How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem
Master seals are a mainstay promotional item across many Fire Emblem titles, allowing characters to promote regardless of class (with certain restrictions). In the “Three Houses” title, the item has been reworked in line with the overall class revamps and changes. Since they are so useful, they are a bit more difficult to obtain than other in-game items and can be a challenge for new players.
We’re here to explain all the ways you can obtain Master Seals in various Fire Emblem games.
What Are Master Seals?
Initially designed for “Fire Emblem: Thracia 776” but never used in the game or programmed to have functions, the master seals have developed extensive use since “The Sacred Stones.” In most iterations, a master seal allows players to promote their basic classes into more powerful versions.
Some classes are exempt from this effect, like the Lord class. In some games, it’s the only way to change character classes. In others, it’s a more potent method of changing classes due to a lack of class restrictions or level requirements.
In most Fire Emblem titles, players can use a master seal to promote their character’s class at level 10 or higher. In “Path of Radiance” and “Radiant Dawn,” they can promote the character before introducing automatic upgrades at level 20. Doing so will give the character poorer stats in the long run but can be beneficial when players need a unit quickly without investing time and resourcing into leveling them more. Promoting at level 20 via the master seal in these games will also save a level’s worth of experience.
With “Fire Emblem: Three Houses,” the class system has been overhauled, and the seals are now only one of the requirements for the lengthy class change process that includes taking certification exams at level 30.
In “Fire Emblem: Warriors,” the seals are necessary for promotion since they are the only item used to craft Surge Crests to perform the class changes. In this title, characters need to be level 15 to begin the class change process.
How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem
Due to differences in each title ever since their initial introduction, master seals have become valuable and highly requested items. Depending on the game you’re playing, obtaining a single seal might be considered a feat. However, finding the correct vendor to purchase an unlimited supply in others is just a matter of finding the right vendor.
How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem Awakening
While older Fire Emblem titles have elusive master seals and a limit to how many you could obtain, “Awakening” made them widely accessible at the later stages in the game through in-game vendors.
The earliest opportunity to get a master seal is by visiting the leftmost village in Chapter 8. Doing so will grant you a free master seal to use on a single unit. Another free drop comes in a chest at Chapter 17. They also become uncommon drops after Chapter 10:
- Enemy Thief in Chapter 10
- Enemy Hero in Chapter 11
- Enemy Paladin in Chapter 12
- Enemy Ignatius in Chapter 14
- Enemy Farber in Chapter 15
- Sniper and Thief in Chapter 16
- Jamil in Paralogue 6
- Xalbador in Paralogue 7
- Nombry in Paralogue 14
- Bow Knight in Paralogue 15
If you have access to the Reeking Boxes, you can farm earlier Chapters for the necessary gold to purchase them. Reeking Boxes will attract foes that can have master seals as part of their loot. This method can take some time, but it will grant you a significant sum of gold and various items. Reeking Boxes’ gold loot is generally worth 500 gold above their cost.
When you manage to beat Chapter 12, master seals become purchasable through vendors and armories around the map, and there’s no limit to how many you can purchase. This allows players to effectively promote every one of their upgradable characters, provided they spend enough resources to buy master seals.
How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem Fates
“Fire Emblem: Fates” retained the system introduced in “Awakening,” providing players with the eventual opportunity to obtain a master seal for every character.
The game introduces master seals fairly early, providing the first drop at Chapter 9 of “Birthright.” It is available as a drop in some chapters:
- Zola in Chapter 9
- Kinshi Knight in Chapter 11
- Village treasure in Chapter 13
- Two pieces from Wolfssegner in Chapter 15
- Sorcerer in Chapter 17
- Merchant and Mechanist in Chapter 19
- Two pieces from Faceless in Chapter 20
- Two pieces from Stoneborn in Chapter 21
- Sorcerer in Chapter 23 in normal mode
It is also available as a drop in the “Conquest” campaign:
- Village treasure in Chapters 10, 13, 17, and 18
- Sorcerer at Chapter 16
- Merchant in Invasion 2
Master seals can also be found in the “Revelation” campaign:
- Zola in Chapter 10
- Village treasure in Chapters 11, 14, 20, and 21
- Fighter in Chapter 11
- Berserker in Chapter 12
- Rewarded for pursuing the stealth option in Chapter 24
In all campaigns, master seals are purchasable for 2,000 gold from the “My castle” shop. At level 1, you can only purchase two seals. At the level 2 shop, the limit becomes seven, and at level 3, you no longer have a buying limit. Master seals can also be obtained from the randomly rolled “Lottery Shop” in the castle.
