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Dread Fighter

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Dread Fighter

FESoV Dread Fighter.png
Artwork of a Dread Fighter from Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.


A unit with physical prowess and high magic resistance.

Unit type(s)

Infantry

Weapon(s)
Skill(s)

The Dread Fighter (Japanese: 魔戦士 Masensi) is an advanced sword-wielding class which was introduced in Fire Emblem Gaiden. They are characterised primarily by their very high resistance, also boasting high levels of HP and Strength. They originated in Gaiden as a rare third-tier advanced class and the final class changed form of the Mercenary, promoting from Myrmidon; like these classes, it is locked to using only swords. The traits of the Gaiden version of the class carried over to its remake, Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

In Awakening and Fates, the Dread Fighter acts as a reward for players for buying downloadable content, and is accessed through use of the Dread Scroll item; the Awakening version is male-exclusive, while the Fates incarnation of the class is not restricted by the gender of the unit. In the former game, the Dread Fighter is part of the Lost Bloodlines 2 DLC package, while in the latter, it is the Hoshido-aligned link-up reward for owning both of the game's campaigns, with its Nohr counterpart being the Dark Falcon. Although their stats are similar to their original Gaiden incarnation, Dread Fighters in these games gain weapons they couldn't previously use in addition to their original swords: axes and tomes in Awakening, and axes and daggers in Fates. Traditionally, this class is exclusive to male units (such as in its debut and Awakening), though it had briefly become a unisex class in Fates.

Stats

Base stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weight Experience CRP Weapon Level
Gaiden 36 15 -- 16 18 0 11 15 7 -- -- 180 2 Sword
Awakening 22 8 4 7 9 0 7 10 6 -- -- -- -- Swords E Axes E Tomes E
Fates 19 8 3 6 8 1 6 9 6 -- -- -- -- Swords/Katanas E Axes/Clubs E Daggers/Shuriken E
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia 36 15 -- 16 18 0 11 6 7 -- -- 180 2 FE15RankSword.png

Max stats

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Movement Constitution Weapon Level
Gaiden 52 40 -- 40 40 40 40 40 7 -- Sword
Awakening 80 42 38 40 41 45 39 43 8 -- Swords A Axes A Tomes A
Fates 55 32 28 29 31 26 29 34 8 -- Swords/Katanas A Axes/Clubs B Daggers/Shuriken B

Class growth rates

Game HP Strength Magic Skill Speed Luck Defense Resistance Charm Constitution* Movement* Weapon Level*
Gaiden 150% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 50% 0% -- -- -- --
Awakening 40/80% 20/40% 10/20% 20/40% 20/40% 0/40% 10/25% 10/25% -- -- -- --
Fates 15% 15% 5% 5% 15% 0% 5% 20% -- -- -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Player)
0% -5% -- 5% 5% 0% -5% 0% -- -- -- --
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(Enemy)
80% 50% -- 50% 50% 0% 25% 0% -- -- -- --
Click here for more details on the mechanics of class growths in each game.

Class skills

Game Skill Learning conditions
Gaiden[1]
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Antihex Innate; hidden in both games and unnamed in Gaiden.
Awakening Resistance +10 Learned at Level 1.
Awakening
Fates
Aggressor Awakening: Learned at Level 15.

Fates: Learned from Level 35 and up.

Fates Is 3ds02 even keel.png Even Keel Learned from Level 1 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 iron will.png Iron Will Learned from Level 10 and up.
Fates Is 3ds02 clarity.png Clarity Learned from Level 25 and up.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 skill class.png Resistance +5 Innate.
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia Is 3ds03 skill class.png Apotrope Innate.

Class change

Gaiden

Trainee class Method Base class Method Advanced class Method Advanced class Method Trainee class
Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 mercenary sword.png
Mercenary
After reaching Level 7, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 myrmidon sword.png
Myrmidon
After reaching Level 10, at any Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 dread fighter sword.png
Dread Fighter
After reaching Level 10, any at Mila Shrine. Bs fe02 villager sword.png
Villager

Awakening

Any class Promotion method Special class
?
Any male class
Using a Dread Scroll after reaching Level 10 (base or special class)/at any level (advanced class). Ma 3ds01 dread fighter playable.gif
Dread Fighter

Fates

Any class Promotion method Special class
?
Any class
Using a Dread Scroll. Ma 3ds02 dread fighter playable.gif
Dread Fighter

Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Trainee-like class Method Basic class Method Promoted class Method Promoted class Method Trainee-like class
Ma 3ds03 villager playable.gif
Villager
After reaching Level 3, at Mila Shrine. Ma 3ds03 mercenary playable.gif
Mercenary
After reaching Level 7, at Mila Shrine. Ma 3ds03 myrmidon playable.gif
Myrmidon
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Ma 3ds03 dread fighter playable.gif
Dread Fighter
After reaching Level 10, at Mila Shrine. Ma 3ds03 villager playable.gif
Villager
After reaching Level 20, at the Altar of the Ogre. Ma 3ds03 yasha playable.gif
Yasha

Playable Dread Fighters

Playable Characters
Name Game
Alm Awakening (DLC version only)
Playable Dread Fighter units in the Fire Emblem series.

Notable enemy Dread Fighters

Enemy Units
Name Game
Grieth Gaiden, Shadows of Valentia
Xaizor Gaiden, Shadows of Valentia
Alm Awakening (Lost Bloodlines 2 only)
Cerberus Shadows of Valentia
Naberius Shadows of Valentia
Enemy Dread Fighter units in the Fire Emblem series.

Flavor text

Game Text
(English)
Text
(Japanese)
Awakening An enigma with superior resistance.
Wields swords, axes, and tomes.
??
Fates An elite Hoshidan warrior trained in
katana, clubs, and shuriken.
白夜の兵種。特殊な戦闘技術を学んだ者。
刀・金棒・手裏剣を、変幻自在に繰り出す。
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(class roll)
Mystic warriors with an exotic air. Augmenting their physical prowess is a remarkably high resistance to magic. ??
Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
(help)
A unit with physical prowess
and high magic resistance.
??

Trivia

  • In Awakening, all Dread Fighters are constantly surrounded by a red miasma, with the exception of legacy bonus units (like Alm himself); these units instead have the blue miasma standard to all bonus units. All Dread Fighters in Fates are also surrounded by a blue miasma.
  • In Gaiden, the Dread Fighter is the only class in the game that allows its user to revert back to a lower-tier class, in this case the Villager. When this happens, the unit retains its stats, can gain stats from growth as usual and can promote all the way to Dread Fighter again and repeat the process with no cost whatsoever. This is commonly referred to as the "Dread Fighter Loop", and it can max out any compatible character's stats, though it is typically not worth the effort on a normal playthrough. In Echoes, the "Dread Fighter Loop" works in the same way, however if the user instead promotes to Yasha, they will not be able to promote back to Villager without the use of a Villager's Fork.

Etymology and other languages

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Dread Fighter

As of Fire Emblem Awakening.

English
(unofficial)

• Demon Fighter
• Slayer

• Popularized by Serenes Forest.
• Used in the Gaiden fan translation, owing to the limited space available for class names.

Japanese

魔戦士

Officially romanized as Masensi in the Fates class roll,[2] this being a literal romanization with no attempt to translate meaning into English. The term can be translated many ways, including "demon warrior", "mage warrior", and "evil warrior". In Gaiden itself, the name is the same but is spelled in hiragana as ませんし, rather than in kanji as in later games.

Spanish

• Mago guerrero
• Ajusticiador

• Mage warrior. This name is used in Awakening.
• Executor. This name is used in Fates and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

French

• Héros mage
• Terreur

• Mage hero. This name is used in Awakening.
• Terror. This name is used in Fates and Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

German

Dunkelkrieger

Dark warrior

Italian

Cuortempesta

Possibly a compound of the Italian cuore, "heart", and tempesta, "storm".

Dutch

Schaduwjager

Shadowhunter

Simplified Chinese

魔战士

Demon/magic warrior

Traditional Chinese

魔戰士

Demon/magic warrior

Gallery

References

  1. "Note 2: Enemies and Demon Fighters are immune to backfire" — VincentASM, Calculations, Serenesforest.net, Published: 2005, Retrieved: March, 14th, 2016
  2. GameXplain, Fire Emblem: Fates - Title Screen Class Overviews (YouTube video), , Published: 2015-06-24, Retrieved: 2015-07-08

See also

Project Classes.png This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.
Classes in Fire Emblem Gaiden
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericFighterMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestessSoldier
Intermediate classes KnightMyrmidonPaladinSniper
Advanced classes BaronBow KnightDread FighterFalcon KnightGold KnightHeroPriestessPrincessSageSaint
Monster classes BonewalkerCantorDeathgoyleEntombedGargoyleLichMogallNecrodragonRevenantWhite Dragon
Other classes ArcanistBrigandCantorCerberusFell GodFiendNaberiusWitchVillager
Unused classes NagaSerpent
Classes in Fire Emblem Awakening
Base classes ArcherBarbarianCavalierClericDark MageFighterKnightLordMageMercenaryMyrmidonPegasus KnightPriestTacticianThiefTroubadourWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AssassinBerserkerBow KnightDark FlierDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGrandmasterGreat KnightGreat LordGriffon RiderHeroPaladinSageSniperSorcererSwordmasterTricksterValkyrieWar ClericWar MonkWarriorWyvern Lord
Other classes BrideConquerorDancerDread FighterEntombedGrimaLodestarManaketeMerchantMirageOutrealm ClassRevenantSoldierTaguelVillager
Classes in Fire Emblem Fates
Base classes ApothecaryArcherCavalierDark MageDivinerFighterKitsuneKnightMercenaryMonkNinjaNohr PrinceNohr PrincessOni SavageOutlawSamuraiShrine MaidenSky KnightSpear FighterTroubadourVillagerWolfskinWyvern Rider
Advanced classes AdventurerBerserkerBasaraBlacksmithBow KnightButlerDark KnightFalcon KnightGeneralGreat KnightGreat MasterHeroHoshido NobleKinshi KnightMaidMalig KnightMaster NinjaMaster of ArmsMechanistMerchantNine-TailsNohr NobleOni ChieftainOnmyojiPaladinPriestessSniperSorcererSpear MasterStrategistSwordmasterWolfssegnerWyvern Lord
Non-human classes Astral DragonAutomatonFacelessFeral DragonStoneborn
Other classes BallisticianBlight DragonClericDark FalconDread FighterEmpty VesselGrandmasterGreat LordLancerLodestarLordMyrmidonNohrian KingOutrealm ClassPegasus KnightSilent DragonSongstressVanguardWitch
Classes in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Base classes ArcherCavalierClericFighterMageMercenaryPegasus KnightPriestessSoldier
Intermediate classes KnightMyrmidonPaladinSniper
Advanced classes BaronBow KnightDread FighterFalcon KnightGold KnightHeroPriestessPrincessSageSaint
Overclasses ConquerorEnchantressExemplarGuruHarrierOliphantierRigainSkogulSpartanYasha
Monster classes BalorBonewalkerDeathgoyleDeimosDraculEntombedFafnirFiendGargoyleGarudaGuardianLichMogallNecrodragonRevenantTitanTomb LordWhite Dragon
Other classes ArcanistBoyBrigandCantorDagonDuma's ApostleFell DragonFell GodFire DragonGirlIllusory HeroMila's ServantVestalWitchVillager