Fire Emblem: Three Houses Character Recruiting Guide

There are many players that enjoy Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and most of them face the same problem. Even if there is a house that you want to join, there are always some characters that belong to some other house, but you want them to be in your party. This situation can seem tricky, but actually, there is a way to solve this problem. The key is simple: most characters can be recruited to your team no matter what house they represent – but you have to know how to impress them.

Important Premises

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Of course, you can run around trying to get as many different characters as possible to join your house, but that idea is not going to pay off. There isn’t a clear limit on how many characters can be in your team, but there is a certain limit on how many of them you can send on a mission, and this number varies from 9 to 12, depending on what part of the story you are currently playing.

After you complete the first parts of the story, you will find that you get options to invite students of other houses to your team available to you. Of course, it won’t be easy to persuade them, and they won’t join you until you have some amount of a certain skill. And each character has different conditions to join your house. However, you can’t recruit them right away, just after a small dialogue, and you need to improve your stats and your skills if you find yourself unable to recruit somebody you want.

Skills and Stats

Most students want you to have a C rank in their favorite skill, and you have to show them about 16-20 points of magic, charm, or other stat that is associated with them. And some of them even require a B rank – but that seems to match your own character’s affinity skills, like Bow or Heavy Armor. But be wary that there are characters that can’t really be recruited even with the highest rank and a developed skill. This list includes the leaders of opposing houses and their retainers.

Your students level up their skills faster than your own character since you’re teaching them, and not the other way around. The skill experience is limited, and you really need it to get good stats. That means you have to use the Faculty Training around the Monastery in order to earn more levels in important skills. Different characters, including Manuela or Rhea, can all train in their favorite skills, but you’ll have to give up an activity point, and each of them can teach you just once a day.

This system suggests that you have to decide what skills you really want to have. You won’t be able to improve them all, so choose some of them that suit your style of playing and your expected teammates well. Some players may plan to make their characters universal, with as many skills as you can get. But this strategy is far from being optimal: if your hero excels in nothing, he will be effectively useless, and you won’t be able to persuade many students to join you. So choose your skills carefully, imagining your future roster beforehand.

Of course, you should keep in mind that there are possible interjections in what skills the characters are looking for, and mastering those skills is much more effective in terms of character recruitment. Some students look for similar or matching skills – for example, both Petra and Marianne want you to have a Riding skill, so spending a point to improve that skill is twice as effective if you want to recruit both of them. That is why you have to be really careful with choosing teammates, since there is this synergetic effect.

Bonding and Relationships

However, you may not want to gather only matching characters in your house, and that is perfectly fine. After all, you may want to invite somebody just for a relationship with them. If such character requires a skill that you don’t really need otherwise, you should try and build that relationship with them as early as possible. Giving them gifts or different items they’ve lost bonds your character with them, improving your support rank. Later that can be helpful to lower a stat requirement.

This mechanism allows you to recruit characters that do not want to join your team. Even if you can’t show them too much experience in their relevant skill, try to increase your bond with them. Improving it to a B support makes most of the students like you so much that they will agree to team with you even if you have mediocre skills. If you want to use this way of recruiting, be sure to spend some time gardening – flowers are twice as effective for building bonds.

Another perk of this approach is that you don’t have to follow your potential recruits closely, tracking their interests. If your relations are good enough, your students will seek you out during a week of teaching and ask to join themselves, and you can always refuse. Refusing their offer doesn’t hurt your relationship, and there is an option to invite them to join you later. All characters level up independently, so there’s no need to worry about somebody joining your team at a relatively low level.

Certain parts of the story even make those characters certify themselves, promoting to new classes and raising their stats. That means you don’t have to hurry with recruiting if you are not going to rely on bonding – or if you don’t want to interfere with their training. There is one interesting exception: Sylvain of the Blue Lions doesn’t follow these rules, and while he requires a high Reason skill, he will ask you to join his house when being recruited. However, this applies only to female characters.

Other Options

As you progress through the main story, you’ll get a few chances to require additional characters. Namely, you can ask the faculty and certain knights at the monastery to join your house, too. These characters don’t count as students, and they don’t require any specific skills or stats – you just have to be proficient enough in whatever skills you have. That usually means that you have to reach at least level 15 to ask them about joining. So even if you fail to impress some certain character, there is always an option to complete your roster with these additional teammates.

Skilling Up

Summing up, there are three main ways to recruit a decent party. The most straightforward way involves impressing characters with skills you are proficient in. If this fails, you can try and bond with some characters to improve a support rank and persuade them to join you even with mediocre skills. Finally, there is always an option to recruit additional characters that don’t want any specific skill. Don’t forget to ask questions in the comment sections – and of course, be sure to share this guide if you have found it interesting.

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