlet SwordSelena's BladeShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSilverbrandSkuldSökkvabekkrSol KattiSolitary BladeTyrfingVassal's BladeVenin EdgeWhitewing BladeWing SwordYato
Other sword skills Umbra Burst