The Great Knight (グレートナイト Gurēto naito) is a horse-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. Introduced as the promoted form of the Axe Knight class, the Great Knight has also been instituted as one of the possible promotions for the Cavalier and Knight classes. The Cavalry incarnation wields Axes as their sole weapon of choice, while the Armored incarnation are known to be able to wield Swords and Lances in addition to Axes.
History in the SeriesEdit
In its original inception in Genealogy of the Holy War, the Great Knight class is established as the promoted form of the Axe Knight class, focusing on strength, and wielding Axes as its sole weapon of choice.
In Thracia 776, the Great Knight class is again the promoted form of the Axe Knight class, but this iteration can dismount, and is forced to do so for indoor chapters. When dismounted, Great Knights are entirely unable to use axes, and must arm themselves with Swords.
While TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga does not feature Great Knight, the Iron Knight class is retroactively similar to the Armored Great Knight incarnation introduced in the Sacred Stones, though it predates it. Like all armored units in the game, Iron Knight uses Swords exclusively.
The Great Knight class is absent until the onset of The Sacred Stones, where it is one of the promoted forms of both the Cavalier and Knight classes. This version of the class is able to wield Swords, Lance, as well Axes as its weapons of choice. Additionally Great Knights are classified as Armored units, and have lower move than the other mounted classes.
In Radiant Dawn, the class is renamed as the Axe Paladin (斧騎将グレートナイト, lit. Axe Rider General) in localized versions of the game to make them thematically similar to Lance Paladins and Sword Paladins. Radiant Dawn reverted the Great Knight class to the original unarmored, and axe specializing version of the class. Axe Paladins further promotes into the Gold Knight class when the necessary requirements are fulfilled.
The armored version of Great Knight appeared again in Awakening. The Great Knight possess the Luna, and Dual Guard+ class skills. Great Knight wielded all three melee weapons like in Sacred Stones, and due to Generals losing swords, are the only class with this weapon combination. In Fates, the Great Knight class is treated as a Nohrian class, and is again an armored class with one of the promoted forms of both the Cavalier and Knight classes. While Great Knight can still use all three melee weapons, unlike other appearances, Lances are the Great Knight's main weapon as it is their highest weapon rank.
In the spinoff, Fire Emblem Warriors, the class does not feature the ability to use Lances or Swords for simplification, as well as being the base class of Frederick, though their ability to use Lances and Swords are referenced within Frederick's Awakening Special. Additionally, Great Knights can pop up under the Hoshidan flag unlike how it was in Fates, where they are called Steel Knights (鉄騎武者 Tekki Musha, lit. Iron Calvary Warrior). Here, Great Knights can promote into Guardian Knights.
In Three Houses, the Great Knight class a optional promotion for the Noble and Commoner class. Great Knight is part of the Master Class curriculum, requiring qualifiable units to reach Level 30 to be able to take the Certification Exam for the class, requiring an A in Heavy Armor, as well as B+'s in Axes and Riding. As such, they can be considered the promoted version of the Fortress Knight.
The Axe Cavalry variation of Great Knights that appears in Genealogy of the Holy War, Thracia 776 and Radiant Dawn is locked to Axes exclusively, but aside from this, it should, in most situations, be treated much as one would Paladins. Their high Strength at the cost of Skill means that they should have little difficulty with dispatching defensive units wielding lances or axes, but they will face more difficulties when dealing with faster Sword-using classes such as Swordmasters.
The armored variation of Great Knights can use Swords, Axes and Lances, giving them a better selection of weaponry compared to Paladins. However, they have poor Skill and Resistance caps (somewhat akin to that of Generals), which means they will miss more often and be more susceptible to magic attacks. They also have a Movement of 7 as a mounted unit, compared to other mounted units which have a movement of 8, which can cause problems when retreating.
In The Sacred Stones and Awakening, Great Knights are considered to be both an armored and a horseback-mounted unit. Because of this, both armor and horse "slayer" weapons (such as Armorslayer and Halberd) are effective against Great Knights, but weapons effective against armored and mounted foes, such as the Rapier, only inflict normal bonus damage (x3 weapon might instead of x9).
In Awakening, Great Knights learn two different skills. Luna, for one, causes the opponent's Defense/Resistance to be cut in half (Defense for all physical weapons such as axes, Resistance for all magical weapons such as Levin Swords and Tomes) when activated. This skill is excellent when facing units with high Defense or Resistance as it will allow them to deal greater damage to their foes. Dual Guard+, on the other hand, increases the chances for Dual Guard to activate by 10%, which can be helpful when facing strong enemies or protecting weakened units.
