“Avatar opens the door to the throne room, discovering the true enemy that waits for them. The creature within the room is unlike anything s/he's ever seen.”
The Empty King (虚ろなる王 Utsuro naru Ō The Hollow King in the Japanese Version) is Chapter 27 of Fire Emblem Fates in the Conquest version. The player will not be able to save after completing this Chapter, nor return to My Castle. The Player will also be unable to Kidnap units from this battle because of this. The Capture skill can be used, and the normal dialogue for capturing an enemy will display. However, upon completing this Chapter, when you next return to My Castle, the captured unit will not be in your Prison.
|The following part of this article contains strategy; therefore, it is subjective, and may not work for everyone.|
Depending on the difficulty attempted by the player, the enemies and unit placement will change:
- On Normal Mode, there are 17 enemies; 6 Shrine Maidens, 3 Lancers, a Merchant, Berserker, Sniper, Sorcerer, Master Ninja, Swordmaster, Spear Master and Garon himself. There is a unit set point in each of the side rooms, and 10 in the bottom.
- On Hard Mode, two Swordmasters and Spear Masters are added into their respective rooms in Guard Stance, totaling up to 21 enemies. In addition, the set points are changed; rather then one in each of the side rooms, there are two each on the top two rooms.
- On Lunatic Mode, an additional Lancer is added in the group guarding Garon, totaling up to 22 enemies.
While most of the units on the side should not be a great threat, the biggest issue will most likely be the group guarding Garon. On all modes, the Lancers come with Counter and Countermagic, making them especially dangerous to deal with, as well as Movement +1, meaning they will keep up with the Merchant. On Hard Mode and Lunatic Mode, this group will all have Spendthrift; on Hard the Lancers have one gold bar, while the Merchant has two, and on Lunatic, each unit has one more. The Merchant also has Wary Fighter, making it difficult to kill him in one turn. While the accuracy can be put into question depending on who is tanking (Lancebreaker and Bowbreaker can deal with them easily), they can cause a lot of damage if they hit. It is best to avoid dealing with this group, since your attacks become rather limited during your turn.
If you do not want to take out this group (since you will either need shurikens or a high critical hit weapon or damage boosting skills), you can go through the side rooms. You will still need to take out the respective combatant units, even if they move out of the room, first. Each room has a Shrine Maiden. The four in the bottom and middle rooms have a special version of Entrap. All six have Moon Festals. If you cannot take out the combatant unit in each room in one turn, kill off the Shrine Maidens first, so that they do not restore a majority of their allies' health which can prolong the fight.
The Entrap used by Shrine Maidens is a special, enemy-only version which will always hit your units (it has an accuracy of 200 with infinite range). The trick to manipulating the AI of the Shrine Maiden is to learn 3 facts:
- They will Entrap your highest total stats available unit one by one. The distribution of which ally units entering which rooms will be based on which ally units function the worst against the enemy in said room (weapon triangle advantage, etc.).
- They will not Entrap units in rooms.
- They will not Entrap units in enemy range.
Garon is much more stronger in this route on all modes. Although he will not have Draconic Hex (which only appears in Birthright), he does have Dragonskin, which will reduce the attacks of everyone by half. This does not apply to the Avatar with the Shadow Yato, which deals 3/4th of its damage instead. On Normal, Garon only comes with Armored Blow and Warding Blow, which with his stats will mean whenever he attacks, he will most likely take little damage. On Hard, Savage Blow is added into his skill list, which can weaken your units enough for the remaining hostiles to kill them if they haven't been lured/disposed yet. This is even worsened on Lunatic Mode where Renewal is added, meaning that he will heal 21 hitpoints at the start of the enemy phase.
Therefore, on Lunatic Mode, you may want to bring several powerful units to dispose of Garon in one turn before he is able to use Renewal, as he can delay your units long enough for the rest of the stronger hostiles to reach and kill your units. Rally units are helpful in increasing the damage output of your units. You may also have Songstress Azura sing to one unit, then have a nearby unit shelter her so that she can sing to another unit. Several freeze staves may come in handy for holding off the invaders before they reach your units.