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Archer

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Archer

Generic portrait archer fe12.png


A unit that can attack enemies from a distance. Wields bows.

Weapon(s)

Bow

Skill(s)

Archers (アーチャー, Archer) are a bow-wielding class present in Fire Emblem. Their first appearance was in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and have been used as playable units in each game of the series since then; the exceptions being Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, in the former they were an unused class, while in the latter they are an enemy only class. In both games, the archers role of playable Bow infantry fell to bow fighters. In Fates, they are a Hoshido-based class and wield yumi, the Hoshidan equivalent of bows.

Since they only use bows, which are long-range weapons, they cannot attack units adjacent to them. Due to this, archers should not be in the first offensive line, as they cannot counterattack close-range hits.

Archers are basic units (except in Gaiden, being an alternative promotion for villagers) and can be promoted to snipers. A new promotion is offered in The Sacred Stones, by which archers can become rangers, an option that is also available in Awakening as bow knights. In Fates, bow knights are replaced by Kinshi Knights, which serve a similar purpose.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 16 4 -- 1 4 0 5 0 5 -- -- Bow: 9
Gaiden 24 9 -- 1 2 0 3 0 4 -- -- Bow: --
Mystery of the Emblem 16 5 -- 3 4 0 6 0 5 -- -- Bow: ?
Thracia 776 20 3 0 0 0 0 1 -- 5 6 -- SNESRankBow.png: E
The Binding Blade 18/17 4/3 -- 3 3/4 0 3 0 5 7/6 -- GBARankBow.gif: D
Blazing Sword 18/17 4/3 -- 3 3/4 0 3 0 5 7/6 -- GBARankBow.gif: D
The Sacred Stones 18/17 4/3 -- 3 3/4 0 3 0 5 7/6 -- GBARankBow.gif: D
Path of Radiance 18 3 0 6 3 0 4 0 6 9 9 GCNRankBow.gif: D
Radiant Dawn 19 9 0 10 8 0 5 1 6 10 10 WiiRankBow.png: D
Shadow Dragon 16 5 0 3 4 0 6 0 5 -- -- DSRankBow.png: E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 5 0 3 4 0 6 0 5 -- -- DSRankBow.png: E
Awakening 16 5 0 8 6 0 5 0 5 -- -- 3DSRankBow.png: E
Fates 17 5 0 7 5 2 4 1 5 -- -- 3DSRankBow.png E

Max Stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Bow: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Bow: --
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 12 -- Bow: 20
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 --  ??? 20 SNESRankBow.png: A
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 20 15 GBARankBow.gif: A
Blazing Sword 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankBow.gif: A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankBow.gif: A
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20  ???  ??? GCNRankBow.gif: A
Radiant Dawn 40 20 10 20 20 30 20 10  ???  ??? WiiRankBow.png: A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 32 -- DSRankBow.png: A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- DSRankBow.png: A
Awakening 60 26 20 29 25 30 25 21  ?? -- 3DSRankBow.png: A
Fates 40 21 15 23 21 20 20 17  ?? -- 3DSRankBow.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light  ?  ? --  ?  ? 0%  ? 0% -- --
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% -- 50% 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 20% -- 30% 30% 0% 20% 0% -- --
Thracia 776  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? -- --
The Binding Blade 70% 35% -- 40% 32% 35% 15% 10% -- --
Blazing Sword 70% 35% -- 40% 32% 35% 15% 20/15% -- --
The Sacred Stones 70% 35% -- 40% 32% 35% 15% 20/15% -- --
Path of Radiance 60% 40% 10% 60% 55% 30% 40% 40% -- --
Radiant Dawn 65% 55% 10% 45% 50% 30% 45% 35% -- --
Shadow Dragon 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 10/20% -10/10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 10/20% -10/10% -- --
Awakening 45% 15% 0% 30% 15% 0% 10% 5% -- --
Fates 10% 15% 0% 15% 15% 5% 10% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds skill +2.png Skill +2 At Level 1.
Awakening Is 3ds prescience.png Prescience At Level 10.
Fates Is 3ds prescient victory.png Prescient Victory At Level 10.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 archer bow 02.png
Archer
Using an Is nes01 promotion item.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 sniper bow 02.png
Sniper

Gaiden

Trainee-like class Method Base class Method Advanced class Method Advanced class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 archer bow.png
Archer
After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 sniper bow.png
Sniper
After reaching Level 10, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 bow knight bow.png
Bow Knight

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is snes01 orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 sniper bow.png
Sniper

Thracia 776

Base class
Bs fe05 enemy archer bow.png
Archer


The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 wolt archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 wolt sniper bow.png
Sniper

Blazing Sword

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 wil archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 wil sniper bow.png
Sniper

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 neimi archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 neimi sniper bow.png
Sniper
or
Bs fe08 neimi ranger bow.png
Ranger
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe09 enemy archer bow.png
Archer
Using a Is gcn master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. Bs fe09 shinon sniper bow.png
Sniper

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Archer
Using a Is wii master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Sniper
Using a Is wii master crown.pngMaster Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Marksman

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Archer
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10.
Sniper

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe12 gordin archer bow.png
Archer
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe12 gordin sniper bow.png
Sniper

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds archer playable.gif
Archer
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds sniper playable.gif
Sniper
or
Ma 3ds bow knight playable.gif
Bow Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds archer playable.gif
Archer
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds sniper playable.gif
Sniper
or

Kinshi Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Playable archers

Playable Characters
Name Game
Gordin Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Tomas Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem*, Shadow Dragon
Python Gaiden
Leo Gaiden
Ryan Mystery of the Emblem*, New Mystery of the Emblem
Wolt The Binding Blade, Awakening
Dorothy The Binding Blade
Wil Blazing Sword
Rebecca Blazing Sword
Neimi The Sacred Stones
Rolf Path of Radiance
Leonardo Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Norne Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Virion Awakening
Noire Awakening
Jamke Awakening*
Takumi Fates: Birthright
Setsuna Fates: Birthright
Kisaragi Fates: Birthright
Playable Archer units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy archers

Enemy Units
Name Game
Takumi Fates: Conquest
Setsuna Fates: Conquest
Enemy Archer units in the Fire Emblem series.

Etymology and other languages

Gallery

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.