In Fates, Great Knights remain arguably parallel to their Awakening incarnation, but their Lance rank caps at A while Swords and Axes cap at B. Their Skill is also reasonably higher from what it was in Awakening in comparison to other classes, making them more likely to trigger Luna whenever needed. Their Dual Guard+ skill has been replaced by the outstanding Armored Blow, a very useful skill that allows them to push through most physical attacks, provided that they initiate battle (nothing they should have much issue with, given their wide range of Movement), matching their exceptional Defense perfectly. It is also possible to further improve their assets by making them spend time as a General in order to obtain the Wary Fighter skill, ridding them of any concerns of being double attacked due to their poor Speed, essentially turning them into wide-reaching, versatile and impenetrable physical walls.
- ★ - SP Class
|FE8||21/20||8/6||-||4/6||6/7||0||11/9||3||6||13/10||-||E D D|
|FE13||26||11||0||6||5||0||14||1||7||-||-||E E E|
|FE14||21||10||0||6||6||3||10||2||7||-||-||E E E|
|FE8||60||28/26||-||24/26||24/25||30||29/28||25/26||15||20||-||S S S|
|FE13||80||48||20||34||37||45||48||30||7||-||-||A A A|
|FE14||65||35||25||29||27||28||37||28||7||-||-||B A B|
|FE4||Re-Move||Hidden base skill of all flying and mounted units.|
|FE10||Canto||Base skill of all flying and mounted units.|
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
|Class Ability of Great Knights.|
Class Ability of Great Knights.
Class Ability of Great Knights.
Mastery Ability of Great Knights
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE4||Axe Knight||Choose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.||Great Knight|
|FE5||Axe Knight||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Axe Knight.||Great Knight|
|FE8||Cavalier||Use a Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier||Great Knight|
|FE8||Knight||Use a Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Knight||Great Knight|
|FE10||Axe Knight||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Axe Knight or train an Axe Knight to Level 21.|
|Use a Master Crown on a Level 10+ Axe Paladin or train an Axe Paladin to Level 21.|
|FE13||Cavalier||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.||Great Knight|
|FE13||Knight||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.||Great Knight|
|FE14||Cavalier||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.||Great Knight|
|FE14||Knight||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.||Great Knight|
|Use a Master Seal on Frederick.|
Notable Great KnightsEdit
- Slayder - A general of Dozel working under Lombard.
- Schmidt - A Dozel officer serving under Danann during his reign in Isaach.
- Fisher - An aide to Brian, the current heir to Dozel.
- Possible promotions for: Lex and Iuchar.
- Duessel - A former Grado General known as the Obsidian. Joins Ephraim because he is suspected of treason after questioning Vigarde's acts.
- Aias- A former member of Caellach's mercenary group, who attempts to stop Eirika from reaching Jehanna Hall.
- Possible Promotion for Amelia, Franz, Kyle, Forde and Gilliam.
- Titania - Second in command of the Greil Mercenaries.
- Kieran - Sub-commander of the Crimean Royal Knights under Geoffrey.
- Lombroso - A general of Begnion.
- Frederick - A veteran who prefers to guide others in the Shepherds.
- Ephraim (DLC)
- (Spotpass) Mycen, Ephraim and Titania.
- Possible promotion for: Sully, Stahl, Kellam and Kjelle.
- Gunter - A knight and a retainer of Corrin's who has served the kingdom of Nohr for a long period of time.
- Possible promotion for: Peri, Silas, Siegbert, Sophie, Benny, Effie and Ignatius.
- Easily (all 3 req's are strengths) accessible promotion for: Gilbert.
- Accessible (2 out of 3 req's are strengths) promotion for: Edelgard, Dedue, Sylvain, Raphael, Alois, and Anna.
- Sylvain is an enemy Great Knight at the Third Battle of Tailtean Plains if he's not recruited in time during the Crimson Flower route.
- Gwendal - Knight of the Holy Kingdom of Faerghus known as the Grey Lion.
- Gautier: One of the Ten Elites, original bearer of the Crest of Gautier, and founder of House Gautier.
- In Genealogy of the Holy War, all default and potential Great Knights hail from the duchy of Dozel. Additionally Dozel's squadron of knights, Grauen Ritter was composed mostly of Great Knights.
- In Awakening, the Great Knight's Magic cap is the lowest of all promoted classes, while it is tied with many unpromoted classes for said stat.
- The Great Knight's Skill cap is also the lowest of all promoted classes available.
- The Great Knight, Bride, Conqueror and Dread Fighter classes are the only ones to be able to use 3 different types of equipment with ranks in Awakening.
- The helmet worn by generic Great Knights in Fates, with minor differences, uses the same design as the helmet for the unused female variant of the generic Great Knight from Awakening.