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Fire Emblem Trailer Explains Engage Rings, Then Summons Byleth and Corrin

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A new Fire Emblem Engage trailer detailed how players can summon “Emblems”, characters from previous Fire Emblem games. Units can use Engage Rings to gain the power of a hero, such as Marth or Byleth. When units equip the rings, they sync up with the emblems, boosting their stats and giving them access to new emblem-specific abilities. Based on the demonstration in the trailer, this will make a huge difference in the power level of a unit.

Units can also ‘engage’ with the decals and merge into a new form that is even more powerful than a synchronized form. In addition to gaining access to special weapons, the player can use Engage Skills: unique skills that hark back to the original games of the Emblems. For example, since Byleth was a teacher in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, one of his abilities allows him to teach nearby units, improving their stats. Meanwhile, Corrin can use an ability called Dragon Vein, which changes the terrain in a similar way to what it does in Fire Emblem Fates.

In total, the trailer showed off six emblems: Marth (Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon), Sigurd (Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War), Celica (Fire Emblem Gaiden/Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia), Lyn (Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade), Corrin (Fire Emblem Fates) and Byleth (Fire Emblem: Three Houses). Additionally, a trailer from last week features a glimpse of Ike and Lucina, then mentions 12 rings, implying that Engage will feature more decals at launch.

Fire Emblem Engage was announced in September during a Nintendo Direct. The first trailer revealed that Alear, the protagonist of the game, is the Divine Dragon, a descendant of a royal family of Dragons who defeated the Fell Dragon many years ago. We’ll know the full story and more when the game launches on January 20, 2023.