Skinshipping in Fire Emblem Fates

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In Fire Emblem Fates, there is the ability to perform “skinship” with members of your army. Skinshipping is a mini-game where players can invite members of their army to their private quarters and pet them. The original Japanese version allowed you to do this with characters regardless of gender or support rank (as seen here with a female Corrin petting Hinoka), but the NA localization removed this mini-game almost entirely, allowing players to only do this with a character they have achieved S-rank (love/marriage) with.

LGBTQ references in this game series:

Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 (1999): Marty and Dagdar

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (2003): BramimondFlorina and Lyndis; LegaultLucius and Raven

Fire Emblem: Sacred Stones (2004): Ephraim and LyonJoshua and Gerik

Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance (2005): Ike and SorenJill and Mist; Reyson and Tibarn; Sigrun and Tanith

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn (2007): Elincia and Lucia; HeatherJill and Mist; Joke about Ike and SotheKyzaRanulf

Fire Emblem Awakening (2012): Gay Jokes and QueernessSame-Sex Relationship Hack; The Hubba Tester

Fire Emblem Fates (2015): ForrestNinaRomance options; Same-Sex Relationship Hack; SkinshippingSoleil; The Hubba Tester

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (2017): Leon; Lukas; Queer Readings

Fire Emblem Heroes (2017): Ally Support; Loki; Sharena

Fire Emblem: Three Houses (2019-2020): Byleth Pairings and Controversy; Non-Byleth Pairings

See also QRM’s entry for this game series


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