Information about how to recruit Yuri 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.
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.
How to Recruit Yuri in the Scarlet Blaze Route
During the Main Quest in Chapter 10, you will be able to deploy the Persuade Yuri Strategy by expending 20 Strategy Resources. You should have a total of 60 Strategy Resources if you capture all of the regions prior to beginning the Main Quest. You won’t find Yuri on the map from the beginning of the battle, unlike the majority of the other recruits, so you will need to play through the missions some until he shows up. The second main mission of the game is to capture all of the northwestern strongholds. Once you do that, Yuri will appear on the western side of the map, along with some other minor enemy units. Initiate the Strategy when it pops up on your screen, then defeat Yuri to recruit him.
How to Recruit Yuri in the Azure Gleam Route
Yuri is the third and final character who can be recruited during Chapter 9’s Main Quest battle [Saving of the Silver Maiden], and he’s the only one of the three characters you can recruit who follows the typical format: spend 20 Strategy Points to enable the “Persuade Yuri” Strategy, which you must deploy during the battle before you defeat him.
Progress through the battle normally, capturing Strongholds and pulling levers until you can access teh northern half the map. You’re tasked with rescuing Catherine from opposing forces led by Gwendal, but between an allied NPC named Miklan and Catherine’s own martial prowess, you’re really not under much of a time crunch. Once you reach Catherine’s Stronghold along the northern edge of the map and defeat Gwendal, she’ll join you, and shortly after that Yuri will show up along with several subordinate officers along the eastern end of the map. Be sure to activate the “Persuade Yuri” Strategy when prompted, then defeat him to get him to realize that desertion is a better outcome than death.
How to Recruit Yuri in the Golden Wildfire Route