Fire Emblem Fates Class Guide – Seals, Progression, Promotion, How to Change

By   /   Feb 22, 2016
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In Fire Emblem Fates, each class behaves differently! Classes in the game not only differ in animations and styles, but also in weapons and other things.

For more help on Fire Emblem Fates, read our Characters Builds Guide, Marriage and Inheritance Guide, and MyCastle Guide.

Fire Emblem Fates Class Guide

There are classes which are exclusive to Hoshido side or Nohr side. And then there are some special classes which are only acquired using a Special Seal.

What are Seals

In the game, after hitting your character’s level cap, you will not accumulate any more experience unless you change your class which is where Seals come in.

There are a total of 4 Seals in the game which can be bought for 1 DVP from the Staff Store in MyCastle, inside Treasure Chests, and from random villagers. The 4 Seals and each one’s function is provided below:

  • Master Seal – Upgrades a class from Level 10 onwards to a higher class
  • Heart Seal – Changes a class based on personality while retaining the same level
  • Friendship Seal – Changes a class based on A+ support partner while retaining the same level
  • Partner Seal – Changes a class based on S rank support partner while retaining the same level

Promoting a Class

Each base class in the game has one upgrade which can be activated by using the Master Seal as mentioned earlier.

While the Master Seal can promote a class from Level 10 onwards, it is a good idea to hold off until you hit Level 20 which will enable you to unlock all ability perks available to that class which will indeed come in handy later in the game.

In addition to level cap, few more reasons behind promoting a class include increased movement range, tougher armor, and the ability to equip a wide array of weapons to tackle different situations.

You can also check this infographic for more details on class – open in new tab to enlarge:

Fire Emblem Classes

Main Classes

Nohr Prince or Nohr Princess
This class can equip Swords and Stones, can promote to either Nohr Noble or Hoshido Noble, and possess skills including Nobility and Dragon Fang.

Nohr Noble
This class can equip Swords, Stones, and Tome, and possess skills including Draconic Hex and Nohrian Trust.

Hoshido Noble
This class can equip Swords, Stones, and Tomes, and possess skills including Draconic Ward and Hoshidan Unity.

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Songstress
This class can equip Lances, and possess skills including Luck, Inspiring Song, Voice of Peace, Heathen Princess.

Nohr Classes

Adventurer
This class can equip Bows and Staffs, and possess skills including Lucky Seven and Pass.

Berserker
This class can equip Axes, and possess skills including Rally Strength and Axefaire.

Bow Knight
This class can equip Swords and Bows, and possess skills including Rally Skill and Kunaibreaker.

Butler
This class can equip Staffs and Hidden Weapons, and possess skills including Live to Serve and Tomebreaker.

Cavalier
This class can equip Swords and Lances, can promote to Paladin and Great Knight, and possess skills including Elbow Room and Shelter.

Dark Knight
This class can equip Swords and Tomes, and possess skills including Seal Magic and Lifetaker.

Dark Mage
This class can equip Tomes, can promote to Sorcerer and Dark Knight, and possess skills including Heartseeker and Malefic Aura.

Fighter
This class can equip Axes, can promote to Berserker and Hero, and possess skills including HP +5 and Gamble.

Wolfskin
This class can equip Stones, can promote to Wolfssegner, and possess skills including Odd Shaped and Beastbane.

General
This class can equip Lances and Axes, and possess skills including Wary Fighter and Pavise.

Great Knight
This class can equip Swords, Lances, and Axes, and possess skills including Luna and Armored Blow.

Hero
This class can equip Swords and Axes, and possess skills including Sol and Axebreaker.

Knight
This class can equip Lances, can promote to General and Great Knight, and possess skills including Defense +2 and Natural Cover.

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Maid
This class can equip Staffs and Hidden Weapons, and possess skills including Live to Serve and Tomebreaker.

Malig Knight
This class can equip Axes and Tomes, and possess skills including Savage Blow and Trample.

Wolfssegner
This class can equip Stones, and possess skills including Better Odds and Grisly Wound.

Mercenary
This class can equip Swords, can promote to Adventurer and Bow Knight, and possess skills including Good Fortune and Strong Riposte.

Outlaw
This class can equip Bows, can promote to Adventurer and Bow Knight, and possess skills including Locktouch and Movement +1.

Paladin
This class can equip Swords and Lances, and possess skills including Defender and Aegis.

