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Their golden armour gives them unequaled defense, while their spears provide a strong offense.
In-Game Description, Etrian Odyssey III

The Hoplite is a defensive class from Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City. They are the party's defense specialists.

Like the Protector from previous games, the Hoplite (known as Phalanx in Japan) boasts a formidable defense and an array of skills to keep the party from taking too much damage. They can wear Heavy Armor and use Spears and Shields to great effect and possess skills to draw enemy focus or take damage for another party member.


With the highest VIT of any unit, Hoplites were bred to take any damage that comes in their general direction. Unlike the Protector, the Hoplite has a wider attack pool, but no healing skills except for the self-sufficient Recuperate, which strengthens a Hoplite's Defend command, by recovering a set amount of HP. The previous Front Guard and Back Guard have been amalgamated into a single skill: Line Guard, which lessens damage taken of any selected row (but more effective when the Hoplite is in that row). They have lost the incredibly useful Antiall but retain Antifire, Antiice and Antivolt. They can sacrifice health for extra damage resistance with Selflessness. They can also use Switch Stab (which allows them to switch rows if there is space), Blitzritter (volt/pierce attack) and Long Stride (which hits all enemies). Naturally, they still have the Provoke skill of their "ancestors". which leads to both Parry and Magic Parry.

Stat Progression[]

Does not include any stat bonuses from skills, equipment, Books, or Retirement.

1 50 24 8 6 11 3 6
35 254 95 24 26 40 23 21
70 464 169 41 46 70 43 56
99 595 215 52 59 89 56 67

Skill Tree[]

Note: Skills are listed in the same order that is used in the game and do not necessarily unlock one after another. See the "Requires" column to see how to unlock a skill. If that column has dashes in it the skill is accessible at level one; no other skill is needed to unlock it. Skills are normally maxed at level 10, but there are some exceptions where the level cap is 5 or even 1.

  • Passive Skills are passive benefits that grant bonuses without being activated.
  • Shield Skills are in battle skills, that allow the Hoplite to defend himself and allies against enemy attacks.
  • Spear Skills are in battle skills, that use a spear to attack.
  • Support Skills are in battle skills, that have various uses, but normally don't damage the enemy.
  • Extra shows skill detail or any special bonuses that are gained at certain levels.
Skill Description Type Requires
Guardian A hoplite skill that reduces physical damage taken. Class -----
Shield Mastery Prerequisite for shield skills that raises defense when equipped. Mastery -----
Line Guard Shield: Lower damage for one row, especially if you are in that row. Shield Shield Mastery Lv1
Bodyguard Shield: Take damage in one ally's place for one turn. Shield Shield Mastery Lv3
Antifire Shield: Reduces fire damage sustained by all allies. Shield Shield Mastery Lv5
Anticold Shield: Reduces ice damage sustained by all allies.
Antivolt Shield: Reduces volt damage sustained by all allies.
Overwatch Shield: Attacks on an ally that exceed your HP are void for 1 turn. Shield Shield Mastery Lv8
Selflessness Lv3
Spear Mastery Prerequisite for spear skills that raises spear damage dealt. Mastery -----
Switch Stab Spear: Change rows to do a piercing attack on one enemy. Spear Spear Mastery Lv1
Blitzritter Spear: A quick, volt-based pierce attack on one enemy. Spear Spear Mastery Lv4
Long Stride Spear: A trust attack that pierces enemies. Best used from the back. Spear Spear Mastery Lv7
Switch Stab Lv3
Shrug Off Cure status effects and binds from yourself. Support -----
Recuperate Recover HP while defending. Passive Shrug Off Lv3
Provoke Shield the party by drawing all enemy attacks to you for 3 turns. Support -----
Parry A skill that may nullify physical damage received. Passive Provoke Lv5
Magic Parry A skill that may nullify damage of an elemental affinity.
Selflessness Sacrifice HP to lower physical damage received for three turns. Support -----
Vigilance Heightened caution will lower the encounter rate for a short period. Search -----

Subclass Options[]

Ninja: Ever the premier option for support classes, Ninja gives you the ability to use two antielements in a turn, or an antielement plus a line guard, or to cover a low-HP member from all damage while still giving protection to everyone else, or or etc. etc. As a bonus, once you've maxed out your desired tanking skills and have clone shenanigans online, you can then proceed to invest in Senpuku to make your big armoured lug also be nigh-unhittable. Real strong choice for any party not already using their sixth slot.

Farmer: Persistence is nice to have around, though its a kind of large investment considering how costly the Hoplite's full kit already is.

Monk: Waking Chakra is really helpful: For a lot of teams, an incapacitated Hoplite can be very problematic. You can probably ignore this if you have someone with Prevent Order though.

Shogun: Pretty much the same thing as Farmer, but with Endure instead, trading more resilience when maxed for less SP required to do so.