Recruitment Guide | Can You Recruit Everyone? | Fire Emblem: Three Houses (FE3H)

This is a guide to Recruitment in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Read here to find out about how to recruit in FE3H, who you can recruit, and what the requirements are!

How Do You Recruit Someone?

What is Recruitment?

To recruit someone, simply choose the 'Recruit' option when talking to them. They will then either accept, or reject by being mildy interested, or disinterested altogether. If rejected, a message shows a stat and a skill your character needs to have a certain level in in order to recruit them. If they accept, you have one final option to accept them into your house or decline them.
FE3H Recruitment Guide Image
Alternatively, if you reach the required threshold, in the middle of the week the student may approach you and ask to join your house. Like them accepting your invitation, you have one final option to accept them into your house or decline them.

You cannot recruit House Leaders and their right-hands, but everyone else can be recruited if you meet the requirements. For Church-affiliated characters however, the requirements vary. Look at the Church of Seiros section below to see the specific requirements for each character.

The Best Way To Recruit Units

The best way to recruits is to increase your bond with them. This is most important for units who prefer skills that need prerequisite classes before being able to upgrade outside of free time, like Riding which requires you to be a cavalier if you want to improve it through combat. This can be done by either spending free time to eat with them, or better yet, having them battle with you in by asking for mission assistance.

Can You Recruit Everyone?

It is possible to recruit everyone except House Leaders and their right hands. Here we will explain the best way to possibly do this.

First off, pick a female character if you are not going to choose the Blue Lions house. This will instantly allow you to recruit Sylvain.

Do not spend free time or gifts on students who look for the skills your character is naturally attuned to, which are most likely Sword and Authority. Alternatively, if you're thinking of focusing more on your Faith strength, do not spend time and gifts on those students who prefer it. Over the course of the game, your skill level should rise enough to be able to recruit them even without a support level.

  • Sword: Felix
  • Authority: Dorothea, Ignatz
  • Faith: Lysithea, Annette

Once your preferred skills are enough to recruit those you want, upgrade either your Lance, Reason, or Bow skills in combat because this will allow you to recruit two people if you reach the skill level of C.

  • Lance: Leonie, Ashe
  • Reason: Linhardt, Lorenz
  • Bow: Bernadetta, Mercedes

You can also use Brawling or Axe weapons in combat but that will only allow you to recruit one person for getting proficient in that weapon.

  • Brawling: Caspar
  • Axe: Hilda

While doing this, make sure to try and build support with the students whose recruitment skills have a prerequisite class to improve in combat, and take Faculty Training in their respective skills. These are harder to build so it will be useful to have the required recruitment level of these skills lowered by raising your support level with these characters to B.

  • Heavy Armor: Ferdinand, Raphael
  • Riding: Petra, Marianne
  • Flying: Ingrid

Recruitment Requirements

For recruiting students from the other house, they look for certain skills and stats in your character. If you build support with them, the minimum skill required to get them to join your house is lowered. Refer to the table below to see which the approximate skill level you need per support value. If the character does not join you after attaining this level, consider using items to boost their preferred stats as well.

Support Level Aproximate Recruitment Skill Level
None C
C C
B D
A* E

*A Support in Part 1 only attainable in New Game+

Blue Lions

Felix

FE3H Felix Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Speed, Sword practice, Weapon maintenance.
Strengths Sword, Bow, Brawling
Weaknesses Reason, Authority

Sylvain

FE3H Sylvain Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Charm, Fine art and threater, Flirting.
Strengths Lance, Axe, Riding
Weaknesses Bow

If your character is female, Sylvain will be willing to join your house right away, regardless of your skills.

Ingrid

FE3H Ingrid Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Dexterity, Reading, Eating.
Strengths Sword, Lance, Riding, Flying
Weaknesses None

Ashe

FE3H Ashe Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Charm, Reading, Cooking.
Strengths Axe, Bow
Weaknesses Reason, Authority

Annette

FE3H Annette Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Magic, Studying, Singing and dancing.
Strengths Axe, Reason, Authority
Weaknesses Bow, Heavy Armor

Mercedes

FE3H Mercedes Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Holy Kingdom of Faerghus
Recruitment Requirements
Magic, Praying, Baking.
Strengths Reason, Faith
Weaknesses Sword, Lance, Axe, Heavy Armor

Black Eagles

Ferdinand

FE3H Ferdinand Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Dexterity, Being noble, Collecting armor.
Strengths Sword, Lance, Axe, Riding
Weaknesses None

