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In all games since Thracia 776, the range of weapons is denoted by glowing red squares when their wielders are selected. Here, Osian's only weapon is an Iron Axe, so he can only attack enemies within one tile of his movement range.

A weapon's range (Japanese: 射程 range), abbreviated Rng, denotes the distance with which its wielder can attack. Measured in terms of spaces, the range with which a unit can attack with a weapon is, generally speaking, the unit's movement plus the range of the weapon; almost anywhere which falls inside this radius can be attacked, depending on the terrain properties and the weapon. The vast majority of weapons have a range of 1 or 2; attacking at 1 range is traditionally called "direct" or "melee combat", while attacking at 2 or more range is referred to as "indirect" or "ranged combat".

Typical ranges

Typical ranges for weapon types
Weapon type Standard range Special range
Sword 1 1-2 (Magic swords)
Lance 1 1-2 (Javelins)
Axe 1 1-2 (Hand Axes)
Bow 2 3-10 (Ballistae)
2-3 (Longbows)
Knife 1 1-2 (Daggers)
Magic 1-2 3-10 (Siege tomes)
Stone 1 1-2 (Some dragonstones)
Non-Human 1 1-2 (Dragon breath)
& (Crest Stone)

Each weapon type is primarily associated with a basic range possessed by the majority of weapons of the type; however, for each weapon type there are a small number of rarer weapons which to some degree exceed this basic range. The extended ranges almost always occur in set patterns associated with a certain type of weapon variation.

In addition, there are rare occasions on which range can be extended by other means; for example, the Marksman gains +1 range boost for all bows except longbows.

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade Weapon Range. A range of 1
can only hit adjacent spaces.*
The Blazing Blade Weapon Range. A range of 1
can only hit adjacent spaces.
The Sacred Stones Weapon Range. A range of 1
can only hit adjacent spaces.
Path of Radiance The weapon range.
A range of 1 means the weapon can
reach only enemies in adjacent spaces.
Radiant Dawn
The weapon range. Weapons with a
range of 1 can reach adjacent units
and 2 can reach units 2 spaces away.
Radiant Dawn
The weapon range. 1 indicates a
direct-combat weapon, 2 or more
indicates an indirect-combat weapon.
Three Houses Distance from which the unit can attack
an enemy unit.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Range --
Japanese 射程 Range
Spanish Alcance Scope
French Portée Range
German Reichweite Range
Italian Raggio Radius
Dutch Bereik Range
Korean 사정
Simplified Chinese 射程
Traditional Chinese 射程

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