Fire Emblem: Three Houses Cindered Shadows Patch Notes: Ashen Wolves, New Appearance Options, And More

Loads to love for DLC owners and non-owners alike.


The Fire Emblem: Three Houses DLC Cindered Shadows is now available, adding a new story featuring four new characters who can be recruited into your house. The "Ashen Wolves" characters can be recruited throughout the first part of the game, and will remain in your house through the second.

To start the new content, you'll have to select the Side Story option from the title screen and choose from Normal or Hard mode. Your Cindered Shadows save will be separate, including a separate autosave. As you progress through the Side Story content, the characters will become recruitable in the monastery in the main campaign, and you'll also find a new "Shifty Merchant" near your personal quarters. You'll also notice new quests and paralogues related to the new characters, a new costume for Anna, and breed names for the dogs and cats hanging around the monastery.

The DLC comes alongside the 1.2.0 update, which adds a few extra bells, whistles, and bug fixes of its own for all players regardless of whether you own the DLC. You can now select the Dancer Ensemble costume for Byleth, and you have more flexibility for changing appearances in general. You can do it from the Activity Selection screen on days off and mission days, instead of just in your personal quarters. You can also change the appearance of all your characters simultaneously. Plus you can have tea time with Rhea.

All this comes along with loads of bug fixes and other small tweaks, which you can see below.

The Cindered Shadows story revolves around the four Ashen Wolves--Balthus, Hapi, Yuri, and Constance--who were outcasts driven into an underground portion of the monastery. It's the last piece of the Three Houses expansion pass, which costs $25. The other parts added extra outfits, battle maps, support items, and the return of Anna from prior Fire Emblem games.

Ver. 1.2.0 (Released February 13, 2020)

  • New and Updated Features
    • You can now select the Dancer Ensemble costume for the protagonist in Unit Appearance.
    • You can now change your unit’s appearance from the activity-selection screen on days off and mission days, in addition to changing within your Personal Quarters while exploring.
      • Access Unit Appearance by pressing the L Button on the activity-selection screen.
    • You can now change the appearance of all characters simultaneously in Unit Appearance.
      • Do so by selecting Everyone at the bottom of the character list in Unit Appearance.
    • Added a new support partner for Bernadetta in the Crimson Flower chapter.
    • You can now deliver Lost Items to Rhea. In addition, you can now invite Rhea to Tea Parties.
      • Tea Parties with Rhea can be unlocked by accepting the additional quest Esteemed Company from Rhea.
      • The additional quest will become available from Ep. 5, Tower of Black Winds, onward as long as Tea Parties have been unlocked. It is also necessary to complete the Lost Item quest: Lost? Found!
    • Ally costumes have been set to display as “War” in Hunting by Daybreak regardless of In Battle settings.
  • New and Updated Features for Expansion Pass
    • Added Side Story (Cindered Shadows) from the Expansion Pass.
      • Begin by selecting Side Story on the title screen, regardless of your main story progress.

        There are two difficulty levels: Normal and Hard (there is no Maddening mode).

        Save data for the Side Story is separate from the main game. There are three save files. (Autosave is also separate from the main game.)

        To continue where you left off, select Continue from the title screen, and then press either the ZL Button or the ZR Button to switch between the main game and side-story save files.

    • Added the following content to the main game as you progress through the Side Story:
      • A new explorable area in the monastery

        Speak to the Shifty Merchant near your Personal Quarters.

      • Recruit new characters in the monastery

        They can only be recruited during Part I.

      • Added new quests, activities, classes, paralogues related to the new characters, new support conversations, etc.
      • New costume available for Anna called Tricky Merchant from the Expansion Pass
    • Added feature that displays breed names for the dogs and cats you can feed around the monastery as part of the Expansion Pass.
    • Added a new online statistic, This Month's Sauna Enthusiasts, for participants of the Sauna activity from the Expansion Pass, which can be viewed on the calendar or the loading screen when playing online. Only those who have purchased the Expansion Pass can view these statistics.
      • Online features require a Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and a Nintendo Account.
  • General
    • Fixed a bug regarding an incorrect number of years for the rebellion of the Imperial House Hrym in one of Lysithea’s conversations.
    • Fixed the bug causing the effects of the Nuvelle Chamberlain Co.’s gambits Battleground Café and Evasive Partner (from the Expansion Pass) to not end after one turn as the gambit explanation text specifies.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes caused the game to turn to a black screen after skipping the item acquisition dialogue during battle.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes incorrectly displayed damage for critical hits with the Enlightened One class.
    • Fixed the bug that prevented battalions from displaying in the correct order when sorted by endurance in the unit list.
    • Fixed the bug causing the order of combat arts in the combat forecast to differ from that of the status screen.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes prevented reinforcements from appearing correctly after using Divine Pulse in Maddening difficulty.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes displayed “Learned the Magic []” when Faith was increased regardless of whether or not any magic was learned.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes displayed the text from Shifty Merchant during certification exams.
    • Unified graphics used for the enemy character Myson.
    • Fixed the bug that hindered the monastery owls’ ability to fly starting in Ver.1.1.0.
    • Fixed incorrect information in some epilogues.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes listed the same track name multiple times in the Music Library.
    • Fixed the bug that sometimes displayed female Byleth’s name as male Byleth in the Support Conversation viewer.
    • Fixed some character model appearances.
    • The gameplay has been improved by addressing a few additional bugs.
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