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Wyvern Rider

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Not to be confused with Dragon Rider, a base class in Thracia 776.

Wyvern Rider

FESK Wyvern Rider.png
Artwork of the Wyvern Rider from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Promoted pegasus knights who ride dragons. Vulnerable only to bows and magic.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Wyvern Rider (Japanese: ドラゴンナイト Dragon Knight), known as the Dracoknight in Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon, is a flying class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in all games since save for Gaiden and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. The core aspect of this class is that members of it ride wyverns.

In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, and Three Houses, the Wyvern Rider/Dracoknight is an advanced class, in the former four games being the promoted form of the Pegasus Knight. They originally wielded lances and swords, being able to use swords only when dismounted into a Knight in Mystery of the Emblem. The Nintendo DS remakes changed this to have them wield lances and axes, in order to differentiate the class from the Falcoknight, the new alternative Pegasus Knight promotion option. This change was also reflected in how the only recruitable Dracoknight, Minerva, was made to specialize in axes and came with the strongest axe, Hauteclere.

Dracoknights break from the Pegasus Knight's nimble frailty in favor of being bulky and powerful. They have high strength and defense, while still keeping decent skill and speed and the traditional high mobility of a flying class. In comparison, Dracoknights suffer from particularly low resistance, to the point that promoting from Pegasus Knight to Dracoknight even specifically lowers a unit's once-formidable resistance. They share the traditional flier's weakness to bows and wind-based tomes such as Shaver, with these tomes being particularly lethal against Dracoknights due to their terrible resistance.

In other games, Wyvern Riders/Dracoknights are instead a based class, being the basic form of a new class family independent from the Pegasus Knight. The class's primary weapon of choice was lances until Radiant Dawn, when they instead began primarily wielding axes; in Genealogy and Thracia 776, they could also wield swords.

When a base class, he Wyvern Rider acts as a statistical counterpoint to the Pegasus Knight: whereas its pegasus-riding cousin is fast and frail, the Wyvern Rider is oriented in a bulky, powerful manner. Their strength and defense are both high, with lesser skill and speed compared to Pegasus Knights, and they share the same high movement and access to Canto as Pegasus Knights and other mounted classes. However, their resistance is abysmal even compared to other physical classes. They also share the Pegasus Knight family's weakness to bows and wind magic, in addition to their own weakness to weapons designed to be effective against dragons.

In almost all of its appearances, Wyvern Riders change class to become Wyvern Lords. The biggest exception is Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, in which the Wyvern Rider is instead the promoted class of the Dragon Rider. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates also introduce alternate promotion options for Wyvern Riders which can be chosen instead of the Wyvern Lord: The Sacred Stones allows them to instead become Wyvern Knights, Awakening allows them to promote to Griffon Riders, and Fates allows them to promote to the newly-introduced Malig Knight class.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 22 9 -- 3 6 0 14 0 10 -- -- 44 Sword/Lance: 9
Mystery of the Emblem 20 8 -- 5 7 0 10 3 10 -- -- 45 Lance: 9
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 7 6 0 11 0 9 -- -- -- SNESRankSword.png B SNESRankLance.png B
Thracia 776 24 (24) 7 (4) 1 (1) 6 (4) 6 (4) 0 (0) 9 (4) -- 9 (6) 9 (9)/
4 (4)
-- -- SNESRankSword.png -- (E) SNESRankLance.png E (--)
The Binding Blade 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- -- GBARankLance.gif D
The Blazing Blade 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- -- GBARankLance.gif D
The Sacred Stones 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- -- GBARankLance.gif D
Path of Radiance 20/19 6 0 4 3 0 8/7 0/1 8 11/7 39/35 -- GCNRankLance.gif D
Radiant Dawn 20 7/6 0 5/3 5 0 9 0/2 8 12/7 41/36 -- WiiRankAxe.png D
Shadow Dragon 20 8 1 5 7 0 10 3 10 -- -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankAxe.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 20 8 1 5 7 0 10 3 10 -- -- -- FE12RankLance.png D FE12RankAxe.png E
Awakening 19 7 0 6 5 0 8 0 7 -- -- -- Axes E
Fates 17 6 0 5 4 2 7 0 7 -- -- -- FE14RankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword/Lance: 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Lance: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 22 21 30 26 15 9 -- SNESRankSword.png B SNESRankLance.png B
Thracia 776 80 (80) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) -- 20 (20) 20 (20) SNESRankSword.png -- (A) SNESRankLance.png A (--)
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLance.gif A
The Blazing Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLance.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 25 GBARankLance.gif A
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20 20 99 GCNRankLance.gif A
Radiant Dawn 40 20 5 20 20 30 20 10 ? ? WiiRankAxe.png A
Shadow Dragon 60 26 20 26 23 30 30 21 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankAxe.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 26 20 26 23 30 30 21 12 -- FE12RankLance.png A FE12RankAxe.png A
Awakening 60 28 20 24 24 30 28 20 9 -- Axes A
Fates 40 22 17 21 20 19 24 15 9 -- FE14RankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light ?? ?? -- ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? -- -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 90% 20% -- 10% 10% 0% 30% 0% -- -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- -- --
Thracia 776 50% 20% 3% 15% 10% 10% 15% -- -- 15% 0%
The Binding Blade 80% 45% -- 35% 30% 25% 25% 10% -- -- --
The Blazing Blade 75% 40% -- 30% 20% 20% 20% 17% -- -- --
The Sacred Stones 80% 45% -- 35% 30% 25% 25% 15/17% -- -- --
Path of Radiance 80% 55/50% 10% 50% 40/45% 25% 55/50% 40/45% -- -- --
Radiant Dawn 80/70% 65/45% 0/25% 55/40% 55/65% 15/30% 45/40% 5/40% -- -- --
Shadow Dragon 30/40/90% 10/25% -15/0% 20/10% 25/40% 0% 10/30% 0/10% -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 30/90% 10/25% -15/0% 20/10% 25/40% 0% 10/30% 0/10% -- -- --
Awakening 45/80% 30/40% 0% 15/25% 15/25% 0/30% 10/30% 5% -- -- --
Fates 10% 15% 5% 10% 10% 5% 20% 0% -- -- --
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
Thracia 776
The Binding Blade
The Blazing Blade
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii canto.png Canto Innate; hidden and unnamed in all except Radiant Dawn.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds01 strength +2.png Strength +2 Awakening: Learned at Level 1.
Fates: Learned from Level 1 and up.
Awakening Is 3ds01 tantivy.png Tantivy Learned at Level 10.
Fates Is 3ds02 lunge.png Lunge Learned from Level 10 and up.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 pegasus knight sword.png
Pegasus Knight
Using a Wyvern Whip after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 dracoknight sword.png
Dracoknight

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 pegasusknight female lance.png
Pegasus Knight
Using a Wyvern Whip after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 dracoknight female lance.png
Dracoknight

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 altena wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching Level 20. Bs fe04 altena wyvern lord lance.png
Wyvern Lord

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 eda dragon rider lance.png
Dragon Rider
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 eda wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 zeiss wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 zeiss wyvern lord lance.png
Wyvern Lord

The Blazing Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 heath wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 heath wyvern lord sword.png
Wyvern Lord

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 cormag wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 cormag wyvern knight lance.png
Wyvern Knight
or
Bs fe08 cormag wyvern lord sword.png
Wyvern Lord
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Wyvern Lord

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Dracoknight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Dragonmaster
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Dragonlord
Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable pegasus knight lance.png
Pegasus Knight
Using an Elysian Whip or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable falcoknight lance.png
Falcoknight
or
Bs fe11 playable dracoknight lance.png
Dracoknight
Promotion choice criteria: Depending on the item used; use an Elysian Whip to promote to Falcoknight, or a Master Seal for Dracoknight.

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable pegasus knight lance.png
Pegasus Knight
Using an Elysian Whip or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable falcoknight lance.png
Falcoknight
or
Bs fe11 playable dracoknight lance.png
Dracoknight
Promotion choice criteria: Depending on the item used; use an Elysian Whip to promote to Falcoknight, or a Master Seal for Dracoknight.

