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Thunder (tome)

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FESK Thunder.png
Artwork of Thunder from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Magic that attacks foes with lightning.

  • Tome (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon DS, New Mystery, Awakening, Fates)
  • Black magic (Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, Three Houses)
  • Thunder (Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn)
  • Anima (The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones)
First game

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Thunder (Japanese: サンダー Thunder) is a basic tome which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in all games in the Fire Emblem series. It is a spell which strikes the foe with a bolt of lightning.

In games which feature the three separate schools of anima magic, it acts as the first "stage" in the hierarchy of thunder magic: it is the thunder counterpart to the Fire and Wind tomes, is the weakest and lowest-ranked of the thunder tomes, and is surpassed by the more powerful and advanced Elthunder, Arcthunder and Thoron. In games featuring anima magic, black magic or tomes in general only as a generalized weapon level, Thunder typically acts as a low-level tome with no particularly distinct effects.

Thunder behaves somewhat differently in Gaiden and its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, where it also has greater range than most other spells and can strike targets as far as three spaces away from the user. Shadows of Valentia also has a second version of Thunder which is used only by the amiibo unit Robin, which instead has the usual black magic range.


In the main Fire Emblem series

Game Icon Level Might Weight Hit Crit Range Uses Worth Exp Other effects and notes
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light -- Tome: 2 6 1 90 0 1-2 21 460 -- --
Gaiden -- Black 4 5 70 0 1-3 -- -2 HP -- --
Mystery of the Emblem Is snes01 thunder.png Tome: 3 6 1 90 5 1-2 21 630 -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 thunder.png SNESRankThunder.png C 8 7 90 -- 1-2 50 3,000 -- --
Thracia 776 Is snes03 thunder.png SNESRankThunder.png E 7 5 60 5 1-2 30 3,200 1 --
The Binding Blade Is gba thunder.png GBARankAnima.gif D 6 2 80 5 1-2 25 500 1 --
The Blazing Blade Is gba thunder.png GBARankAnima.gif D 8 6 80 5 1-2 35 700 1 --
The Sacred Stones Is gba thunder.png GBARankAnima.gif D 8 6 80 5 1-2 35 700 1 --
Path of Radiance Is gcn thunder.png GCNRankThunder.gif E 4 3 85 5 1-2 40 600 1 Deals bonus damage to Is gcn dragon.png dragon units.
Radiant Dawn Is wii thunder.png WiiRankThunder.png E 3 4 80 5 1-2 40 880 1 Deals bonus damage to Is wii dragon.png dragon units.
Shadow Dragon Is ds thunder.png DSRankTome.png E 6 2 90 0 1-2 21 420 2 --
New Mystery of the Emblem Is ds thunder.png FE12RankTome.png E 6 -- 90 0 1-2 21 420 2 --
Awakening Is 3ds01 thunder.png Tomes E 3 -- 80 5 1-2 45 630 2 --
Fates Is 3ds02 tome.png Tomes/Scrolls D 5 -- 80 0 1-2 Infinite 1,000 ? --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Is 3ds03 black magic.png FE15RankBlackMagic.png 4 5 70 0 1-3 -- -2 HP -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Is 3ds03 black magic.png FE15RankBlackMagic.png 3 0 80 5 1-2 -- -0 HP -- --
Three Houses Is ns01 black magic.png Reason E 4 4 80 5 1-2 8 -- ?? --

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 blue tome.png 1★ 4 -- -- -- 2 -- 50 SP -- --


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Inventory Wendell
Dropped by Chapter 12, enemy MageChapter 15, enemy Mage
Vendor Chapter 8Chapter 11Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 18Chapter 20Chapter 22


Learned at Innate: MaeSonya
Level 3: Boey
Level 4: Kliff (If promoted to Mage)
Level 8: Celica
Level 9: Jesse (If promoted to Mage)
Level 10: Gray (If promoted to Mage)Luthier

Mystery of the Emblem

Inventory Book 1: Wendell
Book 2: Linde
Dropped by Book 1: Chapter 10, enemy MageChapter 12, enemy Mage
Vendor Book 1: Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 11Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 19
Book 2: Chapter 9Chapter 15Chapter 17Chapter 19Chapter 21

Genealogy of the Holy War

Inventory First Generation: Tailtiu
Armory First Generation: Chapter 2
Second Generation: Chapter 7 *Chapter 8 *

Thracia 776

Capture and steal Chapter 4, enemy Mage×2 • Chapter 4x, enemy MageChapter 5, enemy Mage×5 • Chapter 10, enemy MageChapter 11, enemy Mage×2, enemy BishopChapter 11x, enemy Mage×4 • Chapter 13, enemy MagevariesChapter 14, enemy Mage×14, enemy BishopChapter 16A, enemy Mage×2 • Chapter 18, enemy Mage×20Chapter 19, enemy Mage Knight×21Chapter 20, enemy Mage×13Chapter 21, enemy Bishop
Vendor Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 14Chapter 20Chapter 21

