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Prologue III

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Prologue III

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Altea Countryside

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Prologue II

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Prologue IV

Prologue III (Japanese: 序章 転 Prologue: Twist) is the third chapter in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon on Normal difficulty.


Main article: Prologue III/Script

Marth and his entourage take a moment to rest after escaping the castle. Cain confirms that King Cornelius was killed in Gra, and reveals that Falchion was stolen and their troops massacred. Cornelius's last request was for Marth to take up his sword, save Archanea, and lead Altea to prosperity. Marth and Cain, the latter of whom is suffering from survivor's guilt, vow to exact revenge on Dolhr and particularly Gra.

After defeating a regiment of Gra troops stationed outside the castle, Malledus arrives. When he reveals that Elice is remaining in Altea, Marth attempts to return to the castle to rescue her, but Malledus stops him. He reminds Marth that he is the sole hope for Archanea and that he must live to return and reclaim his nation. Marth begrudgingly relents.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Marth dies 5 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 10
Cm fe11 prologue 3.png
Map dimensions:
26 columns by 17 rows

If Abel or Frey were defeated in the previous chapter, Cain (the middle of the three Cavaliers) is deployed one tile lower. If Abel was defeated, Frey replaces him on the left.

Character data

New units


Required characters
Marth prologue ​Jagen ​Cain ​
Available characters
Abel ​Frey ​

Enemy data

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma ds01 soldier enemy.gif Gra Soldier 1 4 16 3 0 3 4 0 3 0 6 Iron Lance
The center-southern two both begin moving if either of them or the nearby Archer is provoked.
Ma ds01 archer enemy.gif Gra Archer 1 2 16 5 0 3 4 0 4 0 5 Iron Bow
• The southern one begins moving if a nearby Soldier is provoked.
• The northern one begins moving if a Fighter is provoked.
Ma ds01 fighter enemy.gif Gra Fighter 1 1 20 5 0 1 7 0 2 0 6 Iron Axe
Begins moving if the nearby Fighter or Archer is provoked.
Ma ds01 fighter enemy.gif Gra Fighter 1 1 20 5 0 1 7 0 2 0 6 Hand Axe
Begins moving if the nearby Fighter or Archer is provoked.
Ma ds01 mage enemy.gif Gra Mage 1 1 16 0 3 1 3 0 2 3 -- Fire
Stands on a fort, the chapter's seize point.
Ma ds01 mage enemy.gif Gra Mage 1 1 16 0 3 1 3 0 2 3 6 Fire


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

New Units:

  • Cain: A reliable Cavalier. His poor lance rank hurts him less on Normal due to lower enemy quality.
  • Jagen: A Paladin. Despite his poor growths, his solid base stats and weapon proficiency make him valuable, especially in Normal difficulty due to the less challenging enemies.

Map Features:

  • Houses offer gameplay tips beneficial for beginners. Experienced players can skip them.


  • The challenge level increases in this chapter. Being too aggressive can lead to your units' defeats, especially from the potent Mages near the end.
  • Engage enemies individually when possible for a smoother experience.
  • Refrain from giving kill shots to the unit you plan to use as the Decoy in Prologue IV.

Etymology and other languages

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

Prologue III



序章 転

Prologue: Twist; "twist" here is the third of four phases of a narrative with the kishōtenketsu structure.


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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Playable characters AbelArranAstramAthenaBantuBarstBeckBoahBordCaedaCaesarCainCastorCatriaCordDarrosDolphDraugEliceEstEtzelFreyGordinGotohHardinHoraceJagenJakeJeorgeJulianLenaLindeLorenzMacellanMariaMarthMatthisMerricMidiaMinervaNagiNavarreNorneOgmaPallaRaddRickardRogerRosheaSamsonSedgarTikiTomasVylandWendellWolfWrysXaneYmir
Non-playable characters Aurelis KingMalledusNynaTalys King
Bosses BathysBentheonCamusCaptainDactylDejaniraEmereusGazzakGharnefGomerGrigasHarmeinHeimlerHollstadtHymanJiolKannivalKhozenLarissaMannuMedeusMerachMichalisMorzasOrridyonSternlinTikiVolzhinXemcelZharov
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Chapters P: Prologue I • P: Prologue II • P: Prologue III • P: Prologue IV • 1: Marth Embarks • 2: The Pirates of Galder • 3: A Brush in the Teeth • 4: Battle in the Lea • 5: Champions of Aurelis • 6: Fire Emblem • 6x: In War's Grip • 7: Lefcandith Gauntlet • 8: Port Warren • 9: The Pyrathi Dragon • 10: Princess Minerva • 11: Knorda Market • 12: The Ageless Palace • 12x: A Traitor's Worth • 13: The Wooden Cavalry • 14: Land of Sorrow • 15: An Oasis of Magic • 16: The Battle for Altea • 17: Star and Savior • 17x: Helena Castle • 18: The Sable Order • 19: Manakete Princess • 20: Camus the Sable • 20x: The Lair of Fire • 21: Clash in Macedon • 22: A Knight-Filled Sky • 23: Dark Pontifex • 24: The Dragonkin Realm • 24x: The AlterspireE: Chosen by Fate
Locations ArchaneaAlteaAurelisDolhrGraGrustKhadeinKingdom of ArchaneaMacedonPyrathiTalysThabes
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