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Generic portrait barbarian fe12.png

A savage thug with high Str/Spd, but low Def.




Despoil, Gamble

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.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
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 -- SNESRankAxe.png B
New Mystery of the Emblem 18 7 0 1 8 0 4 0 6 -- FE12RankAxe.png E
Awakening 22 8 0 3 8 0 3 0 5 -- 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
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 -- SNESRankAxe.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 30 30 30 30 30 30 30 32 -- FE12RankAxe.png A
Awakening 60 30 20 23 27 30 22 20 7 -- 3DSRankAxe.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
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 50% 25% 0% 15% 20% 0% 5% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Awakening Is 3ds despoil.png Despoil Learned at level 1.
Awakening Is 3ds gamble.png Gamble Learned at level 10.

Class change

Mystery of the Emblem, Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class
Bs fe03 enemy barbarian axe.png

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe12 enemy barbarian axe.png
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable berserker axe.png
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.[1]


Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds barbarian playable.gif
Using a Master Seal after reaching level 10. Ma 3ds warrior playable.gif
Ma 3ds berserker playable.gif
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Notable enemy Barbarians

Enemy Units
Name Game
Garrick Awakening
Risen Chief Awakening (Chapter 2)
Roddick Awakening
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.


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.
Spanish Saqueador Plunderer
French Barbare Barbarian
German Barbar Barbarian
Italian Barbaro Barbarian


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
BahdessBaronBelrezBonewalkerBow KnightClericDeathgoyleDraco ZombieDread FighterEntombedEvil GodFalcon KnightGargoyleGoldGold KnightHiKnightKelvesMogallMyrmidonPrincessRevenantSageSaintShamanSoldierSorcererVillagerWhite DragonWightWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark 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 KnightPrinceQueenRangerSwordmasterThief FighterThunder MageTroubadourWarriorWind MageWyvern LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLoptyr 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 DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWyvern 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 SageFire SpiritHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageThunder SpiritTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWind SpiritWolfWolf Queen
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
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier