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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 SeriesEdit

In their original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Pirate is credited as the first foot-based 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 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 StatsEdit

HP Str MagSkl SpdLck DefRes Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 185-160406--Axe 5
FE3 224-020305--Axe ?
FE4 3550070506--FE4 Axe ?
FE5 24500003-59-FE5 Axe Icon E
TS 25401303-4--TS Axe 1
FE6 194-26030510-Axe E
FE7 194-26030510-Axe D
FE8 194-26030510-Axe D
FE11 1850160406--FE12 Axe E
FE12 1870180406--FE12 Axe E

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str MagSkl SpdLck DefRes Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 5220-20202020206--Axe 20
FE3 5220-20202020205--Axe 20
FE4 80201515223020156--FE4 Axe ?
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Axe Icon A
TS 60191516183018-12--TS Axe 16
FE6 6020-20203020201520-Axe A
FE7 6020-20203020201520-Axe A
FE8 6020-20203020201520-Axe A
FE11 60202020202020206--FE12 Axe A
FE12 60202020202020206--FE12 Axe A

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str MagSkl SpdLck DefRes Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 90%50%-10%20%0%50%0%----
FE4 100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10%----
FE6 70%50%-35%25%15%10%10%----
FE7 75%50%-35%25%15%10%13%----
FE8 75%50%-35%25%15%10%13%----
FE11 80%40%-20%15%10%0%0%-15%----
FE12 70%30%-20%15%30%0%0%-15%----


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE6 FE8 Pirate Map SpritePirateUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE8 Berserker Map SpriteBerserker
FE7 FE8 Pirate Map SpritePirateUse an OceansealOcean Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE7 Berserker Map SpriteBerserker
FE8 FE8 Journeyman Map SpriteJourneymanAutomatically at the start of next map after reaching Level 10FE8 Pirate Map SpritePirate
FE8 FE8 Pirate Map SpritePirate Use an OceansealOcean Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate. FE8 Berserker Map SpriteBerserker
FE8 Warrior Map SpriteWarrior
FE11 FE11 Pirate Map SpritePirateUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FE11 Berserker Map SpriteBerserker
FE12 FEDS Pirate Map SpritePirateUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.FEDS Berserker Map SpriteBerserker

Notable PiratesEdit

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Shadow DragonEdit

Mystery of the Emblem and New Mystery of the EmblemEdit

  • Gail - Captain of the infamous Macedonian Vikings.

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

TearRing Saga: Berwick SagaEdit

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

The Binding BladeEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

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

The Sacred StonesEdit


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