So feeling a bit down on yourself when playing Fire Emblem Awakening? Well, still feel that way. Even with my generosity by sharing a few acquired Fire Emblem tips, my advice may not always work out for you, and doubly so if you play on Lunatic. Still, in doing some reading around the internet, it looks like it’s been a struggle for some out there when it comes to playing this game. My conversation with Player1 kind of reflected that while I’ve written about Awakening, I haven’t exactly given some primo advice when it came to playing this game. So let me give out some basic tips for playing Awakening. If you have played the game, feel free to also share some advice/tips below if you have any!
Left + Right + Select = Reset
And the first advice I give is…not advice. Well I’m off to a fine start. Anyways, as much as you probably would not like to admit it, you will be wanting to hit the reset button often in Awakening; even more so if you want to keep all of your characters alive. So this should just be knowledge that you should try and be aware of when playing Fire Emblem. Oh, and I might as well also give a shout out to taking more breaks. Anyways, let’s actually dish out real strategy.
Be mindful of Warnings
I believe starting in the Chapter 7-9 area, you will begin dealing with Enemy reinforcements that spawn and then move on their turn in Hard Mode and Up. The good news is you’ll get a warning about them in every single chapter at some point. The bad news is you still don’t know when they’ll come in certain instances, and where they will appear. What does that mean? You’ll have to take some precautions in where you place your units. Yes, that means when you plan your strategy, you will have to be mindful of where they can appear. In general you will most likely see them appear:
- In Forts
- From Stairs
- From certain edges of the map
What can you do to protect yourself from this? Well, if you choose, you can block the forts and stairs where they spawn. For the ones that appear on the edges of the map, you should be mindful to keep a group of units together so one doesn’t get picked off, or start guessing the most likely places they will appear, and go with a strategy from there.
Select enemies on the map that are your biggest threats
In other words, there will be enemies that will give you less trouble than others. Those enemies that you know will be a problem you should track their movements. You have the ability to toggle on them and have the cursor follow them. In making sure you know where your enemy is, you can make sure you don’t get screwed over when you encounter them. You can do this to track one enemy unit, or few of them. The point is, if I’m using any flying units, I need to be mindful of where those snipers are so they don’t pick them off if I have them placed where some enemies are. If an enemy has magic, I probably want to keep my low resistance units away from them or a few spaces from them. Just in general, remember to check the map at the start, then continually look out just in case.
Always try and take advantage of terrain
This piece of advice should be applicable in any Fire Emblem game, but it always bears repeating: use terrain to your advantage! Forest, Columns, Forts, whatever — using the terrain can rarely hurt you; in fact, it can only help, and especially so when using a Fort since you also can get healed. The game has terrain available to you for a reason — it doesn’t hurt to use it!
The final thing I can share is simply: you’re a tactician. In other words, you have to foresee everything that can happen in battle, from enemy reinforcements to your units, all of that you have to take into account as you manage to play this game. You won’t always win, and in certain instances certain maps may force you to use one strategy to win; but that’s life in Fire Emblem, and certainly in Fire Emblem Awakening.
Now, I’ve shared some basic advice. You people playing Awakening, share a few things that you believe would be helpful in playing this game, whether it is strategy, other tips I never mentioned, whatever. Well, almost whatever~