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Fire Emblem

Also known as: Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken ("The Sword of Flame", "Blazing Sword") (JP), Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (US Fire Emblem Heroes promo)
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy Advance
Released in JP: April 25, 2003
Released in US: November 3, 2003
Released in EU: July 16, 2004

Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article

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Fire Emblem, more colloquially known as Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade ("Rekka no Ken" in Japanese) is the seventh game in the series and the first released outside of Japan. The game is a direct prequel to Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, and takes place twenty years before that game.


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info
Regional Differences
The series tradition of having many regional differences would start with this game.

Alternate Arena Mode

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
  • Hacking of the Sacred Stones revealed the exact data of the alternate Arena, but the same is not the case for this game.
  • What is the amount of Levels granted to enemies?
    • Is the same bug of enemies scaling over Level31 overflowing to Level1 also present?
Fire Emblem unused arena text.png

In the game there are buildings called arenas where units can fight and gain experience. Within the game there is unused text and other data that appears to have at one point triggered a more difficult set of arena enemies by granting them additional levels, similar to Hector Hard Mode; the text suggests this mode would have been triggered if a particular unit fights and wins in the arena excessively. This was presumably intended to prevent the player from over-leveling their characters. The mode and associated unused text is also present, and also unused, in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.

The mode is triggered if bits 0x8 and either 0x2 or 0x4 (or both) of byte 0xE of RAM character data are set. These values are not set in normal gameplay, rendering this feature of the arena impossible to trigger. If forced to occur, the arena starts matching that particular unit with more difficult battles and displays the unused text upon that unit entering the arena.

Also of note is that the text has slight display errors when scrolling, cementing this feature as unused as the text formatting was not corrected.

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.
(Source: Tequila)

Unused Graphics

Battle Palettes

Erik and Nergal both have battle palettes intended for them that go unused to various degrees. Erik's palette data is correctly assigned to his unit ID, and to the correct promotion tier, but the palette he's clearly intended to have is only set to be used when he's part of the Player faction. His enemy faction palette, which is what the player actually sees in-game, is different, and gives him an incorrect hair color. In Nergal's case, the developers just mistakenly set his battle palette to be used only while in unpromoted classes, seemingly forgetting that Dark Druid is regarded by the code as a promoted class. Oops.

Ballista Animation

Normally, ballistas can only be used in the overworld and do not display an attack animation. However, when hacked into the inventory, there exists full animations for the weapon.

Spell Animations

These were leftovers from the previous game on the GBA.

  • The first spell is the ranged attack of King Zephiel's sword, Eckesachs. The sound cuts off abruptly when used.
  • The second is the Binding Blade's ranged animation. Also cuts off the sound after being used.
  • The third is Fae's divine dragon breath, which retains its sound effect and appears to be fully functional.
  • Lastly is Idunn's Dark Breath animation. It always plays from the left side (the enemy side) of the screen, and does not mirror automatically if given to a player unit.

Map Animations

Fire Emblem GBA unused ninian map animation.png

There are what appear to be graphics for a cutscene animation involving Ninian facing upwards while raising her arms. The most obvious place this would have been intended to be used would be the cutscene in the final chapter where she attacks a trio of fire dragons with ice magic, during which she conspicuously just loops her idle animation in the final game.

Placeholder Map Graphic

Fire Emblem GBA placeholder map sprite.png

This graphic is loaded during world map events. It appears to indicate where map sprites will be loaded for cutscenes, though it is never shown in gameplay.

Transfer Data

The Transfer Data menu button exists for every language, but Europe never got anything that would make use of it. The European release of the game is still compatible with the US Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Bonus Disc, however.

Title Screen

The Japanese version has leftover Fuuin no Tsurugi title screen graphics.

Unused Text


The Japanese version has alternate intro graphics written in English, like in Thracia 776. Unlike that game, though, the translation here is horrible. The used text in the intro is in regular Japanese.

There was a continent where "people" and
a "dragon" live together a long time ago.
Both they were living by not invading.
However suddenly The balance was torn
by invasion of "people."
Fighting has also changed natural
This to fight was called
"war of a dragon and a man."
The defeated dragon disappeared
to somewhere
People who won made it steady and
lengthened power.
And about 1000 years after...

