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The Mercenary (傭兵 Yōhei) is a combat physical class of foot soldiers that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. This class wields Swords as its sole weapon of choice, though they can also wield LancesAxes, Bows and Gauntlets in Three Houses.

While many characters in the series are commonly referred to as mercenaries (the Greil Mercenaries being one such example), they are not necessarily of the Mercenary class; they are merely referred to as such due to the sellsword nature of the services that they render to the various games' protagonists.

History in the SeriesEdit

In their original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Mercenary class is the primary Sword-wielding foot unit class and promotes into the Hero class when the necessary requirements are made.

In Archanea Saga, Malice acts as the first female character to assume the Mercenary class in the series. During the period preceding her entrance to the series, all Mercenaries have been predominantly male.

The Mercenary class is replaced by the Sword Fighter class as the primary Sword using foot soldier in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, though certain Sword Fighters promote to a Hero-inspired equivalent instead of the usual Swordmaster.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the class takes on two distinct forms: The playable Fighter (せんし Senshi) and the enemy-exclusive Mercenary (ようへい Youhei) classes. Statistically, the Fighter class is identical to the original Mercenary class, but has slightly higher stat bases. Unlike in the preceding Fire Emblem titles, Sword Fighter is presented as an entirely separate class.

The class makes its official return to the series in The Binding Blade, where, like in TearRing Saga and Berwick Saga, it is split from the Sword Fighter/Myrmidon class and coexists with it. From this point onward in the series, Mercenaries strictly promote directly into Heroes, while Myrmidons promote into Swordmasters.

In The Sacred Stones, Mercenaries are further given the option to promote into the mounted Ranger class alongside the Hero class.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, the Mercenary class is again presented as a class entirely separate from the Sword Fighter. The sole playable Mercenary is Kramer, who promotes into Bastard when he meets the requirements. A variant known as the Rogue Guard (ローグガード rōgugādo) appears among bandit groups; it differentiates itself by having the Blade skill as a class skill.

In Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, remakes of the classic Archanea Series, a number of characters who were first introduced to the series as Mercenaries are remodeled to assume the Myrmidon class instead, including the likes of Navarre, Radd and Malice.

In Awakening and Fates, Mercenaries are given the option to promote into the Bow Knight class alongside the Hero class, mirroring the Ranger option from The Sacred Stones.

In Fates, the Mercenary (マーシナリ― Māshinarī) class is treated as a Nohrian class and is considered to be the counterpart of the Hoshidan Samurai.

In Three Houses, The Mercenary Class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 10 with a Sword Skill Level of C or higher and an Intermediate Seal. The other option with these requirements is the Thief class. The Mercenary is also a type of Battalion.

In the koei Dynasty Warriors spinoff, Fire Emblem Warriors, the Mercenary class is the personal base class of Navarre. It acts as a clone of Lyndis' version of the Lord class. There is also an enemy-only version which acts as the Nohrian counterpart of the Myrmidon.

OverviewEdit

CombatEdit

Mercenaries tend to possess balanced stats, replete with high HP, Strength and Skill, alongside decent Speed and Defense. When compared to the Myrmidon class, a class that similarly wields swords exclusively, Mercenaries are generally better in terms of HP, Strength and Defense, although their counterparts are usually superior in the Speed and Skill department.

Mercenaries are versatile in both offense and defense. In most cases, mercenaries are capable of dealing good damage while being durable enough to sustain quite a number of attacks. The only problem that Mercenaries potentially face is their average Movement, which may prove detrimental to their survival in situations where they are completely overwhelmed by enemies. However, high-level Mercenaries can dispatch hordes of axe-users with ease, and can even stand a chance of avoiding lance and sword attacks. They will more often than not strike their target with precision, and score a few Critical Hits due to their high Skill.

In Awakening, Mercenaries learn Armsthrift, one of the most useful skills available in the game. Because this skill can reduce or completely negate weapon durability loss, it is thus highly sought-after by players seeking to maximise the potential of their characters.

In Fates, weapon durability is no longer present, and mercenaries instead gain Good Fortune and Strong Riposte, which further increase their durability and ability to defend themselves, respectively. 

UniformEdit

Across all games, the Mercenary class's uniforms have consistently comprised of simple clothing and light-to-medium armour that varies between games. Not much of the class's outfit can be seen in earlier titles, but according to the TCG depictions, generic Mercenaries wear light breastplates, a helmet, shin-guards and wrist braces. In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, Fighters and Mercenaries are featured wearing basic clothing with a leather vest and a belt containing the sheath of their sword. In Awakening and Fates, the uniforms of Mercenaries are very similar to the ones from TearRing Saga, but are different in terms of the heater shields that are strapped to their left biceps like rerebraces, in addition to the light leather vest and gloves that they don, with the difference being that Mercenaries from Fates are shown with a heavier leather jacket and a more military-styled uniform than in Awakening. Enemy portraits of Mercenaries in both games show them wearing a head-guard covering the forehead and sides of the face, with Fates's Mercenaries wearing head-guards that appear almost completely metallic in design. Echoes sees another redesign for the Mercenary class, showcasing the same head-brace from Awakening and Fates but with a far more simplistic appearance; these Mercenaries wear "wanderer"-esque uniforms with considerably less armor on them than prior (only wearing a single breastplate and pauldrons made of cloth/leather with some creature's jawbones attached to each one) and a tattered cloak draped over them.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE1164-8100507--Sword 8
FE2248-8100414--Sword
FE3164-8100507--Sword 2
TS22405503-5--TS Sword 3
FE6
18
Male
/
16
Female
4
Male
/
3
Female
-
8
Male
/
5
Female
8
Male
/
6
Female
0
4
Male
/
2
Female
05
9
Male
/
8
Female
-Sword D
FE7
18
Male
/
16
Female
4
Male
/
3
Female
-
8
Male
/
5
Female
8
Male
/
6
Female
0
4
Male
/
2
Female
05
9
Male
/
8
Female
-Sword D
FE8
18
Male
/
16
Female
4
Male
/
3
Female
-
8
Male
/
5
Female
8
Male
/
6
Female
0
4
Male
/
2
Female
05
9
Male
/
8
Female
-Sword D
FE1116408100507--FE12 Sword E
FE121840890507--FE12 Sword E
FE131850870505--SwordIconFE13 E
FE141750762525--FE14 Sword E
FE15248-8100414---
FEW628210108555--FEW Sword E

Maximum StatsEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE15220-20202020207--Sword 20
FE25240-40404040404--Sword
FE34220-20202020207--Sword 20
TS60191520203018-12--TS Sword 18
FE66020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE76020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE86020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE1160202020202020207--FE12 Sword A
FE1260202020202020207--FE12 Sword A
FE1360272030263025235--SwordIconFE13 A
FE1440221524222021195--FE14 Sword B

Growth RatesEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE380%30%-20%20%0%30%0%----
FE680%40%-40%32%30%18%15%----
FE780%40%-40%32%30%18%
20
Male
/
30
Female
%
----
FE880%40%-40%32%30%18%
20
Male
/
30
Female
%
----
FE1160%20%-20%25%20%0%5%-10%----
FE1250%20%-20%25%20%0%10%-10%----
FE13
45%
Playable
/
80%
Enemy
20%
Playable
/
35%
Enemy
0%
Playable
/
0%
Enemy
25%
Playable
/
40%
Enemy
20%
Playable
/
35%
Enemy
0%
Playable
/
30%
Enemy
10%
Playable
/
25%
Enemy
5%
Playable
/
15%
Enemy
----
FE1410%15%0%20%15%5%10%5%----
FE15120%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----

Class SkillsEdit

SkillRequirements
FE13WeaponSaverArmsthrift
LateInitiativePatience
Learned at Level 1.
Learned at Level 10.
FE14StubbornnessGood Fortune
Patient AssuranceStrong Riposte
Learned at Level 1 and higher.
Learned at Level 10 and higher.

PromotionsEdit

Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE1 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE2FE2 Villager Map IconVillagerVisit a shrine after reaching Level 3.FE2 Mercenary Map IconMercenary
FE2 FE2 Mercenary Map IconMercenaryVisit a shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Sword Fighter Map IconSword Fighter
FE3FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof (FE3)Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE3 Hero Map SpriteHero
TSFighterFighterUse a TRSHeroProofHero Proof on a Level 10+ FighterHeroHero
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
FE8FE8 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE8 Ranger Map SpriteRanger
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
FE13FE13 Generic Mercenary (M) Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE13 Generic Hero (M) Map SpriteHero
FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE14FE14 Generic Mercenary (M) Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE14 Generic Hero Map SpriteHero
FE14 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE15VillagerVisit a shrine after reaching Level 3.Mercenary
FE15 MercenaryVisit a shrine after reaching Level 7.Myrmidon
FE16FE16 FByleth MercenaryTake Certification Exam with a Level 10 character with a Sword Proficiency of C or higherFE16 Ferdinand HeroHero (Male only)
FE16 Ingrid SwordmasterSwordmaster
FE16 Dorothea AssassinAssassin
FEWNavarre Warriors SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Navarre.Navarre Warriors SpriteHero

Notable MercenariesEdit

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of LightEdit

Note: Navarre and Radd are Myrmidons in the remake.

Fire Emblem GaidenEdit

Fire Emblem: Mystery of the EmblemEdit

  • Samuel - An impersonator of Navarre.

Note: Samuel is a Myrmidon in the remake.

Fire Emblem: Archanea SagaEdit

  • Malice - Daughter of Dice and is constantly in pursuit of gaining riches.

Note: Malice is a Myrmidon in the remake.

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga Edit

  • Kramer - A farmborn sellsword that dreams of being a legendary hero.

Fire Emblem: The Binding BladeEdit

Fire Emblem: The Blazing BladeEdit

  • Raven - A noble heir who works as a mercenary to enact revenge.
  • Glass - A Sacaen swordsman who tries to steal the Mani Katti.
  • Puzon - A mercenary hired by a group of bandits plaguing Caelin.

Fire Emblem: The Sacred StonesEdit

Fire Emblem AwakeningEdit

  • Gregor - The wandering "Swell Sword" whose refreshing personality is a result of his age and his unique speaking style.
  • Severa - Cordelia's daughter from the future. A snarky girl with an inferiority complex who aspires to be like her mother.
  • Inigo - Olivia's son from the future. A shy dancer like his mother, but has the habit of hitting on nearly every woman he meets.

Fire Emblem FatesEdit

  • Selena - A familiar snarky girl from a distant land and one of Camilla's retainers who's devoted to service.
  • Laslow - A familiar philanderer from a distant land and one of Xander's retainers who has a flair for dancing.
  • Soleil - Laslow's cheerful and not even slightly shy daughter who looks up to cool women.
  • Zhara - A swordsman formerly renowned for his skill, now reduced to a common sellsword. (encountered as a boss; must be captured)

Etymology Edit

Traditionally, mercenaries are soldiers who are hired to fight for a certain cause, as opposed to fighting out of loyalty or duty.

GalleryEdit

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