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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.





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 Constitution* Movement*
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.
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
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ArcanistAurumBaronBonewalkerBow KnightBrigandCantorCerberusClericDeathgoyleDread FighterEntombedFalcon KnightFell GodFiendFighterGargoyleGold KnightHadesLichMogallMyrmidonNaberiusNecrodragonPriestessPrincessRevenantSageSaintSoldierVillagerWhite DragonWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerDancerDark MageDivine DragonEarth DragonEmperorFire DragonIce DragonKnightMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
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Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLopt MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperShamanTransporterValkyrie
Introduced in
Fire Emblem
Arch SageAssassinBlade LordBramimondCorsairDark DruidMagic SealMonk
Introduced in
The Sacred Stones
Arch MogallBaelCyclopsDemon KingElder BaelFleetGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiJourneymanMaelduinMauthe DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWightWyvern Knight
Introduced in
Path of Radiance
BanditChildCatHalberdierHawkHeronKing DaeinLionPrincess CrimeaRangerRavenRed DragonSword KnightTigerWhite Dragon
Introduced in
Radiant Dawn
Axe GeneralBlack Dragon (Dragon KingDragon Prince) • Black KnightBlade PaladinBow PaladinChancellorDark SageDragonlordEmpressFire SageHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSpiritSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWolfWolf Queen
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon
Introduced in
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
AdventurerApothecaryAutomatonAstral DragonBasaraBlacksmithBlight DragonButlerDivinerEmpty VesselFacelessFeral DragonGreat MasterHoshido NobleKinshi KnightKitsuneLancerMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistNine-TailsNinjaNohr NobleNohr PrinceNohr PrincessNohrian KingOni ChieftainOni SavageOnmyojiOutlawPriestessSamuraiShrine MaidenSilent DragonSky KnightSongstressSpear FighterSpear MasterStonebornStrategistWolfskinWolfssegner
Introduced in
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
BalorDagonDeimosDraculDuma's ApostleEnchantressExemplarFafnirFell DragonGarudaGuardianGuruHarrierIllusory HeroMila's ServantOliphantierRigainSkogulSpartanTitanTomb LordVestalYasha
Introduced in
Three Houses
BrawlerCommonerFortress KnightGrapplerGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantNobleWarlockWar Master
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier