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Sickle to Sword
FE13 Sidequest 1
GameFire Emblem: Awakening
ObjectiveDefeat commander
Units AllowedChrom +7
Units GainedDonnel (if he Levels Up once)

“No man is born a warrior, Donny. And farm work makes for fine training--a sickle's not far from a sword, after all. Bandits may be tougher than wheat, but the principle's the same.”
Chrom to Donnel

Sickle to Sword (I Am a Weakling in the Japanese version) is Paralogue 1 of Fire Emblem: Awakening.

Donnel joins the party after this chapter only if he levels up at least once.

Two chests are available which contain a Killer Lance and Rescue Staff.


As the first optional fight in the game, the enemies may be slightly tougher than what you would expect when the paralogue first becomes available. The map is littered with barbarians, archers, and thieves trying to take you down. Sword users are invaluable on this map, since they will have a weapon triangle advantage against axe users and no disavantage against thieves. This is a "defeat commander" map, so it is possible to head straight for the boss, but then you would miss out on the great treasure that is available.

Your army starts out in the southeast corner of the map. There is a forest filled with enemies to the north and a fort with enemies to the west.  You should immediately send some units (preferably sword users) west to deal with the barbarians, and a few ranged units north to take out the archers. DON'T FORGET DONNEL! On the easier modes Donnel can be put to use immediately and will become a strong unit thanks to his unique skill, Aptitude. However, on the harder modes, Donnel may be harder to train in real battle, so it is up to you if you want to bother recruiting him. One good strategy to help level up Donnel is to weaken an enemy to 1-3 HP, and then let Donnel finish them off. Pairing him up with Kellam is a viable tactic, as he will boost Donnel's defense, allowing him to take some more hits. Donnel will receive 40 EXP per enemy, unless the enemy is a thief, in which Donnel will receive 60 EXP. Another good strategy is to corner the archer in the northwest corner of the map near the 2 chests and have Donnel pick away at him. One enemy kill plus all the work he puts into killing the archer will get Donnel leveled up as well.  

Frederick or any other mounted unit can be used to quickly travel west to intercept the thief that will try to steal the killer lance. It is possible to complete the next few chapters without it, but it is free and it does not hurt to have it. Plus your units can get extra EXP from killing the thief. Once Donnel levels up and the killer lance and rescue staff are collected, kill the boss and the village is saved!

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