Information about how to obtain Materials in Fire Emblem Three Hopes, including information about how to obtain Materials from Surveying Spots and from the Supply Depot and Supply Master.
Expanding Facilities and Materials
After clearing a few Side Quests in Chapter 4, when you return to the Base Camp you’ll be pestered by one of your companions, who will tell you about expanding facilities, directing you to speak to the Facilities Master for more information. Do so and you’ll get a tutorial on expanding facilities, which is a core aspect of progression in Fire Emblem Three Hopes. Expanding facilities will give you access to new services and improve those you already have access to.
A breakdown of the various upgrades you can unlock by upgrading facilities can be found on the How to Expand Facilities in Three Hopes page. These facilities influence most aspects of gameplay, from how affordable it is to level up, what classes you have access to, what types of gifts, weapons, resources, ingredients and other goods you can buy, how effective your battalions are, how many Warrior Gauges and abilities you characters will have, what their max stats are and how easy it is to acquire gold and materials during battle.
Suffice to say, you’re going to want to keep these upgraded to keep your units in tip-top shape. To do that, you’ll need to expend both gold and Materials, and while the former is fairly mundane - fight battles and you’ll get gold - Materials are trickier to obtain. Don’t expect to be able to expand too many facilities when the feature first comes available, as your supply of Materials is finite until Chapter 5. Once you unlock the Supply Master (and consequently, the Supply Depot facility) your ability to upgrade will open up a bit, but higher-tier Materials are progress-gated - don’t expect to find Quality Building Materials and Lavish Building Materials until you’ve made significant progress in the main questline.
|Crude Building Material||Bottom-tier material, used for initial expansion of facilities.|
|Basic Building Material||Low-tier material used to expand all facilities.|
|Quality Building Material||Mid-tier material used to expand all facilities.|
|Lavish Building Material||High-tier material used to expand all facilities.|
|Recruit Training Gear||Low-tier material used to expand the Training Grounds.|
|Beginner Combat Manual||Low-tier material used to expand the Tactics Academy.|
|Standard Combat Manual||Mid-tier material used to expand the Tactics Academy.|
|Advanced Combat Manual||High-tier material used to expand the Tactics Academy.|
|Apprentice Smithing Set||Low-tier material used to expand the Blacksmith.|
|Artisan Smithing Set||Mid-tier material used to expand the Blacksmith.|
|Master Smithing Set||High-tier material used to expand the Blacksmith.|
|Humble Furnishings||Low-tier material used to expand the Recreation Quarter.|
|Basic Furnishings||Mid-tier material used to expand the Recreation Quarter.|
|Luxurious Furnishings||High-tier material used to expand the Recreation Quarter.|
|Sutler’s License||Low-tier material used to expand the Marketplace.|
|Merchant’s License||Mid-tier material used to expand the Marketplace.|
|Purveyor’s License||High-tier material used to expand the Marketplace.|
|Squire’s Insignia||Low-tier material used to expand the Battalion Guild.|
|Knight’s Insignia||Mid-tier material used to expand the Battalion Guild.|
|Hero’s Insignia||High-tier material used to expand the Battalion Guild.|
|Storage Bag||Low-tier material used to expand the Supply Depot.|
|Storage Chest||Mid-tier material used to expand the Supply Depot.|
|Storage Compartment||High-tier material used to expand the Supply Depot.|
How to Earn Materials from Surveying Spots
While the Supply Master will be your more reliable source of Materials in the long-term, you can also earn bulk quantities of Materials by exploring Surveying Spots on the War Map. To do this you must complete Side Quest battles, conquering regions in the process. Once the Side Quest battle in a region is complete and the region is under your control you’ll be able to examine various Surveying Spots that may be scattered about. The benefits of examining Surveying Spots vary, but they can include significant amounts of Materials. Keep in mind that some Surveying Spots cannot be explored until additional objectives are completed beyond merely conquering a region, including getting an S-Rank in that region’s battle, getting enough KOs throughout the chapter, and others.
The Supply Master
Surveying Spots may be a source of Materials, but they’re finite - once you plunder a Surveying Spot, that resource is tapped. For a more reliable, long-term source of Materials you’ll need to make use of the Supply Master, whom you’ll unlock in Chapter 5. Once her services are available, go talk to her in the Base Camp where you’ll get several options: “Deliver Equipment”, “Deliver Resources”, “Trade Smithing Stones” and “Collect Supplies”.
You can sell excess weaponry and accessories you possess for a paltry amount of gold, or you can give it to the Supply Master for… a paltry supply of Smithing Stones. The higher-quality the weapon/accessory, the more Smithing Stones you’ll obtain. All in all, it’s not a bad way to empty out your armory.
Similar to the “Deliver Equipment” option, above, save you can exchange various resources (including excess Materials, food and ore) for Smithing Stones. Depending on your resources and inclinations, this might not be a bad way to score more Smithing Stones.
Trade Smithing Stones
While Smithing Stones are used to Repair, Forge and Reforge weapons (unlocking their potential and increasing their stats), they’re also a form of currency that can be traded at the Supply Depot. Smithing Stones can buy you a variety of wares, including the Materials required to expand facilities. These don’t come cheap, and you can’t obtain higher-tier Materials this way until you purchase various “Expand the Supply Line” upgrades, meaning you’ll have to obtain at least the original mid-and-high-tier Materials by other means. Despite the expense, however, this is a way to get the specific Materials you need, so if there’s a facility upgrade you really want to unlock, the Supply Master has you covered.
Initially unavailable, to unlock this you’ll need to expand the Supply Depot by unlocking the initial “Form a Supply Squad” upgrade. Once done, you’ll passively earn Materials after every battle, be they Main Quests, Side Quests, new battles, already cleared Side Quest battles in the chapter, or even battles replayed at the Record Keeper. They’re free, but you’ll only earn a trickle of them and the exact Materials earned are random - it’s a good long-term, supplemental source of Materials, but you’ll probably want to trade Smithing Stones to finish off stocks and buy the upgrades you need.