In our Fire Emblem Engage review, we discussed that while knowing how and when to engage is important when doing Fire Emblem Engage’s many difficult firefights, it’s just as important to have Emblem’s paired with units that complement the skill sets of the units they have . bound again. With a total of 12 emblem rings and over 30 units to pick and choose from, there are a number of powerful combos that can turn the tide of battle when things aren’t going your way. Here are some of the best emblem ring pairs we’ve used in our Engage gameplay.
Alear and Lucina
While you may quickly assume that it’s best to keep Marth and Alear paired up where possible, Lucina allows for more support options along with some of Marth’s offensive abilities. Her Engage Skill, Bonded Shield, gives a high chance to prevent attacks against adjacent allies, making her an ideal choice for frontline units. Alear’s Dragon type bonus gives it an additional 10% chance to activate, meaning you’ll see other units pass enemy turns relatively unscathed.
This, coupled with a number of passive skills that benefit adjacent units, makes Lucina an ideal match for Alear, who will spend most of his time on the front lines anyway. Everything is tied together with Lucina’s engagement attack, All for One, where all allies within 2 squares will chain attack. Lucina also compliments Alear’s base kit by giving them a ranged option in the form of an engagement weapon with a Parthia bow and two swords that are effective against a variety of units.
Timerra and Ike
It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking that Emblem Rings should be equipped with units other than what they naturally come with, but that’s not always true. Timerra and Ike are one such example of a power couple who can do a lot of heavy lifting right up to the credits. Great Aether, Ike’s Engage Attack, trades bonus defense and durability for the ability to counter in one turn. This pays out in picas when an attack is launched next turn that deals damage in an area of 2 squares that heals for 30% of the total damage dealt.
This synergizes well with Timerra’s relatively high defense and physical attack stats, meaning she’ll often regain all lost health when unleashing a Great Aether, even when placed right in the middle of a large group of opponents. The icing on the cake is that Ike’s Engage Weapons give Timerra the options she otherwise lacks in her sword, axe, and hammer to smash opponents.
Timer’s passive skills will also do the heavy lifting in terms of the damage it can deal. For example, Sandstorm provides a chance to calculate physical attack damage using 150% of her defense, not strength. This also works with Great Aether, meaning you can one-shot almost every unit in the game if Sandstorm is triggered when the attack part of Great Aether is triggered. This makes Timerra and offensive and defensive force that is incredibly versatile and effective in many ways.
Ivy and Lyn
Every Fire Emblem has one unit that makes mincemeat out of enemy forces regardless of the difficulty you’re playing on. Ivy is the go-to unit for Fire Emblem Engage, and keeping her paired with Lyn allows her to really excel at generating damage and clearing the way for frontline units. Lyn, Alacrity, and Speedtaker’s passives are the reason they work so well together. Alacrity allows your unit to follow before the enemy can attack when you start an encounter with a speed advantage of five or more, and Speedtaker grants a cumulative speed buff each time a unit initiates combat and defeats an enemy, up to a total of +10.
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This means that after a few enemies have been dispatched, Ivy can far outspeed any opponent due to her high base stats. Cast a powerful magic spell on her like Bolganone and she’ll take out waves of enemies by herself. If and when you get into a sticky situation, Lyn’s Engage Skill will come in handy, allowing the unit to create illusionary doubles that can engage in chain attacks.
The icing on the cake is that all of these passive skills can be inherited from Lyn, meaning Ivy can be paired with a completely different emblem ring to make her even more powerful. However, if you choose to stick with it, Lyn will give Ivy additional options in combat with her Ranged Weapons and Ranged Attack, which can repel potentially dangerous enemies from a distance with a volley of arrows. Obviously, Lyn is suited to any hard-hitting unit, but all of these aspects turn Ivy into a force to be reckoned with.
Frameme and Micaiah
Frameme is a great combat medic that can exploit specific weaknesses while supporting allied units with healing and placement abilities. These strengths are only boosted when paired with Emblem Micaiah, whose passives increase healing abilities while keeping the healer relatively healthy. Since Framme’s advanced class is Martial Master, he can cause Break to units outside of the traditional weapon triangle. However, this can often put her in unfavorable positions, meaning she is quite vulnerable to damage, especially with low defense.
This is where Micaiah’s Healing Light passive comes in handy, where healing an ally will also heal the caster for 50% of total health restored. This means you can keep Framm in the fight longer while keeping your other units charged up. Her Qi Adept type bonus increases this healing by 20% when using the staff, meaning she regains even more health for each heal. Micaiah’s Engage Attack, Great Sacrifice, replaces all but one of the users health points to fully heal all allies, and also heals status effects with a Qi Adept type bonus.
This makes Framme a frontline healer and great for getting through bottlenecks if a few mistakes have resulted in some of your units running low. Micaiah’s Engage Weapons also give Framme some much-needed range in the form of magic, including Nosferatu, which offers very useful lifesteal, and Shine, which can illuminate dark areas. It turns Framme into an all-profession jackpot that can really heal when needed while also keeping her alive in the melee she excels at.
Fogado and Celica
When it comes to Emblem Ring matchups, it’s easy to set defaults that reinforce the previous strengths instead of supporting the unit’s weaknesses. The Celica might seem like an odd choice for Fogado’s skills, but there’s a lot more to this pairing than meets the eye. The biggest draw is Celica’s Engage Attack, Warp Ragnarok, which allows the user to warp up to 10 fields and unleash a powerful magical attack. Since Fogado is a cavalry unit, the warp distance increases by two squares, allowing him to use it offensively or defensively depending on the situation.
Fogado’s advanced class, Cupido, also has a sword skill, meaning that with the magic stat stack he gets from pairing with Celica, Levin’s sword is a great equipment choice for Fogado, not only giving him access to a conventional weapon triangle, but also a method. get through armored enemies. Celica’s Engage Weapons also help a lot by giving Fogado a way to heal and deal some additional damage types that help him dispatch damaged enemies. This makes Fogado a sort of magical archer with incredible mobility and survivability, allowing him to take down enemies from a distance while being adaptable to unique situations.
These are just a few of the Emblem Ring pairings that can transform units from capable warriors to absolute powerhouses when they are needed most. Even on Normal difficulty, the later chapters and optional Paralogies can make it quite fast, so mix and match based on your best units and see what works for you!
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