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Riflemen are the first standard unit of the Modern Infantry unit line, becoming available in the Industrial Age.


Upgrading from the slow-firing Gunpowder Infantry of the previous ages, Modern Infantry is faster, stronger, more accurate and generally more versatile. Like all previous units of the unit line, Riflemen are effective in fighting Heavy Infantry, Artillery Weapons and Support Units. When used in quantity, they can be effective against light-armored vehicles and civilian structures as well. However, they are weak versus Tanks, Machine Guns and garrisoned fortifications like Towers and Forts.

Like most modern infantry, Riflemen have a small chance to counterattack air strikes.

Upgrading Edit

Riflemen upgrade from the Enlightenment Age Musketeers. By upgrading, the unit receives +14 hit points, +2 attack strength, +2 attack range, +3 movement speed, and +2 line of sight. The basic unit cost increases by +10 Food Food / +10 Timber Timber.

Training Edit

Riflemen are trained and upgraded at the Barracks (hotkey: G).

Training cost for this unit increases progressively with every Barracks unit on the field or currently in production (excluding Scouts). However, the maximum cost for Riflemen is capped at 180 Food Food / 157 Timber Timber. Actual production and upgrading costs may differ, though, depending on researched technologies, connected rare resources, or adopted governments.

In general, training and upgrading cost of all infantry units can be reduced by adopting the Despotism government (-25%), connecting a Salt rare resource (-10%) or developing Military military technology.

Trivia Edit

  • The in-game tooltip classifies Riflemen incorrectly as Gunpowder Infantry, while they are actually Modern Infantry.
  • They appear to use bolt-action rifles, a common sight among WWI infantry.

Unique Units Edit

Unique units replacing the regular Riflemen unit:

The Germans have a unique model for their riflemen wearing standard German Helmets and Gas Masks, which covers their faces. They are otherwise exactly the same.