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The Falcon Knight (ファルコンナイト Farukon naito, also known as Falcoknight) is a Pegasus-mounted combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem Gaiden. One of the promoted forms of the Pegasus Knight class, Falcon Knights commonly wield Lances and Swords as their weapons of choice.

History in the SeriesEdit

In its original inception in Gaiden, the Falcon Knight class is the promoted form of the Pegasus Knight class, wielding Lances as its sole weapon of choice. This version of the class has its attacks imbued with a special skill, allowing it to inflict effective damage against Monsters.

The Falcon Knight class is not established as the staple promoted form of the Pegasus Knight class until the onset of Genealogy of the Holy War, where the Pegasus Knight is cleanly separated from the Dracoknight class. This particular iteration of the class is, alongside Lances, able to arm Swords and utilize Staves.

In Thracia 776, the Falcon Knight class exists in the game data but is unused, owing to the fact that the Pegasus Knight assumes its role as a promoted class, while the Pegasus Rider takes over the Pegasus Knight class's original role as a first-tier class.

In Radiant Dawn, the Falcon Knight (聖天馬騎士ファルコンナイト Farukon naito) class is further able to promote into the Seraph Knight class when the necessary requirements are met.

As remakes of the original Ankoku Ryū to Hikari no Tsurugi and Mystery of the Emblem, Shadow Dragon and Shin Monshō no Nazo do not feature the Falcon Knight as the default promotion for the Pegasus Knight. Instead, the Falcon Knight class can only be accessed by Pegasus Knights through the use of the unique Elysian Whip promotion item.

Falcon Knights shed the ability to wield Swords in Awakening, employing Staves alongside Lances instead.

In Fates, the Falcon Knight (聖天馬武者 Seitenma musha, lit. Holy Pegasus Warrior in the Japanese version) is unisex and is treated as a Hoshidan class.

OverviewEdit

CombatEdit

After upgrading from the Pegasus Knight class, the Falcon Knight receives slight boosts to its Defense and Constitution, although these stats are still considered to be below average in comparison to other playable classes.

In Genealogy of the Holy War, Awakening and Fates, Falcon Knights are able to wield Staves. This ability, when combined with their high Movement and above average Magic, results in them functioning as very efficient healers. Granted, Falcon Knights will be inexperienced with Staves unless they have been reclassed from Clerics, Troubadours and the like, and it will thus take quite a bit of grinding for them to gain access to higher-levelled Staves like Catharsis and Fortify.

In WiFi battles, Falcon Knights are occasionally used. Falcon Knights are seen as the opposite to Dracoknights, in that they can be killed one-on-one by Swordmasters, but can survive Berserker onslaughts. Much the same tactics are used with Falcon Knights as are the ones used with Dracoknights, where usage of the Iote's Shield and scouting act as the main functions of these classes. Falcon Knights are usually considered inferior choices to Dracoknights, since they can be killed in melee combat by more classes.

AwakeningEdit

Falcon Knights retain the use of Lances as their sole weapon of choice, and so it is recommended that they stay away from Axe-wielding units. Griffon Riders in particular need to be avoided, as they not only have the weapon advantage and can chase Falcon Knights anywhere on the map, but are also in possession of the skill Lancebreaker, which can easily spell doom for these units if one is careless. Arrows should be feared, but the ability to close in on Bow wielders from a long distance can easily be exploited to deal with them. Falcon Knights are also a bit more resistant to Magic, but avoiding magic users is still highly recommended. Where possible, it is best for the player to utilize other characters to rid battlefields of bow and magic users before deploying any Falcon Knights.

FatesEdit

Just like in Awakening, Falcon Knights still use Lances as their primary weapon and staves as a support role. They still retain their A Rank in Lances (so they can use Brave and Venge weapons), however, their staff rank has fallen to B Ranks. They can still use a majority of the staves in-game, most notably the Hexing Rod.

Due to the changes in Fates stat system, Falcon Knights are a bit weaker than in Awakening, although they still share the same benefits and are a good magic-killer class due to their high resistance. They still retain the skill Rally Speed, and their Lancefaire has been swapped out for Warding Blow. Warding Blow essentially gives the user an effective +20 resistance which makes them take virtually no damage against high magic units like Sorcerers when the user initiates the fight.

In PvP battles, Falcon Knights are generally support units carrying various rally skills and staves to support the player's team in battle.

UniformEdit

The uniform worn by Falcon Knights largely remains unchanged from the uniform donned by their un-promoted forms (Juno's outfit can be used as a reference). Their uniform is not without any changes, however; the most noticeable of these is the presence of pants or leggings underneath their tunic, with the tunic reaching knee-length with slits arranged on either side up to their hips (such as in Tanith's artwork). The belt that Falcon Knights wear as Pegasus Knights is also retained, on which they sometimes attach a sheath to carry their Swords in. Some Falcon Knights are also known to don headbands, and the boots they wear are mostly knee-length.

The mount of the Falcon Knight has a single horn on its forehead, giving it a close resemblance to a winged unicorn.

In Awakening, the tunic part of the design is very similar to Mahnya's uniform in her Level 15 Falco Knight TCG card. Some modifications are imposed on the outfit, including sleeves and a ring attached to both sides of the hips, alongside long drapes of cloth that appear to reach into their boots from underneath their armour. The boots that Falcon Knights wear are noticeably shorter than those worn by older incarnations, but this is compensated for by the very long socks that they also have on. This version of the Falcon Knight also features them wearing a helmet outfitted with a horn-like protrusion.

In-GameEdit

★ - FE10 SP Class.

Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 4015-15012128--Lance
FE4 4077121506128--FE4 Sword A FE4 Lance A FE4 Staff C
FE5 (Mounted)206771005-106-FE5 Sword Icon D FE5 Lance Icon C FE5 Staff Icon E
FE5 (Dismounted)18476804-66-FE5 Sword Icon D
FE6 206-7705486-Sword E Lance C
FE7 206-7705486-Sword E Lance C
FE8 206-7705486-Sword E Lance C
FE9 1862690559825FE9 Sword E FE9 Lance C
FE10 301351719014139723FE10 Sword E FE10 Lance C
FE10351571921016159723FE10 Sword C FE10 Lance A
FE11 20615707810--FE12 Sword E FE12 Lance D
FE12 20615707810--FE12 Sword E FE12 Lance D
FE13 206310110698--LanceIconFE13 E StaffIconFE13 E
FE14 18546105598--FE14 Lance E FE14 Staff E

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 5240-40404040408--Lance
FE4 80222225303021278--FE4 Sword A FE4 Lance A FE4 Staff C
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon A FE5 Lance Icon A FE5 Staff Icon A
FE6 6023-25283024281520-Sword S Lance S
FE7 6023-25283024281520-Sword S Lance S
FE8 6023-25283024261520-Sword S Lance S
FE9 60232026284024279825FE9 Sword S FE9 Lance S
FE10 40241524273522259723FE10 Sword A FE10 Lance S
FE1049301634343526319723FE10 Sword S FE10 Lance SS
FE11 602420252530252610--FE12 Sword A FE12 Lance A
FE12 602420252530252610--FE12 Sword A FE12 Lance A
FE13 80383545444533408--LanceIconFE13 A StaffIconFE13 A
FE14 55282730343527358--FE14 Lance A FE14 Staff B

