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The Paladin (パラディン Paradin) is a horse-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Commonly the promoted form of the Cavalier class, the equipment armed by the Paladin class varies depending on the title. On the whole, Paladins are known to be outfitted with Swords and Lances as their primary weapons of choice. A game's Jagen archetype is likely to be a Paladin.

History in the SeriesEdit

In its original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Paladin class is established as the staple promoted form of the Cavalier class, wielding Swords and Lances as its weapons of choice.

In Gaiden, Paladins not just act as the promoted form of the Cavalier class, but they are also able to be further promoted into the Gold Knight class. This iteration of the class is locked to using Lances.

The Paladin class is reverted to its prior incarnation in Mystery of the Emblem, where it is simply the promoted form of the Cavalier class and cannot be further promoted.

In both Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, Paladins are not just the promoted form of the Cavalier class, but also the promoted form of Troubadours. These female Paladins are, apart from being armed with Swords and Lances, also able to equip Staves for support purposes. They act as the predecessors of the Valkyrie class. The Paladin class is one of the promoted forms of the Rook Knight class in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. Only Estelle and Rina are able to promote into this class, though Roger starts as such. It appears again in TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga as the promotion option for Sergeant Knight and Free Knight, and is capable of using both Small and Medium Shields.

In Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade and Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, Paladins can wield axes in addition to Swords and Lances.

In The Sacred Stones, the Paladin class is not just one of the promoted forms of the Cavalier class, but also the promoted form of the Recruit (2) class. However, they can no longer use axes, as such ability is given to the Great Knight class.

In Path of Radiance, the Paladin class is the promoted form of a variety of horse-mounted classes, including the Sword, Lance, Axe and Bow Knight classes. Paladins in this title are able to wield any two of the four physical weapon types available, depending on their base weapon and secondary weapon selected at the point of promotion.

The Paladin class technically does not appear in Radiant Dawn, though there are specialised Paladins that specialize in specific weapon types and are thence split into the Blade, Lance, Axe and Bow Paladin classes. All of these variant Paladins have different names in the Japanese version which do not tie them to the "Paladin" name.

In Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, Paladins are merged back into a singular entity and are the promoted form of the Cavalier class yet again.

In Fates, the Paladin class is treated as a Nohrian class and is one of the promoted forms of the Cavalier class.

In Warriors, the class appears as a Cavalry unit that uses Swords, and the base class of Xander. It also has an enemy-only Hoshidan version, called the Master Rider (聖騎馬武者, Seikiba Musha, lit. Holy Cavalry Warrior in the Japanese version).

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses The Paladin Class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 20 with a Lance Skill Level of B or higher, a Riding Skill Level of B or higher and an Advanced Seal.

OverviewEdit

CombatEdit

Paladin animation

A paladin attacking with an axe.

The Paladin class works in exactly the same manner as their unpromoted form, relying on their superior Movement to support their allies rather than engage in prolonged melee combat. They are often the first units to meet the enemy in battle, and with sufficient support from other mounted units, can clear out important sections of the map and kill off stray enemies with comparatively minimal effort. Because they lack the frailty and weakness to bows that plagues Pegasus and Falcon Knights, they are often the units best equipped to save villages and treasure chests from falling into enemy hands. Like Cavaliers, they are well rounded, but typically gain a significant boost to their Resistance, though this is a minor perk at best.

Because they have no real statistical strengths, Paladins and Cavaliers are often used to aid other characters, often assisting in kills at range or up close, rushing forward to quickly block a wave of approaching enemies, plugging reinforcement points, or (when applicable in the later games) use the Rescue command or Pair up with on an injured or slow ally to bring them into/out of the battle. If Paladins ever hit a point where they can reliably double and kill standard enemy mobs on their own, however, they can quickly become one-person armies. Regardless of the Paladin's strength, however, the player should always pay careful attention to ensure that Paladins do not get attacked by enemies armed with horse slaying weapons such as the Beast Killer.

Paladins are also capable of acting as substitutes for Generals due to their decent Strength and Speed. Very effective in disrupting enemy troops long enough for the player's units to get into position, Paladins are generally the center of attention when using this tactic and thus must either retreat or be rescued once the main objective is achieved.

In WiFi battles, Paladins have a Speed cap of 25 and a Defense cap of 30. This allows them to survive being attacked directly by any other unit (excluding critical hits and attacks performed with a forged Poleax/Ridersbane). Further bolstering these strengths is their high Movement of 10 points, which is considered the superlative out of any playable class. These traits make Paladins one of the best classes for WiFi battles.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE1228-71109010--Sword, Lance 10
FE22812-580858--Sword, Lance
FE3227-5708610--Sword, Lance 8
FE44095990959--FE4 Sword B FE4 Lance B/C FE4 Staff C
FE5 (Mounted)24/205/31/56/3605/3-97/5-FE5 Sword Icon D FE5 Lance Icon E FE5 Staff Icon E
FE5 (Dismounted)24/204/21/55/34/504/2-67/5-FE5 Sword Icon D FE5 Staff Icon E
TS237/507/47/406/4-8/5--TS Sword TS Lance 4
FE6237/6-4/67/1108/73/6811/10-Sword D/C Lance C/D Axe E
FE7237/6-4/67/1108/73/6811/9-Sword D Lance D Axe E
FE8237/6-4/67/1108/73/6811/9-Sword D Lance D
FE9237247083911/835/31FE9 Sword C/E FE9 Lance C/E FE9 Axe C/E FE9 Bow C/E
FE1122715708610--FE12 Sword E FE12 Lance D
FE1222715708610--FE12 Sword E FE12 Lance D
FE1325917801068--SwordIconFE13 E LanceIconFE13 E
FE141981774768--FE14 Sword E FE14 Lance E
FE152812-580858--Echoes lance weapon type icon

Maximum StatsEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE36020-202020202010--Sword, Lance 20
FE480242024243024209--FE4 Sword B FE4 Lance B/C FE4 Staff C
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon A FE5 Lance Icon A FE5 Staff Icon A
TS6022/201522/1922/193021/19-12--TS Sword TS Lance 19
FE66025-28253025251520-Sword S Lance S Axe S
FE76025/23-26/2724/253025/2425/261520-Sword S Lance S Axe S
FE86025/23-26/2724/253025/2425/261520-Sword S Lance S
FE96026/25202627302725/26911/835/31FE9 Sword S FE9 Lance S FE9 Axe S FE9 Bow S
FE11602521282525302510--FE12 Sword A FE12 Lance A
FE12602521282525302510--FE12 Sword A FE12 Lance A
FE1380423040404542428--SwordIconFE13 A LanceIconFE13 A
FE1460312630303232328--FE14 Sword A FE14 Lance A

Growth RatesEdit

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE2150%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----
FE380%30%-20%20%0%30%0%----
FE4100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10%----
FE550%20%3%15%10%10%15%--15%--
FE670%25%-30/35%18/25%25%12%17%----
FE770%25%-30/35%18/25%25%12%20/25%----
FE870%25%-30/35%18/25%25%12%20/25%----
FE965%45%20%35%45/50%30%45/40%40/45%----
FE1140%15%-10%25%10%0%15%-5%----
FE1240%15%-10%25%10%0%15%-5%----
FE1345/90%20/45%0%20/40%20/40%0/45%10/35%10/30%----
FE1410%15%0%10%10%15%10%10%----
FE15120%50%-50%50%0%50%10%----

Class SkillsEdit

SkillRequirements
FE4RemoveRe-MoveHidden base skill of all flying and mounted units.
FE9Sol (FE9)SolOccult skill of the Paladin and Valkyrie classes; assign with an MasteryBookOccult Scroll.
FE13DefendericonDefender
HShieldAegis
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14Defender (FE14)Defender
Aegis (FE14)Aegis
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.

PromotionsEdit

Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE1 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE2FE2 Cavalier Map IconKnightVisit a shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Paladin Map IconPaladin
FE2 FE2 Paladin Map IconPaladinVisit a shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Gold Knight Map IconGold Knight
FE3FE3 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a Knight Crest (FE3)Knight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE3 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE4FE4 Social Knight SpriteCavalierChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Paladin Sprite (M)Paladin
FE4 FE4 Troubadour SpriteTroubadourChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Paladin Sprite (F)Paladin
FE5FE5 CavalierCavalierUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE5 PaladinPaladin
FE5 FE5 troubadourTroubadourUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE5 Paladin Sprite (F)Paladin
TSRookKnightRook KnightUse a Ts-knight-proofKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Rook Knight.PaladinPaladin (Estelle and Rina)
FE6FE8 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE7FE8 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE8FE8 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE8 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE8 FE8 Recruit Map SpriteRecruit (2)Use a KnightcrestKnight Crest on a Level 10+ Recruit.FE8 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE9FE9 Makalov Sword Knight Sprite
Sword Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Sword Knight.FE9 Makalov Paladin Sprite
Paladin
FE9 FE9 Oscar Lance Knight Sprite
Lance Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Lance Knight.FE9 Oscar Paladin Sprite
Paladin
FE9 FE9 Kieran Axe Knight Sprite
Axe Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Axe Knight.FE9 Kieran Paladin Sprite
Paladin
FE9 FE9 Astrid Bow Knight Sprite
Bow Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Bow Knight.FE9 Astrid Paladin Sprite
Paladin
FE11FE11 Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE11 Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE12FEDS Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FEDS Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE13FE13 Generic Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE13 PaladinPaladin
FE14FE14 Generic Cavalier Map SpriteCavalierUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cavalier.FE14 Generic Paladin Map SpritePaladin
FE16FE16 Sylvain PaladinPaladinTake Certification Exam with a Level 20 character with a Lance Proficiency of B or higher and a Riding Proficiency of B or higher.Great Knight
FEWXander Sprite WarriorsPaladinUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Xander.Xander Sprite WarriorsCrown Prince

Notable PaladinsEdit

PaladinGBAIcon

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow DragonEdit

Gaiden/Echoes: Shadows of ValentiaEdit

  • Mathilda - A legendary knight of Zofia who is strong as a demon yet gentle to her love.
  • Conrad - Anthiese's half-brother who rushes to her aid whenever she is in danger and whose personality changes entirely when he wears his mask.
  • Randal - A DLC character originating from Fire Emblem 0 (Cipher).
  • Berkut - The prideful heir presumptive to the Rigelian throne who loves Rinea with all his heart.
  • Slayde - The ruthless Captain of the guard of Zofian traitor, Desaix.
  • Lawson - A Riglian general.
  • Possible Promotion for: All villagers, Clive.

Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the EmblemEdit

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Thracia 776Edit

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

The Binding BladeEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

  • Marcus- Knight of Pherae.
  • Isadora- Knight of Pherae and lover of Harken.
  • Eagler - The Knight Commander of Caelin who was forced by Lundgren to fight Lyn and her companions.
  • Cameron - Secondary boss of Ch.19E/20H.
  • Eubans - Leader of a mercenary band that is loyal to Darin.
  • Pascal - A corrupt noble who joins the Black Fang and is known as the Crazed Beast.
  • Maxime - A subordinate of Ursula who hunts down Jaffar and Nino.
  • Promotion for: Sain, Kent and Lowen.

The Sacred StonesEdit

Path of RadianceEdit

AwakeningEdit

FatesEdit

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga Edit

  • Alvina - A high-ranking knight of Bornia. She reluctantly fights for the Raze Empire to ensure the Duke's safety.
  • Promotion for: Elbert, Arthur, and Ruby.

Three HousesEdit

  • Jeralt - A mercenary and Byleth's father. He was the former captain of the Knights of Seiros before having to join again by Rhea.
  • Lonato - Ashe's adoptive father.

EtymologyEdit

The paladins were the first 12 warriors of Charlamegne's court.

TriviaEdit

  • The Path of Radiance incarnation of the Paladin class has the highest number of classes promoting into it (Sword, Axe, Lance and Bow Knights), sharing the number with the General of Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Sage class from The Sacred Stones and Archsage class from Radiant Dawn.
  • In Fates, Paladins are one of the three playable classes capable of reaching rank A in multiple weapon types, the other two being Hoshido and Nohr Nobles.
  • In Three Houses, four characters have unique models as Paladins post-time skip, the most out of any class. They are Ferdinand, Sylvain, Lorenz and Leonie.
  • In most entries in the Fire Emblem series, the player acquires access to a Paladin very early on. This Paladin is naturally much stronger than the other early game player units, and is meant to aid the others by softening up and defeating enemies until the other units have the opportunity to level up. This Paladin unit is often unofficially called a Jagen, named after the first Paladin to appear in the series.

See alsoEdit

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