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The Torch (Japanese: たいまつ Torch) is an item in the Fire Emblem series. It allows the user to extend their sight range in fog of war. The effect does dwindle as time goes on, meaning that one has to use the Torch often if they want to keep their sight maximized.
As with the fog of war mechanic itself, the Torch first appeared in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 and appeared in each game until Radiant Dawn. The torch also appears in the game code for Shadow Dragon but goes unused, partly due to fog of war being exclusive to the multiplayer mode. Despite New Mystery of the Emblem having two fog of war chapters (both of them sidequests), neither the Torch nor its staff counterpart appear in that game. The torch finally return in Three Houses, fulfilling the same role as it did in the previous games.
|Game||Icon||Uses||Worth||Effects and notes|
|Thracia 776||1||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 10 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|The Binding Blade||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 4 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|The Blazing Blade||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 4 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|The Sacred Stones||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 4 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|Path of Radiance||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 4 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|Radiant Dawn||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 5 squares. Effect decreases by 1 each turn.|
|Shadow Dragon||5||500||Increases the user's fog of war sight range by 5 squares. Effect decreases by 1 every other turn.|
|Three Houses||3||600||Grants Torch status effect to user. Sells for 200 gold at maximum remaining uses.|
|Capture and Steal||Chapter 2x, enemy Warrior • Chapter 4, enemy Dalsin • Chapter 4x, enemy Soldier • Chapter 12x, enemy Thief* • Chapter 24x, enemy Berserker (x3)|
|Event||Chapter 2x, wait on fort|
|Vendor||Chapter 8 • Chapter 9 • Chapter 10 • Chapter 12 • Chapter 15 • Chapter 20|
The Binding Blade
|Vendor||Chapter 9 • Chapter 13 • Chapter 14 • Chapter 15|
The Blazing Blade
|Inventory||Eliwood's tale: Dart|
Hector's tale: Dart
|Dropped by||Eliwood's tale: Chapter 18, enemy Nomad • Chapter 20, enemy Cavalier*|
Hector's tale: Chapter 18, enemy Nomad • Chapter 21, enemy Cavalier*
|Steal||Eliwood's tale: Chapter 18, enemy Pirate|
Hector's tale: Chapter 19, enemy Pirate
|Treasure||Lyn's tale: Chapter 9, village|
Eliwood's tale: Chapter 13, village
Hector's tale: Chapter 13, village
The Sacred Stones
|Dropped by (Skirmish)*||Entombed* • Bonewalker* • Elder Bael* • Cyclops* • Tarvos* • Gorgon* • Gargoyle*|
|Treasure||Chapter 5, village|
|Vendor||Chapter 9 (Eirika's route) • Chapter 10 (Ephraim's route) • Port Kiris • Bethroen|
Path of Radiance
|Dropped by||Chapter 5, enemy Soldier*|
|Dropped by||Part 2: Chapter 2, enemy Archer|
|Treasure||Part 3: Chapter 1, hidden treasure|
|Vendor||Part 3: Chapter 6|
|Unused||If hacked into the game, the item can't be used at all in the main game due to lack of fog of war maps to use it on.|
The Torch can presumably be used in the practice and local multiplayer battle modes if fog of war is turned on.
As it cannot be obtained legitimately, attempting to use a Torch in an online multiplayer battle may have banned your game from the online server.
|Dropped by||Falling Short of Heaven, enemy Mage|
|Vendor||Available to purchase after gaining access to the Marketplace in Chapter 1|
- The Torch's unused appearance in Shadow Dragon is the only time in the series that a Torch item was coded into a game without a Torch staff counterpart.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|• Torch. Used in other titles.|
• Used in Radiant Dawn.
|Items in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776|
|Items in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade|
|Items in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade|
|Items in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones|
|Items in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance|
|Items in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn|