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Personal weapons

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Lyn unsheathing the Mani Katti, her personal weapon, for the first time.
The sword Ike received from his father. It's light and easy to wield. Only Ike can wield it.
— The Regal Sword's description, providing a typical example of a personal weapon

Personal weapons are weapons which are restricted to be usable only by a limited group of units, or more commonly, a single unit. This concept has existed since Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, with weapons like Marth's Falchion and Linde's Aura, and has appeared in every game since in some capacity.

Overview

"Personal weapon" is a somewhat generic term used to refer to the concept, with different games referring to them by different names. Most Japanese versions use a ★ to symbolise a personal weapon, described as a "star weapon". The English releases of Fire Emblem, The Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance give personal weapons the rank of "Prf", presumably short for "preferred". Some games in both languages simply do not use a special denotation, and instead list the weapon's required rank or weapon level as a blank, "--". From Shadow Dragon onward, personal weapons have actual weapon ranks (normally ranked E, but higher ranks have occurred, in which case the wielder must have the required rank to wield it) with the personal weapon status instead denoted in their description.

The series' most prominent example of a personal weapon is the Rapier. It is a personal weapon in eight of the fifteen games, traditionally acting as the starting weapon for one of the main lord characters of the game (Marth, Roy, Eliwood, Eirika). Most other starting personal weapons for units are essentially copies of its anti-mounted/armor abilities for other weapon types, like the Reginleif, Wolf Beil, and Thani.

Gameplay

Generally speaking, they have a unique or uncommon added effect, and are either a starting weapon for the unit (or gained very soon after the unit appears), or are their most powerful end-game weapon. Personal weapons come in three varieties: weapons locked to specific characters (this is the variety to which the term normally applies), weapons locked to specific classes, and weapons locked based on the gender of characters. In addition, most personal weapons are either the only ones of their type to be found in the game, or, if there exist more than one, appear very rarely.

In Genealogy of the Holy War the Holy Blood mechanic is an expanded version of personal weapons and the ability to exclusively pass down the ability to use a certain weapon from parent to child is a major gameplay mechanic.

Story

The in-universe justifications for personal weapons varies by game and by weapon itself. Not every weapon lock has an in-universe explanation, however.

Some weapons are simply a character's preferred weapon in combat, while others are locked to characters through magical means. For instance, Hector's Wolf Beil and numerous lord's rapiers do not appear to have magic-related locks, and are simply used only by certain characters due to personal preference.

Even the means of magic locking the weapon can be different. Lyn's Mani Katti is stated to be a "spirit-inhabited sword", and chose her as its wielder when she picked it up; Lyn is the only person able to draw it from its sheath. Glass, who was not favored by the Mani Katti, was unable to draw it from its sheath.

There are many weapons also locked by bloodline, which, as mentioned above, is a major mechanic in Genealogy of the Holy War, though this method also appears in other games. Often, weapons that are blood locked rely on the wielder to have or be descended from one with the gifted blood of a dragon, though weapons linked solely to human bloodlines, like Aura, exist. It is not explicitly stated what happens if an unworthy wielder uses a physical weapon, though tomes that are magically locked to individuals fail to function and are no more than paperweights.

List of personal weapons by game

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Rapier Sword Marth
Mercurius Sword Marth
Falchion Sword Marth
Levin Sword Sword Classes: Any sword-using class except General
Excalibur Tome Merric
Aura Tome Linde
Imhullu Tome Gharnef
Hammerne Staff Lena
Aum Staff Elice
Divinestone Stone Tiki
Earthstone Stone Medeus

Gaiden

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Royal Sword Sword Alm
Falchion Sword Alm

Mystery of the Emblem

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is snes01 rapier.png Rapier Sword Marth, Feena
Is snes01 falchion.png Falchion Sword Marth
Is snes01 ladyblade.png Ladyblade Sword Gender: Female units
Is snes01 excalibur.png Excalibur Tome Merric
Is snes01 aura.png Aura Tome Linde
Is snes01 imhullu.png Imhullu Tome Gharnef
Is snes01 nosferatu.png Nosferatu Tome Gender: Female units
Is snes01 hammerne.png Hammerne Staff Lena, Malliesia
Is snes01 aum.png Aum Staff Elice, Yumina
Is snes01 rescue.png Rescue Staff Yumina
Is snes01 thief.png Thief Staff Malliesia
Is snes01 divinestone.png Divinestone Stone Tiki

