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Axe Knight

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Axe Knight

FESK Axe Knight.png
Artwork of the Axe Knight from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Mounted knights who have mastered both horsemanship and the art of the axe.

Unit type(s)

Mounted (all titles)





The Axe Knight (Japanese: 斧騎士アクスナイト Axe Knight) is a basic mounted class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It is one of the four weapon-specialist versions of the Cavalier, specializing exclusively in axes as its name suggests, and is a counterpart to the Free Knight/Sword Knight, Lance Knight and Arch Knight/Bow Knight.

Axe Knights are statistically very similar to their counterpart base mounted classes, but owing to their exclusive axe use their performance varies in practice. They are slowed down substantially by the sheer weight of their weapons of choice, but in exchange deal significantly greater damage on average with the higher might of axes. They also tend toward having bulkier defenses than their counterparts, with somewhat higher HP and defense. In Thracia 776, Axe Knights are forced to dismount to operate indoors, which forces them to wielde swords instead of their usual axes, thus reducing the burden of axe weight upon them and making them faster and more accurate fighters.

In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, Axe Knights promote to the Great Knight class. In Path of Radiance, they instead promote to Paladin like their counterparts and have a choice of new weapon type to wield upon promotion. In Radiant Dawn, they promote to Axe Paladin, which in turn promotes again to Gold Knight.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Genealogy of the Holy War 30 7 0 6 6 0 6 0 8 -- -- -- SNESRankAxe.png B
Thracia 776 20 (20) 3 (2) 0 (0) 3 (2) 4 (2) 0 (0) 3 (2) -- 8 (5) 8 (8) -- -- SNESRankSword.png -- (E) SNESRankAxe.png E (--)
Path of Radiance 20/18 5 0 2 5/6 0 6/5 0/1 8 10/7 33/29 -- GCNRankAxe.gif D
Radiant Dawn 18 8 0 7 6 0 7 0 8 10 34 -- WiiRankAxe.png D

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 8 -- SNESRankAxe.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) SNESRankAxe.png A (--)
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20 ? ? GCNRankAxe.gif A
Radiant Dawn 40 20 10 20 20 30 20 10 ? ? WiiRankAxe.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon Level*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- -- -- --
Thracia 776 50% 20% 3% 15% 10% 10% 15% -- -- -- -- --
Path of Radiance 70/65% 45/35% 15/20% 40% 50/55% 30% 45% 40/50% -- -- -- --
Radiant Dawn 70% 45% 15% 40% 45% 25% 40% 40% -- -- -- --
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
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii canto.png Canto Innate; hidden and unnamed in all appearances except Radiant Dawn.

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 lex axe knight axe.png
Axe Knight
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching Level 20.* /
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10.*
Bs fe04 lex great knight axe.png
Great Knight

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe09 kieran axe knight axe.png
Axe Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. Bs fe09 titania paladin axe.png

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Axe Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Axe Paladin
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Gold Knight

Playable Axe Knights

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lex Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Johan Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Brighton Thracia 776
Hicks Thracia 776
Kieran Path of Radiance
Playable Axe Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Path of Radiance Mounted knights with swift movement who can wield a variety of weapons. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Knights whose mounts carry them quickly across the battlefield. They wield axes. ??


  • The Axe Knight shares its name with the Axe Knight, a member of the Meta-Knights in the Kirby series.
  • The Axe Knight's flavor text in Path of Radiance is shared with the Sword Knight, Lance Knight, and Bow Knight classes.
  • In Fire Emblem Heroes, generic axe-wielding cavalry units are known as Axe Knights in the Japanese version, but the English version translated it as Axe Cavalier rather than Axe Knight (Axe Knight instead being the English name of axe-wielding armored units).

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Axe Knight --
Japanese アクスナイト
• Officially romanized as Axe Knight; this katakana rendering is used in all appearances.
• Officially romanized as Axe Knight. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 斧騎士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. アクスナイト) 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 Caballero hacha Axe knight
French Cavalier bipenne Axe cavalier
German Axtritter Axe knight
Italian Cavaliere ascia Axe cavalier



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: 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
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 KnightBow 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 SageDragonlordGold KnightLight PriestessMarksmanMarshallReaverSaintSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightTruebladeValkyrieVanguardWhisper
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatLionLion KingTigerWolfWolf Queen) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeronRaven) • Dragon Tribe (Black DragonRed DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes AssassinBanditBlack KnightChancellorCitizenDruidEmpressHorsePilgrimQueenSummonerVendor