Fire Emblem: Three Houses - How to Recruit Characters from Other Houses

A guide on recruiting students from different houses in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, including the advantages of doing so.

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Character Recruitment Guide

At the beginning of the game, you will need to choose which of the three student houses you would like to handle. Upon choosing one, your life as a professor will focus on teaching those from the chosen house. It is possible, however, to recruit students from other houses.

Fire Emblem Three Houses How to Recruit Other Characters

To do this, you must have reached adequate levels in their skills of interest. Mercedes of the Blue Lions, for example, will only join your house if you have high enough magic and bow levels.

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Members of the faculty can also be recruited as allies. Many of them are extremely powerful which can help you take on tougher battles as you progress through the story. Expect the conditions to recruit them to be more challenging than students’, however.

Why Do This?

There are a few important benefits of recruiting characters from a different house. For one, you can expand strategic options in battle by recruiting characters with very useful personal abilities.

Another thing to consider is that the game will progress five years in the story. This means that, as the three major territories start to wage war against each other, you will be pitted against former students you did not recruit. Some of them will grow into very powerful and troublesome foes. Getting them on your side prevents this and grants you their assistance instead. You will also be denying rival armies the utility offered by these characters.

It is still possible to recruit students after the game progresses five years, though you will have to defeat them in battle.

Note that house leaders cannot be persuaded to change colors. You are sure to meet two of them in battle later in the story.

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Use Mission Assistance

A temporary option in adding students from other houses is called Mission Assistance. Students can be borrowed for one month to aid you in combat. This is helpful because you will be able to test how the chosen student’s battle capability and skills mesh with your house’s units prior to recruitment.

Support Level

The stats and skills required to recruit a character will vary depending on your support level. When you reach higher support levels, the character that you want to recruit may lower their criteria. If you don’t have a support level yet, the criteria to recruit the character will remain unchanged. At support level C, most of the values required will slightly drop. However at support level A, you can recruit anyone without restrictions.

Support Level and Skill

Your Support Level Skill Required
A
B+ E+ E+ D D+
B E+ D+ D+ C
C+ D D+ C C+
C D C C+ B
No support D C B B+

Support Level and Stat

Your Support Level Stat Required
A
B+ 2 3 4 5 6
B 4 6 8 10 12
C+ 6 9 12 15 18
C 8 12 16 20 24
No support 10 15 20 25 30

List of Recruitable Characters

Black Eagles

Character Name Stat Required Skill Required Other Conditions
EdelgardEdelgard N/A N/A Not Recruitable
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Hubert IconHubert N/A N/A Not Recruitable
Dorothea Charm: 25 or higher Authority: B or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
PetraPetra Dexterity: 10 or higher Riding: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
CasparCaspar Strength: 10 or higher Brawl: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Bernadetta Strength: 20 or higher Bow: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Linhardt Magic: 10 or higher Reason: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Can be recruited post-timeskip (after defeating him in battle)

Ferdinand Dexterity: 10 or higher Heavy Armor: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Blue Lions

Character Name Stat Required Skill Required Other Conditions
DimitriDimitri N/A N/A Not Recruitable
DedueDedue N/A N/A Not Recruitable
MercedesMercedes Magic: 15 or higher Bow: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
AnnetteAnnette Magic: 10 or higher Faith: B or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Ingrid IconIngrid Dexterity: 15 or higher Flying: D or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Ashe Charm: 15 or higher Lance: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Sylvain Charm: 25 or higher Reason: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (if Female Byleth starting from Chapter 2 onwards)
Felix Speed: 15 or higher Sword: B+ or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Golden Deer

Character Name Stat Required Skill Required Other Conditions
ClaudeClaude N/A N/A Not Recruitable
HildaHilda Charm: 30 or higher Axe: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Black Eagles: Cannot be recruited until Chapter 12 (Month of Lone Moon / 3rd Month)

RaphaelRaphael Strength: 20 or higher Heavy Armor: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
LorenzLorenz Charm: 20 or higher Reason: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
LysitheaLysithea Magic: 15 or higher Faith: B or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Can be recruited post-time skip (after defeating her in battle)

MarianneMarianne Magic: 10 or higher Riding: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
LeonieLeonie Strength: 15 or higher Lance: C or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)
Ignatz Dexterity: 10 or higher Authority: B or higher Recruitable Immediately (Chapter 2 onwards)

Garreg Mach Monastery

Character Name Stat Required Skill Required Other Conditions
RheaRhea N/A N/A Not Recruitable
ManuelaManuela N/A N/A Professor Level: C+ or higher

Level: 15 or higher

Cannot be recruited until Chapter 8 (Month of Red Wolf Moon / 11th Month)

HannemanHanneman N/A N/A Professor Level: B or higher

Cannot be recruited until Chapter 8 (Month of Red Wolf Moon / 11th Month)

Catherine N/A Sword: C+ or higher Level: 13 or higher

Blue Lions and Golden Deer; Cannot be recruited until Chapter 4 (Month of Blue Sea Moon / 10th Month)

Black Eagles: Cannot be recruited until Chapter 12 if chose to ally with the Church of Seiros (Month of Lone Moon / 3rd Month)

Alois N/A N/A Level: 15 or higher

Cannot be recruited until Chapter 11 (Month of Pegasus Moon / 2nd Month)

Seteth N/A N/A Will join automatically depending on the route’s storyline

Black Eagles: Will leave if you oppose the Church of Seiros on Chapter 12 (Month of Lone Moon / 3rd Month)

Flayn N/A N/A Cannot be recruited until Chapter 7 (Month of Wyvern Moon / 10th Month)

Black Eagles: Will leave if you oppose the Church of Seiros on Chapter 12 (Month of Lone Moon / 3rd Month)

Gilbert N/A N/A Cannot be recruited until Chapter 13 (Month of Ethereal Moon / 12th Month)

Blue Lions Only: Will join automatically post-time skip

Shamir N/A N/A Level: 15 or higher

Cannot be recruited until Chapter 6 (Month of Horsebow Moon / 9th Month)

Cyril N/A N/A Level: 10 or higher

Cannot be recruited until Chapter 5 (Month of Verdant Rain Moon / 8th Month)

Black Eagles: Will leave if you oppose the Church of Seiros on Chapter 12 (Month of Lone Moon / 3rd Month)

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9 Comments

    • You can recruit catherine, manuela, and hanneman.

      Catherine: Professor levels at least of B, while your sword level is C+ or B
      Manuela: Faith level need to be B, and/or professor level C+
      Hanneman: Professor level to be B

      I mean this is what i heard from, but as soon as i see the recruit for them. they actually join my class

  1. then who has to defeat a char from other house for my to recruit then when am playin post time skip ? my char byleth or the main house char ( edelgard , dimitri, claude )? thanks

  2. If your support level is around B, an event that a student asks to join your house will randomly trigger. I think it is possible to recruit the recruitables at first gameplay.

  3. You can recruit more than 3 characters from other houses. I’m on NG+, first playthrough was on Red Eagle house (Monastery ending) and recruited Mercedes, Lysithea and Hilda. The NG+ is Golden Deer house, recruited Bernadetta, Dorothea, Petra, Mercedes, Ingrid and Felix. I’ll test more soon.

      • Same playthrough, though I have all characters including all faculty, knights and Cyril but do not have Edelguard, Hubert, Dimitri, Dedue, Rhea and Seteth, and there is no “Recruit” option. So I don’t think there is a limit to how many characters you can recruit, only if you meet the conditions.