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Is wii onager.png
Icon of the Onager from Radiant Dawn.

Cannot be used by mounted or magic units. Range: 3-10


Bow (Ballista)

First game

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

The Onager (Japanese: 投石器 Onager) is a model of ballista which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, and later appears in Radiant Dawn and Three Houses. Onagers 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, Sniper and Marksman belonging to any army, or, in Three Houses, any non-mounted unit that does not wield magic. Onagers are fixed to a specific tile and cannot be moved. Once the Onager's durability reaches 0, the map object does not disappear and can still be ridden, but is unable to attack owing to its lack of ammunition.

The Onager has the ability to hit more than one target at once; while the player selects one specific target, the Onager's shot will also hit every other unit neighboring the target for half the damage. The Onager has by far the highest hit rate of any weapon in the series, surpassing its closest competitor by 55 points, but conversely cannot inflict critical hits. It also has more might than a regular Ballista, but is still the second-weakest siege engine in both games.


Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth WEXP Other effects and notes
Path of Radiance Is gcn onager.png Bows E 20 20 255 0 3–10 5 Cannot be sold 4 Ignores the user's strength.
Cannot inflict critical hits.
Targets cannot counterattack.
Deals 50% damage to all units adjacent to the target.
Accessible only as an object on certain maps.
Radiant Dawn Is wii onager.png Bows E 22 20 255 -- 3–10 5 0 0 Ignores the user's strength.
Cannot inflict critical hits.
Target cannot counterattack.
Deals 50% damage* to all units adjacent to the target.
Accessible only as an object on certain maps.
Three Houses -- Brawling E 10 5 70 0 3–10 15 -- -- Target cannot counterattack.
Deals 50% damage to all units adjacent to the target; leaves units with 1 HP if damage would kill them.
Accessible only as an object on certain maps.


Path of Radiance

Map object Chapter 23Chapter 25

Radiant Dawn

Map object Part 2: Chapter 3 (×2)
Part 3: Chapter 11 (×4) • Chapter 13 (×2)

Three Houses

Map object True Chivalry (×1) • The Forgotten (×1) • Chapter 12 MissionBlack Eagles, if Byleth sides with the ChurchBlue LionsGolden Deer (×2) • Chapter 14 MissionSilver SnowAzure MoonVerdant Wind (×1) • Chapter 15 MissionCrimson Flower (×1) • Chapter 21 MisionAzure Moon (×1) • Chapter 18 MissionSilver Snow/Chapter 19 MissionVerdant Wind (×1) • Final Chapter MissionVerdant Wind (×1)

Flavor text

Game Text
Path of Radiance
A long-range, stone-throwing siege weapon
with a wide area of effect.
Radiant Dawn
A long-range, stone-throwing siege weapon with a
wide area of effect. For archery units only.
Three Houses
Cannot be used by mounted or
magic units. Range: 3-10

Etymology and other languages

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


An onager is a catapult-type siege engine of ancient Roman origin which fires stones as projectiles using a sling-like mechanism. It derives its name from the onager, a donkey species native to central Asia, as the siege engine's "kicking" motion was thought to resemble that of the donkey species.



Romanized as ONAGER in its internal file name in both games. The word can refer to both the siege engine and to smaller, hand-held slingshots.















Basic ballistae BallistaGreat BallistaHoistflammeIron BallistaKiller BallistaLauncherOnagerPachydermStonehoist
Ballistae with secondary effects ArrowspatePoison Ballista
Magic-based ballistae Fire OrbThunderboltViskam
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Swords AlonditeAmitiArmorslayerBrave SwordGurgurantIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeLaguzslayerLongswordRagnellRegal SwordRuneswordSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordSonic SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordTrainerVague KattiVenin Edge
Lances Brave LanceFlame LanceHeavy SpearIron LanceJavelinKiller LanceKnight KillerLaguz LanceShort SpearSilver LanceSlim LanceSpearSteel LanceVenin LanceWishblade
Axes Bolt AxeBrave AxeHammerHand AxeIron AxeKiller AxeLaguz AxePoleaxPractice AxeShort AxeSilver AxeSteel AxeTomahawkVenin Axe
Bows Brave BowDouble BowIron BowKiller BowLaguz BowLongbowRolf's BowSilver BowSteel BowVenin Bow
Fire BolganoneElfireFireMeteor
Thunder BoltingElthunderRexboltThoronThunder
Wind BlizzardElwindTornadoVortexWind
Light LightNosferatuPurgeRexauraShine
Knives DaggerKnifeStiletto
Ballistae BallistaIron BallistaKiller BallistaOnager
Strikes BeakBreathClaw
Staves Ashera StaffFortifyHammerneHealMendPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreSilenceSleepTorchWard
Unused Weapons BerserkBright BowDevil AxeRexcaliburRexflameUnlockUrvanWarp
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Swords AlonditeAmitiBrave SwordBronze SwordCaladbolgEttardFloreteIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeRagnellSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordStorm SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordTempest BladeVague KattiVenin EdgeWind EdgeWo DaoWyrmslayer
Lances Brave LanceBronze LanceIron GreatlanceIron LanceJavelinKiller LanceHorseslayerShort SpearSilver GreatlanceSilver LanceSpearSteel GreatlanceSteel LanceVenin LanceWishblade
Axes Brave AxeBronze AxeHammerHand AxeIron PoleaxIron AxeKiller AxeShort AxeSilver PoleaxSilver AxeSteel PoleaxSteel AxeTarvosTomahawkUrvanVenin Axe
Bows Brave BowBronze BowDouble BowIron BowIron LongbowKiller BowLughnasadhRolf's BowSilencerSilver BowSilver LongbowSteel BowSteel LongbowVenin Bow
Crossbows AqqarArbalestBowgunCrossbowTaksh
Knives BaselardBeast KillerBronze DaggerBronze KnifeIron DaggerIron KnifeKardPeshkatzSilver DaggerSilver KnifeSteel DaggerSteel KnifeStiletto
Fire ArcfireBolganoneCymbelineElfireFireFire TailMeteorRexflame
Thunder ArcthunderBoltingElthunderRexboltThoronThunderThunder Tail
Wind ArcwindBlizzardElwindRexcaliburTornadoWindWind Tail
Light CreiddyladEllightLightNosferatuPurgeRexauraShineThaniValaura
Dark BalberithCarreauFenrirVerrineWorm
Ballistae BallistaIron BallistaKiller BallistaOnager
Strikes BeakBreathClawFangGreat BeakGreat FangGreat TalonTalon
Staves Ashera StaffElsilenceElsleepFortifyHammerneHealMatronaMendPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreRewarpSilenceSleepTorchUnlockWard
Other Judge
Unused Weapons Slim Lance
Weapons in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Swords ArmorslayerAthameBlutgangBrave SwordBroken SwordCursed Ashiya SwordDevil SwordGiant KatarIron SwordKilling EdgeLevin SwordMercuriusRapierRusted SwordSilver SwordSteel SwordSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorSword of ZoltanThunderbrandTraining SwordVenin EdgeWo Dao
Lances AreadbharArrow of IndraBlessed LanceBrave LanceBroken LanceCrescent SickleGradivusHorseslayerIron LanceJavelinKiller LanceLance of LightLance of Light+Lance of RuinLance of ZoltanLúinPiercing Light LanceRusted LanceScythe of SarielShort SpearSilver LanceSpearSpear of AssalSteel LanceTraining LanceThrowing Light LanceVenin Lance
Axes Axe of UkonvasaraAxe of ZoltanAymrBolt AxeBrave AxeBroken AxeCrusherDevil AxeFreikugelHammerHand AxeHauteclereIron AxeKiller AxeMaceRusted AxeShort AxeSilver AxeSteel AxeTraining AxeTomahawkVenin Axe
Bows Blessed BowBow of ZoltanBrave BowBroken BowFailnaughtIron BowKiller BowLongbowMagic BowMini BowParthiaRusted BowSilver BowSteel BowTathlum BowThe InexhaustibleTraining BowVenin Bow
Gauntlets Aura KnucklesBroken GauntletsDragon ClawsIron GauntletsKiller KnucklesRusted GauntletsSilver GauntletsSteel GauntletsTraining GauntletsVajra-MushtiDLC
Black Magic Agnea's ArrowBlizzardBolganoneBoltingCutting GaleExcaliburFimbulvetrFireMeteorRagnarokSagittaeThoronThunderWind
Dark Magic Banshee ΘBohr ΧDark Spikes ΤDeath ΓHades ΩLuna ΛMiasma ΔMire ΒQuake ΣSwarm Ζ
White Magic AbraxasAuraFortifyHealNosferatuPhysicRecoverRescueRestoreSeraphimSilenceWardWarp
Ballistae BallistaFire OrbOnagerViskam
Crest Stones Artificial Crest Stone LArtificial Crest Stone SBlest Crest Stone ShardChalice of BloodDLCCracked Crest StoneCrest of Flames PowerCrest Stone (Beast)Crest Stone (Chevalier)DLCCrest Stone (Gautier)Crest Stone of IndechCrest Stone of MacuilCrest Stone of SeirosCrest Stone ShardDark Stone (Bird)Dark Stone (Crawler)Dark Stone (Wolf)Giant Artificial Crest StoneLost Crest StoneLost Crest Stone (Large)Pointy Artificial Crest StoneReal Seiros Crest StoneTwin-Crest Power
Unused Weapons RidillTorch