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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 Series

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.

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, the Sniper Class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 20 with a Bow Skill Level of A or higher and an Advanced Seal.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Sniper is known as the Deadshot and is the promoted from of the Hunter.

In Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister, a variant of the Deadshot known as the High Hunter is playable. There appears to be no difference between the two classes. The class is exclusive to Penelope.



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 is similar to their other incarnations, possessing fairly high Skill and Speed along with decent Strength and Defense stats. With Fates bow/yumi weapons, Snipers are one of the few classes to possess an S-Rank in their primary weapon style, allowing them to use the powerful Pursuer in battle. Snipers are still hampered by their inability to attack units possessing less range than their current weapon, though the Point Blank skill rectifies this flaw and turns Snipers into a far more dangerous foe then their stats suggest.


★ - FE10 SP Class.

Base Stats

FE1247-10140707--Bow 10
FE3247-890737--Bow 10
FE44012012120736--FE4 Bow.png A
FE522/205/4167/80377/5--FE5 Bow Icon.png D
TS22706605-5--TS Bow.png 4
FE621/197/6-65/7052/368/7-Bow.gif C
FE721/197/6-65/7052/368/6-Bow.gif C
FE821/197/6-65/7052/368/6-Bow.gif C
FE921628506271011FE9 Bow.png C
FE10 3318419180141071112FE10 Bow.gif C
FE10 3820621200161271112FE10 Bow.gif A
FE112471890737--FE12 Bow.png C
FE122471890737--FE12 Bow.png C
FE13207112901036--BowIconFE13.png E
FE1419701093626--FE14 Bow.png E
FE153012-660625--Echoes bow weapon type icon.png
FE16301781214101285--FE16 bow icon.png A

Maximum Stats

FE15220-20202020207--Bow 20
FE35220-20202020207--Bow 20
FE480271527273022186--FE4 Bow.png A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon.png A
TS60221521213020-12--TS Bow.png 19
FE66024/23-30293022/2123/251520-Bow.gif S
FE76025/24-3028/293025/2423/241520-Bow.gif S
FE86025/24-3028/293025/2423/241520-Bow.gif S
FE9602520302840252371011FE9 Bow.png S
FE10 452710302630241671112FE10 Bow.gif S
FE10 573413383230292371112FE10 Bow.gif SS
FE1160242030293023207--FE12 Bow.png A
FE1260242030293023207--FE12 Bow.png A
FE1380413048404540316--BowIconFE13.png A
FE1455312535333031286--FE14 Bow.png S
FEW9811384204163150641825--FEW Bow.png S

Growth Rates

FE10 60%35%20%45%25%50%45%25%----
FE10 100%75%35%90%65%75%70%60%----
FE1610/30%5/15%0%20/30%0%10/0%0/20%0%---FE16 bow icon.png +3

Class Skills

TSCity.gifCity FighterClass skill of the Bow Master class.
FE8Sure StrikeClass skill of the Sniper class.
FE9Deadeye (FE9).gifDeadeyeOccult skill of the Sniper class; assign with an MasteryBook.gifOccult Scroll.
Critical 10.pngCritical +10
Base skill of all foot units.
Class skill of the Sniper, Swordmaster and Sentinel classes.
FE11Hit Rate +5
Critical +5
FE12Hit Rate +5
Critical +5
FE13Accuracy20.pngHit Rate +20
Learned at Level 5.
Learned at Level 15.
FE14Raven Strike (Skill).pngCertain Blow
Hit Rate +10
Critical +10
Learned at Level 5 and above.
Learned at Level 15 and above.
FE15Echoes Class Skill icon.pngBowrange +2Class skill of the Sniper and Bow Knight classes.
FE16Bowfaire FE16.pngBowfaire
Bowrange+1 FE16.pngBowrange +1
Icon Combat Art FE16 Bow.pngHunter's Volley
Class Ability of the Sniper class.
Class Ability of the Sniper class.
Mastery Ability of Snipers.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE1FE1 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse Orion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE1 Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE2FE2 Archer Map Icon.gifArcherVisit Shrine after reaching Level 7.FE2 Sniper Map Icon.gifSniper
FE2 FE2 Sniper Map Icon.gifSniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Bow Knight Map Icon.gifBow Knight
FE3FE3 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse FE3 Orion's Bolt.pngOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE3 Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE4FE4 Bow Fighter Sprite (M).gifBow FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Sniper Sprite.gifSniper
FE5FE5 Bow fighter.gifBow FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Archer.FE5 Sniper.gifSniper
TSBowFighter.gifBow FighterUse a Ts-knight-proof.gifKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Bow Fighter.BowMaster.gifBow Master
FE6FE8 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse Orionsbolt.gifOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE7FE8 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse Orionsbolt.gifOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE8FE8 Archer Map Sprite.gifArcherUse Orionsbolt.gifOrion's Bolt on a Level 10+ Archer.FE8 Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE9FE9 Rolf Archer Sprite.png
Use a FE9masterseal.gifMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE9 Rolf Sniper Sprite.png
FE10 FE10 Leonardo Archer Sprite.png
Use a FE10masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer or train an Archer to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite.png
FE10 FE10 Leonardo Sniper Sprite.png
Use a FE10mastercrown.pngMaster Crown on a Level 10+ Sniper or train a Sniper to Level 21.FE10 Leonardo Marksman Sprite.png
FE11FE11 Archer (M) Map Sprite.gifArcherUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE11 Sniper (M) Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE12FEDS Archer (M) Map Sprite.gifArcherUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FEDS Sniper Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE13FE13 Generic Archer (M) Map Sprite.gifArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE13 Generic Sniper (M) Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE14FE14 Generic Archer (M) Map Sprite.gifArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE14 Generic Sniper (M) Map Sprite.gifSniper
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal Icon.pngAdvanced Seal on a Level 20+ unit and pass the Sniper Certification Exam.FE16 Sniper Icon.gifSniper
FEWWarriors Takumi Sprite.gifArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on Takumi.Warriors Takumi Sprite.gifSniper

Notable Snipers


Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light/Shadow Dragon


Mystery of the Emblem/New Mystery of the Emblem

  • 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 War

Thracia 776

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

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

The Binding Blade

The Blazing Blade

The Sacred Stones

Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn

  • 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

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



Three Houses

  • Shamir - An ex-mercenary from Dagda now working for the Knights of Seiros to repay her debt to Rhea. She's Catherine's companion and oddly gets along well with her.

Vestaria Saga I

  • Promotion for Dune and Sheela.

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister

  • Sheela - Granddaughter of the Yapa elder. She is determined to see the world for herself.
  • Penelope - A cold-hearted woman who is searching for the man who killed her father.


  • 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.