How to recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Invite students to your team by learning how to recruit in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

Fire Emblem: Three Houses changes a lot from previous games in the series, including the methods in which you’ll recruit new characters to your team. For the most part you’ll find yourself teach one house of students based on the choice you make early in the game. However, it’s entirely possible to get students and characters from outside your house to sign up to your team as well. There are a couple of ways to do it, but in this guide we’ll take you through how to recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

How to recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

How to recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Speak to students while out and about in the monastery to recruit them in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. © Nintendo

If you’re looking to recruit characters from outside your house in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you’ll need to meet certain requirements. For starters, make it through the opening tutorial segment of the game until you start working your way through the calendar, swapping between lessons and free days. On free days you can speak to students around the monastery, and it’s here you can choose to recruit them. A temporary method of recruitment is to request help. This has no cost and will add that student to your team for your next battle. However, they won’t gain any XP from the encounter, making it less than ideal. Once the mission’s over, they’re gone from your team again.

The proper method of recruitment requires some work. Speak with the student you want to recruit, and when the box pops up, select Recruit. Chances are you won’t be able to recruit them yet, but you should see a pop-up message which tells you a stat and skill they’re interested in. To recruit a student, you need to develop those stats and skills yourself, usually to around a C-Rank.

You can reduce the recruitment requirements by building support with the character you want to recruit. Reaching a B-rank will significantly reduce the requirements, while A-rank will removes them altogether. Use Gifts and Tea Parties to raise their support level, or invite them to join your for a month of missions then ensure they're fighting alongside your character. Once their support raises enough, recruiting them will be much easier. Beyond that, it's all down to the skills you have.

How to recruit in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
You'll need Str and Lance to recruit Leonie in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. © Nintendo

Essentially, they won’t join your house unless you can teach them what they want to know and they like you. Every student has skills they’re interested in, but you can reduce the requirements by getting them to like you as well. Some staff can also be recruited, but their requirements tend to be tied to the story or your level. For example, Shamir will join your team once you reach level 20.

Recruitable students and characters

Not every character in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is recruitable. House Leaders clearly can't be recruited, and several students are loyal to their leaders such that they won't even consider swapping. To help you know who to go aim for, here are all the recruitable students and characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses:

Recruitable characters:

  • Alois
  • Annette
  • Ashe
  • Bernadetta
  • Caspar
  • Catherine
  • Cyril
  • Dorothea
  • Felix
  • Ferdinand
  • Flayn
  • Hanneman
  • Hilda (not Black Eagles)
  • Ignatz
  • Ingrid
  • Leonie
  • Lindhardt
  • Lorenz
  • Lysithea
  • Manuela
  • Marianne
  • Mercedes
  • Petra
  • Raphael
  • Seteth
  • Shamir
  • Sylvain

Unrecruitable characters:

  • Hubert
  • Dedue
  • Rhea (unknown)
  • Jeritza
  • Thomas
  • Jeralt

Recruitment stat and skill requirements

Recruitment stat and skills requirements list guide
There are many students you can recruit in Fire Emblem: Three Houses and each has their own interests. © Nintendo

To save you tracking down each and every student, here are the recruitment stat and skill requirements for each character.

Character

House

Required Stat

Required Skill

Dorothea

Black Eagles

Cha

Authority

Ferdinand

Black Eagles

Dex

Heavy Armor

Lindhardt

Black Eagles

Mag

Reason Magic

Petra

Black Eagles

Dex

Riding

Caspar

Black Eagles

Str

Brawl

Bernadetta

Black Eagles

Str

Bow

Sylvain

Blue Lions

Cha

Reason Magic

Ashe

Blue Lions

Cha

Lance

Mercedes

Blue Lions

Mag

Bow

Felix

Blue Lions

Spd

Sword

Ingrid

Blue Lions

Dex

Flying

Annette

Blue Lions

Mag

Faith Magic

Leonie

Golden Deer

Str

Lance

Lorenz

Golden Deer

Cha

Reason Magic

Raphael

Golden Deer

Str

Heavy Armor

Ignatz

Golden Deer

Dex

Authority

Marianne

Golden Deer

Mag

Riding

Lysithea

Golden Deer

Mag

Faith Magic

Hilda

Golden Deer

Cha

Aze

Alois

Officer’s Academy

Reach a certain level

Unknown

Catherine

Officer’s Academy

Following Flayn's rescue mission. Not Black Eagles

Around Level 13+

Shamir

Officer’s Academy

After beating the mission to retrieve the Lance of Ruin. 

Around Level 17+ (seems to be lowered if she likes you)

Seteth

Officer's Academy

Progress to a certain point in the story

Cyril

Officer’s Academy

After obtaining the Sword of the Creator

Not Black Eagles

Hanneman

Officer’s Academy

Progress to a certain point in the game.

Unknown

Manuela

Officer’s Academy

Unknown

Unknown

Flayn

Officer’s Academy

Following Flayn's rescue mission, say yes to her offer.

Unknown

That’s everything there is to know about how to recruit characters in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, but there’s plenty more to learn. Check out our list of all Personal Skills and all Budding Talents in Fire Emblem: Three Houses for more advice!

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