For the related Age of Empires III unit, see Crossbowman (Age of Empires III).

AgeCastle Age
Trained atArchery Range
Cost25 Wood,
45 Gold
Upgraded FromArcher
Upgraded ToArbalest
Cost to Upgrade350 Food
300 Gold

Crossbowmen are an upgraded unit from the Archer and is faster, stronger, tougher and fires farther. The Crossbowmen are useful in attacking Infantry and Villagers. It upgrades to an Arbalest. They are available to all civilizations except for the Spanish.

Tactics Edit

Creating Crossbowmen is a good choice as they are cheap to produce and provide good covering fire. Crossbowmen work especially well with infantry in this regard. It is better to put crossbowmen in a group of melee infantry as ranged attacks are weak against buildings.

The Conquerors ChangesEdit

Crossbowmen gain 3 damage against Spearmen.

History Edit

The crossbow was a missile weapon consisting of a bow on its side attached to the end of a wood stock. The stock was held against the shoulder like a modern rifle and a trigger fired the weapon. The crossbow had been invented in ancient China but was not used widely in Europe until the Middle Ages. It fired short quarrels, stones, or metal balls rather than arrows. It was a powerful weapon but limited to a shorter range than the best bows. It was simple to use, relatively cheap to make, and deadly. A peasant with only a few hours of crossbow practice could easily kill an elite knight encased in armor worth a fortune who had trained for war throughout his life. The knights in Europe at one point attempted to get the Church to ban the weapon. Richard the Lionhearted, King of England, died from a crossbow quarrel wound received during a siege.

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

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