Sure, you can only pick one House when you're embarking on any given playthrough of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. However, that doesn't mean that you can mix and match students of your choice from the other factions if you've got a good enough relationship. It's not just a matter of being friendly, however. Each student has specific skills that they're looking for in a mentor, so it's also about having the right qualifications on top of super-strong lost item game. The rank of the skills or attributes that they want will vary from kid to kid, but check out our Fire Emblem Three Houses recruiting students guide for some answers on what to train up for the highest chance of success.
Fire Emblem Three Houses Recruiting Students Guide -- Skill List
As mentioned, each student has a certain set of skills that they value in a good teacher. Sure, Sylvain might mercilessly flirt with you if your Byleth is a woman, but on the whole, it's going to take more than some chemistry to kick things off enough for someone to defect from their respective empires join your band of upstarts. Check out our recruiting students skill list for an idea of what to prioritize if you want to net your dream squad. We've left off the students that can't be swayed in terms of allegiances.
- Mercedes: Bow, Magic
- Sylvain: Reason, Charisma
- Felix: Speed, Sword
- Ingrid: Flying, Dexterity
- Annette: Faith, Magic
- Ashe: Lance, Charisma
- Lorenz: Reason, Charisma
- Leonie: Strength, Lance
- Ignatz: Authority, Dexterity
- Marianne: Riding, Magic
- Raphael: Strength, Heavy Armor
- Lysithia: Faith, Magic
- Bernadetta: Strength, Bow
- Petra: Dexterity, Riding
- Dorothea: Charisma, Authority
- Lindhardt: Magic, Reason
- Ferdinand: Dexterity, Heavy Armor
- Caspar: Strength, Brawl
Fire Emblem Three Houses Recruiting Students Guide -- What About the Teachers?
Before you despair at the fact that none of the teaching staff were on the lists above regardless of their faction allegiances, don't get too down. You'll be able to recruit Manuela, Alois, Hanneman, and others so long as you have a high enough social relationship with them. This seems to pan out at around a B, which is the same level that we'd recommend when you're getting to know your students as well in the 'Come Join the Dark Side' process.
If you're unsure about how to get your students' support levels or the staff support levels up, check out our Likes and Dislikes guide for the Blue Lions along with entries for the other houses. We'll make sure that you're always decked out with gifts designed to max out your social synergy. Once you've managed to raise the support rank of the people you're into, and you've met their minimum skill requirements based on what their academic interests are, you'll be well on the way to making sure they're on your team.