The Valkyrie (ヴァルキリー Varukirī) is a horse-mounted combat and support magical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade. The standard promoted form of the Troubadour class, Valkyries wield Staves as their primary equipment of choice for support purposes. They wield magic tomes for combat purposes, though the exact type of weapon varies depending on the title that they appear in.

History in the Series[edit | edit source]

In Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776, Troubadours promote into a version of the Paladin class that is outfitted with Swords, Lances and Staves. Presumably to avoid confusion with the regular Paladin class, this class is later replaced/renamed.

Valkyries make their first formal appearance in The Binding Blade and return in the same capacity in The Blazing Blade, where they are the sole promotion of the Troubadour class and wield Anima magic alongside Staves.

In Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones, Valkyries are armed with Light magic instead of Anima Magic, acting as not just one of the promoted forms of the Troubadour class, but also that of the Cleric class.

In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Mist is the only playable Valkyrie (戦乙女ヴァルキュリア Varukyuria). She can promote into this class from the Cleric class and wields both Swords and Staves as her equipment of choice, similar to the female Paladin from the Jugdral titles. Oddly, the Valkyrie class does not count as a horse-mounted class in this title, and is thus immune from sustaining effective damage from horse-slaying weapons like the Horseslayer.

With the onset Awakening and Fates, the Valkyrie class is reverted to how it functioned in The Binding Blade and The Blazing Blade, where it is one of the promoted forms of the Troubadour class and is armed with Tomes and Staves as its equipment of choice.

In Fates, the Valkyrie class is made unisex for the first time in the series, and has thus been appropriately renamed to Strategist (ストラテジスト Sutoratejisuto). Strategists are treated as a Nohrian class in this title.

In Fire Emblem Warriors, the class reappears, still under the name Strategist. This version can use tomes and acts as a clone of the Dark Crusader class.

The Valkyrie class makes a return in Three Houses as a once more female-exclusive class, exclusively found in the Cindered Shadows DLC. A character must be level 20 or higher to take the Certification Exam using an Abyssian Exam Pass. The recommended level requirements are B or higher in Reason and B or higher in Riding. The class gives bonuses to Reason, Riding, and Faith.

Overview[edit | edit source]

Combat[edit | edit source]

Valkyries are usually deployed as healers, but their fairly decent Magic can also be used for combat purposes. As they are battle maidens on horseback, they can move more spaces than Bishops can. Because of this, they are well equipped to support a fast-moving army without damaging the player's tempo, or to rush to the aid of far-off units in need of healing. Alternatively, if healing is not required, Valkyries can be effectively utilised for offensive purposes. Charges often depend on their ability to finish off most of the nearby enemies during the player phase, so this degree of flexibility is a welcome improvement over the likes of Troubadours and Clerics.

Stat-wise, Valkyries are similar to Bishops, save for their superior Speed and inferior Resistance. Valkyries can be used as a way to absorb hits from opposing magic units, but will often have trouble disposing of them on their own, especially ones that are fast enough to avoid getting doubled. Valkyries are thus best used to safely lure opposing mages into traps, or to protect their allies from enemy mages.

Valkyries are not without their weaknesses. As they typically promote from Staff users, they will usually start off using E-rank tomes, which hinders their otherwise decent magical offense. While they will generally inflict impressive damage to non-magical opponents that they can perform double attacks on, this is typically offset by their extremely poor defenses. This vulnerability causes them to risk being killed in just a few enemy onslaughts.

In-Game[edit | edit source]

Base Stats[edit | edit source]

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE619-43504868-Anima.gif E Staff.gif C
FE719-43504868-Anima.gif E Staff.gif C
FE819-43504876-Light.gif D Staff.gif D
FE91945350388626FE9 Sword.png D FE9 Staff.png C
FE1043616182009229626FE10 Sword.gif B FE10 Staff.gif A
FE131905480388--TomeIconFE13.png E StaffIconFE13.png E
FE141607675278--FE14 Tome.png E FE14 Staff.png E

Maximum Stats[edit | edit source]

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE660-2724253024281520-Anima.gif S Staff.gif S
FE760-252425302428720-Anima.gif S Staff.gif S
FE860-252425302428720-Light.gif S Staff.gif S
FE960202624264020298626FE9 Sword.png S FE9 Staff.png S
FE1050253535343524369626FE10 Sword.gif SS FE10 Staff.gif S
FE1380304238434530458--TomeIconFE13.png A StaffIconFE13.png A
FE1445253328313325328--FE14 Tome.png B FE14 Staff.png A
FEW86815160751421525920515--FEW Tome.png S FEW Staff.png

