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Mercenary

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Mercenary

Generic portrait mercenary fe12.png
Portrait of the generic Mercenary from New Mystery of the Emblem.

Strong and speedy—the Mercenary gets the job done.

Weapon(s)

Sword, Axe*

Skill(s)

The Mercenary (Japanese: 傭兵 Mercenary) is a sword-using class present in the Fire Emblem series. They have appeared in nearly every game, starting from the very first, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the exceptions being Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Mercenaries are characterized primarily by their high skill and speed, with their other stats (excluding magic and resistance) being decent. From The Binding Blade onward, mercenaries have a counterpart in the myrmidon, which has even higher speed and skill, but lower strength and defense.

The term "mercenary" can refer to a unit of this class, but it also can refer to one who fights and kills for pay. For example, Raven of Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a mercenary unit, but does not fight for pay. However, Gerik of The Sacred Stones is a mercenary unit and also fights for pay, along with Marisa, who is a myrmidon.

Mercenaries are strong fighters, making them popular units. Their high HP and attack make them useful units who can be put in the front lines with little danger.

The Ranger class in Path of Radiance is virtually identical to the Mercenary class, different only in name.

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 16 4 -- 8 10 0 5 0 7 -- -- 28 Sword: 8
Gaiden 24 8 -- 8 10 0 4 1 4 -- -- 40 Sword
Mystery of the Emblem 16 4 -- 8 10 0 5 0 7 -- -- 32 Sword: ?
Thracia 776 24/20 6/5 1 7 8/9 0 5 -- 6 8/7 -- -- SNESRankSword.png D, SNESRankAxe.png E
The Binding Blade 18/16 4/3 -- 8/5 8/6 0 4/2 0 5 9/8 -- -- GBARankSword.gif: D
The Blazing Blade 18/16 4/3 -- 8/5 8/6 0 4/2 0 5 9/8 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
The Sacred Stones 18/16 4/3 -- 8/5 8/6 0 4/2 0 5 9/8 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
Shadow Dragon 16 4 0 8 10 0 5 0 7 -- -- -- DSRankSword.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 18 4 0 8 9 0 5 0 7 -- -- -- FE12RankSword.png E
Awakening 18 5 0 8 7 0 5 0 5 -- -- -- Swords E
Fates 17 5 0 7 6 2 5 2 5 -- -- -- FE14RankSword.png E
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 24 8 -- 8 10 0 4 1 4 -- -- 40 FE15RankSword.png
Three Houses 25 9 6 10 10 8 6 2 5 -- -- -- --
Warriors
(Navarre)
62 8 2 10 10 8 5 5 5 -- -- -- FE14RankSword.png E
Mercenaries in Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia also have a base class strength of 7.

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
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 40 -- Sword --*
Mystery of the Emblem 52 20 -- 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- Sword: 20
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- 20 20 SNESRankSword.png A, SNESRankAxe.png A
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
The Blazing Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankSword.gif A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 ? -- DSRankSword.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 ? -- FE12RankSword.png A
Awakening 60 26 20 28 26 30 25 23 ?? -- Swords A
Fates 40 22 15 24 22 20 21 19 ?? -- FE14RankSword.png B
Warriors
(Navarre)
999 138 28 171 175 142 81 81 5 -- FE14RankSword.png S

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement*
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light ? ? -- ? ? 0% ? 0% -- -- --
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- -- --
Mystery of the Emblem 80% 30% -- 20% 20% -- 30% 0% -- -- --
Thracia 776 90% 30% 3% 30% 30% 20% 20% -- -- 40% --
The Binding Blade 80% 40% -- 40% 32% 30% 18% 15% -- -- --
The Blazing Blade 80% 40% -- 40% 32% 30% 18% 20/30% -- -- --
The Sacred Stones 80% 40% -- 40% 32% 30% 18% 20/30% -- -- --
Shadow Dragon 60/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 5/30% -10/10% -- -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 50/80% 20/30% -20/0% 25/20% 20% 0% 10/30% -10/10% -- -- --
Awakening 45/80% 20/35% 0% 25/40% 20/35% 0/30% 10/25% 5/15% -- -- --
Fates 10% 15% 0% 20% 15% 5% 10% 5% -- -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Player)
0% -5% -- 5% 5% 0% -5% 0% -- -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Enemy)
120% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- -- --
Three Houses 20% 5/15% 0% 0% 5/10% 0% 0/10% -5/-10% 5% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class modifiers

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Movement
Three Houses 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Awakening Armsthrift Learned at Level 1.
Awakening Patience Learned at Level 10.
Fates Good Fortune Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Strong Riposte Learned from Level 10 and up.
Three Houses Vantage Class mastery.

