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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon

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Shadow Dragon

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Intelligent Systems



Release date(s)

Nintendo DS
JPAugust 7, 2008
EUDecember 5, 2008
NAFebruary 16, 2009
AUSFebruary 26, 2009
Wii U Virtual Console
EUJuly 2, 2015


ESRB: E10+
PEGI: 7+


Nintendo DS
Wii U (Virtual Console)


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Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow

This page is about the game in the Fire Emblem series; you may be looking for Medeus' class of the same name in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem and Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, Heroes of Light and Shadow.

Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon (ファイアーエムブレム 新・暗黒竜と光の剣 Fire Emblem: New Dark Dragon and the Sword of Light) is the eleventh game in the Fire Emblem series. It is a remake of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, originally released on the Nintendo Entertainment System, for the Nintendo DS with updated graphics and gameplay mechanics, additional background music, and several new characters.


Small portrait masked marth fe13.png SPOILERS! This section contains key plot or ending details. Read at your own risk!

Long ago, the continent of Archanea was invaded by the Dolhr Empire, led by the Shadow Dragon, Medeus, and the people lived in fear and despair. However... a miracle occurred. Anri, a youth from Altea, slew the Shadow Dragon using Falchion, The Blade of Light. The Kingdom of Archanea was restored and the world entered an age of peace. But 100 years later... Medeus was resurrected. He joined forces with the Dark Sorcerer Gharnef, who shared his ambitions of ruling the world, and launched an attack on Archanea. Archanea was defeated by Grust's General Camus, and, aside from Princess Nyna, the royal family was wiped out. Cornelius, the king of Altea and successor of the heroic Anri, left to battle Medeus, with the Falchion in hand. Meanwhile, Cornelius's only son and the prince of Altea, Marth, awaits his father's return as he passes his days with his martial arts training not knowing that Gra had betrayed Altea. Gra soldiers tried to take Marth captive. They were unsuccessful and, seemingly at the cost of the life of Frey, Marth escaped to Talys, a small island kingdom that was allied to Altea. After staying at Talys for several years, during which General Camus helped Nyna escape Archanea for Aurelis, Marth set out to reclaim his kingdom and slay Medeus. When Marth set out he first went to Aurelis to free the war torn country. After a vicious battle Marth set Aurelis free and made a valuable ally in Hardin, the younger brother of Aurelis' king.


Game play is similar to the rest of the Fire Emblem series with a bird-eye view of the grid-format map. You can move the character either using the D-Pad and select using A, B, or X or you can tap on the touch screen using the stylus.


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon features the return of every playable character in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, with some new additions. These new characters can only be recruited if the player visits the new chapters exclusive to Shadow Dragon. The new characters and their appearance conditions are outlined in the table below:

Portrait Character Class Found in Accessed if
Small portrait frey fe11.png Frey Cavalier Prologue II Player chooses Normal Mode.
Small portrait norne fe11.png Norne Archer Prologue IV Player has 4 or less units at the end of the chapter.
Small portrait athena fe11.png Athena Myrmidon Chapter 6x Player has less than 15 units at the end of Chapter 6.
Small portrait horace fe11.png Horace General Chapter 12x Player has less than 15 units at the end of Chapter 12.
Small portrait etzel fe11.png Etzel Sorcerer Chapter 17x Player has less than 15 units at the end of Chapter 17.
Small portrait ymir fe11.png Ymir Warrior Chapter 20x Player has less than 15 units at the end of Chapter 20.
Small portrait nagi fe11.png Nagi Manakete Chapter 24x By the end of Chapter 24, Tiki is dead and the Falchion is lost.


Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon includes all of the original chapters of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and then some. Shadow Dragon features the addition of a four-chapter prologue of Marth's story, introducing new players to the gameplay of the Fire Emblem series, as well as a never-before-seen beginning to Marth's quest. Shadow Dragon also features several "Gaiden Chapters", which are accessed if the player has lost too many of his or her units, and feature short plots and new characters.