This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Long Swordsman (Age of Empires II).
Long Swordsman
AgeIron Age
Trained atBarracks
TypeLight Infantry
Cost35 Food,
15 Gold
Rate of FireFast
Upgraded FromBroad Swordsman Broad Swordsman
Upgraded ToLegion1 Legion
Cost to Upgrade180 food and 60 gold

The Long Swordsman is a melee infantry unit featured in Age of Empires. It is available in the Barracks during the Iron Age once the Broad Sword is researched. In order to research this technology, 180 food and 60 gold is required.

Gameplay Edit


A long Swordsman attacking.

The Long Swordsman is simply a better version of the Broad Swordsman. It has more hit points, attack, and armor, though by the time they can be trained there are better infantry unit choices at the Academy. They are good for massed attacks due to their cheap cost. The Long Swordsman can be upgraded to the Legion once Fanaticism is researched.

Upgrades Edit

Tool AgeEdit

Bronze AgeEdit

Iron AgeEdit

Unit Evolution: Long Swordsman

Short Swordsman Broad Swordsman Long Swordsman Legion

Civilization Bonuses Edit


The long sword represents the culmination of infantry weapon development in antiquity. It was designed for both piercing and slashing, combining the best of both the short and broad swords. The long sword was made possible first by advances in bronzeworking and improved by the discovery of iron. Some historians believe that the development of long swords by barbarian cultures was a key factor in the catastrophe of 1200 BC, when most of the civilized cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East were overrun. The long sword in various forms remained an important military weapon until the advent of gunpowder.

— The Age of Empires manual

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