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General

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

Nohrian. A seasoned, armored commander of troops. Exceptional Def.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The General (Japanese: ジェネラル General) is an advanced armored class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in almost every game since; with the sole exception of the first game, it is the promoted form of the Knight or its weapon-specific variants. It is absent only in Gaiden and Radiant Dawn; in the latter, it is instead divided into three weapon specialist variants, the Sword General, Lance General, and Axe General. Generals have always wielded lances in every game in which they appear, but their other weapons have varied wildly across the series, with Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 even giving them access to all four physical weapon types.

As with their basic form, Generals epitomize slow and defensive gameplay: their immense defense and HP grants them excellent defensive capabilities, at the expense of low speed and the lowest movement of any class. Their primary weakness is to magical attacks, owing to their mediocre resistance, except in Radiant Dawn where the General variations have some of the best resistance among the physical classes. Their combat capabilities are decent, with good strength and typically possessing access to a wide variety of physical weapons, but are hindered by their low speed often leading to them being double-attacked, and by their low movement preventing them from keeping up with other allied units in crossing the field. The ideal use for Generals is as defensive pivots to guard choke points and thrones in defensive maps, or as bait to lure physically-attacking enemy units and sponge their attacks.

The General is the promoted form of the Knight in most games, with some exceptions. Despite both classes existing at the time, neither was associated with a class change line in the NES Shadow Dragon; this was rectified in Mystery of the Emblem with the establishment of the General as the Knight's advanced form. In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the General is the promoted form of the two Knight variants available to the player: the Armored Sword in the former, and the Armored Axe in the latter. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates allow Knights the option of promoting to either General or Great Knight.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 28 9 -- 1 4 0 14 0 5 -- -- Sword: 13
Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 -- 3 3 0 15 3 5 -- -- Lance: 10
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 6 5 0 12 3 5 -- -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 26 7 1 5 2 0 12 -- 6 10 -- SNESRankSword.png E SNESRankLance.png E
SNESRankAxe.png E SNESRankBow.png E
The Binding Blade 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
Fire Emblem 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
The Sacred Stones 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- GBARankSword.gif E GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
Path of Radiance 23/24 8/7 2/1 4 2/1 0 10/11 3/2 6 13 18 GCNRankSword.gif E/S GCNRankLance.gif C
Shadow Dragon 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankBow.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankBow.png E
Awakening 28 12 0 7 4 0 15 3 5 -- -- 3DSRankLance.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E
Fates 22 11 0 7 3 4 12 3 5 -- -- 3DSRankLance.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Lance: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 21 20 30 27 18 5 -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png A SNESRankBow.png A
The Binding Blade 60 27/25 -- 25 21/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S
Fire Emblem 60 29/25 -- 27/25 24/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S*
The Sacred Stones 60 29/27 -- 27/28 24/25 30 30/29 25/26 15 25 GBARankSword.gif S GBARankLance.gif S Axe S *
Path of Radiance 60/70 29/30 20 27/30 24/35 40 30 25/30 20 99 GCNRankLance.gif S GCNRankSword.gif S*
Shadow Dragon 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankBow.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankBow.png A
Awakening 80 50 30 41 35 45 50 35 7 -- 3DSRankLance.png A 3DSRankAxe.png A
Fates 70 38 25 32 25 32 40 30  ?? -- 3DSRankLance.png A 3DSRankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Fire Emblem 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- --
The Sacred Stones 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- --
Path of Radiance 75% 45% 20% 45% 30% 25% 55% 45% -- --
Shadow Dragon 60% 15% -15% 20% 0% 0% 30% -10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60% 15% -15% 20% 0% 0% 30% -10% -- --
Awakening 50% 25% 0% 15% 10% 0% 15% 10% -- --
Fates 25% 20% 0% 15% 0% 10% 20% 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
The Sacred Stones
Is snes03 pavise.png Pavise Innate.
Path of Radiance Shove Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn luna.png Luna Occult skill.
Awakening Is 3ds rally defense.png Rally Defense Learned at Level 5.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds pavise.png Pavise Awakening: Learned at Level 15.
Fates: Learned from Level 15 and up.
Fates Is 3ds wary fighter.png Wary Fighter Learned from Level 5 and up.

Class change

Shadow Dragon NES

Base class
Bs fe01 general sword.png
General


Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 armorknight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 general lance.png
General

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 arden armored sword sword.png
Armored Sword
Choosing the option "Class change" in the home castle after reaching Level 20. Bs fe04 arden general sword.png
General

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 dalsin armored axe axe.png
Armored Axe
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 dalsin general axe.png
General


The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 wendy knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 wendy general axe.png
General

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 oswin knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 oswin general axe.png
General

The Sacred Stones

Trainee-like class Promotion method Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 amelia recruit lance.png
Recruit
Reaching Level 10, and choosing at beginning of next battle. Bs fe08 amelia cavalier lance.png
Cavalier
or
Bs fe08 amelia knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10.


