The Swordsman is a melee unit who is an all-around upgrade to the Warrior. It has one more defence and attack point, and five more health points. It is unlocked with the Smithery technology. The Vengir tribe starts with a Swordsman.
- Attack: 3
- Defence: 3
- Movement: 1
- Health: 15 (20 after reaching Veteran status)
- Range: 1
- Cost: 5 stars
- Skills: Dash
Strengths and Weaknesses
Swordsmen are good for:
- Melee fights. In a 1v1 situation, the Swordsman rules, second only to the Giant. They can take huge chunks of health off Giants, Crabs, Warriors, and other Swordsmen, and can instantly kill non-veteran Riders, Archers, and Catapults.
- Front lines. Swordsmen are good at killing those in front. They are also decent at retaliation whenever attacked. These make them viable units for your front lines, advancing in front of a wave of ranged units. Note that Defenders are cheaper and have the same defence, but are much less capable of attacking and don't have dash.
- Knight defence. Swordsmen are also surprisingly effective against knights. Since knights can't retreat after their initial assault, a group of swordsmen can easily beat a group of low-defense knights.
- Naval invasions. When invading by sea, Swordsmen are usually the unit of choice since they are hardy enough to repel multiple attacks from defending armies while being hard hitters and mass-producible.
Swordsmen aren't good for:
- Killing offshore units. If he can't reach them, he can't do anything.
- Killing Catapults. The Swordsman can only move one square at a time. This leaves him unable to advance through the range of a Catapult in one turn, which leaves the Swordsman as an easy target. Even with the recent Catapult nerf, the Swordsman will not be able to advance fast enough to kill it.
- Breaching Defender Walls. To be fair, virtually every melee unit is weak against Defenders, due to their high retaliation damage.
Strategies for Swordsmen:
- City sieging. Swordsmen possess the attack needed to shave off the last 5 health of that pesky Warrior in the city walls, then possess the defense needed to survive the counterattack.
- Army leading. Swordsmen are easily replaced and durable, making a mob of them easy to obtain.
Strategies against Swordsmen:
- Giants. Swordsmen can't take these out so quickly. However, giants are not to be used when there are 3+ swordsmen nearby, or they will overpower it easily.
- Catapults. They can two-hit Swordsmen, while staying out of range of other Swordsmen.
- Ships. If possible, pummeling a Swordsman from offshore has similar effects to a Catapult.
- Defenders in city walls. These are extremely tough to bring down, requiring the assistance of numerous other units.
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