The Binding Blade

Event Chapter 8, Lilina speaks to Roy
Vendor Chapter 7Chapter 11AChapter 11BChapter 13Chapter 15Chapter 18BChapter 19AChapter 19BChapter 20AChapter 21Chapter 23

The Blazing Blade

Inventory Eliwood's Tale: Erk
Hector's Tale: Erk
Vendor Lyn's Tale: Chapter 10
Eliwood's Tale: Chapter 16xChapter 17Chapter 20 • Chapter 23 (both versions)• Chapter 27Chapter 29x
Hector's Tale: Chapter 17xChapter 18Chapter 21 • Chapter 24 (both versions) • Chapter 25Chapter 29Chapter 31x

The Sacred Stones

Inventory Saleh
Treasure Tower of Valni Floor 5, southwest chest*
Chapter 9AChapter 10BChapter 12AChapter 12BChapter 15Chapter 17
(world map)
Port KirisBethroenCaer PelynTaizelJehanna HallNarube RiverRausten Court

Path of Radiance

Inventory Ilyana
Armory Chapter 8*Chapter 9*Chapter 10Chapter 11*Chapter 12Chapter 13*Chapter 14*Chapter 15*Chapter 17Chapter 18*Chapter 20*Chapter 21Chapter 22*Chapter 24*Chapter 25*Chapter 26Chapter 27*Chapter 28Endgame*

Radiant Dawn

Inventory IlyanaCalillSoren
Armory Part 1: Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Endgame
Part 2: Chapter 3Endgame
Part 3: Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 7Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11Endgame
Part 4: PrologueChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5Endgame

Shadow Dragon

Inventory Wendell
Dropped by Chapter 12, enemy MageChapter 15, enemy Mage
Vendor Chapter 8Chapter 11Chapter 14Chapter 15Chapter 16Chapter 18Chapter 20Chapter 22
Armory Online shop*

New Mystery of the Emblem

Inventory Main story: LindeFrost
New Archanea War Chronicles episode 2: Frost
Downloadable chapter 1: Linde
Dropped by Chapter 9, enemy Mage
Treasure New Archanea War Chronicles episode 1, chest
Vendor Chapter 9Chapter 15Chapter 17Chapter 19Chapter 21
Armory Online shop*


Inventory Robin
Dropped by Chapter 4, enemy Mage
Armory The NorthroadArena FeroxBorder WastesThe Twins' Turf


This list may be incomplete.
Inventory Conquest: CamillaOdinOphelia
Revelation: OdinOphelia
Dropped by Revelation: Chapter 12, enemy SorcererChapter 19, enemy Dark Knight
Armory Dusk Armory: All levels (no limit)

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Learned at Innate: MaeSonyaNomah
Level 3: Boey
Level 4: Kliff (If promoted to Mage)
Level 8: CelicaAny playable male character not otherwise listed who reclasses into the Mage tree
Level 9: Jesse (If promoted to Mage)
Level 10: Gray (If promoted to Mage)Luthier
Upon promoting to Mage: Conrad

Three Houses

Skill level Innate: DorotheaJeritza
Reason D: DimitriFelixFerdinandGilbertHildaManuela
Reason D+: AnnaBernadettaBylethMercedes

BS Archanea War Chronicles

Inventory Frost
Treasure Episode 1, chest


Units Brunnya: Devoted GeneralCaeda: Talys's BrideCamilla: Tropical BeautyCatria: Spring WhitewingCorrin: Novice VacationerDelthea: Free SpiritEst: Springtime FlierIshtar: Thunder GoddessLinde: Light MageLucina: Spring ExaltLute: ProdigyMae: Bundle of EnergyMorgan: Lass from AfarNino: Flower of FrostOdin: Potent ForceOlwen: Blue Mage KnightReinhardt: Thunder's FistRinea: Reminiscent BelleRobin: High DelivererShigure: Dark Sky SingerSoren: Addled StrategistTailtiu: Thunder NobleUrsula: Blue Crow

Other appearances

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

This article or section is a short summary of Thunder (tome).
SmashWiki features a more in-depth article.

Thunder is Robin's neutral special move in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. When used, Robin hurls an electric projectile a great distance across the stage, and when charged up for long enough periods of time it will instead launch bolts of the more powerful thunder spells Elthunder, Arcthunder and Thoron. Like all of Robin's tome attacks, using the Thunder special move also sets the tome to be used as part of some of Robin's other non-special moves.

Like all of Robin's weapons, Thunder is governed by an emulation of the Fire Emblem durability system. It begins a match with 20 durability points, which are subtracted from until it runs out, at which point Thunder "breaks" and must be left to recharge for 10 seconds before it can be used again, during which the move will fail if the player attempts to use it. Each progressively higher charge consumes more durability points per use: Thunder takes 1, Elthunder 3, Arcthunder 5, and Thoron 8.

As with all special moves in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Thunder has two alternate variations which can be applied to Robin as customization options. These moves are found at random and collected during the course of the game's other modes, such as Classic Mode and Smash Run.

