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Bow Knight

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Bow Knight

FESK Bow Knight.png
Artwork of the Bow Knight from the TCG.

A seasoned, mounted archer. Wields swords, bows.


The Bow Knight (Japanese: ボウナイト Bow Knight) is a class which, throughout the Fire Emblem series, has taken on numerous different portrayals and roles. Consistent among all of its appearances is that it is a mounted class which wields bows.

In its first appearance in Gaiden, the Bow Knight was a third-tier advanced class and the final form of the Archer class line, promoting from the Sniper. A class of considerable power, this incarnation of the Bow Knight has a uniquely high attacking range, with consistent innate access to anywhere between one and five range. These traits also apply to Gaiden''s remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

The second incarnation of the Bow Knight was a second-tier advanced class in the Jugdral duology, Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776. It is the promoted form of the Arch Knight, and the bow-wielding counterpart of the Ranger, Great Knight and Duke Knight. In Thracia 776, Bow Knights are forced to dismount to enter buildings or participate in chapters set entirely indoors; unlike the Great or Duke Knights, they continue to wield bows when on foot.

The Tellius duology's version of the Bow Knight is a basic class, and the counterpart of its own former basic form, the Arch Knight. It promotes to the Paladin in Path of Radiance, whereupon the player can choose a second weapon type for the individual unit to gain access to. In Radiant Dawn, it promotes to the Bow Paladin, a counterpart to its Jugdral incarnation, which in turn promotes to the third-tier Silver Knight.

In Awakening, the Bow Knight returns to being an advanced class, but this time also has access to swords and functions identically to the Horseman and Ranger of earlier games. Here, it promotes from both Mercenaries and Archers, and many other units can access the class through reclassing. The Fates incarnation of the class functions identically to Awakening's, with the only difference being that the new Outlaw class may promote to it instead of Archers.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Gaiden 40 16 -- 8 8 0 10 6 8 -- -- 180 Bow
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 8 8 0 8 3 9 -- -- -- SNESRankBow.png A
Thracia 776 24 (24)/
20 (20)
5 (4)/
4 (3)
1 (1) 6 (5) 6 (4)/
7 (5)
0 (0) 5 (4) -- 9 (6) 7 (7)/
5 (5)
-- -- SNESRankBow.png D (D)
Path of Radiance 20/18 5 0 2 5/6 0 6/5 0/1 8 10/7 33/29 -- GCNRankBow.gif D
Radiant Dawn 18 6 0 6 6 0 8 2 8 10 33 -- WiiRankBow.png D
Awakening 24 8 0 10 10 0 6 2 8 -- -- -- Bows E Swords E
Fates 18 6 0 8 9 3 5 6 8 -- -- -- 3DSRankBow.png E 3DSRankSword.png E
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 40 16 -- 8 8 0 10 6 8 -- -- 180 FE15RankBow.png
Bow Knights in Gaiden and Echoes also have a base class strength of 1.

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 8 -- Bow
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 23 23 30 23 18 9 -- SNESRankBow.png A
Thracia 776 80 (80) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) -- 20 (20) 20 (20) SNESRankBow.png A (A)
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20 20 99 GCNRankBow.gif A
Radiant Dawn 40 20 10 20 20 30 20 10  ??  ?? WiiRankBow.png A
Awakening 80 40 30 43 41 45 35 30 10 -- Swords A Bows A
Fates 55 29 25 32 33 30 27 32 10 -- 3DSRankSword.png B 3DSRankBow.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 70% 30% 5% 30% 20% 20% 30% -- 30% 0%
Path of Radiance 70/65% 45/35% 15/20% 40/40% 50/55% 30/30% 45/45% 40/50% -- --
Radiant Dawn 75% 50% 15% 40% 45% 25% 40% 30% -- --
Awakening 50% 20% 0% 25% 20% 0% 5% 5% -- --
Fates 10% 10% 0% 15% 15% 10% 0% 10% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
-5% 0% -- 10% -5% 0% -5% 0% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
120% 50% -- 50% 30% 0% 30% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War
Thracia 776
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii canto.png Canto Innate; hidden and unnamed in every game except Radiant Dawn.
File:Is 3ds rally skill.png Rally Skill Awakening: Learned at Level 5.
Fates: Learned from Level 5 and up.
Awakening File:Is 3ds bowbreaker.png Bowbreaker Learned at Level 15.
Fates File:Is 3ds shurikenbreaker.png Shurikenbreaker Learned from Level 15 and up.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Bowrange +2 Innate.

Additonally, in Echoes, Bow Knights are equipped with another passive skill marking them as Is 3ds03 mounted.pngmounted units.

Class change


Trainee-like class Method Base class Method Advanced class Method Advanced class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 archer bow.png
After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 sniper bow.png
After reaching Level 10, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 bow knight bow.png
Bow Knight

Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 lester arch knight bow.png
Arch Knight
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching Level 20.* /
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10.*
Bs fe04 lester bow knight bow.png
Bow Knight

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe09 astrid bow knight bow.png
Bow Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. Bs fe09 titania paladin axe.png

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Bow Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Bow Paladin
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Silver Knight


Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 archer playable.gif
Ma 3ds01 mercenary playable.gif
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 bow knight playable.gif
Bow Knight


Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 outlaw playable.gif
Ma 3ds02 mercenary playable.gif
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 bow knight playable.gif
Bow Knight

Playable Bow Knights

Playable Characters
Name Game
Astrid Path of Radiance
Playable Bow Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Bow Knights

Enemy Units
Name Game
Gazelle Gaiden
Mueller Gaiden
Andorey Genealogy of the Holy War
Ezra Awakening
Bovis Awakening
Selena Fates: Birthright
Enemy Bow Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.



Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Bow Knight --
Arch Knight Used in the "Project Naga" patch of Genealogy of the Holy War. According to the translator, bookofholsety, the Arch Knight and Bow Knight had their names swapped (making Bow Knight the base class, and Arch Knight the advanced class) both for a consistent naming theme among the base mounted classes, and because "arch knight is a better fit for a superior, advanced class given the usual connotations of an arch prefix".[1]
Japanese ボウナイト
• Officially romanized as Bow Knight; this katakana rendering is used in every Japanese game except Radiant Dawn.
• Officially romanized as Bow Knight. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 弓騎士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ボウナイト) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll. Additionally, in Japanese dialogue in all other games, members of the class are usually referred to by this kanji name.
Spanish Caballero arco Bow cavalier
French Cavalier archer Archer cavalier
German Bogenritter Bow knight
Italian Cavalier arco Bow cavalier


  1. bookofholsety, Fire Emblem 4: Genealogy of the Holy War Re-translation (Project Naga),, Published: 2016-03-16, Retrieved: 2016-06-30

See also

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