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Fire Emblem: Three Houses New Game + guide

There are plenty of benefits to running another campaign

The Death Knight in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games/Nintendo
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Fire Emblem: Three Houses is a long game. But once you complete that playthrough, there are plenty of reasons to go back through again, selecting a different house and seeing how the story plays out. Three Houses encourages another run with a full-featured New Game + mode once you see the credits roll. There are a lot of features in this mode, so we’ll walk you through the basics and how best to spend your Renown.

How to start New Game +

Once you complete your first playthrough, select the save file you completed the game with and you’ll be asked if you want to enter New Game +. Once you do, that save file (and any subsequent ones) will be marked with a Sothis icon.

Starting in New Game + will allow you to select a different difficulty level and the gender of your Byleth, so you can mix things up on your second time through.

What are the benefits of New Game +?

Byleth with a badass sword in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games/Nintendo

The biggest feature of New Game + is the notebook, which is accessible in Byleth’s room in the academy (once you unlock it in the campaign after a mission or two). This notebook has a ton of features, many of which you can purchase with Renown, the non-gold currency that you earn while completing missions. Your Renown total will actually carry across multiple playthroughs (along with the statue upgrades in the academy’s church), making subsequent playthroughs much easier.

So what can you buy with Renown? Here’s a quick rundown.

Teacher Level

You can pay to have Byleth’s Teacher Level returned to whatever maximum level you reached in a previous playthrough. Teacher Level impacts how many activities you’re able to complete on a given day. If you’re looking for the most bang for your buck, spend your Renown here as early as possible.

Support Levels between any character and Byleth

If you’ve reached A Support with Dorothea in a previous playthrough and you’d like her to immediately join your new playthrough, you can spend Renown to instantly get her support level up to where it was before.

That said, if there are characters with low or no Support Levels from a previous playthrough, you’ll have to increase those the old fashioned way.

Weapon Skills

Similar to Support, you can increase previously earned weapon skills using Renown. Want Hubert to be an S-rank mage at the beginning of your run? You can pay for it, assuming you got there previously. If you didn’t, you’ll have to grind him up.

What about cosmetics?

Edelgard in her war attire in Fire Emblem: Three Houses Intelligent Systems, Koei Tecmo Games/Nintendo

Not everything in New Game + costs Renown. You can also change the outfits and hairstyles of any of the students in the game, at no cost to you. Each of the students have two outfits (from before and after the five year time jump), and you can change these at will. Hate Dorothea’s hat? You can get it out of there within the first hour!

If you purchased the DLC season pass for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, you can also change Byleth’s look in the journal, opting for more traditional schoolyard attire.

New Game + in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is definitely worthwhile if you’re plowing through another playthrough. Just try to ignore the fact that you may have to kill your last campaign’s spouse in the process.

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