  • Thunder+ (Japanese: 強化サンダー Strengthened Thunder) takes longer to charge, requiring 5 seconds of charge time to launch Thoron, but is more powerful. Its durability is also altered: it only has 10 durability points, and the amount of durability consumed by each spell is also altered (1 for Thunder, 2.5 for Elthunder, 4.5 for Arcthunder, and 10 for Thoron).
  • Speed Thunder (Japanese: 速読サンダー Speed-Reading Thunder) both charges and travels faster, requiring only 2 seconds of charge time to launch Thoron, but deals less damage and knockback. Its durability parameters are unaltered.

Fire Emblem Cipher

Thunder is present as a skill on three cards in Fire Emblem Cipher, all of which depict Mages: B01-036N Daughter of Pontifex Miloah, Linde, B05-026N Determined Magic Youth, Lugh, and B09-026N Energetic Mage Girl, Mae. It is a manual-activation skill which, for a cost of flipping 1 bond card, gives the user a +10 attack increase until the end of the turn.

Flavor text

Game Text
The Binding Blade ?? 理魔法 ほとばしる雷
The Blazing Blade ?? 理魔法 ほとばしる雷
The Sacred Stones -- 理魔法 ほとばしる雷
Path of Radiance Low-level lightning magic. It is simple to master,
but it possesses little destructive power.
Radiant Dawn Low-level lightning magic. It is very effective against
wyverns and dragon tribe laguz.
Shadow Dragon Magic used to attack with lightning. ??
New Mystery of the Emblem ?? ??
Awakening Standard lightning magic. ??
Fates A common combat spell. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Thunder magic that hits
from a long distance.
Three Houses Basic lightning magic. 雷の初級魔法


  • Robin's version of Thunder in Shadows of Valentia is internally called トロン (Thoron).

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Thunder --
Lightning In the Gaiden fan translation.
Japanese サンダー
• Romanized as THUNDER in its internal file names.
• Thunder Book. This tome is only known by this name in Mystery of the Emblem, in which most tomes have the の書 suffix.
Spanish Trueno Thunder
French • Tonnerre
• Foudre
• Thunder. Used in The Blazing Blade.
• Lightning. Used in all other titles.
German Donner Thunder
Italian Tuono Thunder
Dutch Bliksem Lightning
Russian Гроза Thunder; only in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as no Fire Emblem game has as yet been officially released in Russian.
Korean 선더 Thunder
Simplified Chinese 雷电 Thunder and lightning
Traditional Chinese 雷電 Thunder and lightning


Other appearances


See also

Basic tomes ArcfireArcthunderBlizzardBolganoneDying BlazeElfireElthunderEmberFireFimbulvetrGinnungagapKatarina's BoltMjölnirRagnarokReese's TomeSleetSwarmThoronThunder
Long-range tomes MeteorSwarm
Tomes with secondary effects ArcwindCelica's GaleDisrobing GaleDulamElwindGlowerIago's TomeLightningMerric's TomeMicaiah's PyreMoonlightNosferatuOdin's GrimoireRexcaliburRobin's PrimerCutting GaleSpeed ThunderSuperior JoltWilderwindWind
Regalia and personal tomes AuraBook of NagaBrynhildrExcaliburForsetiImhulluMissiletainnMjölnirStarlightValflame
Black magic
Basic spells Agnea's ArrowApocalypseAuraBolganoneBlizzardCutting GaleDeathExcaliburFimbulvetrFireGaiaMiasmaMireOcular BeamOculusRagnarokSagittaeWind
Long-ranged spells BoltingDeathOcular BeamMeteorMireSagittaeThoronThunderUpheaval
Spells with secondary effects ExcaliburMedusaNosferatuOculusSeraphim
Anima magic
Fire magic Thunder magic Wind magic Unclassified tomes
Basic tomes ArcfireBolganoneElfireFire ArcthunderElthunderThoronThunder ArcwindElwindTornadoWind ElfireFimbulvetrFireThunder
Long-range tomes Meteor Bolting Blizzard Bolting
Regalia and personal tomes CymbelineRexflameValflame Dire ThunderMjölnirRexbolt ForsetiGrafcaliburRexcalibur ExcaliburForblaze
Tomes with secondary effects --- --- --- Aircalibur
Others Fire Tail Thunder Tail VortexWind Tail ---
Blue tome skills in Heroes
Basic blue tome skills EllightElthunderLightShineThoronThunder
Blue tome skills with secondary effects BlárbladeBlárbloomsBlárowlBlárravenBlárserpentBlárwolfBlessed BouquetBlue EggBlue GiftDancer's ScoreFresh BouquetJuicy WaveSealife TomeSilver GobletSpooky CenserTannenbitVessel of Cheer
Regalia and personal blue tome skills AuraBlue-Crow TomeBook of OrchidsDeathDire ThunderEagle's EggFather's TacticsFimbulvetrFlower of JoyHuginn's EggImbued KomaIvaldiMissiletainnMjölnirOdin's GrimoirePrayer WheelSagittaeTactical BoltThaniValaskjálfVirtuous NagaWargod's TomeWeirding TomeWorldsea Wave
Other blue tome skills Umbra Burst