Genealogy of the Holy War

Main article: Holy Blood

In Genealogy of the Holy War, there is a variation on the standard personal weapon system governed by its unique Holy Blood system, wherein a unit's ability to use one of the weapons is tied to whether or not they possess the matching major holy blood. While several units in both generations have major holy blood, for the second generation the majority of possessors of holy blood, and thus of the weapons, are determined by the pairings of the parents possessing the holy blood in question in the first generation.

In addition to the thirteen weapons governed by holy blood, there are a handful of weapons locked by class and gender.

Weapon Weapon type Required holy blood
Is snes02 tyrfing.png Tyrfing Sword Major Baldr
Is snes02 balmung.png Balmung Sword Major Od
Is snes02 gungnir.png Gungnir Lance Major Dain
Is snes02 yewfelle.png Yewfelle Bow Major Ulir
Is snes02 valkyrie.png Valkyrie Staff Major Blagi
Is snes02 mjolnir.png Mjölnir Thunder magic Major Thrud
Is snes02 valflame.png Valflame Fire magic Major Fjalar
Is snes02 mystletainn.png Mystletainn Sword Major Hezul
Is snes02 gae bolg.png Gáe Bolg Lance Major Noba
Is snes02 helswath.png Helswath Axe Major Neir
Is snes02 naga.png Naga Light magic Major Naga
Is snes02 forseti.png Forseti Wind magic Major Forseti
Is snes02 loptyr.png Loptyr Dark Major Loptyr


Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is snes02 miracle sword.png Miracle Sword Sword Gender: Female units
Is snes02 iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Iron Ballista
Is snes02 ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Ballista
Is snes02 killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Killer Ballista

Thracia 776

Thracia 776 sports the largest number of personal weapons of any game in the series; many of the personal weapons are recurring weapons which are not personal weapons in any other game. Additionally, it is the first of only two instances in the series where the Rapier appears but is not a personal weapon; its usual role as the first personal weapon of the main hero is filled instead by the Light Brand.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is snes03 light brand.png Light Brand Sword Leif
Is snes03 earth sword.png Earth Sword Sword Nanna
Is snes03 shadow sword.png Shadow Sword Sword Mareeta
Is snes03 mareeta's sword.png Mareeta's Sword Sword Mareeta
Is snes03 beo sword.png Beo Sword Sword Delmud, Felgus
Is snes03 blessed sword.png Blessed Sword Sword Olwen
Is snes03 blagi sword.png Blagi Sword Sword Leif, Nanna, Delmud, Felgus
Is snes03 loptyr sword.png Loptyr Sword Sword Raydrik
Is snes03 dragonpike.png Dragonpike Lance Dean
Is snes03 brave lance.png Brave Lance Lance Finn
Is snes03 pugi.png Pugi Axe Orsin
Classes: Berserker
Is snes03 iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Iron Ballista
Is snes03 ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Ballista
Is snes03 poison ballista.png Poison Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Poison Ballista
Is snes03 valflame.png Valflame Fire magic None*
Is snes03 dire thunder.png Dire Thunder Thunder magic Olwen, Reinhardt
Is snes03 mjolnir.png Mjölnir Thunder magic Ishtar*
Is snes03 grafcalibur.png Grafcalibur Wind magic Asvel
Is snes03 forseti.png Forseti Wind magic Ced
Is snes03 hel.png Hel Dark magic Enemy units
Is snes03 loptyr.png Loptyr Dark magic None*
Is snes03 repair.png Repair Staff Safy
Is snes03 thief.png Thief Staff Tina
Is snes03 unlock.png Unlock Staff Tina
Is snes03 kia.png Kia Staff Sara

