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Bs fe07 nils bard.png
Nils as a Bard in The Blazing Blade.

Musicians whose songs inspire allies. Cannot use weapons or attack.


The Bard (Japanese: バード Bard) is a basic class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Present in four games in the series, it plays two different gameplay roles in its different appearances.

In the Jugdral duology, Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Bard is an offensive magic class with access to both light magic and the three forms of anima magic. They possess significant magical power, skill and speed, but are lacking in defensive stats as with most offensive magic classes. The class is exclusive to two characters between the two games: Lewyn in the former and Homer in the latter. Bards promote to the Sage class.

In the Elibe duology, The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade, Bards act instead as the direct male equivalent of the Dancer class, performing songs to refresh their allies and give them another turn of movement. Here, it is a pure support class with no offensive ability whatsoever, and cannot promote at all; the class is again exclusive to two specific characters, Elphin in the former and Nils in the latter.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Genealogy of the Holy War 30 0 7 7 10 0 3 7 6 -- SNESRankFire.png C SNESRankThunder.png C
SNESRankWind.png C SNESRankLight.png C
Thracia 776 16 0 1 1 5 0 0 -- 6 4 SNESRankFire.png E SNESRankThunder.png E
SNESRankWind.png E SNESRankLight.png E
The Binding Blade 14 1 -- 2 7 0 1 0 5 6 --
The Blazing Blade 14 1 -- 2 7 0 1 0 5 3 --

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 22 22 25 30 18 22 6 -- SNESRankFire.png C SNESRankThunder.png C
SNESRankWind.png C SNESRankLight.png C*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankFire.png A SNESRankThunder.png A
SNESRankWind.png A SNESRankLight.png A
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 --
The Blazing Blade 60 10 -- 10 30 30 24 26 15 20 --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 10% 30% 30% 30% 0% 10% 30% -- --
Thracia 776 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? -- ? ?
The Binding Blade 45% 45% -- 30% 60% 70% 0% 3% -- --
The Blazing Blade 45% 45% -- 30% 60% 70% 0% 13% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
The Binding Blade
The Blazing Blade
Play Innate.

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War

Basic class Promotion method Promoted class
Bs fe04 lewyn bard magic.png
Bs fe04 deirdre shaman magic.png
(Julia only)
Choosing the option "Class change" in the home castle after reaching Level 20. Bs fe04 lewyn sage magic.png

Thracia 776

Basic class Promotion method Promoted class
Bs fe05 asvel mage magic.png
Bs fe05 homer bard magic.png
Bs fe05 linoan cleric magic.png
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 homer sage magic.png

The Binding Blade, The Blazing Blade

Base class
Bs fe07 nils bard.png

Playable Bards

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lewyn Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Homer Thracia 776
Elphin The Binding Blade
Nils The Blazing Blade
Playable Bard units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

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Game Text
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
Musicians whose songs inspire allies. Cannot use weapons or attack. ??
The Blazing Blade
?? ??


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bard A professional traveling musician during the Middle Ages who made a living incorporating storytelling into their songs. For many communities of the era, bards were their only real form of outside entertainment. Bards are a common class in role-playing games with a class/job system. Their main function is to buff or debuff party members (especially in the Final Fantasy series), but are otherwise seen as useless in battle.
Japanese バード
• Officially romanized as Bard.
• Bard. This name is used in dialogue and ending titles.
Spanish Bardo Bard
French Barde Bard
German Barde As above.
Italian Bardo As above.



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 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
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier