The Freelancer (コマンド Komando, lit. Commando in the Japanese version; Chameleon in the Europe version of Shadow Dragon) is a combat shape-shifting class that is exclusive to the Archanea Series of Fire Emblem. The personal class of the former Divine Dragon Manakete Xane, the Freelancer class allows him to use the unique "Imitate" command to assume the class and appearance of a selected ally unit.
While the Freelancer class is great for making a duplicate of a particularly useful character, it has its flaws. Xane cannot stay remain in his assumed form forever, and will revert to his original appearance immediately after five turns come to pass. Doing so also sees his level, maximum HP, class and stats reverting to what he originally boasted before transformation.
The Freelancer class is not entirely flawed; a moot point of the class in the remakes of the original Archanea titles is the fact that whatever experience is gained while Xane is in his imitated form will remain with him even when he reverts, making it easier to level him up. This is very different from Dancers and Bards, who can only gain experience through their performances.
Features copied upon transformation:
- Portrait (remakes only)
- Max HP (Note: Xane does not copy this in Mystery of the Emblem)
- Current HP (original games only)
- Experience points of copied character (original games only)
- Weapon Level
- Gender (remakes only)
Note: While the stat screen displays the copied unit's level, Xane retains his own as a unit.