FE3H: What Is Weapon Triangle & Why Was It Removed

In This Guide We Thoroughly Discuss The Weapon Triangle And Its Alternative In FE3H.

What is Weapon Triangle In Fire Emblem

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Fire Emblems Weapon Triangle is a very unique concept that has rarely been featured in games of this caliber. The feature is also known as the rock paper scissors feature. Fire Emblem’s franchise first used the feature in Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War.

Key Highlights
  • The Weapon Triangle was a gameplay mechanic in the Fire Emblem series that determined the effectiveness of different weapon types against each other in battle.
  • It was removed in Fire Emblem: Three Houses in favor of focusing more on character development and relationships.
  • The Weapon Triangle involved swords, lances, and axes, with each type being strong against one other type.
  • Its removal has been met with mixed reactions from fans of the series.

After that, the Weapon Triangle was featured in every Fire Emblem game including the spin-offs. Some of the titles that it featured in are Fire Emblem Fates, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Fire Emblem Warriors.

The Weapon Triangle essentially means that some weapons will have advantages or disadvantages over other weapons. With the weapon triangle in effect, some players could attack with higher accuracy and speed, or for the unfortunate ones, the speed and accuracy would decrease.

In Fire Emblem the feature is traditionally used as that swords would be at an advantage against an axe. While an axe would be superior to the lance, which would further be better than a sword. As for the Bows, knives, and magic, they all have a neutral stance in the weapon triangle where they won’t have any advantages or disadvantages. 

Games like Elder Scrolls Skyrim use the weapon triangle for their magical combat. In Skyrim’s case, they use it to give advantages and disadvantages to a magical user through different elements. The Skyrim’s elements are Lighting, Frost, and Fire.

Each game has its own take on the weapon triangle so they use it differently. Even in a franchise like Fire Emblem with each title the weapon triangle is altered to adapt to different weapons.

For example the revered weapons in Fire Emblem The Blazing Blade and the dual weapons in the Fire Emblem Fates. Next, we will discuss the Fire Emblem Three Houses Weapon Triangle.

Weapon Triangle Of Fire Emblem Three Houses

The Fire Emblems Weapon Triangle
The Fire Emblems Weapon Triangle

Now, we will discuss the Fire Emblem Three Houses Weapon Triangle. Unfortunately, in Three Houses, the weapon triangle was removed. The weapon triangle was one of the features that favored the Fire Emblems titles the most.

Well for some reason the Director of Three Houses, Toshiyuki Kusakihara, did not include the feature in the game. However, they developed an alternative to the Weapon Triangle which was eventually also loved by the fans.

The Alternative Feature

A Sword In Fire Emblem Three Houses

Now, you might be wondering that if there is no weapon triangle in the Fire Emblem Three Houses then there might be a similar system. Well if you were wondering then congratulations because you were right. Fire Emblem Three Houses does have an alternative feature

The new combat art system essentially allows the players to develop their skills and strength through battling it out on the field. The in-game academy is also used to do the same thing but in a better environment.

With this system, you can build your character as you like to with its advantages and disadvantages. Through the new feature, you can customize your character even more than in previous titles.

However, some of the basics of the weapon triangle are still in effect for Fire Emblem Three Houses. Like the bows will still do more damage to the aerial enemies.

Also, you can still use the weapon triangle by training a unit of yours to max skill level in a different weapon style than yours and ultimately using the unit’s special ability on your weapon to do the same type of attack. This could be used to remember the Fire Emblem Three Houses Weapon Triangle.

However, to achieve the above ability you will have to sacrifice your weapon’s durability. As the weapon after gaining the ability will lose its durability twice as fast. Now, we will discuss why the director of Fire Emblem Three Houses chose to remove the weapon triangle.

Why Was It Removed

Well, when the Fire Emblem Three Houses was near its official release the director when asked about whether the weapon triangle as the previous Fire Emblem titles would still feature in Three Houses. To this, the director, Toshiyuki Kusakihara, replied “We think that the weapon triangle is somewhat of a stylized system, it isn’t really realistic. If you have a situation where a novice axe user takes down an advanced lance user, well, that makes sense? Probably not”

After this shocking reply, he also added that “We wanted to make something that comes across as more realistic to warfare and have players develop their weapons skills individually”. It is a clear hint towards the new system which we discussed above. 

Also, he said, “We’re really creating a weapon system that is less restrictive than our previous games”. With the last comment, he truly revealed why they were removing the weapon triangle and what the new system could provide the fans with.

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With the why being revealed we conclude our guide as we have thoroughly described the Fire Emblem Three houses Weapon Triangle. We discussed the Fire Emblem’s weapon triangle, the alternative that was introduced in Three Houses, and why the changed the weapon triangle.

Well, if you are still bored then why not try the Fire Emblems’ vast variety of playable characters that it offers. Some of these characters like Fire Emblem Hubert and Bernadetta are already covered by our website.

And if you want to know the game a bit better then check out the Fire Emblem Question and Answer guide that we did. Also, why not check out the Voice Actors Of Fire Emblem.

Other Tips

Fire Emblem Three Houses is a 2019 title that has very rich content. The reason for the richness of the content is that there are three different story paths that you can follow. So you can play the game three times and still be entertained. Also every time you feel bored just try out the combat that is very intoxicating. Still feel bored then why not take down the Cleobulus Boss in Fire Emblem.

However, to take down a boss like that you might want to collect some of Fire Emblems Best Weapons and also know the Best Classes. Now, if you still feel bored with all the combat then why not give the Fire Emblem’s Gardening and Cooking recipes a go. We think that these will keep you busy enough that you do not get bored of the game.

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Rachel Cooper

Rachel Cooper is a Guides Writer at eXputer who’s obsessed with the RPG genre. She’s an English literature major who loves to read fantasy novels, care for her cats, and rock to power metal. She started writing on eXputer with great prior experience and expertise in the field. Her work is also featured in Texas Architecture and University of Georgia Magazines. Her favorite games include Persona 5, Symphonia, and Darkest Dungeon. Experience: 3+ Years || Education: Majored in English Literature || Worked for Texas Architecture Magazine and UAG Magazine || Published 100+ Articles || Mainly Covers Guides On eXputer

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