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The Swordmaster (ソードマスター Sōdomasutā) is a combat physical class that recurrently appears across the Fire Emblem Series, beginning from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War. The promoted form of the Myrmidon class, Swordmasters, like their name suggests, are unparalleled masters of the Sword.

History in the SeriesEdit

In its original inception in Genealogy of the Holy War and Thracia 776, the Swordmaster acts as one of two classes that the then newly-introduced Sword Fighter class can promote into, the other being the Hero class. Arming Swords as its sole weapon of choice, the Swordmaster class can only be accessed by Ayra, her daughter Larcei, Shiva, Mareeta and Trewd in these titles.

Beginning from Binding Blade, the Swordmaster class is cleanly separated from the Hero class, instituted as the staple promoted form of the Sword Fighter/Myrmidon class.

The Blade Lord Lyndis from Rekka no Ken and the Great Lord Eirika from The Sacred Stones are widely considered to be variations of the Swordmaster class, given the fact that they share similar stat caps.

In Radiant Dawn, the Swordmaster (剣豪ソードマスター Sōdomasutā) class is further able to promote into the Trueblade class when the necessary requirements are fulfilled.

In Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE, the Swordmaster class is one of the promotion classes for Navarre.

OverviewEdit

CombatEdit

While the Defense of Swordmasters has risen since their promotion from Myrmidon, it is still considered to be comparatively lower than a number of other classes. While this remains a glaring weakness that the class carries over from its previous form, so too do its strengths. More prominent amongst these are its high Skill and Speed and generally average Strength, making for the delivery of attacks that are strong, swift and accurate. The high Speed of Swordmasters also renders them experts of evasion, allowing them to engage in very effective combat when facing against tougher bosses.

The two skills Swordmasters can learn in Awakening and Fates are Astra and Swordfaire. When Astra is activated (the trigger percentage equals Skill divided by 2), the user unleashes five consecutive strikes at half damage, dealing a maximum of 2.5 times the normal damage. However, units with Astra should be especially careful around Counter units if they are engaging in melee combat, because the individual half-damage strikes from the skill's activation are less likely to secure kills on their own, and thus, are more likely to incur damaging - and possibly, even fatal - backlash. Swordfaire boosts the user's Strength by 5 if they are wielding a sword (Magic is upped by 5 if the user has a Levin Sword). Swordmasters tend to have average or below average Strength and poor Magic growths, so this skill is good for rectifying that problem.

Attacking these units outside their range with other high-accuracy classes with Magic or Bows is recommended, but only if the ranged unit in question is also blocked by a stronger class to prevent the Swordmaster's advance. Exploiting their flaws is therefore effectively easier when attacking behind walls, as their Resistance is generally quite low. However, the new Weapon Triangle in Fates puts bows at a disadvantage against swords, so attempting to hit them with arrows can now prove unwise, even for Snipers. Additionally, if Swordmasters carry Wakizashi, they can counterattack bow units (and rather accurately at that).

Swordmasters gain a critical boost upon promotion that varies depending on the game played (e.g. 30% in Binding Blade and 15% in Rekka no Ken, Sacred Stones, the US version of Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, where Trueblades, promoted Swordmasters, have a 20% boost, and Fates where Swordmasters gain a 10% critical boost along with a 10% avoid boost). In Awakening, Swordmasters do not receive a critical boost, but with the Swordfaire skill, the damage increase will usually make up for it.

During the Swordmaster class's debut in Genealogy of the Holy War, it holds the position of possessing the highest Strength (tied with the traditional high strength classes such as Wyvern Lords), Skill and Speed caps, alongside a fairly decent Defense cap. The Swordmasters in this title also boast excellent growths in these areas as well, further enhancing their formidability as compared to other classes. With the onset of Thracia 776 and beyond, the strength of the Swordmaster class is considerably lowered for strength-balancing purposes.

In WiFi battles, Swordmasters are often used for their simplicity. Their high Speed and lack of obvious weaknesses make them decent units to deploy in the frontlines. Their main flaws take the form of their low Movement, lack of ranged weapons and Weapon Triangle rigidity. Swordmasters are among the easiest units to obtain, although some care needs to be taken with their generally low Defense.

In-GameEdit

★ - FE10 SP Class.

Base StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE4 4012015150736--FE4 Sword A
FE5 24/205/4189/1004-76/5-FE5 Sword Icon C
FE6 21/196-1110/1205/42/369/6-Sword C
FE8 21/196-1110/1205/42/369/7-Sword C
FE9 21/195/4277/8052/3711/811/8FE9 Sword C
FE10 30/3415/146/42021/22013/810/8711/811/8FE10 Sword C
FE103517822230151271111FE10 Sword A
FE11 225111130638--FE12 Sword C
FE12 225111130638--FE12 Sword C
FE13 207211130646--SwordIconFE13 E
FE14 18627114556--FE14 Sword E
TS 2260101003-6--TS Sword 5

Maximum StatsEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE4 80271530303022186--FE4 Sword A
FE5 80202020202020-2020-FE5 Sword Icon A
FE6 6024/22-2930302223/251520-Sword S
FE7 6024/22-2930302223/251525-Sword S
FE8 6024/22-2930302223/251525-Sword S
FE9 6024/222029304024/2222/25711/811/8FE9 Sword S
FE10 4024/231530303023/2215/17711/811/8FE10 Sword SS/S
FE10533018383830242271111FE10 Sword S
FE11 60242029303022237--FE12 Sword A
FE12 60242029303022237--FE12 Sword A
FE13 80383444464533386--SwordIconFE13 A
FE14 55302832353327316--FE14 Sword S
TS 60211525253018-12--TS Sword 20

