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Personal weapons

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Lyn unsheathing the Mani Katti, her personal weapon, for the first time.
The sword Ike received from his father. It's light and easy to wield. Only Ike can wield it.
— The Regal Sword's description, providing a typical example of a personal weapon

Personal weapons (Japanese: 専用武器 personal weapons) are weapons which are restricted to be usable only by a limited group of units, or more commonly, a single unit. This concept has existed since Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light, with weapons like Marth's Falchion and Linde's Aura, and has appeared in every game since in some capacity.

Overview

"Personal weapon" is a somewhat generic term used to refer to the concept, with different games referring to them by different names. Most Japanese versions use a ★ to symbolise a personal weapon, described as a "star weapon". The English releases of The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones and Path of Radiance give personal weapons the rank of "Prf", presumably short for "preferred". Some games in both languages simply do not use a special denotation, and instead list the weapon's required rank or weapon level as a blank, "--". From Shadow Dragon onward, personal weapons have actual weapon levels (normally ranked E, but higher ranks have occurred, in which case the wielder must have the required rank to wield it) with the personal weapon status instead denoted in their description.

The series' most prominent example of a personal weapon is the Rapier. It is a personal weapon in eight of the sixteen games, traditionally acting as the starting weapon for one of the main lord characters of the game (Marth, Roy, Eliwood, Eirika). Most other starting personal weapons for units are essentially copies of its anti-mounted/armor abilities for other weapon types, like the Reginleif, Wolf Beil, and Thani.

Gameplay

Generally speaking, they have a unique or uncommon added effect, and are either a starting weapon for the unit (or gained very soon after the unit appears), or are their most powerful end-game weapon. Personal weapons come in three varieties: weapons locked to specific characters (this is the variety to which the term normally applies), weapons locked to specific classes, and weapons locked based on the gender of characters. In addition, most personal weapons are either the only ones of their type to be found in the game, or, if there exist more than one, appear very rarely.

In Genealogy of the Holy War the Holy Blood mechanic is an expanded version of personal weapons and the ability to exclusively pass down the ability to use a certain weapon from parent to child is a major gameplay mechanic.

Story

The in-universe justifications for personal weapons varies by game and by weapon itself. Not every weapon lock has an in-universe explanation, however.

Some weapons are simply a character's preferred weapon in combat, while others are locked to characters through magical means. For instance, Hector's Wolf Beil and numerous lord's rapiers do not appear to have magic-related locks, and are simply used only by certain characters due to personal preference.

Even the means of magic locking the weapon can be different. In The Blazing Blade, Lyn's Mani Katti is stated to be a "spirit-inhabited sword", and chose her as its wielder when she picked it up; Lyn is the only person able to draw it from its sheath. Glass, who was not favored by the Mani Katti, was unable to draw it from its sheath. In Awakening, Lucina explains to her sibling that if someone other than the chosen wielder attempts to use Falchion, its blade will be "dull as a stone". In Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the Royal Sword is said to be impossible to lift by anyone not of royal blood; Tobin claims that the sword "weighs a ton", while Alm finds it "light as a feather".

There are many weapons also locked by bloodline, which, as mentioned above, is a major mechanic in Genealogy of the Holy War, though this method also appears in other games. Often, weapons that are blood locked rely on the wielder to have or be descended from one with the gifted blood of a dragon, though weapons linked solely to human bloodlines, like Aura, exist. It is not always explicitly stated what happens if an unworthy wielder uses a physical weapon, though tomes that are magically locked to individuals fail to function and are no more than paperweights.

List of personal weapons by game

Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Rapier Sword Marth
Mercurius Sword Marth
Falchion Sword Marth
Levin Sword Sword Classes: Any sword-using class except General
Excalibur Tome Merric
Aura Tome Linde
Imhullu Tome Gharnef
Hammerne Staff Lena
Aum Staff Elice
Divinestone Stone Tiki
Earthstone Stone Medeus

Gaiden

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
Royal Sword Sword Alm
Falchion Sword Alm

Mystery of the Emblem

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Marth, Phina
 Falchion Sword Marth
 Ladyblade Sword Gender: Female units
 Excalibur Tome Merric
 Aura Tome Linde
 Imhullu Tome Gharnef
 Nosferatu Tome Gender: Female units
 Hammerne Staff Lena, Marisha
 Aum Staff Elice, Yuliya
 Rescue Staff Yuliya
 Thief Staff Marisha
 Divinestone Stone Tiki
 Icestone Stone Tiki
 Wyvernstone Stone Tiki