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE2 150%-50%50%50%0%50%0%----
FE4 100%30%10%30%30%0%30%10----
FE6 60%30%-30%30%30%12%20%----
FE7 60%30%-30%30%30%12%20%----
FE8 60%30%-30%30%30%12%20%----
FE9 60%35%20%45%50%35%30%45%----
FE10 40%50%40%25%30%45%30%55%----
FE1070%80%50%80%70%80%50%85%----
FE11 30%10%-15%20%25%0%10%0%----
FE12 30%10%-15%20%25%0%10%0%----
FE13 40%15%10%25%25%0%5%10%----
FE14 0%10%10%10%15%20%0%20%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE2 SlayerClass skill of the Falcon Knight class.
FE4 RemoveRe-Move
ContinueContinue
Innate hidden skill of all flying and mounted units.
Class skill of the Falcon Knight class.
FE9 Stun (FE9)StunOccult skill of the Falcon Knight class; assign with an MasteryBookOccult Scroll.
FE10 CantoCantoBase skill of all flying and mounted units.
FE13 SpeedCryRally Speed
LanceExpertLancefaire
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14 Rally Speed (FE14)Rally Speed
Mirror Strike (Skill)Warding Blow
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.

PromotionsEdit

Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE2 FE2 Pegasus Knight Map IconPegasus KnightVisit a Shrine after reaching Level 12.FE2 Falcon Knight Map IconFalcon Knight
FE4 FE4 Pegasus Knight SpritePegasus KnightChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Falcon Knight SpriteFalcon Knight
FE6 FE8 Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse an ElysianwhipElysian Whip on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE8 Falconknight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE7 FE8 Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse an ElysianwhipElysian Whip on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE8 Falconknight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE8 FE8 Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse an ElysianwhipElysian Whip on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE8 Falconknight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE9 FE9 Marcia Pegasus Knight Sprite
Pegasus Knight
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE9 Marcia Falcon Knight Sprite
Falcon Knight
FE10 Pegasus KnightUse a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight or train a Pegasus Knight to Level 21.FE10 Marcia Falcon Knight Sprite
Falcon Knight
FE10 FE10 Marcia Falcon Knight Sprite
Falcon Knight
Use a FE10mastercrownMaster Crown on a Level 10+ Falcon Knight or train a Falcon Knight to Level 21.FE10 Marcia Seraph Knight Sprite
Seraph Knight
FE11 FE11 Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse an FE11elysianwhipElysian Whip on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE11 Falcoknight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE12 FEDS Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse an FE11elysianwhipElysian Whip on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FEDS Falcoknight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE13 FE13 Generic Pegasus Knight Map SpritePegasus KnightUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Pegasus Knight.FE13 Generic Falcon Knight Map SpriteFalcon Knight
FE14 FE14 Generic Sky Knight Map SpriteSky KnightUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Sky Knight.FE14 Generic Falcon Knight Map SpriteFalcon Knight

Notable Falcon KnightsEdit

GaidenEdit

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Binding BladeEdit

Rekka no KenEdit

The Sacred StonesEdit

Path of Radiance/Radiant DawnEdit

Shadow DragonEdit

AwakeningEdit

FatesEdit

TriviaEdit

  • In Shadow Dragon, it is possible for a Pegasus Knight to promote into a Falcon Knight with an Elysian Whip. However, the Elysian Whip is sold only in the Armory accessible via Wi-Fi Connection. Falcon Knights can no longer be obtained without a cheating device, due to the Nintendo Wi-Fi services for the DS having being discontinued.
  • In Gaiden, Falcon Knights seem to possess a predecessor to the skill Slayer as they are able to inflict effective damage against monster-type foes.
  • In Genealogy of the Holy War and Awakening, Falcon Knights can heal using Staves. Elincia's unique class, which use Swords and Staves, may be a reference to this.
  • In Awakening, Falcon Knights are the only physical class outfitted with two types of equipment (Lances and Staves) to have a weapon specialist skill (Lancefaire), which is likely due to the game not possessing a promoted class that wields Lances exclusively.
  • Despite the fact that the class is called "Falcon Knight", the mounts ridden by it are not actual birds, and are instead winged unicorns. The origin of this rather misleading name is unknown.
    • A conversation between Selena and Subaki in Fates' Revelation route reveals that the mounts they ride are called Falicorns.

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