Death Quote

I can't...continue... Mother... I'm truly sorry...

Eliwood has an unused death quote; its use is unknown, though it is speculated that it was intended for use after Eliwood leaves the Dread Isle.

(Source: Fireemblemwiki.net)

Help Text

Several characters who appear only during story cutscenes, or who cannot have their unit information viewed when they appear in gameplay, have unused help descriptions:

Character Text (EN) Text (JP)
Eleanora The wife of Marquess Pherae. Eliwood's mother. フェレ侯爵夫人 エリウッドの母
Uther Marquess Ostia, the head of the Lycian League. リキア同盟の盟主 オスティア侯
Leila A spy in service to House Ostia. オスティア家に仕える密偵
Bramimond One of the eight legendary heroes. A cryptic figure. かつての八神将の一人 謎に満ちた人物
Natalie A villager from northern Bern. Has a bad leg. ベルン北部の村の女性 足が不自由な身
Brendan (non-morph) The leader of the Black Fang. 【黒い牙】の首領
Elbert Marquess Pherae. フェレ侯
Helman The marquess of Santaruz. サンタルス侯
(Source: Fireemblemwiki.net)

Trial Map Text

Despite the absence of the previous game's Trial Map mode, leftover text referencing it can still be found within the game. It seems that a feature that would allow you to send maps between copies of the game would have been added if it wasn't removed.

Shall I begin sending the trial map? [Yes]

Please wait a moment.

Sending map now.
Please wait a moment.

Map send complete.

An error has occurred.

There is no backup trial map.
Ending map send and returning to menu.

Leftovers from The Binding Blade Data Transfer

All international versions of the game removed the ability to transfer data from The Binding Blade to unlock extras, due to that game not being released outside of Japan. Remnants of this feature still exist, however, including early English titles (the only official version of these to exist, in fact) of every chapter from The Binding Blade (referred to as Sword of Seals here).

Breath of Destiny
Princess of Bern
The Latecomer
Federation Crumbling
Flame Crest
The Trap is Sprung
Ostia's Rebellion
Island of Mists
Hero of the West
The True Enemy
Rescue Mission
Dragon Girl
Reclaim the Capital
Ocean Road
Frozen River
General Winter
Liberation of Ilia
Sword of Seals
Unfulfilled Dream
Apparitions of Bern
Truth of Legends
Beyond Darkness
The Space Between
Escape to Freedom
Cleric's Teachings
The Laws of Sacae
Bulgar's Arms and Armor
The Silver Wolf
The Blazing Blade
Thunder Axe
Hellfire's Truth
Light of Supremacy
Lance of Ice and snow
Bow of Hurricanes
Darkness of Oblivion
x Pt. 2

No Data

Linking. Please wait.



Master Load

Is this data OK?

Please wait...

Sword of Seals Game Pak
could not be found.

There is no Clear data.

Data loaded successfully.

Debug Text

There are two sets of strings which are presumably leftovers from removed debug functions, since many of them line up with the functions of the two leaked prototypes. The first set is listed before the Battle History text, and the second set right after. It seems likely that the implementation of the Battle History text overwrote some debug strings.
The first set of strings are:








Is this map OK?


Cont. Tutorial

Quit Tutorial


Erased files are
gone forever!


Release Entry

Continue Chp.

Initialize File

Manual Save

Manual Cont.








The second set of strings are:

Erase file?

Once a file is erased,
it cannot be played.



Nothing Found

Total Score

Total P

No Display

Phase Ended






Out of Sight


CP Attack

CP Move



Trust Level




This unit has no SRAM information

SRAM info



























Unused Names

Nine names intended to be used for important units are unused, found in between the names of used characters in the game.

  • Igrene (イグレーヌ), located between Uther and Dart. This was likely meant to be the character Igrene from The Binding Blade.
  • Nadine (ナディーン), located between Isadora and Legault.
  • Santals (サンタルス), located between Eubans and Nergal. This name corresponds to unused unit data for the character Helman, and appears to be an alternate translation of "Santaruz", the Lycian territory Helman governs.
  • Bruno (ブュルノ), located between Ursula and Paul. While a character named "Bruno" would eventually appear in Fire Emblem Heroes, the Japanese spelling of the name is different (ブルーノ).
  • Bogan (ボーガン), located after Brendan.
  • Efta (エフタ), located after Bogan and before Denning.
  • Igor (イーゴリ) is located after Kaim. There is a character named Igor, who appears in Linus' version of Four-Fanged Offense as his subordinate, but he never actually appears as a unit in gameplay.
  • Alexis (アレクス, Alex), located after Igor.
  • Baudouin (ボドワン), located after Alexis.

