|Artwork of the Ballistician from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.|
An otherworldly artillerist. Uses movable cannons to attack at range.
The Ballistician (Japanese: シューター Shooter) is a class of soldiers who fight exclusively using ballistae. The class is present in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem as the exclusive users of the five ballistae (Stonehoist, Hoistflamme, Arrowspate, Thunderbolt, Pachyderm); in comparison, most other games instead allow any Archer or Sniper to use the ballistae positioned on the battlefield.
As users of siege weapons, the purpose of Ballisticians is to snipe at enemy units at long range. Ballisticians are the slowest and least mobile class in the games in which they appear, possessing even less movement than Knights. While they have immense range with their ballistae, the bulk of the ballista causes them to be unable to double-attack regardless of their attack speed, and they are further hindered by their mediocre skill lowering their hit rate. Should they ever be exposed to the thick of combat, their excellent defense affords them substantial protection, but they cannot retaliate from within two spaces of themselves.
Ballisticians return in Fates as a special class for male units which is available only through downloadable content. In Fates, Ballisticians are able to wield bows, and have unique innate access to the Ballista turret, being able to use them freely anywhere on the map without needing to commandeer a turret map object. Like its earlier incarnations, the Fates version of the Ballistician is strong, but slow, though it has higher skill than in the past. However, the Fates Ballisticians suffer from poorer defenses than their Shadow Dragon counterparts, making them easier to take down.
Ballisticians cannot class change or, in the remakes, reclass. In compensation, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, and Fates classify Ballisticians as a special class, granting them the ability to increase their level past Level 20 to a maximum level of 30 in the former two games, and 40 in Fates, instead.
Class growth rates
for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Mystery of the Emblem
New Mystery of the Emblem
Notable enemy Ballisticians
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions
||Definition, etymology and notes
||A ballistician is an individual who operates a ballista.
|• Romanized as SHOOTER in its internal file name in Shadow Dragon. This is also the generic name for ballistae as a whole in Japanese Fire Emblem games.|
• Tank Soldier. This kanji name is used in the ending titles of Jake and Beck in Shadow Dragon.
||This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.