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Priest

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

Men of the staff who come to the aid of allies. Unable to attack.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Priest or Curate (僧侶/神官 Priest) 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 all appearances except Fire Emblem Gaiden, Priests possess no offensive abilities, and instead wield magical staves to aid their allies primarily by healing them. Depending on the individual game, the Priest is a gender-neutral class applicable to both males and females in some, is male-exclusive in others with their female counterpart being the Cleric, and in Gaiden is entirely female-exclusive.

Priests typically possess excellent Resistance well above that of any other basic class, in addition to good Magic. Owing to their non-offensive status, however, their other stats are somewhat low, particularly their physical Strength and Defense. Their defensive weaknesses and their non-offensive nature make keeping them hidden away from enemies behind fighting units a necessity to use them, but on the other hand, in Ankoku Ryuu Priests can only gain experience by being attacked by enemies, a quirk rectified in later games.

The exception to the standard role of Priests is Gaiden, in which the class is more offensively oriented. The Gaiden Priest wields swords in addition to having access to both black and white magic. It is the initial class of Celica, the second protagonist of the game, but is not exclusive to her as all female Mages promote to Priest; Celica can in turn promote to Princess in an event, something no other Priest can do. The female-exclusive Cleric performs the duties of the traditional Priest as a healing class.

In the majority of games, Priests class change to the Bishop class, which grants them the ability to wield offensive magic alongside their healing capabilities. In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 they instead promote to High Priest, in The Sacred Stones they have the choice between promoting to Bishop and Sage, and in Awakening they can choose between promoting to Sage or War Monk.

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 1 0 3 0 5 -- -- Staff: 7
Gaiden 36 5 -- 1 1 0 1 0 4 -- -- Sword, Black Magic, White Magic*
Genealogy of the Holy War 26 0 7 6 6 0 1 7 5 -- -- SNESRankStaff.png B
Thracia 776 16/14 0 3 2/1 1/2 0 0 -- 5 4/3 -- SNESRankStaff.png E
The Binding Blade 18/16 -- 1 1/2 2 0 1/0 5/6 5 5/4 -- GBARankStaff.gif D
The Sacred Stones 18 -- 1 1 2 0 1 5 5 5 -- GBARankStaff.gif D
Path of Radiance 18 0 3 3 3 0 1 8 5 9 9 GCNRankStaff.gif D
Radiant Dawn 16/17 3/0 5/6 5/3 6/3 0 3/1 10 5 9/5 9/5 WiiRankStaff.png D
Shadow Dragon 16 0 1 1 4 0 3 6 5 -- -- DSRankStaff.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 0 1 1 4 0 3 6 5 -- -- DSRankStaff.png E
Awakening 16 0 3 2 4 0 1 6 5 -- -- 3DSRankStaff.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? -- Staff: 20
Gaiden 52 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40? -- --*
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 22 21 21 30 16 22  ? -- SNESRankStaff.png --*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankStaff.png A
The Binding Blade 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankStaff.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankStaff.gif A
Path of Radiance 40 15 20 20 20 40 20 20  ?  ? GCNRankStaff.gif A
Radiant Dawn 30 10 20 15 15 35/40 10 20  ?  ? WiiRankStaff.png A
Shadow Dragon 60 25 25 25 25 30 25 25 32 -- DSRankStaff.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 7 -- DSRankStaff.png A
Awakening 60 22 25 24 25 30 23 27 7 -- 3DSRankStaff.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 50% -- 30% 35% 32% 45% 8% 50% -- --
The Sacred Stones 50% -- 30% 35% 32% 45% 8% 50% -- --
Path of Radiance 55% 15% 55% 25% 40% 50% 20% 60% -- --
Radiant Dawn 60% 25/30% 65/35% 45/30% 40/60% 40/75% 25/20% 40/60% -- --
Shadow Dragon 20% -15% 20% 20% 20% 0% -15% 20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20% -15% 10% 15% 20% 0% -10% 30% -- --
Awakening 35% 5% 15% 15% 15% 0% 5% 15% -- --
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
Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Awakening Miracle Learned at level 1.
Awakening Healtouch Learned at level 10.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu, The Binding Blade, Path of Radiance, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable curate staff.png
Priest
Using a Bishop Ring*/Guiding Ring*/Master Seal* after reaching level 10. Bs fe11 playable bishop tome.png
Bishop

Gaiden

Celica

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe02 celica priest sword.png
Priest
Event: Celica talks to a woman in Geyse's Fort in Chapter 3. Bs fe02 celica princess sword.png
Princess

All others

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe02 mage female magic.png
Mage
After reaching Level 20, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 priest magic.png
Priest

Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 corpul priest staff.png
Priest
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching level 20.* / Using a Knight Proof after reaching level 10.* Bs fe04 corpul high priest staff.png
High Priest

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 moulder priest staff.png
Priest
Using a Guiding Ring or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 moulder bishop staff.png
Bishop
or
Bs fe08 moulder sage anima.png
Sage
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Priest
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Bishop
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching level 21.
Saint

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Priest
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
War Monk
or

Sage
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Priests

Playable Characters
Name Game
Wrys Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Lena Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi*
Maria Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi*
Elice Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi*
Adean Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Lana Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Mana Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Corpul Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Sharlow Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Safy Thracia 776
Tina Thracia 776
Sleuf Thracia 776
Elen The Binding Blade
Saul The Binding Blade
Moulder The Sacred Stones
Rhys Path of Radiance
Laura Radiant Dawn
Brady Awakening
Playable Priest 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.