The Binding Blade

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is gba rapier.png Rapier Sword Roy
Is gba binding blade.png Binding Blade Sword Roy
Is gba eckesachs.png Eckesachs Sword Zephiel
Is gba wo dao.png Wo Dao Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
Is gba ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba divinestone.png Divinestone Stone Fae

Fire Emblem

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is gba mani katti.png Mani Katti Sword Lyn
Is gba sol katti.png Sol Katti Sword Lyn
Is gba rapier.png Rapier Sword Eliwood
Is gba durandal.png Durandal Sword Eliwood
Is gba wo dao.png Wo Dao Sword Classes: Blade Lord, Myrmidon, Swordmaster
Is gba wolf beil.png Wolf Beil Axe Hector
Is gba armads.png Armads Axe Hector
Is gba ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gba forblaze.png Forblaze Anima magic Athos
Is gba flametongue.png Flametongue Stone Classes: Fire Dragon

The Sacred Stones

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is gba rapier.png Rapier Sword Eirika
Is gba sieglinde.png Sieglinde Sword Eirika
Is gba shamshir.png Shamshir Sword Eirika
Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster, Assassin,
Bonewalker, Wight
Is gba reginleif.png Reginleif Lance Ephraim
Is gba siegmund.png Siegmund Lance Ephraim
Is gba ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
Is gba iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
Is gba killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
Is gba dragonstone.png Dragonstone Stone Myrrh
Is gba demon light.png Demon Light Monster weapon Classes: Demon King
Is gba ravager.png Ravager Monster weapon Classes: Demon King
Is gba nightmare.png Nightmare Staff Classes: Demon King

Path of Radiance

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is gcn regal sword.png Regal Sword Sword Ike
Is gcn ragnell.png Ragnell Sword Ike
Is gcn amiti.png Amiti Sword Elincia
Is gcn alondite.png Alondite Sword Black Knight
Is gcn gurgurant.png Gurgurant Sword Ashnard
Is gcn rolf's bow.png Rolf's Bow Bow Rolf
Is gcn ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gcn long ballista.png Long Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gcn killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is gcn onager.png Onager Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper

Radiant Dawn

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is wii ettard.png Ettard Sword Ike
Is wii ragnell.png Ragnell Sword Ike
Is wii florete.png Florete Sword Mist
Is wii amiti.png Amiti Sword Elincia, Renning*
Is wii caladbolg.png Caladbolg Sword Edward
Is wii tarvos.png Tarvos Axe Nolan
Is wii lughnasadh.png Lughnasadh Bow Leonardo
Is wii ballista.png Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
Is wii iron ballista.png Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
Is wii killer ballista.png Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
Is wii onager.png Onager Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
Is wii cymbeline.png Cymbeline Fire magic Sanaki
Is wii thani.png Thani Light magic Micaiah
Is wii creiddylad.png Creiddylad Light magic Sephiran
Is wii judge.png Judge Various Ashera
(except the four hidden variants used by Lekain, Dheginsea and Sephiran)

Shadow Dragon

The way in which Shadow Dragon structured the weapons system resulted in all personal weapons herein still having a normal weapon rank; while for most of these weapons said rank is the base rank E, some have a higher rank requiring that a personal weapon's wielder still requires that rank before using the weapon. Additionally, some weapons which were originally full personal weapons allow for greater leeway in accessibility: they can be used by any unit of a certain gender, but have a high weapon rank, while still allowing one specific wielder to use them at any rank.

