In Rise of Nations, Foot Archers are an early ages' infantry type, available from the Ancient Age to the Gunpowder Age. They are trained and upgraded at the Barracks, requiring both Timber and Wealth.
Foot Archers are medium-ranged, unarmored units armed with bows or crossbows. They have the largest attack range and line of sight of all infantry and cavalry units and are very effective when fighting the slow-moving Heavy Infantry as well as Ranged Cavalry. They can be countered with Light Infantry, Light Cavalry, and Heavy Cavalry.
Foot Archers eventually become obsolete, and transform into Gunpowder Infantry. Unlike the Light Infantry, this change doesn't happen in the Gunpowder Age right away. Standard Foot Archers remain the same as in the Medieval Age, receiving no upgrade. Unique Foot Archers however, have a Gunpowder Age upgrade. By the Enlightenment Age, all Foot Archers merge into the Gunpowder Infantry type, standard Crossbowmen/Heavy Archers upgrading to Musketeers.
Upgrade Table Edit
|Ancient Age||Bowmen||Foot Archers|
|Classical Age||Archers||Foot Archers|
|Medieval Age||Crossbowmen/Heavy Archers||Foot Archers|
|Gunpowder Age||No upgrade||Foot Archers|
|Enlightenment Age||Musketeers||Gunpowder Infantry|
|Industrial Age||Riflemen||Modern Infantry|
|Modern Age||Infantry||Modern Infantry|
|Information Age||Assault Infantry||Modern Infantry|