The Archer (アーチャー Āchā) is a combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series. Archers are foot soldiers carrying Bows to launch assaults on their foes at a range without fear of counterattacks. This is, however, offset by the fact that Archers are unable to attack from one space away under normal circumstances, making them vulnerable on Enemy Phases. While low on HP and Defense, owing to their ability to strike from afar, Archers will prove to be assets to the player so long as they are properly guarded before the Player Phase is ended.

History in the SeriesEdit

In their original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Archer class promotes into the more powerful Sniper class, enhancing their strengths and often rounding out their weak points (such as low HP and Defense).

In Gaiden and its remake, Archers act as one of the promoted forms of the Villager class, and can later be further promoted into the Sniper class and later the Bow Knight class.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Archer class is temporarily retired, with its role taken up by the Bow Fighter class instead.

Both Thracia 776 and TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga feature the Archer class as an enemy-exclusive class. The playable version, like in Genealogy of the Holy War, takes the form of the Bow Fighter class.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, the Archer class is once again an enemy-exclusive class. Interestingly, there are two variations of this class: with one used by units affiliated with an army and one used by units affiliated with criminals. The version used by the former is virtually identical to a dismounted Sherlock in function. The criminal variant has worse stats across the board but possesses the same movement type as Thieves and a completely different set of sprites. Both of them can only equip Bows.

The Archer class formally returns to the series as a playable unit in The Binding Blade, where it yet again promotes into the Sniper class.

In The Sacred Stones, Archers are further given the option to promote into Rangers alongside Snipers, a mounted class that possesses balanced stats and can engage in close-range melee combat with Swords.

In Radiant Dawn, the Archer (弓兵アーチャー Āchā) promotes into Sniper and thereafter into Marksman when the necessary requirements are met.

This trait resurfaces in Awakening, where Archers are further given the option to promote into Bow Knights alongside Snipers.

In Fates, the Archer class is known as the Bow User (弓使い Yumi tsukai) in the Japanese version, where it is treated as a Hoshidan class. Considered the counterpart to the Nohrian Outlaw class, Archers are able to promote into Kinshi Knights alongside Snipers, the first flying Bow-wielding class to appear in the series.

In Warriors, a version of Archer similar to the Fates's archer serves as Takumi's base class.



While Archers are capable of attacking most Sword, Lance, or Axe users without being counterattacked, any enemy in range can easily move in and fearlessly launch attacks on them; not being able to counterattack at melee range is an inherent downside of the class. This thus necessitates proper cover and support to be ceded to them. In this regard, any type of ground unit, preferably one with at least moderate Defense, will fill the role rather well.

Archers are also strong against flying units such as Pegasus Knights, and drawing these enemies into their firing range will therefore save the player plenty of trouble in the later stages of any given battle that they are engaging. In Gaiden and its remake, Archers are able to attack enemies from three spaces away, as well as being able to counterattack melee fighters, as opposed to the usual two.


Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 164-140505--Bow 9
FE2 249-120304--Bow -
FE3 165-340605--Bow ?
FE5 20300001----FE5 Bow Icon E
TS 20401102-4--TS Bow 2
FE6 18/174/3-33/403056/5-Bow D
FE7 18/174/3-33/403057/5-Bow D
FE8 18/174/3-33/403057/5-Bow D
FE9 183063040699FE9 Bow D
FE10 199010805161010FE10 Bow D
FE11 1650340605--FE12 Bow E
FE12 1650340605--FE12 Bow E
FE13 1650860505--BowIconFE13 E
FE14 1750752415--FE14 Bow E
FE15 249-120304---

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 5220-20202020205--Bow 20
FE2 5240-40404040404--Bow -
FE3 5220-20202020205--Bow 20
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon A
TS 60191516163017-12--TS Bow 17
FE6 6020-20203020201520-Bow A
FE7 6020-20203020201520-Bow A
FE8 6020-20203020201520-Bow A
FE9 4020152020402020699FE9 Bow A
FE10 402010202040201061010FE10 Bow A
FE11 60202020202020205--FE12 Bow A
FE12 60202020202020205--FE12 Bow A
FE13 60262029253025215--BowIconFE13 A
FE14 40211523212020175--FE14 Bow B

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 150%50%-50%50%-50%0%----
FE3 80%20%-30%30%0%20%0%----
FE6 70%35%-40%32%35%15%10%----
FE7 70%35%-40%32%35%15%10%----
FE8 70%35%-40%32%35%15%10%----
FE9 60%40%10%60%55%30%40%40%----
FE10 65%55%10%45%50%30%45%35%----
FE11 40/80%10/20%-10/0%20/30%30%0%10/20%-10/10%----
FE12 40/80%10/20%-10/0%20/30%30%0%10/20%-10/10%----
FE13 45%15%0%30%15%0%10%5%----
FE14 10%15%0%15%15%5%10%0%----
FE15 120%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE10 ShoveShoveBase skill of all foot units.
FE13 Skill +2Skill +2
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE14 Skill +2Skill +2
Prescient Victory (Skill)Quick Draw
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
FE15 Echoes Class Skill iconBowrange +1Class skill of the Archer class.


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE1 FE1 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse Orion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE1 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE2 FE2 Villager Map IconVillagerVisit Shrine after reaching Level 3.FE2 Archer Map IconArcher
FE2 FE2 Archer Map IconArcherVisit Shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Sniper Map IconSniper
FE3 FE3 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse FE3 Orion's BoltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE3 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE6 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE7 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE8 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE8 Ranger Map SpriteRanger
FE9 FE9 Rolf Archer Sprite
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE9 Rolf Sniper Sprite
FE10 FE10 Leonardo Archer Sprite
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer or train an Archer to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite
FE11 FE11 Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE11 Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE12 FEDS Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FEDS Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE13 FE13 Generic Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE13 Generic Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE14 FE14 Generic Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE14 Generic Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE14 Generic Kinshi Knight (F) Map SpriteKinshi Knight
FE15 VillagerVisit Shrine after reaching Level 3.Archer
FE15 ArcherVisit Shrine after reaching Level 7.Sniper
FEW Warriors Takumi SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Takumi.Warriors Takumi SpriteSniper

Notable ArchersEdit


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow DragonEdit

  • Gordin - A masterful Altean archer who looks younger that he actually is.
  • Tomas - Member of the Archanea Knights, who was captured and imprisoned in the palace.
  • Norne - A volunteer soldier from Altea, who appears in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon.

Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit

Mystery of the EmblemEdit

  • Ryan - Gordin's younger brother.

The Binding BladeEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

  • Wil - A youth from Pherae, in the Lycian League. Very social.
  • Rebecca - A kind and sociable girl who lives in a remote Pheraen village and spends her time hunting.

The Sacred StonesEdit

  • Neimi - A childhood friend of Colm who hails from Renais. She cries a lot.

Path of RadianceEdit

  • Rolf - Member of the Greil Mercenaries and the youngest brother of Oscar and Boyd. He is a gentle and bright boy.

Radiant DawnEdit

  • Leonardo - An archer of noble birth, whose family was destroyed by war. His personality rarely shows, since he is quiet and rarely talks. A serious and thoughtful person. He regularly nags his daydreaming partner, Edward.


  • Virion - The rightful ruler of Rosanne in Valm who has a tendency for wit and puffery.
  • Noire - Tharja's daughter from the future. A timid girl with violent mood swings as a result of being her mother's guinea pig for her curses during her childhood.


  • Takumi - The sometimes prickly prince of Hoshido who wields the divine bow Fujin Yumi.
  • Kiragi - Takumi's son and a prince of Hoshido. A skilled archer with a passion and knack for hunting.
  • Setsuna - A Hoshidan archer and one of Hinoka's retainers who is either fearless or daydreaming.

Etymology Edit


  • The Archer class is unused in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. It can be seen if cheats or hacking are used. The class has a C rank in Bows so it can be assumed that it was going to be a lesser version of the Bow Fighter class. If the class is brought into battle, the game will freeze.


See also Edit