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How to Use Warrior Specials and Fill the Warrior Gauge

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Nathan Garvin

Information about Warrior Specials in Fire Emblem Three Hopes, including what are Warrior Specials, how to fill the Warrior Gauge, how to increase the number of Warrior Gauges a character has available, and Class Abilities that affect Warrior Specials or the Warrior Gauge.

Warrior Specials are incredibly powerful finishing/desperation moves. Using one requires a full Warrior Gauge, which is emptied upon use.

What are Warrior Specials in Fire Emblem Three Hopes?

Any longtime fan of musou games will recognize Warrior Specials for what they are - musou attacks! The very thing that this genre’s name is derived from. These are essentially ultrapowerful special moves that you can release by pressing the Joy-Con-ButtonA button. You can only use a Warrior Special when your Warrior Gauge is filled (see below), and you are completely invulnerable for the duration of this attack, making it useful both as an offensive “I win” button, but also as a desperate move you can use when the enemy has you on the ropes!

Adjutants and Partner Specials

If you have an Adjutant assigned when you perform a Warrior Special, your Adjutant will join in with their own Warrior Special preceding the Warrior Special of the currently controlled character. This is, frankly, overkill, but it does earn you [Support Points] between the two characters.

(1 of 2) You can fill your Warrior Gauge(s) by damaging enemies, sustaining damage, or picking up yellow tonics on the battlefield.

You can fill your Warrior Gauge(s) by damaging enemies, sustaining damage, or picking up yellow tonics on the battlefield. (left), Certain Unique and Class Abilities may also alter how Warrior Specials function and the Warrior Gauge fills. (right)

How to Fill the Warrior Gauge in Fire Emblem Three Hopes?

The Warrior Gauge primarily fills in two ways - by damaging enemies, and by sustaining damage from enemies. The Warrior Gauge’s fill rate is initially slow enough that using it will be a rare occurrence, best saved for powerful enemies, but as you progress through the game you’ll unlock Class Abilities that increase the fill rate of the Warrior Gauge as well as unlock upgrade that earn you multiple Warrior Gauges you can fill, turning the Warrior Gauge from a rare treat to semi-regular part of your arsenal.

You can also fill the Warrior Gauge (or increase its fill speed) by equipping certain Class Abilities and by picking up yellow tonics on the battlefield. These drop from defeated enemy officers and can be found in yellow pots.

(1 of 2) You can unlock additional Warrior Gauges by upgrading the Tactics Academy.

You can unlock additional Warrior Gauges by upgrading the Tactics Academy. (left), You will then have to pay Gold to apply those upgrades on a per-character basis. (right)

How to Unlock Multiple Warrior Gauges in Fire Emblem Three Hopes?

Having one Warrior Gauge is all well and good, but once you unlock a second and third Warrior Gauge your usage of Warrior Specials will drastically change. No longer will they be a super move you have to safeguard for moments of intense need (or risk using them prematurely) but will instead become a bankable resource that you can expend much more freely.

You can expand your arsenal of Warrior Gauges by purchasing the “Research Basic Multi-Opponent Battle Tactics” and “Research Advanced Multi-Opponent Battle Tactics” upgrades at the Tactics Academy, which unlocks at the start of Chapter 6. Keep in mind that after these upgrades are purchased, you must use the Tactics Academy to unlock them for various characters. Doing so will incur a one-time Gold cost per character, per upgrade unlocked, so mass adoption of these upgrades can be somewhat pricey.

Abilities that Boost Warrior Specials in Fire Emblem Three Hopes

There are a variety of Abilities - usually Class Abilities - that can modify how Warrior Specials function, or how the Warrior Gauge fills. Spamming Warrior Specials is a particular speciality of Shez, as she has Unique Abilities that boost the Warrior Gauge’s fill rate and her unique Master Class, the Asura, also has an ability that contributes.

Below you’ll find a list of Abilities that modify Warrior Specials or the Warrior Gauge in some way. Keep in mind that the Class Abilities learned by characters isn’t universal - not everybody will learn Spirited Seize when leveling as a Fighter, for example.

Heavensent - Ingrid Unique Ability

One of Ingrid’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Heavensent Lv 1 Slightly increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate when attacking enemies launched into the air.
threehopes Heavensent Lv 2 Moderately increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate when attacking enemies launched into the air.
threehopes Heavensent Lv 3 Greatly increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate when attacking enemies launched into the air.

Mortal Coil - Shez Unique Ability

One of Shez’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Mortal Coil Lv 1 When HP is at 90% or above: increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.
threehopes Mortal Coil Lv 2 When HP is at 75% or above: increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.
threehopes Mortal Coil Lv 3 When HP is at 60% or above: increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.

Overachiever - Annette Unique Ability

One of Annette’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Overachiever Lv 1 Defeating 30 or more enemies with a single Warrior Special grants a small increase in damage dealt to enemies for a period of time.
threehopes Overachiever Lv 2 Defeating 30 or more enemies with a single Warrior Special grants a moderate increase in damage dealt to enemies for a period of time.
threehopes Overachiever Lv 3 Defeating 30 or more enemies with a single Warrior Special grants a large increase in damage dealt to enemies for a period of time.

