Should You Buy Training Weapons or Iron Weapons? | Fire Emblem: Three Houses (FE3H)

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This page answers the question of whether you should buy the Iron Sword or a Training Sword in Fire Emblem Three Houses (FE3H). Read on to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of both iron weapons and training weapons!

Should You Buy Training Weapons?

Yes for Low Strength Units

Training Swords offer little weight. This makes it easy to use and will not encumber your unit's speed. This is especially true for fast units like Petra and Bernadetta who have low Str stats.

No for Slow Units and High Str Units

For units that have high strength, check the weight of the weapon available for that unit and equip that unit a weapon that will offer little to no burden. To know how heavy a unit's weapon must be in accordance with that unit's strength stat, see our guide about weight.
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Extremely useful for Combat Arts!


FE3H Marianne dealing 35 damage with a combat art using a training swordEnlarge

Marianne, a priest unit, dealing 35 damage with a training sword.

There are several combat arts in the game that get their damage output from your character's stats rather than the weapon and character's Atk stat. Combat Arts consume high amounts of weapon durability, but since training weapons are cheap, it will not be too much of an issue if they break down from this tactic.

Should You Buy Iron Weapons?

Yes After Levelling Units

FE3H Steel SwordEnlarge Steel Sword FE3H Iron SwordEnlarge Iron Sword

Iron Weapons are lighter than steel weapons, and also offers decent damage together with it's lighter weight. This will allow most of your fast characters to be able to land 2 attacks in one turn if you build their strength stat enough.

Which Should You Buy?

Iron Swords For Normal and Hard Mode

Iron Weapons are lighter, but also offer decent damage as opposed to their counterpart Steel Weapons. Enemies during these modes are also burdened with heavy equipment and low stats. Equipping iron weapons in this difficulty will still allow you to double hit them despite equipping a heavy weapon.

To know more about attack speed calculation, see our guide about the attack speed formula.
The Attack Speed Formula

Training Weapons for Maddening

Training weapons are a must for Maddening. Enemies possess high stats and burdening your characters with heavy equipment will most likely allow them to double hit your characters every time. Equipping training weapons will prevent this and will boost the survivability of your units.

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