With the implementation of the reclass system, there is the additional caveat that a unit must be of a class able to use the relevant weapon type before they can use the personal weapon; thus, in the case of Aum, of the many units capable of using it only half are of the correct class in the first place, and the others will need to be reclassed before they can use it.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is ds rapier.png Rapier Sword Marth
Is ds falchion.png Falchion Sword Marth
Is ds wing spear.png Wing Spear Lance Caeda
Is ds longbow.png Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is ds excalibur.png Excalibur Tome Gender: Male units
Merric can use at any weapon rank
Is ds aura.png Aura Tome Gender: Female units
Linde can use at any weapon rank
Is ds hammerne.png Hammerne Staff Lena
Is ds aum.png Aum Staff Caeda, Maria, Minerva, Elice
Is ds divinestone.png Divinestone Stone Tiki, Nagi
Is ds earthstone.png Earthstone Stone Medeus

New Mystery of the Emblem

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is ds rapier.png Rapier Sword Marth
Is ds falchion.png Falchion Sword Marth
Is ds ladyblade.png Ladyblade Sword Gender: Female units
Is ds wing spear.png Wing Spear Lance Caeda
Is ds longbow.png Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is ds excalibur.png Excalibur Tome Gender: Male units
Merric can use at any weapon rank
Is ds aura.png Aura Tome Gender: Female units
Linde can use at any weapon rank
Is ds nosferatu.png Nosferatu Tome Gender: Female units
Is ds hammerne.png Hammerne Staff Lena, Malliesia
Is ds aum.png Aum Staff Caeda, Maria, Minerva, Elice, Yumina, Nyna, Sheena
Is ds divinestone.png Divinestone Stone Tiki, Nagi

Awakening

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is 3ds rapier.png Rapier Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord, Lodestar
Is 3ds noble rapier.png Noble Rapier Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord, Lodestar
Is 3ds falchion.png Falchion Sword Chrom, Marth
Is 3ds exalted falchion.png Exalted Falchion Sword Chrom, Marth
Is 3ds parallel falchion.png Parallel Falchion Sword Lucina, Marth
Is 3ds missiletainn.png Missiletainn Sword Owain
Is 3ds01 amatsu.png Amatsu Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
Is 3ds sol katti.png Sol Katti Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
Is 3ds wolf berg.png Wolf Berg Axe Walhart
Is 3ds longbow.png Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is 3ds towering bow.png Towering Bow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
Is 3ds double bow.png Double Bow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
All dark magic Classes: Dark Mage, Sorcerer
Units possessing Shadowgift
Is 3ds01 beaststone.png Beaststone Stone Classes: Taguel
Is 3ds01 beaststone+.png Beaststone+ Stone Classes: Taguel
Is 3ds dragonstone.png Dragonstone Stone Classes: Manakete
Is 3ds dragonstone+.png Dragonstone+ Stone Classes: Manakete

Fates

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is 3ds02 sword.png Ganglari
(weaker version only)
Sword Corrin
Is 3ds02 sword.png Siegfried Sword Xander
Is 3ds02 sword.png Falchion Sword Marth
Is 3ds02 sword.png Ragnell Sword Ike
Is 3ds02 sword.png Parallel Falchion Sword Lucina
Is 3ds02 katana.png Yato Katana Corrin
Is 3ds02 katana.png Raijinto Katana Ryoma
Is 3ds02 axe.png Bölverk Axe Garon*
Is 3ds02 axe.png Arthur's Axe Axe Gender: Male units
Is 3ds02 axe.png Camilla's Axe Axe Gender: Female units
Is 3ds02 yumi.png Fujin Yumi Yumi Takumi
Is 3ds02 shuriken.png Hair Pin Shuriken Gender: Female units
Is 3ds02 tome.png Nosferatu Tome Classes: Dark Mage, Sorcerer
Units possessing Shadowgift
Is 3ds02 tome.png Brynhildr Tome Leo
Is 3ds02 tome.png Missiletainn Tome Ophelia
Is 3ds02 tome.png Thoron Tome Robin
Is 3ds02 staff.png Astral Blessing Staff Lilith

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

The system remains the same as in Gaiden.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is 3ds03 royal sword.png Royal Sword Sword Alm
Is 3ds03 falchion.png Falchion Sword Alm
Is 3ds03 beloved zofia.png Beloved Zofia Sword Celica

