Fire Emblem Engage: Best Advanced Class for Vander

This seasoned warrior will be your sword and shield.

Fire Emblem Engage gives players a chance to create their own army. Though there are many young soldiers in Fire Emblem Engage, some seasoned warriors take the field as well. One of the earliest allies you’ll find in Engage is Vander, and he can be a powerful ally, provided you give him the best build possible. Find out which Advanced Class helps make this knight shine in battle.

Vader’s Advanced Class: Paladin (Axe)

Fire Emblem Engage Paladin Vander
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Info via Fire Emblem Engage

Vander starts the game as an Advanced Class; lucky for us, it’s the best choice. Vander works best as a Paladin, specifically the Paladin that wields an axe. An S Rank Proficiency with the Axe makes Vander one of the best in class with his weapon. Thanks to his steed, the Paladin is also mobile, quickly navigating the battlefield. His high Strength and defense stats make him the perfect guard for the Divine Dragon as well. For the most effective play, we suggest pairing Vander with Alear. Vanders’ unique ability, Alabaster Duty, grants the Divine Dragon +5 Critical hit rate whenever they’re adjacent.

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Recommended Emblem: Ike

Fire Emblem Engage Emblem Ike
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To further bolster Vander’s power, you’ll need an Emblem ring that compliments his strengths. We suggest Ike, a spirit that boosts Strength and Defense, two of the most important stats for this unit. The more you use Emblems, the higher your Bond with them grows. Bond levels grant access to new Bond Effects, abilities otherwise unobtainable in Fire Emblem Engage. You can see each of the Bond Effects for Ike from levels one to ten below and their effects.

LevelBond EffectsDescription
1Defense +1Grants Def +1.
1DemolishBreak destructible terrain in a single blow when using Destroy
1ResolveIf the unit’s HP is 75% or less after combat, grant Def/Res +5 as long as HP stays below 75%
1Laguz FriendThe unit takes 50% less damage but sets the unit’s Avo to 0.
1Great AetherUse to grant Def/Res +5 for one turn. Next turn, attack a 2-space area and heal 30% of the damage dealt.
1HammerHammer of Emblem Ike. Smashes foes. Cannot follow up or strike first if initiating combat.
Effective: Armored
2Defense +2Grants Def +2
3RepositionUse to move an adjacent ally to the opposite side of the unit.
4Axe Power 1Grants Atk +2 at the cost of Avo -10 when using an axe.
5Skill InheritanceThe unit can inherit this Emblem’s skills.
6Axe Prof.Proficiency with axes. Required for promotion to specific classes.
7Axe Power 2Grants Atk +4 at the cost of Avo -10 when using an axe.
8Defense +3Grants Def +3
9Sword Prof.Proficiency with swords. Required for promotion to specific classes.
10UrvanHeirloom axe wielded by Emblem Ike. Grants Res +3.
Info via Fire Emblem Engage

Once you hit Bond Rank five, you can inherit skills from Emblems and use them without the Emblem ring equipped. We suggest using an Emblem at least until you unlock Skill Inheritance and take these skills for Vander to use permanently. Once you’ve mastered Ike, there are plenty of other Emblems to try out and learn skills from, so keep swapping to earn those Bond bonuses.

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Tai Hofmann
Tai Hofmann

I'm Tai, the New Games lead, Writer, and Editor for Press SPACE to Jump. My first memory is forcing my parents to play 50-round games of Mario Party on the N64. Now I love games on all platforms and hone in on new releases. Some of my favorite titles include Final Fantasy XIV, Cuphead, God of War 2018, Persona 5, and Smash Bros.

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