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Shadow Sword

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Darkness Sword redirects here; Darkness Sword is also the name of an unused skill in Genealogy of the Holy War.

Shadow Sword

FESoV Shadow Sword concept.png
Concept artwork of the Shadow Sword from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

A cursed sword.





First game

Fire Emblem Gaiden

The Shadow Sword (Japanese: 暗黒の剣 Darkness Sword) is a unique sword present in Fire Emblem Gaiden, its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, as well as Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.

In Gaiden, it functions identically to the Devil Sword of other games, having a chance to backfire and inflict damage upon its wielder based upon the wielder's Luck. This effect only applies to player units, enemy units have no chance to be damaged by the backfire damage. In Gaiden Dread Fighters are also immune to the backfire chance, be they enemy or ally.[1]

In Thracia 776, it is a cursed blade forced upon Mareeta by Raydrik and Veld, forcing her to fight against her adoptive mother Eyvel; later, it is purified by Saias, freeing Mareeta and transforming the blade into Mareeta's Sword.


In the main Fire Emblem series

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Gaiden Is nes02 sword.png -- 13 5 70 0 1 -- -- -- Has a (21 - Luck)% chance of dealing damage to its wielder instead.
Thracia 776 Is snes03 shadow sword.png Prf* 11 6 70 20 1 60 -- 1 Grants Nihil when equipped. Brave weapon.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 shadow sword.png FE15RankSword.png 13 5 65 0 1 -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 25 -- Luck -10
Passive skills: Hex, Lifetaker

Forged stats

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Is 3ds03 shadow sword.png FE15RankSword.png 14 5 65 0 1 -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 25 -- Luck -10
Passive skills: Hex, Lifetaker
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Is 3ds03 shadow sword.png FE15RankSword.png 14 5 70 0 1 -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 25 -- Luck -10
Passive skills: Hex, Lifetaker
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Is 3ds03 shadow sword.png FE15RankSword.png 17 5 75 0 1 -- Is 3ds03 silver mark.png 25 -- Luck -10
Passive skills: Hex, Lifetaker

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 ??? SP -- Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1).
If user's HP is 50% or higher and initiates combat, user makes its follow-up strike before target counterattacks.



Dropped by Celica's party: Act 3, Valley Approach, enemy Blake • Any enemy Bonewalker (0.098% chance)

Thracia 776

Unavailable Wielded only by Mareeta as an enemy; when she is recruited, she instead has Mareeta's Sword.

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Dropped by Celica's party: Act 3, Valley Approach, enemy Blake
Dungeon drops The Astral Temple: Small pots (3.65%), Medium pots (5.65%) • The Inner Sanctum: Small pots (3.65%), Medium pots (5.65%)
Forging Brave Sword (50S) • Compatible Rusted Swords (100S)


Units Mareeta: The Blade's Pawn


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Shadow Sword As of Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
• Dark Sword
• Darkness Sword
• Used in the Gaiden fan translation.
• Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.
Japanese 暗黒の剣 Darkness Sword. Rendered in hiragana as あんこくのけん in Gaiden.
Spanish Espada oscura Dark sword
French Épée d'ombre Sword of shadow
German Schattenschwert Shadow Sword
Italian Spada ombra Shadow Sword
Dutch Schaduwzwaard Shadow Sword
Simplified Chinese 黑暗之剑
Traditional Chinese 黑暗之劍


See Also


  1. "Note 2: Enemies and Demon Fighters are immune to backfire" — VincentASM, Calculations,, Published: 2005, Retrieved: March, 14th, 2016
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