|Upgraded To||Elite Longboat|
|Cost to Upgrade||750 Food |
The Longboat, like the Chinese Chu Ko Nu, fires multiple arrows with each attack, and can defeat war galleys in one-on-one combat. Elite longboats defeat galleons (just barely, though) as well. They are best used against multiple enemy ships.
In order to build longboats, a castle must be built first. Longboats may continue to be built after all castles are destroyed.
Strong PointsEditSince the Longboat can shoot multiple arrows, a group of them can rain a shower of arrows on to the target, so Longboats can be used for shore bombardment.
The Viking raiders of the ninth through eleventh centuries were especially terrifying because they could strike anywhere along the seacoast and even upriver. They had this capability thanks to their longboats. These ships were long, narrow, and of shallow draft, but were surprisingly seaworthy. They used oars and a single square sail for propulsion. Longboats could be taken into very shallow water and beached. Only a coast with high bluffs or rocky shoreline was safe from them.