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Not to be confused with the Gaiden class of the same name

The Fighter, also called Axe Fighter in the Jugdral Series games, TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Fates, and in Fire Emblem Warriors, is a combat physical and typically male-only class found in every game in the series barring Gaiden. Wielding Axes as their sole weapon of choice, Fighters often appear as a duo early on in the games.


The Fighter, Cord, showing the sleeveless tunic and headband, traditional for the class.

For the most part, Fighters are displayed as muscular men wearing common clothing such as leather vests, similar to the Mercenary classes. What makes them different is that they have either no armor whatsoever, or they have a tiny pauldron or two in order to fit their description as scrappers with high strength and low defense.

In all games, at least one generic or named fighter, wears a headband. It is common for them to wear sleeveless tunics often with shorts, leaving their arms and legs bare.

In the Archanea titles, Fighters are depicted in the game as clad in only animal furs including a tunic, loincloth, armbands, and leg warmers. The playable Fighter characters are depicted in artwork with sleeveless tunics, leather pants and headbands.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, Fighters wear a horned executioner-esque hood without a shirt in the game's battle animations, but their map animations depict them with a sleeveless shirt and a bandana instead of a hood.

In Fates, Fighters appear shirtless and have more armor than previous games. More specifically, they now have slightly bigger pauldrons as well as a blackart, gorget, and shin-guards that go down to their feet. Female Fighters in Fates wear toe-less heels while their male counterparts go barefoot. This has the effect of making them appear more barbaric and savage compared to their previous iterations, a fitting appearance given the class's new quintessential promotion being the Berserker—an advanced class option typically tied to the absent "criminal" axe-wielders such as the Pirate, Brigand, and Barbarian, as well as the NPC Fighters' increasingly thuggish and uncouth behaviors.

History in the Series

The Fighter class first appears in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Though Fighters are described as lacking Defense in the class roll, the three playable Fighter characters and the Fighter Boss all boast high Defense. Alongside Pirates, they are the only Axe-wielding classes appearing in this title. Like most other classes in the game, Fighters are unable to promote.

The title "Fighter" is used for class in Gaiden, but it is completely different from its predecessor. In this title, Brigands, known here as Thieves, form the only axe-wielding class.

In Mystery of the Emblem, Fighters remain non-promotable and, due to pirates being made enemy-exclusive, are the sole playable Axe-wielding class. The Fighter and Pirate classes are joined by two additional axe classes: the nigh similar Brigand and more powerful Barbarian, both of which are likewise enemy-exclusive classes. The three Fighter units are only playable in the first book, meaning no axes can be used by any playable characters in Book 2.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Fighter class is known as the Axe Fighter (アクスファイター Akusu Faitā). The Axe Fighter class promotes into the Warrior class in this title, pioneering the possibility of Fighters promoting in the series.

The Fighter class is revamped in Thracia 776, in which it possesses similar characteristics to the Myrmidon class. The Fighter promotion in Thracia 776 is the Hero class, while the Warrior class is instead the promotion for the Brigand class.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the name Fighter is used for the Mercenary class, while the traditional Fighter is known as Axe Fighter like in the Jugdral titles. Axe Fighter is a playable class that promotes to Warrior. Fighter possesses high speed and accuracy like in Thracia 776, as does the game's incarnation of Warrior.

Dean, the lone playable Axe Fighter in TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, promotes into the unique Slayer class, while Warriors are a standalone enemy-exclusive class. Dean is a fast and powerful unit with a high critical.

After Thracia 776, the class is largely reverted to mirror its Genealogy of the Holy War incarnation. The exception to this rule is the The Sacred Stones and Awakening incarnations, where the inbuilt branched promotion feature grants the class the ability to promote into the Hero class.

In Radiant Dawn, Fighters (ファイター戦士) promotes into Warriors and thereafter Reavers when the necessary requirements are met.

In Fates, the class is Nohrian class, its Hoshidan counterpart is the Oni Savage. It is made unisex with the introduction of Charlotte and the possibility to reclass female characters into it if they fit the needed requirements. Additionally, due to the absence of Pirates and related classic axe-wielding classes like Brigand and Barbarian, Fighters now promote into the Berserker class for the first time in the series. Due to this new association with the criminal Axe classes, Fighter NPCs are thus designed to appear and behave more like crass, uncouth thugs in this installment. They even inherit the ability to wreck villages and homes from their Brigand predecessors.

