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The Swordmaster is a combat physical class that debuted in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War.

History in the Series

The Swordmaster recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, it mostly appears as the promoted form of the Myrmidon class. Swordmasters, like their name suggests, are unparalleled masters of the Sword.

In its original inception in Genealogy of the Holy War, the Swordmaster acts as one of two classes that the then newly-introduced Sword Fighter class can promote into, the other being the Hero class. Arming Swords as its sole weapon of choice, the Swordmaster class can only be accessed by Ayra, her daughter Larcei, and Shanan in these titles. Unlike later appearances, this incarnation of the Swordmaster has very high strength, despite possessing high skill, Swordmasters are not able to perform critical hits without the critical skill or other unique factors.

In Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, the Swordmaster returns again as a promotion of Swordfighter class. While no longer possessing high strength, Swordmasters are now able to critical due to the game returning to the engine in prior games. Swordmasters possess the continue skill.

Swordmasters appear again in TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. Like before, it promotes from the sword fighter class. The class's bases and stat cap focus on speed and skill at the expense of defense and power.

Beginning from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, the Swordmaster class is cleanly separated from the Hero class, instituted as the staple promoted form of the Sword Fighter/Myrmidon class.

The Blade Lord Lyndis from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade and the Great Lord Eirika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones are widely considered to be variations of the Swordmaster class, given the fact that they share similar stat caps, growths, and can use the Wo Dao/Shamshir.

In Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, the Swordmaster class is further able to promote into the Trueblade class when the necessary requirements are fulfilled.

In Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, the Swordmaster class is one of the promotion classes for Navarre.

In Fire Emblem Fates, the Swordmaster class is treated as a Hoshidan class. The class is again one of the promoted forms of the Myrmidon/Samurai class.

In Fire Emblem Warriors, Swordmaster is the promoted class of Owain and the base class of Ryoma, which makes it unique among the classes of that game.

In Fire Emblem: Three Houses, The Swordmaster Class is an optional promoted class of the Commoner or Noble class if the unit passes the Certification Exam at Lv. 20 with a Sword Skill Level of A or higher and an Advanced Seal. The other option with these requirements is the male only Hero class if the unit in question has an Axe Skill Level of C as well.

In Vestaria Saga I, the Swordmaster is the promotion of the Swordfighter class. It wields Swords and Greatswords.



While the Defense of Swordmasters has risen since their promotion from Myrmidon, it is still considered to be comparatively lower than a number of other classes. While this remains a glaring weakness that the class carries over from its previous form, so too do its strengths. More prominent amongst these are its high Skill and Speed and generally average Strength, making for the delivery of attacks that are strong, swift and accurate. The high Speed of Swordmasters also renders them experts of evasion, allowing them to engage in very effective combat when facing against tougher bosses.

The two skills Swordmasters can learn in Awakening and Fates are Astra and Swordfaire. When Astra is activated (the trigger percentage equals Skill divided by 2), the user unleashes five consecutive strikes at half damage, dealing a maximum of 2.5 times the normal damage. However, units with Astra should be especially careful around Counter units if they are engaging in melee combat, because the individual half-damage strikes from the skill's activation are less likely to secure kills on their own, and thus, are more likely to incur damaging - and possibly, even fatal - backlash. Swordfaire boosts the user's Strength by 5 if they are wielding a sword (Magic is upped by 5 if the user has a Levin Sword). Swordmasters tend to have average or below average Strength and poor Magic growths, so this skill is good for rectifying that problem.

Attacking these units outside their range with other high-accuracy classes with Magic or Bows is recommended, but only if the ranged unit in question is also blocked by a stronger class to prevent the Swordmaster's advance. Exploiting their flaws is therefore effectively easier when attacking behind walls, as their Resistance is generally quite low. However, the new Weapon Triangle in Fates puts bows at a disadvantage against swords, so attempting to hit them with arrows can now prove unwise, even for Snipers. Additionally, if Swordmasters carry Wakizashi, they can counterattack bow units (and rather accurately at that).

Swordmasters gain a critical boost upon promotion that varies depending on the game played (e.g. 30% in The Binding Blade and 15% in The Blazing Blade, Sacred Stones, the US version of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, where Trueblades, promoted Swordmasters, have a 20% boost, and Fates where Swordmasters gain a 10% critical boost along with a 10% avoid boost). In Awakening, Swordmasters do not receive a critical boost, but with the Swordfaire skill, the damage increase will usually make up for it.

During the Swordmaster class's debut in Genealogy of the Holy War, it holds the position of possessing the highest Strength (tied with the traditional high strength classes such as Wyvern Lords), Skill and Speed caps, alongside a fairly decent Defense cap. The Swordmasters in this title also boast excellent growths in these areas as well, further enhancing their formidability as compared to other classes. With the onset of Thracia 776 and beyond, the strength of the Swordmaster class is considerably lowered for strength-balancing purposes.

In WiFi battles, Swordmasters are often used for their simplicity. Their high Speed and lack of obvious weaknesses make them decent units to deploy in the frontlines. Their main flaws take the form of their low Movement, lack of ranged weapons and Weapon Triangle rigidity. Swordmasters are among the easiest units to obtain, although some care needs to be taken with their generally low Defense.


★ - FE10 SP Class.

Base Stats

FE44012015150736--FE4 Sword.png A
FE524/205/4189/1004-76/5-FE5 Sword Icon.png C
TS2260101003-6--TS Sword.png 5
FE621/196-1110/1205/42/369/6-Sword.gif C
FE821/196-1110/1205/42/369/7-Sword.gif C
FE921/195/4277/8052/3711/811/8FE9 Sword.png C
FE10 30/3415/146/42021/22013/810/8711/811/8FE10 Sword.gif C
FE10 3517822230151271111FE10 Sword.gif A
FE11225111130638--FE12 Sword.png C
FE12225111130638--FE12 Sword.png C
FE13207211130646--SwordIconFE13.png E
FE1418627114556--FE14 Sword.png E
FE16301781214101285--FE16 sword icon.png A

Maximum Stats

FE480271530303022186--FE4 Sword.png A
FE580202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon.png A
TS60211525253018-12--TS Sword.png 20
FE66024/22-2930302223/251520-Sword.gif S
FE76024/22-2930302223/251525-Sword.gif S
FE86024/22-2930302223/251525-Sword.gif S
FE96024/222029304024/2222/25711/811/8FE9 Sword.png S
FE10 4024/231530303023/2215/17711/811/8FE10 Sword.gif SS/S
FE10 533018383830242271111FE10 Sword.gif S
FE1160242029303022237--FE12 Sword.png A
FE1260242029303022237--FE12 Sword.png A
FE1380383444464533386--SwordIconFE13.png A
FE1455302832353327316--FE14 Sword.png S
FEW (Owain)9661301301521489989815--FEW Sword.png S

Growth Rates

FE10 50/0%35/0%35/0%40/0%35/0%50/0%40/0%15/0%----
FE10 95%70%55%85%80%75%50%55%----
FE1625/40%10/20%0%0/10%20/30%0%0/25%-5%---FE16 sword icon.png +3

Class Skills

FE4Continue.pngContinueClass skill of the Swordmaster, Ranger, Falcon Knight, Mage Fighter, Thief Fighter and Sage classes.
FE5Continue.pngContinueClass skill of the Swordmaster and Sage classes.
FE6Critical +30Class skill of the Swordmaster class. Not Listed
FE7Critical +15Class skill of the Swordmaster class. Not listed.
FE8Critical +15Class skill of the Swordmaster class. Not listed.
FE9FE9 Astra.gifAstraOccult skill of the Swordmaster class; assign with an MasteryBook.gifOccult Scroll.
Critical 10.pngCritical +10
Base skill of all foot units.
Class skill of the Swordmaster, Sniper and Sentinel classes.
FE11Hit Rate +10Innate.
FE13Astra (FE13).pngAstra
Sword Expert Icon.pngSwordfaire
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14Astra (FE13).pngAstra
Sword Expert Icon.pngSwordfaire
Avoid +10
Critical +10
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
FE16Swordfaire FE16.pngSwordfaire
Sword Crit +10 FE16.pngSword Critical +10
Icon Combat Art FE16 Sword.pngAstra
Class Ability of the Swordmaster class.
Class Ability of the Swordmaster class.
Mastery Ability of Swordmaster.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE4FE4 Sword Fighter Sprite (M).gifSword FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Swordmaster Sprite (M).gifSwordmaster (Ayra and Larcei)
FE5FE5 Swordfighter.gifSword FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5).pngKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.FE5 swordmaster.gifSwordmaster (Shiva, Mareeta and Troude)
TSSwordfighter (TS).gifSword FighterUse a Ts-knight-proof.gifKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.Swordmaster.gifSwordmaster
FE6FE8 Male Myrmidon Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE7FE8 Male Myrmidon Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE8FE8 Male Myrmidon Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a Herocrest.gifHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE9FE9 Mia Myrmidon Sprite.png
Use a FE9masterseal.gifMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE9 Mia Swordmaster Sprite.png
FE10 FE10 Edward Myrmidon Sprite.png
Use a FE10masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon or train a Myrmidon to Level 21.FE10 Edward Swordmaster Sprite.png
FE10 FE10 Edward Swordmaster Sprite.png
Use a FE10mastercrown.pngMaster Crown on a Level 10+ Swordmaster or train a Swordmaster to Level 21.FE10 Edward Trueblade Sprite.png
FE11FE11 Myrmidon (M) Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE11 Swordmaster (M) Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE12FEDS Myrmidon Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a FE11masterseal.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FEDS Swordmaster (M) Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE13FE13 Generic Myrmidon (M) Map Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE13 Swordmaster (M) Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE14FE14 Generic Samurai (M) Map Sprite.gifSamuraiUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Samurai.FE14 Generic Swordmaster (M) Map Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal Icon.pngAdvanced Seal on a Level 20+ unit and pass the Swordmaster Certification Exam.FE16 Swordmaster Icon.gifSwordmaster
FEW Warriors Owain Sprite.gifMyrmidonUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on Owain.Warriors Owain Sprite.gifSwordmaster
FEW Ryoma Sprite Warriors.gifSwordmasterUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on Ryoma.Ryoma Sprite Warriors.gifHigh Prince

Notable Swordmasters


Genealogy of the Holy War

Thracia 776

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga

The Binding Blade

  • Gel - Brunnya's lieutenant, he defends the Sacaen city of Bulgar under her orders.
  • Karel - The former "Sword Demon", he is known as the "Sword Saint" in this title. Brother-in-law of Bartre and the uncle of Fir.
  • Promotion for: Rutger and Fir.

The Blazing Blade

The Sacred Stones

  • Ismaire (Creature Campaign only) - The queen of Jehanna and Joshua's mother.
  • Carlyle - the former leader of Jehanna's army who betrays Jehanna and sides with Grado.
  • Promotion for: Joshua and Marisa.

Path of Radiance

Radiant Dawn

Shadow Dragon

New Mystery of the Emblem



  • Sumeragi - The former king of Hoshido and the father of Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi and Sakura.
  • Ryoma - The military leader and oldest royal child of Hoshido.
  • Shiro (Heirs of Fate only) - The child of Ryoma, and cousin of Kiragi
  • Promotion for Hana, Hinata and Hisame.

Three Houses

  • Catherine - Teacher at the Officers Academy and skilled Knight of Seiros. She has a strong, albeit sometimes blind, loyalty towards Rhea.
  • Byleth (Cindered Shadows DLC only) - Professor at the Officers Academy. Also the child of Jeralt and a former member of his band of mercenaries.

Vestaria Saga I

  • Marlena - A notorious swordmaid travelling with her husband. Has a story to tell.
  • Promotion for Haldyn and alternate class for Eddard.

Vestaria Saga: The Holy Sword of Silvanister

  • Asuram - A swordsman from the Solvian Empire who suffers from an incurable disease.
  • Haldyn - A warrior from the mainland who was in the employ of the Gallachians.
  • Slone - A Swordmaster who serves as Haldyn's substitute if he dies before Chapter 10.
  • Ravinia - Haldyn's sister who is under the control of Valerius.
  • Marlena - A notorious swordmaid travelling with her husband. Has a story to tell.