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 wyvern rider playable.gif
Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 wyvern lord playable.gif
Wyvern Lord
or
Ma 3ds01 griffon rider playable.gif
Griffon Rider
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 wyvern rider playable.gif
Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 wyvern lord playable.gif
Wyvern Lord
or
Ma 3ds02 malig knight playable.gif
Malig Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Wyvern Riders

Playable Characters
Name Game
Minerva Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Altena Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Dean Thracia 776
Milady The Binding Blade
Zeiss The Binding Blade
Heath The Blazing Blade
Cormag The Sacred Stones
Jill Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Michalis New Mystery of the Emblem
Cherche Awakening
Gerome Awakening
Beruka Fates
Percy Fates
Playable Wyvern Rider units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable enemy Wyvern Riders

Enemy Units
Name Game
Michalis Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon
Lumel Mystery of the Emblem, New Mystery of the Emblem
Papillon Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Coulter Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation, Thracia 776
Altena Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation, Thracia 776
Ruben BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles
Merlock Thracia 776
Rumei Thracia 776
Dvorak Thracia 776
McCloy Thracia 776
Seimetol Thracia 776
Orton Awakening
Vasto Awakening
Beruka Fates: Birthright
Enemy Wyvern Rider units in the Fire Emblem series.


Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Experienced Pegasus Knights who ride a dragon. They boast overwhelming strength.* ??
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
Knights who rule the skies from wyvern-back. Vulnerable only to bows and magic. ??
The Blazing Blade
(help)
Wyvern riders, weak only against magic and bows. ??
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Knights who rule the sky from wyvern-back. They are vulnerable to only bows and magic. ??
The Sacred Stones
(help)
High-flying knights only vulnerable to bows and magic. Equip: Lances. ??
Path of Radiance High flying knights who wield lances and possess high defense. They are vulnerable to bow attacks and wind magic. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
High-flying knights who possess high defense. They are vulnerable to thunder magic. ??
Radiant Dawn
(help)
High-flying knights whose great strength and tough hides make their axes all the more deadly. ??
Shadow Dragon Promoted pegasus knights who ride dragons. Vulnerable only to bows and magic. ??
Awakening A proud flier with high stats. Weak against bows and magic. ??
Fates Nohrian. A cavalry rider who rides a wyvern. Has high Str and Def. ??

Trivia

  • The Wyvern Knight of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, and the ability of Pegasus Knights to promote to it, may have been a nod to the Dracoknight's status as a former pegasus knight promotion.
  • The Wyvern Rider's generic portrait in Fates depicts them wielding a lance, despite the fact that they can only use axes in that game.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Wyvern Rider
• Dracoknight
• Used in all titles except Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
• From the Latin draco, "dragon", typically employed in English as a prefix relating to dragons. Used in Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
Japanese ドラゴンナイト
Dナイト
竜騎士
竜騎士ドラゴンナイト
• Officially romanized as Dragon Knight; this katakana rendering is used in all appearances.
• This shortened name is used in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and the battle GUI of Mystery of the Emblem due to space constraints.
• Dragon Knight. Used in dialogue.
• Officially romanized as Dragon Knight. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 竜騎士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ドラゴンナイト) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll. Additionally, in Japanese dialogue in all other games, members of the class are usually referred to by this kanji name.
Spanish • Jinete wyvern
• Caballero dragón
• Wyvern knight; used in all games except Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
• Dragon knight; used in Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
French • Cavalier wyverne
• Chevalier wyverne
• Chevalier dragon
• Wyvern rider; used in The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones.
• Wyvern knight; used in all subsequent games onward except Radiant Dawn and Radiant Dawn.
• Dragon knight; used in Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
German • Wyvernritter
• Wyvern-Ritter
• Wyvern knight
• Wyvern-knight; used in Shadow Dragon.
Italian • Cavaliere viverna
• Cavaliere drago
• Wyvern knight; used in all games except Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.
• Dragon knight; used in Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon.

Gallery

References

See also

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