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Ranger (フォレストナイト Foresuto naito, Forrest Knight in the Japanese version) is a horse-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

This class shares its English name with Ike's class from Path of Radiance, but they are unrelated. This is a Second Tier mounted class that can use Bows (in FE8) and Swords, whereas the Ranger class from Path of Radiance is a First Tier unmounted Lord class that only uses Swords.

History in the Series

In its original inception in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Forrest Knight is the promoted form of the Free Knight class, wielding Swords as its sole weapon of choice. The class's Skill and Speed are superior to those boasted by the Paladin class.

The class is then absent in the series until the onset of The Sacred Stones, where it is referred to as the Ranger in localized versions of the game. One of the promoted forms of both the Archer and Mercenary classes, Rangers are able to equip both Swords and Bows, but lose the ability to mount Ballistae.

The Forrest Knight/Ranger class is retired from the series subsequently, its role taken up by the Bow Knight classes in later installments.



Like all mounted units, Rangers generally have great mobility, although they may be considered slower as compared to other mounted units. Rangers are noted for being the only horseback-mounted unit that is able to navigate across water, a feat that is normally something only Berserkers, Pirates, Thieves or flying units are able to perform.


Base Stats

FE4408015120839--FE4 Sword.png A
FE5 (Mounted)24516705-97-FE5 Sword Icon.png D
FE5 (Dismounted)24516704-67-FE5 Sword Icon.png D
FE8217/6-6706/53/479/8-Sword.gif D Bow.gif D

Maximum Stats

FE480231530273023189--FE4 Sword.png A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon.png A
FE86025/23-28303024/2223/251525-Sword.gif S Bow.gif S

Growth Rates


Class Skills

FE4Remove.pngRe-MoveHidden innate skill of all flying and mounted units.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE4FE4 Free Knight Sprite.gifFree KnightChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Forrest Knight Sprite.gifForrest Knight
FE5FE5 Free knight.gifFree KnightUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Free Knight.FE5 Forest knight.gifForrest Knight
FE8FE8 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse Orionsbolt.gifOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Ranger Map Sprite.gifRanger
FE8 FE8 Mercenary Map Sprite.gifMercenaryUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE8 Ranger Map Sprite.gifRanger

Notable Rangers

Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

The Sacred Stones