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Swordmaster

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Swordmaster

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

A seasoned myrmidon with high Skill/Spd. Wields swords.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Swordmaster (Japanese: ソードマスター Swordmaster) is an advanced sword-wielding class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and appears in every game in the Fire Emblem series since. It is the primary promoted version of the Myrmidon, being available to it as a class change option in every appearance, and in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn Swordmasters can promote again to become Trueblades. In Fire Emblem Fates, it is a Hoshido-aligned class and is one of the class change options for the new Samurai class, the alternative being the Master of Arms.

Conceived as something of a counterpart to the Hero class, Swordmasters heavily emphasize exceptionally high skill and speed stats in exchange for having lesser strength and being less sturdy. Owing to both their high skill and typically possessing substantial bonuses to their critical rate, Swordmasters frequently inflict critical hits, compensating somewhat for their relative lack of strength. Although they are efficient attackers, their worrisome defenses, with poor HP, defense and resistance, make their offensive use a risky prospect. For the most effective use of a Swordmaster, these faults are best mitigated through use of terrain to compensate for their defenses and to boost their avoid.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 12 0 15 15 0 7 3 6 -- -- SNESRankSword.png A
Thracia 776 24/20 5/4 1 8 9/10 0 4 -- 7 6/5 -- SNESRankSword.png C
The Binding Blade 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
Fire Emblem 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
The Sacred Stones 21/19 6 -- 11 10/12 0 5/4 2/3 6 9/6 -- GBARankSword.gif C
Path of Radiance 21/19 5/4 2 7 7/8 0 5 2/3 7 11/8 11/8 GCNRankSword.gif C
Radiant Dawn 30/34 15/14 6/4 20 21/22 0 13/8 10/8 7 11/8 11/8 WiiRankSword.png C
Shadow Dragon 22 5 1 11 13 0 6 3 8 -- -- DSRankSword.png C
New Mystery of the Emblem 22 5 1 11 13 0 6 3 8 -- -- FE12RankSword.png C
Awakening 20 7 2 11 13 0 6 4 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E
Fates 18 6 2 7 11 4 5 5 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 27 15 30 30 30 22 18 6 -- SNESRankSword.png A
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A
The Binding Blade 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
Fire Emblem 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 25 GBARankSword.gif S
The Sacred Stones 60 24/22 -- 29 30 30 22 23/25 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
Path of Radiance 60 24/22 20 29 30 40 24/22 22/25  ??  ?? GCNRankSword.gif S
Radiant Dawn 40 24/23 15 30 30 30 23/22 15/17  ??  ?? WiiRankSword.png SS/S
Shadow Dragon 60 24 20 29 30 30 22 23 32 -- DSRankSword.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 24 20 29 30 30 22 23 10 -- FE12RankSword.png A
Awakening 80 38 34 44 46 45 33 38 6 -- 3DSRankSword.png A
Fates 55 30 28 32 35 33 27 31 8 -- 3DSRankSword.png S

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 90% 30% 3% 30% 30% 20% 20% -- 40% 0%
The Binding Blade 65% 20/25% -- 30% 30% 15% 12% 25% -- --
Fire Emblem 65% 25% -- 30% 30% 25% 15% 22% -- --
The Sacred Stones 65% 25% -- 30% 30% 25% 15% 22% -- --
Path of Radiance 65% 45% 10% 65% 65% 30% 25/20% 20/30% -- --
Radiant Dawn 50/0/95% 35/0/70% 35/0/55% 40/0/85% 35/0/80% 50/0/75% 40/0/50% 15/0/55% -- --
Shadow Dragon 50/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 25/30% 0/0% 5/20% -5/20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0/0% 5/20% -5/20% -- --
Awakening 40% 20% 0% 25% 25% 0% 5% 10% -- --
Fates 10% 10% 5% 15% 20% 15% 0% 10% -- --
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 Is snes02 pursuit.png Pursuit Innate.
Genealogy of the Holy War
Thracia 776
Is snes02 adept.png Adept Innate.
The Binding Blade +30 critical rate Innate.
Fire Emblem
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
+15 critical rate Innate.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance
Awakening
Fates
Is gcn astra.png Astra Path of Radiance: Occult skill.
Awakening: Learned at Level 5.
Fates: Learned from Level 5 and up.
Radiant Dawn Is wii critical +10.png Critical +10 Innate.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds swordfaire.png Swordfaire Awakening: Learned at Level 15.
Fates: Learned from Level 15 and up.
Fates +10 critical rate, +10 avoid Innate.

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 larcei myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Choosing the option "Class change" in the home castle after reaching Level 20 Bs fe04 larcei swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe04 ulster forrest sword.png
Forrest
Promotion choice criteria: Preset depending on the individual character; Holyn, Ulster, Roddlevan and Radney all promote to Forrest, while Ayra and Larcei promote to Swordmaster.

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 machyua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 mareeta swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe05 machyua mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Promotion choice criteria: Preset depending on the individual character; Machyua promotes to Mercenary, while Mareeta, Shiva and Trewd promote to Swordmaster.

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 rutoga myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 rutoga swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 guy myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Hero Crest or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 guy swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 joshua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Hero Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 joshua swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe08 joshua assassin sword.png
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Swordmaster

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Swordmaster
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Trueblade

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 athena myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 athena swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 navarre myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 navarre swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds myrmidon playable.gif
Myrmidon
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds swordmaster playable.gif
Swordmaster
or
Ma 3ds assassin playable.gif
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Samurai
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Swordmaster
or

Master of Arms
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Playable Swordmasters

Playable Characters
Name Game
Shanan Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Eyvel Thracia 776, Awakening
Shanam Thracia 776
Karel The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem, Awakening
Karla Fire Emblem (Hector's story only)
Ismaire The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Stefan Path of Radiance
Lucia Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn, Awakening
Zihark Radiant Dawn
Mia Radiant Dawn
Say'ri Awakening
Yen'fay Awakening
Navarre Awakening
Deen Awakening
Athena Awakening
Ayra Awakening
Seliph Awakening
Larcei Awakening
Mareeta Awakening
Lyn Awakening
Marisa Awakening
Lloyd Awakening
Ryoma Fates: Birthright, Revelation
Playable Swordmaster units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Swordmasters

Enemy Units
Name Game
Lamia Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Boyce Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Simia Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation, Awakening
Kel The Binding Blade
Lloyd Fire Emblem
Carlyle The Sacred Stones
Homasa Path of Radiance
Tashoria Radiant Dawn
Yen'fay Awakening
Ryoma Fates: Conquest
Hana Fates: Conquest
Hinata Fates: Conquest
Sumeragi Fates: Revelation
Enemy Swordmaster 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 Swordmaster --
Japanese ソードマスター
剣豪ソードマスター
剣聖
• Officially romanized as Swordmaster. This katakana rendering is used in all games.
• Officially romanized as Swordmaster. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 剣豪), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ソードマスター) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
In feudal Japanese culture, kengō (剣豪) was a title given to a masterful swordsman.
• Officially romanized as Kensei; literally translates as "sword saint". This kanji name is used only in Fates. In feudal Japanese culture, kensei (剣聖) was a title given to a swordfighter (剣士) of legendary skill. In Radiant Dawn, this was the name of the Trueblade class, the promoted form of the Swordmaster.
Spanish Espadachín Swordsman
French Bretteur Fencer
German Schwertmeister Swordmaster
Italian Mastro di spada Master of swords

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 BallistaGuardianLance SoldierNagaSea DragonSerpentSword Soldier