Crossbowmen are the first upgrade of basic Archers. They can be upgraded in the Archery Range upon reaching the Castle Age. The Crossbowman has a greater attack and a longer range than Archers. Crossbowmen are extremely effective against Feudal Age units and units with low Pierce Armor, making them a great all-purpose unit. However, Castle Age Mangonels can be quite devastating against groups of Crossbowmen.

 

Unit Class

Ranged
Age Available
HP35
Attack (Type)5 (Pierce)
Melee Armor0
Pierce Armor0
Range5
Speed0.96 TPS

Attack Rate

2.07s
Creation Speed35s
Line of Sight7
Attack Bonuses

+3 vs Spearman Line

Civilization Specific Features

Not available to:

Bonuses

Strategies

Crossbowman

Spanish

Aztecs: Created 15% faster

Britons:

  • +1 Range in Castle Age, +1 Range in Imperial Age (+2 Total)
  • Created 20% faster (Team bonus)

Mayans: Archers cost -10% Feudal, -20% Castle, -30% Imperial

Saracens: Foot Archers gain +1 Attack vs. Buildings (Team bonus)

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Technologies & Upgrades

Archery Range

 Thumb Ring: 100% accuracy for stand-still objects and units (Castle Age).

Blacksmith

Attack and Range:

 Fletching: +1 attack and range (Feudal Age).

 Bodkin Arrow: +1 attack and range (Castle Age).

 Bracer: +1 attack and range (Imperial Age).

Total attack and range: +3 attack and range

Armor:

 Padded Archer Armor: +1 melee and pierce armor (Feudal Age).

 Leather Archer Armor: +1 melee and pierce armor (Castle Age).

 Ring Archer Armor: +1 melee and +2 pierce armor (Imperial Age).

Total melee and pierce armor+3 melee and +4 pierce armor

University

 Chemistry: +1 attack (Imperial Age).

 Ballistics: Provides accuracy for moving objects (Castle Age).

Castle

 Conscription: Non-siege military units created 33% faster (Imperial Age).

 Yeomen: Foot Archer range +1, Tower attack +2 (Britons, Imperial Age).

Use in Combinations

Especially effective when paired with Spearman Line units or Knight Line units.

Weak against Elite Skirmishers, Mangonels, and units with high Pierce Armor.

 

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