Fire Emblem Three Hopes Recruitment Guide

Learn how to recruit all characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes, including 4 secret characters.

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes (FE3H) is both a spin-off of Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019) and a successor to Fire Emblem Warriors (2017), released exclusively on Nintendo Switch. FE3H borrows the game mechanics from Fire Emblem and Dynasty Warriors franchise, resulting in an RPG, hack-and-slash game.

Characters from the previous games are heavily featured, which we ranked in our Fire Emblem Heroes Tier List. A handful of these characters can be recruited in Fire Emblem Three Hopes, so we present to you our Fire Emblem Three Hopes Recruitment Guide.

When to Recruit Characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes

In the second chapter of FE3H, titled Three Houses, you will be given a choice to choose one of the three available houses. Before you make your choice, the game will display a collage of all the students from the specific house, along with their basic information. You can also read about Best Classes and Best Weapons in Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes.

The Black Eagles (Scarlet Blaze – Edelgard Route)

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The Black Eagles Students Collage

The Blue Lions (Azure Gleam – Dimitri Route)

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The Blue Lions Students Collage

The Golden Deer (Golden Wildfire – Claude Route)

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The Golden Deer Students Collage

Like the original Fire Emblem: Three Houses, this choice is extremely important, affecting which story paths are available to you, the battles you can fight, and the characters you fight alongside. You can also read our FE3H Tips And Tricks guide to ensure that you win every battle you partake in.

Fire Emblem Three Hopes Recruitable Characters

As you choose a house, 8 characters specific to the house will automatically be added as playable characters. As the story progresses, a few more characters may join you, depending upon your stats. You can increase your stats by reading our FE3H Gardening guide.

For the sake of brevity, we only briefly describe the character recruitment process. If you’d like a dedicated Recruitment guide about a character in Fire Emblem Three Hopes, do let us know in the comments below. Also, read our Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes Multiplayer guide and learn more about the game mode.

Black Eagles

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The Black Eagles House Crest.

All characters recruitable in the Black Eagles house in FE3H are listed below in chronological order of their appearance. Do note that the following characters are not available for recruitment in Black Eagles:

Annette, Catherine, Claude, Dedue, Dimitri, Felix, Flayn, Hilda, Holst, Ingrid, Rodrigue, Seteth, and Sylvain. Below are all recruitable characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes during the Black Eagles storyline.

CharacterHow to RecruitCharacter Class
EdelgardJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
HubertJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
DorotheaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
FerdinandJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
BernadettaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
CasparJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
PetraJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Myrmidon
LinhardtJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
MonicaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 3.Monk
ManuelaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 4.Priest
JeritzaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 4.Cavalier
ConstanceStart the “Persuade Constance” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 4 and defeat her.Mage
HapiStart the “Persuade Hapi” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 4 and defeat her.Mage
AsheStart the “Persuade Ashe” Side Mission during Chapter 5’s Main Quest and defeat him.Archer
LorenzStart the “Persuade Lorenz” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 6 and defeat him.Cavalier
IgnatzStart the “Persuade Ignatz” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 6 and defeat him.Archer
BalthusStart the “Persuade Balthus” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 6 and defeat him.Brawler
RaphaelStart the “Persuade Raphael” Side Mission during Chapter 7’s Main Quest and defeat him. Ignatz must be recruited and on the team.Grappler
LysitheaStart the “Persuade Lysithea” Side Mission during Chapter 7’s Main Quest and defeat her.Warlock
MarianneStart the “Persuade Marianne” Side Mission during Chapter 7’s Main Quest and defeat her.Bishop
MercedesStart the “Persuade Mercedes” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 8 and defeat her. Jeritza must be recruited and on the team.Bishop
ShamirStart the “Persuade Shamir” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 9 and defeat her.Sniper
YuriStart the “Persuade Yuri” Side Mission during Chapter 10’s Main Quest and defeat him.Trickster
BylethKindly refer to our FE3H Recruit Byleth guide.Silverheart
JeraltJoins at the end of Chapter 10 if you recruited Byleth.Holy Knight
LeonieStart the “Persuade Leonie” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 12 and escort her to safety. Jeralt must be recruited and on the team.Holy Knight

Blue Lions

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The Blue Lions House Crest.

All characters recruitable in Blue Lions house in FE3H are listed below in chronological order of their appearance. Do note that the following characters are not available for recruitment in Blue Lions:

Caspar, Claude, Edelgard, Ferdinand, Hilda, Holst, Hubert, Leonie, Lysithea, Manuela and Monica.

Below are all recruitable characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes during the Blue Lions storyline.

