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Horses (Japanese: 馬 horse) are a species of animal widely domesticated by humans, both in the Fire Emblem series and in real life, for use as steeds for a variety of purposes. In Fire Emblem games, horses primarily appear as combat mounts used by a variety of mounted classes, although they also appear as a class of their own in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
The horses of the Fire Emblem series are identical to their real-world counterparts: they are large, four-legged, hoofed mammals with distinct snouts, covered in a coat of short hair save for their long manes and tails. They come in a variety of hair colors, including brown, black, gray, gold and white; the coloration and appearance of horses also varies by region, as noted by how Gonzalez - a Western Isles native - commented to Dayan, a Sacaen, that his horse is of an unfamiliar color. Horses possess significant strength and stamina, which is the primary reason for their domestication and use by humans.
In Fire Emblem, horses are closely related to pegasi, a species of winged horse-like creatures which are also widely used as steeds by humans. The exact relationship between the two species does not appear to be known in-universe, and it is uncertain whether pegasus evolved from horses by developing wings or vice versa.
There are currently three explicitly named horses in the series, much fewer than wyverns or pegasi.
- Bonnie (Japanese: ボニー Bonnie): Beck's horse in New Mystery of the Emblem.
- Avel (Japanese: アヴェル Avel): Sophie's horse in Fates.
- Dorte (Japanese: ドルテ Dorte): a horse cared for by Marianne in Three Houses.
Thirty-six classes have used horses as mounts throughout the Fire Emblem series.
- Arch Knight
- Axe Knight
- Blade Paladin
- Bow Knight
- Bow Paladin
- Conqueror (Awakening only)
- Dark Knight
- Death Knight
- Duke Knight
- Free Knight
- Gold Knight
- Great Knight
- Great Lord (The Sacred Stones only)
- Holy Knight
- Knight Lord
- Lance Knight
- Lance Paladin
- Mage Knight
- Master Knight
- Nomadic Trooper
- Silver Knight
- Sword Knight
- Noble (Alfred only)
- Sentinel (Fogado only)
- Royal Knight
Horses exist as an individual class only in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The class's sole appearance in the course of the game is in Part III, Chapter 3, where a small number of NPC horses are locked up in pens at the start of the chapter. As part of the chapter's objective, the player is encouraged to have the Greil Mercenaries release the horses to run amok in the Begnion senators' camp, and at the chapter's end the player will receive 100-200 bonus experience points for every horse to survive the chapter.
The horses themselves have negligible stats and are incapable of attacking on their own.
Class growth rates
|Radiant Dawn||A Begnion noble's horse. It cannot
engage in combat without a rider.
- In Path of Radiance, horses' forelegs bend the wrong way in battle animations. This appears to be an animation error instead of an in-universe trait of the species.
Etymology and other languages
|Names, etymology and in other regions|
|Language||Name||Definition, etymology, and notes|
Artwork of a Gold Knight's horse from Gaiden.
Abel, a Cavalier, and his horse from Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light.
Cain, a Cavalier, and his horse Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light.
Finn, a Lance Knight, riding his horse in Thracia 776.
Glade, a Duke Knight, riding his horse in Thracia 776.
Alen, a Cavalier, and his horse in The Binding Blade.
Lance, a Cavalier, and his horse in The Binding Blade.
Sue, a Nomad, riding her horse in The Binding Blade.
Sin, a Nomad, riding his horse in The Binding Blade.
Dayan, a Nomadic Trooper, with his horse in The Binding Blade.
Rath, a Nomad, with his horse in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
Sain, a Cavalier, riding his horse in Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade.
Seth, a Paladin, riding his horse in The Sacred Stones.
Duessel, a Great Knight, riding his horse in The Sacred Stones.
Oscar, a Lance Knight, with his horse in Path of Radiance.
Kieran, an Axe Knight, riding his horse in Path of Radiance.
Astrid, a Bow Knight, with her horse in Path of Radiance.
Makalov, a Sword Knight, with his horse in Path of Radiance.
Geoffrey, a Paladin, riding his horse in Path of Radiance.
Renning, a Gold Knight, riding his horse in Radiant Dawn.
- ↑ "What that horse? Strange color." — Gonzalez, Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade
- ↑ "Sully: Huh. When you put 'em side by side, there's hardly any difference at all... If not for the wings, pegasi and horses would look exactly the same.
Sumia: They even eat the same food! Maybe they're cousins of one sort or another.
Sully: It's just odd. How the hell did pegasi end up with wings?
Sumia: I've always wondered how the horses lost theirs.
Sully: Har! I never thought of it that way! In either case, they're strange animals. Although I guess you can say that about almost anything." — Sully and Sumia, Fire Emblem Awakening
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