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Myrmidon

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Myrmidon

Generic portrait myrmidon fe12.png
Generic Myrmidon portrait in New Mystery of the Emblem.

A swift specialist in the blade who makes for a tricky target.

Weapon(s)

Sword

Skill(s)

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The Myrmidon class (Japanese: 剣士 Swordfighter) is a sword-wielding class present in Fire Emblem. Their first appearance was in Fire Emblem Gaiden; the only games where they do not exist are Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem; however, the remakes of those games do contain myrmidons. Fire Emblem Fates does not include myrmidons in core gameplay, instead featuring the functionally-identical Samurai class; the Myrmidon class itself does, however, appear in the DLC chapter Hidden Truths 1 as the class used by Owain in that chapter.

The class originated as a promotion of the Mercenary, akin to the Hero of most other games. In later games, it is a derivative of the Mercenary class based on the stat array of Navarre, whose fragile speed-oriented build was a significant difference from every other Mercenary in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and set a trend for other mercenaries of a similar build. The Myrmidon class of Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 was something of a functional middle ground between the two classes; most of its members leaned toward the traditional Mercenary build, while many others like Ayra continued the fragile speed mold set by Navarre; this was epitomized by the promoted classes available to units on both sides of the stat split: the Forrest and the Swordmaster. The full-fledged separate Myrmidon class as it's known today, with its specific stat array, debuted in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and has appeared in every game since, completely replacing the Mercenary line in the Tellius games.

Their initial strength and defense are lower than those of mercenaries. To counter this, myrmidons focus more in skill and speed, making critical hits their trademark; in some games, there are unique swords with higher critical rate (such as the Wo Dao and the Shamshir) that can be wielded only by this class and its promotions.

Myrmidons, in most games, can be promoted to swordmasters. Special cases are seen in Gaiden, The Sacred Stones, and Awakening; in the former, myrmidons are a second-tier class and can be promoted to dread fighters, while in the latter two they can be promoted either to swordmasters or assassins. Other options are seen in the Jugdral games; specific characters can be promoted to forrests in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War, and to mercenaries in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.

In the Elibe, Magvel, and Jugdral games and Awakening, myrmidons were in general strongly associated with a particular region of the continents (Sacae, Jehanna, Isaach and Chon'sin respectively) and almost all units of the class are from these places. In Tellius and Archanea, however, they can come from any land.


Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience Weapon Level
Gaiden 30 11 -- 11 14 0 7 6 5 -- -- 80 Sword
Genealogy of the Holy War 30 7 0 10 10 0 5 0 6 -- -- -- SNESRankSword.png A
Thracia 776 20/18 3/2 0 5 6/7 0 2 -- 6 6/5 -- -- SNESRankSword.png E
The Binding Blade 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
The Blazing Blade 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
The Sacred Stones 16/15 4/3 -- 9 9/10 0 2/1 0/1 5 8/5 -- -- GBARankSword.gif D
Path of Radiance 17/15 4/3 0 5 5/6 0 3 0/1 6 10/7 10/7 -- GCNRankSword.gif D
Radiant Dawn 18 6 0 10 11 0 4 0 6 10 10 -- WiiRankSword.png: D
Shadow Dragon 16 3 0 9 11 0 4 0 7 -- -- -- DSRankSword.png E
New Mystery of the Emblem 16 3 0 9 11 0 4 0 7 -- -- -- FE12RankSword.png E
Awakening 16 4 1 9 10 0 4 1 5 -- -- -- Swords E
Fates  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? -- -- -- FE14RankSword.png ?
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia -- 11 -- 11 14 0 7 6 5 -- -- 80 FE15RankSword.png
Myrmidons in Gaiden and Shadows of Valentia also have a class strength of 4.

Max stats


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Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 -- -- Sword: N/A
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 22 15 25 25 30 20 15 -- -- N/A
Thracia 776 80 20 20 20 20 20 20 --  ??? 20 SNESRankSword.png ?
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
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20  ???  ??? GCNRankSword.gif A
Radiant Dawn 30 20 10 20 20 30 20 10  ???  ??? WiiRankSword.png A
Shadow Dragon 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 32 -- DSRankSword.png A
New Mystery of the Emblem 60 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 -- -- FE12RankSword.png A
Awakening 60 24 22 27 28 30 22 24 7 -- Swords A
Fates 40  ?  ?  ? ?  ?  ?  ?  ? -- FE14RankSword.png ?

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- --
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 50/70/90% 20/20/30% 3/0/3% 15/15/30% 10/15/30% 10/10/20% 15/10/20% -- 15/20/40% 0%
The Binding Blade 70% 35% -- 40% 40% 30% 15% 17% -- --
The Blazing Blade 70% 35% -- 40% 40% 30% 15% 20% -- --
The Sacred Stones 70% 35% -- 40% 40% 30% 15% 20% -- --
Path of Radiance 65/60% 50/45% 10% 60% 65% 30% 30/25% 25/30% -- --
Radiant Dawn 65% 40% 20% 45% 50% 30% 40% 40% -- --
Shadow Dragon 50/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 25/30% 0% 5/20% -5/10% -- --
New Mystery of the Emblem 40/80% 10/20% -10/0% 20/30% 30/30% 0% 5/20% -5/10% -- --
Awakening 40/70% 20/30% 0% 25/40% 25/40% 0/40% 5/20% 5/20% -- --
Fates  ??%  ??%  ??%  ??%  ??%  ??%  ??%  ??% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Player)
0% -5% -- 5% 5% 0% -5% 0% -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Enemy)
90% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 35% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Genealogy of the Holy War Is snes02 follow-up.png Follow-Up Innate.
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii shove.png Shove Innate; hidden and unnamed in Path of Radiance.
Radiant Dawn Is wii critical +5.png Critical +5 Innate.
Awakening Is 3ds01 avoid +10.png Avoid +10 Learned at Level 1.
Awakening Is 3ds01 vantage.png Vantage Learned at Level 10.

