Like the Soldier as depicted in the Tellius duology, the Halberdier is roughly a lance counterpart for Swordmasters, Snipers and Warriors. In comparison to these classes, Halberdiers lean more toward performing a bulky offensive role, sporting above-average defense and great strength in exchange for below-average speed compared to their counterparts. They have a strong front-line presence with their combination of decent power and durability, avoiding the frailty of Swordmasters or the sluggishness and low movement of Generals.
• Officially romanized as Halberdier; this katakana-only name is used in Path of Radiance. • Officially romanized as Halberdier; literally "spear warrior". In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 槍闘士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ハルバーディア) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.