Growth RatesEdit

HP Str Mag Skl SpdLck Def Res Mov ConWt.Wp.Rank
FE4 100%30%10%30%30%0%30%0%----
FE5 90%30%3%30%30%20%20%-0%40%--
FE6 65%20/25%-30%30%25%15%12%----
FE7 65%25%-30%30%25%15%22%----
FE8 65%25%-30%30%25%15%22%----
FE9 65%45%10%65%65%30%25/20%25/30%----
FE10 50/0%35/0%35/0%40/0%35/0%50/0%40/0%15/0%----
FE1095%70%55%85%80%75%50%55%----
FE11 50%10%-10%20%25%0%5%-5%----
FE12 50%10%-10%20%25%0%5%-5%----
FE13 40%20%0%25%25%0%5%10%----
FE14 10%10%5%15%20%15%0%10%----

Class SkillsEdit

Skill Requirements
FE4 ContinueContinueClass skill of the Swordmaster, Forrest Knight, Falcon Knight, Mage Fighter, Thief Fighter and Sage classes.
FE5 ContinueContinueClass skill of the Swordmaster and Sage classes.
FE9 FE9 AstraAstraOccult skill of the Swordmaster class; assign with an MasteryBookOccult Scroll.
FE10 ShoveShove
Critical 10Critical +10
Base skill of all foot units.
Class skill of the Swordmaster, Sniper and Sentinel classes.
FE13 Astra (FE13)Astra
Sword Expert IconSwordfaire
Learnt at Level 5.
Learnt at Level 15.
FE14 Astra (FE13)Astra
Sword Expert IconSwordfaire
Learnt at Level 5 and above.
Learnt at Level 15 and above.

PromotionsEdit

Base Class Promotion Method Promoted Class(es)
FE4 FE4 Sword Fighter Sprite (M)Sword FighterChoose the "Class Change" option in the Home Castle when the relevant unit reaches Level 20.FE4 Swordmaster Sprite (M)Swordmaster (Ayra and Larcei)
FE5 FE5 SwordfighterSword FighterUse a Knight Proof (FE5)Knight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.FE5 swordmasterSwordmaster (Shiva, Mareeta and Trewd)
FE6 FE8 Male Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE7 FE8 Male Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE8 FE8 Male Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a HerocrestHero Crest on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE8 Male Swordmaster Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE9 FE9 Mia Myrmidon Sprite
Myrmidon
Use a FE9mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE9 Mia Swordmaster Sprite
Swordmaster
FE10 FE10 Edward Myrmidon Sprite
Myrmidon
Use a FE10mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon or train a Myrmidon to Level 21.FE10 Edward Swordmaster Sprite
Swordmaster
FE10 FE10 Edward Swordmaster Sprite
Swordmaster
Use a FE10mastercrownMaster Crown on a Level 10+ Swordmaster or train a Swordmaster to Level 21.FE10 Edward Trueblade Sprite
Trueblade
FE11 FE11 Myrmidon (M) Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE11 Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE12 FEDS Myrmidon Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a FE11mastersealMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FEDS Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE13 FE13 Generic Myrmidon (M) Map SpriteMyrmidonUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Myrmidon.FE13 Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster
FE14 FE14 Generic Samurai (M) Map SpriteSamuraiUse a Master Seal FE13 IconMaster Seal on a Level 10+ Samurai.FE14 Generic Swordmaster (M) Map SpriteSwordmaster
TS Swordfighter (TS)Sword FighterUse a Ts-knight-proofKnight Proof on a Level 10+ Sword Fighter.SwordmasterSwordmaster

Notable SwordmastersEdit

SwordmasterGBAIcon

Genealogy of the Holy WarEdit

Thracia 776Edit

TearRing Saga: Utna Heroes SagaEdit

Binding BladeEdit

  • Gel - Brunnya's lieutenant, he defends the Sacaen city of Bulgar under her orders.
  • Karel - The former "Sword Demon", he is known as the "Sword Saint" in this title. Brother-in-law of Bartre and the uncle of Fir.
  • Promotion for: Rutger and Fir.

Rekka no KenEdit

The Sacred StonesEdit

  • Ismaire (Creature Campaign only) - The queen of Jehanna and Joshua's mother.
  • Carlyle - the former leader of Jehanna's army who betrays Jehanna and sides with Grado.
  • Promotion for: Joshua and Marisa.

Path of RadianceEdit

Radiant DawnEdit

Shadow DragonEdit

Shin Monshō no NazoEdit

AwakeningEdit

  • Say'ri - Former princess of Chon'sin and Yen'fay's younger sister.
  • Yen'fay - Former king of Chon'sin and Say'ri's older brother.
  • Seliph (DLC)
  • Lyn (DLC)
  • Deen (SpotPass)
  • Simia- One of the twelve Deadlords.
  • Promotion for: Lon'qu and Owain.

FatesEdit

  • Sumeragi - The former king of Hoshido and the father of Ryoma, Hinoka, Takumi and Sakura.
  • Ryoma - The military leader and oldest royal child of Hoshido.
  • Promotion for Hana, Hinata and Hisame.

TriviaEdit

  • In Fates, if a Swordmaster is given a weapon such as the Axe Splitter or Venge Katana, they will be observed to wield two, instead of one, katanas in battle. This makes them the only class capable of dual-wielding weapons. It will also give them a different death animation, similar to giving a Merchant a Naginata.
    • The full list of dual wieldable katanas include:
      • Venge Katana
      • Axe Splitter
      • Spirit Katana
      • Hagakure Blade
      • Daikon Radish
      • Sunrise Katana
      • Hana's Katana
      • Hinata's Katana

GalleryEdit


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