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Brigand

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Brigand

Generic portrait brigand enemy fe15.png
The generic Brigand portrait in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

An axe-toting thug who revels in violence.

Weapon(s)

Axes

Skill(s)

None

The Brigand (Japanese: 山賊 Mountainthief) is a class of axe-wielding fighters who travel on foot. They first appear in Fire Emblem Gaiden as an enemy-only class with exclusive access to the axe.

Their status as enemy-only units has been true in all games except for Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, in which playable character Marty is a brigand, and Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, in which Gonzalez is a brigand. In most games, they can cross mountains.

Brigands generally have low stats in all categories, but above average HP and strength. As enemies, they are not at all difficult to defeat. However, playable brigands often have better stats than those of enemies. Their ability to cross mountains can be useful.

In Thracia 776, brigands can change class to the Warrior class. In The Binding Blade, brigands become berserkers. In the coding for Fire Emblem, and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Brigands still promote to Berserker, but this can only be seen via hacking the game.

Similar criminal axe classes are Pirate, Bandit, and Barbarian.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Level
Gaiden 26 7 -- 1 2 0 2 0 4 -- -- Axe
Mystery of the Emblem 24 5 -- 0 3 0 3 0 6 -- -- Axe: ?
Genealogy of the Holy War 35 5 0 0 7 0 5 0 6 -- -- SNESRankAxe.png B
Thracia 776 22/24 5 0 0 0 0 3 -- 6 9 -- SNESRankAxe.png E
The Binding Blade 20 5 -- 1 5 0 3 0 5 12 -- Axe D
Fire Emblem 20 5 -- 1 5 0 3 0 5 12 -- Axe D
The Sacred Stones 20 5 -- 1 5 0 3 0 5 12 -- Axe D
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 26 7 -- 1 2 0 2 0 4 -- -- FE15RankAxe.png
In Gaiden and Echoes, Brigands also have a base experience yield of 30 and a base class strength of 10.

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Axe
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 12 -- Axe: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 20 15 15 22 30 20 15  ? -- SNESRankAxe.png --*
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankAxe.png A
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 Axe A
Fire Emblem 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 Axe A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 Axe A

Growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 90% 50% -- 10% 20% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 0% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 70/90% 20/30% 0/3% 15/30% 15/30% 10/20% 10/20% -- 20/40% 0%
The Binding Blade 82% 50% -- 30% 20% 15% 10% 10% -- --
Fire Emblem 82% 50% -- 30% 20% 15% 10% 13% -- --
The Sacred Stones 82% 50% -- 30% 20% 15% 10% 13% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 120% 45% -- 40% 25% 0% 40% 10% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class change

Gaiden

Base class
Bs fe02 enemy thief axe.png
Brigand


Mystery of the Emblem

Base class
Bs fe03 enemy brigand axe.png
Brigand


Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class
Bs fe04 enemy brigand axe.png
Brigand


Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 marty brigand axe.png
Brigand
Using a Knight Proof at level 10 or higher. Bs fe05 marty warrior axe.png
Warrior

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 gonzalez brigand axe.png
Brigand
Using a Hero Crest at level 10 or higher. Bs fe06 gonzalez berserker axe.png
Berserker

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 playable brigand axe.png
Brigand
Using a Hero Crest at level 10 or higher. Bs fe07 dart berserker axe.png
Berserker

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 playable brigand axe.png
Brigand
Using a Master Seal at level 10 or higher. Bs fe08 ross berserker axe.png
Berserker
or
Bs fe08 ross warrior axe.png
Warrior
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Playable brigands

Playable Characters
Name Game
Marty Thracia 776
Gonzalez The Binding Blade
Playable Brigand units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy brigands

Enemy Units
Name Game
Barth Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Garth Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Hyman Mystery of the Emblem
Dory The Binding Blade
Scollan The Binding Blade
Batta Fire Emblem
Zugu Fire Emblem
Migal Fire Emblem
Carjiga Fire Emblem
Bug Fire Emblem
Groznyi Fire Emblem
Bone The Sacred Stones
Bazba The Sacred Stones
Enemy Brigand units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Brigands

Playable Characters
Name Game
Jan Fire Emblem
Neutral Brigand units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

  • The unused enemy palette for Fighters in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem is identical to the Brigand palette, while the unused player palette for Brigands in the same game is identical to playable Fighters. The two classes also share a class icon.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Brigand --
Japanese 山賊
盗賊
マウンテンシーフ
• Officially romanized as Brigand or Mountainthief. Rendered in hiragana as さんぞく in Mystery of the Emblem.
• Thief. This name is used only in Gaiden and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. Rendered in hiragana as とうぞうく in Gaiden.
• Mountain Thief. This name is used only in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
Spanish
(Spain)
Forajido Outlaw; in the GBA games.
Spanish
(Latin America)
Ladrón Thief; used in Shadows of Valentia; this is the name of the Thief class.
French
(France)
Bandit Bandit; in the GBA games.
French
(Canada)
Voleur Thief; used in Shadows of Valentia; this is the name of the Thief class.
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Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
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Thracia 776
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