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The Knight, also known as the Armor Knight, Armored Knight, or simply Armor, is a heavily-armored physical combat class that debuted in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light.

History in the Series[]

Knights recurrently appear across the Fire Emblem Series. Often wielding Lances as their sole weapon of choice, Knights are generally hampered by low Movement and compensate for this with their good physical stats across the board. They are one of few classes that count as armored units, which leaves them vulnerable to bonus damage from weapons such as Armorslayers and Hammers.

In their original inception in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Armor Knights are established as units that are slow-moving, yet renowned for their unparalleled Defense, they can equip Lances, as well as Swords. This version of the class is unable to promote, in spite of the existence of the General class in the game.

In Fire Emblem Gaiden, the Knight is simply known as the Armor and serves as the second tier of the Soldier line. Armors are able to further promote into the third tier Baron when the necessary requirements are met.

The advent of Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem sees the General class being posited as the main promoted form of the Armor Knight class.

In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, the Armor Knight class is split into four distinct forms: the classic Lance-wielding Armor, the Axe Armor, the Sword Armor and the Bow Armor. Depending on the type of weapon that is assigned to each variant, Armor Knights specialize in Lances, Axes, Swords or Bows. All three versions of the class are known to promote into the General class.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Armor Knight class, depending on the character in question, either promote into the classic General class or the mounted Iron Knight class. Armor Knight and its promotions use Swords exclusively unlike in Fire Emblem.

From Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade to Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, the different variants of the Armor Knight class are merged back into a singular Lance-wielding entity that is simply referred to as the Knight class in localized versions. The Knight primarily promotes into General, although the branched promotion system in The Sacred Stones further gives them the option to promote into Great Knight. In The Binding Blade specifically, Gwendolyn is credited as being the first female Knight to appear in the series.

In The Japanese version of Path of Radiance, the Knight class is known as Heavy Infantry (重歩兵) class.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, the Armor Knight is an ax-wielding class that can use Large Shields and serves as the only Armor group class the player has access to. Although its sole playable member Derrick cannot promote, the enemy-only Gigas Knight is essentially an upgraded version of the class. It lacks the ability to equip Large Shields but has higher stats across the board and exclusive access to the Gigas Axe, which grants a massive boost to their defense stat.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn again sees the Knight class being split into three distinct forms once again:

  • Lance Armor (槍重装兵ランスアーマー Ransu Āmā)
  • Sword Armor (剣重装兵ソードアーマー Sōdo Āmā)
  • Axe Armor (斧重装兵アクスアーマー Akusu Āmā)

As before, each variant of the class specializes in the type of weapon assigned to each one. Each variant similarly promotes into different General variants that specialize in the usage of specific weapons; the Lance Armor promotes into the Lance General class, the Sword Armor promotes into the Sword General class and the Axe Armor promotes into the Axe General class. additionally, all variants of the Armor Knight possess higher resistance than most physical classes.

From Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon onwards, the different variants of the class are yet again merged into a singular Lance-wielding entity, primarily promoting into the General class.

In Fire Emblem Awakening, the Knight class, like its The Sacred Stones predecessor, is given the additional option to promote into the Great Knight class. The class's low resistance is also restored.

In Fire Emblem Fates, the Knight class is treated as a Nohrian class. Its Hoshidan counterpart is the Spear Fighter class.

Knights are called "Armored Knights" in the localized version of Three Houses. Aside from having the ability to wield any weapon that isn't Reason or Faith, they function the same as in Awakening and Fates. A Commoner or Noble unit must be at least Lv. 10 and have an Axe Skill Level of C or higher and a Heavy Armor Skill Level of D or higher with an Intermediate Seal during the Certification Exam for this optional class. As such, they can be considered the promoted form of the Fighter class.

In the Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, Armor Knights use only axes, similar to the Armor Axe. The playable Knight, Draug the Mirage, promotes to either General or Berserker. Enemy Knights appear as Ironclad Knight in Illusory Daitou TV and the stronger variant Regal Knight in Illusory Daiba Studio.

In the Koei spinoff crossover with the Dynasty Warriors franchise, Fire Emblem Warriors, Knights are an enemy only class that uses Lances, making it the first time where the class or its variants are not playable. Despite being unplayable in the final game, a interview with Koei, prior to the game's release, suggested the class would have been playable at some point during development. The game also introduces a Hoshidan form of the Knight, the Armored Knight.

In Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes, Armored Knights are made playable. As an axe-wielding armored class, they are a promoted form of the Fighter class and serve as a basis for all (non-unique) Armored classes within the game.

In the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes, Armor Knights appear as enemies like all classes within the game. They once again alongside the sword and axe variants of the class. Here the basic lance variant is known as Lance Knight. While no playable characters in the game technically have classes, characters like Draug and Effie, knights in their original appearances, act as playable knights in all but name, possessing Armored Unit category and stats identical to the class.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Knight is known as the Guardian. The class wields Lances and Throwing Spears. It can promote into the Grand Guard. Two variants of the class were introduced in The Holy Sword of Silvanister, one that wields Swords and one that wields Axes. This was likely done for balancing purposes as the Guardian was severely underpowered due to the large maps and only being able to wield lances, even upon promotion.


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A Knight of Begnion in Radiant Dawn.

Regardless of the game or the type of weapon that the Knight class employs, the attire that they are outfitted with is standardised: Bulky, cumbersome shoulderpads, a mostly armored body usually alongside a shield that is either half or equal to their in-game height. The style and bulkiness of the armor that they wear does, however, vary across the series; Knights hailing from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Mystery of the Emblem  and Awakening sport shoulder armor that resembles cauldrons used for brewing and cooking, while Knights in all other titles are uniformly dressed in armor that snugly fits each individual character's body type.

In many games, Knights have less armor around their waist, elbows and the back of their knees, presumably so as not to restrict their movement in those areas. Knights usually wear a close helmet, thus obscuring most of their face. There are only a few exceptions in the series. In TearRing Saga, all knights forego a helmet, while in Awakening and Fates, their shoulder armor forms a "hood" which covers their face.

In titles that feature Knights specialising in different weapons (Sword Armor, Bow Armor, etc.), the designs may slightly differ to allow for differentiation to be easily observed even when they do not have any weapons equipped.



Knights are considered to be bulky powerhouses, owing to their high HP and Defense allowing them to ward off the onslaughts of a variety of hostile attackers for several turns. Due to this, it is a good idea for the player to deploy their Knights on the front-lines in order to stall strong foes or protect weak allies. Movement for Knights tends to be low, so usage of boots is often recommended. The main threat to a Knight takes the form of armor-slaying weapons, as this variety of weapons can fell them fairly easily. In addition to this, it is not at all difficult for enemy units to access such weapons due to their fairly low weapon levels.

Yet another glaring weakness of Knights is their low Resistance, making them vulnerable to magic-based attacks. An exception to this is Radiant Dawn, where Armor Knights possess high Resistance for a physical class.

In Fates, the Natural Cover skill that Knights learn at Level 10 and above further amplifies their ability to withstand enemy onslaughts, as it reduces sustained damage when they are traversing terrain that hampers their movement.

In Three Houses, Armored Knights are often considered a useful promotion for the early-mid game due to the 12 base Defense gained upon certification, which most units may not reach before level 10 (or for magical-oriented units, before they certify into Advanced classes). Although the requirements of C axes and D armor are stricter than that of Brigand, any axe-using unit with the requisite axe ranks can certify for the class with E+ armor (which can often be attained within a single instruction session). Another perk of the Armored Knight is that it serves as a Guard adjutant, which is useful to set up low-HP builds.


Knights promote to Generals in almost all games.

In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Knights are not able to class change, despite the General class already existing at the time.

In Fire Emblem Gaiden, they are a second-tier class that promotes from Soldiers that in turn can promote into Barons, which takes the place of General. In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Knights are one of the promotion options of Recruits and may promote into either Generals or Great Knights.

In TearRing Saga, one Knight, Billford, promotes to General, while the other playable knight, Norton, promotes to Iron Knight.


