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Vanguard

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Vanguard

Ss fe10 ike vanguard.png
Ike as a Vanguard in Radiant Dawn.

An otherworldly class. The leader of a band of heroes. Uses swords and axes.

Weapon(s)

Sword, Axe

Skill(s)

The Vanguard (Japanese: 神将ヴァンガード Vanguard) is an advanced Lord-like class which was introduced in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. The sole unit of this class is Ike, one of the game's two protagonists, and is his final class which he attains by changing class from Hero in an event. The class returns in Fire Emblem Fates as Ike's special class when he is obtained as a bonus unit through his amiibo, and other playable men are able to reclass to Vanguard as well through downloadable content.

The Vanguard's stats are well-balanced and high all around, keeping to a similar pattern as the Hero. Vanguards are powerful, sturdy and fast all at once, having high HP, strength, skill, speed and defense. While other classes surpass Vanguards in individual stats, few have its overall proficiency, and combined with exclusive access to the ranged regalia sword Ragnell and the powerful Aether skill, Ike as a Vanguard has a formidable front-line presence. Its only notable weakness is its resistance, which remains as traditionally weak as most physical units.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Level
Radiant Dawn 53 19 3 23 19 0 17 6 7 12 13 WiiRankSword.png S WiiRankAxe.png A
Fates 21 10 0 6 7 3 9 1 6 -- -- 3DSRankSword.png E 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Radiant Dawn 65 37 15 40 37 30 32 23  ??  ?? WiiRankSword.png SS WiiRankAxe.png SS
Fates 65 36 25 29 30 30 32 27 8 -- 3DSRankSword.png A 3DSRankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Radiant Dawn 80% 50% 10% 70% 40% 30% 40% 15% -- --
Fates 20% 20% 0% 5% 5% 10% 15% 0% -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Radiant Dawn Is wii shove.png Shove Innate.
Radiant Dawn
Fates
Is wii aether.png Aether Radiant Dawn: Innate (mastery skill).

Fates: Learned from Level 25 and up.

Fates Is 3ds heavy blade.png Heavy Blade Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Is 3ds veteran intuition.png Veteran Intuition Learned from Level 10 and up.
Fates Is 3ds strengthtaker.png Strengthtaker Learned from Level 35 and up.

Class change

Radiant Dawn

Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Hero
Event: cutscene prior to the Part 4 Prologue. Bs fe10 ike vanguard sword.png
Vanguard

Fates

Any class Promotion method Special class
?
Any male class
Using a Vanguard Brand at any level. File:Ma 3ds02 vanguard playable.gif
Vanguard

Playable Vanguards

Playable Characters
Name Game
Ike Fates (via amiibo)
Playable Vanguard units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English Vanguard An army unit or individual soldier who operates on the front lines or as an advance guard, leading the charge of a battle or, as a modern colloquialism, any endeavor or movement.[1]
Japanese 神将ヴァンガード
ヴァンガード
Officially romanized as Vanguard; literally "divine general". In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 神将), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ヴァンガード) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll. In Buddhist terminology, a shinshō (神将) refers to a general who protects pilgrims.[2]
• Vanguard. This katakana-only name is used in Fates.
Spanish Adalid Military commander; derived from the Arabic دليل dalīl, "guide".
French Rédempteur Redeemer
German Vorreiter Trailblazer
Italian Condottiero Mercenary leader

References

  1. Vanguard | Define Vanguard at Dictionary.com, Dictionary.com, Retrieved: 2015-06-30
  2. 神将, jisho, Retrieved: 2015-06-30
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