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Bishop

FEMN Bishop Male.png
Artwork of the Bishop from the TCG.

Seasoned curates and clerics capable of wielding tomes and staves alike.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Bishop (Japanese: 司祭 Bishop) is an advanced magical class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Traditionally the promoted class for Priests and Clerics, they are primarily potent healers but also have access to one or more types of offensive magic, depending on the individual game: the broader tome category in the Archanea games, the three types of anima magic in the Jugdral games, and light magic in all other games.

Since The Binding Blade, Bishops are defined primarily by their exceptionally high resistance, the strongest of their stats, while also possessing high magic and good skill and speed. However, their HP and physical defense are lacking like most magical classes, rendering them frail and vulnerable to physical assaults. Prior to The Binding Blade, the class was more balanced and offensively oriented and a more direct counterpart to the Sage of contemporary and later games.

In the majority of its appearances, the Bishop is the promoted form of the Priest/Curate and/or Cleric, depending only on which of the two classes is present in the game in question. Originally in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem, the Bishop is also the promoted form of the Mage, acting as the sole advanced magic class; in all later games, the Sage replaced it as the Mage's promotion. Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones have the offensively-oriented Monk, exclusive to the two games, also promote to Bishop. In Radiant Dawn, after promoting from Priests, Bishops can in turn class change to become Saints. The class is an enemy-only class with no class change association in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, with the High Priest instead acting as the promoted form of the Priest. The Bishop class is entirely absent in Gaiden, Awakening, and Fates.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 22 3 -- 1 14 0 8 0 6 -- -- Tome/Staff: 14
Mystery of the Emblem 22/18 3/4 -- 2/3/4 4/5 0 2/3 6/7 6 -- -- Tome/Staff: 2/5/12
Genealogy of the Holy War 35 0 10 8 5 0 3 8 5 -- -- SNESRankFire.png B SNESRankThunder.png B
SNESRankWind.png B SNESRankStaff.png A
Thracia 776 20 0 5 2 2 0 1 -- 5 4 -- SNESRankStaff.png C SNESRankFire.png C
SNESRankThunder.png C SNESRankWind.png C
The Binding Blade 21/19 -- 4 4/5 4 0 3/2 8/9 6 6/5 -- GBARankStaff.gif C GBARankLight.gif D
Fire Emblem 21/19 -- 4 4/5 4 0 3/2 8/9 6 7/5 -- GBARankStaff.gif C GBARankLight.gif D
The Sacred Stones 21/19 -- 4 4/5 4 0 3/2 8/9 6 7/5 -- GBARankStaff.gif C GBARankLight.gif D
Path of Radiance 21/19 1 6/5 5/3 5/6 0 3/2 11/12 6 10/6 10/6 GCNRankStaff.gif C (+Light)
Radiant Dawn 27/29 9/3 17/11 14/6 14/8 0 8/4 18/16 6 10/6 10/6 WiiRankStaff.png C WiiRankLight.png E
Radiant Dawn
(Part 4 enemies)
32 11 19 16 16 0 10 20 6 10 10 WiiRankStaff.png A WiiRankLight.png C
Shadow Dragon 22 1 3 2 4 0 3 8 6 -- -- DSRankStaff.png D DSRankTome.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 22 1 3 2 4 0 3 9 6 -- -- FE12RankStaff.png D FE12RankTome.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 -- Tome/Staff: 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Tome/Staff: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 15 25 23 20 30 18 23 5 -- SNESRankFire.png B SNESRankThunder.png B
SNESRankWind.png B SNESRankStaff.png A
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankStaff.png A SNESRankFire.png A
SNESRankThunder.png A SNESRankWind.png A
The Binding Blade 60 -- 25/26 26/25 25/26 30 22/21 30 15 20 GBARankStaff.gif S GBARankLight.gif S
Fire Emblem 60 -- 25 26/25 24/26 30 22/21 30 15 25 GBARankStaff.gif S GBARankLight.gif S*
The Sacred Stones 60 -- 25 26/25 24/26 30 22/21 30 15 20 GBARankStaff.gif S GBARankLight.gif S*
Path of Radiance 60 15 29 22 25 40 20 30 20 99 GCNRankStaff.gif S (+Light)
Radiant Dawn 40 15 25 22 23 35/40 19/17 30/32  ?  ? WiiRankStaff.png S WiiRankLight.png A
Radiant Dawn
(Part 4 enemies)
48 23 33 27 27 35 20 38  ?  ? WiiRankStaff.png SS WiiRankLight.png S
Shadow Dragon 60 20 25 26 25 30 22 30 32 -- DSRankTome.png A DSRankStaff.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 25 26 25 30 22 30 8 -- FE12RankStaff.png A FE12RankTome.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 100% 10% 30% 30% 30% 0% 10% 30% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 40/30% 20/30% -- 30% 10/30% 0% 20/30% 40/30% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 10% 30% 30% 30% 0% 10% 30% -- --
Thracia 776 30% 3% 20% 10% 10% 10% 5% -- 5% 0%
The Binding Blade 45% -- 35% 25% 22% 40% 8% 40% -- --
Fire Emblem 45% -- 35% 25% 22% 40% 8% 40/50% -- --
The Sacred Stones 45% -- 35% 25% 22% 40% 8% 40/50% -- --
Path of Radiance 50% 15% 55% 30% 40% 50 15% 55% -- --
Radiant Dawn 45/60/85% 20/30/65% 30/35/75% 30/60% 35/60% 35/75/45% 45/20/55% 50/60/95% -- --
Shadow Dragon 20% -15% 20% 20% 20% 0% -15% 20% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 20% -15% 20% 20% 20% 0% -15% 20% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
The Sacred Stones Slayer Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn lumina.png Lumina Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn flare.png Flare Occult skill.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 priest female staff.png
Priest
and
Bs fe01 mage female tome.png
Mage
Using a Bishop Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 bishop magic.png
Bishop

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 cleric staff.png
Cleric
and
Bs fe03 linde mage tome.png
Mage
Using a Bishop Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 bishop magic.png
Bishop

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class
Bs fe04 enemy bishop magic.png
Bishop


Thracia 776

Base class
Bs fe05 enemy bishop magic.png
Bishop


The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 saul priest staff.png
Priest
Using a Guiding Ring after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 elen bishop magic.png
Bishop

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 lucius monk light.png
Monk
and
Bs fe07 serra cleric staff.png
Cleric
Using a Guiding Ring or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 lucius bishop magic.png
Bishop

The Sacred Stones

Basic classes Promotion method Promoted class
Bs fe08 natasha cleric staff.png
Cleric
and
Bs fe08 moulder priest staff.png
Priest
and
Bs fe08 artur monk light.png
Monk
Using a Guiding Ring or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 natasha bishop staff.png
Bishop

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Priest
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Bishop

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Priest
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Bishop
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. Bs fe10 rhys saint light.png
Saint

Shadow Dragon DS

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable curate staff.png
Curate
and
Bs fe11 playable cleric staff.png
Cleric
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable bishop female tome.png
Bishop

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable curate staff.png
Curate
and
Bs fe11 playable cleric staff.png
Cleric
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable bishop female tome.png
Bishop

Playable Bishops

Playable Characters
Name Game
Wendell Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Books 1 and 2
Boah Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem ("Fall of the Palace" only)
Gotoh Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Lena Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Maria Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Nyna Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Elice Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Jodel The Binding Blade
Renault Fire Emblem
Riev The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Oliver Path of Radiance (Trial Maps only)
Rhys Radiant Dawn
Frost BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, New Mystery of the Emblem
Eremiya New Mystery of the Emblem ("Assassins" only)
Playable Bishop units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Bishops

Enemy Units
Name Game
Volzhin Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Gharnef Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1
Yodel Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Willow Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Clement Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Cuvuli Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Rodan Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Equus Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Oltoph Thracia 776
Fraus Thracia 776
Orlo The Binding Blade
Windham The Binding Blade
Martel The Binding Blade
Kenneth Fire Emblem
Riev The Sacred Stones
Oliver Path of Radiance
Valtome Radiant Dawn
Numida Radiant Dawn
Eremiya New Mystery of the Emblem
Enemy Bishop units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Bishops

Other Units
Name Game
Gotoh Mystery of the Emblem
Boah Mystery of the Emblem Book 2
Palmarch Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Eleanora Fire Emblem
Klimt The Sacred Stones
Sephiran Path of Radiance
Neutral Bishop units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bishop
Japanese 司祭
ビショップ
司祭ビショップ
Officially romanized as Bishop. This name is used in all appearances except Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
• Bishop; this name is used in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
• Officially romanized as Bishop. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 司祭), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ビショップ) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
Spanish Obispo Bishop
French Evêque Bishop
German Bischof Bishop
Italian Vescovo Bishop

References

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.
Classes
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
Gaiden
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 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 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
Sorcerer
Introduced in
Awakening
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
Fates
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
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier