Attack Stance is a new game mechanic in Fire Emblem Fates.
Attack Stance works similar to Dual Strike in Fire Emblem Awakening. Unlike Dual Strike from Awakening, where the partner has a chance to attack after the lead unit (which is increased by higher Support levels), the partner of an Attack Stance will always attack, regardless of Support level. As such, Attack Stance can only activate when the support unit occupies a space adjacent of the lead attacking unit, unless the Bold Stance skill is equipped on the lead unit.
The support unit will only follow up on the first attack of the lead character, but will retain the special weapon properties they have such as unit-type effectiveness, stat reductions on hit, and Brave Weapon double attack. Like the Dual Strike system, the assisting attacker can miss, and cannot activate offensive skills when assisting a primary attacker. In addition, the assisting attacker's attack is reduced by half during that battle. All Attack Stance follow up attacks will always be blocked when facing an enemy in Guard Stance.
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