The Cavalier (ソシアルナイト, Soshiaru naito lit. Social Knight in Japanese versions) is a horse-mounted combat physical class that is usually capable of arming either Lances or Swords as its weapons of choice. While Cavaliers do not possess high HP, Strength and Defense, they can move very long distances across the battlefield, riding quickly from one area to another. In later titles, the introduction of the Weapon Triangle makes these characters much more versatile in fighting different types of foes. Utilizing their ability to use both the Sword and the Lance gives them barely any weaknesses when facing any type of melee fighter in battle.

History in the Series[edit | edit source]

In its original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Social Knight class is established as the pioneer class of Lance-wielding knights riding into battle on horseback. Cavaliers promote into Paladins in this title.

In Gaiden, the Cavalier class is simply known as the Knight (ナイト Naito). It acts as one of the promoted forms of the Villager class, and is able to further promote into the Paladin class. Knight only uses Lances as no class can wield multiple melee weapons in Gaiden. However some artwork for Knight class characters depicts them with Swords.

Mystery of the Emblem had Cavaliers using lances exclusively once more, however the introduction of the Dismount feature changed up the cavalier class. Cavalier characters had the option to dismount and were forced to do so during indoor levels. When dismounted, Cavaliers lose 3 movement and the ability to use lances, whilst gaining the ability to use swords and to traverse the same terrain infantry can.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Cavalier class returns, and is joined by three similar horse-mounted versions each exclusive to one weapon: the Lance, Sword, and Axe Knights. The cavalier can use both swords and lances in exchange for having a lower weapon rank then the other mounted classes.

In Thracia 776, Cavalier is once again alongside the mounted weapon knight classes. Cavaliers can dismount similar to Mystery of the Emblem.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Cavalier class is known as Rook Knight (ルークナイト Rūku naito). The class promotes into a variety of different classes, based on the character in question; Kreiss and Arkis promote into Commando Knights, Narron into a Gold Knight, Estelle and Rina into Paladins and Sun into a Black Knight.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, Elbert is the sole playable unit in the class, known as Sergeant Knight (サージェンナイト sājennaito) and promotes to Paladin as per usual. Two variants of the class are also seen throughout the game, the Imperial Knight (帝国騎士 teikoku kishi) and the Royal Army Knight (騎士団 王国騎士 kishidan ōkoku kishi), associated with cavaliers aligned with the Raze Empire and Verian Kingdom respectively. Both of them are unplayable.

In The Sacred Stones, the Cavalier class is further given the option to promote into the Great Knight class.

In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, the Cavalier class is entirely split up and replaced with four similar horse-mounted versions each exclusive to one weapon: the Lance and Sword Knights.

The Cavalier class is merged back into a singular entity in Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, where they are reverted to promoting into the classic Paladin class.

In Awakening and Fates, the Cavalier class, much like its The Sacred Stones iteration, is able to choose between the Paladin and Great Knight classes to promote into.

In Fates, the Cavalier class is treated as a Nohrian class and it considered the counterpart to the Ninja class of Hoshido.

In the spinoff Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, Cavaliers are one of the classes in the game. While retaining their use of Lances, Cavaliers ride motorcycles instead of horses to fit the theme of the game. The playable Cavalier, the Mirage Cain has the option to promote into either a Paladin or Dark Knight.

The remake of Gaiden, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia features Cavaliers again. Cavaliers again exclusively use Lances, though the class is now one of the promoted forms for Female Villagers, a new class.

In the Koei spinoff, Warriors, Cavaliers are featured as a class used by enemy officers. Due to being a clone of the Paladin class, the cavaliers in the game exclusively use swords for the first time in the series. Despite Cavaliers being a sword class in the game, their map sprites, taken from Awakening, depict them with Lances. This iteration also has a Hoshidan version, called the Expert Rider (騎馬武者, Kiba Musha, translates to Calvary Warrior).

In Three Houses, The Cavalier Class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 10 with a Lance Skill Level of C or higher, a Riding Skill Level of D or Higher and an Intermediate Seal.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Cavalier is known as the Knight. They follow the Heavy Cavalry paradigm. Knights are split into two distinct variants; male and female. Male Knights have higher HP, Strength and Defence while Female Knights have higher Speed, Skill and have Magic and Resistance stats. Female Knights also get access to Maidenswords. Both variants can promote into the Paladin. Upon promotion they get access to Throwing Spears.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

An attack animation of a Cavalier

As with all mounted units, the Cavalier class is able to traverse battlefields with ease due to its high Movement. Using this ability is often helpful to assist other characters at a far-off distance, meet certain objectives or quickly block enemy advances.

