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Freelancer

Bs fe11 xane freelancer.png
A Freelancer in the Nintendo DS games.

Units with little combat skill of their own, but who can assume a comrade's form.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

Imitate

The Freelancer (Japanese: コマンド Command) is a class introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Appearing only in the two Archanea titles and their remakes for Nintendo DS, this class is entirely exclusive to the playable character Xane. In the original games, the Freelancer class can wield swords, but in the remakes they wield no weapons of their own.

The main function of the Freelancer class is its ability to transform into other classes. Xane can stand next to any ally and select the "Imitate" function on the menu, and he will transform into the neighboring ally's class, copying all of his or her stats and weapon ranks. Five turns later, he will transform back, and the player can choose a different ally to copy. In this transformation, Freelancers copy not only stats, but also properties of some other classes, such as a Thief that can pick locks; however, they cannot copy a Lord's ability to seize or a Dancer's ability to dance.

Freelancers have low stats in and of themselves, though they have adequate resistance. Their low stats are, of course, balanced by the fact that they can copy the stats of any ally. Freelancers cannot class change, nor can they be reclassed. The remakes classify Freelancers as a special class and thus allow them to grow to Level 30, though it tends to prove unnecessary because most of the time they spend in battle will be spent using someone else's stats.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 16 1 -- 1 10 0 4 0 6 -- -- Sword: 2
Mystery of the Emblem 16 1 -- 1 6 0 4 10 6 -- -- Sword: 7
Shadow Dragon 16 1 0 1 6 0 4 10 6 -- -- None
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 1 0 1 6 0 4 10 6 -- -- None

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 25 25 30 20 20  ? -- None
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 25 25 30 20 20  ? -- None

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem 30% 30% -- 30% 30% 0% 30% 30% -- --
Shadow Dragon 60% 20% 0% 40% 50% 0% 30% 0% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60% 20% 0% 40% 50% 0% 30% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Mystery of the Emblem
Shadow Dragon
New Mystery of the Emblem
Imitate Innate.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class
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Freelancer

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class
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Freelancer

Shadow Dragon

Special class
Bs fe11 xane freelancer.png
Freelancer

New Mystery of the Emblem

Special class
Bs fe11 xane freelancer.png
Freelancer


Playable Freelancers

Playable Characters
Name Game
Xane Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem (both books), Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Playable Freelancer units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Freelancers

Enemy Units
Name Game
Xane Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem (book 1), Shadow Dragon
Enemy Freelancer units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Freelancer Refers to the concept of freelance employment, in which one is hired out on temporary jobs without a formal committment binding them to the employer in the long term.
English
(PAL)
Chameleon Refers to the distinctive lizard species of the family Chamaeleonidae, famous for their ability to naturally change their skin coloration to camouflage themselves into to their environment.
English
(unofficial)
Commando Popularly referred by this name prior to the English release of Shadow Dragon.
Japanese コマンド Romanized as COMMAND in the internal files of Shadow Dragon.
Spanish Camaleón Chameleon
French Caméléon Chameleon
German Chamäleon Chameleon
Italian Mutamorfo From the Italian word mutare ("change") and the Greek morfo ("form")


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Classes
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
Gaiden
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Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
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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 LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLoptyr MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperTransporterValkyrie
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
Sorcerer
Introduced in
Awakening
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
Fates
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
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Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier