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Bow Knight is a horse-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Depending on the title that the Bow Knight class appears in, it acts as a first, second or third-tier class. Primarily armed with Bows as its weapon of choice, the Bow Knight class is, in later installments, given the additional ability to wield Swords as its secondary weapon.

History in the Series

In Gaiden and its remake Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the Bow Knight class is the third-tier promotion of the Archer class family, possessing an attack range of 1~5. They are renowned for being especially useful for attacking most enemies without retaliation or when a unit requires protection due to their ability to hit enemy units from a considerable distance.

In the Jugdral Series, the Bow Knight class is the promoted form of the Arch Knight class. There are no recruitable pre-promoted units of this class in either title.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Bow Knight class is known as the Bow Rider, translated Ranger in the fan translation) and is an enemy-exclusive mounted class which can equip bows only.

In the Tellius Series, Bow Knights are a first-tier class that promotes into either Paladins in Path of Radiance or Bow Paladins in Radiant Dawn. In Radiant Dawn, the Bow Knight class can further promote into the Silver Knight class after promoting into the Bow Paladin class.

In Awakening, the Bow Knight class is one of the possible promoted forms of both the Archer and Mercenary classes. This incarnation of the class is able to wield Swords alongside Bows, drawing inspiration from the Nomadic Trooper from The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade, alongside the Ranger class from The Sacred Stones

In Fates, the Bow Knight class is treated as a Nohrian class, acting as one of the promoted forms of both the Mercenary and Outlaw classes.

In Three Houses, the Bow Knight is a class included in the Master Class curriculum, with the Bow Knight Certification exam requiring a unit to be Level 30 and to possess a C in Lances, and As in both Riding and Bows to pass. As such, it can be considered once more the promoted form of Snipers.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Bow Knight is known as the Tarkhan and is the promotion of the Ranger. The class wields Swords and Bows. Promotion into this class causes the Ranger to lose it's ability to traverse cliffs.




In Awakening, the Bow Knight class's mounted status improves their Movement for almost all skirmishes. Their increased Speed is handy for double attacking enemies and Rally Skill is a fairly good skill for increasing the activation chance of their allies' skills. Their added ability to wield Swords also affords them an advantage when engaging in close-ranged combat. Bowbreaker, conversely, is good for dealing with bow-wielding units such as Snipers, as they often carry the omnipresent threat of being armed with Killer Bows during Wi-Fi battles. Bow Knights also have decent Skill, allowing them to perform critical attacks more frequently than many other classes.


The Bow Knight class's stats in Fates are slightly altered as compared to the ones in Awakening; they have a slightly higher Resistance than Defense, effectively making them decent magic killers. Rather than having Bowbreaker (which is now learned by Sorcerers), Bow Knights learn Shurikenbreaker instead, allowing them to both hit and dodge shuriken/dagger wielders with ease.


Base Stats

FE440100880839--FE4 Bow.png A
FE5 (Mounted)24/205/4166/705-97/5-FE5 Bow Icon.png D
FE5 (Dismounted)24/204/3154/504-67/5-FE5 Bow Icon.png D
TS22503302-7--TS Bow.png 2
FE920/185025/606/50/1810/733/29FE9 Bow.png D
FE1018606608281033FE10 Bow.gif D
FE13248010100628--SwordIconFE13.png E BowIconFE13.png E
FE141860893568--FE14 Sword.png E FE14 Bow.png E
FE154016-8801068--Echoes bow weapon type icon.png
FE1632171014161214108--FE16 lance icon.png C FE16 bow icon.png A FE16 riding icon.png A

Maximum Stats

FE480251523233023189--FE4 Bow.png A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon.png A
TS60201518183017-12--TS Bow.png 17
FE94020152020402020810/733/29FE9 Bow.png A
FE10402010202030201081033FE10 Bow.gif A
FE1380403043414535308--SwordIconFE13.png A BowIconFE13.png A
FE1455292532333027328--FE14 Sword.png B FE14 Bow.png A

Growth Rates

FE1610/40%0/15%0%0/10%-5%0%0/25%0/5%---FE16 lance icon.png +3 FE16 bow icon.png +3 FE16 riding icon.png +3

Class Skills

FE4Remove.pngRe-MoveHidden innate skill of all mounted and flying units.
FE10Canto.pngCantoBase skill of all mounted and flying units.
FE13SkillCryFE13Icon.pngRally Skill
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14Rally Skill (FE14).pngRally Skill
Kunaibreaker (Skill).pngShurikenbreaker
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
FE15Echoes Class Skill icon.pngBowrange +2Class skill of the Bow Knight and Sniper classes.
FE16Bowrange+2 FE16.pngBowrange +2
Bowfaire FE16.pngBowfaire
Canto FE16.pngCanto
Defiant Spd FE16.pngDefiant Speed
Class ability of the Bow Knight class.
Class ability of the Bow Knight class.
Class ability of all mounted and flying units.
Mastery ability of Bow Knights.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE2FE2 Sniper Map Icon.gifSniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Bow Knight Map Icon.gifBow Knight
FE4FE4 Arch Knight Sprite.gifArch KnightChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Bow Knight Sprite.gifBow Knight
FE5FE5 Arch knight.gifArch KnightUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Arch Knight.FE5 Bow knight.gifBow Knight
FE9FE9 Astrid Bow Knight Sprite.png
Bow Knight
Use a FE9masterseal.gifMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Bow Knight.FE9 Astrid Paladin Sprite.png
FE10Bow KnightUse a FE10masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Bow Knight or train a Bow Knight to Level 21.FE10 Astrid Bow Paladin Sprite.png
Bow Paladin
FE13FE13 Generic Mercenary (M) Map Sprite.gifMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map Sprite.gifBow Knight
FE13 FE13 Generic Archer (M) Map Sprite.gifArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map Sprite.gifBow Knight
FE14FE14 Generic Mercenary (M) Map Sprite.gif Mercenary Use a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary. FE14 Generic Bow Knight Map Sprite.gifBow Knight
FE14 FE14 Generic Outlaw (M) Map Sprite.gifOutlawUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Outlaw.FE14 Generic Bow Knight Map Sprite.gifBow Knight
FE15SniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.Bow Knight
FE15 Bow KnightVisit the Altar of the Marksman when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.Elephant map sprite.gifOliphantier
FE16Any classUse a FE16 Seal Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 30+ unit and pass the Bow Knight Certification Exam.FE16 Bow Knight Icon.gifBow Knight

Notable Bow Knights


* - If one of the villagers can promote into the Archer class in Fire Emblem Gaiden.
** - If one of the Mercenaries/Myrmidons can promote into the Dread Fighter class can promote back to Villager if able to promote into the Archer class.

Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

Path of Radiance



Three Houses

  • Riegan: One of the Ten Elites, original bearer of the Crest of Riegan, and founder of House Riegan.

Vestaria Saga I

  • Gyskahl - The brother of Solis's late khar. Seeks to put his nephew, Cyltan, on the throne.
  • Promotion for: Cyltan.
  • Possible promotion for: Hoelun.

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister

  • Amlute - A knight in the service of Count Lorec and Raffine's fiance. Has a past he doesn't want to discuss.


  • In the opening cutscene in Fates, Bow Knights can be seen but only as unmounted units while in-game they are mounted units.
  • Although Nomadic Troopers became Rangers from The Blazing Blade to The Sacred Stones, losing their Sacaen/Nomadic looks, Myrmidons and Swordmasters, who were also Sacaen, stayed the exact same.