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Dark Knight

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Not to be confused with the Black Knight of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn or with the character of the same name. It is also not to be confused with the unused, unrelated Dark Knight class from Mystery of the Emblem.

Dark Knight

Ss fe14 dark knight.png
Leo as a Dark Knight in Fates.

A seasoned, mounted mage who wields tomes and swords.


Sword, Tome


The Dark Knight (Japanese: ダークナイト Dark Knight) is an advanced mounted class debuting in Fire Emblem Awakening. It is one of the class change options available to Mages and Dark Mages, and functions very similarly to the Mage Knight class of the Jugdral games as a mixed class with access to both physical weapons and magic, making it ideal for them to attack enemies on their weaker defensive stat. Its physical and magical offensive stats are roughly balanced, leaning slightly more toward magic than strength, and it has decent defensive stats with its defense being its highest stat overall.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Awakening 25 4 5 6 5 0 9 5 8 -- -- -- Swords E Tomes E
Fates 19 8 6 6 5 3 8 6 8 -- -- -- FE14RankSword.png E FE14RankTome.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Awakening 80 38 41 40 40 45 42 38 10 -- Swords A Tomes A
Fates 55 32 31 28 27 31 34 30 ?? -- FE14RankSword.png B FE14RankTome.png A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Awakening 50/95% 15/35% 15/40% 15/40% 15/30% 0/30% 10/35% 5/30% -- --
Fates 15% 20% 10% 5% 5% 5% 15% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Awakening Slow Burn Learned at Level 5
Is 3ds01 lifetaker.png Lifetaker Awakening: Learned at Level 15.
Fates: Learned from Level 15 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 seal magic.png Seal Magic Learned from Level 5 and up.

Class change


Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 mage playable.gif
Ma 3ds01 dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 dark knight playable.gif
Dark Knight


Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 dark mage playable.gif
Dark Mage
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 sorcerer playable.gif
Ma 3ds02 dark knight playable.gif
Dark Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Playable Dark Knights

Playable Characters
Name Game
Ares Awakening
Olwen Awakening
Selena Awakening
Leo Fates: Conquest, Revelation
Playable Dark Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Dark Knights

Enemy Units
Name Game
Farber Awakening
Anguilla Awakening
Leo Fates: Birthright, Revelation
Enemy Dark Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Awakening A seasoned, mounted mage who wields tomes and swords. ??
Fates Nohrian. An eldritch knight trained in both swordsmanship and magic. ??


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Dark Knight --
Japanese ダークナイト Officially romanized as Dark Knight.
Spanish Caballero oscuro Dark knight
French Paladin noir Black paladin
German Dunkelritter Dark knight
Italian Cavaliere oscuro Dark knight



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
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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 Lord
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
BrawlerCommonerFortress KnightGrapplerGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantNobleWarlockWar Master
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier