Fire Emblem: Three Houses Garreg Mach Monastery Guide will help you understand the significance of the Garreg Monastery in the game and all the activities and missions you can carry out there. The Garreg Mach Monastery is a vital site in the game and it is located in central Fódlan, a continent that borders the three major nations in the game. Its strategic position makes it a neutral ground for the three nations.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses Garreg Mach Monastery
It functions as the Headquarters of the Church of Seiros making it a religious site as well as the Headquarters of the Officers Academy where students from all three nations are trained in the art of combat.
The Monastery also holds an elite order of knights. Byleth can freely explore the Monastery and after visiting it for the first time, you can instantly travel to it using fast-travel whenever you wish to.
Early on in Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Byleth will be given a chance to work as a teacher at the Garreg Mach Monastery. You will have to choose which ‘House’ you want to train i.e. The Black Eagles, The Blue Lions, or The Golden Deer.
Whichever house you choose to train will become your main squad for future battles. It will be comprised of 8 units at the beginning including the Young Lord who will eventually rule over his nation.
Unlike other Fire Emblem games, your early time in the game will mostly be spent in The Garreg Mach Monastery where you will be training students in many different ways, engaging in battles, and doing side quests while exploring the Monastery.
You will get missions that last a month at the Monastery and every weekend, you will get a day off. You will also get a few options to choose from regarding how you wish to spend your free time on your day off.
You will also review the main battle map at the end of each month. Most of the week’s you will spend time training your students. You can choose to do this automatically or manually.
You can automatically train your students to enhance their expertise in different skills. Your computer will choose which skills to focus on and if your students need extra training.
If you choose to train your students manually, you will have control over which skills the students should focus on and you will be able to instruct them individually.
To strengthen the bonds between your students and help them achieve certain skills, you can give them group tasks while reviewing your overall goals.
The rate at which an individually taught student can learn a skill correctly depends on many factors. Students will have their own strengths, weaknesses, and might pay more attention to the skills they are interested in.
Every student also has his/her own Motivation Meters which depends on certain events that occur and will dictate how many session that student can have. You can work on these skills:
- Brawl (Fist Weapon)
- Reason (Spells)
- Faith (Holy)
- Heavy Armor
It does not matter if a student fails or passes a training session, they will still gain a variable amount of skill experience points.
To change a student’s failure to success, you can carefully choose to criticize, console or praise them. This boosts their Motivation Level to continue further lessons. Students that perform well in their lessons can get experience multipliers.
While giving lessons students might approach you with concerns over which skills they should be focusing more on, this gives you an opportunity to coax them into pursuing skills that you think would suit them better.
At the end of the week, the results of all your activities, lessons, and group tasks will be calculated. You can see how much your units have improved and what skills they are focused on as well as their Motivation Levels by the end of the week.
Training your students and enhancing their skill levels will eventually make them eligible to take the certification tests to become various different classes.
Students can take many different certification tests and if they pass them. They will be able to switch between the classes they have unlocked in every battle.
Moving up ranks in skills also unlocks new multiple Combat Arts that can be used during battles at the cost of extra durability of the item used to unleash them.
You have several options to choose from on how to spend your free time. You can only choose one option at a time and every option has its pros and cons. You can choose from:
- Explore: Lets you to freely explore the Monastery.
- Rest: Chill out for the day and give yourself and your students some rest.
- Battle: Take part in a low-tier battle to increase the combat experience of your students.
- Seminar: Your students and you get to attend a special seminar conducted by a teacher (including Byleth) who is an expert in certain skills.
You can invite another teacher to lecture and guide the students about the skills they are an expert in including Byleth. Even though it is beneficial to the students, it does bring down their Motivation Level for the upcoming week.
- Byleth – Skill Focus: Sword, Authority
- Seteth – Skill Focus: Spear, Authority
- Hanneman – Skill Focus: Bow, Reason
- Manuela – Skill Focus: Sword, Faith
- Gilbert – Skill Focus: Spear, Axe
- Alois – Skill Focus: Axe, Brawl
- Catherine – Skill Focus: Sword, Brawl
- Shamir – Skill Focus: Spear, Bow
If you choose to explore the Garreg Mach Monastery of your day off, you will meet people while wandering and be able to engage in certain tasks with them at the cost of Activity Points (limited in amount).
You can explore the Monastery until you exit Exploration Mode even if you run out of Activity Points to spend because time does not pass while exploring the Monastery.
Points of Interest
- Officer’s Academy
- Fishing Hole
- Dining Hall
Here are some things you can do while exploring:
- Helping others by doing tasks for them.
- Engaging in conversation with the students and the faculty.
- Summoning the Amiibo that grant items and gifts by using the Amiibo Gazebo.
- Strengthen bonds and skills with your students by engaging in activities with them.
- Recruiting other students of rival houses by speaking to them if they are impressed by Byleth’s skills.
- You can go to the kitchen to request special foods to strengthen bonds and increase the motivation of the students that enjoy that particular food.
Using Points of Interest
Nothing is quite as relaxing as taking the time to unwind with some fishing. You unlock this activity after finishing the quests “Fresh Catch” and Bait. It consists of you perfectly timing your button presses to catch some good fish. Doing this rewards you with some Professor level experience.
Trying your hand at agriculture is a pretty good way to get some experience for your Professor Level, along with ingredients. After finishing the “Green Thumb Beginnings” quest, you can harvest without losing any Activity Points.
A little socializing goes a long way to improve relationships and motivation. After finishing the “Share a Bite” Quest, you can go to the Dining Hall and eat together. It helps you get closer to the two characters you invite with you and helps them become increasingly motivated. This eats up only 1 Activity Point.
Finishing quests help you progress through the story while unlocking new facilities. There are bulletin boards all over the Monastery that have quests for you. They’re updated regularly so be sure to check them out frequently.
These quests can also be started by directly interacting with the person posting them so be sure to meet and talk with characters during your exploration of the Monastery.
Visit the Battalion Guild to the right of the Monastery entrance. This will unlock Battalions and attaching them to characters will allow you to earn some serious Gold and experience for your Professor Level. However, if you dismiss them from the Guild’s menu, you only get a certain amount of gold.
Replenishing your troops is a good idea since calling them back during battle ends up putting you at a disadvantage against your enemy.