The Monk (Japanese: 修道士Monk or 修験者Syugenja) is a basic magical class which debuted in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. It originated in that game and The Sacred Stones as an offensive magical class which wields light magic, acting as an offensive counterpart to the healing-specific Priest/Cleric, and is an exclusively male class. In Fates, it is instead a Hoshido-aligned healer class which uses rods, the Hoshidan equivalent of staves. Monks are one of only two explicitly male-only Hoshido classes (the other being the Great Master), with its female counterpart being the Shrine Maiden.
They later appear in Three Houses and can wield both offensive magic and healing magic.
Compared to its fellow offensive magic classes, the Mage and Shaman, the Monk possesses lower raw magical power, and compensates for it with superior skill and speed, which in combination with the typically lightweight and accurate light magic gives them excellent accuracy and double-attacking ability. As is common to magic classes, they possess low HP and defense and require protection for successful use, but like Priests/Clerics, conversely possess exceptional resistance.
In the Game Boy Advance games, Monks promote to the Bishop class along with Priests/Clerics, gaining the use of staves. Additionally, The Sacred Stones gives Monks the option to promote to Bishop or Sage. In Fire Emblem Fates, it promotes to Onmyoji or Great Master.
Well balanced, the Monk uses magic for both offense and defense.
Etymology and other languages
Names, etymology and in other regions
Definition, etymology and notes
A member of a religious order who lives an existence of cloistered religious practice, alone or in a monastery.
• 修道士 • 修験者
• Officially romanized as Monk. The class is known by this name in The Blazing Blade, The Sacred Stones, and Three Houses. • Officially romanized as Syugenja. The class is known by this name in Fates, in line with its depiction as a Hoshido class. A shugenja (literally, "a person of training") is a practitioner of Japan's Shugendō religion, whose members pursued enlightenment by living monastic lives as mountain hermits.