|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Long Swordsman (Age of Empires).|
|“||Stronger than Man-at-Arms. Cheap and quick to create.||”|
|—Age of Empires II description|
Overview and tactics
Like all members of the Militia line, the Long Swordsman's main advantage does not lie in individual strength but their ease of creation and general cheapness in terms of creation cost.
Long Swordsmen are the basic infantry units in the Castle Age. They are moderately strong, being able to defeat all standard Castle Age units but the Knight and Cavalry Archer in one on one combat. Like all basic infantry, Long Swordsmen also have an attack bonus versus standard buildings, which added to a high melee attack, gives them a use in raiding. They are weak against almost all archers, heavy cavalry, Mangonels (if they are unable to close the distance), and vulnerable to Scorpions and Monks, but good against Pikemen, Light Cavalry, Camel Riders, Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, and Rams.
However, because of their general weakness to ranged units (and buildings) and low mobility (unlike cavalry), Long Swordsmen see little use outside as a counter to trash units, Camel Riders, and Eagle Warriors. And although they are cheap in gold, they cost a substantial amount of food, which is not worth it due to their low durability and slowness. One thing to be considered is that two Long Swordsmen can beat one full health Knight, being very favorable. However, in general situations, the player is much better producing Pikemen as a counter, mass producing Crossbowmen, or using the food economy to boom or get to the Imperial Age.
A special case for the use of Long Swordsmen would be playing against Goths, as an archer civilization with no access to strong Knights. Then, it would be a good move to mass Long Swordsmen, due to having relatively good trades with Huskarls, and because of their subsequent upgrades of Two-Handed Swordsman and Champion, both faring even better against Elite Huskarls.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Skirmishers, Camel Riders, Eagle Warriors, buildings, Light Cavalry, Pikemen|
|Weak vs.||Archers, Scorpions, Cataphracts, Jaguar Warriors, Boyars, Conquistadors, Janissaries, Slingers, Teutonic Knights|
|Attack|| Forging (+1)|
Iron Casting (+1)
Blast Furnace (+2)
Arson (+2 attack against standard buildings)
Garland Wars (+4, Aztecs only)
Druzhina (Slavs only, gives trample damage)
Chieftains (Vikings only, gives +5 attack against cavalry and against camels)
|Armor|| Scale Mail Armor (+1/+1)|
Chain Mail Armor (+1/+1)
Plate Mail Armor (+1/+2)
Bagains ( , Bulgarians only)
|Conversion defense|| Faith|
|Creation speed|| Conscription (+33%)|
Perfusion (+100%, Goths only)
|Train cost|| Forced Levy (Malay only, )|
Supplies (-15 food)
- Aztecs: Long Swordsmen are created 11% faster.
- Bulgarians: Militia-line upgrades (except Champion) are free. Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Long Swordsmen cost -50% food.
- Burmese: Long Swordsmen have +2/+3 attack in the Castle/Imperial Age. Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
- Celts: Long Swordsmen move 15% faster. Long Swordsmen can convert herdables even if enemy units are next to them.
- Chinese: Technologies that benefit Long Swordsmen are 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
- Goths: Long Swordsmen are cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age, and have .
- Japanese: Long Swordsmen attack 33% faster.
- Magyars: Forging, Iron Casting, and Blast Furnace are free.
- Malians: Long Swordsmen have +2/+3 pierce armor in the Castle/Imperial Age.
- Portuguese: Long Swordsmen cost gold. Upgrades that benefit Long Swordsmen are researched 30% faster.
- Sicilians: Long Swordsmen absorb 50% of all incoming bonus damage.
- Slavs: Supplies is free.
- Spanish: Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Long Swordsmen cost no gold.
- Tatars: Long Swordsmen deal +25% bonus damage from a cliff or an elevation.
- Teutons: Long Swordsmen .
- Vietnamese: Conscription is free.
- Vikings: Long Swordsmen have +20% HP.
- A team containing Goths: Long Swordsmen are created and upgraded 20% faster. Researching Supplies, Squires, and Arson is 20% faster.
- A team containing Teutons: Long Swordsmen are more resistant to conversion.
- A team containing Lithuanians: Researching Heresy and Faith is 20% faster.
- A team containing Bulgarians: Researching infantry armor and attack upgrades at the Blacksmith is faster.
The Age of Kings
- Long Swordsmen have 55 HP.
- Long Swordsmen have +2 attack against standard buildings.
- Long Swordsmen have 0/0 armor.
- Goths: Long Swordsmen are 15%/25% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age and have an extra +1 attack against standard buildings.
- Vikings: Long Swordsmen have +15%/+20% HP in the Castle/Imperial Age.
- Long Swordsmen have +4 attack against Eagle Warriors.
- Long Swordsmen have 0/1 armor.
- Heresy technology introduced.
- Aztecs: Garland Wars introduced.
- Goths: With patch 1.0b, Long Swordsmen are 35% cheaper. Perfusion technology introduced.
- Long Swordsmen have 60 HP.
- Long Swordsmen have +3 attack against standard buildings.
- Long Swordsmen have +6 attack against Eagle Warriors.
The African Kingdoms
- Arson technology introduced.
- Vikings: With patch 4.8, the technology Chieftains affects Long Swordsmen. It gives Long Swordsmen +2 attack against camels.
Rise of the Rajas
- Vikings: With patch 5.7, Chieftains grants Long Swordsmen +4 attack against camels.
- Malay: Forced Levy removes Long Swordsmen's gold cost.
- Tracking technology removed; all infantry receive +2 Line of Sight upon reaching the Feudal Age.
- Supplies technology introduced.
- Bulgarians: Bagains technology introduced.
- Bulgarians: With update 42848, Blacksmith upgrades that benefit Long Swordsmen cost -50% food.
- Bulgarians: Initially, the team bonus gave the Blacksmith a 50% work rate boost. With update 42848, this was changed to a 80% work rate boost.
- Goths: With update 36202, cost bonus is 30%/35% in the Castle/Imperial Age; and bonus damage against standard buildings is +2/+3 in the Castle/Imperial Age. Goths lose access to Arson.
- Malay: Forced Levy changes Long Swordsmen's gold cost to food cost.
- Initially, Bagains gives +3 armor. With update 34055, it gives +5 armor.
- Portuguese: With update 42848, technologies are researched 30% faster.
- Teutons: With update 35584, Long Swordsmen have +1 armor in the Castle Age. With update 36906, Long Swordsmen receive another +1 armor in the Imperial Age.
Dawn of the Dukes
- With update 54480, Long Swordsmen have 1/1 armor.
- Vikings: With update 56005, Long Swordsmen have +20% HP.
- The Long Swordsman is one of only four upgraded forms of military units (the other three being the Man-at-Arms, the War Galley, and the Capped Ram) to be available to all civilizations.
- The Militia line is the only unit line in the game with more than three stages.
- The Malay is the only civilization to have the Militia line (except the Champion) as trash unit (once the Forced Levy is researched).
- Despite being called 'Long Swordsman', the Long Swordsman does not use a Longsword, as a Longsword in reality is a two-handed sword, not one handed (the type of sword the Two-Handed Swordsman and Champion use in game). The type of sword the 'Long Swordsman' actually appears to be using is an Arming Sword, which was the typical one handed, double edged, medieval sword.
|“||The weapon of choice for noble warriors was the long sword. Being skilled with a sword was a social distinction because good swords were expensive and difficult to make. Men-at-arms of lower classes trained with shorter and less expensive weapons. Long swords were reserved for the nobility. The ceremony of becoming a knight involved being dubbed with a long sword by the new knight's lord.||”|