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Vantage (待ち伏せ Machibuse, also known as Ambush in the Japanese versions, Initiative in the French version, Vantaggio in the Italian version, Emboscada, lit. Ambush, in the Spanish version) is a recurring skill in the Fire Emblem franchise. It allows the user to initiate an attack when an enemy engages him/her in battle.

This skill is first introduced in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, in which the user will always attack first if the user has less than 50% HP left.

This skill is later integrated into the more advanced skill systems of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, where its effect is made more noticeable. However, in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Vantage becomes dependent on the user's Speed stat, meaning it will not be as consistent in terms of activation.

In Fire Emblem: Awakening and Fire Emblem Fates, Vantage returns back to functioning how it did in the Judgral series in terms of automatically activating when the user's HP is below 50%. In Awakening's Lunatic Mode+, an enemy exclusive skill of Vantage appears on enemies.

This skill is known as Gale (烈風の技 Reppū no waza) in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga.

Vantage is an extremely useful skill for units to carry, as when activated, the user can follow up with other skills which can make them relatively dangerous to defeat if they fall below half health and have powerful skills such as Lethality on them.

StatsEdit

Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Name Activation Capacity
AmbushAmbush 100% -
Effect(s) Allows the user to always attack first when his/her HP is below Max HP/2; Negates enemy's Charge skill.
Notes Base skill of Arden, Lex, Roddlevan, Johan, Ares and Hannibal.

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776Edit

Name Activation Capacity
AmbushAmbush 100% -
Effect(s) Allows the user to always attack first.
Notes Base skill of Machyua, Halvan and Pirn; Can be assigned with the AmbushMAmbush Manual.

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

Name Activation Capacity
TS GaleGale Max [(User's Skill - Enemy's Skill) +3]% -
Effect(s) Allows the user to always attack first, provided that he/she is faster than the enemy.
Notes Base skill of Mahter, Roger and Rishel.

Fire Emblem: Path of RadianceEdit

Name Activation Capacity
Vantage (FE9)Vantage 100% 10
Effect(s) Allows the user to always attack first.
Notes Base skill of Mia and Naesala; Can be assigned with the Vantage Scroll (FE9)Vantage Scroll.

Fire Emblem: Radiant DawnEdit

Name Activation Capacity
VantageVantage (Speed)% 10
Effect(s) Allows the user to attack first.
Notes Base skill of Mia and Naesala; Can be assigned with the Vantage (FE10)Vantage Scroll.

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

Name Activation Capacity
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage 100% -
Effect(s) When the user's HP is reduced to below half, he/she will always be able to attack first during the enemy's turn.
Notes Class skill of Level 10 Myrmidons.
Name Activation Capacity
Vantage+Vantage+ 100% -
Effect(s) Always strike first, even when attacked. (Cannot override Vantage on the Enemy's turn.) 
Notes Enemy skill, Lunatic+ only.

Fire Emblem FatesEdit

Name Activation Capacity
Vantage (Kakusei)Vantage 100% -
Effect(s) When the user's HP is reduced to below half, he/she will always be able to attack first during the enemy's turn.
Notes Learned by Samurai at level 10 or higher.

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