Fire Emblem Engage: Weapons strengths and weaknesses

Circle of strife.
Fire Emblem Engage Weapons Faceoff
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In Fire Emblem Engage, units will frequently clash on the battlefield. The outcome of each duel depends not only on character stats, but on weapons equipped. Each type of weapon has a strength and a weakness that allows its bearer to flourish or flounder. Here’s our guide on weapon strengths and weaknesses in Fire Emblem Engage.

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Fire Emblem Engage: Weapons strengths and weaknesses

The general rule to keep in mind while playing Fire Emblem Engage is that weapons operate a lot like a game of rock paper scissors. There are melee and ranged weapons, each with strengths and weaknesses against others of their class.

On the melee side, Swords are strong against Axes, which are strong against Lances, which are strong against Swords. Any ranged weapons are weak against melee attacks, and Bows are especially weak against melee attacks because they can’t counter. Bows deal lethal damage to flying units. To win in Fire Emblem Engage, attack with a weapon that is strong against your opponent’s weapon.

Fire Emblem Engage Weapon Stats

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Ahead of combat, pay particular attention to the equipment your warriors possess. Individual units are typically proficient in more than one weapon type. They can also gain additional proficiencies by engaging with Emblems. Have your warriors carry multiple weapon types in order to account for varying situations on the battlefield.

On the Inventory screen where you manage items, check individual stats for information about special efficiencies. For instance, Louis (pictured above) can equip the Ridersbane to gain efficiency against Cavalry units. Additionally, that weapon will fare well in general against enemies wielding swords.

Fire Emblem Engage Weapons Matchup In Combat

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In combat, when you are initiating an attack against an enemy, you will see details about the predicted outcome. These are a good guideline, but they don’t account for dodges or critical attacks. You can press L or R to cycle through weapons in your character’s inventory, with varying results possible.

When cycling through weapons, note the weapon emblems below character portraits. In the above case, Rosado is about to use the Iron Axe, which has a blue arrow indicating it is especially effective against the enemy’s Spear. Use that data to guide your choices about which weapons to use on your attack.

Note: For more, check out our Fire Emblem Engage guides and features hub.

Fire Emblem Engage can be purchased on the Nintendo Store.

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Jason Venter is a contributing writer for PC Invasion since 2022 who can trace his love for video games back to the Apple IIe port of Mario Bros. in the late 80s. He remains a diehard Nintendo fan to this day and loves JRPGs, adventure games, and platformers in particular, but he still plays games in most genres and on most hardware. After founding indie gaming site HonestGamers in 1998, he served as an editor at Hardcore Gamer Magazine during its entire print run. He has since freelanced for a variety of leading sites including IGN, GameSpot, and Polygon. These days, he spends most of his time writing game guides and entertaining readers with his fantasy novels.