Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes — Everything you need to know

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Edelgard
Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Edelgard (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

Fire Emblem: Three Houses is by far the best-selling game in the entire series, having sold over 3.4 million copies so far. After such a rousing success, it's not surprising that we're getting a Warriors game that centers around the same characters and locations as Three Houses. Warriors games differ greatly from core Fire Emblem entries, which we'll get into below, but they're still a good time and allow you to have more fun with familiar characters.

Fire Emblem vs. Fire Emblem Warriors: What's the difference?

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Fire Emblem Warriors is a spinoff of the regular Fire Emblem series. Three Hopes is specifically a spinoff of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Instead of tactical, turn-based JRPG gameplay, the Warriors series is developed by Koei Tecmo and features hack-and-slash combat, similar to how Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity was a spinoff from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Warriors games are all about taking on hordes of enemies while playing as various characters from a given series. These titles tend to be far less plot-focused than the mainline Fire Emblem games, and more about mashing buttons while using unique character skills. However, Three Hopes follows many of the same plot points from the original Three Houses but deviates from some key points for a completely new experience.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes reveal trailer

We first learned of this game's existence during the February 2022 Nintendo Direct with an official trailer. You can watch it above.

Mysterious Mercenary trailer

This video released on April 12, 2022, and gives more insights into the main character, Shez.

Awakend Rivals trailer

This trailer revealed even more characters and mechanics within the game.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes — What's the story?

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Claude And Dimitri (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

Three Hopes takes place in an alternate universe from Three Houses where the purple-haired mercenary Shez becomes a professor rather than Byleth. You'll have the opportunity to choose which house at Garreg Mach you want to align yourself with in this Nintendo Switch game. While certain plot points from the original game will be hit, things deviate quite a bit giving players new events to play out.

Additionally, there is plenty of replay value since there are different paths to take. Players "revisit a war-torn Fódlan", which is the land where Three Houses took place. Shez's goal is to seek out and destroy Byleth, who they refer to as the "Ashen Demon."

Near the start of the game, players will need to decide if Shez aligns with Edelgard and her axe for the Scarlet Blaze path, Dimitri and his lance for the Azure Gleam path, or Claude and his Bow for the Golden Wildfire path to take on massive hordes of enemies and monsters during the course of this story.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes — Who are the characters?

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Edelgard And Dimitri (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

These are Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes characters that we spied while scouring the official trailers and screenshots. It's worth noting that female Byleth is shown in the trailer and on official key artwork, but male Byleth is also an option. Confirmed playable characters are marked with (*).

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"Shez" (F/M)* The main protagonist. A young person on a quest to defeat "the Ashen Demon," which is Byleth. They can either be male or female and you can be given any name.
Byleth Eisner (M/F) A wandering mercenary who has the Crest of Flames. Players choose if they are male or female.
Sothis A mysterious girl who communicates with Byleth in dreams and has a major Crest of Flames.
Arval Fulfills a similar role for Shez as Sothis did for Byleth. Speaks to Shez in their mind.
Edelgard von Hresvelg* Adrestian EmpireHeir to the Adrestian Empire. The axe is her weapon of choice.
Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd* Kingdom of FaerghusCrown prince of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus. He wields a lance and has a Minor Crest of Blaiddyd.
Claude von Riegan* Leicester AllianceHeir to House Riegan of the Leicester Alliance. He's handy with a bow and arrow.
Hubert von Vestra* Adrestian EmpireEdelgard's right hand man and vassal since their early years.
Dorothea Arnault* Adrestian EmpireShe is the only one within the group who isn't of royal descent. She uses magic and is a great healer.
Bernadetta von Varley* Adrestian EmpireA noble from House Varley who possesses a minor Crest of Saint Indrech. Years of neglect and abuse from her father left her a recluse, but she is an excellent marksman with her bow and arrows.
Ferdinand von Aegir* Adrestian EmpireHe boasts a Mincor Crest of Cichol and has a pompous personality. However, he is very powerful as he wields a lance from atop his horse.
Caspar von Bergliez* Adrestian EmpireHe is a noble without a crest whose attacks focus on swinging axes around.
Petra Macneary* Adrestian EmpireShe is the heir to the Brigid throne even though her people allied themselves with Dagda, after they failed to invade the Adrestian Empire. Her skills revolve around the Sword.
Linhardt von Hevring* Adrestian EmpireA lazy boy who'd rather take a nap than do anything else. He's a powerful magic wielder who possesses a Mincor Crest of Cethleann.
Hilda Valentine Goneril* Leicester AllianceShe has a lazy personality, but she's Claude's right hand and fights hard when she wants to.
Lorenz Hellman Gloucester* Leicester AlliancePossesses a minor Crest of Cloucester and thinks himself a romantic and a poet even though women are offended by his advances. In battle he uses an Iron Lance atop a horse.
Raphael Kirsten* Leicester AllianceA hulking young man who's really a gentle giant towards others. He uses Iron Gauntlets on the battlefield and is constantly working on his muscles.
Igntaz Victor* Leicester AllianceHails from a family of merchants and is a lover of art. In battle, he is a talented archer.
Lysithea von Ordelia* Leicester AllianceA magical prodigy and heir to House Ordelia. Her offensive magic makes her a strong ally on the battlefield.
Marianne von Edmund* Leicester AllianceHer parents died when she was young and she was raised by her uncle who tried to keep her Crest a secret. She wields powerful healing magic, but has very low self esteem.
Lionie Pinelli* Leicester AllianceComes from a family of hunters and was obsessed with Byleth's adopted father, Jeralt. Her weapon of choice is a lance while mounted atop a horse.
Dedue Molinaro* Kingdom of FaerghusHe lost his family and home when his people were blamed for King Lambert's assassination. However, Dimitri saved him and Dedue has been at the prince's side ever since.
Mercedes von Martritz* Kingdom of FaerghusA young woman with a minor Crest of Lamine who has strong Faith magic abilities making her a great healer.
Ashe Ubert* Kingdom of FaerghusA young man and archer from the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus.
Felix Hugo Fraldarius* Kingdom of FaerghusPossesses a major Crest of Fraldarius and wields a sword with skill.
Annette Fantine Dominic* Kingdom of FaerghusPossesses a minor Crest of Dominic and uses both Reason magic and an Axe with great mastery, making her a great offensive attacker.
Sylvain Jose Gautier* Kingdom of FaerghusHas a minor Crest of Gautier and is a mounted Lance Wielder.
Ingrid Brandl Galatea* Kingdom of FaerghusIs a Pegasus Knight who wields a Lance for far reaching attacks.
Flayn She is the younger sister of Seteth who is the second-in-command and chief aid for the Church of Seiros. She lives at the Garreg Mach Monastery with her brother.

