Path of Radiance Chapter Analysis 8: Despair and Hope
It’s time for another defense chapter, but this time get ready for, uh…its really not any harder than the last one, really. I think this one locks you into a specific playstyle more than the other one did, for a few reasons. First, the enemies at the front have canto, so even though you can be in a one tile choke point you can get attacked by multiple enemies per enemy phase, so (especially on hard) Titania needs to block the front, then Ike needs to recruit Ilyana who is on the left side which leaves Boyd or Oscar guarding the right and Soren and Rhys running back and forth healing and attacking as needed. Repeat x 8. Defense chapters are pretty divisive in the FE fanbase because they pretty much all are sort of interesting by nature of being a completely different playstyle than other objectives but also sort of boring because they are easy to trivialize. This one very much leans towards being trivial. Ilyana doesnt even attack you so theres no difficulty in recruiting her. The only other thing to do is kill a couple of priests to get a pure water and a red gem, which isnt too hard to do after you clear out the first wave but before reinforcements show up. Pure Water isnt particularly valuable since you can just buy it in the vendor. The red gem is nicer, but you get so much money in PoR its not like you really need it. The only other exciting thing about this chapter is that you finally, blessedly, have a convoy. By now the inventory management and item dropping has no doubt gotten infuriating, especially if you triggered the 4 swords glitch (which if you are reading this, you probably did) so its nice to finally have that weight off your shoulders.
Titania can do everything by herself
Titania can clear the chapter by herself
Titania can’t clear the chapter by herself
since you can finally bench people, its very possible to just clear the chapter with just her.
Step 1: bench everyone but Ike and her and make sure shes got a few vulneraries.
Step 2: rescue Ike, unequip her, and sit on the defend point.
Step 3: drink a vulnerary as needed.
Step 4: laugh
You will miss out on Ilyana and the droppable items, so its not an “everything” but its still an easy clear.
One more thing, since im never going to have another reason to talk about this, the Path of Radiance official strategy guide from Nintendo Power has an amusing error:
its either an error or they think on hard mode you should move your forces from somewhere that they dont start to a place of no strategic value on a path that leads through multiple impassable walls.