The Brigand (さんぞく or 山賊 Sanzoku, also known as Bandit), is a combat physical class of common enemies in the Fire Emblem series and TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga. Wielding Axes as their sole weapon of choice, Brigands are often encountered in the early stages of most games. Despite being present in a majority of the games within the series, Brigands are usually not a playable class.
History in the SeriesEdit
While the class does not appear in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, there are enemy Fighters that act as mountain bandits in the story.
In their original inception in Gaiden, Brigands act as an enemy-only class that is used by criminal characters. They are the first enemies encountered within the game.
Brigands return in Mystery of the Emblem with the same purpose as enemy axe users. Brigands re-use Fighter sprites, but have higher stats. Brigands are in the criminal class category, and thus are weak to the Ladyblade.
In Genealogy of the Holy War, Brigands remain an enemy only class, but gain a new purpose within the series. Brigands now operate on the sole purpose of plundering and looting Villages for personal benefit. Sending a unit to defeat them, and pay visits to Villages are necessary to ensuring that they do not succeed in their devious schemes.
In Thracia 776, Brigands are known as Mountain Thieves (マウンテンシーフ Maunten shīfu), serving much the same purpose as their predecessors. For the first time in the series, the class is made playable, taking the form of Marty, a subordinate of Dagdar. In this title, Mountain Thieves are able to promote into Warriors.
In TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes Saga, the Brigand class is enemy-only, and serves the same purpose as its non-playable predecessors.
In The Binding Blade, the Brigand class is yet again made playable, taking the form of Gonzalez. The class promotes into the Berserker class in this title. The class is thenceforth rendered an enemy-only class in the rest of its appearances in the series.
In The Sacred Stones, it is revealed by looking into the code of the game that Brigands can be promoted either into Warriors or Berserkers.
Bandits appear again in the direct sequel Radiant Dawn, but do not promote as the Berserker class is absent.
Brigands are an enemy exclusive class in TearRing Saga: Berwick Saga. They are joined by Snow Brigands, and Barbarians(known as Sand Brigands). They often have thievery related skills.
The main characteristics that brigands have are high HP and Strength, only offset by their low Skill and Defense (Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 is an exception where the only notable brigand, Marty, has low strength and high defense). This stat distribution means that in combat situations, brigands often have a difficult time hitting their enemies (due to the low skill). However, if they do land successful hits, they are capable of inflicting considerable amounts of damage. When attacked, they often sustain tremendous damage themselves due to their relatively low defense, although their high HP helps immensely in countering this, much like Fighters. They are also able to cross peaks and mountains like Berserkers, but not water.
Brigands are known for their ability to destroy Villages, a trait which they share with the Thief and Pirate classes. During the enemy phase, if a brigand unit ends its turn on a village entrance, the village will be destroyed, and any item that could have been gained from the village will be lost. This can be prevented by visiting the village with any ally unit before it gets destroyed. Fittingly, brigands often appear as reinforcements near villages in order to incentivize the player visiting the village as soon as possible.
Some enemy brigands in Thracia 776 possess the Steal skill, being the only non-thief class/promotion to ever utilise this ability.
|FE5||Steal||Base skill of Mountain Thieves.|
|TS||Steal||Base skill of Bandits.|
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class(es)|
|FE5||Mountain Thief||Use a Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Mountain Thief.||Warrior|
|FE6||Brigand||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand.||Berserker|
|FE7||Brigand||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand.||Berserker|
|FE8||Brigand||Use a Hero Crest on a Level 10+ Brigand.||Berserker|
|Use a Master Seal pna a Level 10+ Bandit or train a Bandit to Level 21.|
- Barth - A brigand who is responsible for the death of Valbar's family.
- Garth - A brigand who reuses a re-colored version of Barth's portrait.
- Hyman - The leader of the Soothsires, a feared group of thieves. (Fighter in Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light / Shadow Dragon).
- Gonzalez - An unintelligent and unattractive bandit with a heart of gold.
- Scouran - A brigand who works alongside Zinc to destroy villages.
- Batta - A Ganelon Bandit who is called the Beast for his savagery.
- Zugu - The leader of a group of bandits sent by Lundgren to kill Lyn.
- Migal - A member of the Ganelon Bandits.
- Carjiga - A member of the Ganelon Bandits.
- Bug - The most powerful of the Ganelon Bandits.
- Groznyi - A bandit hailing from Caelin.
- Zawana - The leader of a group of bandits plundering a village in Caldea.
- Ikanau - A bandit part of the same group as Zawana, he is responsible for kidnapping Mist and Rolf.
- Havetti - A pirate who extorts money and supplies from villagers.
- Nedata - A relatively more honourable pirate who enjoys singing.