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Brigands (さんぞく or 山賊, Sanzoku, バンデット, Bandetto, or 強盗, Goudou, also referred to as 山の盗賊 lit. Mountain Thief in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776), also known as Bandits, are common enemies in the Fire Emblem series, often encountered early on in the game. They are usually one of the only classes not playable in most Fire Emblem games, despite being present in almost every game in the series.
The main characteristics that brigands have are high HP and Strength, this is contrasted 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 hit, they deal a considerable amount of damage. When attacked they often take great damage themselves due to their relatively low defense stat, with the higher HP stat helping to counter 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 friendly 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 possessed the Steal skill, being the only non-thief class/promotion to ever use this ability.
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.