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.
- 1 Stats
- 2 Class change
- 3 Playable assassins
- 4 Notable enemy Assassins
- 5 Flavor text
- 6 Trivia
- 7 Etymology and other languages
- 8 Gallery
- 9 References
- 10 See also
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Class growth rates
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| The Blazing Blade
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
|Lethality|| • The Blazing Blade and The Sacred Stones: Innate.|
• Path of Radiance: Occult skill.
• Radiant Dawn: Innate (mastery skill).
• Awakening: Learned at level 5.
|Path of Radiance||Steal||Innate.|
| Path of Radiance
|Shove||Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.|
|Radiant Dawn||Critical +25||Innate.|
|Awakening||Pass||Learned at level 15.|
The Blazing Blade, Path of Radiance
|Base class||Promotion method||Advanced class|
|Using a Fell Contract after reaching Level 10.*/
Event: choose the "Hire" option when prompted by Volke.*
The Sacred Stones, Awakening
|Base class||Promotion method||Advanced class|
|Using an Ocean Seal*, Hero Crest* or Master Seal after reaching Level 10.|
|Jaffar||The Blazing Blade, Awakening|
|Playable Assassin units in the Fire Emblem series.|
Notable enemy Assassins
|Jerme||The Blazing Blade|
|Enemy Assassin units in the Fire Emblem series.|
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- 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.
The generic Assassin portrait in Awakening.
The generic allied Assassin portrait in Awakening.
Concept artwork of male and female assassins from Awakening.
|This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.|