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.

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 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.



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, Skill and Defense, although their counterparts are usually superior in the Speed 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. 


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.


Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 164-8100507--Sword 8
FE2 248-8100414--Sword
FE3 164-8100507--Sword 2
TS 22405503-5--TS Sword 3
FE6 18/164/3-8/58/604/2059/8-Sword D
FE7 18/164/3-8/58/604/2059/8-Sword D
FE8 18/164/3-8/58/604/2059/8-Sword D
FE11 16408100507--FE12 Sword E
FE12 1840890507--FE12 Sword E
FE13 1850870505--SwordIconFE13 E
FE14 1750762525--FE14 Sword E
FE15 248-8100414---
FEW 628210108555--FEW Sword E

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 5220-20202020207--Sword 20
FE2 5240-40404040404--Sword
FE3 4220-20202020207--Sword 20
TS 60191520203018-12--TS Sword 18
FE6 6020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE7 6020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE8 6020-20203020201520-Sword A
FE11 60202020202020207--FE12 Sword A
FE12 60202020202020207--FE12 Sword A
FE13 60272030263025235--SwordIconFE13 A
FE14 40221524222021195--FE14 Sword B

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 80%30%-20%20%0%30%0%----
FE6 80%40%-40%32%30%18%15%----
FE7 80%40%-40%32%30%18%20/30%----
FE8 80%40%-40%32%30%18%20/30%----
FE11 60%20%-20%25%20%0%5%-10%----
FE12 50%20%-20%25%20%0%10%-10%----
FE13 45%/80%20%/35%0%/0%25%/40%20%/35%0%/30%10%/25%5%/15%----
FE14 10%15%0%20%15%5%10%5%----
FE15 120%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE13 WeaponSaverArmsthrift
Learned at Level 1.
Learned at Level 10.
FE14 StubbornnessGood Fortune
Patient AssuranceStrong Riposte
Learned at Level 1 and higher.
Learned at Level 10 and higher.


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE1 FE1 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE1 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE2 FE2 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
FE3 FE3 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Hero Proof (FE3)Hero Proof on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE3 Hero Map SpriteHero
TS FighterFighterUse a TRSHeroProofHero Proof on a Level 10+ FighterHeroHero
FE6 FE8 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE7 FE8 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 Ranger Map SpriteRanger
FE11 FE11 Mercenary Map SpriteMercenaryUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE11 Hero Map SpriteHero
FE12 FEDS 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 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE14 FE14 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
FE15 VillagerVisit a shrine after reaching Level 3.Mercenary
FE15 MercenaryVisit a shrine after reaching Level 7.Myrmidon
FEW Navarre Warriors SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Navarre.Navarre Warriors SpriteHero

Notable MercenariesEdit


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 Nabarl.

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 paid to fight for a certain cause.