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Imitate

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Imitate

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Transform into a neighboring allied unit. The transformation lasts five turns.

Type(s)

Class

Game(s)

Imitate (Japanese: 変身 Transform) is a skill which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light. It is exclusive to Xane, the only member of the Freelancer class, and allows him to transform into a near-exact duplicate of an ally for a short period of time. The skill has several limitations, in that Xane cannot copy his allies' weapons and items and has to supply his own, and certain skills belonging to other classes cannot be imitated.

Data

Game Icon Effect Activation Capacity Notes
Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light -- The user copies one adjacent ally's class and stats. Inventory, personal weapon access, and the ability to seize are not copied. The user cannot gain experience while transformed. The user reverts after 5 turns. Command
(Imitate)
-- --
Mystery of the Emblem -- The user copies one adjacent ally's portrait, class and stats. Maximum HP, inventory, personal weapon access, and the ability to seize, dance, and unlock are not copied. The user gains 10 experience points when performing Imitate, but cannot gain experience while transformed.
The user reverts after (7 + [Random number between 1-3]) turns.
Command
(Imitate)
-- --
Shadow Dragon -- The user copies one adjacent ally's portrait, class, stats and weapon levels. Current HP, inventory, and the ability to seize are not copied. The user gains 10 experience points when performing Imitate and can gain experience and levels while transformed. The user reverts after 5 turns. Command
(Imitate)
-- --
New Mystery of the Emblem -- The user copies one adjacent ally's portrait, class, stats and weapon levels. Current HP, inventory, and the ability to seize and dance* are not copied. The user gains 10 experience points when performing Imitate and can gain experience and levels while transformed. The user reverts after 5 turns. Command
(Imitate)
-- --

Availability

Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

Classes Freelancer

Mystery of the Emblem

Classes Freelancer

Shadow Dragon

Classes Freelancer

New Mystery of the Emblem

Classes Freelancer

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Cipher

Imitate is present as a skill on Xane's only card in Fire Emblem Cipher: B01-045HN Shape-Shifter, Xane. It is a manual-activation skill which, for the cost of flipping two bond cards, allows Xane to copy all skills and attributes, aside from name and attack power, from one ally of the player's choosing for the remainder of the turn. Imitate does not use up Xane's turn, allowing him to put acquired skills to use immediately.

Trivia

  • In Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, if Xane imitates a unit of a class whose battle sprites vary depending on gender, Xane will always use the male battle sprites, no matter whom he imitates (e.g. he will use the male Curate sprites if imitating Lena). This was fixed in future titles.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Imitate

--

Japanese

変身

Transform

Spanish

Mímesis

Mimicry

French

Imiter

Imitate

German

Imitieren

Imitate

Italian

Imita

Imitate

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References

See also

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