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Hero

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For other classes known as "Hero" in fan translations, see Forrest or Mercenary.
Hero

FEMN Hero.png
Artwork of the Hero from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Nohrian. A soldier with a record of bravery. Wields swords and axes.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Hero (Japanese: 勇者 Hero) is an advanced infantry class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in almost all subsequent games, acting as the promoted form of the Mercenary in most of its appearaces. It is absent in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, in which its role as the promoted class for the Myrmidon is filled by two functionally identical classes: the Forrest in the former, and the Mercenary in the latter. In addition to its usual role as a normal class, the Hero has twice served as a Lord-like class exclusive to the protagonist of a game: it is Alm's promoted class in Gaiden, and Ike's second-tier initial class in Radiant Dawn. Additionally, it exists as a class exclusive to the NPC Greil in Path of Radiance, unavailable to the player.

Ever since Genealogy of the Holy War, the Hero (or its substitutes) has acted as a counterpart and opposite to the Swordmaster class: compared to Swordmasters, Heroes trade skill and speed for greater strength and slightly improved HP and defense. As such, they typically make for superior front-line units, capable of dealing very substantial damage while being durable enough to survive bombardment in the enemy phase. As with most other physically-oriented units, however, the class's resistance is lacking on average.

Traditionally, the Hero is the promoted form of the Mercenary, although variations on this exist. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates give Mercenaries a secondary alternative to Heroes, the Ranger and Bow Knight respectively, while also allowing Fighters to promote to Hero; Fighters also promote to Hero in Gaiden, with both being Alm's personal classes. Heroes do not promote from anything in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, and in the latter as Ike's initial class it has a third-tier promoted form, the Vanguard.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 24 8 -- 14 14 0 8 0 7 -- -- Sword: 10
Gaiden 36 16 -- 14 14 10 10 4 6 -- -- Sword, Bow
Mystery of the Emblem 22 6 -- 10 12 0 7 3 7 -- -- Sword: 10
The Binding Blade 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe E
Fire Emblem 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe E
The Sacred Stones 22 6 -- 9/10 10/11 0 8/6 2/3 6 10/9 -- GBARankSword.gif C Axe D
Path of Radiance 22 6 1 9 10 0 8 2 7 12 13 GCNRankSword.gif A GCNRankAxe.gif A
Radiant Dawn 38 9 1 13 11 0 9 2 7 12 13 WiiRankSword.png S
Shadow Dragon 22 6 1 10 12 0 7 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png D DSRankAxe.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 24 6 1 10 11 0 7 3 8 -- -- FE12RankSword.png D FE12RankAxe.png E
Awakening 22 8 1 11 10 0 8 3 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E
Fates 20 8 0 10 8 3 7 2 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png ? 3DSRankAxe.png ?

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- Sword: 20
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 6 -- -- Sword, Bow
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- Sword: 20
The Binding Blade 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 20 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S
Fire Emblem 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 20/25 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S*
The Sacred Stones 60 25/24 -- 30 26 30 25/24 22/24 15 25 -- GBARankSword.gif S Axe S*
Path of Radiance 60 26 20 27 28 40 20 20 20 99 -- GCNRankSword.gif S GCNRankAxe.gif S
Radiant Dawn 50 27 10 30 30 30 26 15  ?  ? -- WiiRankSword.png S
Shadow Dragon 60 25 20 30 26 30 25 22 32 -- -- DSRankSword.png A DSRankAxe.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 25 20 30 26 30 25 22 10 -- -- FE12RankSword.png A FE12RankAxe.png A
Awakening 80 42 30 46 42 45 40 36 8 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png A 3DSRankAxe.png A
Fates 60 32 25 35 32 31 30 27  ?? -- -- 3DSRankSword.png A 3DSRankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light  ?  ? --  ?  ? 0%  ? 0% -- --
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 30% -- 20% 20% 0% 30% 0% -- --
The Binding Blade 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 10% -- --
Fire Emblem 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 20% -- --
The Sacred Stones 75% 30% -- 30% 20% 25% 20% 20% -- --
Path of Radiance 90% 45% 15% 45% 40% 25% 25% 20% -- --
Radiant Dawn 80% 50% 10% 70% 40% 30% 40% 15% -- --
Shadow Dragon 60/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 5/30% -10/20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 50/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 10/30% -10/20% -- --
Awakening 45% 20% 0% 25% 20% 0% 10% 5% -- --
Fates 20% 15% 0% 20% 15% 5% 10% 0% -- --
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
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance Is gcn aether.png Aether Occult skill (not encountered in normal gameplay).
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds sol.png Sol Learned at level 5.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds axebreaker.png Axebreaker Learned at level 15.

Class change

Shadow Dragon NES

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 mercenary sword 01.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 hero sword 01.png
Hero

Gaiden

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe02 alm fighter sword.png
Fighter
Event: Celica talks to Hark at the Sage's Hamlet in Ch. 4. Bs fe02 alm hero sword.png
Hero

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 hero sword.png
Hero

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 deke mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 deke hero sword.png
Hero

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 raven mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 raven hero axe.png
Hero

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 gerik mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
and
Bs fe08 garcia fighter axe.png
Fighter
Using a Hero Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 garcia hero axe.png
Hero

Path of Radiance

Advanced class
Bs fe09 greil hero sword.png
Hero


Radiant Dawn

Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class


Hero
Event: cutscene prior to the Part 4 Prologue. Bs fe10 ike vanguard sword.png
Vanguard

Shadow Dragon DS

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 ogma mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 ogma hero sword.png
Hero

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 ogma mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 ogma hero axe.png
Hero

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
and
Ma 3ds fighter playable.gif
Fighter
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds hero playable.gif
Hero

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
and
Ma 3ds02 fighter playable.gif
Fighter
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 hero playable.gif
Hero

Playable Heroes

Playable Characters
Name Game
Astram Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Samson Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Ekhidna The Binding Blade
Harken Fire Emblem
Ike Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Flavia Awakening
Priam Awakening
Ogma Awakening
Alm Awakening (SpotPass version only)
Roy Awakening (SpotPass version only)
Linus Awakening
Zhara Fates
Playable Hero units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Heroes

Enemy Units
Name Game
Astram Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Henning The Binding Blade
Randy The Binding Blade
Linus Fire Emblem
Kaim Fire Emblem*
Caellach The Sacred Stones
Greil Path of Radiance
Xalbador Awakening
Priam Awakening
Arthur Fates: Birthright
Laslow Fates: Birthright
Zhara Fates: Conquest, Revelation
Enemy Hero units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology & other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Hero --
Japanese 勇者
勇者ブレイブ
ブレイブヒーロー
• Officially romanized as Hero. The class is known by this name in every game except Radiant Dawn.
• Officially romanized as Brave. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 勇者), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ブレイブ) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
• Romanized as "Brave Hero". This title is used in Fates.
Spanish Campeón Champion
French Héros Hero
German Held Hero
Italian Eroe Hero

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 DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWyvern 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 BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier