|Cost|| 60 Food,|
|Upgraded To||Two-Handed Swordsman|
|Cost to Upgrade||300 Food |
"Stronger than Man-at-Arms; cheap and quick to create."
- Age of Empires II description
In Age of Empires II, the Long Swordsman is the second upgrade up from Militia, after the Man-at-Arms. It is a cheap Infantry Unit that has a goodly amount of hit points and attack. Long Swordsman are the basic Infantry unit in the Castle Age In the Imperial Age, they can be upgraded to become Two-Handed Swordsmen. They are very strong units, able to defeat all standard Castle Age units but the knight in one on one combat. Like all basic infantry, long swordsmen also have a large attack bonus versus buildings, making them excellent raiders. They are weak against Cavalry Archer, Archers, Heavy Cavalry, and mangonels (if they are unable to close the distance), but good against Spearmen, Light Cavalry, Camels, Skirmishers, and most Siege Weapons.
The weapon of choice for noble warriors was the long sword. Being skilled with a sword was a social distinction because good swords were expensive and difficult to make. Men-at-arms of lower classes trained with shorter and less expensive weapons. Long swords were reserved for the nobility. The ceremony of becoming a knight involved being dubbed with a long sword by the new knight's lord.
- Forging - increases attack
- Iron Casting - increases attack
- Blast Furnace - increases attack
- Scale Mail Armor - increases defense
- Chain Mail Armor - increases defense
- Plate Mail Armor - increases defense
- Tracking - increases line of sight
- Squires - increases speed
- Conscription - increases training speed
- Faith - increases resistance to conversion
- The Long Swordsman can be upgraded to Two-Handed Swordsman
Long swordsmen are usually used in large groups. They are good building destroyers, but pale in comparison to battering rams. Though they are a good staple in the early Castle Age, they are quickly supplanted by knights, many kinds of unique units, and archers. Their main advantage lies not in individual strength but their ease of creation and their inexpensiveness. Longswordsmen should be upgraded to Two handed swordsmen and then champions as soon as possible to make them even more cost effective.
The Conquerors ChangesEdit
Long Swordsmen gain 1 pierce armor.
- Men-at-Arms, Long Swordsmen and War Galleys are the only upgraded forms of military soldiers in Age of Empires II and The Conquerors to be avaliable to all civilizations.
|Unit Evolution: Militia|