Gascenya are the bread and butter of most Ethiopian armies. They are a ranged unit, like the European Musketeer, but cost wood like the European Pikeman or the LakotaClub Warrior. Gascenya are the only Ethiopian War Camp unit that costs food and wood instead of food and gold.
In the Commerce Age, Gascenya have great synergy with PortugueseCrossbowmen, a Portuguese Palace unit that can be trained at the War Camp if the player chooses the Portuguese as their allied age-up option and researches Portuguese Crusader, a 750 influence technology that sends 10 Portuguese Crossbowmen and lets the player train more at their War Camps for 40 food and 40 wood, which are automatically upgrading with each age. In the Commerce Age, they act as inexpensive Skirmishers to supplement the Gascenya, until they are inevitably replaced by longer-ranged Neftenya in the Fortress Age.
Alternatively, the player can build a Watch Tower and a few extra Huts to supplement their Gascenya with Desert Archers until the Neftenya is available in the Fortress Age.
There are two Home City Cards that specifically benefit the Gascenya: "Gascenya Damage" and "Gascenya Hitpoints". Both of these cards are available in the Commerce Age. They boost attack and hit points by 15%, respectively. In the late-game, Gascenya will struggle to compete with British Musketeers or JapaneseAshigaru Musketeers, who can receive more upgrade cards than the Gascenya.
Originally, Gascenyas cost 65 food, 30 wood, had 12 melee damage, a ×4.0 melee multiplier against cavalry, a x2.40 melee multiplier against shock infantry, a ranged range of 14 and a siege damage of 28. With update 43871, Gascenyas cost 70 food, 30 wood, have 15 melee damage, a ×3.0 melee multiplier against cavalry, a x2.25 melee multiplier against shock infantry, a ranged range of 12 and a siege damage of 22.
Originally, Gascenyas were tagged as melee infantry. With update 47581, Gascenyas are no longer tagged as melee infantry.
Although is not noted in the UI, its attack increases when it is closer to the target.
While Ethiopian armies gradually began to incorporate firearms after they came into contact with European powers and the Ottoman Empire, the vast majority of troops were armed with basic weapons such as spears and shields. Despite their technological disadvantage, these soldiers were numerous, hardy, and formidable on the battlefield.