Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
|Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones|
Also known as: Fire Emblem: Seima no Koseki (JP)
This game has a prototype article
This game has a bugs page
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is the third and final Fire Emblem game released on the GBA before the series moved on to other Nintendo consoles. In this game, we follow a pair of blue-haired twins on their quest to find out why their best friend hates them.
It's also widely regarded as the easiest of all the Fire Emblem games, and it only lasts about 22 chapters. At least it brings back the map system from Gaiden and a dungeon for you to grind your units (which makes the game even easier).
- 1 Sub-Pages
- 2 Leftover Alternate Arena Mode
- 3 Debug Menu Remnants
- 4 Unused Graphics
- 5 Unused Status Conditions
- 6 Unused Items
- 7 Unused Maps
- 8 Tutorial Escape Code
| Unused Playable Characters|
For Units and Classes which never got to be used.
| Unused Text|
Debug text and many leftovers from the previous game.
| Regional Differences|
Lots of messing around with the stats.
Leftover Alternate Arena Mode
The alternate arena mode from Fire Emblem and its associated text is still present and unused in this game. The text is exactly the same as it was in Fire Emblem GBA, and the mode can be forced to trigger the same way as in Fire Emblem.
Welcome to the arena. Oh! It's you again. I've lost a lot of gold thanks to you... If you want to continue, we're going to have to do things differently. I'm going to prepare some more challenging foes.
Debug Menu Remnants
Some debug menus from the prototype were left in the game, albeit in a partially dummied out state, and can be accessed by hacking the game. For information on their former full functionality see the prototype's sub-page on the topic.
The menu that appears in the prototype upon starting the game. It is missing some features compared to the prototype, most notably the options relating to the world map and the chapter/level warp. The present options appear to be functional and do the same things they did in the prototype. Portraits also sometimes change seemingly randomly after booting up, though what causes this is currently unknown.
Debug Map Menu Commands
Another debug menu which remains in the final game, however this one is much less functional as it also has features removed compared to the prototype. The map warp at the top is no longer functional, and either resets or crashes the game. Info does nothing, in the prototype it displayed numbers on the right side of the screen relating to what is going on in the game. Weather also seems nonfunctional, though the fog enabling/disabling still works. The game clear modifier also still works. The data erase feature seems to be as functional as it was in the prototype (it offers to erase data, though it doesn't seem to do so even if the player confirms the option). G'Night! puts the game into sleep mode, which cannot be done by the average player under any other circumstances as there are no menus in the normal game that allow for sleep mode to be accessed.
While not truly unused, the portraits of Rennac, Innes, and Glen that appear in the game's intro are slightly different from the ones used in the actual game. Specifically, the shape and shading on Rennac's hair is different, Innes' clothes are drawn slightly differently, and Glen's armor is lower than his regular portrait. Those portraits are different from the prototype versions as well, so they're likely intermediate revisions.
Main Game Portraits
The placeholder portrait from the prototype and Fire Emblem, complete with a small portrait with it for use on maps. Most NPC portraits have this little dummy portrait associated with them, though the player never sees them, as generic NPCs tend to use a different alliance-type icon for their mini icons.
An unused portrait set for a minor bandit character, his character data even giving him a name... "Bandit".
An unused recolor of Novala's portrait where his robe is grayish green with a brown front part, instead of brown with a light purple front part. Interestingly, his in-battle graphic does depict him wearing a green robe.
An unused small portrait for Myrrh with her dragon wings out. In the final game only the wingless variant of this portrait ends up being used.
An unused small portrait for Morva in his human form. In the final game he can only be seen during battle in his undead dragon form.
Generic class portraits of the Rogue and Wyvern Knight, classes that never make generic enemy appearances. The Generic Nomad, Nomadic Trooper, and Manakete class portraits are leftover from Fire Emblem.
A number of The Sacred Stones' early-game bosses suffer from similar issues to Erik from The Blazing Blade; their proper intended battle palettes are only set to be used when they're part of the Player faction, while their Enemy faction palettes are all very generic-looking and similar, if not identical, to the actual generic enemy palettes of their respective classes.
Interestingly enough, there are also two completely unused battle palette IDs; 0x0F and 0x4A. These seem to be intended for Ewan as a Bishop and Knoll as a Sage, respectively, judging from their labels and placements within the palette order. In the final game, Ewan cannot become a Bishop, nor can Knoll become a Sage. Even if they could, however, neither of these palettes is assigned to any class in their palette lists.
A few of the game's in-battle animations go unused:
- A Knight and General variant of the Triangle Attack from Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi are present in the game and fully functional.
- The Female Shaman animations from Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi are fully implemented but completely unused. The corresponding map sprites were not carried over.
