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Priest

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Priest

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

A male healer who uses staves. Cannot attack.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Priest or Curate (Japanese: 僧侶 Priest, or 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 the NES Shadow Dragon, 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
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 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 -- -- FE12RankStaff.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
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20? -- Staff: 20
Gaiden 52 40 40 40 40 40 40 40 40? -- Sword, Black Magic, White Magic
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 22 21 21 30 16 22  ? -- SNESRankStaff.png B
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 20 99 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 -- FE12RankStaff.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
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Awakening Is 3ds miracle.png Miracle Learned at Level 1.
Awakening Is 3ds healtouch.png Healtouch Learned at Level 10.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 priest male staff.png
Priest
and
Bs fe01 mage female tome.png
Mage
Using a Bishop Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 bishop magic.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

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. Bs fe04 corpul high priest staff.png
High Priest

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Priest
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10.
High Priest

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 elen priest staff.png
Priest
Using a Guiding Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 elen bishop magic.png
Bishop

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.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

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

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

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable curate staff.png
Curate
and
Bs fe11 playable cleric staff.png
Cleric
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable bishop tome.png
Bishop

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable curate staff.png
Curate
and
Bs fe11 playable cleric staff.png
Cleric
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable bishop female tome.png
Bishop

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds priest playable.gif
Priest
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds war monk playable.gif
War Monk
or
Ma 3ds sage playable.gif
Sage
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Playable Priests

Playable Characters
Name Game
Wrys Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Lena Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Maria Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Elice Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Celica Gaiden
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

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Priest
• Curate
• This name is used in The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn and Awakening.
• This name is used only in Shadow Dragon.
Japanese 僧侶
プリースト
神官
Officially romanized as Priest. This name is used in Shadow Dragon NES, The Binding Blade, Shadow Dragon DS, New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening.
• Priest; this name is used in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
• Officially romanized as Priest. This name is used in Gaiden, The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
Spanish • Sacerdote
• Monje
• Curandero
• Priest; this term is used in The Sacred Stones and Awakening.
• Monk; this term is used only in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
• Healer; this term is used only in Shadow Dragon.
French • Prêtre
• Vicaire
• Priest; this term is used in The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
• Vicar; this term is used in Shadow Dragon and Awakening.
German • Priester
• Heiler
• Priest; this term is used in The Sacred Stones, Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
• Healer; this term is used in Shadow Dragon and Awakening.
Italian Sacerdote Priest

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