The Knight (アーマーナイト Āmā naito), also known as the Armor Knight or simply Armor (アーマー Āmā), is a heavily-armored combat physical class that 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.

History in the Series

In their original inception in Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Armor Knights are established as units that are slow-moving, yet renowned for their unparalleled Defense. This version of the class is unable to promote, in spite of the existence of the General class in the game.

In 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 Mystery of the Emblem sees the General class being posited as the main promoted form of the Armor Knight class.

In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Armor Knight class is split into four distinct forms: the classic Lance-wielding Armor, the Axe Armor (アクスアーマー Akusu āmā), the Sword Armor (ソードアーマー Sōdo āmā) and the Bow Armor (ボウアーマー Bou āmā). 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 promotes into the classic General class or the mounted Iron Knight class. Armor Knight and its promotions use Swords exclusively.

From Binding Blade to 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 localised 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 Binding Blade specifically, Wendy is credited as being the first female Knight to appear in the series.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, the Armor Knight is an axe wielding class that does not promote and serves as the only Armor group class the player has access to.

In The Japanese version of Path of Raidance, the Knight class is called the Heavy Infantryman (重歩兵 Jūhohei) class.

Radiant Dawn again sees the Knight class being split into three distinct forms: 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) and 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.

From 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 Awakening and Fates, the Knight class, like its The Sacred Stones predecessor, is given the additional option to promote into the Great Knight class.

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



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 armour-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.


Knights promote to Generals in most games. In Gaiden, they are a second-tier class that can promote into Barons. In The Sacred Stones, Knights are one of the promotion options of Recruits and may promote into either Generals or Great Knights. In Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, Knights are not able to class change, despite the General class already existing at the time.


Regardless of the game or the type of weapon that the Knight class employs, the attire that they are outfitted with is standardised: Unrealistically bulky, cumbersome armor, 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 the Akaneia Series and Ylisse sport 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 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.


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

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
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 A

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%----

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.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE2 File:Soldier FE2 Map Icon.pngSoldierVisit a shrine when the appropriate level has been reached.File:Knight FE2 Map Icon.pngArmor
FE2 File:Knight FE2 Map Icon.pngArmorVisit a shrine when the appropriate level has been reached.File:FE2Baron.pngBaron
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 Sword 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

Notable Knights

FE4Armor generic

Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi/Shadow Dragon


Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

Binding Blade

  • Bath - Knight of Ostia.
  • Bors - Knight of Ostia and Wendy's older brother.
  • Wendy - Knight of Ostia and Bors' younger sister and the first female knight in the series.
  • Rude - Greedy knight of Bern.

Rekka no Ken

The Sacred Stones

Path of Radiance

Radiant Dawn




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