Clutch your favourite Class to your chest and prepare, because it’s time for yet another Tier List! Yes that’s right, everyone’s favourite ranking system is back and this time we’re putting to rights all of the class options available in Fire Emblem: Three Houses. We are well aware that these kinds of things are very subjective and tend to differ depending on your game playing sensibilities, so it’s probably worth noting that we like to play Fire Emblem games with a semblance of balance. Everybody can grab a single overpowered class and run amok (hi, Awakening), but we’d rather experience a balanced and interesting play through. Still, there can be no doubt that some classes will come out ahead of the others, but rest assured we’ve tried to apply some common sense where possible.
As you might imagine, we’re going to have to preface this by saying that our Tier List is a personal choice. Everybody enjoys a Fire Emblem title a little different to everyone else, so it’s worth bearing in mind that this list is unlikely to match yours. There are of course some classes that climb to the top of every list going, and you’re likely to find them near the top of ours too, but your absolute fave might not make our top tier… But that’s OK. It’s fine to have differing opinions, after all this encourages conversation and in the end, education!
- Wyvern Lord
- Wyvern Rider
It’s likely that a few class names right here aren’t going to be much of a surprise, but then again some classes are just that damned good, right? You all know which one we’re talking about… Anyway, as you might imagine this is our highest possible rank which we have dubbed the Excellent Tier. This is reserved for our absolute favourites – those that we consider the cream of the crop, and it’s not just flying units either.
Look, we’re not stupid, we know that you’ll likely already be well aware of the absolute map and damage mastery that is the Wyvern Lord, and you’ll likely be aware of the of the excellent growth rates and adaptability of the Assassin class, so why don’t we focus on some of the more unusual options?
Sniper is where we’ll start, and you’re likely to be asking why a low movement unit is taken over the Canto wielding Bow Knight? Well it’s not that simple really, because the Sniper class has vastly superior growth rates and it’s eventual mastery learns the fantastic Hunter’s Volley. Grapper over War Master? Similar growths but superior skills. And what about the Valkyrie, that oft forgotten DLC class? We love it’s ability to increase both types of attacking magic’s range by +1 whilst retaining Canto! Perhaps it speaks to our sensibilities that we like such a wide variety of classes, mounted or not, but there really can be no denying their relative power.
- Falcon Knight
- Pegasus Knight
- Dark Bishop
- Great Knight
- Bow Knight
- Dark Knight
- War Master
- Dark Flier
Our next tier is by far our largest of them all, and we must first note that this is such a frequent occurrence in the Fire Emblem series. Perhaps it’s their large roster of classes, or maybe their relative levels of power makes them easy to balance, but every time we think about a tier list of classes in an FE game we always end up with a huge list of ‘Good’ tier types. If a lower level class gives you some good skills whilst also leading you into an amazing class, then surely this qualifies as good? Master classes that perform well but don’t quite reach the heights of the Excellent lot…? These are good classes.
We’ve tried to take everything into account here, in the tier that is most likely to cause some controversy, so bear with us. Brigand might seem like an unusual addition, but when a class teaches you such an essential skill then surely it deserves to be good. Bow Knight too is a fantastic class that allows tremendous flexibility for a bow user, but it’s ultimately less valued without the teachings of the class that came before it. You could even argue that the Dark Knight deserves to be up there with the Valkyrie class. Regardless, this is our tier for very good classes that perform well in almost every situation but just didn’t quite chime with us like those in the tier above.
- Armoured Knight
- Dark Mage
- War Monk
- Fortress Knight
- Holy Knight
- Mortal Savant
Some of you out there might just feel the same way that we do about poor classes in Fire Emblem. With our mathematical head on we can wholly agree that some classes are bad, to the point where we end up putting them into the bottom tier of our lists. Our problem is that we like to make Rescue attempts! Every bad class is an opportunity to create a hilarious and fun play through, so whilst we’re literally telling you that these are the worst classes in Three Houses, we’re going to give you two viewpoints..
Firstly, the majority of these classes are either statistically poor, have bad growths or have a very detrimental point of failure. The best example of this is the Mortal Savant, the class that Felix himself asks for every single time, which actually has negative speed growths! The two highly defensive options in Armour and Fortress Knight are rather obvious additions, mainly due to the fact that their movement often leaves them a huffing, wheezing mess on a map any larger than 20 spaces long. Overall these are classes that just don’t quite fit, don’t quite feel right, and it’s this that makes them the perfect addition to our next point.
These are the perfect classes for challenge runs. You may at some point reach the same point that we have with the Fire Emblem series. We have played through these games countless times over the years, to the point where we like to deliberately change the playing field as much as possible. So look at our list again – how fun would it be to do a run that exclusively uses one of these classes? An entire team of Armour Knights, struggling their way through massive maps before they eventually unlock Great Knight. What about a team entirely made of War Monks, running around dealing middling damage and healing each other again and again? The point here is that Fire Emblem always has classes that are considered categorically bad, we’ve provided you with seven of our pick here after all, but try to see them as a reason to get creative and you’ll all of a sudden be glad that they exist.
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