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Arbalest
File:Crossbowman.jpg
AgeImperial Age
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Trained atArchery Range
File:Archery-range-logo.jpg
TypeArcher
Cost25 Wood,
45 Gold
HP40
Attack6
Range5
Armor0
Pierce
Armor
0
SpeedSlow
Upgraded FromCrossbowman
Upgraded ToN/A
The Arbalest is a powerful ranged Archer unit available in Age of Empires II. It is the upgrade of the Crossbowman and the most powerful non-unique unit archer. Arbalests are very good at slowing down massed infantry, as well as inflicting severe damage. They are vulnerable to cavalry as they can close the distance with the fragile Arbalest before taking too much damage. As such they should be delpoyed with an escort. Arbalests are usually available to archer-based civilizations such as the Briton and Chinese. They are only unavailable to Celts, Franks, Goths, Huns, Persians, Spanish, Teutons and Turks.

HistoryEdit

The arbalest was an advanced crossbow made of steel. The greater tensile strength of steel gave the weapon greater power.

Arbalests were a particularly heavy and powerful type of crossbow developed in the mid-to-late Middle Ages. The naming this class of soldier an "Arbalest" is incorrect since the word denotes the weapon instead of the wielder. It would be more correctly refferred to with the name "Arbalist", which refers to a person that shoots the crossbow.

The Conquerors ChangesEdit

Arbalests gain 3 damage against Spearmen.

Unit Evolution: Archer
Archer --> Crossbowman --> Arbalest
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