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Sword

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This article is about the weapon type. You may be looking for Sword (Gaiden), the most basic version of the weapon type in Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Swords from the Fire Emblem series

The sword (Japanese: Sword) is one of the primary weapon types in the Fire Emblem series, the most proliferated throughout the series, and the type used by the majority of main characters. A physical weapon type, swords typically possess the greatest accuracy of physical weapons and are considerably lighter, but possess lesser raw power; in this respect, swords are similar to light magic. Along with axes and lances, swords are part of the weapon triangle; in accordance with it, they possess an advantage over axes, but are weak to lances.

106 different swords have existed in the entire series, more than any other weapon type, and on average there are more swords than any other weapon type in an individual game; as such, there is a much greater variety in swords, with a large number sporting rare or unique secondary effect. Swords are almost entirely restricted to only one range, with the variety and quantity of ranged swords generally being limited per game compared to their axe or lance counterparts; almost all ranged swords are magic swords, which cast magic to attack at 2 range.

In Fire Emblem Fates, their Hoshidan counterpart is called the katana (Japanese: katana). They are almost exactly the same as swords and share a weapon level, differentiated by the effect of that, when they are equipped, they increase the wielder's speed stat by 1 and decrease the wielder's defense and resistance by one.

Swords in the Fire Emblem series by type


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Basic swords

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Sword ? --
Bronze Sword ? --
Slim Sword --
Iron Sword --
Steel Sword --
Silver Sword --
Brass Katana ? --
Iron Katana ? --
Steel Katana ? --
Silver Katana ? --
Training Sword ? --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Blades

Blades (Japanese: 大剣 Greatsword) are a variation on the standard iron, steel and silver swords. Characterised as larger and heavier blades, they possess greater power than their sword counterparts at the expense of greater weight and lower hit. In Radiant Dawn, they received lance and axe counterparts, the Greatlances and Poleaxes.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Iron Blade --
Steel Blade --
Silver Blade --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Critical weapons

Unlike the other physical weapon types, which generally have only a single "killer weapon", there are a larger number of swords which possess a high crit, allowing for significantly greater critical hit chance. Traditionally, some of these swords are locked to the exclusive use of the Myrmidon class family.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Killing Edge --
Meisterschwert ? Acts instead as a brave weapon in Thracia 776.
Wo Dao --
Shamshir ? --
Bamboo Sword ? --
Sol Katti ? In Awakening only; as Lyn's personal weapon in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, its critical rate is significantly lower.
Astra ? --
Ilwoon ? --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Effective swords

A number of swords deal bonus damage to enemies.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Armorslayer Effective against armored units.
Wyrmslayer Effective against dragons.
Blessed Sword ? Effective against monsters outside of Thracia 776.
Rapier Effective against armored and mounted units. Not a personal weapon in Thracia 776, Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses.
Ladyblade ? Female units only. Effective against Thieves and Brigands in Mystery of the Emblem only.
Swordslayer ? Effective against sword units.
Wing Clipper ? Effective against flying units.
Zanbato ? Effective against mounted units. Also known as "Longsword".
Shadowkiller ? Effective against monsters.
Laguzslayer ? Effective against laguz.
Spirit Katana ? Effective against monsters.
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Ranged swords

In the majority of games, the only ranged swords available are magic swords. Non-magical ranged swords are available in a few games, however.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Binding Blade --
Eckesachs ? --
Runesword ? Magic sword instead in games other than The Binding Blade.
Ragnell --
Florete ? --
Wind Edge ? --
Storm Sword ? --
Tempest Blade ? --
Amatsu ? --
Iron Kukri ? Enemy-only
Steel Kukri ? Enemy-only
Silver Kukri ? Enemy-only
Umbrella ? --
Iron Katti ? Enemy-only
Steel Katti ? Enemy-only
Silver Katti ? Enemy-only
Kodachi ? --
Wakizashi 2 range only.
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Magic swords

