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The Battle Begins

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The Battle Begins

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New units

Titania, Oscar, Boyd



This is the village of Caldea. The bandits are few, but we mustn’t get careless.
— Titania

The Battle Begins (Japanese: 初陣, First battle) is the first chapter of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. After officially becoming a full-fledged member of the Greil Mercenaries, Ike sets out on his first mission with Titania, Oscar and Boyd. As they rescue the bandit-ravaged Caldea, the more experienced mercenaries teach Ike some of the intricacies of battle and encourage him to rely on them for assistance.


The chapter begins in the Mercenary Fort, with Ike finally getting out of bed, late on his first day as a real mercenary. Greil and Titania conference about the day’s missions, dividing up the mercenaries to properly take care of each job. Titania takes Oscar, Boyd and Ike with her to inspect Caldea, a town complaining of bandits, while Greil takes Shinon and Gatrie to work the other two jobs of the day. Boyd, for the first time, is ready to depart for their mission early, intent on being an “absolute model of perfection”, and setting the example for Ike.

When the party of four arrives in Caldea, Titania explains to Ike what the symbols on the map mean, and the importance of the Weapon Triangle in combat. She also encourages Ike to speak to the villagers, using the Visit option. She tells the party that their main mission is to remove Zawana from guarding the main building of the town.

At the end of the first Player Phase, Zawana gives his comrades a motivating speech, telling them to kill the mercenaries, or else they'll be pursued by sellswords until the ends of their days. One particular bandit takes it upon himself to burn down one of Caldea’s buildings, encouraging the rest to do the same.

Whoever visits the Southeast house will speak to a man who tells the visitor that Caldea is a town of farmers, not fighters. He will give the visitor a Steel Sword. Whoever visits the Northwest house will be greeted by a young woman who complains that the villagers haven't been able to sleep since the bandits moved in. She gives the visitor a Seraph Robe, asking the visitor to rid their village of the Bandit's tyranny.

The party regroups at the end of the battle, checking in on each other and making sure everyone made it safely through the battle. They each commend Ike for a job well done during his first mission, and then head back to the mercenary fort in hopes of a good meal cooked by Mist.

Chapter data

Easy/Normal Hard

Chapter Data
Unit Data
Victory: Seize Player Partner Other Enemy Third
Defeat: Ike dies 4 {{{partner}}} {{{other}}} 7 {{{third}}}
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Bonus EXP
Requirement Easy Normal/Hard Maniac
Clear the chapter in 4 turns or less
(-penalty per # of turns after)
300 (-15) 200 (-10) 100 (-5)

Character data

New Units
Small portrait titania fe09.png
Automatically from the start
Small portrait oscar fe09.png
Lance Knight
Automatically from the start
Small portrait boyd fe09.png
Automatically from the start
Returning Characters

Small portrait ike ranger 01 fe09.png

Item data

Name Obtainment Method
Is gcn steel sword.png Steel Sword Visit southeast village
Is gcn seraph robe.png Seraph Robe Visit northwest village
Is gcn iron sword.png Iron Sword Dropped by myrmidon
Is gcn iron axe.png Iron Axe Dropped by Zawana

Enemy data

Easy/Normal Hard

Enemy Units
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes
Bandit Myrmidon 2 1 Is gcn iron sword.png Iron Sword --
Bandit Fighter 1 2 Is gcn iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Bandit Myrmidon 2 1 Is gcn iron sword.png Iron SwordThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Bandit Bandit 1 1 Is gcn iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Bandit Bandit 2 1 Is gcn iron axe.png Iron Axe --
Zawana Bandit 5 1 Is gcn iron axe.png Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Name Class Lv # Inventory and Skills Notes

Boss data

Main article: Zawana
Level 5
Affinity Is gcn earthaffin.png
Constitution 10
Max HP 29 Speed 6
Strength 6 Luck 0
Magic 0 Defense 5
Skill 5 Resistance 0
Movement -- Weight 11
Inventory Skills
Is gcn iron axe.png Iron AxeThis item is dropped upon this unit's defeat. --
Weapon Levels
GCNRankSword.gif -- GCNRankLance.gif -- GCNRankAxe.gif D 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.

This level serves as the first real test for any new player. Only four units are available to command, none of whom are healers. As such, they will have to make careful use of vulneraries when they get hurt, or otherwise avoid getting hit. One of the four, the Paladin Titania, is effectively invincible in this chapter, as only the boss has a chance of hurting her (though still not likely). As such, the level could be cleared effortlessly by just having her mow through the bandits by herself. However, doing that robs the other fighters of valuable experience that they could gain here, especially Ike and Boyd.

There are two houses that can be Visited in this chapter, one near the starting point, and one to the far left. Technically there is a third visitable house, but it is destroyed before the mercenaries have anything to say about it. The other houses can also be destroyed if a Bandit visits them, but they can be easily saved. The first house, near the start, gives whoever visits a Steel Sword. The second house to the left offers a Seraph Robe, which will permanently increase the HP of whoever uses it by 7 points (but will not heal them unless it's done at Base Camp). It is advisable to give this robe to Ike, since he will arguably make the most use of its bonus.

The boss Bandit, Zawana, holds position at the upper middle, guarding the Seize square. He must be defeated in order for Ike to take control of that area and complete the level. Your other fighters may be able to handle Zawana at this stage, but Titania is capable of bringing him down in one match, and earning a fair amount of experience in the process.

Playing on Hard Mode adds three more enemies to the battlefield, including another Bandit, who could threaten the house to the left. Apart from dealing with them, the strategy is the same as it would be otherwise.

Bonus experience can be earned in this chapter, based on how quickly the level is completed. However, this experience is not spendable until Chapter 8: Despair and Hope.


  • As Ike leaves the mercenary fort on the way to Caldea, Rolf can be seen talking to Mist in the courtyard and Shinon and Gatrie can be seen standing guard at the doors to the fort.
  • There`s a strange occurence in the US version of Chapter 1 with regards to Ike's starting inventory. Sometimes Ike starts with four Iron Swords, sometimes just one. In other versions Ike always starts with only one iron sword. This phenomenon seems to occur when the player skips the Visit tutorial in Chapter 1. This was fixed in the European version.

Etymology and other languages

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

The Battle Begins




First battle


Comienza la batalla

The battle begins


Premières armes

First arms


Die 1. Schlacht

The 1st Battle


Prima battaglia

First Battle


Mercenaries The Battle Begins Rescue
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