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Ss fe10 allied halberdier.png
A generic allied Halberdier in Radiant Dawn.

Distinguished veterans whose service exemplifies military values. They are expert lancers.




The Halberdier (Japanese: 槍闘士ハルバーディア Halberdier) is an advanced infantry class introduced in Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, appearing exclusively in it and Radiant Dawn. It is the promoted class for Soldiers, and like its base form continues to exclusively wield lances. In Radiant Dawn, Halberdiers can promote again to the Sentinel class.

Like the Soldier as depicted in the Tellius duology, the Halberdier is roughly a lance counterpart for Swordmasters, Snipers and Warriors. In comparison to these classes, Halberdiers lean more toward performing a bulky offensive role, sporting above-average defense and great strength in exchange for below-average speed compared to their counterparts. They have a strong front-line presence with their combination of decent power and durability, avoiding the frailty of Swordmasters or the sluggishness and low movement of Generals.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Path of Radiance 24/22 6/4 1 6 6/7 0 6/5 2/3 7 11/9 15/11 -- GCNRankLance.gif C
Radiant Dawn 33/38 17/11 6/1 18/11 18/9 0 15/11 12/6 7 12/7 18/12 -- WiiRankLance.png D*/C*
Radiant Dawn
(Part 4 enemies)
38 19 8 20 20 0 17 14 7 12 18 -- WiiRankLance.png A

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Path of Radiance 60 25 20 28 26 40 28 25 ? ? GCNRankLance.gif S
Radiant Dawn 45 26/25 15 26 26/27 30 25/24 17/18 ? ? WiiRankLance.png S
Radiant Dawn
(Part 4 enemies)
56 32 18 33 31 30 31 25 ? ? WiiRankLance.png SS

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Path of Radiance 75% 45/40% 20% 45% 40/45% 25% 45/40% 40% -- --
Radiant Dawn 55/65/95% 35/40/70% 35/20/55% 30/65/70% 30/60/60% 50/30/80% 55/35/75% 20/35/60% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Shove Innate; hidden in Path of Radiance.
Path of Radiance Luna Occult skill.
Radiant Dawn Critical +5 Innate.
Radiant Dawn Critical +10 Innate.
(Part 4 enemies only)

Class change

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21. Bs fe09 devdan halberdier lance.png

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

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

Playable Halberdiers

Playable Characters
Name Game
Devdan Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn (As Danved)
Nephenee Radiant Dawn
Playable Halberdier units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Halberdiers

Enemy Units
Name Game
Emil Path of Radiance
Kotaff Path of Radiance
Hafedd Path of Radiance
Jarod Radiant Dawn
Rommit Radiant Dawn
Roark Radiant Dawn
Enemy Halberdier units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
Path of Radiance Veteran soldiers who wield their lances with only one hand. They possess superior abilities. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Veteran soldiers who wield lances. They possess superior abilities all around. ??
Radiant Dawn
Distinguished veterans whose service exemplifies military values. They are expert lancers. ??


  • Despite their name and real-world basis, Fire Emblem Halberdiers are entirely incapable of wielding the series' actual Halberd weapon, as these are classed as axes which Halberdiers cannot wield.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Halberdier A term for any soldier wielding a halberd.
Japanese ハルバーディア
• Officially romanized as Halberdier; this katakana-only name is used in Path of Radiance.
• Officially romanized as Halberdier; literally "spear warrior". In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 槍闘士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ハルバーディア) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll.
Spanish Alabardero Halberdier
French Hallebardier Halberdier
German Hellebardier Halberdier
Italian Alabardiere Halberdier



See also

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