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The Great Master is a class that is introduced in Fire Emblem Fates.

History in the Series

The Great Master has well balanced stats, making them suitable for both physical and magicial roles. It is one of the promoted forms of the Monk class, armed with Naginata and Rods as their equipment of choice.

The Great Master is treated as a Hoshidan class and is regarded as the male counterpart of the Priestess class. The Great Master is extremely similar to the War Monks who appear in Awakening.

Combat Overview

As stated above, Great Masters are almost identical to War Monks in a multitude of ways; they have balanced stats and make for great "tanks", they are the promoted forms of male-only healing units, and now wield a physical weapon as well as staves. Furthermore, they can both learn the skill Renewal, though at different levels. There are some differences, however, and one of which are that Great Masters use Lances instead of Axes. This means that while Great Masters will deal smaller amounts of damage than War Monks, their blows have a greater chance of hitting. Moreover, they can learn a new skill called Countermagic, which returns any damage from magical attacks at any range. This and their high Resistance make Great Masters very effective mage-killers, and the fact that they will have an advantage over tome users as lances beat them in combat.

Since they are the Hoshidan counterparts to War Monks, they should be used like them: Bulky healers that can hold their own in combat as well as heal themselves, and mage-killers if the situation calls for it. Great Masters are a good choice for both frontline and support units, as their A Rank in staves allows them to use every staff except the Bifröst.

Base Stats

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Maximum Stats

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Growth Rates


Class Skills

FE14Renewal (FE14).pngRenewal
Magic Counter (Skill).pngCountermagic
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
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Notable Great Masters


  • Possible promotion for Azama.


Yamabushi (山伏) are Japanese priests who follow the Shugendo doctrine. They also practice martial arts to defend themselves from bandits.


  • Like Spear Masters, Great Masters use a different set of animations if given a lance.