How to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

If you want to become a Dark Mage, you'll first need to learn how to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Be warned: it isn't easy.

There are many different classes you can choose to become in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and so long as you study hard you’ll be able to reach most of them without hassle. However, if you’ve been dabbling in the dark arts you may have seen that to become a Dark Mage requires an item called a Dark Seal. Unlike Beginner and Intermediate Seals, you can’t just buy a Dark Seal from the Item Shop. Instead, you’ll need to earn it. Read on to learn how to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses.

How to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

How to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Tackling the dreaded Death Knight is the only way to earn yourself a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. © Nintendo

The only way to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses is to defeat an enemy known as the Death Knight. The first time you’ll run into this sinister fellow is in Part 1 while protecting the Holy Mausoleum during the Rite of Rebirth. 

At this stage in the game he’ll be more than a match of any of your students, likely killing anyone who attacks him in a single hit. You can’t take him down from range either as one of his talents allows him to counter-attack from anywhere. Most players would do well to avoid him altogether in this first encounter. With smart use of Battallions though, it is possible to defeat the Death Knight this early and earn yourself a Dark Seal. You can also use a thief class to steal the item from the Dark Knight, but be perpared to either finish the mission or move your unit out of harms way after if you don't want to lose them.

Don’t worry if you didn’t score yourself a Dark Seal here, as the Death Knight is actually a recurring enemy. You’ll face him many more times throughout Fire Emblem: Three Houses, each time offering the chance to get a Dark Seal. He’s a terrifying and tough enemy, but if you want to become a Dark Mage or Dark Bishop then you’ll need to defeat him and earn a Dark Seal.

How to become a Dark Mage in Fire Emblem: Three Houses - Where to find a Dark Seal
You can use a Dark Seal to become a Dark Mage in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. © Nintendo

As far as we know, beating the Death Knight is the only way to get a Dark Seal in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, so good luck on their on the battlefield. Don’t forget to rewind time if anything goes too wrong. If you want to stand a chance of fighting him, you should definitely learn how to increase Class Mastery to unlock special abilities and combat arts! Want advice for the Monastery as well? We’ve also got guides for who to give Gifts to, and where to return Lost Items in Fire Emblem: Three Houses

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