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After Archers become Crossbowmen, they gain +10 hit points and +2 attack strength. Besides this, the change from bows to crossbows makes their projectiles much faster, and even though their rate of fire is unchanged, this represents an advantage that makes their attack much more devastating compared to previous ages (see below). Like all Foot Archers, Crossbowmen make excellent garrisons, increasing a building's garrison power more than other unit types.
Crossbowmen are the last standard Foot Archers; they will still be available for recruitment in the Gunpowder Age without any upgrades, except for the nations with their unique variants, all of which will improve significantly. When the Enlightenment Age is reached, all Foot Archers merge into Gunpowder Infantry and become Musketeers (or their unique unit equivalent).
Projectile advantage Edit
Even though the firing rate of Crossbowmen is the same as all other Foot Archers, their projectiles fly straight, instead of making a curve as bows do, their projectiles effectively reaching their target twice as fast as all bows (having a projectile speed of 200 instead of 100). This allows them to kill all units faster, and gives them a significant edge against other Foot Archers. In fact, Crossbowmen will soundly beat a force of Heavy Archers of the same size, which have the exact same stats, and will even do the same to Royal Hwarang and King's Longbowmen, which have better stats and are supposed to be an improvement. In the Medieval Age, only Royal Kushite Archers, specifically designed to counter other Foot Archers, will beat Crossbowmen, albeit by a very thin margin. Only in the Gunpowder age does the situation change, as all the unique Foot Archers of the age will receive a stat improvement substantial enough to soundly beat the now-outdated Crossbowmen.
Unique units Edit
- The British train King's Longbowmen at Medieval Age and King's Yeomanry at Gunpowder Age instead of Crossbowmen.
- The Koreans train Royal Hwarang at Medieval Age and Elite Royal Hwarang at Gunpowder Age instead of Crossbowmen.
- The Nubians train Royal Kushite Archers at Medieval Age and Apedemak Archers at Gunpowder Age instead of Crossbowmen.