Ballisticians (called Shooters in the Japanese version) are soldiers who operate catapult weapons. They typically have high defense and attack range, but possess low movement. They possess different Ballistae. Ballisticians, like archers, can be very effective versus air units because a common ballista, called Arrowspate, has Weapon effectiveness against Pegasus and Draco Knights. Recruitable characters belonging to this class are Jake and Beck. Ballisticians are one of the classes that cannot visit Arenas. Because of this, they cannot reach insanely high levels using Arena Abuse. The exception to this is in Fire Emblem: Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi, where they attack similarly to archers, just with larger defense. They can use arenas in that game only.
Ballisticians are usually best for outdoor maps, but are good in smaller ones, due to their range. However, they cannot do damage well enough to kill enemy units without help from other units, especially with Fortify Curates in later levels. However, they are very useful in taking out far-off Curates, therefore greatly damaging the enemy's healing options. They are not very useful in multiplayer, since they cannot defend themselves, except from Longbow attacks if these attack from a range of three spaces.