The Ballistician (シューター Shūtā, lit. Shooter in the Japanese version) is a combat physical class that is first introduced in Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light. Soldiers who operate either Ballistae or Bows as their weapon of choice, Ballisticians are defined by high Defense and attack range that are offset by low Movement.

History in the SeriesEdit

In Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, Ballisticians function as high-Defense Archers, somewhat like the later Bow Armor class. They are able to access Arenas in this title.

Starting from Mystery of the Emblem, Ballisticians are revamped as a non-playable class with an attack range of 3-10 and zero Movement. This trend is continued in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, both of which feature variations of the standard Ballistae weapons that include the Poison Arch and Iron Ballista.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, Ballisticians are split into Quick Rain (クインクレイン Kuinku rein) and Stonehedge (ストーンヘッジ Sutōnhejji), each of which are confined to attacking with the weapons that they are eponymously named after. Both classes are near enemy-exclusive; their playable counterpart, the Wood Shooter, assumes the classes when equipped with Quick Rain and Stonehedge weapons.

The Ballistician class is absent from The Binding Blade to Radiant Dawn. Ballistae still exist in these titles, although they can only be operated by Archer-based units.

The onset of Shadow Dragon sees Ballisticians once again revamped as a combination of all versions of the class that have thus far manifested. Ballisticians retain their long range from the SNES titles, alongside their low Movement from the NES titles. The class was again made enemy-only in the sequel Shin Monsho no Nazo.

After an absence from Awakening, the Ballistician class is reintroduced to the series in Fates, where it can only be accessed by male units through the use of DLC-exclusive Sighting Lens.


Ballistician typically wear the same uniforms as Soldier units. The exception is in the original Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light and Genealogy of the Holy War, where they wore a similar uniform to Cavaliers: soldiers did not exist in either Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light or Genealogy of the Holy War.



Shadow DragonEdit

Ballisticians, like Archers, are able to deal effective damage against Flying Units, owing to the existence of a common ballista weapon that is known as the Arrowspate.

Ballisticians are usually best for outdoor skirmishes, but can function decently well in smaller ones due to their superior attack range. Unable to inflict enough damage to kill enemy units without aid from other units, Ballisticians are especially helpless in later levels that feature Fortify-carrying Curates. However, they are very useful in taking out Curates located at far-off distances, thereby greatly reducing the enemy's ability to recover HP. The strength of Ballisticians can be greatly increased through level ups and the tempering of their ballistae.


Ballisticians in this title are very helpful in multiplayer battles. Their attack range is extremely deceiving; even though they have low movement and are locked to using Bows, their ballista attacks can launch projectiles into enemies far away for high damage, especially against flying units. Skills learnt by Ballisticians only work so long as they remain in the class, as they are not compatible with other classes.

Like in the older titles, Ballisticians are plagued by poor Speed, which can allow most enemy units to double attack them if they are left in the open. Their poor Speed can potentially result in them being killed instantly in battle, especially if they are equipped with powerful weapons and/or abilities. Their Movement is also akin to that of a Knight, a problem that can be remedied by outfitting them with the Surefooted skill.

The disadvantages highlighted thus far should not deter players from utilizing the Ballistician class. They have slightly more Strength than Snipers, and their worth takes the form of the long-range attacks that they can inflict. Unlike the set ballistae found in the main storylines, the damage and accuracy of the "cannons" that Ballisticians employ are based on the Bow that is equipped. Normally, the attack radius of the Ballistician class is 2-5 tiles (in a cross formation); with the Rifled Barrel skill, this is increased to 1-6 tiles. The "Cannon" ability of the Ballistician is also unaffected by skills like Bowbreaker and Aegis, and when given bows like Setsuna's Yumi, will also stack debuffs on the hit targets to further dampen the strength of the enemy. Players should be aware that user skills do not activate and will not outright kill opponents (instead leave them with 1 health) when "Cannon" is used. In addition, the "Cannon" option will not drain stats post-battle even if Bows like the Silver Bow are used.

Out of the four Ballistician skills available for Ballisticians, Surefooted, Rifled Barrel and Opportunity Shot are perhaps the most useful. However, players who have their Ballistician carry Rifled Barrel should be wary as the increased radius size may make it harder to hit a specific target without accidentally hurting ally units. The remaining two skill slots should be filled with skills to benefit the Ballistician, such as Movement +1 or any one of the Rally skills, as their Speed prevents them from double attacking most enemies in battle.


Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 205-1301404--8
FE3 180-000000---
TS 20000005-0--TS Bow 5
FE11 20501301406---
FE12 20501301406---
FE14 18100724314--FE14 Bow E

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE1 522020202020202020202020
FE3 5220-20202020200---
TS 60151515153020-12--TS Bow 20
FE11 60252020203025206---
FE12 60252020203025206---
FE14 50392531253227264--FE14 Bow B

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 80%30%--10%10%0%30%0%----
FE11 40%20%-10%10%20%0%20%-15%----
FE12 40%20%-10%10%20%0%20%-15%----
FE14 5%25%0%15%0%10%5%5%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE14 SurveillanceSurvey
Automatic BallistaOpportunity Shot
Barrel ModificationRifled Barrel
Learnt at Level 1 and above.
Learnt at Level 10 and above.
Learnt at Level 25 and above.
Learnt at Level 35 and above.


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE14 (Any male unit)Use a Master Seal FE13 IconSighting Lens.FE14 Generic Ballistician Map SpriteBallistician

Notable BallisticiansEdit

Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light / Shadow DragonEdit

  • Jake - Lover of Anna who shares her dream of traveling to distant continents.
  • Beck - Former member of Grust's Wooden Cavalry.
  • Grigas - Leader of the Wooden Cavalry.

Mystery of the Emblem / New Mystery of the EmblemEdit


  • In New Mystery of the Emblem, Beck informs the Avatar in his first support conversation that in order to move around, ballistae require the oil from a special fruit. This fruit supposedly died out after the War of Shadows, and this stands as the reason for there being no recruitable Ballisticians in the game, alongside enemy Ballisticians being unable to move.
    • Despite this, if the class is hacked onto a playable unit, their movements are still coded in the game.
  • Ballisticians and their weapons are unusable in Mystery of the Emblem and its remake. If players ever want to use Ballistae, they will have to hack a unit.
    • When hacked onto a unit in the remake, their map palette will remain red rather then turning blue. This is because there are no playable Ballisticians in the game, nor are there any that appear as allies during the game's plot. Strangely, when highlighting their map sprites as an ally, they will have a static looking appearance. This does not affect their battle palettes however, as it retains the blue palette like its predecessor, hinting that they might have been playable at some point but were scrapped.
  • Ballisticians are the only class in New Mystery of the Emblem not to have the flash effect appear to indicate they are about to perform a critical animation. Strangely, even most non-playable classes have this effect applied onto them.
  • Despite being absent from the game, Ballistaes get a brief mentioning in Fire Emblem Awakening between Cynthia and Laurent's A Support. Laurent mentions that Cynthia was once almost run over by a ballista when the army began marching.
  • In Fates, if one manages to hack a generic Ballistician into being playable, their hair color will become white and resemble the generic Nohrian male's instead of keeping their dark hair color.


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