Bow Knight (ボウナイト Bou naito) is a horse-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem Gaiden. Depending on the title that the Bow Knight class appears in, it acts as a first, second or third-tier class. Primarily armed with Bows as its weapon of choice, the Bow Knight class is, in later instalments, given the additional ability to wield Swords as its secondary weapon.

History in the SeriesEdit

In Gaiden, the Bow Knight class is the third-tier promoted form of the Sniper class, possessing an attack range of 1~5. They are renowned for being especially useful during stealth operations or when a unit requires protection.

In the Jugdral Series, the Bow Knight class is the promoted form of the Arch Knight class. There are no recruitable pre-promoted units of this class in either title.

In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Bow Knight class is known as the Bow Rider (ボウライダー Bou raidā, translated Ranger in the fan translation) and is an enemy-exclusive mounted class which can equip bows only.

In the Tellius Series, Bow Knights are a first-tier class that promotes into either Paladins in Path of Radiance or Bow Paladins in Radiant Dawn. In Radiant Dawn, the Bow Knight (弓騎士ボウナイト Bou naito) class can further promote into the Silver Knight class after promoting into the Bow Paladin class.

In Awakening, the Bow Knight class is one of the possible promoted forms of both the Archer and Mercenary classes. This incarnation of the class is able to wield Swords alongside Bows, drawing inspiration from the Ranger class from The Sacred Stones.

In Fates, the Bow Knight class is treated as a Nohrian class, acting as one of the promoted forms of both the Mercenary and Outlaw classes.




In Awakening, the Bow Knight class's mounted status improves their Movement for almost all skirmishes. Their increased Speed is handy for double attacking enemies and Rally Skill is a fairly good skill for increasing the activation chance of their allies' skills. Their added ability to wield Swords also affords them an advantage when engaging in close-ranged combat. Bowbreaker, conversely, is good for dealing with bow-wielding units such as Snipers, as they often carry the omnipresent threat of being armed with Killer Bows during Wi-Fi battles. Bow Knights also have decent Skill, allowing them to perform critical attacks more frequently than many other classes.


The Bow Knight class's stats in Fates are slightly altered as compared to the ones in Awakening; they have a slightly higher Resistance than Defense, effectively making them decent magic killers. Rather then having Bowbreaker (which is now learned by Sorcerers), Bow Knights learn Shurikenbreaker instead, allowing them to both hit and dodge shuriken/dagger wielders with ease.


Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 4016-8801068--Bow
FE4 40100880839--FE4 Bow A
FE5 (Mounted)24/205/4166/705-97/5-FE5 Bow Icon D
FE5 (Dismounted)24/204/3154/504-67/5-FE5 Bow Icon D
TS 22503302-7--TS Bow 2
FE9 20/185025/606/50/1810/733/29FE9 Bow D
FE10 18606608281033FE10 Bow D
FE13 248010100628--SwordIconFE13 E BowIconFE13 E
FE14 1860893568--FE14 Sword E FE14 Bow E
FE15 4016-8801068--Echoes bow weapon type icon

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 5240-40404040408--Bow
FE4 80251523233023189--FE4 Bow A
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Bow Icon A
TS 60201518183017-12--TS Bow 17
FE9 4020152020402020810/733/29FE9 Bow A
FE10 402010202030201081033FE10 Bow A
FE13 80403043414535308--SwordIconFE13 A BowIconFE13 A
FE14 55292532333027328--FE14 Sword B FE14 Bow A

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE9 70/65%45/35%15/20%40/40%50/55%30/30%45/45%40/50%----
FE10 75%50%15%40%45%25%40%30%----
FE13 50%20%0%25%20%0%5%5%----
FE14 10%10%0%15%15%10%0%10%----
FE15 120%50%-50%30%0%30%0%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE4 RemoveRe-MoveHidden innate skill of all mounted and flying units.
FE10 CantoCantoBase skill of all mounted and flying units.
FE13 SkillCryFE13IconRally Skill
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14 Rally Skill (FE14)Rally Skill
Kunaibreaker (Skill)Shurikenbreaker
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
FE15 Echoes Class Skill iconBowrange +2Class skill of the Bow Knight and Sniper classes.


Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE2 FE2 Sniper Map IconSniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.FE2 Bow Knight Map IconBow Knight
FE4 FE4 Arch Knight SpriteArch KnightChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Bow Knight SpriteBow Knight
FE5 FE5 Arch knightArch KnightUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Arch Knight.FE5 Bow knightBow Knight
FE9 FE9 Astrid Bow Knight Sprite
Bow Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Bow Knight.FE9 Astrid Paladin Sprite
FE10 Bow KnightUse a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Bow Knight or train a Bow Knight to Level 21.FE10 Astrid Bow Paladin Sprite
Bow Paladin
FE13 FE13 Generic Mercenary (M) Map SpriteMercenaryUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary.FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE13 FE13 Generic Archer (M) Map SpriteArcherUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Archer.FE13 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE14 FE14 Generic Mercenary (M) Map Sprite Mercenary Use a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Mercenary. FE14 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE14 FE14 Generic Outlaw (M) Map SpriteOutlawUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Outlaw.FE14 Generic Bow Knight Map SpriteBow Knight
FE15 SniperVisit Shrine after reaching Level 10.Bow Knight
FE15 Bow KnightVisit the Altar of the Marksman when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.Elephant map spriteOliphantier

Notable Bow KnightsEdit


* - If one of the villagers can promote into the Archer class in Fire Emblem Gaiden.
** - If one of the Mercenaries/Myrmidons can promote into the Dread Fighter class can promote back to Villager if able to promote into the Archer class.

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Thracia 776Edit

Path of RadianceEdit




  • In the opening cutscene in Fates, Bow Knights can be seen but only as foot units while they are mounted units..


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