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Ashigaru Spearmen are the Japanese unique Heavy Infantry of the Ancient Age. Like all infantry, Ashigaru Spearmen are trained and upgraded at the Barracks, replacing the standard Hoplites. Besides the researching of Military 1 (The Art of War) in order to build a Barracks, there is no requirement for recruiting Ashigaru Spearmen.
Ashigaru Spearmen have +1 attack strength, +5 hit points, +1 armor, +3 turn speed (meaning they can maneuver faster), and 30 instead of 32 frames for attack recharge (meaning they attack 0.1 seconds faster). They are also one of the best besieger units of its age: While Hoplites have a 12% damage penalty against buildings, Ashigaru Spearmen do not. Their additional armor also means they survive longer against cities, towers, and enemy units; making them better for Ancient Age rushes and overall offense.
Unit Costs Edit
The unit base cost is of 50 Food, 30 Metal, as with subsequent upgrades. However, since this resource is not avaliable in the Ancient Age, recruiting Ashigaru Spearmen costs a larger amount of Timber instead. Once the Classical Age is reached, Metal will be available and the change will be reflected in both base and ramping costs.
Unit production cost increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. The default increase is of 1 Food and 1 Metal for the second unit created, increasing further with every new unit until the cost cap is reached, which for military units is +125% of their original base value. It's important to note, however, that these prices are the default standard, and actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies/ages, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.