The very first Fire Emblem game has finally been localized! This 30-year undertaking has brought a piece of Nintendo history to the west, and we’re here to help you make sure you don’t miss a single potential ally of Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light’s cast.

 

How many recruitable characters are in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light? 

 

There are 52 recruitable characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. 27 of these characters are automatically recruited, so you’ll have to go out of your way to recruit the others.

 

How many recruitable characters are missable in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light?

 

Because only 27 of the game’s 52 characters are automatically recruited, there are 25 missable recruitable characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light.

 

How do I recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light?

 

To recruit the 25 missable recruitable units, you’ll have to do one of two things to get them to ally with you: either visit villages or talk to certain enemies. Each comes with their own difficulties, and certain characters require that you do those actions with specific characters. Of these, Marth is the most important. Marth is the only character that can visit villages, and the majority of talk recruits require or include him as an option. If not Marth, Caeda is the most likely ally you’ll need to start the conversation and recruitment.

For villages, be aware that certain enemies will seek them out to potentially destroy them. To prevent this, we suggest sending high-movement allies such as mounted and flying to protect villages/clear out thievs until Marth can cross the map. 

For recruitable enemies, the trickiest part is keeping them alive until the proper character can talk to them. Approach them wisely: don’t rush towards them with your strongest fighters, and make sure you don’t lose someone else trying to get them to join your cause. Most importantly, pay attention to the story (or this guide) to make sure you know who to send their way to flip their allegiance. 

 

Using Bookmark and Turn Rewind

 

A few key additions in the 30th anniversary localization of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light will help with preventing any accidental murder or loss of units. Don’t be afraid to make use of the new Bookmark and Turn Rewind features to reset any mortality mishaps or village destructions.

 

Is it possible to recruit all characters in one playthrough of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light?

 

Sadly, no. Thanks to Chapter 16, it is impossible to recruit every playable unit in a single playthrough. Depending on which of two villages you visit, you will either recruit Arran or Samsonyou cannot recruit both of them.

 

List of missable recruitable characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

 

Here’s a full list of all 25 of the game’s missable characters, so you can make you can snag all of them (apart from Arran or Samson).

 

Unit NameClassChapter RecruitedHow to Recruit
WrysCurateChapter 1Western Village (Visit with Marth)
CastorHunterChapter 2Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
DarrosPirateChapter 2Enemy (Talk with Marth)
NavarreMercenaryChapter 3Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
MerricMageChapter 4Visit the northern village with Marth
MatthisCavalierChapter 4Enemy (Talk with Lena)
WendellBishopChapter 5Enemy (Talk with Marth or Merric)
RickardThiefChapter 6Enemy (Talk with Marth or Julian)
BantuManaketeChapter 7Village (Visit with Marth; you must recruit Bantu to recruit Tiki in Chapter 19)
RogerKnightChapter 8Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
JeorgeSniperChapter 9Village (Visit with Marth)
MariaCurateChapter 10Enemy (Talk with Marth)
MinervaDracoknightChapter 10Enemy (Talk with Marth)
LindeMageChapter 11Village (Visit with Marth)
JakeBallisticianChapter 11Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
BeckBallisticianChapter 13Village (Visit with Marth)
AstramHeroChapter 13Enemy (Talk with Marth)
PallaPegasus KnightChapter 14Enemy (Talk with Marth)
CatriaPegasus KnightChapter 14Enemy (Talk with Marth)
ArranPaladinChapter 16Left Village (Visit with Marth; do not visit Right Village)
SamsonHeroChapter 16Right Village (Visit with Marth; do not visit Left Village)
XaneFreelancerChapter 16Enemy (Talk with Marth)
EstPegasus KnightChapter 18Enemy (Talk with Marth)
TikiManaketeChapter 19Enemy (Talk with Bantu)
LorenzGeneralChapter 20Enemy (Talk with Caeda)

 

List of all recruitable characters in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

 

And here’s a full list of all the recruitable characters in the game, including missables and those automatically added to your party.

 

Unit NameClassChapter RecruitedHow to Recruit
MarthLordChapter 1Automatically from the start
CaedaPegasus KnightChapter 1Automatically from the start
JagenPaladinChapter 1Automatically from the start
CainCavalierChapter 1Automatically from the start
AbelCavalierChapter 1Automatically from the start
DraugKnightChapter 1Automatically from the start
GordonArcherChapter 1Automatically from the start
WrysCurateChapter 1Western Village (Visit with Marth)
OgmaMercenaryChapter 2Automatically from the start
BarstFighterChapter 2Automatically from the start
BordFighterChapter 2Automatically from the start
CordFighterChapter 2Automatically from the start
CastorHunterChapter 2Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
DarrosPirateChapter 2Enemy (Talk with Marth)
JulianThiefChapter 3Automatically from the start
LenaCurateChapter 3Automatically from the start
NavarreMercenaryChapter 3Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
MerricMageChapter 4Visit the northern village with Marth
MatthisCavalierChapter 4Enemy (Talk with Lena)
HardinCavalierChapter 5Automatically from the start
WolfHorsemanChapter 5Automatically from the start
SedgarHorsemanChapter 5Automatically from the start
RosheaCavalierChapter 5Automatically from the start
VylandCavalierChapter 5Automatically from the start
WendellBishopChapter 5Enemy (Talk with Marth or Merric)
RickardThiefChapter 6Enemy (Talk with Marth or Julian)
BantuManaketeChapter 7Village (Visit with Marth; you must recruit Bantu to recruit Tiki in Chapter 19)
CaesarMercenaryChapter 8Automatically from the start
RaddMercenaryChapter 8Automatically from the start
RogerKnightChapter 8Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
JeorgeSniperChapter 9Village (Visit with Marth)
MariaCurateChapter 10Enemy (Talk with Marth)
MinervaDracoknightChapter 10Enemy (Talk with Marth)
LindeMageChapter 11Village (Visit with Marth)
JakeBallisticianChapter 11Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
MidiaPaladinChapter 12Automatically from the start
DolphKnightChapter 12Automatically from the start
MacellanKnightChapter 12Automatically from the start
TomasArcherChapter 12Automatically from the start
BoahBishopChapter 12Automatically from the start
BeckBallisticianChapter 13Village (Visit with Marth)
AstramHeroChapter 13Enemy (Talk with Marth)
PallaPegasus KnightChapter 14Enemy (Talk with Marth)
CatriaPegasus KnightChapter 14Enemy (Talk with Marth)
ArranPaladinChapter 16Left Village (Visit with Marth; do not visit Right Village)
SamsonHeroChapter 16Right Village (Visit with Marth; do not visit Left Village)
XaneFreelancerChapter 16Enemy (Talk with Marth)
EstPegasus KnightChapter 18Enemy (Talk with Marth)
TikiManaketeChapter 19Enemy (Talk with Bantu)
LorenzGeneralChapter 20Enemy (Talk with Caeda)
EliceCurateChapter 24Automatically from the start
GotohBishopChapter 25Automatically from the start

 

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  1. AliasGoesHere says:

    For Astram you have to talk to him with Midia not Marth