Using a Knight Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Bs fe08 amelia paladin sword.png
Paladin
or
Bs fe08 amelia great knight lance.png
Great Knight
or
Bs fe08 amelia general lance.png
General
Promotion choice criteria: In both cases, the player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
General

Shadow Dragon DS

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable general lance.png
General

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable general bow.png
General

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds knight playable.gif
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds general playable.gif
General
or
Ma 3ds great knight playable.gif
Great Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
General
or

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

Playable Generals

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lorenz Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Sheema Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Hannibal Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Xavier Thracia 776
Douglas The Binding Blade
Hector The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only), Awakening
Murdock The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only)
Wallace Fire Emblem (Eliwood and Hector's stories only)
Fado The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Tauroneo Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance (Trial Maps only)
Horace Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Dolph New Mystery of the Emblem
Macellan New Mystery of the Emblem
Hardin Awakening
Raydrik Awakening
Zephiel Awakening
Black Knight Awakening
Playable General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Generals

Enemy Units
Name Game
Emereus Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Harmein Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Zharov Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Jiol Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Hollstadt Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Lorenz Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Rucke Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Lang Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Eibel Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Nehring Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Philip Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Bordeaux Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Macbeth Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Donovan Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Harold Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Bramsel Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Muhammad Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Maykov Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Kanatz Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Distler Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Robos Thracia 776
Bandol Thracia 776
Truman Thracia 776
Largo Thracia 776
List Thracia 776
Baldack Thracia 776
Bluck Thracia 776
Nikalaf Thracia 776
Palman Thracia 776
Legance The Binding Blade
Zinque The Binding Blade
Morgan The Binding Blade
Roartz The Binding Blade
Tick The Binding Blade
Murdock The Binding Blade
Lundgren Fire Emblem
Bernard Fire Emblem
Darin Fire Emblem
Tirado The Sacred Stones
Vigarde The Sacred Stones
Danomill Path of Radiance
Kimaarsi Path of Radiance
Kasatai Path of Radiance
Black Knight Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance
Gouber BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Campari Awakening
Ignatius Awakening
Cervantes Awakening
Mus Awakening
Enemy General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Generals

Other Units
Name Game
Hannibal Thracia 776
Murdock Fire Emblem
Uther Fire Emblem
Zelgius Path of Radiance
Neutral General units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English General --
Japanese ジェネラル
しょうぐん
• Officially romanized as General. This katakana rendering of the English word is used in every game except Shadow Dragon NES.
• General; this hiragana term was used only in Shadow Dragon NES.
Spanish General --
French Général General
German General --
Italian Generale General

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.
Classes
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
Gaiden
BahdessBaronBelrezBonewalkerBow KnightClericDeathgoyleDraco ZombieDread FighterEntombedEvil GodFalcon KnightGargoyleGoldGold KnightHiKnightKelvesMogallMyrmidonPrincessRevenantSageSaintShamanSoldierSorcererVillagerWhite DragonWightWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark MageDivine DragonEarth DragonEmperorFire DragonIce DragonKnightMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
Axe KnightArch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordBallistaBardBow ArmorBow FighterCivilianDark BishopDark PrinceDragon RiderDuke KnightFire MageForrestFree KnightGreat KnightHigh PriestIron BallistaJunior LordLance KnightKiller BallistaKnight LordMage FighterMage KnightMaster KnightPrinceQueenRangerSwordmasterThief FighterThunder MageTroubadourWarriorWind MageWyvern LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLoptyr MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperTransporterValkyrie
Introduced in
Fire Emblem
Arch SageAssassinBlade LordBramimondCorsairDark DruidMagic SealMonk
Introduced in
The Sacred Stones
Arch MogallBaelCyclopsDemon KingElder BaelFleetGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiJourneymanMaelduinMauthe DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWyvern Knight
Introduced in
Path of Radiance
BanditChildCatHalberdierHawkHeronKing DaeinLionPrincess CrimeaRangerRavenRed DragonSword KnightTigerWhite Dragon
Introduced in
Radiant Dawn
Axe GeneralBlack Dragon (Dragon KingDragon Prince) • Black KnightBlade PaladinBow PaladinChancellorDark SageDragonlordEmpressFire SageFire SpiritHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageThunder SpiritTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWind SpiritWolfWolf Queen
Introduced in
Awakening
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
Fates
AdventurerApothecaryAutomatonAstral DragonBasaraBlacksmithBlight DragonButlerDivinerEmpty VesselFacelessFeral DragonGreat MasterHoshido NobleKinshi KnightKitsuneLancerMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistNine-TailsNinjaNohr NobleNohr PrinceNohr PrincessNohrian KingOni ChieftainOni SavageOnmyojiOutlawPriestessSamuraiShrine MaidenSilent DragonSky KnightSongstressSpear FighterSpear MasterStonebornStrategistWolfskinWolfssegner
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianLance SoldierNagaSea DragonSerpentSword Soldier