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Sickle to Sword

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Sickle to Sword


The Farfort

New units




Fight and get stronger, he says... Guess it can't hurt to try. I sure hope I don't get in the way! Gosh, that would be just awful...
— Donnel

Sickle to Sword (Japanese: 弱き者、それは The very weak) is the first paralogue chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. As a paralogue chapter, its events are not integral to the game's main storyline and can be done at the player's leisure. In this chapter, the Shepherds assist a young boy in rescuing his fellow villagers from a swarm of bandits.


Main article: Sickle to Sword/Script

The Shepherds arrive on an island off the southeast coast of Ylisse. They are immediately approached by a village boy named Donnel, who informs them that bandits have raided his village and are abducting the citizens to take to their camp. Chrom immediately agrees to help him, and encourages Donnel to fight alongside them to protect his loved ones.

The Shepherds storm the bandit camp, defeat their leader, rescue the villagers, and reunite Donnel with his mother. If Donnel gained a level and was not incapacitated during the fight, Chrom praises his valor. With Chrom's blessing, Donnel joins the Shepherds. If Donnel did not gain a level or was incapacitated, Chrom encourages him to continue honing his strength, although Donnel is regretful that he couldn't contribute more.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Roddick Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 1–8+1 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 16
Cm fe13 1x.png
Map dimensions:
18 columns by 16 rows

Character data

New units
Small portrait donnel fe13.png
Bronze Lance
Automatically from turn 1
To keep at chapter's end, he must gain at least 1 level within the chapter
Required characters
Chrom l ​
Available characters
Robin m ​Lissa ​Frederick ​Sully ​Virion ​Stahl ​Vaike ​Miriel ​Sumia ​Kellam ​

Note: The returning characters list only those recruited by the time this chapter is unlocked. As a paralogue chapter, there is no set timeframe in which the chapter must be taken on; thus, it is possible to have recruited more characters than the above by the point the chapter is started.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds01 chest key.png Chest Key Dropped by enemy Thief
Is 3ds01 chest key.png Chest Key Dropped by enemy Archer
Is 3ds01 door key.png Door Key Dropped by enemy Barbarian
Is 3ds01 killer lance.png Killer Lance Open northern chest in the treasure room
Is 3ds01 rescue.png Rescue Open southern chest in the treasure room

Shop data

After clearing this chapter, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds01 iron sword.png Iron Sword 520
Is 3ds01 iron lance.png Iron Lance 560
Is 3ds01 iron axe.png Iron Axe 600
Is 3ds01 iron bow.png Iron Bow 560

Event tiles

  • Column 12, row 9: In a dead-end nook two squares east of a floor tile that is itself adjacent to a plain tile.
  • Column 3, row 10: Two squares east of a one-tile wall.

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Wlv Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Roddick Barbarian 7 1 29 13 0 8 10 4 5 1 - Steel Axe Hand Axe
Ma 3ds01 thief enemy.gif Ruffian Thief 4 1 18~19 5~6 0 8~9 12~13 3~4 1~2 0~1 5 Iron Sword
Prioritizes opening the upper chest, then escaping via the south.
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Ruffian Barbarian 4 6 22~23 9~10 0 4~5 5~6 2~3 3~4 0~1 5 Iron Axe
• The eastern one immediately begins moving unprovoked.
• The center-southern two both begin moving if either of them or the nearby Archer is provoked.
• The western one begins moving if the nearby Archer is provoked.
• The center one will not move until a unit is in range of both him and the nearest Barbarian, or until either of them is fought; in either case, he begins moving.
Ma 3ds01 archer enemy.gif Ruffian Archer 4 5 19~20 6~7 0 9~10 6~7 2~3 2~3 0~1 5 Iron Bow
• The eastern one immediately begins moving unprovoked.
• The center-southern one begins moving if a nearby Barbarian is provoked.
• The southwestern one begins moving if the nearby Barbarian is provoked.
Ma 3ds01 thief enemy.gif Ruffian Thief 4 1 18~19 5~6 0 8~9 12~13 3~4 1~2 0~1 5 Iron Sword Chest KeyThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Ruffian Barbarian 4 1 22~23 9~10 0 4~5 5~6 2~3 3~4 0~1 5 Iron Axe Door KeyThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.
Will not move until a unit is in range of both him and the nearest Barbarian, or until either of them is fought; in either case, he begins moving.
Ma 3ds01 archer enemy.gif Ruffian Archer 4 1 19~20 6~7 0 9~10 6~7 2~3 2~3 0~1 5 Iron Bow Chest KeyThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat.

Boss data

Main article: Roddick

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait garrick fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 barbarian enemy.gif Barbarian
Level 7
Movement -
Max HP 29 Speed 10
Strength 13 Luck 4
Magic 0 Defense 5
Skill 8 Resistance 1
Inventory Skills
Steel Axe
Hand Axe
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes C
Bows -- Tomes -- Staves --


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

As Donnel is a rather weak unit, it may be wise to give him a forged E-rank lance to grant him a slight advantage in this paralogue. Make sure to deploy one of your two Cavaliers so they can ferry Donnel around for a free kill.

On Lunatic+, it is wise to play this paralogue after completing Chapter 4 in order to maximize your experience while still earning the Rescue staff in time for Chapter 5. Send Frederick to immediately kill the northeastern Thief and have Chrom/Robin take out the southeastern Barbarian. Chrom/Robin needs to hold the southwest chokepoint to keep your squishier units safe; Lon'qu/Vaike can help against enemy Barbarians. Donnel can attack targets of opportunity if he sees them, but there's plenty of time for him to get his level up. Once the first wave is dead, your next objective is to kill the Thief who is trying to make off with your Killer Lance. Have Frederick take out the southwest and Killer Lance Thieves and have Chrom/Robin or Lon'qu/Vaike take out the southwest Brigand.

Once all of the immediately mobile enemies are dead, you're pretty much in the clear. Lure in enemies one at a time as you make your way towards Roddick. The safest enemies to feed to Donnel are Archers, who cannot counterattack him if he whiffs an attack; just make sure to keep an eye out for Counter and Pavise+. Counter will not trigger on a killing strike. The northwest Archer is very badly positioned and vulnerable to be boxed in as long as he doesn't have Counter or Pass; pair up Donnel with Sully or Stahl for some free support points, use the Cavalier's mobility to corner him, and poke him to death. If he does have Pass, you can use sheer numbers to plug up any spaces he can reach and use Frederick with a Defense pairing to tank his attacks. The only really troublesome enemies left are the pair of Barbarians who are in a room, aggro together, and have a Hammer to give Frederick a nasty surprise; your Levin Sword is probably your safest bet for killing them, especially if you can get a Dual Strike in.

Completing this chapter allows you to buy all four Iron weapons, so make them standard issue among your units.


  • This chapter is one of only two non-SpotPass paralogues to not include a green NPC faction at any point in the chapter including the preparations phase; the other such non-SpotPass paralogue is paralogue 14. These two paralogues also happen to be the only paralogues that take place in Ylisse.

Etymology and other languages

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

Sickle to Sword




The very weak





Guerrier malgré lui

Contrary warrior


Die Schutzlosen

The defenseless Ones


Zappa e spada

Sickle and sword


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