Caspar

FE3H Caspar Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Strength, Training, Early morning and quick breakfasts.
Strengths Axe, Brawling
Weaknesses Bow, Reason, Authority

Linhardt

FE3H Linhardt Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Magic, Sleeping, Crest Research.
Strengths Reason, Faith
Weaknesses Axe, Brawling

Bernadetta

FE3H Bernadetta Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Strength, Knitting and embroidery, writing and illustrating novels.
Strengths Lance, Bow
Weaknesses Sword, Axe, Brawling, Heavy Armor

Dorothea

FE3H Dorothea Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Charm, Singing, A bit of everything.
Strengths Sword, Reason
Weaknesses Faith, Riding, Flying

Petra

FE3H Petra Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Adrestrian Empire
Recruitment Requirements
Dexterity, Hunting and hide tanning, Studying.
Strengths Sword, Axe, Bow, Flying
Weaknesses Reason, Faith

Golden Deer

Hilda*

FE3H Hilda Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Charm, Chatting, making accessories
Strengths Lance, Axe
Weaknesses Faith, Authority

*Hilda is not recruitable for Black Eagle at the start. She can be recruited at the Chapter 12 only if the player sides with the church and you meet her requirements.

Lorenz

FE3H Lorenz Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Charm, Monitoring Claude, writing poetry
Strengths Lance, Reason, Riding
Weaknesses Brawling

Ignatz

FE3H Ignatz Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Dexterity, Painting, collecting art supplies
Strengths Sword, Bow, Authority
Weaknesses Flying

Raphael

FE3H Raphael Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Strength, Bodybuilding, eating
Strengths Axe, Brawling, Heavy Armor
Weaknesses Bow, Reason, Riding

Lysithea

FE3H Lysithea Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Magic, Magic and tactics research, eating sweets (secretly)
Strengths Reason, Faith, Authority
Weaknesses Sword, Lance, Axe, Heavy Armor

Marianne

FE3H Marianne Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Magic, Praying, talking To animals
Strengths Sword, Faith, Riding, Flying
Weaknesses Brawling, Heavy Armor

Leonie

FE3H Leonie Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Leicester Alliance
Recruitment Requirements
Strength, Saving money, bow maintenance
Strengths Lance, Bow, Riding, Battle training, Weapong maintenance.
Weaknesses None

Church of Seiros

These characters cannot be recruited like the students from another house. They are only available for recruitment at certain points in the story, and can leave your army depending on your choices.

Flayn

FE3H Flayn Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Strengths Lance, Faith
Weaknesses Heavy Armor, Riding

Flayn joins your house at the start of Chapter 7: Battle of the Eagle and Lion. She will leave if you go with Edelgard's plan in the Black Eagles route.

Seteth

FE3H Seteth Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Strengths Sword, Lance, Axe, Authority
Weaknesses Riding

Seteth will join your army at the start of Part 2 in every route except for Crimson Flower.

Manuela

FE3H Manuela Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level, Dressing fashionably, Seeking love.
Strengths Sword, Faith, Flying
Weaknesses Reason, Heavy Armor

Manuela can be recruited into your army by Chapter 8: The Remire Calamity.

Hanneman

FE3H Hanneman Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level, Monocle polishing, Hands-on Crest research.
Strengths Bow, Reason, Riding
Weaknesses Heavy Armor, Flying

Hanneman can be recruited into your army by Chapter 8: The Remire Calamity.

Catherine

FE3H Catherine Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level, Strong opponents, Feasts.
Strengths Sword, Brawling
Weaknesses Reason

Shamir

FE3H Shamir Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level, Silence, Concealing her presence.
Strengths Lance, Bow
Weaknesses Faith

Shamir can be recruited at the start of Chapter 7: Battle of The Eagle and Lion.

Alois

Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level,
Strengths
Weaknesses None

Cyril

FE3H Cyril Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Recruitment Requirements
Level, Napping, Cleaning
Strengths Lance, Axe, Bow, Riding, Flying
Weaknesses Reason, Faith

Cyril can be recruited at the start of Chapter 7: Battle of the Eagle and Lion. He will leave if you go with Edelgard's plan in the Black Eagles route.

Gilbert

FE3H Gilbert Character Portrait
Starting Faction
Church of Seiros
Strengths
Weaknesses None

Gilbert automatically joins your party in Chapter 13: Hunting at Daybreak of the Blue Lions route. There is no other way to recruit Gilbert in Part 1 or in any other route.

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