Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (ファイアーエムブレム トラキア776 Faiā Emuburemu: Torakia Nana Nana Roku) is a Japanese tactical role-playing game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo, and the fifth installment in the Fire Emblem series. It is also the third and final Fire Emblem title to be released on the Super Famicom, as well as the final Fire Emblem designed by series creator Shouzou Kaga.
Thracia 776 was originally released on September 1, 1999 through the Nintendo Power service. This Japan-exclusive service allowed people to use writable game cartridges to purchase and download game ROMs from kiosks in select retail locations. The game was subsequently given a proper boxed retail release on January 21, 2000, during the last days of the Super Famicom. Later, the game was released on the Wii and Wii U in Japan through the Virtual Console in 2008 and 2013 respectively.
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- See also: Jugdral Series
Thracia 776 takes place during the events of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. During Genealogy of the Holy War, in the year Gran 761, the ruler of Grannvale Arvis has expanded his countries rule across the whole of Jugdral. Thracia 776 is set between Chapter 5 and Chapter 8 of the second generation storyline, while the exiled prince Seliph is still in hiding and preparing to battle Arvis' hold on the continent.
In the Thracian peninsula in southeastern Jugdral, the Manster District was subjugated following the deaths of Prince Quan of Leonster and his wife Ethlyn in the Yied Massacre. However, shortly after capturing it, Thracia was defeated by Grannvale and forced to cede control to Friege, becoming a servant state to the empire. Leif, the deposed heir to the Republic of Manster, who was rescued from an attack by the forces of Thracia by Finn, a friend of Seliph's father Sigurd, starts a revolution against the Empire's occupation of the Manster District.
Several characters from Genealogy of the Holy War return, such as Finn, Diarmuid, Ced, and Nanna, while others appear as cameos, such as Seliph (the main protagonist in part 2 in Genealogy of the Holy War), Julius, Julia, Altena, Coirpre, and Hannibal. Some original characters are also introduced, such as Halvan, Orsin, Lifis, Shiva, Dagdar, Machyua, and Mareeta.
Spending most of his life on the run, Leif eventually finds shelter in the village of Fiana. One day, the villager's protectors are routing bandits when the new Duke of Manster Raydrik attacks the village in search of Leif, kidnapping Leif's friends Nanna and Mareeta. Devastated by the town's destruction and his friends' abductions, Leif decides to face the forces of Thracia and retake Manster. Aided by Finn and a growing band of rebels, he rescues both Nanna and the enemy-controlled Mareeta, and defeating Raydrik's forces as they retake Manster and liberate northern Thracia. Leif's forces finally face Raydrik in battle, but upon his defeat he is transformed into an undead monster called Deadlord Mus. Leif destroys Mus, and cements his forces defending Manster and northern Thracia from the Grannvale army.
Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is known for its complex gameplay system. It uses the same skill system as in Genealogy of the Holy War. Many of the features introduced have become staples of the series.
Fog of War combat, also known as night combat, a new element present in some chapters. In Fog of War chapters, the map is completely obscured by darkness, causing characters to see only a few tiles around them. Torches and Torch Staves can be used to increase the radius. Torches and Torch Staves lose 1 square radius every turn.
Capturing is a new command available to your units and the enemies. When attempting to capture an enemy, the unit trying to capture has their stats halved. HP must be reduced to 0 to successfully capture. When captured, you can now hold on to the enemy and take anything from their inventory. Releasing captured bosses results in a different death quote. Units without weapons equipped, such as priests, are instantly captured with no combat taking place. If an enemy captures one of your units, they will take all of their items and must be killed to free the unit.
Fatigue is a new system unique to Thracia 776. When a character performs an action, they gain various points of fatigue. When a unit's fatigue exceeds their maximum HP, they cannot participate in the next chapter. This encourages the player to use units sparingly and use more characters. Fatigue can be cured with Stamina Drinks.
Gaiden Chapters were also introduced in Thracia 776. If the player completed specific conditions in certain chapters, they would go to bonus chapters. These chapters are usually filled with valuable items and characters.
Escape chapters were also introduced in Thracia 776 and actually make up a bulk of the first half of the game due to the relatively small army Leif commands at that point. Unlike later Escape chapters, however, which had everyone escaping as soon as the Lord got there, or even chapters which required you to evacuate everyone in order to proceed, the player can leave units behind, leaving them to be captured and possibly rescued in a Gaiden chapter, yet in order to evacuate everyone safely, the player must often have Leif linger, leaving him exposed to danger. Also of note is that unlike later Escape maps, which had limited enemy reinforcements, Escape chapters in Thracia 776 give the enemy unlimited reinforcements with them often occurring on a rigorous schedule, though in some cases, the reinforcements arrive on such a haphazard schedule that it is actually a boon to players looking to give EXP to certain units.
Like Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Thracia 776 also has the Dismount feature, including its similar characteristics, such as that Lance Knights and Axe Knights are forced to use swords when on foot and that cavalry and airborne units are forced to dismount in interior missions.
Thracia 776 also introduced the Rescue command, allowing one character to pick up and carry another (provided they are light enough, and at the temporary expense of some of the carrier's speed and skill). Once Rescued, a character was completely safe, even if the carrier gets into a fight (although if he should die, the rescued character would again be exposed). Mounted characters can not be rescued, but they can rescue those heavier than them. Units with maximum Build can not be rescued. This mechanic helped ease the difficulty a bit, allowing players to save an important character they had unwittingly put in danger, and as such the Rescue command has returned in other games since.
- Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is one of the lowest-selling entries in the franchise. This can be partially attributed to its unusual release, first on the Nintendo Power service in 1999 and as a boxed retail product in 2000, as well as its status as a new Super Famicom title released well into the lifespan of the Nintendo 64 and competing consoles of the era.
- Official site of Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 - In Japanese