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Path of Radiance is the first installment in the Fire Emblem series to have 3D. Set on the Tellius continent, a soldier called Ike rescues the princess of Crimea and finds out that the Daein kingdom has invaded the country. He must guide her with his fellow mercenaries to Gallia. During the journey, the true reasons for the war are revealed.

You command your units across a 3D battlefield with turn-based mechanics. Each turn, you can only move a set amount of spaces over the grid. Turns can be used to visit locations, use items or attack enemies. Each battle is stats-based and has a specific objective. You do not fight yourself, instead you control the items and weapons to influence the stats, and make use of the enemies' weaknesses. The maps have different scenarios, where you have to rescue a certain character, create distractions to move past enemies, or kill certain foes.

The game is heavy on anime-styled story sequences. As with all Fire Emblem games, the characters are unique individuals that cannot be revived when they fall in battle. In order to continue with the story, only the team leaders need to survive. Characters can equip a range of weapons and possess magical abilities. Upon discovering 'hidden purposes', unique abilities can be acquired.


Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube The items menu during combat
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Title Screen
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube The First battle in the prologue
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance GameCube Awarding Experience.

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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Screenshot
Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ファイアーエムブレム 蒼炎の軌跡" -- Japanese spelling
  • "火焰之纹章:苍炎之轨迹" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Fire Emblem: Souen no Kiseki" -- Japanese title
  • "Fire Emblem 9" -- Informal title

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Critic Reviews

Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Bright Hub Sep 29, 2009 90 out of 100 90
Legendra Dec 09, 2006 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
64 Power / big.N / N Games Dec, 2005 88 out of 100 88
RPGFan Jun 23, 2005 87 out of 100 87
Armchair Empire, The Dec 01, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82 2005 8 out of 10 80 Nov 03, 2005 16 out of 20 80
RPG Kingdom Feb 27, 2006 15 out of 20 75
Gamebrink Oct 23, 2005 74 out of 100 74


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1001 Video Games

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • GameSpy
    • 2005 – #3 GameCube Game of the Year
    • 2005 – GameCube Strategy Game of the Year

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Sciere (505905) added Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (GameCube) on Aug 07, 2005