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Arch Knight

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For similar classes, please see the articles Nomad and Bow Knight.

Arch Knight

Generic portrait arch knight fe05.gif

Unit type(s)
  • Mounted (all titles)
  • Infantry (replaces Mounted when dismounted; Thracia 776)




The (Japanese: アーチナイト Arch Knight) class is a class of bow-using horseback riders exclusive to Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. It is similar to the Nomad class of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade and the Bow Knight class of Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. In its own games, the Arch Knight class appears along with the Free Knight (which uses swords), Lance Knight, and Axe Knight classes.

Arch knights are very useful units, being able to attack from long range while easily able to move around. Additionally, if on horseback, they can move again after attacking if they have not moved their full amount of spaces. In Thracia 776, they can dismount from their horses for several purposes, such as entering buildings and negating certain weapons' effectiveness against them. They have very balanced stats, except for low resistance, which makes them vulnerable to magic attacks.

Arch knights become bow knights in their games. The name "Bow Knight" refers to this promoted bow-using horseback class and a class almost identical to the Arch Knight class from Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Genealogy of the Holy War 30 7 0 6 6 0 6 0 8 -- SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 (mounted) 20/16 3/2 0 3 4/5 0 3 -- 8 6/4 SNESRankBow.png E
Thracia 776 (dismounted) 20/16 2/1 0 2 2/3 0 2 -- 5 6/4 SNESRankBow.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 22 15 21 21 30 21 15 ? -- SNESRankBow.png --*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankBow.png A

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Arch Knight
Choosing the "Class change" option at a home castle.* / Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10.*
Bow Knight

Playable arch knights

Playable Characters
Name Game
Midayle Genealogy of the Holy War
Lester Genealogy of the Holy War
Dimna Genealogy of the Holy War
Selfina Thracia 776
Robert Thracia 776
Playable Arch Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
• Arch Knight
Bow Knight
• Used in older patches.
• Used in the "Project Naga" patch.
Japanese アーチナイト Arch knight. "Arch" comes from "archer", not the prefix meaning highest.
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 in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBow ArmorCavalierFighterFire MageFree KnightJunior LordKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestPrincePrincessShamanTroubadourThiefThunder MageWind MageWyvern Rider
Advanced classes Bow KnightDuke KnightForrestGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestKnight LordMage KnightMage FighterMaster KnightPaladinRangerSageSniperSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BallistaBarbarianBaronBishopBrigandCivilianDancerDark BishopDark MageDark PrinceDragon RiderEmperorHunterIron BallistaKiller BallistaPirateQueen
Unused classes ArcherAxe SoldierGreat BallistaPegasus RiderSoldierSpear SoldierSword Soldier
Classes in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBerserkerBishopBow ArmorBow FighterBrigandCavalierClericDragon RiderFighterFree KnightLance KnightLopt MageLordMageMyrmidonPegasus RiderPriestThiefTroubadour
Advanced classes Bow KnightDark MageDuke KnightGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestMage KnightMercenaryPegasus KnightPrinceSageSniperRangerSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Rider
Other classes ArcherBallistaBaronCivilianDancerDark BishopDark PrinceHunterIron BallistaPoison BallistaSoldierPirate
Unused classes EmperorFalcon KnightForrestJunior LordKiller BallistaKnight LordMaster KnightWyvern Lord