The Duke Knight (デュークナイト Dyūku naito) is a horse-mounted combat physical class for that appears exclusively in the Jugdral Series of Fire Emblem Series and TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga. The promoted form of the Lance Knight, Duke Knights are armed with Lances as their primary weapon of choice and switch to Swords when dismounted in Fire Emblem: Thracia 776.
History in the Series
In Thracia 776, the Duke Knight class, like all other mounted classes, is forced to dismount from its steed in indoor chapters. When dismounted, Duke Knights lose the ability to wield Lances and are locked to wielding Swords instead.
In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, the Duke Knight is essentially a fusion of the Paladin and Lance Knight, the latter being a tier 2 class in the game. It is capable of using Swords, Spears, Small Shields, and Medium Shields like the former, but also has the ability to use the Lance subweapons like the latter, making it the strongest mounted class in the game, only rivaled by the enemy-only Black Knight. The player army can recruit only one Duke Knight, Clifford.
In Thracia 776, Duke Knights are outclassed by Paladins in every way because of a new weapon rank system, both classes having the same stat caps, and the dismounting feature makes them both switch exclusively to swords dismounted.
In Berwick Saga, Duke Knights are the best cavalry unit available to the player army. The class caps its spear skill at 60, making it one of the few classes with a cap above 50 and the only playable class with a Spear rank that high. This means Duke Knights will have a critical bonus for each Spear point above 50, such as a Duke Knight with a 60 Spear rank having a 10% critical bonus. Along with Lance Knights, Duke Knights are the only playable class able to use the Lance subweapon type. Their sword cap reaches 30, making them able to use that weapon competently as well. The class has 50 cap in both small and medium shields. All in all, Duke Knight is a powerful class, offset only by its rarity.
|FE4||Re-Move||Hidden innate skill of all flying and mounted units.|
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE4||Lance Knight||Choose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.||Duke Knight|
|FE5||Lance Knight||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Lance Knight.||Duke Knight|
Notable Duke Knights
- Quan - Prince of Leonster and the father of Leif.
- Elliot - A treacherous upstart noble of Agustria.
- Zyne - A knight of Agustria who swears fealty to Chagall.
- Promotion for: Finn.
- Clifford: A once-proud knight that became a drunk upon the death of his wife. Father of Ruby.
- Vester: The son of the Duke of Bornia. He leads a rebellion against the Raze Archbishop Almachius, who is using his father as a puppet king.