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Myrmidon

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Myrmidon

Generic portrait myrmidon fe12.png


A swift specialist in the blade who makes for a tricky target.

Weapon(s)

Sword

Skill(s)

Pursuit, Shove, Crt +5

The Myrmidon class (variously known as ソードファイタ, sōdofaita; or 剣士, kenshi, both meaning "swordfighter") is a sword-wielding class present in Fire Emblem. Their first appearance was in Fire Emblem Gaiden; the only games where they do not exist are Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. However, the remakes of these two games do contain myrmidons.

The class originated as a derivative of the Mercenary class based on the stat array of Navarre, whose fragile speed-oriented build was a significant difference from every other Mercenary in the game and set a trend for other mercenaries of a similar build. The Swordfighter class of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 was something of a functional middle ground between the two classes; most of its members leaned toward the traditional Mercenary build, while many others like Ayra continued the fragile speed mold set by Navarre; this was epitomised by the promoted classes available to units on both sides of the stat split: the Forrest and the Swordmaster. The full-fledged separate Myrmidon class as it's known today, with its specific stat array, debuted in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and has appeared in every game since, completely replacing the Mercenary line in the Tellius games.

Their initial strength and defense are lower than those of mercenaries. To counter this, myrmidons focus more in skill and speed, making critical hits their trademark; in some games, there are unique swords with higher critical rate (such as the Wo Dao and the Shamshir) that can be wielded only by this class and its promotions.

Myrmidons, in most games, can be promoted to swordmasters. Special cases are seen in Gaiden, The Sacred Stones, and Awakening; in the former, myrmidons are a second-tier class and can be promoted to demon fighters, while in the latter two they can be promoted either to swordmasters or assassins. Other options are seen in the Jugdral games; specific characters can be promoted to forrests in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and to mercenaries in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.

In the Elibe, Magvel and Jugdral games, myrmidons were in general strongly associated with a particular region of the continents (Sacae, Jehanna and Isaach respectively) and almost all units of the class. In Tellius and Archanea, however, they can come from any land.


Stats

Base Stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Gaiden 30 11 -- 11 14 0 7 6 5 -- -- Sword: N/A
Genealogy of the Holy War 30 7 0 10 10 0 5 0 6 -- -- SNESRankSword.png: A
Thracia 776 20/18 3/2 0 5 6/7 0 2 -- 6 6/5 -- SNESRankSword.png: E
The Binding Blade 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- GBARankSword.gif: D
Blazing Sword 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- GBARankSword.gif: D
The Sacred Stones 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- GBARankSword.gif: D
Path of Radiance 17/15 4/3 0 5 5/6 0 3 0/1 6 10/7 10/7 GCNRankSword.gif: D
Radiant Dawn 18 6 0 10 11 0 4 0 6 10 10 WiiRankSword.png: D
Shadow Dragon 16 3 0 9 11 0 4 0 7 -- -- DSRankSword.png: E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 3 0 9 11 0 4 0 7 -- -- DSRankSword.png: E


Max Stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Sword: N/A
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 22 15 25 25 30 20 15 -- -- N/A
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 --  ??? 20 SNESRankSword.png: ?
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif: A
Blazing Sword 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif: A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif: A
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20  ???  ??? GCNRankSword.gif: A
Radiant Dawn 30 20 10 20 20 30 20 10  ???  ??? WiiRankSword.png: A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 32 -- DSRankSword.png: A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- DSRankSword.png: A


Class change

Gaiden

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class Method Promoted class Method Trainee-like class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
After reaching Level 7, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 dread fighter sword.png
Demon Fighter
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Swordfighter
Choosing the option "Promote" in the home castle after reaching level 20.
Swordmaster
or

Forrest
Promotion choice criteria: The promoted class is predetermined for the characters


Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Swordfighter
Using a Knight Seal after reaching Level 10.
Swordmaster
or

Mercenary
Promotion choice criteria: The promoted class is predetermined for the characters


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

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe12 athena myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Hero's Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21*. Bs fe12 athena swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster


The Sacred Stones, Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 joshua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Hero's Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 joshua swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe08 joshua assassin sword.png
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching level 10, or reaching level 21.
Swordmaster
Using a Master Crown after reaching level 10, or reaching level 21.
Trueblade


Playable myrmidons

Playable Characters
Name Game
Deen Gaiden
Ayra Genealogy of the Holy War*
Holyn Genealogy of the Holy War*
Larcei Genealogy of the Holy War*
Radney Genealogy of the Holy War*
Ulster Genealogy of the Holy War*
Roddlevan Genealogy of the Holy War*
Machyua Thracia 776
Shiva Thracia 776
Mareeta Thracia 776
Trewd Thracia 776
Rutoga The Binding Blade
Fir The Binding Blade
Guy Blazing Sword
Joshua The Sacred Stones
Marisa The Sacred Stones
Mia Path of Radiance
Zihark Path of Radiance
Edward Radiant Dawn
Navarre Shadow Dragon*, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Athena Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Radd Shadow Dragon*, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Samto New Mystery of the Emblem*
Malice New Mystery of the Emblem*
Lon'qu Awakening
Owain Awakening
Playable Myrmidon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy myrmidons

Enemy Units
Name Game
Vrai Gaiden
Isaiya Radiant Dawn
Enemy Myrmidon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Gallery

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