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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 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
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 Timber for the second unit created, and grows exponentially from then on. Once the Classical Age is reached, all costs in Timber will be replaced by Metal. Upgrading this unit costs double the base cost of the unit it will upgrade to; this means that the upgrade to Bushi has a cost of 100 Food, 60 Metal. 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.
- Ashigaru (足軽), meaning "light [of] foot" in Japanese, is a term first attested in the 14 century CE for the infantry mercenaries that supported the Samurai in battle.