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Volke as an Assassin in Radiant Dawn.

A killer who thrives in the shadows, the Assassin has excellent speed and dexterity.


The Assassin (Japanese: アサシン Assassin) is an advanced class which was introduced in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade. It is the most common promoted form of the Thief class, appearing in four games since.

Assassins are designed to add powerful offensive abilities on top of the Thief's traditional utility functions. Though their stats remain in the same pattern as Thieves, with fantastic skill and speed but average strength, their most iconic feature is their exclusive access to the Lethality skill, which gives them the ability to instantly kill a foe if it triggers. They also tend to have significant bonuses added to their critical hit rate. However, they are still fairly frail, with below-average HP and defense, and poor resistance. Assassins are very much a luck-based class, relying on random chance of activating critical hits or Lethality, but are extremely dangerous when luck works in their favor.

In every appearance except Radiant Dawn, Assassins are a class change option for Thieves; in The Sacred Stones and Awakening, Myrmidons also have the option to promote to Assassin. In Path of Radiance, however, only Volke is allowed to promote to Assassin, and the game's other playable Thief, Sothe, cannot promote at all. In Radiant Dawn, the Assassin is a third-tier class which is entirely exclusive to Volke again, and is not a promotion option for any class.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
The Blazing Blade 16 3 -- 1 9 0 2 0 6 6 -- -- GBARankSword.gif E
The Sacred Stones 16 3 -- 1 9 0 2 0 6 8/6 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
Path of Radiance 18 5 1 5 11 0 4 2 7 10 -- -- -- (+Knives)
Radiant Dawn 60 28 10 36 38 0 22 20 7 11 -- -- WiiRankKnife.png S
Awakening 21 8 0 13 12 0 5 1 6 -- -- -- Swords E Bows E
Three Houses 30 17 8 12 14 10 12 8 6 -- -- -- --

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
The Blazing Blade 60 20 -- 30 30 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 30 30 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif S
Path of Radiance 60 23 20 30 30 40 22 20 ?? ?? -- (+Knives)
Radiant Dawn 55 32 15 40 40 25 30 25 ?? ?? WiiRankKnife.png SS
Awakening 80 40 30 48 46 45 31 30 8 -- Swords A Bows A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
The Blazing Blade 50% 5% -- 45% 40% 40% 5% 20% -- -- --
The Sacred Stones 50% 5% -- 45% 40% 40% 5% 20% -- -- --
Path of Radiance 50% 40% 15% 50% 55% 35% 20% 15% -- -- --
Radiant Dawn 65% 50% 5% 55% 65% 20% 35% 15% -- -- --
Awakening 40/80% 20/40% 0% 30/50% 25/50% 0/30% 5/25% 5/15% -- -- --
Three Houses 20/30% 0/18% 0% 20% 20/30% 0% 0/25% 0% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class modifiers

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Movement
Three Houses 0 0 0 3 5 1 0 0 0 2

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
The Blazing Blade
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Three Houses
Lethality The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones: Innate.
Path of Radiance: Occult skill.
Radiant Dawn: Innate (mastery skill).
Awakening: Learned at level 5.
Three Houses: Class mastery.
Path of Radiance Steal Innate.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Radiant Dawn Critical +25 Innate.
Awakening Pass Learned at Level 15.
Three Houses Swordfaire Innate.
Three Houses Locktouch Innate.
Three Houses Stealth Innate.
Three Houses Assassinate Class mastery.

Class change

The Blazing Blade, Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 matthew thief sword.png
Using a Fell Contract after reaching Level 10.*/
Event: choose the "Hire" option when prompted by Volke.*
Bs fe07 matthew assassin sword.png

The Sacred Stones, Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 thief playable.gif
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon playable.gif
Using an Ocean Seal*, Hero Crest* or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 assassin playable.gif

Radiant Dawn

Advanced class


Three Houses

Base class Certification requirements Advanced class
Any class Level 20
Advanced Seal
Swords B, Bows C
Ma ns01 assassin playable.gif
This class is available for any unit.

Playable assassins

Playable Characters
Name Game
Jaffar The Blazing Blade, Awakening
Volke Radiant Dawn
Playable Assassin units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Assassins

Enemy Units
Name Game
Jerme The Blazing Blade
Porcus Awakening
Kronya Three Houses
Metodey Three Houses
Manuela Three Houses Azure Moon
Petra Three Houses Azure Moon Verdant Wind
Enemy Assassin units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

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Game Text
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
Masters of the killing arts. Possess the skill to kill a foe instantly. ??
The Blazing Blade
?? ??
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Masters of the killing arts. They have the ability to kill a foe with a single stroke. ??
The Sacred Stones
Masters of the killing arts. Equip: Swords. Skill: Silencer. ??
Path of Radiance Stealthy fighters who possess the ability to kill with a single blow. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Stealthy fighters. They possess the ability to kill with a single strike. Masters of the skill Lethality. ??
Radiant Dawn
Stealthy killers who can extinguish their enemies with a single strike. They employ the skill Lethality. ??
Awakening A seasoned and deadly thief or myrmidon. Wields swords, bows. ??
Three Houses A killer who thrives in the shadows, the Assassin has excellent speed and dexterity. ??


