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Wyvern Rider

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For the promoted Archanean class, see Dracoknight. For the basic class in Thracia 776, see Dragon Rider.

Wyvern Rider

FESK Wyvern Rider.png
Artwork of the Wyvern Rider from the TCG.

A proud flier with high stats. Weak against bows and magic.

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Wyvern Rider or Dracoknight (Japanese: ドラゴンナイト Dragon Knight) is a basic flying class which debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and is present in all games since save for the Nintendo DS remakes. Based on the promoted Dracoknight of the first and third games in the Fire Emblem series, it was introduced as the basic form of a new class family independent from the Pegasus Knight which all ride wyverns. The class's primary weapon of choice was lances until Radiant Dawn, when they instead began primarily wielding axes; in Genealogy and Thracia 776, they could also wield swords.

The Wyvern Rider acts as a statistical counterpoint to the Pegasus Knight: whereas its pegasus-riding cousin is fast and frail, the Wyvern Rider is oriented in a bulky, powerful manner. Their strength and defense are both high, with lesser skill and speed compared to Pegasus Knights, and they share the same high movement and access to Canto as Pegasus Knights and other mounted classes. However, their resistance is abysmal even compared to other physical classes. They also share the Pegasus Knight family's weakness to bows and wind magic, in addition to their own weakness to weapons designed to be effective against dragons.

In almost all of its appearances, Wyvern Riders change class to become Wyvern Lords. The biggest exception is Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, in which the Wyvern Rider is instead the promoted class of the Dragon Rider. The Sacred Stones, Awakening, and Fates also introduce alternate promotion options for Wyvern Riders which can be chosen instead of the Wyvern Lord: The Sacred Stones allows them to instead become Wyvern Knights, Awakening allows them to promote to Griffon Riders, and Fates allows them to promote to the newly-introduced Malig Knight class.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 40 10 0 7 6 0 11 0 9 -- -- SNESRankSword.png B SNESRankLance.png B
Thracia 776 24 (24) 7 (4) 1 (1) 6 (4) 6 (4) 0 (0) 9 (4) -- 9 (6) 9 (9)/
4 (4)
-- SNESRankSword.png -- (E) SNESRankLance.png E (--)
The Binding Blade 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- GBARankLance.gif D
Fire Emblem 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- GBARankLance.gif D
The Sacred Stones 20/19 7/6 -- 3/5 5 0 8/7 0 7 10/9 -- GBARankLance.gif D
Path of Radiance 20/19 6 0 4 3 0 8/7 0/1 8 11/7 39/35 GCNRankLance.gif D
Radiant Dawn 20 7/6 0 5/3 5 0 9 0/2 8 12/7 41/36 WiiRankAxe.png D
Awakening 19 7 0 6 5 0 8 0 7 -- -- 3DSRankAxe.png E
Fates 17 6 0 5 4 2 7 0 7 -- -- 3DSRankAxe.png E

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Rank
Genealogy of the Holy War 80 25 15 22 21 30 26 15 9 -- SNESRankSword.png B SNESRankLance.png B
Thracia 776 80 (80) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) 20 (20) -- 20 (20) 20 (20) SNESRankSword.png -- (A) SNESRankLance.png A (--)
The Binding Blade 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLance.gif A
Fire Emblem 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 20 GBARankLance.gif A
The Sacred Stones 60 20 -- 20 20 30 20 20 15 25 GBARankLance.gif D
Path of Radiance 40 20 15 20 20 40 20 20 20 99 GCNRankLance.gif A
Radiant Dawn 40 20 5 20 20 30 20 10  ?  ? WiiRankAxe.png A
Awakening 60 28 20 24 24 30 28 20 9 -- 3DSRankAxe.png A
Fates 40 22 17 21 20 19 24 15 9 -- 3DSRankAxe.png B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Constitution* Movement*
Genealogy of the Holy War 100% 30% 10% 30% 30% 0% 30% 10% -- --
Thracia 776 50% 20% 3% 15% 10% 10% 15% -- 15% 0%
The Binding Blade 80% 45% -- 35% 30% 25% 25% 10% -- --
Fire Emblem 75% 40% -- 30% 20% 20% 20% 17% -- --
The Sacred Stones 80% 45% -- 35% 30% 25% 25% 15/17% -- --
Path of Radiance 80% 55/50% 10% 50% 40/45% 25% 55/50% 40/45% -- --
Radiant Dawn 80/70% 65/45%% 0/25% 55/40% 55/65% 15/30% 45/40% 5/40% -- --
Awakening 45% 30% 0% 15% 15% 0% 10% 5% -- --
Fates 10% 15% 5% 10% 10% 5% 20% 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
Thracia 776
The Binding Blade
Fire Emblem
The Sacred Stones
Path of Radiance
Radiant Dawn
Is wii canto.png Canto Innate; hidden and unnamed in all except Radiant Dawn.
Awakening
Fates
Is 3ds strength +2.png Strength +2 Awakening: Learned at Level 1.
Fates: Learned from Level 1 and up.
Awakening Is 3ds tantivy.png Tantivy Learned at Level 10.
Fates Is 3ds lunge.png Lunge Learned from Level 10 and up.

