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The Vanguard is a combat physical class that is first introduced in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn. Originally the promoted form of the Hero class and exclusive to Ike in Radiant Dawn, the Vanguard class wields Swords and Axes as its weapons of choice.

History in the Series

In its original inception in Radiant Dawn, the Vanguard class is the promoted form of the Hero class and is the personal class of Ike. Proficient in both the Sword and the Axe, the Vanguard class is able to master the powerful Aether skill when the necessary requirements are met.

The class is absent in subsequent titles until the onset of Fates, where it is the base class of the Ike amiibo. The Vanguard class can be accessed by any male character through the use of DLC-exclusive Vanguard Brands.


Base Stats

FE10531932319017671215FE10 Sword.gif S FE10 Axe.gif A
FE1421100673916--FE14 Sword.png E FE14 Axe.png E

Maximum Stats

FE10653715403730322371215FE10 Sword.gif SS FE10 Axe.gif SS
FE1465362529303032276--FE14 Sword.png A FE14 Axe.png B

Growth Rates


Class Skills

Base skill of all foot units.
Mastery skill of the Vanguard class.
FE14Steel Blade.pngHeavy Blade
Veteran's Intuition.pngVeteran Intuition
Aether (FE14).pngAether
Strength Drain.pngStrengthtaker
Learned at Level 1 and above.
Learned at Level 10 and above.
Learned at Level 25 and above.
Learned at Level 35 and above.


Base ClassPromotion MethodPromoted Class
FE10FE10 Ike Hero Sprite.png
At the end of Chapter 3-E.FE10 Ike Vanguard Sprite.png
FE14(Any male character)Use a Master Seal FE13 Icon.pngVanguard Brand.FE14 Ike Vanguard Map Sprite.gifVanguard

Notable Vanguards

Radiant Dawn



  • In the Japanese version, the alternative name for the Vanguard class is literally Divine General, which is similar to the title of the Eight Legends of Elibe.
  • Despite the Vanguard class being a male-only class in Fates, female units can be taught all of the Vanguard's skills (besides Aether for Great Lords, which is exclusive to them) through skill books.
  • Despite being Ike's class in Fates, his character model and portrait depict him in his Radiant Dawn Hero class. This is because it was how he was modeled in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS & Wii U.


In traditional divisions of medieval militaries, the vanguard refers to the group of soldiers that was deployed first in any given battle.