Rivalry - Leonie Unique Ability

One of Leonie’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Rivalry Lv 1 When an ally of the opposite sex is nearby or is the unit’s adjutant: slightly increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.
threehopes Rivalry Lv 2 When an ally of the opposite sex is nearby or is the unit’s adjutant: moderately increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.
threehopes Rivalry Lv 3 When an ally of the opposite sex is nearby or is the unit’s adjutant: greatly increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate.

Songstress - Dorothea Unique Ability

One of Dorothea’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Songstress Lv 1 Slightly restores surrounding allies’ HP and Awakening Gauges when the unit completes a Warrior Special.
threehopes Songstress Lv 2 Moderately restores surrounding allies’ HP and Awakening Gauges when the unit completes a Warrior Special.
threehopes Songstress Lv 3 Greatly restores surrounding allies’ HP and Awakening Gauges when the unit completes a Warrior Special.

Staunch Shield - Dedue Unique Ability

One of Dorothea’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Staunch Shield Lv 1 Taking hits while guarding slightly restores the Warrior Gauge. Perfect Guards restore the gauge even more.
threehopes Staunch Shield Lv 2 Taking hits while guarding moderately restores the Warrior Gauge. Perfect Guards restore the gauge even more.
threehopes Staunch Shield Lv 3 Taking hits while guarding greatly restores the Warrior Gauge. Perfect Guards restore the gauge even more.

Survival Instinct - Shamir Unique Ability

One of Shamir’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Survival Instinct Lv 1 Slightly restores the Warrior Gauge when an enemy commander is defeated.
threehopes Survival Instinct Lv 2 Moderately restores the Warrior Gauge when an enemy commander is defeated.
threehopes Survival Instinct Lv 3 Greatly restores the Warrior Gauge when an enemy commander is defeated.

Unsought Power - Lysithea Unique Ability

One of Lysithea’s Unique Abilities, you can upgrade this at the Tactics Academy.

Icon Ability Description
threehopes Unsought Power Lv 1 Slightly restores the Awakening and Warrior Gauges when activating Crests.
threehopes Unsought Power Lv 2 Moderately restores the Awakening and Warrior Gauges when activating Crests.
threehopes Unsought Power Lv 3 Greatly restores the Awakening and Warrior Gauges when activating Crests.

Knight’s Wisdom - Cavalier Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Cavalier.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Knight’s Wisdom Increases Warrior Gauge fill rate when using class actions of lance-wielding cavalry.

Spirited Seize - Fighter Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 1 as a Fighter.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
1-star threehopes Spirited Seize Slightly restores the Warrior Gauge upon seizing a stronghold.

Vantage - Mercenary Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 1 as a Mercenary.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
1-star threehopes Vantage When HP is at 50% or below: Perfect Guards restore a small amount of the Warrior and Awakening Gauges.

Battalion Vantage - Mercenary Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 1 as a Mercenary.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
1-star threehopes Battalion Vantage When battalion endurance is at 1/3 or below: Perfect Guards restore a small amount of the Warrior and Awakening Gauges.

Battle Trace - Brawler Combat Art

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 1 as a Brawler.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
1-star threehopes Battle Trance Temporarily make it easier to fill the Warrior and Awakening Gauges.

Luck Catalyst - Bishop Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 1 as a Bishop.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
1-star threehopes Luck Catalyst Increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate in proportion to the unit’s Lck.

Warrior Assist - Sniper Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Sniper.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Warrior Assist When this unit is an adjutant: increases the fill rate of the active unit’s Warrior Gauge.

Warlock

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Warlock.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Aggression Increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate when attacking foes with status effects.

Renewed Carnage - Asura Class Ability

Learned by Shez when they reach class rank 2 as an Asura.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
2-star threehopes Renewed Carnage Gradually restores the Warrior Gauge.

Battle Instincts - Bow Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Bow Knight..

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Battle Instincts Increases the fill rate of both the Warrior and Awakening Gauges until one of them is completely full.

Dexterity Catalyst - Bow Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Bow Knight..

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Dexterity Catalyst Increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate in proportion to the unit’s Dex.

Charm Catalyst - Dancer Class Ability

Most characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Dancer.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Charm Catalyst Increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate in proportion to the unit’s Cha.

Cyclical Specials - Dark Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 2 as a Dark Knight.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
2-star threehopes Cyclical Specials Temporarily increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate after initiating a Warrior Special.

Driven Spirit - Dark Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Dark Knight.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Driven Spirit Increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate while Awakened.

Panache - Dark Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Dark Knight.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Panache Defeating multiple enemies with a single Warrior Special restores the Awakening Gauge in proportion to the number of foes defeated.

Specials Master - Dark Knight Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Dark Knight.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Specials Master Defeating 30 or more enemies with a single Warrior Special temporarily increases critical hit rate.

Pact - Gremory Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 2 as a Gremory.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
2-star threehopes Pact Greatly increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate, but also increases the damage the unit sustains.

Burst of Valor - Trickster Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a Trickster.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Burst of Valor Restores the Warrior Gauge with each critical hit.

Forethought - Trickster Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 2 as a Trickster.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
2-star threehopes Forethought Restores the Awakening and Warrior Gauges when using combat arts or magic.

Piercing Gaze - War Master Class Ability

Some characters will learn this when they reach class rank 3 as a War Master.

Rank Icon Ability/Art Description
3-star threehopes Piercing Gaze Restores the Warrior Gauge every 800 hits.

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  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms,
    Switch
  • Genre
    Hack-n-slash, RPG
  • Guide Release
    19 June 2022
  • Last Updated
    29 July 2022
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