Growth Rates[edit | edit source]

HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefResMovConWtWlv
FE645%-35%25%45%40%10%20%----
FE745%-35%25%45%40%10%40%----
FE845%-35%25%45%40%10%40%----
FE950%35%40%30%45%40%10%45%----
FE1050%25%45%45%30%85%30%40%----
FE1335%0%20%10%20%0%5%15%----
FE140%0%15%5%10%20%0%15%----

Class Skills[edit | edit source]

SkillRequirements
FE9Sol (FE9).gifSolOccult skill of the Valkyrie and Paladin classes; assign with an MasteryBook.gifOccult Scroll.
FE10Canto.pngCanto
Sol.pngSol
Base skill of all flying and mounted units.
Mastery skill of the Valkyrie, Gold Knight and Silver Knight classes.
FE13ResistanceCry.pngRally Resistance
DualSupport+.pngDual Support+
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14Rally Resistance (FE14).pngRally Resistance
Battle Command.pngInspiration
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
FE16Canto FE16.pngCanto
Black Magic Range +1 FE16.pngBlack Magic Range +1
Dark Magic Range +1 FE16.pngDark Magic Range +1
Uncanny Blow FE16.pngUncanny Blow
Class Ability of Valkyrie.
Class Ability of Valkyrie.
Class Ability of Valkyrie.
Mastery Ability of Valkyrie.

Promotions[edit | edit source]

Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE6FE8 Troubadour Map Sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Guidingring.gifGuiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE8 Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
FE7FE8 Troubadour Map Sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Guidingring.gifGuiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE8 Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
FE8FE8 Troubadour Map Sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Guidingring.gifGuiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE8 Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
FE8 FE8 Cleric Map Sprite.gifClericUse a Guidingring.gifGuiding Ring on a Level 10+ Cleric.FE8 Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
FE9FE9 Mist Cleric Sprite.png
Cleric
Use a FE9masterseal.gifMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Cleric.FE9 Mist Valkyrie Sprite.png
Valkyrie
FE10FE10 Mist Cleric Sprite.png
Cleric
Use a Holycrown.pngHoly Crown on a Level 10+ Cleric or train a Cleric to Level 21.FE10 Mist Valkyrie Sprite.png
Valkyrie
FE13FE13 Generic Troubadour Map Sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE13 Generic Valkyrie Map Sprite.gifValkyrie
FE14FE14 Generic Troubadour (F) Map Sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Troubadour.FE14 Generic Strategist (F) Map Sprite.gifStrategist
FE16Any classUse an FE16 Seal Icon.pngAbyssian Exam Pass on a Level 20+ unit and pass the Valkyrie Certification Exam.FE16 Valkyrie Icon.gifValkyrie
FEWWarriors Elise sprite.gifTroubadourUse a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngMaster Seal on Elise.Warriors Elise sprite.gifStrategist

Notable Valkyries[edit | edit source]

The Binding Blade[edit | edit source]

The Blazing Blade [edit | edit source]

The Sacred Stones [edit | edit source]

Path of Radiance [edit | edit source]

  • Promotion for: Mist.

Radiant Dawn [edit | edit source]

  • Promotion for: Mist.

Awakening[edit | edit source]

Fates[edit | edit source]

Three Houses[edit | edit source]

  • Hapi - Member of the Ashen Wolves with a "unique constitution".

Etymology[edit | edit source]

In Norse mythology, Valkyries were warrior-maidens and the handmaidens of Odin. They rode through battlefields (either on horseback, wolves or by flying) and brought the worthiest warriors among the slain to Valhalla, the heroes' heaven. They are associated with both ravens and swans. The name "Valkyrie" means "chooser of the slain."

Two named Valkyries are Mist and Sigrun.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Only one single Valkyrie other than Mist appears in Path of Radiance as part of Geoffrey's allied squadron of knights in Battle Reunion. While possessing a black haired palette for its map model, through hacking, it can be seen that the ally Valkyrie's battle model is simply a reuse of Mist's palette and model.
  • Valkyries possess the lowest Defense cap out of all promoted classes available in Awakening.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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