- The Female Druid animations from Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi are fully implemented but completely unused. The corresponding map sprites were not carried over.
- A battle sprite set for a male Archer using a ballista exists, normally when any unit uses a ballista the game always defaults to map animations.
- Both the Mogall and Arch Mogall enemies have some frames that don't seem to display properly in-game, which appear to have been intended for their critical hit animations. Specifically, the missing frames are the ones that loop during a cast spell animation. During the critical animation, their eye's sclera turns black, and their iris red. However, in-game, the loop frames revert to the classes' usual white sclera and pink iris.
There are also several map animations left over from Fire Emblem:
- The Female Mercenary, which goes unused in the two previous games.
- The Female Hero, which goes unused in the previous game and originates from Fuuin no Tsurugi.
- The Bard, which is used by Nils in the previous game.
- The Princess, which goes unused in the previous game.
- The Prince, which is used by Zephiel in the previous game.
- The Tent, which is used by Merlinus in the previous game.
The unpolished looking variant of the Wyvern Knight sprite used in the prototype also still remains in the final game, and does not seem to have graphics for moving around the map.
The rain, snow and sandstorm weather effects from Fire Emblem are still present in the game, and so do their movement penalties. The aesthetic-only fire 'weather', used in Chapter 8x of The Binding Blade and in cutscenes in Fire Emblem is also present.
The unused "DUMMY" Mine item turns out to be fully functional, hurting any unit to step on the tile it is placed on. Thieves and Assassins still interact with Mines like the previous game by disabling them, or picking them up, respectively. However the Rogue, the new Thief promotion and counterpart to the Assassin, was not programmed to interact with mines and take damage from them like normal units.
The unused "DUMMY" Light Rune item also turns out to be fully functional, preventing any unit to step on the tile it is placed on.
The spike trap graphics from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade are still present, though their actual trap behavior isn't.
World Map Highlights
During the game's intro there are graphics in the shape of each country which are used to highlight said country as the narration discusses them. One unused world map highlight exists in the game with the label "?" which seems to match up with Darkling Woods, the location of the game's final chapter.
World Map Location Icons
Two of the world map location icons have hidden labels written with their icons. By the Renais Castle graphic is "ルネス", which reads Renais, and by the Caer Pelyn graphic is "ポカラ", which reads Pokara, the name of the village in the Japanese version.
Fuuin no Tsurugi Data Transfer Graphic
|Fuuin no Tsurugi (Used)||Sacred Stones (Unused)|
The full-screen graphic for Fuuin no Tsurugi used in the previous game's linkup feature is still around in this game, albeit lacking its corresponding palette.
Unused Status Conditions
There are a few unused status conditions in the game:
One such unused status condition is called Sick, and it is not programmed to actually do anything if inflicted on a unit. It also has no help text associated with it. This status condition is also present in the prototype.
The unused dancer ring items work as they did in Fire Emblem, providing their respective stat-increasing boosts for a single turn. It's worth noting that while the items are fully functional, the text marking the status condition on the unit window was left untranslated in Japanese in all localizations.
While not unused, the hatching mechanisms for Gorgon eggs are a hidden status effect named "--" on the stat screen.
|ID||Icon||Name||Range||Might||Hit||Weight||Critical||Weapon rank||Durability||Worth||Flavor Text||Notes|
|0A||Dummy||1||8||80||3||20||Preferential Sword||45||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||Appears to have at one point been the Mani Katti, the personal sword of Lyn, one of the protagonists from the previous game. Uses the Mani Katti icon, which remains leftover from the previous game. No character in Sacred Stones has the assigned character weapon lock to wield it.|
|3D||Dummy||1-2||14||85||11||5||S Anima Magic||20||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||Appears to have at one point been the Forblaze spell that appeared in the two previous games. It does not have a proper spell animation associated with it, and lacks the +5 Luck stat bonus, but seems to function normally. Uses the Forblaze icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|44||Dummy||1-2||6||85||10||0||B Light Magic||20||4000||DUMMY||Appears to have at one point been the Luce spell that appeared in the previous game. It does not have a proper spell animation associated with it, but seems to function normally. Uses the Luce icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|77||Gold||--||--||--||--||--||--||1||500||A bag full of money.||Its icon is a brown pouch. It has no known functionality, though it can be sold.|
|7A||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||1||500||DUMMY||The Mine item from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be placed on a tile on a map and will explode and damage anyone to walk across it. Uses the Mine icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|7B||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||1||800||DUMMY||The Light Rune item from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be placed on a tile on a map and will prevent that tile from being passed over for several turns. Uses the Light Rune icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|7D||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||15||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||The Filla's Might ring from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be used by Tethys (the Dancer unit in The Sacred Stones) to give a temporary +10 boost to a player unit's damage output. Uses the Filla's Might icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|7E||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||15||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||The Ninis's Grace ring from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be used by Tethys (the Dancer unit in The Sacred Stones) to give a temporary +10 boost to a player unit's Defense and Resistance. Uses the Ninis's Grace icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|7F||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||15||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||The Thor's Ire ring from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be used by Tethys (the Dancer unit in The Sacred Stones) to give a temporary +10 boost to a player unit's critical hit chance. Uses the Thor's Ire icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|80||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||15||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||The Set's Litany ring from the previous game. It is fully functional. It can be used by Tethys (the Dancer unit in The Sacred Stones) to give a temporary +10 boost to a player unit's avoid. Uses the Set's Litany icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|8A||Dummy||--||--||--||--||--||--||15||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||The Heaven Seal from the previous game. It is left over from the previous game and is fully functional, promoting Eirika or Ephraim, the Lord characters, like it did with Eliwood, Hector, or Lyn previously. Uses the Heaven Seal icon, which remains leftover from the previous game.|
|A1||Vulnerary||--||--||--||--||--||--||60||6,000||A medicinal solution used for healing minor wounds.||A variant of the Vulnerary item that can be used an obscene amount of times. Uses the regular Vulnerary icon. It is also present in the previous game, and could be obtained in Japan as an event distribution item. Though there is no way to obtain it in any version of The Sacred Stones.|
|A2||Vulnerary||--||--||--||--||--||--||60||6,000||A medicinal solution used for healing minor wounds.||A variant of the Vulnerary item with an obscene amount of uses. Despite the description's claims, it cannot be used. Has a strange green music note for an icon.|
|A4||Vulnerary||--||--||--||--||--||--||60||6,000||A medicinal solution used for healing minor wounds.||A variant of the Vulnerary item with an obscene amount of uses. Despite the description's claims, it cannot be used. Has a strange red music note for an icon.|
|A5||Dance||--||--||--||--||--||--||0||Cannot be sold.||A dance that allows allies to move again.||What appears to be an item version of the "Dance" action the Dancer unit can perform, sharing the same name and description. It has no functionality and uses the icon for the Iron Sword weapon.|
|A7||Stone Shard||1||11||65||0||0||(Monster Weapon)||Infinite||Cannot be sold.||DUMMY||A weapon for monster units seen in many pre-release previews and the prototype. If a monster attempts to attack with it with battle animations enabled, the game will freeze. This weapon had a proper description in the prototype. Uses the icon for the Red Gem item.|
|B6||Alacalibur||1-2||8||86||2||0||B Anima Magic||20||1,100||DUMMY||An anima spell not seen since Fire Emblem: Fuuin no Tsurugi, which is more well known by the name Aircalibur in fan-translations of this game. It functions the same as it did in Fuuin no Tsurugi, being effective against flying units. It also is the only unused spell to have its original spell animation, though said animation causes the battle music to cut out. Uses the icon for the Killer Ballista for whatever reason.|
One used weapon also has an effect that cannot be seen in normal gameplay. The game's final boss, the Demon King Fomortiis, has an area of effect 'staff' called Nightmare that puts all player units within 3 tiles in the sleep status. The weapon is programmed to give a +5 defense and +5 resistance bonus when equipped... except Staff weapons can't be equipped.
|This needs some investigation.|
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Specifically: Load the map events properly to see if any units or special properties are deployed. There is also another ugly map that may have also been used for testing purposes, but is not known to be in the prototype.
The test map from the prototype still exists in the final game.
Tutorial Escape Code
The game's Easy mode unsurprisingly has forced tutorials, yet you can break out of them with a button combination. To do so, hold any direction on the D-Pad, then also hold A, B, Start, and Select to exit the current forced tutorial segment. The player needs to be careful when inputing this code however, as this button combination includes the one for a soft-reset in it, as if you don't hold a D-Pad direction first the game will probably soft-reset. This code also turns out to not be really useful, as the game will sometimes force you back into the tutorial again depending on what part of the tutorial you exited.
|The Fire Emblem series|
|NES||Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light • Gaiden|
|SNES||Monshou no Nazo • Seisen no Keifu • Thracia 776|
|Game Boy Advance||Fuuin no Tsurugi • Fire Emblem (Prototypes) • The Sacred Stones (Prototype)|
|GameCube||Path of Radiance|
|Nintendo DS||Shadow Dragon • Shin Monshou no Nazo|
|Nintendo 3DS||Awakening • Fates • Echoes: Shadows of Valentia|
|Wii U||Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE|
|Nintendo Switch||Warriors • Three Houses|
|PlayStation||Tear Ring Saga (Prototype)|