The Priest (プリースト Purīsuto) is a support magical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Mainly intended for support purposes, Priests are only capable of aiding allies with the power of staves. As such, Priests are unable to directly attack, save for Radiant Dawn, where they are bequeathed the ability to counterattack, and Three Houses, where they are able to cast Reason magic as well as Faith magic.
- 1 History in the Series
- 2 Overview
- 3 In-Game
- 4 Notable Priests
- 5 Trivia
- 6 Gallery
History in the Series
In its original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Curate (そうりょ Sōryo, lit. Monk) is a unisex class and can eventually promote into Bishop.
In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Priest class is unable to promote.
Beginning from The Binding Blade, the Priest class is reinstated into the series with the Bishop class acting as its staple promoted form. As Bishops, Priests are granted the ability to arm Light magic for combat purposes.
In The Sacred Stones, the Priest (神官 Shinkan) class is separated from the Cleric class. It is also further given the option to promote into the Sage class alongside the Bishop class. As Sages, Priests can also access Anima magic alongside Light Magic.
In Radiant Dawn, the Priest (神官 Purīsuto) class is again made unisex, with Laura acting as the only playable character of this class. The Priest class promotes into the Bishop class in this title, much like its predecessors.
In Fates, the Priest class is called Monk (修験者 Shugenja lit. Ascetic) and is regarded as a Hoshidan class. Considered the male counterpart of the Shrine Maiden class, Monks are given the option to promote either into Great Masters or Onmyoji.
In Three Houses, Priest is once more unisex and are an Intermediate class that requires a unit with a Faith level of C or higher to pass the Certification Exam. The class has proficiency in Faith and Reason magic. Priests automatically have the ability to cast the Heal spell regardless of Faith level. If the unit has already learned the spell from their Faith skill, they can cast it twice the usual amount of times.
Priests serve the sole purpose of aiding their allies through their healing staves, replenishing their HP when they sustain damage during combat. Locked to using their healing staves as their primary source of experience gains (aside from the paltry amounts they get from being engaged in combat by hostile units), the player thus has no other option but to ensure that their ability is utilised as much as is possible until they reach a level appropriate for promotion. As they also happen to be physically frail due to their low Defense, Priests must always be deployed alongside bodyguards to shield them from onslaughts while they work in the sidelines to support their allies.
|FE10||Shove||Base skill of all foot units.|
|Learnt at Level 1.|
Learnt at Level 10.
|FE14||Critical Evade +10|
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
White Magic Heal +5
|Base Ability of Priest.|
Base Ability of Priest.
Mastery Ability of Priest.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE1||Curate||Use a Bishop Ring on a Level 10+ Priest.||Bishop|
|FE4||Priest||Choose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.||High Priest|
|FE5||Priest||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Priest.||High Priest|
|FE6||Priest||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Priest.||Bishop|
|FE8||Priest||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Priest.||Bishop|
|Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Priest.|
|Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Priest or train a Priest to Level 21.|
|FE11||Curate||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Priest.||Bishop|
|FE12||Curate||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Priest.||Bishop|
|FE13||Priest||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Priest.||War Monk|
|FE14||Monk||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Monk.||Great Master|
|FE16||Any class||Use an Intermediate Seal on a Level 10+ unit and pass the Priest Certification Exam.||Priest|
- Wrys - A humble priest of Talys who likes a quiet life and despises battle, preferring to heal allies. He is, however, omitted in Mystery of the Emblem.
- Lena - A Macedonian priestess fleeing from the Soothsires with Julian in Chapter 3.
- Maria - The princess of Macedon and younger sister of Minerva and Michalis, whom she loves dearly.
- Elice - Marth's older sister, and the only one who can wield the resurrection staff Aum.
Note: Lena, Maria and Elice are Clerics in the remake.
- Edain - A young holy woman who was captured by Jamke's brothers.
- Lana - Daughter of Edain and sister of Lester, she is a very young priestess who is part of Shannan and Seliph's Liberation army.
- Muirne - A member of the Liberation army and Lana's replacement.
- Coirpre - Foster child of Hannibal, son of Sylvia, and, unknown by each other, brother to Lene.
- Charlot - Coirpre's replacement, and brother to Lene's replacement, Laylea.
- Safy - A priestess from Tahra sent to find people willing to assist in the effort to resist Grannvale's invasion.
- Tina - Safy's sister.
- Sleuf - A priest who can communicate with the spirit of Claud.
- Saul - A priest with an important mission from the Elimine Church. He consistently hits on any woman despite vows of chastity.
- Elen - A young priestess in service as the lady-in-waiting to Guinivere.
- Moulder - A Frelian priest who is well-trusted by King Hayden and is sent to aid Eirika alongside Gilliam and Vanessa.
- Laura - A young priest from Daein who joins the Dawn Brigade after they save the abbey she worked in.
- Brady - Maribelle's son who has a fierce countenance, but is quite kind and easily moved.
- Hierarch - An NPC priest who betrayed Emmeryn to Plegia to save his own life in Chapter 7.
- Manuela - Teacher and physician at the Officers Academy. Former star of the Mittelfrank Opera Company, she was known as the Divine Songstress.
- Flayn - Seteth's younger sister and aid at the Garreg Mach Monastery. Loves to socialize and wants to become a student at the Academy one day.
In Awakening, no generic enemy Priests, living or Risen, are encountered in any main game or paralogue chapters. The only place one can be found is on Eirika's SpotPass team. Despite this, a variant of the generic Priest portrait intended for use by Risen enemies still exists unused in the game data.