Fire Emblem Warriors Three Hopes: Complete Controls Guide and Tips for Beginners

Here are the complete controls and gameplay tips for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes.


Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is a new hack-and-slash action role-playing game similar to the Dynasty Warriors series. The game was released on the Nintendo Switch on June 24 and is the sequel to Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Houses. This entry into the series follows an alternate timeline, but includes many of the same characters from the previous title.

Below you will find the complete controls for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. Following the controls will be gameplay tips geared toward beginners of the game and the Fire Emblem series.


All Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes controls

  • Move: LS
  • Camera: RS
  • Guard and Reset Camera: ZL 
  • Display Quick Menu 2:
  • Pause Menu: – 
  • Cycle Unit (Down): D-Pad Up 
  • Display Tutorial: D-Pad Left 
  • Cycle Unit (Up): D-Pad Down 
  • Switch and Execute Strategy: D-Pad Right 
  • Minimap Zoom In and Out: L3
  • Unique Action Ability: ZR 
  • Display Quick Menu 1:
  • Orders Screen:
  • Strong Attack:
  • Warrior Special: A  
  • Dodge:
  • Regular Attack:
  • Lock On: R3 

Note: the left and right analog sticks are denoted as LS and RS, respectively. Pressing on either is marked as L3 and R3.

Tips for beginners in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes

Below are gameplay tips for Three Hopes. They are geared toward beginners of both the game and the series.

1. Use Mock Battles 

Once you unlock your base camp, you will have access to facilities that will help you improve your units. One of the most important facilities regarding unit development is the Training Grounds. You can train, level up, and acquire new classes.  

A great feature of the Training Grounds is being able to test out different classes, weapons, and new abilities. Select the Mock Battle option with the Training Instructor to test out a unit’s move set. This will be very helpful to create battle strategies for the battles that count. You can also experiment with different classes to see what works best for you.   


2. Select classes with advantages against specific enemy types

Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes has different enemy types that have certain strengths and weaknesses. Battles most times require deploying units across the map and the amount of time you take to complete a stage is taken into consideration when it comes to rewards.  

The Fluegel class is strong against enemies that use axes. The Armored Lord class is strong against lance-wielding enemies. The Mage class has an advantage against bows. The Cavalier class is strong against swords. There are eleven different classes and you can view all of their separate characteristics by selecting the class category in the tutorial menu screen. This is very helpful in battles where you need to attack multiple strongholds at once.  

3. Utilize the optimize feature for best class builds

The optimize feature automatically selects the best equipment, battalion, combat arts, magic, and abilities for your unit. There are many different variations and options to choose from based on the equipment, skills, and items you currently possess as well as what works the best for the selected class.  


Instead of spending a lot of your time in the early stages of the game figuring out what works best, you can simply select the unit you want to enhance in the convoy settings. You can either optimize the unit’s complete build on the Set Equipment screen or only optimize abilities on the Set Abilities screen. As you progress through the game you will learn what works best for each class and your personal style to build your unit manually.  

4. How to increase morale in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes 

The overall morale between the units and all the characters that you interact with in the game is very important. Higher morale means that your allies deal more damage to enemies in battle. Each time you reach a new chapter morale will be reset to zero so becoming effective at raising it will save you a lot of time.  

There are four ways to increase morale in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. You can give gifts to allies, cook for allies, and do volunteer work with them. Further, the MVP at the end of a battle also receives a morale boost. Be sure that you check which characters will benefit the most from each method to increase the efficiency of raising morale.  

5. Choose your difficulty mode wisely 

The difficulty modes in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes have a great effect on the gameplay experience. Not only do you have Easy, Normal, and Hard options, but you also have the option of a Casual or Classic mode experience.  

The main difference in the Casual versus Classic modes is what happens if one of your units falls.  

In Casual mode, they will rise again after a battle, but in Classic mode, your units will not be revived once you reach Chapter 4. You can change from Easy to Hard difficulty at any time, but once you pick the Casual or Classic mode you will not be able to change that without starting a new game completely.  

So there you have the complete control guide and five beginner tips for Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes. This game has a lot of moving parts and almost everything is customizable and upgradeable so tinker with everything to create a gameplay experience that works best for your style of play.

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