How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem Three Houses
Due to overhauling the class system in “Three Houses,” master seals have a similar use, allowing them to upgrade classes, but the process has become more complex. There are several ways to obtain the item in the game.
Thief-class characters can perform the special Steal action in combat to obtain non-battle items, including master seals. You can steal master seals from these characters:
- Lysithea or Gremory in Chapter 14
- Ashe and an enemy Archer in Chapter 15
- Ferdinand, Lorenz, and the Paladin in Chapter 16
- Edelgard, Claude, and Dimitri in Chapter 17
Players also get their first master seal for free just by leveling a character to level 30.
Master seals are also potential rewards for tournaments in this game. Players can obtain two in Azure Moon (Chapters 20 and 21), three in Silver Snow (Chapters 18, 20, and 21), and three in Verdant Wind (Chapters 19, 21, and 22).
Additionally, players can purchase master seals from the marketplace starting at Chapter 13 (Chapter 12 if Byleth sides against the Church), with a limit of five. Anna’s Shop has an unlimited supply. Each seal will cost 3,000 gold.
How to Get Master Seals in Fire Emblem Warriors
In “Warriors,” master seals are used to craft Surge Crests, which are the items that change and upgrade a warrior’s class. In this title, there is a master seal for each playable character available.
To obtain master seals, you’ll need to clear these maps with an S rank:
- Invisible Ties, Ally Rescue level 14
- Invisible Ties, Fort Siege level 28
- Invisible Ties, Invisible Ties level 25
- The Path is Yours, Fort Defense level 22
- The Path is Yours, Embrace the Dark level 36
- The Path is Yours, In the White Light level 36
- The Dark Pontifex, Pincer Escape level 15
- The Dark Pontifex, Pincer Escape level 17
- The Dark Pontifex, Pincer Escape level 24
- Noble Lady of Caelin, Pincer Escape level 22
- Noble Lady of Caelin, Ally Rescue level 22
- Noble Lady of Caelin, Fort Siege level 26
- Noble Lady of Caelin, Shadow Elimination level 26
- Together to the End, Fort Siege level 34
- Together to the End, Rendezvous Disruption level 35
- Together to the End, Targeted Elimination level 42, under 15 minutes
- Together to the End, Rendezvous Disruption level 42
- Grief, Recruitment Battle level 21
- Land of Gods, Fort Siege level 23
- Cold Reception, Gold Rush level 19
- A Brush in the Teeth, Pincer Escape level 20
- Princess Minerva, Shadow Rush level 22
- Knorda Market, Villager Rescue, level 21
- Scion of Legend, Escape level 24
- Emmeryn, Fort Siege level 25
- Caravan Dancer, Pincer Escape level 21
Some of the characters holding master seal drops appear only after reinforcements. To get an S rank, you need to:
- Complete the map in less than 20 minutes (15 for one specific map, noted above);
- Take less than 80% of your HP in damage;
- Get 2000 kills. Kills made by uncontrolled team members count.
In Story Mode, there are an additional six seals obtained in Chapters 5, 8, 11, 13, 15, and 18. They are available as loot by finishing the Chapter, one of the drops, or treasure rewards.
Masterful at Fire Emblem
Depending on the Fire Emblem title you’re playing, master seals can be abundant or locked behind specific maps and requirements. Some games, like “Warriors,” heavily reward optimized gameplay patterns and place specific limits on the number of seals available. Use the master seal wisely since an untimely upgrade may cost the character some stat points in the long run.
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