Fire Emblem: Awakening Character Recruitment Guide: Chapter 2

One of the main focuses of recent Fire Emblem games is the possibility to recruit a lot of characters for your army. Fire Emblem: Awakening is not so different in this regard, with a lot of characters available for recruitment. As always, many of the characters can join you automatically but for some others you will have to take specific steps to make them join like deploying a specific character and make them talk with the possible recruit. With the many advanced classes available in the game you may want to recruit as many characters as possible to create the most diverse army: some classes are only useful in specific situations and that’s where the many characters of the game will come in. In this guide we will be listing all the characters available, both automatic recruitments and optionals, with small descriptions for each character: a lot of the automatically recruited characters often have something they’re really good at and I always recommend to not change their class to a different type. You will have plenty of occasions to do so with the optional characters: unlike the story ones, they have some more average features and are perfect to experiment with customization. So save your seals for these characters.

  • Chapter 2: Shepherds


Vaike will join your army as part of the story, so no complicated things to do are required. He’s a solid character with a good axe proficiency: all axe-wielding classes can do good for him, except for the axe-magic hybrids. However he needs constant upgrades for his axe otherwise he’ll fall behind everyone else pretty easily.


Miriel is a pretty standard magic user, but she’ quite good at it. Any magic wielding class is good for her so customize Miriel however you want. She’s also very very good as a support for all melee units: the additional attack she’ll grant are pretty useful to attempt one hit kills on enemies with low defense stats. She’ll join your army as part of the story.


Stahl is recruited as part of the story: starts as a mounted unit and is pretty average in pretty much all areas. You can customize him however you want since he’s decent at everything is his basic class but not outstanding

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