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Mage

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Mage

FESK Mage.png
Artwork of the Mage from the TCG.

A tome wielder whose magic works well on armored foes.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Mage (魔導士 Mage) is a basic magic-wielding class introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and one of the staple recurring classes of the Fire Emblem series. In each of the games they appear in, they wield offensively-oriented magic; though associated with the three magic types which comprise nature magic, their specific form of access to it depends on the game's available array of magic types. The Mage has appeared in every game except for Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, where instead the class is divided into the Fire Mage, Wind Mage and Thunder Mage classes, each specialising in the titular magic type; these divided specialist classes also existed in Genealogy of the Holy War alongside the Mage itself.

As an offensive class, the Mage's primary draws are its use of magic, which allows it to attack both at range and close up, and the fact that the bulk of enemy units have lower Resistance, allowing the potency of Mages' magic abilities to be a more effective form of offense against them; this is compounded by their typically high speed allowing them to double-attack most enemies and in particular making them particularly adept at killing Knights.

Conversely, Mages almost always possess low HP and Defense, making them highly susceptible to being killed or severely damged in one shot by most physical units. This is further compounded in games which feature the Constitution stat or use Strength in a similar capacity - Mages tend toward having significantly lower constitution than their melée counterparts, and even lower strength, which can often cause them to struggle when wielding heavier tomes, lowering their usually good attack speed. For their protection, a standard arrangement when using Mages in melée-heavy maps is to position them behind units with better defense, protecting them from most forms of melée harm and allowing them to attack approaching enemies at range.

In most games since Gaiden, Mages will class change to the Sage. In Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi and Mystery of the Emblem, it instead promotes to Bishop, like the only other base magic class in the games. Other games have presented other promotion options for the Mage - Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 and The Sacred Stones offer the Mage Knight, Genealogy of the Holy War also had the Mage Fighter for female Mages, and Awakening offers the Dark Knight as an option.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 16 1 -- 1 5 0 3 0 6 -- -- Tome: 7
Gaiden 28/22 8/10 -- 3/12 4/8 0 5/4 8/14 4 -- -- Black Magic
Mystery of the Emblem 16 1 -- 1/2 3 0 2/1 3/4 6 -- -- Tome: 7/10
Genealogy of the Holy War 26 0 7 6 6 0 1 5 5 -- -- SNESRankFire.png C SNESRankThunder.png C SNESRankWind.png C
Thracia 776 18/16 0 2 2/1 3/4 0 0 -- 6 4/3 -- SNESRankFire.png E SNESRankThunder.png E SNESRankWind.png D
The Binding Blade 16 -- 1 2/3 3/2 0 3/2 3/4 5 6/4 -- GBARankAnima.gif D
Blazing Sword 16 -- 1 2/3 3/2 0 3/2 3/4 5 6/3 -- GBARankAnima.gif D
The Sacred Stones 16 -- 1 2/3 3/2 0 3/2 3/4 5 5/3 9 GBARankAnima.gif D
Path of Radiance 16 0 3 2/1 4/5 0 2/1 4/5 5 9/5 9/5 GCNRankFire.gif E GCNRankThunder.gif E GCNRankWind.gif E
Shadow Dragon 16 0 2 1 3 0 4 3 6 -- -- DSRankTome.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 0 2 1 3 0 4 3 6 -- -- DSRankTome.png E
Awakening 16 0 4 3 4 0 -- 3 5 -- -- 3DSRankTome.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 -- -- Tome: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- --*
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Tome: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 22 21 21 30 16 20 5 -- N/A
Thracia 776 80 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankFire.png A SNESRankThunder.png A SNESRankWind.png A
The Binding Blade 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankAnima.gif A
Blazing Sword 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankAnima.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankAnima.gif A
Path of Radiance 40 10 20 20 20 40 10 20  ?  ? GCNRankFire.gif A GCNRankThunder.gif A GCNRankWind.gif A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 32 -- DSRankTome.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 8 -- DSRankTome.png A
Awakening 60 20 28 27 26 30 21 25 7 -- 3DSRankTome.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 10% 30% 30% 30% 0% 10% 30% -- --
Thracia 776 30% 3% 20% 10% 10% 10% 5% -- -- --
The Binding Blade 55% -- 55% 40% 35% 20% 5% 35% -- --
Blazing Sword 55% -- 55% 40% 35% 20% 5% 30/40% -- --
The Sacred Stones 55% -- 55% 40% 35% 20% 5% 30/40% -- --
Path of Radiance 60% 20/15% 65% 50% 50/55% 20% 30/25% 60/65% -- --
Shadow Dragon 20% -10% 30% 20% 15% 0% -15% 10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20% -10% 30% 20% 15% 0% -15% 10% -- --
Awakening 35% 0% 20% 20% 20% 0% 5% 10% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Path of Radiance Shove Innate; hidden.
Awakening Magic +2 Learned at level 1.
Awakening Focus Learned at level 10.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu, Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 mage tome.png
Mage
Using a Bishop Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 bishop magic.png
Bishop

Gaiden

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager



After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine.

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Bs fe02 mage male magic.png
Mage (M)
Bs fe02 mage female magic.png
Mage (F)

After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine.

After reaching Level 20, at any Mila Shrine.
Bs fe02 sage magic.png
Sage
Bs fe02 priest magic.png
Priest

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 arthur mage anima.png
Mage
Choosing the option "Promote" in the home castle after reaching level 20. Bs fe04 amid mage fighter anima.png
Mage Fighter
or
Bs fe04 arthur mage knight anima.png
Mage Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The promoted class in predetermined for the characters; Azel and Arthur get Mage Knight, while Teeny gets Mage Fighter.

Thracia 776 and The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 lute mage anima.png
Mage
Using a Knight Proof*/Guiding Ring or Master Seal* after reaching level 10. Bs fe08 lute sage anima.png
Sage
or
Bs fe08 lute mage knight anima.png
Mage Knight
Promotion choice criteria: In The Sacred Stones, the player can freely choose. In Thracia 776, the promoted class is preset depending on the individual character; Miranda promotes to Mage Knight, while Asvel promotes to Sage.

The Binding Blade, Blazing Sword, Path of Radiance, Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 erk mage anima.png
Mage
Using a Guiding Ring or Earth Seal*/Master Seal* after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 erk sage anima.png
Sage

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Dark Knight
or

Sage
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Mages

Playable Characters
Name Game
Merric Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Linde Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Luthier Gaiden
Dyute Gaiden
Mae Gaiden
Boey Gaiden
Sonia Gaiden
Yubello Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Ellerean Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Azel Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Arthur Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation, Awakening
Teeny Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Asvel Thracia 776
Miranda Thracia 776
Lugh The Binding Blade, Awakening
Lilina The Binding Blade
Hugh The Binding Blade
Erk Blazing Sword
Nino Blazing Sword, Awakening
Lute The Sacred Stones, Awakening
Soren Path of Radiance, Awakening
Ilyana Path of Radiance
Tormod Path of Radiance
Miriel Awakening
Ricken Awakening
Laurent Awakening
Playable Mage units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Mages

Enemy Units
Name Game
Ellerean Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Katarina New Mystery of the Emblem*
Enemy Mage units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and 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.