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Fire Emblem Fates - Choosing Between Birthright and Conquest

By Edited Oct 17, 2016 0 0

If you thought choosing between two versions of Pokemon was impossible, the world is about to get much more difficult with the upcoming Fire Emblem Fates. Fates will be released in two versions - Birthright and Conquest - with each splitting into different storylines. While Fire Emblem Fates has been out in Japan for some time, both versions come to the west on February 19th and it is time to start think about which will get dibs on your precious $40 first.

In both versions, the first six chapters are the same to introduced players to the story. However, after the opening story, players are forced to choose between two kingdoms. Siding with the kingdom of Hoshino leads into Birthright while staying with the kingdom of Nohr heads into Conquest. There is also technically a third route where the player character chooses neither and heads into The Invisible War DLC. You can play this DLC with either version.

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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright - Nintendo 3DS Birthright Edition
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The Birthright storyline follows the player character as they choose to side with the Hoshido Kingdom, their own flesh and blood that they were parted with after they were kidnapped as a baby by the ruler of Nohr. Hoshino is more of a peaceful kingdom, but are forced into war after an invasion by Nohr. While your siblings are related to you by blood, as you have been gone so long, you are often met with suspicion.

The biggest difference in Birthright is the way the game is played. Birthright has been labeled the easier of the two games as players can pay to replay missions in order to grind out money and character levels. Combined with the game's new "Phoenix Mode" in which dead characters are revived after each turn, this makes the game's difficulty an utter joke. However, this does make Birthright the obvious choice for players new to strategy RPGs, but still want to enjoy the Fire Emblem story.

Characters

Exclusive Characters: 27

While 15 characters will be playable in both versions, Birthright features 27 exclusive characters including a romanceable bisexual female that can enter into a lesbian relationship with the player character (if she is female). Hoshido is heavily inspired by feudal Japan leading to most characters wearing Japanese clothing, weapons, and using Japanese fighting styles from both history and lore. Their kingdom was founded by followers of the Dawn Dragon, allowing the royal family to use Dragon's Vein which lets them change the terrain.

Classes

While most classic Fire Emblem classes are also back, Birthright's exclusive characters also come with their own exclusive classes.

Some classic classes are also more prevalent in certain versions. In Birthright, players will have access to Pegasus Knights (which can be both male and female opposed to being a previously all-female order).

Songstress
Oni Savage
War Priestess
Ninja
Puppeteer
Weapon Master
Lance Fighter
Blacksmith
Basara
Mountain priest
Golden-Kite Warrior
Elite Ninja
White Blood
Fox Spirit
Nine-Tailed Fox

My Castle

New to Fire Emblem Fates, both versions feature a "My Castle" area where players can spend time in between battles. Not only can players talk to other characters here or buy weapons, armor, or accessories, they can also build buildings and resource spots. Two gather spots - one for food, one for minerals - can be built in your castle area. The minerals are used to forge different weapons while the food is used to increase a particular stat. However, certain minerals and foods are specific to each version. Luckily, players can get rare materials in Birthright by playing other people with the Conquest version via StreetPass.

Materials Specific to Birthright

Mineral Forges Food Stat
Pearl Katanas Soybeans Strength
Coral Naginatas Fish Speed
Lapis Lazuli Clubs Root Vegetables Resistance
Amethyst Shuriken Peach Magic
Jade Yumis Rice Defense
Amber Spells    
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Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest

Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest - Nintendo 3DS
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In the Conquest storyline, the player character chooses to stay Nohr and the family that raised him. While the ruler of Nohr is a war monger, the player knows nothing but love from their adoptive siblings. The player and their siblings work to oust King Garon from the throne of Nohr as well as fighting against the attacking Hoshido.

The biggest difference in Conquest is the way the game is played. While Birthright allows you to replay missions for a fee, Conquest does not. In Conquest, you are limited to battling the 28 story missions, castle defense scenarios, and any paralogues that you unlock. None of these are repeatable which has earned Conquest to be labeled the harder of the two games. For veteran Fire Emblem Fans, this has made Conquest a favorite pick after the disappointingly easy difficulty of Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Adding to Conquest's difficulty, the game also features more varied win conditions. While Birthrights takes more of an Awakening route and primarily features the same "defeat the general" or "rout the enemy" win conditions, Conquest has stages which have win conditions like catching an enemy, winning within a time limit, breaking through enemy lines, and defending specific portions of the map.

Characters

Exclusive Characters: 26

While 15 characters will be playable in both versions, Conquest features 26 exclusive characters including a romanceable bisexual male that can enter into a homosexual relationship with the player character (if he is male). The kingdom of Nohr is based on medieval European kingdoms and styles itself as an aggressive, militaristic nation. Opposed to the peaceful and plentiful Hoshido Kingdom, Nohr has to endure unpredictable weather that makes crops fail and has led to their desire for more plentiful land. Their kingdom was founded by followers of the Dusk Dragon, allowing the royal family to use Dragon's Vein which lets them change the terrain.

Classes

While most classic Fire Emblem classes are also back, the exclusive characters in Conquest also come with their own exclusive classes.

Some classic classes are also more prevalent in certain versions. In Conquest, players will have access to Wyvern Knights.

Nohr Prince/Princess
Maid
Butler
Malig Knight
Dark blood
Garou
Managarm

My Castle

New to Fire Emblem Fates, both versions feature a "My Castle" area where players can spend time in between battles. Not only can players talk to other characters here or buy weapons, armor, or accessories, they can also build buildings and resource spots. Two gather spots - one for food, one for minerals - can be built in your castle area. The minerals are used to forge different weapons while the food is used to increase a particular stat. However, certain minerals and foods are specific to each version. Luckily, players can get rare materials in Conquest by playing other people with the Birthright version via StreetPass.

Materials Specific to Conquest

Mineral Forges Food Stat
Crystal Swords Meat Strength
Ruby Lances Milk Speed
Sapphire Axes Leafy Greens Resistance
Onyx Kunai Berries Magic
Emerald Bows Wheat Defense
Topaz Tomes    
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