Base Stats[]

FE1165-1301105--Sword, Lance 7-
FE3185-24-605--Lance 9-
FE4 (Original)40905301005--FE4 Lance B-
FE4 (Sword)40905301005--FE4 Sword B-
FE4 (Axe)40905301005--FE4 Axe B-
FE4 (Bow)40905301005--FE4 Bow B-
FE5 (Original)20400008-59-FE5 Lance Icon E-
FE5 (Sword)20400008-59-FE5 Sword Icon E-
FE5 (Axe)20400008-59-FE5 Axe Icon E-
FE5 (Bow)20400008-59-FE5 Bow Icon E-
TS28504209-3--TS Sword 3-
FE617/165/4-2/30/1-9/80/1413/10-Lance D-
FE717/165/4-2/30/1-9/80/1413/10-Lance D-
FE817/165/4-2/30/1-9/80/1413/10-Lance D-
FE9205020-9051216FE9 Lance D-
FE10 (Sword)22/208/605/76/3012/94512/620/12FE10 Sword D-
FE10 (Lance)229065011451220FE10 Lance D-
FE10 (Axe)2110074011451220FE10 Axe D-
FE1118602001105--FE12 Lance E-
FE1218602001105--FE12 Lance E-
FE1318804201104--LanceIconFE13 E-
FE141980533814--FE14 Lance E-
FE1630967481214--FE16 axe icon C FE16 heavy armor icon D0
FE17258061212047-FE17 Lance ?-

Maximum Stats[]

FE15220-20202020205--Sword, Lance 20-
FE35220-20202020205--Lance 20-
FE4 (Original)80241520183025155--FE4 Lance B-
FE4 (Sword)80241520183025155--FE4 Sword B-
FE4 (Axe)80241520183025155--FE4 Axe B-
FE4 (Bow)80241520183025155--FE4 Bow B-
FE5 (Lance)80202020202020-1220-FE5 Lance Icon A-
FE5 (Axe)80202020202020-1220-FE5 Axe Icon A-
FE5 (Sword)80202020202020-1220-FE5 Sword Icon A-
FE5 (Bow)80202020202020-1220-FE5 Bow Icon A-
TS60201519173024-12--TS Sword 18-
FE66020-20203020201520-Lance A-
FE76020-20203020201520-Lance A-
FE86020-20203020201520-Lance A-
FE9402015202040202051216FE9 Lance A-
FE10 (Sword)4020102020302010512/620/12FE10 Sword A-
FE10 (Lance)402010202030201051220FE10 Lance A-
FE10 (Axe)402010202030201051220FE10 Axe A-
FE1160202020202020205--FE12 Lance A-
FE1260202020202020205--FE12 Lance A-
FE1360302026233030224--LanceIconFE13 A-
FE1445241522172226184--FE14 Lance B-
FE177542163917255116620-FE17 Lance B-

Growth Rates[]

FE10 (Sword)85/80%60/50%25/15%50/55%50/45%25/60%35%20/30%-----
FE10 (Lance)85%55%15%50%55%30%40%20%-----
FE10 (Axe)90%45%20%45%65%25%40%20%-----
FE1620%0%/15%0%0%-10%/-30%0%10%/40%-5%/-20%---FE16 lance icon +1 FE16 axe icon +2 FE16 heavy armor icon +25%

Class Modifiers[]


Class Skills[]