Unused Classes

To do:
  • See if the female variant for the Peer class has any differences in its base stats.
  • A full sheet of all the map graphics instead of gifs of parts of the animations.

Several unused classes appear within the game, used as placeholder/dummy classes for certain characters that appear only during cutscenes.

Female Mercenary

This appears to be leftover from Fuiin no Tsurugi. It was not used by any characters in that game, but the map sprite associated with it did appear in some of the earliest screenshots of the game.

Female Hero

This appears to be a leftover from Fuiin no Tsurugi, where it was used by the character Echidna. It has no battle animations.



The Peer class is used for Eliwood's father Elbert during the ending cutscene for the story chapter "Dragon's Gate". While not technically unused, the Peer class is never actually seen in gameplay, as its only use is to represent characters on the field map. It has no description of its own, only displaying a blank text box, and similar to other non-playable characters, possesses no combat animations, acting as if battle animations were turned off.

Elbert's unused character description.
The class "description" for the Peer.

Despite never being used in any active gameplay context, the Peer class does have defined base and maximum stats, although they appear to mostly be placeholders.

Base stats

HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution
10 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 0 5 8

Max stats

HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution
60 20 N/A 20 20 30 20 20 15 20

The class has an also unused female variant that holds almost identical attributes. It uses the sprite of the "Queen" class.

A screenshot of the field sprite for the female Peer.

Base stats

HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution
10 0 N/A 0 0 0 0 0 5 5


The character Bramimmond, only appearing in the cutscene separating the two parts of the game's final chapter, has his own exclusive class, using the same name as himself ("Bramimmond"). The class possesses a complete set of combat data, as does the character himself. Its stats are identical to the used Archsage class (used for his companion, Athos, who is playable in the final game), and has the ability to use dark magic and staves. It's possible that Bramimmond was once meant to be playable alongside Athos, though no data exists for his unique tome, Apocalypse. Similar to the Peer class, the class itself has no description, only showing a blank text box, and possesses no combat animations.

Bramimond's unused character description.

Base stats

HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution
35 N/A 30 25 19 0 18 30 5 6

Max stats

HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution
60 N/A 30 30 25 30 25 30 15 20

Chapter Oddities

To do:
Document all the unused Rankings-values(Possibly in a subpage or a notes-page).


Despite an invisible level bonus only being given to enemies in Hector Hard Mode, all maps in Lyn Mode and chapters exclusive to Eliwood have this data set.
Eliwood chapters are set to give 5 Levels to enemies like chapters present in Hector Mode, but Lyn Mode chapters have a unique setting of granting 3 Levels instead.


The game is supposed to change which table for rankings data it is supposed to use depending on the mode played. This check is programmed incorrectly, however, and thus only the data for Eliwood Mode is used in practice.
This renders every setting for Hector Mode unused. There exists unused data for every Post-Lyn Mode chapter in the game, except chapters exclusive to Eliwood Mode (as exclusive chapters have their tables for the other Mode nulled out).

Chapter 11 (Eliwood Mode): Taking Leave

Despite the chapter being exlusive to Eliwood Mode, the music that is set to play in Hector Mode is partially different. ("Friendship and Adventure" for Player Phase and Other Phase)

Chapter 19x pt.2(Hector Mode): A Glimpse in Time

Even though the chapter is set to only be accessible in Hector Mode, there exists an unused layout for enemy units that is set to only spawn if the chapter is accessed through Eliwood Mode.

Chapter 24 (Eliwood Mode)/Chapter 27 (Hector Mode): Pale Flower of Darkness

Before entering this chapter, the game checks the levels of two sets of characters to determine which version to send the player to. A greater than or equal to total of levels among the physical units versus the magical units sends the player Kenneth's version of the map, otherwise the player is sent to Jerme's version.

Curiously, the game checks the level of Renault as part of the group of magic-using units. Renault is not actually recruited into the party until nearly the very end of the game and it is impossible for him to be present in the party at all during this point of the game. This may imply that Renault was planned to join the player sooner at some point during development. Renault does make a minor appearance in Chapter 18x(Eliwood)/19x(Hector) to give the player an item before this check occurs, but he does not join the party.

The full list of characters checked are as follows:

Physical Characters (Kenneth) Magical Characters (Jerme)
Guy Lucius
Dorcas Serra
Bartre Renault
Raven Erk
-- Priscilla

Chapter 25 (Hector Mode): Crazed Beast

Right below the used layout for enemy units in the ROM (Offset 0xCD4DB4 in the US-version/0xD9D8A0 in the JP-version/Unknown in EU-version), there exists an unused layout that contains more and stronger enemies than the used layout. It is not set to spawn in either mode in any version of the game, but will spawn without issue if modified to appear. Notably, Crazed Beast is the only chapter where the enemy layout is identical between Hector Normal Mode and Hector Hard Mode. It's possible that the unused layout was meant to be used in the Hector Hard Mode version of the map.

Chapter 28 (Eliwood Mode): Valorous Roland

Despite the chapter being exlusive to Eliwood Mode, the music that is set to play in Hector Mode is diffrent.("Friendship and Adventure" for Player Phase and "Nabata's Wandering Messenger" for Enemy Phase)
There also exists an unused layout for enemy units that is set to be used in Hector Normal Mode, but it is empty and doesn't actually contain any enemies.

Chapter 30 (Hector mode): The Berserker

There is a misplaced escape coordinate for enemy thieves at (0, 6), it is located within a wall, so it cannot be used.

Chapter 29 (Eliwood Mode)/Chapter 31 (Hector Mode): Sands of Time

There is a set of tile changes for a door in the upper left. There was a door there in the prototypes; it was the location of the secret shop, which was moved elsewhere on the map for the final release.

Base Map (Final) Unused Change (Final) Base Map (Proto)
Fire Emblem GBA Sands of Time.png Fire Emblem GBA Sands of Time Unused Tile Change.png Fire Emblem GBA 0205 Proto Sands of Time.png

Chapter 30 (Eliwood Mode)/Chapter 32 (Hector Mode): Victory or Death

There are several unused tile changes that would add bridges crossing the river surrounding the boss of the map, Limstella. There is no known way to trigger these to appear in the final game or in any of the prototypes.

Note that each individual bridge is its own change, so it would have been possible for them to appear individually, instead of just all at once.

Base Map Unused Changes
Fire Emblem GBA Victory or Death.png Fire Emblem GBA Victory or Death Unused Tile Change.png

Final: Light

Both parts of the final chapter of the game have data for contents of chests on the map. These are inaccessible both because their coordinates are not used on a chest tile, which is required to make them function, and because they're placed in areas that cannot be accessed by the player.

The presence of this data may suggest that these two maps were different earlier in development; there are no chests whatsoever on these maps in the final game or in any of the known prototypes.

Part 1 has four chests:

Map Coordinates Contents Notes
(5, 11) Elixir Located in a wall.
(15, 11) Fortify Staff Located in a wall.
(2, 19) Barrier Staff Located in a wall.
(18, 19) Boots Located out of bounds.

Part 2 has two chests:

Map Coordinates Contents Notes
(6, 18) Wyrmslayer Located in an inaccessible room on the same tile as the Bishop wielding Purge on the left-hand side.
(18, 18) Hammerne Staff Located in an inaccessible room on the same tile as the Bishop wielding Purge on the right-hand side.

Hidden Password Screen

Fire Emblem GBA password screen.png

In the "Battle History" in the "Extras" menu, hold Select for a few moments. After a little while, a screen with a password will pop up. How the password is generated is unknown, but save states show that the password includes a clocktick-based RNG, which differs from how the game normally handles RNG. Aside from generating the password, the screen doesn't do anything. The screen cannot be exited, so the game needs to be reset after doing this.

This was apparently for some sort of contest on the game's official Japanese website, though no official materials outside of Japan are known to acknowledge this feature, despite it being accessible in non-Japanese copies. Information on the contest itself is slim.

(Source: Serenesforest.net)