"Crossbowman (Level 1-3): Crossbows were easy to use though slow. They were able to pierce defenses previously unreachable in battle."

"Heavy Crossbowman (Level 4-5): Though longbows were faster, heavy crossbows still carried more impact and remained common on the battlefields of Medieval Europe. "

"Arquebuser (Level 6-7): These low-velocity matchlock weapons were the first proto muskets and were able to pierce all but the heaviest plate at close range."


  • Crossbowmen receive a damage bonus against towers. They are lightly armored and should be deployed behind heavy infantry or other well-armored troops.
  • Crossbowmen are basic ranged soldiers, unlocked from the Level 1 Archery Range.
  • Crossbowmen will be slain easily if engaged in melee by your troops
  • Bonus against towers and grenadiers.
  • Ranged attack
  • Poor health and attack.
  • Poor range, need to get in close.

Offensive Strategy

  • Deploy Crossbowmen to take out enemy towers. Always use other units such as infantry to act as a meat shield.
  • Also put to good use if deployed while other units are fighting defensive units as they take out the defensive units quickly
  • Do not deploy alone as they have very low health and only takes one blow from the like of a catapult emplacement to wipe them out entirely

Defensive Strategy

  • Crossbowmen CAN NOT be used in defense.
Level Health Attack DPS Training Cost Training Time Upgrade Cost Upgrade Time Archery Range Level Required
1 140 Health 7 Damage 7 Damage 20 Food 40s N/A N/A 1
2 150 Health 9 Damage 9 Damage 30 Food 50s 2,600 Food 3h 2
3 195 Health 12 Damage 12 Damage 35 Food 60s 9,000 Food 10h 3
4 255 Health 16 Damage 16 Damage 40 Food 65s 25,000 Food 1d 4
5 333 Health 18 Damage 18 Damage 50 Food 70s 75,000 Food 2d 5
6 400 Health 21 Damage 21 Damage 70 Food 80s 700,000 Food 5d 7
7 480 Health 24 Damage 24 Damage Food 85s 1,500,000 Food 7d 8

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