Sorcerer
This class can equip Tomes, and possess skills including Vengeance and Bowbreaker.

Strategist
This class can equip Tomes and Staffs, and possess skills including Rally Resistance and Inspiration.

Troubadour
This class can equip Staffs, can promote to Strategist, Butler, and Maid, and possess skills including Resistance +2, Demoiselle, and Gentilhomme.

Wyvern Lord
This class can equip Axes and Lances, and possess skills including Rally Defense and Swordbreaker.

Wyvern Rider
This class can equip Axes, can promote to Wyvern Lord and Malig Knight, and possess skills including Strength +2 and Lunge.

Hoshido Classes

Archer
This class can equip Bows, can promote to Kinshi Knight, Sniper, and possess skills including Skill +2 and Quickdraw.

Basara
This class can equip Lances and Tomes, and possess skills including Breaking Sky and Flamboyant.

Blacksmith
This class can equip Swords and Axes, and possess skills including Smithy Skill and Lancebreaker.

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Diviner
This class can equip Tomes, can promote to Onmyoji and Basara, and possess skills including Magic +2 and Future Sight.

Master Ninja
This class can equip Swords and Hidden Weapons, and possess skills including Lethality and Kunaifaire.

Onmyoji
This class can equip Tomes and Staffs, and possess skills including Rally Magic and Tomefaire.

Falcon Knight
This class can equip Lances and Staffs, and possess skills including Rally Speed and Mirror Strike.

Kitsune
This class can equip Stones, can promote to Nine-Tails, and possess skills including Evenhanded and Beastbane.

Merchant
This class can equip Lances and Bows, and possess skills including Easy Life and Extravagance.

Apothecary
This class can equip Bows, can promote to Merchant and Mechanist, and possess skills including Effective Medicine and Household Cure

Sniper
This class can equip Bows, and possess skills including Certain Blow and Bowfaire.

Spear Master
This class can equip Lances, and possess skills including Seal Speed and Lancefaire.

Kinshi Knight
This class can equip Lances and Bows, and possess skills including Air Superiority and Amaterasu.

Great Master
This class can equip Lances and Staffs, and possess skills including Renewal and Magic Counter.

Nine-Tails
This class can equip Stones, and possess skills including Even Better and Grisly Wound.

Ninja
This class can equip Hidden Weapons, can promote to Master Ninja and Mechanist, and possess skills including Locktouch and Poison Strike.

Oni Savage
This class can equip Axes, can promote to Oni Chieftain and Blacksmith, and possess skills including Seal Resistance and Shove.

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Sky Knight
This class can equip Lances, can promote to Falcon Knight and Kinshi Knight, and possess skills including Darting Blow and Camaraderie.

Monk Shrine Maiden
This class can equip Staffs, can promote to Great Master, Priestess, and Onmyoji, and possess skills including Miracle and Rally Luck.

Mechanist
This class can equip Bows and Hidden Weapons, and possess skills including Golembane and Copycat Puppet.

Samurai
This class can equip Swords, can promote to Swordmaster, and possess skills including Master of Arms, Duelist’s Blow and Vantage.

Oni Chieftain
This class can equip Axes and Tomes, and possess skills including Ogre Strike and Counter.

Spear Fighter
This class can equip Lances, can promote to Spear Master and Basara, and possess skills including Seal Defense and Swap.

Swordmaster
This class can equip Swords, and possess skills including Astra and Swordfaire.

Villager
This class can equip Lances, can promote to Master of Arms and Merchant, and possess skills including Aptitude and Underdog.

Priestess
This class can equip Bows and Staffs, and possess skills including Renewal and Magic Counter.

Master of Arms
This class can equip Swords, Lances, and Axes, and possess skills including Seal Strength and Line of Death.

Other Classes

Dark Falcon
This class can equip Lances and Tomes, and possess skills including Speed +2, Relief, Rally Movement, and Galeforce.

Dread Fighter
This class can equip Swords, Axes, and Hidden Weapons, and possess skills including Hollowness, Spirit Unity, Clear Mind, and Aggressor.

Ballistician
This class can equip Bows, and possess skills including Surveillance, Automatic Ballista, Barrel Modification, and All-Terrain.

Witch
This class can equip Tomes, and possess skills including Shadowgift, Witch’s Cauldron, Warp, and Witch’s Poison.