Class change

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

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 ulster myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Choosing the option "Promote" in the home castle after reaching level 20. Bs fe04 shanan swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe04 ulster forrest sword.png
Forrest
Promotion choice criteria: The promoted class is predetermined for the characters

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 machyua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is snes03 knight proof.pngKnight Proof after reaching level 10. Bs fe05 mareeta swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
or
Bs fe05 machyua mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
Promotion choice criteria: The promoted class is predetermined for the characters


The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 rutger myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is gba hero crest.pngHero Crest after reaching level 10. Bs fe06 rutger swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 guy myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is gba hero crest.pngHero Crest or Is gba earth seal.pngEarth Seal after reaching level 10. Bs fe07 guy swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster


The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 joshua myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is gba hero crest.pngHero Crest or Is gba master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10. Bs fe08 joshua assassin sword.png
Assassin
or
Bs fe08 joshua swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Myrmidon
Using a Is gcn master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10, or reaching level 21.
Swordmaster

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Myrmidon
Using a Is wii master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10, or reaching level 21.
Swordmaster
Using a Is wii master crown.pngMaster Crown after reaching level 10, or reaching level 21.
Trueblade

Shadow Dragon

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 navarre myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10. Bs fe11 navarre swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

New Mystery of the Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe11 navarre myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
Using a Is ds master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10. Bs fe11 navarre swordmaster sword.png
Swordmaster

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon playable.gif
Myrmidon
Using a Is 3ds01 master seal.pngMaster Seal after reaching level 10. Ma 3ds01 swordmaster playable.gif
Swordmaster
or
Ma 3ds01 assassin playable.gif
Assassin
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose

Fates

Base class
Ma 3ds01 myrmidon owain playable.gif
Myrmidon


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

Playable myrmidons

Playable Characters
Name Game
Deen Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Ayra Genealogy of the Holy War*
Holyn Genealogy of the Holy War*
Larcei Genealogy of the Holy War*
Radney Genealogy of the Holy War*
Ulster Genealogy of the Holy War*
Roddlevan Genealogy of the Holy War*
Machyua Thracia 776
Shiva Thracia 776
Mareeta Thracia 776
Trewd Thracia 776
Rutger The Binding Blade
Fir The Binding Blade
Guy The Blazing Blade
Joshua The Sacred Stones
Marisa The Sacred Stones
Mia Path of Radiance
Zihark Path of Radiance
Edward Radiant Dawn
Navarre Shadow Dragon*, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Athena Shadow Dragon, New Mystery of the Emblem
Radd Shadow Dragon*, New Mystery of the Emblem*
Samto New Mystery of the Emblem*
Malice New Mystery of the Emblem*
Lon'qu Awakening
Owain Awakening
Playable Myrmidon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy myrmidons

Enemy Units
Name Game
Blake Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Deen Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Isaiya Radiant Dawn
Gangrel Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE
Enemy Myrmidon units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text


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Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
The Sacred Stones
(class roll)
Swordsmen who possess superior speed and technique. They specialize in killing strokes. ??
The Sacred Stones
(help)
Talented swordsmen skilled in swift killing stokes. Equip: Swords. ??
Path of Radiance Fighters who live and die by the skill of their sword arms. Their speed and skills are superior to almost any other swordfighter. ??
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Fighters who specialize in sword fighting. Their superior speed and skill result in more critical hits. ??
Shadow Dragon Swift and skilled warriors who specialize in the blade. They often deal critical hits. ??
Awakening A swift specialist in the blade who makes for a tricky target. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(class roll)
Swordfighting experts with remarkable skill who have honed their lethality over the course of myriad battles. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(help)
A swordfighting expert with remarkable skill. ??

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Myrmidon From the Myrmidons, a legendary warrior people of ancient Greece.
Japanese 剣士
ソードファイター
• Officially romanized as Swordfighter outside of The Binding Blade and Radiant Dawn, in which it is romanized as Myrmidon and Blade, respectively. Rendered in hiragana as けんし in Gaiden. This name is also used in dialogue and ending titles in the Jugdral games.
• The English word "swordfighter" written in katakana. This name is used only in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776.
Spanish • Esbirro
• Mirmidón
• Minion, henchman. Used in The Blazing Blade
• Myrmidon; a straight translation of the English name, used in every other game.
French • Myrmidon
• Epéiste
• As above. Used in The Blazing Blade
• Swordsman. Used in every other titles.
French
(Canada)
Épéiste Used in Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
German Myrmidone Myrmidon; a straight translation of the English name
Italian Mirmidone Myrmidon; a straight translation of the English name
Dutch Zwaardvechter Swordman
Simplified Chinese 剑客
Traditional Chinese 劍客

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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
Introduced in
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light
ArcherBallisticianBishopCavalierDracoknightFighterFreelancerGeneralHeroHorsemanHunterKnightLordMageManaketeMercenaryPaladinPegasus KnightPiratePriestSniperThief
Introduced in
Gaiden
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 LanceLopt MagePegasus RiderPoison Ballista
Introduced in
The Binding Blade
DruidGreat LordKingNomadNomadic TrooperShamanTransporterValkyrie
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
Sorcerer
Introduced in
Awakening
BrideConquerorDark FlierDark KnightGrandmasterGriffon RiderGrimaLodestarMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassTacticianTaguelTricksterWar ClericWar Monk
Introduced in
Fates
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
Introduced in
Three Houses
Aristocrat
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier