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The Archer is a physical combat class that appears across the Fire Emblem Series. Archers are foot soldiers carrying Bows to launch assaults on their foes at range. This is, however, offset by the fact that Archers are unable to attack from one space away under normal circumstances, and are often unable to counterattack when attacked by an enemy in an adjacent space. While typically lacking in HP and defense, Archers that are properly guarded by melee units can prove a reliable asset in battle.

History in the Series[]

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 male exclusive promoted forms of the Villager class. Archers are capable of promoting into Sniper class, and ultimately the Bow Knight class.

The Archer class does not appear in Genealogy of the Holy War, where it is replaced with the Bow Fighter class. In Thracia 776, the Archer reappears, but as an enemy-only class.

A playable Archer class returns to the series 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 promotes into Sniper and thereafter into Marksman when the necessary requirements are met.

Similarly, in Awakening, Archers are further given the option to promote into Bow Knights alongside Snipers.

In Fates, the Archer class is known as the Bow User 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 Snipers alongside Kinshi Knights, the first flying Bow-wielding class to appear in the series.

In the spin-off Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, the Archer Virion from Awakening appears as the Mirage partner of Eleonora Yumizuru. Virion can promote into either a Sniper or an Assassin. Archers appear as enemy Mirages in Illusory Shibuya as Dark Archer, and a stronger variant, the Red Archer, appears in Illusory Daiba Studio.

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

In Three Houses, the Archer class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 10 with a Bow Skill Level of C or higher and an Intermediate Seal.

In Engage, Alcryst's unique Lord class functions as a variant of the Archer class, alongside the standard Archer class.

Other Games[]

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga features the Archer class as an enemy-exclusive class. Similar to Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, Bow Fighters are the playable equivalent.

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.

In Three Hopes, the Archer class is part of the Fighter class tree. Units can promote from Fighter to Archer by first mastering Fighter then spend a Intermediate Seal. When Claude unlocks Archer, it also unlocks his first personal class, Wyvern Master.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Archer is known as the Hunter. It can promote into the Deadshot.



While Archers are capable of attacking most melee weapon 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. In Three Hopes, Archers are part of a weapon triangle that allows them to score bonus damage against Brawlers, Grapplers, and War Masters, but take bonus damage in turn from Mages.


Base Stats[]

FE1164-140505--Bow 9-
FE2249-120304--Bow --
FE3165-340605--Bow ?-
FE520300001----FE5 Bow Icon E-
TS20401102-4--TS Bow 2-
FE618/174/3-33/403056/5-Bow D-
FE718/174/3-33/403057/5-Bow D-
FE818/174/3-33/403057/5-Bow D-
FE9183063040699FE9 Bow D-
FE10199010805161010FE10 Bow D-
FE111650340605--FE12 Bow E-
FE121650340605--FE12 Bow E-
FE131650860505--BowIconFE13 E-
FE141750752415--FE14 Bow E-
FE162586878525--FE16 bow icon C0
FE1719609522144-FE17 Bow ?-

Maximum Stats[]

FE15220-20202020205--Bow 20-
FE25240-40404040404--Bow --
FE35220-20202020205--Bow 20-
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon A-
TS60191516163017-12--TS Bow 17-
FE66020-20203020201520-Bow A-
FE76020-20203020201520-Bow A-
FE86020-20203020201520-Bow A-
FE94020152020402020699FE9 Bow A-
FE10402010202030201061010FE10 Bow A-
FE1160202020202020205--FE12 Bow A-
FE1260202020202020205--FE12 Bow A-
FE1360262029253025215--BowIconFE13 A-
FE1440211523212020175--FE14 Bow B-
FE176838204532282324614-FE17 Bow B-

Growth Rates[]

FE165/10%0/15%0%10%0%5/10%0%0%---FE16 sword icon +1 FE16 bow icon +25%

Class Modifiers[]


Class Skills[]

FE10ShoveShoveBase skill of all foot units.
FE13Skill +2Skill +2
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE14Skill +2Skill +2
Prescient Victory (Skill)Quick Draw
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
FE15Echoes Class Skill iconBowrange +1Class skill of the Archer class.
FE16Bowrange+1 FE16Bowrange +1
Hit 20 FE16Hit +20
Base Ability of Archer.
Mastery Ability of Archer.
FEW3HGauntlet Buster Lv 2 Gauntlet Buster Lv 2
Bow Crit +10 FE16 Archer's Ploy
Bowfaire FE16 Archer's Wisdom
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Spiral Shot
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Tracking Shot
Bow Prowess Bow Prowess
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Break Shot
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Drill Arrow
Confidence skill Armsthrift
Rally Movement FE16 One Heart One Mind
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow Point-Blank Volley
Class ability.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
2-star Class Mastery for most units.
2-star Class Mastery for certain units.
2-star Class Mastery for certain units.
3-star Class Mastery for certain units.
3-star Class Mastery for certain units.
3-star Class Mastery for all units.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse Orion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE1 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE2FE2 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
FE3FE3 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse FE3 Orion's BoltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE3 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE6FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE7FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE8FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE8 Ranger Map SpriteRanger
FE9FE9 Rolf Archer Sprite
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE9 Rolf Sniper Sprite
FE10FE10 Leonardo Archer Sprite
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer or train an Archer to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite
FE11FE11 Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE11 Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE12FEDS Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FEDS Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE13FE13 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
FE14FE14 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
FE15VillagerVisit Shrine after reaching Level 3.Archer
FE15 ArcherVisit Shrine after reaching Level 7.Sniper
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal IconIntermediate Seal on a Level 10+ unit and pass the Archer Certification Exam.FE16 Archer IconArcher
FE17EtieFE17SpriteArcherUse FE17MasterSealSpriteMaster Seal on Level 10+ Archer.
Use FE17MasterSealSpriteMaster Seal on Level 10+ Archer with FE17 SwordSword, FE17 LanceLance, or FE17 AxeAxe Proficiency.
FE17BowKnightSpriteBow Knight
FEWWarriors Takumi SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Takumi.Warriors Takumi SpriteSniper
FEW3HFE16 Fighter Icon FighterUse an FE16 Seal Icon Intermediate Seal on a unit that has mastered the Fighter Class.FE16 Archer Icon Archer
FEW3H FE16 Archer Icon ArcherUse an FE16 Seal Icon Advanced Seal on a unit that has mastered the Archer Class.FE16 Sniper Icon Sniper

Notable Archers[]


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon[]

  • Gordin - A masterful Altean archer who looks younger than he actually is.
  • Tomas - Member of the Archanea Knights, who was captured and imprisoned in the palace.
  • Norne - An archer and volunteer soldier who took up arms in the struggle that consumed her homeland and aided Marth's escape.

Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[]

  • Python - An archer with the Deliverance whose nonchalant exterior belies a serious character that cares deeply for his allies.
  • Leon - A handsome but narcissistic Zofian archer who adores his friend Valbar.

Mystery of the Emblem[]

The Binding Blade[]

The Blazing Blade[]

  • 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 Stones[]

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

Path of Radiance[]

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

Radiant Dawn[]

  • 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.


  • Etie - A Palace Knight of Firene. A noble lady devoted to body building, and retainer to Prince Alfred.

Vestaria Saga I[]

  • Dune - A well-liked hunter from Lucca Village. He was abandoned there as a child.
  • Sheela - Granddaughter of the Yapa elder. She is determined to see the world for herself.


  • 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[]