Class change

Genealogy of the Holy War

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe04 altena wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Choosing the "Class change" option in a home castle after reaching Level 20. Bs fe04 altena wyvern lord lance.png
Wyvern Lord

Thracia 776

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe05 eda dragon rider lance.png
Dragon Rider
After reaching level 10, using a Knight Proof. Bs fe05 eda wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider

The Binding Blade

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe06 milady wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip after reaching Level 10. Bs fe06 milady wyvern lord sword.png
Wyvern Lord

Fire Emblem

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe07 heath wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip or Earth Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe07 heath wyvern lord lance.png
Wyvern Lord

The Sacred Stones

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Bs fe08 cormag wyvern rider lance.png
Wyvern Rider
Using an Elysian Whip or Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Bs fe08 cormag wyvern knight lance.png
Wyvern Knight
or
Bs fe08 cormag wyvern lord sword.png
Wyvern Lord
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Path of Radiance

Base class Promotion method Advanced class

Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reacing Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Wyvern Lord

Radiant Dawn

Base class Promotion method Advanced class Promotion method Advanced class

Dracoknight
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Dragonmaster
Using a Master Crown after reaching Level 10, or reaching Level 21.
Dragonlord

Awakening

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds wyvern rider playable.gif
Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds wyvern lord playable.gif
Wyvern Lord
or
Ma 3ds griffon rider playable.gif
Griffon Rider
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Fates

Base class Promotion method Advanced class
Ma 3ds02 wyvern rider playable.gif
Wyvern Rider
Using a Master Seal after reaching Level 10. Ma 3ds02 wyvern lord playable.gif
Wyvern Lord
or
Ma 3ds02 malig knight playable.gif
Malig Knight
Promotion choice criteria: The player can freely choose.

Playable Wyvern Riders

Playable Characters
Name Game
Altena Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation
Dean Thracia 776
Milady The Binding Blade
Zeiss The Binding Blade
Heath Fire Emblem
Cormag The Sacred Stones
Jill Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn
Cherche Awakening
Gerome Awakening
Beruka Fates
Percy Fates
Playable Wyvern Rider units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Wyvern Riders

Enemy Units
Name Game
Papillon Genealogy of the Holy War First Generation
Coulter Genealogy of the Holy War Second Generation, Thracia 776
Orton Awakening
Vasto Awakening
Beruka Fates: Birthright
Enemy Wyvern Rider units in the Fire Emblem series.

Trivia

  • The Wyvern Rider's generic portrait in Fates depicts them wielding a lance, despite the fact that they can only use axes in that game.

Gallery

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English • Wyvern Rider
• Dracoknight
• Used in all titles except Radiant Dawn.
• Used only in Radiant Dawn (and Shadow Dragon as the original promoted class; see here.)
Japanese ドラゴンナイト
竜騎士ドラゴンナイト
• Officially romanized as Dragon Knight; this katakana rendering is used in all appearances.
• Officially romanized as Dragon Knight. In Radiant Dawn, all Japanese class names are spelled primarily in kanji (i.e. 竜騎士), with a foreign-language name in katakana applied as furigana (i.e. ドラゴンナイト) and used as the basis for the romanized name in the class roll. Additionally, in Japanese dialogue in all other games, members of the class are usually referred to by this kanji name.
Spanish • Jinete wyvern
• Caballero dragón
• Wyvern knight; used in all games except Radiant Dawn.
• Dragon knight; used only in Radiant Dawn.
French • Chevalier wyverne
• Chevalier dragon
• Wyvern knight; used in all games except Radiant Dawn.
• Dragon knight; used only in Radiant Dawn.
German Wyvernritter Wyvernknight
Italian • Cavaliere viverna
• Cavaliere drago
• Wyvern knight; used in all games except Radiant Dawn.
• Dragon knight; used only in Radiant Dawn.

References

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
BahdessBaronBelrezBonewalkerBow KnightClericDeathgoyleDraco ZombieDread FighterEntombedEvil GodFalcon KnightGargoyleGoldGold KnightHiKnightKelvesMogallMyrmidonPrincessRevenantSageSaintShamanSoldierSorcererVillagerWhite DragonWightWitch
Introduced in
Mystery of the Emblem
BarbarianBerserkerBrigandDancerDark 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 KnightPrinceQueenRangerSwordmasterThief 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 DoogNecromancerPhantomPupilPontifexRecruitRogueSummonerTarvosWyvern 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 SageFire SpiritHawk KingHorseLance GeneralLance PaladinLight MageLight PriestessLight SageLion KingMarksmanMarshallOrder IncarnatePilgrimRaven KingReaverSentinelSeraph KnightSilver KnightSword GeneralThunder SageThunder SpiritTruebladeVanguardVendorWhisperWind SageWind SpiritWolfWolf Queen
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
Unused classes ApprenticeAxe SoldierDark KnightGreat BallistaGuardianNagaSea DragonSerpentSpear SoldierSword Soldier