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Arquebusiers are the standard Gunpowder Infantry of the Gunpowder Age. They are the first standard unit of this class, replacing the now-obsolete Light Infantry. Arquebusiers are trained at the Barracks and are effective against all types of Infantry, but very weak against both Light and Heavy Cavalry.Arquebusiers complement the slower moving melee Elite Pikemen, which are much more effective against Cavalry, but lose to Infantry.Note that Arquebusiers and the still-available Crossbowmen of the Medieval Age fulfill a similar role in combat. Aside from the different resources required to train the units, Crossbowmen have a higher rate of fire and deal somewhat more damage over time against Heavy Infantry and Ranged Cavalry, but in turn have less hit points and are more easily killed. Arquebusiers also have damage bonuses against Foot Archers such as Crossbowmen, making them more versatile against different types of Infantry. Crossbowmen eventually upgrade to the next unit in the Gunpowder Infantry class, Musketeers, in the Enlightenment Age.
Training and Upgrading Edit
Arquebusiers are trained and upgraded at the Barracks.
By upgrading from Elite Javelineers, the unit receives +22 hit points, +1 armor, +5 attack strength, +4 attack range, and +3 line of sight. The unit also receives many different damage bonuses due to the new class of unit. Because of the more expensive base unit cost compared with Elite Javelineers, the upgrade cost is also more expensive than many other upgrades. However, the increased versatility is usually well worth it.
Production cost for this unit increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. However, the maximum cost for Arquebusiers is capped at 157 Food / 135 Timber. Actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.
Unique Units Edit
- The Chinese train Heavy Fire Lances instead of Arquebusiers.
- The Turks train Janissaries instead of Arquebusiers.