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
Unit information
Type Light Infantry
Introduced in EmpiresIcon Age of Empires
Civilization See table
Age IronAgeIcon Iron Age
Trained at Roman Barracks Barracks
Training cost
Food 35
Gold 15
Hit points 100
Attack 11
Rate of Fire Fast
Melee armor 2
Pierce armor 0
Speed Medium
Unit evolution
Upgraded from Broad Swordsman Broad Swordsman
Upgrades to Legion1 Legion
Upgrade cost Legion1 1400 food, 600 gold

The Long Swordsman is a melee infantry unit featured in Age of Empires. It becomes available at the Barracks in the Iron Age once the Long Sword is researched. In order to research this technology, 160 food and 50 gold is required.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Strategy Edit

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 Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Barracks Tree
Stone Age
Roman Barracks
Tool Age
Bronze Age
Short Swordsman
Short Swordsman
Broad Swordsman
Broad Swordsman
Iron Age
Long Swordsman

Civilization bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

Age of Empires Edit

Definitive Edition Edit

  • Long Swordsmen have 100 hit points.
  • Choson Long Swordsmen now get +60 hit points.

History 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

Gallery Edit