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Dread Fighter

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Dread Fighter

FESoV Dread Fighter.png
Artwork of a Dread Fighter from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

A unit with physical prowess and high magic resistance.


The Dread Fighter (Japanese: 魔戦士 Masensi) is an advanced sword-wielding class which was introduced in Fire Emblem Gaiden. They are characterised primarily by their very high resistance, also boasting high levels of HP and Strength. They originated in Gaiden as a rare third-tier advanced class and the final class changed form of the Mercenary, promoting from Myrmidon; like these classes, it is locked to using only swords. The traits of the Gaiden version of the class carried over to its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

In Awakening and Fates, the Dread Fighter acts as a reward for players for buying downloadable content, and is accessed through use of the Dread Scroll item; the Awakening version is male-exclusive, while the Fates incarnation of the class is not restricted by the gender of the unit. In the former game, the Dread Fighter is part of the Lost Bloodlines 2 DLC package, while in the latter, it is the Hoshido-aligned link-up reward for owning both of the game's campaigns, with its Nohr counterpart being the Dark Falcon. Although their stats are similar to their original Gaiden incarnation, Dread Fighters in these games gain weapons they couldn't previously use in addition to their original swords: axes and tomes in Awakening, and axes and daggers in Fates. In Awakening, this class was a male-only class, but became a unisex class in Fates.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Gaiden 36 15 -- 16 18 0 11 15 7 -- -- 180 Sword
Awakening 22 8 4 7 9 0 7 10 6 -- -- -- Swords E Axes E Tomes E
Fates 19 8 3 6 8 1 6 9 6 -- -- -- FE14RankSword.png E FE14RankAxe.png E FE14RankDagger.png E
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 36 15 -- 16 18 0 11 6 7 -- -- 180 FE15RankSword.png
Dread Fighters in Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia also have a base class strength of 2.

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 7 -- Sword
Awakening 80 42 38 40 41 45 39 43 8 -- Swords A Axes A Tomes A
Fates 55 32 28 29 31 26 29 34 8 -- FE14RankSword.png A FE14RankAxe.png B FE14RankDagger.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Awakening 40/80% 20/40% 10/20% 20/40% 20/40% 0/40% 10/25% 10/25% -- --
Fates 15% 15% 5% 5% 15% 0% 5% 20% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
0% -5% -- 5% 5% 0% -5% 0% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
80% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 25% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Antihex Innate; hidden in both games and unnamed in Gaiden.
Awakening Resistance +10 Learned at Level 1.
Aggressor Awakening: Learned at Level 15.

Fates: Learned from Level 35 and up.

Fates Is 3ds02 even keel.png Even Keel Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 iron will.png Iron Will Learned from Level 10 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 clarity.png Clarity Learned from Level 25 and up.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 skill class.png Resistance +5 Innate.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 skill class.png Apotrope Innate.

Class change


Trainee class Method Base class Method Advanced class Method Advanced class Method Trainee class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 mercenary sword.png
After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 myrmidon sword.png
After reaching Level 10, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 dread fighter sword.png
Dread Fighter
After reaching Level 10, any at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 villager sword.png


Any class Promotion method Special class
Any male class
Using a Dread Scroll after reaching Level 10 (base or special class)/at any level (advanced class).
Dread Fighter


Any class Promotion method Special class
Any class
Using a Dread Scroll. File:Ma 3ds02 dread fighter playable.gif
Dread Fighter

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class Method Promoted class Method Trainee-like class
Villager After reaching Level 3, at Mila Shrine. Mercenary After reaching Level 7, at Mila Shrine. Myrmidon After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Dread Fighter After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine.

After reaching Level 20, at the Altar of the Ogre.



Playable Dread Fighters

Playable Characters
Name Game
Alm Awakening (DLC version only)
Playable Dread Fighter units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Dread Fighters

Enemy Units
Name Game
Grieth Gaiden, Shadows of Valentia
Xaizor Gaiden, Shadows of Valentia
Alm Awakening (Lost Bloodlines 2 only)
Cerberus Shadows of Valentia
Naberius Shadows of Valentia
Enemy Dread Fighter units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Awakening An enigma with superior resistance. Wields swords, axes, and tomes. ??
Fates An elite Hoshidan warrior trained in katana, clubs, and shuriken. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(class roll)
Mystic warriors with an exotic air. Augmenting their physical prowness is a remarkably high resistance to magic. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
A unit with physical prowess and high magic resistance. ??


  • In Awakening, all Dread Fighters are constantly surrounded by a red miasma, with the exception of legacy bonus units (like Alm himself); these units instead have the blue miasma standard to all bonus units. All Dread Fighters in Fates are also surrounded by a blue miasma.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Dread Fighter As of Fire Emblem Awakening.
• Demon Fighter
• Slayer
• Popularized by Serenes Forest.
• Used in the Gaiden fan translation, owing to the limited space available for class names.
Japanese 魔戦士 Officially romanized as Masensi in the Fates class roll,[2] this being a literal romanization with no attempt to translate meaning into English. The term can be translated many ways, including "demon warrior", "mage warrior", and "evil warrior". In Gaiden itself, the name is the same but is spelled in hiragana as ませんし, rather than in kanji as in later games.
Spanish • Mago guerrero
• Ajusticiador
• Mage warrior. This name is used in Awakening.
• Executor. This name is used in Fates and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
French • Héros mage
• Terreur
• Mage hero. This name is used in Awakening.
• Terror. This name is used in Fates and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
German Dunkelkrieger Dark warrior
Italian Cuortempesta Possibly a compound of the Italian cuore, "heart", and tempesta, "storm".
Dutch Schaduwjager Shadowhunter
Simplified Chinese 魔战士
Traditional Chinese 魔戰士



  1. "Note 2: Enemies and Demon Fighters are immune to backfire" — VincentASM, Calculations,, Published: 2005, Retrieved: March, 14th, 2016
  2. GameXplain, Fire Emblem: Fates - Title Screen Class Overviews, (YouTube video), Published: 2015-06-24, Retrieved: 2015-07-08

See also

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