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The Empty King

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The Empty King


Shirasagi: Throne Room



So... you've seen my true form...
— Garon

The Empty King (Japanese: 虚ろなる王 The Hollow King) is the twenty-seventh chapter of the Conquest campaign in Fire Emblem Fates. In this chapter, Corrin finally reveals to the Nohrian siblings what has become of their father, King Garon, and they mount an attack on him.

Although the game can be saved during battle preparations, it is not possible to save the game, read supports, or return to My Castle during the next; both chapters must be completed consecutively.


Main article: The Empty King/Script

Corrin prepares to enter the throne room with Azura and his/her siblings to expose Garon's true form and kill him, but the siblings remain skeptical of how he/she and Azura even know about Garon's state and why they didn't tell them sooner. Azura tells them that they cannot explain and only show them Garon's true from by coming to Hoshido, so they show them in person rather than explain it. After Corrin pleading his/her case to them, Xander eventually places his trust in him/her, though not blindly, and warns them that despite being his/her family, if they are lying and intends to betray them, they will be executed for treason like Iago. Agreeing to this, he/she and Azura opens the door, where they manage to prove the truth of their words when Garon, seated upon the throne of truth, is revealed to be a slimy monstrosity in actuality. The siblings are utterly horrified to see their father's monster form. Garon, angered and shocked at this deception, curses Corrin for tricking him, stating anyone who sees his true form dies, and retaliates by swinging against Camilla, Elise and Leo all at once. When Corrin attempts to fight back, the Yato is unable to hurt him, and in retaliation, Garon launches several blows at Corrin.

Elise begs Garon to stop and Azura tells the siblings to fight Garon, but Camilla and Leo refuses since they express how difficult they find it to fight the creature they once knew as their father, despite knowing his true form. Corrin attempts to get them to get over their disbelief and help them fight Garon and that what they see before them is not their father at all, but a monster. Garon mocks Corrin about turning his children against them and attacks Corrin again, only for Xander to defend him/her. Xander calls out Garon and affirms that the monster is no longer his father, referring to his real father as stern, but fair, not using his strength against his children or starting a needless conquest of another kingdom.

When Xander tells Corrin that he will lend him/her his strength, Siegfried reacts, and the Yato transforms into the Shadow Yato, unlocking the Seal of Flames. The Yato is finally able to damage Garon, who begins to break down and prepares to kill Corrin and his own children as Xander convinces the siblings to not stand by while Corrin battles for them and help fight alongside Corrin to put an end to Garon and save the world and their kingdom. The Nohrian siblings put aside their disbelief and all declare they will fight Garon alongside Corrin, and the proper fight begins.

Upon defeating Garon, he dissipates into water. Corrin expresses regret at not being able to know Garon's true self. When he/she begins to celebrate and attempts to free the remaining Hoshidians, Takumi appears from the entrance and shoots at him/her with an otherworldly bow. Corrin is shocked both at Takumi's survival and his possession by an unseen force. He/She tries to tell Takumi that the war is over, only for him to repeat the words "betrayal" and "death". Azura tells Corrin they have to kill Takumi as he is possessed just like Garon was. Takumi expresses his anger to Corrin, with him/her accepting responsibility for his suffering as he/she blame himself/herself for letting Takumi die and betraying him and with no other choices, Corrin walks towards Takumi with the intent of letting him kill him/her, hoping his hatred will go away, Takumi shoots him/her, destroying the Yato in the process and seemingly killing him/her.


Corrin opens the door to the throne room, discovering the true enemy that waits for them. The creature within the room is unlike anything she's ever seen.

Chapter data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Garon. Player Enemy
Defeat: Corrin dies* or the player's army is routed*. 16 17
Cm fe14c 27.png

This chapter's map is 29 columns by 30 rows.

This chapter features stairs that act as warp points between the rooms; by using the "Stairs" command while standing on them, a unit will be transported to the endpoint, and will be left with a movement stat = their base movement - the movement it took to reach the stairs. They are located as follows:

  • Column 1, row 20–Column 13, row 10: Links the southwest room and the main hall
  • Column 30, row 20–Column 17, row 10: Links the southeast room and the main hall
  • Column 2, row 14–Column 13, row 9: Links the western room and the main hall
  • Column 29, row 14–Column 17, row 9: Links the eastern room and the main hall
  • Column 3, row 8–Column 13, row 8: Links the northwest room and the main hall
  • Column 28, row 8–Column 17, row 8: Links the northeast room and the main hall

Character data

New Units
Returning Characters

Small portrait avatar f-default fe14.pngSmall portrait jakob fe14.pngSmall portrait silas fe14.pngSmall portrait elise fe14.pngSmall portrait effie fe14.pngSmall portrait arthur fe14.pngSmall portrait odin fe14.pngSmall portrait niles fe14.pngSmall portrait azura fe14.pngSmall portrait nyx fe14.pngSmall portrait camilla fe14.pngSmall portrait selena fe14.pngSmall portrait beruka fe14.pngSmall portrait kaze fe14.pngSmall portrait laslow fe14.pngSmall portrait peri fe14.pngSmall portrait benny fe14.pngSmall portrait charlotte fe14.pngSmall portrait leo fe14.pngSmall portrait keaton fe14.pngSmall portrait gunter fe14.pngSmall portrait felicia fe14.pngSmall portrait xander fe14.pngSmall portrait shura fe14.pngSmall portrait flora fe14.pngSmall portrait izana fe14.png

Note: The returning characters list does not include any characters recruitable in paralogues or xenologues, as the player may not have taken on any available paralogue chapters yet. The list also does not include any bonus units, as they are recruitable at the player's discretion.

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is 3ds02 katana.png Shadow Yato Corrin's Grim Yato transforms into this prior to battle preparations

Dragon Vein data

There are no Dragon Veins in this chapter.

Enemy data

Normal Hard Lunatic

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 swordmaster vallite enemy.gif
Invader Swordmaster 20 1 Silver Katana
Armored Blow
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 spear master vallite enemy.gif
Invader Spear Master 20 1 Silver Naginata
Warding Blow
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 berserker vallite enemy.gif
Invader Berserker 20 1 Silver Axe
Certain Blow
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 master ninja vallite enemy.gif
Invader Master Ninja 20 1 Silver Shuriken
Poison Strike
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 sniper vallite enemy.gif
Invader Sniper 20 1 Silver Yumi
Odd Shaped
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 sorcerer vallite enemy.gif
Invader Sorcerer 20 1 Ragnarok
Defeat opens the door in his room.
Ma 3ds02 shrine maiden vallite enemy.gif
Invader Shrine Maiden 20 6 Sun Festal --
Ma 3ds02 lancer vallite enemy.gif
Invader Lancer 40 3 Silver Lance
Movement +1 Counter Countermagic
Ma 3ds02 merchant vallite enemy.gif
Invader Merchant 20 1 Silver Yumi Gold Bar
Spendthrift Wary Fighter
Ma 3ds02 empty vessel enemy.gif
Garon Empty Vessel 40 1 Bölverk
Armored Blow Warding Blow Dragonskin
• Immobile; stands on a throne.
• All other enemies immediately begin moving unprovoked.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Garon

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait slime garon fe14.png
Is 3ds02 dragon vein icon.png Empty Vessel
Level 40
Movement -
Max HP 65 Speed 26
Strength 31 Luck 10
Magic 19 Defense 27
Skill 26 Resistance 22
Inventory Skills
Bölverk Armored Blow
Warding Blow
Weapon Levels
FE14RankSword.png -- FE14RankLance.png -- FE14RankAxe.png S FE14RankBow.png --
FE14RankTome.png -- FE14RankStaff.png -- FE14RankDagger.png -- Dragonstone --


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

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On Hard and Lunatic, the Shrine Maidens in the four southern rooms each have a single-use, infinite range Entrap staff, which they will use on the first turn to pluck your units into their rooms, each with a dangerous enemy. The exact mechanism which determines what unit a Shrine Maiden will target is unclear, though there is some consistency to it. However, the order they act in is random. Thankfully, the other enemy in the rooms with them will not move until turn 2. It is advisable to kill the Shrine Maidens first so they cannot heal their partners. Unlike the enemies in the four southern rooms, all enemies in the two northern rooms will begin moving on turn 1, as will the Spendthrift squad.


  • This chapter is one of few chapters in the game where the preparations theme doesn't play during that phase of setup. In this case, the music from the preceding cutscene continues onto the battle preparations screen.
  • This is the only chapter in the main game of Fates to change ally starting positions depending on the difficulty.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English The Empty King --
Japanese 虚ろなる王 The Hollow King
Spanish Rey vacuo Empty King
French Le visage du roi The face of the king



Treason The Empty King Night Breaks Through

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Conquest ArthurAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinDwyerEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGunterIgnatiusIzanaJakobKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoMidoriMozuNilesNinaNyxOdinOpheliaPercyPeriSelenaShigureShuraSiegbertSilasSoleilSophieVelouriaXander
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amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
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Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
Birthright 6: In the White Light • 7: A Vow Upheld • 8: Fierce Winds • 9: Land of Gods • 10: Ninja Village • 11: To the Sea • 12: Dark Reunion • 13: Another Hope • 14: Light Scatters • 15: Wolfskin Peak • 16: Pleasure Palace • 17: Lost in the Ice • 18: Leo • 19: Rainbow Sage • 20: Fort Dragonfall • 21: Burning Falls • 22: Hidden Capital • 23: Camilla • 24: Tears of a Dragon • 25: Traitor Revealed • 26: Xander • 27: King Garon • Endgame: Dawn Breaks
Conquest 6: Embrace the Dark • 7: A Dragon's Decree • 8: Cold Reception • 9: Another Trial • 10: Unhappy Reunion • 11: Rainbow Sage • 12: Bitter Intrigue • 13: Uprising • 14: Voice of Paradise • 15: The Black Pillar • 16: Invasion • 17: Den of Betrayal • 18: Black & White • 19: Kitsune Lair • 20: Winds of Change • 21: Eternal Stairway • 22: Sakura • 23: Possessed • 24: Hinoka • 25: Ryoma • 26: Treason • 27: The Empty King • Endgame: Night Breaks Through
Revelation 6: Into the Ground • 7: Unspeakable World • 8: Traitor's Brand • 9: Wanderer • 10: Voice of a God • 11: Mutual Enemies • 12: Frozen Sea • 13: A Lost Peace • 14: Orders • 15: Rainbow Sage • 16: White Flames • 17: Black Flames • 18: Veiled Kingdom • 19: Hidden Strings • 20: Seeds of Doubt • 21: Going Forward • 22: Memories • 23: Arete Undone • 24: Days Lost • 25: Blades Drawn • 26: The Vallite King • 27: Hear My Cry • Endgame: Anankos
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