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The Dancer (踊り子 Odoriko) is a support class that appears recurrently across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Mystery of the Emblem. A female-exclusive class, the Dancer possesses the unique ability to utilize the Dance command on an allied unit and grant them an extra turn within the same player phase. In titles where they wield Swords for self-defense, Dancers are not known for their combat prowess, and are instead primarily used for their ability to Dance. Dancers are typically player-exclusive, only being encountered as enemy units in various chapters of Thracia 776 or when fighting another player's team in Awakening.

While "Dancer" is used as an umbrella term to refer to all units who possess the ability to refresh a unit who has expended their turn, a number of these units are not technically of the Dancer class. The Heron Laguz of the Tellius Series, for instance, are imbued with this ability despite not being Dancers. This also applies to the Songstress class from Fates.

History in the SeriesEdit

In its original inception in Mystery of the Emblem, the Dancer class is granted the ability to engage in combat with Swords alongside supporting their allies through invigorating dances. Unable to promote, Dancers are simply permitted to gain a maximum level of 30.

The Dancer (ダンサー Dansā) class appears in Genealogy of the Holy War as classes of only Sylvia, her daughter Leen, and her substitute Laylea.

In Thracia 776, the Dancer class can only be accessed by the player by having Lara, a female character who starts out as a Thief, trigger an event in Chapter 12x. Able to trigger the event even as a Thief Fighter, Lara is also, oddly enough, able to promote into the aforementioned class as a Dancer. This title functions as the only one in the series within which Dancers emerge as enemy units.

In Binding Blade and Rekka no Ken, Bards are instated as the male variant of the Dancer class. They fulfil the exact same role as their female counterparts through music performed with either the harp in Binding Blade and the flute in Rekka no Ken.

In Rekka no Ken, the Dancer class, alongside its male counterpart, is able to perform special dances with the aid of rings in order to bless their allies with additional bonuses that improve their combat prowess for the duration of one turn. Four of such rings exist in the game; Ninis' Grace increases Defense and Resistance, Filla's Might increases Attack by 10, Thor's Ire increases Critical hit chance by 10% and Set's Litany increases Avoid by 10.

In Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, the Dancer class is replaced by the Heron Laguz, who refresh their allies' expended turns through the power of Galdrar. In Radiant Dawn, Galdrar, much like the special rings in Rekka no Ken, possesses different variations that improve allies' combat prowess.

In Awakening, the Special Dance skill that Dancers learn imbues their dances with the ability to simultaneously refresh a selected ally unit and boost their combat prowess for one turn.

In Fates, the Dancer class is replaced by the Songstress class. The unique class of Azura, the Songstress class fulfils the same purpose of the Dancer class through vocalised song. The Songstress class similarly learns a skill that imbues its songs with the ability to both reinvigorate and boost an ally unit's combat effectiveness.

OverviewEdit

CombatEdit

Overall, Dancers tend to lack any sort of offensive presence in battle with generally low base stats across the board, alongside subpar offensive and defensive stat growths. Some dancers, such as Ninian from Rekka no Ken, are unable to equip any weapon for self-defense. To compensate for this, Dancers are blessed with high Speed and Luck growths, both of which contribute immensely to their superb evasion. Their decent HP growth also helps ensure their survivability on the battlefield, allowing them to sustain a sizeable amount of damage before running the risk of being felled.

Due to their high Speed, armed Dancers can thus perform double and critical attacks quite frequently if used offensively, although they will need Energy Drops and other strength-boosting items to be optimal for combat purposes.

To make up for their general offensive shortcomings, the Dancer's unique Dance ability allows them to reinvigorate allied units who have expended their turn to perform a second turn of action in the same Player Phase. This allows them to give the more offensively capable units an opportunity to launch more attacks and further weaken the strength of enemy forces. In some titles, Dancer units are further able to bestow bonuses to the units whom they perform dances for, such as Ninian, who can utilise specially-crafted rings like Thor's Ire in order to boost her allies' combat effectiveness.

In-GameEdit

Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 161-270106--Sword 12
FE4 2630170135--FE4 Sword C
FE5 14000200-63-FE5 Sword Icon E
FE6 141-2700154--
FE7 141-2700154--
FE8 141-2700154--
FE12 1610180306--FE12 Sword E
FE13 1611580315--SwordIconFE13 E

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 5220-20202020206--Sword 20
FE4 80181516223016185--FE4 Sword C
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon A
FE6 6020-20203020201520--
FE7 6010-10203024261520--
FE8 6010-10303024261520--
FE12 60202025253020206--FE12 Sword A
FE13 80303040404530305--SwordIconFE13 A

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE3 30%30%-30%30%0%30%30%----
FE4 100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10%----
FE5 70%20%0%15%15%10%10%-0%20%--
FE6 45%45%-30%60%70%0%3%----
FE7 45%45%-30%60%70%0%13%----
FE8 45%45%-30%60%70%0%13%----
FE12 30%10%-20%30%40%0%5-10%----
FE13 35%5%0%25%25%0%5%5%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE4 Dance (SNES)DanceBase skill of the Dancer class.
FE5 Dance (SNES)DanceBase skill of the Dancer class.
FE6 DanceBase skill of the Dancer class.
FE7 DanceBase skill of the Dancer class.
FE8 DanceBase skill of the Dancer class.
FE13 Luck+4Luck +4
SpecialDanceSpecial Dance
Learnt at Level 1.
Learnt at Level 15.

PromotionEdit

Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE5 (Lara)FE5 Thief (F) SpriteThiefIn Chapter 12x, have Lara speak to Pirn.FE5 dancerDancer
FE5 (Lara)FE5 dancerDancerUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Dancer.FE5 Thief Fighter (F) Map SpriteThief Fighter
FE5 (Lara)FE5 Thief Fighter (F) Map SpriteThief FighterIn Chapter 12x, have Lara speak to Pirn.FE5 dancerDancer

Notable DancersEdit

Mystery of the Emblem/Shin Monshō no NazoEdit

  • Feena - A bubbly, mischievous dancer who joins Marth's army after being saved by Navarre.

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

  • Sylvia - A cheerful, flirtatious dancer who is smitten with Lewyn.
  • Leen - Daughter of Sylvia and older sister of Corpul, a vulnerable dancer who hides her emotional anguish with an exterior of bubbly carefreeness.
  • Laylea - Substitute character of Leen and older sister of Sharlow.

Thracia 776Edit

  • Promotion for: Lara

Binding BladeEdit

Rekka no KenEdit

  • Ninian - A quiet, sombre dancer who exudes an aura of tragedy and is the older sister of Nils.

The Sacred StonesEdit

AwakeningEdit

TriviaEdit

See alsoEdit

  • Bard - The male counterpart to the Dancer class.
  • Heron - The Laguz counterpart to the Dancer class.
  • Songstress - The replacement for the Dancer class in Fates.

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