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Crossbowmen are a light infantry unit that uses a crossbow in battle. They are counter infantry units that are useful for attacking heavy infantry such as Musketeers, but are easily defeated by Cavalry and Artillery. They are similar in many ways to Skirmishers. Although the Crossbowmen might be out-ranged by their skirmisher counterparts, they are cheaper and are trainable earlier in the game. The exceptions to this rule reside in the Dutch, who can train Skirmishers in the Colonial Age and the French use of TEAM Early Skirmishers (allowing them and allies to train skirmishers in the Colonial Age). Also, the Portuguese can get a guard level of the crossbowmen with a unique church card, naming them Besteiros.


Crossbowman benefit from technologies found at the Arsenal and can be upgraded to the Veteran level after the Colonial Age. Crossbowman cannot be upgraded beyond the Veteran level.

Veteran CrossbowmanEdit

Veteran Crossbowman is an upgrade to the ordinary crossbowman and is available for 200 Wood and 200 Gold at the Barracks once Fortress Age is reached. Veteran Crossbowman have higher attack and hit points but the overall function and the multipliers as well as the resists remains the same.

Hit Points: 120
Ranged Attack: 21
Hand Attack: 8
Siege Attack: 9
Note: Spanish players have the option of being able to almost instantly train (2.7 seconds) Crossbowmen and Pikemen in the Colonial Age, due to the TEAM Archaic Soldier Training and Fencing School cards, and can train instantly if it is also used with the Standing Army improvement.