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 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 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.
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.
|FE4||Pursuit||Class skill of Swordfighters, Bow Fighters, Thief Fighters and Master Knights.|
|FE9||Aether||Occult skill of the Hero and Lord classes; assign with an Occult Scroll.|
|FE10||Shove||Base skill of all foot units.|
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE1||Mercenary||Use a Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE2||Mercenary||Visit the Shrine after reaching Level 7.||Sword Fighter|
|FE2||Sword Fighter||Visit the Shrine after reaching Level 10.||Dread Fighter|
|FE3||Mercenary||Use a Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE4||Sword Fighter||Choose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.||Forrest (Holyn, Ulster, Radney, Roddlevan)|
|FE5||Sword Fighter||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.||Mercenary (Machyua)|
|FE5||Axe Fighter||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Axe Fighter.||Mercenary|
|FE6||Mercenary||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE7||Mercenary||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE8||Mercenary||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE8||Fighter||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Fighter.||Hero|
|FE8||Journeyman (2)||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Journeyman.||Hero|
|At the end of Chapter 3-E.|
|FE11||Mercenary||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE12||Mercenary||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE13||Mercenary||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE13||Fighter||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.||Hero|
|FE14||Mercenary||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.||Hero|
|FE14||Fighter||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.||Hero|
- 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).
- 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.
- Galzus - The prince of the fallen kingdom of Rivough and Mareeta's father.
- Ralph - A traveling mercenary.
- Promotion for: Orsin, Halvan and Machyua.
- Ekhidna - A resistance leader from the Western Isles. Also a female Hero.
- Henning - Leader of a bandit gang who attempts to steal Durandal.
- Randy - Leader of a group of mercenaries hired by Bern to attack the village of Arcadia.
- Promotion for: Dieck and Ogier.
- Linus - Brendan Reed's youngest son, the 'Mad Dog' of the Black Fang and one of the Four Fangs.
- Harken - A knight in service of House Pherae. Sole survivor of Lord Elbert's crew and Isadora's lover.
- Kaim - Guardian of the "Thunder Axe", Armads.
- Promotion for Raven.
- 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.
- Flavia - The East Khan, and later Khan Regnant, of Ferox.
- Priam - A person who claims to be a descendant of Ike, wielding the legendary blade Ragnell.
- Xalbador - A bandit leader who lost his faith in the gods.
- Possible promotion for: Vaike, Gregor, Inigo and Severa.
- Possible promotion for: Selena, Laslow, Arthur, Charlotte, Soleil, Zhara (captured), and Gazak (captured),.
- 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.