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Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance

aka: Fire Emblem 9, Fire Emblem: Souen no Kiseki

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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.


  • 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)

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Credits (GameCube version)

158 People (145 developers, 13 thanks) · View all

Executive Producer
Game Design
Technical Director
Chief Designer
Map Director
2D Art Designer
Supervisor (Sound)
Scenario Assistant
Event Director
Main System Programmer
Map Battle Programmer
Battle Base Programmer
Global Map Programmer
Battle Programmer
Level Designer
Tutorial Designer
Tutorial Script
Face Images
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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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Game added by Sciere.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, chirinea, gamewarrior, Bregalad, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added August 7th, 2005. Last modified April 22nd, 2023.