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Trainee is a fan term given to group of classes present only in Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. It comprises three classes that are considered below first tier classes - the Journeyman, Recruit, and Pupil classes. Sometimes these classes are also refereed to tier zero. These classes belong to young, inexperienced characters, namely Ross, Amelia, and Ewan respectively.
Trainee classes begin statistically unimpressive, but have ten more levels to grow and gain stats. Typical tier one characters in The Sacred Stones have forty levels, from 1-20 unpromoted and then 1-20 promoted, trainee classes have fifty, due to the extra ten levels before promotion to a first tier class. This makes trainee classes quite popular, due to their above-average growth rates. Ross is the easiest trainne to raise, as he joins early enough that he is not massively outclassed by player and enemy units alike. This is not the case with Ewan and Amelia who are both virtually helpless when they first join and will not grow without extreme care.
Upon reaching level ten and entering a preparations menu a trainee class can select a tier one class to class change into. If either of the typical tier one classes are picked, they continue into a standard class tree. A third class change option is only unlocked after completing the game at least once on both Eirika's and Ephraim's routes. This option has the same name as the original trainee class, but have twenty levels and class change with items like typical classes. The final promoted class still keeps the same name, but is often differentiated with the name "Super Trainee", or "Super Journeyman", etc by fans. They have special bonuses unique to these trainee classes - a 15% critical bonus for the "Super Journeyman" and "Super Recruit", and the use of light and dark magic in addition to anima magic for the "Super Pupil".
As with other game play concepts from The Sacred Stones, the trainee as a weak unit that will, given experience and time, grow exponentially in power, is likely inspired by the villager as it appears in Fire Emblem Gaiden and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.
||This article is part of Project Classes, a project focused in writing articles for every class present in the Fire Emblem series.