Fire Emblem Fates: Upgraded


Fire Emblem Fates: Upgraded, the way Fire Emblem Fates is meant to be played.

                              About this hack:

What this hack plans to do is change a lot of things in the game to balance it better, make the game harder, fix the story, and fix many inconsistencies with the localization, so you could call this Fire Emblem Fates Deluxe, or Fire Emblem Fates Definitive, I intend for it to have a feel like that, some of the changes are:

  1. Katanas give avoid and effective speed but have lower strength.
  2. Most Nohrian weapons are given more might and a little less accuracy. Bows were given more accuracy, and might.
  3. Silver weapons no longer debuff after use.
  4. Daggers have a new small edit.
  5. The Yato gives some stat bonuses.
  6. Weapons like the Kodachi can now follow up! But weapons like the Spear cannot.
  7. Most Birthright Boss’ weapon placements are changed.
  8. Some boss themes are moved around.
  9. Xander and Ryoma can now have a special theme for their final fight in Birthright and Conquest! (Information at the Questions and Answers section, and link is in the downloads section)
  10. Xander has been buffed at his final fight in Birthright, as well as a new gameplay change was added for it (Lunatic and Hard Mode only).
  11. All Birthright bosses have been buffed.
  12. The Siegfried and Raijinto have been differentiated more.
  13. The Fujin Yumi and Brynhildr give a very small bonus.
  14. Birthright, Revelation, and Hero Battle enemy stats are now decreased slightly on Hard mode and greatly on Normal mode.
  15. Many translation errors, like Setsuna’s personal skill, Nyx’s death quote, Hinata’s death quote, Oboro’s death quote etc. are fixed.
  16. Changes the unit creation screen Boon and Bane text to be like Awakenings.
  17. Changed the main lord’s death theme. (Information on how to change it back is at the Questions and Answers section, Question 6.)
  18. Most Vallites are buffed, on Lunatic and Hard mode.
  19. All Invasions are edited.
  20. Added Scaling to the Hero battles plus change 14!
  21. Lilith now has Dragon Ward as a personal skill!
  22. As a result of change 1 and 5 the Yatos changes are much more varied.
  23. Xander has a new description.
  24. Ryoma does too.
  25. The list goes on…

it also plans to add in plenty of new supports as well as audio in supports, chapters,
paralogues, and perhaps some characters, as well as use some of Team IFs translation text to change the games text to properly express the characters different feelings
and make different supports clearer, this hack also plans to add recruitment methods for characters in the Birthright path (such as Sakura being able to recruit Hinoka),
and mothers being able to recruit the children characters, this hack also plans to add a few custom DLCs, as well as add Hoshidan and Nohrian Festival of Bonds and a new Apotheosis called “True Apotheosis”… yes I know that’s a lot, maybe I should go ahead and call this Fire Emblem Fates Ultimate.

(Everything in the hack is bound to change, and is in no way affiliated with Nintendo or Intelligent Systems.)

Previous version: .4827
Current version: .4848Rev5

Hack Status: Stalled

                    Be sure to take a look at the screenshots.

The change log, and logo are present in the links below, if you enjoy the hack be sure to follow me to stay up to date with the latest releases of Fates Upgraded, and give it a like. Also feel free to comment, ask questions, make suggestions and whatever else, but most questions can be answered by reading the change log, or the Questions and Answers section, thank you and enjoy! :slight_smile:

Hack progress:
I split the hack currently into two version, the Faithful version, and the Upgraded version:

The Faithful version: The version that is currently being worked on, is a version that does lots of edits but doesn’t change the game too much.

The Upgrade version: The version that changes a lot about the game, to make it more varied and enjoyable,
such as every chapters goal in Birthright not being Sieze, Rout, or Kill Boss.

Faithful Birthright Edits: Complete.
Faithful Birthright My Castle Invasion edits: Complete
Faithful Birthright Paralogue Edits: Complete
Faithful Conquest Edits: Chapters: 25, 27, EG done. (I don’t think I’ll be doing anymore edits to it.)
Faithful Conquest My Castle Invasion edits: Complete
Faithful Conquest Paralogue Edits: Complete
Faithful Revelation Path Edits: Chapters 6-15 are done.
Faithful Revelation My Castle Invasion Edits: Complete
Faithful Revelation Paralogue Edits: Complete
Upgrade Birthright Path: Not in production…
Upgrade Conquest Path: Not in production…
Upgrade Revelation Path: Not in production…

DLCs: Not in production…
Items and Descriptions Editing: Complete (Until further notice.)
Support editing: Not in production…
Script editing: Not in production…
Recruitment Methods: Not in production…

NOTE: Though this hack is made for the US versions of the games, you might be able to use them with any regions files with a bit of work.

There are too many screenshots to display so click on the link here and choose which ones you’
d like to see.
For Version .4825 very few screenshots are outdated:

For Version .4848:


Fates Upgraded Change log version .4848Rev5 link with Notepad ++ text colors:

Fates Upgraded Special Iron15 and new song link:

Fates Upgraded Faithful Edition Version .4848Rev5 for the Birthright game link:

Fates Upgraded Faithful Edition Version .4848Rev5 for the Conquest game link:

Fates Upgraded Faithful Edition Version .4848Rev5 for the Special Edition game link:

                            Special thanks and credits to:
                                   God (Yahweh, for always leading, and encouraging me),
                                   FEUniverse (for the use of this site to publish the hack),
                                   GBATemp (for the use of that site to publish the hack),
                                   SerenesForest (for the use of that site to publish the hack),
                                   Merrill lianne,
               and everyone else that helped out. Again, thank you all! :)​

Questions and Answers:

Question 1: How do I even load the hack!?

Answer: You will need to use a file patcher, like the LayeredFS in Luma CFW,
if you haven’t installed Luma yet here is a link to all the information for it:

Question 2: How do I open the .rar file?

Answer: You can use WinRAR for that (even after the trial period you can keep using it for free).

Question 3: Why isn’t the new theme for Ryoma and Xander already loaded in the hack?

Answer: EDIT: The theme sounds good, but the Iron 15 file is really large and
could take up too much room on a SD card so I left it out of the hack, but it can be put in and used in the game, instructions are around the bottom of the Changelog.

Question 4: Why don’t I see any changes in Birthright? I’m playing on hard mode.

Answer: EDIT: This is a problem on version .4792, but with the release of .4825 this problem should be fixed.

Question 5: You composed the theme for Xander and Ryoma yourself?

Answer: No. It was taken from another game and added to Fates Upgraded same with the main lord’s death theme.

Question 6: How do I add the changed main lord death theme?


  1. In the hack files either:
    or FatesUpgradedFatesSpecialEditionGame.rar

  2. Go in the “LumaLayeredFS” hack folder of the game hack (eg. FEFatesBirthrightFatesUpgradedLumaLayeredFSFiles)
    navigate to and then enter the folder “stream” in the folder “Sound”, once inside delete REMOVETHISMESSAGETOADDIT from the filename “sys_gameover_E1.dspadpcmREMOVETHISMESSAGETOADDIT.bcstm” and you’re done.

Question 7: Is this hack compatible with Gay Fates?

Answer: I’m not sure, but I don’t think so, it would probably require some effort to make the hack work with it, whether it’ll take little or a lot again I don’t know.

Question 8: How do I revert the changed chapter names?


  1. In the hack files:
    or FatesUpgradedFatesSpecialEditionGame.rar

  2. Go in the “LumaLayeredFS” hack folder of the game hack
    (eg. FEFatesBirthrightFatesUpgradedLumaLayeredFSFiles)

  3. Navigate to and then enter the folder “@E” in the folder “m”,
    once inside delete or what I recommend, rename the file “GameData.bin.lz” to something else

    and rename “GameDataWITHVANILLACHAPTERNAMES.bin.lz” to “GameData.bin.lz” and you’re done.

Disclaimer: Though the risk of the hack with proper installation and use seriously

damaging your 3DS is not high, I will not be liable

for any damage this hack does to your 3DS, if you

choose to install it, you do so at your own risk of damage.

Everything changed by the hack is bound to change, and is in

no way affiliated with Nintendo or Intelligent Systems.

Taken from my original post on GBATemp:

The Fire Emblem Hack Directory [Please add your own hacks!]

The only way to upgrade Fates is to delete the story

…All jokes aside, this looks neat! Good luck.


This looks really interesting. I think I’ll give this a go - maybe fates will be more enjoyable for me now.

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I always wondered why the community didn’t band together to improve Fates. Sure, the re-localization is a thing and I would never take away the efforts done by that team. But this …

This is amazing. Keep up the work and I’ll try it myself. Hope the Japanese Dub patch doesn’t mess up your hack.


Geez their are a lot of hacks that conflict with this one I guess, also don’t forget to check out the Screenshots viewers!


Can’t wait to see how you will handle the children fiasco.


I was talking gameplay wise not storywise. (But then again some things could be changed… I haven’t worked on the upgraded version as of now but I was talking about the gameplay.)

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Fates Upgraded has been updated to version .4827. very small edits have been done. (See “Notable Changes” in the changelog.)


Buffed Vallites


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I should’ve said, you don’t really need to worry about them on Hard or Normal mode, but Lunatic you’ll need to really watch out, I made it for those really looking for a challenge. (Apparently not you? That’s okay.)


Nyx’s edited death quote will be re-edited in the future, as it’s not satisfactory for me.


Update: version .4848 is live!


I added one more chapter to the Faithful Revelation Path and it’s not easy, have fun players!


I noticed that Nyx’s standard death-quote was not properly positioned so I’ve made a revision of the current version to change that, also there was a typo in it another revision will be made, it’s link will be up soon.


typo in the quote, that would be “A cursed soul perishes for it is sins” without contractions
same typo in your post too lmao

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Unlike cases with names where ownership is signified using 's (John’s bike, Jim’s house, etc) it’s is exclusively used as the contraction “it is”. The correct phrasing here would be “A cursed soul perishes for its sins”. Hope this helps.


It did thank you, the typo has been fixed, Nyx should now have an error-less Standard DQ here it is

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And as mentioned in the about this hack section Xander has a new description!


Version .4848 has been revised again to fix an error in Kaze’s Needle description. This’ll probably be the last one.


So I’m fairly interested in the ideas this hack/patch is presenting, but I’ll probably wait to finish my current playthrough before I get to this. But that brings me to my question, do you know how to disable other patches on the 3ds? I have the Good Guy Garon patch applied right now, so would I just leave it, or would I have to delete the patch from the SD card then apply this one?

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