The Master Ninja (上忍 Jōnin, lit. High Ninja) is a combat physical class that is introduced in Fire Emblem Fates. One of the possible promotions of the Ninja class, the Master Ninja class wields Katana and Shuriken as its weapons of choice and are treated as a Hoshidan class.
The Master Ninja class is regarded as the Fates equivalent of the Assassin class from preceding games.
Master Ninjas are dangerous units in battle, especially against magic and slow opponents. They gain a varied amount of hidden bonuses (5% Hit, Avoid, Dodge and Critical), compared to classes like the Berserker who just gain a flat 15% critical rate.
Carrying shurikens, the Master Ninja is often used as a debuffing unit since hidden weapons are capable of decreasing the opponent's stats after a battle. The wide range of shurikens means that there are endless possibilities to hamper a victim in battle. Master Ninjas can be considered the ground equivalent of the Falcon Knight, which makes them useful magic killers. Their Lethality allows them to finish off an opponent instantly and Shurikenfaire further boosts their low damage that they usually carry. They can also use swords, although this is more of a side support as their primary weapon of choice has an advantage over them, apart from the Dual Katana. Furthermore, if confronted with Axe or Bow wielding units, Master Ninjas can respond with swords and katanas or use a Dual Shuriken. In addition, Master Ninjas enjoy the benefits of a slightly reduced cost when moving in mountains and forests (3 tiles for every mountain tile and 2 for forest).
Despite these advantages, the Master Ninja does have several weaknesses. Their poor strength (along with the fact that hidden weapons deal little damage) usually prevents them from killing opponents without the assistance of forged weapons and/or offensive skills. Their defense growths are also poor, which leads to most units easily taking them out in a few hits.
Players should still not shy away from the Master Ninja class, as their ability to S Rank in Shurikens allows them to use the Chakram and deal a bit more damage. The fact that hidden weapons can attack up close and a distance without a penalty (excluding stat debuffs from using Silver weapons/Soldier's Knives), their relatively high skill and speed, along with the ability to debuff enemy units after the battle make them a very popular choice for post-game content.
Despite the fact that traditional ninja do not adopt an official uniform in reality, the Master Ninja appearing in Fates are depicted outfitted with standardized steel armor along with the same uniform as regular ninja with a slight change in color scheme to show their higher ranking. The armour they don comprise of spiked plates along the arms (excluding those worn previously on their gauntlets) and pieces of karuta plating on their chests, thighs and over the top of their boots. Generic enemy Master Ninja wear an additional spiked helmet that bear links to helmets commonly worn during the feudal Japanese era.
|Learnt at Level 5 and above.|
Learnt at Level 15 and above.
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Notable Master NinjaEdit
- Kotaro - Ruler of the principality of Mokushu.
- Possible promotion for: Saizo, Kaze, Kagero and Asugi.
Jōnin were typically high ranked ninja who acted as commanders in a unit or guild during the Sengoku warring era.
- The Master Ninja is the only class in Fates that can learn a '-faire' skill and have access to two weapon types; in this case, they can wield both Swords and Shuriken. This trait is shared with the Falcon Knight class from Awakening, a class that could learn Lancefaire and arm both Lances and Staves.