FE13Defense +2Defense +2
IndoorBattleIndoor Fighter
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 10.
FE14Defense +2Defense +2
Confined DefenceNatural Cover
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
FE16Armored Blow FE16Armored BlowMastery Ability of Armored Knight.
FEW3HImpregnable Impregnable
Lance Buster Lv 2 Lance Buster Lv 2
Defense 2 FE16 Def +2
Defensive Tactics FE16 Defensive Tactics
Axe Prowess Axe Prowess
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe Lightning Axe
Icon Combat Art FE16 Axe Shredder
Confidence skill Armored Infantry's Ploy
Confidence skill Armored Infantry's Wisdom
Class ability.
Class ability.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
1-star Class Mastery for certain units.
2-star Class Mastery for all units.
2-star Class Mastery for certain units.
2-star Class Mastery for certain units.
3-star Class Mastery for certain units.
3-star Class Mastery for certain units.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE2 FE2 Soldier Map IconSoldierVisit a shrine when the appropriate level has been reached.FE2 Knight Map IconArmor
FE2 FE2 Knight Map IconArmorVisit a shrine when the appropriate level has been reached.FE2 Baron Map IconBaron
FE3FE3 Knight Map SpriteArmor KnightUse a Knight Crest (FE3)Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Armor KnightFE3 General Map SpriteGeneral
FE4FE4 Sword Armor SpriteSword ArmorChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 General SpriteGeneral
FE5FE5 Armoured AxeAxe ArmorUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Knight.FE5 GeneralGeneral
TSArmourKnightArmor KnightUse a Ts-knight-proofKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Armour Knight.GeneralGeneral (Billford)
IronKnightIron Knight (Norton)
FE6FE8 Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Knight.FE8 General Map SpriteGeneral
FE7FE8 Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Knight.FE8 General Map SpriteGeneral
FE8FE8 Recruit Map SpriteRecruitAutomatically at the start of next map after reaching Level 10.FE8 Knight Map SpriteKnight
FE8 FE8 Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Knight.FE8 General Map SpriteGeneral
FE8 Great Knight Map SpriteGreat Knight
FE9FE9 Gatrie Knight Sprite
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.FE9 Gatrie General Sprite
FE10FE10 Meg Armor Sword Sprite
Sword Armor
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Sword Armor or train a Sword Armor to Level 21.FE10 Meg Sword General Sprite
Sword General
FE10 FE10 Zaitan Armor Lance Sprite
Lance Armor
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Lance Armor or train a Lance Armor to Level 21.FE10 Gatrie Lance General Sprite
Lance General
Axe Armor
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Axe Armor or train a Axe Armor to Level 21.FE10 Brom Axe General Sprite
Axe General
FE11FE11 Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.FE11 General Map SpriteGeneral
FE12FEDS Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.FEDS General Map SpriteGeneral
FE13FE13 Generic Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.FE13 GeneralGeneral
FE13 Generic Great Knight Map SpriteGreat Knight
FE14FE14 Generic Knight Map SpriteKnightUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Knight.FE14 Generic General Map SpriteGeneral
FE14 Generic Great Knight Map SpriteGreat Knight
FE15 SoldierVisit a shrine reaching level 7.Knight
FE15 KnightVisit a shrine reaching level 10.Baron
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal IconIntermediate Seal on a Level 10+ unit and pass the Armored Knight Certification Exam.FE16 Armored Knight IconArmored Knight
FE17LouisFE17SpriteLance ArmorUse FE17MasterSealSpriteMaster Seal on Level 10+ Lance Armor.
Use FE17MasterSealSpriteMaster Seal on Level 10+ Lance Armor with FE17 SwordSword or FE17 AxeAxe Proficiency.
BunetFE17SpriteGreat Knight
FEW3HFE16 Fighter Icon FighterUse an FE16 Seal Icon Intermediate Seal on a unit that has mastered the Fighter class.FE16 Armored Knight Icon Armored Knight
FEW3H FE16 Armored Knight Icon Armored KnightUse an FE16 Seal Icon Advanced Seal on a unit that has mastered the Armored Knight class.FE16 Fortress Knight Icon Fortress Knight

Notable Knights[]

FE4Armor generic

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon[]

Gaiden/Echoes: Shadow of Valentia[]

Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem[]

  • Draug
  • Dolph (Book 1 and New Mystery of the Emblem only)
  • Macellan (Book 1 and New Mystery of the Emblem only)
  • Roger (New Mystery of the Emblem only)

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga[]

The Binding Blade[]

  • Barthe - Knight of Ostia.
  • Bors - Knight of Ostia and Gwendolyn's older brother.
  • Gwendolyn - An armored knight of Ostia intent on mastering defense despite feeling awkward in armor.
  • Rude - Greedy knight of Bern intending to sell Princess Guinivere to Bern's enemies.

The Blazing Blade[]

The Sacred Stones[]

Path of Radiance[]

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga[]

  • Derrick - A mysterious mercenary who wears his armor at all times.

Radiant Dawn[]



  • Effie - A gentle Nohrian knight and one of Elise's retainers with great strength and devotion.
  • Benny - A Nohrian border guard whose intimidating appearance contrasts with his gentle soul and a love for animals.
  • Ignatius - Benny's son. As intimidating in appearance as his father, but timid deep down.

Three Houses[]

  • Miklan - The eldest son of the Margraviate of Gautier—and therefore Sylvain's older brother—who was disowned due to his lack of a Crest and abuse of his younger brother.


Vestaria Saga I[]

  • Prody - A young footknight from the duchy of Redessa. Seemingly unimpressive...
  • Bonacel - A footknight from the duchy of Redessa. Admired by his peers.

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister[]

  • Lucion - A knight in the service of Count Lorec. The son of a merchant who just wants to protect others.
  • Claude - A knight in the service of Count Lorec. He became a soldier to repay the kindness of the late Countess of Misuri.


  • The Knight and its various promotions are some of the most common classes for boss enemies in the franchise.


See main article: Knight/Gallery.