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Great Master

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Great Master

Generic portrait great master fe14.png
The generic Great Master portrait in Fates.

Hoshidan. An enlightened monk who uses both rods and naginata.

Unit type(s)



Naginata, Rod


Renewal, Countermagic

The Great Master (Japanese: 山伏 Yamabusi) is an advanced infantry class that debuted in Fire Emblem Fates. It is a Hoshido-aligned class and is a class change option for the Monk. Great Masters augment their support skills with rods with the ability to fight with naginata.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon level
Fates 19 8 6 6 8 5 6 7 6 -- Lances/Naginata E Staves/Rods E

Maximum stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon level
Fates 55 32 30 31 33 32 28 32 8 -- Lances/Naginata B Staves/Rods A

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon level
Fates 10/85% 15/50% 5/50% 5/50% 15/55% 15/30% 10/40% 10/50% -- -- -- --
See class growth rate for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Fates Renewal Learned from Level 5 and up.
Fates Countermagic Learned from Level 15 and up.

Class change

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 monk playable.gif
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 onmyoji playable.gif
Ma 3ds02 great master playable.gif
Great Master
Promotion choice criteria: The player may freely choose.

Notable enemy Great Masters

Enemy Units
Name Game
Azama FatesConquest
Enemy Great Master units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Hoshidan. An enlightened monk who
uses both rods and naginata.


  • The Great Master is one of only two explicitly male-only Hoshido classes, the other being the Monk.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes

Great Master

"Great Master" (大師 dàshī in Mandarin Chinese, or daishi in Japanese) is a style used when addressing Buddhist monks.



Officially romanized as Yamabusi. A yamabushi (literally, "one who bows on the mountain") is a Japanese monk of the Shugendō religion who lives a solitary hermit life in the mountains of Japan. In addition to their role as holy men, yamabushi also trained in martial arts to further themselves both physically and spiritually, and are known to have participated as warriors in major historic battles of the Sengoku period.


Gran maestre

Great master


Grand maître

Great master





Sommo maestro

Greatest master



Great Master



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 Fates
Base classes ApothecaryArcherCavalierDark MageDivinerFighterKitsuneKnightMercenaryMonkNinjaNohr PrinceNohr PrincessOni SavageOutlawSamuraiShrine MaidenSky KnightSpear FighterTroubadourVillagerWolfskinWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AdventurerBerserkerBasaraBlacksmithBow KnightButlerDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat MasterHeroHoshido NobleKinshi KnightMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistMerchantNine-TailsNohr NobleOni ChieftainOnmyojiPaladinPriestessSniperSorcererSpear MasterStrategistSwordmasterWolfssegnerWyvern Lord
Non-human classes Astral DragonAutomatonFacelessFeral DragonStoneborn
Other classes BallisticianBlight DragonClericDark FalconDread FighterEmpty VesselGrandmasterGreat LordLancerLodestarLordMyrmidonNohrian KingOutrealm ClassPegasus KnightSilent DragonSongstressVanguardWitch