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“A swift specialist in the blade who makes for a tricky target.”
—-Description of Myrmidons in Fire Emblem: Awakening.
The Myrmidon (called ソードファイター, Sword Fighter in the Japanese versions other than Fire Emblem: Binding Blade, which uses Myrmidon, and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn where it is called Blade) is a sword-wielding class, often separate from mercenary or hero classes, although they have been linked early on. Myrmidons usually use swords which are much like a katana, as well as the more common, conventional swords other classes can use.
Compared to other sword users, the Myrmidon has a considerably lesser amount of defense, but are able to deal attacks of higher accuracy. Myrmidons are also known for their higher percentage of dealing critical attacks.
Nabarl is credited for creating the archetype of Myrmidons, with the class's basic appearance and statistic traits taken from him. He was a mercenary in the original game and Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, but became a myrmidon for Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon. Ayra is also credited with defining much of the class and its look, particularly the promoted version, the Swordmaster.
The "Sword Fighter" class first appeared in Fire Emblem Gaiden where it was a renamed Hero, as Alm's promoted class used the "Hero" name. The proper Sword Fighter class was first referred to as "Myrmidon" in Binding Blade.
The Myrmidon's superior speed and skill over other similar classes make them very formidable foot soldiers, but their decreased health, strength, and defense make them difficult to protect against quick and accurate opponents.
When using a Myrmidon, it is important to check your surroundings. While they can easily deal with magic users and thieves with one attack, the reverse, however, can't be said to be the same. Against heavier enemies, especially fighter-type units, the speed makes them strong evaders, but their typically mediocre strength at best leaves something to be desired, especially when throwing them against heavily armored units (exacerbated further if said armored units in question are immune to their damage in some way).
Should a Myrmidon be attacked by a slower unit, especially a fighter or brigand, they are often able to kill or heavily damage their enemy in a counterattack. The constant critical attacks make for a very useful ability topped also with decent attack, though it's dangerous to rely on luck, especially when it comes to classes lacking in defense.
Most Myrmidons promote to the Swordmaster class. The exception to this is in Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War and Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 where certain myrmidons promoted to Hero, and in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and Fire Emblem: Awakening where promotion to the Assassin class is also possible. While their stats as a Swordmaster raise in a balanced way, making the class almost entirely the same (minus the added strength), the chance of critical attacks rise even higher.
- HP: 40
- Str: 20
- Mag: 16
- Skl: 23
- Spd: 25
- Lck: 24
- Def: 18
- Res: 20
- Sword: B
Most female Myrmidons are depicted in a tunic with an over-top that barely covers their waist and long, high boots with no leggings. Men are depicted in a tunic and leggings with a belt and sheath (sometimes on their back) for their sword.
The Myrmidons were a tribe that followed Achilles, descended from Myrmidon, one of Zeus's countless sons. In modern times, a Myrmidon is someone who follows a cause without question. Many members of the class (Such as Guy, Lon'qu and Mia) could be called Myrmidons in this respect in relation to their devotion to swordplay.
Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit
- Ayra - the princess of the Kingdom of Isaach, daughter of King Mananan, younger half-sister of Prince Mariccle, aunt of Shanan, and the mother of Larcei and Ulster
- Holyn - the son of the Lord of Sophara Castle in Isaach, and a distant relative of Ayra
- Larcei - the daughter of Ayra and the twin sister of Ulster
- Ulster - the son of Ayra and the twin brother of Larcei
- Machyua - a member of the Magi Squad
- Shiva - a mercenary hired by the Lifis Pirates
- Mareeta - the daughter of Prince Galzus of Rivough and the adopted daughter of Eyvel
- Trewd - a member of the Dandelion Gang
- Julia - the daughter of Yoda and the foster sister of Shigen
- Vega - a mysterious man who is known as Dhullam's Angel of Death
- Shigen - the son of Karla, and the nephew of Zeek who was adopted by Yoda
- Krisheenu - a thief and a sword fighter who is searching for legendary orb in order to bring back her lover, Algo
- Rutger - a half Sacaen from Bulgar who seeks revenge against Bern
- Fir - the daughter of Bartre and Karla and the niece of Karel
Rekka no KenEdit
The Sacred StonesEdit
- Joshua - the prince of Jehanna and the son of Queen Ismaire who has a fervor for gambling
- Marisa - a member of Gerik's Mercenaries who is known as the "Crimson Flash"
Path of RadianceEdit
- Mia - a new member of the Greil Mercenaries
- Zihark - a Daein mercenary who does not share hatred for Laguz
- Edward - a member of the Dawn Brigade
- Isaiya - a swordsman hired by the Begnion Occupational Army to capture the Dawn Brigage
Shin Monshō no NazoEdit
- Lon'qu - a swordsman from Chon'sin who suffers from gynophobia
- Owain - Lissa's son from the future
- Morgan (If the Avatar married to Lon'qu, Say'ri, Owain, or Yen'fay).
- Eirika (only if downloaded via SpotPass).
- Hana - Princess Sakura's childhood friend and loyal subordinate.
- Hinata - A swordsman who serves Prince Takumi.
- Hisame - The son of Hinata.
- In some games, Myrmidons can be seen as a style of swordplay from a specific region on the continent.
- In Jugdral, Myrmidons come from Isaach.
- In Elibe, Myrmidons come from Sacae.
- In Magvel, Myrmidons come from Jehanna.
- In Fire Emblem: Awakening, with the exception of Owain, all the Myrmidons/Swordmasters that join the Shepherds are from Chon'sin.
- In Fire Emblem: Fates, the Samurai class in an Hoshido exclusive class.