The Dark Knight (ダークナイト Dāku naito) is a horse-mounted combat magical class that is introduced in Fire Emblem Awakening. One of the promoted forms of the Dark Mage class, Dark Knights wield Tomes as their primary weapon of choice, and are also able to arm Swords as their secondary weapon.
History in the SeriesEdit
In its original inception in Awakening, the Dark Knight class is introduced as the successor to the Mage Knight class of old. One of the promoted forms of the Dark Mage and Mage classes, the Dark Knight class is armed with Swords and Tomes as its weapons of choice.
Dark Knights are similar to Mage Knights, in the sense that their Magic is slightly higher than their Strength. When compared to their un-promoted forms, Dark Knights clearly have superior Movement, making them great for performing rescue missions. They do, however, suffer from the usual litany of weaknesses that are associated with mounted units, including limited range on sand-based skirmishes and sustaining bonus damage from Beast Killers. Stat-wise, Dark Knights are rather balanced across the board, with their defenses being evened out at the cost of some Skill and Speed. Their Magic is also slightly reduced to boost their Strength for effective swordplay.
In Awakening, the first skill that Dark Knights are able to learn is Slow Burn. This skill improves their Hit Rate and Avoid by 1 point for each passing turn for fifteen turns. Given the subpar Skill of Dark Knights, Slow Burn can benefit them in the long run, but it has its limitations due to its potency taking time to build up. The skill is thus generally not very useful on lower difficulties. Lifetaker, conversely, is a regenerative skill that allows Dark Knights to recover half of their maximum HP upon successfully killing a foe. This skill is particularly useful when Dark Knights are low on HP; other units could weaken foes sufficiently for them to kill off, allowing them to replenish their HP without the aid of recovery items or Staves.
In Fates, the first skill learnt by Dark Knights has been replaced with Seal Magic. After battling (provided the user survived), the target will lose 6 points of magic after battle. This posits the Dark Knight as an effective mage killer, as it will reduce the combat effectiveness of magic-oriented units like Sorcerers.
Their Hoshidan counterpart is the Basara class, as both are promotions of the Tome-wielding classes that allows them to use another weapon other than Tomes. However, Dark Knights are better magic users as they have an A-Rank in Tomes, as opposed to the Basara's B-Rank. They also have a lower weapon rank in their secondary, Swords, and also have more Movement than Basaras due to them being mounted units.
Overall, Dark Knights form a rather useful class as a whole, performing well as a flexible offensive unit. Although they are not as magically proficient and somewhat slower compared to Sages and Sorcerers, their use of swords allows them to counter high resistance units. In Fates, this also keeps the Dark Knight from being a completely helpless unit when suffering from the effects of Snake Spirits, Dragon Spirits and Ginnungagap tomes.
The Dark Knight class generally takes on an ominous appearance that is closely intertwined with the overarching theme of death, replete with jet-black armour, headpieces with fearsome miens and horses with black coats. The masks donned by both incarnations of the class encapsulate the theme particularly well; in Awakening, the masks donned by Dark Knights carry designs inspired by Grima's face, while in Fates, the masks are very likely fashioned out of actual human skulls.
|FE13|| Slow Burn|
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|FE14|| Seal Magic|
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class(es)|
|FE13||Dark Mage||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Dark Mage.||Dark Knight|
|FE13||Mage||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Mage.||Dark Knight|
|FE14||Dark Mage||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Dark Mage.||Dark Knight|
Notable Dark KnightsEdit
- Farber - A Valmese commander who fetishizes Walhart.
- Ares (SpotPass)
- Olwen (SpotPass)
- Selena (SpotPass)
- Possible promotion for: Miriel, Ricken, Tharja, Henry and Laurent.
- Leo - Prince of Nohr and the younger brother of the Avatar.
- Possible promotion for: Odin, Nyx and Ophelia.
- In the opening cutscene in Fates, Dark Knights can be seen using swords. For unknown reasons, none of them use tomes and a few use lances, a weapon that Dark Knights can not use in-game.