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Fire Emblem Three Houses: What to do on Days off

How to optimize your time in Fire Emblem

by Kyle Hanson


Fire Emblem: Three Houses isn’t like most other games. It doesn’t just let you take charge of your own schedule, doing what you want, when you want to. Instead you’re on the clock the whole time, sort of. The whole game runs off a calendar, with specific things happening on specific days. During the week, for example, you’ll be teaching your students and managing other tasks. Then you’ll run into a Sunday or other special occasion and have the day to yourself. While you can take these as they come, there are ways to maximize your time. Here’s a rundown of what to do on days off in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

What to do on Days off

The first choice you have to make when you have a day off in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is whether you should go exploring Garreg Mach Monastery, attend a Seminar, or take part in a battle. If you enable online features you can see what other players chose to do on these days, which should give you a good idea of what you should do. If 90% or more chose the same activity, it’s probably the best choice for you on that day. Most of the time you’ll want to go exploring, but Seminars and Battles can be nice as well. These are pretty self-explanatory though, so we’ll continue going over what to do on days off assuming you want to explore the Monastery and interact with other characters.

If this is the way you go, then you have tons of choices. First off, there are two types of activities while exploring Garreg Mach Monastery. Most take up no official in-game time and can be done whenever and as often as you like. This includes speaking with characters, gardening, and fishing. Take part in these as much as possible as the benefits are real and there is no true cost other than the supplies needed, such as bait.

What you should do once you choose to explore is check the map and see what icons appear. If there are yellow or other colored circles with dots above them then you can chat with this character, but don’t expect much to come from it other than talking. If they have a paper symbol next to them then it is mission oriented, so you’ll likely want to go there and talk to them. Along with speaking to characters, you can perform activities, such as cooking or inviting them to tea. Many of these will eat up your most precious resource: activity points.

Each day you wander the Monastery grounds you’ll start with a set number of Activity Points which can be used sparingly. If the activity you wish to perform has an hourglass symbol next to it in the dialogue option then it will use one of these, so be cautious. Once they are gone you will only be able to do things that don’t use an AP, such as answering letters in the Advice Box. Look for symbols on the map that mark such activities, and end the day once you’ve visited them all.

What you want to do is focus on what goals you currently have. Are you trying to recruit certain characters? Talk to them and invite them to activities, or do things like training which will enhance abilities that those students/characters are looking for. You’ll also gain favor with whomever you train with, so keep that in mind as well. Basically the answer to what to do on days off in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is “anything you want.” It’s your time and you can use it how you wish, keeping in mind that Activity Points are expendable and you will run out if you don’t pay attention.

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