Genealogy of the Holy War

Main article: Holy Blood

In Genealogy of the Holy War, there is a variation on the standard personal weapon system governed by its unique Holy Blood system, wherein a unit's ability to use one of the weapons is tied to whether or not they possess the matching major holy blood. While several units in both generations have major holy blood, for the second generation the majority of possessors of holy blood, and thus of the weapons, are determined by the pairings of the parents possessing the holy blood in question in the first generation.

In addition to the thirteen weapons governed by holy blood, there are a handful of weapons locked by class and gender.

Weapon Weapon type Required holy blood
 Tyrfing Sword Major Baldr
 Balmung Sword Major Od
 Gungnir Lance Major Dáinn
 Yewfelle Bow Major Ulir
 Valkyrie Staff Major Bragi
 Mjölnir Thunder magic Major Thrud
 Valflame Fire magic Major Fjalar
 Mystletainn Sword Major Hezul
 Gáe Bolg Lance Major Njörun
 Helswath Axe Major Nál
 Naga Light magic Major Naga
 Forseti Wind magic Major Forseti
 Loptous Dark Major Loptous
Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Miracle Sword Sword Gender: Female units
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Iron Ballista
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Ballista
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Killer Ballista

Thracia 776

Thracia 776 sports the largest number of personal weapons of any game in the series; many of the personal weapons are recurring weapons which are not personal weapons in any other game. Additionally, it is the first instance in the series where the Rapier appears but is not a personal weapon; its usual role as the first personal weapon of the main hero is filled instead by the Light Brand.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Light Brand Sword Leif
 Earth Sword Sword Nanna
 Shadow Sword Sword Mareeta
 Mareeta's Sword Sword Mareeta
 Beo's Sword Sword Diarmuid, Fergus
 Blessed Sword Sword Olwen
 Bragi Sword Sword Leif, Nanna, Diarmuid, Fergus
 Loptr Sword Sword Raydrik, Mus
 Dragonpike Lance Deen, Altena
 Brave Lance Lance Finn
 Vouge Axe Osian, certain enemy units
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Enemy Iron Ballista units
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Enemy Ballista units
 Poison Ballista Bow (Ballista) Enemy Poison Ballista units
 Valflame Fire magic None*
 Dire Thunder Thunder magic Olwen, Reinhardt
 Mjölnir Thunder magic Ishtar*
 Grafcalibur Wind magic Asbel
 Forseti Wind magic Ced
 Hel Dark magic Alphand, Veld, certain enemy units
 Loptous Dark magic None*
 Repair Staff Safy
 Thief Staff Tina, certain enemy units
 Unlock Staff Tina, certain enemy units
 Kia Staff Sara

The Binding Blade

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord
 Binding Blade Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord
 Eckesachs Sword Zephiel
 Wo Dao Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Long Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper

The Blazing Blade

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Mani Katti Sword Classes: Lord*, Blade Lord
 Sol Katti Sword Classes: Lord*, Blade Lord
 Rapier Sword Classes: Lord*, Knight Lord
 Durandal Sword Classes: Lord*, Knight Lord
 Wo Dao Sword Classes: Blade Lord, Myrmidon, Swordmaster
 Wolf Beil Axe Classes: Lord*, Great Lord
 Armads Axe Classes: Lord*, Great Lord
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Forblaze Anima magic Classes: Archsage
 Flametongue Stone Classes: Fire Dragon

The Sacred Stones

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Classes: Lord*, Great Lord*
 Sieglinde Sword Classes: Lord*, Great Lord*
 Shamshir Sword Classes: Lord*, Great Lord*, Myrmidon,
Swordmaster, Assassin, Bonewalker, Wight
 Reginleif Lance Classes: Lord*, Great Lord*
 Siegmund Lance Classes: Lord*, Great Lord*
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Fleet
 Dummy Sword None*

Path of Radiance

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Regal Sword Sword Ike
 Ragnell Sword Ike
 Amiti Sword Elincia
 Alondite Sword Black Knight
 Gurgurant Sword Ashnard
 Rolf's Bow Bow Rolf
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Onager Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper

Radiant Dawn

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Ettard Sword Ike
 Ragnell Sword Ike
 Florete Sword Mist
 Amiti Sword Elincia, Renning*
 Caladbolg Sword Edward
 Tarvos Axe Nolan
 Lughnasadh Bow Leonardo
 Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
 Iron Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
 Killer Ballista Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
 Onager Bow (Ballista) Classes: Archer, Sniper, Marksman
 Cymbeline Fire magic Sanaki
 Thani Light magic Micaiah
 Creiddylad Light magic Sephiran
 Judge Various Ashera
(except the four hidden variants used by Lekain, Dheginsea and Sephiran)

Shadow Dragon

The way in which Shadow Dragon structured the weapons system resulted in all personal weapons herein still having a normal weapon level; while for most of these weapons said rank is the base rank E, some have a higher rank requiring that a personal weapon's wielder still requires that rank before using the weapon. Additionally, some weapons which were originally full personal weapons allow for greater leeway in accessibility: they can be used by any unit of a certain gender, but have a high weapon level, while still allowing one specific wielder to use them at any rank.

With the implementation of the reclass system, there is the additional caveat that a unit must be of a class able to use the relevant weapon type before they can use the personal weapon; thus, in the case of Aum, of the many units capable of using it only half are of the correct class in the first place, and the others will need to be reclassed before they can use it.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Marth
 Falchion Sword Marth
 Wing Spear Lance Caeda
 Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Excalibur Tome Gender: Male units
Merric can use at any weapon level
 Aura Tome Gender: Female units
Linde can use at any weapon level
 Hammerne Staff Lena
 Aum Staff Caeda, Maria, Minerva, Elice
 Divinestone Stone Tiki, Nagi
 Earthstone Stone Medeus

New Mystery of the Emblem

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Marth
 Falchion Sword Marth
 Ladyblade Sword Gender: Female units
 Wing Spear Lance Caeda
 Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Excalibur Tome Gender: Male units
Merric can use at any weapon level
 Aura Tome Gender: Female units
Linde can use at any weapon level
 Nosferatu Tome Gender: Female units
 Hammerne Staff Lena, Marisha
 Aum Staff Caeda, Maria, Minerva, Elice, Yuliya, Nyna, Sheena
 Divinestone Stone Tiki, Nagi

Awakening

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Rapier Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord, Lodestar
 Noble Rapier Sword Classes: Lord, Great Lord, Lodestar
 Falchion Sword Chrom, Marth
 Exalted Falchion Sword Chrom, Marth
 Parallel Falchion Sword Lucina, Marth
 Missiletainn Sword Owain
 Amatsu Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
 Sol Katti Sword Classes: Myrmidon, Swordmaster
 Wolf Berg Axe Walhart
 Longbow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Towering Bow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
 Double Bow Bow Classes: Archer, Sniper
All dark magic Classes: Dark Mage, Sorcerer
Units possessing Shadowgift
 Beaststone Stone Classes: Taguel
 Beaststone+ Stone Classes: Taguel
 Dragonstone Stone Classes: Manakete
 Dragonstone+ Stone Classes: Manakete

Fates

The system remains the same as in Shadow Dragon.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Ganglari
(weaker version only)
Sword Corrin
 Siegfried Sword Xander
 Falchion Sword Marth
 Ragnell Sword Ike
 Parallel Falchion Sword Lucina
 Yato Katana Corrin
 Raijinto Katana Ryoma
 Bölverk Axe Garon*
 Arthur's Axe Axe Gender: Male units
 Camilla's Axe Axe Gender: Female units
 Fujin Yumi Yumi Takumi
 Hair Pin Shuriken Gender: Female units
 Nosferatu Tome Classes: Dark Mage, Sorcerer
Units possessing Shadowgift
 Brynhildr Tome Leo
 Missiletainn Tome Ophelia
 Thoron Tome Robin
 Astral Blessing Staff Lilith

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

The system remains the same as in Gaiden.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Royal Sword Sword Alm
 Falchion Sword Alm
 Beloved Zofia Sword Celica

Three Houses

Main article: Heroes' Relics

Personal weapons work differently than they do in previous games. Strictly speaking, no weapons are personal; any unit can use any weapon or equipment, but their Crest—or lack thereof—will affect the potency of the item. There are fifteen Heroes' Relics, including Aymr, and ten Sacred Relics.

Heroes' Relics and Aymr require a weapon level of E to use, meaning any unit can use them, but only units with the correlating Crest can use the weapon's unique combat art, while units with no Crest will suffer 10 damage for using the relic in a battle. The Sword of the Creator is an exception to this, as it is tied to Byleth rather than a particular Crest; units with no Crest will not take damage for using it, but it will have greatly increased weight and reduced range when used by anyone other than Byleth. All Heroes Relics have a golden item sprite.

Sacred Relics require a weapon level of A to use; unlike Heroes' Relics, however, units without Crests are not penalized for using them. All Sacred Relics heal a certain portion of HP at the start of each turn when equipped, healing more HP if the unit has the correlating Crest. Some Sacred Relics have additional effects, but those are not tied to the posession of a Crest. All Sacred Relics have a silver item sprite.

Weapon Weapon type Crest/Wielder
 Sword of the Creator Sword Byleth
 Thunderbrand Sword Crest of Charon
 Blutgang Sword Crest of the Beast
 Sword of Seiros Sword Crest of Seiros
 Sword of Begalta Sword Crest of Riegan
 Sword of Moralta Sword Crest of Fraldarius
 Areadbhar Lance Crest of Blaiddyd
 Lance of Ruin Lance Crest of Gautier
 Lúin Lance Crest of Daphnel
 Spear of Assal Lance Crest of Cichol
 Aymr Axe Crest of Seiros
 Crusher Axe Crest of Dominic
 Freikugel Axe Crest of Goneril
 Axe of Ukonvasara Axe Crest of Gloucester
 Failnaught Bow Crest of Riegan
 Tathlum Bow Bow Crest of Lamine
 The Inexhaustible Bow Crest of Indech
 Vajra-Mushti Gauntlets Crest of Chevalier
 Aegis Shield Shield Crest of Fraldarius
 Seiros Shield Shield Crest of Seiros
 Ochain Shield Shield Crest of Cichol
 Thyrsus Staff Crest of Gloucester
 Caduceus Staff Staff Crest of Cethleann
 Rafail Gem Gem Crest of Lamine
 Fetters of Dromi Ring Crest of Aubin

Heroes

Main article: Personal weapons/Fire Emblem Heroes

Warriors

In Fire Emblem Warriors, all personal weapons are E-Rank and aren't as powerful as the other weapons. With the exception of Chrom's Training Sword and Tiki's Tear, after using a specific scroll found in History Mode and performing 10,000 kills with the weapon, the weapon will be upgraded to the level of an A-Rank weapon. None of them can be used for Forging Material.

Weapon Weapon type Wielder
 Enliron Sword Rowan and Lianna
 Facinna Sword Rowan and Lianna
 Yato Sword Corrin
 Raijinto Sword Ryoma
 Siegfried Sword Xander
 Falchion Sword Chrom
 Parallel Falchion Sword Lucina
 Exalted Falchion Sword Marth
 Lady Sword Sword Celica
 Sol Katti Sword Lyn
 Wo Dao Sword Navarre
 Missiletainn Sword Owain
 Olivia's Blade Sword Olivia
 Chrom's Training Sword Sword Chrom
 Risyl Sword Darios
 Hinoka's Spear Lance Hinoka
 Cordelia's Lance Lance Cordelia
 Wing Spear Lance Caeda
 Blessed Lance Lance Azura
 Oboro's Spear Lance Oboro
 Camilla's Axe Axe Camilla
 Lissa's Axe Axe Lissa
 Frederick's Axe Axe Frederick
 Hauteclere Axe Minerva
 Fujin Yumi Bow Takumi
 Spellbane Yumi Bow Sakura
 Anna's Bow Bow Anna
 Niles's Bow Bow Niles
 Brynhildr Tome Leo
 Moonlight Tome Elise
 Thoron Tome Robin
 Aura Tome Linde
 Tharja's Hex Tome Tharja
 Grima's Truth Tome Validar
 Iago's Tome Tome Iago
 Imhullu Tome Gharnef
 Divinestone Stone Tiki
 Tiki's Tear Stone Tiki

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