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.
Paralogue 1: Sickle to Sword
Donnel is quite a weak character as he starts with the horrible Villager class. Stats are low but skills are mildly useful, so how you will use him it’s all up to you. He’s truly a blank slate in this regard since the villager class has all around horrible stats so he doesn’t get the advance in no area at all. To recruit him during battle, you will have to level him up from Level 1 to Level 2. Since he’s so pathetically weak, you will have to let other strong units do the dirty job of weaking the enemies and then allow Donnel to give the finishing strike. After a couple of kills, he should be leveling up and join your army. Not the best of additions, to be sure, but he’s pretty much customizable any way you want: Donnel can be used to effectively fill any hole in your army or experiment with some of the hybrid classes.
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