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How to Recruit Dorothea in Three Hopes

Nathan Garvin

Information about how to recruit Dorothea in Fire Emblem Three Hopes.

In Fire Emblem Three Houses you could recruit many characters simply by getting specific stats and skills high enough. Once done, they’d be impressed enough to realize that studying under you would suit them better than petty considerations such as life-long friendships, national loyalty, familial duty or even religious conviction.

Unfortunately characters in Fire Emblem Three Hopes aren’t quite as malleable - some characters will join your faction as you progress the Main Questline, usually due to story contrivances entirely outside of your control. The rest, however, must be met in battle and “persuaded” to join you… often by lumping them on the head enough times to realize that they’d be better off defecting than decomposing.

To recruit characters in battle, you'll need to activate a "Persuade" Strategy before the battle begins.

Character Recruitment Strategies

In the case where a character can be persuaded to join you, this “persuasion” effort is achieved via the deployment of a Strategy. When you start a battle in which a character can be recruited you’ll first have to pick from a variety of available [Strategies]. You can find more information about Strategies on their own page, but for the purposes of recruiting characters you’ll be interested in any “Persuade [Character]” Strategies, which you must select prior to the battle to ensure you can utilize said Strategy(ies) during the battle. Deploying Strategies in turn require you to expend Strategy Resources, a currency gained by completing [Side Quests] during the chapter leading up to the Main Quest where enemy characters can be recruited.

During battle, when the character you wish to recruit spawns you must activate the Strategy to persuade them by entering the battle menu before you defeat them. If you defeat them without activating the Strategy - even if you selected it before the battle - they will die and you will not be able to recruit that character for the rest of the playthrough! Once the Strategy has been activated, the area where the Strategy is in effect (usually where the target character spawned) will be surrounded by a purple glow. Merely defeat them in this area and you’ll recruit the character.

If you pick the Black Eagles, Dorothea will be one of your starting characters.

How to Recruit Dorothea in the Scarlet Blaze Route

Having spent a great deal of time in the Empire as part of the Mittelfrank Opera, Dorothea naturally joined the Black Eagle class when she enrolled in the Officer’s Academy. Her loyalty has since been well-rewarded by Edelgard. She’s available from [Chapter 3] on provided you opt to join Edelgard and the Black Eagles.

(1 of 3) Activate the "Persuade Dorothea" Strategy,

How to Recruit Dorothea in the Azure Gleam Route

You’ll come into conflict with imperial forces led by Dorothea in Chapter 5, during the Main Quest Battle [Mutiny at Magdred], and like most foreign captures, you must deploy the Persuade Dorothea Strategy by expending 10 Strategy Resources.

Play through the battle normally, completing Main Quests and Side Quests as you go. You’ll need to seize Strongholds, find and defeat Jeralt (Alois and Byleth are optional), seek out and rout the Gaspard General, and finally once the fog is dispelled you’ll need to head toward Lonato, who can be found along the northwestern corner of the map. When you are near Lonato’s base, Dorothea will appear and attack. Activate the “Persuade Dorothea’’ Strategy and best her in battle to get her to change her tune and defect to your side.

How to Recruit Dorothea in the Golden Wildfire Route

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    Hack-n-slash, RPG
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    19 June 2022
  • Last Updated
    29 July 2022
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