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Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright

Archer

By
Nathan Garvin

Archest of archers!

Hoshidan. A soldier who uses a yumi, a type of bow. They have high Skill.

Stat Growth Rate
Health 10%
Strength 15%
Magic 0%
Skill 15%
Speed 15%
Luck 5%
Defense 10%
Resistance 0%
Weapons
Yumi/Bows
Skill Effect
Skill+2 Boosts the Skill stat by two points
Quick Draw When the unit initiates battle, damage dealt is increased by four points

Promotes to: Sniper or Kinshi Knight

In contrast to many past Fire Emblem installments, the archer returns in Fates with a major improvement. Quick Draw can stack very quickly with other skills such as Bowfaire leading to a huge amount of flat damage added to the unit’s damage output. Combine that with its star promotion, Sniper, having a high critical hit rate, plus the high Skill leading to lots of skill activations, and the archer becomes very powerful very fast.

The biggest drawback of the archer (pun unintended) is that they can only attack from afar unless equipping special bows or yumi that allow for point blank range. However, the archer’s skill at sniping down any and all flying classes will prove to be worthwhile for your army. Guard the archer properly so that they are not attacked from point blank range and they will work wonders for you.

As an interesting aside, Japanese archery and Western archery are actually miles apart and have drastically different bow designs, so the difference between Hoshido’s yumi and Nohr’s bows has solid historical justification. Neat right? …no? So it’s just me? Okay…

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    Nintendo
  • Platforms
    3DS
  • Genre
    Tactical RPG
  • Guide Release
    20 April 2016
  • Last Updated
    7 December 2020
  • Guide Author
    Nathan Garvin, Cassie Sun

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You are the Avatar, born into the Hoshido royal family but raised by the Nohr royal family. With the two families on the brink of war, you must choose whether to follow your destiny tied to your birthplace or the fate bound to the kingdom which raised you. Birthright charts the path of the Hoshido family and their defense against the Nohr. But ultimately the choice is yours.

Our guide will include the following:

  • Complete coverage of the main story.
  • All side quests uncovered.
  • Gameplay details and tactics on how to get the best from your game.
  • Details on features new to the Fire Emblem series.
  • Skills, monsters, Promotions and Reclassing explained and much, much more!

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