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Trainee is a term given to group of classes present only in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones; it includes three classes - the Journeyman, Recruit, and Pupil classes. These classes belong to young, inexperienced characters, namely Ross, Amelia, and Ewan respectively.
At level ten, these classes can choose to promote to three different classes, two of which are regular first-tier classes. If either of the regular classes are picked, they continue as regular units. The third option is only unlocked after completing the game at least once on both Eirika's and Ephraim's routes. This option has the same name as the original trainee class, but have twenty levels like other classes. The final promoted class still keeps the same name, but is often differentiated with the name "Super Trainee", or "Super Journeyman", etc. They have special bonuses unique to these trainee classes - a 15% critical bonus for the Super Journeyman and Super Recruit and the use of light and dark magic in addition to anima magic for the Super Pupil.
Trainee classes start out very weak, but these characters have ten more levels to grow and gain stats. While most characters in The Sacred Stones have forty levels, from 1-20 unpromoted and then 1-20 promoted, trainee classes have fifty, due to the extra ten levels before promotion to a first tier class. This makes trainee classes quite popular, due to their above-average growth rates.
As with other gameplay concepts from The Sacred Stones, the trainee as a weak unit that will, given experience and time, grow exponentially in power, is likely inspired by the Villager class of Fire Emblem Gaiden.
|Ross||The Sacred Stones|
|Amelia||The Sacred Stones|
|Ewan||The Sacred Stones|
|Playable Trainee units in the Fire Emblem series.|
|This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.|