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The Barbarian (Japanese: 蛮族 Barbarian) is a basic infantry class which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem. They are an axe-wielding class, which was found only among enemies except in Awakening, and they play a similar role and have similar stats to several other enemy-only axe classes, such as the Brigand, Bandit and Pirate; unlike these classes, Barbarians do not have any unique ability to cross terrain types that are otherwise difficult, if not impossible, to cross. Barbarians also are treated similar to an advanced class in the original Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem.
In Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem: Heroes of Light and Shadow, Barbarians are a Basic class, but have high stat caps similar to a promoted class. Through hacking the games file, it can be seen Barbarians promote to Berserker.
Barbarians, like the other similar "criminal axe-fighter" classes, have very high strength and HP, as well as good speed. However, not only do they suffer from the traditional poor skill stat of axe-wielding classes, which along with the low accuracy of axes gives them poor hit rates, but they are also affected by terrible defense and resistance, with their high HP failing to do much to mitigate this. Among enemies, this makes them risky to fight carelessly but relatively easy to quickly damage and defeat.
When the class became playable in Awakening, they also gained the ability to promote to the Berserker and Warrior classes, like the Brigand, Pirate and other similar classes did in earlier games. However, no standard playable character in Awakening joins as a Barbarian, and the player's sole access to the class is through reclassing compatible units.
|Mystery of the Emblem||30||8||--||0||4||0||8||0||6||--||Axe: 5|
|Genealogy of the Holy War||35||5||0||0||7||0||5||0||6||--||B|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||18||7||0||1||8||0||4||0||6||--||E|
|Mystery of the Emblem||52||20||--||20||20||20||20||20||20||--||Axe: 20|
|Genealogy of the Holy War||80||20||15||15||22||30||20||15||6||--||A|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||60||30||30||30||30||30||30||30||32||--||A|
Class growth rates
|Mystery of the Emblem||90%||50%||--||10%||20%||0%||50%||0%||--||--|
|Genealogy of the Holy War||100%||30%||0%||30%||30%||0%||30%||10%||--||--|
|New Mystery of the Emblem||70/90%||40/50%||-20/0%||15/25%||20/15%||0%||0/50%||-15/5%||--||--|
|Awakening||Despoil||Learned at level 1.|
|Awakening||Gamble||Learned at level 10.|
Mystery of the Emblem, Genealogy of the Holy War
New Mystery of the Emblem
|Base class||Promotion method||Advanced class|
|Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10.|
- Note that this is unused as a playable promotion option; it has been proven to be in the game through hacking promotion of an enemy unit.
|Base class||Promotion method||Advanced class|
|Using a Master Seal after reaching level 10.|
|Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.|
Notable enemy Barbarians
|Risen Chief||Awakening (Chapter 2)|
|Enemy Barbarian units in the Fire Emblem series.|
- In Mystery of the Emblem and its remake, Barbarians are near-exclusively associated with the regions of Anri's Way, where they roam along with degenerated dragons. They also appear in the Dragon's Table in this sort of role in Mystery of the Emblem.
The generic Barbarian portrait in Mystery of the Emblem.
The generic Barbarian portrait in Genealogy of the Holy War.
The generic Barbarian portrait in New Mystery of the Emblem.
Action Replay codes showcasing a Barbarian promoting in Chapter 11 of New Mystery of the Emblem.
The generic Barbarian portrait in Awakening.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology and notes|
|English||Barbarian||A pejorative term for a human, or group of humans, who are believed by others to be uncivilized. It originated from Ancient Greek discourse, where Greek cultures typically dismissed all cultures outside their own as βάρβαρος barbaros, painting them as inferior to themselves.|
|Japanese|| • 蛮族
| • Officially romanized as Barbarian; used in Mystery of the Emblem (spelled in hiragana as ばんぞく), New Mystery of the Emblem and Awakening.|
• Barbarian; used only in Genealogy of the Holy War, where all class names are English loan words written in katakana.
|This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.|