—Hermit explaining the Oliphantier class.
|FE15||Bowrange +3||Base skill of the Oliphantier class.|
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE15||Bow Knight||Visit the Altar of the Marksman when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.||Oliphantier|
As the class name suggests, Oliphantiers are meant to evoke the appearance of elephant-mounted archers. The horse mounts are fitted with a face mask sporting a small trunk and a pair of tusks. The rider's uniform is inspired from the elephant archers of medieval India, as elephant-mounter troops armed with bows feature prominently in ancient indian art and history.
Regardless of what type of bow they have equipped, all Oliphantiers wield an ornate, golden bow with a spinning wheel at its center an three glowing blue crystals that seem to work as light pointers, arrows fired by the Oliphantier explode upon contact with the enemy.
Oliphant' was an old word for 'elephant'. It may also be a reference to the elephant gun. The English name is also very similar to "oliphaunt". The oliphaunts, also called Mûmakil, were giant elephant creatures from J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series. The Haradrim, humans from the south who allied with Sauron, used them as battle vehicles.
The Japanese name of the class share its name with a powerful Ballista.