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Bs fe08 artur monk light.png
Artur as a Monk in The Sacred Stones.

Ascetic wielders of sacred light magic. Superior ability to hit but low attack power.


The Monk (Japanese: 修道士 Monk or 修験者 Syugenja) is a basic magical class which debuted in Fire Emblem. It originated in that game and The Sacred Stones as an offensive magical class which wields light magic, acting as an offensive counterpart to the healing-specific Priest/Cleric, and is an exclusively male class.[1] In Fates, it is instead a Hoshido-aligned healer class which uses rods, the Hoshidan equivalent of staves. Monks are one of only two explicitly male-only Hoshido classes (the other being the Great Master), with its female counterpart being the Shrine Maiden.

Compared to its fellow offensive magic classes, the Mage and Shaman, the Monk possesses lower raw magical power, and compensates for it with superior skill and speed, which in combination with the typically lightweight and accurate light magic gives them excellent accuracy and double-attacking ability. As is common to magic classes, they possess low HP and defense and require protection for successful use, but like Priests/Clerics, conversely possess exceptional resistance.

In the Game Boy Advance games, Monks promote to the Bishop class along with Priests/Clerics, gaining the use of staves. Additionally, The Sacred Stones gives Monks the option to promote to Bishop or Sage. In Fire Emblem Fates, it promotes to Onmyoji or Great Master.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Fire Emblem 18 -- 1 1 2 0 1 5 5 6 GBARankLight.gif E
The Sacred Stones 18 -- 1 1 2 0 1 5 5 6 GBARankLight.gif E
Fates 16 0 3 5 5 4 2 5 5 -- 3DSRankStaff.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Fire Emblem 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLight.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 -- 20 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLight.gif A
Fates 35 18 21 20 22 23 17 24 7 -- 3DSRankStaff.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Fire Emblem 50% -- 30% 35% 32% 45% 8% 40% -- --
The Sacred Stones 50% -- 30% 35% 32% 45% 8% 40% -- --
Fates 0% 5% 10% 10% 15% 15% 0% 20% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Fates Is 3ds miracle.png Miracle Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Is 3ds rally luck.png Rally Luck Learned from Level 10 and up.

Class change

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 lucius monk light.png
Using a Guiding Ring or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 lucius bishop magic.png

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 artur monk light.png
Using a Guiding Ring or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 artur bishop staff.png
Bs fe08 artur sage anima.png
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.


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 can freely choose

Playable Monks

Playable Characters
Name Game
Lucius Fire Emblem
Artur The Sacred Stones
Azama Fates
Playable Monk units in the Fire Emblem series.



Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Monk A member of a religious order who lives an existence of cloistered religious practice, alone or in a monastery.
Japanese 修道士
• Officially romanized as Monk. The class is known by this name in Fire Emblem and The Sacred Stones.
• Officially romanized as Syugenja. The class is known by this name in Fates, in line with its depiction as a Hoshido class. A shugenja (literally, "a person of training") is a practitioner of Japan's Shugendō religion, whose members pursued enlightenment by living monastic lives as mountain hermits.
Spanish Monje Monk
French Moine Monk
German Mönch Monk
Italian Monaco Monk


  1. " be a monk, don’t you have to... be a... Well...a guy?" - Serra, Fire Emblem

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.
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
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Introduced in
ArcanistAurumBaronBonewalkerBow KnightBrigandCantorCerberusClericDeathgoyleDread FighterEntombedFalcon KnightFell GodFiendFighterGargoyleGold KnightHadesLichMogallMyrmidonNaberiusNecrodragonPriestessPrincessRevenantSageSaintSoldierVillagerWhite DragonWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerDancerDark MageDivine DragonEarth DragonEmperorFire DragonIce DragonKnightMage DragonShadow DragonWyvern
Introduced in
Genealogy of the Holy War
Axe KnightArch KnightArmored AxeArmored SwordBallistaBardBow ArmorBow FighterCivilianDark BishopDark PrinceDragon RiderDuke KnightFire MageForrestFree KnightGreat KnightHigh PriestIron BallistaJunior LordLance KnightKiller BallistaKnight LordMage FighterMage KnightMaster KnightPrinceQueenRangerShamanSwordmasterThief FighterThunder MageTroubadourWarriorWind MageWyvern LordWyvern Rider
Introduced in
Thracia 776
Armored LanceLoptyr MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperTransporterValkyrie
Introduced in
Fire Emblem
Arch SageAssassinBlade LordBramimondCorsairDark DruidMagic SealMonk
Introduced in
The Sacred Stones
Arch MogallBaelCyclopsDemon KingElder BaelFleetGorgonGorgon EggGwyllgiJourneymanMaelduinMauthe DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWightWyvern Knight
Introduced in
Path of Radiance
BanditChildCatHalberdierHawkHeronKing DaeinLionPrincess CrimeaRangerRavenRed DragonSword KnightTigerWhite Dragon
Introduced in
Radiant Dawn
Axe GeneralBlack Dragon (Dragon KingDragon Prince) • Black KnightBlade PaladinBow PaladinChancellorDark SageDragonlordEmpressFire SageHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSpiritSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWolfWolf Queen
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon
Introduced in
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
AdventurerApothecaryAutomatonAstral DragonBasaraBlacksmithBlight DragonButlerDivinerEmpty VesselFacelessFeral DragonGreat MasterHoshido NobleKinshi KnightKitsuneLancerMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistNine-TailsNinjaNohr NobleNohr PrinceNohr PrincessNohrian KingOni ChieftainOni SavageOnmyojiOutlawPriestessSamuraiShrine MaidenSilent DragonSky KnightSongstressSpear FighterSpear MasterStonebornStrategistWolfskinWolfssegner
Introduced in
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
BalorDagonDeimosDraculDuma's ApostleEnchantressExemplarFafnirFell DragonGarudaGuardianGuruHarrierIllusory HeroMila's ServantOliphantierRigainSkogulSpartanTitanTomb LordVestalYasha
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier