History Mode Guide - Embrace the Dark

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Stage Details

Map Difficulty Mission Type Restrictions Deploy Limit
Dusk Castle Lv. 36 Fort Defense None Hoshidan Heroes
Deploy Slots Allied Commander Enemy Commander
4 Controlled Swordmaster Xander
Allied Captains
Myrmidon (x2)
Targeted Allied Forts
Allied Base, N Yard Fort, S Yard Fort
Enemy Ruffians
Dark Mage (x2), Wyvern Rider, Cavalier
Minor Enemy Captains
Elise, Camilla, Leo, Niles, Wyvern Rider, Wyvern Lord, Dark Mage, Cavalier

S-Rank Requirements

Clear Time Enemies Defeated Damage Taken
15:00 2000 80%


Assuming this is your first run, your Hoshidan Heroes have a fairly favourable matchup. The twins and Ryoma can make short work of the Dark Mages, Hinoka is great against the Cavaliers and both Takumi and Sakura can shoot down the Wyvern Riders in next to no time.

This is all well and good considering the layout of this map makes it slightly difficult to defend--but at the same time, it doesn't make it especially easy for the enemy to invade. Anyway, as usual, always have a unit--ideally a strong one--guard the Allied Base at all times.

The first Ruffian to move is a Dark Mage in the south-western large hall who will head towards the nearby S Yard Fort. Soon afterwards, a Summoner will spawn near the Cavalier Ruffian in the south-eastern courtyard.

Next, the Wyvern Rider Ruffian along the north-most corridor will move towards the nearby N Yard Fort. Have Takumi or Sakura take it down. Afterwards, the Cavalier Ruffian will move towards the Allied Base. It's far away, but has high movement, so watch out.

After the 3rd Ruffian is defeated, the Enemy Base will open. Around this time, the final Ruffian--a Dark Mage in the south-eastern courtyard--will advance to your base. Also important, Xander will get buffed by a Dragon Vein at his fort and start to advance to your base.

Immediately send a strong unit--ideally Hinoka--to capture the Enemy Base. Then trigger the Dragon Vein to remove Xander's buff. Xander is a formidable foe already, let alone when buffed. And you don't want a buffed Xander to hang around your base for too long.

Soon after, the enemy forces near the central and eastern sides will start to move out. This includes Camilla and Elise. A bit later, the southern enemy forces will also move out. This includes Leo and Niles.

Around this time, a Villager will appear towards the north-east corner of the map, besieged by two Myrmidons. Defeat the Myrmidons and the Villager will continue to N Yard Fort, where 2 more Myrmidons will attack her. Defeat these and she'll buff the captain of your base when she reaches it.

Unless you're feeling really nice and/or have plenty of manpower, don't bother assisting the Villager since there are a lot of enemies to deal with in this battle, who you should be focusing on instead.

Anna's Memento


  • Condition: Defeat 1,000 enemies
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