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This article is about the class. For the card from the Nintendo DS games, see Sorcerer (card). For similar classes in other games, see Dark Bishop, Druid and Dark Sage.


Ss fe14 m-sorcerer.png
Odin as a Sorcerer in Fates.

A seasoned dark mage with fearsome Mag.


The Sorcerer (Japanese: ソーサラー Sorcerer) is an advanced magical class which debuted in Fire Emblem Gaiden. Originating as an enemy-exclusive class, from Shadow Dragon onward it became a playable class as the primary promoted form of the Dark Mage; it is the successor of the earlier Druid and Dark Sage classes. Sorcerers primarily wield offensive magic, and in Awakening have exclusive access to dark magic alongside normal tomes. The Nintendo DS remake duology also gives Sorcerers the ability to use staves.

Aside from their access to dark magic, Sorcerers are differentiated from their counterpart magic classes - the offensively potent Sage and the staff-proficient Bishop - by their defensive prowess, having high defense and resistance stats in addition to their excellent offensive magical power in Awakening and Fates. In exchange, their skill and speed are somewhat inferior. The role of a Sorcerer is that of an offensive tank, being able to take hits with relative ease while damaging foes in return; in Awakening and Fates, it is further aided in this task with its unique access to the Nosferatu tome, healing it even as it retaliates against foes.

As an enemy-exclusive class in Gaiden, the Sorcerer is not connected to any other class in a class change tree, although the Shaman class can be considered a stronger version of it. From Shadow Dragon onward the Sorcerer is the advanced version of the Dark Mage, though in Awakening and Fates, Dark Mages can alternatively promote into Dark Knights.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Gaiden 28 8 -- 3 4 0 5 8 4 -- -- Black Magic*
Shadow Dragon 22 2 3 2 4 0 4 6 6 -- -- DSRankTome.png D DSRankStaff.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 22 2 4 2 4 0 4 6 6 -- -- FE12RankTome.png D FE12RankStaff.png E
Awakening 23 2 6 4 4 0 7 7 6 -- -- 3DSRankTome.png E
Fates 17 0 9 4 6 1 5 6 6 -- -- 3DSRankTome.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 40 -- Black Magic*
Shadow Dragon 60 20 30 28 25 30 20 25 32 -- DSRankTome.png A DSRankStaff.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 30 28 25 30 20 25 8 -- FE12RankTome.png A FE12RankStaff.png A
Awakening 80 30 44 38 40 45 41 44 8 -- 3DSRankTome.png A
Fates 50 25 35 26 29 26 29 33 8 -- 3DSRankTome.png S

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Shadow Dragon 20/40% -15/0% 20/30% 20/30% 20/30% 0/0% -15/20% 20/30% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20/40% -15/0% 20/30% 20/30% 20/30% 0/0% -15/20% 20/30% -- --
Awakening 45% 0% 20% 15% 15% 0% 10% 10% -- --
Fates 0% 0% 25% 0% 10% 0% 5% 15% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Is 3ds vengeance.png Vengeance Learned at level 5.
Awakening Is 3ds tomebreaker.png Tomebreaker Learned at level 15.
Fates +5 Hit rate, +10 crit, +5 dodge Innate.
Fates Is 3ds bowbreaker.png Bowbreaker Learned at level 15.

Class change


Base class
Bs fe02 enemy sorcerer magic.png

Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable dark mage magic.png
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable sorcerer magic.png

Awakening, Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds sorcerer playable.gif
Ma 3ds dark knight playable.gif
Dark Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Playable Sorcerers

Playable Characters
Name Game
Etzel Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Gharnef New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Arvis Awakening
Julius Awakening
Sophia Awakening
Nergal Awakening
Lyon Awakening
Oliver Awakening
Playable Sorcerer units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Sorcerers

Enemy Units
Name Game
Tatra Gaiden
Jamil Gaiden
Nuibaba Gaiden
Ganeph Gaiden
Gharnef Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Validar Awakening
Gallus Awakening
Cassius Awakening
Ardri Awakening
Iago Fates
Odin Fates: Birthright
Kilma Fates: Conquest
Enemy Sorcerer units in the Fire Emblem series.


  • The Sorcerer's Italian name, "Warlock", is also the German name of the Mage Knight.
  • Iago is the only Sorcerer in Fire Emblem Fates capable of using staves, in addition to tomes.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Sorcerer --
Wizard Used in the Gaiden fan translation.
Japanese ようじゅつし
• Sorcerer; this hiragana name is used only in Gaiden.
• Officially romanized as Sorcerer. This katakana rendering of the English word is used from Shadow Dragon onward.
Spanish Hechicero Magician
French Sorcier Sorcerer
German Zauberer Wizard
Italian Warlock A male magic practitioner or conjurer, traditionally the equivalent male term for "witch".[1]


  1. Warlock

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.
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