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Fire Emblem: Awakening

Sidequest 14 Shadow in the Sands

Vincent Lau


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Name Class Level Items
Nombry Warrior 10 Silver Axe, Silver Bow, Master Seal

New Units

Name Class Level Recruit
Laurent Mage 10 Enter the village with Chrom or Miriel

Strategies for all Difficulties

This is another desert map, meaning non-magic ground units, or mounted units, have their movement reduced. Flying units are still safe. I suggest pairing up with flying units and magic units so moving around the map won’t be too much of an issue.

If you reach the middle of the map, though, then you will be able to run around normally on the plains. The hidden villages will not appear to you until you visit the visible village. They will be in an order – the man in the village will remind you.

First is top right, then top left, then bottom right, and he will reveal the location of the Goddess Staff (see image below), so be sure to get that. Enemy reinforcements come each time you enter a village, so pay attention to who comes and from where on the map above. They are often brutal in their location and the forces that come.

(1 of 2) Where to find the Goddess Staff, after visiting each of the hidden villages.

Where to find the Goddess Staff, after visiting each of the hidden villages. (left), The Goddess Staff heals all units in range, but it only has 1 use. (right)

The map is straightforward – be sure to send Chrom or Miriel to the village on the left to get Laurent. If you send someone else, the village door won’t close so you have not missed your chance, but it must be one of the two above to keep him.

There are basic and advanced class enemy units, and reinforcements per village you enter, so be extra careful as you traverse the desert. Keep enemy ranges in mind; some of the reinforcements who come are limited by the sand, but others are flying units that will have no problem.

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Guide Information
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  • 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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