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Ties That Bind

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Ties That Bind

Cm fe14 prologue.png


Hoshido Plains

New units

Corrin, Takumi*



Corrin, what's the matter with you? You seem distracted... If you're worried, don't be. All your siblings are here with you. The Nohrians don't stand a chance!
— Hinoka

Ties That Bind (Japanese: その手が拓く未来 The Hand that Forges the Path to the Future) is the prologue chapter in Fire Emblem Fates. It serves as the game's tutorial chapter, introducing the player to the basics of the game's combat system, and setting the stage for the conflict to come.


Main article: Ties That Bind/Script

(Cutscene: "Two Swords") The chapter begins by the side of a lake, where a young woman is singing as she dives into the water. Under the water are entire buildings and islands; the woman dives past all of them, and vanishes into what appears to be a portal. The scene cuts to a battlefield, where Xander, the crown prince of Nohr, leads his army into battle against the forces of Hoshido, commanded by Prince Ryoma. Ryoma leads the Hoshidan army's charge, challenging Xander to single combat.

Just as their match begins, the cutscene ends, and the action moves to the far side of the battlefield, where Corrin is fighting a small group of Nohrian soldiers alongside his/her siblings, Hinoka, Takumi, and Sakura. Corrin is distracted, and takes a hit from the Nohrian fighter. Hinoka reassures him/her that he/she will be fine, as his/her siblings are by his/her side. Corrin recollects himself/herself, and successfully defeats the enemy fighter.

The battle rages on elsewhere–Ryoma and Xander exchange blows, and soldiers on both sides fight to hold their lines of defense. On the opposite side of the river, Xander's siblings, Camilla, Leo, and Elise, are concerned over Corrin, who they claim is also their brother/sister. Camilla uses her Dragon Vein ability to dry out the river, allowing the younger Nohrian royals to cross it. Hinoka and Takumi are surprised; since only royalty can use Dragon Veins, they realize that they are not dealing with regular soldiers. Reinforcements enter on both sides: Nohrian soldiers led by General Hans, who claims to have orders from King Garon to "kill 'em all", and Hoshidans led by the strategist Yukimura. Hinoka departs to scout out the Nohrian reinforcements, leaving Corrin in the care of Sakura, who heals his/her wounds, and Takumi. Amidst the chaos, a lone Nohrian lancer ambushes Corrin. Corrin fights the lancer, with assistance from Takumi.

Regardless of whether or not Corrin defeats the lancer, Hinoka calls him/her to Ryoma's side. Ryoma tells his siblings that Nohrian reinforcements are coming, and asks Corrin to help Hinoka and the others fight them off. Xander interjects, however, saying he is relieved that Corrin is safe, and that he has come to take him/her "home" to Nohr. The siblings on both sides argue over who Corrin's true family is - the Nohrian royal family, or that of Hoshido. As the argument reaches its head, it is abruptly ended by a voice calling out–"wake up!" It was all just a dream, but could there have been some deeper meaning to it...?


Corrin wakes after dreaming of a strange battle–one where both friend and foe call [him/her] "[brother/sister]". Was the dream a glimpse into Corrin's future?

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Automatically at the end of player phase 2* Player Other Enemy
Defeat: Impossible. 1+1 14+7-1 15+11

Initial DV active

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The chapter's map is 20 columns by 22 rows.

Character data

New Units
Small portrait avatar f-default fe14.png
Nohr Prince*/Nohr Princess*
Automatically from the start
Small portrait takumi fe14.png
Automatically at the start of turn 2*
Returning Characters


Item data

There are no items obtained in this chapter.

Dragon Vein data

The Dragon Vein in this chapter is stated to have the effect "Use fire to dry up the river". It is located as follows:

  • Column 6, row 6: Three squares south of the rubble tile on the northwestern bridge. Corrin cannot reach this vein; Camilla activates it during turn 1 enemy phase.

Enemy data

Only the first enemy, and the first reinforcement, may be engaged by the player; the rest exist purely for dramatic purposes.

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Nohrian Fighter 1 1 Bronze Axe --
Ma 3ds02 malig knight camilla enemy.gif
Camilla Malig Knight 1 1 Iron Axe
Rose's Thorns Strength +2
Activates a Dragon Vein on her turn.
Ma 3ds02 dark knight leo enemy.gif
Leo Dark Knight 1 1 Brynhildr
Pragmatic Heartseeker
Ma 3ds02 troubadour elise enemy.gif
Elise Troubadour 1 1 Heal
Lily's Poise Resistance +2
Ma 3ds02 great knight gunter enemy.gif
Gunter Great Knight 1 1 Iron Lance
Forceful Partner
Ma 3ds02 maid flora enemy.gif
Flora Maid 1 1 Iron Dagger
Icy Blood
Ma 3ds02 cavalier peri enemy.gif
Peri Cavalier 2 1 Bronze Lance
Ma 3ds02 wolfskin keaton enemy.gif
Keaton Wolfskin 3 1 Beaststone
Ma 3ds02 wyvern rider beruka enemy.gif
Beruka Wyvern Rider 3 1 Bronze Axe
Ma 3ds02 dark mage nyx enemy.gif
Nyx Dark Mage 3 1 Fire
Ma 3ds02 outlaw niles enemy.gif
Niles Outlaw 2 1 Bronze Bow
Ma 3ds02 knight effie enemy.gif
Effie Knight 2 1 Bronze Lance
Ma 3ds02 fighter arthur enemy.gif
Arthur Fighter 2 1 Bronze Axe
Ma 3ds02 knight benny enemy.gif
Benny Knight 3 1 Bronze Lance
Fierce Mien
Initiates a scripted battle against Saizo with Beruka.
Ma 3ds02 paladin xander enemy.gif
Xander Paladin 1 1 Siegfried
Chivalry Elbow Room Defender
• Immobile.
• Initiates a scripted battle against Ryoma.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 lancer enemy.gif
Nohrian Lancer 1 6 Bronze Lance Only one is fought by the player.
Ma 3ds02 fighter enemy.gif
Nohrian Fighter 1 2 Bronze Axe --
Ma 3ds02 mercenary enemy.gif
Nohrian Mercenary 1 2 Bronze Sword --
Ma 3ds02 berserker hans enemy.gif
Hans Berserker 1 1 Bronze Axe --

NPC data

NPC Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 sky knight hinoka other.gif
Hinoka Sky Knight 3 1 Brass Naginata
Rallying Cry Darting Blow
Moves towards Ryoma on her turn.
Ma 3ds02 archer takumi other.gif
Takumi Archer 5 1 Fujin Yumi
Competitive Skill +2
Becomes playable on turn 2.
Ma 3ds02 shrine maiden sakura other.gif
Sakura Shrine Maiden 1 1 Bloom Festal
Quiet Strength Miracle
Heals Corrin on her turn.
Ma 3ds02 ninja saizo other.gif
Saizo Ninja 3 1 Iron Shuriken
Fights in a scripted battle against Benny with Rinkah.
Ma 3ds02 kinshi knight reina other.gif
Reina Kinshi Knight 1 1 Iron Yumi
Morbid Celebration
Ma 3ds02 diviner hayato other.gif
Hayato Diviner 2 1 Rat Spirit
Ma 3ds02 oni savage rinkah other.gif
Rinkah Oni Savage 2 1 Brass Club
Fiery Blood
Ma 3ds02 ninja kagero other.gif
Kagero Ninja 3 1 Brass Shuriken
Shuriken Mastery
Ma 3ds02 kitsune kaden other.gif
Kaden Kitsune 3 1 Beaststone
Ma 3ds02 archer setsuna other.gif
Setsuna Archer 3 1 Brass Yumi
Ma 3ds02 samurai hinata other.gif
Hinata Samurai 3 1 Brass Katana
Triple Threat
Ma 3ds02 spear fighter oboro other.gif
Oboro Spear Fighter 2 1 Brass Naginata
Nohr Enmity
Ma 3ds02 sky knight subaki other.gif
Subaki Sky Knight 2 1 Brass Naginata
Ma 3ds02 swordmaster ryoma other.gif
Ryoma Swordmaster 1 1 Raijinto
Bushido Astra Duelist's Blow
• Immobile.
• Fights in a scripted battle against Xander.
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Ma 3ds02 samurai other.gif
Hoshidan Samurai 1 2 Brass Katana --
Ma 3ds02 ninja other.gif
Hoshidan Ninja 1 2 Brass Shuriken --
Ma 3ds02 oni savage other.gif
Hoshidan Oni Savage 1 2 Brass Club --
Ma 3ds02 mechanist yukimura other.gif
Yukimura Mechanist 1 1 Brass Shuriken

Boss data

Main article: Xander
Small portrait xander fe14.png
Ma 3ds02 paladin xander enemy.gif Paladin
Level 1
Movement -
Max HP 28 Speed 13
Strength 15 Luck 15
Magic 1 Defense 14+4
Skill 14 Resistance 7
Inventory Skills
Siegfried Chivalry
Elbow Room
Weapon Levels
Swords/Katanas C Lances/Naginata D Axes/Clubs -- Bows/Yumi --
Tomes/Scrolls -- Staves/Rods -- Daggers/Shuriken -- Dragonstones --


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

As a tutorial chapter, the battle is simple and straight-forward. On the first turn, Corrin should attack the nearby Fighter; he/she will kill the Fighter in one round. Sakura will heal Corrin, and Takumi will become playable, on the ally phase. On turn 2, Takumi should attack the Lancer first. Corrin should then be able to kill the Lancer, and end the chapter.

The player may also choose not to engage any enemies, and the chapter will still end in a victory after the second turn's player phase. Doing so is not recommended, however, as it deprives Corrin of valuable experience points.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Ties That Bind --
Japanese その手が拓く未来 The hand that forges the path to the future
Spanish Lazos que unen Ties that bind
French Des liens forts Strong links


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Ties That Bind Nohr

Fire Emblem Fates
Playable characters Birthright
DLC Anna
Non-playable characters CadrosCassitaIkonaKaterinaLaylaLilithMoroRainbow Sage
Bosses ???AnankosAnthonyAreteCandaceDaichiDanielaFunkeGaronGazakHaitakaHansIagoKilmaKotaroKumageraLlewelynLloydMikotoNicholOmozuSennoSumeragiTakumiTarbaZharaZola
amiibo characters IkeLucinaMarthRobin
Regalia and personal weapons Astral BlessingAurgelmirBifröstBölverkBrynhildrChakramExcaliburFujin YumiGanglariHagakure BladeMissiletainnPursuerRaijintoSiegfriedSkadiWaterwheelYato
Chapters Prologue Pr: Ties That Bind • 1: Nohr • 2: Gift of Ganglari • 3: Journey Begins • 4: Hoshido • 5: Mother • 6: The Path Is Yours
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
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
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
Paralogues Pr1: Tragic Start • Pr2: Dragon Blood • Pr3: Surprise Duet • Pr4: Fight or Flight • Pr5: Bold Approach • Pr6: Herbal Remedy • Pr7: Father & Liege • Pr8: A Great Hunt • Pr9: Saizo vs. Saizo • Pr10: Hunter & Prey • Pr11: A Long Grudge • Pr12: Sweet Dreams • Pr13: Truly Talented • Pr14: After the End • Pr15: Hidden Bravery • Pr16: Abducted • Pr17: Two Defenders • Pr18: Nutty Family • Pr19: Great Heroism • Pr20: Ultimate Power • Pr21: Bright Smile • Pr22: Abrupt Clash
Invasions Birthright: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3Conquest: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3Revelation: Invasion 1Invasion 2Invasion 3
DLC chapters Ghostly GoldBoo CampMuseum MeleeBeach BrawlRoyal RoyaleBefore AwakeningHidden Truths 1Hidden Truths 2Vanguard DawnAnna on the RunBallistician BlitzWitches' TrialA Gift from AnnaAnother Gift from AnnaI: In Endless DreamsII: Realms CollideIII: The Changing TideIV: Light's SacrificeV: Endless DawnEnd: Lost in the WavesHoshidan Festival of BondsNohrian Festival of Bonds
Hero Battles Hero-King MarthRadiant Hero IkePrincess LucinaGrandmaster Robin
Locations Deeprealms (My Castle) • Hoshido (Flame TribeIzumoKohgaMokushuWind Tribe) • Nohr (Dragon's GateIce TribeNestra) • Valla (Bottomless Canyon)
Groups, objects, and concepts Curse of VallaDragon VeinMy Castle
Related topics Ancient TextsDownloadable contentFire Emblem Fates: Crown of NibelungName chartPre-release information (Unused content) • Soundtrack