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Class strength is a mechanic first appearing in Fire Emblem Gaiden that influences the amount of experience points a unit receives. It is also used in its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, and in the three GBA Fire Emblem games: Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones.


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Class strength is, essentially, a hidden stat for a class that affects the experience a unit gains. Its purpose is to increase the experience gains of lower-level classes in comparison to higher-level ones.

In Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia, stronger classes have lower class strengths and weaker classes higher strengths, ranging from 1 to 10; as class strength is multiplied into experience gain, this serves to boost the experience gain of lower-tier classes in comparison to higher-tier promoted ones. The enemy's class strength is not a factor in experience, but the base experience from the enemy's class is.

In the GBA games, stronger classes have higher class strengths; there is a smaller range of class strengths, only from 1 to 5; and class strengths are less distributed, with the vast majority of classes featuring 3 class strength and all classes with 5 strength being late-game boss-exclusive. The range of class strengths is more limited compared to Gaiden, but enemy class strength is a factor in experience gain in the GBA games, and they feature many direct class-based bonuses, such as a bonus for defeating Thieves.


Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia

The class strengths for each class in Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia are shown below.

Class strength in Gaiden
1 Gold KnightBaronBow KnightFalcon KnightNecrodragonWhite DragonFiendHadesAurum
2 Dread FighterSageCantorKelbethNaberius
3 Paladin
4 MyrmidonSniper
5 KnightMage (Male units)PriestessPrincessFighterHeroArcanistRevenantEntombedFell God
6 CavalierPegasus KnightMage (Female units)WitchGargoyleDeathgoyleArcanist
7 MercenaryArcherSaintBonewalkerLich
8 Soldier
10 VillagerBrigandClericMogall

Class strength in Shadows of Valentia
1 Gold KnightBaronBow KnightFalcon KnightPriestess (normal version)NecrodragonWhite DragonFiendGuardianVestalFafnirDagonBalorDeimosFire DragonFell DragonSkogulSpartanOliphantierHarrierEnchantressTomb LordMila's ServantDuma's Apostle
2 Dread FighterSageSaintPrincessHeroCantorLichDeathgoyleTitanGarudaYashaGuruExemplarRigainConquerorIllusory Hero
3 PaladinMogall
4 MyrmidonSniperDracul
5 KnightMage (Male units)Priestess (Celica version)FighterArcanistRevenantEntombedFell God
6 CavalierPegasus KnightMage (Female units)WitchGargoyleArcanist
7 MercenaryArcherBonewalker
8 SoldierCleric
10 VillagerBoyGirlBrigand

Class strength is used to calculate the unit's experience gain in battle.

Formula Notes
Killing an enemy [Enemy's Class EXP × (Enemy's Level + 9) / 10)] × Class strength × Level Factor / 100 Minimum of 1; minimum of 0 against Duma.
[Enemy's Class EXP × (Enemy's Level + 9) / 10)] has a maximum of 255.
Player unit deals damage but does not kill the enemy EXP for Killing an enemy × Damage done / (Enemy's Max HP * 2) --
Player unit was deployed for the map Class strength x Level Factor / 5 --

The level factor is shown below.

Unit's Level Level Factor
1 and 2 10
3 9
4 8
5 7
6 6
7 5
8 4
9 3
10 and over 2

GBA games

The class strengths for each class in the GBA games are shown below.

Class strength in the GBA games
1 Bramimond, Child, Civilian, Journeyman (1), Peer, Pontifex, Prince, Princess, Pupil (1), Queen, Recruit (1), Transporter
2 Bard, Cleric, Dancer, Divine Dragon (unused), Manakete (female), Priest, Soldier, Troubadour, Thief
3 Lord, Knight Lord, Blade Lord, Great Lord, Cavalier, Paladin, Great Knight, Pegasus Knight, Falcoknight, Wyvern Rider, Wyvern Lord, Wyvern Knight, Nomad, Nomad Trooper, Ranger, Mage Knight, Valkyrie, Myrmidon, Swordmaster, Mercenary, Hero, Knight, General, Fighter, Warrior, Pirate, Brigand, Berserker, Archer, Sniper, Mage, Sage, Monk, Bishop, Shaman, Druid, Summoner, Dark Druid, Necromancer, Rogue, Assassin, Manakete (male), Magic Seal, Archsage, Journeyman (2 and 3), Pupil (2 and 3), Recruit (2 and 3), Bonewalker, Wight, Gargoyle, Deathgoyle, Tarvos, Maelduin, Cyclops, Fleet, Mogall, Arch Mogall, Gorgon, Entombed, Revenant, Mauthe Doog, Gwyllgi, Bael, Elder Bael, Draco Zombie
4 Paladin (female; The Binding Blade only)
5 Fire Dragon, King, Demon Dragon, Demon King

In the GBA games, Class Strength is used to determine experience from battle thus:

Action Formula Notes
Doing damage [31 + (Enemy's Level + Enemy's Promotion Bonus) - (Player unit's Level + Player unit's Promotion Bonus)] / Player unit's Class Strength Minimum of 1.
Promotion Bonus is 20 if the unit is promoted; 0 if not.
Killing the enemy EXP for doing damage + Silencer Mod × [(Enemy's Level × Enemy's Class Strength + Enemy's Promotion Bonus) - (Player unit's Level × Plyer unit's Class Strength + Player unit's Promotion Bonus) + 20 + Boss Bonus + Thief Bonus + Entombed Bonus] Maximum of 100; minimum equal to experience from doing damage.
Silencer Mod is 2 if the kill was due to an Assassin's Silencer; 1 if not
Promotion Bonus is 40 for Valkyries, Bishops (only female Bishops in The Blazing Blade), Rogues, and Assassins; 60 for all other promoted classes. Boss Bonus is 40 if the enemy is a Boss. Thief Bonus is 20 if the enemy is a Thief, Rogue, or Assassin. Entombed Bonus is 40 if the enemy is an Entombed. Each bonus is 0 otherwise.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
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Class strength --

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