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For the Hero class exclusive to Alm, see Hero (Gaiden).

The Hero (勇者 Yūsha lit. Brave) is a combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi. In a majority of its iterations, the Hero class is the promoted form of the Mercenary class, and in titles where branched promotions are available, it is the secondary promotion option for Fighters. Heroes commonly wield Swords and Axes as their primary weapons of choice.

History in the Series

In its original inception in Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, the Hero class is established as the promoted form of the Mercenary class, wielding Swords as its sole weapon of choice.

In Gaiden, the Hero class is known as the Sword Fighter (けんし Kenshi). The class is the promoted form of the Mercenary class yet again, and can be further promoted into the Dread Fighter class. This incarnation of the class also wields Swords as its sole weapon of choice.

The Mystery of the Emblem, the Hero class is again the promoted form of the Mercenary class and cannot be promoted any further.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, the Hero class is renamed to Forrest (フォーレスト Fōresuto). Owing to the fact that the Mercenary class is absent in this title, the Hero class is thus not its promoted form; it is instead one of the promoted forms of the newly-introduced Sword Fighter. This class acts as the promoted form of a few selected Sword Fighters, including Holyn, Ulster, Radney and Roddlevan, while the rest promote into Swordmasters. Like its predecessors, the class also wields Swords as its sole weapon of choice. This title is credited as being the first in the series within which a female character can access the Hero class, with Radney being the only character given this honour.

In Thracia 776, the Hero class is renamed to Mercenary (マーシナリー Māshinarī). The class is again one of the promoted forms of the Sword Fighter class; within the playable cast, Machyua is the only Sword Fighter who promotes into this class. The Mercenary class in this title also acts as the promoted form of the Axe Fighter class. This title is credited as the first in the series within which Heroes are able to arm Axes alongside Swords.

With the onset of Binding Blade, the Hero class is cleanly separated from the Sword Fighter class and is instituted as the staple promoted form of the Mercenary class. This title is the first in the series where female Heroes first begin to be formally introduced to the series, taking the form of Ekhidna.

In The Sacred Stones, the Hero class is not just one of the promoted forms of the Mercenary class, but is also a class that Fighters are able to promote into.

In Path of Radiance, the Hero class is exclusive to Greil, who assumes the class when he appears in the tutorial segment of the game. Originally defined by weakened stats for tutorial purposes, a stronger version of the class is used in the story sequence when he chases off Petrine. Ike's Lord class shares the same statistical caps as the Hero class in this game, minus the ability to arm Axes.

In Radiant Dawn, the Hero class is simply known as the Brave (勇者ブレイブ Bureibu). Exclusive to Ike, the Hero class, much like its older predecessors, wields Swords as its sole weapon of choice. Resembling Greil in its Path of Radiance incarnation, the Hero class only gains the ability to wield Axes when it is further promoted into the Vanguard class.

In Shadow Dragon and Shin Monshō no Nazo, the Hero class is reverted to being the promoted form of the Mercenary class, and is again able to wield both Swords and Axes. These remakes of the Archanea Series also sees a number of characters who were originally Mercenaries and would eventually promote into Heroes being altered to start out as Myrmidons instead. These characters are Navarre, Radd and Samto.

In Awakening, Heroes are again one of the promoted forms of not just the Mercenary class, but also the Fighter class. Prior to the introduction of this title, all female Heroes are either pre-promoted or promoted from the Myrmidon class.

In Fates, the Hero class is known as Brave Hero (ブレイブヒーロー Bureibu hīrō) in the Japanese version. Treated as a Nohrian class, the Hero class is again one of the promoted forms of both the Mercenary and Fighter classes. The class' battle animations are once again very acrobatic; spinning uppercuts and spinning jump attacks are commobly seen.

Overview

Combat

Heroes are statistically somewhere in-between the General and Swordmaster classes statistically. While they are speedier and have less Defense as compared to Generals, they are slower but more defensive than Swordmasters. As a result, well-trained Heroes are capable of effectively defending against attacks like Generals, but still have enough agility to dodge assaults like Swordmasters. This in turn posits Heroes as be one of the more "balanced" classes of the Fire Emblem series alongside the Soldier class. Many characters that are/can become Heroes across the series typically become very powerful units.

Heroes usually possess abnormally high Skill for axe users and unusually high Constitution for sword users. This combination means that Heroes are proficient with Hand Axes, which most axe users have trouble hitting consistently with.

In WiFi battles, Heroes are usually considered bad units. They have a low Speed cap, meaning they can be struck twice (four times if the opponent is using Brave weapons) without being able to retaliate in kind. Their average Defense means that they usually cannot survive being hit four times from forged brave weapons by the more offensively-oriented classes.

In-Game

Base Stats

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE1248-14140807--Sword 10
FE23011-11140765--Sword
FE3226-10120737--Sword 10
FE44012312120736--FE4 Sword A
FE524/206/5178/90568/7--FE5 Sword Icon D FE5 Axe Icon E
TS25708705-6--TS Sword 5
FE6226-9/1010/1108/62/3610/9-Sword C Axe E
FE7226-9/1010/1108/62/3610/9-Sword C Axe E
FE8226-9/1010/1108/62/3610/9-Sword C Axe D
FE9226191008271213FE9 Sword A FE9 Axe A
FE103891131109271213FE10 Sword S
FE11226110120738--FE12 Sword D FE12 Axe E
FE12246110110738--FE12 Sword D FE12 Axe E
FE13228111100836--SwordIconFE13 E AxeIconFE13 E
FE1420801083726--FE14 Sword E FE14 Axe E

Maximum Stats

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE15220-20202020207--Sword 20
FE35220-20202020207--Sword 20
FE480271827273022186--FE4 Sword A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon A FE5 Axe Icon A
TS60221523223020-12--TS Sword 20
FE66025/24-30263025/2422/241525-Sword S Axe S
FE76025/24-30263025/2422/241520/25-Sword S Axe S
FE86025/24-30263025/2422/241525-Sword S Axe S
FE9602620272840202071213FE9 Sword S FE9 Axe S
FE10502710303030261571213FE10 Sword S
FE1160252030263025228--FE12 Sword A FE12 Axe A
FE1260252030263025228--FE12 Sword A FE12 Axe A
FE1380423046424540366--SwordIconFE13 A AxeIconFE13 A
FE1460322535323130276--FE14 Sword A FE14 Axe B

Growth Rates

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE1? ?- ? ?0% ?0%----
FE2150%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----
FE380%30%-20%20%-30%0%----
FE4100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10%----
FE590%30%3%30%30%20%20%-0%40%--
FE675%30%-30%20%25%20%10%----
FE775%30%-30%20%25%20%10%----
FE875%30%-30%20%25%20%10%----
FE990%45%15%45%40%25%25%20%----
FE1080%50%10%70%40%30%40%15%----
FE1160/80%20/30%-20/0%25/20%20%0%5/30%-10/20%----
FE1250/80%20/30%-20/0%25/20%20%0%10/30%-10/20%----
FE1345%20%0%25%20%0%10%5%----
FE1420%15%0%20%15%5%10%0%----

Class Skills

SkillRequirements
FE4PursuitPursuitClass skill of Swordfighters, Bow Fighters, Thief Fighters and Master Knights.
FE9FE9 AetherAetherOccult skill of the Hero and Lord classes; assign with an MasteryBookOccult Scroll.
FE10ShoveShoveBase skill of all foot units.
FE13Sol (FE13)Sol
AxeslayerAxebreaker
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14Sol (FE13)Sol
AxeslayerAxebreaker
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.

Promotions

Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE1 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE2FE2 Mercenary Map IconMercenaryVisit the Shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Sword Fighter Map IconSword Fighter
FE2 FE2 Sword Fighter Map IconSword FighterVisit the Shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Dread Fighter Map IconDread Fighter
FE3FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof (FE3)Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE3 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE4FE4 Sword Fighter Sprite (M)Sword FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Forrest Sprite (M)Forrest (Holyn, Ulster, Radney, Roddlevan)
FE5FE5 SwordfighterSword FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.FE5 HeroMercenary (Machyua)
FE5 FE5 Axe fighterAxe FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Axe Fighter.FE5 HeroMercenary
FE6FE8 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE7FE8 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE8 FE8 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE8 FE8 Fighter Map SpriteFighterUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE8 FE8 Journeyman Map SpriteJourneyman (2)Use a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Journeyman.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE10FE10 Ike Hero Sprite
Hero
At the end of Chapter 3-E.FE10 Ike Vanguard Sprite
Vanguard
FE11FE11 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE11 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE12FEDS Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FEDS Hero Map SpriteHero
FE13 FE13 Generic Mercenary (M) Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE13 Generic Hero (M) Map SpriteHero
FE13 FE13 Generic Fighter Map SpriteFighterUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE13 Generic Hero (M) Map SpriteHero
FE14 FE14 Generic Mercenary (M) Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE14 Generic Hero Map SpriteHero
FE14 FE14 Generic Fighter Map SpriteFighterUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.FE14 Generic Hero Map SpriteHero

Notable Heroes

GBAhero

Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi/Shadow Dragon

  • Samson - An Altean gladiator and eventually Sheema's bodyguard in Mystery of the Emblem.
  • Astram - Midia's lover and loyal soldier of Archanea.
  • Promotion for: Ogma, Caesar, Radd and Navarre (only in Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Tsurugi).

Gaiden

Mystery of the Emblem/Shin Monshō no Nazo

  • Promotion for Samto in Mystery of the Emblem only; otherwise same as above, with Navarre only promoting to a Hero in Mystery of the Emblem.

Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

Binding Blade

Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken

The Sacred Stones

Path of Radiance

Radiant Dawn

  • Ike - The son of Greil and Hero of The Mad King's War. A swordsman who is fondly referred to as the Savior of Crimea.

Awakening

Fates

Trivia

  • Heroes almost always wield swords and shields, sometimes including axes in their armament. The Elibe duology, however, is unique in that they keep their weapons inside their shields, similar to Roman warriors. They are also much more acrobatic in this game, with somersaults being a mainstay of their animations.

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