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Fortress Knight

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Fortress Knight

Trading speed for staying power, this heavily armored unit has staggering defense.

Unit type(s)



The Fortress Knight (Japanese: フォートレス Fortress) is an advanced armored class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. It is the successor of the earlier Armored Knight class, acting as an equivalent to the series staple class, the General.

Like the General, the Fortress Knight is defined by its near-impenetrable defense and HP, granting them strong defensive capabilities at the cost of low speed and the lowest movement. They additionally suffer from poor resistance, making them weak to magical attacks. Their offensive capabilities are respectable thanks to their decent strength and proficiency with axes, though this is hamstrung by their low speed making it difficult for them to double attack.

Unusually, there are two variants of the Fortress Knight present in the code of Three Houses—a standard variant used by almost all Fortress Knights, and a weaker variant used only by Gilbert and a single generic enemy. This second variant appears to correlate to Chapter 5, where Gilbert is an NPC unit, and is likely used to allow him and the enemy to retain their appearance in the class, while preventing them from being too powerful.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Class Strength Weapon Level
Three Houses 35 17 8 12 8 10 17 7 4 -- -- -- -- --
Three Houses
(Chapter 5 variant)
35 14 8 12 8 10 13 7 4 -- -- -- -- --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon Level*
Three Houses 30/50% 10/20% 0% 0% -10/-30% 0% 15/60% 0/-20% 5% -- -- Lances +2 Axes +3
Heavy Armor +3
Three Houses
(Chapter 5 variant)
30% 20% 0% 0% -30% 0% 50% -20% 0% -- -- Lances +2 Axes +3
Heavy Armor +3
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class modifiers

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Movement
Three Houses 5 0 0 0 -6 0 10 0 0 0
Three Houses
(Chapter 5 variant)
5 0 0 0 -6 0 2 0 0 0

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Three Houses Axefaire Innate.
Three Houses Weight -5 Innate.
Three Houses Pavise Class mastery. (150 class Exp required)

Class change

Three Houses

Base class Certification requirements Advanced class
Any class Level 20
Advanced Seal
Axes B, Heavy Armor B
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Fortress Knight
This class is available for any unit.

Playable Fortress Knights

Playable Characters
Name Game
Gilbert Three Houses Azure Moon
Edelgard Three Houses Cindered Shadows
Playable Fortress Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Fortress Knights

Enemy Units
Name Game
Gilbert Three Houses Crimson Flower
Dedue Three Houses Crimson FlowerVerdant Wind
Enemy Fortress Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable NPC Fortress Knights

Other Units
Name Game
Gilbert Three Houses
Dedue Three Houses Silver SnowVerdant Wind
Neutral Fortress Knight units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Three Houses Trading speed for staying power, this heavily
armored unit has staggering defense.
Three Houses
(Chapter 5 variant)
Trading speed for staying power, this heavily
armored unit has staggering defense.


Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Fortress Knight --
Japanese フォートレス Fortress
Spanish Caballero bastión Bastion Knight
French Chevalier forteresse Fortress Knight
German Festungsritter Fortress Knight
Italian Cavaliere fortezza Fortress Knight
Korean 포트리스 Fortress
Simplified Chinese 要塞 Fortress
Traditional Chinese 要塞 Fortress


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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.
Classes in Fire Emblem: Three Houses
Unique classes Armored LordBarbarossaCommonerDancerDeath KnightEmperorEnlightened OneGreat LordHigh LordNobleWyvern Master
Beginner classes FighterMonkMyrmidonSoldier
Intermediate classes ArcherArmored KnightBrawlerBrigandCavalierDark MageLordMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestThief
Advanced classes AssassinBishopDark BishopFortress KnightGrapplerHeroPaladinSniperSwordmasterWarlockWarriorWyvern Rider
Special classes Dark FlierTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar Monk
Master classes Bow KnightDark KnightFalcon KnightGreat KnightGremoryHoly KnightMortal SavantWar MasterWyvern Lord
Monster classes Altered Demonic BeastAltered GolemBlack BeastDemonic BeastExperimental Demonic BeastFlying Demonic BeastGiant BirdGiant CrawlerGiant Demonic BeastGiant WolfGolemGuardian GolemLord of the DesertLord of the LakeTitanusWandering BeastWhite BeastWild Demonic Beast
Other classes AgastyaArchbishopFlame EmperorHegemon HuskThe Immaculate OneKing of LiberationRuffianSaintUmbral BeastVerrat