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Staff (magic)

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Lena casting a staff's spell in TCG Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).

The staff (Japanese: rod; plural: staves) is a magical weapon category which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in every game in the Fire Emblem series except Gaiden, where white magic performs the same role. Staves are unique in that they have no capacity to actively deal damage and cannot be used to initiate an attack, nor in most cases defend an attack. Instead, they deal entirely in support magic to aid their allies or non-violently cripple their enemies.

Among basic classes, there are a handful of staff-wielding classes which can use no other weapon type and are incapable of fighting on their own; classes of this archetype are typically known as healers. On promotion, healer classes usually gain access to offensive magic alongside staves, and the vast majority of other advanced magical classes will usually gain access to staves alongside their initial magic type. In later games, staves are also often found being used by advanced classes who otherwise only wield physical weapons.

There are currently 54 different staves in the Fire Emblem series.

Overview

Staves can be loosely divided up into four archetypes:

  • The majority of staves are healing staves which are designed to heal injured allies. Most of these restore hit points to injured units, while the Restore staff cures status conditions. Healing staves of lower weapon rank usually heal only a single unit who is adjacent to the user, but the stronger healing staves can often heal distant allies or even multiple allies at once.
  • Transport staves allow staff-users to teleport their allies (or, occasionally, themselves) to other points on a map, usually across very long distances that no unit could otherwise cross by themselves in a single turn.
  • Support staves perform miscellaneous purposes which are beneficial to the staff-user's army, such as peforming tasks over long distances that otherwise require specialized units or items to get close to the task's subject.
  • Offensive staves are staves designed to affect the staff user's enemies, working to put them at a disadvantage in ways that do not involve depleting their HP. This usually comes in the form of afflicting the enemy with status conditions that leave them much more vulnerable to attacks from the staff-user's allies. Unlike most other staves, all of these operate over a long range and do not require the staff user to be adjacent to the enemy. Offensive staves tend to be used fairly widely among late-game enemies, but the player can typically only get them in very limited quantities.

As magical weapons, staves generally rely on their user's magic stat to determine their effectiveness. Most healing staves after Shadow Dragon NES restore an amount of HP which is based on the user's magic plus a base healing value assigned to that particular staff. In some games, the range of staves which can be cast over distances, such as Physic and Rescue, is also derived from the user's magic, as is the accuracy of offensive staves. Generally speaking, the higher a unit's magic, then the more effective staves will be in their hands. Conversely, the resistance stat is used to calculate whether a unit can evade an incoming cast of an offensive staff.

While using weapons awards experience based on how strong the enemy is relative to the attacker, staves work differently by awarding experience based on the staff used, with stronger staves usually giving more experience. This only applies from Mystery of the Emblem onward, because in Shadow Dragon NES staves do not award experience at all, meaning that the only way for members of the healer class Priest to gain experience in that game is by being attacked.

In the majority of games, non-offensive staves will have perfect accuracy and it is impossible for a staff cast to fail. The exception is Thracia 776, where staves have their accuracy calculated in a similar way to other weapons and have their own hit stats. The maximum possible calculated hit rate in Thracia 776 is 99, so it is possible for staves to miss. Additionally, every staff except Torch has a relatively low 60 hit (Torch instead has 100 hit). On the other hand, Thracia 776 also gives three healing staves a chance to be cast twice in an action if the first cast misses or does not fully replenish the target's HP.

In Path of Radiance, the staff weapon rank doubles as the rank for light magic.

Self-defense in Radiant Dawn

Micaiah counter-attacks an attacking Warrior with her Recover staff, dealing a single point of damage.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn applied a few unique changes to the workings of staves. First, staves are equipped in exactly the same way as an ordinary weapon, meaning that a unit who casts a staff will automatically equip it instead of any other weapons they may possess. On one hand this is a minor inconvenience for offensive magical units such as the Sage family, as it prevents them from being able to properly respond to enemy-phase attacks with their proper weapons. On the other hand, the game compensates for this with every staff having a bonus effect on their equipper; for instance, most healing staves will restore small amounts of HP to their wielder at the beginning of a turn, while several staves offer minor stat boosts.

As part of this, Radiant Dawn also allows staff-users the ability to counter-attack if, on the enemy's phase, they are attacked at 1 range. The counter-attacks are, by design, fairly weak and insubstantial: all staves have zero might meaning that the counter-attack's damage is determined entirely based on the user's strength, a stat which tends to be very low among staff users. Staves compensate partially for this with their excellent crit stats which give decent chances of inflicting critical hits. Staves of progressively higher weapon ranks get progressively higher crit to the point that the game's two SS-rank staves, Matrona and the Ashera Staff, have 100 crit each, the highest by far of any item in the Fire Emblem series.

Staff counter-attacks do not consume the staff's durability, but do provide experience and weapon experience.

