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Hero

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Hero

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

A seasoned fighter or merc with high Skill. Wields swords, axes.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Hero (勇者 Hero) is an advanced infantry class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in almost all subsequent games, acting as the promoted form of the Mercenary in most of its appearaces. It is absent only in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, in which its role as the promoted class for the Myrmidon is filled by two functionally identical classes: the Forrest in the former, and the Mercenary in the latter. In addition to its usual role as a normal class, the Hero has twice served as a Lord-like class exclusive to the protagonist of a game: it is Alm's promoted class in Gaiden, and Ike's base class in Radiant Dawn. Additionally, it exists as a class exclusive to the NPC Greil in Path of Radiance, unavailable to the player.

Ever since Genealogy of the Holy War, the Hero (or its substitutes) has acted as a counterpart and opposite to the Swordmaster class: compared to Swordmasters, Heroes trade Skill and Speed for greater Strength and slightly improved HP and Defense. As such, they typically make for superior front-line units, capable of dealing very substantial damage while being durable enough to survive bombardment in the enemy phase. As with most other physically-oriented units, however, the class's Resistance is lacking on average.

Traditionally, the Hero is the promoted form of the Mercenary, although variations on this exist. The Sacred Stones and Awakening give Mercenaries a secondary alternative to Heroes, the Ranger and Bow Knight respectively, while also allowing Fighters to promote to Hero; Fighters also promote to Hero in Gaiden, with both being Alm's personal classes. Heroes do not promote from anything in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, and in the latter as Ike's initial class it has a third-tier promoted form, the Vanguard.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 24 8 -- 14 14 0 8 0 7 -- -- Sword: 10
Gaiden 36 16 -- 14 14 10 10 4 6 -- -- Sword: --
Bow: --*
Mystery of the Emblem 22 6 -- 10 12 0 7 3 7 -- -- Sword: 10
The Binding Blade 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe E
Blazing Sword 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe E
The Sacred Stones 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe D
Path of Radiance 22 6 1 9 10 0 8 2 7 12 13 GCNRankSword.gif A GCNRankAxe.gif A
Radiant Dawn 38 9 1 13 11 0 9 2 7 12 13 WiiRankSword.png S
Shadow Dragon 22 6 1 10 12 0 7 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png D DSRankAxe.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 24 6 1 10 11 0 7 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png D DSRankAxe.png E
Awakening 22 8 1 11 10 0 8 3 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- Sword: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- -- Sword: --
Bow: --*
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- Sword: 20
The Binding Blade 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 20 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S
Blazing Sword 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 20/25 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S*
The Sacred Stones 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 25 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S*
Path of Radiance 60 26 20 27 28 40 20 20  ?  ? -- GCNRankSword.gif S GCNRankAxe.gif S
Radiant Dawn 50 27 10 30 30 30 26 15  ?  ? -- WiiRankSword.png S
Shadow Dragon 60 25 20 30 26 30 25 22 32 -- -- DSRankSword.png A DSRankAxe.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 25 20 30 26 30 25 22 10 -- -- DSRankSword.png A DSRankAxe.png A
Awakening 80 42 30 46 42 45 40 36 8 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png A 3DSRankAxe.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 30% -- 20% 20% -- 30% 0% -- --
The Binding Blade 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 10% -- --
Blazing Sword 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 20% -- --
The Sacred Stones 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 20% -- --
Path of Radiance 90% 45% 15% 45% 40% 25% 25% 20% -- --
Radiant Dawn 80% 50% 10% 70% 40% 30% 40% 15% -- --
Shadow Dragon 60/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 5/30% -10/20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 50/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 10/30% -10/20% -- --
Awakening 45% 20% 0% 25% 20% 0% 10% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance Is gcn aether.png Aether Occult skill (not encountered in normal gameplay).
Awakening Is 3ds sol.png Sol Learned at level 5.
Awakening Is 3ds axebreaker.png Axebreaker Learned at level 15.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, The Binding Blade, Blazing Sword, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 raven mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest*, Earth Seal* or

Master Seal* after reaching Level 10.

Bs fe07 raven hero sword.png
Hero

Gaiden

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe02 alm fighter sword.png
Fighter
Event: Celica talks to Hark at the Sage's Hamlet in Ch. 4. Bs fe02 alm hero sword.png
Hero

The Sacred Stones, Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 gerik mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
and
Bs fe08 garcia fighter axe.png
Fighter
Using a Hero Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 gerik hero sword.png
Hero

Path of Radiance

Base class
Bs fe09 greil hero sword.png
Hero


Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Hero
Event: cutscene prior to the Part 4 Prologue. Bs fe10 ike vanguard sword.png
Vanguard

Playable Heroes

Playable Characters
Name Game
Astram Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Samson Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Ekhidna The Binding Blade
Harken Blazing Sword
Ike Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Flavia Awakening
Priam Awakening
Ogma Awakening
Alm Awakening (SpotPass version only)
Roy Awakening (SpotPass version only)
Linus Awakening
Playable Hero units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Heroes

Enemy Units
Name Game
Astram Ankoku Ryuu, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Henning The Binding Blade
Randy The Binding Blade
Linus Blazing Sword
Kaim Blazing Sword*
Caellach The Sacred Stones
Greil Path of Radiance
Xalbador Awakening
Priam Awakening
Enemy Hero units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology & other languages

References

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.