CharacterHow to RecruitCharacter Class
DimitriJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
DedueJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
FelixJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Myrmidon
MercedesJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
AsheJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
AnnetteJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
SylvainJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
IngridJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
RodrigueJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 4.Cavalier
PetraStart the “Persuade Petra” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 4 and defeat her.Thief
HapiStart the “Persuade Hapi” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 4 and defeat her.Mage
SetethJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 5.Cavalier
FlaynJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 5.Priest
DorotheaStart the “Persuade Dorothea” Side Mission during Chapter 5’s Main Quest and defeat her.Mage
BernadettaStart the “Persuade Bernadetta” Side Mission during Chapter 5’s Main Quest and defeat her.Archer
ShamirStart the “Persuade Shamir” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 9 and rescue her from enemies.Sniper
YuriStart the “Persuade Yuri” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 9 and defeat him.Assassin
CatherineJoins automatically at the end of Chapter 9.Swordmaster
LorenzChoose “Recruit them to your team” at the start of Chapter 10.Paladin
IgnatzChoose “Recruit them to your team” at the start of Chapter 10.Sniper
RaphaelChoose “Recruit them to your team” at the start of Chapter 10.Grappler
MarianneChoose “Recruit them to your team” at the start of Chapter 10.Bishop
BalthusStart the “Persuade Balthus” Side Mission during Chapter 10’s Main Quest, then rescue him from enemies.War Master
LinhardtStart the “Persuade Linhardt” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 11 and defeat him.Dark Bishop
ConstanceStart the “Persuade Constance” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 11 and defeat her.Gremory
BylethKindly refer to our FE3H Recruit Byleth guide.Silverheart
JeraltJoins automatically at the end of Chapter 12 if you recruited Byleth.Holy Knight
JeritzaStart the “Persuade Death Knight” Side Mission during Chapter 13’s Main Quest and defeat him. Mercedes must be recruited and on the team.Death Knight

Golden Deer

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The Golden Deer House Crest.

All characters recruitable in the Golden Deer house in FE3H are listed below in chronological order of their appearance. Do note that the following characters are not available for recruitment in Golden Deer order of Fire Emblem Three Hopes Character.

Annette, Caspar, Catherine, Dedue, Dimitri, Edelgard, Felix, Ferdinand, Flayn, Hubert, Ingrid, Jeritza, Manuela, Mercedes, Monica, Rodrigue, Seteth, and Sylvain.

Below are all recruitable characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes during the Golden Deer storyline.

CharacterHow to RecruitCharacter Class
ClaudeJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
LorenzJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
HildaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
RaphaelJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
LysitheaJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
IgnatzJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Fighter
MarianneJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Monk
LeonieJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 2.Soldier
ShamirJoins automatically at the start of Chapter 4.Archer
LinhardtStart the “Persuade Linhardt” Side Mission during Chapter 4’s Main Quest and defeat him.Priest
BalthusStart the “Persuade Balthus” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 5 and defeat him.Brawler
HolstJoins automatically at the end of Chapter 5.Swordmaster
BernadettaStart the “Persuade Bernadetta” Side Mission during Chapter 6’s Main Quest and defeat her.Archer
PetraStart the “Persuade Petra” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 7 and defeat her.Thief
HapiStart the “Persuade Hapi” Side Mission during Chapter 9’s Main Quest and defeat her.Warlock
ConstanceStart the “Persuade Constance” Side Mission during Chapter 9’s Main Quest and defeat her.Warlock
YuriStart the “Persuade Yuri” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 10 and defeat him.Trickster
BylethKindly refer to our FE3H Recruit Byleth guide.Silverheart
JeraltJoins automatically at the end of Chapter 10 if you recruited Byleth.Holy Knight
AsheStart the “Persuade Ashe” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 11 and defeat him.Bow Knight
DorotheaStart the “Persuade Dorothea” Side Mission during the Main Quest of Chapter 13 and escort her to safety.Gremory

Secret Characters in Fire Emblem 3 Hopes

There are also 4 secret characters in FE3H that can be unlocked when replaying the game. This is, in our opinion, an excellent way of increasing the game’s replayability; allowing players to venture into the other Houses’ stories and unlock some new characters you haven’t used before. Read how to clear the Cleobulus boss in our FE3H Cleobulus Boss Guide.

Following are the hidden characters you can recruit in Fire Emblem 3 Hopes, irrespective of the House you may have chosen in your first playthrough:

CharactersCharacter Class
Fire Emblem Three Hopes Sothis avatar

Sothis

Gremory
Fire Emblem Three Hopes Rhea

Archbishop Rhea

Saint
Fire Emblem Three Hopes Arval

Arval

Dark Bishop/Gremory
Fire Emblem Three Hopes Gatekeeper

Gatekeeper

Soldier

The Recruitment process for Sothis, Rhea, and Arval is the same. After Shez gets their personal quarters in Chapter 4, the Renown Section will be made available for you. Visit the Renown Section whenever you can and unlock these secret characters for 60 Renown Points each. Unlocking Arval does require that you unlocked and recruited Byleth and Jeralt on your previous playthrough.

Gatekeeper can only be unlocked and recruited on your third playthrough of Fire Emblem Three Hopes.

Summary

Fire Emblem 3 Hopes is currently the most famous hack and slash game that you can play on the Nintendo Switch. If you own a Switch, you should definitely try Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. The game offers hours of content with an awe-inspiring story, and you’ll be hooked in no time. Learn how to correctly answer all Lecture Questions in our FE3H Lecture Questions & Answers guide.

That concludes our guide on the Fire Emblem Three Hopes Character Recruitment guide. Let us know what you think about the latest Fire Emblem game in the comments below.

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