FANDOM


Genoese Crossbowman
New Genoese Crossbowman
Unit Information
Type Archer
Introduced In ForgottenIcon The Forgotten
Civilization ForgottenIconItalians
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained At Castle-logo Castle
Training Time 22, 19 (Elite) seconds
Training Cost
Wood 45
Gold 45
Statistics
Hit Points 45, 50 (Elite)
Attack 6 pierce
Attack Bonuses +5, +7 (Elite) vs Cavalry
+5, +7 (Elite) vs War Elephant
+4, +5 (Elite) vs Camel
+4, +5 (Elite) vs Ship
Rate of Fire 3.05, 2.03 (Elite)
Frame Delay 5
Range 4
Accuracy 100%
Projectile Speed 7
Melee Armor 1
Pierce Armor 0
Armor Classes Archer
Unique Unit
Speed 0.96
Line of Sight 8
Unit Evolution
Upgrades To New Genoese Crossbowman Elite Genoese Crossbowman
Upgrade Cost Elite-unique-research 900 Food, 750 Gold
Upgrade Time 60 seconds

"Italian unique unit. Anti cavalry archery unit."

Age of Empires II description

The Genoese Crossbowman is the unique unit of the Italians in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. It is a foot archer with an attack bonus against cavalry.

Genoese Crossbowmen can be upgraded to Elite Genoese Crossbowmen in the Imperial Age.

Tactics Edit

The Genoese Crossbowman is a crossbow-wielding unit that has an attack bonus against cavalry and as such can prove to be a great defense against enemy Knights. Even mighty Elephant units (such as War Elephants and Battle Elephants) can be slaughtered very easily when faced with large mobs of Genoese Crossbowmen, though the Italian unique unit suffers from reduced effectiveness when battling Cataphracts as those have a high amount of bonus defense.

The Genoese Crossbowman is a well-rounded unit as it lacks and even counters the main weakness of most archers, which is cavalry. In masses, they are good against cavalry and infantry alike and can also defeat some weak archers when massed, though Rattan Archers and Plumed Archers will win against them. Despite the attack bonus, cavalry units can still defeat them on one to one combat. They are still vulnerable to Mangonels, although to a lesser extent than other archers due to having enough HP to survive a single Mangonel shot, and other anti-archer units such as Skirmishers and Genitours. Huskarls, which have good pierce armor and an attack bonus against them, are especially effective against Genoese Crossbowmen. The speed and armor of faster infantry such as the Eagle Warrior can pose a problem as well. They can be paired up with the cheap Italian Hand Cannoneers whose attack bonus against infantry can prove very useful against civilizations with archer threatening infantry.

As opposed to most units, Genoese Crossbowmen gain a much faster attack when upgraded. The Rate of Fire decreases from 3.05 down to 2.03, essentially making the Elite Genoese Crossbowman fire 50% faster. So when using them, getting the Elite upgrade as soon as possible should be a high priority as it greatly increases their damage output.

Further statistics Edit

As Genoese Crossbowmen are unique to the Italians, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, Cavalry Archers, infantry
Weak vs. Archers, Scorpions, Mangonels, Huskarls, Eagle Warriors, Samurai
Upgrades
Attack Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Chemistry Chemistry (+1)
Range Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Firing Rate Thumb Ring Thumb Ring (+18%)
Accuracy Ballistics Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor Paddedarcherarmor Padded Archer Armor (+1/+1)
Leatherarcherarmor Leather Archer Armor (+1/+1)
Ringarcherarmor Ring Archer Armor (+1/+2)
CastleAgeUnique Pavise (+1/+1)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Creation speed Conscription Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Genoese Crossbowman can be upgraded to Elite Genoese Crossbowman

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Genoese Crossbowmen cost 50W/50G.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • Genoese Crossbowmen now cost 45W/45G.

Trivia Edit

  • In the mod version of The Forgotten Empires, the Genoese Crossbowmen use a modified Hand Cannoneer unit model and texture. In the retail version however, they receive a new texture as a crossbowman carrying a shield.
  • Genoese Crossbowmen carry a shield whose appearance much resembles the Pavise, which is a type of tall convex shield used by Medieval European bowmen as a sort of mobile cover for them to duck behind while not firing, though the unit never seems to duck behind it while engaging an enemy, thus somewhat defeating the shield's purpose when faced with ranged adversaries. Also in reality, the pavise is much taller than the bowmen whereas in the game, this is much shorter. However, they do carry the pavise on their back when they move, which is historically accurate.
  • The Genoese Crossbowman is one of the few archers that have an attack bonus against cavalry archers. The others are the Elite Skirmisher, Imperial Skirmisher, Elite Genitour, and the Camel Archer.
  • Genoese Crossbowman's bonus damage against cavalry probably refers to the weapon's ban by the Pope in 1096. The ban was applied because a mounted knight who spent years in military training can be killed easily by a peasant who used crossbow with little training. As a result, the crossbow was considered as a threat against ruling elites and they lobbied Roman Catholic Church to ban the weapon.[1]

History Edit

The Genoese crossbowmen were mercenaries from Genoa that assisted in defending it and other Italian and European cities. They carried daggers, crossbows, a chain mail shirt, and large shields called pavises. After firing, the crossbowmen would hide behind their pavises while reloading. This protected them from other ranged attacks. The Genoese crossbowmen participated in the Crusades.

Gallery Edit

References Edit

  1. http://www.bestcrossbowsource.com/history-of-the-crossbow-origins-and-evolution/

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.