In the spin-off title Fire Emblem Warriors, the class appears as an enemy-only unit that, strangely enough, acts as a semi-clone of the Cleric class, as Lissa is the only infantry Axe unit in the game with the others being cavalry or flying units. In that game, enemy units are named differently depending on which faction they belong to (but otherwise only differ in main color scheme), with the enemy-only Nohrian variant and their promoted version called the Axe Fighter and Berserker, while the Hoshidan variants are the Oni Savage and Oni Chieftain. The materials all generic Axe units drop (Axe Fighter's Glove and Axe Fighter's Helmet) use "Axe Fighter" in both English and the original Japanese.

In Three Houses, the Fighter returns as an optional promoted class from the Beginner Class curriculum of the Commoner and Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 5 with an Axe, Bow or the new Brawling Skill Level of D or higher and a Beginner Seal. Due to having three weapon skill archetype affinities, the Fighter can be considered the branching point for the Brawler, Brigand, and Archer class lines.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Fighter is once again known as the Axefighter like in the previous Saga titles. Axe Fighters can promote into the Axemaster. One of the Axefighters, Jean, can promote into a class exclusive to him called the Goliath once he reached level 15. This class gives Jean 20 HP in exchange for 1 Movement. The statline of the Axefighter is unclear as all three recruitable Axefighters have drastically different stats from one another.



A fighter performing a normal attack in the GBA titles

In terms of stats, Fighters are similar to other axe-wielding units such as Pirates and Brigands. They tend to have high HP and Strength, moderate Speed and poor Defense. Their somewhat low Speed often prevents them from being able to double attack, but their high Strength offsets this, as they can deal heavy damage in only one blow. In Thracia 776, TearRing Saga and Berwick Saga Axe Fighters have higher Skill and Speed, essentially acting as Myrmidons with axes instead of swords.

Due to their weapon triangle advantage, fighters often work well for killing enemy lance-users such as Soldiers and Knights in early-game sequences. In Fire Emblem: Fates, they gain an additional weapon triangle disadvantage over magic users and advantage over Shuriken. Attacking magic users is risky thanks to not only Fighters' low resistance but also the decreased hit rate thanks to the weapon triangle disadvantage.


Fighters cannot class change in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Mystery of the Emblem. In Thracia 776, Axe Fighter units promote into Mercenaries. In all other games, fighters promote into Warriors, gaining in the ability to use bows. In both The Sacred Stones and Awakening, they are given the option of promoting into either a Warrior or a Hero, which gives them the ability to wield bows or swords respectively. In Fire Emblem Fates, they no longer can promote into Warriors, but can now promote into the Berserker class in addition to the Hero class.

In Three Houses, due to the Fighter having three weapon skill level proficiencies (the most out of the four Beginner-rank classes) in order to pass their Certification Exam, Fighters can promote into four different specialty classes provided the unit's weapon skill rank is high enough, these being the Armored Knight, the Brigand, the Archer, and the new, male unit-exclusive Brawler.


Base Stats

FE1185-170406--Axe 4
FE3205-010306--Axe 10
FE435803100806--FE4 Axe.png A
FE520404502-68-FE5 Axe Icon.png E
TS22505603-5--TS Axe.png 3
FE6205-24020511-Axe.gif D
FE7205-24020511-Axe.gif D
FE8205-24020511-Axe.gif D
FE924503303061212FE9 Axe.png D
FE10221006805061212FE10 Axe.gif D
FE112050170306--FE12 Axe.png E
FE122270360306--FE12 Axe.png E
FE132080550405--AxeIconFE13.png E
FE141970662415--FE14 Axe.png E
FE162083664524--FE16 axe icon.png D FE16 bow icon.png D FE16 brawl icon.png D

Maximum Stats

FE15220-20202020206--Axe 20
FE35220-20202020206--Axe 20
FE480231518253023156--FE4 Axe.png A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Axe Icon.png A
TS60211525253018-12--TS Axe.png 20
FE66020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE76020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE86020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE9402015202040202061212FE9 Axe.png A
FE1045205202030201061212FE10 Axe.gif A
FE1160202020202020206--FE12 Axe.png A
FE1260202020202020206--FE12 Axe.png A
FE1360292026253025235--AxeIconFE13.png A
FE1445251523222119185--FE14 Axe.png B

Growth Rates

FE1610%5/10%0%0%0%0%0%-5/-10%---FE16 axe icon.png +1FE16 bow icon.png +1FE16 brawl icon.png +1

Class Skills

FE10Shove.pngShoveBase skill of all foot units.
FE13MaxHPPlus5.pngHP +5
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE14MaxHPPlus5.pngHP +5
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
FE16Strength 2 FE16.pngStrength +2
Combat Art Icon FE16 Special.pngShove
Class Mastery.
Class Mastery.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE4FE4 Axe Fighter Sprite.gifAxe FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Warrior Sprite.gifWarrior
FE5FE5 Axe fighter.gifAxe FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Axe Fighter.FE5 Hero.gifMercenary
TSAxeFighter.gifAxe FighterUse a TRSHeroProof.gifHero Proof on a Level 10+ Fighter.Warrior.gifWarrior
FE6FE8 Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE8 Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE7FE8 Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE8 Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE8FE8 Journeyman Map Sprite.gifJourneymanAutomatically at the start of next map after reaching Level 10FE8 Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighter
FE8 FE8 Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE8 Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE8 Hero Map Sprite.gifHero
FE9FE9 Boyd Fighter Sprite.png
Use a FE9masterseal.gifMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE9 Boyd Warrior Sprite.png
FE10FE10 Nolan Fighter Sprite.png
Use a FE10masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter or train a Fighter to Level 21.FE10 Nolan Warrior Sprite.png
FE11FE11 Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE11 Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE12FEDS Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FEDS Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE13FE13 Generic Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE13 Generic Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE13 Generic Hero (M) Map Sprite.gifHero
FE14FE14 Generic Fighter Map Sprite.gifFighterUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE14 Generic Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
FE14 Generic Hero Map Sprite.gifHero
FE16Any classUse a FE16 Seal Icon.pngBeginner Seal on a Level 5+ unit and pass the Fighter Certification Exam.FE16 Fighter Icon.gifFighter

Notable Fighters


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Mystery of the Emblem/Shadow Dragon

  • Barst - A mercenary under Ogma who has a mild-mannered personality. After the War of Shadows, he left Talys and supposedly became a pirate.
  • Bord - A mercenary under Ogma who is known for his skill. After the War of Shadows, he became a woodcutter.
  • Cord - A mercenary under Ogma who is known for his speed. Like his fellow mercenary Bord, he became a woodcutter after the War of Shadows.
  • Hyman - The leader of the Soothsires, a feared group of thieves. (Brigand in Mystery of the Emblem).

Archanea Saga/New Mystery of the Emblem

  • Dice - A mercenary resembling a Viking who seeks fortune. He is Malice's father.

Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

The Binding Blade

  • Lot - An overly cautious mercenary who is led by Dieck.
  • Wade - A reckless and confident man who also works under Dieck.
  • Damas - Leader of the Bole mountain bandits.

The Blazing Blade

The Sacred Stones

Path of Radiance

Radiant Dawn


  • Vaike - The brash, self-proclaimed rival of Chrom with a history of easily misplacing his possessions.


  • Arthur - A self-proclaimed Hero of Justice whose attempts at good deeds are often muddied by his abysmal luck. He is one of Elise's retainers.
  • Charlotte - The first Female fighter in the series. Though she appears like a delicate woman, she is a fierce fighter with a sharp tongue deep down.
  • Gazzak - A bandit that lurks around the border and targets small villages (encountered as a boss; can be captured).

Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga

  • Dean: A volunteer axefighter with a deeply bitter grudge towards the Raze Empire.

Vestaria Saga I

  • Jean - A woodcutter from Lucca Village. He and Ash often seek to outdo one another.
  • Ash - A fearless (or as Jean would say, reckless) woodcutter from Lucca Village.
  • Hilda - A Norden axefighter who has been charged with keeping Lianka safe.


  • Although named Fighter, Alm's class in Fire Emblem Gaiden is very different from this one, actually being a regular, sword-using class, promoting to Hero. It should be noted that no player units in Gaiden can use axes.
  • Curiously non playable or enemy fighters only appear in exactly one map in Thracia 776', that being the The First Rain of May where ally fighters can be summoned from villages. These ally fighters have their own palette which can be seen when healing them.