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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Long Swordsman (Age of Empires II).

The Long Swordsman is a melee infantry unit featured in Age of Empires. It becomes available at the Barracks in the Iron Age once Long Sword is researched. In order to research this technology, 160 food and 50 gold is required.

The mask from their upgrade to the Broad Swordsman is the game's icon.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Strategy[edit | edit source]

The Long Swordsman is simply a better version of the Broad Swordsman. It has more hit points, attack, and armor, though by the time they can be trained there are better infantry unit choices at the Academy. They are good for massed attacks due to their cheap cost. The Long Swordsman can be upgraded to the Legion once Fanaticism is researched.

Upgrades[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]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Long Swordsmen have 100 hit points.
  • Choson Long Swordsmen now get +60 hit points.

History[edit | edit source]

The long sword represents the culmination of infantry weapon development in antiquity. It was designed for both piercing and slashing, combining the best of both the short and broad swords. The long sword was made possible first by advances in bronzeworking and improved by the discovery of iron. Some historians believe that the development of long swords by barbarian cultures was a key factor in the catastrophe of 1200 BC, when most of the civilized cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East were overrun. The long sword in various forms remained an important military weapon until the advent of gunpowder.
—The Age of Empires manual

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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