The Benefits Of Getting Married In Fire Emblem: Awakening

By Laura . January 25, 2013 . 3:00pm

In a previous hands-on piece, we focused on the many ways the support system can help your characters in battle in Fire Emblem: Awakening. Support level is increased by participating in battle together, whether it involves attacking or blocking an enemy attack. Between two characters of opposite gender (Tactician included), however, you can reach an S-rank.


When this happens, the guy (usually) will propose to the girl and you’ll find that, on the status screen, the two are marked “Husband” and “Wife.”


Marriages in Fire Emblem: Awakening affect the end credits, where you see what happens to all of the characters after the game, but also unlock sidequest Paralogue chapters where you can recruit new characters—the married couples’ children.


The why of it I’ll leave for another time, but for every couple, a new area opens up, and there, you’ll fight some enemies and find one of the wayward children. These children’s classes are predetermined, but their stats seem to be affected by their parents. Also, which child and chapter is unlocked depends on the mother, but the child’s appearance is somewhat affected by which father you choose (namely, the hair color).


In addition, the children also inherit skills from their parents. For example, if one of the parents was an assassin, the child may come with the skill Lethality (providing that the parent had learned it already). What class the father is may also affect what classes the child can be promoted to through the use of a Second Seal.


The only exception to the “which child you get is unlocked by the mom” rule are the Tactician and Chrom, who unlock kids of their own when they’re married. This child is a sibling to the child unlocked by the mom.


As an aside, the Tactician (your player character) can marry any of the females, including one of the children. This may pop your brain if you try to think about family lineages, depending on who you marry him to, but as the children can’t have their own children, your kid will end up an only child. Note that their gender is always the opposite of your Tactician’s.


In addition to inherited stats and, to an extent appearance, the children also have extra support conversations with their parents (and siblings, if they have any). The support conversation with the mother is always the same, but I’m not sure if the one with the father remains the same or not.


Most of these conversations are hilarious, even more so than usual (“I’m keeping an eye on you so you don’t cheat on mom in the future! I don’t wanna randomly pop out of existence!!”), and I really enjoyed trying to get all of them.


The only problem is that, although the children have the potential to be really strong, they are at fairly low levels. The Paralogues are in general harder than the main chapters, perhaps even the last few chapters of the game. Once you beat the levels, you can use an item to summon monsters to fight there and train with the crazy-hard enemies. It’s one of the few times I truly dreaded what it would’ve been like had I played on Classic mode, where permanent death is enabled.


This means that you’d have to be at a fairly high level to even finish the mission to recruit the child, and by then the child is far too low leveled to help without some grinding. Thank goodness you can grind in this game, then!


Here’s more of our Fire Emblem: Awakening coverage in case you missed it:

The Things You Can Do On Fire Emblem: Awakening’s World Map

Fire Emblem: Awakening Has Dual Audio Voice Tracks

Fire Emblem: Awakening Has A First-Person Mode For Battles

Fire Emblem: Awakening’s Funny Romantic Pairings And Support System


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  • ragingmerifes

    I really hope they use this feature on SMT X FE.
    Yes, a honeymoon between Aleph and the Demi-fiend.

    • ragingmerifes

      Errrr, I mean Chiaki.

      • MrTyrant

        Too late, you ruined my mind already! xd

      • They better add Characters from Devil Survivor(Namely Haru,Amane and Izuno) and Io from Desu II then XD

        • MrTyrant


          Sorry but I prefer the other girls like Makoto, Fumi, Airi, etc. Instead of that annoying girl. They are higher tier, of course Io still better than Yuzu.

          • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

            Makoto and Fumi is indeed a high tier girl there in the series.^_^
            But sadly i don’t really like Airi there. Hell, i like Io more than Airi there.
            But Otome is still my fave female char in DeSu 2.^_^ Her scenes with the little child is giving me that warm and fuzzy feeling.^_^

          • MrTyrant

            Similar taste my friend. I dislike Airi too I was just mentioning that she was better than Io for me. I don’t like both to be honest.

