The Berserker (バーサーカー Bāsākā) is a combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. The promoted form of the Brigand, Barbarian, Pirate and Fighter classes, the Berserker class wields Axes as their sole weapon of choice, that usually promote from Brigands, Pirates, and Barbarians. Also, they possess a special characteristic: they have 15% extra Critical Hit ratings, just like Swordmasters and Snipers.
History in the SeriesEdit
Beginning from Thracia 776, Berserkers are instated as a class that is, much like the Brigands and Barbarians of old, intrinsically linked to thievery and pillaging. This iteration of the class is enemy-exclusive, possessing Wrath as a class skill and the ability to walk across mountainous and water-based tiles.
With the onset of Binding Blade, the Berserker class is established as the staple promoted form of both Pirates and Brigands alike, both of whom require Hero Crests in order to trigger the promotion. This iteration of the class also wields Axes as its sole weapon of choice.
In Rekka no Ken and The Sacred Stones, the Berserker class is again the promoted form of both Pirates and Brigands. In these two titles, Ocean Seals are used in place of Hero Crests in order for the Pirate class to access the Berserker class. Although Brigands are non-playable in both titles, in-game data reveals that usage of Master Seals allows them to access the Berserker class.
Although Bandits are present in Radiant Dawn, Berserkers are strangely absent.
In Fates, the Berserker class is made unisex for the first time in the series and is treated as a Nohrian class. This iteration of the class acts as the promoted form of the Fighter class for the first time in the series as well.
Berserkers fight in much the same way as Pirates and Brigands do. Their increased critical hit rate and ability to cross terrain imbued with Movement penalties (such as Peaks and Water) makes them valuable attacking units.
Berserkers are purely offensive units, complete with Strength that is practically unrivalled by most other classes. The fact that they solely wield Axes, a weapon type renowned for its supple Might, further enhances the deadliness of the blows that they are able to inflict. Additionally, they have high speed for axe users, capable of dodging and even doubling many enemies. All of these strengths do, however, come at very significant costs; their defensive capabilities, for one, are subpar, making them unsuited to sustaining vast amounts of damage, a vulnerability that even their extremely high HP is unable to effectively offset. In addition to this, Axes are also known to be very inaccurate weapons, and this, coupled with the Berserker class's low Skill, severely dampens the efficacy of their strikes.
In Awakening, the two skills Berserkers can learn are Wrath and Axefaire. Wrath, for one, boosts its user's Critical Rate by 20 when at least half of their HP has been depleted. This skill can be combined with Vantage to swiftly defeat enemy units before the user sustains any damage. In addition, stacking the former two skills with Gamble and Zeal (from the Fighter class), alongside outfitting the Berserker in question with a Killer Axe allows for them to transform into an effective massacre machine. Axefaire boosts its user's Strength by 5 when an Axe is equipped, and is best utilised to further bolster their already-humongous Strength.
In Fates, Berserkers have been significantly buffed in terms of Skill, making their attacks more accurate, alongside enhancing the potency of their passive boosted critical attack rate (+20). Their defenses remain poor, however, and when this is combined with their terrible Luck and passive -5 critical evasion, Berserkers become particularly vulnerable to critical attacks.
|FE5||Wrath||Class skill of the Berserker class.|
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|FE14|| Rally Strength|
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class(es)|
|Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand or Pirate.||Berserker|
|FE7||Brigand||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand.||Berserker|
|FE7||Pirate||Use an Ocean Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.||Berserker|
|FE8||Brigand||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand.||Berserker|
|Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Bandit or train a Bandit to Level 21.|
|FE11||Pirate||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.||Berserker|
|FE12||Pirate||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Pirate.||Berserker|
|FE13||Barbarian||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Barbarian.||Berserker|
|FE14||Fighter||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Fighter.||Berserker|
- Garret - An honorable bandit making a living from the war.
- Scott - A pirate who plagues the Western isles.
- Gelero - An echoing Bandit seeking Armads.
- Maggie - showy bandit seeking the treasure of Arcadia with Rose.
- Rose - flashy bandit seeking the treasure of Arcadia with Maggie.
- Possible Promotion for: Geese and Gonzales
- Hawkeye - The protector of the Nabata Desert.
- Fargus - Leader of the pirate group, Fargus's Corsairs.
- Georg - Spirit guardian of the Blazing Sword Durandal.
- Promotion for: Dart
- Gashilama - A laguz slave trader.
- Largo- The husband of Calill, a self-proclaimed world class Berserker.
- Possible Promotion for: Darros
- Victor - The brother of Vincent.
- Vincent - The brother of Victor.
- Mustafa - A Plegian general.
- Algol - A Plegian member of the Grimleal.
- Morristan - A Ruffian wyvern hunter.
- Zanth - The Southron Sea King.
- Lloyd - The ostentatious brother of Llewelyn. (encountered as a boss; can be captured)
- Llewelyn - The flamboyant brother of Lloyd. (encountered as a boss; can be captured)
- Hans - A soldier and criminal from Nohr who is willing to do whatever it takes for success and power.
- Tarba - A bandit leader in the secluded desert realms. (encountered as a boss; can be captured)
- Possible promotion for: Arthur and Charlotte.
- In Rekka no Ken, the map sprite and battle model for the Berserker class is different from that which is featured in the other two GBA titles. This iteration of the class is specifically designed to match Hawkeye's design, who acts as the only playable Berserker in this title.
- In Awakening, the NPC and Enemy Berserkers are more muscular as compared to the skinny model used by most playable units. The only playable character to use the larger model is Basilio. In the case of Vaike, he strangely utilises the skinny model, despite being featured with muscular models for all his other classes.
- If the generic enemy Berserkers are made playable through cheating devices, they will also switch to the generic player model.
- The Berserker class consistently surpasses, or ties with the General class for the highest Strength cap in any appearance, boss classes excluded.
- In Awakening, the Berserker class is the only playable promoted class that cannot be reached by any playable character without the use of a Second Seal.
- This is due to the fact that the Barbarian class is the only class that is capable of promoting to the Berserker class normally. No playable character in Awakening starts off as a Barbarian.