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Is 3ds01 vantage+.png
Icon of the Vantage+ skill in Awakening.

Always strike first, even when attacked.




Vantage+ (Japanese: 待ち伏せ+ Ambush+) is a skill which debuted in Fire Emblem Awakening. Unobtainable to the player, it is an advanced form of the Vantage skill, always allowing the user to strike first on the enemy phase regardless of how much HP the user has remaining.


Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Awakening Is 3ds01 vantage+.png The user always strikes first. If foe initiates combat -- --



Unobtainable Exclusively used by enemies on Lunatic+ Mode, and by enemies in Apotheosis on all difficulties.


  • Although Vantage+ as a distinct skill was first introduced in Awakening, its effect was not. Vantage+'s effect is that of the regular Vantage skill in its Thracia 776 and Path of Radiance incarnations. Additionally, New Mystery of the Emblem's Lunatic′ mode basically grants all enemy units this effect, despite New Mystery of the Emblem not including a skill system.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Vantage+ --
Japanese 待ち伏せ+ Ambush+
Spanish Emboscada + Ambush+
French Initiative+ Initiative+
German Vorteil+ Advantage+
Italian Vantaggio+ Advantage+


See also

Skills in Fire Emblem Awakening
Breaker skills AxebreakerBowbreakerLancebreakerSwordbreakerTomebreaker
Bonus damage skills ConquestIote's ShieldBeastbaneWyrmsbane
Experience-related skills AptitudeDisciplineParagonUnderdogVeteran
Faire skills AxefaireBowfaireLancefaireSwordfaireTomefaire
Healing skills BondHealtouchLifetakerReliefRenewal
Offensive skills AetherAstraIgnisLethalityLunaLuna+SolVengeance
Pair Up skills DefenderDelivererDual Guard+Dual Strike+Dual Support+Veteran
Proximity skills AnathemaCharmDemoiselleFocusHexSolidarityTantivy
Rally skills Rally DefenseRally HeartRally LuckRally MagicRally MovementRally ResistanceRally SkillRally SpectrumRally SpeedRally Strength
Stat boosting skills All Stats +2Avoid +10Defense +2Hit Rate +20HP +5Indoor FighterLuck +4Magic +2Movement +1Outdoor FighterResistance +2Resistance +10Skill +2Special DanceSpeed +2Strength +2Zeal
Turn-related skills AggressorEven RhythmLucky SevenOdd RhythmPatiencePrescienceQuick BurnSlow Burn
Miscellaneous skills AcrobatAegisArmsthriftCounterDespoilGaleforceGambleLocktouchMiraclePassPaviseRightful KingShadowgiftVantageWrath
Outrealm skills AggressorAll Stats +2BondIote's ShieldLimit BreakerParagonRally HeartResistance +10
Enemy-exclusive skills Aegis+DragonskinHawkeyeHit Rate +10Luna+Pavise+Rightful GodVantage+