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General

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This article is about the recurring class. For the skill introduced in Three Houses, see General (ability).
General

FEMN General.png
Artwork of the General from the Fire Emblem Trading Card Game.

Nohrian. A seasoned, armored commander of troops. Exceptional Def.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The General (Japanese: ジェネラル General) is an advanced armored class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and is present in almost every game since; with the sole exception of the first game, it is the promoted form of the Knight or its weapon-specific variants. It is absent only in Gaiden, Radiant Dawn, and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia; in Radiant Dawn, it is instead divided into three weapon specialist variants, the Sword General, Lance General, and Axe General. Generals have always wielded lances in every game in which they appear, but their other weapons have varied wildly across the series, with Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776 even giving them access to all four physical weapon types.

As with their basic form, Generals epitomize slow and defensive gameplay: their immense defense and HP grants them excellent defensive capabilities, at the expense of low speed and the lowest movement of any class. Their primary weakness is to magical attacks, owing to their mediocre resistance, except in Radiant Dawn where the General variations have some of the best resistance among the physical classes. Their combat capabilities are decent, with good strength and typically possessing access to a wide variety of physical weapons, but are hindered by their low speed often leading to them being double-attacked, and by their low movement preventing them from keeping up with other allied units in crossing the field. The ideal use for Generals is as defensive pivots to guard choke points and thrones in defensive maps, or as bait to lure physically-attacking enemy units and sponge their attacks.

The General is the promoted form of the Knight in most games, with some exceptions. Despite both classes existing at the time, neither was associated with a class change line in the NES Shadow Dragon; this was rectified in Mystery of the Emblem with the establishment of the General as the Knight's advanced form. In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the General is the promoted form of the two Knight variants available to the player: the Armored Sword in the former, and the Armored Axe in the latter. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates allow Knights the option of promoting to either General or Great Knight.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light 28 9 -- 1 4 0 14 0 5 -- -- 50 Sword: 13
Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 -- 3 3 0 15 3 5 -- -- 45 Lance: 10
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 6 5 0 12 3 5 -- -- -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 26 7 1 5 2 0 12 -- 6 10 -- -- SNESRankSword.png E SNESRankLance.png E
SNESRankAxe.png E SNESRankBow.png E
The Binding Blade 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
The Blazing Blade 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- -- GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
The Sacred Stones 21/20 8 -- 4/5 3/5 0 13/11 3/4 5 15/11 -- -- GBARankSword.gif E GBARankLance.gif C Axe E
Path of Radiance 23/24 8/7 2/1 4 2/1 0 10/11 3/2 6 13 18 -- GCNRankSword.gif E/S GCNRankLance.gif C
Shadow Dragon 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- -- DSRankLance.png D DSRankBow.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 28 8 1 3 4 0 15 3 6 -- -- -- FE12RankLance.png D FE12RankBow.png E
Awakening 28 12 0 7 4 0 15 3 5 -- -- -- Lances E Axes E
Fates 22 11 0 7 3 4 12 3 5 -- -- -- FE14RankLance.png E FE14RankAxe.png E

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 -- Lance: 20
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 21 20 30 27 18 5 -- SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png B SNESRankBow.png B
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A SNESRankLance.png A
SNESRankAxe.png A SNESRankBow.png A
The Binding Blade 60 27/25 -- 25 21/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S
The Blazing Blade 60 29/25 -- 27/25 24/22 30 30 25/26 15 20 GBARankLance.gif S Axe S*
The Sacred Stones 60 29/27 -- 27/28 24/25 30 30/29 25/26 15 25 GBARankSword.gif S GBARankLance.gif S Axe S *
Path of Radiance 60/70 29/30 20 27/30 24/35 40 30 25/30 20 99 GCNRankLance.gif S GCNRankSword.gif S*
Shadow Dragon 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- DSRankLance.png A DSRankBow.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 27 20 25 21 30 30 20 32 -- FE12RankLance.png A FE12RankBow.png A
Awakening 80 50 30 41 35 45 50 35 7 -- Lances A Axes A
Fates 70 38 25 32 25 32 40 30 7 -- FE14RankLance.png A FE14RankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
Mystery of the Emblem 90% 30% -- 30% 20% 0% 20% 0% -- -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- -- --
The Binding Blade 75% 30% -- 25/35% 10% 20% 23% 15% -- -- --
The Blazing Blade 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- -- --
The Sacred Stones 75% 30% -- 20/25% 10% 20% 23% 25% -- -- --
Path of Radiance 75% 45% 20% 45% 30% 25% 55% 45% -- -- --
Shadow Dragon 60/90% 15/30% -15/0% 20/30% 0/20% 0% 30/20% -10/20% -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 60/90% 15/30% -15/0% 20/30% 0/20% 0% 30/20% -10/20% -- -- --
Awakening 50/100% 25/50% 0% 15/35% 10/25% 0/40% 15/35% 10/20% -- -- --
Fates 25% 20% 0% 15% 0% 10% 20% 5% -- -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War
The Sacred Stones
Is snes03 pavise.png Pavise Innate.
Path of Radiance Shove Innate.
Path of Radiance Is gcn luna.png Luna Occult skill.
Awakening Rally Defense Learned at Level 5.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds01 pavise.png Pavise Awakening: Learned at Level 15.
Fates: Learned from Level 15 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 wary fighter.png Wary Fighter Learned from Level 5 and up.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class
Bs fe01 general sword.png
General


Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 armorknight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 general lance.png
General

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 arden armored sword sword.png
Armored Sword
Choosing the option "Class change" in the home castle after reaching Level 20. Bs fe04 arden general sword.png
General

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 dalsin armored axe axe.png
Armored Axe
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 dalsin general axe.png
General

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 bath knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 bath general axe.png
General

The Blazing Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 wallace knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 wallace general lance.png
General

The Sacred Stones

Trainee-like class Promotion method Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 amelia recruit lance.png
Recruit
Reaching Level 10, and choosing at beginning of next battle. Bs fe08 amelia cavalier sword.png
Cavalier
or
Bs fe08 amelia knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Knight Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10.


Using a Knight Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10.
Bs fe08 amelia paladin sword.png
Paladin
or
Bs fe08 amelia great knight lance.png
Great Knight
or
Bs fe08 amelia general axe.png
General
Promotion choice criteria: In both cases, the player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
General

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable general lance.png
General

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 playable knight lance.png
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 playable general bow.png
General

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 knight playable.gif
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 general playable.gif
General
or
Ma 3ds01 great knight playable.gif
Great Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 knight playable.gif
Knight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 general playable.gif
General
or
Ma 3ds02 great knight playable.gif
Great Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Generals

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lorenz Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Sheena Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Hannibal Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Xavier Thracia 776
Douglas The Binding Blade
Hector The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only), Awakening
Murdock The Binding Blade (Trial Maps only)
Wallace Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade (Eliwood and Hector's stories only)
Fado The Sacred Stones (Creature Campaign only)
Tauroneo Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance (Trial Maps only)
Horace Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem, Awakening
Dolph New Mystery of the Emblem
Macellan New Mystery of the Emblem
Hardin Awakening
Raydrik Awakening
Zephiel Awakening
Black Knight Awakening
Playable General units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable enemy Generals

Enemy Units
Name Game
Emereus Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Harmein Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Zharov Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Jiol Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Hollstadt Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem Book 1, Shadow Dragon
Lorenz Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Rucke Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Lang Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Eibel Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Nehring Mystery of the Emblem Book 2, New Mystery of the Emblem
Philip Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Bordeaux Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Macbeth Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Donovan Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Harold Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Bramsel Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Muhammad Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Maykov Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Kanatz Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Distler Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Robos Thracia 776
Bandol Thracia 776
Truman Thracia 776
Largo Thracia 776
List Thracia 776
Baldack Thracia 776
Brook Thracia 776
Nikalaf Thracia 776
Palman Thracia 776
Legance The Binding Blade
Zinque The Binding Blade
Morgan The Binding Blade
Roartz The Binding Blade
Tick The Binding Blade
Murdock The Binding Blade
Lundgren The Blazing Blade
Bernard The Blazing Blade
Darin The Blazing Blade
Tirado The Sacred Stones
Vigarde The Sacred Stones
Danomill Path of Radiance
Kimaarsi Path of Radiance
Kasatai Path of Radiance
Black Knight Path of Radiance
Bryce Path of Radiance
Gouber BS Fire Emblem: Archanea War Chronicles, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Campari Awakening
Ignatius Awakening
Cervantes Awakening
Mus Awakening
Effie Fates: Birthright
Benny Fates: Heirs of Fate
Enemy General units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable NPC Generals

Other Units
Name Game
Hannibal Thracia 776
Murdock The Blazing Blade
Uther The Blazing Blade
Zelgius Path of Radiance
Neutral General units in the Fire Emblem series.


Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Knights sent by Dolhr. They're highly trained in attack and defense.* ??
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
A title earned by seasoned knights. Excellent offensive and defensive skills. ??
The Blazing Blade
(help)
An honorific bestowed upon seasoned knights. ??
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Lordly knights in heavy armor. They possess excellent defensive and offensive skills. ??
The Sacred Stones
(help)
Knights of great skill. Equip: Swords, lances, axes. Skill: Great Shield. ??
Path of Radiance Knights of great skill who wield both lances and swords with equal ease. Their incredible defense is a point of pride among generals. ??
Shadow Dragon Seasoned knights who boast tremendous strength and defense. ??
Awakening A seasoned knight with superior Atk/Def. Wields lances, axes. ??
Fates Nohrian. A seasoned, armored commander of troops. Exceptional Def. ??

