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10 Tips To Keep In Mind While Playing 'Fire Emblem: Three Houses'

Updated August 2, 2019 78 votes 17 voters10 items

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Fire Emblem games aren't exactly simple. Nintendo's popular strategy series prides itself on its difficulty and perma-death concepts which can make getting into the series a bit of a daunting prospect. With the release of Fire Emblem: Three Houses on the Nintendo Switch, the game adds enough new concepts and mechanics that even longtime fans of the franchise can feel a bit overwhelmed. The game finds you as a professor at a prestigious monastery. You're in charge of not only keeping your units alive on the battlefield but also how they develop in the classroom.

With so much more to consider in this game, we've come up with ten tips for Fire Emblem: Three Houses to keep in mind to help juggle the madness.

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    Plan Your Students' Routes Early

    Plan Your Students' Routes Early
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    It's never too early to look to the future in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. When you're setting your students' goals during the weekly instruction planning, keep in mind the kind of unit you want the character to end as. There is nothing worse than getting to an endgame promotion and realizing the class you want is out of reach because the unit's skills are woefully underleveled.

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    Do The Paralogues

    Do The Paralogues
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    Another way to spend your Sundays in the game is to go out and do some training battles. When you see a green exclamation on the calendar that means there is a paralogue available in the battle menu. Paralogues serve as side missions focusing on certain members of your class. These missions will allow you to get closer to that student and also offer up a unique weapon or item – like Relic Weapons – specific to that student upon completion.

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    Go Gardening And Fishing

    Go Gardening And Fishing
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    When you choose to spend your off days exploring the monastery, always make sure to hit the greenhouse and fishing pond. Every single visit you can plant, cultivate, and harvest previously planted seeds and flower, and you can also fish at the pond every time you explore Garreg Mach assuming you have bait.

    Unlike most of the things you can choose to do, fishing and gardening don't count against the number of activites your professor can work on before the exploring session is over. And they both raise your professor level, which helps in teaching, how much funding you get each month, and how many activities you can do with students around the monastery.

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    Wait To Take Certification Exams

    Wait To Take Certification Exams
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    It's an exciting moment in a Fire Emblem game when a unit can upgrade to a greater class. In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, this happens by taking and passing certification tests once certain weapon and level requirements are met. Even once you reach all those requirements, hold off on taking the test until your unit has mastered their current class. The game has a meter separate from the general experience bar specifically for the unit's class. When that is maxed out the unit is awarded with stat boost abilities tied to the class.

    This is especially useful early in the game. If units master their first class (Noble/Commoner) they'll get a +5 to their total HP which can make the beginning much easier for those softer units.

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