10 tips for starting out in Fire Emblem Engage
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Starting any game as a beginner isn’t easy, and Fire Emblem Engage is a bit tougher since it’s a pretty complex strategy game. Here are 10 tips that beginners or anyone struggling with Fire Emblem Engage can use to help understand the franchise that is Fire Emblem.

Beginner’s guide to Fire Emblem Engage

If you are just starting out, Fire Emblem may be a bit overwhelming due to the amount of options and characters. But there are some things to keep in mind if you want to start your journey out strong.

Team selection matters a lot

Fire Emblem is a strategy role-playing game, so picking the right kinds of allies to bring alongside you for combat matters.

For example, if you know from a cutscene or from the map layout that there are a lot of flying enemies, running multiple archers can turn a tough fight into an easy one. This tip ties heavily into the next one…

Study the weapon triangle

A mainstay in the Fire Emblem franchise, the weapon triangle is back for Fire Emblem Engage. This means swords are strong against axes but weak against lances, axes are strong against lances but weak to swords, and lances are strong against swords but weak to axes. Alongside that, melee fights are strong against daggers, bows, and magic.

Weapon triangle Fire Emblem Engage
The weapon triangle in Fire Emblem Engage. | Provided by Nintendo.

The break mechanic means that if you hit an enemy with an advantage, you could disarm them for that fight, allowing for no counterattack. Plus, if you choose the right weapon, you can do a lot more damage than you originally thought.

Positioning matters for both support and combat

Before combat starts in Fire Emblem Engage, you can make multiple key decisions. One of these decisions is positioning, which matters more than people think. First off, putting allies that you want to develop support near each other helps them build it through combat.

But, the more important thing is to make sure weak allies such as healers or archers aren’t closest to your enemies. Moving them to the back and putting tankier, stronger allies at the front is a no-brainer.

Changing classes strengthens your team exponentially

Something I myself forgot to do when I should’ve is making sure to use items like the Master Seal and Second Seal to class change and get stronger. Out of the two, the Master Seal is where a large power spike can arise, so focus on those. When your allies hit level 10 on their respective Base classes, they can then use a Master Seal to improve to an Advanced class. Doing so alone will give the character of choice a big stats boost, along with usually making them more adept with their weapons.

To do so, when looking at your Inventory, choose the hero you want and the final option in their individual menu will be Change Class. Then, simply choose which class you think suits best.

Always have at least one or two healers

This is a pretty simple one, but it’s important to always make sure to have one or two healers on your team every fight. There are times when you can be focused on doing offence and just forget how much damage the enemies are doing back to you. So having healers such as Jean and Framme are key to keeping your team alive.

Optimize your equipment before every combat

Another thing that tips the scale for difficulty in Fire Emblem Engage is that the game starts you weak but eventually builds you up strong, especially for items. You start the game with mostly Iron quality items, fitting the enemies you face. But, as you collect or buy better items as the story progresses, make sure to equip them for your allies.

Fire Emblem Engage character
The Inventory screen and the Optimize Equipment button in Fire Emblem Engage. | Provided by Michael Czar.

One thing the game has is an Optimize Equipment button, which you can use individually to optimize each character’s items.

Study the map before the fight starts

Another thing that ties into team selection and using the right allies is analyzing the map before you start fighting. You then can determine places you need to go, whether it’s to go fight strong enemies or stop by houses and check up on civilians. Most importantly, then you can help determine what enemies you’re facing and choose your allies appropriately, tying into an earlier tip.

Try to maximize value from Emblem Rings

The new addition to Fire Emblem Engage, Emblem Rings, can be used to immense power in-game. Not only do they provide better weapons temporarily to their users, but they also allow for unique abilities and even changes in stats. Using them correctly in battle, from who they’re put on to when they’re engaged, matters a lot.

Since they’re a limited-time use in battle, make sure that you use them at the correct time based on their ability.

Train if you need to through Paralogues or replay missions

As a strategy game, sometimes there can be tougher chapters than others depending on plenty of aspects. When you hover over the spot on the World Map you are on, it will show the toughness of the mission on it (if there is one). If you know that you’re not ready for a mission, go to some Paralogues or replay missions and grind through those.

You can build experience, support and get good items to help make those tough missions easier.

Watch enemy attack ranges to bait movement

The last tip on the list is something to focus on mid-combat. When you move around, you’ll notice at times that there will be arcing lines pointed at allies you control. If you follow those lines, those link to enemies that you’re within the attack range of.

One of the best things you can do in cases like that is to move just outside of their attack range, so they have to waste their turns coming to you, giving you the first attack afterwards along with the flexibility of moving as well.

That’s all for 10 quick tips for Fire Emblem Engage. Make sure to look at other posts, like how many chapters Engage has.

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