Magic swords are an uncommon type of sword. Imbued with some form of magic, they mostly work as normal swords when attacking at 1 range, but cast magic attacks at 2 range. In some games, at range they are fuelled by the unit's Magic and target the enemy's Resistance.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Levin Sword Casts Elthunder or Thunder. Also known as "Lightning Sword".
Flame Sword ? Casts Elfire or Fire.
Wind Sword ? Casts Elwind, Wind or Excalibur.
Light Brand Casts Lightning. Leif only in Thracia 776.
Lands Sword ? Casts Nosferatu. Nanna only in Thracia 776.
Runesword ? Casts Nosferatu.
Sonic Sword ? --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Character's swords

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening, and Fates contain a number of themed swords named for individual characters, but are not locked specifically to them. In New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening, all of these sell for significantly less gold than their purchase price.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Al's Sword ? --
Ogma's Blade ? --
Luke's Sword ? --
Cecil's Sword ? --
Alm's Blade ? --
Seliph's Blade ? +2 speed, +2 resistance when equipped.
Leif's Blade ? Grants Despoil when equipped.
Roy's Blade ? --
Eliwood's Blade ? --
Eirika's Blade ? Brave weapon.
Nohrian Blade ? --
Leo's Iceblade ? Magic sword (range 1 only).
Selena's Blade ? --
Laslow's Blade ? --
Marth's Spatha ? --
Ike's Backup ? --
Lucina's Estoc ? --
Sunrise Katana ? --
Takumi's Shinai ? --
Hana's Katana ? --
Hinata's Katana ? --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Regalia and personal swords

Swords constitute the largest number of personal weapons usable exclusively by select units, and of the powerful regalia weapons typically procured toward the game's end.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Rapier Marth, Phina, Roy, Eliwood, Eirika, Chrom and Lucina only. Not a personal weapon in Thracia 776, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia and Three Houses.
Falchion Marth Chrom only.
Mercurius Marth only in FE1; not a personal weapon in other appearances.
Royal Sword ? Alm only.
Falchion ? Alm only.
Tyrfing Sigurd and Seliph only, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Balmung ? Shannan only, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Mystletainn ? Eldigan and Ares only, in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Light Brand Leif only, in Thracia 776.
Lands Sword ? Nanna only, in Thracia 776.
Beo's Sword ? Fergus and Diarmuid only.
Shadow Sword ? Mareeta only, in Thracia 776.
Blessed Sword ? Olwen only, in Thracia 776.
Bragi Sword ? Leif, Nanna, Fergus and Diarmuid only.
Loptr Sword ? Raydrik and Mus only.
Durandal ? Eliwood only, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
Binding Blade Roy only.
Eckesachs ? Zephiel only.
Mani Katti Lyn only.
Sol Katti ? Lyn only, in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
Sieglinde Eirika only.
Audhulma ? --
Regal Sword ? Ike only.
Amiti ? Elincia only.
Ragnell Ike only, except in Awakening.
Alondite ? Black Knight only, in Path of Radiance.
Gurgurant ? Ashnard only.
Vague Katti ? --
Ettard ? Ike only.
Florete ? Mist only.
Caladbolg Edward only.
Noble Rapier Chrom, Lucina and Marth only.
Exalted Falchion ? Chrom and Marth only.
Parallel Falchion Lucina and Marth only.
Missiletainn ? Owain only.
Ganglari ? Corrin only in its non-upgraded form.
Siegfried ? Xander only.
Yato Corrin only. Multiple variations in Fates.
Hagakure Blade ? +20 avoid when equipped. Only Swordmasters and Lodestars may acquire requisite weapon level.
Raijinto ? Ryoma only.
Beloved Zofia ? Celica only.
Sword of the Creator --
Blutgang --
Thunderbrand ? --
Sword of Begalta ? --
Sword of Moralta ? --
Sword of Seiros ? Seiros and Edelgard only.
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Miscellaneous swords

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Devil Sword ? --
Brave Sword Brave weapon from Genealogy of the Holy War onward, outside of Shadows of Valentia.
Broken Sword ? --
Miracle Sword ? Grants Miracle when equipped.
Berserk Sword ? May inflict berserk status on enemy.
Sleep Sword ? May inflict sleep status on enemy.
Silence Sword ? Unused. May inflict silence status on enemy.
Safeguard ? --
Barrier Blade ? --
Venin Sword ? May inflict poison status on enemy.
Thief's Sword ? Grants Steal when equipped.
King Sword ? Brave weapon, grants Charm when equipped.
Paragon Sword ? Grants Paragon when equipped.
Short Sword ? --
Long Sword ? --
Great Sword ? --
Emblem Blade ? --
Lancereaver Reverses weapon triangle and doubles its effects.
Regal Blade ? --
Trainer ? --
Glass Sword ? --
Blunt Sword ? --
Quick Sword ? Brave weapon.
Pure Sword ? --
Sol ? Grants Sol when equipped.
Tree Branch ? --
Soothing Sword ? --
Superior Edge ? Grants Swordbreaker when equipped.
Bottle ? --
Venge Katana ? --
Axe Splitter ? Grants the Axebreaker skill when equipped.
Dual Katana Reverses the weapon triangle.
Practice Katana ? --
Daikon Radish ? --
Parasol ? --
Raider Katana ? --
Golden Dagger ? --
Rusted Sword ? --
Zweihänder ? --
Seven Sword ? --
Cursed Ashiya Sword ? --
Sword of Zoltan ? --
A means that the weapon is available in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using swords

There are 76 different classes which, at some point in the series, have been able to wield swords.

Class Wields swords in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14 FE15 FE16 FE17
Lord ? Eliwood and Lyn only in The Blazing Blade; Eirika only in The Sacred Stones.
Cavalier ? --
Paladin ? --
Knight ? --
General ? --
Pegasus Knight ? Only when dismounted in Thracia 776.
Dracoknight ? --
Mercenary ? --
Hero ? --
Thief ? --
Freelancer ? --
Fighter ? As Alm's personal class.
Villager ? --
Myrmidon ? --
Dread Fighter ? --
Cerberus ? Reclassified as a character in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Naberius ? Reclassified as a character in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Priestess ? --
Princess ? --
Knight ? --
Dancer ? --
Junior Lord ? --
Knight Lord ? --
Swordmaster ? --
Free Knight ? --
Ranger ? --
Prince ? --
Master Knight ? --
Thief Fighter ? --
Troubadour ? --
Mage Knight ? --
Mage Fighter ? --
Falcon Knight ? --
Dragon Rider ? Only when dismounted in Thracia 776.
Wyvern Rider ? Only when dismounted in Thracia 776.
Wyvern Lord ? --
Armored Sword ? --
Baron ? --
Emperor ? --
Pegasus Rider ? Only when dismounted.
Lance Knight ? Only when dismounted.
Duke Knight ? Only when dismounted.
Axe Knight ? Only when dismounted.
Great Knight ? Only when dismounted in Thracia 776.
Great Lord ? Eirika only in The Sacred Stones.
Nomadic Trooper ? --
King ? --
Blade Lord ? --
Assassin ? --
Bonewalker ? --
Wight ? --
Sword Knight ? --
Valkyrie ? --
Princess Crimea ? --
King Daein ? --
Vanguard ? --
Blade Paladin ? --
Gold Knight ? --
Sword General ? --
Axe General ? --
Marshall ? --
Black Knight ? --
Seraph Knight ? --
Cleric ? --
Horseman ? --
Tactician ? --
Grandmaster ? --
Lodestar ? --
Bow Knight ? --
Trickster ? --
Dark Knight ? --
Conqueror ? --
Nohr Prince ? --
Nohr Princess ? --
Hoshido Noble ? --
Nohr Noble ? --
Blacksmith ? --
Master Ninja ? --
Master of Arms ? --
Samurai ? --
Lich ? --
Illusory Hero ? Excluding Robin's variation.
Commoner ? --
Noble ? --
Archer ? --
Mortal Savant ? --
Archbishop ? --
Saint ? --
King of Liberation ? --
Enlightened One ? --
A means that the class wields swords in that game, while a indicates the contrary.

Etymology and other languages

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

Sword

--

Japanese

Sword. Genealogy of the Holy War prescribes the ken reading for the overall weapon type, while most other games prescribe the tsurugi reading. Individual weapons can vary in what reading they use, however.

Spanish

Espada

Sword

French

Épée

Sword

German

Schwert

Sword

Italian

Spada

Sword

Dutch

Zwaard

Sword

Portuguese
(Brazil)

Espada

Sword

Korean

Sword

Simplified Chinese

Sword

Traditional Chinese

Sword

Katana

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

Katana

A katana is a curved, single-edged sword from Japan.

Japanese

Katana, or any single-edged sword

Spanish

Katana

--

French

Katana

--

German

Katana

--

Italian

Katana

--

Korean

Blade

Gallery

Weapon types
Physical weapons AxeBow (Ballista)GauntletsDaggerLanceSword
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)Black magicDarkLightStaffTome (Blue tomeColorless tomeGreen tomeRed tome)White magic
Other weapons BreathCrest StoneStrike, beast, and monster weaponsStone
Swords
Basic swords Al's SwordAlm's BladeBamboo SwordBlunt SwordBottleBroken SwordBronze SwordCecil's SwordEliwood's BladeEmblem BladeGlass SwordGreat SwordIke's BackupIron BladeIron SwordKilling EdgeLaslow's BladeLong SwordLucina's EstocLuke's SwordMarth's SpathaMeisterschwertNohrian BladeOgma's BladeRoy's BladeRusted SwordSelena's BladeSeliph's BladeShamshirShort SwordSilver BladeSilver SwordSlim SwordSteel BladeSteel SwordSwordSword of ZoltanTrainerTraining SwordTree BranchWo Dao
Swords with secondary effects AstraArmorslayerBarrier BladeBerserk SwordBlessed SwordBrave SwordCursed Ashiya SwordDevil SwordEirika's BladeGolden DaggerIlwoonKing SwordLadybladeLaguzslayerLancereaverLeif's BladeLoptr SwordMeisterschwertMiracle SwordParagon SwordPure SwordQuick SwordRapierSafeguardSeven SwordShadow SwordShadowkillerSilence SwordSleep SwordSoothing SwordSuperior EdgeSwordslayerThief's SwordVenin EdgeWarrior's SwordWing ClipperWyrmslayerZanbatoZweihänder
Magic-based swords Flame SwordLeo's IcebladeLevin SwordLight BrandRuneswordSonic SwordWind Sword
Ranged swords Giant KatarIron KukriSilver KukriSteel KukriStorm SwordTempest BladeUmbrellaWind Edge
Regalia and personal swords AlonditeAmatsuAmitiAthameAudhulmaBalmungBeloved ZofiaBeo's SwordBinding BladeBlessed SwordBlutgangBragi SwordCaladbolgDurandalEckesachsEttard • Falchion (ArchaneanValentianParallel Falchion) • FloreteGanglariGurgurantLands SwordLibérationLight BrandMani KattiMareeta's SwordMercuriusMissiletainnMystletainnNoble RapierRagnellRapierRegal BladeRegal SwordRidillRoyal SwordShadow SwordSiegfriedSieglindeSolSol KattiSword of BegaltaSword of MoraltaSword of SeirosSword of the CreatorThunderbrandTyrfingVague KattiYato
Katana
Basic katana Brass KatanaDaikon RadishIron KatanaPractice KatanaSilver KatanaSteel KatanaSunrise Katana
Katana with secondary effects Axe SplitterDual KatanaHana's KatanaHinata's KatanaRaider KatanaSpirit KatanaTakumi's ShinaiVenge Katana
Ranged katana Iron KattiKodachiParasolSilver KattiSteel KattiWakizashi
Regalia and personal katana Hagakure BladeRaijintoYato