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FEMN Ballistician.png
Artwork of the Ballistician from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

An otherworldly artillerist. Uses movable cannons to attack at range.

  • Ballista (Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light - New Mystery of the Emblem)
  • Bow (Fates)

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.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 20 5 -- 1 3 0 14 0 4 -- -- 38 8
Mystery of the Emblem 18 0 -- 0 0 -- 0 0 0 -- -- 32 --
Shadow Dragon 20 5 0 1 3 0 14 0 4 -- -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20 5 0 1 3 0 14 0 4 -- -- -- --
Fates 18 10 0 7 2 4 3 1 4 -- -- -- FE14RankBow.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- --
Shadow Dragon 60 25 20 20 20 30 25 20 32 -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 25 20 20 20 30 25 20 -- -- --
Fates 50 39 25 31 25 32 27 26 5 -- FE14RankBow.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light  ??  ?? --  ??  ?? 0%  ?? 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 30% -- 10% 10% 0% 30% 0% -- --
Shadow Dragon 40% 20% -10% 10% 20% 0% 20% -15% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40% 20% -10% 10% 20% 0% 20% -15% -- --
Fates 5% 25% 0% 15% 0% 10% 5% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Fates Is 3ds02 survey.png Survey Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 opportunity shot.png Opportunity Shot Learned from Level 10 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 rifled barrel.png Rifled Barrel Learned from Level 25 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 surefooted.png Surefooted Learned from Level 35 and up.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class
Bs fe01 enemy ballistician ballista 03.png

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class
Bs fe03 enemy ballistician hoistflamme.png

Shadow Dragon

Special class
Bs fe12 playable ballistician ballista.png

New Mystery of the Emblem

Special class
Bs fe12 playable ballistician ballista.png


Any class Promotion method Special class
Any male class
Using a Is 3ds02 class change.pngSighting Lens. Ma 3ds02 ballistician playable.gif

Playable Ballisticians

Playable Characters
Name Game
Jake Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon
Beck Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon
Playable Ballistician units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Ballisticians

Enemy Units
Name Game
Grigas Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Shadow Dragon
Torus Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Enemy Ballistician units in the Fire Emblem series.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Ballistician A ballistician is an individual who operates a ballista.
Japanese シューター
• 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.
Spanish Artillero Gunner
French Ballistaire Ballistician
German Ballistiker Ballistician
Italian Artigliere Gunner
Korean 슈터 Shooter



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
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
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
Axe KnightArch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordBallistaBardBow ArmorBow FighterCivilianDark BishopDark PrinceDragon RiderDuke KnightFire MageForrestFree KnightGreat KnightHigh PriestIron BallistaJunior LordLance KnightKiller BallistaKnight LordMage FighterMage KnightMaster KnightPrinceQueenRangerShamanSwordmasterThief FighterThunder MageTroubadourWarriorWind MageWyvern LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLopt MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperTransporterValkyrie
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
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier