'Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Gameplay Details and House Traits Revealed

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The three houses of the new 'Fire Emblem' game. Nintendo/YouTube

The latest issue of Famitsu revealed more details of the upcoming Nintendo Switch game, Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

In a thread on Resetera, details translated from the Japanese gaming magazine include info on the differences between the three houses, gameplay and character rank as well as traits. Here's a rundown of what was revealed about Fire Emblem: Three Houses.


The first primary details concern the main characters, including the protagonist of the story as well as the mysterious Sothis shown in the first trailer for Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

Here are their story descriptions from Famitsu:

Protagonist - You originally worked as a mercenary but your talents got noticed so you become a professor at the elite Officer's Academy. Your mom already passed away so you live with your dad who was leader of the Knights of Seiros and now leads a mercenary band. As a professor, you must choose one of three houses to lead its students. Each house has many different students to meet and train, each with their own personalities and skills.

Geralt: A legendary being who is also said to be the strongest knight in history. Was summoned to Garreg Mach Monastery together with the protagonist, which makes him return to the Knights once again.

Sothis - A mysterious girl who looks young but speaks in an old manner. She saves the protagonist on the fateful night. She normally doesn't show up herself and she speaks with telepathy into your head, so no one except you notice her. She also lost the memory of her true self.

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Sothis is a mysterious girl you'll meet in 'Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Nintendo


The standout feature of Fire Emblem: Three Houses are the tituar three houses. Each excels at certain aspects of battle, and you'll be able to interact with different characters depending on your choice.

Edelgard and the Black Eagles

Edelgard is "the Princess of the Adrestian Empire who has been promised the position of the next empress. A talented woman who has a cold and noble atmosphere. Adrestian Empire has the longest history."

The Red Eagles are more skilled with magic than weaponry.

Dimitri and the Blue Lions

Dimitri is described as "an eloquent youth who has good manners and embodied chivalry, but he somehow holds a shadow."

The students of Faerghus knights who excel at using spears.

Claude and the Golden Deer

Clause is described as "a friendly youth whose smile fits him well. Although he doesn't seem like thinking of things too deeply, he has a sharp insight."

Most of the students of this house are common folk with a knack for using bows.

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Three Houses will have a time rewind system similar to Echoes, where Sothis can use her ability to turn back the clock. However, this ability will be limited. Terrain will affect movement cost and evasion rates. Some spots will actually have gimmicks, like healing HP or warping characters to other locations.

Class Change will now use a Qualification Exam system, where the chance of passing improves with correct skill ranks. Once a class has unlocked, the character can freely change back anytime. Levels won't revert to Level 1 when changing classes.

Some examples of Ranked skills in Three Houses include:

  • Sword Skill
  • Spear Skill
  • Axe Skill
  • Bow Skill
  • Physics (Black and Dark magic)
  • Faith (White magic)
  • Flying (Flier classes)
  • Heavy Armor (Armored classes)
  • Horse Riding (Cavalry classes)

Characters start in Commoner or Noble classes with no weapon or skill affinitiation. However, the first class upgrades after Level 5 include:

  • Myrmidon (Sword)
  • Soldier (Spear)
  • Warrior (Axe and Bow)
  • Monk (Magic)

Fire Emblem: Three Houses will release on Nintendo Switch July 26.

What do you think of the latest information from Fire Emblem: Three Houses? What House will you choose? Let us know in the comments section below.