Cavaliers also make excellent rescuers once the Rescue command is introduced to the series; able to move far distances, they can thus pick up injured allies and move them to safety near a healer or somewhere safe with ease. The Rescue command also allows one to move slower units into battle at a much quicker pace. Due to their average combat abilities, it is thence not recommended for Cavaliers to battle foes of similar or greater strength. The ability to close in on units from a distance, however, makes them outstanding units to use against Archers and Snipers.

Overall, Cavaliers make strong support characters for other classes. With their ability to wield both Swords and Lances, which allows them to use several weapons imbued with weapon effectiveness, and their strong movement abilities, they can be extremely useful units.

Typically, most Cavaliers lean more towards the use of Lances. Gaiden is the only main game where they use only one weapon type (Lances), as no class in this game use more than two melee weapon types.

Weaknesses[edit | edit source]

Cavaliers have three weaknesses:

  • One is their often low Resistance, which is usually never much of a problem due to their high HP.
  • While Cavaliers have great Movement capabilities, they also have a lot of terrain restrictions, which can pose a huge problem in stretches of terrain that make it harder for them to move or terrain that they cannot tread.
  • A smaller problem is that the class is weak against the Ridersbane/Horseslayer, Longsword and Poleaxe weapons, ones that are usually wielded by other fast-moving units. This is, however, mainly a problem only in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Shadow Dragon.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

FE1165-260709--Sword/Lance 8
FE3185-240609--Lance 8
FE43070660608--FE4 Sword.png B FE4 Lance.png C
FE5203/203/24/203/2-8/56-FE5 Sword Icon.png E FE5 Lance Icon.png E
TS (mounted)20403303-7--TS Sword.pngTS Lance.png 1
TS (foot)20302202-4--TS Sword.png 1
FE620/185-2/35/306079-Sword.gif E/D Lance.gif D/E
FE720/185-2/35/306079-Sword.gif E/D Lance.gif D/E
FE820/185-2/35/306079-Sword.gif E/D Lance.gif D/E
FE111850260709--FE12 Sword.png E FE12 Lance.png E
FE121850260709--FE12 Sword.png E FE12 Lance.png E
FE131860560707--SwordIconFE13.png E LanceIconFE13.png E
FE141760553537--FE14 Sword.png E FE14 Lance.png E
FE15249-350527--Echoes lance weapon type icon.png

Maximum Stats[edit | edit source]

FE15220-20202020209--Sword/Lance 20
FE35220-20202020209--Lance 20
FE480221521213021158--FE4 Sword.png B FE4 Lance.png C
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon.png A FE5 Lance Icon.png A
TS (mount)60191518183018-12--TS Sword.pngTS Lance.png 16
TS (foot)60181517173017-12--TS Sword.png 16
FE66020-20203020201520-Sword.gif A Lance.gif A
FE76020-20203020201520-Sword.gif A Lance.gif A
FE86020-20203020201520-Sword.gif A Lance.gif A
FE1160202020202020209--FE12 Sword.png A FE12 Lance.png A
FE1260202020202020209--FE12 Sword.png A FE12 Lance.png A
FE1360262025253026267--SwordIconFE13.png A LanceIconFE13.png A
FE1440221521202422217--FE14 Sword.png B FE14 Lance.png B

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]


Class Skills[edit | edit source]

FE4Remove.pngRe-MoveHidden innate skill of all flying and mounted units.
FE10Canto.pngCantoBase skill of all flying and mounted units.
FE13Discipline (FE13).pngDiscipline
OutdoorBattle.pngOutdoor Fighter
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE14Open Assault.pngElbow Room
Rescue (Skill).pngShelter
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE16Canto FE16.pngCanto
Desperation FE16.png Desperation
Base Ability of Cavalier.
Mastery Ability of Cavalier.

Promotions[edit | edit source]

Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifSocial KnightUse a Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Social Knight.FE1 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE2FE2 Villager Map Icon.gifVillagerVisit a shrine after reaching the appropriate level.FE2 Cavalier Map Icon.gifKnight
FE2 FE2 Cavalier Map Icon.gifKnightVisit a shrine after reaching the appropriate level.FE2 Paladin Map Icon.gifPaladin
FE3FE3 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifSocial KnightUse a Knight Crest (FE3).pngKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Social Knight.FE3 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE4FE4 Social Knight Sprite.gifSocial KnightChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Paladin Sprite (M).gifPaladin
FE5FE5 Cavalier.gifSocial KnightUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Social Knight.FE5 Paladin.gifPaladin
TSRookKnight.gifRook KnightUse a Ts-knight-proof.gifKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Rook Knight.CommandoKnight.gifCommando Knight (Kreiss and Arkis)
GoldKnight.gifGold Knight (Narron)
Paladin.gifPaladin (Estelle and Rina)
BlackKnight.gifBlack Knight (Sun)
FE6FE8 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a Knightcrest.gifKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE7FE8 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a Knightcrest.gifKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE8FE8 Recruit Map Sprite.gifRecruitAutomatically at the start of next map after reaching Level 10.FE8 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalier
FE8 FE8 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a Knightcrest.gifKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE8 Great Knight Map Sprite.gifGreat Knight
FE11FE11 Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE11 Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE12FEDS Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FEDS Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE13FE13 Generic Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE13 Paladin.gifPaladin
FE13 Generic Great Knight Map Sprite.gifGreat Knight
FE14FE14 Generic Cavalier Map Sprite.gifCavalierUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE14 Generic Paladin Map Sprite.gifPaladin
FE14 Generic Great Knight Map Sprite.gifGreat Knight
FE15FE15 Villager (Atlas).gifVillagerVisit a Mila shrine at level 7+.FE15 Cavalier (Clive).gifCavalier
FE15 FE15 Cavalier (Clive).gifCavalierVisit a Mila shrine at level 10+.FE15 Paladin (Mathilda).gifPaladin
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal Icon.pngIntermediate Seal on a Level 10+ unit and pass the Cavalier Certification Exam.FE16 Cavalier Icon.gifCavalier

Notable Cavaliers[edit | edit source]

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon[edit | edit source]

Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of Valentia[edit | edit source]

Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem[edit | edit source]

  • Cecil - Knight of Altea and the first female Cavalier to appear in the series.
  • Luke - An aspiring Altean Knight of flirtatious demeanor and Roderick's longtime friend and rival.
  • Roderick - An aspiring Altean Knight of calm demeanor and Luke's longtime friend and rival.
  • Cain - A reckless Altean Cavalier, known as the Great Bull.
  • Abel - A sensible Altean Cavalier, known as the Black Panther.
  • Matthis - Knight of Macedon and older brother of Lena.
  • Belf - Former member of Grust's Sable Order of Knights.
  • Reiden - Former member of Grust's Sable Order of Knights.

Genealogy of the Holy War[edit | edit source]

  • Naoise - Knight of Chalphy who is fiercely loyal to Sigurd and the companion of Alec.
  • Ares - Eldigan's son and heir to Mystletainn who joined up with a mercenary captain after his parents passed away.
  • Alec - Knight of Chalphy who is Naoise's rash, vulgar companion.

Thracia 776[edit | edit source]

  • Carrion - An orphaned knight of Leonster.

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga[edit | edit source]

The Binding Blade[edit | edit source]

  • Lance - Intellectual and calm knight of Pherae and the companion of Alen.
  • Alen - Reckless knight of Pherae and the companion of Lance.
  • Noah - Charismatic member of the Ilian mercenaries.
  • Trec - Slow-witted member of the Ilian mercenaries.
  • Erik - Son of Darin and Marquess of Laus.

The Blazing Blade[edit | edit source]

  • Sain - Philandering, carefree knight of Caelin and companion of Kent.
  • Kent - Stoic, serious knight of Caelin and companion of Sain.
  • Lowen - Insecure knight of Pherae who pledges allegiance to Eliwood.
  • Erik - Son of Marquess Darin of Laus.

The Sacred Stones[edit | edit source]

  • Franz - Earnest knight of Renais and Forde's younger brother.
  • Forde - Lazy, yet talented knight of Renais, Franz's older brother and companion of Kyle.
  • Kyle - Loyal and intelligent knight of Renais and companion of Forde.
  • Murray - Lieutenant of Tirado.
  • Possible promotion for: Amelia

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga[edit | edit source]

  • Elbert - A knight of Chinon who serves as second-in-command to Ward. He's seen as an elder brother by the younger knights due to his warm and laid-back personality.

Awakening[edit | edit source]

  • Stahl - A kind but slightly scatterbrained knight who served with the Shepherds.
  • Sully - A member of the Shepherds who is serious about becoming a great knight.

Fates[edit | edit source]

  • Silas - A newly appointed Nohrian knight and the Avatar's childhood friend who is often asked for advice.
  • Peri - A cavalier of Nohr and one of Xander's retainers who massacres foes with childlike glee.
  • Sophie - Silas' daughter. A fledgling cavalier who has difficulty reigning in her stubborn horse, Avel.
  • Siegbert - Xander's serious and kind son who received the finest education as a king-to-be.

Vestaria Saga I[edit | edit source]

  • Troy - A cavalier from the duchy of Redessa. Famed as "The Winds of Troy."
  • Merida - A Lestian knight-in-training who is wandering Vestaria for personal reasons.

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister[edit | edit source]

  • Hestion - A knight of Cordea and Alexander's best friend. He is the more dutiful of the duo.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

The word "cavalier" is derived from the French word chevalier. It was first used to describe the loyalists of King Charles I and his son, Charles II of England during the English Civil War.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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