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Paragon (エリート Erīto, translated Elite in the Japanese versions of the games) is a recurring skill in the Fire Emblem franchise.
The Elite skill doubles the amount of Experience a unit receives in battle, allowing him/her to gain levels at a relatively faster pace. It is a deceptively powerful skill: it allows units to reach abnormally high levels relative to their point in the game, which in turn allows them to more effectively kill large numbers of enemies and thus acquire even more experience. Units with this skill will almost always be useful simply by virtue of possessing it.
In Awakening, due to this skill's nature as downloadable content, children cannot inherit this skill from their parents. (However, the character can simply use the corresponding item to obtain the skill anyway.)
In the Elite Mode of Thracia 776, all playable units will gain a hidden Elite skill. This will stack for units who join with the skill equipped, essentially giving them a 4x boost to their total EXP gained in battles.