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This article is about the class. For the lance from Heroes, see Vanguard (weapon).

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

Ike, the general of the goddess Yune's army. Hope rides on his blade. He wields the skill Aether.

Unit type(s)



Sword, Axe


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.


Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon level
Radiant Dawn 53 19 3 23 19 0 17 6 7 12 Swords S Axes A
Fates 21 10 0 6 7 3 9 1 6 -- Swords/Katanas E Axes/Clubs 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 20 99 Swords SS Axes SS
Fates 65 36 25 29 30 30 32 27 8 -- Swords/Katanas A Axes/Clubs B

Miscellaneous stats

Game Experience CRP Gold Weight mod. Capacity Vision Size
Radiant Dawn -- -- -- +3 60 4 --

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon level
Radiant Dawn 80% 50% 10% 70% 40% 30% 40% 15% -- -- -- --
Fates 20/90% 20/60% 0% 5/45% 5/50% 10/25% 15/55% 0/30% -- -- -- --
See class growth rate for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Promotion gains

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Defense Resistance Weapon level
Radiant Dawn 4 2 4 2 2 2 4 --

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Radiant Dawn Shove Innate.
Radiant Dawn
Aether Radiant Dawn: Innate (Mastery skill).
Fates: Learned from Level 25 and up.
Fates Heavy Blade Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Veteran Intuition Learned from Level 10 and up.
Fates Strengthtaker Learned from Level 35 and up.

Class change

Radiant Dawn

Advanced class Promotion method Master class

Event: cutscene prior to the Part IV, Prologue. Bs fe10 ike vanguard sword.png


Any class Promotion method Special class
Any male class
Using a Vanguard Brand. Ma 3ds02 vanguard ike playable.gif

Playable Vanguards

Playable Characters
Name Game
Ike Fates
Playable Vanguard units in the Fire Emblem series.

Other appearances

Fire Emblem Heroes

While Fire Emblem Heroes lacks a traditional class system, several characters and variants featuring Vanguard attire have been released in the game:

Flavor text

Game Text
Radiant Dawn
(class roll)
Ike, the general of the goddess
Yune's army. Hope rides on his
blade. He wields the skill Aether.
Radiant Dawn
Ike, the general of the goddess
Yune's army. Hope rides on his
blade. He wields the skill Aether.
An otherworldly class. The leader of a
band of heroes. Uses swords and axes.


  • The Vanguard is one of only five playable classes in Radiant Dawn whose members can achieve multiple SS ranks. The others are the Light Priestess, Saint, Chancellor, and Black Knight. Of these classes, the Saint is the only one which is not exclusive to a single character.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology, and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology, and notes


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]



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.



Military commander; derived from the Arabic دليل dalīl, "guide".









Mercenary leader






  1. Vanguard | Define Vanguard at,, Retrieved: June 30, 2015
  2. 神将, jisho, Retrieved: June 30, 2015
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Classes in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn
Base classes ArcherArmored AxeArmored LanceArmored SwordAxe KnightBanditBow KnightCitizenDracoknightFighterFire MageHorseLance KnightLight MageMyrmidonPegasus KnightPilgrimPriestSoldierSword KnightThiefThunder MageVendorWind Mage
Advanced classes Axe GeneralAxe PaladinBishopBlade PaladinBow PaladinClericDark SageDragonmasterDruidFalconknightFire SageHalberdierHeroLance GeneralLance PaladinLight SageRogueSniperSword GeneralSwordmasterThunder SageWarriorWind Sage
Master classes Arch SageAssassinBlack KnightChancellorDragonlordEmpressGold KnightLight PriestessMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnateQueenReaverSaintSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightSpiritSummonerTruebladeValkyrieVanguardWhisper
Laguz classes Beast Tribe (CatLionLion KingTigerWolfWolf Queen) • Bird Tribe (HawkHawk KingHeronRavenRaven King) • Dragon Tribe (Black DragonRed DragonWhite Dragon)
Classes in Fire Emblem Fates
Base classes ApothecaryArcherCavalierDark MageDivinerFighterKitsuneKnightMercenaryMonkNinjaNohr PrinceNohr PrincessOni SavageOutlawSamuraiShrine MaidenSky KnightSpear FighterTroubadourVillagerWolfskinWyvern Rider
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