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Lethe, a cat laguz, attacking with her Claw strike in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

The strike (Japanese: strike) is a weapon classification encompassing the various weapons used by non-human units. By definition, a strike weapon is a means of attack which is part of the user's anatomy. They are the primary mode of attack of most monster species, and the only means of attack available to laguz. The category does not include stone, breath, and judge weapons.

All strikes have the distinction of having infinite uses, not being affected by durability. In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, since they are part of the user's anatomy, strikes cannot be unequipped from laguz units and cannot be dropped, traded, or sold. Radiant Dawn and Fates are the only games where strikes are tied to an increasing weapon level and can gain weapon experience; in Radiant Dawn, laguz strikes are continually replaced with stronger, higher-ranked variations when laguz units reach the required rank increase.

Overview

Strikes are almost entirely physical weapons which use the user's strength stat and target the foe's defense stat. The exceptions are Ravager in The Sacred Stones, and the White Dragon's Breath variant in Radiant Dawn, which are both magical weapons.

Although the term "strike" was only explicitly used in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn to describe laguz weapons, numerous other games can be said to have strikes in the form of weapons which meet the same criteria as strikes. Obviously, the laguz weapons of Path of Radiance are also strikes as they were in Radiant Dawn. In Gaiden, The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates, there are numerous monster-only weapons that don't otherwise fit into another category (i.e. Shadowshot as dark magic, Wretched Air as breath) and thus can be called strikes. Awakening calls its strikes "claws" or "blights", while Fates separates its strikes into fists, rocks, and saws (claws, stones, and puppets in the rank descriptions), each with access to the weapon level for non-human weapon. Monster weapons of The Sacred Stones are classified by the game as basic items despite their combat usage, and do not display their weapon stats in gameplay.

Strikes in the Fire Emblem series by type

Eleven different laguz weapons have been featured in the two games in the Fire Emblem series taking place in Tellius. In addition, there are also nineteen other non-human weapons featured in other games in the Fire Emblem series.

Monster weapons

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Tentacle X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Fire Breath X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Classified as a breath in the Archanea games.
Blighted Claws X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Blighted Talons X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Sharp Claw X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Venin Claws X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png May inflict poison status on enemy.
Lethal Talon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png May inflict poison status on enemy.
Fiery Fang X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Hellfang X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Stone Shard X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Unused
Ravager X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Demon Light X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Expiration X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Classified as a breath in Awakening.
Shackled Fist X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Gauntlet X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Rock X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Massive Rock X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Claws X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Numbing Claws X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Fangs X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Scythe X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Bone Sword X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Club X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Tackle X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Talons X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Water Breath X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Laguz weapons

These weapons are used by laguz units in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn. Every laguz unit has one strike weapon and cannot use any other.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Claw X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Beak X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Breath X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Fang X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Great Fang X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Great Beak X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Talon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Great Talon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Automaton weapons

These weapons are used exclusively by the Automatons deployed by Hoshido.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Saw X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Big Saw X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using strikes

Technically speaking, strikes as a formal weapon classification exist only in Radiant Dawn, although laguz weapons were included in the previous game and other non-human weapons have existed as far back as Gaiden. As such, this list actively interprets any class which has had access to the non-categorized non-human weapons as being able to wield strikes.

Class Wields strikes in: Notes:
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16
Fell God X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Revenant X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Entombed X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Bael X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Elder Bael X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Mauthe Doog X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Gwyllgi X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Mogall X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Programmed as being able to use monster weapons in The Sacred Stones, but normally uses dark magic instead in that game.
Arch Mogall X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Programmed as being able to use monster weapons, but normally uses dark magic instead.
Gorgon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Programmed as being able to use monster weapons, but normally uses dark magic instead.
Manakete X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png Programmed as being able to use monster weapons, but normally uses stones or breath instead.
Necrodragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png Programmed as being able to use monster weapons in The Sacred Stones, but normally uses breath instead in that game.
Demon King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Cat X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Tiger X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Lion X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Hawk X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Raven X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Red Dragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
White Dragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Lion King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Wolf X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Wolf Queen X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Hawk King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Raven King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Dragon Prince X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Dragon King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Faceless X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Stoneborn X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Automaton X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png --
Mechanist X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Question mark.png Cannot be used in-game.
Dracul X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Mila's Servant X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Duma's Apostle X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Fafnir X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Gargoyle X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Deathgoyle X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Garuda X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Bonewalker X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Lich X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Deimos X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Balor X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Dagon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Fire Dragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
Fell Dragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Question mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the class wields strikes in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Corrin with an inactive B-level in saws after being reclassed into a Mechanist.
  • Oddly enough, the Mechanist class in Fates have access to the Saw weapon, however this cannot be used in-game.
    • Had playable Mechanists been able to legitimately use Saw weapons, they would have been the only human class capable of legitimately wielding a strike-type weapon.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Strike --
Japanese Strike
Spanish Golpe Strike
French Coup Strike
German Hieb Strike
Italian Colpo Strike

Gallery

References

See also

Weapon types
Physical weapons AxeBow (Ballista)KnifeLanceSword
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)Black magicDarkLightStaffTome (Blue tomeGreen tomeRed tome)White magic
Other weapons BreathStrikes and monster weaponsStone
Non-Human Weapons
Breaths Astral BreathBreath of FogDark BreathDraconic RageDragon BreathExpirationFire BreathFlametongueIce BreathMage Breath
Stones BeastruneBeaststoneBeaststone+ShadowstoneDivinestoneDragonstoneDragonstone+EarthstoneFirestoneIcestoneMagestoneWyvernstone
Judge weapons Judge
Laguz weapons BeakBreathClawFangGreat BeakGreat FangGreat TalonTalon
Automaton weapons Big SawSaw
Monster attacks Blighted ClawsBlighted TalonsBone SwordClawsClubCrimson EyeDemon LightDemon SurgeEvil EyeFangsFiery FangFire BreathGauntletHellfangLethal TalonMassive RockNightmareNumbing ClawsRavagerRockScytheShackled FistShadowshotSharp ClawStoneStone ShardTackleTalonsTentacleVenin ClawsWater BreathWretched Air