Fire Emblem Engage is a deep and rewarding tactical RPG, and comes from a long legacy of strategy games that spent years pleasing fans in Japan before finally breaking big in America. Engage is the follow-up to Fire Emblem: Three Houses, a game known for its school setting and trio of distinct paths to follow, depending on which house you aligned yourself with. Engage is more straightforward, with a single story campaign.
However, Engage still has a steep learning curve. It carries over lots of tactical systems from previous games in the series, many of them with minor tweaks this time around. This game also uses a unique new Emblem system, pairing your warriors with the spectral forms of a dozen heroes from other worlds–aka other Fire Emblem games. To get the most out of Fire Emblem Engage, you’ll need to master all of its systems, from the rock-paper-scissors of the weapon wheel to changing classes and managing your alliances in the Somniel. And of course, there’s the entirely new system of the Emblem rings, which grants big benefits in battle if you know how to use them.
To get you off on the right foot, here are 14 things you should know before starting Fire Emblem Engage.