Short Swordsman
File:Short Swordsman.gif
AgeBronze Age
Trained atBarracks
Cost 35 Food,
15 Gold

The Short Swordsman is a unit in Age of Empires, and is not an upgrade of the Axeman but a separate unit. It wields a short sword as its main offensive weapon.

This unit is based on similar terms to the Axeman. They are poor units to use against Cavalry, being slow and not having enough hit points. They have a +5 bonus against Infantry, but usually get massacred by Academy units, due the Hoplite and related units having extremely powerful attack, and very strong armour, this making the Short Swordsman useful only against Tool Age infantry, or the equivalent light infantry in future Ages (this provided that they outnumber the enemy units).

Upgrades Edit

Tool AgeEdit

Bronze AgeEdit

Iron AgeEdit

[[#ref_ The Short Swordsman must be enabled into use by upgrading Short Sword which prerequires Axeman being available.|^]]

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Roman swordsmen attack +33% faster.
  • Macedonian swordsmen have +2 line of sight and are more resistant to conversion.

History Edit

The short sword represents an evolutionary step in infantry weapons. The spear, mace, and axe were relatively easy to manufacture and use, but somewhat cumbersome in actual hand-to-hand combat. Following the discovery of bronze during the Bronze Age, it became possible to manufacture swords and shields that were basically enlarged and strengthened knives. These were much easier to wield in hand-to-hand combat and improved the effectiveness of infantry who carried them. Short swords were carried as a second weapon by spearmen or pikemen, such as the Greek hoplites. The most famous short sword of antiquity was the gladius, or Spanish sword, adopted by the Roman legions from the Spanish allies of Carthage. The gladius was especially effective in the dense legion fighting formations that pressed tightly against their opponents and restricted movement.

Unit Evolution: Short Swordsman

Short Swordsman --> Broad Swordsman --> Long Swordsman --> Legion

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