Paralogue battles are essentially side missions that typically earn you new characters or release the Bond Level Cap on Emblems. In the case of this particular Paralogue, it’ll allow you to unlock Ike’s Bond Level cap. This page will discuss how to unlock the The Radiant Hero and once done, how to defeat Ike in this challenging battle.
How to Unlock Ike’s Paralogue: The Radiant Hero in Fire Emblem Engage
After unlocking the main story mission for Chapter 14 (The Battle for Solm) you’ll unlock Ike’s Paralogue, The Radiant Hero, which can be found on an island south of the Fort on the Border located in the upper center of the world map. As this is one of the tougher Paralogues and has a suggested level of Advanced Class Lvl 3, you may wish to wait until you get a bit stronger and acquire some more Emblems.
How to Defeat Ike at the Fort of Hope
For those of you who have played Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, you may be forgiven into thinking that you want to defend the middle on this map. This is actually a trap, as Ike will wait until around Turn 5, then destory the wall around the middle as you then get overwhelmed by the reinforcements on the same turn (along with the other enemies from the start).
The plan, then, is to split your forces between the left and right and make your way up to Ike as soon as possible. The name of the game here is to deal with Ike before you get overwhelmed with reinforcements. There are a lot of Lance units on this map, so having a way to deal with them using Axes is of great benefit. Having one or two Tome users will also make life easier, as a lot of the units are Armored (as is Ike considered).
Once you do reach Ike, take care of the two healers that are close by and then look to deal with Ike himself. Ike acts like an Armored unit, so you won’t be able to break him, but you will be able to take advantage of his weakness to Tomes with his low Res. More importantly is his Resolve+ Skill, this will boost his Def and Res by 7 when he’s at 75% HP or less. Needless to say, unless you’re coming into this battle massively overleveled, you may need a few Units to attack him to defeat him.
Ivy is fantastic for this reason, her Tomes hit hard and you can get around the battlefield with ease. Characters like Yunaka are useful too, as if you build her with a focus on AVO, Ike will have trouble hitting her while she chips away and inflicts Poison.
This is the reason why you want to deal with the healers first, in the event that you’re not able to defeat him in one turn. The battle as a whole is not as difficult as you may expect, so long as you don’t fall into the trap of trying to defend the middle. Speed is the key here so look to deal with Ike before reinforcements start coming on Turn 5.
All Treasure in the Fort of Hope
There are no chests to track down and loot in this battle, so all of the items will come from enemy drops. The Sage near where Ike starts has a useful Elthunder while you’ll find drops of 1000 G from the General, Swordmaster, Martial Master, and Berserker scattered around the map.