(1 of 2) A character’s stats will randomly increase during a Level Up.

A character’s stats will randomly increase during a Level Up. (left), (right)

In typical RPG fashion, characters gain experience points by fighting and defeating enemies, as well as using healing staves or, if a Dancer, by dancing.

Characters gain more experience from felling enemies, so a good trick to training weaker units is to have a stronger unit weaken an enemy first and then letting the weaker unit finish off the enemy.

Healers may have a hard time gaining experience, as they can’t fight. Instead, try to heal whenever possible, even small amounts of HP. Once you gain access to the Rescue staff, you can buy a lot of them and spam them to gain experience at a good rate.

When a unit has accumulated 100 points of experience, they will Level Up and their stats may increase. Most units can reach up to Level 20; those in a special class such as Villager can reach up to Level 30.

Note: Character growth is random, so don’t be alarmed if a character gains no stats during a Level Up.

In addition to gaining stats, characters may also learn new skills when they Level Up; the skills they can learn depend solely on their class.

Character in basic classes, such as Myrmidon or Cavalier, will learn skills at Level 1 and Level 10. Those in advanced classes, like the Great Knight or Sage, will learn them at Level 5 and Level 15.

Upgrading With Master Seal

(1 of 2) Mercenaries can upgrade to a Hero or a Bow Knight.

Mercenaries can upgrade to a Hero or a Bow Knight. (left), The bottom screen will show the character’s stats and available weapons in their new class. (right)

Characters in a basic class, eg. Priest, Cavalier, Myrmidon, can use a “Master Seal” item at Level 10 or above to upgrade into one of two advanced classes.

Doing so will greatly increase their stats and return them to Level 1, so they can continue to gain experience.

Which advanced class you pick usually comes down to personal preference, but you may want to factor in new weapon types or increased movement.

Reclassing With Second Seal

(1 of 2) Reclassing opens up new options for customising your characters.

Reclassing opens up new options for customising your characters. (left), Be sure to stock up on Master/Second Seals. (right)

Characters in a basic class (eg. Cavalier) can, alternatively, use a “Second Seal” item when they’re Level 10 or above (or in an advanced class) to reclass into one two alternate basic classes – the exact classes depend on the character.

For example, when Chrom is a Level 10 Lord, he can reclass into a Archer or Cavalier.

If the character is Level 10 or above in an advanced class, they will gain the option to reclass to the corresponding advanced classes too.

Following the above example, if Chrom is a Level 10 Great Lord, he can reclass into a Sniper, Bow Knight, Paladin or Great Knight (in addition to Archer, Cavalier and Lord).

After reclassing, the character’s Level will be set to 1, so they can continue to gain experience. By using a combination of Second Seals and Master Seals, you can access many different classes and thus learn a huge variety of skills. You can also Level Up characters an infinite number of times…

Note: The best time to use a Master Seal or Second Seal is once you’ve learned all the available skills for that class, which is usually at Level 10 (for basic classes) or Level 15 (for advanced and special classes).

Furthermore, the game keeps track of a character’s total number of Level Ups and the more Levels you gain, the slower your rate of gaining experience. So if you change classes a lot, you should do it at the earliest opportunity, to reduce the number of stored Levels.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Tactical RPG
  • Guide Release
    6 June 2013
  • Last Updated
    29 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Vincent Lau

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Join Chrom, brother to Ylisse’s empress and commander of its forces, in a fantasy world teetering on the brink of war. It’s your duty to guide a team of Ylisse’s finest soldiers - knights, mages, archers, and more - against the marauding Plegian bandits. To succeed, you will need to carefully choose the units you take into battle. As you lead your team through battles across maps that span entire kingdoms, your army will grow. Some characters are willing to join you quickly, while others may need more persuasion. Each character earns experience in battle, leveling up and gaining strength and abilities as they do so. It’s up to you to guide their moves, choose their weapons, and direct their attacks.

Inside our detailed guide you will find:

  • How to complete every campaign map.
  • The tactics needed to survive Lunatic difficulty!
  • How to recruit every character (with full character stats).
  • What class every character can be with full class stats for each!
  • How to unlock and beat every Side-Quest.
  • All DLC maps covered (Euro version timetable).
  • Who can marry who and what children they can have.
  • All weapons and item data.
  • All of the released DLC.
  • Profiles for the Generation 2 and Postgame characters.

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