Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes – 8 tips for beginners

 Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is already considered one of the best Musou games from Koei Tecmo. We give you tips for the ideal introduction to the action-packed switch adventure.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes – 8 tips for beginners

In this Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes tips guide, you'll learn:


Hero Wars Keira guide - teams, coun...
Hero Wars Keira guide - teams, counters, level up orders, etc

  • What is necessary to master fights particularly effectively
  • What means you use to increase the support value of your units
  • How to get new gold fast

On June 24, 2022, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, the ambitious successor to the switch-hit Fire Emblem Warriors, stormed onto the market. The game from the well-known Japanese development studio Omega Force offers a total of three-story campaigns that tell a whole story of its own, and will keep genre fans entertained for dozens of hours. So that you can quickly celebrate success at the beginning of the campaign, we have put together this beginner's guide for you.


Tips & Tricks for the combat system

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes confronts you with hordes of enemies, which you can send to the eternal hunting grounds the quickest if you heed the following things in battle:


  • In the heat of the often confusing battles, you quickly run the risk of losing sight of the relevant opponents. To prevent this from happening, target nearby Bulwark Commanders, monsters, and other key enemies by pressing the right analog stick. The camera then stays focused on exactly this enemy and attacks and evasive maneuvers can be timed much more precisely.

  • Whenever an enemy launches a special attack, a red aura will build up around them - in some cases a red square/round mark will also appear on the ground. As soon as these warning signals appear, you should quickly initiate an evasive maneuver and avoid the red area as much as possible, otherwise, your character will take considerable damage.
  • Directly below your green life energy bar is the warrior bar. It is filled by eliminating opponents, picking up yellow potions, or taking damage yourself. Once charged, all you have to do is press the A button and your warrior performs a particularly effective warrior special attack. Tip: It's best to trigger this in an area with a particularly large number of enemies in order to fully exploit the potential of this devastating attack.
  • Whenever an enemy launches a special attack, a red aura will build up around them - in some cases a red square/round mark will also appear on the ground. As soon as these warning signals appear, you should quickly initiate an evasive maneuver and avoid the red area as much as possible, otherwise, your character will take considerable damage.
  • Directly below your green life energy bar is the warrior bar. It is filled by eliminating opponents, picking up yellow potions, or taking damage yourself. Once charged, all you have to do is press the A button and your warrior performs a particularly effective warrior special attack. Tip: It's best to trigger this in an area with a particularly large number of enemies in order to fully exploit the potential of this devastating attack.

Internalized the rock-paper-scissors principle

Similar to the strategy game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the battles of Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes are also based on a rock-paper-scissors principle. In other words, certain types of weapons are superior or inferior to others in combat, which the game depicts using two so-called weapon triangles.

The basic rules of the first weapon triangle: Units with lances have an advantage over units with swords. Swordsmen benefit from bonuses when fighting against units with axes, and axes are great for countering lances.

At least as relevant are the rules of the second arms triangle. Thus, units with Iron Hands have advantages over units using Iron Books. The latter, in turn, are the ideal counter against archers, who in turn do very well in a duel with iron-armored hands. Keyword archers: They are also particularly efficient against flying units such as Pegasus Riders.

The fastest way to see whether one of your units has an advantage over another enemy unit is to open the map with the plus button, select the desired unit and drag the cursor to an opponent's position.

If you now see a blue arrow pointing up, the advantage is on your side. If there is a red arrow pointing down, the opponent has the advantage and you should expect them to do more damage. Tip: The advantage indicators are also displayed directly on the battlefield.

Issues situational commands

The partner AI in Fire Emblem Warrior: Three Hopes does a solid job. If you want to be sure that everything goes according to plan during a mission, you should still issue manual commands to your fellow combatants.

For example, if the current mission is about getting an ally safely from A to B, open the map, select one of your units, click on "Orders", move the cursor to the unit to be escorted and select "Protect".

If you see that an opponent's life energy drops to a critical level, the quickest way to defuse the situation is to use the "Heal" command. An enemy unit should be eliminated before reaching a certain level point? In this case, it makes sense to order several allies to attack this same opponent.

The “Full Offense” command takes a very similar tack. Once ordered, all alliances will immediately advance towards the chosen target to take it down. That leaves “Auto-Battle”. If you select the "Attack" option here, the unit will advance independently, attacking enemy units and bulwarks.

In Defend mode, on the other hand, she behaves defensively, protecting nearby allies and strongholds. The latter makes sense, for example, if the enemy keeps attacking an area and losing this area would result in the mission being defeated.

When issuing orders, always keep the aforementioned rock-paper-scissors principle in mind and assemble your team before the start of the match so that you can adequately counter all enemy units.

Always check off all side and additional missions

After a short chat with the strategist in the base camp, a map screen will appear, allowing you to choose between different missions. The rule of thumb is: Always pay attention to the expected enemy level in the description of each mission and check whether you are up to it.

This is especially true in classic mode when playing with the permadeath feature enabled. Then important characters are lost forever after a screen death.


Before attempting story missions with high-level opponents, you should therefore always complete all side and additional missions in a region first. Also, get in the habit of traveling to the settlements in the conquered mission area after a successful battle. Short additional quests are usually waiting here, which you can complete in exchange for certain objects.

On the other hand, if crossed swords pulse over an additional quest, you must first win the associated battle before you can collect the reward.

Level up your core team evenly

In battles, get in the habit of regularly switching between the playable characters. On the one hand, you get to know the move set of your fellow combatants better and can use it better depending on the type of opponent (keyword “weapon triangle”). On the other hand, you ensure that characters other than the main character also take care of most of the opponents and thus benefit from a hefty experience point bonus at the end of a level.

The result: if you pay attention to regular hero changes, the experience points you collect will be better distributed among your squad in the end. Nonetheless, sooner or later you'll get to a point where certain characters lag far behind others in terms of experience level.

To compensate for this deficit, pay a visit to the teacher in the base camp and use the "Lv.-Up." option there. With additional, paid training units, you can raise the level of each character to a maximum of the level that the most advanced character in the team has.

Use battle strategies to gain new allies

Successfully completed side missions and territorial conquests on the campaign map reward Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes with so-called strategy resources. On the high side enough, you can use strategy resources in a chapter's main battle to gain powerful, mission-specific benefits.

For example, if you activate the Well Armed strategy, you will start the battle with allied Bulwarks filled with healing supplies. If you choose the “Brand” strategy, flames will appear in a certain area of ​​a level, constantly damaging enemies.

In many story-relevant battles, strategy resources can also be used to convince enemy generals to join your army. Important: If you want to poach other heroes, you not only have to unlock the corresponding strategy before the start of the level but also activate it in the level at the right moment by pressing and holding the right control pad button.

Aims for high support values

All partner actions in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes are even more effective when those involved have a high support stat. You can do the following things to increase the support value of the playable characters:

  • Deliver gifts to your allies, preferably ones that match the character's preferences. You can find out what these are by studying the character's profile on the Unit Information screen. For example, Manuela Casagranda of the Adrestria Empire enjoys singing, dancing, cooking, handicrafts, and cold drinks. If you give Manuela a gift related to these topics, the support value will increase faster.
  • Cook and eat together with your fellow combatants in the camp and also pay attention to their individual preferences, which can be read in the character profile.
  • Go to the Labor Master in Base Camp and do volunteer work. The menu below the task menu reveals which characters are ideally suited for which work.
  • If the relationship with a comrade-in-arms has reached at least support level C, there is the possibility of persuading this character to go on a joint expedition in exchange for activity points. If you choose the right dialogue answers in the following sequences, the support value increases. The same applies to correct answers in regular multiple-choice dialogues.
  • In addition, certain maneuvers in combat ensure that the support value increases. This includes defeating an enemy general with the help of an aide, successful partner special attacks, and healing an ally with magic.

This is how you get money quickly

Whether it's level-up training with the teacher, forging a new weapon, buying gifts and recipe ingredients, or expanding the camp infrastructure - if you want to progress quickly in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, you need money. But what can be done to ensure that the war chest is always well stocked? Four things are especially helpful:

First: smash the wine-red clay pots, which are usually located on the edge of larger battlefield areas and almost 150 gold units go to your account. The easiest way to find said clay pots is to zoom in on the automap by pressing in on the left analog stick and look for red clay pot markers.

Second: Sell off unnecessary stuff. As the game progresses, your hero will accumulate a whole lot of things that you can quickly turn into money in the camp. For example, selling bags of gold from a retailer brings you almost 2,000 gold units. But the sale of simple building materials (50 gold each) and weapons that are no longer required can also be worthwhile if you are in a financial bottleneck.

However, before you finally say goodbye to an item, you should always check whether it might still be needed. The latter applies in particular to building materials and recipe ingredients.

Third, aim for S rank in battles and fully complete side missions. Both have the result that you are granted a 100 percent gold bonus after completing the mission. In order to achieve S rank, not only does a fast mission completion time play a role, but also that you suffer as little damage as possible and defeat as many opponents as possible.

Fourth, like every great Nintendo title, Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes rewards interaction with amiiboo figures. You can hold up to five compatible amiibo to the NFC sensor of the left Joy-Con or the Pro Controller per day. As a reward, you will either receive new equipment (which you can sell) or valuable bags of gold.

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