Fire Emblem Engage is set to come to Switch on 20th January, 2023, bringing the series to the new world of Elyos. As we have come to expect from the franchise, Engage will introduce us to a new team of heroes but, as confirmed by Nintendo, there are also set to be cameos from few recognisable faces of entries past.
Summoned via magical rings, these legacy heroes — ‘Emblems’ — will be able to be called upon in battle to bolster your strength or to use their abilities alongside your own.
From trailers and promotional material to character profiles published on Twitter, we have been able to see a number of these heroes in action already. Below, we have assembled a list of every confirmed playable character to be appearing in Fire Emblem Engage as well as all information on the benefits they can grant you in battle.
Read on to start prepping your ultimate roster!
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Fire Emblem Engage New Characters
Information on many of the following characters has been shared on Twitter via the game’s official account, @FireEmblemJP. We would like to thank @SerenesForest for providing translations of each character update.
Alear is the lead protagonist of Fire Emblem Engage. First revealed in September’s Nintendo Direct Showcase 2022, the hero has been asleep for 1,000 years since the war against the Fell Dragon, and wakes up again to prevent its resurrection.
The character will be playable in two different forms – determined by the player – each rocking the colourful VTuber-inspired hairstyle which caused quite a stir following the Direct.
The first character profile to be officially introduced was that of Vander, an axe-wielding knight who rides around the battlefield on horseback.
For an idea of what Vander looks like in battle, check out the video from @FireEmblemJP below:
While Cramme has been confirmed as a character in the game, his name is not yet certain. This was one of the two characters that were introduced back-to-back and the oldest of the twins who are new to the series.
Cramme’s starting type is Mage, making him good for ranged attacks and striking heavily-armoured enemies.
An idea of the character’s magical attacks can be seen in the battle video below:
The twin sister of Cramme, Framme’s starting class is Monk, making her useful for healing allies during battle.
Much like Vander, Alfred is a new character to Fire Emblem Engage who travels the battlefield on horseback.
The character’s starting class is Noble and he wields a lance in combat, as seen in the following in-game footage:
Céline is Alfred’s younger sister and possesses the same starting class of Noble.
Unlike Alfred’s character introduction, which focussed on his lance abilities and manoeuvrability in battle, Céline’s profile highlights her ability to use both magic and swords for either distanced or close-range combat.
Both of these abilities are showcased in her battle video below:
Louis’ starting class is Heavy Lance Armour, granting him high defence stats and a powerful hit in close combat.
As the following battle video demonstrates, Louis’ defences are strong against standard attacks, though the character will still take damage from magic.
Chloé has the starting class of Lance Pegasus. Similar to Louis’ weaponry, Chloé is an airborne fighter who deals out damage from above.
Such a combination of wielding a lance while flying above the battlefield, Chloé is a good match-up against magical attacks, though she will be hit by arrows.
For an idea of Chloé’s battle animation, check out the following video:
First seen in the September Direct trailer, Etie is an archer who uses a bow and arrows to take down enemies.
This weapon class makes Etie a prime candidate for tackling arial and grounded opponents alike, though her attacks work best in close-range combat.
The following video provides an example of what these bow-based attacks look like in battle.
Much like Cramme, Boucheron’s name is not yet confirmed and may have changed by the time that the final game is released.
Their starting class is an Axe Fighter which means that Boucheron is all about the big hits. A fighter like this is prime for the front lines on the offensive end, though their lacking defensive abilities will be a problem against the opposition’s moves.
A look at Boucheron’s attacks in battle can be found in the following video:
Diamant’s starting class is a Lord. He is a swordsman who specialises in close-range combat.
As demonstrated in the following video, Diamant can deal heavy damage to nearby enemies, be they foot soldiers or mounted foes.
The younger brother of Diamant, Alcryst has the same starting class as a Lord. However, rather than wielding a sword, Alcryst instead uses a bow.
Much like Etie, the range granted by an archer character allows Alcryst to attack enemies from afar while the rest of the battle continues at close range.
