“The Akaneian heroes hurried in Altea, but they would not go unchallenged. Waiting for them at Fort Menedy were Grust's artillery regiment, the dreaded "Wooden Cavalry." Missiles crashed down, rocking the earth as the enemy ballistae rumbled forward. Had Marth and the League any hope of triumphing over such firepower?”
—Opening Narration

The Wooden Cavalry is Chapter 13 of Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

This chapter was cut from Book 1 of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. All enemies (except for 2 Thieves, a Curate and Astram) are Ballisticians.


Secret Book (Artwork) The following part of this article contains strategy; therefore, it is subjective, and may not work for everyone.

This chapter is hard for Flying units, you can use the Class Swap to transform all your fliers into non-flying, swift units if you want.

There are more than 10 Ballisticians here, so prepare your stronger weapons, because this is hard. Do not take out Mages, because they have low defence and so they can die with one or two shots. Bring Midia in center to recruit Astram. Remember to keep any healers out of balllista range.

A well armored unit like a high level Paladin or General able take several hits from a ballista would be really useful. DracoKnights are also well armored units, but are ineffective and vulnerable against multiple ballistae.

Go to the village and Beck (a ballistician) will join you.

The boss has a ballista called Pachyderm that is extremely powerful and his defense is very high (although his Resistance is weak).

Enemy ReinforcementsEdit



Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightEdit

Items Price
Iron Sword 320
Steel Sword 500
Rapier 900
Lance 450
Silver Lance 1800
Steel Bow 560
Bowgun 950

Fire Emblem: Shadow DragonEdit

Items Price
Steel Sword
Steel Lance
Silver Lance
Steel Axe
Steel Bow


  • Astram - A Hero who has fallen in love with Midia. A decent replacement for Ogma or Caesar if both of them were lost, even though his speed won't level up much, and won't be very good in the end. Careful, the star crossed lover will kill Midia if he's close, similar to Matthis and Lena.
  • Beck - A ballistician you find in a village. Useful because of his giant range and a good alternative for Jake. He also comes with a Thunderbolt, which is highly effective against the many ballisticians. A ballistician just to the north of the castle has a Thunderbolt too, so be aware of this. Usage of Beck varies with player opinion. He has better stat growths and start stats than Jake in almost every area.


  • You find Ridersbane, Hoistflamme, and Wyrmslayer.
  • TIP: Be careful with fliers if you brought any, as the ballisticians will definitely destroy them.
  • TIP: If used properly, Caeda can be useful in clearing the ballisticans in the upper and lower paths; if some of the ballisticans closer to the castle are defeated, then she can help clear the middle pass too.


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