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Unwelcome Change

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Unwelcome Change

Cm fe13 1 full.png


West of Ylisstol

New units

Sully, Virion


Risen Chief

Previous chapter(s)

The Verge of History

Next chapter(s)


This world teeters at the brink of a horrible calamity. What you saw tonight was but a prelude. You have been warned.
— "Marth"

Unwelcome Change (Japanese: 砕かれた日常 Broken daily life) is the first chapter in Fire Emblem Awakening. This chapter introduces the Risen as well as a mysterious masked youth. Completing this chapter will unlock the ability to view support conversations.

This chapter is the second of two chapters that appeared in the international demo version of Awakening.


Main article: Unwelcome Change/Script

The night after the events of the previous chapter, the Shepherds make camp for the night inside a forest. Chrom and Lissa are awoken by a strange noise and leave to investigate. Suddenly, an earthquake occurs, setting the forest on fire. Chrom and Lissa flee, only to encounter a strange portal that deposits horrific humanoid creatures. The creatures attack, but the siblings are aided by a mysterious swordsman wearing a mask. Robin and Frederick arrive, and together the five slay the monsters. Afterwards, the masked swordsman introduces himself as "Marth", a name once borne by the legendary Hero-King. Marth warns the group that calamity is coming and that what just transpired was nothing but a prelude.


A chaotic night in the woods brings tremors and terrors, but a swordsman named Marth comes to the rescue. Back in Ylisstol, Robin meets Emmeryn.

Chapter data

Normal Hard/Lunatic

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Rout the enemy Player Partner Other Enemy
Defeat: Chrom or Robin dies 4+2 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 7
Cm fe13 1.png
Map dimensions:
16 columns by 16 rows

Character data

New units
Small portrait sully fe13.png
Bronze Lance
Automatically from turn 2
Small portrait virion fe13.png
Iron Bow
Automatically from turn 2
Required characters
Chrom l ​
Available characters
Robin f ​Lissa ​Frederick ​

Item data

There are no items obtained in this chapter.

Shop data

After clearing chapter 3, the shop at this location will become available.

Armory contents

Normal stock Possible merchant items

Item Price
Is 3ds01 heal.png Heal 600
Is 3ds01 vulnerary.png Vulnerary 300

Event tiles

  • Column 10, row 5: Two spaces above the northern fort.
  • Column 12, row 10: On the southern fort.

Enemy data

Stats with two figures separated by a ~ are presented as a range, representing stats that vary due to random growths. The figures to the left and right of the ~ are the stat's minimum and maximum possible values respectively.

Normal Hard Lunatic(+)

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # HP Str Mag Skill Spd Lck Prf Def Res Cha Lck Con Mov Inventory and Skills
Ma 3ds01 fighter risen enemy.gif Risen Chief Fighter 3 1 24 9 0 8 6 5 4 0 5 Hand Axe
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 fighter risen enemy.gif Risen Fighter 1 3 16 7 0 5 5 3 1 0 5 Bronze Axe
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 mercenary risen enemy.gif Risen Mercenary 1 2 15 6 0 8 7 3 2 0 5 Bronze Sword
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.
Ma 3ds01 archer risen enemy.gif Risen Archer 1 1 15 5 0 8 6 2 1 0 5 Bronze Bow
Immediately begins moving unprovoked.

Boss data

Main article: Risen Chief

Normal Hard Lunatic

Small portrait risen chief fe13.png
Ma 3ds01 fighter risen enemy.gif Fighter
Level 3
Movement 5
Max HP 24 Speed 6
Strength 9 Luck 5
Magic 0 Defense 4
Skill 8 Resistance 0
Inventory Skills
Hand Axe --
Weapon Levels
Swords -- Lances -- Axes D
Bows -- Tomes -- Staves --


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

Start by having Frederick pair up with Chrom and Lissa pair up with Robin. Move Frederick to the north fort and move Robin out of danger. (He can have either the Silver Lance or Bronze Sword equipped; the Silver Lance is more reliable, but the Bronze Sword is cheaper to replace.) On the enemy phase, the Fighter will suicidally attack Frederick and the Mercenary will wound himself.

Enter Sully and Virion. Sully is a speedy Cavalier who is somewhat frail. Virion is an Archer with questionable bases but good potential if he gets his hands on a Longbow. On turn 2, bring Chrom in front and have him kill the Mercenary if he's still alive. Pair Virion up with Sully. If the last Mercenary has Luna+, have them flee to the north; if not, move Sully two spaces south to pick a fight with him. Keep Robin on the outskirts of the danger zone. On the enemy phase, the Fighters and Archer will attack Chrom, who can survive with a little luck thanks to Frederick and the terrain advantages. If Frederick gets a couple of Dual Strikes, so much the better.

At this point, the battle becomes too hectic for any given strategy to be 100% reliable. If Virion hits the Mercenary with a Dual Strike, he (or Sully, if the Mercenary lacks Vantage+) can actually pick him off. If Sully is injured but can't finish him, she should flee north to get healed by Lissa. At any rate, Chrom or Frederick should finish off the injured enemies. At this point, you can probably manage the boss. Note that he generally prefers attacking squishy units like Robin and Virion over the bulky Frederick, even if Frederick can't counterattack. Also, if you can trade Virion's Elixir over to Frederick, that would be really helpful for the next chapter.


  • This chapter is one of two in the vanilla Awakening game, and one of four in total, to include generic Risen that do not refer to the Risen as such in dialogue, the others being paralogue 16, EXPonential Growth, and Harvest Scramble. In the case of this chapter, this is due to the name "Risen" not being formally coined among the game's characters until the next chapter.
  • There is an error present in the animated cutscene during this chapter. Right after Marth calls to Chrom for help, Falchion's hilt can be seen behind Chrom's left shoulder despite it currently being held in his right hand.

Etymology and other languages

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

Unwelcome Change




Broken daily life


Sucesos inesperados

Unexpected outcome


Ombres dans la nuit

Shadows in the night


Unliebsamer Wandel

Unwelcome Change


Incubi nella notte

Nightmares in the night


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