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
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 this game, the Mage Knight, the Troubador's alternate promotion, serves the role of the mounted Anima Magic user.
In Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, Mist is the only playable Valkyrie (戦乙女 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.
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.
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.
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|FE9||Sol||Occult skill of the Valkyrie and Paladin classes; assign with an Occult Scroll.|
|Base skill of all flying and mounted units.|
Mastery skill of the Valkyrie, Gold Knight and Silver Knight classes.
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
Black Magic Range +1
Dark Magic Range +1
|Class Ability of Valkyrie.|
Class Ability of Valkyrie.
Class Ability of Valkyrie.
Mastery Ability of Valkyrie.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class|
|FE6||Troubadour||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.||Valkyrie|
|FE7||Troubadour||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.||Valkyrie|
|FE8||Troubadour||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Troubadour.||Valkyrie|
|FE8||Cleric||Use a Guiding Ring on a Level 10+ Cleric.||Valkyrie|
|Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Cleric.|
|Use a Holy Crown on a Level 10+ Cleric or train a Cleric to Level 21.|
|FE13||Troubadour||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Troubadour.||Valkyrie|
|FE14||Troubadour||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Troubadour.||Strategist|
|FE16||Any class||Use an Abyssian Exam Pass on a Level 20+ unit and pass the Valkyrie Certification Exam.||Valkyrie|
|FEW||Troubadour||Use a Master Seal on Elise.||Strategist|
- Cecilia - The Mage General of Etruria and one of the three Etrurian Generals.
- Promotion for: Clarine.
- Promotion for: Mist.
- Promotion for: Mist.
- Pheros - A Valmese general in charge of Fort Steiger and a former priestess of Naga who believes that Walhart is a "god among men".
- Ursula (SpotPass)
- Ethlyn (SpotPass)
- Cecilia (SpotPass)
- Possible promotion for: Maribelle.
- Daniela - A ruthless and arrogant Nohrian tactician (encountered as a boss; must be captured).
- Arete - The deceased second queen of Nohr and Azura's mother.
- Possible promotion for: Elise, Dwyer and Forrest.
- Hapi - Member of the Ashen Wolves with a "unique constitution".
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."
- 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.