            My favourites female characters are: Fumi, Makoto, Otome and the dancing chick because she was hot (forgot her hame) in that order.

      • Ty Arnold

        No you didn’t.

    • Leon_Tekashi

      That would be amazing.

    • Lordshade

      How bout Mara/Aurioch…

  • efholic

    … so what happens to the child if the wife dies?
    Unless she’s just shelved off the battlefield.

    • Miralizmis

      You find a new one. XD

    • fuzzy_hobo

      Assuming you’re playing classic mode with permadeath, story-wise none of the females can die but instead permanently retreat. So gameplay wise they’re gone but they’re technically alive in the story. An example would be Soren, Mist, and Titania from FE9-10. Most of the fathers can die however. But if you’re playing casual mode, everyone only temporarily retreats.

      • Eilanzer

        nah…the fun in this game IS permadeath and the tactics you do to survive ^^

        • I agree i havent played some of recent ones but the old gbas and roms and permadeath is all i know its what im use to lol

  • Zenthos

    “Including one of the children”

    Im lost here, could someone explain?

    • Your avatar can choose to marry one of the child characters that you unlock through marriages.

      • Lordshade

        This is mainly implemented as “Pick your favorite character” fanservice, since the Avatar is supposed to represent you.

    • riceisnice

      It’s not as suggestive as it sounds.

  • Miralizmis

    So, does this mean I can name my(Tactcian’s) child?

    Or is it just gonna stay Mark(I think that’s what it was; don’t kill me if it isn’t…), like in the Japanese version?

    • Arrei

      Avatar’s kid is named Morgan.

      • MrTyrant

        Can Morgan have sister/brothers? I mean the daughter/son of the characters are suppose to have regardless of “your unit”

        • Arrei

          Like the article says, yes: If you’re a male avatar, Morgan can be the sister of any of the children that would normally result from pairing with a lady. If you’re a female avatar, however, Morgan can only be the brother of Chrom’s child if you pair with him, since the other children are tied to the mother.

          • Wait what/?

          • andref

            If you’re asking about what I think you are asking about, the child of the tactician’s name is set and is the same name regardless of gender. So Morgan is the name of both the female and male child

          • MrTyrant

            Ok thx.

  • Locklear93

    This feature is going to make me be such a jerk. I’m going to end up deliberately pairing NPCs who don’t seem like they’d be happy together, just to fill my headcanon with ridiculous shenanigans.

  • Mayu

    Yay! ^_^

  • Ferrick

    “This may pop your brain if you try to think about family lineages,
    depending on who you marry him to, but as the children can’t have their
    own children, your kid will end up an only child.”

    hopefully that won’t mean a bad end for tact’s child =/ that would be really saddening

    • No bad end! Just … an only child XD

      • shogunknight

        That means no mistakes, might be difficult to choose for the tactician

        • Eh, are you condemning characters before they are even born? =3

          No matter who you marry, all children are obtainable no matter who you marry the Tactician to.

          • shogunknight

            Nice, that settles the worry :)

  • Göran Isacson

    “The why of it I’ll leave for another time”
    My first reaction to that line was “Laura I think we’re all old enough to know about the birds and the bees”, but then I read on and realized these kids are apparently NOT naturally grown but encountered through some straight up time travel shenanigans.

    And I do not think I’ll EVER be old enough to get how time travel works.

    • *huggle* XD

      You recruit the children at an age around … hm. Around Lissa’s age.

  • Jellot

    I’m curious. Does using a Female Tactician unlock “multiple” possible siblings to “Mark” as using a Male Tactician does?

    • Draparde

      i was curious about this as well.

      • Since the child is unlocked through the female, I think the only possibility will be with Chrom’s child. I could be wrong, though?

        • This is correct. If you choose the female avatar, the only possible sibling for “Mark” is Chrom’s child (assuming you pair your female avatar with Chrom).

          • Jellot

            Well, that’s a bummer. Wonder why the difference.

