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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the untrainable unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten, see Heavy Swordsman.

The Broad Swordsman is an infantry unit in Age of Empires that is a stronger upgrade of the Short Swordsman. The Broad Sword technology is available at the Barracks in the Bronze Age for 140 food and 50 gold. The Broad Swordsman can be upgraded further to a Long Swordsman once the Iron Age is reached.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The Broad Swordsman is stronger than the Short Swordsman and is an upgrade available immediately after researching the Short Sword Technology. Only three civilizations in the game cannot upgrade to the Broad Sword. It has more hit points and attack, making it useful in the Bronze Age, being better equipped to stand up to cavalry. However, their speed still poses a problem, making them vulnerable to archers, just like Short Swordsmen. However, they do make a good army when massed for a Bronze Age assault.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Tool Age[edit | edit source]

Tool Age[edit | edit source]

Bronze Age[edit | edit source]

Iron Age[edit | edit source]

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

Civilization Bonuses[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Broad Swordsmen have 80 hit points.
  • Choson Broad Swordsmen get +20 hit points.

History[edit | edit source]

The appearance of bronze short swords led to further advances in weaponry as competing cultures sought an advantage in military technology over their neighbors. Where the early short sword was primarily a piercing weapon, the broad sword evolved as a slashing weapon. The width of the blade increased strength sufficiently to support a slashing attack that could cut into armor and break short swords designed for stabbing.
—the Age of Empires manual

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


BROAD SWORDSMAN vs EVERY UNIT - Age of Empires- Definitive Edition

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