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

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The Weapon Triangle, a unique concept in Fire Emblem, is also called “rock-paper-scissors.” It was first introduced in Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War and has been in every Fire Emblem game, including spin-offs like Fire Emblem Fates, Fire Emblem Heroes, and Fire Emblem Warriors.

This feature means that certain weapons have advantages and disadvantages over others. For instance, swords are effective against axes, axes beat lances, and lances triumph over swords. Bows, knives, and magic have a neutral stance, with no advantages or disadvantages.

Other games like Elder Scrolls Skyrim use a weapon triangle for magical combat, with elements like Lightning, Frost, and Fire providing advantages and disadvantages to magical users.

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.

Weapon Triangle 

The Fire Emblems Weapon Triangle
The Fire Emblems 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

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Fire Emblem Three Houses introduces an alternative feature to replace the traditional weapon triangle. This new system, known as the combat art system, allows players to develop their character’s skills and strength through field battles and the in-game academy.

This system offers more customization options for character development compared to previous titles. While the weapon triangle isn’t entirely gone, certain aspects still apply, like bows being effective against aerial enemies.

You can also utilize the weapon triangle by training a unit in a different weapon style and using their special ability with your weapon to replicate the same type of attack. However, this comes at the cost of your weapon’s durability, which decreases twice as fast.

Now, let’s explore the reason behind the director’s decision to remove the weapon triangle in Fire Emblem Three Houses.

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.

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