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Fire Lances are the Chinese unique Light Infantry in the Medieval Age. They replace the standard Elite Javelineers with a well-balanced unit which serves both defense and offense well. They upgrade to Heavy Fire Lances in the Gunpowder Age. Fire Lances and Heavy Fire Lances trigger a special burning death animation when killing an enemy infantry unit.
Note, that while Fire Lances are supposed to be Light Infantry like the Elite Javelineers they replace, they are actually Gunpowder Infantry; thus, they have Gunpowder Infantry damage bonuses such as bonuses against Heavy Infantry, which the standard Elite Javelineers do not have.
Fire Lances are trained and upgraded at the Barracks.
They upgrade from standard Javelineers. By upgrading, the unit receives +15 hit points, +3 attack strength, +4 attack range, +1 movement speed, and +3 line of sight.
Production cost for Fire Lances increase progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production. However, the maximum cost for Fire Lances is capped at 90 Food / 90 Timber. Actual production and upgrading costs may differ, depending on researched technologies, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.
Fire Lances or fire spears are one of the first gunpowder weapons in the world. They are a type of long, bamboo pipe with gunpowder and a spear inside. When lit, the gunpowder's pressure shoots the spear out as a flaming projectile (the reason why infantry killed by it display the same dying animation as being hit by a flamethrower) causing serious damage to whatever is hit. In reality, it is a one-use weapon as the gunpowder would often damage the bamboo stick beyond repair, so a large supply would be carried. It was a valuable weapon to the Chinese, as well as the Indians who used a weapon very similar to it in the Early Modern Era.