Heroes

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Is feh falchion marth.png Falchion (Archanea) Is feh sword.png Sword Marth, Chrom, Lucina, "Marth"
Is feh falchion alm.png Falchion (Valentia) Is feh sword.png Sword Alm
Is feh divine tyrfing.png Divine Tyrfing Is feh sword.png Sword Sigurd
Is feh tyrfing.png Tyrfing Is feh sword.png Sword Seliph
Is feh ayra's blade.png Ayra's Blade Is feh sword.png Sword Ayra
Is feh mystletainn.png Mystletainn Is feh sword.png Sword Eldigan
Is feh binding blade.png Binding Blade Is feh sword.png Sword Roy
Is feh durandal.png Durandal Is feh sword.png Sword Eliwood
Is feh blazing durandal.png Blazing Durandal Is feh sword.png Sword Roy (Brave Heroes)
Is feh eckesachs.png Eckesachs Is feh sword.png Sword Zephiel
Is feh regal blade.png Regal Blade Is feh sword.png Sword Lloyd
Is feh sol katti.png Sol Katti Is feh sword.png Sword Lyn
Is feh sieglinde.png Sieglinde Is feh sword.png Sword Eirika
Is feh ragnell.png Ragnell Is feh sword.png Sword Ike
Is feh amiti.png Amiti Is feh sword.png Sword Elincia
Is feh alondite.png Alondite Is feh sword.png Sword Black Knight
Is feh yato.png Yato Is feh sword.png Sword Corrin (male)
Is feh raijinto.png Raijinto Is feh sword.png Sword Ryoma
Is feh siegfried.png Siegfried Is feh sword.png Sword Xander
Is feh fólkvangr.png Fólkvangr Is feh sword.png Sword Alfonse
Is feh ragnarok closed.png Ragnarok Is feh red tome.png Red tome Celica
Is feh valflame closed.png Valflame Is feh red tome.png Red tome Arvis
Is feh fire closed.png Cymbeline Is feh red tome.png Red tome Sanaki
Is feh brynhildr closed.png Brynhildr Is feh red tome.png Red tome Leo
Is feh gradivus.png Gradivus Is feh lance.png Lance Camus
Is feh siegmund.png Siegmund Is feh lance.png Lance Ephraim
Is feh vidofnir.png Vidofnir Is feh lance.png Lance Tana
Is feh cursed lance.png Cursed Lance Is feh lance.png Lance Valter
Is feh geirskögul.png Geirskögul Is feh lance.png Lance Lucina (Brave Heroes)
Is feh fensalir.png Fensalir Is feh lance.png Lance Sharena
Is feh aura closed.png Aura Is feh blue tome.png Blue tome Linde
Is feh dark aura closed.png Dark Aura Is feh blue tome.png Blue tome Delthea
Is feh dire thunder closed.png Dire Thunder Is feh blue tome.png Blue tome Reinhardt, Olwen
Is feh valaskjálf closed.png Valaskjálf Is feh blue tome.png Blue tome ???
Is feh hauteclere.png Hauteclere Is feh axe.png Axe Minerva, Michalis
Is feh armads.png Armads Is feh axe.png Axe Hector
Is feh urvan.png Urvan Is feh axe.png Axe Ike (Brave Heroes)
Is feh nóatún.png Nóatún Is feh axe.png Axe Anna
Is feh urðr.png Urðr Is feh axe.png Axe Azura (Performing Arts)
Is feh excalibur closed.png Excalibur Is feh green tome.png Green tome Merric
Is feh dark excalibur closed.png Dark Excalibur Is feh green tome.png Green tome Sonya
Is feh naga closed.png Divine Naga Is feh green tome.png Green tome Deirdre
Is feh naga closed.png Naga Is feh green tome.png Green tome Julia
Is feh élivágar closed.png Élivágar Is feh green tome.png Green tome Veronica
Is feh parthia.png Parthia Is feh bow.png Bow Jeorge
Is feh mulagir.png Mulagir Is feh bow.png Bow Lyn (Brave Heroes)
Is feh nidhogg.png Nidhogg Is feh bow.png Bow Innes
Is feh fujin yumi.png Fujin Yumi Is feh bow.png Bow Takumi
Is feh deathly dagger.png Deathly Dagger Is feh dagger.png Dagger Jaffar

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