‘Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows Of Valentia’ Class Guide: Every Starter And Advanced Class Explained

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Characters in Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia are organized by class. Whether they are Mages, Pegasus Knights or Barons, each character has a class to start as when your journey begins.

Each class in Shadows of Valentia has benefits that specialize in certain areas. When levelling up, stats grow in a certain way based on characters’ classes. But a character doesn’t stay in a Starter Class for the entire journey. Once a character has been raised to a certain level, players will be informed that it can be upgraded to an Advanced Class.

Advanced classes are more powerful versions of the Starter Class, and certain characters have a choice of Advanced Class.

To a change a character’s class, players will have to visit the Mila Idol and choose the “Change Class” option from the menu. Mila Idols can be found in dungeons and certain castles and towns.

Experienced Fire Emblem players suggest that you wait until a character has maxed out their level (usually level 20) before upgrading to have their Level 1 stats in the new class be as high as possible.

CLASSES EXPLAINED

As mentioned above, each class in Shadows of Valentia has strengths and weaknesses as well as particular weapons they can wield.

Here’s every class explained.

Fighter (Starter): a well-rounded fighter with balanced stats

Hero (Advanced): a well-balanced fighter with stronger stats than the Fighter class.

Villager (Starter): an ordinary rural citizen who has balanced stats but can be upgraded to any number of classes.

Mage (Starter): A spellcaster who wields potent black magic.

Priestess/Priest (Advanced): A skilled shrine maiden who wields a sword as well as the rod.

Princess (Advanced): The true heir to the Zofian throne. Wields both black and white magic.

Archer (Starter): A soldier who uses a bow. They have high skill.

Sniper (Advanced): A master of the bow. They have high Hit and Crit rates.

Cavalier (Starter): A knight who fights on horseback. Wields swords and lances.

Paladin (Advanced): A high-ranking knight who adapts to any circumstance.

Mercenary (Starter): A soldier whose main loyalty is to gold. Their stats are balanced, with high Skill.

Myrmidon (Advanced): a swordfighting expert with remarkable skill.

Dread Fighter (Advanced): A unit with physical prowess and high magic resistance. High ATK, SKILL and RES.

Soldier (Starter): A basic foot soldier who fights with lances.

Knight (Starter): A heavily armored knight. Moves slowly, but has high DEF.

Baron (Advanced): More armored than a knight, no other class has higher DEF.

Cleric (Starter): A servant to her god who wields healing white magic.

Saint (Advanced): A pure maiden with powerful healing magic. High RES stat.

Pegasus Knight (Advanced): A knight astride a pegasus with superior mobility.

Here’s every unit broken up between Alm and Celica’s army with their starter and advanced class.

Note: this list is still being updated.

ALM’S ARMY

Alm

  • Fighter (starter)
    • Hero (advanced)

Faye

  • Villager (base)
  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)
  • Pegasus Knight (starter)
  • Cleric (starter)
  • Mage (starter)

Kliff

  • Villager (base)
  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)
  • Soldier (starter)
    • Knight (advanced)
  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)
  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)
  • Mage (starter)

Gray

  • Villager (base)
  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)
  • Soldier (starter)
    • Knight (advanced)
  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)
  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)
  • Mage (starter)

Tobin

  • Villager (base)
  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)
  • Soldier (starter)
    • Knight (advanced)
  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)
  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)
  • Mage (starter)

Lukas

  • Soldier (starter)
  • Knight (advanced)

Clive

  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)

Clair

  • Pegasus Knight (starter)

Silque

  • Cleric (starter)

Python

  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)

Forsyth

  • Soldier (starter)
    • Knight (advanced)

CELICA’S ARMY

 

Celica

  • Priestess (starter)
    • Princess (advanced)

 

Mae

  • Mage (starter)
    • Priestess (wields both sword and magic)

 

Boey

  • Mage (start)

 

Genny

  • Cleric (starter)
    • Saint (advanced)

 

Saber

  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myridium (advanced)

 

Valbar

  • Knight (starter)
    • Baron (advanced)

 

Kamui

  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)
    • Dread Fighter (advanced)

 

Leon

  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)

 

Jesse

  • Mercenary (start)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)

Atlas

  • Villager (base)
  • Cavalier (starter)
    • Paladin (advanced)
  • Soldier (starter)
    • Knight (advanced)
  • Mercenary (starter)
    • Myrmidon (advanced)
  • Archer (starter)
    • Sniper (advanced)
  • Mage (starter)

Deen

  • Myrmidon (advanced)

 

Est

  • Pegasus Knight (starter)

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