Trivia

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English General Officer of high rank in the army, and in some nations' air forces or marines.[1]
Japanese ジェネラル
しょうぐん
• Officially romanized as General. This katakana rendering of the English word is used in every game except Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
• General; this hiragana term was used only in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.
Spanish General As above.
French Général General
German • General
• Generalin
• As above. Used for male units in The Blazing Blade.
• Used for female units in The Blazing Blade.
Italian Generale General

Gallery

References

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: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
Base classes ArcherCavalierMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriest
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightHeroPaladinSniper
Other classes BallisticianFighterFreelancerGeneralHorsemanHunterKnightLordManaketePirateThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericHunterKnight (armored)MageMercenaryPegasus Knight
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniper
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianBarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark MageEmperorFighterFreelancerKnight (dismounted)LordManaketePirateSoldierThief
Unused classes Dark KnightGuardianSea Dragon
Classes in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBow ArmorCavalierFighterFire MageFree KnightJunior LordKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestPrincePrincessShamanTroubadourThiefThunder MageWind MageWyvern Rider
Advanced classes Bow KnightDuke KnightForrestGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestKnight LordMage KnightMage FighterMaster KnightPaladinRangerSageSniperSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BallistaBarbarianBaronBishopBrigandCivilianDancerDark BishopDark MageDark PrinceDragon RiderEmperorHunterIron BallistaKiller BallistaPirateQueen
Unused classes ArcherAxe SoldierGreat BallistaPegasus RiderSoldierSpear SoldierSword Soldier
Classes in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776
Base classes Arch KnightArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightBardBerserkerBishopBow ArmorBow FighterBrigandCavalierClericDragon RiderFighterFree KnightLance KnightLopt MageLordMageMyrmidonPegasus RiderPriestThiefTroubadour
Advanced classes Bow KnightDark MageDuke KnightGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestMage KnightMercenaryPegasus KnightPrinceSageSniperRangerSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Rider
Other classes ArcherBallistaBaronCivilianDancerDark BishopDark PrinceHunterIron BallistaPoison BallistaSoldierPirate
Unused classes EmperorFalcon KnightForrestJunior LordKiller BallistaKnight LordMaster KnightWyvern Lord
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonNomadPegasus KnightPiratePriestShamanTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat LordHeroNomadic TrooperPaladinSageSniperSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BardCivilianDancerKingMage DragonManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonNomadPegasus KnightPirateShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopBlade LordDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat LordHeroKnight LordNomadic TrooperPaladinSageSniperSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes ArchsageBardBramimondCivilianCorsairDancerDark DruidFire DragonMagic SealPeerPrinceSoldierTransporter
Classes in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
Trainee classes JourneymanPupilRecruit
Base classes ArcherBrigandCavalierClericFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMonkMyrmidonPegasus KnightPiratePriestShamanThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopDruidFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat LordHeroKnight LordMage KnightPaladinRangerRogueSageSniperSummonerSwordmasterValkyrieWarriorWyvern KnightWyvern Lord
Monster classes Arch MogallBaelBonewalkerCyclopsDeathgoyleDemon KingElder BaelEntombedGargoyleGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiMaelduinMauthe DoogMogallNecrodragonRevenantTarvosWight
Other classes CivilianDancerFleetManaketeNecromancerPeerPhantomPontifexQueenSoldier
Removed class Apprentice
Classes in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance
Base classes ArcherAxe KnightBanditBow KnightClericFighterKnightLance KnightMageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestRangerSoldierSword KnightSwordmasterThiefWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBishopFalcon KnightGeneralHalberdierLordPaladinSageSniperValkyrieWarriorWyvern Lord
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatTiger) • Bird Tribe (HawkHeron) • Dragon Tribe (Red DragonWhite Dragon)
Other classes ChildCivilianHeroKing DaeinPrincess Crimea
Classes in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Other classes BallisticianEarth DragonFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Other classes BallisticianDancerEmperorFreelancerLordManaketeSoldierThief
Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericDark MageFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestTacticianThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BrideConquerorDancerDread FighterGrimaLodestarManaketeMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassRevenantSoldierTaguelVillager
Classes in Fire Emblem Fates
Base classes ApothecaryArcherCavalierDark MageDivinerFighterKitsuneKnightMercenaryMonkNinjaNohr PrinceNohr PrincessOni SavageOutlawSamuraiShrine MaidenSky KnightSpear FighterTroubadourVillagerWolfskinWolfssegnerWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AdventurerBerserkerBasaraBlacksmithBow KnightButlerDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat MasterHeroHoshido NobleKinshi KnightMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistMerchantNine-TailsNohr NobleOni ChieftainOnmyojiPaladinPriestessSilent DragonSniperSorcererSpear MasterStrategistSwordmasterWyvern Lord
Non-human classes Astral DragonAutomatonBlight DragonFacelessFeral DragonStoneborn
Other classes BallisticianClericDark FalconDread FighterEmpty VesselGreat LordLancerLodestarLordNohrian KingOutrealm ClassPegasus KnightSongstressVanguardWitch