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This article is about the chapter from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. For the class, see Mercenary.


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Forest Clearing

New units



Boyd, Greil

I’m not giving up until I can get one good hit in on Father.
— Ike

Mercenaries (Japanese: 傭兵 Mercenary) is the prologue chapter of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. This chapter serves as an easy introduction to new players, while also setting up the circumstances of the main character, Ike. Training to become a professional mercenary, Ike faces off with his friend, Boyd, then his father, Greil. During this chapter, the player will be offered their first tutorials, narrated by Anna, to explain the basic gameplay of the Fire Emblem series.


The chapter begins with a cutscene of Ike and Greil sparring in the woods. Mist runs in, and Ike tries to take the opportunity to strike a distracted Greil. Instead, he lunges too far and gets hit square in the back with a training sword, falling to the ground unconscious. While knocked out, Ike has a vision of his mother Elena lying by his bedside smiling at him. He awakes to hear a flower-picking Mist humming the song their mother used as a lullaby and smiling at him the same way their mother did.

Ike stands up, greeted by his sister, who assumedly doctored his battle wounds. Ike challenges Greil to another sparring match, eager to win this time, but Mist doesn’t like the idea. Boyd appears, looking for Mist, who tells him that he just missed the wonderful opportunity to see Ike out cold. Taking advantage of the opportunity, Greil suggests that Ike spar with Boyd before challenging him again.

After defeating Boyd, Ike receives a vulnerary from Mist and proceeds to fight his father once more. After defeating his father, Ike asks if he was holding back. Admitting the truth, Greil adds that if Ike could tell the difference, then his skills are improving. Boyd tries to interject, saying that he too was holding back, but Mist shuts him up, calling him a liar. Greil promises Ike that tomorrow will be his first day as a full-fledged mercenary.

Chapter data

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Defeat Boss Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Ike is defeated 1 0 0 2 {{{third}}}
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Character data

New Units
Small portrait ike ranger 01 fe09.png
Automatically from the start
Returning Characters


Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is gcn vulnerary.png Vulnerary From Mist after defeating Boyd

Boss data

Main article: Boyd
Level 2
Affinity Is gcn fireaffin.png
Constitution 10
Max HP 18 Speed 5
Strength 6 Luck 3
Magic 0 Defense 3
Skill 5 Resistance 0
Movement 6 Weight 10
Inventory Skills
Is gcn practice axe.png Practice Axe Is gcn discipline.png Discipline
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif -- GCNRankLance.gif -- GCNRankAxe.gif D GCNRankBow.gif --
GCNRankFire.gif -- GCNRankThunder.gif -- GCNRankWind.gif -- GCNRankStaff.gif --

Main article: Greil
Level 10
Affinity Is gcn heavenaffin.png
Constitution 12
Max HP 22 Speed 6
Strength 5 Luck 2
Magic 4 Defense 2
Skill 4 Resistance 2
Movement 7 Weight 13
Inventory Skills
Is gcn trainer.png Trainer
Is gcn vulnerary.png Vulnerary*
Is gcn discipline.png Discipline
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif A GCNRankLance.gif -- GCNRankAxe.gif S GCNRankBow.gif --
GCNRankFire.gif -- GCNRankThunder.gif -- GCNRankWind.gif -- GCNRankStaff.gif --


This section details unofficial strategies that may help with completion of the chapter. This may not work for everybody.

Clearing this chapter is fairly simple. Neither Boyd nor Greil will move to attack Ike (although Greil will move in Normal or Hard difficulty), and Boyd even impatiently complains that Ike is taking too long. Ike must move toward Boyd, and will, on the second turn, make the first move. Boyd is easily taken down in two hits, and Mist gives Ike the vulnerary. Greil advises Ike to use the vulnerary, and to heal all wounds in the future, even the smallest ones. Ike can then move to attack Greil, who will most likely defeat Ike if he has not healed using the vulnerary, but can be taken down with three good hits.


  • If the player decides to wait on the map instead of attacking Boyd, or if the player shoves Boyd, special dialogues between him and Ike will play.

Etymology and other languages

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



















Mercenaries The Battle Begins
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Playable characters AstridBastianBoydBromCalillDevdanElinciaEnaGatrieGiffcaGeoffreyHaarIkeIlyanaJanaffJillKieranLargoLetheLuciaMakalovMarciaMiaMistMordecaiMuarimNaesalaNasirNepheneeOscarRanulfReysonRhysRolfShinonSorenSotheStefanTanithTauroneoTibarnTitaniaTormodUlkiVolkeZihark
Trial map characters AshnardBryceOliverPetrineShiharam
Non-playable characters AimeeAltinaAsheraCaineghisDanielDeghinseaElenaGarethGreilHetzelIzukaJorgeKurthnagaLilliaLeanneLekainLoraziehLotzMustonNealuchiRajaionRamonRenningSanakiSephiranSigrunZelgius
Bosses AshnardBalmerBertramBlack KnightBoydBryceDakovaDanomillEmilEnaGashilamaGreilGromellHafeddHavettiHeddwynHomasaIkanauKamuraKasataiKayacheyKimaarsiKotaffMackoyaMaijinMuarimNaesalaNedataNorrisOliverPetrineRikardSchaefferSeekerShiharamTomenamiZawana
Regalia and personal weapons AlonditeAmitiAshera StaffDouble BowGurgurantRagnellRegal SwordRexauraRexboltRexcaliburRexflameRolf's BowUrvanVague KattiWishblade
Chapters P: Mercenaries • 1: The Battle Begins • 2: Rescue • 3: Pirates Aground • 4: Roadside Battle • 5: Flight! • 6: A Brief Diversion • 7: Shades of Evil • 8: Despair and Hope • 9: Gallia • 10: Prisoner Release • 11: Blood Runs Red • 12: A Strange Land • 13: A Guiding Wind • 14: Training • 15: The Feral Frontier • 16: The Atonement • 17: Day Breaks (part 1part 2part 3part 4) • 18: Crimea Marches • 19: Entrusted • 20: Defending Talrega • 21: Without a King • 22: Solo • 23: The Great Bridge • 24: Battle Reunion • 25: Strange Lands • 26: Clash! • 27: Moment of Fate (part 1part 2) • 28: Twisted Tower • Endgame: RepatriationTrial Maps
Locations TelliusBegnion (Sienne) • CrimeaDaein (NevassaTalrega) • GalliaGoldoaGrann DesertGritnea TowerKilvasPhoenicisSerenes Forest
Groups, objects and events Ancient languageGreat FloodGreil MercenariesLehran's MedallionMad King's War • Races (BeorcBrandedLaguz) • Serenes MassacreWarp Powder
Related topics List of version differences (Name chart) • Other games (Radiant Dawn) • Pre-release information (Unused content) • Sound RoomTimeline