Alcryst’s battle animation can be seen in the video below.
Anna is one of the latest characters joining the franchise in Fire Emblem Engage.
Perfect for close-range attacks, her starting class is an Axe Fighter making her strong at dealing damage but susceptible to taking it in return with her weak defences.
An example of Anna’s battle animations can be found below.
A princess of Elusia, Ivy is yet another royal character joining the fray.
Ivy’s starting class is Wing Tamer. Much like the other mounted characters, they travel the battleground on a beast, though Ivy is able to use magic attacks and therefore has a slightly extended range.
One of the character’s attack animations can be found in the following video:
Teased in earlier promotional material, Timerra has now been officially confirmed for Fire Emblem Engage.
The hero’s starting class is a Sentinel who uses a lance as her main weapon type. Timerra’s high speed will make her a strong candidate for close-range combat.
For an idea of Timerra’s skills in battle, check out the following video which showcases one of her attack animations.
Simply billed as a ‘Mysterious Woman’, Yunaka is the first playable Engage character to be officially announced with the starting class of Thief.
The Thief class grants Yunaka lock-picking abilities and swift movements for sneaking up on enemies. She uses daggers as a main weapon which can inflict poison damage to any enemies who are hit. Poisoned enemies then take increased damage on subsequent turns until they are healed.
Both Yunaka’s locking-picking and dagger attacks can be found in the following video:
Younger brother to Timerra and the first prince of the Kingdom of Solm, Fogato also starts in the Sentinel class, though he uses a bow and arrow and rides around the battleground on a horse.
This change in weapon allows for more extension in the character’s attack range and manoeuvrability.
An example of Fogato’s battle animations can be seen in the video below:
As Ivy’s younger sister, Hortensia is the second princess of Elusia.
Much like Ivy, Hortensia’s starting class is a Wing Tamer, travelling the battleground on a Pegasus and attacking enemies with magic and staves. This allows for the character’s attacks to come from a greater range in battle which is effective for maintaining space and avoiding incoming damage.
A taster of Hortensia’s abilities can be found below:
Amber is yet another new character joining Fire Emblem Engage with the starting class of a Lance Knight. These class abilities grant the hero swift movement on the battlefield and an all-round balance of abilities across attack and defensive stats.
An example of Amber’s battle animation can be found in the following video:
Jade is a new character joining the fight this time around. She has the starting class of Axe Armour, letting her deal out big hits while maintaining a strong defence. Although her defensive stats are effective against physical moves, she’s weak to magical attacks.
You can see one of Jade’s axe-wielding animations in the video below.
Rosado is a new airborne character to Fire Emblem Engage.
Her starting class is a Wyvern Knight, meaning that she travels the battlefield from above while riding on a dragon-like Wyvern. This class grants Rosado some nice offensive and defensive stats, though she is weak to attacks from both bows and magic.
An example of Rosado’s flying attack animation can be found in the following video:
Citrinne joins the club of new Engage characters who fall under the Mage starting class.
Much like Cramme, Citrinne’s class type makes her effective against enemies with high defensive stats – able to deal damage all the same.
The hero casts spells using tomes, an example of which can be found in the video below:
A royal chef and Fogato’s retainer, Bunet joins the list of new Engage characters with the starting class of Great Knight.
This class grants the hero the ability to use various different weapons in battle to beat matchups and best assist his allies. Bunet travels the arena on horseback and has strong defence thanks to his fortified armour.
A clip of the hero’s battle animation can be seen in the following video:
Katetsu is a royal knight and Ivy’s retainer.
His starting class is a Swordmaster, granting him huge damage and rapid speed. This makes Kagetsu perfect for close-quarters combat with a strong chance of evading oncoming attacks.
The hero’s attack animation can be found in the following video:
Lapis is Alcryst’s retainer and a royal soldier of Brodia.
Despite her small appearance, Lapis is actually incredibly strong, having been trained to survive. She starts off as a Myrmidon, an incredibly fast and strong class.