In-universe role

Staves are usually treated by the series' story materials as being much like light magic in that the ability to use them is rooted in divine faith and service.[1] Most of the primary staff-wielding classes, such as the Priest, Cleric and Bishop, are presented as religious acolytes and almost all members of these classes, as well as other staff users outside of these such as L'Arachel, are servants of religious orders themselves. However, this is not the case for most other classes, with even advanced dark magic-wielding classes usually being able to use staves as well. The magic of healing staves works by supplementing and enhancing the natural ability of living bodies to regenerate when wounded, presumably drastically speeding up this healing process.[2]

Calculations

These are general calculations which apply to multiple or all staves in a game. For the specific formulas for individual staves' amount of HP healed or range, see their individual pages.

Staff experience gain


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Offensive staff hit rate

Game Formula Notes
Genealogy of the Holy War If (Magic) > (Target's resistance), then the staff hits. --
Thracia 776 Hit + (Skill x4) Maximum hit rate is 99%. Cannot be cast on enemy units who occupy thrones or gates.
The Binding Blade 30 + [{(Magic) - (Target's resistance)} x6] + (Skill) - (distance from target) --
Fire Emblem 30 + [(Magic) x5] + (Skill) --
The Sacred Stones 30 + [(Magic) x5] + (Skill) --
Path of Radiance 30 + [{(Magic) - (Target's resistance)} x5] + (Skill) - (distance from target x2) --
Radiant Dawn 30 + [{(Magic) - (Target's resistance)} x5] + (Skill) - (distance from target x2) --

Offensive staff avoid

Game Formula Notes
Genealogy of the Holy War If (Target's resistance) > (Magic), then the staff misses. --
Thracia 776 -- --
The Binding Blade -- The usual considerations for an offensive staff missing are already built into the hit rate calculation.
Fire Emblem [(Target's resistance) x5] + [(Distance from target) x2] --
The Sacred Stones [(Target's resistance) x5] + [(Distance from target) x2] --
Path of Radiance -- The usual considerations for an offensive staff missing are already built into the hit rate calculation.
Radiant Dawn -- The usual considerations for an offensive staff missing are already built into the hit rate calculation.

Thracia 776 mechanics

Aspect Formula Notes
Staff hit rate Hit + (Skill x4) --
Staff double-cast rate [(Skill) + (Speed) + (Luck)] / 2 Only applies to Heal, Mend, and Physic. These staves will not double-cast if the first cast fully heals the target.

Staves in the Fire Emblem series

Note: This table lists all appearances of the items in question. Only their special properties relevant to their appearances as staves are listed; if the FE02 column is checked with a Yes check.png, it is classified as white magic in Fire Emblem Gaiden and is noted.

Healing staves

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Heal Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Restores HP to allies in adjacent spaces.
Mend Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Restores many HP to allies in adjacent spaces.
Recover Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Restores all HP to allies in adjacent spaces.
White magic in Gaiden.
Physic Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Restores HP to allies at a distance.
White magic in Gaiden.
Fortify Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Restores all HP to allies nearby.
White magic in Gaiden.
Restore X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Returns allies to normal condition. (Cures sleep, etc.)
Healer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Restores miniscule HP to a unit. Useless in combat.
Glass X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Completely restores HP to a nearby ally. Fragile.
Kneader X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Slighty restores an adjacent ally's HP.
Balmwood Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Restores an adjacent ally's HP. Use it to heal the wielder.
Catharsis X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Greatly restores a distant ally's HP.
Candy Cane X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Mushroom Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Bouquet Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Transport staves

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Warp Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Transports an adjacent ally to another location.
White magic in Gaiden.
Unused in Path of Radiance.
Rescue X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png A special staff that returns an ally to the user. A personal staff in Mystery of the Emblem.
Return X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Unused in Thracia 776.
Rewarp X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Entrap X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Support staves

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Ward Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Raises a nearby ally's resistance. Wears off with time.
Hammerne Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Restores an adjacent ally's weapons to new condition.
A personal staff in the Archanea games.
Unlock X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Unlocks doors, even from a distance.
A personal staff in Thracia 776.
Unused in Path of Radiance.
Thief X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that can open chests.
A personal staff in Mystery of the Emblem and Thracia 776.
Unused in Genealogy of the Holy War.
Watch X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Unused in Thracia 776 and The Binding Blade.
Again X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that allows allies to move again.
Torch X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that illuminates an area for a short while. The wielder's vision range increases by 2.
Magic Up X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Repair X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Personal staff.
Might X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that raises an ally's Str by 2 for 1 turn.
Speed X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that raises an ally's Spd by 2 for 1 turn.
Defense X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that raises an ally's Def by 2 for 1 turn.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Offensive staves

These staves do not deal direct damage, but inflict status conditions against its adversary.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Silence X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that prevents enemies from using magic. Each turn, the wielder is cured of silence.
Sleep X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that puts enemy units to sleep for five turns. Each turn, the wielder is cured of sleep.
Berserk X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Sends enemies into a berserker rage.
Unused in Path of Radiance.
Nightmare X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Lulls all enemies within range into a deep slumber.
Elsilence X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that prevents enemies from using magic. It has been strengthened by senators' research.
Elsleep X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that puts enemy units to sleep for five turns. Senatorial research has strengthened it.
Freeze X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Enfeeble X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Character's staves

Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and New Mystery of the Emblem each contain a themed staff named for an individual character, but are not locked specifically to them; two more such staves appear in Fates. The one such staff in New Mystery of the Emblem sells for zero gold. Staves are one of two usable item types in Awakening that do not include character-themed entries (the other being stones).

All four of these staves are healing staves.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Tina's Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Wielded by Tina.
Polish X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff owned by Wrys, an Altean curate.
Elise's Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Lilith's Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Regalia and personal staves

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Hammerne Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Restores an adjacent ally's weapons to new condition.
Lena and Malliesia only in the Archanea games.
Aum Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png A special staff for princesses that can revive a fallen ally.
Elice, Caeda, Minerva, Maria, Yumina and Sheema only.
Valkyrie X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Major Blagi Holy Blood only.
Repair X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Safy only.
Unlock X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Tina only in Thracia 776.
Thief X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Tina only in Thracia 776.
Kia X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Sara only.
Saint's Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Restores all HP to all allies.
Latona X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A Sacred Twin staff. The ancient Staff of Latona.
Goddess Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Fully restores the HP of all allies in range.
Matrona X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png A staff that restores all HP to a distant target. It also raises the target's biorhythm to its peak.
Astral Blessing X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Lilith only.
Bifröst X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Staves without an effect

This staff lacks an effect in its current state, and must be repaired in order to regain its original functionality.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Broken Staff X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Staves with unknown intended use

This staff is unused content in the only game it is coded into, and its intended effect is unknown.

Weapon Available in: Notes
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Charm X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Crashes the game when used as programed.
A Yes check.png means that the weapon is available in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Classes capable of using staves

Class Wields staves in: Notes:
FE01 FE02 FE03 FE04 FE05 FE06 FE07 FE08 FE09 FE10 FE11 FE12 FE13 FE14
Priest Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Bishop Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Cleric X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Dark Mage X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Princess X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Master Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Troubadour X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png --
Paladin X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Female units only.
Baron X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Emperor X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Falcon Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Mage Fighter X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Female units only.
Shaman X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Sage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png In Path of Radiance each individual Mage has to choose between gaining knives or staves upon promotion to Sage.
High Priest X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Queen X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Dark Bishop X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Loptyr Mage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Druid X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Valkyrie X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Archsage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Dark Druid X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Bramimond X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Mage Knight X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Summoner X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Necromancer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Demon King X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Not listed in the weapon rank screen as being able to use staves, but uses a personal staff anyway.
Princess Crimea X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Chancellor X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Light Sage X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Light Priestess X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Saint X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Sorcerer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png Yes check.png X mark.png X mark.png --
Trickster X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
War Monk X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
War Cleric X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Bride X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png X mark.png --
Adventurer X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Strategist X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Butler X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Maid X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
Astral Dragon X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png X mark.png Yes check.png --
A Yes check.png means that the class wields staves in that game, while a X mark.png indicates the contrary.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Staff --
Japanese Romanized as ROD in internal files in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.
Spanish Bastón Staff
French Bâton Stick
German Stab Staff
Italian • Bacchetta
• Bastone
• Baton; from Fire Emblem until Path of Radiance.
• Cane; from Radiant Dawn onward.

References

  1. "Lyn: Your staff is a wondrous thing. Healing powers amaze me.
    Serra: Only those in the service of good can wield them.
    " - Lyn and Serra, Fire Emblem
  2. "Wrys: I see... Alright. There's a bountiful sea near the monastery. The children often go play there.
    Chris: Sounds fun.
    Wrys: Yes. But since they're so energetic... they injure themselves often.
    Chris: Hmm and that's when you heal them with your staff, right Sir Wrys?
    Wrys: No, I don't do that.
    Chris: Pardon? Why not...?
    Wrys: Why are you befuddled, lass? People are born with the power of healing their own wounds. A staff's power is merely a supplement to that natural healing. And, besides, children need to learn that getting hurt is dangerous... That is what I humbly believe.
    Chris: Yes... I agree with you too.
    Wrys: That's why I only heal them when it's absolutely required.
    " - Wrys and the avatar, Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem

See also

Weapon types
Physical weapons Axe (Club)Bow (BallistaYumi)Knife (Shuriken)Lance (Naginata)Sword (Katana)
Magical weapons Anima (FireThunderWind)DarkLightMagic (Black magicWhite magic)Staff (Rod)Tome (Scroll)
Other weapons Monster weaponsStrikeStone (Breath)
Staves
Healing staves Balmwood StaffBouquet StaffCandy CaneCatharsisElise's StaffFortifyGlassHealHealerKneaderLilith's StaffMendMushroom StaffPhysicPolishRecoverRestoreTina's Staff
Offensive staves BerserkElsilenceElsleepEnfeebleEntrapFreezeNightmareSilenceSleep
Transport staves EntrapRescueReturnRewarpWarp
Regalia and personal staves Astral BlessingAumBifröstGoddess StaffHammerneKiaLatonaMatronaRepairRescueSaint's StaffThiefUnlockValkyrie
Other staves AgainBroken StaffCharmDefenseHammerneMagic UpMightSpeedThiefTorchUnlockWardWatch