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Sniper

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Sniper

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

A seasoned archer with superior Skill who has mastered the bow.

Weapon(s)

Bow

Skill(s)

The Sniper (スナイパー Sniper) is an advanced bow-wielding class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in all games in the Fire Emblem series. It is the promoted version of the Archer in most games, and of the Bow Fighter in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776; in Gaiden and Radiant Dawn, Snipers can in turn promote again to Bow Knights in the former, and Marksmen in the latter.

Snipers are primarily characterized by their exceptional skill and accuracy, augmented by the class's recurring tendency to receive skills enhancing it even further in certain games. Their strength and speed are also high, and they tend to possess competent defenses. However, they are crippled by their unsuitability for the enemy phase: as they are almost perpetually locked to 2 or 3 range, Snipers are vulnerable to enemies attacking them at close range, in which case they are entirely incapable of counter-attacking and are easily ganged-up upon and trapped. Ideally, rather than operating as the front line of an army, Snipers are best positioned behind close-range-capable allies in order to fight by picking off enemies beyond their range.

Stats

Base Stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi 24 7 -- 10 14 0 7 0 7 -- -- Bow: 10
Gaiden 30 12 -- 6 6 0 6 2 5 -- -- Bow
Mystery of the Emblem 24 7 -- 8 9 0 7 3 7 -- -- Bow: 10
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 12 0 12 12 0 7 3 6 -- -- SNESRankBow.png A
Thracia 776 22/20 5/4 1 6 7/8 0 3 -- 7 7/5 -- SNESRankBow.png D
The Binding Blade 21/19 7/6 -- 6 5/7 0 5 2/3 6 8/7 -- GBARankBow.gif C
Blazing Sword 21/19 7/6 -- 6 5/7 0 5 2/3 6 8/7 -- GBARankBow.gif C
The Sacred Stones 21/19 7/6 -- 6 5/7 0 5 2/3 6 8/7 -- GBARankBow.gif C
Path of Radiance 21 6 2 8 5 0 6 2 7 10 11 GCNRankBow.gif C
Radiant Dawn 33 18 4 19 18 0 14 10 7 11 12 WiiRankBow.png C
Shadow Dragon 24 7 1 8 9 0 7 3 7 -- -- DSRankBow.png C
New Mystery of the Emblem 24 7 1 8 9 0 7 3 7 -- -- DSRankBow.png C
Awakening 20 7 1 12 9 0 10 3 6 -- -- 3DSRankBow.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 -- Bow: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Bow: --
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Bow: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 27 15 27 27 30 22 18 6 -- SNESRankBow.png A *
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankBow.png A
The Binding Blade 60 24/23 -- 30 29 30 22/21 23/25 15 20 GBARankBow.gif S
Blazing Sword 60 25/24 -- 30 28/29 30 25/24 23/24 15 20 GBARankBow.gif S
The Sacred Stones 60 25/24 -- 30 28/29 30 25/24 23/24 15 20 GBARankBow.gif S
Path of Radiance 60 25 20 30 28 40 25 23  ?  ? GCNRankBow.gif S
Radiant Dawn 45 27 10 30 26 30 24 16  ?  ? WiiRankBow.png S
Shadow Dragon 60 24 20 30 29 30 23 20 32 -- DSRankBow.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 24 20 30 29 30 23 20 9 -- DSRankBow.png A
Awakening 80 41 30 48 40 45 40 31 8 -- 3DSRankBow.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi  ?  ? --  ?  ? 0%  ? 0% -- --
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 20% -- 30% 30% 0% 20% 0% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 50/90% 20/30% 3% 15/30% 10/30% 10/20% 15/20% 15/40%* -- --
The Binding Blade 65% 30% -- 30% 20% 30% 15% 15% -- --
Blazing Sword 65% 30% -- 30% 20% 30% 15% 20/25% -- --
The Sacred Stones 65% 30% -- 30% 20% 30% 15% 20/25% -- --
Path of Radiance 60% 45% 10% 55% 45% 30% 35% 35% -- --
Radiant Dawn 60/100% 35/75% 20/35% 45/90% 25/65% 50/75% 45/70% 25/60% -- --
Shadow Dragon 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 10/20% -10/20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 10/20% -10/20% -- --
Awakening 45% 15% 0% 30% 15% 0% 15% 5% -- --
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 Pursuit Innate.
The Sacred Stones Sure Strike Innate.
Path of Radiance Critical +15 Innate; hidden and unnamed.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance Deadeye Occult skill.
Radiant Dawn Critical +10 Innate.
Awakening Hit Rate +20 Learned at level 5.
Awakening Bowfaire Learned at level 15.

Class change

Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 archer bow 02.png
Archer
Using an Is nes01 promotion item.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 sniper bow 01.png
Sniper

Gaiden

Trainee-like class Method Base class Method Advanced class Method Advanced class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 archer bow.png
Archer
After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 sniper bow.png
Sniper
After reaching Level 10, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 bow knight bow.png
Bow Knight

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is snes01 orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 sniper bow.png
Sniper

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 jamke bow fighter bow.png
Bow Fighter
Choosing the "Promote" option at a home castle after reaching level 20. Bs fe04 jamke sniper bow.png
Sniper

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 ronan bow fighter bow.png
Bow Fighter
Using a Is snes03 knight proof.pngKnight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 ronan sniper bow.png
Sniper

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 wolt archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 wolt sniper bow.png
Sniper

Blazing Sword

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 wil archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 wil sniper bow.png
Sniper

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 neimi archer bow.png
Archer
Using an Is gba orion's bolt.pngOrion's Bolt after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 neimi sniper bow.png
Sniper
or
Bs fe08 neimi ranger bow.png
Ranger
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Archer
Using a Is gcn master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Sniper

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Archer
Using a Is wii master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Sniper
Using a Is wii master crown.pngMaster Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Marksman

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe12 gordin archer bow.png
Archer
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe12 gordin sniper bow.png
Sniper

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe12 gordin archer bow.png
Archer
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe12 gordin sniper bow.png
Sniper

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Archer
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Sniper
or

Bow Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Snipers

Playable Characters
Name Game
Jeorge Ankoku Ryuu to Hikari no Tsurugi, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Briggid Genealogy of the Holy War
Klein The Binding Blade
Igrene The Binding Blade
Louise Blazing Sword
Innes The Sacred Stones, Awakening
Shinon Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Rolf Radiant Dawn
Tomas New Mystery of the Emblem
Kleine New Mystery of the Emblem ("Assassins" only)
Playable Sniper units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Snipers

Enemy Units
Name Game
Wolf Gaiden
Draco Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776, Awakening
Denning Blazing Sword
Norris Path of Radiance
Silvano Radiant Dawn
Kleine New Mystery of the Emblem
Enemy Sniper units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

References

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.