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Swordmaster

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Swordmaster

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

A seasoned myrmidon with high Skill/Spd. Wields swords.

Weapon(s)

Sword

Skill(s)

The Swordmaster (Japanese: ソードマスター Swordmaster) is an advanced sword-wielding class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and has subsequently appeared in every games in the Fire Emblem series since. It is the primary promoted version of the Myrmidon, being available to it as a class change option in every appearance, and in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Swordmasters can promote again to become Trueblades.

Conceived as something of a counterpart to the Hero class, Swordmasters heavily emphasize exceptionally high skill and speed stats in exchange for having lesser strength and being less sturdy. Owing to both their high skill and typically possessing substantial bonuses to their critical rate, Swordmasters frequently inflict critical hits, compensating somewhat for their relative lack of strength. Although they are efficient attackers, their worrisome defenses, with poor HP, defense and resistance, make their offensive use a risky prospect. For the most effective use of a Swordmaster, these faults are best mitigated through use of terrain to compensate for their defenses and to boost their avoid.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 12 0 15 15 0 7 3 6 -- -- SNESRankSword.png A
Thracia 776 24/20 5/4 1 8 9/10 0 4 -- 7 6/5 -- SNESRankSword.png C
The Binding Blade 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
Fire Emblem 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
The Sacred Stones 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
Path of Radiance 21/19 5/4 2 7 7/8 0 5 2/3 7 11/8 11/8 GCNRankSword.gif C
Radiant Dawn 30/34 15/14 6/4 20 21/22 0 13/8 10/8 7 11/8 11/8 WiiRankSword.png C
Shadow Dragon 22 5 1 11 13 0 6 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png C
New Mystery of the Emblem 22 5 1 11 13 0 6 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png C
Awakening 20 7 2 11 13 0 6 4 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png C

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 27 15 30 30 30 22 18 6 -- SNESRankSword.png A
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A
The Binding Blade 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
Fire Emblem 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 25 GBARankSword.gif S
The Sacred Stones 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
Path of Radiance 60 24/22 20 29 30 40 24/22 22/25  ??  ?? GCNRankSword.gif S
Radiant Dawn 40 24/23 15 30 30 30 23/22 15/17  ??  ?? WiiRankSword.png SS/S
Shadow Dragon 60 24 20 29 30 30 22 23 32 -- DSRankSword.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 24 20 29 30 30 22 23 10 -- DSRankSword.png A
Awakening 80 38 34 44 46 45 33 38 6 -- 3DSRankSword.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 90% 30% 3% 30% 30% 20% 20% -- 40% 0%
The Binding Blade 65% 20/25% -- 30% 30% 15% 12% 25% -- --
Fire Emblem 65% 25% -- 30% 30% 25% 15% 22% -- --
The Sacred Stones 65% 25% -- 30% 30% 25% 15% 22% -- --
Path of Radiance 65% 45% 10% 65% 65% 30% 25/20% 20/30% -- --
Radiant Dawn 50/0/95% 35/0/70% 35/0/55% 40/0/85% 35/0/80% 50/0/75% 40/0/50% 15/0/55% -- --
Shadow Dragon 50/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 25/30% 0/0% 5/20% -5/20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 5/20% -5/20% -- --
Awakening 40% 20% 0% 25% 25% 0% 5% 10% -- --
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 Is snes02 pursuit.png Pursuit Innate.
Genealogy of the Holy War
Thracia 776
Is snes02 adept.png Adept Innate.
The Binding Blade Critical +30 bonus Innate; hidden and unnamed.
Fire Emblem
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Critical +15 bonus Innate; hidden and unnamed.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance Is gcn astra.png Astra Occult skill.
Radiant Dawn Is wii critical +10.png Critical +10 Innate.
Awakening Is 3ds astra.png Astra Learned at Level 5.
Awakening Is 3ds swordfaire.png Swordfaire Learned at Level 15.

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 ulster myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Choosing the option "Class change" in the home castle after reaching Level 20 Bs fe04 shanan swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe04 ulster forrest sword.png
Forrest
Promotion choice criteria: Preset depending on the individual character; Holyn, Ulster, Roddlevan and Radney all promote to Forrest, while Ayra and Larcei promote to Swordmaster.

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 mareeta myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 mareeta swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe05 machyua mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Promotion choice criteria: Preset depending on the individual character; Machyua promote to Mercenary, while Mareeta, Shiva and Trewd promote to Swordmaster.

The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, 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 Crest*, Earth Seal* 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 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 Swordmasters

Playable Characters
Name Game
Shanan Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Eyvel Thracia 776, Awakening
Shanam Thracia 776
Karel The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, Awakening
Karla Fire Emblem (Hector's story only)
Ismaire The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Stefan Path of Radiance
Lucia Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Zihark Radiant Dawn
Mia Radiant Dawn
Say'ri Awakening
Yen'fay Awakening
Navarre Awakening
Deen Awakening
Athena Awakening
Ayra Awakening
Seliph Awakening
Larcei Awakening
Mareeta Awakening
Lyn Awakening
Marisa Awakening
Lloyd Awakening
Playable Swordmaster units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Swordmasters

Enemy Units
Name Game
Lamia Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Boyce Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Simia Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Kel The Binding Blade
Lloyd Fire Emblem
Carlyle The Sacred Stones
Homasa Path of Radiance
Tashoria Radiant Dawn
Yen'fay Awakening
Enemy Swordmaster 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.