General Information Edit
The Short Swordsmen are in turn available for immediate upgrade to the Broad Swordsman. Once in the Iron Age, the player can upgrade to the Long Swordsman, but a player must research the technology Fanaticism before he/she can upgrade to the classes "super-unit", the Legion.
They are cheap infantrymen that can be trained in larger masses than Academy units or cavalrymen, and boast average stats (speed included), and are especially vulnerable to archers.
Still, their low cost allows players to easily mass Swordsmen, and some civilizations' units benefit from unique bonuses that even make them more viable as late-game units, but players should keep in mind that these units cost some gold, so they shouldn't be trained without purpose and aim.
Upgrades that affect this ClassEdit
Tool Age Edit
Bronze Age Edit
- Metalworking: Increases attack by 2 points.
- Scale Armor: Increases armor by 2 points.
- Bronze Shield: Increases pierce armor by 1 point.
- Logistics: Decreases population usage by 1/2.
Iron Age Edit
- Metallurgy: Increases attack by 3 points.
- Chain Mail: Increases armor by 2 points.
- Iron Shield: Increases pierce armor by 1 point.
- Tower Shield: Increases pierce armor by 1 point.