  • In The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones, Assassins actually lose their access to the Steal skill when they promote from Thieves, although they are still able to use Lockpicks. This was fixed in Path of Radiance, but the class loses Steal again in Radiant Dawn.
  • Path of Radiance has an unused female version of the Assassin with slightly different stats.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Assassin A professional killer, usually for hire and often with political targets. The word originated as a westernized take on the Arabic حشّاشين‎ ḥashshāshīn, a medieval sect of Persian warriors who were active in the Crusades, killing selected targets on all sides of the conflict.
Japanese アサシン
• Officially romanized as Assassin, as above. This name is used in all appearances except Radiant Dawn.
• Officially romanized as Assassin, as above. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 暗殺者), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. アサシン) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
Spanish Asesino Assassin
French Assassin As above.
German Assassine Assassin
Italian Assassino Assassin



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 in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonNomadPegasus KnightPirateShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopBlade LordDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat LordHeroKnight LordNomadic TrooperPaladinSageSniperSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes ArchsageBardBramimondCivilianCorsairDancerDark DruidFire DragonMagic SealPeerPrinceSoldierTransporter
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Trainee classes JourneymanPupilRecruit
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonPegasus KnightPiratePriestShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat LordHeroKnight LordMage KnightPaladinRangerRogueSageSniperSummonerSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern KnightWyvern Lord
Monster classes Arch MogallBaelBonewalkerCyclopsDeathgoyleDemon KingElder BaelEntombedGargoyleGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiMaelduinMauthe DoogMogallNecrodragonRevenantTarvosWight
Other classes CivilianDancerFleetManaketeNecromancerPeerPhantomPontifexQueenSoldier
Removed class Apprentice
Classes in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Base classes ArcherAxe KnightBanditBow KnightClericFighterKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestRangerSoldierSword KnightSwordmasterThiefWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopFalcon KnightGeneralHalberdierLordPaladinSageSniperValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatTiger) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeron) • Dragon Tribe (Red DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes ChildCivilianHeroKing DaeinPrincess Crimea
Classes in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Base classes ArcherArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightDracoknightFighterFire MageLance KnightLight MageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestSoldierSword KnightThiefThunder MageWind Mage
Intermediate classes Axe GeneralAxe PaladinBishopBlade PaladinBow PaladinClericDark SageDragonmasterFalcoknightFire SageHalberdierHeroLance GeneralLance PaladinLight SageRogueSniperSword GeneralSwordmasterThunder SageWarriorWind Sage
Advanced classes Arch SageBow KnightDragonlordGold KnightLight PriestessMarksmanMarshallReaverSaintSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightTruebladeValkyrieVanguardWhisper
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatLionLion KingTigerWolfWolf Queen) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeronRaven) • Dragon Tribe (Black DragonRed DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes AssassinBanditBlack KnightChancellorCitizenDruidEmpressHorsePilgrimQueenSummonerVendor
Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericDark MageFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestTacticianThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BrideConquerorDancerDread FighterGrimaLodestarManaketeMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassRevenantSoldierTaguelVillager
Classes in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Unique classes Armored LordBarbarossaCommonerDancerEmperorEnlightened OneGreat LordHigh LordNobleWyvern Master
Beginner classes FighterMonkMyrmidonSoldier
Intermediate classes ArcherArmored KnightBrawlerBrigandCavalierDark MageLordMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestThief
Advanced classes AssassinBishopDark BishopFortress KnightGrapplerHeroPaladinSniperSwordmasterWarlockWarriorWyvern Rider
Master classes Bow KnightDark KnightFalcon KnightGreat KnightGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantWar MasterWyvern Lord
Monster classes Altered Demonic BeastAltered GolemBlack BeastDemonic BeastExperimental Demonic BeastFlying Demonic BeastGiant BirdGiant CrawlerGiant Demonic BeastGiant WolfGolemLord of the DesertLord of the LakeTitanusWandering BeastWhite BeastWild Demonic Beast
Other classes AgastyaArchbishopDeath KnightFlame EmperorHegemon HuskKing of LiberationRuffianSaintThe Immaculate One