1) What is the difference between the two versions of the game?
The NP version was released in 1999, using the Nintendo Power cartridge system. The next year would then see the release of a traditional cartridge release, which would be known as the ROM version. The ROM version added a few extras into the game, the most notable being the S, SS and SSS Ranks, alongside a brand new CG artwork to go in the Credits and Sound Room.
2) Is this a sequel to FE4?
Yes and no. This game is a midquel, taking place between Chapters 6 and 8 of FE4. However, this game covers many events and characters which are never mentioned in FE4, with Thracia even deviating a little from FE4’s canon by the end of the game.
3) Is it true that staves miss in this game?
Yes. However, it’s not as bad as it seems. Even if you miss, you will still receive the same amount of Exp. and Weapon Exp. as if you didn’t miss. On top of that, missing with staves does not waste any uses. You will very quickly forget that his mechanic exists, however, since hitting 10 Skill points will mean that your healer will never be able to miss anymore.
4) How does Escaping work?
As mentioned by Leif during Chapter 4, escaping with Leif will end the chapter. Any units that are left behind will be considered Missing-In-Action, and your only chance to get them back will be in Chapter 21x, near the end of the game. If you leave units behind beyond that point, they will be considered as dead.
5) Why are some of my units landing A LOT of Critical hits?
There is a “hidden stat” called FCM (Double Atk. Crit on the guides, PCC in older translations), which stands for Follow-up Critical Multiplier. With each unit having a different FCM ranging from 0 to 5, this number will multiply their Crit rate by said number if they make a follow-up attack during a round of combat.
As an example, Fergus has an FCM of 5. If Fergus has a 20% Crit chance upon entering combat, and he makes a double attack, his Crit on that second attack will increase to 100% (20 x 5 = 100).
This used to be a hidden stat, of which the game gave you no indication whatsoever. However, the newest translation patches will handily display it on each character’s profile, to the right of their portrait.
6) Is there a way for me to reorder my units before starting a chapter?
Not really. Every map has a set deployment order for your units depending on their position in the Deployment screen. You can make it easier by looking at a map in the main section here: Every starting position is marked with a number related to their position on the Deployment screen.
Newer translations also come with an optional patch (called the Unit Rearrange Patch) which will allow you to freely move your units around much like modern entries in the series. In order to swap them with this patch, just select the units you want to deploy, then go back and into the Map option. You will now be able to see your units on the map. To swap any two units around, simply press the ‘Y’ button on the desired units. However, note that in clean play without patches, even by knowing how to order units, this allows starting positions that could not be given naturally, like your last recruited characters that would always appear at the bottom of the list and in final starting positions.
/) When do status effects (Sleep/Silence/Berserk/Poison) go away?
Never. They only go away until you use a Restore staff on them. A thing to note is that Poison can actually kill you in this game.
8) Is Finn Nanna’s father?
This is one of the greatest mysteries of this game. Finn and Nanna refer to each other as father and daughter, and it could be implied that Finn might be her adoptive father. However, everything is made more complicated by the presence of Diarmuid and the Beo Sword: a weapon that can only be wielded by Beowulf’s descendants. The fact that Nanna cannot wield this sword despite being his sister, and how Finn and Diarmuid never talk to each other at all, leaves Nanna’s parentage very ambiguous and quite open to personal interpretation.
9) Is Linoan related to Julia?
Technically speaking, yes. Her promotion in Chapter 21 makes it very clear that the ducal family of Tahra are direct descendants of Saint Heim, thus making Linoan a distant relative to Deirdre and Julia.
10) What is a ‘geis’?
In Irish mythology, a geis (or geas) is an idiosyncratic taboo, whether of obligation or prohibition, similar to being under a vow. Brigid forged a geis with the dragon Yewfelle, which allowed her to escape death, but at the cost of losing her memory and her crusader brand seemingly disappearing. It is thus implied that Lewyn forged a similar fact with the dragon Forseti, allowing his spirit to take over his body.