Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #15

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We’ve finally made it to Act 2’s final chapter, which is a doozy. At least, that’s usually the case. A seemingly endless number of enemies swarm during this one, so the strategy is usually to defend for 15 turns and win that way. Since Elincia and Nephenee capped a bunch of stats in Path of Radiance and are better than usual, however, it’s possible to tackle the stage in a much more offensive way and end the stage by fulfilling an arguably more difficult win condition, that being defeating Ludveck himself. Not that he’s particularly challenging or anything. It’s just that flying units like Elincia and Haar have the best shot of reaching him because of the swarms of enemies blocking off the foot routes, and he’s surrounded by bow-users and lightning magic-users (which Elincia and Haar are weak to, respectively). Read more →

Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #14

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In the first chapter, Elincia was the lead character. Then it was Nephenee and Brom. The previous stage had Lucia as the lead. Now Geoffrey is the central character, and we’ll be suffering his band of buffoons for this chapter (and one in Act 3). Kieran is mediocre. Astrid is as bad as ever (I capped a bunch of her stats in the Path of Radiance save data I used for previous playthroughs, and she was still every bit as awful). The fact that Marcia and her brother Makalov are factors in this stage tells you just about everything you need to know about the group’s general ineptitude. Read more →

Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #13

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Having Nephenee become such a central part of my Path of Radiance strategy was unintended, but fortuitous; whereas she’s normally not able to handle very much during these early Act 2 stages, the bonuses from PoR have made her quite a bit more versatile. It’s not game-breakingly amazing or anything, but she and Brom are available for 3 out of this act’s 5 stages and having her able to take (and dodge) some hits will really help. Especially in this stage and the endgame stage. Read more →

Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #12

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This chapter is yet another one without a base menu, but we’ll get it back in the next chapter. As mentioned before, Act 2 doesn’t have a set main character, so this chapter hands us control of Nephenee (complete with stat bonuses after destroying huge swaths of Path of Radiance) and Brom. While Brom was a non-factor in Path of Radiance, he’ll actually be fairly useful in this stage and the next thanks to his high defense and Nephenee’s relative frailty early on. She’ll need a few level-ups before she can regain her former murder goddess status, but she’ll get there. Read more →

Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #11

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You know what I just realized? The game doesn’t refer to its sections as “acts,” but as “parts.” I’ve been referring to them as acts up to this point, though, so I guess I’ll stick with it for the sake of consistency even if it’s technically inaccurate. Act 2 here moves us away from Daein to focus on Crimea and Queen Elincia, and we won’t have a main character like Micaiah who remains universal throughout all of its chapters. That can make things slightly tricky, though the characters we are given are (mostly) able to take care of themselves. This act is also only 5 chapters long, so it’s a fairly short diversion before we get into Act 3 where everything gets crazy. Read more →

Fire Emblem – Radiant Dawn: Progress Log #10

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The way Radiant Dawn handles its acts is kind of interesting, because each act has a prologue and endgame (and Act 4 has a special 5-chapter endgame), so this is really just the end of this specific arc before we move on to a different story that will seem only tangentially related. Initially, at least; all of these different stories and characters will intersect throughout Act 3 and be combined in Act 4, so we’re not even remotely done with the Dawn Brigade or Daein after this chapter. We’re only setting them aside for a short time so that we can better understand all of the intersecting responsibilities and loyalties that will lead to a wider conflict later on. Read more →

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