Despite being action-focused Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes uses the same class system seen in Three Houses. It’s a robust system that allows for a lot of choice in how you build your army, but the game also has a hidden class that can give you even more variety. Dancer is one of the more unique classes featured in Three Hopes, and it can be used by anyone in the game, although a few characters excel at it. However, you’ll first need to unlock Dancer before you can use it, so here’s what you need to know.
How to Unlock the Dancer Class
The Dancer class can be unlocked in any of the three routes in Three Hopes, and once you’ve unlocked it, it’ll stay unlocked whenever you use the New Game Plus feature whenever you start a new game.
There’s a specific chapter where you can unlock Dancer, but keep in mind you’ll need to complete all side missions in order to unlock the spot you need. That means you complete every side mission in every battle in the chapter. Here’s where to get the Dancer in each route. In the territory listed, look for the area that has a green star icon with questions marks in the description.
- Scarlet Blaze - During Chapter 12 in Southwestern Hrym Territory examine the “ A Disquieting Report” area.
- Azure Gleam - During chapter 12 in Martyn Territory examine the “Intel on the Imperial Army” area.
- Golden Wildfire - During Chapter 13 in Northeastern Hrym Territory examine the “An Unsettling Report” area.
Dancer Class Abilities and Actions
Dancer isn’t the strongest class out there, but it’s fairly agile and comes with some incredibly unique abilities that make it very useful. The Dancer class is right next to the Trickster on the class tree, so you’ll need to invest in sword classes in order to use it. Like other sword-wielders, the class is weak to lances, but interesting Dancer is strong against magic tomes instead of axes. The strong attack on Y is also fairly unique as it lets you use multiple attacks by hitting the right rythm, which then buffs your basic attacks. Here’s what you’ll unlock as the Dancer levels up.
- First Level - Sword Dance - Combat art that unleashes a series of slashes straight ahead.
- Second Level - Special Dance - An ability that increases the potency of the Dancer’s class action.
- Third Level - Charm Catalyst - An ability that increases the Warrior Gauge fill rate based on Charm.
Every character in the game will learn the same abilities for the first two levels of the class, but the third ability can differ for a few different characters, making it even more useful. Here are the characters that learn different abilities. As a note, rally abilities mean that they boost that stat when assigned as an adjutant to another character.
- Raphael - Rally Strength
- Ingrid - Rally Magic
- Ferdinand - Rally Dexterity
- Ignatz - Rally Speed
- Flayn - Rally Luck
- Seteth - Rally Defense
- Monica - Rally Resistance
- Dorothea and Manuela - Rally Charm
- Annette - Rally Deluxe (boost Strength, Speed, and Resistance)
Best Characters for Dancer
Each route has a clear candidate that excels as a Dancer, but as a rule of thumb any character that specializes in sword-based classes like Trickster or Mortal Savant, can also do well as a dancer. Before we get into the best characters, a few other strong choices are Manuela, Yuri, Flayn, and Monica. Now without further ado, here are the best picks in each route.
- Scarlet Blaze - Dorothea - It should come as no surprise that Dorothea excels as a Dancer, considering it was the same way in Three Houses. Dorothea’s magic-based abilities and arts can make a deadly combination for the ultimate mage and armor buster all in one.
- Azure Gleam - Annette - Annette’s Rally Deluxe is the entire reason she excels as a Dancer, and it can turn a character she’s paired with into a veritable tank. Of course, like Dorothea she also has some useful magic abilities that can be added in.
- Golden Wildfire - Marianne - Marianne is a good choice for similar reasons as the other two, but she can become an incredibly powerful character if you obtain her hero’s relic, Blutgang. This is done by S-Ranking Chapter 16 in the alternate route of Golden Wildfire, the one where Bylteth joins you. Blutgang calculates physical damage based on the Mag stat, meaning her sword attacks can cause absolutely tremendous damage, especially if you unleash the relic at the Blacksmith.
Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes is currently available on Nintendo Switch.