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Eight hundred years ago, the sacred stones were used to defeat the Demon King. Sealing his soul inside the stones, peace was brought to the continent of Magvel and five nations were built around the power of the sacred stones.

However, after 800 years of peace, the Grado Empire suddenly attacks his longtime ally Renais and a larger war threatens to break out. The player takes on the role of Prince Ephraim and his sister Princess Erika, two of the few survivors of Grado's attack, following their different paths through the story.

Gameplay in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is similar to its predecessors or the Advance Wars games. The player controls several different units in tactical turn-based battles.

There are many different classes ranging from knights, thieves and archers to paladins, wyvern riders, great knights and more. As in RPGs, units receive experience points for their actions and may choose to upgrade to a different class once they reach a high enough level.

A key element in Fire Emblem's gameplay are the three different types of weapons and magic. One type of weapon or magic is always strong against one, and weak against another type.

During battles, it is also possible to visit stores to buy equipment, or houses to gain hints.

Sometimes neutral units will also participate in battle. They can be convinced to join the player's army if the right person talks to them.

Unlike most similar games, when a unit dies in battle it is impossible to revive it.


Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance My knight has bad weapon
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance Heal magic
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance On the world map, you can visit armories or maybe even discover a side-quest
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones Game Boy Advance Prologue - introducing the six kingdoms

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Alternate Titles

  • "ファイアーエムブレム 聖魔の光石" -- Japanese spelling
  • "火焰之纹章:圣魔的光石" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)
  • "Fire Emblem: Seima no Kouseki" -- Japanese title
  • "Fire Emblem 8" -- Informal Name

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User Reviews

It took me 2 years to beat that little gem, but I did it ! Game Boy Advance Bregalad (967)

Critic Reviews

GameSpy Game Boy Advance May 25, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Game Boy Advance Dec 12, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Portable Review Game Boy Advance Oct 23, 2005 35 out of 40 88
64 Power / big.N / N Games Game Boy Advance Sep, 2005 88 out of 100 88
Worth Playing Game Boy Advance Jun 16, 2005 8.8 out of 10 88 Game Boy Advance Nov 04, 2005 17 out of 20 85
RPGFan Game Boy Advance Jun 14, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Game Informer Magazine Game Boy Advance Jul, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Legendra Game Boy Advance Mar 30, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Diehard GameFan Game Boy Advance Jun 03, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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