Class change

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe01 mercenary sword 01.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe01 hero sword 01.png
Hero

Gaiden

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class Method Promoted class Method Trainee-like class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
After reaching Level 7, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 dread fighter sword.png
Dread Fighter
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager

Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe03 mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe03 hero sword.png
Hero

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 machyua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
and
Bs fe05 orsin fighter axe.png
Fighter
Using a Knight Proof after reaching Level 10. Bs fe05 machyua mercenary sword.png
Mercenary

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 dieck mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 dieck hero sword.png
Hero

The Blazing Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 raven mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 raven hero sword.png
Hero

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 gerik mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Hero Crest or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 gerik hero sword.png
Hero
or
Bs fe08 gerik ranger sword.png
Ranger
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 ogma mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 ogma hero sword.png
Hero

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 ogma mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe11 ogma hero sword.png
Hero

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds01 hero playable.gif
Hero
or
Ma 3ds01 bow knight playable.gif
Bow Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 hero playable.gif
Hero
or
Ma 3ds02 bow knight playable.gif
Bow Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Inigo and Severa (Hidden Truths 1)

Base class
Ma 3ds01 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary


Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class Method Promoted class Method Trainee-like class
Villager After reaching Level 3, at Mila Shrine. Mercenary After reaching Level 7, at Mila Shrine. Myrmidon After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Dread Fighter After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine.


After reaching Level 20, at the Altar of the Ogre.

Villager


Yasha

Three Houses

Base class Certification requirements Intermediate class
Any class Level 10
Intermediate Seal
Swords C
File:Ma ns01 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
This class is available for any unit.


Warriors

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Mercenary
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 15.
Hero

Playable mercenaries

Playable Characters
Name Game
Ogma Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Navarre Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light*, Mystery of the Emblem*, Warriors
Caesar Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem*, Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Radd Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light*, Mystery of the Emblem*
Saber Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Kamui Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Jesse Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Samto Mystery of the Emblem*
Ralf Thracia 776
Galzus Thracia 776
Dieck The Binding Blade
Ogier The Binding Blade
Raven The Blazing Blade
Gerik The Sacred Stones
Gregor Awakening
Inigo Awakening
Severa Awakening
Roy Awakening*
Selena Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Laslow Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Soleil Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Zhara Fates: Conquest and Revelation
Playable Mercenary units in the Fire Emblem series.


Notable enemy mercenaries

Enemy Units
Name Game
Eichmann Thracia 776
Bovis Thracia 776
Glass The Blazing Blade
Beyard The Blazing Blade
Puzon The Blazing Blade
Zonta The Sacred Stones
Zhara Fates
Jarth Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (DLC)
Enemy Mercenary units in the Fire Emblem series.


Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Hired soldiers and combat experts. They excel in skill and speed.* ??
The Blazing Blade
(class roll)
Professional soldiers-for-hire. Well balanced, with superior abilities all round. ??
The Blazing Blade
(help)
Professional soldiers with a balanced set of skills. ??
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Professional soldiers-for-hire. They are well balanced, with superior abilities all round. ??
The Sacred Stones
(help)
Well-balanced professional soldiers-for-hire. Equip: Swords. ??
Shadow Dragon Professional soldiers-for-hire with excellent abilities all around. ??
Awakening A combat professional with high stats all round. Wields swords. ??
Fates A soldier whose main loyalty is to gold. Thier stats are balanced, with high Skill. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(class roll)
Veteran sword-fighters who have seen many battles. High skill and speed allow them to to frequently deals critical hits. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(help)
A veteran for hire who has seen many battles. ??
Three Houses Strong and speedy—the Mercenary gets the job done. ??

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Mercenary A mercenary is an individual who is hired to take part in an armed conflict but is not part of a regular army or other governmental military force.
English
(unofficial)
Hero Used in the Thracia 776 fan translation.
Japanese 傭兵
マーシナリー
• Officially romanized as Mercenary. In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Gaiden, and Mystery of the Emblem, it is spelled using hiragana (ようへい). This name is used in all games except Thracia 776 and Fates.
• This katakana rendering of the English word is used only in Thracia 776 and Fates.
Spanish Mercenario Mercenary
French Mercenaire Mercenary
German • Söldner
• Söldnerin
• Mercenary.
• Feminine variant of the former, used exclusively for female Mercenaries in The Blazing Blade, alongside the male "Söldner".
Italian Mercenario As above.
Dutch Huursoldaat Mercenary
Simplified Chinese 佣兵 Mercenary
Traditional Chinese 傭兵 Mercenary

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Base classes ArcherCavalierMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriest
Advanced classes BishopDracoknightHeroPaladinSniper
Other classes BallisticianFighterFreelancerGeneralHorsemanHunterKnightLordManaketePirateThief
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Intermediate classes KnightMyrmidonPaladinSniper
Advanced classes BaronBow KnightDread FighterFalcon KnightGold KnightHeroPriestessPrincessSageSaint
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Advanced classes BishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniper
Dragon classes Divine DragonEarth DragonFire DragonIce DragonMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
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Advanced classes Bow KnightDark MageDuke KnightGeneralGreat KnightHigh PriestMage KnightMercenaryPegasus KnightPrinceSageSniperRangerSwordmasterThief FighterWarriorWyvern Rider
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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
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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
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Base classes ArcherCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
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Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericCurateDark MageFighterHunterKnightMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPirate
Advanced classes BerserkerBishopDracoknightGeneralHeroHorsemanPaladinSniperSorcererSwordmasterWarrior
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Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
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Intermediate classes KnightMyrmidonPaladinSniper
Advanced classes BaronBow KnightDread FighterFalcon KnightGold KnightHeroPriestessPrincessSageSaint
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