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Byleth, hero of Fire Emblem: Three Houses, returns in Fire Emblem Engage as the Emblem of the Instructor, who will assist your army in its quest. 

Byleth in Engage is built around supporting the other units in your army moreso than attacking directly. Sync Skill Divine Pulse is handy for your units with dodgy accuracy, turning some would-be misses into hits. Engage Skill Instruct works like Rally from previous games, providing certain stat benefits to nearby units based on your unit’s type. And Engage Attack Goddess Dance isn’t an attack at all, but a powerful four-tile Dance that will allow all units surrounding Byleth’s to act again. Byleth’s loadout will depend a lot on what kind of unit has him equipped, dictating what kind of support he gives out and how, but especially with how good his Engage Attack is, he makes an excellent choice for any army member, particularly the more mobile ones.

Byleth has many more Engage Weapons than other Emblems, but only one from a long list will be available depending on unit type (for example, a flier would get the speed-based Lúin, a backup unit would get the effective damage Blutgang, etc.). All characters eventually get the Vajra-Mushti, which have a brave effect and target the foe’s weaker defensive stat (making it very powerful in the right hands. And the Sword of the Creator has 1-2 range and will get increased damage with a higher Mag stat while still striking Def, making it a great choice for your mages or mixed attackers.


How to obtain Byleth


Byleth will become available after you clear Chapter 14: The Battle for Solm. Starting in subsequent battles, you can equip him on whatever characters you would like. 



Byleth’s Skills


Here are detailed explanations of each of [X Emblem]’s skills. Remember that to have your characters inherit them, they must be at Bond Level 5 minimum with the Emblem and spend SP:


Engage Skill: Instruct – Use to grant allies within 2 spaces a stat bonus based on user’s type. Bonus lasts for 1 turn ([Qi Adept] Lck+10 / [Armored] Def+5 / [Cavalry] Dex+10 / [Covert] Spd+5 / [Flying] Res+5 / [Mystical] Mag+4 / [Backup] Str+4 / [Dragon] All seven basic stats +3)

Engage Attack: Goddess Dance – Use to grant another action to all adjacent allies ([Qi Adept] Grants Lck+10 to targets for 1 turn /[Cavalry] Grants Dex+10 to targets for 1 turn / [Armored] Grants Def+5 to targets for 1 turn [Covert] Grants Spd+5 to targets for 1 turn / [Flying] Grants Res+5 to targets for 1 turn / [Mystical] Grants Mag+4 to targets for 1 turn / [Backup] Grants Str+4 to targets for 1 turn / [Dragon] Grants +3 to all targets’ basic stats for 1 turn)


Engage Weapon 1 List:

  • Blutgang (Backup) – Sword, effective against Dragon and Cavalry
  • Areadbhar (Cavalry) – Lance, Grants Mt+50% if unit initiates combat
  • Failnaught (Covert) – Bow, Grants Avo+20% if unit initiates combat
  • Aegis Shield (Armor) – Shield, Grants Def +6 and Res+3, has Dex% chance to halve damage
  • Lúin (Flying) – Lance, Raises damage based on Spd
  • Thyrsus (Mystical) – Staff, Grants magic range +2 and may halve damage
  • Rafail Gem (Qi Adept) – Relic gem, grants immunity to crits and Effective damage, may halve damage.
  • Aymr (Dragon) – Axe, smashes but cannot strike first or followup, effective against Dragons

Engage Weapon 2: Vajra-Mushti (Bond Lvl 10) – User attacks twice if initiating combat, hits lower of foe’s Def/Res

Engage Weapon 3: Sword of the Creator (Bond Lvl 15) – 1-2 range, raises damage with user’s Mag, effective against Dragons.


Bond Lvl 1: Divine Pulse (Synchro Skill) – May turn a missed attack into a hit. Trigger %=30. Chance increases with high Lck (SP Cost: 250)

Bond Lvl 1: Luck +2 – Grants Lck+2 (SP Cost: 100)

Bond Lvl 2: Luck +4 – Grants Lck+4 (SP Cost: 300)

Bond Lvl 3: Mentorship (Synchro Skill) – Grants 1.2× EXP modifier to unit and adjacent allies (SP Cost: 250) 

Bond Lvl 4: Art Focus 1 – Grants Hit+10 at a cost of Ddg-10 when using an art (SP Cost: 100)

Bond Lvl 5: Skill Inheritance – Unit can inherit this Emblem’s skills

Bond Lvl 6: Art Focus 2 – Grants Hit+15 at a cost of Ddg-10 when using an art (SP Cost: 300)

Bond Lvl 6: Arts Prof. – Proficiency with arts. Required for promotion to certain classes

Bond lvl 7: Art Focus 3 – Grants Hit+20 at a cost of Ddg-10 when using an art (SP Cost: 500)

Bond Lvl 8: Luck +6 – Grants Lck+6 (SP Cost: 500)

Bond Lvl 9: Sword Prof. – Proficiency with swords. Required for promotion to certain classes

Bond Lvl 11: Strong Bond – Unit stays Engaged 1 additional turn

Bond Lvl 12: Art Focus 4 – Grants Hit+25 at a cost of Ddg-10 when using an art (SP Cost: 700)

Bond Lvl 13: Lost & Found (Synchro Skill) – If unit finishes an action or waits next to an ally, may find an item and increase support with that ally. Trigger %=Lck (SP Cost: 250)

Bond Lvl 14: Art Focus 5 – Grants Hit+30 at a cost of Ddg-10 when using an art (SP Cost: 1000)

Bond Lvl 16: Luck +8 – Grants Lck+8 (SP Cost: 1000)

Bond Lvl 17: Luck +10 – Grants Lck+10 (SP Cost: 2000)

Bond Lvl 18: Divine Pulse+ (Synchro Skill) – May turn a missed attack into a hit. Trigger %=50. Chance increases with high Lck (SP Cost: 500)

Bond Lvl 19: Luck +12 – Grants Lck+12 (SP Cost: 3000)

Bond Lvl 20: Deep Synergy – Unit’s Engage meter is shortened one step


Who Is Byleth?


Byleth (VA: Yuusuke Kobayashi [JP] / Zach Aguilar [EN]) was a mercenary, working for his father Geralt, when their resolution of a certain incident got Byleth a position as a professor at the Officers Academy at Garreg Mach Monastery. There, the simmering conflicts between their students and the church resulted in war breaking out across the entirety of Fódlan, with Byleth taking up arms to fight for the house they aligned themself with. A mysterious entity known as Sothis resides in Byleth’s mind, granting them some power over the flow of time. In Engage, Byleth appears in male form, but originally could be either male or female. Byleth is generally emotionless, quiet, and blankfaced, though they do care for the students they take charge of.



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