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Fire Emblem: Awakening

Sidequest 13 Rival Bands

Vincent Lau


(Varies pending on choice)

Name Class Level Items
Gyral (Stonewall Knights) General 13 Tomahawk, Bullion (M)
Dalen (Riders of Dawn) Paladin 13 Spear, Bullion (M)

New Units

Name Class Level Recruit
Yarne Taguel 10 NPC or enemy: Talk with Chrom or Panne

Strategies for all Difficulties

You will have a choice which side to side with. The Riders of Dawn (Green), implied by the title, are mostly mounted units. They’ll have trouble moving around the woods as is, but overall are more balanced than the other team.

The Stonewall Knights (Red) are mostly defense high generals. They are also the ones that have Yarne, who you will need to recruit.

Siding with neither is the best experience wise, but will make the map difficult in the sense that you are fighting twice the load. Siding with one side will earn you about 500 G per unit killed, while siding with neither side will yield you 10,000 G upon completion. (This is in addition to the two Bullion (M)’s you receive from each boss).

It may be best to side with neither. Experience and money. There are many more units that will appear on the map for whatever team you are fighting.

Assuming you side with neither, a very steady defensive formation using the terrain is best; sending Chrom or Panne on a side to get Yarne before he gets bested by the Riders of Dawn. After this, you can retreat them back to join the defensive formation. The Stonewall Knights are easier to fight, especially if you have speedy units.

Yarne will attack you, so you may be best off luring him (un-equip a weapon and put a strong unit there that can evade or not get hurt by the enemy attacks), get him close, and speak to him. Also note that if you fight both, they will both side against you. They will not continue to attack one another.


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    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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