“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!”
Longbowman is a level 3 British unique Ranged Infantry unit unlocked in Iron Age. Its predecessor is Bowman and can be upgraded to Elite Longbowman. This British unique unit replaces Composite Bowman. It is upgraded in level 3 Blacksmith.
General Information[edit source]
- Like all ranged infantry, Longbowman can kill enemy infantry easily and quickly, as they have 4 times the damage to enemy infantry.
- Longbowman aren't efficient against enemy cavalry and buildings.
- Longbowman are ranged units and can destroy buildings over walls.
- 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, Longbowman would attack them.
- As a British unique unit, Longbowman has 15% more damage and +1 more attack range than regular Ranged Infantry.
Historical Description[edit | edit source]
The English or Welsh Longbowman wields a simple but deadly weapon. Constructed of yew (Though other materials were substituted when the supply of yew was depleted), the bow is a long 'D' shaped piece of wood with a hemp string. It has a draw weight of 80-250 lbs (whereas a modern longbow's draw weight generally maxes at around 60). With these weapons a trained archer could punch through all but the strongest armor of the Middle Ages.
Visuals[edit | edit source]
The longbowman wears a white shirt and white pants. In the middle of the shirt is a red cross, likely to represent the cross of St. George. Around his neck is chain armor. He has a bracer on his arm and holds a quiver made our of animal skin on his back; full of arrows. He holds a wooden longbow and a wooden arrow.
Attacking Strategies[edit source]
- Longbowman has low health; making them vulnerable to defenses. Use Heavy Infantry as meat shields to protect the Longbowman.
- Longbowman is cheap and can be used to set off hidden enemy traps.
- Use Longbowman to protect heavy infantry from other infantry so your Heavy Infantry won't get distracted.
- Since 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 Longbowman behind your 'meat shields' or away from danger.
Defensive Strategies[edit source]
- 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.
- Although the weapon itself existed back in the iron age, the in-game version of the unit did not (since it's a medieval archer).
- Britons very likely used this weapon against the Romans, however it seems to have been much less successful in ancient warfare than it was in later eras.
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