Here’s just how impressive she can be on the battlefield:
Panette might look like a magic-wielding character on the surface, but with her position as a royal warrior of Solm, that means she packs a punch.
Polite and eloquent, Panette starts off in the Berserker class.
Here she is smashing down the opponent with her axe.
The first of his type in Engage, Seadall’s starting class is Dancer making him a strong supporting ally on the battlefield.
Using the dance move allows Seadall to grant adjacent characters the chance to move again. This can tactically be used alongside big hitters or healers to give your favourite heroes more time in the spotlight.
This dance command can be seen in the following video:
A fresh face to Engage, Goldmary is Hortensia’s retainer and has the Hero starting class.
The abilities of this class make Goldmary a prime candidate for close-range combat. She can use a variety of weapons and excels at leading the battle from the frontlines.
You can catch her eliminating an opponent by throwing a lance in the following character teaser video:
One of the more mysterious characters to be added to Engage, Zelkov’s starting class is a Thief.
Much like Yunaka, this class allows Zelkov to fight nimbly up close with a dagger as his weapon, or expand the battlefield by picking locks to open locked doors.
A taste of the thief in action can be found in the video below:
The newest class of animal rider in the Fire Emblem series, Merrin is a Wolf Knight.
Riding the battlefield on a wolf, Merrin attacks at a close range using a dagger. Some of the hero’s acrobatic attacks can be found in the video below:
On the less attack-focussed side of things, Pandreo is introduced in Engage with the starting class of High Priest.
Such class abilities grant Pandreo the ability to perform huge healing effects across the battlefield. Using his staff, the hero can heal allies from a variety of different ranges.
Want to see these healing abilities in action? Check out the following video:
Fire Emblem Engage Returning Characters (Emblems)
Having long served as the figurehead of the Fire Emblem series, Marth was the first of the returning Emblem characters to be introduced.
The hero first appeared in the franchise’s first entry and has since been a mainstay of the games, appearing in some form (be that as a playable character or through DLC/amiibo) across many titles.
In Fire Emblem Engage, Marth can be equipped via his Emblem Ring, which will grant the user some of the character’s sword-wielding abilities and make them more likely to avoid enemy attacks.
A video of Marth’s Emblem appearance can be found below:
Celica is the second returning hero to be confirmed for Fire Emblem Engage after previously appearing in Fire Emblem Gaiden and its 3DS remake Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
Using the Celica Emblem Ring will boost the magic stats of that character in the process, as seen in the following battle video:
After extensive teasing in the trailer, we now have an official character profile for the next returning Emblem, Sigurd – aka ‘The Emblem of the Holy War’.
First appearing in Fire Emblem: Geneology of the Holy War, the returning hero uses the Ridersbane weapon and grants bonuses to the user’s horse riding abilities. This increased mobility will allow the Emblem summoner to move further in one turn and also enact post-attack manoeuvres.
An idea of Sigurd’s mobility bonuses can be found in the following video:
After making their franchise debut in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Byleth – ‘The Emblem of the Academy’ – has now been confirmed to appear in Engage as an Emblem support.
Using Emblem Byleth alongside a warrior has a number of bonuses. The character possesses skills to prevent attacks missing their target, weapons which adjust to the fighter’s class, the ability to increase the stats of nearby allies, and a move which grants up to four allies the chance to move again.
Many of these abilities are demonstrated in the following tutorial video which shows Byleth in action.
The main protagonist in Fire Emblem Fates, Corrin returns to the battle in Engage as the ‘Emblem of Fates’.
Much like the other Emblems, calling on Corrin in battle grants a series of extra abilities to the user. These include the chance to add special effects to the battlefield, manipulate the weapon triangle, prevent enemies from moving for a single turn and the chance to attack multiple enemies in a line.
The above skills are shown in more detail by the following tutorial video.
One of the three main protagonists of 2003’s Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Lyn makes her return to the series as the ‘Emblem of Blazing’.
There are a variety of perks that come with calling on Lyn in battle. The character’s abilities include allowing the user a second strike before the opponent counter attacks, an increased chance to deal critical hits, the power to create decoy clones and an Engage Attack which results in five consecutive hits from distance.
Many of these skills are demonstrated in the following video.
First appearing in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade on GBA, Roy makes his return to the franchise as ‘The Emblem of Binding’ in Engage.
Roy is a vanguard-type Emblem who supplies front-line support on both the offensive and defensive ends. Some of the bonuses that the character provides in battle includes the ability to keep the user in the fight at 1HP, a weapon which can break lance-using opponents, temporary stat increases and an attack which effects the three horizontal squares in front of the user with flame damage.
Examples of all of these abilities can be found in the following character tutorial:
Eirika / Ephraim
The twin protagonists in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Eirika and Ephraim appear under the same Emblem ring this time around as ‘The Emblem of the Sacred’.
Eirika is the main figurehead of the pair, but she can be substituted out for her twin brother in battle with each hero granting different perks. Eirika has the ability to deal more damage to opponents with high defence stats and provide big hits on Armoured and Cavalry enemies. Ephraim on the other hand can restore HP to the Emblem user proportional to the damage dealt.
Combined, the twins can use skills simultaneously and provide a “Twin Strike” attack which is strong against corrupted foes and deals massive damage when deployed by a cavalry ally.
Examples of the pair’s battle bonuses can be found in the following tutorial video:
As an Emblem, Leif can wield many different weapons, making him a strong choice in a variety of battle situations. The bonuses that this Emblem grants include the ability to take reduced damage when the user has a weapon triangle advantage, an increased chance to land critical hits, the ability to change weapons to a more advantageous one when the enemy attacks, and a move which launches consecutive attacks with a sword, axe, lance and bow to increase the chance of landing a Break.
Many of these abilities can be found in the following Emblem tutorial:
First appearing in the 3DS title, Fire Emblem: Awakening, Lucina now returns to the franchise as ‘The Emblem of Awakening’.
There are a number of different bonuses that Lucina can grant those who call on her in battle. These include the ability to allow any fighter to Chain Attack, deal huge damage to cavalry and armoured opponents, increase the chance of removing damage from nearby allies and create chain attacks for all allies within two squares of the user.
These techniques are each demonstrated in the following tutorial video:
Many of Ike’s bonuses and skills help boost defence and resistance when your army’s health drops low, but this warrior also comes with some extremely powerful attack and defensive skills. Essentially, the lower Ike’s health, the stronger he is.
See him in action in the below video:
Bringing the Wii representation, Micaiah first appeared in the console’s Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn and now returns for Engage as the ‘Emblem of Dawn’.
As a support and healing-focussed Emblem, Micaiah is great at using magic to help troops from afar. Her Emblem Ring can be used to allow the user to wield a staff (no matter their class), illuminate dark battlefields, boost the range of a staff and sacrifice the HP of a single character for the benefit of the entire team.
You can find all of these abilities in the following tutorial:
During The Game Awards presentation, Nintendo revealed that Fire Emblem Engage would be receiving an Expansion Pass DLC across four different waves. The first of these is set to release on launch day (20th January) and will introduce Edelgard, Dimitri, and Claude from Fire Emblem: Three Houses as well as the following characters.
Formally appearing in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & The Blade of Light, Tiki returns to Engage as the ‘Emblem of the Dragon Princess’.
As her Emblem name hints, Tiki possesses an Engage Skill which allows her to shapeshift into her dragon form. In this state, the hero gains 10 HP and all of her stats increase by build +5. This allows Tiki to both deal impressive damage to any nearby enemies and grant powerful support effects to allies.
Tiki’s dragon attack can be found in the following video:
At the time of writing, these are all of the characters that we know (or, that we confidently assume) are coming to Fire Emblem Engage. We will continue to update this guide as more hero profiles are revealed over the coming months.
Which character are you the most excited to play with? Let us know your dream lineup in the comments below!