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General

FEMN General.png
Artwork of the General from the TCG.

Seasoned knights who boast tremendous strength and defense.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The General (normally ジェネラル General) is an advanced armored class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in almost every game since; with the sole exception of Ankoku Ryuu, it is the promoted form of the Knight or its weapon-specific variants. It is absent only in Gaiden and Radiant Dawn; in the latter, it is instead divided into three weapon specialist variants, the Sword General, Lance General, and Axe General.

As with their basic form, Generals epitomize slow and defensive gameplay: their immense defense and HP grants them excellent defensive capabilities, at the expense of low speed and movement. Their primary weakness is to magical attacks, owing to their mediocre resistance. Their combat capabilities are decent, with good strength and typically possessing access to a wide variety of physical weapons, but are hindered by their low speed often leading to them being double-attacked, and by their low movement preventing them from keeping up with other allied units in crossing the field. The ideal use for Generals is as defensive pivots to guard choke points and thrones in defensive maps, or as bait to lure physically-attacking enemy units and sponge their attacks.

The General is the promoted form of the Knight in most games, with some exceptions. Despite both classes existing at the time, neither was associated with a class change line in Ankoku Ryuu; this was rectified in Mystery of the Emblem with the establishment of the General as the Knight's advanced form. In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the General is the promoted form of the two Knight variants available to the player: the Armored Sword in the former, and the Armored Axe in the latter. The Sacred Stones and Awakening allow Knights the option of promoting to General or Great Knight.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 28 9 -- 1 4 0 14 0 5 -- -- Sword/Lance: 13
Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 -- 3 3 0 15 3 5 -- -- Lance: 10
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 6 5 0 12 3 5 -- -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 26 7 1 5 2 0 12 -- 6 10 -- SNESRankSword.png E SNESRankLance.png E
SNESRankAxe.png E SNESRankBow.png E
The Binding Blade 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
Fire Emblem 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
The Sacred Stones 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankSword.gif E GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
Path of Radiance 23/24 8/7 2/1 4 2/1 0 10/11 3/2 6 13 18 GCNRankSword.gif E/S GCNRankLance.gif C
Shadow Dragon 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankBow.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankBow.png E
Awakening 28 12 0 7 4 0 15 3 5 -- -- 3DSRankLance.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword/Lance: 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Lance: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 21 20 30 27 18  ? -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png A SNESRankBow.png A
The Binding Blade 60 27/25 -- 25 21/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S
Fire Emblem 60 29/25 -- 27/25 24/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S*
The Sacred Stones 60 29/27 -- 27/28 24/25 30 30/29 25/26 15 25 GBARankSword.gif S GBARankLance.gif S Axe S *
Path of Radiance 60/70 29/30 20 27/30 24/35 40 30 25/30  ?  ? GCNRankLance.gif S GCNRankSword.gif S*
Shadow Dragon 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankBow.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankBow.png A
Awakening 80 50 30 41 35 45 50 35 7 -- 3DSRankLance.png A 3DSRankAxe.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Fire Emblem 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- --
The Sacred Stones 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- --
Path of Radiance 75% 45% 20% 45% 30% 25% 55% 45% -- --
Shadow Dragon 60% 15% -15% 20% 0% 0% 30% -10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60% 15% -15% 20% 0% 0% 30% -10% -- --
Awakening 50% 25% 0% 15% 10% 0% 15% 10% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War
The Sacred Stones
Is snes03 pavise.png Pavise Innate.
Path of Radiance Shove Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn luna.png Luna Occult skill.
Awakening Is 3ds rally defense.png Rally Defense Learned at level 5.
Awakening Is 3ds pavise.png Pavise Learned at level 15.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi

Base class
Bs fe01 general sword.png
General


Mystery of the Emblem, Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, Path of Radiance, Shadow Dragon, and New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 wendy knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest*/Master Seal* after reaching level 10. Bs fe06 wendy general lance.png
General

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 arden armored sword sword.png
Armored Sword
Choosing the "Promote" option at a home castle after reaching level 20. Bs fe04 arden general sword.png
General

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 dalsin armored axe axe.png
Armored Axe
Using a Knight Proof after reaching level 10. Bs fe05 dalsin general axe.png
General

The Sacred Stones, Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 gilliam knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest*/Master Seal* at level 10 or above Bs fe08 gilliam general lance.png
General
or
Bs fe08 gilliam great knight lance.png
Great Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Generals

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lorenz Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Sheema Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Hannibal Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Xavier Thracia 776
Douglas The Binding Blade
Hector The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only), Awakening
Murdock The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only)
Wallace Fire Emblem*
Fado The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Tauroneo Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance (Trial Maps only)
Horace Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Dolph New Mystery of the Emblem
Macellan New Mystery of the Emblem
Hardin Awakening
Raydrik Awakening
Zephiel Awakening
Black Knight Awakening
Playable General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Generals

Enemy Units
Name Game
Emereus Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem,Shadow Dragon
Harmein Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon
Zharov Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon
Jiol Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon
Hollstadt Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon
Lorenz Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Ryuke Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Lang Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Eibel Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Nailing Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Philip Genealogy of the Holy War
Boldo Genealogy of the Holy War
Macbeth Genealogy of the Holy War
Donovan Genealogy of the Holy War
Harold Genealogy of the Holy War
Bramsel Genealogy of the Holy War
Muhammed Genealogy of the Holy War
Maikov Genealogy of the Holy War
Kanatz Genealogy of the Holy War
Disler Genealogy of the Holy War
Robos Thracia 776
Bandol Thracia 776
Truman Thracia 776
Largo Thracia 776
List Thracia 776
Baldack Thracia 776
Bluck Thracia 776
Nikalaf Thracia 776
Palman Thracia 776
Legance The Binding Blade
Zinque The Binding Blade
Morgan The Binding Blade
Roartz The Binding Blade
Tick The Binding Blade
Murdock The Binding Blade
Lundgren Fire Emblem
Bernard Fire Emblem
Darin Fire Emblem
Tirado The Sacred Stones
Vigarde The Sacred Stones
Danomill Path of Radiance
Kimaarsi Path of Radiance
Kasatai Path of Radiance
Black Knight Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance
Gouber BS Fire Emblem: Archanea Senki, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Campari Awakening
Ignatius Awakening
Cervantes Awakening
Mus Awakening
Enemy General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Generals

Playable Characters
Name Game
Hannibal Thracia 776
Murdock Fire Emblem
Uther Fire Emblem
Zelgius Path of Radiance
Neutral General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

See also

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.