  • JustThisOne

    I’m keeping an eye on you so you don’t cheat on mom in the future! I don’t wanna randomly pop out of existence!!

    Fire Emblem x Back to the Future, confirmed. :3 ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE NOW!

  • shuyai

    The question is can i become Harem King?

    • puchinri

      King/Queen. That would be fabulous.

    • One ring to marry them all o.o

  • ToshiChan

    I’ve never played Fire Emblem before so I guess my question is do couples come pre-shipped or can I ship whoever I want and make them marry

    • Each character has a set amount of people they can pair with (the amount of people they can pair with wildly varies with the character). The exception is the player-created tactician avatar that can marry anyone.

    • You have complete range of shipping freedom. HAVE FUN 8D

      (OK OK, there are a few restrictions, but it’s relatively free.)

    • fuzzy_hobo

      There are a couple implied pairings in the story but nothing is set in stone. You can ship just about anyone (m to f) within the potential parent group and within the later children group. Only Chrom and Sumia have limited marriage options for story reasons. Your Avatar can marry in either the parent or children group. So ship away!

  • Xmas Lopez

    You mean I can see the fruits of my character shipping? Me want!!!

  • SetzerGabbiani

    Tax deduction, that’s the only benefit I’m looking for.

    Beyond that…knowing this about marriages…this game is absolutely more massive in scope than I first thought. A lot of work went into this.

  • Seraph

    Good to see this feature again. Last FE game that did this was Fire Emblem 4: Seisen no Keifu (Geneaology of the Holy War).

  • ShawnOtakuSomething

    I’m going to ask Marth to marry me. *That’s a man! Sir* well then how about Laharl-chan? *That’s also man , besides that’s a another game series Sir.

  • fireemblembeast

    I like how in the thumbnail, their legs are cut off…^_^; (that’s really the only flaw of this game-no feet)
    No but seriously, thanks for the update! It helps to have these clarified before the release date! I’m slowly remembering again what I learned about the game from like a year and a half ago…

  • puchinri

    I’ll admit, when I saw that the Tactician can marry any female, I skipped right here to doublecheck, the Tactician/PC can marry both genders? Or female PCs can only marry the male characters?

    • Kevin Tan

      You can only marry characters of the opposite gender.

      • puchinri

        Oh. Okay, then. Thank you. ;u;

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    ………. Loli marriage suddenly looks possible lol.^_^

    • TatsuyaKyo

      Silly Japanese, being able to get get away with it by saying; “I may look like this, but I’m a lot older than you presume! Dohohoho!”, or something like that. Not that I’m complaining though.

  • Kevin Lor

    joking; is there a loli in the game? lol

    • No no pls no, yes there is lol XD

    • TatsuyaKyo

      Two of them… and a shota.

      Oh, and the lolis are a mother and daughter combo. Wait… No, no, no! That’s not what I meant! Dispel the thought from your mind!

  • I got this game pre-ordered, and I don’t even own a 3DS! I can’t wait to waifu emblem.

  • Pockystix

    sadly, I can’t get that S rank with a Female Avatar and Tharja

  • Amine Hsu Nekuchan

    The children also inherit all classes of the parents that aren’t prohibited by the gender of the child.

  • Geez This game just keeps blowing my mind! The replay value is going through the roof (mission 1 marry every character possible +_+ )

  • Cj

    I’m new to Fire Emblem would this game be a good place to start?

    • AuraGuyChris

      In some points, it doesn’t follow the usual Fire Emblem formula where you’re forced to focus on like twenty of sixty units to play an entire run. Meaning, you’re basically training them during the story line without breaks.
      This one is more open-ended because it plays like Gaiden and Sacred Stones; you’re given freedom to raise ANY unit in previous cleared areas without having to play the next chapter in the story right after. So yes, I suppose it’s good enough.

  • Anticipating the inevitable “NINTENDO WHY U NO GAY MARRIAGE” Internet outrage

  • Alister Izumi

    yuri pairing? please!!!!

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