The Sniper (スナイパー Sunaipā) is a combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. The promoted form of the Archer and Bow Fighter classes, Snipers wield Bows as their primary weapon of choice. While not particularly different from normal Archers, the Sniper class is open to the more advanced Bows of higher weapon ranks. Like their Archer predecessors, Snipers are able to operate Ballistae.

History in the SeriesEdit

In its original inception in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, the Sniper class is established as the staple promoted form of the Archer class, locked to Bows as its sole weapon of choice.

In Gaiden, the Sniper class is again the promoted form of the Archer class, and can further promote into the Bow Knight class.

In Mystery of the Emblem, the Sniper class is reverted to simply being the promoted form of the Archer class and is unable to promote any further.

In Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the class functions as the promoted form of the Bow Fighter class, given the fact that the Archer class is temporarily retired.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Sniper class is known as the Bow Master (ボウマスター Bou masutā), and is again the promoted form of the Bow Fighter class.

Beginning from The Binding Blade, the Sniper class is firmly cemented as the main promoted form of the re-introduced Archer class.

In TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga, Sylwiss is the sole playable Sniper (スナイパー Sunaipā). Her version of the class is capable of wielding both Bows and Crossbows and has the Light Infantry movement type. An enemy-only class is also known as a Sniper (狙撃兵 sogekihei); unlike Sylwiss, these Snipers can only wield crossbows and have the Infantry movement type. They have superior stats to other enemy bow wielders, making them very dangerous.

In Radiant Dawn, the Sniper (狙撃手スナイパー Sunaipā) class is further able to promote into the powerful Marksman class when the necessary requirements are met.

In Fates, the Sniper class is known as the Bow Saint (弓聖 Kyūsei) in the Japanese version and is treated as a Hoshidan class. The class is again one of the promoted forms of the Archer class.



Sniper animation

Wolt as a Sniper.

While Snipers do receive a significant boost in Defense and HP as compared to their first-tier forms, they are still very vulnerable targets and cannot sustain too much damage, especially so in earlier titles. In the more recent games, however, Snipers have average Defense, surpassed by heavily armored units but exceeding those boasted by Swordmasters, Sages and the like. These incarnations of the class will often dodge many attacks directed at them, but as they are still locked to attacking at a range and incapable of counterattacking, it is thus risky to consistently deploy them as frontline units. They should therefore work in the backlines instead, supporting the frontlines while being protected from direct harm.

Snipers fight exactly like their Archer counterparts, only with more power. Like Myrmidons becoming Swordmasters, Archers becoming Snipers sometimes receive much higher Critical hit chances, namely in Path of Radiance, Radiant Dawn and Shadow Dragon. This bonus shows up less frequently with Snipers than it does with Swordmasters, however.

In WiFi battles, Snipers are a very good class to deploy. They possess enough Speed to double most units, and their naturally high Skill grants them increased critical hit rates. In addition to this, Snipers' use of Bows effectively means that they are immune to the Weapon Triangle, allowing them to strike any target of their choice without fear of any penalties. Although Snipers have low Movement, their ability to use long-range brave weapons is highly valuable. More important is their ability to use Longbows; these are invaluable in breaking chokepoints and chipping away at enemy HP without being hit with a counterattack. This advantage can be better exploited if ballistae are available for use, as enemies can be either weakened or felled simply by constant fire from Snipers operating these machines.


In Fates, the Sniper class is an excellent class to use for several reasons.

From the Archer class (since this is the only class that promotes into Snipers), they will have already learned Quick Draw, which provides a +4 attack boost when they initiate a battle. As they will learn Bowfaire later on, Snipers will benefit from a +9 damage boost when attacking first.

Snipers are also the only class able to reach S Rank in bows. As a result, they are the only unit capable of using Pursuer, and will enjoy extra damage when using bows. Snipers have the highest skill out of every bow user, and with Certain Blow, will ensure that they will hit more often against agile opponents. This helps alleviate the bow's slightly lower accuracy while retaining the massive damage that it can deal.

Just like in the previous installments, Snipers are still susceptible to close up attacks, showing a weakness to magical attacks. However, with the introduction of the Point Blank skill and the modifications made to the Short Bow, this weakness is easily patched.

One should also note that Bows are now part of the weapon triangle, being weak to swords and tomes but strong to lances and hidden weapons.


★ - FE10 SP Class.

Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 247-10140707--Bow 10
FE2 30-12660625--Bow
FE3 247-890737--Bow 10
FE4 4012012120736--FE4 Bow A
FE5 22/205/4167/80377/5--FE5 Bow Icon D
TS 22706605-5--TS Bow 4
FE6 21/197/6-65/7052/368/7-Bow C
FE7 21/197/6-65/7052/368/6-Bow C
FE8 21/197/6-65/7052/368/6-Bow C
FE9 21628506271011FE9 Bow C
FE10 3318419180141071112FE10 Bow C
FE103820621200161271112FE10 Bow A
FE11 2471890737--FE12 Bow C
FE12 2471890737--FE12 Bow C
FE13 207112901036--BowIconFE13 E
FE14 19701093626--FE14 Bow E
FE15 3012-660625--Echoes bow weapon type icon

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 5220-20202020207--Bow 20
FE2 5240-40404040405--Bow
FE3 5220-20202020207--Bow 20
FE4 80271527273022186--FE4 Bow A
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon A
TS 60221521213020-12--TS Bow 19
FE6 6024/23-30293022/2123/251520-Bow S
FE7 6025/24-3028/293025/2423/241520-Bow S
FE8 6025/24-3028/293025/2423/241520-Bow S
FE9 602520302840252371011FE9 Bow S
FE10 452710302630241671112FE10 Bow S
FE10573413383230292371112FE10 Bow SS
FE11 60242030293023207--FE12 Bow A
FE12 60242030293023207--FE12 Bow A
FE13 80413048404540316--BowIconFE13 A
FE14 55312535333031286--FE14 Bow S
FEW 9811384204163150641825--FEW Bow S

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 150%50%-50%50%0%50%0%----
FE3 80%20%-30%30%0%20%0%----
FE4 100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10%----
FE5 50%20%3%15%10%10%15%--15%--
FE6 65%30%-30%20%30%15%15%----
FE7 65%30%-30%20%30%15%20/25%----
FE8 65%30%-30%20%30%15%20/25%----
FE9 60%45%10%55%45%30%35%35%----
FE10 60%35%20%45%25%50%45%25%----
FE11 40%10%-10%20%30%0%10%-10%----
FE12 40%10%-10%20%30%0%10%-10%----
FE13 45%15%0%30%15%0%15%5%----
FE14 10%15%0%20%15%5%10%0%----
FE15 120%50%-50%40%0%40%0%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
TS CityCity FighterClass skill of the Bow Master class.
FE8 Sure StrikeClass skill of the Sniper class.
FE9 Deadeye (FE9)DeadeyeOccult skill of the Sniper class; assign with an MasteryBookOccult Scroll.
FE10 ShoveShove
Critical 10Critical +10
Base skill of all foot units.
Class skill of the Sniper, Swordmaster and Sentinel classes.
FE11 Hit Rate +5
Critical +5
FE12 Hit Rate +5
Critical +5
FE13 Accuracy20Hit Rate +20
Learned at Level 5.
Learned at Level 15.
FE14 Raven Strike (Skill)Certain Blow
Hit Rate +10
Critical +10
Learned at Level 5 and above.
Learned at Level 15 and above.
FE15 Echoes Class Skill iconBowrange +2Class skill of the Sniper and Bow Knight classes.


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE1 FE1 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse Orion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE1 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE2 FE2 Archer Map IconArcherVisit Shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Sniper Map IconSniper
FE2 FE2 Sniper Map IconSniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Bow Knight Map IconBow Knight
FE3 FE3 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse FE3 Orion's BoltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE3 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE4 FE4 Bow Fighter Sprite (M)Bow FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Sniper SpriteSniper
FE5 FE5 Bow fighterBow FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Archer.FE5 SniperSniper
TS BowFighterBow FighterUse a Ts-knight-proofKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Bow Fighter.BowMasterBow Master
FE6 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE7 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE8 FE8 Archer Map SpriteArcherUse OrionsboltOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE9 FE9 Rolf Archer Sprite
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE9 Rolf Sniper Sprite
FE10 FE10 Leonardo Archer Sprite
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer or train an Archer to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite
FE10 FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite
Use a FE10mastercrownMaster Crown on a Level 10+ Sniper or train a Sniper to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Marksman Sprite
FE11 FE11 Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE11 Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE12 FEDS Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FEDS Sniper Map SpriteSniper
FE13 FE13 Generic Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE13 Generic Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FE14 FE14 Generic Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE14 Generic Sniper (M) Map SpriteSniper
FEW Warriors Takumi SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on Takumi.Warriors Takumi SpriteSniper

Notable SnipersEdit


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow DragonEdit

Gaiden Edit

* - If one of the villagers can promote into the Archer class in Fire Emblem Gaiden.

Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the EmblemEdit

  • Tomas - One of the exclusive playable characters returns in New Mystery of the Emblem.
  • Clarisse - One of the assassins and exclusive boss in New Mystery of the Emblem.
  • Jeorge
  • Promotion for: Ryan, Gordin and Norne.

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Thracia 776Edit

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

  • Raquel - A bow master known as the "Bow Goddess". Swore never to kill another human.
  • Promotion for: Ruka and Rennie.

The Binding BladeEdit

The Blazing BladeEdit

The Sacred StonesEdit

Path of Radiance/Radiant DawnEdit

  • Shinon - A senior member of the Greil Mercenaries and a secondary boss of Path of Radiance Chapter 18.
  • Norris - The boss of Path of Radiance Chapter 13.
  • Rolf - The student of Shinon.
  • Silvano - The boss of Radiant Dawn in Chapter 3-P.
  • Promotion for: Rolf in Path of Radiance and Leonardo in Radiant Dawn.

TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga Edit

  • Sylwiss: A bounty hunter and mercenary hailing from the female-run island of Apollonia. She's prone to exaggerate her prowess.



Trivia Edit

  • Snipers are the only class that appeared in the entire main series with the same name (except for the Japanese version of Fates) and weapon usage.