Are the Ashen Wolves in the game?

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Ashen Wolves (Image credit: Koei Tecmo)

Yes! The Ashen Wolves are in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. If these characters don't look familiar, it's because they were part of the Cindered Shadows DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

What happened to male Byleth in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes?

Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (Image credit: Nintendo)

Don't worry. Both male and female Byleth can be chosen as your main antagonist. It's just that the team at Koei Tecmo decided to put female Byleth on all of the covers and in the trailers. Considering how much attention male Byleth got as the main character for Three Houses, the choice to have female Byleth on the cover for Three Hopes might have been made to help the Warriors game stand out more.

Can you romance characters in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes?

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Tea (Image credit: Koei Tecmo)

Romancing your allies was a big part of the appeal of Fire Emblem: Three Houses and allowed players to discover additional scenes and dialogue with that special someone. While players can go off on one-on-one excursions with specific characters, it seem the full romancing mechanic is not in play. However, you can still strengthen relationships by talking and sharing tea like you could in Three Houses.

Additionally, ties between allies determine how well your team works together. You want to increase Support points between characters by doing things like having characters fight in combat together, sharing meals, and choosing the right dialogue options.

What to know about the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes War Map

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes War Map (Image credit: Nintendo (screenshot))

As is common in Warriors games, players choose assignments by looking at a map at camp. In this case, it's known as the War Map. Upon selecting a mission, a description, along with the rewards for completing it appear on the upper right side of the screen. Players need to meet certain requirements before being able to access some locked quests.

Compatible amiibo for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

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Yes, Three Hopes allows players to scan amiibo in order to unlock goodies just as past Warriors games have. We don't know exactly what amiibo unlock, nor do we know which ones are the most useful as of yet. However, in past Warriors games, all amiibo have been scannable while figures that depicted Fire Emblem characters gave off better rewards than the others, so it's likely that this is the same in Three Hopes.

What's the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes game file size?

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This game is 15.6GB, making it one of the bigger games on Nintendo Switch. For reference, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is only 14.4GB. As such, you'll want to make sure you have enough room on your microSD card.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Demo

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Koei Tecmo released a Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes demo that allows players to play through the entire intro. This includes the first four chapters of any given path you choose to follow. Additionally, your demo data will transfer over to the full game if you purchase it.

When is the Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes release date?

Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes Release Date (Image credit: Nintendo)

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is set to release on June 24, 2022, and is currently available for preorder.

War across Fódlan

Take up your weapon and return to the phenomenal characters from Three Houses. You can play as Edelgard, Dimitri, Claude, and a host of other characters while taking on monsters and hordes in more action-packed gameplay.

Updated June 8, 2022: Added demo and Ashen Wolves info.

Rebecca Spear
Gaming Editor

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