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“A seasoned and well-balanced wyvern rider on a new mount.”
—In-game description in Awakening
The Griffon Rider (グリフォンナイト Gurifon naito, lit. Griffon Knight in the Japanese version) is a Griffon-mounted combat physical class that is introduced in Fire Emblem Awakening. One of the promoted forms of the Wyvern Rider class, the Griffon Rider class wields Axes as it sole weapon of choice. Griffon Riders are treated as both Aerial and Beast units, and are thus vulnerable to a combination of Bows, Wind Tomes and beast-slaying weapons.
The Griffon Rider is a class that is known for its remarkably average stats across the board as well as its extreme mobility,which is bested only by that of units armed with Galeforce.
Griffon Riders possess more balanced stats than those of the Wyvern Lord or the promoted Pegasus Knight classes, having more Skill and Speed but less Strength and Defense than the Wyvern Lord. They can dodge attacks and launch double strikes where Wyvern Lords cannot, and they can hold to the frontlines where Falcon Knights would otherwise prove too frail. On the other hand, their balanced stats can cause them to fail where other flyers would succeed. As a compromise between these two extremes, they can be considered the aerial equivalent of Heroes. They are,however, marred by their poor resistance, which is carried over from their previous class, as well as their catastrophic weakness to Bows and Wind Magic. Furthermore, they are limited to wielding Axes, even though their Wyvern Lord counterparts actually have higher max stats overall. They make up for whatever weaknesses and limitations they suffer with their skills, Deliverer and Lancebreaker.
Deliverer increases the user's Movement by 2 when he/she is in a Pair Up. This pushes their movement to 10, or possibly even 11 depending on which unit they pair with. This makes them extremely good at achieving side-objectives, clearing 'defeat the boss' missions, rushing to support outnumbered allies, or claiming strategically important areas of the map. As the name suggests, the skill is also useful for carrying powerful units (namely Generals), but it also works with other units and can carry them to and from the front lines with ease. Deliverer also works well with Galeforce, allowing the unit to more or less cross the entirety of a map over the course of a single turn,or to take out stray foes from up to 13 spaces away without suffering a risk of retaliation.
Lancebreaker gives the user a bonus of 50 points to both their Hit Rate and Avoid against Lance wielders permanently, making them excellent against those with high Skill in particular. This allows them to emerge victorious more frequently when facing against any lance user in battle. Notably, it makes them close to a hard-counter to Falcon Knights (who barely lack the speed to double Griffon Riders) and allows them to overcome their weakness to the Beast Killer.
|Learnt at Level 5.|
Learnt at Level 15.
|Base Class||Promotion Method||Promoted Class(es)|
|FE13||Wyvern Rider||Use a Master Seal on a Level 10+ Wyvern Rider.||Griffon Rider|
Notable Griffon RidersEdit