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The Pirate (パイレーツ Pairētsu) is a combat physical class commonly found across the Fire Emblem Series. This class wields Axes as its sole weapon of choice.

History in the Series

In their original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Pirate is credited as the first infantry class in the series that is able to traverse water-based terrain. This version of the class is unable to promote, has high defense, and together with Fighter is only axe using class within the game. One Pirate, Darros is recruitable.

In Gaiden, the Pirate class overlaps with the Brigand class, which gains the Pirate's ability to cross water-based terrain.

The pirate class is unplayable in Mystery of the Emblem where Darros is absent. Like the other criminal classes, they take extra damage from the Ladyblade.

In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Pirate class is enemy-exclusive, emerging in droves from time to time with the sole purpose of plundering Villages when battles are actively taking place. In Thracia 776, Pirates appeared alongside the likewise enemy exclusive Berserker class.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the pirate class is playable again. They retain their ability to walk on water, and have the Sea Fighter skill which gives them one extra movement on maps near the ocean. Once again, the class is incapable of promotion.

Beginning from The Binding Blade, Pirates are given the ability to promote into Berserkers for the first time in the series. As Berserkers, Pirates retain the ability to traverse water-based terrain, alongside an increased Critical rate of 30% in The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade.

In The Sacred Stones, Pirates are further given the option to promote into Warriors alongside Berserkers. While they gain the ability to wield Bows as Warriors, Pirates lose their ability to cross water-based terrain to compensate.

The role played by Pirates in Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn is, like in Gaiden, assumed by Brigands, who are imbued with the ability to cross water-based terrain.

Pirates return as playable inTearRing Saga: Berwick Saga. Unusually pirates have thief-like abilities including the ability to steal from enemies, search areas, and their ability to walk on the Ocean allows them to find hidden objects. The pirate class is equivalent to a Tier 2 class, it has high HP, strength, and agility in exchange for low defense.

The Pirate class formally returns to the series in Shadow Dragon and New Mystery of the Emblem, where they promote directly into Berserkers.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Pirate is an enemy-only class. The class retains it's ability to walk across water. In the game's files, it is coded to promote into the Pirate Ship. When promoted, the class loses it's ability to use axes and it uses Bows and Greatbows instead. It also only moves on water. The Pirate and the Pirate Ship become playable in Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister.



In terms of stats, Pirates are similar to other axe-wielding units such as Fighters and Brigands. They possess characteristically high Strength, HP and somewhat low Defense, although not to the same extreme as the regular Fighter. They sometimes have low Skill as well, making it difficult for them to hit accurately.

The Pirate class' most notable characteristic is its ability to stand on/walk across water tiles (at the cost of their movement being greatly hindered), an ability that most other classes lack.

Like Brigands and Thieves, enemy Pirates are able to destroy villages by ending their turn on their entrances. Upon doing so, the village will be destroyed and any item that could have been obtained will be lost. This can be prevented by visiting the village with any ally unit before it gets destroyed.


Base Stats

FE1185-160406--Axe 5
FE3224-020305--Axe ?
FE43550070506--FE4 Axe.png B
FE524500003-59-FE5 Axe Icon.png E
TS25401303-4--TS Axe.png 1
FE6194-26030510-Axe.gif E
FE7194-26030510-Axe.gif D
FE8194-26030510-Axe.gif D
FE111850160406--FE12 Axe.png E
FE121870180406--FE12 Axe.png E

Maximum Stats

FE15220-20202020206--Axe 20
FE35220-20202020205--Axe 20
FE480201515223020156--FE4 Axe.png B
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Axe Icon.png A
TS60191516183018-12--TS Axe.png 16
FE66020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE76020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE86020-20203020201520-Axe.gif A
FE1160202020202020206--FE12 Axe.png A
FE1260202020202020206--FE12 Axe.png A

Growth Rates



Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE6FE8 Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirateUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE8 Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
FE7FE8 Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirateUse an Oceanseal.gifOcean Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE7 Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
FE8FE8 Journeyman Map Sprite.gifJourneymanAutomatically at the start of next map after reaching Level 10FE8 Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirate
FE8 FE8 Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirateUse an Oceanseal.gifOcean Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE8 Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
FE8 Warrior Map Sprite.gifWarrior
FE11FE11 Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirateUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE11 Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker
FE12FEDS Pirate Map Sprite.gifPirateUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FEDS Berserker Map Sprite.gifBerserker

Notable Pirates

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Shadow Dragon

Mystery of the Emblem and New Mystery of the Emblem

  • Gail - Captain of the infamous Macedonian Vikings.

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga

  • Axel - A Pirate trying to earn money to support his blind daughter.

The Binding Blade

The Blazing Blade

  • Dart - One of Fargus' pirates who is heavily implied to be Dan, Rebecca's long-lost brother.

The Sacred Stones

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister

  • Pollux - One of two pirate brothers.
  • Castor - One of two pirate brothers.


  • In The Blazing Blade, there is a unit called Corsair who shares the Pirates' animation. They only appear at Linus' Four Fanged Offense.