“While their shots do little at enemy buildings, these troops are experts at dealing enemy foot troops. These unique British troops do more damage and have +1 range!”
King's Longbowman is a British level 5 unique Ranged Infantry unit unlocked in Medieval Age. Its predecessor is Elite Longbowman and can be upgraded to Yeomanry. This British unique unit replaces Crossbowman. It is upgraded in level 5 Blacksmith.
General Information[edit source]
- Like all ranged infantry, King's Longbowman can kill enemy infantry easily and quickly, as they have 4 times the damage to enemy infantry.
- King's Longbowman aren't efficient against enemy cavalry and buildings.
- King's Longbowman are ranged units and can destroy buildings over walls.
- King's Longbowman would attack the closest building on front of them but when attacked by an enemy troop; will fight back.
- If there are enemy units nearby, King's Longbowman would attack them.
- As a British unique unit, King's Longbowman has 15% more damage and +1 more attack range than regular Ranged Infantry.
Historical Description[edit | edit source]
Becoming a King's Longbowman required extensive training. English kings insisted that their subjects practice with the weapon, to be prepared when they were conscripted into national armies. In fact, noted spoilsport King Edward I banned the play of sports on Sunday to make sure that the peasants spent that day with the longbow. That practice payed off: a King's Longbowman could draw, aim, and release an arrow in 5 seconds.
During the Hundred Years' War, King Henry V won his most famous victory against superior French numbers at Agincourt, on St. Crispin's Day 1415 (October 25th). He achieved this victory primarily through heavy reliance on his crack Longbow troops, which made up over 70% of his overall army. Despite outnumbering the British by as much as 4 to 1, the French assault crumbled under repeated volleys of accurate ranged fire." (note: Description on Troop Tactics).
Visuals[edit | edit source]
They are using the iconic English Longbow and wearing a tunic with the Christian cross over the armour. This type of garment indicates that they are either part of a Crusading Army or a part of of Richard the Lionheart's army.
Attacking Strategies[edit source]
- King's Longbowman has low health; making them vulnerable to defenses. Use Heavy Infantry as meat shields to protect the King's Longbowman.
- King's Longbowman is cheap and can be used to set off hidden enemy traps.
- Use King's Longbowman to protect heavy infantry from other infantry so your Heavy Infantry won't get distracted.
- Since King's Longbowman can deal more damage to foot troops, bringing some along with Heavy Infantry and/or Heavy Cavalry will help deal with pesky defending foot troops!
- Make sure to keep the King's Longbowman behind your 'meat shields' or away from danger.
Defensive Strategies[edit source]
- King's Longbowman can be used as good Alliance Troops. One example is that they can shoot over walls to attack troops of the attackers forcing the troops to destroy the wall to kill them. Another thing is that they're good against other Heavy Infantry.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The earliest longbow known from England, found at Ashcott Heath, Somerset, is dated to 2665 BC.
- The longbow was extremely successful in medieval warfare, and key in many English victories during the Hundred Years War
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