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Yato (夜刀神 Yato-no-Kami in the Japanese version) is a Katana that is exclusive to Fire Emblem Fates. Exclusively wielded by the Avatar, Yato is known to assume multiple forms depending on the route selected by the player.

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Thousands of years prior to the events of Fates, a great war was waged between the First Dragons. One of the dragons, the Rainbow Sage, loved humanity and knew that in order to win the war, he would need their assistance. In order to give them the power to fight the other Dragons, the Rainbow Sage forged five legendary weapons for his champions to wield. Among them was the Yato, the strongest of the weapons he created. Drawing power from the four other legendary weapons, humanity was ultimately victorious. With power so great, the Yato was sealed and lost much of its power. However, in a time of great crisis, the Yato would reveal itself once more and herald a new champion to save the world.

At the end of Chapter 5, the Avatar is calmed by Azura and reverts to their human form. As they look around the destroyed plaza, the statue at the center of Shirasagi Castle Town has been destroyed, revealing that the Yato had been sealed there. The Yato floats from its pedestal and immediately flies to the Avatar's hands, choosing them as its rightful wielder.

Birthright

At the end of Chapter 19, the Avatar meets with the Rainbow Sage. During this meeting, the Yato reacts with Takumi's Fujin Yumi, transforming into the Noble Yato (夜刀神 • 空夜, Yato-no-Kami - Kūya lit. Yato-no-Kami - Empty Night). The blade radiates a sky-blue aura and the second to the top slot of the blade is illuminated sky-blue. The crossguard of the sword has transformed to have a feather shape and the sword now features a knuckle guard.

During the confrontation with Garon in Chapter 27, the Yato again reacts, this time with Ryoma's Raijinto, transforming into the Blazing Yato (夜刀神 • 白夜, Yato-no-Kami - Byakuya lit. Yato-no-Kami - White Night. The blade is now curved to resemble a wide katana blade, the sword now shines with a yellow aura, and the top two slots on the blade are illuminated yellow. It retains the Noble Yato's cross guard.

Conquest

At the end of Chapter 14, while speaking with Leo, the Yato reacts with Leo's Brynhildr, transforming into its Grim Yato (夜刀神 • 長夜, Yato-no-Kami - Chōya lit. Yato-no-Kami - Long Night). The blade radiates a purple aura with the slot on the bottom of the blade now illuminated purple. The crossguard slightly widens and takes on a more ornate look.

After Garon's identity has been exposed in Chapter 27, the Yato reacts with Xander's Siegfried, transforming into the Shadow Yato (夜刀神 • 暗夜, Yato-no-Kami - Anya lit. Yato-no-Kami - Dark Night). The blade has a magenta aura and has two small protrusions on the blade. The bottom two slots on the blade are illuminated magenta.

Revelation

At the end of Chapter 15, the Avatar meets with the Rainbow Sage. The Rainbow Sage uses the last of his powers to transform Yato into the Alpha Yato (夜刀神 • 幻夜, Yato-no-Kami - Genya lit. Yato-no-Kami - Phantom Night). The blade radiates a sky-blue color and none of the slots are illuminated as none of the weapons needed to power the Yato have yet to give its power to it. The crossguard is similar to the Grim Yato's but it has the Noble Yato's knuckleguard.

After Anankos reveals himself in Chapter 27, the Yato reacts with all four weapons, transforming into the Omega Yato (夜刀神 • 終夜, Yato-no-Kami - Shūya lit. Yato-no-Kami - End Night). All four slots on the blade are illuminated crimson red, signifying its full draw of power from the sacred weapons. The blade now has a fiery design for the tip while the sides of the blade have rotating razor edges, similar to a chainsaw and the aura of the blade has become multi-colored red and yellow, hence its title as the Fire Emblem. The crossguard widens and thins itself and the knuckleguard is removed.

Heirs of Fate

In an alternate future where the parents of the Fates children go missing when protecting them, both genders of Kana are bequeathed Yato by the Avatar to protect them.

In Heirs of Fate 1: In Endless Dreams, the female Kana's Yato reacts to Kiragi's Fujin Yumi, transforming Yato into the Noble Yato.

In Heirs of Fate 2: Realms Collide, the male Kana's Yato reacts to Forrest's Brynhildr, transforming Yato into the Grim Yato.

In Heirs of Fate 3: The Changing Tide, the female Kana's Noble Yato reacts to Shiro's Raijinto, transforming Yato into the Blazing Yato.

In Heirs of Fate 4: Light's Sacrifice, the male Kana's Grim Yato reacts to Siegbert's Siegfried, transforming Yato into the Shadow Yato.

Weapon Stats

Being a Katana, while equipped, Yato always reduces its wielder's Defense and Resistance by 1, while increasing their Speed by 1.

The Noble, Blazing, Grim, Shadow, Alpha and Omega versions of the weapon grant their respective Strength, Speed, Defense, and Resistance bonuses while they are in their owner's inventory, even if they are not, or cannot be, equipped.

Original Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 9 85% 0% 0 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.

Noble Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Noble Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 11 85% 5% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Str/Spd +2.

Blazing Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Blazing Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 16 85% 10% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Critical Evade + 10.
Str/Spd +4.
Deals 3/4 damage instead of 1/2 on enemies with Dragonskin.

Grim Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Grim Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 11 85% 5% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Def/Res +2.

Shadow Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Shadow Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 16 85% 10% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Critical Evade + 10.
Def/Res +4.
Deals 3/4 damage instead of 1/2 on enemies with Dragonskin.

Alpha Version

Name Type

FE14Katana Alpha Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 11 85% 5% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Str/Spd/Def/Res +2.

Omega Version (Fire Emblem)

Name Type

FE14Katana Omega Yato

FE14 Sword Katana

Rank Uses Mt Hit Crt Avoid Rng WEx Worth
E 16 85% 10% 10 1  ? 0
Effect

Avatar only.
Critical Evade + 10.
Str/Spd/Def/Res +4.
Deals 3/4 damage instead of 1/2 on enemies with Dragonskin.

Item Locations

Fire Emblem Fates

Normal Version

Method Location
Event Chapter 5 - End of chapter.

Noble Version

Method Location
Event Birthright Chapter 19 - End of chapter.

Blazing Version

Method Location
Event Birthright Chapter 27 - Start of chapter.

Grim Version

Method Location
Event Conquest Chapter 14 - End of chapter.

Shadow Version

Method Location
Event Conquest Chapter 27 - Start of chapter.

Alpha Version

Method Location
Event Revelation Chapter 15 - End of Chapter.

Omega Version

Method Location
Event Revelation Chapter 27 - Start of Chapter.

Non-Canon Appearances

The Omega form of Yato is wielded by Corrin in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

Etymology

Yato-no-kami are snake deities in Japanese folklore appearing in the Hitachi No Kuni Fudoki. It literally means God of the Night Sword.

Yato is simply a shortened version of its Japanese name, Yato-no-kami.

Trivia

  • Yato's hilt is modeled after a vajra (meaning both thunderbolt and diamond), a ritualistic implement in Buddhist and Hindu beliefs meant to symbolize firmness of spirit and spiritual power.
  • Yato has the most variations out of any weapon in the Fire Emblem franchise with 7 different forms.

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